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THE Dear Reader,

Welcome the May edition of The Journal! This month we have another fantastic magazine in store for you! Let’s start by mentioning last month’s edition of the magazine where we always print some April Fools stories. There were a few tall tales in there and we had lots of emails from our readers guessing which stories were true or not. Most of you guessed correctly. The stories about the Seaplanes on the Mar Menor, the machine that turned Water into Wine, and the Back to the Future Hoverboard were all April fools! This month everything that you read is completely true- even the story about the woman who fell down an abandoned well while in the throes of passion! Finally the warm weather has arrived and we hope that you enjoyed a fantastic Easter on the beach or by the pool. It was nice to see the bars, restaurants and shops so busy. Local businesses are reporting a significant increase in trade year on year so this has to be good news for everyone. On the subject of local businesses doing well, Camposol Health Clinic is now expanding and they are welcoming the arrival of 2 new doctors and a surgeon. Soon they will be able to carry out a whole host of out-patient surgical procedures in the new operating theatre that is currently under construction at their premises. The bars and restaurants are all ready for the summer. Oscar´s Bar on Camposol officially re-opened and is looking great after its refurbishment, The Black Bull has had a HUGE HD projector installed and La Vida in El Pareton is now under new ownership. You will find all the information further on in the magazine. We would like to say well done to Mrs Jennifer Martin of Camposol who was the lucky winner of our 42inch LED TV competition! Thank you to everyone who entered and keep your eyes open for future competitions. At the time of going to print, sadly, there has been no further significant news on the opening of Corvera Airport, or the eagerly anticipated construction of the Paramount theme park. To stay up to date with important news that happens in between prints, visit our Facebook page: The Journal Spain and click the “Like” button. Have a great month of May and enjoy this month’s Journal! See you next month, Robert Rutherford Proud to be a climate neutral publication

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Repsol Finds Liquid Gold In The Canaries Repsol Oil Company thinks the waters of the Canary Islands hide the largest oil reserves in the country. But against them are those who fear an ecological disaster and the end of tourism on the islands.

Reports say the Canary Island residents are divided on the matter, and the restarting of crude extraction of the coasts of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura is only supported by Repsol and the Partido Popular, and detractors are the other political parties, the ecologists and the NIMBY which stands for “Not In My Back Yard, as well as all who live from tourism. But the promise of industrial prosperity in an area with 33% unemployment is balanced by the warnings that the possible pollution would dissuade the 12 million visitors, which are practically the only income on the archipelago.

Mariano Rajoy doesn’t want a “Poor” Catalonia Mariano Rajoy told lawmakers that he does not want to see a “poor” independent Catalonia “outside of the EU and UN,” while reiterating that he would not allow the north eastern region to hold its proposed November 9th referendum.

“Neither you nor I can break the law because what you propose is actually a decision that belongs to all Spaniards,” the PM told Alfred Bosch, parliamentary spokesman for the Catalan Republican Left (ERC), during a question-andanswer session in Congress. “I want all of us to go on forming part of this same nation like we have for centuries. We have shared the same history, the same fortunes, and we have mixed our blood and joined our families. We have made a transition to democracy. I don’t want to see a poor Catalonia, or a Catalonia outside the EU or euro zone or the United Nations. No one deserves this and neither do you.” Congress has brought forward the debate on the Catalonia parliament’s petition to transfer enabling powers to regional lawmakers that would allow them to hold the status vote. After Rajoy reaffirmed that the decision over Catalonia’s future should be made by all Spaniards, not just Catalans, Bosch responded during his intervention: “Well, why don’t you call a referendum for all Spaniards”? “Do it, because that is your duty,” the ERC leader demanded. “On November 9, we are going to the polls, because casting ballots isn’t illegal and we plan on voting.” Tensions between the central and regional governments have been growing since January when the Catalan parliament voted in favour of a motion to ask Spanish Congress for permission to hold a referendum on self-rule for the region.

Spain Played Down IMF Fears Of Real Estate Bubble Bursting Analysts were warning in 2007 of the possible consequences of a slowdown and a subsequent crisis “In these almost boring times of generalized growth, the press is particularly eager to look for catastrophic events in the perennial quest for the newest ‘sick man’ of Europe. Having read the Directors’ preliminary


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statements, I realize that we probably over stressed our disdain for this press coverage, which one could call the ‘momentum catastrophicum literature’.” These were the words spoken by the executive director for Spain, Ramón Guzmán, when he spoke at the May 16, 2007 meeting of the International Monetary Fund executive board, which was being held to analyze the Spanish economy. Economic activity in Spain at the time was being buoyed by the boom in the housing market, while consumer spending had peaked. As such, the IMF was greatly concerned about the chance of the bubble bursting, and a subsequent crisis. The initial statements from the rest of the executive directors drew attention to the notable differences there were between the vision of the analysts who had been examining the Spanish economy, and the vision of the authorities in the country regarding the risks of the economic situation. Spanish economy began to slow in 2007, as property prices began to fall. That was in spite of growth of 3.9 percent that same year. Guzmán argued that Spain was not suffering the effects of a real estate bust. Instead, the government of Socialist politician José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was arguing that there was going to be a “soft landing.” The executive director also defended the reformist spirit of Spain in the face of criticism on the part of the IMF analysts. “Contrary to what a hurried reader of the staff report might infer, the authorities consider that very good progress has been made over the years to put Spain among the top reformers in Europe,” Guzmán said, according to the meeting minutes. However, he did stress that productivity needed to be improved and he promised that there would be “no risk of complacency in the future.” At the meeting, the other directors warned of the chance of greater adjustment than had been forecast, as well as the need to recover competitiveness compared to the rest of the euro zone, and a “possible correction in high real estate valuations.” Indeed, figures from the Public Works Ministry were starting to show signs that the model for growth was losing its impetus: of the nearly 665,000 new housing builds in 2006, in 2007 there

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were 530,000. And in 2008, when the economic crisis really kicked in, there were fewer than 238,000. The number two at the European department of the IMF, Alessandro Leipold, warned that the analysts, as well as the Organization for Cooperation and Development and the Bank of Spain, all agreed that there was an “overvaluation of between 20 and 30 percent” in the real estate market. However, Guzmán argued that the rising prices of recent years were not due to speculative reasons, citing a rise in demand due to an increased number of new arrivals from abroad, as well as the “deconstruction” of the traditional family unit. He also mentioned falls in interest rates and the appetite of investors from other European countries, among others. But the subsequent collapse in the construction sector explains why, in the next IMF meeting, which took place in March 2009, this “possible correction” was transformed into a calculation that saw a fall in real estate prices of 30 percent – a figure that is in line with current calculations.

Pegasus Helicopters Patrolling The Skies

A ‘Speed camera’ helicopter that flew above Spain’s roads over Easter week has already caught several drivers on film chatting on WhatsApp or using their Tablets at the wheel. Footage was caught of one driver who navigates on his Tablet with his left hand whilst steering with his right, and on several occasions used both hands for surfing the web. In total, he spent 36 seconds on his Tablet and 23 seconds with no hands on the steering wheel. Another clip showed a driver reading a book at the wheel for 10 seconds, after which the car suddenly swerves to the right. The Pegasus helicopters, of which there are six flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet (330 metres) – high enough that they cannot be seen by drivers – have also caught other motorists committing offences. These include a driver reversing down a motorway hard shoulder after missing his exit, and a car and a motorcycle overtaking another bike two abreast. This was after just one day of the helicopters being on ‘sky patrol’, and the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) uploaded the footage and made it public to ‘raise awareness’ among road users of dangerous practices.

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Good News For Spanish Olive Oil Exports

Global olive oil output may be smaller than previously expected amid reduced supplies from Greece to Tunisia, allowing top producer Spain to increase its share of export markets, Oil World said. World production of olive oil will be 3.27 million metric tons in the 2013-14 season that ends in September, about 50,000 tons below the previous estimate,

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the Hamburg-based researcher said in an e-mail report. Output will still be 26 percent larger than the previous season, when dry weather hurt crops in Spain, and will exceed global consumption of 3.17 million tons, according to the report. “This season’s Spanish production is steeply above last season’s disastrously low level,” Oil World said. “Spain is increasing its export share on the global market this season, taking advantage of the reduced production and export supplies of other olive oil producers, primarily Tunisia, Greece and Turkey.” Spanish production of pressed olive oil will be a record 1.595 million tons in 2013-14, more than double the previous year, Oil World said. The country’s exports this season to Italy reached 190,000 tons through February, versus 88,000 tons for same period a year earlier, it said.

“Italian consumers have become increasingly dependent on Spanish supplies to satisfy their rising import requirements,” Oil World said. Prices of virgin olive oil traded on the MFAO Olive Oil Exchange in Jaen, Spain, fell 35 percent in the past year while soybean oil dropped 19 percent on the Chicago Board of Trade. Agricultural prices have declined globally from last year amid rising output of everything from soybeans to sunflowers. Extra virgin olive oil prices in Spain declined to a 19-month low of $2,725 a ton last week, almost 30 percent below a year earlier, according to Oil World. Italy’s pressed olive oil output may be “below average” in 2013-14 at 450,000 tons, up from 415,500 tons the previous year, while less than supplies that topped 500,000 tons in the prior three seasons, Oil World said. Production in Greece may fall to 157,500 tons from 357,900 tons. Tunisia’s output tumbled 64 percent from the prior season to 80,000 tons while Turkey’s supply fell 33 percent to 130,000 tons, according to the report.


Cop Unwittingly Pays 90€ For Watch At Airport

A British police officer has returned from a holiday in Spain to find he unwittingly bought a €90 watch in Alicante airport’s duty-free shop. The officer, from Doncaster, purchased several items but not the Swatch watch. He only realised when he looked at the receipt upon arriving home. “I did not look at any Swatch watches, never mind putting one through the check-out, so I was shocked and surprised to see one detailed on my till

receipt,” he said. The man, who has served in the police force for 18 years, immediately phoned Barclaycard and was assured the matter would be dealt with. However, he then received a letter explaining that the airport had reviewed the case and decided the watch had been legitimately purchased. A Barclaycard spokesman said: “It appeared that the goods had been supplied at the point of sale and the transaction was chip and pin verified. The responsibility at this point does fall to the customer to check their bill and the goods received at point of sale.” There have been cases across southern Spain of shops adding an item to a customer’s bill to cover up a previous theft. However, there is no evidence to suggest this incident was a deliberate scam.

