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February 2014

Issue 106

Grapevine Magazine

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Editors Note... This month includes Valentines day and it falls on a Friday this year. Many restaurants are organising something special for the evening of the 14th just take a look inside the magazine. If you are looking to buy your loved one a present turn to page 10 for some ideas. Last month the wine glass competition was won by Lidy de Ruiter who wins the competition for the second time. What a lucky lady! This shows the competition is done fairly and even if you have entered before and won, you still have a chance of winning again. If you are a business and would like to sponsor the competition please get in touch with us on 637 028 873 and we will provide some more details. Front Cover: La Plaza, Canillas

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This year The Grapevine Magazine will continue to support the local charity CAMPO as much as we can. This month they present Competa's first Hoe-Down on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at The Balcon Hotel, Competa. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.Tickets for what promises to be a fantastic evening are only 5 euros and include a welcome drink. They are now on sale from either a committee member, Todo Papel or The Balcon Hotel, Competa. There will be limited access, however for only 5 euros tickets will be available on the door on the night but this does not include a welcome drink. So don't miss out, get your ticket now! Once again monies raised will go to local charities.

February Weather

Enjoy and keep reading (and looking for the wine glass!)

Days with rainfall: 6 Days Avg Max Temperature: 16.9 c Hours of Sunshine : 6.3 p/day

The Editor

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.

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Astra 2E satellite signal loss Local business bb4s have an IPTV solution


Stay in control of your energy consumption How to monitor home energy consumption



Roots of Hope More Campo Cuttings with Lorraine Cavanagh


Top 10 tablets on the market A review of the best tablets currently on sale in the UK


Play Pens Stairgates Travel Cots Booster Seats


Child Car Seats Zimmer Frames High Chairs Wheelchairs and much more...

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General Francisco Franco and helped guide the country's transition to democracy.


World Press Photo Exhibition 2013

NEWS IN SPAIN News from around Spain


French couple were beaten up by security guards while on holiday in southern Spain after accidentally setting off an alarm at a supermarket check-out. The brutal attack on the pair took place in front of their two children, aged five and 13, and was secretly recorded by the eldest child on his mobile phone. The couple, who were on holiday in Torrevieja over the New Year, have reported the incident to police. They claim that a security alarm was activated as they went to leave the Carrefour supermarket in a shopping centre in Torrevieja on Spain’s Costa Blanca. They explained that similar alarms had been set off as they passed through other stores and all the family members were made to repeatedly walk through the security barrier. The family were then led to a security room by the two guards where the woman, was “violently” searched. No stolen items were discovered and when the woman insisted that

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they be allowed to leave, she was attacked by the security guards. Video footage filmed by the 13 year-old son showed the guards repeatedly punching the mother as they attempted to handcuff her while the husband was gripped around the neck as he tried to protect her. The screams of the woman and sobbing of her youngest child could be heard throughout.


court in Spain has summoned King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter Cristina over suspected tax and money-laundering crimes - a first for a direct relative of the monarch .Cristina, 48, has been linked to the business affairs of her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is under investigation for alleged embezzlement of public funds. The decision by a court in Majorca is a major blow to the prestige of the 76-year-old Spanish king, who became head of state after the death in 1975 of

rowth in Spain’s tourist industry is forecast to come in at 1.8 percent this year, triple the increase of 0.6 percent posted in 2013, leading lobby Exceltur said. “Tourism will continue to be the main engine of growth in the Spanish economy in 2014 due to an increase in the tourist GDP, which we estimate at 1.8 percent this year with respect to the levels of 2013, well above the consensus analyst forecast of an increase of 0.6 percent for the Spanish economy as a whole, Exceltur said in its latest report on the sector. The lobby said the sector would continue to be driven by higher consumption from Spain’s main overseas markets due to ongoing instability in the eastern Mediterranean and a recovery -- “albeit still modest” -in domestic demand. The sector was buoyed last year by record overseas arrivals of 60.4 million and overnight hotel stays of 250 million. The sector brought in foreign receipts of 45.1 billion euros and was the main generator of employment in the country, creating a net 22,394 jobs


angría can only be Sangría if it is made in Spain. The European Parliament passed legislation to reform labeling regulations and the protection of geographical indications for aromatized drinks, which include sangría. Such drinks can now only be sold under this denomination if they are produced on the Iberian peninsula. The limits on the use of the term Sangría do not prevent it from being produced in other countries, but in such cases it has to be sold under a different denomination and the word Sangría can only appear as a complement of the denomination “aromatized wine-based drink.” Such products also have to clearly indicate their country of origin.

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VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS FOR HER Ideas for February 14th


alentine's Day is right around the corner. If you are looking for an ideal gift for the lady in your life, check out these fabulous Valentine's Day gifts for women. CHOCOLATE On Valentine's Day, a man can never go wrong by giving chocolate. Whether it's in the form of chocolate dipped strawberries or a truffle assortment she will undoubtedly love your chocolate Valentine's Day gift. FLOWERS The most popular gift on Valentine's Day is the gift of flowers. If you can't figure out which flowers to get, longstemmed red roses are always a hit on Valentine's Day. ROMANTIC GETAWAY The gift of rest and relaxation is always appreciated - especially for the woman who is always on the go. Find a nearby bed and

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breakfast, book a babysitter and head out for a romantic getaway. She'll thank you for it. LINGERIE If you want to give a Valentine's Day gift that keeps on giving, present your sweetheart with some sexy lingerie. If you don't want to risk being too risque with your gift, go with sexy yet practical lingerie. HEART PENDANT Jewelry and Valentine's Day is a perfect fit. No matter what stage of the relationship you are currently in, you can't go wrong with a heart pendant. PERFUME For a man, it can be difficult picking out the right perfume. But on Valentine's Day, it's difficult to make a mistake with a perfume called Romance. By Ralph Lauren, this perfume is popular and makes a perfect gift.

SPA DAY It's difficult to find a woman who wouldn't enjoy a day at the spa. Ask for a special Valentine's Day service. Some spas will give extra goodies such as flowers and chocolate dipped strawberries for the full Valentine's Day experience. SILK ROBE Being comfortable around the house is easy with a silk robe. On Valentine's Day, give the love of your life the gift of comfort. IPHONE For the women who loves her gadgets, the iPhone is a must. The iPhone is the most popular gadget in the world and makes a great gift - even on Valentine's Day. DIAMOND EARRINGS If you want to give her a gift that will be remembered always, When Valentine's Day comes, you will find out why they say diamonds are a girl's best friend.

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approx) Event Festes de Santa Eulàlia Where? Barcelona What? Music and dancing that one would associate with festivals in Spain. This one is geared especially towards children.

San Cecilio Festival, Granada

February 14, 2014 Event: Valentine's Day Where? All over the world! What? Lovers go out for dinner and buy chocolates. If you're a bit more adventurous than that, check out these Valentine's Day in Spain Ideas. February 16, 2014 Event Barcelona Half-Marathon Where? Barcelona. What? It's a half marathon!

OUT AND ABOUT IN FEBRUARY Lots to see and do in February January 24 - February 9, 2014 Event Gastrofestival Where? Madrid What? Special meal deals in restaurants, exhibitions on gastronomy in culture and more. January 30 to February 2, 2014 Event Flamenco Fashion Show Where? Seville. What? See the latest designs in flamenco dresses. February - June, 2014 Event: 25 Guitar Festival BCN Where? Barcelona, Catalonia. What? A series of guitar concerts, covering all styles.

Event La Endiablada Where? Festival in Almonacid, near Cuenca, What? Local festivities where everyone dresses up as devils. February 2 to 5, 2014 (TBC) Event Moros y Cristianos Where? in Bocairente/ Bocairent, near Valencia What? mock battle First Sunday of February Event Santa Agueda women's festival Where? Zamarramala, near Segovia. What? Parades, dancing and music and the burning of a straw guy.

February 2 (first Sunday of the month), 2014 (TBC) Event San Cecilio festival Where? Granada What? A gypsy festival in the Sacromonte area of Granada. The whole city converges on the Sacromonte monastery where there is lots of partying and some flamenco performances.

February 2, 2014 Event La Candaleria Where? Nationwide but especially popular in Madrid. What? A celebration of when Mary and Joseph took Baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. Same dates every year.

February 1-3, 2014 (TBC)

February 12-15, 2014 (dates

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February 19-23, 2014 Event International Contemporary Art Fair Where? Madrid What? Often referred to as ARCOmadrid. February 20-23, 2014 Event Amimac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació Where? Lleida, Catalonia. What? Film Festivals February 21 to March 8, 2014 Event Festival De Jerez Where? Jerez, in Andalusia What? Flamenco festival. See more Flamenco Festivals in Spain. February 23, 2014 Event Seville Marathon Where? Seville What? It's a marathon, through the gorgeous streets of Seville. March 4th, 2014 (Week before Lent) Event Carnival Where? All over Spain. What? It's Carnival time! Spain's two main gay communities, Chueca in Madrid and Sitges near Barcelona , are the stars of the shows here. Cadiz and Tenerife also host famous processions.

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La empresa de fontanería más antigua de la zona, en constante renovación para ofrecerle un servicio de calidad y sin sorpresas The longest established plumbing company in the region always providing an excellent quality service without compromise




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TAJ MAHAL Traditional Indian Tandoori Restaurant Torrox Costa

11.95€ Children under 10 - 6.50€


We offer an “eat as much as you like” menu, as many starters, main courses & desserts as you want. which is all freshly cooked to order. You do not have to move from your table as everything is served to you.

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Starters: Poppadom & Pickle Tray Mains: Curry or Korma with rice or naan + Green Tea

Torrox Costa (Next to Post Office) Open 12.00-16.00 / 18.00-24.00 Daily Tel: 952 534 972 / 634 051 535

VIVEROS AMBERES GARDEN CENTRE Plantas Ornamentales, Frutales y Ceramica Ctra. Nacional, 340 - C/Pantano, s/n - El Penoncillo Torrox Costa 29793 - Malaga

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Weather? Blissfully warm with temperatures peaking reliably in the low 80s and the sea like a cool bath. Cloud and rain are common - but don't usually last more than an hour or two. The flight No more Concorde, so you will have to endure about 9 hrs.

TOP WINTER SUN DESTINATIONS Why, Where and the weather Early January: Maldives Why? One of the driest months of the year on these tiny, idyllic Indian Ocean atolls. The reef-encircled islands with their wonderful beaches are very much honeymoon territory, however, which is fine for quiet escapism, sailing, snorkelling and sub-aqua, but not much more than that. Where? Choose a resort or island according to your interests and budget - make sure it has the water sports, sub-aqua trips or style of accommodation that appeals to you. Weather? It's going to be hot - the mid 80s at least - and with lots of sun (average eight hours a day). The sea will also be pleasantly warm. The flight Non-stop charter flights can do it in 12 hrs; scheduled services usually route via the Middle East and take a couple of hours longer. The bottom line Mid-January: Middle East Why? Excellent hotels and service, great weather and bargain shopping. And if you go to Dubai you will also benefit from the January sales, which cut prices still further. Where? Dubai is the obvious destination, but Oman is rapidly gaining in popularity with tourists - you can

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get similar quality for lower prices. Weather? Dry, sunny and warm, with temperatures peaking in the high 70s. The flight Around 8 hrs - note that Emirates, which serves Dubai, won Best Airline in the Telegraph Travel Awards. . Late January: Egypt Why? Exceptional value for money, fascinating sightseeing and wonderful winter climate. If you want to swim, make sure you book a hotel with a pool, also combine it with a few days in Cairo for the pyramids and the museums. Weather? Virtually cloudless skies, no rain, temperatures in the mid 70s and very low humidity. The flight About 5 hrs by charter to Luxor. Early February: Barbados Why? Apart from Christmas and New Year, this is one of the most expensive times to come to Barbados. But you will catch it at its lively best with the winter season in full swing. Where? The west coast has the nicest beaches and the best hotels and restaurants. It's the only place to be.

Late February: Madeira Why? You don't come here for the beaches (there are none) but for excellent hotels and lush scenery. At this time of year there is an added attraction - the Mardi Gras carnival doesn't match Rio's, but still involves lively street processions on Carnival Saturday (February 21) and Shrove Tuesday (February 24). Where? Funchal is the capital and the best base, though Simply Travel (see below) has some interesting, more rural quintas if you want a quieter time. Weather? Madeira has a mild winter climate (temperatures will be in the mid60s) and there is always a risk of some rain in winter. Expect six hours of sunshine a day, however. The flight About 3 hours Early March: Morocco Why? Spring comes early to the city's lush gardens, where semi-tropical birds roost and swoop among the trees. If you can afford it, nothing beats waking up to the sound of birdsong coming from the Mamounia Hotel gardens. Where? Marrakesh. There are no beaches of course, but this historic oasis, at the foothills of the Atlas mountains, is Morocco's most fascinating city. Weather? Temperatures will be edging into the mid 70s, with lots of sun but cool, fresh evenings and nights. The flight About 4.5 hrs.

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A different place that will not leave you indifferent! Check our website for more information and don´t miss out on our events on facebook:

Events Hotel: rooms from 40,00€ a night with breakfast included

Bar: Enjoy our beautiful terraces for a drink or a meal.

Something to celebrate? Alberdini takes the time to sit with you and make you a quotation!

