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In this month’s edition...

Learn how to cook Spanish food in this months Food Fix!

We go Out and About to the Cave Houses of Guadix!

EVERYTHING you need to know about SUPERFOODS!

! W E N Learn some great tips from our Modern Day Housewife

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Inside this month’s magazine The Most Exteme Places in the World Find out how diverse our planet can be p4


Legal Jargon

e have made it to August, the tourists have arrived and seemingly the population of Madrid has also descended upon us! Supermarkets are busy right up until midnight, queues for this, that and anything else, not forgetting the crowded beaches with lines of people upto 5 deep!

Security Preventation in Spain p6

Modern Day Housewife Tips & Tricks p7

We are also another issue closer to our big 100th which is deep in the planning stage and I must say, it’s going to be a cracking edition. Biased as I may be...

Health Superfoods p10

So, what do you have to look forward to in this month’s Jungle Drums? Well, you can check out the Most Extreme places in the world with some interesting facts, find out what this month’s superfood is and what benefits it brings to you and your body, Sally takes a trip to the home of the cave house, Guadix and we have complied a list of 18 Amazing Coincidences. Inspekta Gadget returns with his rundown of the newest gadgets and gizmos and you can keep mentally active with our brain training pages and quizzes!

Food Fix Spanish Food p16

Out and About Guadix p20

Amazing Coincidences

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18 coincidences you won’t believe are true p24

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Also in this issue The most expensive items of 2012 - p8 Inspekta Gadget - p12 Gardening - p18 Movie and Book reviews - p22 Bluemoon Solutions - p28

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1. Hottest place on Earth: Lut Desert (Iran), 71°C There is a big discussion about the hottest spot on Earth. Many believe it is in Al Azizyah, Libya, with a recorded temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius), and the second hottest place being in Death Valley, California, USA, where it got up to 134 Fahrenheit in 1913. But according to other sites, a NASA satellite recorded surface temperatures as high as 71 °C (159 °F) in the Lut desert of Iran, supposedly the hottest temperature ever recorded on the surface of Earth. This region, which covers an area of about 480 kilometers, is called Gandom Beriyan (the toasted wheat).

2. Earths highest waterfall: Angel Falls (Venezuela) 3230 ft in height Angel Falls (Salto Ángel) in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world. The falls are 3230 feet in height with an uninterrupted drop of 2647 feet. Angel Falls are located on a tributary of the Rio Caroni. The falls are formed when the tributary stream falls from the top of Auyantepui (a tepui is a flat-topped structure surrounded by cliffs similar to a mesa).



3. Most remote inhabited archipelago on Earth: Tristan de Cunha, 2,000 miles from the nearest continent The most remote inhabited island group in the world, Tristan de Cunha in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is so tiny its main island has no airstrip. Home to 272 people sharing just 8 surnames, inhabitants suffer from hereditary complaints like asthma and glaucoma. Annexed by the United Kingdom in the 1800s, the island's inhabitants have a British postal code and, while they can order things online, it takes a very long time for their orders to arrive. But then, that's the trade off for having your own island settlement some 2,000 miles from the nearest continent.

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4. Highest point above Earths centre above sea level: Mt. Chimborazo (Ecuador), 20,703 ft Almost everyone knows that Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Climbers from everywhere travel to Everest hoping to earn the distinction of climbing the "World's Highest". The peak of Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) above sea level. This high elevation gives Mount Everest the distinction of being the mountain with the highest altitude. But not many people know about Mt Chimborazo in Ecuador with an altitude of 6,310 meters (20,703 feet), which is less than Mount Everest; however, Chimborazo has the distinction of being the highest mountain above Earth's center. This is because Earth is not a sphere - it is an oblate spheroid. As an oblate spheroid, Earth is widest at its equator. Chimborazo is just one degree south of Earth's equator and at that location it is 6,384 kilometers from Earth's center or about 2 kilometers farther from Earth's center than Mount Everest. Ecuadorians find pride in this interesting fact. Nonetheless, Chimborazo cannot compare in difficulty, lack of oxygen, nor in fame, to Mount Everest.

5. Coldest inhabited place on Earth: Oymyakon (Russia), -71.2°C 6. Driest place on Earth: The Dry Valleys (Antarctica) One interior region of the Antarctic is known as The Dry Valleys. These valleys have not seen rainfall in over two million years. With the exception of one valley, whose lakes are briefly filled with water by inland flowing rivers during the summer, the Dry Valleys contain no moisture (water, ice, or snow). The reasons why the Dry Valleys exist are the 200 mph Katabatic down winds which evaporate all moisture. The dry valleys are strange: except for a few steep rocks they are the only continental part of Antarctica devoid of ice. Located in the Trans-Antarctic Range, they correspond to a mountain area where evaporation (or rather, sublimation) is more important than snowfall, thus all the ice disappears, leaving dry barren land. Another driest place is the Atacama Desert in Chile, some parts of which have received absolutely zero precipitation in centuries. Parts of the Atacama Desert may actually exceed the dryness of most of Antarctica, though data from the latter is insufficient to tell.

