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March 2011

Issue 71




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Solutions 4 U More Than Just An Estate Agent

Office Address: El Atajo, Opp. Villa Chile, Competa Email: Web Pages: Villa, Swimming Pool & Garage, Torrox

Ref. 641

Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07 Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34

Townhouse, Canillas de Albaida

Price: 295,000 Euros Villa with Pool & Garage, Canillas de Albaida Ref. 640

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Fitted Kitchen Lounge + Dining Room Covered Terraces Swimming Pool Garage Within Walking Distance of Cómpeta & Price: 245,000 Euros Sole Agent Canillas

Ref. 152

90m² House 3 Bedrooms Bathroom Lounge with Woodburner Kitchen Balcony for Dining Garden/Patio Storeroom Easy Parking

171m² Quality Villa 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Fitted Kitchen 30m² Garage + Storerooms Swimming Pool 900m² Plot, Lots of Terrace Price: 129,000 Euros Semi-Detached, Torrox/Frigiliana

Price: 119,980 Euros Sole Agent

Ref. 635 Newly Renovated 2 Storey House Large Bedroom New Kitchen & Bathroom Dining Area Lounge with Wood Burner Covered Porch 1st Floor Open Terrace with Spectacular Views to Nerja, the Sea & the Mountains

Solutions 4 U offers a variety of services, some of which include: Legal Services: Property Legalisations, Properties without Deeds, Catastro & Border Corrections, Addition of Extensions & Pools, Sale & Purchase Conveyancing, Inheritance Process & Wills. A Professional & Impartial Service, Estimates Given. Call for a FREE consultation. Beat the negative press and get your papers in order quickly! Project Management for Quality Construction – Written Estimates, Good Reliable Service, Large & Small Projects Undertaken, Ask to see examples of our work.

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Editors Note..... In the month of March we turn a corner with the weather and with the clocks changing (see Alick Howards article on page 42) and the days getting longer I can see the on set of summer not to far away. Living in the mountains does make the winters colder than the coast which perhaps enjoys a few more days clear of cloud and rain than we do.

Front Cover: Malaga cathedral by local photographer & artist David Dawson

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March Weather Days with rainfall: 5 Days Avg Max Temperature: 18.7c Hours of Sunshine : 7.2 p/day The weather data is for guidance only and is the average monthly maximum for the Costa del Sol

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I would like to write a particular thank you to Simon from Car Valeting services who did an excellent job cleaning the interior of my car. As most you are aware I have twin 7 year olds so you can only imagine what the back of my car looks like on an average day. This coupled with the fact a cheap plastic toy containing Ben 10 gunk melted onto the back seat which the children promptly smeared round the rest of the car! Simon had a real challenge to get this off especially when other valeting services hadn’t. Simon did in actual fact remove all stains and cleaned the whole interior to an excellent standard. The inside of the car looks as good as new now. So I will see how long that last before I have to call him again!! If you would like to get hold of Simon you can call him on Tel: 649 198 280 As usual inside this month there is a lot going on in your area, Day of Life, Panto meetings and still the usual live gigs at your favourite bar or restaurant


Inside This Month


19 A nice hotel Andy & Debbie Wilkes of Sugar & Spice, Cómpeta stay in a Romanian Ice Hotel

50 Get Hedging! Another instalment of Campo Cuttings with Lorraine Cavanagh


56 Medical Thermography Medical Thermography and Nutritional Coaching with Janet Van Dam

62 Spanish basic ingrediants Olive oil, olives, garlic, tomatoes and a few others are all you need to whip up a delicious Spanish meal

Play Pens Crutches Travel Cots Booster Seats


Child Car Seats Mountain Bikes High Chairs Golf Clubs and much more...

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Denise Hill UK 0844 7744860

Cómpeta Large modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (248 m²) in a fantastic elevated position with easy access and spectacular views very close to Competa (walking distance). This superb property has spacious accommodation, great outside space, pool and a huge garage easily converted into separate guest accommodation. Price:295,000 euros Price Reduced!

Price:135,000 Euros

ref: vc1-568 Price Reduced!

Price:275,000 Euros

Cómpeta Superb 1 bed 1 bath village

Cómpeta Superb brand new 3 bed

house (81m²) in Competa which has been completely refurbished to a very high standard. The perfect permanent/holiday home or rental property ready for immediate use with a brand new kitchen and a fantastic roof terrace on 3 levels.

2 bath villa (107m²) in a stunning rural location close to Competa. Finished to a very high standard, this fabulous property has spacious living accommodation, attractive pool area, outside kitchen and breathtaking sea views.

ref: tc1-624

ref: vc1-614

Price Reduced!

Price:109,000 Euros

Canillas de Albaida Spacious 3 bed 1 bath village house (133 m²) situated within walking distance of all amenities with excellent access and a garage. This property has lots of potential with 2 terraces, sun room, open plan living accommodation and 3 good sized double bedrooms. ref: tc2-597 ref:tc2-509

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Price Reduced!

Price:175,000 Euros


Beautiful well established 3 bed 2 bath villa (107.40 m²) situated in a peaceful location with magnificent views near Corumbela and Archez. This delightful property has good access, spacious living accommodation, superb outside space and mature gardens. Part exchange considered. ref: vc6-606

Price Reduced!

Price: 225,000 Euros

Price Reduced!

Price: 229,000 Euros


Well established 3 bed 1 bath villa (130 m²) in an elevated position on a mature plot with easy access, secluded pool area, sun room, garage, gardens, bbq terrace and stunning sea views.

ref: vc1-694 Great Value!

Price:149,00 Euros

Great Value!

Price:199,950 Euros

Cómpeta Delightful modern 2/3 bed 1 bath villa (95m²) just a few minutes’ drive from Competa. This well established property has excellent access, spacious living accommodation, terraces, large pool and fantastic views. A superb full time/holiday home and at a great price!

ref: vc1-574

Special Offer!

Price:230,000 Euros

This Month’s Special Offer!

Cómpeta A rustic 4 bed, 2 bath villa (133m²) with absolutely stunning views near Competa. To be sold furnished with a fully fitted kitchen and pool, this beautiful property offers very good value for money.


Well established 2 bed 1 bath villa (95 m²) with good access, sun room, terraces, pool area, garage and spectacular sea views - an ideal holiday home/rental property.

ref: vc1-523 Price Reduced!

Price:139,000 Euros

ref: vc1-708 Large Property!

Price:522,500 Euros

Cómpeta A charming 2 bed village house (88m²) with good access and parking nearby. This delightful property is set within superb mature gardens Easy to maintain permanent home or holiday/rental property.

Sedella Superb luxurious 3 bed 3 bath villa (154 m² ) located close to Sedella. This stylish property has gorgeous open plan living accommodation, secluded pool area, inner courtyard, 3 terraces, roof terrace, mature gardens and a huge garage easily converted into a separate guest apartment.



Canillas de Albaida A spacious 4 bed, 2 bath villa (148.43 m²) in a great location between Canillas de Albaida and Archez and within walking distance of both. With a pool and plenty of terraces, this property would make a great permanent home, holiday home or investment to rent. Recently reduced by 90,000€ for a quick sale!

ref: vc2-307

Price Reduced!

Price:245,000 Euros


A well presented 3 bed, 2 bath villa with stunning views conveniently situated with good access along a concrete road 5 minutes from Competa. With an attractive covered terrace and shaded seating area and in a peaceful location, this villa would be ideal as a holiday or permanent home. ref:vc1-425

“ The advertised prices include all of the sellers costs including any commissions. They do not include the buyers costs which can be between 10% and 13% of the advertised price, this includes notary and registry fees, buyers legal fees, purchase tax (7%) and any mortgage set up costs.”

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Property Sales for Cómpeta & surrounding areas

Cómpeta, Villa (V227)


Cómpeta, Villa (V228)


A delightful villa with 3 bedrooms, a family bathroom, fitted kitchen, living room, aircon/heating, pool, gardens views of the sierras and excellent access.

This spacious villa borders the Natural Park and has stunning views of the countryside and the Mediterranean sea. The property has central heating and a log burning stove. There are two bedrooms, a living room, a fitted kitchen, 2 bathrooms, storerooms, a garage, pool, terraces and gardens.

Cómpeta, Villa (V229)

Cómpeta, Villa (V219)


The villa has three double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a good sized living room, a fitted kitchen, a utility/store room, a large covered terrace, a pool and views of the surrounding villages and mountains.

Cómpeta, Villa (V226)


A well maintained two bedroomed villa with an open plan living area, independent guest suite, underfloor heating, pool and terraces all set in an elevated position with magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea.


A spacious property with a large open plan living/dining room, a spacious kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a garage, terraces, gardens and pool. Views of the mountains, countryside and Mediterranean. Access via tarmac road.

Cómpeta, Villa (V224)

270 ,000€

A well built villa with central heating and a log burning stove. There are three double bedrooms, a living room, fitted kitchen, utility room, sun room, terraces, gardens, pool and outdoor kitchen area. Excellent access. (+34) 620 914 104 (+34) 951 321 359

News in Spain MÁLAGA COURT STOPS WOMAN FEEDING THE BIRDS BY ORDERING HER OUT OF HER HOME She cannot return for 18 months and must pay the cost of cleaning the Pigeons in a city centre square in Barcelona. A woman who has for years ignored pleas from her neighbours to stop feeding the birds from her balcony and windows has been ordered out of her home by a court in Málaga and told to pay the 2,000 € of cleaning up the mess from the block’s facade. The court took into account that she had been putting out food for pigeons, seagulls and sparrows for the past 9 years and considered the practice as unhealthy and dangerous for her neighbours. She failed to stop even after administrative proceedings were opened against her by the City Hall in Málaga. The woman’s neighbours told the EFE news agency that it was very difficult to lead a normal life in the building, with the constant noise made by the birds, their mess, and the fear they caused as they flew in numbers near the block. Their neighbour will only be able to return to her home once 18 months have passed.

THE SPANISH ARE LOSING THE HABIT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN The benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are well known, but it seems that the habits of generations are being lost in Andalucía, where now one in three children is overweight or obese. It is, along with the Canaries, the Spanish region to suffer this public health problem the most, and the situation is not much better for adults either where 15% of andaluces are above their ideal weight, and where a growth in the numbers of 2% a year is being seen, according to the Integral Plan against Child Obesity from the Junta de Andalucía. Their latest studies show one of the main causes, children are not going out to play or take part in sports as before, with some of them


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not taking even 1,000 steps a day. There is an economic element too, with children from poorer families more likely to suffer obesity. 70% of people in Andalucía don’t do any exercise after work, and many that do only do so on doctors’ orders, when the damage has already been done. As one specialist put it, ‘You see people running in the parks, but they are always the same people’. A gentle walk for an hour a day is calculated to result in a weight loss of 7.3 kilos at the end of the year FOREIGNERS OPEN PARTY HEADQUARTERS IN MOJÁCAR The new party will fight the local elections on May 22. British residents of Mojácar have opened the headquarters for a new political party with which they will fight the local elections in the Mojácar and Vera areas on May 22. The ‘Mojácar-Positiva-Se Mueve’ coalition, led by Jessica Simpson, has opened an office close to the Hotel Indalo, on Mojácar Playa, where they say all people from the town having a meeting place and somewhere to give their opinions. English was the dominant language at the event, but Jessica Simpson was keen to point out that the party ‘is not directed exclusively at foreign residents’, but she added that they were focussed on foreigners who make up nearly 70% of the population of Mojácar, including French, Romanians, Germans as well as the British. A FUNERAL HOME IN BENALMÁDENA, MÁLAGA, IS HOLDING A RATHER STRANGE RAFFLE; THE PRIZE IS A FREE FUNERAL. What’s more the winner does not have to use the prize for his or her own funeral, they can transfer it to whomever they want.The funeral home has already sold some 500 tickets. The only requirement is that you have to be over 55 to enter. The prize has a value of 2,700 €. Source:

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Cómpeta Properties S.L. Always at your service Avda. Sayalonga, 24B, Cómpeta (Málaga) Tel: (0034) 952 516 107 Avda. de Constitución, 37B, Cómpeta (Málaga)Tel (00 34) 952 553 589 . Cómpeta:

Just reduced to 89.000€


Ref. TH240 Charming modernized townhouse in very central location and with wonderful views down over the village to the Mediterranean. 2 beds, 1 bath, 60m2 build. Completely renovated property at very good value!

Ref. AP074 Lovely one bedroom apartment (can easily be converted in to 2) on outskirts of Cómpeta and within walking distance of the village. Communal pool. Large terrace with stunning views.

Canillas de Albaida:

Now only 114.000€

Ref. TH105 A charming village house situated close to all local amenities, in need of some renovation but habitable. 3 beds, 1 bath, 93m2 build + 34m2 basement. With a little attention this would be a lovely spacious townhouse.



Just reduced to 224.000€

Ref. V285 Very attractive villa just a 10 minute drive from Cómpeta. 4 beds, 2 baths, 130m2 build, 2.600m2 plot, 6 x 4 mts. swimming pool. 10.000lts. water deposit. Pre-installation for central heating. Great opportunity to purchase a spacious family home at an excellent price.

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Just reduced to 89.500€


Just reduced to 140.000€

Ref. TH067 A traditional Spanish townhouse located on one of the main streets that lead to the village square. 2/3 beds, 1 bath + WC, 90m2 build. Beautiful views over the village. A perfect property in a perfect location.


Now only 229.000€

Ref. V298 Lovely established villa in excellent condition. 3 beds, 2 baths, 95m2 build, 1.183m2 plot. Attractive gardens, superb views and excellent access combine to make this property ideal for permanent residence or as a holiday home.

Canillas de Albaida:

Just reduced to 106.000€

Ref. TH108 An attractive village house with several rooms allowing a prospective purchaser to utilise the space as suits their personal requirements. 1 bed, 1 bath, 120m2+ build. Well situated close to all local amenities.


Price 149.000€ Ref. TH330 Traditional village house situated on one of the main streets that access the pretty central plaza. 2 beds, 1 bath, 65m2 build, split level terrace. Fabulous views over the village to the Mediterranean. Sold fully furnished.

