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Welcome to the July 2017 edition of The Journal! Once again, we have been working extra hard to bring you a fantastic, free monthly magazine, packed with up to day news, information, features and community news. Everyone enjoys a bit of summer sun, and this year Mr Weather looks like he will fail to disappoint us, with record temperatures recorded in June. The mercury is set to continue to rise in July and August, so we would just like to remind all our readers to take care in this hot weather. Take a siesta in the hottest part of the day, do any physical work or gardening first thing in the early morning or late evening, wear sun cream, check on your elderly neighbours and friends, and of course, most importantly, stay hydrated. (and we don’t mean with beer and wine!) Now that summer is in full swing and the area is seeing an influx of holiday makers the, bars and restaurants have a fantastic array of entertainment and live acts for all to enjoy while dining or enjoying a cold drink. Check out our “What’s on Guide” to find out what is happening, where and when, throughout the month of July. The expat community in this area is renowned for is its community spirit and it relies on a huge number of volunteers that support many different charities and community events in the area. One group of people that deserve a special mention this month are the Camposol Fiesta Volunteers who have been giving their time and working hard for many months to raise fund so that they can bring the Fiesta to Camposol. The Fiesta is a great event and brings the entire ex pat community of residents and holidaymakers alike together to celebrate all that is wonderful about living life here in Spain. Without the fundraising activities of these volunteers and the participation of the wider community, there would be no fiesta. So please do all you can to support this cause. You will find details of the various fundraising event later in the magazine. Enjoy the month of July, thanks for reading, and be cool people! Robbie Rutherford * voted by my Mum and Nan

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Spain’s General Council of Economists association (CGE) has released a report in which it estimates that tax fraud in Spain is costing the Spanish economy €25.648 billion a year – that’s 16% of total activity (GDP), which comes in at €168 billion. The report also included 20 proposals to combat the problem, among them improvements to the way the country’s Tax Agency works. The study, entitled “Reflections about tax fraud and 20 proposals to reduce it,” was presented by the president of the institution, Valentín Pich, who explained that tax fraud has an effect on intangible factors, such as education, and tangible ones, such as the strength of tax agencies.

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The report also explains that the losses in tax income represent 2.5% of the entire Spanish economy, of which nearly 5% corresponds to the evasion of sales tax, or VAT. Lack of awareness and education, the perception that evasion is common and widespread (with particular focus on the behavior of the country’s politicians) and variations to laws are some of the reasons that see Spaniards commit fraud, the study explains. The report recommends that the work of tax agencies be improved, including easier ways to correct mistakes in tax returns, adapting the corresponding fine in order to encourage the practice. The co-author of the study, economist Jesús Quintas, also explained that there is a problem of definition and detection, given that not even the experts can agree on an actual concept of what tax fraud is. They do concur that the underground economy is an “economic concept” and is “hidden,” while tax

fraud is a juridical concept and involves the breaking of the relevant laws and is “very difficult to capture through statistics.” The CGE also recommends trying to reduce the time taken to resolve tax inspections, to offer special training to new entrepreneurs, to quickly inform businesses about interpretive criteria, and strengthen cooperation between agencies and companies. It sees a need to set mid- to long-term objectives for tax agencies, to better educate the public on the issue, and to improve the use of digital resources. The CGE, which works to defend and protect the work of economists, admitted that there are no “magic solutions” for the problem.

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North Korea plans to create a large beach resort in one of the country’s port cities, a knock-off of a Spanish getaway that’s a hotspot for drinking tourists, a report said. The beach resort, planned to be built in Wonsan, will mimick the Spanish city of Benidorm, The Telegraph reported. The secretive regime became infatuated with Benidorm after 20 North Korean

officials took a fact-finding trip to the beach resort and were “amazed by the dimensions” of the towers and holiday parks, a spokesman for the North Korean embassy in Madrid said. Spain hosted record numbers of tourists in the first half of 2015, feeding an economic rebound as sun-seekers from Europe and the United States headed for its shores. Spain got 29.2 million foreign visitors in the six months to June, up 4.1 percent from the same period a year ago, according to Frontur, an industry ministry body. North Korean officials visited Benidorm, Spain, a popular beach resort filled with tourists. North Korea plans to build a resort similar to the Spanish coastal city. Travel analysts point out that Benidorm has plenty of places to drink, and prices are cheap, although officials have tried to tamp down the so-called “binge tourism.” A tourist there reportedly was arrested last year and accused of abandoning her nine-year-old twins so she could keep drinking. The North Korean delegation looked closely at Marina d’Or, a resort in Oropesa del Mar that claims to have “endless luxury services at your fingertips” and Europe’s largest scientific seawater spa. They also eyed the theme park Terra Mitica, hinting at a possible replica being built

in Wonsan. “They loved the recreation of the various ancient Mediterranean civilisations. It would be very interesting to apply that concept in our theme park, maybe with Asian civilizations,” the embassy spokesman told The Telegraph. Spain registered its fastest economic growth since before the financial crisis in the second quarter, becoming one of the brightest spot in a struggling euro zone, though a sharp fall in consumer prices showed the economy faced risks. Wednesday’s preliminary National Statistics Institute (INE) reading of 0.6 percent was the strongest quarter on quarter rise since the final months of 2007 and beat economists’ forecasts of 0.5 percent. It compared growth of 0.4 percent in the previous three months. North Korean officials reportedly took little interst in Barcelona, also a popular tourist destination for its nightlife and architectural works by famous artists. The regime might first begin the resort city by accomodating people in campsites rather than skyscraping hotels, similar to a campsite found near Benidorm, according to The Telegraph. The North Korean beach resort is an attempt to increase the country’s tourism. Leader Kim Jong Un hopes to welcome 1 million tourists into North Korea by the end of 2017. Currently about 100,000 foreign visitors go to the country yearly.

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The Catalan government expressed outcry after the Spanish executive granted the Basque police, Ertzaintza, access to the Europol database while excluding the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra. Spanish and Basque officials came to an agreement about the matter in a security coordination meeting, which also generated uneasiness in Catalonia, as its executive has called for a similar bilateral meeting for years. The last one between Madrid and Barcelona was held back in 2009, although the Spanish government had committed to holding one on a yearly


Catalan Minister of Home Affairs Jordi Jané stated that “the bilateral security coordination meeting in the Basque country has been held while calls and letters from Catalonia are not answered”. “Why, if not for political reasons?,” he wondered. Jané warned that the country shares a border with France and “in a few hours a French terrorist can be in the Empordà,” in northern Catalonia. The Secretary of Home Affairs of the Spanish government, José Antonio Nieto, said that the bilateral security coordination meeting will only be called if there is an “atmosphere of agreement and trust” between the Spanish and Catalan executives. He suggested that this is unlikely while members of the Catalan government try to “deliberately violate” the law by calling an

independence referendum.

The vice-secretary of the Mossos d’Esquadra trade union, Sindicat de Policia de Catalunya (SPC), Àngels Bosch, complained over the unfair treatment by the Spanish government of the Basque and Catalan police. Bosch, who is also president of Eurocop, an organization comprised of 33 police trade unions in Europe from 26 countries, said: “We demand that politics be left aside and that decisions on security be prioritized. It makes no sense for the Ertzaintza to be included, while the Mossos are not. Both police bodies are comprehensive and have the same powers, in terrorism as well as in organized crime”. The controversy comes just a few days after another disagreement between the Catalan and Spanish government over security. Barcelona revealed its plans to hire 500 new Mossos d’Esquadra officers earlier this month and Madrid immediately questioned the decision. Its Treasury ministry stated that according to the Budget Law, only 50 new positions can be offered, but Catalan officials plan to go ahead with the hiring anyway.

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Nor is Adele, now a multiple Grammy winner, any less star-struck. “I just met Daniel ****ing Day Lewis,” she tweeted after one awards ceremony. The unique mix of killer talent, huge personality and a salty vocabularly that would make a truck driver blush is what appeals to her global fanbase. However, the wisecracking soul songstress has never chased fame for the sake of it. “I just want to make music. I don’t want anyone chatting about me,” she says. But people started chatting about her when she was barely out of school.