Oymyakon is a village in Oymyakonsky Ulus of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located along the Indigirka River, 30 kilometers (20 mi) northwest of Tomtor on the Kolyma Highway. The population is 800 people. Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, because on January 26, 1926, a temperature of −71.2 °C (−96.2 °F) was recorded there. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth. It is also the lowest temperature recorded in the Northern hemisphere. The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -129 °F in 1983, at the Russian Base Vostok in Antarctica.




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Security Prevention in Spain

Most burglaries are carried out by career criminals who spot an easy target. Householders should identify the weak spots in there Spanish property and then get rid of them. They should take particular care to ensure that all doors, grills, garden gates and garage doors are securely locked. Property owners should look out for anything that could be used as a climbing tool, such as air con units, shed’s and drain pipes adjacent to your property, these can be used as a stepping stone to upper levels. If you have a ladder in your garden, make it is secured with a strong padlock and chain. Your property should be well-lit and as free as possible of accessible hiding places. No matter how sophisticated the security systems that have been installed, it is likely that a key is not needed to get into a property. Burglars tend to just smash the lock right out of the door, even remove security grills entirely. A good alarm system will deter this happening. ADT Alarmas are a reputable, reliable and economical solution. Keeping your house keys safe is a vital part of home security. If house holders do not protect their keys and this leads to a theft or burglary it is possible that any subsequent insurance claim could be compromised. The insurance company may take the view that the policyholder contributed to the theft by their carelessness. When moving into a new home, the most exciting moment will often be as the new owner holds the key in their hand and feels it turn in the lock for the first time. In the midst of their excitement householders rarely pause to ask themselves - how many other people have turned the key in this lock before? Or even, who else might have a key for this door? The first thing to do upon moving into a new home is to change the locks on any external doors. Once a householder walks through their front door and hears it close behind them it is easy to feel safe. The natural thing to do is to leave keys somewhere near the front door -there may even be a hook or a special bowl where they always go. However, this is exactly what burglars expect people to do. By fishing through a window with a hook or rod, keys left near the window can easily be retrieved. House keys should never be labelled with the householder's address. If keys are labelled and lost, any dishonest person who finds them will know

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•The front door should be visible from the street and not obscured by any shrubbery.





•Gates to entrances should also be robust and firmly locked. Keep your grills locked even when you are inside your property.

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•All doors and windows must be kept locked shut. Keys should be hidden away - not left within reach of a door or window.


ALLworld 11. Honour among thieves 12. Mother in law 13. Good looking 14. Its a small world after all 15. Excuse Me


•Basic home security tips should deter all but the most persistent burglar:

7. Post man 8. No two ways about it 9. Made in Great Britain 10. Another time, another place


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1. Foreign language 2. Right between the eyes 3. Criminal 4. Fork in the road 5. Within reason 6. Missing link


exactly where to go for an easy burglary.

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Modern Day Housewife TIPS & TRICKS

Uses for Vinegar 1.Clean dirt off your computer and mouse with a little vinegar and an ear bud 2.Clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda 3.Clean and polish chrome and stainless steel 4.Erase ballpoint-pen marks 5.Erase crayon marks from clothes 6.Remove stickers and price tags 7.Disinfect cutting boards 8.Restore wood paneling

9.Remove carpet stain 10.Keep car windows frost free 11.Remove candle wax 12.Conceal scratches in wood furniture 13.Get rid of water lines on furniture 14.Wash out your washing machine and dishwasher with 1/2 cup 15.Put the sparkle back in your china 16.Remove mineral deposits from shower heads

Elegant Candleholders

You’ll need: * 4 small vases / glasses * A pack of rubber bands * White matte spray paint * 4 small candles Clean your cups so there are no fingerprint smudges. Wrap rubber bands of various sizes around your glasses. I liked angling some and adding thicker widths in the middle. Then take your glasses to your spray painting zone, turn them top

side down and go to town. Once you like your coverage, find a bin and slowly begin removing the rubber bands. Make sure you’re wearing grubby clothes and in a messy space. Stretchy elastic + spray paint = tons of tiny little paint flakes flying everywhere. Once you finish removing all the rubber bands, wipe down your glasses with a wet rag and set some candles inside.

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Cheap Cleaning Solutions Soft Scrub: Put a bit of baking soda in a bowl (try 1/8 of a cup for starters), then just enough liquid detergent so that it’s like frosting when you mix it. Then, cover a sponge with it and use it to wash the surface. This is really good for washing bathtubs and any tile you might have. Window Cleaner: Take an empty spray bottle and in it mix half a teaspoon of liquid soap, three tablespoons of vinegar, and two cups of water. Shake it up, then spray it on your windows and wipe it off. Polish: Mix half a teaspoon of tea tree oil and a quarter of a cup of vinegar together – this will make any furniture you want to polish actually gleam!

Mould Remover: Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups of water in a spray bottle, shake it up, and spray it on anything that has mold or mildew on it. Don’t rinse it, just leave it. It will smell strongly at first, but the smell will dissipate, as will the mold and mildew.



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Most Expensive Yacht


Items of


Most Expensive Car $2,600,000

The most expensive car in the world is currently the Bugatti Veyron Supersport. This Bugatti is made in France and boasts a 16 cylinder – 1,200 horsepower engine. The Bugatti hits a blistering 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Top Speed: 268 mph!!


