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March 2014

Issue 107

Grapevine Magazine

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Editors Note... Last month we spent the evening in Malaga. Although we have some brilliant restaurants where we live it is great to get out of the village. Friends had the kids for the afternoon and over night so we didn’t want to go too far afield thus we chose to stay in Malaga. It is often too easy to get stuck in a routine and not get out and explore the great place where we live. Malaga has a lot going for it, with plenty of museums to visit, the cathedral and castle to walk around not to mention the abundant supply of fab tapas bars. On previous visits to Malaga we have always gone for the tapas option either in the port or around Calle Larios. This time we stumbled across a really lovely and ambient restaurant just off Plaza Meced called Meson de Cervantes. Later we found out this had great reviews on the internet and now I understand why. The food was tasty and different; the staffs were polite and efficient. We were really lucky to get a table as it was so busy therfore I would definitely advise booking. Our Malaga experience was great and we are looking forward to going back again and maybe taking the kids to the aquarium or car museum.

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March Weather

Closer to home we have more fun on the horizon with a treasure hunt and race for life days all in aid of Cudecca, check inside the magazine for more details on the events or how you could help out. Enjoy and keep reading (and looking for the wine glass!) The Editor

Days with rainfall: 5 Days Avg Max Temperature: 18.7 c Hours of Sunshine : 7.0 p/day The weather data is for guidance only and is the average monthly maximum for the Costa del Sol

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


Inside This Month


10 Walk for Life The Ninth Annual Walk for Life on Sunday 1st June 2014

18 Las Fallas The famous annual firework festival in Valencia.

52 Plugging it to You!


More Campo Cuttings with Lorraine Cavanagh

60 Summertime, and the living is easy-ish! When summer arrives so do the visitors! by Sam Benson

Play Pens Stairgates Travel Cots Booster Seats


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

Todo Papel, Avenida de la Constitución, 31, Cómpeta, email:

952 553 755 3 The Grapevine

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The salary of King Juan Carlos has been frozen for the third year running at €140,519 plus a further €152,233 to cover the "cost of representation" including the wardrobe needed for official functions. The 76-year-old monarch's medical bill for three surgical operations at a private clinic during 2013 amounted to €165,189, a figure that also came out of the palace budget.


one former politician, and paid for the honeymoon in Mauritius for another. The detailed breakdown of undeclared gifts were contained in a report handed by Spain’s financial crimes squad (UDEF) to the judge in charge of the Gürtel case, an investigation that began five years ago and has turned into the largest probe into illegal financing of a political party in Spanish history.

Spanish diver died during work to salvage the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which capsized off the Italian island of Giglio two years ago, the company in charge of the salvage work has confirmed.The diver worked for the Spanish company UCS (Underwater Contractors Spain) and was involved in an underwater operation when the incident occurred, an official at Titan Micoperi said. Further details were not available. The 114,500-tonne vessel hit rocks on Jan 13, 2012, killing 32 people. It was hauled upright in a complex "parbuckling" operation in September but still rests where it capsized, just outside the holiday island's small port. Divers are working to attach 30 massive tanks filled with air to the liner so that it can be lifted off the seabed in June and towed away to be dismantled, completing what will be the largest maritime salvage operation in history.



World Press Photo Exhibition 2013

NEWS IN SPAIN News from around Spain


etails have emerged of the gifts lavished on senior officials of Spain’s ruling Popular Party by a businessman accused of masterminding a massive corruption network to win lucrative government contracts. Boxes of Cuban cigars, crates of fine wines, nights in luxury hotels and even the gift of honeymoons were all used to grease the palms of prominent politicians by Francisco Correa, the alleged king-pin of a graft network at the heart of Spain’s conservative Popular Party. Correa is alleged to have amassed a personal fortune of €25 million (£20.1 million) in undeclared bank accounts over the 13 years he ran the illegal network, when he is accused of taking money from building firms that received contracts from PP run administrations. He is alleged to have distributed “gifts” including boxes of Havana cigars worth 450€ each, plasma television screens with a value of €6,000 each, and to have picked up the tab for a luxury safari in Kenya for

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amaged by a series of scandals and ahead of the appearance of the King's youngest daughter in court to answer financial fraud allegations, Spain's Royal Palace published a breakdown of its annual spending in an attempt to stem growing criticism of the monarchy. The belttightening has seen Spain's royal budget slashed from nearly €9.4 million (£7.8m) five years ago to €7.78 million (£6.44m) in 2014 – a cut of two per cent from last year under the state-spending plan approved by parliament.

ens of thousands of people marched in Madrid against government proposals to restrict access to abortions. Pro-choice campaigners gathered in the capital to show their anger at plans by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government to roll back a 2010 law introduced by the previous socialist government that allows abortion on demand up to the 14th week of pregnancy. Protestors argued that the new law would force women to travel abroad to seek abortions or resort to illegal back-street terminations.

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Canillas de Albaida, Villa (V296)


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Competa, Villa (V299)


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to those who need specialist palliative care. Again, this year there is a choice of three walks for you to enjoy;1) 5km walk around the village of Competa starting from The Mirador.

WALK FOR LIFE Sunday 1st June 2014


ome and join us for Competa's ninth annual Walk for Life on Sunday, 01 June, 2014 The idea first started in 2006 after talking to friends who had also lost family and friends to cancer. A couple of us were planning to fly back to the UK to participate in “Race for Life” in aid of Cancer Research UK but decided we preferred to do a local fundraising event in Spain. “Race for Life” started in 1994 with just one race in Battersea Park, London. It is now one of the UK's largest fundraising events and this year has 300 events across the UK. During the twenty years, over six million people have participated and raised over £493 million. Although my Competa “ Walk for Life” is not on the scale of “Race

for Life” – we have grown year on year starting with 12 to over 60 walkers in 2013, having raised over 29,000 euros for Cudeca Cancer Care. Cudeca Cancer Care is a charitable organisation that provides palliative care to the terminally ill cancer sufferers within the province of Malaga. It is made up of a team of specialist doctor and nurses who provide care and attention to those who need it with support to the family during treatment and after the loss of a loved one. This care is completely free of charge for all their services; the In-patient Hospice and Day Care Centre in Benalmadena or the home visits within Malaga province. Cudeca receives very little public funding, instead they entirely depend on initiatives for raising money to ensure they can continue to provide the “special kind of caring”

2&3 A four or five hour walk kindly arranged by Joost Schepel of Walk in Spain from Puerto del Collado, see website for map Both of these walks which are relatively flat, are suitable for people of all ages, will be led by a qualified, experienced English speaking guide. qualified, experienced English speaking guide. None of our walks charge a fee, all I please ask is that you obtain as much sponsorship money as possible or alternatively make a donation on the day. Sponsor forms are available from our website; or contact me Cindy Jones, on 665156467 or email Day for Life activities will follow Walk for Life, see next months' Grapevine for full details. Thank you. Cindy Jones, Cudeca Volunteer

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Islands. What? Classic car rally. March 14-16, 2014 Event: Spannabis Where? Barcelona What? Cannabis trade fair! Promotes the legal use of cannabis in Spain. March 23, 2014 Event: La Passio Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia. What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ. March 21-22, 2014 (TBC) Event: South Pop Festival Where? Seville What? Alternative music festival March 24, 2014

OUT AND ABOUT IN MARCH Lots to see and do in March February 21 to March 8, 2014 Event: Jerez Flamenco Festival Where? Jerez, in Andalusia. What? One of Spain's largest flamenco festivals.

March 8-30, 2014 (dates TBC) Event: Old Music Festival Where? Seville What? Baroque and classical music festival.

March 3, 2014 Event: Sant Medir Festival Where? Barcelona. What? Costumed processions in the Gracia area of Barcelona. March 9, 2014 Event: La Passio Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia. What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

March 16, 2014 Event: La Passio Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia. What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

March 4-16, 2014 (TBC) Event: International Festival of Art for Children Where? Madrid What? Art festival for children. The theatre will be in Spanish, but there is dance and circuses too than non-Spanish speakers will understand. March 12-16, 2014 Event: Fec Festival Where? Reus, near Barcelona. What? Short-film festival.

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March 15 until March 19, 2014 Event Las Fallas Where? Valencia What? The biggest party in Spain: the third biggest city in the country shuts down for a week for one of the biggest street parties you'll ever see. XĂ tiva, Benidorm and Denia also have mini-Fallas festivities. March 13-16, 2014 (TBC) Event: Motortec 2014 Where? Ifema exhibition hall in Madrid. What? Motoring trade show. March 13-15, 2014 Event: Classic Car Rally of Mallorca Where? Mallorca, in the Balearic

March 22 to 30, 2014 Event: Fiesta de la Magdalena Where? Castellon de la Plana, near Valencia What? Traditional festival to celebrate the historic victory of the Christians over the Moors. March 23, 2014 Event: Bullfighting season begins. Where? Madrid. Other cities will have their first bullfight of the season around this date. What? The beginning of the year's bullfights. Fights run every Sunday until October, with extra events throughout the year. March 24, 2014 Event: Real Madrid v Barcelona. Where? Expect to see every bar in the country full of people supporting one side or the other. What? The biggest match in Spanish soccer, known as 'El Clasico' among Spaniards. March 25, 2014 Event: Gaucin bull-run. Where? Gaucin, near Malaga. What? A mini bull-run, much like those at Pamplona. March 29, 2014 Event: La Passio Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia. What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ.

