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May 2011

Issue 73

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Solutions 4 U More Than Just An Estate Agent

Office Address: El Atajo, Opp. Villa Chile, Competa Email: Web Pages: 4-Bedroom Villa, Competa

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5yr Old Quality Villa 4 Beds. 3 Baths. Fitted Kitchen C/Heating & Air Con. Swimming Pool 1,268m² Land Within Walking Distance of Price: 350,00 Euros Sole Agent Cómpeta Villa, Competa

Ref. 627 133m² Property 3 Bedrooms Lounge Fitted Kitchen Dining Room Separate Garage/Storeroom Outside Storerooms Near to Village Land suitable for Horses/Dogs Terrace for Free Price: 185,000 Euros Sole Agent Standing Pool

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Villa & Separate, 43m² Finca Competa

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3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Lounge Fitted Kitchen Dining Room Swimming Pool 43m² Finca -2 rooms Within Walking Distance of Price: 265,000 Euros Sole Agent Cómpeta Finca, Archez

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Approx. 80m² 2-3 Bedrooms Lounge Bathroom Approx. 4,000m² Land Water & Electric Sea Views, No Unmade Track Price: 156,000 Euros

We are looking for Properties in Canillas de Albaida – Priced to Sell 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! Translation Service Project Management for Quality Construction – Written Estimates, Good Reliable Service, Large & Small Projects Undertaken, Ask to see examples of our work. Solutions 4 U – easy parking right outside the office On the Torrox/Sayalonga Rd junction, ½ kilometer before Cómpeta

Editors Note..... The magazine has reviewed, mainly in pictures the past months happenings in the area, so see if you or any of your friends are in the magazine this month! May continues to be eventful with the up and coming elections, Day for Life and Panto preparations! If you have any photo’s of an event you went to recently please email them to us or post them on our Facebook site. It is always good see what else is going on in the area

Front Cover: Re-opening of Oscars Taberna in Cómpeta

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May Weather Days with rainfall: 3 Days Avg Max Temperature: 23.2c Hours of Sunshine : 9.1 p/day The weather data is for guidance only and is the average monthly maximum for the Costa del Sol

No part of this publication may be used or reproduced or scanned without prior consent of The Grapevine Magazine. The Grapevine Magazine accepts no responsibility for any alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors.


As I am writing, the weather has gone from hot to wet and cold over night, I hoping that by the time you read this we are back on track to summer. There is nothing worse than having visitors who relay to you the weather is so much better back home! The Grapevine would like to say well done to Martin Robinson who descended Mount Maroma by mountain bike, raising 1000euros for The help 4 Heros Charity and congratulations to Gemma and Jose on the birth of their baby boy Nicolas. Finally, remember to vote this month as the election results can and do affect future decisions where you live. Most candidates for Mayor and their teams are also providing information on their campaign in English so there is no excuse now!


Inside This Month


42 The Palm Moth Another instalment of Campo Cuttings with Lorraine Cavanagh.

54 Diary of a Thespian Alick Howard on his love of acting and the arts.


62 Customer service as it used to be! Local business review with Coviran Supermarket, Cómpeta .

66 Beyond Romania's ice hotel Budget Airlines, Palace of Parliament & Dracula! by Andy Wilkes

Play Pens Stairgates Travel Cots Booster Seats


Child Car Seats Mountain Bikes High Chairs Wheelchairs and much more...

Pop into the shop Todo Papel, Avenida de la Constitución, 31, Cómpeta, email:

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Competa/Torrox Traditional style 3 bed 2 bath country house(114 m²) in need of updating in a superb tranquil rural location with stunning open views, garage (48m²) and a swimming pool – a great property with lots of potential at a very reasonable price. Price:210,000 euros New this month!

Price:135,000 Euros

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Price:349,000 Euros

New this month!

Price:30,000 Euros

This Month’s Special Offer!

Viñuela Super single storey 2 bed 1 bath terraced villa (62 m²) on a small urbanisation sold fully furnished with a/c, private terrace, parking, communal pool and lovely countryside views.

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Torrox pueblo

A traditional and well presented rustic style 5 bed 3 bath country house (180 m²) including a separate guest house. Lots of character and great outside space including terraces, pool, garage and mature gardens.

Single storey village house (27 m²) comprising 4 rooms in need of complete renovation. An excellent project for someone with vision and enthusiasm!

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New this month! Price:395,000 Euros

Great Property!

Price: 235,000 Euros

New this month!

Price:179,000 Euros

Cómpeta Nicely renovated spacious traditional 3/4 bed 1 bath village house (130 m²) with lots of character, good sized rooms and plenty of outside space including a garden and 3 roof terraces.



Very large well established 6 bed 2 bath villa and 2 x 1 bed 1 bath guest apartments (385 m²) with great potential as a B & B or as a substantial family home with 2 rental apartments.

Beautifully presented 2 bed 2 bath villa (92 m²) with easy access, open plan accommodation, pool, sun terrace, covered terrace, sold fully furnished and equipped ready for immediate use.

ref: va1-710

ref: vt2-757 Lots of Character! Price: 120,000 Euros

New this month!

Price:175,000 Euros

ref: tc1-758 Large sea views!

Price:199,950 Euros

Cómpeta A charming, traditional 2 bed, 2 bath townhouse full of character with many superb original features including its own bodega. Conveniently located the house is ready for immediate use. A really lovely property well worth viewing.

Price reduced!

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Stunning beautifully renovated rustic style 4 bed 4 bath village house (136m²) with lots of attractive features, ample accommodation, great layout, 2 walled terraces and a roof terrace.

Very attractive rustic style 2 bed 1 bath villa (65m²) situated in the countryside. This lovely property has lots of outside space, fabulous pool area, mature gardens, large terrace and truly stunning views. A fantastic permanent home or holiday retreat. ref: vc2-613

ref: tc1-460

ref: tc2-759

Price:299,000 Euros

Wonderful Property! Price:89,000 Euros

Stunning Views!

Price:269,000 Euros

Corumbela Charming 2 bed 1 bath village house (60 m²) in a great location with good sized accommodation, fantastic roof terrace with stunning views and parking nearby.


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Beautiful spacious rustic style 3 bed 2 bath villa (200 m²) with ample living accommodation, great layout, good access, pool, stunning master bedroom with roof terrace and glorious views.

In a stunning and accessible location, this 3 bed, 2 bath villa (138m²) near Canillas de Albaida has been built to a high quality standard and would make a fabulous and comfortable home. The views are panoramic and the Natural Park on the doorstep.




“ 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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Cómpeta, Apartment (A056)


A well presented apartment located above the village of Competa. Currently 1 dbl bedroom (possible to create a second), open plan living room with kitchen, bathroom, large terrace with stunning views, communal pool.

Cómpeta, Villa (V233)


Finca style property with 3 double bedrooms, a bathroom, a large living room, a spacious kitchen, shaded courtyard, various terraces, outdoor kitchen, free form swimming pool, sea views.

Canillas de Albaida, Villa (V232)


An immaculate property with sweeping views of the countryside and the Mediterranean. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, fully fitted kitchen, wonderful outdoor living room, BBQ house with w.c. and shower, gardens, car port, pool and terraces.

Cómpeta, Villa (V084)

269 ,950€

This spacious villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, fitted kitchen, large store room, car port, pool, gardens, views of the mountains and of the sea..

Cómpeta, Villa (V234)


A spacious villa with very attractive gardens and an almond grove. 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, open plan dining/kitchen, sitting room, 2 shaded terraces, storage area, garage. Lovely views including the sea.

Cómpeta, Villa (V235)


A large villa with 4 double bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms, family bathroom, guest w.c., fitted kitchen, 2 living rooms with fireplaces, large dining room, utility room, extensive grounds, pool, open and shaded terraces, panoramic views. (+34) 620 914 104 (+34) 951 321 359


Net, free of charge, after registering and being


provided with a user name and a password. Gowex

The forecasts for Easter on the Costa del Sol have

has a network of WiFi kiosks across the country,

brought optimism back to the regional tourist

including a number in Málaga, where free Internet

industry, with some hoteliers talking of the best

access is also available.

ever Easter week in history. Easter is seen as the


best indicator as to the summer season to follow,


and the year has started with some hopeful

They planned to build a tourist complex and

indicators. Hotels currently report 75% occupancy

ignored orders from the Town Hall to stop the

levels and say bookings are up 18% on last year,

work. A married couple resident in Alfarnate, a

according to the regional tourism department of

small village in the north of Málaga province near

the Junta. Jaén is proving less popular at 42%,

the border with Granada, have been sentenced to

while Málaga and Granada were ranging between

three years in prison for building a two-storey

62% and 65%.415,000 overnight stays are forecast

dwelling on land classified as unsuitable for

in Málaga and the Costa del Sol where bookings

development. They had no planning permission to

have been made earlier than usual and where

go ahead with the work, and are reported to have

occupancy is expected to hit 90% at the end of the

built the house as the start of a more extensive

week. A last minute rush may be tempered by the

project for a tourist complex, which would have

poor weather forecast, although the Junta says it is

included other houses and a common area for the

satisfied with its Easter advertising campaign

guests. EFE reports that the couple ignored

where 450,000 € has been spent promoting

several orders from the local Town Hall to stop the

Andalucía to areas where there is a high speed

building work and have now been found guilty of

train connection. They say there is high demand

planning crimes and disobedience. They have also

for the inland parks of Cazorla and Grazalema, and

been ordered to demolish the construction and

that the towns of Úbeda, Baeza and Ronda are also

return the land to its previous condition. There has

in demand.

been no indication in reports of the couple’s



There is to be free WiFi access on the beaches of


Málaga this Easter, thanks to an agreement


between the Costa del Sol’s beach businesses


association and Gowex, the company which

José Eugenio Arias Camisón’s establishment was

sponsors WiFi Internet connections on the

closed down on February 10 for failing to comply

municipal buses in Madrid. Diario Sur reports that

with Spain’s new smoking legislation which came

the service will be available later this week on La

into force on January 2 this year. He reopened a

Malagueta in Málaga City, and on La Carihuela

month later, after giving a written commitment

and El Bajondillo, in Torremolinos. The aim is to

that he would comply with the law, but now says

extend the project across the coast to 50

he may have to close down if his income does not

connection points for the summer. The sign-posted


points of access will be at chiringuitos and beach bed areas where users will be able to access the


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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:

Reduced to 88.000€ Sole Agent

Ref. AP073 Stunning 1 bed apartment, recently renovated by the present owners. Open plan living area with doors opening onto balcony. Entry phone system. Ideal holiday home or first step on Spanish property ladder.

