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THE Dear Reader,
Welcome to our March St Patrick’s Special edition of The Journal. By the time you are reading this we will have we will have hopefully put the cold windy weather behind us and be getting ready to say goodbye the short nights and hibernating indoors with the log burner on! The good news is that there are plenty of reasons to be out and about this month! The social calendar kicks off with Mothering Sunday on the 10th, where all the mums out there get cards and gifts and spoiled for the day. As it’s up to me to organize Mothers Day on behalf of my wee boy I fully intend to push the boat out and give her the no expense spared 5 star treatment. This will in turn earn me plenty of Brownie Points, which I intend to cash in the following week on Sunday the 17th of March, which is of course St Patrick’s Day! St Patrick’s Day is quite possibly one of my favorite days of the year as it normally involves several pints of Guiness and a very tasty Irish Stew (see the recipie page). This year however I won’t be getting into the spirit of things until later in the afternoon, as I´ll be running the Murcia half marathon in the morning. What a bad day to schedule a race on, but I´ve heard that there will be Guiness at the finish line. If that’s true then there is a distinct possibility that I will come first! Then there is of course the Easter celebrations with an extra 2 days off work for Jueves Santo and Viernes Santo on the 28th and 29th of March. (Also the 19th is a Fiesta day for San Jose) This Easter I have asked my other half to limit the amount of Easter eggs she buys herself- I mean our son- to no more than 10. Last year, I could have become a major shareholder in Cadburys with the amount of Chocolate in our house! With Best Wishes currently selling Cadburys Creme Eggs at 4 for 3€ I fear the temptation will be too much for her to resist! I hope you enjoy the magazine and have a great month! See you in April Robert Rutherford Disclamer: This month’s joke page contains several jokes of an Irish nature. If you belong to the Brigade of Politically Correct or lack a sense of humour, or are likely to be offended on behalf of the people of Ireland then please don’t read it.
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Embargoes and Infrastructure There are clearly two big challenges that face Camposol. Our infrastructure is getting even more run down than it was. The hole in the road on Sector A is now six months old with no sign that it is to be mended. The bridge repairs have taken months. Meanwhile the temporary road detireriates and street lights go out. Clearly the roads and lighting is the council’s responsibility. Water continues to be problematic with cuts every week. The sad point is that the Town hall does not have the cash or borrowing capacity to do much. The infrastructure affects us all. Embargoes only affect those who either live on polygonos where there are no escritura at all or parts of polygonos or individual plots, again without escritura. Definitely affected are RE3, the new build, D23 and D32. It would also appear that parts of C15 have been embargoed by the tax Authority, Hacienda. In one case at least a plot has nine embargoes on it. In another the owner was sold the plot through an estate agents who failed to tell them about the embargo on the property. Hence it’s not just those who bough off plan, but even some resale’s.
either a plot or a plot and villa. This property can then be publicly auctioned off. Not every case has the same variants and generalizations are difficult. Clearly MASA are the culprit. Had they built according to the plan parcial, resolved the dry river bed issue, and not allowed occupation until escritura were obtained, then no one would be in this position. However it is not just MASA, some estate agents have also been responsible particularly for failures to adequately check the legal status of properties or follow through. The CRA ran a meting on Wednesday 16th January at the Cultural Centre, where they planned to outline the problem and introduce Luis Canovas, the international lawyer based at the Business Centre to owners with the possibility of pursuing action in the courts. In the event possibly 150 crowded into the centre to hear what could be done. The meeting itself was very well conducted, with Bob Owen chair of the CRA introducing speakers and inviting questions. It was complicated since what became very evident during questions that each case was really unique.