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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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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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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

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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

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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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LAS FALLAS The best firework festival


ights, gunpowder, monuments, flowers, traditional costumes, music, satire, emotions and a great deal of fun are the ingredients of a unique cocktail known as the Fallas Fiestas.

some way satirises a political figure, or a soap star, or more exotic creatures from the movies, TV, sports idols, or simply imagination. Some of them are grotesque – others playful and charming – all are larger than life and up for public scrutiny.

In the middle of the Mediterranean coast, Valencia city, celebrates each year the final days of the winter and the arrival of spring with spectacular fires and pyrotechnics. From March 15 to 19 (the feast of Saint Joseph, day of the father in the whole country), Valencia is given over to a carnival of bonfires, fiesta, fireworks and a healthy dose of satire known as Las Fallas, the fires

Every day at 2pm firecrackers rip through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in an noisy event called la Mascleta. This concert of gunpowder is very popular and involves different neighbourhood groups competing for the most impressive volley, ending with the terremoto, (literally means "earthquake").

Displayed on every corner all over the city are colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures often 20 feet tall or even more that have been paraded through the streets and then placed in fantasy groups to tower over excited spectators. Each one in

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Another important event is the Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen de los Desamparados, a beautiful ceremony every March 17 and 18, that honours Valencia's patron Virgin. Thousands of Falleras and Falleros arrive to the city from every corner of the Comunitat (Valencia State) and

take the streets wearing traditional costumes and dancing to their neighbourhood or village bands as they wend their way to the Plaza de la Virgen to offer bouquets to the giant image of the Virgin. Historians say that the origins of the festival go back to the time when carpenters cleared out their workshops and talleres at the end of winter, throwing out odds and ends of wood and old candles and lighting them on the street the day of Saint Joseph. Nowadays, celebrations draw to an end with a fabulous firework display in the Paseo de la Alameda, called the Nit del Foc (literally "The Night of Fire"), on March 18. All Fallas burn all over the city (including the winner of the competition) in a tremendous spectacle of fire and joy. Valencia is at that moment like Nero's Rome, a city in flames. That's why Valencians call this the best firework fiesta in the world! Don´t miss it!

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NEW CLASSES!!! See website for more details

Yoga, Yogalates, Pilates & Total Body workout, all clases in Spanish & English.


Restaurant: Varied a la carte menu with honest food and a lot of vegetarian options. Every day a menu of the day between 1pm and 4pm for only 10,00€

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!

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 05-03: 20.30h: Backroom Concert 27-03: 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 A cut, wash and blow dry at the recently opened Chica Loca, Hair and Beauty Salon in Competa

Mar 10% ch Spec ial: d prod iscount on u this ction of adve rt!

Simply find the hidden wine glass within this months magazine.

Mon , Tu 9am e & We d - 4p m Thu & 9am Friday - 7p m Satu 9am rday .



To the right, you can see the size of the wine glass that you are looking for.


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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 March 2014 COMPETITION The winning entry will be drawn on 20th March 2014 and will be contacted within 2 days. TERMS & CONDITIONS This competition is open from the 1st - 20th March 2014. Winners will agree to have their photo’s published in the April 2014 Edition of The Grapevine Magazine. Only one entry per person.

February’s Winner The Grapevine is pleased to announce Brian Sherratt as the winner of the “Find the Wine Glass” competition in the February edition. Brian wins a Mid-Week Roast for 2 people at El Pino Restaurant, Torrox Park on a Wednesday Jam session evening in March.

Paul from EL Pino Restaurant, Torrox drawing the “Find the Wine Glass” winner

Chica Loca Chica Loca

Lyn Jones Hair Stylist

March Special: 10% discount on production of this advert!

Chica Loca welcomes you to the exciting new hairdressing salon in Competa. With many years experience, Lyn Jones specialises in precision cutting and creative colour. Now available Claire Shelton, our qualified UV gel nail technician. (Spanish/ English spoken) .

Why not call in and discuss your individual requirements, the latest new spring hair colours and view our special opening offers! (Spanish/ English spoken) Chica Loca

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Saturday 9am - 3pm For special occasions earlier or later appointments available

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Stunning high quality 3 bed 2 bath villa (173 m²) with open plan living/dining area, fully glazed sun room, fantastic master bedroom, pool, covered terrace, open garage, workshop, mature gardens and sea views.

Superb 3 bed 2 bath village villa (242 m²) within walking distance of Archez and Canillas de Albaida with excellent access, off road parking, huge garage, spacious accommodation, 2 terraces and mature gardens.

Superb well established modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (116m²) with glorious mountain and countryside views. An exceptional property with excellent access, spacious living accommodation, secluded pool area, extensive terraces, garage, workshop and fabulous mature gardens. Viewing is highly recommended. ref: vc1-930 EPC - E

EPC - in process

Great value!

Business opportunity! Price:from 55,000 Euros

Price:199,000 Euros

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New this month!

ref: va1-862 Price: 275,000 Euros

Canillas de Albaida 5 brand new 1 bed 1 bath apartments located in the centre of Canillas de Albaida close to the main village square with parking close by. The development has a roof terrace with spectacular views and an attractive internal courtyard for communal use.


Sensible offers considered! Delightful modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (128 m²) with large open plan living/dining room/kitchen, part-glazed sun room, secluded pool area and mature gardens.



ref: tc2-648

ref: va6-917

Quality Property! Price:350,000 Euros

Long Let Possible! Price: 265,000 Euros



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.

Superb spacious modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (152 m²) in a beautiful tranquil rural location with open plan accommodation, covered terrace, pool area with sun terrace and breathtaking sea views.

EPC - in process

ref: vs1-836


Canillas de Albaida Attractive modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (118 m²) with good sized living accommodation, fabulous sun room with glass curtains, studio/workshop, secluded pool area, terraces, gardens and sea views.

EPC - in process

New this month!

ref: vs2-931 Price:375,000 Euros

Competa 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.

ref: vc1-888 EPC - E

ref: vc1-929

“ 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.”

Great Apartment! Price:65,000 Euros

Great Value!

Competa A modern 1 bedroom apartment

Competa Delightful 2 bed 1 bath country

(50 m²) just a few minutes’ drive from Competa. In a small development this rural property offer peace and quiet and wonderful views, parking outside and excellent access. Ideal as a holiday or rental home. EPC - G

Super value!

ref:tc1-767 Price:199,000 Euros

Puente Don Manuel Delightful nicely presented 3 bed 2 bath villa (111 m²) with huge garage suitable for conversion into a guest apartment, open plan living/dining room/kitchen, covered terrace, pool and mature gardens. ref:vpdm1-884 EPC - E Level Plot!

Price:325,000 Euros

Price:159,000 Euros

house (150 m² approx ) with stunning views close Competa. A lovely property with good access, 2 superb terraces, outside kitchen and spacious open plan living accommodation. A great full time/ holiday home or rental property.

ref: vc1-578


Price:96,000 Euros

New this month!

Offers considered! Price:495,000 Euros

Competa Exceptional high quality luxurious 4 bed 4 bath villa (380 m²) with outstanding stylish accommodation, huge games room, superb kitchen, sun room, covered terraces, walled courtyard, open garage, indoor heated pool and breathtaking sea views. EPC - G

Quality property!

ref: vc1-825 Price:379,000 Euros

Torre del Mar

Competa Superb spacious 2 bed 2 bath

Central 2 bed 1 bath apartment (66m²) in need of complete renovation with large covered fully glazed terrace situated right in the centre of Torre del Mar within walking distance of the beach. EPC - E ref:tdm1-907

villa and self contained 2 bed 1 bath guest annexe (216 m²) within walking distance of the village with open plan breakfast kitchen, sun room, outdoor kitchen, pool, covered terrace, workshop, mature gardens and spectacular views. EPC - E ref: vc1-911

Level Plot!

Price:127,000 Euros

Luxury Property!

Price:495,000 Euros

Velez Malaga

Velez Malaga


Wonderfully intriguing 4 bed 2 bath country house (158 m²) with flexible living accommodation, pool, large outside kitchen, lemon grove, mature gardens and sea views.

Charming compact 1 bed 1 bath country house (51 m²) set within a fully fenced plot of land with excellent access, terrace, outside kitchen/barbecue area, roof terrace and gardens.

A property with ‘wow factor’ - stunning designer 3 bed 3 bath villa (223 m²) with fabulous master suite, quality kitchen, huge covered terrace, large pool, Jacuzzi, garage, gardens and incredible sea views. ref: vs1-810 EPC - G


Price reduced!

ref: vv1-910 Price:112,000 Euros

Salares Charming beautifully renovated rustic style 2 bed, 1 bath village house (94 m²) with en suite cloak/wc, lots of attractive features, spacious living accommodation with clever use of space, garden with terrace and roof terrace. EPC - E

ref: ts3-849


Super Location!

ref: vv1-904 Price:135,000 Euros

Great Value!