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The meeting concluded with a lively question and answer session. The audience felt a unified approach from all groups on Camposol was the answer in gaining a voice for the urbanisation within the Town Hall after the next local elections in 2019.

Dr Pitt briefly outlined the thrust of the CDIP proposed action and handed over for a more in depth explanation of this to party secretary, Mr Tom Finnegan. Mr Finnegan said the approach would be as follows. Mazarron Council will be approached to do a deal on both an IBI tax reduction and rebate on behalf of those who have joined the initiative. If the council do not respond then the Hacienda will be approached and if necessary the Regional Authority as well. This is to be fronted by a local lawyer, Snr Otega, who knows Camposol extremely well. When put to the audience this was carried unanimously. Do remember, if you

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HoM Attend International Mortals Meeting at Ontinyent On Saturday 27th May a group of Humanists of Murcia travelled to Ontinyent (Valencia) to attend the International Mortals meeting organised by Manel Salado of Associació per a l’Humanisme.

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Humanists of Murcia Last Walk of the Season Darwinian Gardeners Visit COATO On May 9th a group of 30 gardeners visited the COATO cooperative in Totana. After dressing up in white coats and fashionable hats we followed Conchi into the almond processing plant. Here the local farmers bring their crop to be turned into powder, slithers or whole almonds.

The event was organised by fellow humanist Manel Salido, who has recently founded a group in Ontinyent. He is very pro active and intends to set up an umbrella group for humanists and other free thinkers,sceptics, secularists and rationalists in Spain. It appeared that apart from ourselves and Manel´s group, all the others represented campaigning groups. Speaking at the meeting were our founder, John Blakey and President, Anne Edwards who spoke about how our club originated and developed to the present day. We also heard addresses from the following organisations: IHEU, Internatinonal Humanist Ethical Union: Giovanni Gaetani, Based in London in the same building as Humanists UK EHF, European Humanist Federation. Marc Soignet. Based in Brussels València Laica, Raquel Ortiz Part of the international movement to separate church and state UAL, Unón de Ateos y Librepensadores, Albert Riba AVALL, Associació Valenciana d’Ateus i Lliurepensadors, Marc Cabanilles Escépticos en el pub, Valencia, José Blanca Promote university level scientific debate at meetings in Pubs. ARP, Sociedad para el Avance del Pensamiento Crítico, Jesús López Amigo Following the addresses the meeting evolved into a lively floor discussion in which all were invited to participate. It was quite thought provoking, inasmuch as freedoms and attitudes which we as British people take for granted are much more controversial in other societiesThe meeting wound up with food and a pop concert, and on Sunday the more energetic amongst us were taken on a very interesting walk near the village of Bocairent, where they afterwards joined the more leisurely types for an excellent lunch.


We then moved into the paprika area,

Twenty-nine Humanists of Murcia walkers and friends set off from Restaurante Oasis along the coast to the Roman Quay. A quick chat with the woman in the cave and the return leg went inland and up the valley to the shrine of Carmen. Despite the warm weather and with the help of the cooling Easterly wind, the group covered the 9 km in 3 hours and made it to the Bolnuevo playa in time for some cava and orange juice. Thanks to the Committee, Colette & John W and the San Juan Group for the drinks. Jon announced that due to pressure from Facebook, there would be no more Fake News. Instead he had five Fake Awards to hand out.

where we learnt that the ñora pimientos are firstly dried by the farmers, either in the sun (rare nowadays) or in giant ovens owned by various cooperatives. COATO then extracts most of the seeds, leaving a few, because they help to extend the shelf life of the paprika. We then had a tasting to demonstrate the difference between Chinese and Murcian paprika. Then we visited the packing area, where that day, they were packing broccoli. Most of the boxes were destined for the UK, some were organic, some were not. Lastly we visited the Bio Shop, where most of us found something interesting to buy, and then Conchi presented all of us with a carrier bag full of COATO

Rolex Award to Paco & Buddy, Brexit Award to Mike B, Tom Tom Award to Pat & Jackie, Glorieta Award to Mike & Allan and a handshake to John W as Jon had forgotten to print out the Mouflon Award. It took five minutes to walk down the beach to the Restaurante Rincon where 31 people enjoyed a great menu del dia for 13€ including speedy service and tasty food. The next walk will be Saturday, 16 September 2017.

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The Party on the Plaza has started again. This is a useful guide to the fantastic FREE entertainment

Sat 1st Fri 7th Sat 8th Fri 14th Sat 15th Wed 19th Fri 21st Sat 22nd Fri 28th Sat 29th

August Wed 2nd Fri 4th Sat 5th Fri 11th Sat 12th Wed 16th

Fri 18th Sat19th Fri 25th Sat 26th Wed 30th

Nikki Gale West End Theatre to Pop Andy Winwood Guitar Vocalist Josemi Mel O Dee Duo Vanessa Soul Abba solutely Fabulous Abba Tribute Status Quo Tribute Randall Cain Everly Brothers Tribute Aires De La Calle

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

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

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

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

PLease check & confirm, as acts and dates can be subject to change




The Camposol Triangle has started again. Cut out this useful guide to the fantastic FREE entertainment Tues 4th July

Brendan O Dee

Thurs 6th July

Sharni Cooper

Fri 7th July


Tuesday 11th July

Byron G Man

Thurs 13th July


Fri 14th July

Road Runner

Tuesday 18th July

The Streeters

Thurs 20 July

Cassi Kennedy

Fri 21st July


Tuesday 25th July

Guitar Heroes

Thurs 27th July

Chloe Leigh

Friday 28th July

Scott James

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Angie McKay

Friday 4th August

Sharni Ormiston

Tuesday 8th Aug

The Streeters

Thurs 10th Aug

Abba Solutely Fabulous

Fri 11th August


Tuesday 15th August Shani Cooper Thurs 17th August

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Fri 18th August


Tuesday 22nd August The Streeters Thurs 24th August


Fri 25th August

Scott James

Tuesday 29th August Road Runner

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Thurs 31st August

Cassi Kennedy

Fri 1st September

Byron G Man

Tues 5th September Chloe Leigh Thurs 7th September Jacuzzi Friday 8th September The Streeters


Fiesta news The Camposol Fiesta team wish to thank all of our supporters and sponsors in their involvement in our fundraising events and trips. It is the profits from these events and trips that will provide an excellent 3 day Fiesta for everyone to enjoy. Our recent fundraising event included

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a day trip visiting Bullas, El Zacatin Market with it’s Artisan stalls. We then continued on to the family run, Bodegas Balcona, where we tasted a number of wines together with tapas. A great day was had by all. Join us on our trip to Madrid,15th to 17th July - 3 days, 2 nights in a 4* hotel, coach travel from Camposol/Condado/ MCC. English speaking tour guide

throughout for just 230e per person. The itinerary is adapted to gain the most of our visit to this magnificent city. Some have concerns about the July heat in Madrid. In and around Mazarron, during this time, we have temperatures of 36ºc, but the ‘real feel’ is more like 46ºc due to the high humidity levels. Madrid is in the centre of Spain with little or no humidity, it still has high temperatures but with a comfier feel than experienced here. Camposol Fiesta Grand Draw tickets are now available - and we have some excellent prizes - tickets are just 3e each! 1st 500e holiday voucher - donated by IBEX 2nd 350e 40” TV - donated by MERCERS 3rd Overnight stay for 2, including a four course evening meal, quad biking and continental breakfast - donated by LA MARIPOSA 4th 150e electronics voucher - donated by MERCERS 5th 50e Meat Voucher - donated by CHM Plus many more … Contact us by email: Visit us on Camposol B on Tuesday’s 4-5pm at Rudy’s or on Friday’s outside the Quality Restaurant, 10.30-12.30



2017 Golf Day, Saturday October 7th Following last years brilliant event, our annual golf day will again be held at Camposol club de golf. The golf will start at 9.30, & we will have a disco & food from 2.00 with a charity raffle. The golf format is “Pinehurst Pairs” with a shotgun start.

