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Welcome to the November 2016 edition of The Journal! This month, as always we have been working hard to bring you an informative and interesting magazine to read, as you enjoy the wonderful winter sunshine that we have been enjoying. It has long been stated by many Camposol residents that they don’t feel the they receive sufficient services from the town council in return for the annual property taxes that they pay. As long as we live in free and democratic society, each and every one of us is entitled to have their own opinions on such matters. This month the Cdip political party would like to make you aware of their opinions and it will make interesting reading for many. At The Journal we remain politically neutral, however we can tell you that whatever side of the fence you stand on from a political point of view, you will want to read what they have to say! An article not to be missed! Once again we find ourselves approaching to the festive season. Not only is it a time for celebration, but also a time for remembering our loved ones who are no longer here to join us during the Christmas period. Our local English Funeral Director has arranged an annual remembrance service as an opportunity for family and loved ones to take the time to remember the dearly departed. You will find the details in the magazine alongside their advert. We have some good news for those of us have visiting family and friends or wanted to avoid the summer rush, and that is that Solaz Lines in Puerto de Mazarron will be continuing their sightseeing boat cruises this year throughout the month of November. The time table is slightly different for the winter months, so please check their advert for more information. Remember folks, only 53 more sleeps until santa comes! Where does the time go? Enjoy this month’s magazine. Robbie Rutherford

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Instead it is now “more logical, rational and natural to make the most of resource like the sun”. In short, more sunlight will combat insomnia and depression and encourage people to be outside more and therefore more active and healthy and will improve family life. Forcing the islands to turn the clocks back is “detrimental to one’s health and damaging to working and family life,” according to the Illes amb Claror (Bright Islands) campaign.

The Balearic Islands are poised to approve a measure that will see time stand still across the archipelago, or at least will see the islands keep summertime when the rest of Spain turns the clocks back on Sunday.

Keeping summertime could also bring an economic boost, bringing more tourism during the winter months and keeping down electricity bills.

MPs from all parties in the Balearic parliament support the initiative that argues that the hour change is bad for islands that depend so much on daylight.

But Madrid will have the final say so over whether the Balearics can change their timezone unilaterally.

Given their easterly location, the sun sets over the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera almost an hour earlier than in the western most parts of Spain’s peninsula.

Spain’s next government may also consider shifting the nation’s timezone and bringing it line with GMT if Mariano Rajoy forms a minority government as he is expected to next week.

The motion, proposed by the left wing Més per Menorca coalition and which will be put to the vote on Tuesday, claims that the obligatory change is based on “obsolete industrial” concerns.

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Richard Gere helps 404 homeless people in Valencia find a home

According to a study carried out by the Rais Foundation, 404 people regularly sleep on the streets of Valencia. Forty-five per cent of them say they had suffered from being attacked or assaulted on at least one occasion, and 57% suffer from serious health problems. The BSHF - Building and SocialHousing Foundation, in partnership with FEANTSA - the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless, who are coordinating the European End Street Homelessness Campaign have started this project in three cities initially: London, Barcelona and Valencia. Their aim is to have homeless-free cities in Europe by 2020. Actor and activist Richard Gere has shown he is committed to the homeless in Valencia, a problem, he highlights, that affects the whole of society. He adds that it is crucial we all work together to make a difference as this is, in his opinion, “the only way to change the world.� Gere attended the screening of the film ‘Invisibles’ about the homeless, in which he is the protagonist, and the signing of agreements between the Government, the City of Valencia and the RAIS Foundation for the acquisition of ten homes for the most vulnerable homeless from the Valencian institutes. Accompanied by his Spanish girlfriend and sponsor of the RAIS Foundation, Alejandra Silva, the actor confessed that he was “happy and proud� to work with an initiative which has “touched the

hearts� of mayors, vice-presidents and ministers from several countries, with the result of them signing agreements for the homeless. Gere explained that there are more than 60,000 homeless people in New York, of which 24,000 are children, which prompted the making of a film that reflects this problem and the need to provide opportunities for people who, not only have been rejected by society, but have also abandoned and lost touch with themselves in many cases.

their commitment to projects like this one, because everyone matters and anyone can become homeless. The vice-president of the Valencian Government, Monica Oltra, thanked Gere and Silva for being the “public face� of a project that seeks to make us tackle what we do not want to look at and encourage us to deal with it as a collective social responsibility, from a different perspective, because the paternalistic system “does not work�.

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Dear Editor, What a gloomy readership you have, I read your letters page with almost despair. I believe very strongly that at the end of the renegotiations with Europe we residents in Spain will have exactly the same rights that we enjoy at the moment. My reasons for this belief are based on reality and I would list just some of those realities. Lets deal with the economic negotiations first. 1) The remain campaign were fond during the referendum debate to quote the figures of European export statistics. The figures used was 7% overall of European exports go to the UK. This was typical hyperbole. For Germany France Holland our export receipts from Europe are more like 20% of their total exports. For instance the UK is Germany’s largest car market. The UK takes one million vehicles per annum from Germany. Germany’s equivalent to the CBI has already told Merckle that she can not do anything that damages that market and have even advised she should be prepared to sacrifice Free Movement if that is necessary to protect their exports. We import 30% of all of France’s agricultural products and very large quantities of their engineering products. The impact on employment in Europe of any agreement that curtails these trading relationships will mean serious hardship in Europe. It won’t happen, we will get a tariff free entry into the single market simply because the countries named can not afford for it to be any other way. 2) Banking Passport. This aspect of the negotiations is again being used as a club and yet analysis shows that the European Banks use the Facility to access London almost twice as much as London uses it to access Europe. The real question is not whether London can afford to lose access to the European banking system, but can the European banks afford to lose access to the London market, the answer is no they can’t. The hard nosed financial drivers will ensure in their own interest that London continues to have free banking access to the European Markets. The Social Negotiations. 1) I have a visitor on our stall on the Sector B Market place who I have known for many years, an intelligent

man, and yet he complained why would the Europeans give us all these privileges we have now when we leave. The answer is of course the same as the economic augment, Self Interest. Most of the Brits who live in Spain are retired and it has been calculated that the pensioners contribute something like 10 billion pounds a year in transferred contributions into the Spanish economy. Similarly most pensioners who come to Spain invest in a property and fit that property with local goods, this trade is probable worth as much again as the pension contributions to the Spanish economy. 2) These are some of the figures of European residents in the UK a) b) c) d) e) f)

Germany 40.000 France 250.00 Spain 350.000 Poland 850.000 Holland 20.000 Belgium 20.000