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What initially set Zara apart from its competition — and what continues to this day — was speed. Trendy shoppers (including Zara fan Kate Middleton) know if they see something they like at a Zara store, they should snatch it up before it's gone because stores refresh their stock twice a week. While the fashion-industry average to get a product from development to retail is six months, Zara claims to be able to achieve this feat within two weeks. As a result, the retailer launches some 10,000 new designs each year. The speedy strategy translates into repeat customers, who return often for the latest trends.

AMANCIO ORTEGA Spains richest businessman


ersace. Armani. Prada. Dior. These are some names one tends to associate with posh fashion lines and the upper echelons of wealth one must achieve to afford them. Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison. These are some names one tends to associate with the richest people on the planet. How about Amancio Ortega? That sounds like a name more likely associated with a cheap brand of canned chili. But you may be surprised to learn that not only is Spanish business tycoon Amancio Ortega the most powerful and successful fashion mogul of all time, he's also the third richest person on the planet. Pretty incredible considering most people couldn't pick his face out of a lineup and may not have ever even heard his name! As crazy as it may sound, Amancio Ortega is by far and away the world's most successful and powerful fashion mogul. Perhaps you've never heard of Amancio, but there's a very good chance you've purchased something from Zara, the global retail conglomerate he founded and controls. Despite his overwhelming power and wealth, Amancio has managed to live almost entirely outside of the public eye. He has rarely been photographed and amazingly, has only given three interviews in his entire life! The youngest of four children, Ortega was born in 1936 in a tiny town in northwestern Spain to a railroad employee father and housemaid mother. When he was a teenager, Ortega's family moved to the port city of A Coruña, in the autonomous nationality of Galicia, where he found a job working in the shop of a local shirtmaker. In 1972, Ortega took advantage of the economic environment in Galicia, where most men worked at sea while their wives — many of them skillful seamstresses — did what they could back home. Ortega organized thousands of these women into sewing co-ops to produce quilted bathrobes for his company, GOA. Three years later, with money saved up from the bathrobe business, Ortega opened his first Zara store in A Coruña, not far from the shop where he used to fold shirts.

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And rather than spend any money on advertising, Zara reinvests in itself by opening new stores. Today, there are nearly 1,800 retail outlets in some 70 countries worldwide. It has become the flagship chain store of the multinational holding company Inditex, founded by Ortega in 1985, which is made up of nearly 100 smaller companies related to textile design, production, distribution, and retail, including other brands like Zara Home, Bershka, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti, and Oysho. Inditex operates over 6,000 stores on five continents and is the biggest fashion retailer in the world, ahead of even the Gap. In all, it makes about 840 million garments a year. Perhaps the most fascinating detail of the Zara story, though, is Ortega's seemingly complete shunning of the spotlight and the spoils of fabulous wealth. The man is so notoriously reclusive, no picture of him had ever been published until 1999. He reportedly lives in a discreet A Coruña seaside house, without any personal security, with his second wife. He drives a comfortable Audi A8 and, due to fear of flying, rarely makes use of his private jet, a $45-million Global Express BD-700. Ortega is a man of habit who wears the same modest outfit nearly every day— blue blazer, open-necked white shirt and gray pants. All non-Zara products. Amazingly, instead of eating catered meals prepared by private chefs, Amancio eats lunch in the Zara company cafeteria alongside blue collar employees. Outside of the "fast fashion" empire he's built, Ortega's also made smart moves in real estate. He owns the tallest skyscraper in Spain, Madrid's Torre Picasso, as well as the Epic Residences & Hotel in Miami, to name a few. In 2011, Ortega announced a soft retirement from Inditex (the umbrella holding company that controls his empire), handing over day-to-day operations to CEO Pablo Isla. Still, at age 77, Ortega reportedly retains an active role and a 59-percent stake in the company. As for successors, it is widely rumored that his daughter, Marta, will one day take over her father's empire. Amancio Ortega may never become a cultural icon like Ralph Lauren, or Garavani Valentino, despite being vastly wealthier than either man or the rest of his contemporaries. He also may never attract the international headlines and attention of his fellow multibillionaires like Bill Gates and Carlos Slim. But judging by the way Ortega's conducted his life and business, that's perfectly fine with him.

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Carnival 2014, 27 Feb - 9 March! Party Time, the Fiesta of the people!


pain is a country with a well known Catholic tradition. The carnival is, therefore, celebrated before the 40 days of Lent as a way to let loose before the prohibitions of the upcoming religious holidays. Most Andalucian towns stage some kind of parade, and there is usually a dance and a "Carnival Queen" contest.

abstentions and prohibitions of all types. Just submerging yourself in the carnival celebrations is enough to make you feel the dramatic break with social order that carnival goers achieve. It is also an opportunity to let go of all inhibitions and to help out in this department, everyone is encouraged to wear masks and fancy dress.

Most towns celebrate the carnival with processions either the weekend before or after the above dates. Cities and larger towns have festivities lasting all week or longer.

Not surprisingly, during the Spanish Civil War, General Franco abolished the Carnival in rebel areas. And after the war, of course, there was still much opposition to the Carnival, so Franco abolished it once again from 1937.

The carnival is a "fiesta of the people". It is a reaction against

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the celebrations continued in Cadiz and some other towns namely: Ayamonte Isla Cristina Fuentes de Andalucia Trabujena Benamahoma In addition to the world famous Cádiz carnival you will also find celebrations throughout the province of Cádiz as well as the other seven provinces of Andalucia. CÁDIZ Outside of Cádiz capital, carnivals take place throughout the province. The Puerto de Santa María carnival, for

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example, is a major event. This town is most famous for its "Comparsas" singing groups and many of them also participate in the big provincial contest held at the Teatro Falla in Cádiz. As in other places, everyone dresses up for the festivals and there is a parade on the last day. Rota, San Fernando, Chiclana, Algeciras, Medina-Sidonia and Trebujena all have lavish carnivals. Isla Cristina and Ayamonte, are also famous for their elaborate costumes and excitement, drawing visitors from throughout the region and the other side of the Portuguese border as well. CÓRDOBA The city of Córdoba has a recipe all of its own when it comes to the carnival. Whereas it is common to elect a King and Queen of the carnival, in Córdoba history it is honoured with the selection of a Sultan and a Sultana. If you are a fan of carnival celebrations, this is definitely one corner of Andalucia worth exploring this time of year. JAEN The City of Jaen organises a full calendar of carnival events. This is a carnival with six centuries of history behind it with a man named Condestable Iranzo credited with founding the events in this part of Andalucia. As in other areas, it was prohibited for many years during Franco's rule of Spain, but today the Jaen Carnival is going strong. The carnival in Jaen capital tends take place close to Shrove Tuesday while those in the provincial towns and villages area often scheduled quite a bit after that day. If you wish to take part in Jaen carnivals, start checking in January with the culture departments of the town halls you wish to visit. GRANADA The Granada Carnival, along with

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those of the provincial towns, are among the least publicised, but they do take place. The festival usually lasts about a week in the provincial capital and starts well after Shrove Tuesday. It includes the usual singing contests that are held in theatres and other venues. There is also plenty of activity in the streets of Granada (a city that is famous for its "tapa" appetisers that accompany drinks at no extra charge), including a parade. HUELVA The Huelva carnival is one of the biggest in Andalucia and is known as the Columbian Carnival, in honour of Christopher Columbus, who sailed from Huelva to discover the New World. The Huelva carnival closed down during Franco's prohibition and it took a few years to start it up again, even after democracy overtook the country. It was not, therefore, until 1983 that this carnival restarted after a long sleep. The Huelva Federation of Clubs and Carnival Associations (Federación Onubense de Peñas y Asociaciones de Carnaval (FOPAC) is responsable for organizing this exciting event for the capital of Huelva, which - like Cádiz - hosts a major contest for all the different genres of carnival singers. The Huelva carnival singing contest has been known to attract up to 70 different groups from Huelva, Cádiz and the rest of Andalucia. MÁLAGA From 1937 to 1977, the people of Málaga kept their costumes packed away and refrained from meeting to practice and enjoy the old carnival tunes together much less organise any traditional parades or other celebrations. This was due to the prohibition issued by Franco and strictly enforced in this area.

In 1978 with democracy a spanking new concept in Spain, the people of Málaga took back their carnival, dusting off old sheet music, putting together dashing new costumes and asking the old timers to help them remember how their traditional carnival was celebrated before the prohibition. Today this festival is stronger than ever, with a special foundation dedicated to organising and promoting the event. There are numerous musical activities as well as special events for children, costume contests, a parade and, of course, fireworks to send the carnival out with a bang. The Málaga carnival calendar usually begins about a month before Shrove Tuesday and spreads performances out over the whole four week period with events heating up as they near the actual carnival dates. SEVILLE The city of Seville is known to dedicate February to carnival celebrations with all the usual song and dance performances. A well known savings bank always brings in the top performing Carnival singing group from the Cádiz festival for a special performance. There is also a children's carnival that can be scheduled on the weekends for up to a whole month. The town of Pedrera in Seville province is known for its carnival with the entire village dressing up on Ash Wednesday for the traditional "burial of the sardine". Other Seville province towns known for their carnival celebrations are: Alcalá de Guadaíra, Carmona, Coria del Rio, Dos Hermanas, Fuentes de Andalucía and Gines. Source

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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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ACTION FOR ANIMALS Can you offer a New Home?


o, first the good news. Little Pancho, who I wrote about in last month's Grapevine, has found his forever home! A new family, who have just arrived in Cómpeta, fell in love with him at first sight while he was in our charity shop and decided to offer him the loving home he deserves after such a dreadful start in life. A huge thanks to them for giving this little pup a new start. Sadly, there's more. Angus was found abandoned outside a house in Canillas de Albaida last month. He's currently being fostered by Kim and Phil Simmonds, but is in desperate need of a new home. Angus is 33cms tall, weighs 6kg and already has a passport. He's affectionate, well behaved and house trained. Can you offer this sweet boy a new home? Another lovely pup, Sasha, was also abandoned in Cómpeta and is being fostered by Lynn and Tim Gallon, who already have several rescue dogs and simply can't keep her. She's about 5 months old and has a lovely gentle nature. Can you open your heart and your home to Sasha?

