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Welcome to the May 2016 edition of The Journal! We hope that you have had a fantastic April and are all relaxed and prepared for the influx of family and friends that love to come and visit during the summer months! This month we have another fun filled, action packed magazine lined up for you with some great news, features, book reviews, charity information and of course all the information that you need to keep up to date with what is going on in and around our community! As with all close knit communities we all experience problems from time to time, so all our readers will be glad to know that after a brief hiatus our resident agony uncleUncle Paul is back with us dealing with all manner of issues that our readers face! Welcome back Uncle Paul, it is both an honour and a pleasure to have you contribute to our magazine! Last month we published a news article about the use of 500€ notes and how the European bank was considering abolishing them. We would like to make it clear to all our readers that the 500€ notes are still legal tender so please don’t worry if you have a mattress stuffed full of them- you can still use them! But if you are really worried about it, then we will do our bit to help. Please feel free to drop bundles of the 500€ notes off at our office and we will make sure that they are recycled. (Most likely into a Porsche and villa in Mallorca!) These days technology moves so fast, internet, smartphones, computers even a young man (Ahem!) like myself finds it difficult to keep up to date with things. This is why we are delighted to welcome KP Computers from Camposol to our magazine. These guys really know their stuff, so if you are stuck with any kind of computing problem whatsoever, be it hardware, software, internet or any general problem, don’t hesitate to give them a call. You can find their advert in the magazine. As always, thank you for reading and making The Journal the number 1 and only award winning magazine in the area! Have a great month and see you in June! Robbie Rutherford

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Podemos Reject Socialist Pact Elections Loom

Members of Spanish anti-austerity political party Podemos (We Can) have overwhelmingly rejected a coalition pact with socialist party PSOE.

Podemos, led by Pablo Iglesias, an exuniversity professor, balloted its members in a referendum on whether the party should back PSOE, along with Ciudadanos (Citizens) in an historic coalition to become the next government of Spain. However, almost 90% rejected the proposals largely because of the alliance between PSOE and Ciudadanos. Podemos views Ciudadanos as being far right, too far right from their own leftist position. The ongoing stalemate, the result of inconclusive elections in December 2015, has left Spain without an official government for several months and left the previous centre-right PP (Peoples Party) government in office, albeit in a caretaker capacity. Currently, the PP, which won the most votes in the election but failed to secure a majority, have more or less been left to do as they please. They do not believe their current caretaker role in government warrants parliamentary or public scrutiny. A position which has infuriated opposition parties claiming it’s unconstitutional, a matter for the constitutional court to

decide. However any decision is unlikely to be made in the near future. Spain’s King Felipe VI is due to hold meetings with political parties next week in a last ditch attempt to break the deadlock. But many believe fresh elections are inevitable. Ironically, the political impasse has done little to derail the economic recovery following deep double-dip recessions and appears to be steaming ahead leading many to believe it being the result of there actually being no government. However, analysts are warning that further prolonging the political uncertainty will have profound longterm effects on the economy where the budget deficit struggles to meet tough EU and IMF demands time and time again and unemployment continues to hover around 20%. Political polls had previously suggested that a return to the ballot box could significantly favour the PP and weaken both Podemos and PSOE by losing seats gained in the December 2015 elections. Ciudadanos had been predicted to remain roughly the same. More recent official polls are now suggesting the situation may not change that much at all and could result in another hung parliament. A prospect which could see Spain without an officially elected government for another 6 months, effectively writing off up to 18 months of effective political leadership.

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Spain riled over dance hit ‘I took a pill in Ibiza’ Up until a few weeks ago, Mike Posner was a little-known singer from Detroit. He released an album in 2010 that went mostly unnoticed, and had been writing songs for other people since. But in 2015 he managed to produce a new album whose single, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”, has reached the top of the British Top 40 chart and made it to number 9 on the US Billboard’s Hot 100. The lyrics paint a pessimistic picture of the loneliness and sadness that surround the music industry, with a special focus on his own professional failure. The only mention of the Spanish island is made in the first line, which recalls Posner’s experience with ecstasy, casting it in a negative light. But even that was enough to prompt action from Ibiza officials, who are determined to fight the clichés that abound about the Balearic island destination. Last year, they managed to halt the shoot of the reality show Ibiza Shore (MTV), which they felt was going to offer “a negative image of the island.” And now, authorities have reacted to Posner’s song as well. The island’s director of tourism, Vicent Torres, told Agence France Presse that they have invited the artist to come to Ibiza to discover what lies beyond the bars and the nightclubs. “We have a lot more to offer besides

world-famous nightlife,” he said. “We have museums, beaches, culture, cuisine and a great range of things to offer, but unfortunately we’ve been typecast.” Judging by Posner’s own account, his relationship with drugs and with Ibiza has been close to nil. “It was sort of a mystery pill. I was already under the influence of alcohol at the time. I had written a song with Avicii that week in Sweden called ‘Stay With You’ and he was playing in Ibiza so I said, ‘I’ll just go there with you,’ because I was already in Europe. I don’t have like a regular 9-5 job … so might as well go to Ibiza, right? I had never been there before. So I went,” he explained on the music website Genius. “We were at his show and I was drinking at the time,” he continues. “And most people didn’t know who the fuck I was in Ibiza except for this one guy who recognized me. He was like, ‘Are you Mike Posner?’ and he was all excited. He holds up this little bag of pills and is like, ‘You want one?’ And drunk Mike Posner was like, ‘F&%k it, yeah.’ So I took one and I had never done that before, and I felt amazing. Then when I came down I felt ten years older…”

said that “the song starts with the singer taking ecstasy but the lyrics clearly state he had a negative experience. [...] It’s a controversial song but we trust our audience to recognize it doesn’t endorse drugs.” However, radio DJs were told to refer to the song simply as “In Ibiza”. The original acoustic version of the song came with a simple music video shot in black and white and based on Bob Dylan’s classic Don’t look back, in which the artist stands in front of the camera with cue cards displaying words included in the lyrics. But the video made to go with the remix – created by the Norwegians SeeB – does include explicit drug-related scenes and has already notched up 61 million views on YouTube. According to regional government figures, more than 2.5 million people visited Ibiza and the neighbouring island Formentera last year.

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HOW TO NEGOTIATE ROUNDABOUTS If you are unsure about the correct way to negotiate roundabouts, here are some simple rules to help you enter and exit roundabouts safely and in the right lane. APPROACHING ROUNDABOUTS It’s important to remember to give way to traffic already on the roundabout. If the roundabout is outside urban areas of towns or cities, keep right. If the roundabout is in a built-up area inside a town or city and the lanes are clearly marked, you should use the lane that best corresponds to the exit you need to take. LEAVING ROUNDABOUTS This causes the most confusion amongst drivers. Which lane to choose? Why do I get beeped at if I’m in the right lane? Drivers must exit roundabouts from the right hand lane, because the only way to leave the roundabout is by turning right. This doesn’t mean we always have to enter the roundabout from the right hand lane. It depends on the exit we need to take. However this simple rule, in practice, can be more complex.

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In Loving Memory 0f Julie Ann Kent 12th January 1958 ~ 7th April 2016

In Loving Memory of Bertha Margaret Duguid 10th August 1919 ~ 30th March 2016

Carol and Ray would like to express their sincere thanks to all their friends and neighbours for the tremendous support received during the very sudden passing of Linda. Special thanks to everyone who attended her funeral service. God Bless You All.