Lovemaking lands woman at bottom of well Firefighters were called to rescue a halfnaked, 21-year-old woman on who was suffering from shock and hypothermia

after falling into a 15-metre deep waterwheel well shaft while having sex. She plunged 10 metres into the hole near ‘Playa Park’ – a place popular with local youths as a venue for romantic liaisons and ‘botellón’ outdoor drinking parties – before hitting the water. It is believed that the couple had inadvertently loosened the boards covering the well while making love and had been too distracted to notice the impending peril. The young man did not, unfortunately, respond in a manner likely to inspire writers of romantic songs and novels, by fleeing the scene and later raising the

alarm by calling 112. When firefighters rescued the woman she was found to be soaking wet and wearing no underwear. She was taken at midnight to Ciudad Real general hospital to be treated for symptoms of hypothermia before being discharged the following morning. Firefighters issued a public statement on Friday asking young people in the area to take care while partying as there are a number of covered waterwheel shafts in the area similar to the one used for the hapless couple’s doomed tryst.

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Measure, Measure, Measure and Measure again. I might sound like Martin Lewis but please measure before buying your furniture. A few inches here and there can make a big difference in making things fit as us ladies know only too well! If you require a new mattress for your bed, measure your old mattress before going to the shops. You will be surprised how many people do not know if they have a Double or a King Size bed. Never mind the width, the length is important here so measure that too. English King Size beds are

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150 x 200 cms BUT if you have a Spanish King Size Bed it could be 150 x 190 cms Those 10 cms make a big difference to your new mattress fitting your bed or not. Here’s another anomaly, Swedish Bed Sizes

compositions to choose from and all come in different sizes so once you have your measurements life becomes easier when falling in love with the one that will fit the space you have. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a range of furniture that just won’t fit in the space and having to start all over again looking for some

are different again. So measure. It will save you time, hassle and money. You have decided you would like some new Display Cabinets and T.V. Unit to feature along one of your walls, then measure the space where you want it to go. There are so many different



thing else. The problem with that is that you still have the one you really loved in your mind and nothing else seems to cut the mustard. Sofas, Chairs, Corner Units and Sofas with Chaise Longue, just where do I start? Measure, Measure Please Measure, (Martin Lewis is back) and Measure. Firstly look at your living area, is it a bit cluttered with a 3 + 2 Seater Sofa set, if so would 2 x 2 Seater sofas be better for you? If you like to lay down on your 3 Seater Sofa maybe a recliner sofa would fit the bill? Perhaps you prefer a Sofa with Chaise Longue for a change of look? Now which side of the sofa would the Chaise Longue need to go on, left or the right looking at it? Approximate measurements for:3 Seater Sofa: from 190 cms to 225 cms. 2 Seater Sofa: from145 cms to 180 cms Chair: allow around a meter square Sofa with Chaise Longue from 240 cms to 300 cms. We had some people who bought a rather large 3 + 2 Seater sofa set for there property and when it was delivered it would not fit, they only had space for a small 3 Seater sofa


and a small chair. So the sofas were collected and brought back to the showroom and they had to choose another sofa to fit which had to be ordered in the fabrics they required. So while it was being made to order that left them sitting on garden chairs for Christmas. Just hope the Christmas Cheer from the bottles lifted their spirits!

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Talking about garden chairs, if you are buying patio furniture once again measure the space you have available to you. You really want to be able to sit down with your wine comfortably without leaping over tables or sofas etc. The real message to this article is to measure, measure and measure and the other important thing to do is take your

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Dr. Joge Rubio . Graduate of Medicine and Surgery at the Medical School of Montevideo-Uruguay 1985, Intensive Care and Chemical Pathology Specialist. General Practitioner for the National Health Service and member of the Emergencies Department – Hospital de la Vega. Murcia.

Consultations for any of these services are currently available with the surgeon in the weeks before the Operating Theater opens, and all members of the Health Scheme will receive preferential prices.

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Dr. Diana Navas Carrillo. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Murcia. Specialist in General and Digestive Surgery. Masters in Professional Development. PhD course at the University of Murcia. Extra Training Hospital of Amsterdam (Free University Amsterdam). Surgeon at National Health Hospital Lorenzo Guirao.

In addition to all of the above the clinic has welcomed their new surgeon and doctors. The team at Camposol Health Clinic now consists of 3 Doctors plus a Nurse and Physiotherapist, providing a wide ranging and

Dr. Daniel Lucas . Graduate of Medicine at the University of Murcia. Specialist in Clinical Immunology and Bio-Regulatory Medicine. General Practitioner for the National Health Service and member of the Emergencies Department – Hospital de la Vega. Murcia.


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Dr. Daniel Lucas . Graduate of Medicine at the University of Murcia. Specialist in Clinical Immunology and Bio-Regulatory Medicine. General Practitioner for the National Health Service and member of the Emergencies Department – Hospital de la Vega. Murcia. .


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Dr. Diana Navas Carrillo. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Murcia. Specialist in General and Digestive Surgery. Masters in Professional Development. PhD course at the University of Murcia. Extra Training Hospital of Amsterdam (Free University Amsterdam). Surgeon at National Health Hospital Lorenzo Guirao.




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The Camposol Health Clinic , located at the Business Centre, Sector A has launched a new membership scheme, under which any person, can join as Camposol Health Clinic member. Membership status provides magnificent advantages to those patients who wish to utilise the benefits of our private clinic. For a small monthly fee members will recieve: UNLIMITED ACCESS TO GP SERVICES The member may refer to Camposol Health Clinic GP for consultation so often as the associated patient may require, without any extra charge, just by making an appointment. UNLIMITED ACCESS TO NURSE SERVICES The member may refer to Camposol Health Clinic nurse for consultation so often as the associated patient may require, without any additional charge, just by making an appointment. Members will recieve nursing treatment with 50% discount. Access to PHYSIOTHERAPY Services Members may access Physiotherapy treatment at Camposol Health Clinic under preferential discounts and rates.


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A tragic Story about Rita Lenssons

I have spoken to several people and I hear the same thing about Rita “She is a very sweet kind lady who has helped so many people”. Many of her friends say how they admire her patience and her energy for her charity work plus her love for cats and Spain. However she always had and made time to help any body who needed support in any way she could. I met this lady of 60 plus years myself and I can fully recognise the above tribute to her. She has worked with the Pulpi Council in a special project where she caught ferral cats in connection with San Animal Charity and drove them to Sorbas to a vet’s where they were neutered, then she drove them back and when they well enough, returned them to the area they were found. It was in this work last July she was informed of a cat that needed to be caught and taken to the vets, she did no more than go off to catch the cat. This one day I dearly wish she had not gone because she was too busy doing something else or her phone was out of charge. Fate this day was against her, while trying to catch the cat she had a dreadful accident – She Fell, landed very badly and could not move and laid there for over an hour before being found. The emergency services were called and they made her as comfortable as possible but the medics would not move her without more professional help. They waited for another hour or so for an air ambulance to air lift her to Huercal Overa Hospital and then again to Almeria Hospital. All the doctors and every one involved did every thing they could for Rita. This tragic story get’s worse, Rita has lost the use of all her limbs and needs 24 hour care every day for the rest of her life, as there has been so much spinal nerve damage. At the moment Rita is still in hospital in Belgium where she has had operations to try to get some movement in her hands to be able to hold a small book, which we are waiting to hear if it has been successful. Rita needs lots of various specialist equipment, such as a bed, wheelchair, hoists, a car big enough for adaptation for the wheelchair and many medical aids as well. Her villa may have to be sold or altered for movement of care and wheelchair access. Rita also worked with The Helping Hands Charity as their Treasurer. This charity not only helps animals but humans as well. At this time they are organising events to raise money and a big event September. There will be

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press releases next month when dates etc. are confirmed. These events are going to be called “Help For Rita” so please keep your eyes open for them as we need your support in attending these events. Businesses. Can you donate any raffle prizes for these events? If anyone is running a social event maybe one of your raffle collections could be donated to Rita, or just take the hat round, every cent is going to count. Furniture Plus are already taking cash donations in their shop at Puerto de Mazarrón. Many of you know that for many years when they deliver they will take your old furniture away for free and donate it to two charities, Go Mad and Helping Hands. Now they are transporting nearly all this furniture to the Helping Hands Charity Shop in Aguilas to raise money for Rita. There are lots of us gathering together from all walks of life with different talents to give support and aid Rita in many different ways. We need your help to make Rita’s last dream come true, to return to where her heart is, her home in Spain, her cats and her friends. This lady has given so much of her life to her friends and charities and now needs all of us to give something back and help her.

SEPA. MEANS SAFE AND EFFICIENT PAYMENTS IN SPAIN. What is SEPA? The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is making euro payments faster, safer and more efficient within the 34 EU countries. It enables customers to make cashless euro payments to anyone within the EU. What are the ways to pay using SEPA? 1. SEPA credit transfer A single way to transfer funds nationally or anywhere within the EU. 2. SEPA direct debit Now charges can be made directly to an account in one EU country for services provided by a company based in another country. 3. SEPA for cards Customers can

conveniently use the same cards they use for national purchases, anywhere in Europe. Merchants will accept all cards, making payment processes easier and more attractive. SEPA standards required for full introduction 1. IBAN IBAN is the International Bank Account Number that identifies your account anywhere in the world. With a maximum of 34 digits it includes the following in order: 2 digits country code 2 digits check digit 30 digits (max) account identification specific to each country UK IBAN example: GB19 LOYD 3096 1700 7099 43 2. BIC BIC (Bank Identifier Code) numbers will be phased out for cross-border payments by February 2016. 3. PAYMENT CARDS All payment cards will be migrated from magnetic strip to EMV chip. There is currently no date for completion. Timeline for the SEPA process The process began in 1999 and is now in the final migration phase. February 2014: Credit transfers and direct debits in the EU should be carried out in accordance with the standards mentioned above. A six month transition period is being introduced. February 2016: For niche products with specific characteristics a longer transition phase is made for in some countries. 31 October 2016: EU member states with non-euro currencies must adhere to standards set for credit transfers and direct debits in euros, by this end date. SEPA indicators. Key facts at a glance. SEPA credit transfers as a % of total EU transactions is 93.9%* SEPA direct debit as a % of total transactions is 80.3%* EMV transactions as a % of total transactions is 79.6%** *February 2014-03-21 **June 2013 We hope this information provided in this article is of interest. If you would like to contact Linea Directa please call 902 123 309 More information on Linea Directa online at





We are delighted to announce that the winner of a 42inch LG LED TV supplied by TJ Electrical Camposol is Mrs Martin from Camposol A Sector! We would like to wish her a HUGE WELL DONE to her and hope that she enjoys her wonderful prize! Thanks again to everyone for taking part in our competition and for reading The Journal! Keep your eyes open for more fantastic competitions coming soon!