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impossible to stop. These actions will have to go alongside other actions. Mary Pounceys group are soon to appear in court suing the 10 year insurance. All that can be achieved is in the case of the individual villa owners without escritura, the absolute logging in of their interest in the property. In the case of the polygonos, only their interest is logged in and the property cannot be sold. This whole process will cost thousands. Individual owners will need to contact Luis and work out their costs. There will be owners who cannot afford the process. The only saving grace at present is that economic situation will slow things down. Prices in auctions are at an all time low. Cost:, 1375 for the first embargo, then 325 for every successive embargo. Embargos are individual matters and each will need contesting; 300 Euros for an architects certificate, which is only needed if you have to outline the details of your villa to the courts. 240 Euros for the first embargo to the Procurado, 40 euros each for successive embargos; 200 euros in judicial fees and 0.5% of the value of the land of the house again for judicial Fees. The Lawyers Luis Canovas is acting as the contact with the law company in Alhama. The company is very much a family concern run by his brother. Luis himself is owner and proprietor of the Camposol Business Centre on Sector A. It lies next to Marianos and has a number of companies based there, including the British lawyer, Shirley Fisher who is also associated with the programme. He was brought up in Alhama and did his initial law degree at Valencia, moving to London for ten years, and gaining a further two degrees at London University. As well as the Business Centre he acts as an international corporate lawyer worldwide. His English is impeccable! Top of Form MAM SOLICITORS Bob Owen Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:26 am MAM were originally based in Torrevieja but have been at San Javier, behind Iceland for some years. They were the solicitors I used in my purchase and I have received the following from them.
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They are confirming all that Luis told us at the meeting but the most important part states they are doing this work for their existing clients as part of the original contract you had with them to obtain your escritura. The way I read it it is free to existing clients. So if you used them in the past contact them to check it out, nothing ventured nothing gained. We have 14 clients in our firm who bought properties at D-23 & D-32 from Jumasa many years ago. The title deeds were not granted and since the situation is getting worse we are taking care of representing them in a Court Case against Jumasa. We at MAM are very concerned about this situation so we have had a meeting with our associated barrister in order to discuss the different options regarding a possible Court case against MASA. The situation is as follows: All the owners in plots D23 and D32 cannot obtain their title deeds of ownership regardless the fact properties have been paid in full and keys have been delivered many years ago. As you probably know, the problem lays on a lack of a permit/licence which has to be granted by the CONFEDERACION HIDROGRAFICA. Without this permit the Town Hall is not able to grant the
corresponding building licences. Without the building licences, title deeds cannot be signed and registered in the name of the owners. We are aware that plots 23 and 32 are still in the name of JUMASA and that there are now several embargos (seizes) registered against the land. We are also aware that it is possible JUMASA enters into administration in a very near future. This will complicate the situation even more. Is there any possibility for the owners then? We need to gain time since we all hope the problem with the Confederacion will be one day sorted. It is not possible hundred of owners do not get a solution from the authoritiesâ€Ś At certain stage, we feel the owners will need to take control of the situation (not leaving things just on the hands of Jumasa) but as any possible solution will take time, efforts and money we need to concentrate in the most urgent thing which is trying to secure your rights in some way. There is one important thing to protect: â€˘ The fact that as per your contract of purchase you have a right to a portion in D-23 or D-32. We understand that although your house cannot be registered as a separate entity, your right of ownership could be registered as a share/
percentage in the overall master plot. By doing this you will get something registered in your name and it will be always easier to proof that you are the owner of the property. â€˘ But not only that, it will prevent other future embargos to be registered on the overall plot of land. Any future embargos will be registered only in the share which still remains in the name of JUMASA. Our barrister suggests to serve a lawsuit against both Jumasa and those creditors who have already registered their rights upon the land. The aim is to have your right of ownership (which at the moment is only a share in the land, not a house) registered. The advantages are many because you are sure you have some kind of right registered in your name and it will protect you if Jumasa goes into administration and its assets are sold. Having said the above, we must warn you that the case is not easy nor quick but our barrister is confident there is plenty of leeway for success. You will need to sign a special power of attorney to allow the barrister to represent you in Court. If you are not in Spain at the moment, I can prepare a power of attorney for you to sign back at home, in front of a notary public. To ground the case, the barrister will need
to proof the Court your ownership and possession of the property and in order to do so it will be required: 1- Original contract of purchase. 2- Proof of payments to Jumasa, including the last one. 3- Copies of utilities from the date the property was occupied by you. And any other documents which show you have had the possession of the property during all these years. Since this is a standard email I am sending to our clients in Camposol, it is possible we have already got some of the requested documents. We will confirm what we need when you contact us. A report from an architect with the measures of your plot will be also required. Our barrister will organise this. The aim is to present two different law suits, one for each plot D-23 and D-32. At MAM solicitors we are taking care of our clients so we will be covering the legal expenses corresponding to the court case. We will welcome any other owners outside MAM who are interested to joint us so you are free to pass this email to any of your neighbours, we will prepare a tight budget for them.