Pat & Barry would like to express their sincere thanks to all the friends and neighbours for the kind messages of sympathy received during the recent passing of Bertha. Special thanks to everyone who attended her funeral service and gave to the work of Age Concern

In Loving Memory 0f Norman Thomas John Parsons 20th December 1947 ~ 5th March 2016

In Loving Memory 0f Tim Buckley 1st February 1959 ~ 14th March 2016

Linda and her family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbours for been so supportive during this very difficult time. Thanks for the many messages and cards of condolence it has meant so much to our family. Special thanks to everyone who attended Normanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral service and gave in his memory to the wonderful work of MABS

The family of the late Tim Buckley would like to express their sincere thanks to all the many friends for all the kind messages of support received during during the sudden loss of Tim.Special thanks to everyone who attended the funeral service, it was lovely to see so many people there ti give him a great send off. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

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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 a 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 receive: UNLIMITED ACCESS TO GP SERVICES The member may refer to Camposol Health Clinic GP for consultation as 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 as often as the associated patient may require, without any additional charge, just by making an appointment. Members will recieve nursing treatment with 50% discount. Access to PHYSIOTHERAPY Services Members may access Physiotherapy treatment at Camposol Health Clinic under preferential discounts and rates. FREE ACCESS SERVICES : PHYSIOTHERAPY CONSULTATION GP PRIMARY HEALTH CARE... INCLUDED NURSE CONSULTATION... INCLUDED Membership services : VACCINATION€ 3,00 INJECTIONS € 3,00 SIMPLE TREATMENT ( Blood Pressure and Glucose ) € 6,00 Dressings , EARWAX PLUGS , SUTURES € 8,00 ECG € 10,00 PHYSIOTHERAPY € 20,00 KINESIOTAPE € 3,00 DRY NEEDLING € 3,00 FUNCTIONAL BANDAGE € 5,00 BLOOD TEST as per type.

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On Saturday 23rd April 2016, St George day, 33 kids and 17 adults of the Leos and their friends set off on a sponsored walk. The walk was started at Bolnuevo’s Puntabela going through Mazarron Port, Isla Plana, L’Azhoia and finishing at the Torre de Santa Elena. The walk was 22km long and raised money for MABS Hospice, Strides diabetes camp for kids and an operation for a local girl Paula to enable her to smile for the first time. Due to the school activities that week some of the kids started the walk with blisters, others developed blisters on route, but all finished the walk. Let’s not forget the adults who also got blisters, but were too tired to complain. The youngest walker on the day was 7

and the eldest 67, so once everything was done all returned home for a well deserved drink of wine or milk. Some fantastic local businesses and individuals sponsored the kids to wear their T-shirts on the walk which boosted the money raised greatly. The businesses were: AC Services, Another World Properties, Black Bull, Branded, Cambridge Weight Plan Mazarrón, Camposol Heating & Maintenance (CHM), CM Constructions, Compusurf, Decklid Auto Services, Mr Keith Donovan, Elliot’s Restaurant Bolnuevo, Euronics / TJ Electrics, Mr Ian Firth, Furniture Plus (2 x bricks purchased!), Mrs Gillian Hart - in memory of her husband Brian Hart (1935-1992), HES EUROPE LTD, Home Furniture Mazarrón, IBEX Insurance, Camposol, Jane’s Salon Bolnuevo, JML Building

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the Saint. This is also the occasion of the prestigious San Isidro bullfighting festival. When? The festivities of San Isidro are held every year in Madrid around 15 May, the day of San Isidro. Besides, the San Isidro bullfighting festival is held in the Las Ventas bullring, and attracts some of the biggest names in bullfighting today.

Not to be missed The Pradera of San Isidro: this is the place where the genuine festivity of San Isidro is celebrated on the morning of 15 May. Throngs of people flock to take part in a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Saint, where tradition dictates that everyone must drink from the spring. The same day, all the participants enjoy a picnic in the Pradera, where a variety of food stalls offer all the typical dishes of Madrid. The area is alive with chulapos, music and crowds of people all intent on having fun. The site known as La Pradera is an area beside the Manzanares


river, opposite the Vicente Calderón football stadium. Rosquillas : this is a type of aniseed doughnuts which are typical of these festivities. They are also known as tontas, or ‘silly ones’ (without icing), listas, or ‘clever ones’ (with a layer of lemon icing), and de Santa Clara (with a dusting of icing sugar). A chulapo and a chulapa dancing a chotis : this is the typical image of the festivity and one you’re bound to see at the Pradera de San Isidro. This is clear evidence that Madrid remains faithful to its traditional roots. An afternoon at the bullfight in the Las Ventas bullring: the festival of San Isidro offers afternoons of bullfighting

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The Beginners Guide to the 40th Anniversary of Franco’s Death – ‘History’ Remains Fluid

El Caudillo. The Generalissimo. Supreme patriotic military hero by the Grace of God. Whatever you want to call him, Franco was a short man with a penchant for moustaches and murder. When people think of dictators, they think of Franco’s mate Hitler, or more current dictators such as Mugabe or the North Koreans with bad haircuts. Some would say Franco was a coward in comparison, or more moderate. If you turn from the word dictator and instead to fascism, the dictionary will give you Franco as a definition. Call Franco whatever you like, but November 20 is the day to celebrate his slow and painful death. The day in 1975 when cava and champagne bottles were popping faster than overheated popcorn. That day, Spaniards, at home and in exile, could finally shake off their not-so wonderful leader. Born in December 1892 in Galicia, Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco Bahamonde was one in a long line of relatives in the navy. But instead Franco chose the army in 1907, and worked his way through the ranks through wars in Morocco, and was shot in the stomach in 1916, and lost a testicle (it is rumoured). He continued fighting and winning medals, and by the midtwenties, he was ranked high enough to be before the King in Madrid. The royal family got run out of the country when the Second Spanish Republic took hold in 1931, but it wasn’t until Franco’s cozy position at the army academy in Zaragoza being extinguished did Franco start getting angry. Posted to the Balearic Islands for a few years, Franco got a taste of killing his own people during the miner’s strike in Asturias in 1934. He crushed innocents defending their rights, and the left and right side of politics only continued to divide as bitterness set into the young Republic. After the 1936 elections, all went to hell, and Franco found himself leading an army from Morocco into Spain to depose the Republican government. Fast forward through three years of

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brutal civil war though 1936-1939 (if I explain that in detail, we will be here forever), and Franco’s Nationalist army, backed by fascists, Carlists, monarchists, any right-wing nutball group really, had defeated the Republicans, with the communists, anarchists and general plucky young men and women from Spain and overseas fighting for freedom. After gross atrocities, upwards of 200,000 people were killed. Franco was the leader of Spain, a nation decimated by force and hate. The short, moustached, one-testicled Hitler lover was in control. Spain was no picnic. So many fled the country, many to France, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina… basically anywhere but Spain. Artists, teachers, bright minds, and those of the left-wing all ran for their lives. Spain skipped the Second World War after basically being in pieces, claiming neutrality, though Franco loved Hitler’s style of hating. While Franco was claiming that Spain had struck gold and all would be well, 200,000 people starved to death in the first half of the 1940’s. The whole decade was spent rounding up people who had supported the Republican side of the civil war, and up to 50,000 were killed, or put in concentration camps, or just ‘disappeared’. Franco was brutal and bizarre. He could be easily played with wild schemes. But his own plan, being anti-Communist, won him love from the United States. They were allowed to set up military bases, Spain got money and their love for Hitler, Mussolini, etc was swept under the carpet. Spain and its technocrats were keen to move on and make Spain wealthy and prosperous again, though naturally, all spoils only went to the people at the top of the food chain. Spain’s Años de Desarrollo, years of development began through 19611973, with Franco promoting tourism, bullfighting, flamenco, everything superSpanish. Financially, things got much better, but since everyone was doing so poorly, ‘much better’ still wasn’t great. Many Spaniards were still living overseas. Riots broke out at universities, women were still horribly oppressed, with divorce, abortions and birth control illegal. They couldn’t have bank accounts without male oversight, and couldn’t even leave a violent husband, real middle-ages style of living. The church was sticking its evil nose into everything, being gay was illegal, local languages were banned, and nuns loved hitting kids in schools and orphanages. By 1969, Franco was getting old and handing more power to the lecherous bastards who profited from his reign. It was time to choose an heir. Franco had one daughter (though that has been questioned, given the testicle incident, but never mind), and Franco chose Juan Carlos de Bourbon, grandson to the