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FAST wishes to thank people in so many ways. To the gentleman for handing over a bag of small change in addition to purchasing books from the FAST BOOK STALLS, as a gesture of appreciation for the treatment given by FAST on an emergency call out. To all the businesses helping to collect money from the public by displaying the FAST tins, to Jose Navarro for inviting FAST to carry out a demonstration at the Fiesta De San Jose at El Saladillo and providing such a wonderful day, to Gina Barker, and the LEOS for involving FAST in the Sponsored Walk‘Well Done’ again to all of you! We wish to thank the ‘CAMPOSOL GOLF ASSOCIATION’ for organizing such a great evening at the Club House, holding a ‘Charity Race Night’ with the proceeds, amounting to € 685 being shared between FAST, MABS and CRUZ ROJA. Thank you all for such an enjoyable evening too! Jim Underdown M.B.E. recently presented FAST with another donation - a cheque for €234.00 this being the final amount following the closure of the ‘LIONS COUNTRY CLUB’ Thank you all so much for your generosity. Don’t forget to buy tickets for the ‘MAY BALL’ on FRIDAY 16th MAY at the ‘AMAPOLA RESTAURANT’ dancing to ‘TERRY JAY’. Enjoy a 3 Course Meal with wine for €25 per person. Coach available €5. PLEASE NOTE: that due to unforeseen circumstances it has been necessary to alter the date of the ‘FAST MAY FAYRE’! This will NOW be on SATURDAY 17th MAY at ‘MARIANOS’. For info, to book or purchase tickets for Events and Raffles

visit – Brenda, Jean and Team - Sector B, Friday mornings or phone: Brenda: 680 174 499/Jean: 646 737 479. Contributions will also be gratefully received towards a FAST Tombola or the forthcoming TABLE TOP SALE – Saturday 28th June at Avenida de los Covachos –D8 Neptuno 1512 – 10.00 a.m. Visit the FAST RECRUITMENT STALL on Sector B, where Val Taylor and other members of the FAST Team will be happy to chat to you. You can learn more about First Aid, perhaps try out your skills and obtain information about becoming a FAST Responder? To be part of the FAST Team is such rewarding voluntary work! Full Training is given with no previous experience required, choosing the hours to fit in with your personal life plus enjoy providing so much to the Camposol Community! DEMONSTRATIONS by Members of the FAST Team can be booked to show and teach simple emergency first aid procedures. Always useful to be able to carry out something rather than nothing!


Members give their time voluntarily, with some on duty for 84 hours plus, each month. Businesses on Camposol are used to seeing a FAST Responder suddenly leave goods behind on receiving an emergency call to return later on to carry out their everyday needs! Visit: Paddy & John Snell

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Green Light Given to 20 New Traffic and Road Regulations The Spanish Congress passed the Traffic Law reform, and with it 20 new regulations. Some will come into force a month and one day after they are published in the Official State Bulletin (BOE), and the rest will become the law in June. Below is a summary of the main changes: There will be a new speed limit of up to 130km/hr on certain stretches of the motorway, and a reduction of 10km/hr on secondary roads. Speed radar detectors will be banned. Anyone caught using them will be fined 200 euro and have 3 points taken off their licence. As for radar jammers, or inhibitors, their use is considered much more serious and brings a fine of 6,000 euro and the loss of 6 points. Instead of being judged by weight and age, the new regulation states that children under the height of 1m 35cm must not travel in the front seat next to the driver. The exception would be if shorter children than the one in the front occupied all of the seats in the back of the car, or the car doesn’t have seats in the back. Failure to comply with this law will incur a 200 euro fine and the vehicle can be immobilised. The fine for drink driving remains at 500 Euros. However, offenders caught twice over the limit or more or re-offenders caught in twice in one year will have to pay a fine of 1,000 euro. It will now be illegal to drive with illegal substances (drugs) in your body. A 1,000

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euro fine will be given to those who take a saliva test which subsequently shows positive for drugs in the system. Traces of drugs usually remain in the body for a few days, so even if offenders didn’t take them on the day of driving, they could face a hefty fine if caught. Carrying out road works will be considered a serious offence if prior notice is not given to the authorities that deal with traffic. Up until now, drivers with foreign cars only had to comply with tax regulations. Now, all foreign cars must register their cars in Spain – so that it is easier to sanction them. Traffic police officers will be able to hand out sanctions without stopping the driver’s car if he is unable to chase them and stop them. Whether traffics laws have been complied with or not, anyone that runs over a hunting animal will be responsible for the damages on the car. The time given to pay a traffic fine with a discount of 50% or to appeal will increase from 15 to 20 days. Tow trucks that

act in an emergency to offer help will be given priority and will be treated as an emergency service. Cancer sufferers will have fewer restrictions placed on them for driving. Currently, cancer patients are allowed to drive in very few instances. Due to medical improvements, this law will change. Please remember that it is your responsibility to know Spanish laws, ignorance will not be accepted by as an excuse by the police.


The New Spaniards Book Review by Caroline Angus Baker

Modern-day Spain is a country changing at bewildering speed. In less than half a century, a predominantly rural society has been transformed into a mainly urban one. A dictatorship has become a democracy. A once-repressed society is being spoken of as a future ‘Sweden of the Mediterranean.’ John Hooper’s outstanding portrayal of the new Spanish society explores the causes behind these changes, from crime to education, gambling to changing sexual mores. This new, up-to-date edition is the essential guide to understanding twentyfirst-century Spain: a land of paradox, progress, and social change. The New Spaniards is a book which has sat on my to-read shelf for far too long. The second edition of this book got released in 2006, so by the time I pulled it from my shelf, I wondered if its information would be little irrelevant, given the changes to Spain in the past eight years. I could not have been more wrong. So often mentioned in the same breath as Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett, the book which pulled me from my slumber about Spanish history, The New Spaniards is a must read. The author brings together over 400 pages, creating a solid, credible and easy to read review of Franco and modern life. One chapter in, what immediately becomes clear is the efficient and clean writing style Hopper has; while other books on the subject can feel academic and stiff, the prose is fresh and makes the reader comfortable among a detailed and insightful presentation. The book starts with a section of the Franco reign, from the years of hunger,



the economic boom, the mass migration of Spaniards both abroad and within their own nation, and effects of the reforms their individual paths to freedom, and made during the dictatorship. The 1970’s, what lies ahead for these proud places. I once Franco had gone and democracy learned more about this process, despite set in, is covered with excellent detail, having studied it in the past, a testament without any confusion on what was to the author’s respect for detail. undoubtedly a dizzying time of change This book covers so many subjects in so many ways. Then-young king that it can dizzying when looking back Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Adolfo over all that is covered – from Spanish Suárez are well discussed, along with the gypsies, to the welfare system, to the placement of the young and the old to ups and down of the education system, form a peaceful democracy. The changes housing and the booms and busts made by the Socialist government in suffered, to the legal system, the media, the 1980’s are well touched upon, their the arts, but Hooper guides readers effect on the economy and the high through every subject with a smooth yet unemployment rate (easy to identify with meticulous manner, opening up each today), along with the stark changes in of these fundamental subjects. For me, the 1990’s by successive governments. one of the final sections on changing Chapter 7 – Legacies, Memories and traditions was especially fascinating. Phantoms – is an engrossing read, Bullfighting is covered in-depth with whether a reader understands Spain’s an unbiased yet accurate voice. I have 20th century history or not. It explains read much about bullfighting, but it can how Francoism has not survived the be hard to find anything written that passing of years, but a legacy has become does not either lean heavily in favour or ingrained in Spanish life. The pact of against the art form. Regardless of your forgetting, which did not allow anyone opinions on the subject, any reader can to forgive or heal, is touched upon with gain from the information shared by the honesty, as is Valle de los Caídos outside author. Madrid. Hooper’s accurate argument is While much as happened politically, that the omission of the civil war (and socially and economically to Spain since its mass graves) in school textbooks, this book was written, it still serves to because it is not old enough to be provide a clean, realistic picture of Spain considered history, is an excuse wearing and why the nation sits in its current thin. form. The book shows how the past has Part two sweeps in with a section on shaped the present, and can also show the churches’ role in Spain, along that what Spain is currently suffering is with the curious and absurd prudery not unique. Each generation of Spaniard of Franco and the changes to modern has seen suffering, but also moments time, such with gay marriages. It of hope in the time since Franco died. makes an enlightening read for those If anyone wanted to learn from the past less acquainted with subjects such as mistakes, the tips to succeed could well prostitution, abortion, contraception and lie in the words of John Hooper. gay rights in Spain. Another absorbing This book got first published in 1986, chapter is the death of machismo in rewritten in 1995 and revised in 2006, Spain as women gain rights after being and could be easily overwhelming if it so deeply and cruelly oppressed under was not so well planned and laid out. Franco. The fact Spanish women are I have yet to find a book that captures still suffering sexism, like all nations, is Spain’s identity as well as The New also explained, with the all the relevant Spaniards. It should be handed out to details to back up the claims. The role of each person who arrives in Spain and family in Spanish life is given a thorough plans to make a life here and honest portrayal, as are the changes Caroline Angus Baker is a Duendein domestic violence and divorce laws loving Kiwi writer focusing on modern which have changed the precious Spanish and historical Spain. Spanish Civil War family for the better. nerd, bullfighting bystander and Valencia Part four sheds light on the autonomous aficionado. Author of the ‘Canna Medici’ regions of Spain, something not well series, and the ‘Secrets of Spain’ trilogy, understood by those not living in the you can read more of her work via her country. The Basques, the Catalans website and the Galicians are all opened up as Hooper shares their desire for selfgovernance, with all the information on the remarkably different laws and goals for their SITUATED ONLY 4 regions. (I wanted to MINUTES FROM CONDADO DE ALHAMA wave the flag for the AND 6 MINUTES FROM region of Valencia CAMPOSOL! at this point, which English: 642 45 04 66 THE ULTIMATE has been trapped Spanish: 968 00 20 02 PAINTBALL AND under their corrupt WATERWALKER PP mayor for over EXPERIENCE! 20 years). The

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Some members of our local community have often commented on how difficult life is for small parties on Mazarron Council currently involved in the coalition government at the Town Hall. Such opinion has been expressed in articles in both The Journal and the other printed media. Furthermore, I have seen such views expressed on the CRA Forum and this has been said personally to me. I am of the view that such opinion is a little politically naive and indeed factually incorrect. The following article will attempt to explain why this is the case. Readers will be aware that after the last General Election in the UK no one party emerged with an overall majority. Thus, the Liberal Democrats, by far the smallest of the major parties in Parliament found themselves in the position of being “power brokers” so to speak. As such, the major party the Liberal Democrats decided to support would form the National Government. As we know they decided to back the Conservatives and David Cameron became the Prime Minister. The question we need to ask is, what gains did the Lib-Dems achieve through their actions? The answer is, a great deal actually. For example, Nick Clegg became Deputy - Prime Minster, Danny Alexander became number two at the Treasury second only to George Osborne and Vince Cable became Minister for Business. Furthermore, the Lib-Dems gained a number of junior governmental posts due to the prevailing

coalition arrangements. None of this would have been possible if either Labour or the Conservatives has gained an absolute majority in the House of Commons. In other words, the Lib-Dems although a relatively small party, found themselves in government with considerable power and influence because OF of the coalition government and not DESPITE it. We can discuss the merits or otherwise of a coalition government but that is not the point here. The salient point is, small parties increase their influence in coalition conditions. When I was elected to Hounslow Council in 2006 we faced exactly the same situation. After those local elections no single party had an absolute majority so all sorts of deals had to be done with smaller parties in order for us to form an administration. The same political observation can be applied here in Mazarron. After the last local elections in 2011 no single party achieved overall control of the Council. This meant deals had to be done Accordingly, the UIDM, a small party, entered the coalition at the Town Hall and one of its members, Giles Campillo, became Mayor of Mazarron. This would not have been possible if either PP or PSOE had gained enough seats for an overall majority.