Canillas de Albaida: Price 265.000€

Ref. V070 Newly built villa with excellent access directly from a tarmac road. 2 double beds, 2 baths, 85m2 build, 1.500m2 plot. Swimming pool, garage, covered terraces. Stunning views of the National park, mountains and the neighbouring villages.

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New properties required!! If you have a house for sale, or are thinking of selling, please contact us for a valuation. Cómpeta

New to the market! 270.000€

V421 Charming property in wonderful location and with excellent access. 3 beds, 1 bath, 120m2 living space, 1.200m2 plot. Central heating and double glazing throughout make the house comfortable and the breathtaking views just have to be seen to be appreciated!


300.000€ Cómpeta

Ref. F082 Wonderful property set in the midst of the natural park and surrounded by trees with beautiful views. 4/5 beds, 3 baths, 100m2 build + terraces, 24.553m2 plot. Swimming pool. The Ideal opportunity to own a fabulous property in an oasis of tranquillity.



P125 A wonderful plot of 1679m2 within the boundaries of the beautiful village of Cómpeta. Just 5 minutes from the centre, and with two small buildings in place, make this the ideal opportunity to build a suitable property. A little piece of heaven that must be seen!

Sedella Two villas at just 348.000 €


Ref. V411 Two villas within 150 metres of each other and just 15 minutes from the pretty mountain village of Sedella. These lovely properties are to be sold together; this is the perfect opportunity for one to have their own private villa in this wonderful location and a further separate property to gain extra income through rentals or simply for visitors. One villa with 3 beds, 2 baths and the other with 3 beds, 3 baths, both with swimming pools.Cómpeta: An extremely attractive and

Ref. V417 Very lovely villa situated just 3,5 kms from Cómpeta and with excellent access. 4 beds, 2 baths, 130m2 build, 4.000m2 plot. Swimming pool. Ideal if you are looking for an immaculate property in a peaceful and very accessible location.

spacious property with excellent access. 3 beds, 2 baths. 105m² aprox. Build. 2531m² plot. Private garage. Swimming pool. Jacuzzi. Gas central heating. Wood burning fire. Fantastic views.

375.000 €

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Cómpeta Properties S.L. Construction & Services “Care and quality combined” Avda. Sayalonga 24A, Cómpeta 29754 (Málaga)

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T Malaga Cathedral

he Cathedral of Málaga was constructed between 1528 and 1782, following the plans by Diego de Siloe. The interior of the cathedral is also in Renaissance style. The cathedral has a rectangular plan and is composed of a nave and two aisles. The set of chairs in the choir is the work of Pedro de Mena. The facade is baroque style and it is divided into two floors, on the first floor there are three arcs and inside of these there are doors separated by marble columns. Over the doors there are some medallions. Those over the laterals doors represent the patron saints of Málaga, St Ciriaco and St. Paula, while the one in the center represents the announcement of God. The north tower is 84 metres in height and it is the second-highest cathedral in Andalusia, behind the Giralda of Seville. The south tower is unfinished and there are some claims that the funds were used instead to aid the British colonies gain independence from Great Britain, while other investigations have led to the fact the money may have been used in the preparation of the “Way of Antequera”. The unfinished Cathedral has the nickname of “La Manquita”, meaning in English, "The One-Armed Lady"! There are a series of artworks inside which fill the temple, among them is the gothic altarpiece of the Chapel of Santa Barbara and the 16th century tombs of the Chapel of San Francisco. The Chapel of Incarnation shows a neoclassic altarpiece of 1785, work of Juan de Villanueva and carved by Antonio Ramos and Aldehuela. At the moment La Junta de Andalucia is executing the reform of the Cathedral because of the leaks and dampness which have appeared in the last few years. Trip Adviser reviews: “This cathedral is just as beautiful as some I have visited in Italy. It is ornate, has stunning stained glass & out side some very modern pieces of sculpture to be enjoyed.” “I would have loved to have heard the organ because it was so beautiful, the music must be magical.” “ Across from the cathedral there is a square in front of the bishop's house...many cafes to enjoy a coffee & really look at the external architecture of the cathedral.”

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ARENAS REF: FP0798 A modern two bedroom villa with pool between Algarrobo and Arenas enjoying tremendous views down over Torre del Mar to the Mediterranean. ONLY 220,000 euros TORRE DEL MAR- FP0794 A furnished, west facing studio apartment in central Torre del Mar close to all amenities and with views to the sea.

VIÑUELA FP0791 A charming, fully reformed, rustic, two bedroom finca of some 97m² on a 1470m² plot with many original features and with tarmac access near to village.

89,000 euros

Only 175,000 euros

Torrox/Cómpeta FP0561

Torrox Pueblo FP0790

A 270m², six bedroom circular villa full of character and potential of two separate living units fifteen minutes to the coast.

A 3 bedroom house in the popular town of Torrox with easy access, roof terrace, close to all amenities and a short walk to the main town square.

219,000 euros

135,000 euros

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Paella every Sunday Please call in for more information Tel: 952 55 37 01

Heat up your home in a healthy and economical way! Infrared Design Heating System: Pictures, Mirrors, Glass, Blackboards, Columns etc. -Very economical to run and maintenance free -Partial storage heater keeps running times lower -No air circulation, so dust is not dispersed -Simple installation -Prevents dampness -Electrosmog free

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Eat as much as you like TAJ MAHAL

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Traditional Indian Tandoori Restaurant

We offer an all you can eat menu

(As many starters, main courses and desserts as you want)

which is all freshly cooked to order. You do not have to move from your table as everything is served to you. Torrox Costa (Next to Post Office) Open 12.00-16.00 / 18.00-24.00 Daily Tel: 952 534 972 / 634 051 535 18

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Andy Wilkes, Sugar and Spice Competa

A Nice Hotel

After booking our holiday to stay at an ice hotel in Romania, people we told either asked why would want to do that or replied “yes, I stayed in a nice hotel recently”. After pointing out they had misheard me, they would ask “why do you want to do that?”. As we trudged through the deep, crisp and indeed, even snow enjoying a temperature of -17°C I was beginning to ask myself the same thing.

The answer is, my wife and I created a list of 50 things to do before we are 50. Staying in an ice hotel sits just between 'do a jigsaw puzzle together' and 'kidnap somebody and demand a ransom' and feeling like we deserved a break the hotel won out.


o be honest, the reason that we chose Romania was due to monetary reasons; the ice hotels in Scandinavia were expensive and the planned hotel in Russia we had seen on the internet seems to have not been made (or maybe it melted) but as it turned out we loved Romania so our holiday turned out to be fantastic and by far exceed our expectations. Our trip to Romania was at the beginning of January and we flew from Luton Airport (my favourite place) into Bucharest. Whilst in the UK we tried to buy a Romanian guide book from the various book retailers. Our fairly fruitless search ended in WH Smiths where we made our Hobson's choice purchase. The spotty youth behind the counter picked up the book, scanned it, then turned to an equally spotty colleague and laughed “Ha, they're going to Romania” Puzzled I asked him “What's funny, have you been to Romania?” He looked at me and without missing a beat replied “Nah mate, I've never been abroad before”. As I turned away I wondered if I had just met the next Alan Whicker. Then I checked to see if he had given me the correct change.

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Worryingly, our new guide book, last updated in 2008 had no mention of an ice hotel in Romania, or indeed its location, Balea Lake. That said it did have some very nice pictures in and details of the food we would find there. Not a total waste of money then! We were picked up from our hotel and driven to the ice hotel by a very friendly man called Radu who was 27 and had been learning English since he was 7. After a while we began to see signs for Balea Lake which at that point had clearly not been found by our Insight Guide: Romania ironically published by the Discovery Channel. Between the months of November and June the only way up to Balea Lake is by cable car. Once in the cable car we could just about make out the sweeping curves of the Transfãgãrãþan road. Even covered in snow I could see why the road attracts cyclists hikers and car enthusiasts (including the Top Gear team who filmed an episode of the show in which Jeremy and the boys drove down the road in supercars, they went on to describe it as the best road in the world). Have a look at

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The cable car journey was stunning. As we passed over snow covered pine trees it was impossible not to think of Christmas cards and James Bond films. We arrived at the cable car station and as we exited were able to see the back of the ice hotel. Straight away we went and had a look at where we would be spending the night at which point we were informed that we were the only people staying that night and so could have a choice of any of the hotel's 8 rooms. The hotel consisted of a huge room at the end of which was a bar with the words 'Ice Hotel' carved into the back wall. The ice had coloured fairy lights set into the snow and various neon signs to light the rooms. Jutting off of either side of the room were 8 rooms like a church with multiple transepts running off of a nave. Each room was different and has an architect's drawing attached to the wall of the room to show its original design. We chose our room, which had a huge pile of ice balls of varying sizes arranged around the bed. Having chosen our room we walked to the lodge where the owners of the ice hotel had a restaurant and offered ice skating or snow mobile hire. We had lunch in the warm and cosy lodge, a traditional lunch of soup served with sour cream and a bottle of warm beer - they should have just popped a crate outside as the fridge it was in was obviously not working - and then went back outside to explore. There was a biting wind which made the -10°C of the daytime seem even colder. Even though we were well prepared wearing many layers and having hats and gloves on it was freezing and we soon went back into the lodge to defrost. We spent a lazy afternoon and early evening reading and relaxing by the wood burning stove prior to venturing out to the ice

hotel to eat the optional ice hotel meal we had decided to have. This meal was served to us at our ice table which functioned perfectly well except for when our glasses occasionally almost slid off the edge. We sat on ice stools which were thankfully covered with furry cushions and the first course was even served on an ice plate. The food was great and we washed it down with a freezing cold bottle of Romanian Cabernet Sauvignon. After more than an hour as the last of six courses was served I decided I could not take it any more. My feet were freezing (despite having 4 pairs of socks on) and I could feel the cold spreading to the trunk of my body. So we trudged back through the snow clutching our plate of cheese and our wine which had now gone beyond cold to slushy, and finished it off in the lodge. We sat with our gloves on our feet, and our feet pressed against a central heating radiator and once again began to thaw out. The owner of the lodge, a very friendly German lady was very concerned; they had never had a pair of guests that did not like the cold, i.e. that were wimps, she pointed out the staff bedrooms to us and told us to throw snowballs at the windows if we got too cold in the night & they would let us in. On our return to the lodge we were asked if we had any idea what time we would be going to bed as they would warm our sleeping bags for us. This was music to my ears and the thought of going back out to the hotel did not seem so bad. We settled down to an evening chatting about Romania and the hotel when I noticed a photograph of a wooden lodge situated on a small peninsula surrounded by water. “Where is that?” I enquired. Radu laughed, “that is here in the summer”. Suddenly I realised that when we were walking around by the lodge and to and from the hotel we had been walking on the frozen, snow covered lake. At around 9pm there was a bit of a kerfuffle going on. Some Russian tourists had seen the signs for the ice hotel on the road near to the bottom of the cable car station. An employee of the hotel had tried to explain to them in his best English that the cable car had closed some four hours earlier and would not be open again until 9am the following morning. Radu was enlisted to try and put of


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them off until the next day but seemingly they were adamant they wanted to come that night. The owner clearly saw that the only chance of getting them into the hotel (and earning more money) was to agree to letting them come up in the cable car. This meant that a manned car would have to go down to de-ice the cable, then he would have to come back up and allow another manned car to go down and pick up the Russian couple. The cost was never quite explained to us but our driver was clearly disgusted by the attitude of the Russians and their disinterest in the costs they would have to pay. When they finally arrived in the lodge they received a somewhat frosty reception from the lodge owners, me, my wife and (our new best friends) all the lodge employees now eating and relaxing by the wood burner. The Russians sat down and proceeded to eat their own packed supper before going to bed and being able to see the hotel and its wonderful surroundings. Oh well the customer is always right.

unsurprisingly made out of ice. On the block of ice there is a wooden base covered with blankets, then the sleeping bags, more blankets and a layer of animal skins. Add into the equation the fact that we were fully clothed (except for our boots) including hats then realistically there is no way you are going to be cold. My wife asked we needed to set the alarm as we had a fairly early start the next day, we decided to set it even though we had heard stories of people not sleeping due to breathing in the cold air. Before I knew it I had nodded off. All was OK until around 5am when I awoke bursting for a wee (it must have been the warm beer and freezing wine) after about 10 minutes I managed to free myself from the layers of blankets and very tight sleeping bag (it must have been the 6 course meal) and then to put on my boots taking extra care not to get my socks wet on the ice. The toilet and shower block was about 100 yards away in the cable car house. Walking to the toilet was quite disconcerting, I have seen too many horror films like the Shining etc the only sound was the howling wind. The toilets were nice and warm and I did consider for a moment curling up on the floor and going asleep there. I did not however and went back to the ice hotel and took another 10 minutes squeezing back into my bed. Once again I dropped off to sleep straight away and was awoken by the robotic voice of my mobile phone alarm I had set some 8 hours earlier.

Then it was time for bed. Now, I once read an article about men who pay women to whip them and walk on them in high heeled shoes; I should imagine the look on the face of a woman just as she is about to begin whipping her foolish punter was probably the look that the owner of the ice hotel had on her face as we left the warm lodge to go to bed. The bed in the ice hotel is unsurprisingly made out of ice. On the block of

After breakfast it was back on the cable car again and back to unfrozen hotels in the rest of Romania. The company we used to arrange our trip to the ice hotel described it in their literature as a 'once in a lifetime experience'. I know what they mean, I would totally recommend it to anybody but I'm glad that it's ticked off the list and don't feel the need to do it again. Right, anyone fancy a freezing cold glass of red wine?