Spanish King exiled to France in 1931. The young man, dutifully married to a Greek princess, would be modelled and educated in the ways of Francoism – basically being a murderous douche. Even as Franco was getting super old in the 1970’s, he was still being real bastard, handing down executions just months before his death. Young people were rising up, wanting change in their country, and groups such as ETA wanted their regions’ independence back, as did Catalonia, Galicia, Valencia – basically everyone. In the final months of Franco’s reign, countries were having protests against his execution decisions, Mexico tried to have Spain kicked from the UN, and the Pope wasn’t interested in him anymore, which isn’t cool for a Catholic nation. But on October 1st, Franco have a hate speech from his palace and left in tears. From that moment, his number was up. Pneumonia, heart attacks and then internal bleeding took hold. Machines kept the old man alive and drugged. Doctors worked day and night for the man who let people be shot by firing squads or starve to death. But after 35 days of pumping life into a frail old man, on November 20, 1975, Franco finally passed away. The parties started, in Spain and all around the world, where Spaniards had waited for the day. Half a million people went to see his body, just to see the proof for themselves (this figure remains disputed, like all figures during Spain’s 20th century). Spain, which had been lying dormant, could live again. The protege, Juan Carlos, was crowned King, and tossed Francoism aside, opting for democracy. None of that was an easy ride as the road to the Transition began. The trouble is, those killed during and after the war are still buried in their makeshift graves. Those lecherous wannabes who circled Franco did not lose their place in politics, and among the wealthy and elite. Those who were evil were all given amnesty, to smooth the road for democracy. Justice was never served; Spain’s hard questions remained unanswered for so many. Those who did wrong have grown old, as those who were harmed. The varying levels of independence of Spain’s 17 regions still causes headaches. Does Spain still need to ask questions of its past, or is the future hard enough? By Caroline Angus Baker. Caroline is a Kiwi author, historian, and ecologist. Professional dreamer, book reviewer, and byronic heroine fan. Spanish history, culture, art, civil war, bullfighting and architecture writer.




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Review of Tales of the Alhambra by Wasington Irving

I have long since wanted to visit Granada and the last bastion of the Moorish kings. Alhambra, the Red Palace, built on a high point overlooking the Vega. An imposing fortress, its plain facade belies its exquisite interior and gardens, together with the summer palace of Generalife but a stones throw outside the guardianship of its walls. Irvings’ account of the people and places he encountered on his journey in the spring of 1829 from Seville to Granada in company with a friend, a member of

the Russian Embassy in Madrid, gives a romantic notion to the mountains of Andalusia. A wild and sometimes desolate landscape, of rugged mountains and long sweeping plains, devoid of singing birds only vultures and eagles wheeling about the mountain-cliffs. His observant nature and curiosity of his fellow man has drawn out in his account of the tales told to him when the Governor’s apartments in the Alhambra were lent to him as lodgings. A singular account of the day to day life of the inhabitants of this Citadel, the Royal Palace forms but a part of this fortress with it’s tower and battlement studded walls stretching around the crest of a hill, a spur of the Sierra Nevada or Snowy Mountains, overlooking the city far below. In the time of the Moors the fortress was capable of containing within its outward precincts an army of forty thousand men. The Legends and traditions, songs and ballads Arabian and Spanish associated with this Oriental Pile are woven together under Irving’s gifted talent as a “teller of tales” Washington Irving was born in 1783 New York City, better known for his short stories “ Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon , Gent. His historical publications include biographies of George Washington, his name sake and hero of the revolution, whom he met as a 6 years old boy whilst Washington was living in New York after his inauguration as president in 1789. Other biographies included his Life of Christopher Columbus having access to Spanish Archives and old chronicles in the Jesuits ‘Library of St

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price Early last month, following a steady stream of April fool’s jokes with everything from Floral Paint to Scottish salmon bred to taste of lemon dressing, a headline inside one recycled Daily Mail from above (my neighbour, not any of the various deities inhabiting the heavens) caught my eye. ‘Spain to ditch siesta-time.’ Mierde! I checked the date, thinking I’d picked up the wrong paper. I hadn’t. El Senor Rajoy wants to bring Spain in line with the rest of Europe, including adjusting the clocks, bringing businesses and air conditioned offices into the 21st Century, and leaving my mother able to understand why flight times on airline tickets made it seem she was far longer in the air than she actually was. Not really going to work in Murcia, though, is it? Will all the tomato pickers suddenly


turn up to work in suits and ties with a bowler hat, under EU directives, take an hour’s lunch, then continue until 5pm, carrying their briefcases home at the end of the shift?

during those super hot months. Tables free at restaurants, no queues, beaches with spaces for duvet sized towels, no screaming kids playing football two feet from your toes.

Could this signal the end of the menu del dia, and will we be forced to queue outside our favourite restaurants, one line for the workers, one line for the ex pats? If they’ve only got an hour to eat their lunch, they’ll be chomping at the bit to get in first and beleaguered Brits in bikinis, boxers and bandanna’s, will be in the secondary queue, moaning and swatting away flies, awaiting a table. I know we’re known for our queueing skills and temperate-toe-tapping-inTesco, but put us outside our favourite rest-au-rant-e in forty degrees with a flamenco of flies fandangoing across foreheads, and I foresee passports at dawn, providing the clocks haven’t gone back.

Peace and quiet will reign. No more noisy bars with bands and music blaring, all will be spread out over four or five months instead. Cancel those fiestas, they’ll all be in work. A slow amble, a quick coffee, a quiet wander around Mercadonna’s empty August aisles. No scraped paintwork on your passenger doors, no circling around the backstreets looking for an empty space on the pavement or someone’s driveway. Ah peace. Sod that, I’m moving to Italy. They still have a couple of hours off at lunchtime.

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Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group

As I write, we’re looking forward to our AGM on 27 April, where John, our current Chairman, will be standing down so a new Chair and committee will have been elected. Green Fingers has become a group of like-minded friends, as well as gardeners (and labourers!). We receive so much encouragement, 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 work…Come along and make new friends: even if you’re only here for your hols, you’ll be beautifying our whole community! This has been a record year for us The flowering shrubs in 8 large troughs (donated by a Camposol resident – thank you!) are already looking lovely alongside the new palm avenue planted along the Rambla road; the troughs have been concreted in and secured with bolts to deter anyone with light fingers – please be vigilant. It was a difficult task as the ground had to be cleared by Jose from the Garden Centre on ‘B’ before 4 lorryloads of soil could be spread to plant in. A huge thank you to him and those who turned out to help - it has made a huge difference to the main roadways, all paid for by our fundraisers and donations; It has been a record year for us: a huge increase of 26% over last year in our bucket collections and every penny has been spent on trees, plants,

gravel, membrane and compost. Thank you everyone! This month our Maintenance Team continued the street cleaning programme: every Euro of each member’s monthly payment is used to sweep, weed and spray the whole of

them with their future endeavours; Good Luck! Tickets are now available for our Street Party/Bbq on12th June to celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday and save the dates for our Autumn Social on 23 Sept and our Christmas Party on 9 December, both at the Golf Club. Please check chalkboards, Facebook and website for information and John can be contacted on 634 325 427. More news can be found at http://www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup. com/

Camposol ‘B CLEAN’ Gardening Group Newsletter Lower ‘C’, though we may only reach your road every few weeks. If you’re not a member and see our teams working,

please contribute a little to our bucket! They also re-stained our benches, cleared the flood water plus half a ton of gravel and silt washed down Calle Santuario de la Fuensanta in the heavy rains, using it to fill a deep hole left by a burst water main. We Your first port of call when undertaking any aspect of would like to send home improvements. our Best Wishes to We are specialists in all types of general building workthe new gardening group being set up From major construction projects to fitted bathrooms, on Upper ‘C’ and kitchens and conservatories, give us a call for a free, no have donated some obligation quote. All our team are fully qualified professionals with over 20 surplus tools to help 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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How we all welcome this time of the year… lovely warming sunshine - not too hot, not too cold - and occasional showers, just enough we hope to get the plants and trees going again. The weeds of course seem to take up the first advantage and, as we are still waiting for the relevant authority to be able to spray them, it is likely to be a bit more of a problem this year.

Since our last Newsletter we have completed pruning the palm trees along the duel carriageway and on the roundabouts. Some of the trees have grown taller than we feel able to safely tackle so we may have to resort to seeking professional assistance, unless of course the council decide to take on the task. Cough! A number of people did not like the slate ALL ELECTRICAL WORK UNDERTAKEN SURGE PROTECTION AND CARD METERS FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES NO CALL OUT CHARGE ON CAMPOSOL FREE ADVICE AND QUOTATIONS LEGAL & REGISTERED

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During the last couple of weeks all the streets of Los Palacios have been sprayed with weed killer, so hopefully all the weeds are now dying off. It would be great if those who are fit and well enough could spend just a couple of minutes outside of their own house and pull out the dead weeds please. Obviously this helps ensure the weeds don't return as quickly next time. The gardening volunteers are trying their best, but unfortunately we just don't have enough people to do all the routine maintenance tasks to help keep everywhere looking at its best. For the first time since the group started we have just had to pay a private contractor to carry out the weed spraying due to lack of manpower. We could really do with additional people to help out, anyone interested can either contact us on our Facebook page, or come along to the commercial centre on Los Palacios on a Monday morning between 9.30 - 10.30am and speak to one of the existing members. Everyone will be made extremely welcome and it's a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Most people only work for one hour per week, so it's not a massive time commitment.