Campillo, the Mayor, has recently announced expenditure of 18,000 euros for a photograph of Mazarron, 500,000 euros for a new museum and 100,000 euros for a new swimming pool roof. Does such expenditure really helps us living in the dark on Camposol? Obviously not! Indeed Town Hall spending on Camposol is utterly minimal although we contribute massively to the local economy through our spending and many of us pay the full IBI tax. What we get Making Life Easier in return is pathetic and it is this which needs changing if Camposol is to thrive. Campillo Medical is able to announce such expenditure mentioned earlier because he and his Pet party are able to Travel “punch above their weight” given the prevailing conditions at the Town Hall.

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The fact that smaller parties can have considerable influence on the decision-making process at the Town Hall can be illustrated by considering the opposite scenario. This was clearly shown during the Blaya-

Blaya administration when the PP had an overall majority at the Town Hall and he became the Mayor. The consequences for Camposol were dire as this was a period of great stagnation and deterioration here. Speaking to BlayaBlaya was really like “ banging your head against a brick wall.” I can say that with some validity as I took part in such discussions with Blaya-Blaya as a then member of the CRA Committee. Frankly although we were promised a great deal we got nowhere. I soon became of the opinion that only a Camposol based party would fully address the problems associated with our urbanisation. As such, it is my submission that it would be detrimental to Camposol and the local area if an established Spanish party such as the PP, PSOE or the UIDM gained an overall majority of seats at the Town Hall at the May 2015 local elections. This is why a group of us here have been working for a considerable time to create a Camposol and District Independent Party ( CDiP). All the relevant papers to create the CDiP have gone through the requisite legal procedures and we are currently awaiting final approval for the new party from the Ministry of the Interior in Madrid. Very soon we hope to announce the fact that the CDiP exists as a party in its own right. Once this occurs we will be selecting and putting forward our own candidates at the next local elections. We have set ourselves a target of getting four Councillors elected which is certainly achievable here if the local electorate exercise their right to vote. The evidence shows that the history of Mazarron Council is normally one of coalition government. In recent years only once has there been a majority government at the Town Hall and that proved totally unsatisfactory for Camposol It is highly likely after the next local elections no one party will have an overall majority. In that scenario a party such as the CDiP could offer support to a larger party who wished to form an administration only if it promised to bring Camposol up to the required standard. Conversely the support of the CDiP would be withdrawn if such promises were not kept. This is how a small party could bring its influence to bear for the benefit of Camposol. Thus the view that minority parties have problems and difficulties in a coalition is in all candour far from reality. The evidence shows they do much better and have more influence in such conditions. The CDiP would prosper if a coalition emerged at the Town Hall after May 2015 and Camposol would be better off for it. Dr Peter Pitt Chairman CDiP Working Party.


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9th May , 23rd May, 27th May Includes minibus to Cieza from La Mariposa, a snack on arrival, the river rafting trip, minibus back to La Mariposa for a fabulous 4 course lunch. 65 euros pp, book now to avoid disappointment.

QUAD BIKING 3 NEW ROUTES Quad biking trips from 39 euros inclusive of a 4 course lunch! see website for details. Quad biking and Kayaking tours available 365 days of the year! we also offer kayak trips on a stunning lake (see website for details)

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7th June, Classic rock band.

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Our famous guided walks Final walk dates for the season May 12th and 26th , All walks are easy medium graded, around 3 hours/12km and the walk and walkers 4 course hearty meal is only 12 euro , booking essential.


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Bar on Camposol, Wellspring Wanderers walking group travelled to the village of La Majada. Once we had parked up we enjoyed a great walk

around the village and surrounding countryside, finishing up at the local bar for refreshments and fellowship. Our monthly walks are relatively easy, are over reasonably flat ground, and

one of our walks please call Phil on 660 743 603 and he will give you details. Alternatively, join our Facebook group and you will get all future walk information automatically. usually last for between one and one and a half hours at a steady stroll. If you would like to join with us on


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

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La Vida The new owners of La Vida Bar and Bistro in El Pareton would like to extend a warm welcome to all their clients both old and new. Mark and Michelle and their team of friendly (and always smiling) staff invite you join them to experience all that La Vida has to offer! Not only does the bar have a great atmosphere, it also boasts a well appointed dining area for those that wish to enjoy delicious home cooked food in a comfortable setting. For those that wish to take advantage of the warm weather there is a fully screened outdoor space, allowing customers to dine, drink and relax “Al Fresco” Mark and Michelle pride themselves on their reputation of providing great home cooked food, at great prices. Menu Del Dia is available at 9.95€ including a small drink. The extensive menu also includes Full English Breakfasts, Snacks and much, much more. Wednesday and Saturday is their famous Steak Night. At only 22.50€ for 2 people including a bottle of wine these nights have become their trademark. See the advert regarding the new PIE THURSDAY! Every Friday is Fish and Chip Day starting from 12 noon and early Friday Evening is Quiz night hosted by the one and only “Leon Quiz Master extraordinaire” and winner of “Mr El Pareton” 2013. Don’t forget to enter the weekly raffle to win some fantastic prizes! La Vida is available to take bookings for Birthdays, Christenings, Charity Events and all manner of other functions. Call in the bar to ask for details. They are open 6 days a week, and closed on Mondays so if you have never been before then pay them a visit and see what you have been missing, and if you have been before then they look forward to seeing you again! From everyone at The Journal, we would like to wish Mark, Michelle the best of luck. Keep up the good work guys!

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Michelle and Mark welcome you to La Vida Bar and Bistro Wednesday and Saturday Steak for 2: 3 Courses, including a bottle of wineOnly 22.50€ per couple! *Special Introductory Offer Menu Del Dia: Tuesday-Saturday Menu Del Noche: Tuesday and Thursday Evenings La Vida Pie Thursday! Thursdays will never be the same again with our weekly PIE DAY! Served ALL DAY from 12.30 you can choose from Steak and Ale, Ham and Leek Pie, Fishermans Pie, all served with creamy pie and mash a glass of beer or glass of wine! Friday is Fish and Chip Day from midday: Enjoy Fish and Chip Day from midday. Try our Beer Battered Cod and Homemade Chips from only 5.50€ and then join us for our famous Fun Quiz with Prizes! Sunday Lunch from 7.50€ available from 12.30 until 4pm. Booking advised. “Classic Cuisine in a candlelit ambiance” For reservations and more

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The Black Bull, Camposol Sector B Carol, her husband John and their son Ryan would like to welcome you to the Black Bull on Camposol Sector B. You can find the Black Bull downstairs next to the post office. They have a fantastic entertainment programme, with live acts, poker nights every Tuesday at 8pm, they also have the famous “Joker raffle” every Friday at 7.00pm followed by the one and only LISA B! Food is now served 7 days a week! From fantastic wraps and toasted sandwiches to full meals, you are sure to find something to tempt every palate! The Black Bull has Fish and Chip Friday from 11am till 4pm and 7pm until 9pm. Just 6.50€ gets you Freshly Beer Battered Cod, Chips, Mushy Peas,

Tartare Sauce and bread and butter. This has become extremely popular therefore booking is advised, but not essential. Also the Black Bull are now serving food on a Sunday from 10am!

being a WORLD CUP year you can be guaranteed that The Black Bull will be the place to be!

This month on Saturday the 3rd of May: Highway Carol, John and Ryan 61 from 8.30pm and Saturday 17th Welcome May: Angie Mckay followed by resident you to the DJ Lisa B Don’t forget that the most popular fun quiz in the area takes place every Thursday from 8pm at the Black Bull! This month everyone is talking about the MONSTER new projection screen that The Black Bull had installed by TJ Electrical. This really has to be seen to be believed. It is High Definition at a whole new level and will be used to its full potential to screen all major sporting events! With this

Music and General Knowledge Pub Quiz every Thursday 8PM Tuesday Poker night 8pm Every Friday @ 7pm join us for the Famous Joker Raffle! followed by the one and only Lisa B! Come and try our delicious menu prepared by our chef! Our mouth watering menu includes everything from English breakfasts, Lite Bites, and Fantastic Daily Specials. *Food now being served on a Sunday from 10am!* All Major Sporting Events Shown! Open Monday to Saturday 9am till late and Sunday 11am till late. Call us on 634 374 381 or Website: Blackbull Camposol


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Technology 3D Printed Body Parts If Vincent Van Gogh were alive today, doctors could have replaced his ear like new, thanks to recent mind-blowing breakthroughs in 3-D bioprinting.