Antoine is cooking up a choice of either chilli or curry with rice or chips for 5 euros. Tickets are also available for the disco & food for non golfers who would like to support Noah’s & enjoy the fun! There will be prizes & medals for nearest the pin on par 3s, longest drive on the 16th & medals for overall winners & runners up, presented with our winners shield. Entry fee is 5 euros for members, 25 euros for non members. Each entry includes a 5 euro donation to support the dogs of Noah’s ARC. Buggies are

At this stage we are looking for sponsors for each hole at a cost of 50 euros per hole. If you would like to sponsor a hole, please contact Peter.harvey2@hotmail. com. If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle or golf, again please contact peter



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

erosion has sculpted beautiful shapes, known as Bolnuevo Erosions, also enjoy virgin beaches, coves and Cueva de Lobos island. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Saturdays Departure: 12:30 Duration approx.: 1 h 30’ Price: 12 €, children(3-9 years): 7 € Port of Mazarrón West Coast A relaxing evening cruise along the coves, points and beaches of the west coast of Port of Mazarrón. Enjoy the breeze and the views of Moro Santo Cove, La Isla, the area of the discovery of the Phoenician boats, Punta de Gavilanes and Cabezo de Nares. Saturdays Departure: 17:30 Duration approx.: 50 minutes Price: 9 €, children(3-9 years): 5 €

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Barcelona woman forced to occupy own apartment after Airbnb listing A woman in Barcelona has been forced to illegally occupy her own apartment after the tenant she had rented it to listed the property without her knowledge on the vacation rental website Airbnb. Montse Pérez only managed to seize control of her property, located in the city’s popular seaside Barceloneta neighborhood, after booking it on the online platform, moving in, and then changing the locks, according to Catalan regional daily La Vanguardia. The problems started when Pérez’s family signed a lease renting the apartment to a 26-year-old man. That contract included a clause forbidding the tenant from subletting the property as tourist accommodation. But after the document was signed, the family was unable to contact the tenant, only later discovering their property was now listed on Airbnb.


According to Pérez’s daughter, the tenant belongs to an organization specializing in this type of fraud. The group has rented other apartments in Barcelona with the same aim, paying €950 a month and then listing properties rented on Airbnb for €200 a night, she said. The San Francisco-based portal was quick to react to news of the case, taking the offending apartment off its books and laying the blame at the feet of the tenant who had offered it via their site. The company has also asked all “hosts,” as people who list accommodation on the portal are known, to “certify that they have permission to list a property” and “check and ensure they are following local laws.” “These provisions are very clear in our terms of service and on our page about being a responsible host,” the company said. But Airbnb’s response has not gone down well with City Hall in Barcelona, which is engaged in a long-running battle with the company over the issue of unlicensed vacation rentals, even fining the company €600,000 for running such listings. Barcelona’s councillor for city planning, Janet Sanz, said she planned to visit Montse Pérez and stated that Airbnb

was the only platform that continues to post adverts for properties without the relevant paperwork. “The message to Airbnb is clear: enough is enough. The question is no longer who is right or wrong: the problem is Airbnb is hurting locals by not wishing to comply with the law and [hurting] small property owners. Those who don’t comply [with the law] are going to come up against an administration that is on the side of the locals and defending their rights,” said Sanz. As of Thursday, Pérez was still in her apartment in Barceloneta, according to La Vanguardia. The paper said its coverage of the story had revealed the existence of other cases, with readers writing in to say they had been the victims of similar fraud. Vacation rentals are big business in Spain, where they now offer more beds than hotels, according to a recent study by Exceltur, the industry business association. But the sector’s growth in Barcelona, which is closely linked to the city’s tourism boom, has led to friction between companies like Airbnb and city authorities as well as locals. Many residents complain they have been priced out of the local rental market by people engaged in property speculation






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Spain to head EU mission against human smuggling in Mediterranean For the first time, Spain will lead the naval effort of the European Union’s Operation Sophia, which fights human smuggling in the Mediterranean, diplomatic and military sources have said. Spain will head the effort between September and December of this year at the request of Italy, which has been in charge of the operation since it was set up in 2015. The Spanish Navy plans to send the Cantabria replenishment oiler to lead


To date, Spain contributed a frigate and a patrol aircraft to the counter human-trafficking effort, at a cost of €67 million in 2016. The Spanish Defense Ministry is aiming to maintain the current contingent of 254 troops and change the naval unit from the Canarias frigate to the Cantabria replenishment ship. Although Spain will have command of naval operations, Operation Sophia’s top overall commander will remain Italy’s Admiral Enrico Credendino, who is based in Rome. Ever since its inception in 2015, the five ships and six aircraft involved in Eunavfor Med operation Sophia have rescued more than 36,000 people, taken 440 vessels used for human smuggling out of action and arrested 109 people

smugglers. But these efforts have not stopped the central Mediterranean from replacing the Aegean Sea as the main route into Europe for immigrants and refugees. Between January and April of this year, 37,200 people arrived on the coast of Italy, a 33% rise from the same period in 2016, according to Frontex, the European border agency. An estimated 1,600 people died during the journey. Diplomatic sources admitted that Operation Sophia has a limited impact on the effort to stem the flow of illegal immigration. These sources noted that the mission has not even managed to complete the second of four phases set out in its operating plan. Part of the problem is that in order to act in Libyan waters, the EU should have a petition from Libyan authorities or a resolution from the UN Security Council. But the government in Tripoli – the only one that is internationally recognized – barely controls just a small portion of the country, making it difficult for the EU to access the Libyan coastline and confiscate the boats used for human smuggling. This can only be done after the vessels leave Libya’s territorial waters.

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price When I look around me each year shortly after arrival, usually to see what’s gone, what’s new, what’s changed, it’s a strange feeling. There is always a surprise,- this year it was the roundabout on the entry road into Puerto de Mazarron. It was simply a straight road when last I saw it, probably built by the Romans, who loved a ruler and hated bends. Takes me back to my schooldays when sponsored walks along the Sarn Helen Roman Road was the trendy thing to do, one eye on the ground searching for ancient coins, one on the scurrying clouds. Quasimodo would have been proud of this teenage troop shuffling along against the wind, raising money

Then I got to thinking about all the other changes I’ve seen out here, mainly the people coming and going and tried to count the amount of neighbours and one time friends who’ve vanished back to all corners of the UK where they seem lost forever. It’s really quite sad to mull over those many good times with people you’re never likely to see again, and usually never even hear news of. So many do go back, and the whole landscape changes, and you have to start again with new neighbours, new friends. We spent a night in a Los Alcazares hotel soon after arrival, something not done since our early years, and ruminated on the fact we would often spend nights staying with Scottish friends at their house in that area, who have now sold and returned to the far North. A two day drive to a birthday party last year on choked UK motorways soon showed us that the likelihood of us being in each others company with any frequency in future was indeed a long shot. Unfortunately here, the turnover seems quite rapid compared to the UK. Being one of just a few stalwarts in our street

over a fifteen year period, the sight of ‘Se Vende’ signs popping up and down like targets at a fairground shoot can be quite unsettling. It’s barely worth getting to know your neighbours these days, with the days of pool parties and BBQ’s seemingly long gone. ‘I see number 10 is up for sale’ ‘And two more down the end, one more up the top.’ Various reasons stated have included missing horse racing, the heat, and lack of jobs for those of working age, ill health and to my mind the most frequently heard, missing the grand-kids. All quite unsettling when there is so much change constantly going on around you. Add into this the sadness of those quite high numbers who have left us in the physical sense ( another surprise was the new Tanotorio in El Pareton) and certain aspects of life in Spain seem much faster, despite lengthy siestas, than in the UK. There, the same house doesn’t often get a For Sale sign every year, and neighbourhood change seems slower, or is it just me?

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Hundreds evacuated due to forest fires in southern Spain More than 700 people were evacuated from homes, campsites and hotels due to the threat from a forest fire in southern Spain. Like much of Spain, the area near Huelva is on high alert for forest fires because of a heat wave. Last week, 63 people died in a forest fire in neighbouring Portugal. The blaze in southern Spain was detected in the Moguer area near Huelva and is being

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treated as a level 1 - or maximum threat - by emergency services. Emergency services deployed 11 planes, 10 helicopters and dozens of land vehicles against the flames in a joint military-civilian operation. Around 750 people were in local rescue centers, according to the emergency services. Some residents had already been allowed to return to their properties.