2. If you are about to lay out a new garden cover areas which will eventually be terraces with solid plastic held down by rocks and a light coating of stone chippings or sand.

Having had a busy month, the Los Palacios Gardening & Community Group have made significant progress on our two new projects. Work has now nearly finished on developing the area adjacent to the doctors surgery on Central park. Over the next few weeks we will complete our improvement plan for this area when the final section has membrane and gravel laid.

7. Once you have worked over the soil for the first time obtain a load of horse sheep or goat manure and spread it deeply over the areas which will be your main planting areas and work it into the partially prepared soil.

In People's Park the northern end has now been completely cleared and the existing trees and shrubs have all been pruned and trimmed. We now intend to lay membrane and gravel in between the plants to make this area much more maintenance free. We will also be introducing some new benches to create a new permanent seating area. Finally we are please to announce that in conjunction with the businesses at the commercial centre, Los Palacios Gardening & Community Group will be holding a summer fair on 16th July. We already have over 25 stalls, a fashion show organised and a variety of entertainment throughout the evening, so please put the date in your diary and come along to what is sure to be a great community event.

Ten top tips to make gardening in Spain easier 1. Don’t walk on soil that will be used for planting things, especially after rain, as this will only consolidate the soil and make dried out red clay soils even harder

3. As soon as possible join these future terrace areas with strips of plastic covered with stone chippings to provide dry pathways even when it rains. 4 . Aim to have to work the minimum of soil into beds for plantings. 5. Once you have completed this initial lay out wander round it and look at the emerging network of paths and terraces aesthetically and decide where the directions, widths and shapes could be improved to make the garden more interesting. 6. Recognise that working consolidated Spanish soil for the first time, especially after a long hot summer is not kind to backs especially if you set out to use English style tools. Go out and buy yourself a set of mattocks to use instead of a spade and fork for most tasks including digging planting holes and weeding.

8. The greatest disturbances to partially prepared soils will be the making of planting holes for trees, so make these as soon as the weather and soil conditions allow even if you don’t intend to plant trees until next spring. When we first decided where to plant trees we were still only visiting the property for holidays so preparations and plantings had to be carefully phased. So starting at Easter and through the summer holidays we dug planting holes after any thunder storms that occurred. The holes were then filled with green kitchen waste and weeds as temporary mini compost heaps which had rotted down within six months to be then be worked into the bottom of the planting holes. All the trees planted into holes prepared this way grew well. 9. When you start to lay the final surfaces to terraces and paths slope them so that future rain water is directed and transported to where most required. 10. If it has not rained and none is expected for a while dampen soil before attempting to work it or don’t start until heavy rain has fallen. Hard soil like golf can cause debilitating back aches that have ruined many gardening and retirement plans.

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In March’s edition of The Journal I mentioned the beauty of colour therapy, how certain colours can enhance and change our moods. Did you wear Red to feel en powered ? . Maybe we can feel a Joy wearing Orange or Balanced wearing Green. As I said these colours are also linked to our Chakra Centers and we now look at the following Four Chakras. Anahata (unbeaten) Element: air Colors: green or pink Sense: touch Mantra:YAM Location: situated on the cardiac plexus in the region of the heart Deals With: social identity, trust, forgiveness, unconditional love, wisdom, stability, mental patience, compassion, emotional empowerment, issues of the soul Physical Dysfunctions: thoracic spine, upper back and shoulder problems, asthma, heart conditions, shallow breathing, lung disease like pneumonia Psychological and Emotional Issues: difficulty with love, lack of hope, compassion, confidence, despair, moody, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, anxiety Balanced Chakra: feeling of completeness and wholeness, compassionate, empathic, friendly, optimistic, motivated, nurturing, outgoing Vishuddha (purification) Element: sound or ether Colors: blue

Mantra: HAM Location: situated on the level of the throat, the nerve plexus of the pharynx region Deals With: communication, creativity, learning to take responsibility for one’s own needs, confession, faith, truthfulness, self-knowledge, intuition, synthesis, expression Physical Dysfunctions: thyroid dysfunctions, sore throat, stiff neck, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, gum or tooth problems, teeth grinding, scoliosis, laryngitis, hearing problems Psychological and Emotional Issues: faith, decision making, will, personal expression, creativity, criticism, addiction Balanced Chakra: Creative and expressive, constructive communication, contentment, centered, conscious listening, positive self expression Ajna (center of command) Element: light Colors: indigo Sense: extra sensory perception Mantra: AUM or OM Location: situated between the eyebrows (Third Eye) Deals With: self-knowledge, wisdom, intellect, clairvoyance, action of ideas, detachment, insight, understanding, intuitive reasoning, visualization Physical Dysfunctions: headaches, nightmares, eyestrain, learning disabilities, panic, depression, blindness, deafness, seizures, spinal dysfunctions Psychological and Emotional Issues: judgment, evaluation, concept of reality, confusion, fear of truth, discipline, lack of concentration Balanced Chakra: ability to think reality into existence, imagination, intuition, concentration and focus Sahasrara (Thousand Petaled Lotus) Element: thought

Colors: violet/white Sense: empathy, unity Mantra: silence Location: crown of the head Deals with: intuitive knowing, connection to spirituality, duality, emotional feelings, integration of the whole, conscious awareness Physical Dysfunctions: chronic exhaustion, sensitivity to light and sound Psychological and Emotional Issues: lack of purpose, loss of identity, disbelief in any spiritual realities, trust, selflessness, apathy, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics, sense of fear, materialism Balanced Chakra: feeling at one with the universe, open-minded, intelligent, thoughtful, understand and learn information more easily As you can see each Chakra point has a Colour to represent it and these areas can be out of balance or blocked, play with wearing different colours and see if they enhance your mood or emotions. You have nothing to loose trying a Little color therapy! At The Yoga Shala we continue with our weekly Yoga & Meditation sessions and have Professional and experienced Masseurs & Reflexologists. We also offer Acupuncture & Reiki treatments. In May we have the following Activities May 4th 3.30pm Introduction to Crystals & Stones with Marian Beeney May 7th 12.30pm Sound Therapy & Om Yoga Workshop with Jules Dickens & Lisa Gibbs May 18th 2.30pm Dance Zone with Annette Ryder May 22nd 11.00am Baile en Familia (Mums and toddlers dance session up to 6yrs) With Chussa Alcaraz May 27th 7.00pm Dance Therapy with Candela Sánchez Garnes June 1st 2.00pm Introduction to The Angels with Anne Marie Blyth For more information please contact Lisa at


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Snakes alive!! On 23rd March, 22 members, and one guest, met up at the Lorca Club de Golf for the monthly stapleford competition. After two days of rain on the preceding days, the sun finally came out as the groups set off from the first tee. Lorca as usual was in tip top condition, and the second hole here is always a test of driving skills, and ruins many a member’s card. As Norrie Bull and his playing partners approached the bunker on hole 5, they spied what they thought was a snake skin that had been shed, but to their amazement it suddenly began to move and leave its sunny position. Being totally fearless they carried on as the snake disappeared. Later in the day with research having been carried out, consensus was that it was a Horseshoe Whipsnake, and is an endangered species due to lack of habitat. However, despite all, the cards checked when we returned to the clubhouse and the following result was declared, and

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congratulations goes to:1st Paul Allsop – 37 points (pictured) 2nd Nick Powell – 32points 3rd Jim Booth – 30 points Nearest the pin winners were Roy Clarkhole 4, and Jim Booth-hole 12 Two new members were welcomed into the club, Roger Joy, and David Griffith.