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More recently, we learnt of a litter of German Shepherd dogs, recently born in Cómpeta, which urgently need homes. Tony and Julie Loughlan have expertly managed to find a home for one of them, but the rest of the litter still need new owners. Please contact Nina if you can help any of these animals. Remember, if you adopt an animal via Action for Animals we can help towards the initial vets bills and neutering operations, if necessary. Last month was a busy month for us. Together with the associated costs of what seemed like a never-ending stream of abandoned puppies, we managed to run up a vets' bill in excess of €2000 with various animals needing our urgent help. Apart from the usual numerous neutering operations for cats and dogs which we either paid for in full or subsidised, and the food bills and routine health maintenance for the feral cats, we were also called upon to help two rescue dogs who were in a very bad way. One of them, Chica, had been viciously attacked by another dog and received

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extensive injuries which required immediate attention. The wonderful team at Naturvets came to the rescue and skilfully managed to save her. The second dog, Duma, managed to incur an enormous gaping wound on her back, after managing to trap herself in wire fencing. The Naturvets team worked hard to successfully stitch her back together and she is now recovering nicely. A huge thanks to Juan, Gunila and Lisa! I'd like to end this month's piece by saying a massive thank you to everyone who shops with us and donates to us. We can't continue our work without your ongoing support. Thank you! Action for Animals Charity Shop, Avenida de la Constitución 59, Cómpeta. Opening hours: 10.00-14.00 Monday to Friday and 10.0013.30 Saturday Telephone 66058604 Date for your diary! Scruffs 2014 at The Pavo Real on Saturday May 10th.

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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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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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HOTEL BALCÓN DE CÓMPETA THE THREE STAR HOTEL IN THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE OF CÓMPETA C/San Antonio, 75 - Cómpeta Tel: +(34) 952 55 3662 / 3535 Fax +(34) 952 51 6780 Email: WHATSAPP: + 34 671132563 FACEBOOK: /HotelBalconDeCompeta Website:

Whats on in March SATURDAY 15th MARCH - St Patrick´s Live Celtic Music and Typical Irish Food

SATURDAY 22nd MARCH - Fathers Day Special Menu and Live Flamenco Music from Rosi Campos

SATURDAY 29th MARCH- Pie Night Come and enjoy some of Luis´s famous pies!

SATURDAY 5th APRIL - Wine Tasting Come and Taste some of the Best Wines from Granada

Sunday´s SUNDAY 9th MARCH - Sunday Brunch SUNDAY 16th & 30th MARCH - Sunday Carvery SUNDAY 23rd MARCH - Sunday Lunch

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Secrets the specialist lingerie boutique in Nerja invite ladies to EGO Hair and Beauty Salon for an evening of free bra fittings, sizes B to J. All underwear available to purchase at discount.

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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

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SALMOREJO-STYLE TOMATO SOUP A recipe from José Pizarro


rich, thick and creamy chilled bread soup made without water, which relies on the juice from fresh tomatoes. It is usually garnished with Serrano ham, which I crisp up, and chopped hard-boiled eggs. Salmorejo is typically found in Córdoba, but is enjoyed throughout Spain. Serves 6-8 country-style bread slightly stale with crusts removed 340g (crustless weight) vine-ripened tomatoes ripe and juicy, skinned, 1kg garlic 3 cloves, crushed pinch of sugar if your tomatoes need it olive oil 150ml, plus extra to serve sherry vinegar 2 tbsp eggs 2, large Serrano ham 6-8 thin slices

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olives good-quality green or black pitted and quartered lengthways 50g sea salt Break the bread into a bowl and sprinkle with 250ml water. Leave to soak for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, quarter the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds into a sieve set over another bowl. Roughly chop the flesh and rub the juices from the seeds through the sieve. Discard the seeds. Put the tomato flesh and juices, garlic and sugar (if using) into a liquidiser and blend until smooth. Squeeze as much water as you can from the bread, add the bread to the liquidiser and blend again. With the motor still running, pour in 150ml of the oil, the vinegar and 1½ tsp salt. The mixture should be thick but not stiff. Pour into a bowl, cover and

chill for at least 2 hours. Chill 4 small soup bowls. Shortly before serving, lower the eggs into a pan of boiling water and cook for 9 minutes. Drain, cover with cold water and, when they are cold, peel off the shells and roughly chop the eggs into small pieces. Heat the remaining tbsp of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add 2 slices of ham side by side and fry for about 30 seconds on each side until crisp and lightly golden. Lift on to kitchen paper to drain and cool. Repeat with the remaining ham. Once it is cold, crumble into small pieces. To serve, spoon the soup into the chilled bowls and garnish with the chopped egg, crisp ham and olives. Drizzle over a little more olive oil and serve straight away.

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Open Saturday & Sunday for Lunch and Dinner - Booking recommended

Fantastic views down to coast

Outside and inside Catering available for parties

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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

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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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Erysimum Ápricot Twist´perennial wallflower



re you a list person? Whilst not fanatical about it, I admit I am and my longest runner is a wish list of plants I´d like to be able to offer for sale. I often add plants to that list but it´s rare that I am able to remove many and so it grows and grows! The plants on it are not botanical curiosities, as you might think, but good solid Mediterranean-garden-type plants. You might wonder why I don´t just buy them if they´re so good – I wish, hence a wish list.

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Over the years, I´ve slowly managed to persuade some growers to give a plant a try. I remember when plants such as thunbergia grandiflora, phaserolus caracalla, hardenbergia violacea, melianthus major, alogyne huegelii, convolvulus cneorum and sabatius were on no-one´s listings but now I can get hold of them, though with some difficulty. But now especially many are feeling that now is perhaps not a time to be experimental, safer to stick to the ´old and trusted´. So I´ve gone another route and we are going to start bringing in plug

plants from Northern Europe for greater selection – and plug, of course, because they´re cheaper to transport. We´ll be offering them to you, for a brief period, as plug plants – ideal for bulk planting because the cost is low and plants establish quickly in their new home. And then we can grow them on under our own conditions instead of as hothouse plants. So, after all these years, you might wonder which plants are at the top of my wish list, which are the most important to source. Well, of course, as a

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typical gardener, there are many but some that I have now ordered and should be with us when you read this article will, I hope, make your mouths water too! Cytisus battandieri, Moroccan or pineapple broom. A lovely, and tough, large deciduous shrub or small tree which is drought tolerant and good in poor soils. It has distinctive sage-green silky and silvered leaves with bright yellow pea-like flowers with a potent smell of pineapple. Sollya heterophylla, bluebell creeper. A gem of a plant with Australian origins. Particularly valuable as a smallish twining climber/trailer which can be grown in pots, reaching 3m. Nodding clusters of bluebelllike flowers contrast prettily with its dark green foliage and are followed by decorative purple berries.

coreopsis with numerous copper-sunset daisy-like flowers. Vigorous and freeflowering – deadhead for a long performance. Likes hot and sunny. Cytisus battandieri, Moroccan or pineapple broom

Verbascum ´Helen Johnson´mullein

Verbena bonariensis, Brazilian verbena. A must have butterfly plant with heads of bright purple flowers on rigid stems for many months. A stylish perennial, it is elegant and adds height without bulk. To 1.5m and self-seeds readily without becoming a nuisance! We´ll be constantly adding to the range as either desirables become available throughout the season, so check with us or visit our web page to be kept up to date. Lorraine Cavanagh owns the specialist garden centre Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga (garden centre, designers & landscapers) and is author of the best-selling Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, The Zest of Life. Both are on sale at the garden centre or on-line through our web page.-

Verbascum ´Helen Johnson´mullein A perennial with large felted grey-green basal leaves and towering terracotta-apricot with deep purple centres to the flowering spikes, a lovely contrast. A tough sun-lover, good in gravel, to 1m. Helianthemum ´Bunbury´. The sun roses are ideal for our gardens, forming spreading mats of low-growing foliage, loving hot and sunny. Bright green foliage and brilliantly vivid deep pink flowers smother the plant. Try it in rock gardens, over gravel, trailing over rough banks and in pots.

Digitalis Illumination ´Raspberry´ The Illumination series won Plant of the Year at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show and with reason. This one is a gorgeous mix of deep raspberry pink with an apricot speckled throat. Towering and long flowering (because it is seedless it flowers longer) it is loved by bees and butterflies too. Firmly perennial.