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Processionary Caterpillars


dangerous insect comes down from the trees during the next months so you need to be prepared. When you take the dogs for a walk, you can see them hanging from the pine trees as big, white nests: the pine processionary caterpillar. Their official name is Thaumetopoea pityocampa and they live in the pine trees on the Mediterranean Coast. During the summer the moths come up from the ground, they mate, and the females lay their eggs in the top of the pine trees. 30 – 40 days after this, around September – October, the caterpillars appear and start building their nests in the trees. Each nest contains between 60 – 200 bugs. They leave the nests at night, feeding on different parts of the tree, but don´t leave their host-tree until February onto April. This is when the caterpillars come out of their nests, and climb down to the ground in a long line, hence the name Processionary. When they´ve found an adequate place they bury themselves and form the cocoon, until next summer when a new cycle starts. In nature, the caterpillar-state is the most vulnerable in the life of an insect, why they tend to evolve all kind of defence-mecanisms. The Processionary caterpillar has acquired a layer of hairy-fine needles, which contain a toxic substance released if the needles are broken off. The toxine has got an extremely strong effect. Iit releases histamin into the body of the victim, where there has been contact with skin or


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mucosas. In humans this causes a violent allergic reaction, seen as a very itchy rash. In dogs it is a much bigger danger. Dogs tend to lick the areas where the caterpillars have passed, or even chew on them, or play with the nests. Cats seldom get problems, as they are much more cautious. Dogs that have been in contact with a caterpillar, get symptoms very quickly: they run around, desperately scratching themselves in the mouth and on the tongue, dribble and foam from the mouth, and rapidly there is a visible swelling of the tongue lips and even the whole head. Before rushing to the vets, there are a few things that can be done as first aid. Wash the dog´s mouth out with water, with a hose, no scrubbing! A bit of vinegar dissolved in lukewarm water can help to neutralise the toxin. After this basic help, it is important to get to the vets as quick as possible, as the dog will need cortisone treatment, antibiotics and lots of intravenous fliuds. The lucky dogs “only” loose a bit of the tongue, but if the dog is severely ill, we sometimes have to put them down as the whole tongue nectrotizes, or the palate or larynx is involved. It is extremely important to treat as soon as possible, as the succes rate of the treatment drops with time. So keep an eye on the pine trees during springtime!!! Gunila Naturvets

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Smoke-free? It's a Spanish imposition! Martin Samuel (Mail onlIne)


o we've lost Spain now. The last bastion of tobacco-puffing freedom gone. As the clock turned midnight on January 2 — the first day of 2011 was given over to an amnesty, when we imagine smokers gathered over a consoling sherry and a plate of jamon to enjoy the last moments in misty melancholy — Spain introduced the toughest anti-smoking laws in Europe. By 2012 all EU member countries will have as good as banned public smoking, but Spain's conversion is particularly spectacular. Smoking in enclosed public places is now prohibited and alfresco smoking is banned in open-air children's playgrounds, even those in parks, and at access points to schools and hospitals. Smoking was banned in the workplace in 2006 and now private smoking clubs will not be allowed to serve food, drink, cigarettes, or admit children. As a nonsmoker I should be pleased. Spain is one of the few places where a meal out is still invaded by a wafting grey cloud from an adjacent table. And it really isn't pleasant, despite the strongest individual instinct to live and let live. So why does it feel as if some of Spain's magic has been surrendered by its reinvention as a smoke-free

zone, that by conforming to EU decrees, Spain has given up a piece of its soul, lost some of its beating, albeit rather diseased, heart? Barcelona recently banned bullfighting, starting in January 2012, and while the region of Catalonia has a reputation for being progressive, that does not seem right, either. A petition of 180,000 signatures was brought to parliament which, in a region of 6.16 million inhabitants, is not much. The Spanish were not like us, with our endless red tape and rules and regulations. On my first visit I noticed motorway service stations sold hard porn and harder liquor openly behind the counter. It was clear the Spanish had a certain attitude to life! No doubt rules existed for those who wanted to hit the autopista with one hand on the tequila bottle, but if you wanted to fall foul of them, that was your lookout. As a driver, you were at least treated like a grown-up and given responsibility. Your passengers, meanwhile, had more to do than just play Red SEAT, Yellow SEAT. On returning to our villa during one holiday, we turned on the television to be confronted by what looked like a blank screen. Slowly, a room emerged, and excited voices could be heard, but

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the entire scene was shrouded in fog. It took an age for the air to clear, affording odd glimpses of young folk gathered on sofas, jabbering away and smoking like lunatics. It turned out to be Spain's equivalent of Big Brother — Gran Hermano — in which one presumes the winner is the last to be left alive after the rest of the house succumbs to emphysema. For this, and the fact that some of the most popular programmes are known as telebasura — which, literally, translates as 'telly-rubbish' — I have always had a soft spot for Spanish TV. And for Spanish attitudes to smoking, which seemed so much healthier than our own. Whenever I see those sad huddles of people in nasty-looking Perspex shelters outside offices, clinging together against the cold and hastily sucking in those toxins in whatever sliver of time the boss allows, I always think: why don't they just ban it? If smoking is so terribly bad for you — and, plainly, it is — if it is to be made such an antisocial, humiliating, fun-sapping experience, why the hypocrisy of the government still leeching taxes from these unfortunate souls? Why prey on their weakness or their addiction? Don't send

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them into the rain as pariahs and still demand almost £5 duty on a £6 packet of cigarettes. Get rid of the weed altogether. It is not our nature to ban, but it shouldn't be in our nature to pick 83 per cent from people's pockets either. Save smokers from themselves or show them a little tolerance. Stop pretending your taxes care. It is the measures intended to discourage smoking that are the great lie. Successive governments would never issue a blanket ban, because this would be a massively unpopular measure with one quarter of the population still lighting up, and they need the revenue. So they bully and isolate smokers instead, while pretending it is for their own good. There couldn't be any smoking-related illnesses if nobody smoked; but enforcing that law would also require a degree of sincerity that is absent from public office. They'll be coming for porn and liquor next, you watch, and then the poor old Spaniards will have absolutely nothing to do on motorways!

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It's no yolk folks – panto is back

One Voice – Spring Concert


eing part of the 'One Voice' singing group is great fun for me, not only because making music always has been an important part of my life but I have to admit that being with such a lovely bunch of people is a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon. Even though we do get through a tremendous amount of work learning our songs, the rehearsals are by no means tedious or boring, because we have a joke and a laugh. I often say that putting on a concert is not the aim of the group. We do try to reach as good a standard as possible, but our priority is meeting together and enjoying singing.

ANT to know a secret? Well if you do you'd better get along to Cómpeta - because the truth is out there! Is it going to involve dwarves, will there be a wicked queen with poisoned fruit, or an axe wielding giant and a boy with magic seeds, or even a fluffy bird laying a golden egg? Yes, you guessed - it's Panto time. And even now CAMPO members are locked away in a darkened room trying to decide which Panto to perform this June to the discerning residents of Cómpeta and beyond. One thing we can promise at this point is the performance will be quite unique, of course a little risqué but without doubt, hilarious. Director Tom Sobel says “this year is going to be bigger and better and we can't wait to let everyone know what we have chosen to perform. We are also keen to welcome new members in to the group but be prepared to be pushed to the limits” he added. So with much ballyhoo, the unveiling of the script will take place on Friday, March 11th 8pm at the Hotel Balcon. The cast and crew from last year's Cinderella will be there to answer any questions and allay any fears you may have about becoming the next Dandini or Baroness Hardup or, you may just want to find out how many kilometres you will have to walk to be the Drinks Runner! Tom and the team invite you to join us that evening to share the secret plus also hear about other exciting events CAMPO are supporting over the coming months such as Day for Life May 15th and VivoAid in July. For further information call Debi 626 192 117 or email Tom 689 704 378 or email


Arranging a concert can have its problems. When setting a concert date, the most important factor to be considered is whether or not all of the members are available. In this respect being the front man for 'One Voice' is comparable to running a small low division football club. A club such as Manchester United can have an average attendance of 75,000, which means they can afford three or four players in each of the eleven positions. When one player is missing, another steps in. On the other hand poor old Hartlepool with a ground capacity of 5,000 and an average attendance of 3,400 can only afford two players in each position if they are lucky. 'What has this got to do with choirs?' I hear you ask. A large choir with say eight voices in each of the four sections can still perform with a couple of members away. 'One Voice' has four sopranos, four altos, three tenors and three basses. It is therefore important to find a date when all are available as the balance of the team is upset when singers are missing. Well, this is just a roundabout way of letting you know that we have found a date for our next concert. 'One Voice' will be presenting a varied programme in the Salon de Actos, Competa Town Hall on Friday the first of April at 8pm. Items will include 'Lady of Spain', 'Guantanamera', a selection of Elvis songs, as well as music by Wagner, Verdi, Shostakovitch, Rodrigos, Queen and ABBA. It would be lovely to see you all, so do come along and support us. Entry is free with a retiring collection. Money raised will be given to Caritas. Tom Robinson.


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Carnival in Cadiz C

adiz is an ancient, seafaring City on the Atlantic (along the Andalusian Coast) which means it enjoys a nice regular cooling breeze running across itself. Traditionally, its date of establishment is about 1100 BC. Cadiz is quiet and serene, except when it plays host to Spain's ultimate party: Carnaval de Cรกdiz, with its choruses, fancy-dress/costume processions, jokes, disguises and float parade. Cadiz is famous for the sense of humour of its citizens and the age-old Carnival where authority, politicians, celebrities and the church are parodied and ridiculed with unparalleled skill and wit in comic song. The central figures here are the choirs, or agrupaciones, which are groups of between three and forty singers. The Falla's Contest is a Music festival held in the Gran Teatro Falla before Carnival itself and, to a certain extent, it is a relatively serious competition as the show is televised across Spain. Competition is keen, and contestants spend months in preparation. The most popular type of group is the chirigotas, choirs normally of ten unison or close-harmony singers, accompanied by bombo, caja (drum, box - used as a percussion instrument) and guitar. Their repertoire is the most satirical of the different types of groups and the literary quality of the songs can be very high (they may be written by local authors). Only a few musical forms such as the tango or pasodoble are used, so that everyone knows the tune and can concentrate on the words. As the story goes, the Carnaval fun began in the 17th century when the city tried to outdo the opulent carnival celebrations of Venice. The crews of the great Spanish port on the Atlantic spread their Carnaval song afar, most notably to Tenerife, which has similar competitions for their world-famous Carnaval. The galleons returned from the New World with not only gold and silver, but with even more powerful treasure: the rhythms and musical influences that still dominate today's Carnival. African and Creole rhythms, sambas and rustic Colombian tunes all intermingle in the streets with local Andalusian songs and traditional flamenco music. During the country's civil war in the 1930s, Gen. Francisco Franco banned Carnival in certain areas because of its anti-authority theme. In 1937, he abolished it entirely when fear of revolt was greatest. In Cรกdiz, however, the party never stopped. Today, the town of 160,000 people begins planning six months in advance for the parades and the singing showdowns at the theater. While many Carnivals end the day before the beginning of Lent, the party goes on several more days in Cรกdiz. Parades are held on the Sundays before and after Ash Wednesday.


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Day for Life


he day will commence with the annual 5 km sponsored walk, for those who wish to participate – this year a different route around the village of Cómpeta, finishing at the Alberdini Rural Hotel, Pago la Lomilla 85, Cómpeta. Tel 952516294. The first sponsored walk started in 2006 with a small group of friends but has grown year on year with 52 walkers participating in 2010. The annual walk has to date, raised over 15,500€ for the Cudeca cancer care hospice to enable them to continue providing the “special kind of caring” to advanced cancer sufferers and their families within the province of Malaga. The Alberdini Hotel will then host the remainder of the day with lots of entertainment for both adults and children. There will be two separate market areas, to include an Open Air General Market in the lower car park and then you will be able to indulge in the Flavours of the World spectacular food hall above. Here you will be able to taste lots of different food varieties; Caribbean, Healthy Mediterranean, Spanish to name but a few. You will also be able to treat yourself to beautiful homemade cakes. There will be

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a separate children's area complete with bouncy castle and face painting. All this together with live music from Andy Time and Fabel. You will have the opportunity to participate in a super raffle for an incredible 500€ voucher made possible by the kindness of Jose, Portichuelo Centre to spend in the store on just what you want; TV, Washing machine, garden furniture, the choice is yours. This promises to be a fantastic day, so please come along and join us, there will be something for everyone and at the same time, support this worthwhile charity. Cudeca is a charitable organisation that provides palliative care to advanced cancer sufferers within the province of Malaga, helping over 5800 patients per year. It is made up of a team of specialist doctor and nurses who provide care and attention to those who need it with support to the family during treatment and after the loss of a loved one. This care is completely free of charge. Cudeca does not currently receive any form of public funding; instead they entirely depend on initiatives for raising money. If you require any further information, please contact me, Cindy Jones on 665156467 Or email me at

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Spring Forward, Fall Back


s we reach the month of March, it's a time I like because, if for nothing else, we put the clocks forward again and it's the start of lighter nights, longer days and the run into summer. The only thing I don't like is one hour less in bed. (“Why don´t you just get up later?”) Why didn't I think of that, especially as I can add the extra hour onto the end of my day, now they're lighter. So here's the history bit. Modern day Daylight Saving Time, or DST, was introduced in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson. “Who?”, I hear you cry? A New Zealander born in London (doesn't that make him a Brit who emigrated?) who was an entomologist; that's someone who studies insects, to you and me. OK, just me then. He also studied astronomy; that's the study of…….oh, come on you know that one. Because


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he worked shifts in the Post Office, he valued his after-hours daylight time, which he spent collecting insects. As a consequence he submitted a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing a two hour daylight-saving shift, which eventually became the one hour shift we now observe. So there we have it, just because some guy living the other side of the world wanted to collect creepycrawlies we have to go through the twice yearly rigmarole of trying to remember whether to put the clocks forward or back. Cheers, mate! DST is not observed by all countries, in fact most of those that do adhere to it tend to be high latitude Northern Hemisphere countries. Surprise, surprise, one exception is New Zealand and south-eastern Australia. Countries around the equator tend not to observe DST, as it would make little or no difference to their