The world’s most expensive private yacht is the Eclipse. Owned by Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich. It can be privately charted for a mere $2 million per week, plus expenses (notably $650,000 for a single fuel fill-up).

Most Most Expensive House Expensive Wine $2,000,000,000 The most expensive wine in the world is a bottle of Chateau Lafite 1787. Sold at this price at Christie’s London in 1985. The bottle bears Thomas Jefferson’s initials etched on the glass.


Most Expensive Shoes $3,000,000

The most expensive shoes in the world are the Harry Winston Ruby Slippers. Home to 4,600 rubies totaling 1,350 carats, as well as 50 carats of diamonds.

The most expensive house in the world is owned by Billionaire Mukesh Ambani of India. With a net worth of $43 billion why not build a skyscraper for your wife and 3 kids to live in. This 27 story (family home) skyscraper is located in downtown Mumbai, India.



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Can you guess the year?


television debut on the In August 1964 - Rod Stewart made his ber of The Hoochie mem a as ." Room Beat British show "The Coochie Men. y were arrested for drug possession In August 1972 - Paul and Linda McCartne was fined $1,000 and Linda $200. Paul den. after a concert in Gothenburg Swe Mosters of Rock festival at Castle In August 1987 - Bon Jovi headlined the Donington, England. on The Walk Of Fame on Hollywood In August 1999 - Kiss unveil their star 30 albums to date. Boulevard. The band had released over May has handed in his astronomy PhD In August 2007 - Queen guitarist Brian acal Dust Cloud, to Imperial's head of thesis called Radial Velocities in the Zodi years after abandoning it to join the 36 astrophysics Professor Paul Nandra band.

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e your hand and lead you to the dance floor” 3. “I know where i want this to go, drivin’ fast, but let’ s go slow” 4. “And you can dance for inspiration” 5. “You had my heart, and we'll never be worlds apa rt”

MUSIC CROSSWORD Across 2. Crime stoppers! (6) 4. Flying at the Hotel California. (6) 6. Mixed up pests. (5) 9. Bjorn belonged. (4) 10. Affirmative. (3) 11. Sounds like a double ‘m’. (6) 12. Snog? (4)

Down 1 Even George Michael had to start somewhere. (4) 2 Fiction or just pulverized. (4) 3 Perhaps they should wear gloves. (8) 5 Mixed up, begin starving. (6) 6 Shuffled deals. (5) 7 Victoria or Elizabeth? (5) 8 Desert haven. (5)

Chart Topper: June 5th - September 11th (15 Weeks) Wet Wet Wet's version of "Love Is All Around", has a different introduction from The Troggs' version. It topped the UK Singles Chart after just under three weeks, fueled by its appearance in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and remained there for 15 consecutive weeks, the second longest stay at the top of that chart to date.

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1. Love Is All Around Me / Wet Wet Wet or

Chart Topper: September 18th - 9th October (4 weeks)

3. Baby Come Back / Pato Banton

Chart Topper: October 30th - November 20th (4 weeks)

4. Stay Another Day / East 17

Chart Topper: December 11th - 8th January (5 weeks)

5. I Swear / All 4 One

Number 2: 26th June - 7th August (7 weeks)

6. Without You / Mariah Carey

Chart Topper: February 20th - March 13th (4 weeks)

7. Always / Bon Jovi

Number 2: October 2nd - October 23rd (4 weeks)

8. Crazy For You / Let Loose

Number 2: August 14th - September 4th (4 weeks)

9. Things Can Only Get Better / D-Ream Chart Topper: January 23rd - February 13th (4 weeks)

10. The Sign / Ace Of Bass

Number 2: February 27th - March 20th (4 weeks)

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Everything you need to know about Superfoods The term superfoods entered the language in the 1990s to denote foods packed with nutrients that supposedly have health-giving properties. Some are exotic, such as alfalfa, spirulina and wheatgrass, and some prosaic such as broccoli, beans and beetroot. Superfoods soon became the new health craze. Dr. Steven Pratt's book SuperFoods: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, for example, became an instant bestseller. By making the fourteen superfoods highlighted in Dr. Pratt's book part of your regular eating habits, you can apparently change the course of your biochemistry and stop the incremental changes in your body that lead to diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, obesity, and Alzheimer's. The fourteen superfoods that will change your life, according to Dr. Pratt, are: • Beans — reduce obesity • Blueberries — lower risk for cardiovascular disease • Broccoli — lowers the incidence of cataracts and fights birth defects • Oats — reduce the risk of type II diabetes • Oranges — prevent strokes • Pumpkin — lowers the risk of various cancers • Soy — lowers cholesterol • Spinach — decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease and age-related mascular degeneration

• Tea (green or black) — helps prevent osteoporosis • Tomatoes — raise the skin's sun protection factor • Turkey — helps build a strong immune system • Walnuts — reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer • Wild salmon — lowers the risk of heart disease • Yogurt — promotes strong bones and a healthy heart. In a later book Dr. Pratt added dark chocolate, honey, and kiwi to his superfood list: • Dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa) — high in phytonutrients that make it a natural anti-inflammatory and blood thinner; it also helps raise good cholesterol levels • Honey — boosts the antioxidant ability of the blood, heightening its resistance to free radical attack • Kiwi fruit — helps thin the blood; great source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin E, potassium, fiber, carotenoids, polyphenols, chlorophyll, glutathione, and pectin, yet are relatively low in sugars. There are many other superfoods on our planet that are continuously being discovered and rediscovered. Here are some of the latest nutrient dense superfoods for beauty and overall well-being.