These are only six of the countries in the EU but a clear definition of residential importance. All of these people have the same rights as you enjoy in Spain and their national countries will be anxious to ensure that they retain those rights after Brexit. That is why we will have all of the rights we now have after the Brexit break in 2019. A word about the Pound sterling. You are all suffering because of the artificial value currently placed on the pound. This phenomenon is the result of three major actions. 1) On the 24th of June after the vote the pound fell, but not catastrophically. In fact the pound immediately began to rise and by the Wednesday following the referendum had climbed back to 1.21 to the Euro. 2) Our beloved Bank of England Governor who had not faced any kind of crisis previously in his job, then appeared at the hatch at the Bank of England and said off the cuff, “the UK will probably have to go to negative interest rates this year.” Naturally the pound fell like a stone. Carney had no hard data at that time, and as hard data started to come in, it showed a growing economy, falling unemployment rising high street sales and property sales remaining buoyant. Carney ignored these signs and then cut interest rates by one quarter of one percent and engaged in quantative easing. The bank cut did nothing for the economy, ( The stock Market had already recovered to


a decade high) but the cut did steal off your pension and cut bank profitability and dent savers hopes. The man is a disaster and should be re-exported to Canada. 3) The third reason is the reaction of the currency markets to the announcement of Article Fifty day. These little men with very low appraisal of the real world acted against the strongest growing economy in the G7. If you cornered one of them in a pub and asked for an explanation he would uneasily refer to the prearranged sell and buy structures he lives by. Nothing to do with the real world. At the end of the negotiations you will see the strongest pound/Euro relationship ever and I have already bet money on that result. Not only because of the strength of the British trading capability but because of the inherent weaknesses of the European banking system. Italy has three banks teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and the mighty Deutshe Bank is in dreadful trouble. Fellow British Ex Pats, have confidence, the future is extremely bright, we will have to suffer from idiocy until the negotiations are over but it will come good. Tom Finnegan

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The closely watched, monthly Metroscopia survey didn’t go as far as to say how many seats the PP would gain, although it did predict caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would net as much as 37.8 percent of the vote, enough to form a majority coalition government, potentially, with Ciudadanos. Until now, the socialists, PSOE, have widely voted against the investiture of Mariano Rajoy and his government. However, internal politics and a coup d’état which has divided the party on whether to simply abstain and allow Rajoy to govern in minority, continue to vote against Rajoy or even join the PP in coalition – A proposal floated by Rajoy after the first inconclusive general election in December 2015. The poll even showed as many as 56 percent of socialist voters would prefer it, that PSOE allowed the PP to govern. Yet, with PSOE in such disarray and a looming leadership contest following the resignation of its leader, Pedro Sanchez, the prospect of new comers Unidos Podemos leap leapfrogging the socialists and becoming the main opposition party within parliament looks all the more likely. The Metroscopia poll suggests Podemos would come second with 22.1 percent of the vote, whilst PSOE would slip even further down to 18 percent, compared with 22.7 percent of the vote in June’s general election, the second in less than a year. Cuidadanos would slip slightly in the percentage share of the vote, but would likely retain all the seats it has at the moment. Evidently, election weary voters have grown frustrated at the political impasse. Fewer votes overall were cast in June’s second general election than in the previous December at the first general election. Yet despite a seemingly never ending series of corruption scandals coming to light involving the PP nationwide over the last 8 years, surprisingly, it is widely predicted the PP would clean up and even increase their number of parliamentary seats if a THIRD general election goes ahead later this year in December. Mostly hardcore and traditional PP voters are expected to turn up en masse, whilst seemingly, other voters would not bother to vote, a situation the PP is banking on heavily.


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Mr Baptiste has been charged with five offences of abusing a position of trust: One for causing or inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13-17; one of causing or inciting sexual activity with a girl aged 13-17; one of causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual act; and two of causing a child aged 13-17 to watch a sexual act. Essex Police said Mr Baptiste previously lived in Fanns Rise, Purfleet, and was working as a teacher at the time of the alleged offences.

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ornithologist group SEO/Birdlife, there are now some 20,000 of these exotic bright green birds flying free in some 450 Spanish cities. Madrid and Barcelona are the two urban centers where most monk parakeets have been detected. In the Spanish capital alone, volunteers counted 2,091 nests, putting their numbers between 5,875 and 6,643. Barcelona is also estimated to have between 5,525 and 6,248 monk parakeets. “Of all the birds brought here, it is probably the species that has grown most in numbers,” said Juan Carlos del Moral, coordinator for SEO/Birdlife’s area of study and follow-up on birds. And much of the problem originated with people who brought the monk parakeets to Europe as pets. They were first detected in 1975 in Barcelona, but they gradually spread within 10 years. Despite the problem, ornithologists prefer to classify them as an introduced species rather than an invasive one. Native to the subtropical zones of Argentina, the monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) has adapted well in similar climates found in Andalusia, Valencia and Murcia. “These birds are not migratory but are pretty much sedentary,” explained Del Morral, adding that their expansion

“Argentinean parrot” in Spanish – was included in the list of species prohibited by law. “They are highly visible because they adapt well in urban areas,” Del Moral explained. “The problem now are the numbers that they have reached – in Madrid alone there are more than 2,000 nests and 200 breeding points.” But there are practically no “efficient eradication” efforts being carried out by authorities to reduce their populations. “Now the problem has gotten out of hand and you’ll need to spend a lot of public money to eliminate them,” he said. Even though they may look attractive, Del Moral said this exotic bird has caused “a negative impact on Spain’s natural fauna and flora.” For example, they have disturbed the nests of other birds, and have been blamed for “drying up trees” because they eat their sprouts.

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known to be good travel companions. Of course, personalities and temperaments will vary somewhat within each breed, so be sure to talk to your breeder to ensure that your feline friend will be a good fit for your lifestyle. 1. The Chartreux, a medium-haired blue (gray)-coated cat, is widely known for tolerating travel very well. The Chartreux is known as a gentle giant: males weigh in at 10 to 14 pounds (females are smaller at 6 to 9 pounds). It is also an excellent mouser and gets along well with children and other pets. 2. The Chantilly/Tiffany makes a great traveling companion because of its calm and easygoing nature. You’ll need to take some time once a week or so to brush its coat thoroughly, but otherwise these cats are healthy, low-maintenance, and loving with their favorite people. 3. The confident, intelligent and energetic Japanese Bobtail adapts easily to new surroundings. Its ability to make itself at home with new people, pets and places makes it an ideal travel companion. It is a very healthy cat, and according to Japanese folklore it is a symbol of good luck - particularly if it has a “mi-ke” (calico) coat. 4. The Pixie-Bob may look like a little wildcat, but it develops strong bonds with its family and loves to travel in the car. Pixie-Bobs are also known to be easy to train to walk on a leash and to play fetch. These engaging personality characteristics lead some people to describe it as a cross between a cat and a dog. 5. The sweet-tempered and affectionate Scottish Fold is level-headed and adapts to new situations easily, making it an ideal travel companion. They also like cats, dogs, and children. Long-haired Folds will require regular brushing to keep their coats mat-free, and their ears will need to be cleaned twice a month due to the wax buildup that results from their flopped-down ears.