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LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS As the 2015/16 season entered its final stages Mazarron FC remained in a playoff position in fourth place but with just two points to spare over the teams just outside the top six. Most of the top teams went through sticky patches in March and April and with just six games left at the time of going to press there was everything to play for. The top two teams are promoted automatically and the next four teams play off to decide one further promotion place. Mazarron were, of course, promoted via the play offs last season and it would be a tremendous achievement if they could repeat that this season. Injuries and suspensions tested the depth of the squad in recent weeks with seven players missing for the away game at Molina which ended in a goalless draw. Mazarron’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. The ex-pat supporters Club, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to most away games, something unique in this area where away support is almost non-existent. Coach tickets for away games are 8€ for Los Amigos de Mazarron FC members and 10€ for non members. 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, on our own Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Facebook page, and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron. If you have not been to a game before why not pop along to the Estadio Municipal in Mazarron for one of the remaining home games. Admission is only €4 with juveniles free and you can call into the Supporters’ Lounge for a

hot drink or beer before the game and at half time. Hot pies and pasties are also available in the lounge at half time if pre-ordered at the Los Amigos meetings. Forthcoming league fixtures are:Sunday 1st May UD Los Garres (Away) Sunday 8th May CD BULLENSE (HOME) Sunday 15th May La Hoya Lorca (Away) Sunday 22nd May CD JUVENIA (HOME) Over €4200 was raised for Mazarron Football Club during the hugely successful Los Amigos Gala Week in March. A most enjoyable Race Night at the Trevi Bar sponsored by David S.

David Poole & Guests at the Race Night

Poole Accountancy Services on Monday 14th March was followed by the annual Celebrity Golf Competition at the Camposol Club de Golf again kindly sponsored by Ex-Pat Pensions one of the Costas’ most respected financial advisory firms. Although Ex-Pat Pensions Directors Angela South and Andy Skinner were unable to attend this year for family reasons they were well represented at all the events by fellow Ex-Pat staff David and Tracy Evans and Shirley Fisher of Shirley Fisher Legal & Financial Services who works closely with Ex-Pat Pensions in the Mazarron area. After the golf, players and families enjoyed the usual excellent carvery meal in the Club House before the various presentations were made to the winning team from Condado de Alhama Golf and to the golfers who won the longest drive and nearest the pin competitions. The 7th Annual Gala Evening and Dinner was held at the Hotel la Cumbre Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 16th March when guest speaker Steve Kindon and Master of Ceremonies Gary Marshall provided the entertainment along with local band The Geckos. The evening was jointly sponsored by Ibex Insurance and the Club House, Camposol, part of the Mazarron Entertainments Group and proved to be the most enjoyable yet.


Euronics; Oscars; Vista Bar; Rudy’s; Another World Properties; Calida Gas & Oil; The Los Amigos de Mazarron FC End of Season Function and Player of the Year Awards will be held at the Club House Camposol on Tuesday 24th May. Entertainment will be provided by the excellent Woody and all the Mazarron players and staff will be in attendance. Ticket prices, including an excellent barbeque supper are €12 for members and €15 for non members including food and are on sale at the weekly Los Amigos meetings or email

Steve Kindon and Gary Marshall in Puerto de Mazarron

Former Burnley, Wolves and Huddersfield star Steve Kindon delighted the audience with his robust style of entertainment and the audience did need an interest in football to appreciate his unique humour. Master of Ceremonies Gary Marshall proved to be most professional and kept the evening running smoothly and according to programme and he also delighted the audience with his very special brand of comedy.

At the time of writing there were just a few tickets left for the end of season Quiz Night and Barbeque on 10th June hosted by Alan and Sue Lyle at their home . Tickets are €8 with all profits going to Los Amigos so please email Barbara on pamada.1130@yahoo. as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Preparations are also well in hand for the annual President’s Ball which will

With the closure of the jetty at CTD by the Spanish Costas, a change in the race management was forced upon SAMM. Their new Whaly support boat had to be used as a Committee Boat with a rib loaned by the Shoestring Group in the support role.

Despite this, on Sunday April 24th, there were two exciting races in near perfect conditions. In the first 6 lap race the three Balaton Group boats ‘Conny’, a Balaton 18, ‘Mistral’ and ‘Sirocco’, both Sailfish 18’s were neck and neck over the line and fighting it out all the way. The Hartley ran a steady course, as did ‘Shoestring Cuatro’, a Gamba. Just before the finish ‘Conny’ was baulked by ‘Sirocco’ who got into irons right in front of her whilst trying to

be held towards the end of September . There will be food, a top musical tribute band and, hopefully, a number of surprise items. Watch this space!!

The auction of football and sporting memorabilia also contributed to the financial success of the evening with items auctioned including an Arsenal shirt signed by Arsene Wenger, a training top signed by Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist Jessica Ennis, and an England cricket shirt signed by Michael Vaughan. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC would like to thank everyone who supported the Gala Week events and to our many and varied sponsors:- Ibex Insurance, The Club House Camposol, Ex-Pat Pensions and Shirley Fisher Legal and Financial Service and David S Poole Accountancy Services Ltd and to our golf hole sponsors The-Salon Camposol; 2; Ian Field, CDA Fitness; Tropic Ana’s Bar-Cafe; Cat’s Bar; Healthy H2O; Hair by Carol; Luz del Sol; Holmes & Pegg; Mercers;


Los Amigos de Mazarron FC weekly meetings are held every Thursday at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf at 4 pm with the exception of the last Thursday of each month which is reserved for the Members Business Meeting and open to members only. Los Amigos membership runs from 1st August each year and costs just 10€ which includes reduced coach travel and reduced prices to most of our social events including the very successful monthly luncheon club. For a membership form, more information and details of all our activities please email


round the mark. The necessary avoiding action cost both boats time, pushing them back in the final placings. Brian in ‘Shoestring Dos’, a Laser 2000, decided to be an early star by doing an extra lap, much to the amusement of everybody. It was decided to run a second race of four laps. With the wind springing up it was over in twenty eight minutes with ‘Conny’ showing what she can do with the right crew. A good day, with very tight racing between the seven boats, evidenced by some of the time differences between each place of being just 2, 9, 13 and 15 seconds. The next race day is 8th May. For more info on SAMM have a look at their web site at www.sailingmarmenor. com

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Most economical cars 2016 Want to know which are the most economical cars to buy now? Here’s our list of the UK’s top 10 fuel efficiency heros Fuel prices might be at a low point, but fuel economy remains one of the main drivers for new car buyers when they’re shopping around. Even with petrol and diesel prices dropping, a model that doesn’t demand too many trips to the fuel pumps will save you cash on a daily basis. It should also be less harmful to the environment, and will typically be worth more than less efficient competitors on the used market when you come to sell it. We’ve listed the UK’s most economical cars here to help you make your next new car choice and unsurprisingly they’re all super frugal diesels. Do be aware, however, that the most fuel-efficient versions are not always the most costeffective overall. If you don’t do many miles a cheaper, thirstier rival may still cost less to own, and diesel repair bills can be higher as the engines are typically more complex. So economy is just one factor to consider, but it can be a big one. Although official fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are often quite different to the real-world figures, we still see them as useful. The official economy tests are standardised, so they don’t include variations in driving style, traffic or weather - that means they are comparable, and a higher figure on the tests will likely mean a higher real-world figure, too.

we’ve already put together round-ups for those models (see links, below). Instead, we’ve concentrated on conventionallyengined cars - especially as they are often much more affordable than their electrically-powered equivalents. Electric cars do work for some people, though, so if you’re looking for ultralow emission vehicles, we’ve also got articles on the best hybrid cars, the best electric cars and even the best green cars on sale now. The UK’s most economical cars 2015 • 1 Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi – 94.2mpg • 2 Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi ECOnetic – 88.3mpg • 2 Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi Blue – 88.3mpg • 2 Peugeot 308 1.6 BlueHDi – 88.3mpg • 2 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 ECO – 88.3mpg • 2 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX – 88.3mpg • 7 Citroen C4 1.6 BlueHDI – 85.6mpg • 7 Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi 1 – 85.6mpg • 7 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 – 85.6mpg • 7 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX - 85.6mpg Most economical cars: things to consider Do remember that small diesel cars often boast excellent economy but this may not suit your lifestyle. Small city cars are great for commuting into town,