Hundreds of Moroccan truck owners were threatening to strike at the port of Tangier to prevent Spanish trucks from crossing Moroccan borders as a response to the ” treatment inflicted on them (Moroccans) by Spain.” As a result, the Iberian government has decided to grant 5,000 authorizations to Moroccan commercial truckers so they can cross the border without issue. Al Massae added that Spanish authorities introduced the new measures to prevent strikes threatened in Tangier which would affect Spanish business.This is, however, only a temporary solution while Spanish and Moroccan authorities look for a permanent solution.


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Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group Our Maintenance Team are still clearing, weeding and spraying all streets of ‘C’ North as usual throughout the hotter months but the phenomenal weed growth this year is making it a much longer job, so if we don’t get to your road as often during Summer, please bear with us; the streets are done in strict rotation. They also cleared a large amount of silt after a huge water leak on Calle Castillo Mayorazgo.

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Two healthy conifers donated by a resident (thank you!) were planted behind the post boxes and a stone table and chairs were collected from ‘D’ sector and delivered to the Brownies Community Garden. Please note, our 3 Green Waste skips

Please support our social functions as they raise much needed funds: Save the dates for our Autumn Games Night, 22nd Sept with Carl Thomas ‘The Big Welshman’, plus Christmas Meal & Dance on 24th November with Barrington, both at the Golf Club. For more news and information, John our Chairman can be contacted on 634 325 427 or have a look at Facebook, our chalkboards & our website; http://www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup. com/

Los Palacios Gardening and Community Group The hot weather is finally with us again and any tasks will have to either begin early morning or late evening. Caps and hats and sunscreen are a must in this weather so anyone out and about please respect the sun! We are currently re-spraying the weeds growing on the streets in Sector A as unfortunately more weeds are coming through. We hope to have this completed by the end of June and would appreciate if those residents, who are able to, could attend to the front of their own properties and pavements. The wall below the Correos building at the car park at the Commercial Centre ALL ELECTRICAL WORK UNDERTAKEN SURGE PROTECTION AND CARD METERS FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES NO CALL OUT CHARGE ON CAMPOSOL FREE ADVICE AND QUOTATIONS LEGAL & REGISTERED

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think the world revolves around them to care about anything or anyone but themselves. They usually want the respect and benefits of adulthood but are not willing to do the work to get it. I find most teenagers just cry for attention and more phone credit. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul Is it strange for your partner of 17 years not to add you on their Facebook page? My partner says it’s for workmates which I know is a lie as I have never met one person he works with in the 8 years he has been doing his job. By accident I came across his account where he had been messaging a woman who worked with him. It was all hugs and kisses and thanks for visiting and can’t wait to see you again. He went out one night to Tel’s bar and came home at 6am. I found out later it was her leaving party. Looking at his account again, he had liked some of her pictures of her in a slutty Primark outfit I’m at the point where I don’t want to get out of bed till he’s left for work and when I get in from work, I pretend to be busy and avoid him as much as possible. Julie

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Uncle Paul My boyfriend smokes weed and he lies to me about how much of it he is using. I don’t mind him doing it on the odd occasion but it is nonstop. I know he loves me and he wants to marry me but i can’t go against my parents who won’t accept him because of it. He knows this but he just doesn’t try and stop. How do I make him stop the weed? Vicky Dear Vicky You can’t make him; he needs to want to do it himself. He is showing you by his actions that smoking weed is more important to him than you are and he may never stop weed for you. If he truly wants to marry you and have a life with you, he would have stopped. I think he is addicted and once you are an addict to drugs you may be an addict for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if people stop, because they will always be at high risk of falling back into it. So, either he has been smoking so much weed that he is already addicted and unable to stop, or he doesn’t love you as much as you think and doesn’t want to stop for your sake. In either case, you should accept that he will not stop and end things with him. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul My husband wants a divorce after I started sleeping in another bedroom for comfort reasons after I had a major illness last year. He says he is sick of being the carer and provider and is angry that I haven’t yet gone back to work now that I am better. He also says a lack of intimacy means he doesn’t want to live in a loveless marriage. We are doing “separation under the one roof”, but I am wondering how that works if the in-laws come over to see the grandkids for their upcoming birthdays. Do things just carry on as normal and I just entertain them when they come over? My husband told them about wanting a divorce and I believe their response was for him to take care of himself. Bella Dear Bella Make him move out! He is the sole provider so you will get alimony and child support and you can live off that until you get stronger and are ready to


Health &Wellbeing move on. Once he is out you will no longer have to see his family. He can take the kids to visit them on his visit days. I say this because you do not need any more stress. The way he is acting toward you is wrong.Yes caring is hard but that is no excuse. When he took vows to you it was in sickness and health for better or just found out the hard way he did not intend to honour those vows. Dump this sorry excuse for a man and hit him where it will hurt him most, his wallet. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul I think I have a phobia of vomit. My wife got drunk when we went out to the port and when we were in bed she started to be sick. I really wanted to see if she was okay but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I shoved the duvet over my head and put my fingers in my ears to block it out. It was a horrible experience and I now feel really guilty. The day after we were shopping in Consum and she had a hangover and kept saying she felt sick again. Then she was in the bread isle! I was embarrassed as there were people we knew in there. I really wanted to cuddle her and look after her but I just

couldn’t bring myself to do so in case she was sick on me. I feel so guilty now and want to make it up to her but how? Vince Dear Vince Why would you want to make up to her? If anything , she is the one who should make it up to you for being a grown woman who doesn’t know her own drinking limits and for puking all over the place. If she was suddenly taken ill that’s different and I think you would have helped her and not just have left her choke on her own vomit. There’s nothing like a real emergency to help us overcome our greatest fears. But when she binges herself with cheap booze, you should not feel guilty because you prefer not to play Florence Nightingale at her bedside. As for not wanting cider vomit all over you, there is nothing to be ashamed of. I would have freaked. I hope you made the soggy lush clean everything up herself. Dirty baggage! Uncle Paul

or praying for it to occur. During specific times and days when they were practising peace it was documented that terrorist incidents, crimes against people, emergency room visits and traffic accidents all declined in number. When the participants stopped their practice the statistics reversed. When just a small percentage (the square root of one percent) of the population achieved peace within themselves that peace was reflected in the world around them. One of the key benefits of a Reiki treatment is feeling peace. Kathy Howarth will be welcoming any and all interested in Reiki during the summer at the Yoga Shala from 10.30 to 12.30 each Monday morning. Those already Reiki attuned will be able to practice, and those not attuned can experience a Reiki taster session and find out more about this healing art. Imagine the world if more people practised Reiki… The Yoga Shala will be open all Summer weekly clases are Yoga Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 10.00am Clases de Yoga en Español son Lunes y Jueves a las 20.30hrs y Sabado a las 10.00hrs Reiki Reunión Mondays 10.30am / 12.30pm Belly Dancing Thursdays 7.00pm

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managers are hard to come by as we have found in recent years and we can only wish Jose all the very best for the future and thank him for his splendid efforts for Mazarron FC.


On May the 22nd with an early start on a lovely warm sunny morning the members of “Straight down the Middle “ played the monthly stableford golf tournament on the very well maintained La Serena course at Las Alcazares. With water hazards on16 of the 18 holes most members will be visiting the local golf stores to replace the many balls lost in a watery grave, as always there is somebody who bucks the trend one member came away with a net gain of 15 balls which he retrieved whilst helping others in his foursome to rescue their balls from the waters edge. The same gentleman amazed the captain and myself with a trick shot to hit a ball situated an inch from the waters edge in mud and reeds, up a metre + high bank to within 2 foot of the pin to score a par, all done by balancing virtually on one leg and managing at the same time to avoid falling in the lake, a debate then followed to agree if it had been luck or skill ??? With a very good score of 37 points the winner of the competition was the very consistent Geoff Perry( See photo ) followed very closely in the runner up spot by Brian McAlister 3rd place went to Steve Foster. Nearest the pin winner was new member Glen Nicholson. A reminder to members that our next game is at Camposol on the 26th July “Straight down the Middle Golf Society” is always ready to welcome new members, for details please email Sec. Peter Smithson :- 99unitedred@ or tel.968 045 475

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Mazarrón F.C.