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The English Funeral Director Invites You To Attend A Special Christmas Remembrance Service   Tony Smith, The English Funeral Director, is holding his tenth Christmas Remembrance service in order to help people remember loved ones at this special season. Although Christmas is a time for celebration, it can also be a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Everyone is busy with Christmas shopping and wishing each other a Merry Christmas, but for some there will be an empty place at the table and a name missing from the Christmas cards. It may be for a loved one who has recently passed away or even for someone who died many years ago.   The memorial tree service enables people to take part in a tangible act of  remembrance at what can be a very difficult time for many people. You are invited to write a message or prayer for your loved one on a star which will be provided on the evening. This may be a person who has passed away recently or many years ago. There will be  an opportunity to place the star  upon our Christmas memory tree which will be dedicated during the service.

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The remembrance service aims to be uplifting whilst reflecting on the lives  of those who have passed away. There will be a selection of  poems, prayers, Christmas carols and a time for reflection. Stars will be available on the evening or if you are unable  to attend please contact Tony Smith on 650 631 719 prior to the evening and we can hang a star on your behalf. The service will start at 6pm, you are invited to come from 5.30pm if you wish to write your message before the service starts. After the event there will be mince pies and a glass of sherry for  everyone, so come and join us.  Mazarrón New Tanatorio Monday 5th December 2016 at 6pm

In Loving Memory of Gwendoline Joyce Stennett 9th March 1941 ~ 26th September 2016

In Loving Memory of Robert Alan Seeley 19th January 1946 ~ 9th September 2016

The family of the late Gwen Stennett would like to express their sincere thanks to all friends for their help and support received at this time. Special thanks to everyone who attended the service and gave a dontion in her memory.

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Dawn Llewellyn-Price Having a particularly bad hair day recently, I remarked to Virgo-man that I resembled ‘A Vulture looking through a bush.’ To which he uttered a mild roar and promptly enquired where I had gleaned this gem of a phrase. Although my source was some decades back, I remember hearing it for the first time, around 6.30 in the morning, in the back of a three ton lorry, filled with motorbike stunt show equipment, and a cosy nest of late-teen hatchlings. I’d just screeched them awake by raising the rear metal door, and yelling ‘Wakey,Wakey, Mr.Sprakey.’ The phrase was squawked as daylight was thrown on a certain ‘team member’ with unruly thick blond hair and equally thick glasses, peeping out of a

More recently, I’ve been in similar proximity to a real vulture, this one called Willy, who leapt about on the ground during a bird show, being fed carrion, and performing for crowds who’d dared take the high cable car up the mountain outside Malaga, and been treated to a display of everything from Harris hawks (One landed on my head, another bad hair day?) Peregrine falcons and Eagles. Not forgetting a flight of vultures, high overhead, their enormous wing spans lifting and swooping them to the delight of the crowd. Only last year, as we drove down through the North of Spain, on virtually empty roads, I spotted a ‘Wake’ of Vultures at the side of the motorway, feeding on road-kill. Moments later, the Wake became a ‘Kettle’ (really) and flew into the air, crossing the empty carriageway and soaring above our car. With a hefty thud. One had clipped the roof, but flown on. Quite an experience, as we are constantly on the look out for the eagles which populate that area, finding vultures close by was a huge surprise.

Troubling news about the survival of Spain’s Griffon vultures, which is around 95 per cent of the European population, arose with news that the veterinary drug diclofenac, used in animal treatment, is killing these carrion eaters as they feed on carcasses in the wild. It almost wiped out the Indian population before it was banned, but the EU hasn’t done much so far to change our situation. EU regulations state cattle and other stock have to be disposed of properly, not left to rot, should they die, although undoubtedly some will ignore the rules, and unreachable carcasses may be left, but can kill a vulture in an hour. Unfortunately,young vultures are now ending up in bird sanctuaries as they fail to find enough food, so it’s becoming starvation v poisoning. A woman walker who had fallen off a cliff near the Spanish border, had been totally disposed of within fifty minutes. Her shoes, and bits of clothing were all that was left. If something isn’t done soon, there will be no vulture, just the bush.

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W hat’s go i ng o n . . . What´s On Guide – November 2016 Every Monday

Menu del Dia Bar Med, El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarron 9 Euro pp Easy Fitness & Gentle Toning Class with Angie , Bar Med Puerto de Mazarron 10am Quiz - The Clubhouse, Camposol Club de Golf 8.15pm Mazarron Bay Bridge Club – Hotel Playa Grande, Puerto de Mazarron 9.30am Ladies´ Chatterbox Sew & Sew – Cultural Centre Camposol 2.30pm Entertainment Quiz – Tels Bar Camposol A 8.30pm Fun Quiz – The Black Bull, Camposol B Every Tuesday

Steak Night, The Clubhouse, Camposol Golf General Knowledge Quiz – Tels Bar Sector A 8.30pm Two Course Winter Warmers – Trevi 4-8pm Every Wednesday

Menu del Dia Bar Med, El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarron 9 Euro pp Fish and Chip Night – Trevi Bar, Camposol B 5-7pm Quiz Night With Sue – Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 8.30pm Quiz Night with Eddie B – Cat´s Bar, Camposol A

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Steak Night – Trevi, Camposol Sector B

Karaoke Party Night With Byron – Bar Med, Puerto de Mazarron 9pm

Menu del Dia - Bar Med, El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarron 9 Euro pp

Theme Nights – The Clubhouse, Camposol Golf

Live Cabaret Dinner Dance, 10 Euro 2 Course Menu de Noche & A La Carte Bar Med, Puerto de Mazarron (See Gig Guide)

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Menu del Dia Bar Med, El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarron 9 Euro pp Menu del Noche Trevi 6-9pm 10.95€ Fat Club 11-12pm – Cat´s Bar Camposol Sector A Jam Night & 3 Course Menu De La Noche 15€ pp – The Clubhouse, Camposol Golf

Live Music & 4 Course Menu de Noche at The Clubhouse, Camposol Club de Golf (See Gig Guide) Every Sunday

Lunchtime Carvery, The Clubhouse, Camposol Club de Golf & Hotel La Mariposa, Gebas

Darts League – Alley Palais , Camposol B

Traditional Sunday Lunches – Bar Med (Lunch & Dinner), El Alamillo, Puerto de Mazarrón, The Black Bull, Cat´s Bar, Tel´s Bar, Camposol Golf (Evening), Trevi from 5.95€

Darts and Dominoes Night – Trevi Bar.