We’ve decided to focus on non-hybrid and non-electric cars in our list here, as

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but the tiny dimensions and cramped interior mean family trips can be very uncomfortable indeed - and there won’t be much space for the shopping. Diesel engines are not suitable for short trips, but work best for motorway travel - and small petrol engines are the opposite, working well in the city and getting noisy on faster roads. Also, diesel cars are usually more expensive than their petrol equivalents and are more costly to fill up. So if you don’t cover long distances, a petrol car could make more financial sense. You need to think carefully about which car will suit your needs best before you make a decision, rather than thinking purely about the fuel economy. Most economical cars: the best of the rest The cut-off point for our most economical cars list is an astonishing combined cycle return of 85.6mpg. Below that sit a cluster of fantastic cars that average over 80mpg but didn’t quite make it into the fuel efficiency hall of fame. Any one of them should still be seriously cheap to run. Here’s the best of the rest... • Citroen C3 1.4 e-HDi Airdream 83.1mpg • Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6 BlueHDi 83.1mpg • Ford Focus ECOnetic - 83.1mpg • Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi - 83.1mpg • Volvo V40 D2 - 83.1mpg • Skoda Fabia Greenline Estate 1.2 TDI - 83.1mpg

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Property, Financial and Legal Taxman turns attention to hidden internet property rentals Spain’s Tax Agency is targeting the owners of apartments who placed rental ads last year – including those on specialized websites such as Airbnb – in a crackdown on unreported income. With the 2015 income tax drive now officially underway, taxpayers who use the new online tax filing program, Renta Web, may find the following message on their computer screen : “According to data in the Tax Agency’s power, you have placed property rental ads in various media, including the internet.” The note is a reminder that any income from such rentals must be declared, in the same way as income from foreign pension schemes or other foreign assets. The agency’s management director, Rufino de la Rosa, has not explained how the Tax Agency has obtained rental data, noting only that popular real estate websites such as Idealista or


Airbnb are not providing information to the authorities.

This is not the first time Spain’s taxman has gone after undeclared income from property rental. In 2012, it conducted checks on homes that had been declared as empty, with many Legal & Financial Services showing high utility consumption.

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Nearly half (49.03%) of all home rentals in Spain, some 1.3 million properties, are not declared to the tax authorities. Of these, the vast majority are rented out to third parties, while 367,059 are provided free or for a low rent to a relative. But fraud is being committed, says the Tax Agency, with officials noting that in 2008 55% of

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PERIMETER ROAD Stunning views from this detached villa on a large plot 3 beds, 2 baths, sun terrace, large lounge, fireplace, central heating, ceiling fans, landscaped garden, 10 x 5 private swimming pool, lots of tiled terracing, off road parking, solarium, basement storage.


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A superb reformed attached village house. 3 beds, 2 baths (1 en-suite), modern kitchen, exposed beams, solarium, log burner, dining room, patio, large garden with large pool, totally renovated and ready to move in! Ideal to start living in Spain!

Ref: 1535 39,900€ This fully furnished villa is situated at an unbeatable price! This villa is in excellent condition and consists of living/dining room, fully fitted kitchen, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. The villa has a roof solarium and is conveniently located for the local amenities. Ref: 1558 94,950€ This 2 bed 2 bath Fortuna villa sits on a 350m2 plot that has laid to gravel with various plants, shrubs and benefits a front terrace. Built in wardrobes, Aircon, Family shower room. Fully fitted kitchen including white goods. Dining room, rooftop solarium, with mountain views. Under build with conversion potential.

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Ref: 1519 132,000€ Unique 2 bed 2 bath Rosa style villa. Ona 450m2 plot the property benefits from raised walls to ensure privacy and is located in a quiet area. Outdoor dining area, spacious lounge, feature fireplace fully fitted kitchen including white goods fitted wardrobes, Off road parking 8x4 swimming pool, viewing highly recommended! Ref 1556 185,000€

Large detached villa with 3 double bedrooms, built in wardrobes, feature fireplace, dining room and fully fitted kitchen. Open terrace with access to gravelled garden area with 8x4 swimming pool and outdoor BBQ area. Raised walls provide extra privacy and wrought iron gated provide secure off road parking. Fully fly screened with decorative window grills. A stunning house that must be viewed to be appreciated.

Ref: 1491 59,950€ Fantastic Village house in La Pinilla. Originally a 3 bed 2 bath home, it has now been converted to 2 separate apartments. The property can easily be converted back to the original home and has husge potential at a great price! Viewing recommended

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Property, Financial and Legal Spain’s Sabadell posts 44% profit jump boosted by TSB purchase Spain’s fifth-biggest lender Banco Sabadell on Friday started to reap the fruits of its acquisition last year of British peer TSB as first-quarter net profit jumped 44% from the same period in 2015, widely beating analysts’ forecasts. One of the most acquisitive bank during the financial crisis, Sabadell has also benefited from a sharp rebound of the country’s real estate market which has enabled it to set aside less money to cover for bad loans and boosted earnings at its property unit. Net profit came in at 252 million euros, beating a Reuters forecast of 215 million euros, while net interest income, or profit from loans minus funding costs, rose 51% to 974 million euros. Excluding TSB, which has been consolidated in Sabadell’s earnings since Q3 of last year, net profit and net interest income would have been up 9% and 8.2% respectively.

House prices up in 2015 The end-of-year market report for 2015 from the General Council of Notaries reveals that house prices and sales rose in almost all autonomous regions last year, though the figures also showed a slowdown in the last quarter.

HOME SALES Home sales increased in every autonomoous region last year with the exception of Castille-La Mancha, a landlocked region that does not benefit from foreign demand. Nationally, sales were up 9.2% last year, the second year of recovery in sales, but down from the 20.7% increase clocked up in 2014. On an annualised basis, sales rose by 5.2% in Q1, 16.3% in Q2, 17% in Q3, and just 0.8% in Q4, so sales growth slowed dramatically at the end of the year. However, the latest figures from the notaries show sales back on the up and up in the first two months of this year.

(+3.9%), Murcia (+3.6%), Andalusia (+2.4%) and Catalonia (+2%). All these regions have a coastline benefit from foreign demand. On the other hand, prices also fell in many regions, in some cases dramatically. House prices plunged 16.2% in the Navarre region, and by 8.1% in Castille-La Mancha. The maps above of sales (on the left) and prices (on the right) help illustrate how Spanish regions with a Mediterranean coastline (and the Canaries in the Atlantic) are doing much better, in large part thanks to foreign demand.

By region, sales were up a fizzy 16.5% in the Balearics, 14.1% in Murcia, 12.2% in the Canaries, 10.4% in Catalonia and the Valencian Community, 9.4% in Andalusia, and 6.4% in Madrid. -Traffic matters (vehicle transfers, Spanish plates etc.) -Legal assistance and litigation -Spanish wills and inheritance -NIE, Residencia, Nationality -Insurances -Property conveyancing -Translations -Fin De Obra Certificates

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Uncle Paul’s problem page Join Uncle Paul on Facebook! Dear Uncle Paul I am so embarrassed to say but my husband has started having a problem with his genital area. It smells horrible. It smells constantly of what can only be described as a mixture of rotting Rich Tea biscuits and cabbage. It’s disgusting. Even straight after he comes out of the bath or shower it stinks. There is no way we can have the intimacy we once had while this odor is there. It makes me sick to go near him. What’s going on? Junk Julie Dear Junk Julie First off, thank you, I now have ‘Something kinda ooh’ by Girls Aloud rumbling around in my head! I know you’ve said your husband smells even after showing, but what is he doing in the shower to clean himself? If he’s uncircumcised, is he pulling his foreskin back and cleaning thoroughly in and around all the skin folds? Bacteria will collect here and if not washed thoroughly every day will lead to exactly this issue. You know what we men are like, always half a job!!! In either case, circumcised or not, it’s possible he has a yeast infection. Normally with good hygiene these things do settle down but he could try Canesten cream to see if things improve. Urine infections can also cause odor but those are usually accompanied by other symptoms, like having to pee a lot, or pain when peeing. What I would say that if it’s not a medical issue , but rather a hygiene thing, then I would try and sort it by, say, hopping into the shower with him and cleaning him yourself. Not in a sort of harsh way with a green scorer or a Brillo pad, but make it sexy. Say to him that you love it when he’s all clean and soapy and then maybe you’ll feel better about getting close to him. Good luck though, whatever it turns out to be. Uncle Paul Okay, so basically I have this problem with peeing myself, like properly peeing not just small leaks. I’m completely embarrassed and mortified by it. I normally have quite a strong bladder but I don’t know what has changed. I work in a local bar and what I have noticed is it tends to be when people order coffee from me, so I have started avoiding customers who I know will be ordering coffee. I sometimes find I have to do the