The world’s first 3-D printer debuted back in 1983. In the three decades since, 3-D printers have churned out everything from holiday ornaments to electric cars to chocolate bars and beyond.   But perhaps their most important contributions so far are the kind humans can benefit from the most -- living replacement body parts manufactured on-demand from a blend of real, live cells and synthetics.   Here’s an eye-opening roundup of body parts already being 3-D printed throughout the U.S. 1. Skin: Regenerative burn tech that’s more than skin deep. What if real skin cells were printer jet “ink”? It sounds impossible, but they already are. Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have custom built a 3-D bio-printer that actually prints human skin cells directly on burn wounds. First, the machine uses a scanner to scan, assess and map the patient’s burn wound size and depth. Next, data “guides the printer as it applies layers of the correct type of cells to cover the wound,” according to the researchers. To create skin, one of the printer’s inkjet valves emits the enzyme thrombin while another emits cells blended with fibrinogen, the body’s principal protein in blood clotting, as well as collagen, the body’s main structural connective tissue protein. After the printer applies these, it finishes the

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process by printing a layer of human fibroblasts and, finally, a layer of skin cells known as keratinocytes. A smaller, portable version of the skin printer is in the works for use in war- and natural disastertorn areas. 2. Ears: Rat tails and cow parts -- the stuff that 3-D printed ears

are made of. Bioengineers and doctors at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College have 3-D printed an artificial ear that looks and feels real using a freaky mix of ingredients from some interesting sources, including rat tail bone collagen and cow ear cartilage. The soft, flexible bioengineered ear, which its makers say is “practically identical to a human ear,” gives hope to thousands of children born each year with microtia, a congenital ear deformity. People who have lost part of their external ear from cancer or from an accident could also benefit from the replacement ear.    3. Bones: 3-D bio-printers can help mend them. Yes, an inkjet printer can pump out bones that look, feel, and act

real. Researchers at Washington State University used a 3-D bio-printer to print out a bonelike material that could one day help treat dental problems, complex bone fractures and bone disorders like osteoporosis. The printed substance, which was successfully tested on rabbits and rats, serves as a support scaffolding for new human bone cells to form on. It conveniently dissolves once bone regeneration is complete. Doctors might eventually use this technology to print bone grafts on demand right from their exam rooms.


Bioluminescent Trees To Replace Streetlights

The future of art and design is awash with spectacular innovation. From giant vacuum cleaning systems aimed at eradicating smog to “smart” apparel that becomes translucent when the

wearer is aroused, the Dutch artist/designer/architect Daan Roosegaarde has helped imagine some hair-raising projects that could propel us into a new era of aesthetics. His newest endeavor -- a plan to replace light fixtures with bioluminescent plants -- is no letdown in comparison. Taking a cue from biomimicry, Roosegaarde is hoping to transform your average street-side trees into beacons of light for passersby. Like the luminescent abilities of jellyfish, mushrooms or fireflies, Roosegaarde, scientist Alexander Krichevsky and the State University of New York are all on the case, splicing DNA from luminescent marine bacteria with the chloroplast of a houseplant. The smaller-scale, glow-in-thedark specimens would act as the basis for a project of greater proportions -- light-emitting


installations that look like trees. “What happens when technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of the things that we wear and the roads that we drive on?” Roosegaarde muses in the video above. Watch the short clip to hear the artist speak more about his ambitious plans and the reason he’s ventured to the United States to pursue his quest. Let us know your thoughts on the merging of nature and technology in the comments.

Microsoft To Offer Free Windows Microsoft took an enormous step forward this morning. It unveiled a free version of its Windows operating system. Revealed at the company’s annual software developer conference in San Francisco, this new OS is called Windows for Internet of Things, and Microsoft will license it for free when hardware makers use the software on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. The door is still open for the company to charge Windows licensing fees for PCs, tablets, and other larger devices, but Microsoft will compete head-on with Android — Google’s free mobile operating system — on smartphones and wearables. It’s a big, bold move, but it’s one that Microsoft needed to make. Because the code behind Android is open source, anyone can use it without paying a penny, and that has made life difficult for Microsoft in recent years, as the company continued to charge manufacturers about 10€ for its Windows Phone operating system on each smartphone and tablet. In a world where Apple is also pushing operating system prices towards zero, Microsoft must forgo its licensing fees just

to get Windows onto a more substantial number of devices. It’s a big, bold move, but it’s one that Microsoft needed to make. Presumably, Windows for Internet of Things will use the same code base as Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft says it will only run mobile apps, not desktop software. But today, the company also announced a new system for building applications that can run on both Windows and Windows Phone as well as XBoxes. So there could be ways of bridging that gap. It’s not clear whether home users and independent developers — and not just commercial hardware makers — will be able to download and install the new operating system on their own devices. There was no talk about open sourcing the Windows code base, a la Android. That means serious hackers can’t get into the guts of the operating system — and ensure the code is sound and secure — and it probably means that this new version of Windows won’t spread nearly as far or as fast as Android. But the move does show that Microsoft is serious about competing in the mobile market, and that the company is slowly shifting its business strategy, so that it relies more on revenue from cloud services instead of OS licensing. In other words, it’s transforming itself into a company that operates more like Google. The transition won’t be easy. Windows has always been a cash cow for Microsoft. It makes sense for the company to keep some of that revenue for now, especially on the desktop, where it faces less competition. But the cloud is where the industry is headed. Everything from Apple consumer service iCloud to IBM’s enterprise cloud services like SoftLayer is pointing in that direction. For its part, Microsoft now has a number of cloud services services that can lead the way into the future, ranging from Skype and OneDrive for consumers and professionals, to enterprise services such as Azure, Dynamics CRM, and Office 365. Convincing people to buy from Microsoft and not one of its myriad competitors will be a challenge in itself. But at least Microsoft realizes what it has to do.

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price Has summer finally arrived? It should be really close by as May Day dawns and we head into my birthday month with sparkling seas and swimming pools and the dusting off of all things watery. Swimsuits from the back of drawers, goggles and body boards from under beds and in attics, the remnants of the high factor sunscreen from last year, and possibly moth eaten towels. Of course in Spain they may all be out already, as at the time of writing this Facebook updates were screaming’ has summer arrived?’ as far back as early April. Even in the UK

we had Sahara rain leaving that red dust be all love so much on the Costas which gives that gorgeous glow to pristine white balustrades. It gave me great fodder for an April fool, and I’m still wondering if anyone actually did get a dustpan and brush, a flour sifter and search for high value Tanzanite crystals brought over in the dust much sought after in the field of cold fusion nuclear physics, and QVC of course, who sell the precious gem. I remember being given a desert rose during a camel trek into the outer edge of the Sahara, a small stone in the shape of that flower. I wish I could say it was a romantic moment, being offered this speciality of the dunes by some handsome sheik in white flowing robes. It wasn’t. My ‘beau’ was the man leading my poor, humped creature, hissing and spitting when it felt like it, an ancient, wizened leather-skinned, wrinkled, toothless fella who grinned and pinched my backside so hard it hurt. Ouch. I think he really thought he was in with a chance. Well, it was decades ago. This summer I’m gearing up for riding the waves. I don’t

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care if I’m under them, in them or on top of them, I intend to return to past times where I spent most of my weekends in soggy neoprene, looking at fish through a steamy facemask, cold and shivering usually, if it was Welsh Waters, or doing Farah Fawcett impressions on the decks of boiling dive boats where saltwater turned slightly curly hair into superstar locks of the corkscrew kind as the sun dried it mercilessly. This time, with most of the dive kit sold, I think I’ll become a surfer girl. I still have a wetsuit and the Beach Boys complete collection disc set, so I’m all set. I even booked a stand up paddleboard session a few weeks ago in preparation for my summer return. While I looked enviously at Facebook pics of a friend happily trying it the day before, when my turn came next day, I arrived to grim faces. ‘Sorry, the sea’s too rough and the wind too strong. But if you want to go onto the beach, see Dan, he’ll give you a free kite flying lesson instead.’ I went. Not as easy as it looks, even with two strings. Crashed and burned. Four times.

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Mazarron Welcomes Mazarron Bahia Leo Club- The first Independent Leos club of Spain.

The association is made up of young people from 12 to 18 years old who want to help their community.

The Leos say that volunteering trains them to see the world through someone else´s eyes, teaching them compassion and responsibility. The Mazarron Leos are helping to make their community a better place. To be grateful for what they have and not take things for granted. The Lions and Camposol where this club is based are very proud of the Leos and thank them for their wonderful effort. After their successful fundraising walk to send diabetic children to a special summer camp the Mazarron Leos are raising funds for a children´s play area on Camposol. The Mazarron Leos meet fortnightly at the Camposol Cultural Centre at 7pm to 9pm The dates for May are : May 2nd and May 16th For more information Please call the Leo Advisor Virginia Barker on 654 874 563

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Sunday 8th June Service of Holy Communion To Mark The Third Anniversary Of the Blessing of the Church 10.30am Calle Sobrija 2248, D20 Urb. Campsol www.stnicholaschurchcamposolspain. Reg. Charity No. Q3000277H Tel: Chris Leiper 968199441: Gill Dutton 642074494



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On Friday March 28th friends, relatives and and members of the Mazarron Bahia Lions welcomed guests the Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, Councillor for Youth, Andres Valera, the Mayor of Saladillo and Camposol José Andrés Navarro, Carmen Navarro the President of Cruz Roja of Mazarron and the representative of the ‘Torrevieja Suomi Lions Club Anka Peltonen.who was accompanied by Martti Timonen to celebrate the granting of the charter the first independent Alpha ‘Leo Club’ of Spain. The Leo Club which is based at Camposol, Mazarrón and sponsored by The Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía’. held this special evening at the restaurant ‘Mariano s Camposol and the popular entertainer Barrington gave his usual immaculate performance which was enjoyed by both young and old. The Leo Club Motto Leadership, Experience, Opportunity says it all LEADERSHIP: Leo members acquire

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Librilla, Calle Totana No6 2013

With the barbeque season starting here are burger recipes


them all over so that they have a coating of a little oil on each side. Place the baking tray in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, turning the burgers over midway through cooking. Allow to cool a little before serving.

Preparation method Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onions on a medium heat, stirring frequently, until softened and slightly coloured. The small amount of oil used in this recipe means the onions might stick to the pan at some point; add a splash of water if necessary. Add the ginger, garlic and green chilli and continue to fry until cooked and any liquid has evaporated. Transfer the mixture to a plate, spread out and allow to cool.

Veggie bean burgers Ingredients 1 x 400g/14oz tin chickpeas or beans such as borlotti, kidney or butterbeans, drained and rinsed

Splendidly spicy beef burger

300g/10½oz cooked, mashed vegetables such as carrot, squash, potato, sweet potato or parsnip

Ingredients 1 tbsp sunflower oil or rapeseed oil, plus extra for brushing

1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp sunflower, vegetable or olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

squeeze lemon juice

2cm/¾in piece fresh root ginger, very finely chopped or ground to a paste

pinch ground cumin, coriander or paprika, mild chilli flakes, to taste

2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped or ground to a paste

freshly ground black pepper

1-2 green bird’s-eye chillies, seeds removed, very finely chopped

4 tbsp sesame seeds, breadcrumbs or Preparation method Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Mash the beans or chickpeas as much as you can either with a potato masher in a bowl or with a hand mixer (supervised). Alternatively you could make the mix in a food processor if you have one.

800g/1lb 14oz lean beef mince pinch salt 2 tsp ground cumin

Put the minced beef in a mixing bowl, add the onion mixture and all of the remaining ingredients, and mix well. (Mixing makes the meat more malleable and smoother; the more you work it, it the smoother it gets.) Shape into four to six burgers. Heat a griddle pan, hot plate, frying pan or barbecue to hot. Brush the burgers with a little oil and cook: four minutes each side for a medium finish for six burgers, a little longer if you have made four larger burgers. Rest the burgers for a few minutes while you sprinkle the cooked potato wedges with the spice blend. Serve the burgers in buns, with the wedges alongside and some ketchup for dipping.