Mazarron F.C.’s season ended in disappointment when they were beaten in their play-off semi final by UD LOs Garres.

Los Garres won the first leg 2-0 on their home ground leaving Mazarron a

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difficult task in the return game at the Estadio Municipal. Captain Juan Andreo, normally so dependable from the penalty spot, missed a chance to give Mazarron the lead after Javi Torrano was brought down in the penalty area. Juan Andreo’s spot kick was saved by the Los Garres keeper which meant that Chino’s late goal was not enough to force extra time and Mazarron went out 2-1 on aggregate. In a strange turn of events, popular coach Jose Sanchez was dismissed after the defeat in the first leg meaning that Mazarron went into the important second leg with assistant coach Fernando in charge. Jose was the second coach to be sacked in what was a really successful season for Mazarron making the decisions even harder to understand. Under Jose Sanchez, Mazarron had lost only once in the fourteen games he had taken charge of in the regular season, winning the last five games in a row. The coach was a breath of fresh air to the ex-pats, someone who was always available to talk to and, most importantly, to communicate so well in English. Just a week before his dismissal he was helping out with the translations at the Player of the Year Awards. Good

Despite the disappointing end to the season It was still a remarkable achievement for a Mazarron team which was only registered with the Murcia Football Federation literally hours before the deadline at the start of the season to finish fourth in the league. In addition they won the Preferente Autonomica Fair Play Award and were also nominated for the “Surprise Team of the Year Award” but lost out to Alcantarilla FC. Although the season is now over, preparations are well under way for the 2017-18 season which starts in August. A number of the current squad have already indicated that they will re re-signing for Mazarron in readiness for pre-season training towards the end of July. There was an excellent spirit among the players this year, the best for many years, and it is hoped that this “family spirit” will persuade most of the squad to return to Mazarron for another attempt to achieve promotion to the Tercera Division. All tickets for the summer barbeque and quiz night hosted by Los Amigos Vice President Alan Lyle and his wife Sue on 7th July at 7 pm have now been sold. Thanks once again to Alan and Sue for hosting this event at their villa. Arrangements are already being made for the 9th Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner which will be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron in Tuesday 28th March 2018. We hope to have confirmation of the


Guest Speaker in time for next month’s edition . As in previous years a Race Night and a Celebrity Golf Day are also planned for the Gala Week which this year raised over €5,500 in support of Mazarron Football Club. Other events being considered by the Los Amigos Executive Committee are a visit to the Mini Hollywood Wild West Theme Park in Almeria in late summer and the annual President’s Ball to be held later this year. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only. During July and early August, meetings are suspended as there is no football and a lot of members are away. However, some members still pop into the Club House every Thursday afternoon at 4 pm for a chat and a refreshing drink in beautiful surroundings and to pick up membership forms for the membership year 2017-18 which starts on 1st August. The Membership fee for the 2017-18 season has been increased to €20, the first increase in the eleven years of Los Amigos’s existence. For this members receive a discount on coach travel to away games and to nearly all social functions organised under the Los Amigos banner. Dave Perks’s two year stint as President comes to an end in August and Vice President Alan Lyle will be taking over the President’s role. There is a vacancy on the Executive Committee as Press Officer Dave Capper is standing down after eight years on the Committee. Dave Perks thanked Dave and his wife Tina for all their efforts for Los Amigos and for MazarronFootball Club at the End of Season Function in May and made a presentation to them both. The Annual General Meeting takes place at the Club House, Camposol on Thursday 24th August and only members who have joined for the 2017-18 season will be eligible to attend and vote. If you cannot call at the Club House for a membership form on a Thursday afternoon please email

Mazarron Bowls Club Mazarron Bowls Club Successes. Brian Robertson, Vice President of Mazarron Bowls Club, fought his way through to the final of the Mens Singles Championship at the Spanish Nationals at the end of May! The finals match resulted in a close finish with Brian coming from behind to take the Spanish


Men’s Singles Champion title for 2017. This now qualifies him to enter for the World Singles Championships in Australia in 2018. In the Ladies Singles competition of the Spanish Nationals Nina McKenzie of Mazarron Bowls Club reached the semi-finals before being narrowly beaten. This was an outstanding achievement for both players having beaten some of the top players in Spain throughout the competition. An EGM was held at the end of May at which Jim Coughlan was appointed Club Captain for the next two years. Jim is an experienced player having played in Scotland for many years and MBC look forward to him leading the League teams to success in the forthcoming season. He brings to the Club his experience and new ideas which he looks forward to implementing along with organising training sessions for both new and current members. The 2017 President versus the Captain match was held in early June and this year was won comfortably by the Captain’s team, much to the new Captain’s delight!! Summer arrived with a vengeance in early June which resulted in the Club changing to evening roll-ups on the 20th June; this brought welcome relief too many of our players not having to play in the heat of the day. The membership at MBC is continuing to grow with new members, having read about our activities, now wishing to try this sport. Don’t forget MBC always welcomes New Members; so come along on a Tuesday or Thursday evening for the roll-up sessions 18.30 hrs for a 19.00 hrs start. You will be given a warm welcome and an opportunity to try the game. For further information please contact The Secretary, Sue Hattrell, on 968 163 769 or email mazarronbc@live.

A Day to Remember Fourth SAMM Race Day 2017 At the start of the fourth race day of the SAMM Spring season the winds were higher than the strengths forecast which did not bode well for the competitors, and so it turned out. In a 10 knot wind, Sirocco (Robert, Janice & Ernie) crossed the start line alone at the big boat start time as Mistral

had retired a few minutes before. She would not steer, a re-occurring problem that still has not been resolved. The dinghies followed 10 minutes later. Within minutes the first of many capsizes happened when one of the most experienced helms, Topaz Julian aboard his Topaz, was caught by a very sudden gust of at least 16 knots whilst out on his trapeze. He was over in a flash but quickly righted the boat and continued. As the Whaly support boat was taking Mistral’s crew to shore from their mooring, the wind again suddenly gusted, causing the second capsize of the day. The Whaly was called, but took Sirocco a while to get back to assist and, in this time, the third capsize occurred. The first crew could be seen getting their boat upright so the Whaly went to solo sailor Norman and stood by as he battled to get back in his boat and sailing again. The fourth capsize was George and Dianne and in trouble as the rudder pintle pins snapped leaving the boat helpless. Almost immediately Vernon, on the second Quba, went over, the fifth capsize. After much effort Vernon got back aboard but came upright with the wind fully behind him which pitch rolled him again into the water. He was separated from his boat which drifted away towards the rocks. Whilst the Whaly was towing the Laser 2000 to shore Norman was swimming yet again, sixth capsize. With so many boats in trouble at the same time, a quick call was made to “Pro Vela Sailing” asking if they could assist with their rib. The Whaly managed to pick up Vernon, while the lads from Pro Vela sorted Norman out. They then went after Vernon’s Quba, which had come to a stop against the rocks and was in danger of being damaged, and brought her safely back to the slipway. Although the underlying wind did not increase much above 10 knots, the freak sudden gusts and the many capsizes led to the “Abandon Race” decision after 2 of the proposed 4 laps. A great disappointment to the two crews who had managed to stay upright.

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New Citroen C4 Cactus to ditch crossover look in reshaped range

Chunky Citroen C4 Cactus SUV being restyled to leave room for Aircross models, meaning the bold Airbumps could go Citroen is preparing a ‘bold’ new version of the C4 Cactus that will see the car morph from a crossover into a more conventional hatchback, Auto Express understands. And our exclusive image shows how it could look. With the C3 Aircross and the C5 Aircross, which was seen at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, the current C4 Cactus will be squeezed out of its position in the range, as the new cars fulfil the maker’s need for supermini-sized and mid-sized SUVs respectively. Citroen CEO Linda Jackson said: “The C4 Cactus is about ready for its mid-life change, and it will evolve slightly. The way that we will change it will mean that it will fit even better into the core model strategy. You know at Citroen we never do anything conventional.” It’s likely that the Cactus will sit alongside the ageing C4 hatchback, which in its current generation, has been on sale since 2011. Product planning boss Xavier Peugeot added: “We want to give

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a successor, but we want to show it in coherence with the current strategy, to be bold, to be efficient in terms of comfort. We will reveal it in less than a year. “We want to keep the spirit of Cactus alive. The main ingredients were a kickoff to develop the core model strategy of Citroen. We want to be different and to put a clear emphasis on comfort.”