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Ref. TH337 Lovely modern property in immaculate condition situated on the edge of this beautiful village. Wonderful views over the village and the verdant countryside to the Mediterranean. 3/4 beds, 2 baths, 130m2 build, 2 terraces.



Ref. V430 Charming established villa in elevated south facing position with truly magnificent views down over the verdant countryside to the Mediterranean and across the coast to Africa. 2 beds, 2 baths, 100m2 living space + terraces, 1.827m2 10 plot. Sold fully furnished.

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Ref. AP080 Charming, fully reformed, property situated in the upper part of the village with stunning views down over the pretty village and the verdant countryside to the Mediterranean. On one level with 2 beds, 1 bath, 94m2 living space, roof terrace.

Ref. F077 A charming finca situated in the peaceful countryside within fifteen minutes drive of the village of Competa. 2 beds, 1 bath, 80m2 living space,12.000m2 plot. An original old Spanish farmhouse in need of some renovation that would make it a truly magnificent home.





Ref. TH333 A lovely modern townhouse in immaculate condition in the upper part of the village and within walking distance of all local amenities. 3 beds, 2 baths, 120 m2 build, roof terrace. Additional advantage of a large garage. Has to be seen to be appreciated!

Ref. V431 Superb property in elevated position and within walking distance of the village. 4 beds, 4 baths, 190m2 living space, 5.000m2 plot, swimming pool. Very good access and beautiful views over the verdant countryside and towards the coast. Excellent value!





Ref. V225 Wonderful villa in fantastic Ref. V425 A charming established villa location with very good access. 3 beds. situated in an elevated south facing position with excellent access and 3 baths. 145m2 build, 2942m2 plot. Wood magnificent views down over the verdant burning fire, Central heating, Double countryside to the Mediterranean and across glazing, Swimming pool, Solar system. to the coast of Africa. 3 beds, 2 baths, 107m2 Fully fitted kitchen. Also available for rent both long and short term. build + terraces, 3.200m2 plot. Must beTo seen!advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

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Cómpeta - 260.000€ Ref. V412 Lovely 3 bed, 2 bath property in immaculate condition with 120m2 living accommodation and 2.500m² of land. This south facing property is situated in a wonderful location of the countryside and is easily accessible by a tarmac road. This property has truly magnificent views over the verdant countryside down to the Mediterranean. Mature gardens, attractive terraces and the special feature of a fish pond with koi carp make this house what it is. The property also has its own registered well and an 8000 lts. water tank. Landline telephone, internet and satellite TV are all connected. Central heating and double glazing throughout make it perfect for all year round residence. This property is very good value for money and really must be seen to be fully appreciated.


299.950€ Cómpeta:

. Reduced to 326.000€ Cómpeta:


Ref. TH326 Large spacious townhouse within a few minutes drive of the beautiful village of Alcaucin. This is an ideal large family home or could be converted to provide bed and breakfast accommodation. 5/6 beds, 5 baths, 220m² build, Swimming pool and large terrace. Excellent opportunity for an extremely large property at a reasonable price.

Ref. TH134 Charming traditional townhouse in a very central location currently used as a successful guest house in one part of the property and living accommodation in the other part. 7 beds, 6 baths, 170m² build + terrace, with Cómpeta: An extremely attractive and stunning views of the village, the spacious property with excellent access. and105m² down aprox. to the Build. coast.2531m² 3mountains beds, 2 baths.

Ref. F081 A truly fantastic property situated just 10 minutes from Cómpeta, in a sheltered valley with beautiful views of the countryside, the lovely Natural Park and down to the Mediterranean coast. Separate guest apartment. 5 beds, 3 baths in total. 200m² build, 60.000m² plot.

plot. Private garage. Swimming pool. Jacuzzi. Gas central heating. Wood burning fire. Fantastic views.

In conjunction with

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wonderful costumes including a pair of shoes flown in especially from Curacao (there is a definite whiff of Chester about this!) and a keen cast will ensure a hugely entertaining evening.

CAMPO’s choreographer Vonya Plush really has her hands full this year with a complicated dance routine featuring all seven virgin Dwarfs. “I’m really up against it due to a variety of body shapes and sizes” says Vonja “not to mention the gender mix, but it will all be alright on the night”. And to all you Aretha Franklin fans, the dwarfs promise to treat the performance with respect.

Tickets go on sale Monday May 2nd priced at just 12.50€ each and can be purchased direct from Todo Papel and Sugar & Spice Cómpeta. Seats are limited to 80 per night so please book early. Opening night is Wednesday June 8th and we will be performing through until Sunday June 12th. The ticket price includes a welcome drink and tapas.

inderella’s Ugly Sisters Chester and Ray certainly thought they could dance in last year’s production of Cinderella but I’m not sure what Arlene Phillips or Nigel Lythgoe would have said!

Choreography Camp continues and only the fittest will survive until opening night when only you the audience can judge whether the dwarfs have studied hard and CAN REALLY DANCE! To quote Walt Disney “if you can dream it you can do it” so we are all dreaming very hard! Much of last year’s talented cast and crew will once again be supporting the production along with a few new welcome additions including a well-known shopkeeper who is very popular on Saturday mornings. Can you guess who? “A great deal of work is underway to bring the audience a better visual and audio experience this year so not a single one of the multitudes of innuendos is missed” says Stage Manager Martin Robinson. Specialist lighting and sound provided by Ben Alford from Nerja Solutions, incredible sets courtesy of the ingenious John Plush,


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VENUE CHANGE this year’s performances will now be staged at the new Museo de Artes y Costumbres in Cómpeta given over to us by Alcalde José Luis Torres Gutiérrez. He was so impressed with the Dance Gala last year he committed to help us when and wherever he can. What this means in practical terms is more money for the nominated charities to include the new Youth Centre here in our home village. The Museo will be transformed into a wonderful theatre complete with bar facilities so get your glad rags on! For further details please contact Debi on 626 192 117 or email plus follow us on Facebook: Cómpeta AMateur Performance Organisation (CAMPO) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is sponsored by Puffin Dive Centre


CALETA DE VELEZ REF: FP0803 A spacious, 166m2, two bedroom villa with separate apartment on a 568m2 plot with private pool, extensive sun terracing, two garages and enjoying views to the sea.

340,000 euros



A rare opportunity to purchase a finca with a 105m2 construction to reform on a plot 1044m2 with good access, southerly aspect and views to the sea.

A detached 150m2 country property with 9m x4m pool, 2,000m2 plot, easy access and walking distance of the village. Two bedrooms with easy conversion of the integral garage to a third.

197,000 euros

230,000 euros



A small, 23m2 studio property in the village suitable for reform. Habitable with water, electricity and sewage. Subject to licenses could be extended.

A beautiful one bedroom apartment in Capistrano with private terrace and garden. This is a great property for sale at a very reasonable price.

ONLY 29,500 euros

100,000 euros

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May Events in Cómpeta Sunday 1st May: ‘Fiesta de Trabajo’ A trip to Játar in the Province of Granada has been arranged to celebrate the 1st of May.

Sunday 15th May At the Alberdini, The Mayor will be present supporting the Cudeca Charity ‘Walk for Life’

Monday 2nd of May ‘First Aid Course’ As part of the ongoing course for ‘Guides and Monitors in the Sierra’ Doctor Peter Wehrenfennig will be giving this course in the Salon de Actos in the Town Hall. While priority will be given to course members there are a few places still available, if you are interested please contact Tom Ferber on 636-821-930.

Wednesday 18th May There will be an evening of Musical Entertainment with “ONE VOICE” at 20-00H in the Museum of Arts and Customs, to celebrate the ‘International day of Museums’

There will also be a course on using G.P.S. in the Sierra on the same day following the First Aid Course, to be confirmed. Tuesday 3rd May ‘Dia de la Cruz’ Procession starts at 6.30pm

Sunday the 22nd May ‘Vote with your Feet’ Walk to VOTE and then go for a Walk/Ramble leaving the Tourist Office at 9am. 30th April 12:00 Opening of Cómpeta Art Exhibition The Museum of Arts and Customs. For further information on any of these activities and events ask in the Town Hall or contact Tom Ferber on 636821930

Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th of May ‘Week of Theatre’ Theatrical activities for all ages.

Day for life Sunday 15th May

"Adding Life to Days.”

A fun family day in aid of cudeca cancer care hospice


ree, (yes free!!) Park and Ride. Due to the overwhelming interest for Craft Market Stalls for our Day for Life, the total lower car park of the Alberdini Hotel will be dedicated to the Craft Market. This means there will be NO parking at the Alberdini on Sunday 15th May but The Ayuntamiento are kindly providing free transportation. This will depart from outside The Portichuelo Store, Venta de Palma to the Alberdini at 11.00am and every half Hour.

Walk For Life Registration details contact Cindy Jones .

Family Fun day 11.00am until 5.00pm Bouncy Castle, Face Painting etc. .

Open Air Market 11.00am until 4.00pm Lots of goodies! .

World Food Stalls 12.00am until 4.00pm Cakes, Spanish, English, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Carribean. .

If on 15th May, you wish to reserve your seat, please call 952516294. For full information, contact our website; for life

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Live Music 11.00 until dark Andy Time, DJ Tom and Fabel .

Raffle Top prize 500 euro Portichuelo voucher

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Eat as much as you like TAJ MAHAL

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We offer an all you can eat menu

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Weird and Wonderful from around the world!


ndonesia anti-porn MP quits for watching porn!A member of parliament from an Islamic party which promoted antipornography legislation has resigned after being caught watching porn in parliament. Mr Arifinto of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) was photographed looking at the images on Friday. He said he had inadvertently opened an email link which led him to the images. Pornography has become one of the testing grounds of conservative Islam's influence over politics in Indonesia. "For the recent developing media coverage, I apologise to all members of the party and parliament," Mr Arifinto - who goes by one name - told a news conference. "I will continue to work for my party. I'm also going to continue to better myself, by repentance, reading the Koran and asking for guidance." The BBC's Kate McGeown in Jakarta says the PKS was the driving force behind anti-pornography legislation, so that when one of its lawmakers was caught out, he was shown no mercy. If it is proved that Mr Arifinto was indeed downloading a pornographic movie, as photography of his behaviour appears to show, he could find himself charged with a law of his own party's making


S to fund $20m remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan. The United States is funding a Pakistani remake of the popular TV children's show Sesame Street. In a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, USAID - the development arm of the US government - is donating $20m (ÂŁ12m) to the country to create a local Urdu version of the show. The project aims to boost education in Pakistan, where many children have no access to regular schooling. The show is to be filmed in Lahore and aired later in the year "The programme is part of a series of ventures that is aimed at developing the educational infrastructure in the country,"


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Virginia Morgan, a spokesperson for USAID, told the BBC. "Education is one of the vital sectors that need help in Pakistan." The show will be set in a village in Pakistan - rather than the streets of New York - with roadside tea shop and residents sitting on their verandas. The remake will star a puppet called Rani, the six-year-old daughter of a peasant farmer, with pigtails and a school uniform, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.


lympian Carl Lewis announces bid for New Jersey. Nine-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis has said he will run again, but this time for a Senate seat in the state of New Jersey. "When I run, as you see from my record, I run to win," Mr Lewis said. The 49-yearold said he wanted to give back to the southern New Jersey district where he grew up by running for the Senate as a Democrat. Mr Lewis, a former sprinter and long-jumper, is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. He said he was seeking a Senate seat in order to inspire people and improve educational opportunities, particularly in the area of physical education for children. He also said he hoped to bring civility to the currently bitter US political climate. "The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies," he said. Mr Lewis, who will run in the 8th legislative district now represented by Republican Dawn Addiego, added that he would announce an issue-based platform within the next several days. It will be the first time Mr Lewis has sought elected office.