3 tsp ground coriander 1-2 tsp mild chilli powder, to taste 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Add the mashed vegetables and garlic and any herbs, spices or tahini that you want to use.

For the spicy potato wedges (optional) 1kg/2lb 4oz potatoes, unpeeled, cut into wedges

Mix well and the kids can taste and add lemon juice, spices or pepper to their taste.

1 tbsp rapeseed oil or vegetable oil

The mixture then needs to be rolled into four burger-sized balls with wet hands, or make 12 smaller “falafels” kids have the perfect sized hands for this. Flatten the balls slightly. If you like, you can coat them with sesame seeds, crushed crackers or breadcrumbs for extra crunch.

2 tsp mild red chilli powder

Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil on a baking tray and place the “falafels” or bean burgers on top and then turn

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the potato wedges. Boil for 5-6 minutes, then drain. Place the parboiled potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil, then toss to coat. Put the tray in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Mix the ingredients for the spice blend together in a small bowl and set aside until you serve.

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp freshly ground white pepper 2 tsp salt 1 heaped tsp mango powder (optional)

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Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group

Our Spring social evening held on 11th April was a great success and Karen Noble proved her worth as an excellent singer of pop, easy listening and breath-taking opera. We sold every ticket; the proceeds of which all contribute to the improvement of lower ‘C’. Thanks to everyone who supported us. However, at the beginning of the evening John read out a list of the items recently stolen: 3 garden chairs from the petanca court, new green netting, a quantity of slate, a decorative lion and three nice plant pots. Don’t forget that these items are all donated or paid for by YOU, so let us know if you see any suspicious activity. As I write, we’re looking forward to our AGM on 23 April, where Chairman, John, will hopefully continue and a new committee elected. We have to say goodbye to Ann, who is retiring as our Social Secretary and would like to offer her our heartfelt thanks for her immense hard work in organising so many of the lovely occasions we have all enjoyed together. Green Fingers has become a group of like-minded friends, not just gardeners (and labourers!): we receive so many positive comments, making all the efforts worthwhile. Even if you missed the AGM we always welcome new committee members, also new volunteers; offering free breakfast butties on Wednesdays to sweeten the hard labour - Come along and make new friends: even if you’re only here for your hols, you’ll be beautifying our whole community! Our little windmill has been much improved by the skills of Ron Hacker; his addition of a roof and new canvas sails have given it true Spanish authenticity! Both sleeper features on the large area of the Golf Club corner have been completed and more gravel spread, together with the new

tree avenue on the dual carriageway. If you can donate any plants, pots etc. we’d be most grateful. The water butt donated by the pig farmer has been sited there and filled, but any time you can spend watering; both plants and the volunteers is very much appreciated! Every Euro of each member’s monthly payment is used to enhance the whole of ‘C’, though the general programme of maintenance may only reach your road every few weeks – even the inner streets and pavements of the empty Monsora houses get the Green Fingers treatment! If you’re not a member and see our teams working, please contribute a little to our bucket! Please check chalkboards, Facebook and website for information and our Chairman, John, can be contacted on 634 325 427. More news can be found at www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup. com/

Camposol ‘B CLEAN’ Gardening Group

Spring Newsletter

These projects are being made possible by funds raised from subscriptions paid by those residents who have joined our ‘B Clean’ Community Group which now is an officially registered charity. The scheme is similar to that which is used on ‘C’ Sector, the success being obvious to anyone who passes through and sees the improvements going on there.

Anyone travelling to the Commercial Centre as they enter B Sector can’t Unlike other sectors, B Sector is help but notice that the ‘Bienvenido a regularly used by everyone who lives Camposol’ wall that we erected on the in Camposol, and also by others who approach road last year has recently are just visiting, and it is our intention been embellished with the addition of pots, trees, plants and more gravelling of the surrounding area. This is just the beginning of many improvements that we are planning in order to improve Your first port of call when undertaking any aspect of the look of our home improvements. Sector. More trees We are specialists in all types of general building workand shrubs are to From major construction projects to fitted bathrooms, be planted in the kitchens and conservatories, give us a call for a free, no autumn at the main obligation quote. entrance and other All our team are fully qualified professionals with over 20 areas years construction experience in Spain. We understand that spending money improving your home is an important decision. Thats why we pride ourselves on being honest, reliable, and getting the job done right, first time, at a fair price. For more details visit our website: Or come and visit our office on A Sector, next to the ferriteria. Or call us: Mark: 659 159 948 - Colin: 676 306 718 CM CONSTRUCTIONS

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vandalized. One of the trees has been stolen - complete with its container which had been staked and concreted into the ground (and thus broken when it was removed!) We would like to thank Senor Shifter who regularly gives us a helping hand in removing rubbish or collecting items without charge and Eriks for providing the metal stakes that rendered the stolen planter useless to the scumbag(s) referred to above. We would also like to thank Theresa and Kevin Hicks for their kind donation to replace the planter and tree. We hope that many more residents will join the scheme and subscribe just 5 euros a month to help us keep Camposol looking great. If you are interested and willing to add your name to the growing list of members, please contact Sandy or Helen for details (See below.) The more subscribers we have - the better Camposol will look. that that it should present as pleasing an environment as possible. Any work carried out by ‘B Clean’ therefore is of benefit to the rest of the Urbanization. Sadly, we have to report that in the last week the site has also been visited by some form of despicable low-life and

to help with the planting, weeding, litter clearing, watering, etc. etc. So... please contact us if you can offer some assistance. We meet every Tuesday morning for a couple of hours and each pair of hands makes a great difference. Planning of future projects takes place at our monthly meetings on the last Tuesday of each month at Trevi’s 4 till 5 p.m. Please come and tell us what improvements you would like to see happen. If you are interested in joining this scheme, or can offer any physical help, please let us know. Information: SANDY (Treasurer): 968986030 email HELEN (Secretary) : 968199506 email

We will not allow the inactivity of the Council, the past faults of MASA, or the antisocial behavior of idiots to spoil our efforts to have Camposol looking great. Of course... with all this work going on... We still need willing volunteers


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Health &Wellbeing Is this normal or a common health problem? One of the most common questions asked when we explain people’s results to them is, ‘Well isn’t that normal?’ This raises a very important point, the difference between health changes that are common and those that are normal. Normal values are found in all aspects of health and whilst it is not realistic to think everybody hits a perfect score, it is expected that we fall within these normal ranges in order to achieve health. The most known examples of normal would be those of the vital signs; blood pressure, breathing rate, pulse and temperature. A list of which has been listed below for your reference. Blood pressure: 100/60 mm/Hg to 130/90 mm/Hg Breathing: 12 - 18 breaths per minute Pulse: 60 - 100 beats per minute Temperature: 97.8 - 99.1 degrees

Fahrenheit / average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can see in the examples above there are ranges of normal which allow for small variations person to person. However fall outside of the ranges of normal and health challenges start to present. This brings us nicely onto that which is common. It is common in today’s society for children to be overweight or obese. With the ever increasing intake of sugar it may become common (in the future) for people to have diabetes, however this will not make these examples normal. Normal values for health have been established based on what is optimum for human performance; this is known as something called homeostasis. This basically means the body is in a state of balance and can function correctly. So how does this

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Health &Wellbeing Protecting Your Skin From the Sun  The arrival of warmer weather usually means spending more time outdoors in the sun. However, no matter what time of year it is, it is important to protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight. Exposure to UV radiation is the numberone cause of skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer diagnosed. Fortunately, most types of skin cancer can be prevented or successfully treated if they are found early. 

Sun protection tips Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.You should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation, is water resistant, and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higherApply a generous amount of sunscreen (at least one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass) 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. Remember to reapply it every two hours or more often (every hour) if you are swimming or sweating. Also apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. 

Sunscreen should be worn year round whenever you are outside. Do not use sunscreens if they have expired. Be careful around water, snow, or sand. These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase the chance of sunburn.  Wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.  Pay attention to the UV index, which is often included in the weather report. This index is a relative measure of how damaging exposure to the sun will be on any particular day. The index is a scale of 1 to 10+. When the index is 10 or higher, people should stay indoors, if possible.  Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun, such as specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies. 

the mole does not match the other.  Border: The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.  Color: The color is often uneven with shades of black, brown, and tan.You may also see areas of white, gray, red, or blue.  Diameter: The diameter is usually larger than six millimeters (mm) (the size of a pencil eraser) or has grown in size.  Evolving: The mole has been changing in size, shape, color, appearance, or growing in an area of previously normal skin. Also, when melanoma develops in an existing mole, the texture of the mole may change and become hard, lumpy, or scaly. Although the skin may feel different and may itch, ooze, or bleed, melanoma usually does not cause pain.  Additionally, people at high risk for skin cancer should have their skin examined once a year by a dermatologist.    Juan Basilio Galindo Tovar pharmacist of camposol pharmacy 

Early detection The “ABCDE� rule can help you remember these skin cancer warning signs:  Asymmetry: The shape of one half of

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Los Amigos De Mazarrón F.C

The appointment of new coach, Javi had a remarkable effect on Mazarron

With a good score of 37 points, Tom Percy (pictured) came out on top. He was closely followed by Jeff Perry in 2nd place with 33 points, and Roy Clark

Sunday 11th May MORATALLA AD (HOME) Sunday 18th May Nuestro Abaran CF (Away) Sunday 25th May BENIAJAN CF (HOME) Sunday 1st June Soho.Medi (Away)

New manager Javi FC’s fortunes. Despite losing his first game against La Hoya Lorca CF by the narrow margin of 1-0, Mazarron went on to win three successive games for the first time this season. In addition to the marked improvement in performances and results, Javi had a positive impact on the poor disciplinary record at the Club and only three yellow cards in total were issued to Mazarron players in those three games.