05-02: 20.30h: Backroom Concert 07-02: 20.00h: Quiz night 14-02: 20.00h: Romantic dinner and live music: "The Rooters" 22-02: Private Party 27-02: 20.30h: Alberdini Sessions

“Steak on a hot stone @ Alberdini" High quality meat The original trademark hot stone The only place in Cómpeta Hotel Restaurante Alberdini Pago La Lomilla 85 - Cómpeta - 952 51 62 94 Open 7 days a week. Kitchen open from 1pm-4pm and from 7-11pm

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WinWin Win Mid-Week Roast for 2 people at El Pino Restaurant, Torrox Costa on a Wednesday Jam session evening in February. Simply find the hidden wine glass within this months magazine. To the right, you can see the size of the wine glass that you are looking for.

Actual Size!

To enter send an email to Do not forget to include: Which page the glass is on Your full name, address and your telephone number. In the subject field of the email please write Febrauary 2014 COMPETITION The winning entry will be drawn on 20th February 2014 and will be contacted within 2 days. TERMS & CONDITIONS This competition is open from the 1st - 20th February 2014. Winners will agree to have their photo’s published in the March 2014 Edition of The Grapevine Magazine. Only one entry per person.

January’s Winner The Grapevine is pleased to announce Lidy de Ruiter as the winner of the “Find the Wine Glass” competition in the January edition. Lidy wins a Sunday Lunch for two people incl. bottle of wine at The Pavo Real Restaurante

Paul Watson from The Pavo Real Restauarnte drawing the “Find the Wine Glass” winner



Ave Constitución s/n, Cómpeta (Malaga)

Restaurante Asador

MUSEO del VINO Calle Constitución, Cómpeta, Málaga

Tlf: 952 553 314

Specialist in: Home made food, Braised Meat and Roast Piglet theheart heartofofthe the'wine 'wine route' route' in Competa AtAtthe Competaisisthe the'wine 'winemuseum'. museum'. Decorated with Andalusian charm, it has the warm, friendly Decorated with Andalusian charm, it recovered has recovered the warm, ambience of the wineofcellars withcellars its braced brickarches, columns friendly ambience the wine witharches, its braced andbrick seasoned wood. Along with the delicious columns and seasoned wood. Along with the delicious Meals on request: muscatel young andand mature, made from muscatelwines, wines,dry, dry,sweet, sweet, young Suckling pig, mature, made fromof the Rome variety of the local gastronomy the Rome variety muscatel grapes, Kid in garlic or muscatel grapes, the local gastronomy includes the best cooked meat and sausages in the district, almond sauce includes the best cooked meat and sausages black puddings, pork loin, chorizo sausage, which you can buy Pork Shoulder in the district, black puddings, pork loin, together with other typical products like honey, raising, figs, Minimum 6 people. chorizo sausage, which you can buy olive oil, ceramics and rugs, in the 'wine museum’ together with other typical products like Special menus every ..... oil, A charming honey, raising, figs, olive ceramics place. and night, rugs, in the 'wine museum’ price: 12 euros

Mixed grill & bottle of wine for 2 ONLY 20,00€

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Fabulous 4 bed, 3 bath villa (191 m²) with incredible panoramic views close to Competa. A stunning property with spacious accommodation, secluded pool area and excellent access. Viewing highly recommended.

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.

Sensible offers considered! Attractive well established 2 bed 2 bath rustic style villa (115 m²) with easy access, walled garden, courtyard patio, terraces, above ground pool and spectacular sea views.


Rustic style!

ref: vc1-929 Price:199,000 Euros

Sedella Beautifully presented and well maintained 2 bed 2 bath villa (121 m²) in a peaceful location with good access and a wonderful pool and covered terrace. Lovely gardens and just 5 mins drive to the village the house has a rustic flavour with lots of character.


New this month!

ref: vs2-918 Price:312,000 Euros

Superb beautifully maintained 2 storey 4 bed 3 bath villa (150 m²) with easy access, large living/dining room, fabulous dining kitchen, outdoor kitchen, covered terrace, pool and garage.

EPC - in process

New this month!

ref: vs1-927

Price:499,000 Euros

Stunning individual south facing 2 bed 2 bath country house (255 m²) and separate 1 bed 1 bath guest apartment (31 m²) with breathtaking sea and mountain views, various terraces, mature gardens and a fabulous infinity pool.


Great Access!

ref: vc2-924 Price: 260,000 Euros

Beautifully presented 3 bed 2 bath villa (105m²) with wonderful open views situated in the countryside close to Competa. This gorgeous property has excellent access with no track, stunning sun room, detached garage, lovely pool area, jacuzzi and attractive gardens.


ref: vs2-928


Great Location!

Price: 135,000 Euros


Canillas de Albaida



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Established 2 bed 1 bath villa (75m²) in Sedella with sea, mountain, countryside and village views. This charming property has easy access, on-street parking, spacious living accommodation, covered terrace and mature gardens. Possible to add a pool!


New this month!

ref: vs2-672 Price:159,000 Euros

Torre del Mar Spacious centrally located 3 bed 2 bath apartment (119 m²) within walking distance of the beach with walled terrace, roof terrace with sea views, on street parking and reserved underground parking space available for €7,000.

ref: vc1-623 EPC - E

ref: tdm1-925

“ 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 (8%) and any mortgage set up costs.”

New this month!

Price:59,000 Euros

Triana Bargain property! Charming traditional 3 bed 1 bath village house (56 m²) – a great holiday home or rental property in a central village location. EPC - E


Offers considered! Price:150,000 Euros

Archez Charming well established 2 bed 2 bath country house (108 m²) within walking distance of the village with easy access, sun room, garage, terrace, mature gardens and Jacuzzi. EPC - F Price reduced!

ref:va1-895 Price:299,995 Euros

Large Property!

Price:350,000 Euros

Archez Large, established, beautifully presented villa (251 m²) located in a peaceful area close to the charming villages of Salares and Archez. Breathtaking views, extensive accommodation of 4 beds, 3 baths, a huge garage and wonderful pool outside spaces. ref: vc2-442


Walking to the beach! Price:195,000 Euros

New this month!

Torre del Mar Attractive spacious 2 storey 5 bed 2 bath townhouse (147 m²) on a beautifully maintained development of 26 houses with huge garage, terrace and use of communal pool, gardens and tennis court. EPC - E

Quiet location!

Price:245,000 Euros

Torrox Beach Club

Sayalonga Charming rustic style 3 bed 2 bath country house (106 m²) with spacious living/dining room and open plan kitchen, 2 covered terraces, secluded pool area with sun terrace and spectacular countryside views.

Super Value!

Price:89,000 Euros


Quality Property!

Competa A traditional reformed townhouse Competa

Superb beautifully presented 2/3 bed 2 bath villa (130 m²) with easy access, spacious living accommodation, covered terrace, roof terrace, fabulous pool area, storage room and mature fully accessible gardens.

(86m²) just a couple of minutes above Competa’s main square and close to all amenities. The house has a beautiful roof terrace with great views over the village rooftops and down the valley to the Mediterranean.

ref: va3-833

ref: td2-824

Superb 2 bed 2 bath apartment (75 m²) located at Torrox Beach Club within walking distance of the beach with communal gardens and pool, easy access, parking and breathtaking sea views. EPC - F ref:tt1-791



Price:295,000 Euros

EPC - in process

ref: vc1-902 Price:350,000 Euros

ref: tc1-274

Exceptional rustic style 2 storey 3 bed 2 bath villa (140 m²) with large living room, open plan kitchen, superb master bedroom with en suite and roof terrace, pool area with sun terrace and sea views. ref: vc1-836 EPC - in process

Price:99,999 Euros

Spacious property! Price:295,000 Euros

Bargain property! Price:46,000 Euros

New this month!


Caleta de Velez


Very reasonably priced 3 bed 1 bath village house (43 m²) within easy reach of the coast with spacious living room, fitted kitchen and roof terrace – ideal ‘lock up and leave’ holiday home/rental property.

Super well established 3 bed 1 bath apartment (103 m²) just across the road from the marina with large living/dining room, dining kitchen, 3 double beds and balcony terrace with sea views.

Very spacious south facing 3 bed 2 bath villa (158 m²) within walking distance of the village and the national park with pool area, terraces, workshop, sun room and breathtaking sea views.

IT'S A FIRST CAMPO presents Competa’s First Hoe Down


AMPO presents Competa's first HoeDown on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at The Balcon Hotel, Competa. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. So if you enjoy dancing to good country music together with your friends or meeting new people then come along to our first, full of fun HoeDown.

Tickets for this fantastic evening are only 5 euros and include a welcome drink. They are now on sale from either a committee member, Todo Papel or The Balcon Hotel, Competa. Limited access, still for only 5 euros will be available on the door on the night but this does not include a welcome drink. So don't miss out, get your ticket now!!!

In addition to the dancing festivities, there will be lots of great side shows where you can join in the fun at Tin Can Alley, on the Hoopla, Hook a Duck or even try your hand at Darts all generously sponsored by Competa local businesses. Win some amazing prizes!!!!

You will of course work up an appetite, so tasty food will be available to purchase separately during the night; Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Vegetarian Burgers; Hot Pork Rolls with all the trimmings together with Jacket Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and of course Baked

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Beans, all at reasonable prices starting from just 75centimo. Money raised during this fun night will support two charities, close to CAMPO's heart; Cudeca our local cancer care support and Cancer Research, Spain. We'll be looking for the best dressed Cowboy/girl or Indian so join us at our first Hoe-Down in the full attire or just put on your jeans or daisy dukes and have a good time. It'll be a fun evening. Yeeha!!!!!!!!!!!! If you require any additional information, please contact Liz Bland on 633679701 or email;

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Avenida de la Constitución, 31, Cómpeta, email: WEB:

A post box service offered by Todo Papel as an alternative to the Correos apartado Now successfully running for over a year Own personal box for an annual fee of €45 per box (not per individual) . Receipt of courier items to the shop at no extra charge e.g. Amazon or other on-line purchases (these are currently not accepted by the Correos) . For a charge of €5 per annum we can also offer an email notification service each time mail is received into your box. . For those residents who do not live here permanently we can offer a post forwarding service. Details on application. Mailboxes are for anybody, not just residents of Competa. Ideal also for businesses that do not have a physical address but want correspondence sent to a registered postal address.

For more information please email or just pop into the shop

New Winter Hours .

Monday & Thursday 09.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 09.00-14.00 Saturday 10.00-14.00 Sunday Closed

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Redwell® Heat up your home in an energy saving, healthy and stylish way!


n comparison to conventional heaters, infrared waves don't heat the air, but do heat people, walls and furniture. You absorb the heating waves which makes you feel nice and cosy. Walls and furniture store the heat much longer than air and then release it back into the living space. In this way, the walls remain dry and mould has no chance to spread. Another advantage is that the air does not circulate, therefore no dust is lifted up into the air. Partial Storage Heater saves energy Redwell® Infrared Heaters are so called Partial Storage Heaters. The storage material inside the heater keeps the running times lower and therefore saves energy. The heater continues to emit its cosy warmth, also during those periods of time when no energy is consumed. Infrared is wellness warmth We humans have evolved with the capacity to absorb infrared heat, which in turn has a beneficial effect on our immune system. In Japan

1967 Dr. Tadishi Ishikawa designed the first model of an infrared cabin. This system was initially only used by doctors. In 1981, the Infrared sauna for general public use was released. Since then it has proved very successfully in the private sector as well as by professionals such as doctors and therapists in clinics and spas, to support their treatment. Infrared heat increases circulation in the skin, stimulates the metabolism and is very hygienic due to cleaner air. Rheumatoid patients respond to a lack of air circulation and a consistent humidity is very positive. Asthmatic patients also benefit from clean air and stable humidity. Allergy sufferers can breathe a deep sigh of relief because there is less dust, pollen, bacteria and mould spores in the air. Redwell® Infrared Heaters offer the best benefits: Energy savings, high comfort, healthy indoor environment and NO maintenance costs! Contact us or visit the exhibition in our shop! See advert on the opposite page.


SUPPLY & FITTING Ÿ Venetian blinds, canopies, fly-screens, beaded curtains. Ÿ Aluminium & PVC Windows, doors, Ÿ 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 Avda. La Constitucion 2, Competa Tel: 952 516 397 / 952 553 450 Mobile: 658 847 421

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The leading brand in Infrared Heating Redwell has investigated very early in developing efficient and energy saving heating solutions. Since more than 13 years Infrared Heaters from Redwell offer the highest quality in unique designs. Continuous research in cooperation with universities guarantee an outstanding product quality and the latest technology.

WHY Redwell速? * Special storage material inside keeps running ...times low - Heat without electricity cost! * White panels from 250 to 1400 Watt in 17 sizes * Picture Heaters in enamel print - colourfast, no optical reflection * Long operating distance - also suitable for big ..rooms * 8 years experience in Spain * 90 months vendor warranty Treat yourself to energy savings, high comfort, healthy indoor environment and NO maintenance costs! Protect your property against dampness and mould! Reduce your electricity bill with Redwell速 heaters! Enjoy the clean air in your home without dust, pollen and mould spores!