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Desde/From 18 Euros Visita con nosotros el mundo subterráneo, sus formas, su silencio.. Visit the underground world with us, it’s shapes and it’s silences..

BARRANQUISMO-CANYONING Desde/From 30 Euros Vente a descender un barranco, una aventura en plena naturaleza.

Descend a ravine, an adventure in the wild

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An interview with

Maribel Gordillo from the first active tourism company in the area.

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his month I had the pleasure of having a chat with Wayne Newman founder of CompetaArt. We talked about the talent and personalities of the various artists and wouldn't it be interesting to get to know each one individually. So, over the course of the next few months I will also be speaking to some of the group members about their work and life in Spain. To start the series off I thought it would be interesting for people to know a little bit more about CompetaArt, how it was formed and what they do. Wayne moved to Competa over 6 years ago with his Spanish wife Aurora, he formally worked in IT and it was these skills that led to the creation of ComeptaArt. It started with an artist friend asking Wayne to help create a CD which he could post out to exhibition halls. Wayne obliged and suggested a webpage would also be beneficial for self promotion. It was through this first web page that the idea of providing a platform for artists to come together both on the web and in person was developed. Wayne’s objective was to bring together artists and crafts people in the area so they could share ideas and projects common to all. What was initially a single web page for one artist soon became more than twenty pages showcasing artists and crafts people. Wayne then invited to them to his home for a glass of wine and as the ideas flowed, suggested they were now a group….. thus ComeptaArt was born! Each artist has now their own page with a description of themselves and a photo display of works. The group now also meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Anybody is welcome to have a chat with Wayne


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with regards to joining the group and he describes Competart as an incredible mixture of nationalities, personalities, skills which is democratically run. One of their major projects is the annual walkabout the group organises. It is a walking tour of artist studios and exhibits, normally over the Easter weekend around Competa on both the Saturday and Sunday between 11.00am and 19.00. Wayne explained each member of the group helps with organising the weekend “for example I am in charge of logistics, Debbie sorts publicity , Karen the Swedish translation and we all pull together and work as fantastic team”. The walkabout is not only good self promotion for the artists and crafts people but also great promotion for the village of Competa. We are happy for others to join the walkabout for one year as an invited artist but after that they need to become a full member of the group to continue. Also throughout the year CompetaArt hold other exhibitions. Last year they held exhibitions in Nerja and Kenitra Morocco and after the walkabout and this year will be holding an exhibition at the Museo de Arte y Costumes in Competa from May 1st to July 15th. I am really looking forward to meeting the CompetaArt members as they sound a really interesting group of people and I hope The Grapevine will do them justice over the coming months.

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ith the change of the seasons, we all start to feel different! Perhaps one of the most positive changes happens when the cold winter moves aside for the arrival of spring: the days become longer, the temperature starts to rise, flowers start to bloom and Cómpeta regains it sparkle once again! Everybody feels more positive and the lethargy that accompanied us through the long winter months all of a sudden disappears and is replaced by a burst of energy and a desire to be outdoors as much as possible! The only problem with being outside so often is that we realize that since the summer the garden and the house have become a little ragged at the edges and need a little bit of tender loving care! That’s where we can help! Whether it be a full building job, small repairs or even giving the house a new lick of paint, our Spanish builder, with 30 years experience, is the perfect man to help you bring back the sheen to your home! He can either work alone or alongside yourself to get the job done in the best possible way! One of the worries that most people have when hiring local builders is the issue of the language: people worry that the message might not be

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The Palm Moth (paysandisia archon)

Campo Cuttings by Lorraine Cavanagh.


any of you, by now, will have become intimately acquainted with the rhynchophorus ferrugineos, or red palm weevil. As if our palms didn’t have enough problems at the moment, there is now a new threat on the horizon – paysandisia archon or the palm moth. It’s rather ironic that both of these insects, which so tragically devastate our palms, are also very beautiful creatures. This new danger looks like a large and impressive butterfly but is, in fact, a moth though, exceptionally, it flies during daylight hours. (In case you’re wondering, one of the main differences between moths and butterflies is that butterflies hold their wings vertically when resting whereas moths hold them flat against their body). This beauty has a wingspan of around 10cm; the forewings are dark green with brown streaks and the rear wings are bright red with bold black and white markings. The females

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are larger than the males and have a prominent ovipositor. A native of South America – Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and southern Brazil in particular – it arrived in Europe via a batch of infected palms. Have you heard this story somewhere before?? So far it has been sighted in certain areas of France, Italy, Portugal and – importantly for us - in Gerona, Alicante, Valencia and Mallorca. In its homeland, it is not considered a particular pest because it has natural enemies in the form of predators and parasitic mites which limit its spread and because it attacks naturally occurring palms which are not a food crop and, therefore, considered relatively unimportant. Thus its life cycle has not been studied, so we are rather ‘in the dark’. However, since its arrival in Europe, it has been noted that it has a very wide range of food

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sources: brahea armata, chamaerops humilis, phoenix canariensis, phoenix dactylifera, phoenix roebelenii, trachycarpus fortune, washingtonia filifera and washingtonia robusta. To a lesser degree, it seems to also have a taste for butia, livistonia, sabal and trithrinax. So, it could be said that, almost all of our palms are under attack. Initial investigations suggest that the moth has a long development cycle in comparison with the red palm weevil. Adults can usually be sighted Typical leaf damage between June and September. Eggs are laid at the base of the palm leaf or in the heart of the palm. Newly hatched larvae are pink initially but, as they fatten up, they turn creamywhite and reach 6cm long. The larvae bore long tunnels through the young leaves developing in the crown and down into the trunk. Chewed leaves, as the picture, are a typical warning. These larvae live for 9 months and weaken the palm fatally. When they pupate, they wrap palm fibres around themselves, forming cocoons which markedly resemble those formed by the red palm weevil. Larvae Because of their slower development rate, and the reduced number of larvae, the devastation is not usually as quick as that caused by the palm weevil; large palms will sometimes survive but young palms are often destroyed, as are those in pots. But, because little is known of the invader, no method of control has yet been found. Chemicals need to be tested before general release in public parks and private gardens and biological control, in the form of natural (and safe) enemies need several years to develop. This very lovely looking insect – the largest that has ever been accidentally introduced into Europe – is yet another threat to our beleaguered palms. It’s almost certainly going to be heading our way soon so study the accompanying photos and be on the lookout for beautiful moths!

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am pleased to be supporting the campaign of José Luis Torres Gutiérrez for a second term as Mayor of our beloved Cómpeta. I got to know the Mayor through organising the Ballet and Dance Gala last year. I was impressed by his interest and involvement in the project, and importantly, everything he promised was delivered.


As our Mayor he paid out of his own pocket for Gala tickets so that some of the poorer families of the town could enjoy the show.

ü Mindful of the impact of recession on the whole community he took a voluntary pay cut on his Mayoral salary.

ü An elderly British lady who needed handrails to assist her mobility was visited personally by the Mayor to ensure that he understood her needs and arranged immediate installation.

ü When a family from Malaga went missing on a mountain walk the Mayor went out personally at 1.30 am to assist the Guardia Civil in finding our lost visitors.

ü On the back of the Dance Gala and other

cultural events the Mayor is committed to establishing a community theatre where genuine cross-cultural arts programmes can be held. He is also committed to supporting young unemployed people from across the community to become involved in the theatre project, letting them gain practical skills to boost their confidence.

ü Our Mayor is no faceless politician, he is a ands on Mayor and his door is open to all.

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The Mayor wishes to provide a window across the community through which all can share a vision for our town. He wishes to ensure that he can support all in ensuring that doors are open to all in getting involved in opportunities within our community. He wishes to build bridges across our community so that Cómpeta remains quintessentially Spanish, but values and enjoys the contribution from all nationalities that live here and consider Cómpeta to be their home. In respecting and valuing the crosscultural richness in our community the Mayor is thinking about ways in which communications across the community can be improved. Our so called “Foreigners Department” sees over 500 people each year, but this also includes Spanish citizens, for example an older Spanish couple who were entitled to a French pension were given assistance in translating all their correspondence from French into Spanish. With many languages other than English being used in our community it is vital that as many other languages as possible are catered for. The Mayor has also agreed that he will provide regular updates via The Grapevine on what is going on in the Town Hall, including briefings on key issues. He has established a Facebook page, which will be updated regularly and will invite ideas and suggestions from all citizens. I should finally add that our Mayor has done his utmost to ensure that the governance of our community is transparent. One reads of corruption in local politics, even in the UK, but Jose Luis can be trusted to keep local government clean. Please consider supporting our Mayor in serving our community for a further term. In José Luis you’ve got a friend.. Dr. Ray Rowden, Former Special Adviser, House of Commons Health Select Committee.

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t may well be that your political opinions or leanings do not always agree with the prospective candidates in the forthcoming local elections, but remember the old adage that “Local Politics is all about local issues”, and try to pick the best man for the job.


One of my strongest wishes would be to put in place improved information and help facilities for everyone including a strengthened Foreigner's department, and already I have a multinational team of residents of Cómpeta who would be dedicated to this task.

There has been much promised in the past, but whether your first worry is the response time of the police, the dedicated medical staff at the Health Centre doing their best in overcrowded conditions, road repairs, signposting in the campo, or free Spanish courses for the children of expatriates who live in Cómpeta, we are now in 2011 and many people who made a choice four years ago have not seen their hopes realised. Now you will soon have the opportunity to choose again.