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Restaurante La Proa, El Alamillo Martin Ross The Clubhouse, Camposol Golf Live Entertainment Bar Med, Puerto de Mazarron Dine & Dance David John as “Rod Stewart” The Clover, Condado de Alhama Byron Disco Sunday 6th

The Blues House, Bolnuevo Colt 45 3pm Wednesday 9th

Bar Med, Puerto de Mazarron Ladies Wot Lunch 1pm Saturday 12th

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The Blues House, Bolnuevo Mirang Bang Band

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Our Maintenance Team continue their rota of weeding, cleaning and spraying our whole sector; this autumnal weather of heavy showers, sunny days and cool nights means the weeds grow faster!

We would like to welcome new volunteers Charles, Helen & Ian along with the return of Marilyn & Sue to our Wednesday group, who this month have

farmer’s contractor will be repositioning the pig farm fence and stabilising the soil bank. If you would like to join our group of Wednesday volunteers, either regularly or occasionally, please contact us or just turn up at the Welcome Wall at 9.00 am – Help improve your area even more and make new friends in the process! It is looking lovely after the effort of those hard workers, and of course because of the donations you all so freely give, either regularly to the scheme or in the buckets, thank you. We also love donations of shrubs/plants which have outgrown their space and will happily come to remove them to a position where they can grow on for all to enjoy, or left behind the Welcome Wall. Our Autumn Social Evening with Barrington was a great success, and we donated €50 to FAST from our raffle proceeds. Tickets are now selling fast for our Christmas Meal (inc wine)and Dance on 9th December (apologies for getting the date wrong in the previous article – ooops!) at the Golf Club, live music is from the lovely Cassi Kennedy. Tickets €20 from Paddy 968 970 633 or John 634 325 427 or your local rep.

Generous Donations from D Sector Residents.

them around our sector, to enhance it even further. 3 Concrete table and bench sets. 1 Very ornate five feet tall fountain. About 20 terracotta window pots ( shared with Upper C group ) About 24 terracotta bottomless pots. About 40 decorated wall tiles. 3 Glazed terracotta pots (large) 1 Very large and extremely spiky cactus plant in a pot. 1 x 2000watt generator. ( special thanks to Rick ) Apart from collecting and distributing these donated items, the group have also been busy helping residents who help themselves. We purchased and delivered 12 tons of gravel to a residents project on Calle Salvias. We paid for and delivered membrane and gravel to project on D27 for John Mansell project. We have ordered over 1000+ plants for Pete’s projects around the sector, to bring more greenery and vibrant colour to several areas and to obscure, where possible, the arid clay landscape of our campo. These plants will be the basis of a major planting project and we do require more volunteers to commit to a couple of hours on a Wednesday morning to complete as quickly as possible.

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A water plant garden around a pond. A labyrinth or maze garden to keep grandchildren active for hours. A desert garden with plants planted through sand or stone chippings layed over black plastic. A grotto garden with the main feature a grotto with a natural or imitation spring and pool plus a collection of moisture and shade loving plants inside. A lily garden glowing with masses of lilies during late spring and summer. A green house and potting shed garden for those who like to grow from seeds and cuttings.

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A vineyard with grapes growing on walls and over arches or covered walkways. A citrus garden perfumed continuously by the flowers of a perpetual flowering and fruiting lemon tree. A monastery style garden designed as a mini cloister. A specialist mini botanical or collectors garden. A rose garden with a collection of climbers standards and bush forms. A mini orchard with perhaps a secret garden hidden in the centre. A vegetable garden planted in the soil or in raised beds or containers. A poultry garden with an interesting collection of old breed chickens. An aviary garden with a collection of exotic birds. An oasis garden mainly planted with palms or a dry river bed garden. An Arabic style garden incorporating coloured ceramics in the floor walls water features containers etc.. A vista garden designed for you sit or stand to enjoy an amazing view from the property. A sheltered winter garden for sitting out in the winter. An eating garden incorporating a Spanish style open air kitchen and seating area. A carob garden with flower and shrub beds surrounding a well pruned carob tree. Indeed it could be around any deep shaded tree, ours just happens to be an old carob that we inherited.

A wild garden of natural herbs, shrubs and trees allowed to grow fairly wild like a miniature Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arbarda garden as can be visited near Pedreguer in the Alicante region. A Patio garden surrounded by four walls or fences. A cellar garden incorporating a Belen or nativity scene for Christmas.This is a small corner of one changed and extended each year by one of our Spanish walking friends. A courtyard garden as found in many old farm or estate houses. A drive garden treating either side of the drive as a unique mini garden itself. A turtle garden arranged a pond with a central island which is the home to a family of turtles. A copse garden in which one can wander under and round a collection of trees with a dense leaf cover with perhaps a central glade. Yes the glade could be another mini garden in itself. Lastly a stumpery English style mini garden along the lines of the one to be seen in the Highgrove gardens in the Cotswolds. If you came to Spain for the sunny weather you should get out to enjoy it in a garden and have fun planning, designing, building and planting the perfect outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy.


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The Yoga Shala Community Isla Plana You may have seen adverts or flyers around for the Yoga Shala, The Shala itself is relatively new it has been open just over a year. However as a Yoga Teacher in Mazarrón, I have been teaching here since 2002. I came fresh from the UK with my Ashtanga Yoga Teachers Certificate and I really put those first students at The Country Club in Mazarron and The Hotel La Azohia though their paces .. Jumps, Handstands, Arm Balances 108

Health &Wellbeing Surya Namaskar! it makes me smile still now. Many of those people are still here and are still talking to me!. Some of them are my dear friends.