Contact us or visit the exhibition at our shop: Redwell, Dipl.-Ing. Svend Scharler, Avda. El Faro, Bl. 75, bajo 9, Torrox Costa phone: 952539742, mobile: 606423869, Email: To advertise call 637 028 873

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blue eyes were just too hard to resist and after a successful home check, little Churi is now living with his new family in Torrox and receiving all the love and care he deserves after such a horrible start in life.

ACTION FOR ANIMALS New Homes for three puppies


n a freezing night in December I received the news that there were two abandoned pups in the local rubbish depot in Cómpeta. I made my way there and found the two tiny puppies, only around 3 weeks old, huddled together in a battered cardboard box. I've no idea how long they'd been there, but they were cold and hungry and in danger of becoming seriously dehydrated. Our charity, Action for Animals, has no rescue centre for abandoned animals, so I carefully lifted them into the pet carrier I'd taken with me, placed it in the car and transported them to the safety of my house. The next morning, in our charity shop, I was handed another beautiful little pup, about two and a half months old who'd been thrown out of a car on the Periana road, the night before. Fortunately, a gentleman who was on his way back to Cómpeta in the car behind, witnessed the event and stopped to rescue the

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poor little chap. He'd taken him home with the intention of keeping him, but his own dog hadn't taken kindly to the new addition to the household, so he'd brought him into our shop in the hope that we might be able to rehome him. I took this loveable little fellow home too and began the task of looking for fosterers or new homes for all three pups. The two pups from the rubbish depot were eventually fostered by Maggie Riordan who wrote about her fostering experience for us in last month's Grapevine. Maggie did an excellent job of rearing them and we're pleased to say that Bill and Ben have now been successfully rehomed with the Watson family at The Pavo Real, who fell in love with the two of them and decided to adopt them both! What a happy ending! The little pup who was so callously thrown from a car in Periana also found his new home. A family who have a regular stall at the local Cómpeta market saw him and were completely enamoured by him. His beautiful

But there are others, like Little Pancho, still waiting to be adopted. He was found on a cold rainy night, wandering around Cómpeta, disorientated and terrified. Lucky for him, a caring family discovered him and took him into their home. They were unable to foster him for very long, due to other commitments, but were kind enough to temporarily care for him over the Christmas and New Year period until another fosterer could be found. Perhaps someone out there reading this can make it a happy ending for Pancho, too? Fostering saves lives. None of the animals mentioned in this article would be alive today if it hadn't been for the wonderful people who came forward to offer foster care for them. Please, if you can foster an animal for a short time come and see us in the charity shop for an informal chat or call us on 660586040. There is no cost to you! You provide the love and care and we'll provide everything else! Nina Cordoray Downes Action for Animals Charity Shop, Avenida de la Constitución 59, Cómpeta. Opening hours: 10.00-14.00 Monday to Friday and 10.00-13.30 Saturday Please help us continue our work by shopping with us or donating your unwanted goods for us to sell. Follow us on Facebook: Action for Animals (UK/Spain) Thank you!

Follow us on Facebook Action for Animals (UK/Spain)

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1.3mtr Dish - Sky+ HD Box (contract with BSKYB required) Receive all Sky channels & the option to have ON DEMAND with “Catch UP TV” including BBC i Player, ITV, 4OD, Demand 5 & more .


ASTRA 2. TV “WORRIED ABOUT LOSING BBC & ITV?” IPTV is the answer. No dish required Just an Internet connection (1.5MB minimum) 19 Top UK channels 7 day Catch Up TV This is the NEXT GENERATION of TV All this for just 17.99€ per month + installation Please call for more details 1.3mtr DISH FIT ONLY 280€ Realignments & Relocations from 40€ New Sky+HD Boxes 260€ Humax Freesat Recordable HD Boxes .

If we lose all the BBC and ITV channels these are the Digi Boxes for ON DEMAND TV

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DRIVING LAWS IN SPAIN What you need to keep in your car and other useful info.


ou should keep your original driving licence with you when you are driving your car in Spain as well as the original ownership documents and ITV certificate. It is recommend that you also keep a copy of the insurance policy and insurance premium receipt. The law has changed some years ago and the Guardia Civil and local Police now use the "FIVA" Insured Vehicle Computer Database to check if your vehicle is insured. This means that, you no longer need your original insurance documents in the car. It is also recommend that you take copies to keep at home but still keep the originals in the car whilst using it. You must wear seat belts in the front of the car at all times. Where fitted then seat-

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belts must be worn in the back seats as well. It is also a legal requirement to carry two warning triangles in the vehicle in case you breakdown as well as a fluorescent jacket, which must be reachable from inside of the vehicle. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats. It is mandatory to keep the following equipment in your vehicle; Set of light bulbs and the tools necessary to replace them. (This is currently under review as some new cars require special tools, normally only available at a garage, to change light bulbs). Two warning triangles, officially approved by the Internal Ministry (Ministerio de Interior), spare tyre and tools necessary to replace it. a fluorescent jacket which you

must be able to put on before leaving the car in the event of breakdown. It is generally accepted that, where there is no clear indication of right of way at a junction, then traffic coming from your right has priority. This will not be the case where there are road markings or signs to indicate otherwise. All EU driving licenses are recognised. If you are European Union citizen then you may drive in Spain using your existing license. Crash Helmets are now compulsory on all bikes, including mopeds and scooters in Spain. Using a mobile phone when driving is also prohibited by law.

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Eyebrow Shaping & tinting

Holistic Healing with Andy Dabeba

Crystals - laying of hands Breathing, Meditation & Affirmations


Gelac Nails Facials er r your partn fo t if g t c e The perf ffer Special O Valentines re u l & Manic Mini Facia 20,00造


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Winter Hours Mondays: Closed Tues - Friday: 10-4pm Sat: 10-2pm

A brand new 100% organic range of skincare products, beautiful natural fragrances, preservative free, affordable prices.

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EXPAT BUILDING TRADE SERVICES ONE CALL COVERS IT ALL For complete building trades and related services. One call that’s all it requires to receive professional work, friendly advice and great service. A team of professional tradesmen have joined together to provide this quality work at realistic prices with a guaranteed reliable service.

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Call us today on 952516218 or mobile 660 792 282 email:

Brickwork, concreting, kitchens, bathrooms, drainage, roofing, septic tanks, electrical, plumbing, airconditioning, painting & decorating, plastering and all aspects of ground works Architect services for licence applications and planning permissions

Other related trades available: Gardening services, tree surgery, cleaning service, holiday changeovers, pool cleaning & maintenance. 360 Excavator with professional operator for land clearance and terracing of un-walkable ALL TEA areas of hillside TO BE SUPPLIED Call now with your enquiry, BY CUSTOMER!


Number 1 Silvia Torres is not only a good driver, which is to be expected of a taxi driver, she also understands the importance of good service. Her taxi has license number 1 because the family has been driving taxi’s since 1969. With this ample experience she knows perfectly that a client wants comfort, safety, quickness and pleasant treatment.


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Your preferences From the village to the country side, a day trip to Granada, to the hospital, the airport or shopping in Málaga, traveling with Taxi Silvia is a pleasure. You decide if you want to talk, remain silent or hear more about Andalusian culture and history, there is even a wide range of music you can choose from so your taxi ride will be a comfortable as possible. Prices With Taxi Silvia there are no unpleasant surprises about the price, we work with fixed rates for several journeys like to the airport or between the village and the country side. Before we drive off the price has been agreed upon.

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I spoke to the owners Nick and Julie about their new service offering. They explained they will offer the best quality of Television available by the Internet. It won’t be quite as good as television sent and received by Satellite as people know it now. However the bb4s team is confident their system will provide the best Internet Television service available. bb4s has invested and tested, looked at the competition and believe their infrastructure, experience and technology will provide the best quality IPTV service that will be on the market when the satellite change over occurs. The bb4s team is in control of their entire infrastructure from their Malaga servers to their Internet and IPTV customers. They do not just simply sell on 3rd party services. bb4s controls, owns and operates as much of the total infrastructure as possible.

IPTV SERVICE bb4s have a solution


t has been a subject of much debate and for some, horror, that soon we will lose English television as we know it southern Spain. With the launch of a new satellite above England it appears that coverage will no longer extend to southern Spain. This means that it will be highly probable we will lose reception of many major channels currently viewed on freesat. It is also very likely channels will be affected on Sky television too. However, until the Satellite changeover occurs no one actually can predict the exact impact. Although, there is no doubt there will be problems and the loss of channels we are

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used to receiving. In light of these predicted changes bb4s (Rebeloak SL) can provide a solution. They have researched and made investment in order for anyone with an Internet connection to continue to watch English Television through the medium IPTV. bb4s based in Algarrobo Costa started providing Internet service nine years ago and have expanded carefully throughout the whole of the Axarquia. Their services include both the fast wireless Internet and low cost Telephone services and now Television. bb4s are the biggest independent Internet provider east of Malaga with over 4,000 regular customers.

In order to receive their IPTV service, you need a good Internet connection and to buy a set top box which costs just €89 from their office in Algarrobo. Just connect it to your TV. Test it for 30 days to see if you are happy with it, and if you are, you will be billed €14.99 a month for receiving Television via the Internet. The service includes 34 UK TV stations (with more to come), 16 UK radio stations, and 30 days rewind and catch-up. See adverts opposite for station details. If after 30 days of using the service you are not happy simply take it back to the bb4s office for a refund. Charges for the service will not start until the beginning of the following month so you can also have up to 30 days of free service too (depending on when you buy the box). Also, bb4s are happy for you to cancel your subscription and take it up again at your leisure, which is a good service for holiday home owners. So reports have it February is the month for the changes to occur and bb4s can offer a solution.

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Puente Don Manuel

Five Star Dental Care You Can Trust Periana - Tel 952 53 71 25 No. 14 Calle Iglesia - 29710 1000-1330 Tueday, Thursday & Friday Canillas de Aceituno - Tel 952 51 80 71 Calle Placeta, Edf. Arboso,bajo, 29716 1000- 1330 Monday & Wednesday Caleta de Velez - Tel 952 55 03 76 Calle Colonia de Puerto, 112 By appointment


For appointments and any queries please call 691700587

Michael ’s Upholstery Tel 952 55 34 64

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Pajareria Peluqueria canina Bird Shop Canine Hair dressing Los mejores products para tu mascota The best products for your pets Repartimos a Domicilio Home Deliveries

Tel: 952 51 61 18 664 84 50 51 Mobile: 654 466 768 Avda. Canillas 7, COMPETA (MALAGA)

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HEAT 4 FREE Stay in control of your energy consumption


panish Electricity prices have soared by 42 percent since the economic crisis erupted in 2008. At the auction held in December 2013 to set the electricity tariff for the first quarter of 2014 the price soared beyond expectation threatening to push electricity costs up by a further 11 percent for 2014. The outcry was such that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government intervened to cancel the result, fixing an increase of 2.3 percent for the quarter while it seeks a new pricing mechanism. So how bad is the situation:- By the end of 2012, 17.9 percent of Spanish households -- more than three million -- were unable to adequately warm their homes, in 2013 a family with two children paid an average 844.80 euros for electricity, up from 590.20 euros in 2008, according to Industry Ministry data. (Source; National Statistics Institute) We use electrical appliances every day, and in most households more so than gas or oil. Recently we've been installing Owl Energy Monitors for

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customers so they can monitor their energy use real time. Having a visual reminder of how much electricity you are using and how much it is costing you serves as a great reminder to go and switch off those lights in the next room, or worse still that evil oil filled radiator or fan heater. You'll be amazed how much energy some of your appliances use, and how easily you can reduce your energy costs buy switching off those TV's, Digital Boxes and PC's we're not using. Some manufacturer's appliances can consume up to 95% of their running power when on sand-by!!

and 3 phase supplies, you can choose a model LCD display panel or view you consumption, or you can view it through your PC, iPad or Tablet using the new Owl Intuition range. The Owl Intuition range allows different Owl modules to work in harmony giving you the ability to monitor your electricity consumption even if you're not at home, (ideal for rental properties), you can also introduce Intuition C which is a module to manage your heating boiler, giving you the option to switch on/off or manage your central heating timer and temperature remotely through your PC, iPad or Android tablet.

Stand By Power Consumptions TV's, up to 50 watts per hour (24 cents per day) Digital TV Box, up to 40 watts per hour (19 cents per day) Laptop, Average 25 watts per hour (14 cents per day) You can see how quickly unnecessary waste and cost on your electricity bills can be cut down. As you can see on the opposite page there are a number of Owl Meters available for single phase

We offer an Energy Audit where we monitor you energy consumption and make recommendations on appliances and energy efficient measures you can take to reduce your annual expenditure. Energy Audits start from just â‚Ź75 euro, contact us for full information on our different audit options or for further product information on or call 633 759 994.

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intelligent wireless energy monitoring and control

OWL micro+ is the first of a new generation of OWL home energy monitoring products. Freshly styled and simple to use, the wireless is battery powered to sit comfortably anywhere in the home, helping you monitor and reduce your electricity consumption. OWL micro+ has new features and class leading quality at a price that should quickly pay for itself in cost savings, and help the environment at the same time.

ONLY €39

OWL +USB is a feature rich home energy monitor with data logging capability. Easy to use, the wireless OWL +USB is battery powered enabling you to use the monitor around your home and reduce your electricity consumption. OWL +USB is equipped with a USB port that allows data download to a PC application for graphing and further analysis. OWL +USB is a class leading quality monitor at a price that should quickly pay for itself in cost savings, and help the environment at the same time. **PC only, not MAC ONLY €59

OWL Intuition-e provides real-time access to your electricity consumption data through your web browser, smart phone or tablet.