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sunlight hours. As I've referred to it, the official term is Daylight Saving Time but the UK tends to refer to it as “British Summer Time”, but this could be more of a hopeful term than for any other reason . So what are the benefits of DST, apart from collecting spiders, beetles and wasps? One of the benefits is that it gives after-work daylight time to persue evening activities such as outdoor sports and recreation thus creating a more healthy nation. It also saves energy as lights are not used so much in the evening and it cuts pedestrian accidents by 5%. It is more safe to cross the road during this time than any other. Health benefits include more vitamin D as we are exposed to more sunlight but it's not all good. Some studies have shown that after changing the clocks, the disruption to our body rhythms leads to more heart attacks. Personally, I reckon it's down to the stress of having to change every clock and timing device in and around the house. Digital clocks are not the easiest thing to change at the best of times and to think you've got the microwave clock, oven clock, video (ask your 5 year old son or grandson about that one) not to mention the alarm clock, which will get you up the next day. Retailers like DST as people are out and about more, inevitably shopping, as do golf clubs as members rush home from work to get a quick round in before dusk. Although you lose that extra hour in bed during the early hours of Sunday morning, for those still working you can get it back Monday morning by having an extra hour in bed and telling your employer you forgot to put your alarm clock forward. How many times have you tried that one? Strangely enough, come October how many employees turn up for work an hour early having forgot to put their alarm clock back? When we put the clocks forward, we effectively lose 02:00:00am as clocks jump from 01:59:59 straight to 03:00:00. Where does that second go? We don't even get it back in October as clocks jump from 01:59:59 back to 01:00:00. Personally, I have no problem with the clocks going back as they do in October because we get

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an extra hour in bed and the worst that can happen is we turn up early for our flight, at the office or Sunday mass. It can be embarrassing but not serious. Conversely, the opposite happens in March as we put the clocks forward, which can be more inconvenient and we lose that important hour in bed. But I have a plan. Setting clocks back is easy; setting them forward is difficult so let's keep the October clock change as it is. However, in March why don't we set our clocks twenty-three hours backwards instead of one hour forward. Stay with me on this one. Think of all the advantages. We will not lose an hour of sleep; we will gain almost a day of rest and it will be Saturday all over again. You will never again miss that flight, be late for work or have to say a few “Hail Marys” for missing Church. Of course there is a downside to this with regards to our calendar; it would fall behind by one day every year. However, I've thought of that one as well; the second part of my DST plan deals with this. Instead of adding a day every four years, as we do with Leap Years, why don't we do away with Leap Years and subtract three days every four years. More than that, let these be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, which according to many polls are the least popular days. This could all be done in the month of February, which seems reasonable considering what a miserable month this can be. I can see only advantages with this idea. So with the Mayoral elections coming up, maybe we could start to persuade our leaders to take this up in the European Parliament on our behalf. I think it would be a vote winner; it would get my vote. Well it would, I thought of it. After all, when a wise old Indian man (India don't observe DST, by the way) was told about DST he said, “Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it on the bottom and have a longer blanket.” Wise words indeed. Alick Howard

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lberdini, more than food and drinks alonIn two years' time Alberdini has grown beyond being just a hotel or restaurant. It has become a centre of activities where people meet to enjoy culture or get in shape. It is the place for a fun night out with live music, karaoke or where you can make music yourself at the Alberdini Sessions. On the big screen At the 'On the big screen' series you can enjoy opera, ballet and international films. Before the show there's a special dinner with food related to the theme of that night. The entrance is free but a donation can be made to Reach 4Dance. Get moving From Monday till Friday you might want to participate in Yoga and Pilates classes. No matter what level you're at, Sue Robinson and Inez Leniere will help you to do the exercises that fit your body. They are passionate about teaching and will make sure your body will be in shape in no time without pushing you. With over 90 students per week, some of the classes are fully booked already so please contact Inez or Sue to make sure you're in the right class and get the attention you need. 多Hablas espa単ol? Learning Spanish is not just about grammar and vocabulary, sometimes the best way to learn is by talking (and have a good laugh when you make a mistake..). Juan Luis started conversation classes at Alberdini, an informal way of learning the language and get rid of the fear of making mistakes. MONDAY 10.00-11.00 11.00-12.00 17.00-18.00 18.00-19.00

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Weird and Wonderful from around the world!


wo of Malawi's most senior judicial officials are arguing over whether a new bill includes a provision that outlaws breaking wind in public. Justice Minister George Chaponda says the new bill would criminalise flatulence to promote "public decency". "Just go to the toilet when you feel like farting," he told local radio. However, he was directly contradicted by Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga, who says the reference to "fouling the air" means pollution. "How any reasonable or sensible person can construe the provision to criminalising farting in public is beyond me," he said, adding that the prohibition contained in the new law has been in place since 1929. The Local Courts Bill, to be introduced next week reads: "Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanour." Mr Chaponda, a trained lawyer, insists that this includes farting. "Would you be happy to see people farting anyhow?" he asked on the popular "Straight Talk" programme on Malawi's Capital Radio. He said that local chiefs would deal with any offenders. When asked whether it could be enforced, he said it would be similar to laws banning urinating in public.


Belgian runner has set a new world record by completing 365 marathon races in a year. Stefaan Engels,

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dubbed "Marathon Man", began his challenge in Belgium a year ago and has since run a marathon every day across seven countries. He crossed the finish line in the Spanish city of Barcelona after running 15,000km (9,569 miles) in a year. "I don't regard my marathon year as torture. It is more like a regular job," the 49-year-old said. He averaged about four hours to complete a marathon. He said his best time was 2 hours and 56 minutes. Engels suffered from asthma as a child and had been told by doctors to avoid sport. Before Engels, the record marathon man was Akinori Kusuda of Japan - who ran 52 races in a row at the age of 65 in 2009.


China Central Television story about the country's air force showed an explosion that was identical to a scene from the 1986 film Top Gun.The broadcaster often uses film clips in its news reports.The disputed scene was aired on CCTV's main news bulletin on 23 January. It was in a report about a training exercise undertaken by the People's Liberation Army's air force. There were interviews with senior military figures. Over pictures of fighter jets in action, the reporter told viewers that this was a live-fire exercise and all targets had been hit. One scene showed a pilot firing a missile. A plane was then hit before exploding into flames. But some keeneyed observers posted comments on the internet claiming that the scene was identical to one in Top Gun, starring Hollywood actor Tom Cruise.

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Get Hedging! O

ne of the best windbreaks is hedging, far more effective than a wall, which can often set up turbulence. It's softer, more natural and beloved by wildlife. It's also much cheaper than a wall and now is an ideal planting time. Don't use hedging only for delineating boundaries. It's a great screener; hiding rather utilitarian or unsightly parts of your garden and 'greening out' neighbouring properties; it looks great meandering along a pathway; it can define areas and create secret 'rooms' within your garden so that not everything is open to the eye immediately. There are several considerations and decisions to be made – size matters and whether you need evergreen or deciduous! Consider also whether you want a formal, compact look or something more relaxed. Most of you will already know the most common plantings here – myoporum or transparante, nerium oleander and lantana camara so let's look at something different – and there are many! For really dense hedging, many like the Italian cypresses or cupressus sempervirens. It can be topped out, at any height, and will then thicken; it is very resistant to cold winds and drought, though it can look a little somber. To counter this, try growing a brilliantly coloured climber through it or the starry white flowers of a jasmine look delightful and give you perfume too. We have two large cypress planted at the foot of our steps and they are like skyscraper hotels for the sparrows! The purple-leafed hop bush, dodonea viscosa 'purpurea' is very attractive with its purple/bronze foliage, pinkish bracts and seed capsules. It can get large but doesn't mind being pruned hard and is really tough and drought and wind resistant. If you need prickly partners, use either pyracantha coccinea, the fire-thorn, (3m to 4m) or berberis vulgaris, the barberry shrub, to 2m. Both bear striking plump berries during the winter months – beloved by birds - and are exceptionally tough and drought resistant plants, which will rapidly form an impenetrable barrier. They'll


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form tangled mounds or can be pruned into formal hedges. The fire-thorn is evergreen whilst the barberry turns lovely autumnal colours before shedding its leaves. It's mildly poisonous, though also used medicinally. Both plants are scented, though it's not particularly appealing! Another prickly option, though less so, is duranta repens, the Brazilian sky flower - one of my favourite hedging plants. It makes a very elegant arching shrub, natural looking, and bears extremely pretty racemes of white, sky blue or violet flowers which are followed by strings of golden berries. Semi-evergreen, it can reach over 2m if left un-pruned. For baking and dry, look to teucrium fruticans, or germander. It has grey, downy foliage with pale denim coloured flowers – a colour scheme that contrasts gently with the fiery colours and purples. It's often clipped formally but I prefer it when left to billow and flow, reaching, perhaps, 2m tall. It makes a good alternative to the moreusual lavender. Another real toughie is pistacea lentiscus, or mastic bush, related to the edible pistachio nut bush. A native plant, it is indifferent to heat, drought, winds - dry or salty - and will take several degrees of freezing too. It is fairly slow growing but forms a dense, trouble-free hedge and you can 'bleed' it for the mastic and make your own chewing gum! I've also seen ceratonia siliqua, or algarrobo, used as an unusual hedge, tough as can be - if rather slow. With our wealth of sunny days, scented plants give extra magic and nothing could be better than an aromatic hedge. Perfume not only attracts us, but draws in buzzing bees too, lazily droning on warm days. Whilst they're working away pollinating fruit trees etc. we can doze in a hammock wafting in a peaceful and scented world. Escallonia is scented in flower and leaf and is not so commonly seen here but it's very pretty and is particularly good in seaside positions where it stands up well to salty winds. Evergreen with dark, neat, shiny leaves and, generally, pink flowers it will grow to around 2m tall and needs less pruning than most. Carissa macrocarpa, the natal plum, is evergreen and to 2m. It forms a very spiny bush – useful to deter access – with shiny green leaves, waxy white, jasmine-like flowers and red edible plum-

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like fruits. It's a good all-rounder – pretty and useful too. Look out too for the spiny rosa rugosa, a really strong hedging rose with bright green pleated leaves and single or double flowers in white or carmine pink. It's extremely prickly and bears big fat rose hips. If you like your roses to look natural, this is the one for you! There are two shrubs which are fabulously perfumed and will make lovely hedges – murraya exotica or m. paniculata and choisya ternata. Their common names are evocative: orange jasmine and Mexican orange blossom. Both are glossy leaved, evergreen and with white flowers bearing that fabulous perfume. They won't be the cheapest, but for a special situation, do give them a thought. If you think that hedging is only utilitarian, these are pure romance! Myrtus comunis, or myrtle, can be used much as box hedging. Trim it for formal settings, or let it grow a little more loosely and it will then develop very pretty, sweetly-scented, creamy white flowers with prominent stamens. Becoming very drought resistant with age, it's a part of traditional Spanish gardens. And, finally, for neat good looks try either viburnum tinus or pittosporum tobira. Both have deep green, glossy leaves and white scented flowers in springtime. V. tinus is commonly known, in Spanish, as durillo – the little tough one – and this describes it perfectly. It will grow in almost any aspect (though give it some sun for perfume) even dry and dusty and still look good. The pittosporum is its counterpart. Get hedging! Lorraine Cavanagh has lived in Spain for 25 years; a mother, grandmother and hispanófila, her passions are plants, the environment, food and drink, and travelling within Spain. A landscape gardener and writer, she's always happy to give advice. Call and see her at Viveros Florena, 2km from Cómpeta down the Sayalonga Road – have a free coffee and cake in their tea-rooms. Her book Lorraine Cavanagh's Mediterranean Garden Plants has been nicknamed 'the bible'. The new edition at €24.90 is now generally available throughout Spain. Viveros Florena: If you'd like to receive regular updates of what's happening in the garden centre, new stock etc. let us have your email address or mobile number. Hours: June, July, September, 9 – 2, closed for August. October to May 10 – 4 Closed Sundays and Mondays Tel: 689928201

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anet Van Dam has seen both her mother and her younger sister fall prey to breast cancer. Thinking about how she could help other women from getting the disease, she has set up a practise to detect potential tumours before they've had the chance to grow. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 and died within eighteen months, at the age of 51. Then, in 2008 malignant tumours were found in her sister's breasts. “Those two special women gave me the idea to bring something new to the Axarquia region of Spain, which will benefit many people,” said Janet. “In my new practice I'm offering Medical Thermography and Nutritional Coaching. Changing your eating habits will help to improve your health if a thermal examination indicates a change in diet is advisable.” Medical thermography (or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) is carried out by a special camera that can see differences in body temperature, indicating changes in muscle tissue, arteries, veins and bone structure. In a healthy body, the temperature pattern is more or less symmetrical. If an unsymmetrical pattern shows up, it's worth investigating further. The screening can pick up on any alterations in the breasts at a very early stage before a cyst or tumour has even developed. This is the key to a good outcome.

! It can be used for women of any age, breast densitiy is not important. ! It can see a larger area of the breasts and around than a mammogram. ! The Meditherm system I work with is top of the range, reliable and it has been used for many years with good results. The price for a breast screening is 120 Euro. If it's your first screening a follow up is needed after three months. After that it's advisable yearly. The price for two scans is €205. Janet is available for appointments at Centro Mar y Salud, El Morche Tel: 952 532 065 / 617 913 196 for Thermography or Nutritional Coaching Tue from 11-5pm and Wed from 2 – 5pm and Fridays from her home in Sayalonga 618 989 125.

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he Grapevine Magazine has now added another service to our portfolio. In addition to offering magazine, website advertising and our printing services we can now offer a website design and hosting package. This service is provided in house and as a result we can provide cost effective and professional websites and affordable annual hosting fees. Grapevine Website Packages To operate a website you need to buy a domain name, renew this annually, have a website designed, set up email accounts and forwarders and then host the website – this is effectively renting space for your website so people can access it through the internet. Sound complicated? Never fear we can do all this for you. To launch this new service we are offering our basic website package for an amazing 250 euro (IVA not incl.). This includes buying your domain name and hosting the website for a year. After the first year there is a nominal annual hosting fee of 100 euro (IVA not incl.). This is a fantastic offer, for a user friendly, fast, cost effective, accessible website which will represent your business, property or idea on the web in the best professional way. Importantly you own the website and all the files used to build it giving you security over your investment, if you are not happy with us you can simply move your site to another provider or host. Our websites also offer you the ability to log in and simply make changes to your website. This will mean you do not have to pay a

We have built a couple of example websites in order to show the extent of our capabilities. to see an example on how one of our sites could market your property for either rental purposes or, if you are selling a property you might like this type of website for extra marketing to increase your selling chances. demonstrates how one of our websites can be used to give your business a professional internet presence.