Coreopsis ´Little Penny´ tickseed. A compact mounding

Erysimum Ápricot Twist´perennial wallflower Grey-green leaves with striking

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apricot through to copper orange flowers, heavily and spicily scented. Long flowering, through spring and early summer and often repeating in autumn. Good in relatively poor soils.

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:

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REPORTING ASSETS OUTSIDE SPAIN Form 720 Form 720: Declaration of Assets Abroad. This form must be filled by all Spanish residents owning asset abroad over 50.000 Euros. This obligation must be fulfilled during first quarter of each year, therefore the deadline is 30 March In the model, there are three categories which must be declared: 1.-All types of accounts held with financial entities. 2.-Properties. 3.-Other Values ( Shares, stocks, bonds, deposited, life insurance, disability insurance) These assets must only be declared if the total assets held

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outside Spain are worth more than 50.000 € in each category. At present, this declaration must only be made once. However you will need to report the assets again if their value has increased by 20.000 euro or more. Non-fulfillment of this obligation carries the following penalties: Not submitting the form. Penalty: monetary fine of €5,000 for each item of information not included, with a minimum fine of €10,000. Submitting a form that is incomplete, inaccurate or with false information. Penalty: monetary fine of €5,000 for each item of information not included, inaccurate or false, with a minimum fine of €10,000.

Submitting the form out of the legal term, but before the request of the Spanish tax authorities to submit it. Penalty: monetary fine of €100 for each item of information in each category, with a minimum fine of €1,500. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. You can follow us in Any question please call us to 952 55 82 28 or email to

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MANCHEGO CHEESE The Cheese of Don Quixote


anchego cheese is the most important and well-known sheep’s milk cheese in Spain. The shape of this cheese is very characteristic and defined, due to the traditional use of esparto grass molds which imprints a zigzag pattern along the side of the cheese. The small wooden boards used for pressing the cheese also imprints the typical wheat ear pattern on the top and bottom. This rustic molds are used outside of La Mancha as well. Thus, there are other Spanish sheep's milk cheese with similar shape and markings, known commonly as "Manchego style" cheese. The true Manchego cheese, however, is made only from whole

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milk of the Manchega sheep raised in the "La Mancha" region. This region is a vast high plateau, more than 600 meters above sea level, which extends from east to west and north to south, adjoining the provinces of Toledo, Cuenca, Ciudad Real and Albacete, all in the Castile-La Mancha Autonomous Region southeast of Madrid. Manchego cheese has a long historic and literary tradition, as it was mentioned by Cervantes in the legendary "Don Quixote of La Mancha". Today, there are two types of Manchego cheese: the farmhouse type, made with unpasteurized sheep's milk and the industrial type, made with pasteurized milk. In both cases, however, milk from

Manchega sheep is the only type used and the cheese is produced in clearly defined homogenous surroundings of wheat fields, fallow land and brush fields. The climate is extreme continental with cold winters and hot summers. Origin: Region of La Mancha (Castilla- La Mancha). Article #4 of the Denomination of Origin Ruling defines the area where Manchego cheese can be produced, within the provinces of Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca y Albacete. Characteristics. La Mancha is a region with a long live-stock breeding tradition. Wool and animal bones have been found in some archeological sites, as well as different utensils used to produce cheese as early as

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II century BC. Early Roman historians wrote about the live-stock farming in the peninsula, especially in "Acampo Espartario", the name given by Romans to the region of La Mancha. Muslims habited the area from VIII to XI centuries. They called it "Manyá", meaning "land without water". With time the name would transform into "Mangla" or "Mancla", and finally "Mancha" around the XIII century. La Mancha is high plateau, of about 650 to 800 m. in height (2000 feet) and an area of more than 35000 Sq Km. (13500 sq miles). It is made of flat lands and hills with an extreme continental climate, with cold winters and long dry summers, scarce rainfall, and large daily temperature changes. For a long time this area was in dispute between Southern Muslims and Northern Christians, who fought for the control of the pastures. These fights were the origin of the "mestas", itinerant stock-farmers that organized the displacements of the Christian herds protected by the Christian soldiers against the Muslim attacks. In the XII century King Alfonso VI conquered Toledo and forced the Muslims to retreat back to Andalucía. The lack of stability forced the legalization of the "Honrado Concejo de la Mesta" in 1273 by King Alfonso X 'the Wise' in order to organize the cooperation of the stock-farmers. In the XVII century farming advanced. The efficient use of the pastures forced the declining of the stock-farming and ended in the disappearance of the mesta in 1836. Advancement in farming forced the conversion of stockfarmes into both stock and land farmers, forcing the herds to become sedentary. As a result, the production of wool declined, and the live-stocking industry specialized in the production of meat and cheese. Cheese production was no longer

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marginal, and the Manchega breed of sheep became instrumental in establishing cheese production techniques. In the late XIX and beginning of XX centuries the first studies on Manchego Cheese were published. During this century the increased specialization of the farms has made La Mancha the base of a powerful cheese industry. Manchego Cheese producers have artisanal techniques while still managing to have intense production. Manchego Cheese has been protected by the Denomination of Origin since 1984. The D.O. that stipulates the exclusive use of milk from Manchega sheep breed, as well as an aging period of a minimum of 60 days. Production process. Manchego is an aged cheese, from semi-cured to cured, made only with milk from Manchega sheep breed, unpasteurized or pasteurized. It is produced through an enzimatic coagulation. The paste is pressed and uncooked. The base milk has to have a minimum of 6% fat. The milk coagulates at 28 to 32 º C (82 a 89 ºF) after adding animal curd. Occasionally lactic ferments and calcium salts are also added. This results in a compact curdle within 45 to 60 minutes. The curdle must then be cut to obtain lumps of 5 to 10 mm. (1/5" to 2/5"). The resulting lumpy paste is then slowly reheated to about 40ºC (104ºF) The liquid is removed and the dried paste put into moulds where it is pressed for several hours. The salting is external, and it is achieved either by rubbing with dry salt, by immersing the cheese in highly salted water, or by a combination of both methods. The percentage of the salt in the weight of the cheese can not be higher than 2.3% after two months of aging. The aging process must be done in fresh areas, with a humidity

level of 75 to 85%, for at least 60 days. The rind is closed, clean well engraved, of a yellow to a brownish beige colour. The interior is firm and compact, closed, with a few small air pockets unevenly spread. The colour is ivory to pale yellow. The taste is very characteristic, well developed, but not too strong, buttery and slightly piquant, with an sheep milk aftertaste. The shape is cylindrical, with flat top and bottom surfaces engraved with the typical "flower" left by the wooden presses. The sides show a zigzag pattern produced by the mat-weed (esparto) of the moulds. Today, industrially produced cheeses have the same engraving, predesigned in the new industrial moulds. While every cheeses weights between 2kg and 3.5kg, (4 to 8 lb) the average weight is 3kg (6.5 lb) Uses The intense taste and crumbly texture make it perfect to eat it as is, with a slice of bread. As the focal point of Antipasto, Manchego can be served with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crusty bread and a robust red wine (Rioja) or a dry sherry (Fino). It is equally enjoyable as a snack or dessert with fruit or fruit tarts. The aromatic intensity of a Manzanilla wine makes it an excellent foil for this cheese. The result is a magnificent combination of aromas giving a new sensation of complexity and elegance. Each brings out the flavour of the other and the fresh aromas are reminiscent of flowers, nuts and lavender.

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SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY-ISH! When summer arrives so do the visitors!


ood news my fellow expats!!! We are moving at last, towards our favourite time of year and the main reason for most of us becoming 'ex-pats' in the first place. The days are getting longer, the evenings are getting lighter and we will soon be going inside our houses to cool down rather than outside to warm up. Yes, it's almost summertime. I don't know about you, but it's at this time of year that I start to get really excited about the wonderfully warm, lazy days of a Spanish summer. The thought of waking up each morning to find the sun already streaming through my bedroom window fills me with joy and an unnatural urge to get out of bed (something I've never experienced prior to living in Spain). The knowledge that my poor, neglected feet will once

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again be given the attention they deserve in order to be presentable in sandals, having spent the winter months crammed into socks and boots. The guarantee that if I put out washing it will be dry and fresh smelling within half an hour, rather than the two days it takes during winter time, always assuming it stays on the line and doesn't get blown halfway down the mountain in the gales! I swear I saw a woman in Torrox Costa wearing a pair of trousers that had blown off my washing line, I didn't say anything obviously, I was however, safe in the knowledge that they had looked better on me! Rightly or wrongly, one of the things that gives me most pleasure during our lovely summer months is a pastime I like to call “Brit Baiting”. For those of you that don't have the

same intrinsic wicked streak as me, “Brit-Baiting” is the art of bragging to family and friends still living in the UK about the days we spend in the hot sun enjoying our pools. Those halcyon days we spend on the beach. The balmy evenings spent drinking cold beers in the Plaza. I admit I derive a fair amount of pleasure from boasting that I can arrange a barbecue with friends and guarantee that I won't have to move the whole darn lot into the garage whilst my guests look on in pity from under their umbrellas. There is also my personal favourite 'boast' of changing my Facebook status to read, “It's great when the water in my outdoor, unheated swimming pool is warmer than the weather in the UK” – oh boy, they love that one!! Now Newton's third law conveys, “For every action, there is an