How does it work? The Network OWL gateway automatically logs all of your consumption data securely within the Intelligent Cloud software platform. You can then login to view your live and historic data, from any Internet connected computer, anywhere! Or if you wish, OWL Intuition-e access on your smartphone using a dedicated iPhone or Android app - both available for free download. The Network OWL simply plugs into your existing broadband router and wirelessly links with the Transmitter and Sensor. OWL Intuition-e is part of a new and expanding family of intelligent, cloud based energy monitoring and control solutions for domestic and commercial premises.


Owl Monitors are available for self installation or for a small fee we can deliver, set up and configure your Owl for you. Order today to start saving €€€ on your energy bills.

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receiving antiviral treatment after coming into close contact with a bat.


World Press Photo Exhibition 2013

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL Strange News from Around the World


essica Wynter, 21, was rushed to hospital after going into labour one-week early only to give birth while in the car park of King's College Hospital in London on December 27. Her son Kye was born as Ms Wynter struggled across the car park to the south London hospital, and all that prevented him hitting the ground was the new mum's choice of attire - a black and white polka dot onesie. Ms Wynter, a student at Coventry university, said she thought she had broken water, only to hear a cry and find her newborn son in the leg of her adult-sized baby grow, an item of clothing that have recently become enormously popular in the UK. “I just threw on the onesie as I came out of the bath. It could have been anything else, it's so lucky, if it had been something like a nightie I don't think he would have survived," Ms Wynter said."I was in so much shock when I saw him on my leg. I

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bout 100,000 bats have fallen from the sky and died during a heatwave in Australia that has left the trees and earth littered with dead creatures.In scenes likened to "an Alfred Hitchock thought bubble", a heatwave across the north-east state of Queensland in recent days caused mass deaths of flying foxes from an estimated 25 colonies."It's a horrible, cruel way to die," a conservation worker, Louise Saunders, told The Courier Mail."Anything over 43 degrees [Celsius, 109F] and they just fall. We're just picking up those that are just not coping and are humanely euthanising what we can."Health experts have warned residents not to touch the dead creatures amid concerns about the spread of virus or bites and scratches from bats that may still be alive. At least 16 people have been are

ost adults struggle to recall events from their first few years of life and now scientists have identified exactly when these childhood memories fade and are lost forever.A new study into childhood amnesia – the phenomenon where early memories are forgotten – has found that it tends to take affect around the age of seven.The researchers found that while most three year olds can recall a lot of what happened to them over a year earlier, these memories can persist while they are five and six, but by the time they are over seven these memories decline rapidly.Most children by the age of eight or nine can only recall 35% of their experiences from under the age of three, according to the new findings. The psychologists behind the research say this is because at around this age the way we form memories begins to change


woman in Portland, Oregon breaks the steak eating world record by devouring a 72 ounce steak in under three minutes.The smallframed Molly Schuyler seemed an unlikely candidate to break a steak eating world record, but she has managed just that, by devouring a 72 ounce steak in two minutes and 44 seconds. Ms Schuyler posted a video of her achievement on her YouTube channel and commented, "world record for eating just a 72 oz steak is 6 min 48 seconds. I took it down just a little bit faster :)". The steak eating challenge was set up in 1948 by the owners of the Sayler's Old Country Kitchen in Portland, Oregon. Participants receive a free meal if they eat an entire 72 ounce steak and sides in under an hour. So far 1,903 people have undertaken the challenge and only 579 people have succeeded.

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Do you want to work from home? Self-employed proof readers Working from home, proof readers will be selfemployed and have very high standard of Spanish and English language comprehension skills. Previous experience of proof reading is preferred rather than essential, but excellent spelling and grammar skills are critical. Those appointed will need internet access, but will be able to choose hours of work to suit their own lifestyle. Work is available 24 hours a day. Market Force Europe is the world's leading customer intelligence company that provides its clients with insights and feedback from their customers. This research helps these organisations make real improvements to the service they offer customers. Mystery shopper experiences go to clients in high quality reports and it's vital that these are accurate; contain no mis-spellings or contradictions, grammatical errors or offensive commentary. This ensures that Market Force Europe and their clients can be confident that reports have been researched, written and proof-read by a dedicated team.


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Market Force Europe pays for each report read and the fee varies according the length of the questionnaire that shoppers submit. As a result, readers can choose the hours they work and therefore the amount they can earn. It should be noted that any specific quantities of work cannot be guaranteed and as self-employed; readers are responsible for declaring their income to the Inspector of Taxes and paying their own income tax and National Insurance. Anyone interested should email in the first instance, detailing why this opportunity appeals, why they consider themselves suitable and include a CV. Suitable candidates will be invited to Market Force Europe offices in Milton Keynes to learn more about the company and its values. It will allow the company to get to know candidates and to ensure that its standards are met by way of some short tests. Subsequent training sessions take place in the Milton Keynes offices.

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Market Force Europe is recruiting self-employed proof readers and mystery shopping researchers Become a mystery shopper No such thing as a free lunch? Well there is now!... It may sound too good to be true but Market Force Europe mystery shopper can get paid to do just that! From shopping to eating and drinking out, free memberships to heath clubs and even free nights in romantic hotels away from the kids, mystery shopping is a great way to earn extra cash quickly and easily. Market Force Europe uses members of the public to conduct the mystery visits, it requires no formal training and the whole system runs online so it's easy to select only jobs of interest. It's different from other jobs because many mystery visits can be incorporated into a normal day. It's also a fantastic opportunity to give feedback to retailers so they can improve their customer service. It's very flexible and a mystery shopper might decide to take a trip into the local shopping centre once the children have been dropped at

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school and visit one of Market Force Europe's' client's shops or cafĂŠs. They could share a light lunch with friends at a variety of restaurants or even plan a night out with a partner and will receive reimbursement towards the purchases! Market Force Europe has many airport assignments currently available airside and landside. If you use Malaga airport then this is a great opportunity for you to have a coffee or a drink on us whilst waiting for your flight or waiting to collect family or friends. All Market Force Europe mystery shopping assignments are completed online following a simple step-by-step questionnaire. Reports are submitted in separate stages, so if there's an interruption, the file can be saved and completed later. Anyone interested in becoming a Market Force Europe Mystery Shopper, should visit register for free, and start shopping!

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ROOTS OF HOPE – ACACIAS Campo Cuttings by Lorraine Cavanagh


he strong winds of winter often play havoc with our quicker growing trees. Because they grow so rapidly, they also, often, grow quite weakly.

quickly regenerate. It may end up more bush-like than tree-shaped but that´s not always a disaster and can open up other possibilities!

Those most vulnerable, and commonly used in our gardens, are eucalyptus, pines, false peppers and acacias – or mimosa as they are commonly called. This doesn´t mean we shouldn´t use them as they are immensely useful for quick shelter, shade and privacy. But if they do split or break, don´t be too surprised and don´t worry about it too much! Even a low break can be cut clean and, because the root system is well established, the tree will

Given that there are some 1300 species of acacia, I always feel it´s a pity that there aren´t more on offer here because they are so well suited to our climate. In 2005 some acacias were reclassified but I suspect they´ll long be known by their original name. The bulk come from Australia and the Far East and are mainly thornless whereas the African ones are more commonly very spiny to deter some hefty grazers. Some species have a symbiotic relationship with ants – nectar in

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exchange for protection. Even elephants and giraffe are deterred by swarms of biting ants! Because the trees are so tough and useful, planting projects are afoot in really poor ground in many arid parts of Africa to stabilise ground – the roots of hope for many. They also provide foliage for animals, fuel for cooking, seed pods for cooking, flowers for honey, wood for furniture, tannin for treatment of leather and Arabic gum used in a multitude of processes. For the plant, this gum is used to seal wounds and prevent infection but, if you like jelly beans, soft drinks, beer, ice cream, marshmallows or chewing gum then you have

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certainly consumed Arabic gum. It is also used in soaps, body creams, fine water colour paints and for the adhesive on the back of our postage stamps. Acacias are believed to be the burning bush of the Bible and their wood constructed the Ark. We currently have 5 species in stock: Acacia dealbata, florists´mimosa. The silver wattle that we all know with lacy grey/green leaves and masses of yellow powder-puff flowers in winter exuding a musky smell on sunny days. To around 12m high with a huge spread. A great summer shade provider. Acacia cyanophylla, syn. a. saligna, the golden wattle is smaller, occasionally more shrublike, and later flowering than the above. It has long dark green leaves and the typical bright yellow scented flowers are so prolific in springtime that they can make the branches somewhat pendulous. Very good on poor shallow soils, even sandy, and will tolerate some salinity. Acacia longifolia, Sydney golden

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wattle. Bushy growth, or small tree, to perhaps 6m high, with very thin willow-like leaves and scented yellow flowers in spring. Likes similar conditions as a. cyanophylla.

adorn African grasslands providing sustenance and stabilising ground; their Australian cousins, smothered in blossom, give us beautiful shade trees. Acacias are truly unforgettable.

Acacia floribunda, syn. a. retinoides, or gossamer wattle for its very pale yellow to white flowers. A very large tree (to 15m) with thin leaves and a late winter flowering of scented flowers.

Lorraine Cavanagh owns the specialist garden centre Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga (garden centre, designers & landscapers) and is author of the bestselling Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, The Zest of Life. Both are on sale at the garden centre or on-line through our web page.-

Acacia baileyana purpura, Cootamundra wattle. Lovely grey lacy foliage burgundy flushed with yellow fluffy scented flowers in early spring. It makes a small tree, to approx. 7m high. An award winner and very beautiful. Do remember that the large amounts of pollen exuded from all acacias can cause problems for allergy sufferers and they are messy trees/shrubs so never plant them near swimming pools.

NEW check our on-line shop for unusual plants, organic products and my books. Keep checking the web page for latest news, stock etc. at the garden centre. Join our mailing list to be kept informed. Summer Hours: June, July, September, 9 – 2, closed for August. Winter Hours: October to May 10 – 4 Always closed Sundays and Mondays. Tel: 689928201 See us on Facebook – Lorraine Cavanagh's Garden Centre Web page: Email:

But acacias are one of the largest and most diverse groups of trees and shrubs on earth and with good reason. Their graceful silhouettes

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due - if you can't prove you are a fiscal resident then you can end up paying non-resident taxes and there are big differences between the two.



ost people are pretty good at getting their civil residency from the National Police and are keen to show that they are not just passing trade. However, not everyone is aware that there is more to residency than your sheet of green paper (Civil Resident).

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For the fiscal residency you need a Certificate from the Tax Office and for this you have to declare every year your Income Tax in Spain. Civil residency is, in fact, pretty useless when it comes to financial matters. For example, when capital gains or inheritance tax is

For example, if you live in Andalusia and you are a married couple or you have the registration of unmarried couples. (Pareja de Hecho), and you have a house valued at 200,000â‚Ź and have both names on the deed when one of you dies: if the remaining spouse can't prove fiscal residency then they will be charged 9833,47â‚Ź in inheritance tax. If they can prove fiscal residency then the tax is zero. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. See advert above for our contact details

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Restaurante El Pilón C/Laberinto 3, Cómpeta, Malaga (+34) 952 553 512 Open 5 nights a week from 7PM. Open Sundays for lunch from 1:00-3:30 Closed Sunday & Tuesdays Evenings Friday 14th Saint Valentine's Day Special 3 Course Meal €25 per person, including a bottle of wine per couple Acoustic Entertainment by Guillermo Ortega

Sunday Lunch 1pm - 3.30 2 courses for 10,50 Euros 3 courses for 13,50 with all the trimmings Happy Hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7PM - 8PM Terrace open for dinning Spectacular Views Reservations Highly Recommended

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SEVILLE FLAMENCO FASHION SHOW Four days of fashion in Seville


he 20th Salón Internacional de la Moda Flamenca (Simof 2014) will be held January 30th to February 2nd, four days with the most important flamenco fashion designers. The 20th edition will be staged in pavilion 2 of the FIBES from January 30th to February 2nd, 2014 The Salón Internacional de Moda Flamenca, SIMOF 2014, will have 32 shows, 43 designers/original firms and acompetition for young designers.

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The FIBES center in Seville will be the site for the important flamenco fashion show. Major firms and designers will present their collections for the this year’s Seville fair in April, and so many others, as well as serving as the biggest point of encounter of models, designers, professionals and businesses from the world of flamenco. One innovation this year, the SIMOF will award the honorific prize “Flamenco en la Piel” to the Duquesa de Alba on Thursday January 30th at 7:00pm, and the Life Achievement award will go to the famous designer Lina.

SIMOF 2014 will be open from 11:00am to 10:00pm non-stop, except for Sunday February 2nd when it will be from 11:00am to 9:00pm, with an entrance fee of 5 euros per person to visit the exposition (except for the cancer charity which is free entrance). This year tickets for the fashion shows are 10 euros, in addition to the 5 euros for entrance to the exposition. Children under 7 enter free. Parking for the general public is 4 euros per day.