Ten goals were scored and only two conceded which meant that the defence, which had been leaking goals previously, had been tightened without detracting from the free scoring play of the forwards. By mid April, Tolo’s 22 goals (eight of them with his previous club Soho.Medi), and Jose Ruben’s 19 goals made them second and third top scorers in the league respectively. and John Dowgill coming 3rd with 30 points. The nearest the pin winner was also Tom, who declared he wanted a windy day each time the society meet!! We will have played our next game at Lorca by the time you read this, and anyone wishing to join, or come along as a guest, is welcome to contact us for details. Geoff Sharp

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Full details of all games, date and kick off times and coach departure times both home and away, are normally not announced until the Wednesday before the weekend on which the game is to be played and advertised in the local media, on and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron. Forthcoming fixtures are: Sunday 4th May Santiago de la Ribera (Away)

Mad Dogs & Not ALL Englishmen…………… On Wednesday 26th March the members gathered at Corvera Golf to play the usual monthly game, although a large number had wondered why they had got out of bed. On a chilly and very, very windy day the members questioned the committee´s decision to venture out onto the course, but to a man they did. After several holes though there were many mutterings about the wind moving the ball from all angles and across the greens, faster than they could run. Still, and despite the grumbles, we all managed to get round to the 19th hole in one piece where cards were checked and the winner announced.

each away game, something unique in this area where away support is almost non-existent. Coach prices are 8€ for members and 10€ for non-members.

If you have not been to a home game at Mazarron before please come along – Los Amigos members run a supporters bar where you can buy hot and cold drinks, including beer, wine and spirits at knockdown prices and also hot pies and pasties, especially enjoyable at half time. The Mazarron FC President, Jose Rodriguez and new Coach Javi attended one of the weekly Los Amigos meetings at the end of March to outline their plans for the future of the club and to answer any questions put to them by Los Amigos members. The Mayor of El Saladillo, Jose Navarro kindly acted as interpreter and all parties agreed that the afternoon had been most beneficial. This will now be repeated on a quarterly basis which should further cement the already excellent relationship between the Football Club and its ex-pat supporters. Members of the Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Executive Committee met with Jose Rodriguez on 2nd April at the Football Ground to present a

Hopefully, the improved results will see Mazarron move further up the league table and overhaul the ninth position and 45 points they achieved last season. If they do this, it will be the first time in the last four years that some improvement has been made and this will, hopefully, persuade the better players in the squad to remain at the club for a realistic attempt at promotion next season. Mazarron’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. Admission is just €4 with juveniles free. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to

cheque for 2,500€ from the proceeds of the recent Gala Evening and Dinner held at the Hotel la Cumbre. They took the opportunity of discussing a number


of issues of concern which had been raised by members and came away most satisfied with the outcome of the meeting. The monthly Luncheon Club continues to go from strength to strength, the third outing being to La Malata on 22nd April where members and friends enjoyed Menu del Dia for 9€. Coach travel for just 5€ was again organised and this enables people to have a few drinks without the problem of having to drive. It is interesting to note that members certainly seem to take advantage of this!! For details of the May Luncheon Club please see any Executive Committee member or email pamada.1130@yahoo. There is a Quiz Night and Social Evening at the Black Bull on Saturday 10th May. In addition to the quiz which has been devised by Los Amigos member, Steve Wilson, there will be music and dancing to Dynamic Dave’s Dazzling Disco which promises to be one of the highlights of the social calendar!!! Tickets, which are just 7€ each including supper, are on sale at the weekly Los Amigos meetings or you can email for details of availability.

The Los Amigos de Mazarron FC End of Season Function, incorporating the Player of the Year Awards. will be held at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf on Tuesday 3rd June, two days after the last game of the season. Players and staff from Mazarron Football Club will be in attendance and entertainment will be provided by Woody. Los Amigos members vote for their Man of the Match at each game and the player who has received the most votes at the end of the season receives the coveted Player of the Year trophy. Tickets for the end of season function are 10€ including a buffet supper and are on sale at the weekly Los Amigos meetings or, again, you can email pamada.1130@ for details of availability. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC hold weekly meetings at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm. Social meetings, which are open to anyone, members or not, are held every Thursday


with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only. If you are interested in football or just want to meet new friends in pleasant surroundings please come along and join us.

Bunker Play Many players dread greenside bunkers because they do not know the best way to hit out of them. Their set-ups are often inconsistent, their swing paths are incorrect, and their ball position is off. For consistent play in any aspect of the game, you need confidence. In order to gain this confidence, you must first learn and practice the most effective way to hit it close out of greenside traps. Here’s how to do it: Step 1 Choose the right club. If you’re in a bunker and you don’t have a lot of green to work with, you want to pick a high-lofted wedge, like a 60 degree lob wedge.  The ball will not roll out as much.  If you have some green to work with, you want a lower lofted wedge, such as a sand wedge or a gap wedge. Step 2 Take the Right Set Up The right set up is the key to hitting an effective bunker shot.  First, dig in: twist your feet into the sand. Having a good solid base is vital and you also get a feel for how deep the sand is around your ball. For most bunker shots you want to play the ball off your front foot.  The farther you move the ball back, the lower trajectory the ball will take and the more it will run out.  This can be useful with some shots, but as a

general rule, play the ball off your front foot. Keep in mind this isn’t a pitch and run.  The shot is going to have backspin. Next, Slightly open your stance and the clubface.  This is very important.  This promotes a higher, softer ball flight and allows a good angle for the clubface to slide under the ball. Finally, you need your weight on your front foot.  The weight should be about 80%-20% favouring the front foot.  Step 3 The swing You want a slight outside-in swing path with a slight wrist hinge at the top.  How far back depends on how far you want the ball to fly. This swing path gets the ball to come out high and soft and with the maximum control.  You will need to practice this until it feels natural and to judge the yardages correctly. Step 4:  The follow through You must follow through and stay down longer on bunker shots.  If you decelerate or stop at impact, you chunk it.  In a greenside bunker, you want to splash the ball out, and to do that you must have a steep swing and a high follow through.  If you come up on it too soon, you’ll catch the shot thin and blade it.  Don’t be afraid to take a slightly bigger swing; you are taking sand with the shot. It won’t go as far. Some of the hardest shots we will face on the course come from bunkers, and knowing how to hit these shots gives us the best chance to save a low score.  Follow these tips and you’ll improve your bunker play.

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The Opel Corsa is the last model manufactured in Spain to appear in the top 10 bestselling cars of the year.

Collared, car vandal that turned out to be a dog Border Collie Jess is caught on CCTV biting tyres in the quiet Cumbrian village of Brampton A mystery car vandal hunted by police has finally been collared - and revealed to be a dog. Residents were upset that car tyres had been left repeatedly punctured over the past six months so set up CCTV in the village of Brampton, Cumbria. The culprit caught on camera was not a feral youth but a border collie called Jess. The dog had been sinking its teeth into tyres while on a daily walk with its owner, leaving slow punctures and flat tyres in its wake, in what is rumoured to be revenge for a car accident. Anne Taylor, who set up CCTV, said that the footage shows Jess biting the nearside front and then back wheel. “It disappears for a few seconds then comes back and has another go,” she told the BBC. “Apparently it was run over about and 18 months ago and it seems to have a thing about cars. “With monstrous regularity it went flat whilst I was driving, it felt like I had square wheels. They were irreparable because the damage was to the side walls so it is buying a new tyre each time.” The owner was said to be unaware of the damage the pet was causing and has promised she will be kept on a lead in the future. Pc Simon Amos, from Cumbria Police, said: “These incidents have been happening for the past six months, with many residents being very upset at the thought of someone targeting them and causing the damage deliberately. “The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take

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a closer look, that you can see her biting the tyres. “The owner has been contacted and has been very surprised and also apologetic about the whole situation. He will be now keeping Jess on a lead.

This model is made at the General Motors plant in Figueruelas (Zaragoza), and sold 20,078 units last year.

“We know that there may be other residents or visitors that may not have reported any damage to their tyres. We want to reassure them that the culprit has been identified and hopefully the damage will stop.”

Spain’s bestselling cars made at home MOST of the bestselling cars of 2013 in Spain are manufactured in plants located within the country. This is according to the Spanish Car and Lorry Manufacturers Association (Anfac), which revealed that six out of the 10 most sold cars last year were made in Spain. The bestselling model in Spain during 2013 was the Citroen C4 with 23,837 units sold. The multi-purpose versions of this vehicle, the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso, are manufactured at the PSA Peugeot Citroen plant in Vigo. This car is available as a five or as a seven-seater. The second bestselling model last year is also made in Spain. With 23,310 units sold, the Renault Megane is made at the French manufacturer’s plant in Palencia. Manufactured in Martorell (Barcelona) are the Seat Ibiza and the Seat Leon.

Audi A3 named World Car of the Year The Audi A3 has beaten the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3 to the World Car of the Year award for 2014 The Audi A3 has been named World Car of the Year at a ceremony held at the New York Motor Show, beating fellow finalists the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3. Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler and columnist Mike Rutherford are among the 69 international jurors voting in the Awards, now in their tenth year. Commenting on the Award, Audi boss Rupert Stadler, said: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has

The Ibiza was the third bestselling car of 2013 in Spain with 23,141 units, while the Leon held the ninth position with 19,423 units. The Volkswagen Polo, made at the plant the German manufacturer has in Landaben (Navarra), was the fifth bestselling car in Spain in 2013 with 20,283 units sold.






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The Government has passed the ball back to the consumer as far as pensions and investments are concerned. For years we have been under the nanny state - now the pendulum swings the other way and suddenly we are all deemed to be capable of looking after what may be our largest asset (apart from the house we live in). In theory this is a good thing, but it fails to address whether most of us can wade our way through the jargon that plagues the financial services industry. Advisers in that world deal with phrases like “benefit crystallisation event” and “critical yield” all day and every day, often losing sight of the clients they are aiming to help. To quote from one website that provides a “Simple Guide to Financial Terms”: “Total Expense Ratio (TER) The total fees involved in managing and operating a fund. The TER included the annual management fee and other charges, ie legal, admin and audit costs. Following the introduction of KIIDs, TERs have been replaced with OCFs”. Of course they have, dear ! Some terms are unavoidable but if you have chosen a regulated financial adviser who works under the rules laid down by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK, then you should have the important elements explained to you – in words you can understand and are comfortable with. And if you are not sure – ask!! And the same applies to what advice on this topic would cost you. We operate to the rules laid down by the FCA in the UK. This means you should be given not only the best advice, but also clear, upfront information on how much that financial advice will cost.


The FCA’s own report, published this month, identifies that almost 60 per cent of firms are failing to give clear, upfront advice. It also found that nearly 3/4 of firms are not fully revealing how much advice costs, the type of service they offer or what on-going services they provide. Not so for clients of Expat Pensions - this is the trading style of Magna Wealth Management Ltd, a UKbased business but one that has been advising clients on the Costas from Barcelona down to Gibraltar for many years. As our latest advertising campaign states, you can expect “Crystal Clear Advice with Transparent Charging”. And why not? Its what you are entitled to – and its what you deserve!