whole cross- legged stand/dance/sitting down squeezing legs routine but it still happens. Please help me. Oldham Boy Dear Oldham Boy I will say this right off. The coffee has nothing to do with this! You are just being a lazy bugger who can’t be bothered to do his job properly. Are you from up north maybe Oldham or the like? If I was your boss I would have you out of my bar, wet pants or not. Bladder problems affect millions of people and while some of these problems aren’t a serious threat to overall health, they are all distressing and can negatively affect one’s quality of life. Some common bladder problems include urinary incontinence, bladder cancer, and urinary tract infection. The causes of these problems vary, but many of the effects are similar, namely some type of discomfort or lack of control during peeing. More women are affected than men, due to the fact that many factors related to pregnancy and childbirth can be to blame for incontinence. Childbirth, especially, can weaken and stretch the pelvic floor muscles that are responsible for bladder control. Genetic predisposition also plays a role as well as being overweight. That is why you get lots of flooding in the area with having a high proportion of fatties who leak a lot! See your doctor dirty moron. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul Our neighbours split up and the wife has stayed on at the villa. She is always calling to have my husband come over and fix the different household problems that come up. At first we felt sorry for her but now she seems to be calling him almost every day. She is always dressed up to the nines like a pig in a blanket and gushes at him all the time. It makes me want to puke! My husband works hard and has a lot to take care of here at home but he does not seem to mind helping her. But I do! How do I stop this? Mildred

customers like clean his ears out with a pen and then wipe it on his shirt. Also he continually adjusts his whatnots in front of everyone and never washes his hands. What can I do about it? Sunrise Dear Sunrise Get a few of your friends at different times to write to the manager of your place and complain about his unsanitary behavior when they were in your office. This way it takes the onus off you having to do anything at all, problem solved! It is nothing to do with you it’s your management’s responsibility. Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul Over the past few years I have come to have very strong feelings for my best friend’s husband. I am also married to a wonderful man but the spark went a long time ago. As much as I try to move past these feelings I cannot. I just don’t know how to stop what I feel. Please help. Totty Tabitha Dear Totty Tabitha Hold your horses young lady! Just because you’re feeling a strong physical/ chemical attraction to this man means nothing more than that. You have no idea how it would turn out if you went for it. It could very easily turn sour. Don’t you think his wife had the same strong yearnings for him (and vice versa) why else do you think she married him? My advice to you is to stop spending time with the crush, get a life and recommit to your relationship. You once felt that rush for your husband, work to get that back. You are not in love with this crush, you are in lust. Stop feeding your little fantasies about how “she” treats him wrong, etc. You have no idea what’s going on with them. All you can see is the halo around the head of the man your loins are aching for! Best friend my bum!!! Uncle Paul

Dear Mildred She is one dirty little minx!!! I know what she is up to she wants him working his tools! You go girl and tell her that he and his tools have more than enough to sort out attend in your own home and he is busy and not available. Suggest a low-cost handyman or a local retired gentleman who would be more than happy to take care of her and her household needs. She could find plenty of bar lizards who are propping up many of the bars in the area. I know so many who would gladly take care of her taps... Uncle Paul Dear Uncle Paul I work in a local estate agents and a colleague is doing things in front of

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CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is located alongside the Cultural Centre on Sector B and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to 1pm.(Closed on Bank Holidays) The Chairman is Phil Gelling and can be contacted on, general or membership enquiries can be sent to The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their website is This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening Group is Chaired by John Grant.Web address: www.lospalacios-gardeners. com. Contact the Secretary for details of monthly meetings Friday morning bookstall outside the post room on A. Sector B & B-clean (their gardening group) NB B sector community group is newly formed. Helen White 968 199 506 is the pro tem organisor. Sector C Greenfingers gardening group, Chairman, John Osborne- Tel 634 325 427 email: Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse.Chair: Ken D’Angelo Email: Vice Chair: Paul Reid Email: Treasurer: Anita Girvan Email: Membership Secretary: Carol D’Angelo A car with tow bar and trailer is now available for sector D residents to take garden waste to the Eco park, contact Alan Muncaster 654 024 474 Age Concern can be found at the Cultural Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 1pm and Fridays 12.30 to 3.30pm. Telephone 634 310216, email Camposolers  The registered group site for residents of Camposol, the proprietor is Reg Rogers who can be contacted by e-mailing reg Apply to Reg for membership. NB there is an underline dash between reg and rogers!!!!!! Town Hall can now be contacted through an office in the Cultural Centre Sector B, by the roundabout down from the roundabout by the filling station. Tatiana Andres is there to help you between 1600 to 1800 every weekday. Phone 968 131 717, email MABS now have an office on the main dual carriage way on Sector B. LIONS, Membership: Lion nigel 651867105 Welfare:Lion Gina 654874563 ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome book club every second and fourth Tuesday in the underbuild at the former medical centre on Sector B. If you have a favourite joke that is suitable for a family magazine and not too long why not send it to

We will publish it and give you a credit

I must apologise for the following shocking jokes Q: How do you make holy water? A: Boil the hell out of it! Q: What happened to the dog that swallowed a firefly? A: It barked with de-light! Q: What stays in the corner and travels all over the world? A: A stamp. Q: Why did the computer go to the doctor? A: Because it had a virus! Q: Why are frogs so happy? A: They eat whatever bugs them Q. What do you get when you cross a cow and a duck? A. Milk and quackers! Q: What did the leopard say after eating his owner? A: Man, that hit the “spot.” Q: What do you call a sleeping bull? A: A bulldozer! Q: What is the tallest building in the world? A: The library! It has the most stories! Q: What do you call a belt with a watch on it? A: A waist of time

Last month’s Suduko answers

Q: Why did the banana go to the Doctor? A: Because it was not peeling well Q: Why is England the wettest country? A: Because the queen has reigned there for years! Q: Why do fish live in salt water? A: Because pepper makes them sneeze! Q: Why did the man put his money in the freezer? A: He wanted cold hard cash! Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A: Frostbite. Q: What is the best day to go to the beach? A: Sunday, of course! Q: What bow can’t be tied? A: A rainbow!

I spoke to the earth….. Can I walk by your side? And take in your beauty, like a groom does his bride. We took our first journey, to a clearing so bare, Earth whispered….I’ll show you, what used to grow there! A forest so vast, an ocean of green, The great sound of nature, so what does this mean? Hundreds of miles and millions of trees A crucified forest, being killed by degrees. All manner of wild life now search for a home, Bereft of their sanctuary they wander alone. We carried on walking, through caverns and caves With stalagmites and stalactites and pretty enclaves. With under ground rivers, so clean and so pure. Exposed to such beauty, I longed to see more. Black mines lay empty, their minerals all used

Q: What season is it when you are on a trampoline? A: Spring time.

It looks like a graveyard, dear earth I’m confused.

Q: Where did the computer go to dance? A: To a disc-o.

She replied…. “Man keeps on taking, but rarely gives back.”

Q: What has one head, one foot and four legs? A: A Bed

Earth sighed…. I will show you, what they looked like before.

Q: What is the difference between a school teacher and a train? A: The teacher says spit your gum out and the train says “chew chew chew”.

The beautiful galleons, clean air blew their sails

Q: Why did the birdie go to the hospital? A: To get a tweetment. Q: What do you call someone who is afraid of Santa? A: A Clausterphobic

Earth, what is happening...Your beauty’s now black!

We spoke of the oceans, not clean anymore.

Dolphins were dancing, to the songs of the whales.

The oceans pollution is worn like a shroud The whales have stopped singing and are crying out loud. The glaciers are melting, as the white bears roar why? They live in a world, where their rules don’t apply. This is a poem, of words put to rhyme, But mother earth’s crying…To the hearts of mankind. Christine Lawford.