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Easy to install Free heat in winter 6 slimline models for roof or wall mounting Works all year round - even whilst you are away!



fried-bread version of the classic Garlic soup that was often eaten early on winter mornings before going out into the bitter cold. The three essential ingredients in this soup--garlic, bread, and water--all need to be of good quality. Do not be tempted into thinking that stock is an improvement since it masks the other flavours. Beyond that, though, you can improvise around the local variations in ingredients: lard is used rather than olive oil in Zamora, for example, and pepper seeds and chopped tomatoes are added in Le贸n. You can also saut茅 the garlic first. Usually the bread is broken into small pieces so it swells into sops, but I like this fried-bread version.

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Makes 4 servings. Prep Time: 25 min. Cook Time: 50 min. Ingredients: 3 cups water 4 plump garlic cloves, peeled 3 inch length of French bread or an equivalent chunk of coarse crusty bread, not processed or steam baked, and at least 1 day old 3 oz olive oil 1-2 tsp piment贸n de la Vera smoked paprika (May be mild, bittersweet or spicy-hot) Salt 4 eggs Preparation: Heat the water in a flameproof casserole. Chop or pound the garlic to a paste, using a mortar and pestle, a garlic press, or the

blade of a knife. Add the garlic to the water and leave it to cook through for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the bread very thinly (leave the crust on) and fry it in the olive oil, sprinkling a little piment贸n and salt in the oil. Add the bread and oil to the water and simmer gently for another 10-15 minutes. You can leave the soup for several hours or overnight at this stage. Just before serving, poach the eggs in the soup: break each egg, in turn, into a ladle and lower into the soup. Remove from the heat as soon as the white is set and serve into deep bowls. The idea is to stir the soup around so the egg breaks and continues cooking in threads.

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health. Even if you eat “perfectly” all the time with loads of fresh fruits and vegetables, you still need to boost your nutrition with a supplement. What supplements you will need will depend significantly on your lifestyle. 5.Exercise regularly. It is important to exercise regularly, even if only for 15 minutes a day! Get out and take a short walk and enjoy the cooler weather. 6.Get the right amount of sleep every night. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night. If you're not getting enough sleep, your body is extremely vulnerable to illness. Sleep is very much like fuel that recharges your batteries! You've got to do it to keep the machine running. 7.Wash your hands regularly. Keep the bacteria and viruses off your hands and out of your mouth and eyes. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer close-by for those instances where you can't get to soap and water. 8.Don't smoke. Most of you already know this, but it bears repeating because smoking significantly weakens your immune system.


ere are some great tips to strengthen your body's immune system during the winter season.


working reasonable hours at your job. Aim for at least one night per week to spend with friends and family.

1.Drink the optimal amount of water. With the winter season here, it's more important than ever to consume the right amount of water for your health.

3.Eat a healthy diet. Maintaining a good healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimal amounts of organic meats is another way to keep your body clean and in good working order. Try eating an extra piece of fruit or veggie every day too!

2.Keep stress to a minimum. Studies have linked high stress levels to making a person more susceptible to catching colds and flu. Minimize your stress by

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4.Do your homework to find the best supplement for your

9.Eliminate all forms of sugar. This includes not only the obvious kinds (cake, cookies and sweets, in general), but bread, pasta, rice, yogurt and commercial, storebought fruit juices. Although all of these things are made with different types of sugars, your body still converts them to sugar, which will compromise your immune system. 10.Despite your best efforts, you still can feel like you're “coming down with something.” Some things you can do to help your body recover more quickly: Eliminate all dairy products. Eliminate all alcohol. Eliminate all grains (bread, rice, pasta, etc.). Boost your Vitamin C (with bioflavanoids) intake when you

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initially feel something coming on. Boost your intake of Zinc. Increase water consumption (even more than normal!). 10 Winter Skin Care Tips For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed). As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out . It doesn't matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry. Sound familiar? Read on to 10 tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months. 1. Seek a Specialist If you go to your local drugstore, you'll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That's why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using. But that doesn't mean you'll be stuck buying high-end products. Inexpensive products work just as well as highend ones,. In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What's most important is how your skin responds to the product -- and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it. 2. Moisturize More You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an "ointment"

moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as "night creams" are oil-based.).But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "nonclogging" oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil -- or butter -- is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. You can also look for lotions containing "humectants," a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin. 3. Slather on the Sunscreen No, sunscreen isn't just for summertime. Winter sun -combined with snow glare -- can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time. 4. Give Your Hands a Hand The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause. 5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flareup of eczema. 6. Hook Up the Humidifier Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps

prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly. 7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it's a myth. Water is good for your overall health and "the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids 8. Grease Up Your Feet Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper. 9. Pace the Peels If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are "deeply hydrating," rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often. 10. Ban Superhot Baths Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. You're better off with just warm water and staying in the water a shorter amount of time." A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy,

shape of confectionary to come, as the 3D-printing trend takes off. Laser cutting Designer Andrew Stellitano engraves ham, laser-cuts biscuits into Louis Vuitton logos and makes topographic art out of lasagne. It is all rather beautiful, in an unnaturally perfect sort of way. Meanwhile IDEO, a design firm, has used a laser to write on a pork chop for a poster campaign.

FOOD TRENDS FOR 2014 The future of food includes smart knives and egg-white crisps, according to trend analysts


nteractive cocktail loungesLogbar in Tokyo issues customers with iPad Minis upon entry. The menu is in the tablet, which you can also use to communicate with other drinkers and view, "like" and order what they're drinking. You can even invent your own cocktail and add it to the menu, earning a 50 yen (about 30p) commission when someone else buys one. Holographic chefs A finalist in a cutting-edge product design competition, Electrolux Design Lab, plans to bring top chefs into users' kitchens for tutorials via the medium of hologram. Burger-bots Momentum Machines' robot churns out 360 gourmet burgers an hour, chopping all ingredients as it goes so that everything is fresh. Orders can be customised, too. You want a patty of one-third pork and two-thirds bison? No problem. Smart knives Another Electrolux Design Lab contender is a knife that can check levels of harmful bacteria, pesticides and nutrients such as sugar, vitamins, protein and fat in the food it cuts. It also emits negative ions to help keep the food fresh.

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Alcohol-aware ice cubes Keep one of these in your glass and it will warn you when you're guzzling too fast, and send a text message to a close friend if you ignore it. When you're drinking moderately, the cube flashes green in time with the ambient music. If you start drinking more quickly it moves to amber, and red is your final warning. The augmented-reality diet Researchers in Tokyo found that using headsets to make food look one and a half times bigger led to a 10% decrease in consumption. Cue Google Glass designers jostling to create the ultimate diet app. Telltale teeth For those who think Google Glass seems intrusive, a sensor embedded in a molar is the stuff of nightmares. Developed by Taiwanese scientists, it can tell when you're eating, drinking, smoking and coughing. "All of this data can be sent to your doctor or dentist to provide an accurate picture of your daily consumption habits," says Tessa Mansfield of Stylus. "On a more alarming note," she adds, "could this information be shared with our insurance companies?" 3D printing The exquisite geometric sculptures created by The Sugar Lab are the

Food tattoos A Spanish company has developed laser tattoos for fresh produce, which can safely apply logos, provenance details and even QR codes on to fruit and veg. So long, irritating and un-eco stickers. "Health" chocolate With an increasing number of welloff older people wanting to stay fit, bigging up the functional properties of products is considered a good business bet. Expect to see more along the lines of French fruity chocolate Wellness Cacao, probiotic Ohso bars and IQ "superfood" chocolate. Kale lollies Nothing, it seems, can stop the march of the kale evangelists. Next summer, forget Magnums – it's all about the kale ice lolly. Chia pods Chia, an ancient grain that is favoured by vegan raw foodists as a great source of protein, omega3, fibre and slow-release carbohydrate, has been morphed into a snack food. Mixed with coconut milk and fruit, it comes in a dinky "pod" with a spoon. Expect to see more chia products for "onthe-go nutrition", as Stylus's Mandy Saven puts it. Egg-white crisps IPS (Intelligent Protein Snacks) contain protein, half the fat of regular crisps and fewer carbs, too. No mention of salt levels, though.

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Asesoria Axarquia Our office has offered comprehensive help and advice to our foreign clients in the Axarquia area for more than 15 years Our experience is based on: Land Registry: • Registration of properties • Corrections/Update of properties • Plot measurements and ownership exchanges

Deeds: • Purchase and sale contracts • Property new building declarations • Inheritances • Wills

Taxes: • Non resident tax (for foreigners with properties in Spain) • Resident taxes (for foreigners with residency in Spain)

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ince 1980 IDECOCINA has been engaged in designing and fitting all types of kitchens in all range of styles, including accessories and electrical appliances. They offer comprehensive service performed by their own company staff.

They provide solutions for any space issues, storage and layout and provide the most convenient and economical option for you. They offer you solutions for your requirements and professionally advise you about any question regarding your kitchen.

From refurbishment works to installation of kitchens, they perform everything so that your kitchen is ready from the start in perfect conditions. Your only concern is to choose what you like the most and they will do the rest (See advert opposite for contact details).

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

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Taberna - Teteria Hierbabuena Full Restaurant Menu, Tapas, Original Moroccan Foods in Tagines Traditional Homemade Food Kitchen Open English Breakfasts All Day Feb 14 th Speci al Menu C all for more info

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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

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Camera Front: 1.2MP photos/720p HD video Rear: 5MP photos/1080p HD video

4.2 with Fire OS 3.0 UI Processor 2.2GHz Quad-core

iPad Mini with Retina Display The advantage of the Mini, even when it had lower specifications, was always its portability, however. It retains that, augmented now with a brilliant screen that makes reading, editing photos and more seem significantly easier. But with the iPad Air now much more portable too, there’s less to choose between them. The 5MP camera, adequate stereo speakers and a good FaceTime camera make the Mini a superb device, but the Air is a superb device too. This is a seriously improved Mini, only really competing against a seriously improved full-size iPad. Both have processors that make gaming and the most demanding apps run smoothly. It is the only tablet in its class. Screen 7.9-inch Retina Weight 331g Storage 16/32/64/128GB OS iOS7 Processor M7 motion coprocessor. A7 chip with 64-bit architecture Camera Front: 1.2MP Rear: 5MP

iPad Air While Android phones have caught up with the iPhone, and in many aspects surpass it, the iPad remains a unique proposition and the iPad Air is the best iPad yet. Its light weight and thin form mean it gets out of the way – you don’t notice it, but you notice what you’re doing on it. That, potentially, unleashes a new generation of tablet-based productivity. The fact that Apple is now giving away even more software means that perhaps the rebranding is, therefore, more than simply a marketing exercise. Air may yet be the oxygen for a new wave of uses for the iPad. Screen 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm Weight 469g Screen 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display, 2048x1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) Processor dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO OS A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

New Google Nexus 7 The updated version of Google’s Nexus 7 hit UK shelves on 13 September. Produced again by hardware company Asus, the emphasis with the new model is on portability, weighing 50g less than last year’s version and coming in at 2mm thinner. And as with its predecessor, one serious advantage over competitors is its price: £199.99 for the 16GB version and £239.99 for the 32GB. Early reviews report improved graphics on the Nexus 7 2’s 1920 x 1200 Full HD 1080 display, a first for 7-inch tablets with 323 pixels per inch. It also offers the possibility of restricted profiles, allowing limits to be set for children’s browsing, and faster switching between accounts. Taking pictures may not be the primary function of tablets, but this one still comes with a 5MP camera on the back and a 1.2MP camera on the front. Screen 7.02” 1920x1200 Weight

TOP 10 TABLETS ON THE MARKET A review of the best tablets, which one will you choose?