Acai Berry Acai berry (pronounced "ah-sigh-ee") is a small grape-sized berry that grows in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. Once known only to natives of the Amazon rainforest, the acai berry is now being sought after for its exceptional antioxidant power and health

qualities. The fruit gained popularity in 2005, when Dr. Perricone touted the berry as the "Number one super food in the world" in his book The Perricone Promise and in appearances on TV shows such as Oprah. Acai's antioxidant concentration surpasses even blueberries. Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods, which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by products), which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Acai is especially rich in anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that help to build the immune

Health Benefits

Pineapples are some of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. They are sweet, juicy, and delicious. More importantly, they are very healthy and nutritious. It is no wonder many people who want to have a healthy lifestyle include these fruits in their diets. 1. Packed with Vitamins and Minerals Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. On top of it

all, this fruit is low in fat and cholesterol.

2. Prevents Cough and Colds Since pineapples are rich in vitamin C, it can fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. Even when you are already infected with such ailment, pineapples can help you. 3. Strengthens Bones Pineapples are also popular for their ability to build and



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system, fight infections, protect the heart, and may help control prostate enlargement. Acai has 33% more anthocyanin than red wine. Acai is also an excellent source of protein and cholesterol-lowering omega 3, 6 and 9. A 100-gram serving of acai contains only 90 calories, two grams of fat and no cholesterol. Plus, it delivers 3.5 grams of dietary fiber, something we could all use more of in our diets. Borojo Borojo, native to the Amazon, is also found in jungles in Panama and Colombia. Natives use the pulp to prepare juice (jugo del amor), compotes, marmalades, candies and wine, or they eat it straight up as food supplement while journeying through the jungles.

Camu-camu Camu-camu is a low-growing shrub found in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru, mainly in swampy or flooded areas. It grows to a height of about 2-3 m and has large, feathery leaves. The camu-camu fruit is about the size of a large grape and has a purplish red skin with a yellow pulp. The fruit has never been documented as a traditional herbal remedy for any condition in the Amazon region. In fact, it was not widely eaten as a fruit by the indigenous people, due to its sour, acidic taste. In recent years, the fruits have become popular in Iquitos, Peru, where they are made into drinks and ice creams. Camu-camu fruit contain powerful phytochemicals, are full of amino acids (serine,

for various health conditions, camu-camu was ranked among hundreds of herbs as follows: • Antimutagenic — No. 4 • Antiviral — No.6 • Antioxidant — No.4 • Asthma — No.1 • Arteriosclerosis — No.1 • Cataracts — No.1 • Colds — No.1 • Depression — No.2 • Edema — No.1 • Gingivitis-periodontal disease — No.1 • Glaucoma — No.1 • Hepatitis — No.1 • Infertility — No.1 • Migraine/cluster headaches — No.1 • Osteoarthritis — No.1 • Painkiller — No.1 • Parkinson's disease — No.1. In Brazil, camu-camu is being promoted as a product that untangles and strengthens hair, and protects it from external damage, adding to its shine and vitality.

Borojo is high in protein and an excellent source of vitamin B, which is good for the metabolism, healthy skin and muscles, enhanced immunity and nervous system, and counteracts stress, depression and heart disease. Its high phosphorous content is great to maintain strong teeth and bones. It is also high in amino acids, so much so that a pound of this fruit is equivalent to three fresh pounds of meat! Borojo is particularly well-known to help treat bronchial issues. It is also said to stabilize blood sugar levels, control arterial hypertension and relieve menstrual discomfort. In Columbia, the University of Santiago of Cali carried out research in which they discovered Borojo contains a substance called "sesquiterpelantond," which they claim inhibits cell growth in harmful tumors and shows promise for treating cancer.

valine, and leucine), and have more vitamin C than any other known fruit in the world. Oranges provide 500-4,000 ppm vitamin C; camu-camu provides up to 500,000 ppm, or about 2 grams of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit. In comparison to oranges, camu-camu provides thirty times more vitamin C. Camu-camu is also a significant source of potassium, providing 711 mg per kg of fruit. The camu-camu fruit has a surprising range of medicinal effects as measured by quantity of a variety of phytochemical compounds which experimentally have demonstrated therapeutic effects. Dr. James Duke, retired chief botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pre-eminent New World tropical botanist, and author of many botanical books, including the popular Green Pharmacy, lists some of these effects in his Ethnobotanical website, based on amounts of various phytochemicals which camu-camu contains. In a comparative study of hundreds of botanicals, ranked in order of effectiveness

of Pineapples

Durian Durian is a yellow, smelly fruit contained in a large, spiky shell grown in Southeast Asia. It is considered the "King of all Fruits" and is either revered by those who love it or hated by those who cannot bear its pungent smell. Durian provides an incredible array of phytonutrients and antioxidants to energize the body and lift the spirit. It contains high levels of the amino acid tryptophan, known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and create feelings of euphoria by raising levels of serotonin in the brain. Durian is also high in dietary fiber, thiamin and vitamin B6, and very high in vitamin C.

maintain strong bones. This is because these fruits contain manganese, which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build bones and connective tissues.

caused by damage to the retina. Including pineapple in your diet can lower risk of this disease by as much as 36 percent. This is because this fruit contains beta carotene that is good for our sense of sight.