A difficult way is in front of us but we are confident we will finally reach a solution to this terribly problem. I look forward to hearing from you shortly. Kind regards Cristina Muñoz MARTINEZ-ABARCA & MUÑOZ ABOGADOS C/MONASTERIO DE VENTA DE BAÑOS, 1º, BAJO SAN JAVIER 30.730 MURCIA TEL 902 555 095- 968 334 439/ FAX 968 56 60 38
The Murcia region has one of the driest months of December of the last 33 years The Aemet says the average rainfall in this period was one liter per square meter 04.01.2013 | 00:00 EP The average rainfall in the month of December 2012 in the region of Murcia was one liter per square meter per month characterized as “very dry”, the fourth
driest December since 1979. The area of Murcia most monthly precipitation was the Altiplano, with just 4 liters per square meter, where most of the precipitation is collected on the 25th. The accumulated rainfall between October and December, 122 liters per square meter, they accounted for 117% of the normal value. These data allowed few months of October and November moist, unlike very dry December 1, said yesterday the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). In the latter months of the year the average temperature was 10.3 degrees Celsius, was 0.4 degrees higher than normal value, thus the character of the month was “warm”. During the first half, the minimum temperatures were lower than normal, to -4 degrees Celsius recorded on day 9 in Los Royos of Caravaca. But between 15 and 24, temperatures were well above average, reaching up to 25 degrees Celsius in Sewell, the 15th. The temperatures of the last days of the month ranged from normal values. During the month of December, predominant winds from the west, reaching more than 90 mph in gusts recorded on day 21 in Yecla
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Spangles choir Visits Camposol Spangles are one of the best known choirs in Spain. The have won gold medals at the belamedina music competition, and after a year in which they were unable to take part are keen to take another gold. Some time ago Shirley , better known for her work as a British lawyer based at the Camposol Business Centre, ran some adds to create a community choir on Camposol. This resulted in , which has had several public outings, singing for example at the Age Concern Christmas Fair , two years running. Shirley has taken a back seat with them for a few months now, but has joined Spangles up in Torrevieja. Spangles are very professionally run, very disciplined and serious about their music, although they obviously have great fun singing. They want to spread the word about Barber shop quartets, part singing. To this end they had the idea of running an introductory session on Camposol. This they did on the 21st January at Marianos. The day was a great success. The dozen participators, virtually all from Camposol, worked
hard all day. tonal center and imply major and minor Wikipedia defines Barber shop as, chords and barbershop (dominant and “Barbershop vocal harmony, as secondary dominant) seventh chords codified during the barbershop revival that resolve primarily around the circle era (1940s–present), is a style of a of fifths, while making frequent use of cappella, or unaccompanied vocal other resolutions.” music characterized by consonant fourSlower barbershop songs, especially part chords for every melody note in ballads, often eschew a continuous beat, a predominantly homophonic texture. and notes are often held (or sped up) ad Each of the four parts has its own role: libitum. generally, the lead sings the melody, The voice parts in barbershop singing the tenor harmonizes above the melody, do not correspond closely to the the bass sings the lowest harmonizing correspondingly named voice parts in notes, and the baritone completes the classical music. Barbershop singing is chord, usually below the lead. The performed both by men’s and women’s melody is not usually sung by the tenor groups; the elements of the barbershop or bass, except for an infrequent note or style and the names of the voice parts two to avoid awkward voice leading, in are the same for both. tags or codas, or when some appropriate The day consisted of breathing embellishment can be created. exercises, a demonstration of harmony Occasional traveling may be sung by collage, choreography, learning “feeling fewer than four voice parts.” groovy”, amongst other elements. According to the Barbershop Tel: 968 138 516 Mobile: 620 27 76 90 Harmony Fax: 968 59 29 08 Society (BHS), Email: email@example.com “Barbershop music features songs with Camposol Insurances C/Castellon de la Plana,229 understandable Urb Camposol A lyrics and easily 30870 Mazarron (Murcia) singable melodies, Open Monday to Friday 10am till 1pm & 2pm till 5pm whose tones clearly define a Mazarron Office Tel: 968 59 28 28