KINDLE FIRE f you use the internet, you almost certainly use Amazon, and if you read books it’s increasingly certain that you also own a Kindle. The Kindle Fire HDX is Amazon’s attempt to move those who already download books into the burgeoning category of those who also download music, film and TV. And while Amazon does indeed let you browse the web or use email on the Fire HDX, more than anything else it is a device for browsing the company’s own store and watching media. As such, it’s got a lovely screen, offering an exceptional resolution with 323 pixels per inch on the 7-inch version. The tablets have quadcore Snapdragon 800 processors running at 2.2 GHz, providing over three times the processing power of the previous generation of Kindle Fire HD tablets. Amazon claims that the devices have 11 hours of battery life based on mixed usage, and up to 17 hours of reading. Screen 7” 1920x1200 Weight 303g Storage 16/32/64GB OS Android

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290g Storage 16/32GB OS Android Jelly Bean, 4.3 Processor 1.5GHz quadcore Xperia Tablet Z Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is the companion device to its (xcellent) Xperia Z mobile phone, and both use a slimline design that is stylish, angular, waterproof and dustproof. The Tablet Z is a lightweight 495g and just 6.9mm thick, yet it gave me a great battery life of more than seven hours. It feels more futuristic even than the iPad simply because it is so implausibly thin and lasts so long. . It’s the tablet you could take into the bath if you really can’t put down that book or magazine because it is waterproof/ Screen 10.1" 1200 x 1920 Weight 495g Storage 16/32 GB OS Android 4.2 Processor 1.5 GHz quadcore Galaxy Note 2 At 5.5”, the Galaxy Note 2 is both a phone and a tablet - hence the ‘phablet’ moniker. But as much of the appeal comes the unique SPen technology. This stylus allows you to garner extra information about what’s on the device’s screen simply by hovering above it, and the superfast processor means that this is a device that is as comfortable as a media consumption device as it is as a work unit. For some that means the Note 2 is neither one thing nor the other, but many people still use this it as their main, sole device. It may look like an over-sized phone, but its advantages are considerable. Large screen and impressive capabilities aside, it’s also blazing a new trail. Screen 5.5” 1280x720 Weight 183g Storage 16/32/64GB, microSD OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Processor 1.6GHz quadcore New iPad The latest iPad is a beautiful design that works blazingly fast – the new processor may not technically be the fastest, but it feels slicker than any other tablet on the market. With Apple’s ‘Retina display’ the company also

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has a screen that is, again, not technically the best on the market but somehow looks arguably more lovely. And now that there are 4G options and a 128GB version, you need never run out of storage again. If there’s a criticism of the new version it’s that it changes the dock connector so that your old cables will need replacing, and battery life could be better. But if you’re prepared to spend the money, the iPad remains – and certainly feels – like the best fullsize tablet on the market. Web browsing, emails and more never felt so elegant. Screen 9.7” 2048x1536 Weight 652g Storage 16/32/64/128GB OS iOS6.1 Processor 1.4GHz dualcore Microsoft Surface 2 The Surface 2, which replaces the Surface RT, is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run faster and smoother, increasing battery life to up to 10 hours for video playback. It will ship with Windows RT 8.1, bringing improvements in areas such as personalisation, search, multitasking, built-in apps, the Windows Store experience and connectivity to cloud-based storage. The latest version of the operating system is built for touch screens such as the Surface, and indeed this device really does make the operating system make more sense than on a conventional laptop. The tablet is also marginally thinner and lighter than its predecessor, at 0.35 inches (9mm) thick and 1.49 lbs (676g). Surface feels like a lovely product with some great ideas, not least the ultra-slim keyboard. But it’s a device in search of a market. Screen 10.6” 1920x1080 Weight 676g Storage 32/64GB OS Windows RT 8.1 Processor NVIDIA Tegra 4 Galaxy Note 10.1 Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is the company’s most serious attempt to change the face of computing yet – that A4 notepad can, Samsung hope, be replaced by this computerised version,

which with the S-Pen you can write notes on, and then later on in the day you can watch films and TV shows too. It’s the ultimate work and play device, the company hopes can take on the iPad on all fronts and more. Those are lofty ambitions and for earlyadopting technology fans there is a lot to like in the Note 10.1. But it hardly heralds the paperless office yet, because the handwriting recognition isn’t perfect, and it also struggles because the screen isn’t up to the quality of its rivals. With 4G connectivity, however, there’s much to like the Note for – it’s a product for geeks for now, but it heralds at least part of the future. It’s also a super-charged version of the S-Pen-free Galaxy Tab 10.1. Screen 10.1” 1280x800 Weight 600g Storage 16/32/64/128GB, microSD OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Processor 1.4GHz quadcore NEXUS 10 Like the Nexus 7, Google’s Nexus 10 offers a great tablet at a really great price – unfortunately with the this larger model feels like it doesn’t quite have the class of the Nexus 7. That’s not because the screen isn’t fantastic, or because the build-quality isn’t perfectly decent. Rather it’s because of details, such as the way the case replaces the speaker cover, so you can’t easily remove it, and above all the fact that this good hardware reveals the lack of premium tablet apps for Android. On a screen this nice, there should be more to do than simply read books or watch films. Where the iPad provides that, with apps such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Anatomy offering a novel experience, the Nexus 10 only reveals that Google has a way to go. But not being as good as the iPad is not a major barrier when the price is this attractive. Indeed, the Nexus 10 is still cheaper than the two-generationsold iPad 2. Screen 10.1” 2560x1600 Weight 603g Storage 16/32GB OS Android 4.2 Processor 1.7GHz quadcore

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1. Enjoyment (8) 5. Munition (6) 9. Infallible (8) 10. A picture puzzle (6) 12. Frisky (9) 13. Not first or second (5) 14. Tailless stoutbodied amphibian (4) 16. Every 30 days (7) 19. Shorten (7) 21. Nerd (4) 24. Mayhem (5) 25. Not genuine (9) 27. Paradise (6) 28. Inactivity (8) 29. Ancient ascetic (6) 30. Asian (8)

1. Feisty (6) 2. Things that happen (6) 3. Billow (5) 4. Hurrying on foot (7) 6. Being (9) 7. Hodgepodge (8) 8. Today (8) 11. Throatclearing sound (4) 15. Decrease (9) 17. Funny farm (8) 18. Before (8) 20. Not the entrance (4) 21. A machine tool that polishes metal (7) 22. Quiet (6) 23. Watercraft (6) 26. Mountain crest (5)

1. Which country was the first to give women the right to vote? 2. What is the name of the famous hat that originated in Ecuador? 3. According to the bible on which day did God make the Sun the Moon and the Stars? 4. What are the five most often used sources of renewable energy? 5. What is the name of the planet with the most extensive rings? 6. What is the year 2009 when written in Roman Numerals? 7. What is the name for a beavers home? 8. Which is the only vowel not found on a standard keyboard top line? 9. George Washington was the first US President, which number was George Bush Jr.? 10. What does the term Prima Donna literally mean?

13. What would you probably do if you got pepper in your proboscis? 14. What was Fred Flintstones childs name? 15. In which county is Stonehenge? 16. Name the date of St Georges Day? 17. How is Rubella better known?

11. What was the beatles last Album called?

18. The name of the French Port over 300 000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from in May/June 1940?

12. Name the 6 items used to murder the victim in the board game Cluedo?

19. The name of the dog in Enid Blyton?s Famous Five books?

See page 82 for answers

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Family Doctor Pediatrician Psychologist English Dentist Physiotherapy Acupuncture Specialists Centro International Bloque 86

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The Spanish Coffee Break Food Pork Lamb Chicken Fish Shell Fish Roasted Sausage Ham Turkey Duck Lobster Lettuce Carrots Potato

Cerdo Cordero Pollo Pescado Mariscos Asado Chorizo Jamon Pavo Pato Langosta Lechuga Zanahorias Patata

Onion Advocado Brocolli Spinach Cucumber Herbs Artichoke Tomato Swordfish Trout Boned Butter Casserole Crispy

Cebolla Aguacate Brocoli Espinaca Hierbas Pepino Alcachofa Tomate Pez Espada Trucha Dehuesado Mantequilla Estofado Crujiente

Sopa de Letras Search & Learn with the very first “Sopa de Letras� in the Axarquia! Food Search Word Cerdo Cordero Pollo Pescado Mariscos Asado Chorizo Jamon Pavo Pato Langosta Lechuga Zanahorias Patata Cebolla Aguacate Brocoli Espinaca Hierbas Pepino Alcachofa Tomate Trucha Dehuesado Mantequilla Estofado Crujiente

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Translation Pork Lamb Chicken Fish Shell Fish Roasted Sausage Ham Turkey Duck Lobster Lettuce Carrots Potato Onion Advocado Brocolli Spinach Cucumber Herbs Artichoke Tomato Trout Boned Butter Casserole Crispy

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CÓMPETA Plaza Almijara, 6

CoffeeXXXL & Cake Coffee Sandwich Only& 2.00€ (Every 3.20€ Afternoon)

APaella small every selection ofSunday properties Coffeepresented & Cake Sunday Paella every Only 2.00€ Please call in for more information Please call in55for information Tel:in 952 55 37 01 to youTel: from local agents this area. 952 37 more 01 estate (Every Afternoon)

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

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

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

J.L Rodriguez Stone walling, patios, tiling & General Building

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24hr Emergencies

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

Level: Easy

Level: Intermediate

***See Page 82 for completed puzzles

Pavo Real Bar and Restaurant Open 6 days a week (incl. Kitchen) 10.00am until late. TEL: 654 869 083 Closed Wednesdays

Spit Roast Chickens 7.50 euro (Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun) call to order

Traditional Sunday Lunch Roast Chicken or Beef with all the trimmings 1 course 9 euro, 2 courses 10 euro or 3 courses 11 euro

New Menu and Specials Board (snack & evening)

Ribs Wide range of home made pies Thai Curry Cod, Chips & mushy peas 9.50 euro Full English Breakfast & tea 7 euro

½ chicken, chips, salad & glass of beer/wine to eat in Thu, Fri & Sat- 9 euro

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2x 50"TV's so can show different matches at the same time To advertise call 637 028 873

Health & Beauty Rebeccah Curtis ITEC

Fruteria Jara

Local produce of the area

Lots of changing special offers Also Fresh Herbs & Ambient Products Delivery Service to Restaurants Fruteria Jara, Avenida de la Constitución Local 3, Competa

Mon - Fri: 8.30-2.30 & 5.00-8.30

Sat: 8.30-2.30

Sun: 10.00-2.00




Keep out the heat but keep the view! Enjoy the sunshine in comfort We tint: cars, mobile homes, offices, conservatories, patio doors, glass curtains, glazed balconies & yachts Infact: if its glass we’ll tint it!

Reduce:Heat, glare & expensive air con expenses For more information contact: 902 888 176 / 644 546 176 To advertise call 637 028 873


Mini Lift Facial 3 sessions for 100 Euro Courses to be completed within 4 weeks of first session TUESDAY TO SATURDAY 10:00 TIL 15:00 Urb. Laguna Beach, Centro Comercial B, no16 Torrox Costa, 29793 Malaga TELF: 952 53 0122 Mobile: 651 956 284

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Grapevine Bargain Ads Photo adverts only 15 Euro for two month Text adverts (max 30 words) free Payment in advance only- ads must be received by 17th of the month Beautiful MGA 1600 mk2 have some fun with a genuine car that will appreciate in value whilst you are touring around spain.The car will keep up with modern traffic and comes with a fold down roof and a tonneau cover. The car was first registered in 1960 and is LHD.Please contact Phil on 952115984 or mobile 634 339 609 25000€

Mitsubishi Colt Cz3 1.316V 05/09/2005 Genuine 11,500kms Black One lady owner, car bought new from Mavesa in Malaga.Full service history New ITV September 2013, Price 5500 Euros Contact Steve or Val - 610 39 22 94 or email

CHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE LTD EDITION Nav Silver reg 2010. 28,000 kms, one owner,full service History, petrol , air con, full leather, bluetooth and many more exras. Great value at Price 18,000 Euros LHD and ITV, Spamish Plates ill Health forces Sale Contact 952516495

2003 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 soft top for sale, pre-distressed. One owner from new, 77,000 km. Some dents and scratches hence: €2,500, Canillas/Competa area. Call Mitch on 616 891473 or email

KTM 950 SM 2008


5500km, Spanish registered, ITV to 11/13, full KTM service history, new tyres, very good condition, 5,500€ Competa Tel: 628 990 503 Mob: 651 386 377

Leather sofas for sale Leather sofas for sale, all very good condition, less than half new price: 2 x 3 seater sofas €600 each 1 x 2 seater sofa €500 1 x chair €150 Canillas/Competa area. Call Mitch on 616 891473 or email

Multi-instrument electronic synthesiser keyboard 100 instruments - 100 rhythms, vibrato, pitch bend, with user manual & learner guide. Includes stand. Cost 300 Euros with stand - as new - hardly used 120,00 Euros Tel: 637074923 Canillas Albaida

Pool Cues A selection of two piece pool cues, all brand new and never been used. Some with cases. Ideal for pubs & bars 10,00 Euros Each Competa

Flamenco Guitar Manuel Rodriguez FF, excellent condition. Price new €1,500, will accept €950, Canillas/Competa area. Call Mitch on 616 891473 email

Sherwood Ridgeway "White Míst" crockery Please call into our shop in for more bargains Action for Animals Avenida de la Constitucion 59 Competa 29754 (Malaga) only 20.00€

Telescope Please call into our shop in for more bargains Action for Animals Avenida de la Constitucion 59 Competa 29754 (Malaga) only €30.00€

Strachenover gas fired radiator. wall mounted and room sealed, high output, no condensation or smell unlike cabinet heaters. 65,00 euros Tel: 634415531


CORTIJO-PACO Downstairs Bar Now Open Fridays Nights, All Day Saturday & Sunday Lunch

Tapas, Andalucian Food & Music

Fantastic views down to coast

Sunday Lunch Special Menu - 14 euro (includes 3 courses and a drink) Closed Mondays - Open Tues to Fri from 6.30pm until late

Dinning downstairs available for the disabled and those with walking difficulties CORTIJO PACO RESTAURANTE, Avd Canillas 6, Competa, Tel: 952 553 647 Mob: 657 324 491

New Traditional Afternoon tea served everyday Coffee/Tea & Cake 2.50

Café Bar

“El Despacho De Fernan” C/Rampa. Edif. Ayunatamiento, No.1 Competa, Malaga Tel: 952 553 518

Behind the Town hall

Open Mon - Sat (Closed Sundays) 9.00am till late - Drinks, Snacks & Full Menu To advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine 77

•February 2014 Horoscopes• ARIES

20th March - 19th April






he last week of the month looks financially promising As Venus retrograde ends soon, try to keep a low profile and be selectively but sincerely generous.



eing stable and reliable gives you tremendous staying power if this is where you want to be. Domestic tension may arise as the month ends, and you may question your happiness


22th November - 21st December




t's an intense and deeply felt New Year when you've never been more motivated to ditch useless fantasies and try something new. Improve your daily routine, self-discipline, and health regimen.