4. Keeps Gums Healthy Eating pineapple will strengthen your gums that will help keep your teeth healthy and strong.

6. Alleviates Arthritis Since these fruits have anti-inflammatory qualities, eating pineapples can greatly alleviate the pain of arthritis while at the same time improve the condition by strengthening the bones. Apart from arthritis, it can also improve other similar conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and gout.

5. Lowers Risk of Macular Degeneration This disease, which is the primary cause of vision loss in adults, is




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Hi, my name is Kim Carey and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those who have not already met me and my colleagues. GA Property Needs is a family run business with over 8 years experience in the buying and selling of properties in and around the Gran Alacant area. As well as working in Gran Alacant, we also reside in the area and take great pride in this. Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a property, we are here to help you through the sometimes daunting experience and our advice is "free & friendly". Our main objective is to ensure that you receive a very professional yet friendly service, before and after your Sale/Purchase and you will legally be taken care of by our Spanish/English spoken lawyers before and after your sale/purchase. All our properties come complete with full legal title deeds and relevant licences, so rest assured, your complete "peace of mind" in high on our list of priorities. Most of our customers have remained our friends and have recommended us to their friends and families, so if trust is important to you, you only need to speak to one of our satisfied customers.

As well as recommendations, you will have also seen us advertise here in "The Jungle Drums" and weekly in "The Courier". As a result of this advertising, our enquiries are at an all-time high and never have we been more successful, so a huge thank-you to all the professional staff who work there, GA Property Needs is now very recognised thanks to all your help. So finally, property owners, if you are thinking of selling, let us market your property in our next advertisement and share in the success and if you are thinking of purchasing, our properties can be found in the above as well as on our web site:

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I’m sure you have noticed that half of Madrid has come to the Costa Blanca for the month of August, so this month we have some typical Spanish recipes to impress your Spanish neighbours with! Method 1. Chop the tomatoes and place in a large bowl with the water. Mix with an electric mixer, strain and put to one side. 2. Finely chop the spring onion, carrot, zucchini and pumpkin. 3. Place the vegetables in a large pan with a splash of olive oil. Season and add the curry powder. Add the

Sopa de Picadillo Ingredients (6 people) 300g of mince meat 100g of pasta 12 slices of bread 12 tomatoes 1 spring onion 1 carrot

1 zucchini 200g of pumpkin 700ml of water Extra virgen olive oil 1 spoonful of curry powder Salt and pepper Chopped parsely

Arroz de Marisco con Dorada Method 1. Make a stock with the shells of the prawns and longastines, the head and bones of the “dorada”. Add everything to a pan with water, salt and a few parsely leaves. 2. Heat the oven at 180ºC for the fish, while heating lightly toast the saffron in the oven. Season the fish and slightly cook in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Place the fish in the oven for 8 minutes. 3. Sautee the green pepper and chopped garlic in a pan with olive oil.

Stir in the rice, toasted saffron and add the fish stock with half a glass of white wine. Season and leave to cook for 15 m inutes. 4. In another pan add a little of the fish stock and the other half of wine with the mussles. Cook until they open. 5. Chop the squid in half, season and sautee in a pan with a little oil. Put to one side and season and sautee the prawns and langosines in the same pan with some oil and parsley. 6. Serve the rice and place the squid, “dorada” and other seafood on top.

Canelones de Carne y Espinacas Ingredients (4 people) 16 canelones pasta sheets 300g of mince meat 100g of spinach 5-6 cheese slices 2 eggs

2 tablespoons of flour Half litre of milk Extra virgen olive oil Salt and black pepper Nutmeg Parsley

Tortilla de Patata Method 1.Chop the pepper and onion and fry them in a pan with a splash of oil. 2. Peel and chop the potatoes and add them to the pan when the onions start to soften. Season and

cook until the potatoes golden. 3. Break the eggs into a bowl and add the poataoes, peppers and onions. Pour back into the pan and cook. Flip with a plate to cook the other side.

Ingredients (2 people) 120g of rice 1 piece of “Dorada” (fish) 6 prawns 4 longastines (big prawns) 1 squid 6 mussles

Method 1. Cook pasta sheets according to packet 2. Boil the eggs for 10 mintues. Peel and put to one side. 3. In a small saucepan add a spalsh of olive oil and add two spoonfuls of flour, fry well. Add the milk little by little without taking off the flame. Cook the bechamel sauce for 10 to 15 mintues, add a little salt and nutmeg. Keep and put to one

1 green pepper 2 cloves of garlic 1 glass of white wine Water Olive oil Salt and pepper Few strands of saffron Parsley

side. 4. Season and mince meat and cook with a little olive oil. When the meat is medium add the spinach and season. Mix with the cooked eggs. Keep warm. 5. Fill the pasta sheets with the mixture of meat. Place on an oven proof dish and cover with the bechamel sauce. Cook at 200 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes. 6. Serve on a plate and decorate with a little parsley.