As our exclusive image shows, the car won’t step away from its bold styling – but will be lower and less SUV-like than the model it replaces. The unique Airbumps on the sides of the current car are a distinctive feature, but it’s likely that the new Cactus will do without them. Xavier Peugeot added: “We need to avoid being prisoners of certain items such as the Airbumps, so we will play them like cards differently according to the models, the segments and the regions. “This is why we will be revealing new cars in the coming months with different ways of keeping the Airbumps alive.” The updated Cactus will also be the first car to feature Citroen’s new ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushion’ suspension system.

Green light for UK driverless car road trials A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads.

Autodrive - a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors - showed off how autonomous cars can talk to each other. It included warning drivers when an emergency vehicle was approaching and offering real-time traffic information. The first set of public road trials are due to take place in Milton Keynes and Coventry by the end of the year. A fleet of up to 40 self-driving pavement-based ‘pods’ will also be introduced in pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes. Another aspect of the demo showed how connected cars can detect the presence of other connected cars on the approach to

a junction and warn drivers if there is a high probability of a collision. “The successful completion of the proving ground trials marks a significant milestone for the project team, and we are now looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of these exciting new technologies in the realworld settings of Milton Keynes and Coventry,” said Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive project director. “Once the technology becomes widely available, we anticipate huge potential benefits in terms of road safety, improved traffic flow and general access to transport, so we’re really excited about being able to demonstrate this on real roads.” There are similar trials going on around the UK, including in Greenwich which is using similar pods to those planned for Milton Keynes. A consortium of British companies known as Driven are planning to test driverless cars on motorways in 2019. The UK government has paved the way for driverless cars, laying out a legislative framework in the Queen’s Speech which included plans to update car insurance so that driverless vehicles would be subject to the same rules as normal ones. The technology that allows cars to become more autonomous has been increasing in recent years with all the main manufacturers now offering some element of driverless technology, including self-parking features and cruise control on motorways. UK government research suggests that the market for automated vehicles in the UK will be worth £28bn by 2035.





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intend to seek a form of credit against 58% in the Eurozone.

Forecasts concerning the economic future of the UK compared to the Eurozone are also working in favour of real estate projects on the continent, according to the report.

A quarter of these buyers also intend to use loans obtained directly from a bank in France, some 8% higher than the rest of the Eurozone, while 23% are looking to release equity from an existing property in the UK and 18% are looking for bank finance via a broker.

Buyers are also monitoring the change in interest rates closely, with 77% expecting an increase in rates in the UK as opposed to 65% in the Eurozone. This is supported by news earlier this month that three of the Bank of England’s ratesetting committee backed a U.K. rate rise. According to market data on foreign non-resident buyers, the British still account for the biggest proportion of buyers in France, with 32% of nonresident transactions last year, twice as much as the Belgians in second place. Britain also ranked in the top three nations for foreign investors in 15 out of 21 French regions. The survey reveals that France also attracts the biggest property budgets from UK buyers, with 44% of respondents budgeting over €300,000 as opposed to 36% in Spain. When asked how they intend to finance their French project, 66% of respondents said they

BNP Paribas International Buyers also noted that after a significant increase in 2015, in 2016 the number of transactions carried out by British non-residents in France dropped by 9.5%. ‘The Brexit announcement provoked a slight downturn in requests and the postponement or even cancellation of some projects during 2016. However, the non-resident market has existed for several decades and has had to face many changes, as much political as economic, which generally have had little impact on the level of transactions,’ said François Laforie, general manager of BNP Paribas International Buyers. ‘In 2017, British interest in France remains high, notably due to prices which are still attractive and favorable borrowing conditions. In the first four months of 2017, we have already noted a healthy level of investment

requests which are up by 6%. This is also reflected in the survey carried out by Ipsos for BNP Paribas International Buyers which shows that some buyers have accelerated their projects,’ Laforie added.

Santander buys ‘failing’ Spanish bank for 1 euro

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IMF raises Spain’s 2017 growth forecast to 2.6% as global economy recovers New estimate is three-tenths of a point above January figure but fund says more labour reform needed. The spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is having to deal with two new realities: a protectionist US president and Brexit, with the added uncertainty of athesnap election in the United Kingdom which took place on June the 8th. That said, the IMF predicts that the UK (2.0%) and the US (2.3%) will be among the top performers when it comes to the world’s large economies in 2017. The IMF estimates total global economic growth for 2017 will be 3.5%.

The IMF’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, has praised Spain’s economic progress, but has called for further reforms to reduce labor market duality, or the coexistence of “temporary” contracts with low firing costs and permanent contracts with high firing costs. Speaking in Brussels to the LENA alliance of leading European newspapers, Lagarde expressed her admiration for the “capacity for resistance of a country that has carried out serious and solid reforms.” “The figures have not improved miraculously: thanks to reforms, the economy is turning the corner away from the crisis; unemployment, while still very high, has fallen. And we expect it to continue falling,” said Lagarde, adding: “But we believe that the duality of the labor market, where temporary workers are exposed and where others with permanent contracts have greater protection, is not helping to resolve unemployment in Spain. This duality has to be tackled: one of the keys to Spain’s recovery has been the determination to carry out reform, for example to solve the instability of the banking sector and toxic loans.” At the same time, Lagarde accepted that with youth unemployment at around 40%, public debt at 100% and rising poverty and inequality levels, Spain still had a long way to go.

Growth for Spain in 2017 is estimated to be 2.6%, up three-tenths on the last forecast, in January, and putting the country slightly ahead of the United States and Britain in terms of GDP growth for this year.

“We cannot say we have accomplished our mission, but Spain has made great strides. Everything is easier with growth. Now Spain has growth: stronger momentum than any other EU member, except

Nevertheless, the new Spain figure falls significantly short of the 3.2% GDP growth Spain registered in 2016 and is particularly worrying for a country with high unemployment. The IMF is forecasting growth of 2.1% for 2018. Unemployment for this year is estimated to hit 17.7% and 16.6% for 2018. Currently it is at 18.6%.

perhaps for the United Kingdom, and much stronger than the eurozone,” she said, concluding: “We hope this translates into more employment and higher incomes with a reform of the labor market.” The new Spain IMF forecast is significantly short of the 3.2% GDP growth Spain registered in 2016

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In a report last month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) highlighted the dangers Spain faces from rising poverty levels and income inequality. The OECD

advocates government policies that will make growth more inclusive, including better-quality jobs, higher productivity, improved vocational education, investment in innovative businesses, expanded social relief programs, and hikes to environmental and consumption tax.