There was a performace to a relatively small audience of friends, family and supporters in the evening at Marianos, an audience of about 40. It was a shame more didnâ€™t come since two quartets from Spangles performed three songs each, Viva and Chardonnay and the new Camposol Chorus performed its first public event! Spangles want to come back and maybe do a day for men and certainly regard Camposol and Mazarron as a fruitful area. There is after all St Nicholas Church Choir with Maureen and the new community choir, not to mention the large number of karaoke singers. If you are interested and missed the event get in touch with Shirley Fisher at the Business Centre, who sings with Spangles and it was thanks to her that the event was organised. The concert consisted of two ladies barbershop quartets, both singing three pieces. With Viva doing Amapola, a Spanish song, California Dream, and I want to come back as a man, very witty. Chardonnay sang Lollipop, Once Upon a Time. They were joined by the singing class for renditions of La Bamba, and some of the works from the day. The quartets were great, very professional and when joined by the chorus, given that they had just been together for the day, very impressive. The audience really enjoyed the show. If you are
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The house prices fell by 7.2% in the Murcia region in 2012 The report released today by the appraisal company believes that the cheapening will continue during 2013 02.01.2013 | 11:02 EFE / LAOPINIONDEMURCIA.ES The new housing prices in Spain fell by 6.9% in 2012, while in the region of Murcia this decline stood at 7.2 percent, according to the report released today by the Society of Valuation, which considers the cheaper houses will continue during 2013. The report indicates that home prices have declined 33.5% from its peak, although this rate is equivalent to half of the observed asset revaluation, which puts the price of housing in levels early 2003. The price of new housing in the provincial capitals reached 2,212 euros per square meter, representing an average building of 90 square meters worth 199,100 euros.
In the second half of the year, the price of houses has reduced by 3.2%. In 2012, house prices fell in all regions, with the largest falls occurring in Navarra (12.6%), La Rioja (11.6%), Castilla-La Mancha (10.2%), Cantabria (8.8%), Valencia (8.7%), Aragon (8.6%), Extremadura (7.3%), Ontario (7.2%), Murcia (7.2%) and Castilla y Leon (7%). Below the national average, the price dropped in Catalonia (6.6%), Madrid (6.5%), Ireland (6.5%), Asturias (5.7%), Galicia (5.6%) , Canary Islands (5.2%) and Basque Country (4.1%).
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Who Was the Man Behind St. Patrick’s Day? For starters, the real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves. What’s more, Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy, Freeman noted. At 16, Patrick’s world turned: He was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in the chilly, mountainous countryside of Ireland for seven years. "It was just horrible for him," Freeman said. "But he got a religious conversion while he was there and became a very deeply believing Christian."
On St. Patrick’s Day—Sunday, March 17—millions of people will don green and celebrate the Irish with parades, good cheer, and perhaps a pint of beer. But few St. Patrick’s Day revelers have a clue about St. Patrick, the historical figure, according to the author of St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography. "The modern celebration of St. Patrick’s Day really has almost nothing to do with the real man," said classics professor Philip Freeman of Luther College .
St. Patrick’s Disembodied Voices According to folklore, a voice came to Patrick in his dreams, telling him to escape. He found passage on a pirate ship back to Britain, where he was reunited with his family. The voice then told him to go back to Ireland. "He gets ordained as a priest from a bishop, and goes back and spends the rest of his life trying to convert the Irish to Christianity," Freeman said. Patrick’s work in Ireland was tough—he was constantly beaten by thugs, harassed
by the Irish royalty, and admonished by his British superiors. After he died on March 17, 461, Patrick was largely forgotten. But slowly, mythology grew around Patrick, and centuries later he was honored as the patron saint of Ireland, Freeman noted. Is Your Shamrock Real or Bogus? According to St. Patrick’s Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today, St. Patrick’s Day revelers wear a shamrock. Trifolium dubium, the wildgrowing, three-leaf clover that some botanists consider the official shamrock, is an annual plant that germinates in the spring. Other three-leaf clovers, such as the perennials Trifolium repens and Medicago lupulina, are "bogus shamrocks," according to the Irish Times. John Parnell, a botanist at Trinity College Dublin, said that Trifolium dubium is the most commonly used shamrock today, which lends credence to the claims of authenticity. However, he added, the custom of wearing a shamrock dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, and "I know of