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The ONLY qualified and experienced UK Lawyer in this area providing a comprehensive range of services covering English and Spanish matters including QROPS Pension transfers to unlock your UK private pension For an initial discussion please telephone 634 053 976 or Camposol Business Centre Calle Madrid 19, Sector A Camposol, Mazarron MURCIA 30875

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Spain Has Homes For All Of Europes Homeless Europe has over 11 million empty properties, 3.4 million of which are in Spain, which is more than enough to house the continent’s homeless population of 4.1 million, a UK newspaper has reported. Europe’s growing problem of homelessness could be solved at a stroke, say campaigners. They point to the findings of a new study which has revealed that there are 11 million empty properties across Europe, including 3.4 million in Spain which

tops the charts as the continent’s worst offender. In their opinion, all that needs to happen is a handover of some of these empty homes to people who are living on the streets.

With 3.4 million vacant homes, Spain has more than Italy, estimated to have 2.2 million empty properties, and Germany, which has slightly less at 1.8 million. The UK has around 700,000 empty residential properties which could potentially be occupied while Ireland has 400,000 and Portugal 735,000. “Governments should do as much as possible to put empty homes on the market. The problem of homelessness is getting worse across the whole of the European Union. The best way to resolve it is to put empty homes on the market.” Said Freek Spinnewijn from FEANTSA, a European-wide organisation that brings together national bodies fighting against homelessness The blame for the empty properties in Spain has been laid squarely at the feet of the housing market and its investors. Spain’s construction bubble in the decade before the beginning of the financial crisis was “fed largely by Britons and Germans buying homes in the sun,” according to the report, leading to prices rising by 44 percent between 2004 and 2008. Building companies worked at breakneck speed to create up to 800,000 new properties a year to keep pace with demand. The 3.4 million empty homes in Spain represent 14 percent of all properties, according to last year’s Spanish census. Vacant houses and even entire ‘ghost towns’ can be found in parts of Spain

after being abandoned by construction companies. The problem is most acute in holiday resorts, some of which are still suffering from non-occupancy rates of over 30 percent some five years after the start of the economic crisis. Part of the problem lies with Spain’s high unemployment rate which has left many people unable to pay their mortgages. Repossessions of homes by banks has become a huge social issue in Spain, leading to mass protests and demonstrations. Many local campaigners have demanded changes to the Spanish which leaves homeowners liable for mortgage payments even after losing their properties. As banks continue to receive income, there is less pressure on them to put the houses back on the market. The banks have been accused of sitting on empty properties rather than lowering prices to sell them. Critics say that this is done deliberately to artificially inflate the assets column of banks’ accounts above true market value. In the north-east region of Catalonia, some councils have reportedly warned banks that they will be fined by up to €100,000 ($138,000) if repossessed homes remain empty for over two years while others have threatened that they will be compelled to hand them over for use as social housing.

Property, Financial and Legal ExPats Capitalising on Rising UK house Prices British expatriates are showing a trend for purchasing homes back in the UK in a bid to make the most of rising property prices and a weak pound. This is according to new research from Lloyds Bank, which has found that the housing market is attracting a lot of attention from overseas. It discovered that those living in the UAE, France and Switzerland are the most likely to buy a property back in the UK. The survey suggested that 30% of expats intend to purchase a house for buy-to-let purposes in the next 2 years.

This approach comes with the advantages of a regular income while living abroad and having something to show for it when returning to home. Some 25.8% of the 1,000 expats surveyed said they are looking at property in the UK, while 24.7% are interested in houses in Australia, 15.1% are focusing their attentions on the US and 8.2% intend to buy in Canada. One of the elements that make owning property in the UK so appealing is that it has a higher occupancy rate than other destinations. These houses yield rent in 71% of cases, which is high compared to the average 47% displayed by properties in foreign countries. Richard Musty, director at Lloyds Bank International Banking, said: “Confidence

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Useful Numbers activities Mariposa 968 631 008 Bar, restaurants & cafes Amapola 968 15 65 03 Bar Trevi 669 026 544 Cat’s Bar 666 188 353 Elliots 968 158 499 Mariposa 968 631 008 La Vida 625 917 425 Quality Indian restaurant Tel 968 199 198 Seventh Heaven 968 332 088 Vista Bar 648 731 309 Bathrooms Beautiful Bathrooms 968 974 038/663617 563 Beauty Care & Health Clinical complementary therapies 634 327 241 Heather mobile 636 657 481 Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 Builders CM Constructions 659 159 948 Car Hire & SERVICES F&C Rental 968 199 156 Car mechanics & car sales Ken Sherwood mechanics 679 646 859 Carpentry Dave Davidson 634 330 706 Camposol Business Centre District Journal, Security, Dentist, Chiropodists, Another World Properties, Camposol Health Clinic 968 103 008 Central Heathing & Plumbing Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771 Charities Age Concern 634 310216 Andreas animal rescue 690 906 565 PALS 968 422 228 / 626460 465 JJPuppies 618 934 921 Lions 682 104 635 Mabs 639 665 370 Making a Difference 634 357 137 Chimney Sweep Tony 646 438 694 Chiropodists Nathalia 968 103 008 Computer design services Daniel White Dentists Camposol Business Centre 968 103 008 Ear Candling Heather mobile 636 657 481 Electricians Andy 617 644 339 FASHION Legs and Co 660 792 513 Funerals and funeral plans Tony Smith, Funeral director 650 631 719 Iberian Funeral Plans 965 993 498 Fish & Chips Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499 Gardening Evergreen 679 582 410 Hairdressers Carols 968 974 989 Cut & Dried 628 149 840 Home Furnishings & furniture @HOME 868 088 118

Furniture Plus 968 153 907/678 083 491 Yorkshire Linen 968 595 946/650 857 619

Insurance & Asesoria Nash Warren, Bolnuevo 968 156 583 R&L Seguros 968 138 516 / 620 277 690 ASSA 968 453 386 El Pilar 968 425 210 Ibex Insurance 968 595 945 Law services MMB 968 332 068 Shirley Ann Fisher 968 103 008 Metalwork Eriks 636 050 008 Mobility, aids & equipment Freedom & mobility 968 153 620 Properrty services Camposol Properties 968 592 679 Helping Hands Home Care675 865 636 Kevins Fly Screens 650 662 579/616 984 652 Pool cleaning, maintenance & repair Tony, the pool diver 646 438 694 Kohn Pool Services 968 138 638/626 684 979 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 Blue Med 968 595 684 Costa Calida Property Services 968 199 251 Mercers 968 199 188 UK 08450 177 805 Sensol Golf Villa Rentals 968 970 614/608 631 700 VillaQuest 968 974 918 Spanish interpreters and courses Debbies translations & interpreting, 677 353 136 Pilar Garcia 630 21 99 82 Esther Rama 617 054 872 Television Services Rainbow, 686 358 475 Window cleaning services AYS 619 877 303 Water, purification services Waterfiltersspain: 677 353 136 Miles Better Water Filters 619 877 303


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Jacuzzis & hot tubs bought, sold and repaired 650 722 905

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

Getting in touch with the committees and organisations

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

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

animals. We are always in need of foster carers if you feel you are able to do this? We are lucky to have so many volunteers, friends and supporters, which is of tremendous help to the charity. Without them we could not continue. So a big thank you to you all! However, we are always in need of extra help in one of our shops if anyone is willing to give up a few precious hours of their time, please contact me, it would be much appreciated!

MAY’S NEWSLETTER Hi everyone, hope you’re all enjoying the lovely spring weather? Another busy month has gone by in the world of AAR. Despite the fact that we are criticised for not taking in any dogs/puppies, we have been involved in rescuing and rehoming a lot of them over the last number of months. We are predominately an Equine Charity and will always do our best for Donkeys and Horses wherever possible, but we do take in a lot of other animals, mostly dogs, some cats, and even sheep, rabbits and pigs! There is little we turn away, provided of course that we have the space! Without the re-homing process we are limited as to what we can take of course. We are in the process of getting the paperwork ‘rubber stamped’ to remove two Donkeys and a Horse from the Pound and certain death should they remain. It is a long-winded process and not for the faint-hearted, but we are neither that or about to give up on them! We have an adopter already and waiting for the Horse, but would welcome any adopters or sponsors for the two Donkeys. Basil, the little dog with the severe skin condition, who was found by Barry, one of our volunteers, is doing really well. His skin has improved vastly and guess what? He has found his forever home with none other than his rescuer, the lovely Basil before Barry! Think it was love at first sight! Away you go Basil, you lucky dog! Little Poppy, one of the litter of five puppies we took in, is the last of her siblings and a bit lonely now, still looking for her forever home. She’s a beautiful girl and will make someone a very special companion. Any takers??

The shops are now sporting our spring and summer collections so please come by and take a look at our bargains! A warm welcome always waits for our customers! Donations of clothes, household items and furniture are always needed and will be gratefully received in either of the shops, in Mazarron, or Fuente. Of course I am always in the car park at Camposol, sector B, on Mondays, 11.30 until 1.30, or give me a call to arrange collection of your bigger/heavier items. Thanks for your continued support and interest Hugs and kisses from all at AAR Andrea xxxx

MABS EVENTS IN MAZARRÓN Up-coming events Saturday 14th June - The MABS Shield Open Golf Competition – THE CLUBHOUSE, Camposol Playing format and entry information to be announced later. Thursday 19th June - ASCOT LADIES DAY – MABS CENTRE Camposol B JULY BBQ – 25TH July - MABS CENTRE Camposol B

The last Tuesday of the month - VOLUNTEERS MEETING - Trevi bar, Camposol Sector B - 11.30 am. If you would like further information about how you can help MABS come along to our meeting. For further information please ring 620 582 418. Next meeting October 29th. JIGSAW BEREAVEMENT GROUP Cats Bar Sector A Camposol 12.00 pm held on the first Friday of each month.This informal group provides support and information to all bereaved people. Call 620 582 418 for further details. Event tickets MABS Information Centre on Sector B Camposol, the MABS Charity Shop in Totana or by calling 620 582 418 keep watching the press for forthcoming events Thank you for your support!


We are still looking

Basil after for adopters for

some our special dogs, Tetley, who was found wandering outside the Tea-Pot Café in Mazarron for days, Kira, the small terrier found injured at the side of the road, now completely recovered, and the lovely Domino, one of our loving long termers, who has been overlooked through no fault of his own. Any enquiries on these or any of our other dogs will be warmly received. Please remember, even if you’re not able to re-home or adopt any animal, you can always help by sponsoring a dog or donkey, by giving a small amount of money each month. Your help is invaluable in supporting the lives of our rescued

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Tickets from: Friday 11am to 1pm: Outside Bar Salud, Camposol B Camposol Cultural Centre Wed/Thu 10am to 1pm Telephone: 634 310 215 Other areas: 634 336 484 If you have a favourite joke that is suitable for a family magazine and not too long why not send it to

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