Charity corner Our Spring/Summer Fashion Show, held at the Club House on Monday 11th April, was again a great success thanks the enormous support we have from all the ladies that come along to enjoy the afternoon and go away with some good bargains for their wardrobe. We were able with their help to raise 1002 euros. Thanks must as always go to Daniel Wheatley, who voluntarily provides the music, and to Peter Smith who also voluntarily gives his time and expertise in taking the photos. We would also like to thank

Marvellous Marge and her team and all our volunteers for helping to put the Fashion Show together, without them there

would not be one. A big round of applause for our beautiful models, all of whom are involved with the charity and ‘strut their stuff’ in order to raise much needed funds for our cause! As mentioned in our last month’s article our chairman Tony stepped down and therefore we have a new chairperson Janet McGuire. Janet has been with the charity from its outset and we would all like to thank her for taking up the post to enable us to carry on our good work. Thank also must go to Tony for his time as our chairman and we wish him and Anne his wife all the best, and for their continued support for the charity. Could we ask our supporters and readers of this article to LIKE our Facebook page please? News of all aid days, shop opening times, events and photos can be seen there on. Search for mad. mazarron in the search box. Thank You. Thanks to our friends at Chatterbox we had lovely aid days this month. The handbags went down brilliantly. The ladies were all really touched and there were even a few tears shed! Thank you all so much. We are always appealing for toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, sanitary towels etc. Also baby wipes and other baby products are always welcome to be able to give our families with small children. If you would like more information about what we do, or would like to get involved, please get in touch at or on 634 357 137. Thank you all for your continued support.

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Camposol urbanisation near Mazarrón is very fortunate to have a group of volunteers who respond to calls for assistance when a medical emergency arises on the urbanisation. The responders can give life saving treatment and comfort to casualties and family members until the medical services arrive. Unfortunately the service had to be suspended in December 2015 due to the discovery that they were not operating within the Spanish regulations for medical emergencies. Since then the committee have been tirelessly working to reinstate the service to Camposol. The FAST 2016 committee are now confident that we can soon continue the service. The Murcian Health Authority have all the documents needed to give the go ahead. Once the permission to proceed has been given, FAST 2016 will be back responding to medical emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residents and visitors to Camposol. Training of responders has been continuing during the period that the service has been withdrawn. New responders have been recruited and will play an important role once their training has been completed. Part of that training includes scenarios to enable the responders to practice their skills out on the urbanisation in realistic situations. During the month of May the FAST 2016 vehicles and responders will be seen around Camposol responding to these training scenarios. Fund raising by the supporters has continued to allow the service to be funded. The bookstall on the 2nd and last Friday of the month outside Euronics on B commercial centre The FAST 2016 May Fair at Mariano’s Restaurant on Camposol will be held on the 28TH May from 11.00 to 15.00. There will be the normal traders, along with a cake stall, Tombola, Jams and Chutneys. The famous Prize Draw with fantastic prizes. The fair raises much needed funds to allow the organisation to provide this valued service to residents and visitors to Camposol. If you would consider becoming a responder or a supporter then please contact us. For more information on how you can help FAST 2016 you can check our website:, or visit us any Tuesday at 11.00 at the cultural centre or e mail to or call 634309899.

Tickets & information from: Camposol Cultural Centre Wed/Thu 10am to 1pm, Friday 12.30 to 2pm Telephone: 634 310 215 Other areas: 634 336 484


number you need for assistance or information is 634 344 589. Anything to do with events or fundraising is 634 336 484.

Well that’s another month gone and just where did that go? AAR has been so busy. Adoptions, rescues, rehomings, puppies, mamas, yes now we have another mama and her puppies with us. She was dumped outside a campsite with what we thought were 2 puppies but ohhh no, there were 4!! So that puts a total of 12 puppies under 8 weeks in our care. I don’t think that is too bad to say we are primarily an Equine Charity! This little girl is very protective of her babies who are under a week old. They are going to be small dogs and will be up for adoption with their mother, take a look at our FB page to follow their progress. Blow me down the same morning a galgo was brought to our attention with the most appalling injury to her leg. The wound was so large it couldn’t be stitched, she is now doing well, and will also be up for adoption. Our work is relentless and the problem is not getting any better. We really are full to bursting at the moment and are always on the lookout for potential foster carers to help out in the interim. Great news about Lucie and her 8 puppies who are doing just great. We only have 2 left to re-home. One has already left and been re-homed locally. Good luck little Eddie it has been a pleasure and thank you to his adopters. However, I know, I know, but how could I resist this little bundle of fluffiness and she is mine!! Little Africa caught my eye from day one, so she is going to stay here with me and all her big brothers and sisters! There is so much to report this month, but just not enough space and time! An update on Princess Narlia!! Well she is still here with us a month after the vet in the UK wanted to euthanise her. Such a happy girl, still poorly, but so happy and playful and definitely holding her own. We are keeping everything crossed for this special girl, we know every day is a bonus. Love her soooo much. I cant finish this article without mentioning the donkeys. My beautiful, loyal, bolshy, playful, cheeky donkeys still need rehoming. They are all doing really well, if anyone is interested in these amazing creatures then please get in touch with me. They make wonderful companions for almost any animal. The stable door is firmly shut at the moment until I can rehome some of them and make space. Come and take a look in our shops, we how have an abundance of summer clothing at great prices. As usual I will be on Camposol B Car Park on Mondays between 11.30-1.30pm where you can drop off any donations or visit one of our shops either in Roldan or in Mazarron Town opposite the Medical Centre, where donations can also be dropped off 10.302pm.

Andrea x

Yes on WEDNESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2016! Tickets go on sale at the Cultural Centre on Wednesday 4th May. See opening hours below. The venue, Bar La Sal on the marina in Puerto de Mazarrón, is the perfect setting for an evening of dining, drinking & dancing under the stars. The music will be provided by Karen Noble & Andy Winwood. So why not dress up, come along & have a good night. Some of our phone numbers have changed – the only contact

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This month I am going to re-iterate what Camposol Kitty Kitty was set up for and try to explain how TNR works…. Trap, Neuter Return (TNR) is widely recognized as the most humane and effective strategy for reducing feral cat populations.  TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats living in towns and rural areas and transporting them to a vet where they are spayed/neutered. Here they also receive a health check, and can be treated for routine medical conditions. After surgery, the cat is then returned back to his colony habitat where caring individuals provide food, water and shelter.  Why Does Trap and Kill Not Work? Animal control agencies will tell you that trap and kill is the only way to control the unwanted cat population and they have proceeded to kill all feral cats that they can. The fact is that after almost 100 years of killing there are still feral cats. Isn’t that proof enough? Why doesn’t it work?  Removing cats from an area only allows another colony to move into its place. Essentially you would have to trap and kill everywhere, all at once, to catch all the cats. The TNR option allows you to stabilize one area at a time. Once the cat population of a colony is stabilized, the colony will defend its territory and keep other cats from moving in. Working one area at a time allows you to clean up entire regions, because all food sources will be utilized for sterilized cats.   To many people, killing the feral cats is not acceptable. Many people, especially the elderly living alone, welcome the company of the cats each day. Others rely on the cats for rodent control in places such as on farms etc. Without a trap, neuter and return program these people have no alternative but to let the cats continue to breed. Why Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) Works TNR works only if entire colonies are stabilized. Trapping 95% of the cats in a colony will not stabilize the colony. By stabilizing entire colonies at each food source, ultimately all food sources will be used for sterilized cats. Unsterilized cats without food sources will not survive.   All sterilized cats have marked left ears. This makes it possible for caretakers to differentiate between cats that have already been sterilized vs. the ones that have not been sterilized yet. After reading this… I am hoping to appeal to the people on A sector, Camposol that insist on continuing to feed the ferals cats on the car park/palm tree near the Indian and hope that they heed our pleas to please STOP feeding the cats until we have managed to catch and manage the colony again… once stabalised we welcome the help with feeding, but while there are sick and pregnant cats around that are not part of the managed colony we really need to be able to take control – that can only happen if we have a managed feeding program to enable us to trap and neuter. Please feel free to contact me on 636 316 132 to discuss further. Many thanks, Alison

A resounding success of our short plays for the Cultural week in both Mula and Lorca. The students and teachers loved it and felt that it aided both their listening, understanding and speech skills On the 14th May, we will be performing a Murder Mystery evening in Bar Med ( for details please contact Bar Med directly) . We won’t be taking the Summer off either as we will be in discussions for our next Pantomime ......”oh yes we will “ and organising reading of plays to stage for the future. Watch this space for further details. We are always on the lookout for new members both backstage and on stage.


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