Wednesday 9th November 2.30pm Chakra Vacuuming with Archangel Michael Meditation with Kathy Howarth

Over the years I have met some amazing characters, some beautiful individuals all of which have taught me many things, opened my eyes and mind to different ways of seeing things. However in everybody that I have ever taught or had the pleasure to meet the same thread is re occurring. We all want peace of mind.

Wednesday 16th November 3.30pm Dance Zone with Annette Ryder

The idea behind the Yoga Shala Community is that there is something for everyone in order to achieve that piece of mind whether it be through Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Spiritual Healing, Painting, Cookery ... through those amazing Dance Classes of Annette´s . Whatever it is that allows you to disconnect, recharge find that balance again in your life I hope you can find it here in Isla Plana.

Wednesday 23rd November 2.30pm Chakra & Crystal Meditation with Marian Beeney Wednesday 30th November 2.30pm An Insight into Buddhist Meditation with Jackie Clancy Is there anything you would like to see presented at The Yoga Shala or a Subject you would like to present yourself ? If so please contact me by email at yogawithlisa@hotmail.co.uk It would be great to have some input from the Community. You can also call me on 0034 626960354.

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bunkers was quite a surprise. It still remained a good golfing test for all, and once finished and cards checked the overall winner was David Griffith with a very good 38points. 2nd on 32points was Richard Dixon 3rd was Nick Powell on 30points. Nearest the pin winners were Dave Griffith & Norrie Bull (pictured top) Stuart Boocock (pictured bottom) received a special Voodoo Doll Kit for recording the lowest score. The November meeting will be at Aguilon on the 24th, when we will be playing for the memorial trophies. Geoff Sharp hatters45@msn.com

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A little patience!! On Wednesday28th September 14 members and 4 guests travelled to the course at Altorreal for the monthly stapleford competition.

Los Amigos De Mazarrón F.C

LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC LATEST NEWS Just as in the 2015/16 season, Mazarron FC had to wait until the fifth game before gaining their first victory, a comprehensive 3-0 home win against CD El Esparragal. A draw against high flying Cartagena FC and a 2-1 home victory over Racing Murcia City saw Mazarron moving up to 11th place in the league by mid October.

Yours truly was not able to play due to a prior commitment, and so this report is not more than a Chinese whisper of what really happened. I have kept the same heading as last month, as I understand that patience was again in need, with some teeing off

before the green is clear!! The course was very wet and overwatered, which enabled the members to lift and drop for waterlogged fairways. As it hasn’t really rained for months the amount of water in some

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gone, however, there are encouraging signs that the players are getting to know each other and playing some decent football. The support shown by the local Spanish community and the ex-pats for the new regime under President Ruben Martinez and Vice President Blas Garcia has been excellent. More people through t he turnstiles and a host of new advertising boards springing up at the Estadio Municipal augur well for the rest of the season. Mazarron’s home games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. Admission for this season has been reduced to €3 with juveniles under 16 free. The ex-pat supporters Club, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC also organise a supporters’ coach to most away games. Coach prices are €8 for members and €10 for non members and can be booked at the weekly Los Amigos meetings. Full details of all games, dates and kick off times are advertised in the local media, on www.mazarronfc.es, on our own Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Facebook page, fb.me/mazarron2016, and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarron. Forthcoming league fixtures are:Sunday 6th November CD BALA AZUL HOME Sunday 13th November Alcantarilla FC Away Sunday 20th November CF MOLINA HOME Sunday 27th November CD Lumbreras Away

Only eight goals were conceded in the first seven games and four of those, three from the penalty spot, came in the home defeat to AD Caravaca. Juan Andreo and Raso are forming an impressive partnership in the centre of defence with right back Raul Torrano improving with every game after a shaky start. Chino, at left back, is perhaps the most impressive signing of the season and is combining well with Javi Torrano down the left hand side with some excellent surging runs.

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The introduction of former Mazarron striker Boudia in a holding midfield role has given added strength to that department and allows the talented Koko a free role. Javi Torrano has shown that he is a talented player although he suffered an injury in the Cartagena game which kept him out of the team for the following game. Raul is a hard working centre forward who needs more support up front and it is this area which is the main cause for concern with only seven goals scored from seven games, all from different players.

Unfortunately the annual President’s Bash at Mariano’s Bar and Restaurant Camposol, scheduled to take place on 27th September, had to be cancelled at the very last hour when the Queen tribute act, Queen Universe, said that they were unable to fulfill the engagement giving only a few days’ notice.

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The Los Amigos September Luncheon Club outing was on Tuesday 25th October to the Restaurante La Chara. The “sold out” signs were put up three weeks before the lunch and, as usual, members and friends enjoyed a great day out with excellent food and plenty of drinks!! For details and availability of all Luncheon Club outings please email Maggie at hairinspain@gmail.com.

This was a great disappointment as we were hoping to celebrate the 10th birthday of Los Amigos, but, as there was no time to arrange a suitable replacement act, there was no alternative but to cancel the event and refund all ticket monies.

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To compensate for this a Los Amigos de Mazarron FC 10th Birthday Party has been arranged for Friday 4th November at the Club House, Camposol Club de Golf. at 7.30 pm with musical entertainment to be provided by the Geckos. Tickets are free for Los Amigos members including a basket meal and €10 for member’s guests including a basket meal. The eighth Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Gala Evening and Dinner will be held on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at the Hotel la Cumbre Puerto de Mazarron. Ticket prices will remain as they have for the last four years at €40 with limited VIP places available at €50.

On Monday 20th March we will once again be hosting a Celebrity Golf Tournament at Camposol Club de Golf which is being sponsored for the third year running by Expat Pensions, the trading name in the EU of the UK-based Magna Wealth Management Ltd. Expat Pensions is well known to many in the Mazarron area and Managing Director Angela South has worked closely with Shirley Fisher Legal & Financial Services, in the offices they share at the Camposol Business Centre for many years. 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. Whether you are interested in football or just wish to participate in the social events, just pop along to the Club House on a Thursday afternoon for a chat and a refreshing drink in beautiful surroundings and pick up a membership form, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Winners of Quiz

downpour early evening did not stop the teams trying to solve the Quiz, which was maybe a little hard! The winners were Mandy and Brian Wright, Barbara Benton and Mandy’s Mum. Brian Robertson won his way through to the Finals of the Valencian Championships at San Luis on 8th October. Many MBC members had travelled to support Brian but even that could not help him win against Frank

Busy Days for Mazarron Bowls Club Alvin Martin

The Guest Speaker is Alvin Martin, former West Ham United and England central defender. Alvin spent 20 years with West Ham and gained 17 international caps with England. Only four West Ham players have made more first team appearances than Alvin who made 596 scoring 34 goals. The four are Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard Senior, Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking so he is in good company.