Prices in UK up 3.35% since Brexit vote despite warnings of slump The average price of a home has increased by 3.35% in the last 12 months since the UK voted to leave the European Union, new research has found, up from £212,950 to £220,094. It demonstrates that claims made by George Osborne in the run up to the historic vote that prices could fall by 18% in the next two years were wide of the mark. A breakdown of the figures show that regions where a majority voted to leave saw the biggest increase, up 2.27% from an average of £191,611 to £195,957 today. The average house price across regions that voted remain was higher back in June at £247,471 but has only seen an increase of 1.36% since, now reaching £250,840. The top five regions to see the largest price growth since the Brexit vote are all home to a majority leave vote with the East Midlands seeing the most substantial increase of 3.84%, followed by the West Midlands at 3.62%, the East of England at 3.46%, the North West at 2.92% and Yorkshire and the Humber at 2.92%. When looking at all the areas to vote across the UK individually rather than grouped by region, the average house price increase across the leave majorities increases to 3.32%, again higher than the 2.08% increase across areas which voted to remain. When splitting each region individually by the areas within them that voted to leave and those that voted to Remain, all but four have seen higher house price growth across the areas that won the overall vote. In London, the majority vote was to remain, however, house price growth across the boroughs that voted leave has increased by 11.1% compared to just 1.90% across boroughs that were home to a majority Remain vote. The North East, North West, East Midlands and Wales were all home to a majority Leave vote as a region. However, the areas within these regions that voted to remain have seen higher


price growth than the areas that voted to leave. In Scotland, which voted unanimously to Remain within the EU, house prices have increased by 2.84%. Northern Ireland also voted to stay in the EU, but the country’s property market has not fared as well as Scotland, with an increase of just 0.61%. According to Russell Quirk, eMoov chief executive officer, the research makes it clear that those areas that voted to remain were home to a much higher average house price in general and it would seem that it is this upper end of the market in each region that has seen price growth slow the most. ‘What it certainly does highlight is that there are still swathes of the market, even in London, where the UK property market remains immune to any external political uncertainty, and this should stand us in good stead as we exit the EU and with the recent general election in mind,’ he added

Rising oil prices threaten Spain’s economic growth model

of higher oil prices. That’s against a 1.1% rise in the euro zone as a whole, sounding the alarm among economists. To make matters worse, the trend is expected to continue for several months triggered by rising crude prices. “The Spanish economy is very dependent on oil, which it uses intensively,” says José Domingo Roselló, an analyst with the Flores de Lemus Institute at the Charles III University of Madrid. “The CPI fell more when oil prices dropped and now that crude prices are rising, the CPI has climbed. This begs the question as to whether more competition is needed to bring down prices in energy-production sectors.” Experts say December’s spike in inflation won’t necessarily have an impact on competitiveness, but warn there are associated risks. “The CPI is not the goods that we export. There are goods in this basket that are not exported. But it’s true [the rise in CPI could have an effect] if it ends up creating pressure to raise wages or boost margins. It is an indirect indicator of competitiveness,” says María Jesús Fernández, an economist with the Spanish think-tank Funcas.

Germany since the Euro was introduced. But while Germany has retained its competitiveness through dampening demands for salary increases by reining in inflation and getting as many people into the workforce as possible, Spain has done so by drastically slimming its workforce and producing more and more with fewer and fewer workers. Spain only resorted to reining in wages as the crisis became entrenched, explains Josep Oliver, an economics professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. But rising inflation could put the strategy at risk. “The rise in oil prices means transferring costs from importing countries to producers. We have to accept that we are poorer. It doesn’t make sense to give in to the temptation to compensate for rising oil prices with higher salaries,” says Rafael Domenech, an economist with BBVA bank. Others stress the need to make Europe the benchmark. “It is not possible to raise wages more than elsewhere in the euro-zone. This has to be the limit if we don’t want to go backwards,” a highly placed source in the government said.

This is what concerns economists: socalled “second-round effects.” While higher oil prices might have a transitory statistical impact on CPI, year-on-year inflation is forecast to go as high as 3% in the first quarter of 2017, putting intense pressure on wages and margins and placing exports at risk.

But after 39 months of gains in competitiveness, Spain’s inflation rate in December jumped to 1.4% year on year in harmonized terms on the back


According to data from the EU statistics body Eurostat and Spain’s national statistics institute, the INE, Spain, by September 2016, had managed to recover all the competitiveness it has lost against

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This reading of the Spanish economy has it that internal devaluation in Spain allowed the economy to become more competitive within the euro-zone and to boost exports – a cornerstone of the country’s recovery.

This could put an end to the moderation that, in the last three years, has allowed Spain to be one of the few Western countries, along with Germany, to boost exports.


For more than three years, Spain’s inflation rate has been below the eurozone average and even lower than that of Germany, the bloc’s most competitive country. Over this period, the Spanish government has consistently pushed the line that employment creation in the country has been the result of this low inflation rate, and while it may be a coincidence, Spain started to create jobs just two months after inflation in the country fell below the euro-zone average.

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Law services Abad Abogados 968 155 785 Shirley Ann Fisher 968 103 008 Costa Calida Property Services 968 199 251 Metalwork Eriks 636 050 008 Mobility, aids & equipment Freedom Mobility 638 893 357 Property services Camposol Properties 968 592 679 Pool cleaning, maintenance & repair Camposol Properties 646 476 911 Printing & Design Insignia Graphics, 618 615 903 Mister print 638 893 357 SALES AND RENTAL AGENTS 2let2buy2sell 968 979 876 UK 00 44 1223 968 199 Another World 968 592 679 Mercers 968 199 188 UK 08450 177 805 VillaQuest 968 974 918 Spanish interpreters and courses Debbies translations & interpreting, 677 353 136 Pilar Garcia 663 74 24 42 Window cleaning services Miles Better: 619 877 303 Water, purification services Waterfiltersspain: 677 353 136 Miles Better Water Filters 619 877 303 other Useful numbers Aqualia Emercency number: 902136013

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

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

MABS now have an office on the main dual carriage way on Sector B. LIONS, Membership: Lion nigel 651867105 Welfare:Lion Gina 654874563 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B.


F R T S A FEA TURES FEATU RES FE ATURE S FEA TURES FEATU RES FE ATURE S FEA TURES FEATU RES FE ATURE FEA TURES FEATU RES FE FEA TURES FEATU FEA TURES FEA If you have a favourite joke that is suitable for a family magazine and not too long why not send it to

We will publish it and give you a credit

Q: What did one elevator say to the other elevator? A: I think I’m coming down with something! Q: What do you say when you lose a wii game? A: I want a wii-match! Q: What never asks questions but receives a lot of answers? A: the Telephone. Q: How do you make an Octupus laugh? A: With ten-tickles Q: Why can’t your nose be 12 inches long? A: Because then it would be a foot! Q: What has four wheels and flies? A: A garbage truck! Q: What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has a million letters in it? A: Post Office! Q: What did the blanket say to the bed? A: Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Q: Why should you take a pencil to bed? A: To draw the curtains!

Q: How many books can you put in an empty backpack? A: One! After that its not empty! Q: Did you hear they’re changing the flooring in daycare centers? A: They’re calling it infanttile!

Q: Why did the scientist go to the tanning salon? A: Because he was a paleontologist.

Q: What did the triangle say to the circle? A: Your pointless!

Q: Why was the student’s report card wet? A: It was below C level!

Q: Why do sea-gulls fly over the sea? A: Because if they flew over the bay they would be bagels!

Q: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? A: Tentacles.

Q: What dog keeps the best time? A: A watch dog. Q: What did the man say to the wall? A: One more crack like that and I’ll plaster ya! Q: Why did the tomato turn red? A: It saw the salad dressing! Q: Why do girls scouts sell cookies? A: They wanna make a sweet first impression. Q: What did the grape do when it got stepped on? A: It let out a little wine!

Q: What did the judge say when the skunk walked in the court room? A: Odor in the court. Q: What did the fish say when he swam into the wall? A: Dam!

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Q: What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? A: SUPPLIES!

Q: What kind of button won’t unbutton? A: A bellybutton!

Q: What kind of berry has a coloring book? A: A crayon-berry

Last month’s Suduko answers

Q: Why don’t skeletons fight each other? A: They don’t have the guts.

Q: What did the traffic light say to the car? A: Don’t look, I’m changing. Q: What do you call cheese that is not yours? A: Nacho Cheese Q: How do you find a Princess? A: You follow the foot Prince. Q: What streets do ghosts haunt? A: Dead ends! Q: What did the penny say to the other penny? A: We make perfect cents. Q: Why did the man with one hand cross the road? A: To get to the second hand shop.

Riddle Answers Racecar The letter r He waits until night time and then goes through the first door. Words 2017

Charity corner

CST/FAST article for the July issue The whole CST Team turned out for the Spring Fayre at Mariano’s on Saturday 27th May. Responders and Supporters alI assisted in making the day a complete success. CST/FAST rely solely on fundraising to allow us to

provide the Emergency Fast Response Service to both residents and visitors alike to Camposol. Local businesses provided the prizes for the Grand Draw. Patrick Baker won the first prize, donated by Euronics and Mercers.