no evidence to say what people then used. I think the argument on authenticity is purely academic—basically I’d guess they used anything cloverlike then." What’s more, botanists say there’s nothing uniquely Irish about shamrocks. Most clover species can be found throughout Europe. No Snakes in Ireland Another St. Patrick myth is the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland. It’s true no snakes exist on the island today, Luther College’s Freeman said—but they never did. Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy waters—much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else. Since snakes often represent evil in literature, "when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland, it is symbolically saying he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland [and] brought in a new age," Freeman said. The snake myth, the shamrock story, and other tales were likely spread by well-meaning monks centuries after St. Patrick’s death, Freeman said. St. Patrick’s Day: Made in America? Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. A priest would acknowledge the feast day, and families would celebrate with a big meal, but that was about it. "St. Patrick’s Day was basically invented in America by Irish-Americans," Freeman said. Irish-American history expert Timothy Meagher said Irish charitable organizations originally celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with banquets in places such as Boston, Massachusetts; Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina. Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick’s Day parades. Some soldiers, for example, marched through New York City in 1762 to reconnect with their Irish roots. Other parades followed in the years and decades after, including well-known celebrations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, primarily in flourishing Irish immigrant communities. "It becomes a way to honor the saint but also to confirm ethnic identity and to
create bonds of solidarity," said Meagher, of Catholic University in Washington, D.C.. Dyeing the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day Sometime in the 19th century, as St. Patrick’s Day parades were flourishing, wearing the color green became a show of commitment to Ireland, Meagher said. In 1962 the show of solidarity took a spectacular turn in Chicago when the city decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green. The tradition started when parade organizer Steve Bailey, head of a plumbers’ union, noticed how a dye used to trace possible sources of river pollution had stained a colleague’s overalls a brilliant green, according to greenchicagoriver.com. Why not use the dye to turn the whole river green on St. Patrick’s Day, Bailey thought. So began the tradition. The environmental impact of the dye is minimal compared with pollution such as bacteria from sewage-treatment plants, said Margaret Frisbie, the executive director of the advocacy group Friends of the Chicago River. Rather than advising against the dye, her group focuses on turning the Chicago River into a welcoming habitat full of fish, herons, turtles, and beavers. If the river becomes a wildlife haven, the thinking goes, Chicagoans won’t want to dye their river green.
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But more than doubles to 13 million pints, said Beth Davies Ryan, global corporaterelations director of Guinness.
"Historically speaking, a lot of Irish immigrants came to the United States and brought with them lots of customs and traditions, one of them being Guinness," she said. Today, the U.S. tradition of St. Patrick’s Day parades, packed pubs, and green silliness has invaded Ireland with full force, said Freeman, the classics professor. The country, he noted, figured out that the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day was a good way to boost spring tourism. "Like anybody else," he said, "they can take advantage of a good opportunity."
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We were thrilled to see so many people in the audiences at our production of “Dick Whittington” at La Molata. A Panto isn’t the same without a responsive audience and at each performance the spectators joined in the songs and repartee with gusto. Thank you for your wonderful support which has enabled us to donate 100€ to The Palm House Orphanage in Cambodia.. Our next production will be two short
comedies to be performed in May – watch this space for further details. In the meantime, we have been invited to participate in the Semana Cultural in Puerto de Mazarrón in April and we are at present having talks with the Education Department as to the details of our involvement. We plan to perform a short comedy to students of English with some level of audience participation and an opportunity for them to have a chat with the cast afterwards. For more information contact: Pat Hunt 644 400 123 /firstname.lastname@example.org wwwcloudninedramagroupmurcia.com
The lighter side of the horse meat scandal
Horse walks into a bar. Barman says ‘sorry mate, we don’t serve food in here’ Findus lasagne contains horse meat. I’d check the spaghetti bologneighs as well. Food scandal for vegetarians: radish found to be up to 100% horseradish BREAKING NEWS: Findus fish fingers test positive for 60% seahorse. They’ve only just discovered the horsemeat in lasagnes because the cheese on top was mascarpone.