For a number of years Alvin has hosted a radio show on Talk Sport and is also an accomplished After Dinner Speaker. Comedian Gary Marshall who did such an excellent job as Master of Ceremonies last year is returning in March and will this year be doing a 30 minute comedy act in addition to his MC duties. The musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Woody and, by popular demand, President Dave Perks will be giving a repeat performance of his unique “Grace” before dinner. We are delighted to announce that Ibex Insurance and Mazarron Entertainments Group have again agreed to be joint sponsors of the Gala Dinner which is very much appreciated.

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At the beginning of October the away game for the Presidents Cup was played against Indalo, a team from Almeria. It was a close fought game but unfortunately this time, MBC were unsuccessful in their bid to bring the trophy home. This match gave the opportunity for many of their new members to participate in their first “serious” game and they all did MBC proud. A very convivial Menu del Dia was enjoyed y all at a local restaurant afterwards. October also brought the start of the Annual Autumn Triples League with 12 teams competing for the trophy. The first match on the 11th October got off to a flying start with beautiful hot and sunny weather, however by the 13th October the game was rained off!! Autumn is definitely on its way! Paul and Diane Rossi very kindly opened their Casa in Tallante for a BBQ and Quiz on 9th October. Over 40 people attended and although it was a slightly cloudier day, the sudden heavy

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Close from Emerald Isle. This month we have the annual Ladies v Gents match and the Mazarron Trophy which is played in a 3-2-1 format. MBC look forward to welcoming any new people that wish to try the game of bowls or established players wishing to take up the game in Spain. All are welcome at Thursday roll-up days, 10.00 for a 10.30 start. Further details can be obtained from our website Mazarronbowlsclub.webs.com or from the Secretary, Sue Hattrell at mazarronbc@live.co.uk

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motorisits, hell bent on having a turbo fitted, opt to fake it. This begs a one

Worst Car Accessories Manufacturers not only spend ten of thousands of man hours perfecting the way cars look they also invest many millions of pounds in order to enhance and improve the aesthetic appeal of their cars. Yet some, far from satisfied with the look and feel of their car, choose to undertake a process of diy modification. This sometimes unhealthy obsession with enhancing and modifying cars can all to easily leads to the addition of tasteless accessories such as ‘lamborghini doors’ or ‘neon lights’. Some individuals even go on to spend many thousands of pounds more than they bought their car for in the first place and often without a care for the potential insurance policy implications. Prepare yourself for a selection of surprisingly popular, yet ridiculously tacky and totally useless car accessories as we look at some of the worst offenders.

you will ever come across. Back in the late 1990s they we’re the ‘cool’ thing to have, although, it’s now 2013 and a set of fury dice will do little for your image, so steer clear at all costs. Body Kits

Neon lights

We probably all dream of owning an exotic sports car, although, few of us are likely to ever poses the wonga required to purchase one, this is where body kits come in. Usually fitted with the intention of increasing or enhancing the sporty look of a car. Although some body kits are well considered additions most tend to be outrageously over the top and boarder-lining ‘chavy’. Scissor Doors

Fake eye lashes

For reasons unbeknown to us, some individuals feel the need to extend their obsession with false eyelashes, to their car. This may leave you woondering if we will one day see cars donned with blonde wigs? And, when is enough really enough? Fury Dice

The 1969 Alfa Romeo Carabo concept car was the first to feature scissor doors although they were soon adopted by Italian manufacturer Lamborghini. With conversion kits readily available, many cars including Fiesta’s and Corsas have been fitted with scissor doors, although in our opinion the only place for such doors is on the super cars they were intended for. Fake Turbo

Furry dice are probably one of the most common car accessories

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word question, why? After all a fake turbo won’t in any way enhance a car’s performance, although, it will produce a phssssst sound when you exhilarate, just like the real thing, perhaps a blatant sign of poor taste?

On a mission to avoid a hike in their insurance premium, some

Despite the law preventing motor cars from being light up with neon lights, they are all to often fitted to the underside of the chassis by overenthusiastic individualls, who in their moment of madness are convinced they look ‘cool’. Inevitably some will argue otherwise, but in our opinion neon lights belong firmly on the dance floor.

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Property, Financial and Legal NEWSFLASH FROM Angela South, Managing Director of UK-authorised financial services company Magna Wealth Management Ltd which trades in Europe as Expat Pensions EVERY 15 SECONDS SOMEONE FALLS FOR FINANCIAL FRAUD !! The latest report from Financial Fraud Auction UK makes scary reading and should be a warning bell to all of us. A financial scam was committed every 15 seconds in the UK in the first half of 2016 – more than a million times. And those UK figures are just as realistic for expats living abroad. We at Expat Pensions welcome the new “TAKE FIVE” initiative which is aimed at preventing people and businesses succumbing to financial scams. Almost all of us will have had a call on our landline or mobile at some time in the past year asking us to “log on” as they want to update our computer, or asking for personal details in order to “verify” our identity. Many are very convincing – but how often in reality has your bank rung you since you opened an account? And with most of the world using its products, how easy is it for someone to claim they are from “Microsoft’s technical team” – and how did they get

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Property, Financial and Legal carefully as emails and letters can easily be copied. Fraudsters are constantly evolving and refining their tactics. They are increasingly cunning and convincing. This latest survey shows that while nearly three quarters of people claimed to be aware of the methods fraudsters use, more than a quarter (26 per cent) admitted they still provide personal details to people claiming to be from their bank even if they do not think they should! Nearly 40 per cent of those who responded said they gave out personal information because they felt pressured. Some 43 per cent said they shared their details because the person sounded genuine. Which brings us back to “TAKE FIVE”. Pause and think before you give out any personal or financial information. And if you are not sure ring us or your friendly local lawyer such as Shirley Fisher, who is known to many of you. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and remember – especially in these days of low interest rates and poor investment returns – if an offer seems too good to be true – IT IS!f

FOR THE BEST ADVICE THERE IS ON FINANCIALS – telephone Shirley Ann Fisher, UK Lawyer & Commissioner for Oaths of Camposol Business Centre, Calle Madrid, (next to the Pharmacy) Camposol Sector A, Mazarron, Murcia 30870. Email : shirleyfisherlegalservices@gmail.com. Tel 968 103 008 or mobile 634 053 976

20% of Foreigners Plan on Buying a Holiday Home in Spain According to a study carried out by franchise estate agent’s Iberia Real Estate, two out of every ten foreigners plan on purchasing a second home in Spain. The most popular destinations for these potential foreign property buyers are located along the Mediterranean coast.

visiting the peninsular and its islands in just the first seven months of the year. Iberia Real Estate’s survey has revealed that the Germans are the most interested in acquiring a second property in Spain, particularly in the beach areas of the Levante, Cataluña and Mallorca. Nevertheless, despite the fact that the study has shown that coastal destinations along the Mediterranean continue to attract the greatest number of potential foreign property buyers, other sources have also revealed that many others are looking at other areas including Andalucía, Cantabria and Galicia and destinations slightly inland where property is much cheaper. Many are still opting to buy repossession properties from the bank due to the accessible prices, often as much as 50% cheaper than their market value, and conditions on offer.