Almost every business on Camposol contributed something. We would like to convey our most sincere gratitude to all of you. There were 30 traders selling their wares, from handbags and jewellery to cakes and pies. Music and announcements were provided by local DJ Carl Thomas. The next fundraising event held on Saturday 3rd June was the Darts Competition which was held at Alley Palais. Thank you so very much to Dorothy Baillie and Terry Haggerty who organised this event. The trophies were supplied by Alley Palais; the winner was Sally Rose and runner up was Alan Thompson. Food was supplied by Paul and Jane (P & J’s at Alley Palais). A big thank you and sincere gratitude to all who supported this event, and also for the donation of raffle prizes. This will be an annual event with €400 being raised in support of CST/FAST. That same evening, there was a Music and Dance Evening held outside CATS and TELS bars; music was provided by Wildcat. Sincere gratitude to all involved in organising this event in aid of CST/ FAST, especially Sara from CATS and Leanne from TELS. More than €1000 was raised on the night. One of our vehicles is in need of replacing soon and we are looking to purchase a good, reliable previously well cared for vehicle. The cost will be considerable so the fundraising is extremely important. We are also enquiring about purchasing new AEDs (defibrillators) and the cost of these will be substantial at approximately £1,000 each. The FAST Responders and Supporters also gathered for a social evening at a local restaurant on

Camposol and a great time was had by all. Many thanks to Mandy for arranging this. We try to have at least one social evening a month. We have 7 new Responders who are being trained and will, when fully trained, be authorised by the Murcian Health Authority to carry out CPR. They will be trained in all first aid and life saving techniques. Training is carried out in house at no cost to FAST, by our accredited trainers, but the accreditation and authorisation is costly. If you are thinking of doing something with your spare time then why not join FAST. You will make new friends and be involved in all or as many activities as you wish. All you need is a few hours a week to help the community that is Camposol. We have regular social evenings and trips to many different places. Come along and see how you can help, we are at the Cultural Centre each Tuesday from 09.00 to 12.00. If you belong to a group or if you are a business and would like a demonstration of our first aid and life saving skills, please contact us at one of our e mail addresses. We can be found each Friday morning outside Euronics on B sector. Email :,, recruitment@ REMEMBER: HELP US TO HELP YOU! … AYÚDANOS A AYÚDARTE ! AIDEZ NOUS A POUVOIR VOUS AIDER! … HELFEN SIE UNS HELFEN! HELP ONS OM JULLIE TE KUNNEN HELPEN!

Age Concern every week are at the Social Centre, Camposol B on Wednesday & Thursday 10 am to 1pm for ticket purchases. For enquiries telephone 634 344 589 (10am to 4pm Mon- Fri) Events Telephone: 634 336 484 (10am to 4pm Mon to Fri) Equipment Loan: 634306927 (10am to 4pm Mon to Fri) We will be closed for the month of August, but can be contacted for urgent matters on the numbers above:

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donations are very gratefully received and can also be dropped off at either of our shops in Roldan or Mazarron Town, 10.301.30pm. Thank you. Andrea x Last month we started a massive campaign to raise money in order for us to purchase some land and move forward with our work rescuing and helping ill-treated animals. We want to raise 100,000euro to buy some land and be able to expand our charity. We have set up a gofundme appeal to help us achieve this massive target ( I know this is not going to be a quick fix thing, but, we have to be positive and I know Kevin and I and our bunch of dedicated followers, supporters and volunteers will make this happen. Currently any new equines that come into AAR’s care have to go into livery at a cost of 100euro per month, we currently have 5, and it won’t stop there. We also have a Facebook page which you can find as Animal Rescue Needs Rescuing Fundraising Page. Our fifth equine currently livery is Captain. He was found recently all alone without any shade, very little to eat and looking very depressed. He had horrible wounds and scabs on his legs which were plagued by flies and making his life intolerable. Nobody was very forthcoming about the ownership of this donkey so we contacted Seprona, which is the animal welfare section of the Guardia Civil and with their help managed to get him signed over to AAR. He was very grateful to be rescued, he never stopped braying in happiness, life will be sweet for this boy from now on! That’s it, in a nutshell but it involves a lot of people and time to make this happen, so a big thank you to everyone involved. Baby Angelo is absolutely beautiful. In fact if there was a donkey beauty pageant, he would win hands down! He is growing in confidence and developing a very cheeky nature. Coco-channel is a great mother and very protective over him. Sorry Kevin, but, I am in love, all over again!!! Whilst I was at the Perrera last month, I know when will I learn, but how could I resist these 2 irresistible little bundles of joy. I came home with Willow and Ana, because I just knew I would be able to find them their forever homes, Willow has been snapped up and I am sure it won’t be long before Ana is. So the future is bright for these two little munchkins. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Mrs. Fox, to start with her recovery was great, but, she sadly went downhill rapidly and all signs pointed to distemper. Canine distemper is caused by a natural virus spread by close animal contact. It is usually fatal and cannot be cured, but it can be prevented through vaccinations. We did all we could, but, alas this poor girl could not be saved. The window in the shop in Mazarron has had a makeover and it looks fabulous. A big thank you to our window dresser extraordinaire Amanda who has a natural flair for this kind of thing. Take a look, and then come inside we have a fantastic range of items from clothes to shoes, beds and mattresses, books, towels, bedding, soft furnishings, tables, chairs, sofas, computer screens, jewellery, handbags, hats, bric a brac, knick-knacks and more............come and visit us in Mazarron Town, opposite the Medical Centre. We are open from 10-2pm Mon-Sat alternatively our Roldan shop is open from 10.30-2.30 Mon-Sat with an equally fabulous range of goods. As usual I will be on Car Park, camposol B, every Monday from 11.30 to 1.30pm to collect any unwanted goods. All your

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We would like to thank all our supporters for their continued support over the past months whilst we have been re structuring the charity. This has been a transition period for us to set out our future aims to help those most in need in our community. Our van will now resume to be at the car park on Camposol Sector A on Tuesdays from 10.00 until 12.00 for any donations you wish to pledge to us. Our shop opening times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays form 10.00 until 1.30pm. Drop off points are still the same i.e. Camposol – Euronics for any clothing bric-a-brac etc. Quick Save and The English Butchers who have donation bins for any food stuffs or toiletries . Our aims are to continue to help those families who are most in need. We will still be working with Mazarron Social Services, The Red Cross and Caritas. Jennifer Tanton is to continue to resume as Outreach Co-ordinator but merely in a liaison capacity as her knowledge of the people we help and her rapport with the other agencies and Social Services are an immense asset to our charity and our aims. For families who newly register with Social Services there is a short fall of 3 weeks whilst their claim is processed, therefore we will be able to step in and help with food and other essential items prior to them being able to get support from either The Red Cross or Caritas for their ongoing Aid needs. We intend to liaise with Father Carlos who is the Parish Priest at Canada de Gallego to help many people in that rural community who are in need of help. With the possible proviso for the children to have regular dental, hearing and eye check ups to detect early enough any possible health problems they may have. With the total cost of all school books at 300 Euro’s per year per child is beyond the means of many families, therefore helping with the cost of essential subject books would be a considerable help in the education of these children. On 20th May at The Bar- Med in the Puerto de Mazarron the sum of 150 eurso’s was raised on our behalf, so we would like to thank all those who attended this event together with the entertainers and Michelle and Derek Miles for their hospitality. Martin Ross who is retiring from his singing performing career due to ill health is giving us a final performance together with The Beagles saying good bye for the last time, The Gekko’s will also be there and some members of the “q Tips” Paul Youngs original band. It promises to be a fabulous evening of top entertainment. This is taking place on the Saturday 8th July outside Tels and Cat’s Bar on Camposol Sector A commencing at 8 pm. The sum 2 Euro’s for a seat at a reserved table can be purchased at any of the two bars. All proceeds will go to GomaD, so please come along and support this event and enjoy a great evenings entertainment. We are aiming to resume our Table Top stall on the second and last Friday Market on Camposol Sector B Commercial Centre in the Autumn if we can arrange enough volunteers to enable us to do this. So we are appealing for some volunteers to pledge their help in order for us to re-commence this stall. You can contact us via the following numbers for van collections of donated items and deliveries please call Graham on 603 38 90 06 Shop number is 634321161. Alternatively you can email


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