Think about the benefits of that to you! I always listen to the wishes of the residents of Cómpeta and try to act accordingly. I want everything that you want.

For many residents one of their most important desires is fair representation for everyone, no matter whom you are. It is the starting point for progressive and successful local government. My name is Raúl Martín López, I am the PSOE candidate, and I have strong views about fairness and improving the quality of life for everybody in Cómpeta.


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But to get these improvements in our village you need to give your support to a team of people who will put your wishes into practice. 43% of Cómpeta residents are expatriates so if you all take this opportunity it will make a huge difference to the result of the election. Don't leave it to somebody else! If you have any questions you are welcome to email me: For more information: Your decisions today will affect your options tomorrow. Don't waste this opportunity. To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

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Diary of a Thespian (I said, “Thespian”!)


ow the hell did I get here? Last year I was one of many who attended the successful adult Panto, Cinderella, in aid of CUDECA and other local charities and if you read my review you might remember I was a little apprehensive about amateur dramatics. That is despite having done a little acting darlings, in my youth, don’t you know; a sidekick hunchback to Dracula, a badger and a lamplighter is the sum total. My dubious claim to fame is the guy who I replaced as the hunchback sidekick went on to be a star of The Full Monty, Flintstones, the TV comedy Thin Blue Line and now appears in adverts for Tesco. Look where it got me. Maybe that was it. It hit a nerve and the pull of treading the boards again was too much. Or was it peer pressure from friends who, in some strange way, were encouraging me for some private joke so they could ‘extract the urine’ so to speak. “Go on, we think you should do it. You’d be good. It’ll only be a laugh” A laugh for whom? I’m easily led. More credence is given to this latter theory when I persuaded another friend to take part for this “laugh”, who then promptly pulled out after the first script meeting. I won’t embarrass him by mentioning any names. Oh, sorry, I have to interrupt this article briefly as my wife has asked me to pop and buy some SUGAR and we need something to SPICE up tonight’s curry……..right I’m back with you. As I was saying, I won’t mention any names.


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So the first meeting was held to announce the next CAMPO Panto and it was to be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. All those interested were asked to register their interest, whether it was acting or working behind scenes and we were given a taste of what we were in for as some of last year’s participants recounted their experiences. I think some were still in character from last year. Blimey, does it last that long? Next it was the script meeting, which I was drafted in on along with my then partner in crime. For the purpose of this article we’ll just call him ‘Judas’! Now, this is an adult panto but despite this some of the lines still had to be removed or changed to suit the audience we would be performing in front of in Cómpeta. If you are reasonably broadminded you will find it entertaining but if you think ´bashing the bishop’ is an assault on the clergy and a ‘sizeable lunchbox’ is something you take to work packed full of cheese sandwiches and a Kit Kat, then maybe it won’t be your thing. Some scenes needed to be re-written so a few of us were to work on that. Whilst that was being done we were all eventually contacted by Tom, the Director, to confirm the parts we would be playing. Although Snow White doesn’t have a Dame, as this is no normal panto, Chester Williams would take the lead role of Snow White. As not many 3 foot high people applied for the part of dwarfs, Tom had to make do with what he had. Geoff Tyler (6’ 4”) would be Bashful, Ray Rowden (6’ 1”) would be Dopey, Phil Smith (6’)

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Following the allocation of the panto’s roles, we then had the first full read through so we could all get a feel of how the script sounded and each “hackter” had the opportunity to get a feel for their own part. Being Sleazy there was plenty of opportunity to feel my part and deliver lines along the same theme. I did warn you. Immediately, some characters already seemed to be some way down the line of being formed, or was it just clever casting? Some of the more risqué sounding lines actually took on a new life and sounded less risqué with emphasis and character behind them. It was already taking shape. .

Rehearsals started shortly afterwards and we started to get a good idea as to how the panto was going to look as well as sound. Some “hackters” had even gone as far as using props and even breaking in costume items to enhance their character at this early stage. Women’s shoes with a man’s jeans and shirt was a sight needing a double take. .

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The script was still evolving as we rehearsed and no doubt we will have further changes as we go. Behind the scenes, so to speak, people were working away on costume design, further script rewrites, scenery, venue and even dance routines. You’ve heard of the film, My Left Foot? Well this was like the sequel, Two Left Feet. I’ll say no more at this stage. .

As we approach May’s rehearsal schedule, thoughts start to turn to actually learning lines and not reading them from our scripts. The show will start to take further shape as “hackters” won’t be able to hide behind their scripts in between lines but will need to start acting or risk looking like a stage prop that only comes to life in short, sharp bursts. If you don’t learn them well enough it’s when the Prompt, Mave Moore, becomes your best friend. Upset her and our prompt won’t be forthcoming, you’ll look like a lemon and your fellow “hackters” won’t thank you as the cue for their line fails to deliver. Still, that’s half the fun of amateur dramatics, isn’t it? It’s like watching F1 motor racing, nobody watches to see a flawless performance they want to see a spectacular crash and the ensuing chaos that follows. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of that as we continue to the big night. Now back to work on my character of Sleazy – another normal day in the shop, then. .

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The characters of each “hackter” outside their actual part also started to show themselves; divas, method actors, type cast actors but far be it for me to pinpoint which type applied to whom. We can’t have any backstage ego clashes now can we? Well, you know what these actor types can be like don’t you, sweetie. I’m still waiting for confirmation of

my own dressing room with a gold star with my name on the door, by the way. The ego has landed.

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would be Grumpy and yours truly (6’ 3”) would play the part of Sleazy. That’s not a misprint I did say Sleazy. Some might say type casting at its most blatant others might say I’m misunderstood. Janice Tyler as Doc and Chris Love as Happy are the closest you’ll probably get to dwarf size but still some way off. As for the type casting of a bossy Doc, I’m saying nothing.

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ASESORÍA ALJARIFE Notarial Title deeds, Wills, Catastral Corrections, etc. General Administration Transfers of vehicles, driving licences, matriculations, etc.) Tax declarations Creation of businesses Accounts General insurances (house, car, health, etc)

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Fully legal & registered

More than 20 years ago Asesoría Aljarife opened its’ doors to the public. Since then, hundreds of companies and individuals in the Axarquia region and from the Malaga Province have left in our hands the responsibility to advise them to get the best possible results for their businesses. We are a group of highly qualified professionals that work for you. Economists and administrators with a wealth of experience that are at your disposal any time in order to make your life easier. ASESORÍA ALJARIFE C/ San Antonio, 8 - 1º 29754 CÓMPETA Málaga Teléfono:(34) 952 51 66 00 Fax: (34) 952 51 67 29

GESTORÍA LÓPEZ NAVAS C/Ros Alférez 4 Bajo C 29740 TORRE DEL MAR Málaga Teléfono: (34) 952 54 25 04 Fax: (34) 952 54 17 47

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Separate to our Main Construction Office we have a warehouse for the sale of second hand furniture, and some of this months offers are;

2 Seater Sofa 70 Euros

Leather Armchair 100 Euros

Bamboo Sofa & 2 x Chairs 200 Euros

Also, Windows, Doors, Grills, Bathroom Accessories

Mattress & Pull out bed Wardrobe 150 Euros

:952 553 807 :660 510 134

:952 553 678 :690 846 376

CONSTRUCCIONES S. CHAVOS S.L Avda. Constitución 33 , 29754 Cómpeta, Málaga or

Clínica Radiológica Rubí Dr. Irene Rubí Palomares Español-English-Français

-Breast-Unit: Mammography Breast Ultrasound Program for early detection of breast .cancer -Radiology -Ultrasound -Pediatric-Ultrasound -Arterial and venous-Ecodoppler -Orthopantomography To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

C/Clara Campoamor nº1, bajo (next to Reñidero School) TEL/FAX: 951 25 83 91 VÉLEZ-MÁLAGA

Spanish radiologist with experience in British and French hospitals Fluent Spanish English & French spoken. Authorised to work with various Health insurance companies

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The opening of the new Ego Salon in C贸mpeta

ego hair & beauty

(we have moved next door!)

More beauty treatments than before in our bigger premises with private consultation rooms and new therapists

Now offering Waxing, reflexology, massage, hot stone massage, Swedish body massage, Bowen Technique with Sylvia, reiki, hopi ear candles, male grooming, aromatherapy treatments and eastern head massage.

and don't forget we still offer ladies cut and finish, blow-drys, all types of colouring, hair extentions, gents cutting and hair ups for that special occasion. Manicures, pedicures, eyelash tints, eyebrow tints & shape and semi permanent lashes

Now open on Mondays

Calle Dr. Fleming, C贸mpeta Tel: 616 022 734

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CLINICA DENTAL Dr. Fernando G. Bajos Blindhuber

24hr Emergencies


Jan Addison-Advanced Practitioner Telephone 616 022 734

Full body treatment and chakra balancing (1 hr) €20 .

Full body treatment and chakra balancing (½ hr) €10 Monday - Friday - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm Tel: 952 51 62 08


Course of 6 x 1 hr treatments €100 .

Course of 6 x ½hr treatments €50 ..

There is no need to undress as Reiki can be performed through clothes. Avda Constitucion, 10 Urb Nueva Villa de Competa, Casa No.6 (Situated in the Main Car Park Area Above La Caixa Bank)

Congelados la Plaza (Freezer shop in the Plaza next door to Country Properties, Competa)

Wide variety of Seafood, fish & meat Pre-Cooked Products

and Frozen Deserts!

RAFFLE EVERY MONTH A free raffle ticket with every purchase

All the freezers are labeled in English, German and Spanish for your ease Open 9.30am - 2.00pm & 5.00pm - 8.00pm

facebook: congeladoslaplaza Tel: 657 167 844 / 635 18 16 13


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Appointments can be made for Thursday mornings at the new improved E.G.O salon by ringing 616 022 734 or 626 157 436 for my mobile service. Email info@egohairandbeauty or

Cómpeta’s First Physiotherapy Centre

Physiotherapy Centre

Fisiosalud Ana C/ del Carmen nº 9, Cómpeta Telephone: 679564686 If you have any discomfort, have back problems or musculo - skeletal problems or any other please call for an appointment. If you need to relax, we offer full massage or lymphatic drainage of the face.

Gift Vouchers available for massages Physiotherapy session: 20 euros (includes acupuncture)

Acupuncture session: 15 euros Lymphatic drainage session: 25 euros Neurological physiotherapy session: 25 euros Full massage session: 30 euros .

Other Services incl: Kinesio taping Osteopathic Treatment after traffic accidents

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Restaurante El Pilón C/Laberinto , Competa Tel: 952 553 512

Open from 7pm, 7 Nights a week

Brunch on the Terrace

Menu del Noche

Every Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm

2 Courses 10 € 3 Courses 12.5 € 3 Courses + ½ bottle of wine 16 €

Homemade English muffins with Eggs benedict, Eggs . Florentine, Fruit Confit and cream and more!