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The Journal, has kindly allowed me to have a small writing section each month to allow me to bring what I hope will be inspirational and informative ideas to help with the interior design of your home and garden. So here goes……. Perfect Arrangement Over the years I have experienced many challenges when it comes to furnishing a living room. Many of these challenges have derived from the builder placing the TV points in not the most logical of positions, structural pillars that break up
the run of a wall, doors or windows not always being in the ideal place. But it has been with these challenges that has helped me to understand the properties within the area and to discover how to overcome these little ‘hiccups’ and get around them to help design a living room that functionally works well, but retains that homely feel that we so crave. A unique room shape can make arranging furniture tricky. But learning some tricks has ensured that I have been able to keep furnishing homes for many a year. For example, if you have a narrow space, try placing a couch along the back wall. Flank the right and left sides with love seats or chairs, whilst keeping accessories simple and create symmetry and balance by placing end tables on both sides of the sofa. If you have a smaller living room, to help prevent it from looking cramped, carefully choose your furniture. Having exposed chair
legs or coffee table legs, makes even the smallest spaces look larger with an airey, open feel. When dealing with open floor plans - it always presents a decorating challenge, balancing the need to unite spaces, whilst giving each zone a distinct vibe. Spaces can be brought together with a soft accent colour. For example, by using the colour of cushions from the living area, and adding this colour to the flowers or the vase on the kitchen breakfast bar, ties in the two areas, but still keeps them individual. Traditional and classic style furniture is making a come back in a big way. By placing classic furniture and accessories within a space that is inheritably casual creates a unique look that will serve both formal gatherings and day to day relaxing, mixing it up with a contemporary style of sofa brings the room right up to date, without being sent back in time by the use of traditional furniture. I hope my little comments give you some of your own ideas and hopefully you will share them with me by visiting our showroom in Mazarron town, which I am hoping will become your furnishing centre when required! Yours truly, Janice
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a photo frame in the GOmaD shop, he wanted it for a copy of the photo – we gladly gave it for free.
It has recently been reported, Unemployment in Spain exceeds 6million (26%) –whilst the region of Murcia has 29.59% unemployed & the Youth now reaching 60% - that is a staggering & alarming figure especially the Youth for they are the future of Spain! GOmaD has numerous clients who have been out of work for as long as 3 years, another staggering figure. And on a lighter note, another staggering figure as ´Lidls´ recently gave us 7 Legs of Serrano Ham, priced at around 40.00e that were headed for the bin – we Blessed 7 families in return. We never know what delights await us & our clients at Lidls – we can have boxes & boxes of chocolates, a mountain of bananas or cat litter - Not to be eaten even by the hungry! A story; Ahmed has been a GOmaD client for a couple of years & lives in his stationery car (as unable to insure/tax) in Mazarron. He regularly visits Cartagena Hospital for tests for a head injury & suffers severe headaches, GOmaD assists by driving him or providing the bus fare for which he always produces receipts. GOmaD also pays for his medicine again he produces receipts. Due to Ahmed´s living arrangements he calls in regularly to the GOmaD Shop for food/toiletries & He recently showed his appreciation by presenting Amanda with a present, a ´Tire Clock´ . GOmaD recently Blessed Ahmed with a bicycle that had been donated, so he could get around town.
the most in 2012. From 18% to 21%. Rodriguez Zapatero in 2011, his final year as president, had also raised IVA by two points, so we are now five points higher than before the crisis began. Does austerity work? Despite Spain’s current IVA rate of 21%, the average for the European Union is a touch higher, at 21.13%.
Employment Unemployment rose in February, once again, to 4,980,778 people seeking work. This is A HOME, located in a rambla in Mazarron. The approach is a rocky path with a slope needing to be negotiated, definitely no girlie heels can be worn! Due to the conditions & circumstances of the occupant, he also regularly visits the GOmaD shop to receive food/ toiletries. These stories & more remind us of how truly fortunate we are & how many live around us in conditions we find hard to comprehend! GOmaD wishes to announce its Second AGM is to be held on Monday 11th March at Cultural Social Centre, Camposol B for 3pm – ALL are welcome. And Volunteers Meeting - Monday 15th April at 3.30pm Cultural Social Centre. If you are interested in knowing more about GOmaD, please take this opportunity to come & join us. Fashion Show – Monday 8th April 3pm ´Mariano´s Restaurant´, Camposol A. Call Brenda on 634 348 653 for further information Mazarron Shop 634 321 161 (Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 2pm) Outreach/Enquiries 634 357 137 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Face Book: mad mazarron
It’s known that 55% of Spain’s youth are unemployed and some of them have left to seek their chances in Germany (thus, incidentally, removing themselves from the percentage figure). What isn’t so well known is that around half of them fail to find a job in Germany and are obliged to return home. Many reasons abound to show why the young people can’t fit in or take the first job on offer - including the climate, the customs and the lack of spoken German. ‘I wouldn’t advise anyone to just drop everything and come here’, says José Ramón Álvarez, who works in Germany helping Spanish immigrants acclimatise there, ‘first of all, take a language course!’