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The Grapevine Magazine has been running nearly seven years and provides low cost, effective and quality advertising. Content is new, relevant, newsworthy and amusing. We use local writers and listen to feedback so we publish what you want to read. . has grown from strength to strength, the magazine can be read online, the business directory easily navigated and the website is packed full of local articles describing events and stories in the area. .

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An introduction to Spanish basic ingredients Olive oil, olives, garlic, tomatoes and a few others are all you need to whip up a delicious Spanish meal .


panish food is low in fat, colourful, delicious and adaptable. It's also very easy to cook, as most Spanish recipes rely on good quality ingredients, cooked simply to bring out the natural flavours in the food. The Spanish don't smother their food in sauces – they have complete confidence that the ingredients will speak for themselves. Vegetables in Spain are harvested when they are ready for eating. They don't ship half-ripe vegetables around the world to sit on supermarket shelves for weeks on end; the Spanish have more respect for what goes into their stomachs. Everything you buy in Spain is ready to use, and this makes such a difference to the flavour of the end product. If you're not sure where to start, here's my checklist of indispensible ingredients and how to use them. Olive Oil This is the most important ingredient in your Spanish kitchen, and it has so many uses. You'll see a bewildering array of oils in Spanish supermarkets, but the choice is simple.


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Go for extra virgin first cold pressing, and select oil with a nice dark green colour. You don't need to spend a fortune on your oil, but don't bother with anything other than extra virgin, as you may be disappointed with the results. Oil is used for cooking, marinades and salad dressings, and if the Spanish want to put anything on their bread, they'll opt for olive oil rather than butter. Olives Another Spanish 'must have' - you can buy them in jars and tins in the supermarket, or loose on market stalls. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be stuffed with peppers, anchovies, garlic and almonds, among other things. Use olives in salads and place dishes of various olives out for tapas when you have guests. Olives are also used in recipes for chicken and fish. If you're cooking with olives, rinse them in water first to ensure they're not too salty for your purposes Tomatoes Like olives, the tomatoes in Spain come in all shapes and sizes. There are beef tomatoes, vine

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tomatoes, plum tomatoes and cherry plum tomatoes, which are delicious halved in salads or threaded on cocktail sticks with olives and chunks of yellow pepper as an instant tapa. Many Spanish recipes call for tomatoes, and the Spanish have a unique way of preparing them which brings out their flavour and ensures you don't spend ages fishing tomato skins out of your culinary masterpiece. Grate rather than chop your tomatoes before adding to soups, stews and other recipes. It's quicker, easier and safer than chopping, and helps to thicken sauces and soups without the need for corn flour.

For a quick, easy Spanish breakfast, toast a baguette, drizzle over olive oil, spread with grated tomato and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Delicious! Tomato Frito Don't look for tubes of tomato puree in Spain – you won't find it. Buy tomato frito in tins or jars, and store in the fridge for up to a week after opening. Many recipes call for this, but it also makes a delicious snack spread on toast, topped with fried or poached mushrooms and seasoned with black pepper and ground chilli flakes. For those days when you want a change from Spanish food, tomato frito makes a great pizza topping, or use it for the basis for a pasta sauce. Peppers Red, green and yellow – make sure you always have some available while cooking a Spanish meal. For a different, more intense flavour, roast the peppers in a hot oven for about half an hour before use. Or halve the pepper lengthwise, remove the seeds, stalks and ribs and toss in olive oil. Season and roast until pepper is soft and edges are slightly charred but not burned black. Great in a red pepper soup or Gazpacho. Lemons Hold some back from the gin and tonic, because lemons make a great accompaniment to fish and

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chicken. Marinade a fresh or frozen tuna steak in lemon juice, black pepper and freeze dried parsley for about 30 minutes. Coat with olive oil and wrap in foil, making sure you leave air space for the fish to steam. Or cook in a hot oven or on the barbecue for 10 minutes or so, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.For tasty chicken, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper and chilli flakes. Marinade chicken breast fillets for up to two hours in the fridge, before barbecuing or pan frying them. Garlic If you ever wondered why there are no vampires in Spain, it's because virtually everything is cooked with garlic. You can even buy garlic shoots in the market, which resemble spring onions but are pink at the bottom. The Spanish eat them in salads. The garlic cloves are bigger and the flavour is stronger than you may have been used to, so experiment to find the right level for you. You can always add more, but you can't take it out of the finished dish! The Spanish love fresh crusty bread and Ali Oli before a meal. Making your own is easy. Buy good mayonnaise, and add loads of crushed or grated garlic until you can smell it coming. Paprika A much more gentle spice than its close relative, chilli. Many Spanish recipes call for paprika, and it's great for adding flavour without heat to soups and stews. I always add paprika to omelettes and scrambled egg, and it's a great way to perk up egg mayonnaise. Saffron The most expensive spice in the world, but so much cheaper here in Spain. Saffron is an essential ingredient for paella, but to keep the cost down, the Spanish will also add yellow food colouring. And don't fall into the trap of substituting turmeric – it will give your paella a bitter flavour. With these basic ingredients, you're ready to roll in your Spanish kitchen!

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Five Star Dental Care You Can Trust Clinic Opening Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

10.00 09.30 16.00 10.00 10.00

- 16.00hrs (by appointments) - 14.00hrs (by appointments) - 19.00hrs (by appointments) - 16.00hrs (by appointments) - 16.00hrs (by appointments)

Ongoing Special Offer! A FREE oral health assessment in association with a full Scale and Polish for 35 Euros. This is in recognition by scientists that proper dental hygiene should reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, strokes and heart disease. Please call us to chat about this offer or any oral hygiene concerns with our hygienist Rosie or to make an appointment. Tel: 951 139 287 / 691 700 587


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Location Ian Pett Dental Care Edif. Al Zabel, Local 7 Cruce de Periana 29713 Alcaucin Mรกlaga Mobile (Spain) + 34 691 700 587 (Spain) + 34 951 139 287 Email

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For Sale 262m2 Plot of Land Suitable to build 4 houses (UPO) C/Real No.28 Benaqe Macharaviaya. 29791

Only 70,000 Euros

Hardware Store Building, Plumbing& Garden Supplies Electronic Items, Furniture, Chimneys & Barbecues

Portichuelo Centre Jose Placido Ruiz Ruiz

Tel: 952 516 374

We Speak Your Language

For Rent

350m2 Plot of Land

Country House

Los Iberos Los Iberos (3.5km to the motorway) (3.5km to the motorway) Ideal to site a caravan Only 3km from the autovia

Views of the sea Water & electricity nearby Easily obtainable Permissions

Jose Luis 690 635 972

For Rent

On Site Water & electricity

250 Euros p/month

2 Bedrooms Bathroom Kitchen Study Large living room Small Swimming Pool 350m2 Plot

Long Term Let Only

500 Euros p/month

Water & electricity Included! Water & electricity Included!

Jose Luis 690 635 972

Jose Luis 690 635 972

Portichuelo End of Winter Sale Here at the Portichuelo we offer various viable options to keep in mind when heating your home this winter;

100 % Olive Firewood, with free local delivery. Pellets now only 4€ a and bag!!! An extensive catalogue of wood burners fireplaces and we are now stocking biomass pellets for pellet stoves. or 290 € complete pallet, Pellet stove Our new range of Electric & Gas Heaters has just arrived, and welocal have a whole range of products such as including delivery!!! heated blankets, hot water bottles & water boilers to cover every eventuality 11 boxes of and Birchwood for the price of 10! ensure that you are as comfortable as possible this winter.

Mesón Las Gemelas Avenida Torrox, 4 Cómpeta, Málaga Tel: 952 516 395 - 651 309 684 66

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DID YOU KNOW THAT ENGLISH CHURCH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN CÓMPETA We meet each week at 5.30 p.m. on Sundays in the Parish Church of Ntra. Sra de la Asunción with the kind permission of the parish priest. We are of Church of England tradition but we are actively considering various forms of worship to meet peoples' needs in the community. We are already using contemporary worship songs, occasionally led by guitar. We should like to extend to you a warm invitation to join us. We would also be interested to know what sort of thing works for you, in terms of worship style. We look forward to seeing you. Revd. Brian Melbourne (Sedella) 951 08 84 78 EASTER SUNDAY (April 24th.) Holy Communion at 5.30 p.m. May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

Arrangements can be made for Baptism, Marriage, and Funeral services. ST. GEORGE'S ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY, MALAGA also serving Salinas, Torre del Mar and Cómpeta 951 16 79 52


New Service:


High Strength Concrete Beams in wood effect



Call us an we will come and empty your septic tank. (Certified)

Building and planning permissions obtained. We Speak English, German & Spanish

TEL: 652 65 60 66 E-Mail:


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We now manufacture and install these high quality beams. They are Ideal for New Pergolas and supporting beams in new roofs. (Rustic or Natural) Up to 6 metres You can see them for sale in all the builder merchants in Competa

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Superb Menu of the Day Monday to Saturday Only 8.45ˆ Meat, fish and vegetarian option

El Salmon

Gourmet Menu Every Evening only 14.45ˆ Meat and fish options

New A La Carte Menu


With live music Saturday 19th March If you don't like mussels you can choose a fresh sole or a suculent entrecot.

mixed tapas tasting including. 18.50 euro For reservations please call: Tel: 952 965 424 or Mob: 662 086 854: Email: Avda. Andalucia, 56 Torre del Mar, 29740

CLINICA EUROPA Medicine General Medicine Paediatrics Physiotherapy & Osteopathy Acupuncture Esthetic Medicine Special treatment for Fibromyalgia .




English Dentist Dr Michael Mannish B.D.S (University of London) .

Harley St. Dentist of 25 Years Take advantage of your free second opinion before you start your treatment. Competitive Prices .


Tooth Whitening in 1 hr (call for more details)



New: Implant Specialist Tel: 648 203 157 Centro Internacional, Blq. 86, Torrox Costa

Tel: 952 53 09 08 To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

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Quick Crossword Across 6. Ramble (6) 7. Letters (4) 8. Of moderate temperature (4) 9. Nothing (6) 10. Evade work (5) 12. Blackboard crayon (5) 15. Line on a weather map (6) 17. Cushions (4) 18. Tartan skirt (4) 19. Depression between hills (6)

Down 1. Join (6) 2. Move rapidly (4) 3. Long flat piece of timber (5) 4. Surprise attack (6) 5. Aquatic vertebrate (4) 11. Automatons (6) 13. One who lives in rented rooms (6) 14. Courageous (5) 16. Stated (4) 17. Friends (4) The Pub Quiz on (pg84) 1.Matt Smith 2.Alex reid 3.Lady GaGa 4.Chris Evans 5.Lily Allen 6.George Michael 7.Australia's Next Top Model 8. Norman Wisdom 9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 10. 1. Matt Cardle 2. Stella English 3. Stacey Solomon 4. Kara Tointon 11. Apple 12. Edward Lear 13. Haiti 14. Kidney 15. Strasbourg 16. 373k kelvins 17. Bushido 18. Red 19. I Got You Babe (by Sonny and Cher) 20. Venezuela


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The smoking place Electronic Cigarettes

Switch to a healthier way of smoking any time, any place, anywhere. Less than half the price of normal cigarettes. Suppliers of electronic cigarettes, cartridges & accessories

Health & Beauty

Try before you buy Find us at the Country Farmers Market at Trapiche & markets at Puente don Manuel, Molina & Hippadromo Mijas Costa Start up kits 36.95â‚Ź which includes any opening offer of the equivalent of 80 cigarettes free Ring: 626 458 954 ask for Mandy or visit our website For online orders please quote LM Spain for the best discounts Specialist CAR aircon repairs and service. DON'T wait till it stops working call today. Have your aircon and headlights done together for a special price. Both services fully mobile.