Sunday Lunch 2 Courses 10 € 3 Courses 13.5 €

‘A La carte’ menu & extensive order in advance menu incl. • Beef Wellington • Stuffed Crown of lamb • Zarzuella de Mariscos • Fish and Seafood platter • Meat orgy and many more for 2 people upwards

Terrace now open

Party Venue for up to 120 people with buffet or menu of your choice, Live music also available, Vagablondes’ Acoustic Roots, Not to Fall, Geoff Murrell, Lee Townsend

Booking Recommended

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Customer Service as it used to be!


erhaps one of the most obvious differences between life in Cómpeta and our old life in the UK can be seen every time we walk into a supermarket. There are no bright fluorescent lights, no supermarket jangles being played on the radio or twenty different aisles trying to tempt us with everything from aspic to zucchini. Now let’s be honest, there are times when we all might miss being able to wander aimlessly around a huge superstore, choosing between 20 different varieties of baked beans! However, there is one thing that you most definitely don’t get at ASDA or Tesco and that is the old fashioned service that many of you will remember from the good old days! Being able to walk into a local supermarket where they know you and exactly what you want: somewhere that spend you a little while having a chat about the weather, the family and the latest happenings in the village! For those of you who already shop at the Coviran at the top of the village, close to Plaza del Carmen, you will recognize that this is in fact just the treatment that you get every time you walk through the door! Ana, Santiago and their two sons are always to willing to help you find just what you need. Anything that you can’t find in the shop, whether that be English or Spanish products, you can order and they will do their best to have it for the next time you visit. After 30 years of running the family business the thing that makes this particular supermarket unique is their delivery service: not only do they deliver to both Cómpeta and Canillas but also to the campo. In fact, if you need to get to the shop and don’t have transport of your own, they will even come and pick you up and take you home when you’re ready! If you’re thinking that all this is well and good but how are you going to tell explain to them where


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you live and how to get there, without getting into a big Spanish muddle, don’t worry, they even speak English! So back to making comparisons between the British superstores and our local Spanish supermarkets: we might think that these “little” shops won’t have everything that we need but you will be pleasantly surprised. As you can see in this month’s advert, besides the two weekly food offers, they even have special offers on gloss paint and garden compost! So next time you’re in the village and need to do your weekly shop, why not call in and see for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!

Calle del Carmen, close to Plaza del Carmen At the top of the village (Competa)


Garden Compost 50L 3.50€

Gloss Paint 1L 4.00€ 500ml 2.50€ Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 07.30 - 14.00 17.00 - 21.00


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All major credit cards accepted

Puente Don Manuel

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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New builds, renovations, pools, concrete walls and structures. Water deposits, septic tank installation & emptying. Water deliveries, mini digger, deliveries, Concrete beams supplied and fitted for pergolas in wood effect (call to see samples) natural stone walls All of your property needs.



Glass Workshop, Windows, Doors, Shower Cubicles, Glass Curtains Fly Screens, Garage Doors, Automatic Controls

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Beyond Romania's ice hotel

by Andy Wilkes


n the March Grapevine magazine I wrote about me and my wife's experience in an ice hotel. If I am honest the ice hotel was our reason for being in Romania and as we were busy in the lead up to Christmas we did not really have any chance to research about the country which meant that upon arrival we had little idea what to expect or even what the hotels we would be staying in would be like. Being a natural pessimist I was not expecting much but a quick read through the in-flight magazine and our recently purchased guide book on our flight into Bucharest had raised my hopes. We flew with Romania's budget airline Blue Air which was like flying with EasyJet but just a little shabbier. As we circled over a Bucharest everything was white with snow; the recent disruption at Heathrow airport sprang to mind, but the pilot adeptly landed the plane on the snow covered runway without a problem. An English speaking taxi driver later told us that the year before there was a metre of snow in the streets of Bucharest and yet everything was back to normal within a day which just shows that BAA have a lot to learn and to explain. We shuffled off of the plane and through passport control. Just behind passport control was a small baggage collection belt. We looked around to see which belt our bags would be appearing only to realise that the 10 foot long belt circling before me, so laden with bags and suitcases that they were falling off was it, the only belt. Being British at first I politely stood near the belt trying not to actually knock into or touch anybody, before then getting a bit angry and then finally wading in rudely and grabbing our bags as they emerged. This was our first ever visit to an eastern block country and the baggage collection belt experience felt exactly like my preconception of such a (former communist) country. But this was not Ceauþescu's communist country; this was Romania, member of the European Union since 2007. I later discovered that the airport we had flown into, Baneasa, was the airport used by Blue Air and the main international airport. Ah well. You get what you pay for! Once out of the airport we got into a taxi to go to our hotel; the taxi driver started the engine of his


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Peugeot and huge icon of an engine appeared on the dashboard. The taxi driver calmly took his wallet out of his pocket and put it over the dashboard display covering the worrying engine icon. His magic wallet obviously worked as we go to our hotel without a hitch. There is much to see in Bucharest; the Palace of Parliament is the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon. This audacious building gives a perfect insight into Ceauþescu's megalomania and boasts some unbelievable statistics; designed and built by 4,000 architects and 20,000 builders, 4,500 chandeliers, 1,100 rooms the list goes on. After our guided tour of the building (mainly in Romanian as we were the only foriegners there) that lasted for around an hour, we were informed that we had just seen 1% of the building. I asked our guide to clarfiy two items in our Insight Guide to Romania. Firstly, as stated in said book was there a sliding roof to allow a helicopter to land inside. She said the was a myth. Secondly, are there secret tunnels in the building. She said there were but she did not know about them as they are secret. I did not pluck-up the courage to ask if the tunnels we build by death-row prisoners to maintain their secrecy. In case you are wondering the guide did speak English, which was lucky as my Romanian is a bit rusty. That said Romanian does share many words with Spanish as it is the only Balkan language with Latin roots. It is quite strange to hear words like 'factura' or 'piscina' in the middle of a Russian sounding sentence. Also in Bucharest we happened upon a traditional shopping centre; not some glossy mall of wellknown shops – although these do exist in Bucharest – but a higgledy-piggledy collection of various stalls selling their wares. Here we witnessed a hangover from the communist days we had read about in our guidebook; downward escalators were blocked and there were security guards stopping people from going down in the lift. Later on in the trip we mentioned this to a local who said he had never heard of such a thing. Having spoken to a number of Romanian's the general feeling was that they were the poor man of Europe and that all other countries are prosperous

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and living well. They thought the roads were terrible in Romania and that the trains were always late, neither of which we found to be accurate. My wife Debbie is a much more avid reader than me and before our trip a book called Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker. The book is an autobiographical story of how Blacker moved to Romania in the early 80's, fell in love with a gypsy woman and lived with a group of gypsies (I just looked at the pictures). The book regularly mentioned a plum vodka called Þuicã and she was very keen to try some, so in a restaurant on our first night she ordered a glass. Let's suffice to say we did not bring a bottle back with; rather than a fruity little number it tasted like agua fuerte mixed with vodka. I too came a cropper on the alcohol front. Another item on our list of things to do before we ar 50 is for me to drink vodka in the eastern block, so one night in a less than salubrious bar I ordered a nice sounding concoction from the cocktail menu. The waitress carried drinks over and handed a bright pink mixture in a cocktail glass to my wife. She informed the waitress that the pink drink was in fact for me. I did drink it. It was very nice. But I did ask the waitress to put it in a straight glass for me!

with our food said “if anybody in here annoys you, just let me know and I will beat them up for you”. Normally you could laugh off such a comment, but we were after all in vampire territory, Transylvania. In fact a visit to Bran castle, a delightful castle that has somehow become intertwined with the Dracula story, we began to 'see' more and more vampires. In fact the more we drank the more we saw. Bran castle has no real links with the Dracula, despite a number of vampire films being shot there. In fact Vlad the Impaler, who the story is based, never lived there. However it is still worth a visit. A must see when in the region is Sighisoara, which is one of the best-preserved mediaeval towns in Europe. After 5 minutes of wandering around it is easy to th see why this almost intact 16 century town is a Unesco world heritage site. If it was not for cars parked in the street it is like going back in time. Time seems to have stood still too for some Romanians living their simple life working the land seemingly oblivious to the fact we are in the st 21 century. See these people wearing their sheep skins and driving horse drawn carts is a sight to behold.

Bran (Dracula's) Castle, Romania

Every hotel we stayed in on our trip had warm hotel rooms. In fact so warm that although it was snowing outside we had to open the bedroom windows in each one. The hotel we stayed in prior to visiting the ice hotel was in Brasov overlooked the main square and contained probably the biggest real Christmas tree I have ever seen; it was bedecked in lights and stood over small wooden huts selling hot mulled wine and other delicacies. It was very romantic and looked truly magical in fact just like one of the high quality Christmas cards available in Todo Papel, Cómpeta. Sorry I should point out here that like commercial TV stations in the UK I have begun to offer product placement. If all goes well next month's article will be a review of my new Rolls Royce. The list goes on of the things we did during our 8 days in Romania; we visited the European city of culture 2007, Sibiu, where a waitress said to me the strangest thing I have ever heard in a restaurant. After asking us if everything was OK ff

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The people of Romania were very friendly and welcoming, the food was good and we only had chance to see about 10% of the things in our guide book. We would not hesitate to go back to see the painted monasteries in Moldavia, sample the Turkish influenced area of Dobrogea overlooking the Black Sea or to visit the more cosmopolitan Banat region in the west of the country. Maybe one day the locals will realise just what a gem of a country they live in .

Breast & Body Screening Medical Thermography

Janet van Dam - Tel 618 989 125

Non Invasive Pain Free Radiation Free Reliable Centro Mar y Salud, El Morche 952 532 065 617 913 196 Tuesdays & Thursdays 11.00 - 17.00


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Salon de Belleza Hair and Beauty Salon

Tin Tin . .

Prepare for summer Treat yourself to a facial for only 30euros & Tin Tin will give you a manicure for free

New Reflexology, Aromatherapy & Swedish Massage by Sally Anne Bowler Call into the Salon for more details

Nueva villa de Cómpeta (Just behind Café Cómpeta)

Tel: 952 516 416 English, Danish & Spanish

Mon-Fri 10.00-13.30 17.00-20.00 .