Ingredients (2 people) 2 eggs 1 potato 1/2 green pepper 1/4 onion Olive oil Salt


tomato stock and cook for 20 minutos. 4. Season the mince meat and saute in a pan with olive oil. Add to the pan with the pasta and leave to cook for 20 minutes. 5. Fry the bread in a pan with olive oil and brush with a little parsley. 6. Serve the soup and garnish with parsley.

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Albondigas con Salsa de Tomate 1kg of tomatoes Flour (to coat) 1 teaspoon of sugar Extra virgen olive oil Salt 2 tablespoons of soy sauce Parsley

Pochas con Chorizo

Calamares a la Romana Ingredients 1 kg of squid 100g of flour 1l of olive oil 2 eggs Salt Lemon (optional)

Method 1. To clean the squid, remove the heads and ink bags. 2. Cut into rings or strips, season and cover in a little flour. Shake of excess 3. Beat the eggs and cover the squid. 4. Fry them in very hot oil. Serve with lemon.

Lentejas con Carne

Ingredients 600g of shelled white beans 4 fresh chorizo 2 spring onions 1 red pepper

1 green pepper 1 tomato 1 head of garlic 2 cloves of garlic Water

Method 1.To degrease the sausages, place in pressure cooker with water and cook for 10 minutes after it starts to release steam. After that, move it out of the pot and set aside on a plate 2.Wash the white beans and place in a saucepan. Add a whole onion with the bay leaf and the head of garlic.. Cover with water, season and simmer for 30 minutes. After this time remove

Ingredients (4 people) 300g of lentils 350-400g of beef (for stewing) 1/2 onion 1 parsnip 1/2 green pepper 3 small tomatoes 2 cloves of garlic

1 bay leaf Ground cumin Ground black pepper Paprika Fresh thyme Pinch of sugar Salt Extra virgen olive oil

Method 1.The night before you cook the lentils, soak them in water. Rinse and drain. 2. Peel and chop the onion, parsnips and garlic. Deseed the pepper and chop. 3. Grate the tomatoes and add a pinch of sugar. 4. Season the beef with salt and pepper. 5. Put a pan on the stove and add a little olive oil. Add the beef and cook until brown. 6. Add some more olive oil to the pan and reduce the heat. Add the onion, pepper, parsnips and garlic.Season and fry until soft. 7. Then add the tomatoes and a bit of thyme for

flavour. 8. Once the juice has evaporated, add the lentils and enough water to cover them and about two fingers more. 9. Add the cumin and bay leaf with the water and bring to a boil. Cover then pan and reduce heat. Cook for about 15 minutes. 10. Add the beef and stew until the meat is tender.

Olive oil Salt 1 bay leaf Parsley

everything. Stir in sausage and cook over low heat for 5 minutes 3.Peel and chop the garlic and onion and other beans all in a pan with a little oil. Peel and chop the green pepper, red pepper and tomato and fry. Season. 4.Stir the vegetables in with the white beans. Add chopped parsley and serve.


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Ingredients (4 people) 500g of mince meat (beef) 100g of mince meat (pork) 100g of bread crumbs 1 egg 4 cloves of garlic

Method 1. Put the breadcrumbs into a bowl with the milk and leave to soak. 2. Peel and chop two cloves of garlic and mix with the mince meat, egg and a little parsley. Add the breadcrumbs and mix well. From meatball shapes and cover them in flour. 3. Brown the meatballs in a frying man with warm oil. 4. For the sauce chop the onion and the other two garlic cloves and fry in a pan with olive oil. 5. Peel the tomatoes and place in the pan, cook for 25 to 30 minutes with the sugar on medium heat. Add the soy sauce, mix and strain. 6. Add the sauce back to the pan with the meatballs, cook on low heat 8 to 10 minutes. Serve and decorate with parsley.

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The Latana The lantana is a perennial flowering plant of the verbena family. It originated in the tropical regions of the Americas but has adapted itself perfectly to the climate of the Iberian peninsular and especially the Mediterranean Coast.

There are many varities but the most distinctive blooms are the red and yellow of the Lantana Camara, also known as the Spanish flag. The white lantana has beautiful flowers that are white and cream tipped with lilac. Care of the plant One should not over water this plant as it is extremely hardy and resistant to heat and dry soil. Watering should occur once or twice a week but only between April and November. In winter watering can be reduced to once a week.

It is a shrub which can grow as high as two metres. Its stalks are long and generally spikey, mostly growing from the base of the plant but at times they grow into trees depending on how they are pruned.

The lantana is very much at home in shady spots as long as there is sufficient light but it does grow better in direct sunlight.

Its leaves are oval shaped, indented and rough on the upper side.

The ground should be compact, ideally a mixture of soil and compost so that dampness is consistanly maintained throughout the summer months.

Its flowers, which bloom throughout the whole year in warm climates, cover a wide range of colours and it is these which make the plant so attractive. The flowers form clusters and change colour as the evolve.

It is recommended to feed the plant at least once a month with a preparation suitable for flowering plants. The lantana can be pruned fairly agressively to promote regrowth and this will acheive the desired height of the plant. Many new shoots will form in spring but if one wished the plant to grow its own natural shape it is necessary to only prune the oldest branches. As the plant flowers profusely it is frequently grown in parks and public gardens. In Mexico and Panama leaves from the Lantana Camara are used to make a natural remedy for stomach ache or other digestive problems.