Have your headlights gone opaque/yellow? Now the darker nights are here have them professionally cleaned and refinished. Before & After Refurbished Headlights

Phone: 951 321 446 / 616 264 067 To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

Rebeccah Curtis ITEC BEAUTY THERAPY Manicures Pedicures Facials Waxing Micropigmentation Range of body treatments


March offer: Spring clean your skin for summer. Exfoliating body scrub with hydrating massage

Only 35euro Urb. Laguna Beach, Centro Comercial B, no16 Torrox Costa, 29793 Malaga TELF: 952 53 0122 Mobile:651 956 284

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The Spanish Coffee Break Tapas pinchos pinchito tapas raciónes media ración fritos la plancha aceitunas almendras bombas caracoles champiñones empanadas ensaladas (rusa)

espinaca bite-size portions gazpacho tiny portions snack-size portions guiso larger meal-size portions pan half a meal-size portion paella fried sauteed patatas bravas olives fried almonds picos fried meat and pimiento (relleno) potato balls queso snails queso manchego mushrooms rabo de toro pies filled with setas meat or seafood tabla serrana salads (Russian)

spinach cold garlic and/or tomato soup stew bread saffron rice dish with fish, shellfish or meat fried potato with a spicy tomato sauce little breadsticks peppers (stuffed) cheese sheep cheese oxtail stew wild mushrooms a plate of cured meat and cheese

Sopa de Letras Search & Learn with the very first “Sopa de Letras” in the Axarquia! Tapas Search Word pinchos pinchito tapas raciones media racion fritos la plancha aceitunas almendras bombas caracoles champiñones ensaladas espinaca gazpacho guiso pan paella patatas bravas picos pimiento queso queso manchego rabo de toro setas


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bite-size portions tiny portions snack-size portions larger meal-size portions half a meal-size portion fried sauteed olives fried almonds fried meat & potato balls snails mushrooms salads spinach cold garlic soup stew bread saffron rice dish with fish, shellfish or meat fried potato with a spicy tomato sauce little breadsticks peppers (stuffed) cheese sheep cheese oxtail stew wild mushrooms a plate of cured meat and cheese

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Floristeria Franquelo C/ San Sebastian, 44 Cómpeta (Málaga) Tel: 952 55 35 22 / 659977 323

BAR EL THEO Open 10.00 until late Menu del Dia House Specials Potaje de Hinojos - Chivo y Codero Salares: Follow the signs off the main rd


Tel: 606 44 89 39 - - Malaga

su publicidad aqui Café Bar

“El Despacho De Fernan”

20Euros cada mes

(Behind the Townhall)

C/Rampa. Edif. Ayunatamiento, No.1 Competa, Malaga Tel: 952 553 518

PCTORROX.COM For all your computing problems No Fix No Fee Free advice

Torrox/Nerja and surrounding areas Call Rab on 952 967 124 or 645 236 259 Email:

Llame Helen 637 028 873 Large enclosed play area Lots of country walks Pet collection & Delivery service Vet Services On Call Gourmet Meals if Required

THE DOG HOUSE While you are away on holiday or a weekend break, your dogs live in our house alongside our dog

“Only the best for your pal” Ring: Phil (mob) 649 079 321 email: Comares / Benamargosa Ex- cat & dog Recommended Refs Available

Thomas Sobel, MA, MBACP Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist Individualized Psychologial Services An Integrated Psychotheraputic Approach °Depression °Anxiety & Worry °Panic Attacks °Poor Sleep °Sexuality Issues °Learning Disabilities °Trauma °Major Life Decisions °Poor Self Esteem "appointment can be done from your own home via skype video”

Home visits are available, Located just outside of Cómpeta Tel: 689 704 378 email:

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Chimney Care Costa del Sol



Sudoku Challenge A true Sudoku Master can complete the puzzles below in less than fifteen minutes!

Level: Easy

Level: Intermediate

One Wish A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. All of the sudden he said out loud, "Lord grant me one wish." Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice the Lord said, "Because you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish" The man said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii, so I can drive over anytime I want to." The Lord said, "Your request is very materialistic. Think of the logistics of that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish, a wish you think would honor and glorify me." The man thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, "Lord, I have been married and divorced four times. All of my wives said that I am uncaring and insensitive. I wish that I could understand women, I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say "nothing" and how I can make a woman truly happy" After a few minutes God said, "You want two lanes or four lanes on that bridge?"

La Esquina de Miguel Plaza Axarquia, C贸mpeta Tel: 952 51 67 54

Breakfast, tapas & meals Quiet terrace 74

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Taberna -Teteria Hierbabuena Avenida de la Constitucion, 37, Cómpeta

Different Flavours of toasts .

Pensaditos Excellent variety of salads Morrocan pancakes Crepes Breakfasts .

Chocolate drinks and Fruit juices A large selection of tea's & traditional homemade cakes A wide variety of cold, hot and alcoholic beverages .

A Bar,Tea Room & Morrocan shop Come and try our new menu of traditional, Spanish and Morrocan dishes Ask about our weekly specials “Food from around the world”


Come inside and browse our beautiful shop, perhaps buy some different teas, candles or some incense. Open all day everyday Kitchen Open all day everyday

ICP Fitted

(Interruptor de control de Potencia) Lowest rates, all negotiations to Endesa specification for supply and meter upgrades. UK City and Guilds qualified , working in Spain for over 5 years. Fully registered with liability insurance. From fault finding to complete installation with an official bulletin issued.


Roger 648 025 901 Mike 606 246 902 Answerphone: 952 553 282

Boarding kennels for cats and dogs Large enclosed kennels with individual covered outside runs. Including two family sized. Dogs walked 2-3 times a day in 36000 sq mtrs of fenced almond groves. , plus time in exercise/play area with tree house and shelter. Food and treats included, as well as plenty of T.L.C. Lovely new Tarmac road from the town

situated in Alhama de Granada

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Grapevine Bargain Ads Photo adverts only 15 Euro per month Text adverts (max 30 words) 5 Euros for 2 months Payment in advance only- ads must be received by 17th of the month Old Charm leather top Oak pedestal desk with 8 drawers. Good condition, in need of a good friendly home. €150 Competa Tel: 622 761 458

Jianshe 250cc Quad Road legal on car plates Two Seats, 1 Years ITV 4 ½ Years Old (Body work has faded, and there is some rust on the handlebars so this is reflected in the price) Rear Tyres and Battery only 6 months old 1000 Euros (no offers) Tel: Steve 618 360 290 Competa

Salgueda woodburning cassette fire. Approx 13kw, 200mm flue, 3 metres of galvanised flue pipe 4 years old but not used many times. Very good condition. €125 Competa Tel: 622 761 458

Range Rover 2.5 DSE Fully loaded (all the extras) Leather interior 188.000 km €5500 Competa Tel: 952 516 294

1998 Toyota Carina E. 1600 xli. UK Plates, Petrol, Left Hand Drive, Tow Bar, Good all round condition, Totally reliable . 475 Euros. Contact 630918579 or UK 0044 7803134161

B&B - Competa Four en-suite letting rooms and seperate three bedroom family house. €329,000 Tel: 952 553 375 Mob: 628 069 703

Carriage with Pony!

Ssangyong Musso Sports Pickup Oct 2004, 2.9 Mercedes engine,spanish registered LHD, One carefull lady owner from new,Full service history with receipts,Excellent condition throughout, 83000kms (51000miles), 10,500 euros ono, Full details, 618422446

Assortment of Second Hand Cabinets & Lamps,

Sold together or seperatly. Carriage like new Free Delivery Together only

€2300 Tel: 626 836 736

From €15

Hotel contents for sale Hundreds of quality items, kitchen equipment, dining tables & chairs, crockery, cutlery, glassware. To view phone, David 666886611 or email for more info & photos

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More Items Available, Call into S. Chavos Constructions Office opposite Bar Bodega Competa.

Tel: 952 553 678 Assortment of Second Hand Tapestries & Pictures,

From €15

More Items Available, Call into S. Chavos Constructions Office opposite Bar Bodega. Competa

Tel: 952 553 678

Grapevine Bargain Ads Photo adverts only 15 Euro per month Text adverts (max 30 words) 5 Euros for 2 months Payment in advance only- ads must be received by 17th of the month “2 NISSAN TERRANOS, one Spanish plates 2.4 petrol, manual, new clutch fitted and one green English plates, 2.7 turbo diesel, automatic, had fitted reconditioned fuel pump, new fuel filter and battery. 2995€ the pair!!! Almayate, 952556583 /699828363 / 600832099 E-Mail: Salisar Chrome mixer tap, excellent condition. €20. Tel: 622 761458 Turntable–transfer your LPs to MP3 via your PC with this ION usb turntable. As new with dust cover and 2 spare styli 40 euros. Call Sue 952553644. Back-up power supply/surge protector to protect your PCs and other electronic equipment (4 outlets) - Riello Idealog 80. As new but half price at 30 euros. Call Sue 952553644. Flute For Sale (J Michael) Ex Starter Instrument, Good Condition with case, 180 Euros New Will Accept 50 Euros Tel: 651 956 284

Ex Chainstore ladies clothing, mixed bag, jeans, tops, fleeces, around 60 pieces,ideal car boot stock gift 125 euros 2 Shop Fittings Counter/Desk Island/Till/ Glass&Chrome wall units and hanging rails excellent condition 295 euros Vintage ladies mink fur coat. Made for my mother in 60s Size 12/med in perfect condition, little worn. U.K. insurance value £400 a bargain 200 euros. All Competa area, contact 677812904 / 952553035

Wanted Classic motorcycles wanted Pre 1985, any condition, any plate, working or not. Cash paid. Tel: 633457509" Wanted person to share cost and use of a very nice natured horse. Competa campo,has her own paddock, with nice tracks for riding, must be an animal lover and respect animals, Tel: 618828580

Four Wheel Drive wanted. Must be in excellent condition, with service history & paperwork. Spanish registered left hand drive. Under 8 years old and less Acer 19" widescreen monitor in excellent condition. than 150,000 km. Range Rover preferred. 45 euros. Call UK +44 7789 612108 Tel 634492382 UK REG Nissan XTRAIL 2.2 DCI Sport Trailer approx. 2.5mtrs x 1.5mtrs with drop tailgate and RHD, 55 Plate, 62K Miles, SH, Taxed, MOT not too heavy. 8997 Euros ONO Tel: 952 553 553 Call Andy 633 611 619 Wanted, Central heating radiators, any size! I dont Black Metal Fire Screen 67x60cm as new and with mind, Its starting to get a bit nippy at night. Can pick up. box - 10 euros. RAC Auto Battery Charger 6V & 12V as new hardly Tel:696346715 used - 10 euros Monte Arisa' or 'Agrofisa' Water Share Wanted 1 Oil filled Electric oil heater - 15 euros Water Share wanted for Frigiliana area from either 1 Oil filled Electric oil heater - 10 euros. Tel Peter 951242461 or email private system. Tel: 952 55 38 07 or 660 51 01 34

Furnished townhouse in Sayalonga for rent. Double bedroom, sitting room, shower room, kitchen, terrace with wonderful views. 300 euros pcm plus bills. More info call 605 598959. To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873 The Grapevine

Small 4X4 Wanted. RAV4, X-Trail, CR-V or Suzuki Grand Vitara preferred but anything considered. LHD and Spanish plated. Any age or mileage. Please email details to Mac at IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLACE A WANTED advertisement you can do this free of charge. Please make sure your have sent all of your details by 15th of the Month


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Home needed

for these two beautiful young adult cats

“Hand crafted jewellery”

We are relocating and sadly need to find a home for our beloved cats. They are looking for a campo home with someone who is prepared to spend the time needed to settle them into a new environment – preferably one without other animals or small children. Both cats have been neutered, are clean, incredibly affectionate and gentle and spend a lot of time in each other's company. We will miss them very much but will be happy if we can find them a new and loving home. Visit Divas Boutique and Emporium to see the full range of Precious jewellery available or commission your own piece at no extra cost!

At Divas Boutique & Emporium, Puente Don Manuel (next to Morenos Bar), Alcaucin. Tel: 618 928 852

Ginger is male and Black Cat is female. They are both around 5 years old and are in excellent health. They come with their own supplies of cat food and Frontline plus cat beds, carrying basket and most importantly, a catflap!

If you think you can help, please call Sue for a chat on 952553644 or 634492382.


Michael ’s Upholstery


* Legalization of Properties. * Cadastre. * Sale or purchase of properties. * Inheritance Process and Wills. * Family, Divorce…. * Litigations before Spanish Courts… * All type of Contracts….

Our Commitment is to protect you, we are your solicitors

TLF: 952 967 932/ 691 302 343 MÁLAGA –TORRE DEL MAR (VÉLEZ-MÁLAGA)

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Cocktails at Alberdini by Enmanuel Lopez Ruiz

“El per fecto para Cómpeta” El Per fecto para Cómpeta

We can not have a Cómpeta cocktail without using the famous Moscatel wine! Try to find a local person Who Does not add anything to the wine! At Cómpeta Alberdini we've got amazing wine from Emmanuel's uncle (Sebastian Chaves). There's Also available Cómpeta rose wine, Which You Can use as well to make this cocktail!

Look for a Champaign flute glass. It also looks really nice in a Martini glass!

Add the following into the glass: · 10 ml. of Spanish brandy · 80 ml. of Cava (try to find a nice Brut Nature!) · 60 ml. of Cómpeta wine (use the sweet one-dulce- or This cocktail is very nice to celebrate something, and also ideal to accompany a platter of cheese!


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An 80-year old man was having his annual checkup and the doctor asked him how he was feeling.

A man left work one Friday afternoon. But it was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire paycheck. When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions.

"I've never been better!" he boasted. "I've got an eighteen year old bride who's pregnant and having my child! What do you think about that?" The doctor considered this for a moment, then said, "Let me tell you a story. I knew a guy who was an avid hunter. He never missed a season. But one day, he went out in a bit of a hurry, and he accidentally grabbed his umbrella instead of his gun." The doctor continued, "So he was in the woods, and suddenly a grizzly bear appeared in front of him! He raised up his umbrella, pointed it at the bear and squeezed the handle. And do you know what happened?" the doctor queried.

Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, "How would you like it if you didn't see me for two or three days?" He replied, "That would be fine with me." Monday went by and he didn't see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

Mike Jameson - La Vinuela

Dumbfounded, the old man replied, "No." The doctor continued, "The bear dropped dead in front of him!" "That's impossible!" exclaimed the old man. "Someone else must have shot that bear." "That's kind of what I'm getting at," replied the doctor.

Mike Jameson - La Vinuela

ONE MORNING One morning while making breakfast, a man walked up to his wife and pinched her on her butt and said "You know, if you firmed this up, we could get rid of your girdle". While this was on the edge of intolerable, she thought herself better and replied with silence. The next morning the man woke his wife with a pinch on the breast and said, "You know, if you firmed these up, we could get rid of your bra".

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

This was beyond a silence response, so she rolled over and grabbed him by the penis. With a death grip in place, she said, "You know, if you firmed this up, we could get rid of your brother".