Sat 10.00 - 14.00

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

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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:


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"15 % discount on Scalibor collars this month protect your pet against tics and mosquitoes”

HOURS: WEEK DAYS: 9.30-13.30 MON - FRI & 17.00-20.00 MON & WED SAT: 10.00-13.00 CLOSED: SUN Clínica Veterinaria Naturvets Cómpeta Avda. de La Constitución 15 29754 Cómpeta Tel 952 55 38 50

Clínica Veterinaria Naturvets Benajarafe N-340 Málaga-Almería 164 29790 Benajarafe Tel 952 51 32 07 URG: 617001723 - now also on Facebook, check out our puppies and kittens for adoption.


CÓMPETA Plaza Almijara, 6

Menu All Day & Special Restaurant Menu Inside dining area upstairs with view of the Plaza Almijara Paella every Sunday Please call in for more information Tel: 952 55 37 01 To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

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1. Mummy 2. Lynyrd Skynryd (Leonard Skinner) 3. The Midwich Cuckoos (John Wyndham) 4. The Davis Cup 5. Virus 6. Baroque 7. Ireland and Germany 8. The Green Mile 9. Ferdinand Magellan (el mar Pacifico) 10. Five answers a. The Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon) b. Mother Nature's Son (The Beatles) c. Mother's Little Helper (The Rolling Stones) d. Does Your Mother Know (ABBA) e. Your Mother Should Know (The Beatles) 11. Casablanca 12. The devil (Satan, Lucifer etc) 13. A sex change 14. Automobiles 15. Sampan 16. Alcock and Brown 17. Six answers a. Stevie Wonder b. ABBA c. Rod Stewart d. David Bowie e. Neil Diamond f. Emerson Lake & Palm

The Pub Quiz on (pg84)

1. Fall of rain (6) 2. Embarrass (5) 3. Strangle (8) 4. Big (5) 5. Sledge (4) 8. Earthenware (8) 12. Seventh planet (6) 14. Change (5) 16. Scowl (5) 17. Delighted (4)

Down 1. Stylish (5) 3. Roman garments (5) 6. Egg-shaped (4) 7. Change into ice (6) 9. Anaesthetic (5) 10. Skirt worn by ballerinas (4) 11. Not in (3) 13. Baby powder (4) 15. Person sentenced to life in prison (5) 18. Scattered rubbish (6) 19. Woman's dress (4) 20. Grimy (5) 21. Queues (5)


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

Harley St. Dentist of 25 Years 24 hr. Dental Emergencies 648 203 157

Assume you"re getting good dentistry elsewhere ? Try us. FREE SECOND OPINION ( X- RAY 15 euros )




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

e.cigs Specialist CAR aircon service and repair. Don't wait till it stops working. Call today.

Before & After Refurbished Headlights

Have your headlights gone opaque or yellow ?This is now an ITV FAILURE. Have them professionally re-furbished to like new. Get your aircon and headlights done together at a special price.

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

Electronic Cigarettes Switch to a healthier way of smoking any time, any place, anywhere. Less than half the price of normal cigarettes. Benefits. Tastes like a real cigarette Doesn’t smell 90% less harmful No nicotine withdrawal No yellowing of teeth or bad breath Can be smoked anywhere including on planes Doesn’t offend non smokers Less than half the price of normal cigarettes So change to a healthier way of life and save money! Starter Kit T.C.Flight 2 1 Battery.1atomizer. 3 cartridges. (aprox 60 cigs) 1 usb wall charger And Bonus offer 10 refill cartridges (approx 200 cigs) Normal cost 20 Euros .Limited offer while stocks last! All for the low price of 39.95 Euros Disposable in-flight cigs 9.95 Euros

Find us at the Country Farmers Market at Trapiche & markets at Puente don Manuel, Molina & Hippadromo Mijas Costa

Ring: 645 066 502 ask for Mandy

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The Spanish Coffee Break Spanish Political & Election Vocabulary la política político gobierno constitución ciudadano derechos presidente congreso senado diputado senador gobernador votar el voto la elección elegido

politics politician government constitution citizen rights president congress senate congressman senator governor to vote the vote the election elected

campaña partido encuesta republicanos demócratas independientes derechista izquierdista conservador liberal debate candidato/nominee delegado colegio electoral ideología lobby

campaign party poll republicans democrats independents right wing left wing conservative liberal debate candidate delegate electoral college ideology lobby

Sopa de Letras Search & Learn with the very first “Sopa de Letras” in the Axarquia! Political & Election Vocabulary Search Word la política político gobierno constitución ciudadano derechos presidente congreso senado diputado senador gobernador votar el voto la elección elegido campaña partido encuesta republicanos demócratas independientes derechista izquierdista conservador liberal debate candidato/nominee delegado colegio electoral ideología lobby


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Translation politics politician government constitution citizen rights president congress senate congressman senator governor to vote the vote the election elected campaign party poll republicans democrats independents right wing left wing conservative liberal debate candidate delegate electoral college ideology lobby

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Translating Services Helping you with all of your English – Spanish translating challenges, including; *Townhall-related queries *Doctor/Hospital appointments *Arranging for a builder, plumber, electrician *Sorting out your Residencia, Empadronamiento, NIE number *Setting up a bank account *Queries with Telefonica or Endesa Or if you'd like to brush up on your Spanish, perhaps a conversation class? (either one-to-one or small groups)

BAR EL THEO Open 10.00 until late Menu del Dia House Specials Potaje de Hinojos - Chivo y Codero

For a friendly, no-obligation chat call me on:661023753, or

Salares: Follow the signs off the main rd

Located in Cómpeta

Tel: 606 44 89 39 - - Malaga

Large enclosed play area Lots of country walks Pet collection & Delivery service

Café Bar

“El Despacho De Fernan” (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:

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

English Lessons

Located in Cómpeta

Are you worried that your child may not be realising their full potential when it comes to English? Would they benefit from a little extra help with their reading, their writing or their grammar? Let me help your child gain confidence and improve their English skills. Lessons can be conducted on a one-to-one basis or alternatively in small groups.

For a friendly, no-obligation chat call me on:661023753 or

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Karaoke & DJ Bars, Hotels, Restaurants & Private functions Selection of English & Spanish music

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

Taking the wife to the Rodeo A man took his wife to the rodeo and one of the exhibits is that of breeding bulls. They went up to the first pen and there was a sign that said, "This bull mated 50 times last year." The wife poked her husband in the ribs and said, "He mated 50 times last year." They walked a little further and saw another pen with a sign that said, "This bull mated 120 times last year." The wife hit her husband and said, "That's more than twice a week! You could learn a lot from him." They walked further and a third pen had a bull with a sign saying, "This bull mated 365 times last year." The wife got really excited and said, "That's once a day. You could REALLY learn something from this one." The husband looked at her and said, "Go up and ask him if it was with the same cow." The husband's condition has been reduced from critical to stable and he should make a full recovery

Esencia Salon de belleza y peluqueria “NATI� Av. Canillas, 33, 29754, Competa, (Malaga)

Tel: 952 51 62 89 / 654 52 85 25


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Hairdresser Facial Treatments General Treatments Alternative Therapies Laser Hair Removal Photorejuvenation Prensoterapia Hidrotherapy Hair Removal Massages To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

Taberna -Teteria Hierbabuena Avenida de la Constitucion, 37, C贸mpeta


New.... Fresh, cold, natural fruit juices e.g strawberry, raspberry, melon, pineapple and more!

Pensaditos Excellent variety of salads Morrocan pancakes Crepes Breakfasts .

A Bar,Tea Room & Morrocan shop Come and try our menu of traditional, Spanish and Morrocan dishes Inside and outside dinning on the terrace, Tapas available,


Chocolate drinks and Fruit juices A large selection of tea's & traditional homemade cakes .

Come inside and browse our beautiful shop, perhaps buy some different teas, candles or some incense. Open 6 days a week Kitchen Open all day Closed Tuesdays

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 Jianshe 250cc Quad

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

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

FREELANDER 2005 41,000Km Leather Upholstery Sunroofs One owner Full Service History ITV €12,000 Competa 952030215 / 665156467 Ssangyong Musso Sports Pickup Oct 2004 2.9TDI Mercedes engine,manual,Spanish reg lhd Careful lady driver,Full service historyExcellent condition throughout, 83,000 kms (51,000miles) 8,000 Euros, open to offers, Full details 618422446

Assortment of Second Tables & Chairs More Items Available, Call into S. Chavos Constructions Office opposite Bar Bodega Competa.

From €150 Tel: 952 553 678

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 Carriage with Pony! Business for sale Sold together or seperatly. Carriage like new

Gardening and poolFree maintenance Delivery Established Together 6 yearsonly includes van, tools,€2300 machines and 626 836 736 full client list - Basic Tel: Spanish esential For more details call: 680 496 673 Assortment of Second Hand Cabinets & Lamps,

Assortment of Second Hand Cabinets & Lamps, More Items Available, Call into S. Chavos Constructions Office opposite Bar Bodega From €25 Competa.

Tel: 952 553 678

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 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 634492382 Bass amplifier – Ashdown magnifier combo. Powerful amp suitable for use in a live band. Offers to Sue on 634492382. Wireless router bought in 2010 with booster antenna. 30 euros. Call Sue on 634492382. “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: UK REG Nissan XTRAIL 2.2 DCI Sport RHD, 55 Plate, 62K Miles, SH, Taxed, MOT 8997 Euros ONO Call Andy 633 611 619 Salisar Chrome mixer tap, excellent condition. €20. Tel: 622 761458 Black Metal Fire Screen 67x60cm as new and with box - 10 euros. RAC Auto Battery Charger 6V & 12V as new hardly used - 10 euros 1 Oil filled Electric oil heater - 15 euros 1 Oil filled Electric oil heater - 10 euros. Tel Peter 951242461 or email

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.

HH SM200w Stereo Mixer/Amp with Klynstrom speakers & cables Boss MS100w monitor with stand Ghananian Djembe with Kenti cloth shoulder bag CD Library in cases (hundreds – many, collector's items) Book Library in crates Toolboxes (well-stocked) 'as new’ Call: 677 215 371 or email:

Wanted Double-bike carrier wanted for attachment to back of car. Contact 669334665 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 than 150,000 km. Range Rover preferred. Call UK +44 7789 612108 Trailer approx. 2.5mtrs x 1.5mtrs with drop tailgate and not too heavy. Tel: 952 553 553

Wanted, Central heating radiators, any size! I dont mind, Its starting to get a bit nippy at night. Can pick up. Tel:696346715 Monte Arisa' or 'Agrofisa' Water Share Wanted Water Share wanted for Frigiliana area from either private system. Tel: 952 55 38 07 or 660 51 01 34 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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•May 2011 Horoscopes• ARIES

20th March - 19th April






ou will be using a path of restraint in the way you communicate as you will not be saying all that comes to your mind and you will be using some discretion.