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23rd October - 21st November


t's an action-packed, intense Year, just the way you like it. You also may like how much you do for everyone behind the scenes. Don't develop a Cinderella complex, but don't stop the good work!


22th December - 19th January


ou deserve those little daily pleasures as much as anyone. Think more kindly about yourself as the month ends. Listen and believe it when a partner admires and compliments you.

our good luck continues when favors are unexpectedly returned and someone spontaneously rewards you for just being you. Smile, say thank you, and feel appreciated.



23rd August - 22th September

The last few days of the month bring emotional and intellectual confusion as wishful thinking and willingness to overlook flaws outweighs cold, clear better judgment.

f a friend loses a wallet or keys, you can psychically find the missing item. Volunteer to be the designated driver and enjoy those warm, fuzzy, virtuous feelings in private.



ot romance and intense relationship issues could keep the sparks flying for the first few days of February. Feel lucky and in charge, and don't escape into junk food heaven.




he last few days of the month could get tense, especially with co-workers, but any threats you feel are more likely short-lived and due to other people's insecurities.

hyperactive partner or lover could throw more sparks, too. Things can stay fun so long as you don't get too outrageous and competitive. Arguments are possible but not required.



he month could start with a wild night out on the town or a passionately wild and heavy night in a more intimate setting with only a few close friends.

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Salon de Belleza Hair and Beauty Salon

Tin Tin NEW SemiPermanent Nail Polish . .

Tin Tin IS the place where you can go and have a full day of beauty treatment: Perm, colouring, hi and low light, wash & set also cuts for men and children, Acrylic nails, manicure, pedicure, facials, waxing, colouring eyelashes, eyebrows & make up.

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consortium. The mountain or Serrano ham is made from several different breeds of white pigs, such as Duroc, Landrace or Large White. They are fed mainly cereals and cured from 7 to 16 months. Jamón Ibérico – This ham is made only from the Iberian pig. The breeding of the Iberian pig is restricted to an area in Southwestern Spain and Southeastern Portugal. Although fed some cereals, these pigs also roam countryside and feed on acorns. The curing process lasts from 14 to 36 months.

AN INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH HAM Jamon Serrano and Jamon Iberico

Background and History. Spanish ham is greatly prized as a gourmet food both in Spain and around the world. It is eaten regularly in most Spanish households. In fact, not only is Spain the largest producer of airdried-cured ham, Spaniards are the number one consumers in the world! Every Spaniard eats about 5 kilograms of cured ham per year. That is double what the Italians eat. There are various types of cured ham in Spain, ranging in price from economical to very expensive. Grocery stores, sausage shops and supermarkets all sell various types of ham and many will not be of a Denomination of Origin. That does not mean it does not great tasting, but it simply did not pass the strict quality control standards Ham is historically important food, dried and cured with salt for centuries. The people of the Iberian Peninsula ate pork and ham in their diet, even in the Roman era. However, when the Moors conquered the Peninsula,

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because of their religious beliefs, eating pork was prohibited. After the Christians regained control and forced the Muslims and Jews to either convert or go into exile, pork regained its popularity. Types of Cured Spanish Ham There are basically two different types of cured hams in Spain, jamón serrano or “mountain ham,” and jamón ibérico or “Iberian ham.” Jamón Serrano - There are almost 2,000 producers of Serrano ham in Spain. Eighteen of these producers formed the Consorcio de Jamón Serrano Español in 1990. The name Jamón Serrano is now controlled by the European Union since the year 2000 and it protects the processing of this product, although it does not apply to a specific region. Look for the label that has an "S" in the shape of a ham, and says SERRANO ESPAÑOL if you want to buy Jamón Serrano from the

Denominations of Origin and Quality Control Ham is such a treasured food that not only are there several Denominations of Origin, but there is even a chain of Museos de Jamón or “Ham Museums” around Spain! The Denomination of Origin of Teruel (in Aragon) was the first granted by Spain’s Department of Agriculture in 1984. Since then, other Denominations of Origin for ham have been granted. As with all Denominations of Origin, there is strict control of the quality of the product. For example, in order to carry the name jamón de Teruel, the regulations of the Denomination of Origin of Teruel cover every stage of the process, including the following: The pigs must be of a certain breed, be fed only cereals and grains of the local region, be of a certain weight when slaughtered, and spend 14 months curing in Teruel. While curing, they must pass a number of quality control checks, as well. Besides Teruel, other areas are well-known for their excellent ham: Trevelez (a small village in the Sierra Nevada) which is located in the highest peak in Spain Girona province in the region of Cataluña Soria province in the region of Castilla-Leon

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I went for a job at the Royal Mail sorting office yesterday. After the interview I was given a tour of the depot. I asked the guy taking the tour "What's that machine?"

The Wife My wife's locked herself in the kitchen in a rage, after a massive argument over how miserable and tight I've become since we've been married.

The Swiss must've been pretty confident in their chances of victory if they included a corkscrew in their army knife.

"That's the Acme 3000 Auto Sorter System. It can sort 150,000 letters an hour and it's 99.5% accurate. It's controlled by 12 supercomputers, each of which is 5000 times more powerful than an average desktop PC. It has over 15,000 state-of-the-art optical location identification sensors, contains enough circuit boards to entirely cover the pitch at the new Wembley stadium and it has 200 miles of fibre-optic cable. It cost over £100 million to develop," he boasted proudly. "What happens to the letters after it's finished sorting them?" I asked. "We give them to a bloke on a push bike.”

She's in there now, ripping all the plates in half. My dad found out I had an imaginary girlfriend. I kissed a girl in the club and she said, "Oh my God, you've been smoking. It's just like licking an ashtray." "You non-smokers have some funny habits," I replied.

Sudoko Answers from Page 74

He said, "You know, you could do better." "Thanks dad, that means a lot," I replied. "I was talking to your girlfriend.”

I took a taxi to my court appearance the other day. "What are you here for?" asked the driver. "My bankruptcy hearing. You might as well come too.”

Pub Quiz Answers from Page 70 1. New Zealand 2. Panama hat 3. 4th 4. Wind, Solar, Hydro power, Biomass and Geothermal. 5. Saturn 6. MMIX 7. Lodge 8. A 9. 43rd 10. Leading Lady 11.Let it Be (8 May,1970 UK, 18 May,1970 USA) The album Abbey Road was first released 26

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Sept 69. 12. Candlestick Rope Lead Pipe Revolver Dagger Spanner 13. Sneeze 14. Pebbles 15. Wiltshire 16. 23rd April 17. German Measels 18. Dun Kirk 19. Timmy

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Country Market Los Jardines del Trapiche

Every Tuesday 9.30am - 1.30pm well established for 5 years now, we have a beautiful courtyard and a bar area with a large air conditioned indoor area, full of food, fruit and vegetables. A selection of stalls selling new and handmade items.

Something for everyone if you would like to join us or would like any information, please Call Anita 627877164 or Chrissie 617811030

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take the 272 onto the a356, Velez Malaga,Turn off at el cruce towards benamargosaGo over the roundabout and we are on the left hand side just before the private airport

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Phone Rob on 690 076 988 or 951 247 171


All Areas

€9 per hour

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

Electricians Fully qualified All work undertaken Free Estimates



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

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

For all your water filters and water treatment requirements. Two Stage Water Filters, supplied and fitted from just €99 Call Geoff or email for free no obligation quote 952 554 870 or 699 462 859 or


La Vendimia Avda. de Nerja, s/n 29754 COMPETA Tel: 952 55 38 80

Excellent food at great prices.




TEL: KEITH 607 441 959 or RUSS 654 184 242 84 The Grapevine

Find us on the top floor of the Q8 Garage Competa. Enter the Q8 Forecourt And take the slip road up by the Side of the car wash.

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Do you want a perfect green lawn ??? Ever thought about Artificial Grass ? It is the perfect solution; green, lean and clean! Almost all surfaces are suitable. Enjoy your garden all year round. For more info or a free quotation Call: 619 317 211

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DEATH OF EXPAT ON COMPETA TORROX ROAD A British expatriate has died after being buried alive in a tragic accident. Andrew McGaughey, 65, was working in a ditch on his property when disaster struck. According to 112 emergency service sources, he was found buried in the ditch on his rural plot of land between Torrox and Competa near the Pavo Real restaurante. Sources said the accident seemed to have been caused by the displacement of excavated soil that gave way due to recent rains, soil from a project the victim had initiated on his property. He had told neighbours he was concerned about the stability of his home due to the subsidence. COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY : Tuesday February 11 Quiz Night at Lew's Fish and Chips, calle El Faro, Torrox Costa. Quiz with Laura starts 7.30pm. Entrance fee of eight euros includes a supper of fish and chips or pie and chips, with three euros and raffle proceeds going to CAS. Book at Lew's with Laura or Kurt on 95 252 1426 or directly with Lew's. Friday February 21 Quiz Night at Punta Lara Bar, Nerja. Quiz with Dave Jamieson

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starts 8.00pm. Entrance fee of three euros and raffle proceeds go to CAS. Food and drink available. Booking essential with Mark on 635 369 673. Excursions Full details from Sean Brown on 958 640 948 or email Please mention CAS when booking. Tues Feb 18: Farmers market and Comares. Tickets 25 euros incl. lunch. Departs Almuñécar 10.30am, Nerja 11.00am. Thurs Mar 20: Day trip to Córdoba. Tickets 20€. Departs Almuñécar 8.00am, Nerja 8.30am. Mon Mar 24 to Fri Mar 28: Five day visit to rural Portugal. Contact for details.

EL PLAYAZO BEACH BARS Beach bars that have been open for more than 20 years on El Playazo beach in Nerja may be forced to close. The Environment department of the regional government (Junta de Andalucia) has launched a disciplinary proceeding against them for allegedly violating the Coastal Law, local newspaper SUR has reported. They have been told to “immediately cease” any commercial activity in the area as they are occupying land under the public domain.

The Junta also wants them to pay a €300,000 fine each, which amounts to more than €2 million altogether. The owners the four beach bars, two boat yards and the ice-cream kiosk affected received a notification from the regional government only days before Christmas.They were given a month to lodge any objection.

LAS HUERTOS IN ALCAUCIN Residents of an urbanisation in Alcaucin who came to Spain to live a dream are facing a nightmare. The town council, under instruction from the regional government, revoked the building licenses of the 13 houses comprising Las Huertas urbanisation. Now the residents, most of them in their 60s and 70s, fear they will have the threat of demolition hanging over their heads during 2014. NEW GOLF COURSE PLANNED A €165 million golf course and 1,000 luxury homes project bordering two natural parks has been given the green-light. The Spanish Supreme Court authorised project in La Coladilla area of Nerja which had been halted in 2006 by the regional government (Junta de Andalucia).

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Local News COMPETA TOWN HALL NEWS ·Cómpeta, pueblo blanco/ Cómpeta, white village. The town Hall would like to remind all property owners in Cómpeta, both in town as well as the campo, that all houses should be painted in white. Please keep our white village white! COMPETA SWIMMING POOL re-opens again after renovations. More info about opening times at the Town Hall. COMPETA HOE DOWN Hoe-Down on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at The Balcon Hotel, Competa. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Sunday the 3th of February Cómpeta celebrates “San Blas”. You can bring your “roscas” to the Cómpeta church at 11.00h and the priest will bless them! Thursday the 6th of February everyone who owns a motorcycle can come to the square behind the post office in Cómpeta to pass ITV (check up). From 10.00 - 14.30 and from 16.00 – 16.45 Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of February it´s Carnaval in Cómpeta! At the Town Hall you can find a program of all the activities in town. Sunday the 28th of February the townhall will hand out the prizes “Cómpeta Compitorum”. These prizes are for people who have done a lot for the village of Cómpeta. One of the prize will go to the very first foreigner becoming resident in Cómpeta. Curious who this is? Come to the Museo de artes y costumbres at 12.00H and you will find out!