Mike Jameson - La Vinuela

Mike Jameson - La Vinuela




Avda. La Constitucion 2, Competa Tel: 952 516 397 / 952 553 450 Mobile: 658 847 421 Email:


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Ÿ Venetian blinds, canopies, fly-screens, beaded curtains. Ÿ Aluminium &PVC Windows, doors, sun lounges, extensions, security doors Ÿ Shower screens & curtains Ÿ Lamps, lampshades, wall lights, strip lighting-wide range Ÿ Picture/poster/photo frames & framing service. Laminating Ÿ Glass (clear, tinted, textured) cut to size

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Official Manufacturer of UPVC-WINDOWS



Ask for free consultation and estimate or come and visit our showroom. English speaking people will advise you! Urbanizatión La Màta

Discoteca Seventy

Juan Verdún


Lidl Vélez-Málaga

Avda, Juan Carlos I Torre del Mar

Industrialzone LA MATA, 29700 Velez-Malaga, Tel. 952 50 25 27 – Fax 952 55 85 98 Mobile: 609 88 50 96 Web: E-Mail: To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

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1. Who replaced David Tennant as Doctor Who in January? 2. Who was un-caged and crowned Celebrity Big Brother winner in January? 3.Beyonce collected six Grammys, but which ‘meaty’ singer scored a Brit Awards hat-trick in February? 4. In April, the BBC announced that who would be replacing Adrian Chiles on the One Show for Fridays, which ultimately led to him quitting the BBC for a four-year deal with ITV? 5.Which singer picked up three Ivor Novello awards in May, including songwriter of the year for her hit single, The Fear? 6.Which singer was given an eight-week sentence for crashing his car into a branch of photographic store Snappy Snaps while under the influence of cannabis in July. 7.On which Australian TV show in September, was the wrong winner accidentally announced during its live final? 8. Which Isle of Man resident, who was massive in Albania, died in October? 9.In November, which film (full title) broke UK box office records; Biggest 3-day opening, biggest single day in ticket sales and biggest Friday, Saturday & Sunday openings? 10.Four TV shows found their winners during December. Name three of the four winning contestants on the following shows? 1. X Factor 2. The Apprentice 3. I’m A Celebrity… 4. Strictly Come Dancing. 11. Gala, Jonagold and Pink Lady are varieties of which fruit? 12. Who wrote the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat'? 13. Which country had a secret police force known as the Tonton Macoute? 14. Which organ of the body is affected by Bright's Disease? 15. In which city is the European Parliament based?

16. What was the 1st human invention that broke the sound barrier? 17. What name was given to the Samuri code of honour? 18. What colour is the bullseye on a standard dartboard? 19. What song does the main character wake up to every morning in Groundhog Day? 20. Which South American country was named after the Italian city of Venice?

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Restaurante Albaida Canillas de Albaida

(5 minutes from Cómpeta)

Take the righthand road uphill as you enter Canillas: we’re on the right.

Quality “a la carta” menu, Traditional Sunday Lunch and Weekday Menú del Día! Sundays - Traditional Sunday lunch available choose from Beef or lamb with Yorkshire Puddings - Normal menu also available

Wh Sat 5th March at’ Silver Fox - Live Music On s [blues, jazz, country + rock n roll] 2 course dinner 11.50pp

Thu 17th March . St paticks day celebration live music,dance,poetry +guinness] 3 course dinner 12.50pp See our menus on

Sat 26th March Quiz night lasagne supper 10.00pp To book call: 952 55 48 12 / 628 30 74 90 84

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Wed-Sat Lunch 12pm -3.00pm Evening Meals 7pm-10.30pm Sunday Lunch 1pm-4pm Evening Meals 7pm -10.30pm Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

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Just €7 Tel - 686 626 207 or email:

SAXON S.L mini digger with driver

Landscape, Gardening, , Storm Damage, Lanslides & Track Clearing

Cómpeta All Areas

with 25 years experience I’ll come to you

All Areas

Nigel Pendry Axarquia Mobile Barber

Tel: 662 39 83 72 / 678 23 22 53

Stone walling, patios, tiling and general building Tel: 650563872 English/Spanish speaking


J.L Rodriguez

Protect your home with a GSM auto dial alarm system. No landline required. Landscape, Gardening, Visit our website for more information call Mick on: , StormorDamage,

Tel:951 067 752 Mob: 633 Clearing 608 619 Lanslides & Track

Loose Covers, Curtains & Cushion Covers Dressmaking, Alterations from zips & hems to remodelling clothes 20 Years Experience Professional Machines English & Spanish Spoken Collection & Delivery Fixed quotes given on all jobs

Seamstress & Soft Furnishings Lizzy Reilly - Tel: 952 55 35 75 Mob: 651 472 952 PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES Visit us at the Farmers Markets or email your order Trapiche - Tuesday Puente don Manuel - Friday

Tel: 606 126 435

Car Mechanic & Car Electrics Rubén Fernández Ruiz Mobile: 606 577 869 Avenida de Torrox 34 Cómpeta

Massage & Beauty Treatments C./ Casas Nuevas, 48 - Torrox-Costa Telephone: 644 58 99 83 Every Sunday Trype & Paella

Tel: 952 50 85 14 - 680 651 895

email: audis-line@hotmail,com

Salares, (Malaga)

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Cómpeta All Areas Axarquia All Areas Torrox Costa


Phone Rob on 690 076 988 or 951 247 171

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ER MELLI Large selection of white goods New & Homeware Second Gifts & Jewelry Hand Avda. Constitucion, 53 Oppostite the school Tel: 952 553 698 Mob: 696 793 477 email:

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CAMPO Friday 4th February saw four members of the CAMPO Group attend a ceremony at the Ayuntamiento. In front of a lively group of visitors from Malaga, Ray Rowden, Sue van de Water, Tom Sobel and Debi Bond handover a cheque for 2.000€ to the Director of the Instituto de Cómpeta. Both the Director and the Alcalde spoke very warmly, supportively and gratefully about fund raising events such as the Dance Gala and have pledged to support future extravaganzas. The money comes at a difficult time for all and will go towards the new Children's Library for which CAMPO are very pleased.

Birke Echaede Birke Echaede who has lived in Competa for 20 years crafted a Competa plaque which the village raised over 1400 euros


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so it could be presented to the Mayor for the village of Cómpeta. The plaque was a beautiful piece of glass work demonstrating the skill of Birke herself. It is a lovely piece and will be treasured by the village. Birke also contacted The Grapevine to ensure a personal thank you was printed. Birke is really appreciative and thanks everyone who donated and raised money.

Spanish painter opens at Cerezo's Gallery, Canillas de Albaida. Internationally known Spanish painter and muralist Jaime Adan on 19 March opens a solo exhibit of paintings drawn from area private collections. Adan, who lives and works in Mexico, has exhibited twice in Competa at the Galaria de Hadriano. Adan, who just completed a 1 x 33 m. mural in San Jose, California, has often focused on the poor and indigenous people of Latin America. NEW BISTRO OPENS AT PAVO REAL Ben Alford, also known as The Prince in Cinderella has started a new service called

Bistro B at the Pavo Real. His first event, on Valentines Night offered an Italian theme. Bistro B promises no frozen products, no microwave use, and fresh seasonal foods. The opening night lived up to this promise. I enjoyed a tomato and mozzarella starter, garnished with freshly chopped basil and balsamic sauce, accompanied by fresh garlic bread. My main course was home made pasta in a creamy mushroom and Parmesan sauce; the pasta was a treat to the palate. My dessert was a fabulous home made tiramisu. This was all helped down with a good quality white wine. The wine stock is limited, but includes red, white and a ros'e and great value. Alternatives on the menu were chicken breast in a Tuscan tomato sauce or freshly made pizza with a range of toppings. All diners seemed very content and empty plates went back to the kitchen. Service was excellent and timed well. The old dining room at the Pavo has been completely redecorated and redesigned, giving the place a contemporary feel that makes for a pleasant dining experience. Ben is planning to run Bistro B for three nights a week, probably Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will offer two sittings, one at 7.30 and one at 9.30. A good quality core menu will be augmented by themed nights and plans include Indian, Chinese and Thai nights. Ray Rowden

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COMPETA RESIDENTS DAY Don José Luís Torres Gutiérrez The Mayor of Cómpeta has the honour of inviting all of the foreign residents of Cómpeta to the'RESIDENTS DAY' Saturday the 5th March 2011 14:00H, Museum of 'Artes y Costumbres’ Dear Resident/s, We are going to celebrate our successes and also share our about our municipality. This is a unique opportunity for the thirty two nationalities living in Cómpeta to enjoy together, to taste the exquisite wines of Cómpeta, the fabulous beers of Germany and England, and to sample the delicious tapas of Spain. I hope you can join us José Luís Torres Gutiérrez MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking from the top of Maroma (2068mtrs) to Canillas de Albaida in Southern Spain may seem a strange activity when you are 63 years old but Martin Robinson from Canillas will be attempting this challenge for the Help for Heroes charity. The charity helps injured and disabled service personnel rehabilitate after the traumas of injuries

during active service. Naturally this difficult challenge is dependent on the weather so three possible dates have been chosen for the bid; April 13th or 27th or May 4th. This event is recognised by the official Help for Heroes charity: ID No: 20110214-8847-3654: To sponsor this event and make a donation go to: adescent. Thank you for your support; Martin THE FOREIGN VOTE MORE than 44,700 foreigners have registered to vote throughout Malaga Province in the May municipal elections, according to the National Institute of Statistics. This could be the key to the results in certain towns with high percentages of EU residents compared to Spanish residents.

Accoustic Roots Friday March 11th El Ancla del Cerilo, Penoncillo Beach, Torrox Costa. Food Available. Tel: 952 967103. Saturday March 19th St Patrick's night Party at the Alberdini (mostly Irish music). Tel: 952 516294 to book a table.

Geoff Murrell Saturday March 12th Los Amigos, Torrox Park Tel: 695 611 353 .

Saturday March 26th The Alberdini, Competa Tel: 952 516 29 =

Albaida Restaurant Saturday 5th March Silver Fox Live Music .

Thursday 17th March St Patricks Day Celebration Alberdini Friday 4th March Tobias Ulm .

Saturday 5th March Andy Time .

A RETIRED couple in Nerja say they were shocked when they received an electricity bill for more than €7,000. They say bills for the previous months were on average between €100 and €120 every two months, although some bills where as little as €20.

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Emergency Numbers Emergency Services Ambulance Fire Brigade Guardia Civil

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Torrox Costa Velez Malaga Frigiliana Almunecar Motril Maro

Tel: 952 538 010 Tel: 952 541 104 Tel: 952 533 002 Tel: 958 631 125 Tel: 958 823 591 Tel: 952 529 024

Canillas de Aceituno Tel: 952 518 250 Cómpeta Calle San Antonio Tel: 951 289 791

Tel: 952 510 002


Tel: 952 553 159


Canillas de Albaida. Tel: 952 553 006

Tel: 952 508 906

Canillas de Aceituno, Tel: 952 518 002 Cómpeta,

Tel: 952 516 006 952 516 025


Tel: 952 536 016

Rio Gordo

Tel: 952 732 154


Tel: 952 535 021


Tel: 952 508 903


Tel: 952 508 839


Tel : 952 552 404 Tel: 952 508 858


Tel: 952 523 131

Salobrena Tel: 958 829 332 Torre del Mar Tel: 952 542 396

Municipal Police Canillas de Aceituno Tel: 952 518 000 Tel: 952 518 002

Torre del Mar Tel: 952 540 471 Torrox Costa Tel: 952 538 010

Cómpeta Tel: 605 276 302 Canillas de Albaida Tel: 952 558 321

Velez Malaga Tel: 952 559 100

Nerja Tel: 952 521 545 Torrox Pueblo Tel: 952 539 828 Torrox Costa Tel: 952 538 115 Velez Malaga Tel: 952 549 238 Torre del Mar Tel: 952 965 546 Emergencies 112

La Herradura

Tourist Information Cómpeta Tel: 952 553 685 Nerja Tel: 952 521 531 Sayalonga Tel: 952 535 206 Torre del MarTel: 952 541 104


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Salares Sedella

952 533 231 952 327 950 958 600 164

General Enquires Tel: 1004 Speaking Clock Tel : 093 Line Faults Tel: 1002 Directory Enquires Tel: 025

Town Halls Doctors

Frigiliana Malaga Motril


Tel: 952 519 002


Tel: 952 533 122 Tel: 958 827 794


Tel: 952 548 430

Torrox Pueblo Tel: 952 538 200

Taxi Ranks & Drivers Cómpeta Franquelo: El Mellizo: Maximo: Cesáreo: Sayalonga

952 553 535 952 516 056 952 516 199 952 516 205

Ramiro: Velez Malaga Almunecar

952 535 029 952 540 016 958 630 017

Granada Airport Tel: 958 245 200 Malaga Airport Tel: 952 048 804

Bus Times L= Mon – Sat • D= Direct Nerja – Malaga 06.30L, 07.30, 08.30D, 08.55, 10.10D, 11.10, 11.55D, 12.40, 13.40, 14.55, 16.10, 17.10, 18.10D, 18.40, 19.40, 20.40, 21.15, 21.45D Malaga – Nerja 07.00, 08.15L, 09.15, 10.30, 11.00D, 11.45D, 12.30D, 13.00, 14.15, 15.15, 16.30, 17.30, 18.45, 19.30D, 20.15, 20.45D, 21.30D, 23.00 Nerja – Granada 06.30L, 09.45, 14.30, 15.45, 16.30, 19.15 Granada – Nerja 07.00, 09.00, 10.00, 13.00, 16.00, 17.30L, 20.00 Nerja – Sevilla 07.30D, 16.30, 02.00 Sevilla – Nerja 07.00, 18.00D, 24,00 Canillas de Albaida - CompetaSayalonga - Malaga Mon-Fri Departs Canillas de Albaida 7.00 - 9.30 - 15.30 For Competa add 5 minutes For Sayalonga add 20 minutes

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Street Markets Monday Torrox Costa Tuesday Nerja Wednesday Algarrobo Costa, Rincon de la Victoria Thursday Velez- Malaga, Frigiliana, Torre del Mar Friday Almunecar, Frigliana, Sayalonga, La Herradura Saturday C贸mpeta, La Caleta de Velez Sunday Nerja Car Boot Sale, Sayalonga Sayolanga Municipal Market Mon- Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

Church Services C贸mpeta Catholic

Sat 8.00pm & Sun Midday

Church of England Sundays 5.30pm Torre del Mar Lux Mundi Tel: 952 543 334




Tel: 952 600 267

Carlos Haya Tel: 951 290 000


Tel: 952 399 907



Tel: 952 448 450

Velez Malaga Tel: 951 067 000


Tel: 952 212 435


Tel: 952 214 888


Tel: 952 363 591


Tel: 952 475 108


Tel: 952 306 150

Tel: 958 603 506

Vets Nerja Clinica San Fernando (vet Expedito) 609 982 941

Netherlands Tel: 913 537 500

Torrox Village & Torrox Costa

608 45 42 70


Tel: 952 210 331

La Herradura

625 233 778


Tel: 917 020 000


Tel: 952 352 300

C贸mpeta & La Caleta:

657 582 225


Tel: 952 474 891

Lake Vinuela Tel 888 888 888

National Holidays


January 1st

New Years Day

January 6th

Three Kings Day

February 28th

May 1st

August 15th Virgin de la Asuncion

Andalucia Day May Day

October 12th Dia de la Hispanidad

English Radio Stations

November 1st

All Saints day

December 6th Dia de la Constitucion

Evangelical Church Tel: 952 532 825

Global Radio

96.5 FM


96.0 FM

Fellowship of the King Tel: 958 658 439

Coastline Radio

97.6 FM

December 8th Immaculate Conception

99.1 FM

December 25th Christmas Day

Anglican Church of Nerja & Almunecar Tel: 952 525 406

Radio Sol Almijara Spectrum

105.5 FM


104.8 FM

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Finca el Cerrillo Canillas de Albaida, Malaga Tel: 952 03 04 44 email:

Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 553 662 Hotel Restaurant Alberdini Tel: 952 51 62 94

Airconditioning / Heating Tel: 638 015 879

Phone: 952.539.742

Mobile: 606.423.869 Malagaclima Tel: 952 96 78 03 Cooltec Tel: 951 242 183 Tecnicas Tel: 952 52 95 38


Computers Computer Services



Tel: 616 206 903

Construcciones S. Chavos Tel: 952 553 807 Construcciones Schmid Tel 652 656 066 J.L Rodriguez Tel: 951321650 650563872 Dry-stone Gabion Walls Tel: 660 792 282 Andalucian Damp & Tim Control Tel:666 991 041 Steve Smith Construction Tel: 655 067 466 Lee Talbot Construction Tel: 952 553 807

Drains Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628


Food Stores & Bakeries Mobile : 650 870 625 Email see main advert Build

Tel: 689 285 841


Roger & Mike Tel: 648 025 901/ 606 246 902 Electromontajes Gaviana S.L Tel: 952 55 38 07

Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149





Upgrade Antivirus

Competa Computers Tel: 617 979 364 Nerja Solutions Tel: 952527145

Ceramic Giftware

The English Shop Tel: 687 384 191 Sugar and Spice Tel: 952 516 117

hair and beauty Calle Dr. Fleming 7, Competa Tel: 616 022 734

Tin Tin Hairdressers Tel: 952 516 416

Health & Beauty Edif. Al-zabel, Local 7 Cruce de Periana 29713 Alcaucin Malaga

Tel: +34 691 700 587

Ian Pett Dental Care Puente Don Manuel

Tel: +34 95 1139 287

Centro Mar y Salud Dr. Bernadette Veeger - General Practitioner

Physiotherapy Psychology Osteopathy Obstetrics Massage Acupuncture Gynaecology Cosmetic surgery Urology Vitamin and Mineral Iridology dificiencies testing Food allergies testing Colontherapy Pedicure Photo depilation Yoga Classes Gym classes Paseo MarĂ­timo, El Morche/Torrox Costa, 952 532 065 / 617 913 196,

The Hair & Beauty Studio Cruce de Periana, Puente Don Manuel

Beauty Treatments Pedicures - Manicures - Facials Hopi Ear Candles - Acrylic & Gel Nail Extensions - Eyelash Perming Aromatherapy Massage - Reiki - Waxing

Qualified Sports & Remedial Therapist Unisex Hairdressers Advanced Cosmetic Procedures & Electrolysis Removal of Moles, Thread veins, Milia, Skin tags, Blood spots, Warts, Verrucas and Age spots

For all enquires please call: 693 740 575

Furniture Stores

Lisa Anne Edelman Handmade Ceramic Giftware Tel: (0034) 951 24 24 42 / 633 202 659

Nerja Sofas Tel: 608 091 660

Rebeccah Curtis Centre Tel: 952 53 0122 Clinica Europa (English Dentist) Tel: 952 53 09 08 Physiotherapist (Competa) Tel: 679564686 Breast and Body Screening Tel: 618 989 125

Internet & Telephone

Plumbers & Water Solutions

Tel: 951 239 888

Nerja Solutions Tel: 952527145


Jewellery Makers Precious Tel: 618 928852

Thomas Sobel Tel: 689 704 378

Property Legal Advice


Solutions 4 U

Weston Kennels Tel: 951 254 134 Wagtails Tel: 655 579 792

Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07

Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34

Sunset Properties Tel: 618 295 063 Asesoria Aljarife Tel:952 516 600

Kitchens IDE Cocina Tel: 952 541 895



REMOVALS UK - SPAIN - UK Also Local Removals & Storage Mobile Home Sales & Transportation

LOCKSMITH (00 34) 952 115 322

UK C&G Qualified, Callouts (24/7) and / or appointments Call Paul Tel: 664367511 – email:

Leisure, Hobbie & Gifts Puffin Dive Centre

Always wanted to dive? Do it this Summer!

Learn to scuba dive in your pool or ours 1 on 1 tuition Must be under 75 years old! +44 800 542 8181

Competa Tel: 608 658 108 TELEPHONE 0034 968 654 667 OR 0034 968 655 171

2J’s Removals Tel: 649 662 012 Nerja Sofa’s & removals Tel: 951 247 240 / 608 091 660

Real Estate email:

Mechanics & Recovery


BIG Garage

Tel: 952 528 961

35 Castillo alto, poligono industrial, Nerja 29780

Tel: (+34) 620 914 104

Solutions 4 U Tel: 952 55 38 07 Taurus Real Estate, Tel: 952 535 043 Fleming Properties Tel: 952 547 131 Competa Properties Tel: 952 516 107 Country Properties Tel: 952 516 178 Inland Property Tel: 952 553 498 Axarquia Properties Tel:626 038 851 Portichuelo Properties Tel:661 912 026

Tel: (+34) 951 321 359

Tel:(0034) 618 295 063 Fax:(0034) 952 516 373

Tel: 686 361 003 Restaurants/Catering

REMY’S CATERING Tel: 952 553 825 email:

Alberdini Restaurante Tel: 661 188 466 Albaida Restaurante Tel: 952 554 812 Bhua Luang - Thai Restaurant Tel: 952 540 254 La Casona - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 37 01 EL Pilon - Cómpeta Tel: 952 553 512 Cantueso Restaurante Tel: 699 946 213 Bar Fernans Tel: 952 553 792 Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 553 662 El Salmon Tel: 952 965 424

The Business Directory Continued Satellite Services Nerja Solutions Tel: 952 527 145 Total Satellite Installations Tel: 629 556 266

Tel: 951 238 661

Swimming Pool Heating

House Martins Tel: 638 015 879

Tel: 652 970 608

Spa’s & Saunas


Villa Care tel:+44 (0)845 0041041 mob: +34 692 408 306

Property Care and Management Services

Todo Casa Tel: 628 776 226

Vets Naturvets Tel: 952 55 38 50

Adaptel Tel: 952 546 620

Website Design


The Grapevine Magazine Tel: 618 360 290

Upholstery Michael’s Upholstery Tel:952 55 34 64


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Windows & Doors UPVC-WINDOWS/DOORS Tel. 952 50 25 27 E-Mail:

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in March CHURCH SERVICES Alhama de Granada St. Barnabas IERE (Anglican). English services 11 a.m. Sundays at Meson Diego, Plaza de la Constitucion. Tel.958359388 (priest) or 952 510 921 (churchwarden) St Barnabas IERE (Anglican). English services 11 a.m. Sundays at Iglesia Evangelica, Torre del Mar, opposite the bus station. Tel.952030461 (priest) or 618640132 (churchwarden) "Church of England services every Saturday at 6.00 p.m. in St George's Church, Puente don Manuel and every Sunday at 5.30p.m. in Competa Parish Church. All are welcome. Further details from the Revd Peter Wolfenden tel 952219396” TRAPICHE SOCIAL CLUB We meet every Wednesday from 12 Noon at El Trapiche Restaurant, just off the A356 at Trapiche.We organise social activities every week including card games (bridge and cribbage and any other requested), dominoes, skittles beetle drives and occasionally FREE bingo. We intend organising a monthly trip or function as well as a Monthly Lunch EVERYONE, Members and Visitors are welcome to join us. In this first year of operation, the Club Committee decided NOT to levy a joining fee, NOR to charge an Annual Subscription (2011.As we are a Charitable Organisation, a percentage of any profit made will be donated to a Charity or Charities of our Members 'choice. Further information from the Publicity Office run by Gordon Reith, by phone 951 239 366, by email or from any Officer or Committee Member. If you are interested in any function, please visit us at El Trapiche on Wednesdays, or call our dedicated booking line – 680 768 130 March Events 2 Social Activities 9 Social Activities 10 Visit to the Glass Museum, shopping in Malaga 16 Social Activities and Monthly Lunch 23 Social Activities 30 Social Activities LUX MUNDI TORRE DEL MAR 4th World Day of Women's Prayer 5pm 7th Film Night "Young Victoria" 8th Pancake Tues- Pancakes at the Centre 1pm 9th Trip to La Contravieasa to see the Almond Blossom

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THE PHOENIX SOCIAL & WELFARE CLUB. We meet currently every Tuesday between 12.30 and 2.30 pm in the SuperSol restaurant, Torre del Mar. We are social & welfare club offering an opportunity to make lasting friendships, to help each other & share information but primarily to have fun in a friendly and inclusive association. You do not have to be a member to join us on our trips. We hope to raise for the members’ choice of Charity, which for 2010 will be AVISA, The Volunteer Interpreters Association at the Comarcal Hospital and Help4Heroes, which incidentally has raised £50 million since 2007. €8 for members and €10 for non members and includes supper. For bookings call Gail on 951 167 400 COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY Thursday March 10 CAS Quiz Night. Join the fun at Sabor de Amor Bistro, Playa Burriana, Nerja. Food available from 7.00pm. The quiz with Dave Jamieson starts at 9.00pm and costs 3€ per person. Book direct with the restaurant on 626 354 183. Friday March 11 An evening at the luxurious First Restaurant in Nerja. Tickets at 25€ include a three-course meal with wine (menu choice available at the CAS Shop) plus entertainment by Guiri. Begins 7.30pm. Book early for a fabulous evening. Tuesday March 1 to Friday March 4 Jerez and Doñana. Stay at Hotel Sherry Park with visits to horse show, Sanlucar, Doñana and Cadiz. The full itinerary is available at the CAS Shop and online at 300€ per person in double room. Early booking is advisable. Please call Sean Brown on 958 640 948 or email FELLOWSHIP OF THE KING Evangelical Church - Underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria, El Cruce de Puente don Manuel Contacts:- 952 518 185 & 952 115 220 Worship Sunday 11 am Midweek Fellowship Alternate Wednesdays 7 pm Midweek Activities PILATES Tuesday 12 - 1pm BRIDGE CLUB Tuesday 2.15 - 6pm ART GROUP Thursday 3 - 5pm CHARITY SHOP/BOOKS Friday 10 - 2pm CAMERA CLUB First Friday in Month 2.30 -5pm

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Dardos Punta Plastica

45 Euro The Winmau Blade 4 utilises a revolutionary new wiring system that dramatically reduces bounce outs and provides the opportunity for maximum scoring potential. It’s predecessor, the Blade 3, set the standard as the World’s finest staple-free dartboard and the Blade 4 has taken this to a completely new level. A new 2011 range of flights, stems, darts, cases & much more are now for sale in Todo Papel, Cómpeta. New Range of Target and Harrows Cases now in Todo Papel, Competa

12.5 Unicorn Maxi Wallet Euro Available in Pink or Fuschia

12.5 Euro

Unicorn Contender Hardcase

10 Euro

Unicorn Midi Wallet

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Luxury 4 bed villa of 133m2. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, open plan lounge / dining room. Large terraces with inset 7 x 3mt pool. Sold furnished and ready to move into.

Lovely mature villa of 128m2. Comprising: 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, lounge / dining room, and a studio / conservatory. Well established gardens, covered terrace, garage and outside kitchen. Very good access.


Ref: T676

224,000 euro

250,000 euro



The perfect holiday home. Immaculate one bedroom apartment in a small select block on the edge of the Natural Park & close to the village. Light and airy accommodation, large private terrace, communal swimming pool and gorgeous views.

Traditional styled modern semi detached town house comprising:3 double bedrooms, bathroom, w/c, f/f kitchen, L shaped lounge / diner. Balcony and large patio with brick built BBQ. Good size garage / workshop.

Ref: C1162

Ref: C1141

89,000 euro

157,000 euro



Stunning reformed town house with lots of DE character and CANILLAS ALBAIDA space. 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen / diner, pretty lounge, 2 roof terraces and a summer kitchen. Views over the village and down to the coast.

Very light and spacious 6 year old 2 bedroom modern villa with wonderful tiled terrace, swimming pool and pergola dining area. Fully fitted kitchen, large lounge, d/g, log burning stove,fitted wardrobes. 2,500 m2 plot with mature garden.

Ref: C1174

Ref: C3261

149,000 euro

250,000 euro



Pretty 2 bedroom villa in wonderful countr yside location with good access, just a short drive from the village. Charming pool terrace, various patios and a garage. 3,700 m2 plot with mature garden, super mountain views.

Super traditional town house with great views over the village, 1 very large bedroom, lounge, fitted kitchen, dining area, family bathroom, 2 terraces and private patio. Amazing bargain price for a quick sale!

Ref: T633

195,000 euro


Calle Calvario s/n, 29752 SAYALONGA (Malaga) Tel: (00 34) 952 535 043 Mobile: (00 34) 660 743 670

Ref: C1175

65,000 euro


Avda. de la Constitución, 31 29754 CÓMPETA (Málaga) Tel: (00 34) 952 516 633 Fax: (00 34) 952 516 635



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