22th November - 21st December



our home life could be a little tense now due to some obstacles that you need to address with your partner. There is the need for some adjustments and reorientation.


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23rd October - 21st November



22th December - 19th January


ou are going through a period of expansion that could have given some of you Sagittarians some weight gain. This needs to be handled in a constructive way.



our lucky break might be closer than you think as you continue to proceed with caution and hard work toward your much dreamed personal goals.

ines of communication are open providing growth in your relationships. There is a person who could be a friend who has grown on you as time and truth have progressed.


23rd August - 22th September

here is much harmony surrounding your home life this month. It is connected to your shared resources which you are dealing with behind closed door.

ome of you might meet the love of your life although you should walk on tip toes on this and ask many questions before you get into anything too serious.



our way of coming across with new ideas could bring an increase with your outside sources of income in spite of feelings of restlessness and mental anxiety.




our home responsibilities and your outside resources of income all seem to be coming together for you in a very harmonious way. Enjoy the moment!

our thoughts are going a mile a minute trying to sort out all the obstacles that you may encounter and you could find yourself changing your mind a few times.

here is some friction concerning some personal expenses Communication concerning this could bring a positive agreement



big opportunity for you to reach some of your greatest ambitions in life is present due to your hard work and diligence at work.

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Country Markets

Los Jardines del Trapiche

Home now urgently needed for these two beautiful young adult cats known (unsurprisingly!) as Black Cat and Ginger Cat

Variety of stalls old & new Every Tuesday 9.30am - 1.30pm Indoor & outdoor market set in a beautiful courtyard all year round Los Jardines del Trapiche Ctra. de Benamargosa km 0´5 29719 El Trapiche. Vélez- Málaga

If you would like to have a stall or would like more information call Anita 627 877 164

website coming soon


We are relocating and sadly need to find a home for our beloved cats. They are not related but have been raised together since kittenhood in the campo close to Competa. They would like really like to find a new home in a rural location..... and they want to stay together if at all possible. Both cats have been neutered, are clean, 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 loving home. Ginger is male and Black Cat is female. They are both around 6 years old and are in excellent health. They come with a stock of cat food and Frontline plus cat beds and a carrying basket! We can even supply and fit a cat flap. If you can help, please give Sue a call on 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….

20% discount for new clients TLF: 952 967 932/ 691 302 343 MÁLAGA –TORRE DEL MAR (VÉLEZ-MÁLAGA)

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Spanish National Darts Championship Congratulations to the Cyber Café Darts Team in Torre del Mar, they recently won the Andalucian Team Steel Tip Championships and at time of going to print they are currently competing against the best teams in Spain in the Spanish National Finals being held in Valencia. Also once again well done to Phil Stockton for winning the Individuals event against the best players in Andualucia. The Cyber Café Darts Team is Sponsored by

“campeones campeones oe oe oe”

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THE STEWARDESS A guy is sitting in the bar in departures at a busy airport. A beautiful woman walks in and sits down at the table next to him. He decides because she's got a uniform on, she's probably an off-duty flight attendant.

ONE LINERS My wife wants me to give her a Rastafarian hair do. I'm dreading it. For some weird reason today, I had the urge to get a caricature done of me...I was strangely drawn...! I thought about Chessington, Woodlands and Thorpe Park before deciding on Disneyland... It was the last resort.

So he decides to have a go at picking her up by identifying the airline she flies for, thereby impressing her greatly.

I'm a pretty good Ventriloquist... Even though I say so myself

He leans across to her and says the Delta Airlines motto 'We love to fly and it shows'.

My new dating web site for chickens has not turned into the financial success that I was hoping for... I'm struggling to make hens meet

The woman looks at him blankly. He sits back and thinks up another line.

I accidently drank a litre of food colouring... I feel like I'm dyeing inside!

He leans forward again and delivers the Air France motto 'Winning the hearts of the world'.

I just bought a Monopoly set which had no instructions... What are the chances?

Again she just stares at him with a slightly puzzled look on her face.

I've been described as a cracker, probably because I'm embarrassing to pull, you don't always get a bang and my jokes are terrible...

Undeterred, he tries again, this time saying the Malaysian Airlines motto ‘Going beyond expectations'. The woman looks at him sternly and says 'What the f**k do you want?' 'Ah!' he says, sitting back with a smile on his face. "Ryanair

Dave Dawson - Canillas de Albaida

Email your jokes to

I sell balloons for 10p each or if you want them blown up it's 15p...I've adjusted the price to allow for inflation... Currently stuck at an auction bidding for a house with a lengthy corridor... I'm in it for the long hall. I'm not a fan of violent sex... I won't beat around the bush I had a threesome with an obtuse and an isosceles It was a love triangle! I was walking into my local pub, when I suddenly realised it was darts night... So I did a 180, and left!!

Darren Twiselton - Northampton



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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CONSTRUCTIONS STEVE SMITH A small dedicated company living and working in the area for nine years offering the following services.

New builds, Reforms and renovations, Swimming pools, Decorative brickwork, Tiling, Plastering, All aspects of plumbing and electrical works, Kitchens a speciality (design service available), Wood work for the garden including Gazebos and decking. Retaining walls and concrete work. Maintenance for property rentals. All works large and small undertaken. For a free quotation or more information please call Steve

Tel: 655067466

Weston Kennels & Cattery Fully Licensed Kennels Over 18 Years Experience Collection Service Long stays our speciality We also have CAS Dogs & Cats looking For a home. Tel: 951254134

Tel: 639406527

Email: we are on the Torrox-Competa road 100m from Pavo Real

A real home from home for your pets

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1. The name for which kind of very elderly person stems from the Persian word for 'wax'? 2. Which popular 70s band was named after an American high school gym teacher? 3. The two films 'Village of the Damned' were based on which book? 4. Which trophy, which has been played for since 1900, has often been called "The ugliest salad bowl in the world"? 5. Which unpopular little word is Latin for poison or slimy liquid? 6. St. Paul's cathedral in London is an example of which architectural style? 7. The majority of immigrants to the USA between 1820 and 1900 came from which two countries? 8. In which film is corn bread, meat loaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, okra and peach cobbler the last meal request of condemned prisoner John Coffey? 9. Which maritime explorer gave the Pacific ocean its name? 10. The following are the first words to songs with the word 'Mother' in the song title. Can you name the song? One point for each correct answer. a. No I would not give you false hope on this strange and mournful day b. Born a poor young country boy c. What a drag it is getting old d. You're so hot teasing me e. Let's all get up and dance to a song 11. For many years after WW II the part of Major Strasser was removed from which cult film in German cinemas? 12. Who was the most infamous of all the seraphim?

17. Who released each of the following chart topping albums in 1977? One point for each correct answer.

13. Christine Jorgensen was the first person to undergo what in 1953? 14. Shiguli and Zil are both examples of what in Russia? 15. The name for which vessel, often a habitat, stems from the Chinese for 'three' and 'plank'? 16. Which two British aviators were the first to be able to say 'yesterday I was in the Americas, today I'm in Europe'?

a. Songs In The Key Of Life b. Arrival c. A Night On The Town d. Low e. Love At The Greek f. Works

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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

New chargrill steak Choose from beef fillet, sirloin and rump. Choices of sauces All served with homemade chips. Prices from 10.00 Euros .

Sat 7th May See our menus on

blues and beyond live tapas menu 13.50 Euros . Sat 28th May To book call: 952 55 48 12 / 628 30 74 90 84

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

To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

with 25 years experience I’ll come to you

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

Nigel Pendry Axarquia Mobile Barber

All Areas

Phone Rob on 690 076 988 or 951 247 171

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


€9 per hour

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ER MELLI Large selection of white goods Homeware, Gifts, Jewelry School Material and Stationary

New & Second Hand

Avda. Constitucion, 53 Oppostite the school Tel: 952 553 698 Mob: 696 793 477 email:

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"ON YOUR BIKE!" Martin Robinson, aged 63 and living in Canillas de Albaida, did get on his bike to raise money for the Help 4 Heroes charity. As an adventure sports enthusiast Martin looked at our local mountain to provide this unique challenge. On Wednesday 13th April Martin successfully completed probably the first descent of Mount Maroma (2068 mtrs) from the summit to the village of Canillas de Albaida; a distance of 15 km and a drop of about 6,000 ft; on a mountain bike. The descent was of course preceded by the ascent that turned out to be very tiring as all the bike parts had to be carried to the summit and reassembled for the descent. Martin and his team managed to push, carry and pull the bike over really rough ground. He managed to ride most of the way down the top section to the meadow for phase two of the trip. Martin arrived at the high meadow after descending the steepest part three hours later absolutely exhausted but pleased that he had got over the worst section, ahead of schedule. He then set off from the high meadow to ride the 10


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km down the winding mountain tracks through the forest to the Hotel Finca El Cerrillo near Canillas that marked the end of the event. A motor cycle escort from 'Trailblazer's' went ahead of Martin arriving at the finish in record time as they descended down to the finish at the hotel; the major sponsor of the event. They finished the day with a few cold beers

with loyal supporters and hotel guests kindly donated over 100€ to the H4H charity. A memorable day for all. Help 4 Heroes is a charity devoted to the rehabilitation of injured service personnel. Martin said that "there is no doubt that I could not have completed this fund raiser without the help of my supporters who encouraged me when I was exhausted and were strong and willing when I needed help with all my kit. They helped me reach my target of 1000€ along with many others that contributed on line to H4H” Martin summed up this event by saying "I think that I should seriously consider my next challenge; maybe a sponsored week in a luxury spa perhaps?”

BIRDS AND THE BEES There were two courses in April in Cómpeta one in the Town Hall with Birgit, Nacho and Jose Maria all experts on the environment in particular flowers, plants and wildlife. The second course was held in the open air at Casa La Mina, what the Spanish call, "Aula en la Naturaleza". In total there were 51 participants representing a dozen different nationalities. Jose Maria Arjona led the course and explained in great detail all about "The Birds and the Bees", and the "Flora and Fauna" in the Sierra. For more information on courses in Cómpeta please contact Tom Ferber at the Town Hall.

SOCIALIST (PSOE) Pilar Ortiz Hidalgo was named the new mayor of Canillas de Aceituno in April, becoming the town’s first female mayor. She has taken over from Jose Manuel Aranda, mayor since 1999, who resigned on March 16 after being disqualified from public office for nine years for town planning offences. She will be mayor until the mayoral elections.