Libyan involved in airport crisis A much-hyped Hispano-Libyan fund which was interested in buying the absurd Castellón airport from the Valencian Government for 200 million euros (an airport built in happier times, which has cost a fortune estimated at around 200 million and which has never seen an aeroplane) turns out to be the brainchild of a deranged, and penniless, Libyan journalist. Back, as they say, to Square One!
The inscription on the Clock reads “ The Best Wish for my Good Friend” . Ahmed was seen taking & clutching
The ‘Troika’ or ‘Men in Black’ – inspectors from the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund – have described themselves as cautiously happy about the ongoing bank reforms here after their inspection visit to Spain last week. A recent study shows that Spain led the world in raising its sales taxes
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Casa Pepelino Last month we introduced you to Brico Pepelino (part of the Cadena 88 chain)
the most extensive hardware store in the area based on the high street of the picturesque village of Isla Plana, 5 minutes from Puerto de Mazarrón. There you can buy anything from fishing and camping equipment right through the spectrum to DIY and electrical goods. This month, we would like to introduce you to its ‘sister’ store, just 2 minutes away: CASA PEPELINO was first established in 1969 and is based on the main road which runs through Isla Plana. In Casa Pepelino you will find a GRAND VARIETY of articles which could
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compete with some department stores!! (once fondly referred to in a newspaper article as the “Corte Ingles” of Isla Plana). Some of the items you will find are : • Scuba diving equipment • Perfumes • Clothes. (Surkana & Tonalá brands etc) • Footwear • Pet Accessories & Food • Toys • Gift items • Beachware & Accessories • Haberdashery • Newspapers & Magazines
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The Santa Lucia Hospital, Cartagena
Many of you, I am sure, will be experts at visiting the Santa Lucia hospital in Cartagena (full name being Hospital General Universitario Santa Lucia…. important when putting it in your sat nav. I am told). We, until recently, had the good fortune of being complete novices with regards this hospital. Until my mother in law, who was staying with us for Christmas fell and unfortunately, and very painfully for her, broke her hip. She is still recovering nicely with us as I write, but I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of our experiences, in the hope that it may come in useful to some of you, should you need to visit the hospital yourselves…. Firstly, we needed an ambulance to get her there as she wasn’t able to move, and they came very promptly. Some people have told me that you can get someone
to speak in English when you dial 112, but I wouldn’t advise that you rely on this to give directions to your home (the couple of times I have had to call the emergency services since living here, I have had to speak Spanish). If you don’t speak Spanish, try and practice now to prepare yourself, so that you can at least pronounce your address. I am sure that a Spanish friend or neighbour will be willing to help you with this. I find a good landmark always helps (like a shop or restaurant nearby). This may all sound like good common sense, but don’t forget when we are in an emergency situation, we don’t always think straight, so have it written down and keep it near your telephone. Another thing to have written down is any medication that your guests are taking, how often they take it and the whereabouts of their European medical cards/passports. Whilst we have many visitors staying with us, this is something that had never really crossed my mind. But when the ambulance arrived, they wanted all of these details…..so again, just be prepared especially if your guests are elderly or poorly. You will not be able to travel with the patient in the ambulance (there may be exceptions to this which I am unaware of) and will therefore need to make your own way to the hospital.On arrival at the hospital, you can park initially in the ‘Urgencias’ area if you want to be as close as possible to the emergencies department. However, the parking here is particularly expensive and therefore only recommended for a very short stay. From
memory I paid about 7 euros for 2 and a bit hours. There is a huge general car park which is much more economical. If the person who you are with is eventually admitted into hospital, then it will be a good idea to find out which ‘block’ they are in before arriving, so that you can park as near as possible to the entrance to that block of wards. The layout of the hospital is shown on the plan below:
PLAN OF HOSPITAL There is an area of unmade road, just off the main entrance roundabout that people use to park for free, but due to the unsavoury characters that hang around there day and night asking for money for helping you park, I wouldn’t recommend that you be tempted by this, especially if you are alone or it is late at night. Once you are in the hospital system, it is difficult for me to give any other advice as each person’s needs/treatment will be different. But I hope this has been helpful. So all that is left to say is a big thank you from us and on behalf of my mother in law,to all the staff there who do such a fantastic job !!!!!!!!!!! Diane, ‘The Journal’ reader
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