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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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To sign up for the membership scheme, simply bring a copy of your N.I.E (or passport for non residents) and your bank details to the Camposol Business Centre on Sector A.

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Insurance & Asesoria Nash Warren, Bolnuevo 968 156 583 Liberty Seguros 968 138 516 / 620 277 690 El Pilar 968 425 210 Law services Abad Abogados 968 155 785 Shirley Ann Fisher 968 103 008 Metalwork Eriks 636 050 008 Mobility, aids & equipment Freedom Mobility 638 893 357 Property 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 Camposol Properties 646 476 911 Kohn Pool Services 968 138 638/626 684 979 Pool Cleaning Mazarron 605 081 954 Tony, the pool diver 646 438 694 Printing & Design Insignia Graphics, 618 615 903 Mister print 638 893 357 SALES AND RENTAL AGENTS 2let2buy2sell 968 979 876 UK 00 44 1223 968 199 Another World 968 592 679 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 663 74 24 42 Window cleaning services Miles Better: 619 877 103 Water, purification services Waterfiltersspain: 677 353 136 Miles Better Water Filters 619 877 303 other Useful numbers Aqualia Emercency number: 902136013

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Getting in touch with the committees and organisations CRA Camposol Residents Association. The cabin is located alongside the Cultural Centre on Sector B and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 to 1pm.(Closed on Bank Holidays) The Chairman is Phil Gelling and can be contacted on chairman@cracamposol.com, general or membership enquiries can be sent to info@cracamposol.com. The duty Committee member can be contacted on 634 364 739. Their website is www.cracamposol.com This number is manned every morning Monday thru Friday 10am / 12noon Sector A gardening Group is Chaired by John Grant.Web address: www.lospalaciosgardeners.com. Contact the Secretary for details of monthly meetings on:joce@ lospalacios-gardeners.com 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: johnos1943@gmail.com. Camposol Community Group D Sector The group meets monthly on the first Monday at 4PM at The Clubhouse.President - Ken De Angelo, Vice President - Gordon Cockburn, Secretary - Patrick Steer, Treasurer - Jo Steer, Membership secretary - Carol De Angelo, Social secretary - Laurie Lewis. A car with tow bar and trailer is now available for sector D residents to take garden waste to the Eco park, contact Alan Muncaster 654 024 474 Age Concern can be found at the Cultural Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 1pm and Fridays 12.30 to 3.30pm. Telephone 634 310216, ageconcerncostacalida@gmail. com Camposolers  The registered group site for residents of Camposol, the proprietor is Reg Rogers who can be contacted by e-mailing reg  rogers@hotmail.com. Apply to Reg for membership. NB there is an underline dash between reg and rogers!!!!!! Town Hall can now be contacted through an office in the Cultural Centre Sector B, by the roundabout down from the roundabout by the filling station. Tatiana Andres is there to help you between 1600 to 1800 every weekday. Phone 968 131 717, email oficinacamposol@ mazarron.es 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.


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Q: What do you get when you plant kisses? A: Tu-lips (two-lips) Q: What pet makes the loudest noise? A: A trum-pet! Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas? A: Bugs Bunny! Q: Why did the girl bring lipstick and eye shadow to school? A: She had a make-up exam! Q: What did one eyeball say to the other eyeball? A: Between you and me something smells. Q: What stays on the ground but never gets dirty? A: Shadow. Q: Name a city where no one goes? A: Electricity Q: What four letters will frighten a burglar? A: O I C U Q: What’s the difference between a cat and a frog? A: A Cat has nine lives but a Frog croaks every night! Q: Why can you never trust atoms? A: They make up everything!

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Q: Where does bad light go? A: To prism! “Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was asalted.” I’ve just opened a new restaurant called Karma. There’s no menu, we just give you what you deserve. Today I gave my dead batteries away....Free of charge. Pencil sharpeners have a tough life.... they live off tips. My eyelids are so sexy, I can’t keep my eyes off them. I heard a story about a broken pencil that I’d tell you but it’s pointless I tried to catch some fog earlier. I mist. If money dosnt grow on trees why do banks have branches? two lumps of vomit are flying through the air one says to the other ‘’you look upset’’ the other one says ‘’I know i was brought up around here. I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off. I wonder if earth makes fun of other planets for having no life. It’s been scientifically proven that too many birthdays can kill you! I hated my job as an origami teacher. Too much paperwork. I love pressing F5. It’s so refreshing. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from

many is research. Bathroom Boy: Can I go to the bathroom? Teacher: Only if you can say the alphabet Boy: OK abcdefghijklmnoqrstuvwxyz Teacher: Where’s the p? Boy: “Half way down my leg.” “Poor Old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old man fish in a puddle outside a pub. So he invited the old man inside for a drink. As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humor the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught today?” The old man replied, “You’re the eighth.” This cowboy walks into a bar and orders a beer. His hat is made of brown wrapping paper, his shirt and vest are made of waxed paper, and his chaps, pants, and boots are made of tissue paper. Pretty soon they arrest him for rustling. Doctor Jones likes to stop at a bar after work and enjoy an almond daiquiri. One day, Dick the bartender runs out of almonds and uses hickory nuts instead. The doctor takes a sip and says, “Is this an almond daiquiri, Dick?” And Dick says, “It’s a hickory daiquiri, Doc.”