It is possible to plant throughout the whole year avoiding when there are frosts. It is suitable to grow in pots but slower growth can be expected.



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by Sally Bengtsson

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The cave houses of Spain are a part of the culture that everyone should experience at least once. The peace and quiet inside a “casa cueva” is an unforgettable feeling. Why not see for yourself and take a trip to Guadix! This whitewashed town is on the way to Granada from the Costa Blanca, so is the ideal place to either stop for a break or to spend a few days absorbing part of real Spain. Guadix is located about 35 miles from Granada on the N -342. Situated on the banks of the River Guadix the town occupies an elevated plateau on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. So the views that the town can boast are fantastic. After 711 Guadix rose to some importance as a Moorish fortress and trading station, renamed Wadi-Aci ("the Wadi of Acci"). It was surrendered, without a siege, to the Spaniards, under Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1489. The novelist Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, author of El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-cornered Hat) was born in Guadix in 1833. The 19th and 20th centuries saw a period of economical crisis for the town. Currently Guadix is a centre of production for strawberries, cereals and vegetables. It is also gaining a reputation as a tourist attraction. The city also has some trade in wool, cotton, flax, corn and liqueurs. The warm mineral springs of Graena, much frequented during the summer, are 6 miles west. While cave homes are common throughout the province of Granada, you won't find more in one spot than here. Some of the cave dwellings look like small cottages. Others look like walled earthen mounds with chimneys sticking out of the earthen parts. Many of the chimneys were built to let fresh air into the homes. The cave homes thick walls ensure warm interiors for the winter and cool living during the hot summers with room temperatures maintained at 19ºC all year long. The cave district (Barrio Troglodyte) of the town is full if narrow twisting streets. Many of the owners of the unique dwellings are more than happy to show you around their homes for a small tip, and will proudly tell you the history of their village. Apparently the Moors were the first to carve into the soft rock of Guadix. Today the "cave district" accounts for a good square mile of the town. Some of the homes are very luxurious and can even be rented out for a stay. The cave houses were built in Guadix over a thousand years ago. They were hollowed out of the rock and then a wall would have been built at the front of the cave to enclose it. The wall had a door and several windows. This part of Spain is very hot during the day but can get cooler at night. The cave houses were perfect for this climate as they kept cool during the day, but were warm at night. They were very popular for hundreds of years until the 20th century, when many people decided to move out to more modern houses. However, as the tourist industry started to grow in this region of Spain, Guadix' cave houses became popular again as they were a great way to make some extra money. Some of the people who own them have opened them up to make small hostels. Others accept donations after they have let you tour their house.



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Most of these cave houses however are not what you would expect. Their owners are not living back in the Stone Age, carrying water and making fires from branches they collect in the woods. Instead, the Guadix cave houses have most of the modern conveniences of any 21st century house. Many have marble floors, fully fitted kitchens and bathrooms, cable TV and internet. Some of them even have 4 or 5 bedrooms, so a couple of rooms can be rented out to visiting tourists. You can also see the Cave Museum (Cueva Museo), which is also built in a cave. This is a large structure and had some very interesting exhibits about the history of caves. There are several little rooms set up as they would have been a hundred years ago - a perfect bedroom with a brass bedstead and even a pot to go under the bed for when you were 'taken short' in the middle of the night. There are also displays of old bridles, cooking implements, pots, hand-carved furniture and a room that showed how they dug out the caves. You can also purchase one of these cave houses as several go up on the market every year. They would be a great place for a retirement home (no expenses for air conditioning) or a holiday home, or even as a rental property. Places to visit in the main town Guadix Cathedral (16th-18th centuries), built over a Moorish mosque in Gothic-Renaissance style. The façade is in Baroque style. Church of St. Augustine (18th century), Church of Santiago (1540), with a Plateresque portal Convent and church of the Conception Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress commanding the town

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New Movie Reviews Ted

Comedy / Fantasy Release date: 10th August 2012

As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Critics Reviews Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, Chicago Sun Times: “The funniest movie wants more from their relationship. character so far this year is a stuffed teddy bear. And the best comedy screenplay so far is Ted, the saga of the bear's friendship with a 35-year-old manchild.” Rolling Stone: “It's hysterically, gut bustingly funny.” Boston Global: A crass, foul-mouthed, mostly hilarious, surprisingly sentimental bromance.” San Francisco Chronicle: “For all of its transgressive plush-toy sex and screw-'em Jungle Drums humor, the plot is pretty standard stuff. “


Magic Mike A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

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Madea’s Witness Protection

A Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.

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Comedy / Drama Release date: 15th August 2012 Critics Reviews San Francisco Chronicle: “If it falls short of greatness, it's not by much - and it could end up growing with the years. At the very least, it is exceptional and one of the best and most original pictures to come along in 2012.” The New York Times: “It works - beautifully” Los Angeles Times: “Life, however, cannot be lived entirely on stage, and once the characters have to take off their thongs and return to their real lives, the film goes nowhere that is either interesting, involving or surprising.”