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Tickets for this fantastic evening are only 5 euros and include a welcome drink. They are now on sale from either a committee member, Todo Papel or The Balcon Hotel, Competa. Tasty food will be available to purchase separately during the night; Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Vegetarian Burgers; Hot Pork Rolls with all the trimmings together with Jacket Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and of course Baked Beans, all at reasonable prices starting from just 75centimo. If you require any additional information, please contact Liz Bland on 633679701 or email;

LIVE GIGS Saturday 1 February THE ROOTERS Hotel Balcon, Competa Reservations: 952 553662 Wednesday 5 February BACKROOM CONCERTS AT THE ALBERDINI €2 Entrance fee Bar Restaurante Alberdini, Competa Tel: 952 553512 Friday 14 February St Valentine's Night with THE ROOTERS AT THE ALBERDINI Bar Restaurante Alberdini, Competa Tel: 952 553512 Thursday 27 February Alberdini Sessions All welcome to come and join in Bar Restaurante Alberdini, Competa Tel: 952 553512 Saturday 1 March THE ROOTERS Hotel Balcon, Competa Reservations: 952 553662 If you know of a live Gig happening in your area please email us by the 15th of the month for inclusion in the following months edition

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C NTACTS DIRECT RY 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

Town Doctors Halls Doctors 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


Tel : 952 552 404



Tel: 952 508 858

Tel: 952 516 006 952 516 025


Tel: 952 523 131


Tel: 952 536 016

Rio Gordo

Tel: 952 732 154


Tel: 952 535 021


Tel: 952 508 903


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

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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Torre del Mar Tel: 952 540 471 Torrox Costa Tel: 952 538 010 Velez Malaga Tel: 952 559 100 Vinuela

Tel: 952 519 002


Tel: 952 533 122

La Herradura Tel: 958 827 794 Nerja

Tel: 952 548 430

Torrox Pueblo Tel: 952 538 200

Taxi’s Canillas de Albaida Maria Jose: 952 553 018 Cómpeta 952 553 662 Franquelo: El Mellizo: 952 516 056 Maximo: 952 516 199 Cesáreo: 952 516 205 Sayalonga Ramiro: 952 535 029 Velez Malaga 952 540 016

Frigiliana Malaga Motril

952 533 231 952 327 950 958 600 164

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

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

Bus Doctors 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

To advertise call 637 028 873 You can now advertise your items for sale free on 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 Evangelical Church Tel: 952 532 825 Fellowship of the King Tel: 958 658 439 Anglican Church of Nerja & Almunecar Tel: 952 525 406

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Tel: 952 600 267

Carlos Haya Tel: 951 290 000


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Velez Malaga Tel: 951 067 000


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Netherlands Tel: 913 537 500 Norway

Tel: 952 667 955


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Tel: 958 603 506

Vets Naturevets: 952 55 38 50 URG: 617 00 17 23 Nerja Clinica San Fernando (vet Expedito) 609 982 941 Torrox Village & Torrox Costa

608 45 42 70

La Herradura

625 233 778

C贸mpeta & La Caleta:

657 582 225

National Holidays

January 1st

New Years Day

January 6th

Three Kings Day

February 28th

May 1st

August 15th Virgin de la Asuncion

English Radio Stations Global Radio

96.5 FM

Andalucia Day May Day

October 12th Dia de la Hispanidad November 1st

All Saints day

December 6th Dia de la Constitucion


96.0 FM

Coastline Radio

97.6 FM

Radio Sol Almijara

99.1 FM

December 8th Immaculate Conception


105.5 FM

December 25th Christmas Day


104.8 FM

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

The Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 55 3662 Alberdini Hotel Restaurant Tel: 952 51 62 94

Airconditioning / Heating

Construction Construcciones Chavos Tel: 952 553 807 Solar Shade Tel: 902 888 176 Glo y Pat Tel: 952 51 61 49

Drains Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628

Electricians Phone: 952.539.742

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

CALL NOW 952 967 015

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

Infrared Heating Outside for patios bars, smoking areas - low running cost

Energy Certificates Tel: 952 96 78 03

Tecnicas Tel: 952 52 95 38 Esola Systems Tel: 952 550 323 Tel: 633 759 994

Food Stores & Bakeries


Competa Computers Professional Computer Repairs Tel: 952 96 78 03

Tel: 951 067 722 / 617 979 364

Hairdressers Tin Tin Hairdressers Tel: 952 516 416 E.G.O Tel: 616 022 734

Health & Beauty Centro Mar y Salud Dr. Bernadette Veeger - General Practitioner

General Practitioner Psychology Physiotherapy Osteopathy Massage Acupuncture Gynaecology Medical Thermography Dermatology Iridology Vitamin & Mineral dificiencies testing Etioscan Food allergies testing Colontherapy Pedicure Nutritional Coaching Yoga Classes Gym classes Cosmetic treatments Paseo MarĂ­timo, El Morche/Torrox Costa, 952 532 065 / 617 913 196,

Cruce de Periana, Puente Don Manuel

Beauty Treatments

Fruteria Jara Ave de la Constitucion 31 La Boutique de Competa 952 553 331

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

Qualified Sports & Remedial Therapist Unisex Hairdressers

Furniture Stores

Advanced Cosmetic Procedures & Electrolysis Removal of Moles, Thread veins, Milia, Skin tags, Blood spots, Warts, Verrucas and Age spots

Ink Cartridges & Stationery Tel: 627242977

Jose Luis Persianas Tel: 952 516 397

The Hair & Beauty Studio

Carpenters Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149

Glass, lighting & blinds

For all enquires please call: 693 740 575

T-Shirt Printing

X.Beauty & Nails By Kelly.X Tel: 951 247

Internet & Telephone Fast & Reliable, no land line required, free installation in ALL areas, unlimited download, free telephone calls worldwide. Avenida La Pancha, Edificio San Andrés, local 1-3, Algarrobo Costa, 29750 Malaga, 951 239 888, email:,

Nerja Solutions Tel: 952527145

Buggy Tours Tel: 653 635 180

Mechanics & Recovery

Jewellery Design


Leisure, Hobbie & Gifts

An exclusive collection 925° Silver

Karin Gabrielle Van Camp Jewellery Designer

Tel: 633 897 499 -

Kennels & Pets


BIG Garage

Castillo alto, Mechanical Repairs35 & Servicing


4 x 4's &poligono cars


Glenn 609Nerja 744 29780 371 Tel: 952 528on 961 Pro Neumaticos Tel: 952 507 144 Taller Candido Tel: 651 027 801

Property Legal Advice

Boarding kennels for cats and dogs Tel: Val 655 579 792 or Richard 645 659 935

Solutions 4 U Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07

Como Piensos Tel: 952 516 118

Language School Axareducation Tel: 655 48 59 44

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

Plumbers & Water Solutions

Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34 Asesoria Aljarife Tel:952 516 600 Asesoria Axarquia Tel:952 54 51 05 Thomas Gant Law Tel: 952 51 69 61 Azuaga Asesoria Tel: 952 55 78 28

Removals UK Deliveries Tel: 951 247 240 / 608 091 660

Real Estate

Tel: (+34) 620 914 104

Tel: (+34) 951 321 359

Tel:(0034) 618 295 063 Tel:(0034) 951 067 711

Real Estate Continued Solutions 4 U Tel: 952 55 38 07 Taurus Real Estate, Tel: 952 535 043 Creative Property Marketing Tel: 951 400 228 Sergio Fernandez Properties Tel: 676 512 206

Restaurants & Bars La Casona - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 37 01 Cantueso Restaurante Tel: 699 946 213 El Pilon Tel: 952 553 512 Bar Fernans Tel: 952 553 792 Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena Tel: 951 70 76 38 Museo del vino Tel: 952 553 314 Taj Majal - Torrox Costa Tel: 952 534 972 The Boathouse Tel: 610 131 569 El Pino Restaurant Tel: 952 968 106 The Pavo Real Tel: 654 869 083 Cantueso Tel: 699 946 213 The Balcon Hotel Tel: 952 553 662 Moreno’s Puente don Manuel

The Business Directory Continued Satellite Services

Spa’s & Saunas

Nerja Solutions Tel: 952 527 145 Total Satellite Installations Tel: 629 556 266 IPTV Spain Tel: 951 390 567

Vets CLINICA VETERINARIA CÓMPETA Clinic 952 553 360 URG 657 582 225 LA CALETA Clinic 952 551 010 URG 657 582 225 PUENTE DON MANUEL Clinic 951 167 666 URG 657 582 225

Windows & Doors



Delprado Solicitors Tel: 95 252 72 74


Tel. 952 50 25 27 E-Mail:

Official Manufacturer

Lizzy Reilly Tel: 952 55 35 75


Work Opportunities

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

Swimming Pool Heating

Retail Eyes

Villa Care

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

Property Care and Management Services

Todo Casa Tel: 628 776 226 Tel: 652 970 608

Pet Supplies Como Piensos Tel: 951 51 61 18

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 February 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. 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. LAKE VINUELA SOCIAL CLUB We meet on the 1st THURSDAY of the month from 12noon until approx. 2.30pm followed by lunch at Bar Atila, Puente Don Manuel to enjoy social activities and meet like minded friends. We regularly have a quiz, open the box, bingo and a guest speaker. For further details please contact 676772693 or email LUX MUNDI Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar. Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Opening hours Friday only 11.00am to 13.00pm. Tel.952 543 334 Email: Web: DAILY EVENTS IN THE CENTRE. Monday through Thursday Spanish courses. Monday – Computer Tuition & Wi-Fi Connection available, please bring your own computer. Prayer Group. Half Orange (Widows/Widowers/Singles) Group. Tuesday –´ Espan-Glish´. Wednesday – Computer Tuition & Wi-Fi Connection available, please bring your own computer. Art Group. Thursday – Bible Study. Friday – Spanish Conversation. Coffee Morning Refreshments with a Boutique, Bric-a-brac, preserves books and cards for sale. Library and Tourist Reference Library. 11.00am – 13.00pm. FEBRUARY COMING EVENTS AND EXCURSIONS Monday 10th - QUIZ NIGHT. Supper and one drink, bar available. There will be a raffle and prizes for the winning team. Time 18.00 for 18.30h, Ticket Price 6 Euros. Tuesday 11th - MALAGA & THYSSEN MUSEUM. Pl A day in Malaga, where from 10.30h to 13.00h, you will be taken on a guided tour of Malaga free time

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to eat lunch, after which at approximately 15.00h there will be a guided tour in the Thyssen Museum to see a special exhibition in the Carmen Thyssen Collection of the famous paintings of Courbet, Van Gogh, Money and Léger, featuring naturalist landscapes to the Avant-gardes Friday 14th – ST. VALENTINE COFFEE MORNING. Friday 14th – ST VALENTINE DINNER DANCE. Dinner dance at the Hotel Almazara – Frigliana, Welcome drink and canopies, followed by a 3 course dinner. Also included is beer, water, soft drinks and a bottle of wine between 4 people. There will be music for dancing and prizes to be won in the Grand Raffle. Ticket Price 26.50 Euros Thursday 20th – GIBRALTAR COACH EXCURSION. Departure times Algarrobo 6.45am, Caleta 6.50am and Torre Del Mar Bus Station 7.00am. Friday 28th – CENTRE CLOSED. CHURCH SERVICES Saturday Catholic Mass. 17.00pm Winter and 18.00pm Summer Sunday Anglican Church of St. Barnabas (IERE). 11.00am. Morning Prayer 1st and 3rd Sundays, Holy Communion 2nd and 4th Sunday

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FELLOWSHIP OF THE KING We meet at Fellowship of the King premises situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria, El Cruce de Puente don Manuel. Phone 952 115 220 or 952 518 185. Fellowship of the King Sunday Worship - 11am. Wednesday Fellowship 3 - 5 pm. Midweek activities Pilates - Tuesday midday - 1pm. Bridge Club Tuesday 2.15 - 6pm. Charity shop/Books open Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10 - 1.30pm. TRAPICHE SOCIAL CLUB The Trapiche Social Club meets every Wednesday at 12 noon until 2pm at the Trapiche Restaurant, just off the A356 Velez-Malaga to La Vinuela. The first Wednesday in the month is our regular lunch meeting, we enjoy a 3 course lunch with wine, casera and water for just €8.50.F LOS ROMANES ROYAL BRITISH LEGION We now meet on a Monday from 12-2.00 pm in the Garden Restaurant, La Vinuela. Information can be obtained from our website or Margaret Branch Sec. 951066079 LOCAL MARKETS Every Tuesday Trapiche Farmers Market 10-2

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SAYALONGA: Calle Calvario s/n, Tel: (0034) 952 535 043 .

Mb: (0034) 660 743 670 email: .

COMPETA: Avda. de la Constitución, 31, Tel: (0034) 952 516 633

Fax: (0034) 952 516 635



LA VIÑUELA Attractive 3 bed/2 bath villa situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on a select development, with views of the countryside and excellent access to two local villages. Generous accommodation, 8mt x 4mt pool & gardens. Sold fully furnished and ready to move into. Awaiting EPC Ref: T819

245,000 euro

SAYALONGA Pretty traditional village house in quiet location. Good size living room with open fireplace, fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. 2 wonderful roof terraces, plus 2 additional rooms that could provide further accommodation. Awaiting EPC Ref: T768

89,000 euro

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA Super country villa with 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dressing room, fully fitted kitchen, large lounge & sun room. To the exterior is a spacious garage, covered terrace, fish pond and lovely mature gardens. Views of the lake and coast. Awaiting EPC

240,000 euro

Ref: T701

COMPETA Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa of 200m2 in an elevated and rural position. Large part covered terrace, spacious living/dining room, open plan kitchen, utility room, concrete drive, garage and car port. Fantastic sea views. Great bargain! Awaiting EPC Ref: C3152

170,000 euro


CANILLAS DE ACEITUNO Wonderful mature country villa, 2 double bedrooms, glazed sun room, living/dining room, central hallway, family bathroom and fully fitted kitchen. 4500m2 plot with 8 x 4m pool and garage. Excellent access. EPC rating - F Ref: T742

149,950 euro

Attractive 3 Bed/2 Bath country villa with breathtaking views. Good size living accommodation, f/f kitchen, utility room/office & workshop/storeroom. Super pool terrace with 6mt x 3mt pool. Walking distance to village and Natural Park. EPC rating - E Ref: T684

295,000 euro

The grapevine magazine feb 2014  

The Grapevine Magazine orginally started in the village of Competa, Malaga and now covers over 20 villages and towns in the Axarquia region...