Answers to the riddles A skull Footsteps Fire Wednesday (the name of the third person in the group, not the day) Stuffed


Charity corner Last month we gratefully received another 6 tonnes of food from the Murcia Region Food Bank. This means we can continue to supply the families we help with much needed

assistance. A massive huge enormous thanks to Antonio and all who donated the toiletries at the social centre, please keep donating. These are so gratefully received at our outreach days. We would also like to thank Rosemary from the Welcome Group who presented a cheque for 100 euros at their October Fashion Show event at Mariano’s Restaurant. Three of our volunteers modelled so thanks to them and to Marje who organised our contribution on the night. We were also able to raise a further 120 euros from the sale of the clothes that our ladies modelled. Well done and thank you to all involved. We are collecting warm clothing and bedding at the moment and we are grateful to Gines Garcia primary school in Mazarrón who are helping us with this task. If you have any warm winter clothing or bedding you no longer need, please think of us. The charity van is on Sector A on

Tuesdays from 11.00-13.00 and on the second and last Friday, which are the market days on Sector B, the van will be there. As from 28th October our table-top stall will re-commence at the Sector B market. Please call Badr on 603 389 006 for info about where the van is on other days of the week or to arrange a collection. Our Christmas Dinner Dance at The Club House, Camposol is being held on 10th December at 7.30. Tickets are 20 euros each and include a delicious 4-course Christmas meal and entertainment from our famous fashion show friend, DJ Daniel Wheatley. Tickets can be purchased from our Table Top stall (Sector B, 2nd and last Friday of each month,) from either of our two shops or by calling Marje on 634 356 860. Daniel our DJ will be sure to help it go with a swing so please come along for some festive fun and kick start the season’s festivities with us. We thank you for your continued generous support and we especially thank all our wonderful selfless volunteers, who together make a massive difference to so many people in this area. Thank you all.

Ex-Servicemen’s Association Mazarrón District (Founded 1 May 2006) EVENTS – 2016 Sunday 13th Nov (Remembrance Sunday) GOLF CLUBHOUSE CAMPOSOL 1.30pm for 2pm Wednesday 14 Dec (Christmas Draw) LA SIENA, MAZARRON 7pm for 8.30pm

Membership and enquiries, esamd.espana@gmail.com

Age Concern are at the Social Centre, Camposol B on Wednesday & Thursday 10 am to 1pm or telephone: 634 344 589 (10am to 4pm Mon- Fri) Events: 634 336 484 (10am to 4pm Mon to Fri)

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I want to start this article with a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart to all you overwhelmingly generous people who have donated funds for the treatment of Toby and for the transport costs for 2 of the horses, Nacho and Maya to start a new life in France. Thank you to Jane Durrent for enabling this to happen. We need to move our equines on, so we can take in more of course! Many of them have been with me a long time and everyone of them has a story to go with them! If you are interested or know of anyone who might be able to care for them please call me. Waiting to hear! This month has been filled with so many different emotions, from happy to sad, frustration and despair. We had to make the decision to have our beautiful horse Cloud put to sleep. She had been with us for nearly 2 years and came to us with severe laminitis. She was such a happy girl but some days she couldn’t even walk out of her stable and it was becoming worse every day. We couldn’t see her suffer any more and she had no quality of life. This decision was not taken lightly so our dear, sweet Cloud is galloping free over the Rainbow Bridge. RIP Cloud. We were alerted by the police about another abandoned donkey in Cartagena, so that is another one safe in the care of AAR. Welcome Curro to the madhouse!! Sweetheart your life will be a whole lot better from now on. We had a great ending to the saga with the African Grey parrot, we had named Coco. He came to us about a month ago. After much advertising and searching for the possible owner, we were put in touch with an avian vet in Alhama, who we visited, and through him were able to trace the rightful owner. They were traumatised by his disappearance and couldn’t believe it when they saw him again. The funny thing was he kept saying Coco so we thought that was his name but, it was the name of the owners dog! We loved him, he was fantastic company and such a quick learner. He talked all the time but then he was living with me!!! haha. I mentioned that this last month had been filled with all sorts of emotions and none more than this. Our Treasurer Pedro was tragically killed and taken from this world far too early. From everyone at AAR our heartfelt wishes and love are extended to his family. RIP Pedro. As usual I will be on Camposol Car Park B, every Monday from 11.30-130pm. We will gratefully receive unwanted clothes, bric a brac, books, household items and I will be happy to bring you up to date with any of our rescues. Alternatively you can drop donations of at either of our two shops in Roldan or Mazarron Town between the hours of 10.30-1.30pm. Andrea x

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The FAST2016 team have been out and about on Camposol, doing one or two things. Raising funds to allow us to provide the life saving service, and spending funds that allow us to attend emergency call outs on Camposol. The residents, businesses and visitors on Camposol have been very generous providing 2 of our beautiful nurses the funds to allow us to continue providing this service. Here is a snapshot of where some of the money raised has been spent; To protect all responders from the Hepatitis B virus, it was decided that all responders should be offered the opportunity to have the Hepatitis B vaccination. There are 27 responders who started the 3 injection vaccination course. The cost will be in the region of €2700, this is seen as an essential safeguard for all. The next big expense incurred in October was the training of new instructors. Four new instructors will be authorised to instruct volunteers in life saving techniques. The cost was in the region of €3600. Well done to all the students who worked very hard to get this qualification. The two FAST2016 vehicles are another large expense, both vehicles require servicing, tyres, insurance, road tax and ITV. The cost for the last 6 months is €2000+. Fuel will be on top of that figure. The vehicles are driven at least twice a day without callouts, this is due to shift changes all over Camposol. The FAST phones were getting past their best so it was decided to get reconditioned iphones at a cost of €110 each. Thanks to Chris from Compusurf who provides the landline and switching service for FAST2016 free of charge. The emergency number has not changed. 968 970 626 It is clear that we could not provide this valuable service on Camposol without all your donations. Not forgetting the fund raising team of supporters who sell raffle tickets, arrange the Fayres, and sell books at the bookstall. Oh! And the Nurses who love to wave and give you a smile on a Monday morning. We would like to thank you all for supporting FAST2016 TRIPS. The trip to Alicante castle and the Galleon was a great success, led by two of our responders Mandy and Eileen. They are now busy organising the next trip which is to Benidorm on the 16th November cost €15, then Liquor 43, La Zenia shopping and Iceland in San Javier on 13th December cost €20. There are plans to run a trip to the Aguilas carnival next year when the date is set. For information call 634 309 899. The Christmas fayre was held on the 29th October, a report will appear next month. Watch this space or go to our Facebook page. There were 15 call outs during September resulting in 7 ambulances being called. In a medical emergency phone 112 then phone FAST2016 on 968 970 626 If you would like to join FAST2016 then come along on Tuesday morning to the Cultural Centre on B sector. You will be more than welcome to see how we train. You can e mail on recruitment@fast2016.org or telephone 634 309 899.

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