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equal and opposite reaction”, this basically tells us that we can't have the good without the bad and whilst I understand it is difficult for most of us to find something negative to say about the Spanish summer, there is one thing that at some time or another will concern us all, the scourge of the summer, one word folks..... Visitors! Visitors? I hear you questioning, yes visitors! Whilst the idea of our loved ones arriving from afar, hopefully bringing decent tea bags and chocolate, is a wonderful one. However, it must be remembered that adages such as, “House guests are like fish – after three days they start to stink” do not come about without containing some element of truth. That said, I do understand the urge we get to invite them, I do. Having ensconced themselves in my spare room and made use of my pool, they begin to gush furiously about how awe inspiring the scenery is and what an amazing lifestyle I have, during which I try to appear nonplussed and blasé about the whole thing whilst secretly feeling a little bit smug. Let us be honest, the concept of random relatives spewing forth flattering, envious comments about my home is not too much to endure. In my experience, the first evening will probably involve showing my visitors around our beautiful village and taking them for a meal which they can experience whilst sitting outside and waxing lyrical about my chosen lifestyle once again. It's always a boost when local Expats and Spanish friends wave as they pass by or better still, stop to chat, giving me the ideal opportunity to show how well I've mastered the language. Ok, so I know that my Spanish is

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diabolical and I may have just informed the Spanish that your cat has two heads and no grandmothers, but hey.... it sounded good, my visitors don't know that and the situation lends itself nicely to more gushing praise. It is usual during these times to wake the next morning to find my house guests already prostrating themselves on sun beds or lilos, if I'm lucky they may have made the tea but I guarantee they won't have made breakfast – and this, my friends, is where it starts to go wrong..... To most people the word, 'Holiday' conjours up a vision of, room service, all-you-can-eat buffet style dining, all inclusive drink-what-you-like bar and that, is precisely the problem. Call me old-fashioned but you can't expect that at my house! You see I understand that these people are on holiday and of course, I want them to have a lovely time, but as for me, I'm NOT on holiday, wonderful as it seems to my guests, this is my life and it still carries on whether they are here or not. Prior to their arrival, I do attempt to impart to my visitors how things like, water, electricity, petrol etc are not cheap here and I do also make the suggestion that they hire a car to give them 'independence'. All this though, tends to fall on deaf ears or goes straight out of the window once they arrive. After all, why would they need a car, when I already have one? Now I'm not as much of a meanie as I might seem, I may cook the odd meal or arrange a barbecue for my guests, I will most certainly show them where they can find the tea, coffee and milk in the hope that they will take full advantage of these services (and make me one,

whist they're doing so). All very generous acts, in my opinion. As the days go on and my tongue gets sore from all the times I've had to bite it, I find myself wondering why people who are content to shower once a day in their homes in the UK, feel the need to shower twice, sometimes even three times a day in Spain where water is a valuable and expensive commodity. I had one house guest who insisted on showering (inside in the bathroom not outside by the pool) each time she had a swim, begging the questions, “What's all that about? And, “How much will my water bill be?” All too soon though, for them at least, I will be winding my way back to the airport, the sad but sunburnt faces of my visitors a glowing vision in the rear view mirror as I wheel spin out of the departures area shouting, “Thank you for coming” out of the window and muttering, “Thank you for going” under my breath. Arriving home again is a delight, it's quiet, there are no soggy towels strewn across the terrace and I am thoroughly content with the idea of having to make my own coffee. So I guess, it could be said that this is my penance for teasing my poor, deprived nearest and dearest about how brilliant it is here and how rubbish it is where they are, serves me right you might say. Well, if that's true then I deserve everything I get.... this year, it's two lots of visitors and by the way, I'm booking them private villas!! SAM BENSON

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erez has always had a close relationship with motorsport, specially with motorbikes. At the beginning of the 60's, Jerez was already organizing the international prestigious race called "Trofeo de la Merced" which attracted the top motorbike riders of that time. Spanish riders like Angel Nieto (13 times World Championship), Ricardo Tormo, Sito Pons, Benjamin Grau, VĂ­ctor Palomo or international one like Marco Luchinelli, Barry Sheene, Jan de Vries, Borje Jansson competed in the streets of Jerez.The result of this long tradition with competition was, decades later, the construction of a permanent race track, with modern and full equipped facilities able to hold the most important motorsport events. The 80's Inaugurated in 1985, Circuito de Jerez quickly became one of the most famous tracks in Europe organizing Formula One, Sport

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Prototypes and Motorcycles World Championships. Only with the works of the track finished (without pits, buildings or race control tower) Jerez organized the first race on the 8th of December 1985. It was a round of the Spanish Touring Racing Cars, having the leading role...the rain. Despite the great difficulties added by this, the event was held without any serious problems and confirmed what was expected, that Andalusia was ready to become the reference in the motorsport world.

unbeaten nowadays. One year later, in 1987, the first Spanish Motorbike Grand Prix was held. Since the first edition, Jerez enchanted the fans of motorbikes, quickly turning the Andalusian race into a "must" event. Today, Circuito de Jerez is one of the most important venues in the MotoGP Calendar, having been celebrating the race nonstop since and always offering that special atmosphere which visitors appreciate so much, coming en masse year after year. The 90's

Just four months later, in April 1986, Jerez celebrated its first Spanish Formula One Grand Prix, with the works of all the facilities fully finished. And the starts of the Championship wanted this debut not to be easily forgotten: Ayrton Senna, driving his Lotus Renault and Nigel Mansell at the wheel of a William-Honda, performed an extremely tight finish. Only 14 thousandths of a second difference made Senna the first F1 winner in Jerez, a record still

In 1992, Circuito de Jerez carried out its first great modification. In order to improve the safety measures, the old chicane was removed, creating a parabolic corner that links with the second straight which measures the same as the starting/finish line one, 600m. This way, the track length becomes 4.423m. Jerez is also the first circuit to install the new and revolutionary safety system call air-fence, consisting in air cushions which substitute the

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“Due to Ayrton Senna's accident in Imola in which he was killed, security measures became even more strict; the Jerez track had a very fast area between curves 11 (Criville) and 12 (Ferrari) which put the F1 cars in great danger. Therefore, a chicane was created and it was given the name of "Ayrton Senna chicane" in his honor|�

straw bales, 700m were placed along the track. Jerez was also the first circuit to construct a motocross track inside the facilities. This was built in the pelousse area around corners 7 to 10 and it held the 125cc and 250cc World Championship and the prestigious Motocross of the Nations, as well as several national races. 1994 marked a new stage for the circuit. Due to Ayrton Senna's accident in Imola in which he was killed, security measures became even more strict; the Jerez track had a very fast area between curves 11 (Criville) and 12 (Ferrari) which put the F1 cars in great danger. Therefore, a chicane was created and it was given the name of "Ayrton Senna chicane" in his honor. Actually it is used for all automobile races and tests, while the motorbikes used the standard track. In 1997, Jerez held its last F-1 race up-to-date. It was the last event of the year and Michael Schumacher and Jacques

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Villeneuve were competing for the Championship. The official practice ended with an amazing triple tie: Schumacher, Villeneuve and Frentzen on 1.21''072 !. In the race, the duel SchumacherVilleneuve finished in turn 6 (Dry Sack), when the German blocked the Canadian, crashing into each other. Schumacher finished the race on the kerb, giving Villeneuve his first and only World Championship. He was also penalized by the FIA with the lost of all the Championship points. As for the motorbikes, 1997 was the year when Alex Criville won Michael Doohan in 500cc class to the enthusiasm of thousand of followers and receiving the trophy fromo the Spanish king himself. The new Millenium The safety demands related to pit-lane and track forced in 2002 the biggest remodeling in the history of the circuit. New pits, pitlane, main building, hospital, paddocks, run-off areas, some grandstands....and the construction of an amazing viewing platform just on the

start/finish line; beautiful new VIP suites overlooking the start line and a new media center with capacity for over 300 journalist. On the sporting side, 2002 also meant a decisive change for the Motorcycle World Championship. The 500cc class disappeared, giving way to a new one named MotoGP with four strokes engines instead of two. But the name of the Master of the class did not change....Valentino Rossi won the Jerez race and the championship with his Repsol Honda machine. Determined not to lose its remarkable international position, in 2008 Jerez made a large remodelling of the escape areas and a new tarmac was laid at the track. In fact, Jerez has never stopped developing its facilities and infrastructures to keep up to the top standards required by the international Federations and is, for this reason, one of the most demanding circuits in the world. 2014 shall bring out major projects which will boost even further the activity capacity of Circuito de Jerez.