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Local News LOCAL GIGS The Dixie Swing Band, Sunday Roast - Every Sunday 2pm - 6 pm. The Boatyard Bar - Playa Playazo - Nerja Tel. 659 778 105

REMAINS OF ANCIENT ROMAN TEMPLE UNCOVERED Work being carried out in the area surrounding the Roman ruins in Torrox have uncovered remains of a temple dating back to the first century. Between 30 and 40 pieces, mainly lintels and fragments of columns have been found near the coast and work is ongoing in the hopes of discovering other hidden remains. The archaeologist supervising the works, Aurora Urdiales, has classified it as an “impressive discovery, both due to the magnitude and dimension of each element and due to the state of conservation in which they have been found”. The temple is believed to be part of the old Roman town of Caviclum, located in the area where the lighthouse can now be seen. SPAIN’S ONLY SEVEN-STAR HOTEL TO OPEN IN ALMUÑECAR WORK on the first seven-star hotel in Spain, the Bahia Fenicia, planned in Almuñecar, is due to begin in 2013. This will be the second seven-star hotel in Europe. the project for the complex.

TRAM SERVICE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS Operation of the second phase of the tram service in VelezMalaga will not start until after the municipal elections on May 22. The current mayor and PSOE candidate in the town, Salome Arroyo, has said that the second part of the tram route which work was completed more than two years ago, and which will add two new stops to the service, will not begin to run until after the elections.

Accoustic Roots Friday 13 May Meson Morisco, Sayalonga. Tel: 952 535270. Saturday 21 May Alberdini Restaurant, Competa. Tel: 952 516294. Friday 3 June El Ancla, Torrox Costa. Tel: 952 967103. For all Acoustic Roots gigs: Geoff Murrell Friday 6th May Restaurante El Pino, Torrox Park 952 530 006 Sunday 5th May Music and BBQ in the afternoon at Restaurante Almijara, Canillas de Albaida Tel 607 925 981 Alberdini, Competa Tel 952 516 294

TORROX SPEED TRAP More than 1,000 drivers have been caught by the new speed radars in the tunnel section of the A-7 in Torrox since they came into operation on March 1. The maximum permitted speed in the tunnel, located near the municipal border with Nerja, is 100 kilometres per hour.

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Albaida Restaurant Saturday 7th May Blues and Beyond Live Saturday 28th Quiz Night with Lasagne supper

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C NTACTS DIRECT RY Sponsored by:

Emergency Numbers Emergency Services Ambulance Fire Brigade Guardia Civil

112 061 080 062

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 Restaurant Alberdini Tel: 952 51 62 94

Airconditioning / Heating Tel: 638 015 879

Construction Construcciones S. Chavos Tel: 952 553 807 Construcciones Schmid Tel 652 656 066 Dry-stone Gabion Walls Tel: 660 792 282 Steve Smith Construction Tel: 655 067 466 Lee Talbot Construction Tel: 659 324 586 General Handyman Tel: 655 485 944

Drains Phone: 952.539.742

Mobile: 606.423.869 infrared panels for inside, low cost, healthy - Stops mould and damp

CALL NOW 952 967 015 Infrared Heating Outside for patios bars, smoking areas - low running cost

Malagaclima Tel: 952 96 78 03 Tecnicas Tel: 952 52 95 38

Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628

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

Food Stores & Bakeries The English Shop Tel: 687 384 191 Coviran Tel: 952 516 133

Carpenters Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149

Hairdressers Continued Tin Tin Hairdressers Tel: 952 516 416 Peluqueria Nati Tel: 952 51 62 89

Health & Beauty Clínica Radiológica Rubí Dr. Irene Rubí Palomares TEL/FAX: 951 25 83 91

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 Medical Thermography Urology Vitamin and Mineral Iridology dificiencies testing Food allergies testing Colontherapy Pedicure Nutritional coaching Yoga Classes Gym classes Costemetic treatments Paseo Marítimo, El Morche/Torrox Costa, 952 532 065 / 617 913 196,

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


Beauty Treatments

Computer Services Mobile : 650 870 625 Email see main advert Advice




Furniture Stores

Upgrade Antivirus

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

Ceramic Giftware

Advanced Cosmetic Procedures & Electrolysis

Nerja Sofas Tel: 608 091 660


Handmade Ceramic Giftware

Qualified Sports & Remedial Therapist Unisex Hairdressers

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

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

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

Removal of Moles, Thread veins, Milia, Skin tags, Blood spots, Warts, Verrucas and Age spots

For all enquires please call: 693 740 575

Rebeccah Curtis Centre Tel: 952 53 0122 Clinica Europa (English Dentist) Tel: 952 53 09 08 Physiotherapist (Competa) Tel: 679564686

Internet & Telephone

Plumbers & Water Solutions

Tel: 951 239 888

Nerja Solutions Tel: 952527145

The Waterworks Man Tel: 952 554 870



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

Thomas Sobel Tel: 689 704 378

Property Legal Advice


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: 686 361 003

Solutions 4 U

IDE Cocina Tel: 952 541 895

Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07

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

Leisure, Hobbie & Gifts

Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34

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

Restaurants, Catering & Bars


REMY’S CATERING Tel: 952 553 825


Puffin Dive Centre

Also Local Removals & Storage Mobile Home Sales & Transportation

Learn to scuba dive in your pool or ours 1 on 1 tuition Must be under 75 years old! (00 34) 952 115 322

Always wanted to dive? Do it this Summer! +44 800 542 8181

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

Nerja Sofa’s & removals Tel: 951 247 240 / 608 091 660

Tel: 952 553 493 Mechanics & Recovery


BIG Garage

Tel: 952 528 961 Talleres Simon Tel: 609 823 137

35 Castillo alto, poligono industrial, Nerja 29780


Alberdini Restaurante Tel: 661 188 466 Albaida Restaurante Tel: 952 554 812 La Casona - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 37 01 Cantueso Restaurante Tel: 699 946 213 Bar Fernans Tel: 952 553 792 Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 553 662 .

Taberna de Oscar Tel: 952 553 722

Real Estate


Bar Nautico Tel: 666 698 104 .

Tel: (+34) 620 914 104

Tel: (+34) 951 321 359

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

Bar Continental Tel: 635 835 44 Fonzies Tel: 952 519 733

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

Villa Care House Martins

Tel: 638 015 879

Tel: 652 970 608

Spa’s & Saunas

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

Property Care and Management Services

Todo Casa Tel: 628 776 226 Country Maintenance Tel: 952 516 236

Vets Naturvets Tel: 952 55 38 50

Website Design Solicitors

The Grapevine Magazine Tel: 618 360 290

+34 952 532 582


Upholstery Michael’s Upholstery Tel:952 55 34 64 Lizzy Reilly Tel: 952 55 35 75

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

Official Manufacturer

Mobility Products For Sale or Hire Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

WALKERS INTERNATIONAL MOVERS LTD Local, National & International Removals Domestic, Commercial & Industrial Storage Full Loads * Par t Loads * Small Consignments


Northampton (00 44) 1604 704 030 Email: Head Office 33-34 Liliput Road, Brackmills, Northampton NN4 7DT

in May CHURCH SERVICES Alhama de Granada, St. Barnabas I.E.R.E (Anglican). Service in English at 11.30 first and third Sundays of the month now at La Joya Roman Catholic Church, Plaza Alfonso X11. contact Priest 95 203 0461 or Warden 95 252 0921 or95 2510056. Torre del Mar( Lux Mundi Centre). St. Barnabas I.E.R.E, Spanish Episcopal service in English at 11 o'clock, first and third Sunday Morning Prayer, second and forth Sundays Holy Communion. Contact Rector 95 203 0461 or Wardens 25 251 0921 and 95 251 0056. 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 Sunday in the Sanysol Chapel, Torre del Mar at 10.30 a.m., and at Competa in the Parish Church at 5.30 p.m. All are welcome. Contact number 952 219 396. TRAPICHE SOCIAL CLUB We meet every Wednesday from 12 Noon at El Trapiche Restaurant. We organise social activities every week including card games (bridge and cribbage and any other requested), dominoes, skittles beetle drives and occasionally FREE bingo. 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 4 Social Activities 11 Social Activities 18 Social Activities and Monthly Lunch 25 Social Activities 26 Coach Trip to Antequera Advance Notice 15 August Almunecar Fireworks by coach LUX MUNDI TORRE DEL MAR 1st Mother Day Lunch 11th Fashion Show 4pm 19th Trip to Gibraltar 25th Craft Fayre 29/5-2/6 Trip to Lisbon Every Mon 3pm-5pm German speaking afternoon Every Tues Music Appreciation Soc.

To advertise call Helen on 637 028 873

Every Wed 3pm-5pm Art Group - 5:30 Choir Practice Every Fri 11am-1pm Coffee morning & Boutique Every Sat 5pm Catholic Church service Every Sun 10:30am Anglican Service St. Barnabas Deposits required for all trips & events. For more information tel 952543334

in November

THE PHOENIX SOCIAL & WELFARE CLUB. We meet 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. For bookings call Gail on 951 167 400 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 ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TORRE DEL MAR We meet every Wed between 12 - 2 pm at the La Vega Rest. next to Mercadona supermarket. All ages welcome-various activities held at the Weekly Meetings May 10th - 12th, Trip to Cordoba & Patios Festival, 2 nights 140€ mem/150€ non-mem B&B Limited availability 20th Almunecar Market & Lunch 12.50 inc mem 13.50 non mem. THE 5th NERJA FESTIVAL OF ART 2011 2 MAY- 10 MAY. Mornings:11am -13.30 Afternoons:18.00- 21.30 SALA MERCADO c/ San Miguel, Nerja. FREE ENTRY!!!

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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. Great bargain.

Pretty 2 bedroom villa in wonderful countryside location with good access. Charming pool terrace, various patios and a garage. 3,700 m2 plot with mature garden, super mountain views. Excellent value for money.

Stunning 2 bedroom villa in a great location with 8mt x 4mt pool, outside kitchen with BBQ and super terraces. Quality finish with underfloor heating / air con, d/g windows. Must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Ref: C3178

224,000 euro

Ref: T633


89,000 euro

Gorgeous fully reformed 3 bedroom,2 bath town house with split level roof terraces and summer kitchen. Super central location and fantastic views over the village and down to the sea. Lots of character.

Ref: C1174

149,000 euro

239,000 euro

Ref: T602


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. Ref: C1162

180,000 euro

TORROX Fantastic studio apartment in a prime location in Torrox Costa with stunning sea views. Opan plan living area with kitchenette, family bathroom, sun lounge. Comunal swimming pool, walking distance to the beach.

Ref: T707

65,000 euro

The Grapevine Magazine May 2011  

The Grapevine Magazine May 2011