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1. An embossed buffoon's hat with bells gave which product its name? 2. The following line is from which classic MGM film? "She's going down south, grandfather. She's going toward Yorkshire." 3. Paris attracts the most visitors in France each year. Which French town attracts 5 million visitors a year and has more hotels than any other French city except Paris? 4. Louisette was the original name for a famous decollator. What is the more common name for this device? 5. In which songs would you find the following descriptions of evil doers? a. there was a cat that really was gone b. his brain is squirmin like a toad c. he's the hairy handed gent who ran amok in Kent d. he got a 32 gun in his pocket for fun he got a razor in his shoe e. talkin about saving souls and all the time leeching, dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the lord f. public enemy number one, running and hiding from every American lawmans gun

6. The name Deianira means 'destroyer of her husband'. Who was Deianira's heroic husband? 7. The name of which edible product stems from the Portugese word for the quince fruit? 8. Which very famous soothing English song uses the melody from Mozart's 'Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman'? 9. Which suave and sophisticated actor played the role of Beau Maverick, Bret Maverick's English cousin in the US television series Maverick? 10. Some wills are strange, which famous man left his wife his second best bed?

See page 82 for answers

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

Torrox Costa (Málaga)


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

Café Bar

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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 71

The Spanish Coffee Break Family hermanastra hija madrastra madre prima sobrina tía cuñada familia nieta nuera suegra abuelos hijos nietos primos padres

step-sister daughter step-mother mother cousin niece aunt sister-in-law family granddaughter daughter-in-law mother-in-law grandparents children grandchildren cousins parents

abuelo esposo hermanastro hermano hijo nieto padrastro padre primo sobrino tío bebé bisabuelo cuñado suegro yerno abuela

grandfather husband stepbrother brother son grandson stepfather father cousin nephew uncle baby great grandfather brother-in-law father-in-law son-in-law grandmother

Sopa de Letras Search & Learn with the very first “Sopa de Letras” in the Axarquia! Family Search Word Translation hermanastra hija madrastra madre prima sobrina tía cuñada familia nieta nuera suegra abuelos hijos nietos primos padres abuelo esposo hermanastro hermano hijo nieto padrastro padre primo sobrino tío

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

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***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

New Menu and Specials Board (snack & evening) Ribs Wide range of home made pies Thai Curry

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

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

2x 50"TV's so can show different matches at the same time

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Health & Beauty Rebeccah Curtis ITEC

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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

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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!

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Deep cleanse followed by a choice of 2 Cream Masques "REVITALIZING" to restore radiance “REAFFIRMING" for a smoother, tighter complexion 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 16,000 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

ORTHOPEDIC EQUIPMENT for sale. Second hand, but all in very good condition. Electric Bed, 250 euros Hoist, 250.euros Zimmer Frame, 30 euros. Swivel car seat 360 turn, new 30 euros, 2 chair cushions, water filled new, 30 euros. contact Competa. Transport could be arranged.

RANGE ROVER VOGUE AUTO Well maintained vehicle, one previous owner. Registered 2002, genuine mileage of 106,919, serviced by Landrover, & fitted with new tyres before it's journey to our house in Competa. Royal Blue with cream leather. Bargain at 5000 euro's. Can be viewed by appointment.00 44 1937 557938/00 44 7785 977722

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



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€

Menu del dia .....(3 A courses) charming€8.00 place. 1pm - 5pm Served Tuesday-Friday All new customers: come and to Menu del dia (3 courses) €8.00 1pm -introduce 5pm Servedyourself Tuesday-Friday Pepe yourtofree of local All new customers: comethe andowner introducefor yourself Pepeglass the owner for yourwine! free glass of local wine!

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•March 2014 Horoscopes• ARIES

20th March - 19th April






friend or love partner might want to accompany you on a holiday. The only problem might be figuring out what place you want to see the most. This could involve a rather difficult decision.





ove blossoms this month as communication with your beloved is enhanced by an increased understanding on both your parts, Libra. You feel more at ease in each other's presence,


22th November - 21st December




ntellect and feelings are totally joined this month, Aquarius, especially when dealing with friends. Your basic understanding of others is also enhanced by a keener sense of intuition.

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ntellect joins with intuition this month in a rush of insightfulness. Make the most of this advantage now, and later decide how best to act on your revelations.


23rd August - 22th September


23rd October - 21st November


n intellect enhanced by intuition enables you to understand and explain complex ideas, and you'll also be able to derail misunderstandings before they even happen.


22th December - 19th January


our natural practicality joins with an enhanced intellect and heightened intuition to give you an advantage you don't usually have. If you concentrate on learning it all this month.

ou're into computers and the Internet, Sagittarius, you can expectt to spend a lot of time this monh staring at a screen. You may be doing some writing or web design or animation



he old saying, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" is very true, and you'll learn all about it this month. After the tasks are complete, throw an impromptu party!

omantic involvements strengthen in particular, as an understanding of your partner's values, attitudes, and motivations becomes clearer to you. Make your new insights known to everyone around you,



et busy and work on whatever creative projects you're involved with, or start one if there aren't any. This energy may not come around again for a while so make the most of it. Have fun!

nsights and revelations come to you that you'll probably be able to make more sense of than you usually do, because mind and feelings are joined in a very effective partnership. Write your ideas down!



on't think you have to rush into making a decision, however. It might be a good idea to let different possibilities simmer in your subconscious for a day or so.

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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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World Press Photo Exhibition 2013

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL Strange News from Around the World


he parents of a boy who lost both his testicles during an operation have been awarded no compensation by a jury. The boy, who was 11months-old at the time of the surgery, needed the operation to relocate his undescended testicles. Oregon Health & Science University hospital, in Portland, had written permission to complete the procedure using a specific technique which required two operations. But doctors chose to perform the surgery with a different technique under which would only need to operate once, arguing it was in the best interests of the boy. The parents said they believed the two-operation procedure carried the least risk of the boy losing his testicles and that's why they only gave written consent for that procedure. But the hospital's lawyer, Nikola Jones argued they'd given verbal consent, blaming the lack of paperwork on an untrained junior doctor failing to fill out the forms correctly. The family were seeking

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$1.4m in damages for medical bills, including money to pay for the fortnightly testosterone injections the boy will need when he turns 11.The six-day trial ended on Thursday with the jury taking the side of the hospital, awarding no damages to the boy's family.


man was detained for more than three hours and interrogated by homeland security officers because he wore a Google Glass headset in a cinema. The man, who has had prescription lenses fitted in the internet goggles, was accused of using the headset to record and pirate spy movie Jack Reacher: Shadow Recruit. He explained what happened to tech blog The Gadgeteer."About an hour into the movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says “follow me outside immediately”." He followed the

officer outside where he was greeted by at least five officers from the US department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) squad. Despite explaining he'd had the computer components of the headset switched off in the theatre, the officers questioned him and his wife in separate rooms for more than an hour. "They wanted to know who I am, where I live, where I work, how much I’m making," he said. "How many computers I have at home, why am I recording the movie, who am I going to give the recording to, why don’t I just give up the guy up the chain, ’cause they are not interested in me. Over and over and over again." Eventually, the officers connected the device to a laptop and only found pictures of his wife and dog. They concluded the man had done nothing wrong.


hildren's favourite sweet treat the Jelly Bean has been released in a new beer flavour - but it is already leaving a bitter taste in some parents' mouths. There are already more than 100 mouth watering and unusual flavours like pina colada, toasted marshmallow and the recent Tabasco and chocolate. But the "clean, crisp and wheaty taste" of the German Hefeweizen ale in the sweet, which does not contain any alcohol, has been designed for adults only. Some have bombarded the Facebook page of the California-based candy company Jelly Belly with complaints. An angry user called The Blue Aero claimed: "Jelly Belly is no longer kid friendly and wants to introduce alcohol taste to children so they will want to experiment with the real thing. "Shame on Jelly Belly." But others are bemused by the controversy the beer flavoured jelly bean has caused, because their are other alcohol-based flavours already on sale.

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Every Thursday 8.30pm

Choice of Tonics Free Tapas From 8.30pm

FRIDAY MARCH 7TH is GIN NIGHT 10 different Gins

Tasty Snack Menu Available from 12 - 5

FREE TAPAS EVERY SUNDAY 12.30 until they’re gone

Private Room Available for meetings etc


FROM 9.30pm




I am proud of my son. He is at university studying the violin and accountancy. He will never be out of work, an accountant who can fiddle.

David Moyes has promised fans of Manchester United that they will be in a major European competition next year... even if he has to write the song himself.

As a teacher I'm really concerned about my class, 85% of my pupals can't spell.

The Squeezer The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing £1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money. Many people had tried.... over time: weightlifters, dockers, etc., but nobody could do it. One day, this scrawny little fellow came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a small voice, "I'd like to try the bet." After the laughter had died down,

the bartender said, "OK"; grabbed the lemon; and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little fellow. But the Crowd's laughter turned to total silence.... as the man clenched his little fist around the lemon.... and six drops fell into the glass. As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the £1000, and asked the little man: "What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?" The little fellow quietly replied: "I work for the Inland Revenue ." What was Trigger's favourite TV channel? Rodney

Sudoko Answers from Page 74

And the other 25% are terrible at maths.

My mate walked up to me in the pub last night and said, "Who's the bird sitting in the corner with duct tape across her mouth?" "That's my new girlfriend." I replied. "Really?" he said, "You've kept that one quiet.”

There were five in the bed, and the little one said "These NHS cuts are getting a bit much." Pub Quiz Answers from Page 70 1. Foolscap paper. (the original watermark was a fools cap with bells) 2. Lassie Come Home

e. Papa was a rolling stone (Temptations) f. The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (Georgie Fame)

3. Lourdes 6. Heracles 4. Guillotine 5. Six answers a. Rasputin (Boney M) b. Riders on the storm (Doors) c. Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) d. Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce)

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7. Marmalade (from marmelo) 8.Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 9. Roger Moore 10. Will Shakespeare

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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


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



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


“La Cantina” Every day English Breakfast International Specials Take Away available With local Chef Gary

tel: 646 870 223 Located in the Corner of Plaza Almijara, Cómpeta


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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.

Artificial Grass èñêóññòâåííàÿ òðàâà

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Local News WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA members, both male and female. Join them on Thursdays 17.30 20.00 in Vinuela (Casa De Cultura) For more information call 689 111 352 Espanol 669 682 139 English or email

COMPETA ART WALK The 6th Art Walk will return to Competa this year over the Easter weekend. A vibrant festival of arts and crafts will take place at various venues in Competa. The Art Walk aims to bring together the community in an animated, artistic atmosphere. The weekend will offer all those with an interest in art the chance to meet the multi cultural artists of Competa There are a handful of artist spaces still available, interested local artists, crafts people and artisans should contact Lieuwke Loth, For more information watch the local press next month. On behalf of the artists and craft people of Competa, we welcome you to the Art Walk in April!

CORALXALIA CHOIR Coraxalia Choir are beginning their next musical season and they are looking for new

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SAVE OUR HOMES AXARQUIA The members of Save Our Homes in Axarquia (SOHA) resolved to place greater emphasis on legal action given the lack of success that protesting and direct dialogue had achieved. Philip Smalley, Chairman of SOHA, said: “After seven years of fighting for our rights the problem seems to be getting worse not better.” “If the regional government (Junta de Andalucia) cannot listen to us face to face then perhaps they will listen in the courts,” he added. Now the pressure group will appoint a new fundraising chief in order to build a fighting fund big enough to take them to Strasbourg. Their resolution was taken during the SOHA annual general meeting held in La Viñuela. Centrepiece of the meeting was a speech by lawyer Gerardo Vazquez, who discussed the options for protecting their rights through the legal system. PLAN TO DEVELOP PLAYAZO BEACH A new plan to develop El Playazo beach has been passed in the last council meeting in Nerja. The project, which aims to boost the economy of the town, covers an area of more than 1 million square metres. It includes the widening of El Playazo beach to

up to 70 metres from the seashore, followed by a 30 metre strip to build a promenade The next 100 metres will be devoted to leisure facilities, beach bars and three public car parks. From there the project includes the building of hotels under the criterion of the Plan for Urban Development of the regional government. Also included are new green areas in the margins of the Chillar and Seco rivers, an extension of the Verano Azul parking area and three pedestrian accesses from the Chaparil area. The icing on the cake of this project will be transformation of the N340 road into an avenue lined with trees.

CAS EXCURSIONS Full details from Sean Brown on 958 640 948 or email Please mention CAS when booking. 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.

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Local News Saturday from 19h til 23h in the Fabrica (opposite the street of Correos).

NEWS FORM THE TOWN HALL OF CÓMPETA In March the Padel Court built by the Town Hall in collaboration with the Province will be officially be open! The Padel Court is located next to the swimming pool, so yet another sport facility for all of us residents and visitors! Saturday 8th Working Woman. More information can be found at the Town Hall. Saturday 22nd Celebrating all foreign residents living in Cómpeta. The day will start at 12.00h in the Museo de Artes y Costumbres. Always wanted to learn how to dance the traditional dance from Cómpeta: Fandango? This is your chance! Classes for young people every Wednesday at 16h in the Youth Centre, and classes for adults every Friday at 18h in the Hogar de Jubilado. Let´s all keep the traditions alive! Peña Flamenca “La Albora Virginia Gamez”. This Cómpeta peña has a misión to promote authentic flamenco culture. The peña is open for visitors every Friday and

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“La voz de Cómpeta”. The town hall informs those who would like to collaborate with this newsletter (free, monthly and in Spanish and English) that they can send old or new photos and any information about activities in the village to CAMPO - FUNDRAISING EVENT The next CAMPO fundraising event will be a motorised Treasure Hunt on Sunday 27th April, 2014 at 1pm from Competa for approximately ninety minutes (longer if you get lost!) It's not Monte Carlo but it will be fun for only 5 euros per vehicle. Full details in April Grapevine magazine. MARGRET RIORDAN Local artist Margaret Riordan has two Art Exhibitions in March at BAR Choto Playa on the N340 at Peñoncillo beach, Torrox Costa, (NOT TUES). (next to Ruta 34 motorcycles shop) and in Restaurante Sevillano – El Rincón, Calle Gloria, Nerja I am a self-taught artist (retired secretary) I was born in Bristol, England, and have been painting and drawing all my life. I’ve entered many competitions with success at local and national level and over 300 of my works have been sold throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

LIVE GIGS Saturday 1 March THE ROOTERS Hotel Balcon, Competa Reservations: 952 553662 Wednesday 5 March BACKROOM CONCERTS AT THE ALBERDINI €2 Entrance fee Bar Restaurante Alberdini, Competa Tel: 952 553512 Saturday 15 March ST PATRICK'S NIGHT with Mitch O'France at Restaurante Maria at the Hotel Balcon Reservations: 952 553662 Thursday 27 March Alberdini Sessions All welcome to come and join in Bar Restaurante Alberdini, Competa Tel: 952 553512 Sunday 6 April The Rooters at Axarquia Racing Club Torrox Costa Tel: 654 715382 For all gigs go to:

If you know of a live Gig happening in your area please email us grapevinesales@ 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


Tel: 952 508 839

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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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 March 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

Mobility Equipment Available: Wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and other mobility aid available on loan.

in November

MARCH COMING EVENTS AND EXCURSIONS Wednesday 5th – ASH WEDNESDAY Ecumenical Church Service at the Centre in English. Time 13.00h. Friday 7th – WORLD WOMEN'S DAY OF PRAYER Time 17.00h. Tuesday 11th – EXCURSION TO ANTEQUERA. Thursday 20th – EXCURSION TO GIBRALTAR. Friday 28th – SPECIAL COFFEE MORNING “DOGS MORNING”. Please come and have fun with friends and enjoy the taste of a Hot Dog, with your choice of sauce and a one drink of either wine, beer, fruit juice, or coffee. Coffee morning start at 11.00am and the “Dogs” at 12.00am. Ticket price 2.50 Euros. For further information and bookings please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar Tel.952 543 334 E-mail: . Please note you are unable to make bookings through the web site.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE KING We meet at Fellowship of the King premises situated underneath Maroma Inmobillaria, El Cruce de Puente don Manuel. Phone 952 115 220 or 952 518 185 Fellowship of the King Sunday Worship - 11am. LUX MUNDI Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar. Avda. Bible Study Thursday 5-7pm Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa Midweek activities: Pilates - Tuesday midday - 1pm. de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Opening hours Friday only 11.00am to 13.00pm. Tel.952 543 334 E- Bridge Club Tuesday 2.15 - 6pm. Charity shop/Books open Wednesday, Friday & mail: Web: www.luxSaturday 10 - 1.30pm. 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. German Coffee. Tuesday –“Espan-Glish”. Wednesday – Computer Tuition & Wi-Fi Connection available, please bring your own computer. Art Group. Thursday – Bible Study. “Espan- Glish”. Friday – Spanish Conversation. Wi-Fi Connection available, please bring your own computer. Coffee Morning Refreshments with a Boutique, Bric-a-brac, preserves books and cards for sale. Library and Tourist Reference Library. 11.00am – 13.00pm.

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 Constituci贸n, 31, Tel: (0034) 952 516 633 .


ARENAS Gorgeous 3 bedroom country villa on select development with outstanding views of the mountains. Open plan lounge/diner, fully fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Fantastic pool terrace with swimming pool. Great location. EPC rating - F Ref: T737

199,000 euro

Fax: (0034) 952 516 635


Charming renovated traditional townhouse situated in a quiet mews. Double bedroom, fully tiled shower room, fully fitted kitchen/diner and cosy lounge. Super tiled roof terrace with views to the river and Maroma. Great value!

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA Lovely traditional country house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living/dining room, fully fitted kitchen. Swimming pool, vine covered pergola, large plot with many trees. Superb views and great access.

Awaiting EPC

79,000 euro

Ref: T764

Awaiting EPC Ref: C3314

179,000 euro

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA Delightful 2 Bed townhouse with stunning coastal views. Cosy open plan living area, kitchen & shower room. Fabulous roof terrace. Would make an ideal holiday retreat with rental potential. Parking close by. Bargain price! EPC rating - G Ref: C1221

69,000 euro

COMPETA Very attractive mature country home in a superb quiet rural position offering fantastic views. Open plan & fully fitted kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom & utility room. Parking area for several cars. Easy Access. Awaiting EPC Ref: C3126

138,00 euro

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA Stunning new villa with unrivalled views of the Mediterranean, surrounding villages & countryside. 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious living room & unfitted kitchen. Large terrace with 8 x 4m pool. Good access. Awaiting EPC Ref: C3326

260,000 euro

The grapevine magazine march 2014  

The Grapevine Magazine initially started as The Competa Magazine and was also distributed in Canillas de Albaida, Archez and Sayalonga . Due...