Comedy Release date: Out now! Critics Reviews Boston Global: “Reviewing a Tyler Perry movie is a bit like reviewing the weather report. People who want to watch it are going to do so, regardless of what anyone says about it. And that's not even factoring in Charlie Sheen.” Time Out New York: “The writer-director-star still hasn't learned to smoothly blend broad comedy and family-values sermonizing.” Arizona Rebublic: “How much of this is actually funny is a question of taste, but even a confirmed Perry hater might get caught laughing once or twice. “



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Book Reviews Spellbound by Kelley Armstrong

The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author sets the stage for a battle of epic proportions.Savannah Levine is all grown up. As a witch endowed with an array of spells, she is also a force to be reckoned with. As a paranormal investigator she is finally coming into her own. But her last case tore a family apart, and Savannah swore she'd give up her powers to fix the

The Wicked Girls

mess she helped create. Someone or something must have been listening.Powerless and on the run from witch-hunting assassins, Savannah stumbles upon a gathering storm that threatens the very existence of the Otherworld. The danger is real, and Savannah must somehow join forces with old friends like Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime.

by Alex Marwood

One fateful summer morning in 1986,

leads her to interview funfair cleaner

two 11-year-old girls meet for the first

Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber,

time and by the end of the day are

it's the first time they've seen each

charged with murder.

other since that dark day when they were just children.

Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series

But with new lives – and families – to

of attacks on young female tourists in

protect, will they really be able to keep

a seaside town when her investigation

their secret hidden?

The Long Earth

by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist - when she finds

The Decision

a curious gadget - a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever. And that's an understatement if ever there was one..."The Long Earth" is the first in an exciting new collaboration between the creator of "Discworld" Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter.

by Penny Vincenzi

Set against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story begins with a love affair, closely followed by a marriage, followed by a baby. But whilst their relationship is at first fuelled by passion,

it's not of the enduring kind, and soon what started out with such promise descends into a harrowing divorce case and an epic custody battle. With everything at stake for both Eliza and Matt, and neither party willing to give up their little girl without a fight, it's high drama in the courts. Let battle begin...

GoodRead Readers Reviews “My thoughts are: this installment is rather messy and anticlimactic.” “I hate Cliff Hangers.That said, I did like this book. The pacing was good and action packed. Savannah as the narrator is sometimes annoying, but that is a major character trait of hers.” “Whew! What a great book. Fans of Armstrong's novels will not be disappointed”

GoodRead Readers Reviews “Brilliant. Page-turning and thought-provoking.” “Read this one recently - a difficult story line - but a great thriller - couldn't put it down - read it over a weekend.” “I really liked this VERY dark crime thriller. Fantastic premise and memorable characters. One subplot felt over the top to me but probably only because of my own research into and conclusions about that particular kind of crime.”

GoodRead Readers Reviews “For me this was okay to read to pass the time. It was a mildly interesting look at the many-worlds concept but did not feel very ground-breaking or life-changing.” “The science is very interesting, but the plot is dull and the characters thin like most Baxter books.”

GoodRead Readers Reviews “I really like Penny Vincenzi’s books – you know that you are guaranteed an interesting plot, well written characters and an element of surprise. The Decision is no exception.” “Another triumph for Penny Vincenzi. Like all her books, this one is absolutely riveting. It made me lose sleep - I couldn't put it down. “




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Amazing Coincidences

A falling baby, saved twice by the same man. Twin brothers, killed along the same road, two hours apart. The world is filled with astonishing occurrences of coincidence and synchronicity that defy explanation. Are these incredible true stories of mere coincidence... ...or the hand of fate?

him. The brother, believing he had killed Ziegland, then turned his gun on himself and took his own life. But Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his face and then lodged in a tree. Ziegland surely thought himself a lucky man. Some years later, however, Ziegland decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the bullet in it. The task seemed so formidable that he decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite. The explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland's head, killing him (Source: Ripley's Believe It or Not!)

James Dean's car curse

Twin Boys, twin lives

In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky. a) When the car was towed away from the accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs. b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean's driveshaft fitted to it. c) When James Dean's Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire. d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it's mount and broke a teenager's hip. e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it's towbar and smashed through the front of a shop. f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.

A falling baby, saved twice by the same man In Detroit sometime in the 1930s, a young (if incredibly careless) mother must have been eternally grateful to a man named Joseph Figlock. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother's baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby's fall was broken and both man and baby were unharmed. A stroke of luck on its own, but a year later, the very same baby fell from the very same window onto poor, unsuspecting Joseph Figlock as he was again passing beneath. And again, they both survived the event. (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)

A bullet that reached its destiny years later Henry Ziegland thought he had dodged fate. In 1883, he broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of distress, committed suicide. The girl's brother was so enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot

The stories of identical twins' nearly identical lives are often astonishing, but perhaps none more so than those of identical twins born in Ohio. The twin boys were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys James. And here the coincidences just begin. Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women - both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. Forty years after their childhood separation, the two men were reunited to share their amazingly similar lives. (Source: Reader's Digest, January 1980)

Just like Edgar Allan Poe's book In the 19th century, the famous horror writer, Egdar Allan Poe, wrote a book called 'The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'. It was about four survivors of a shipwreck who were in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and eat the cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker. Some years later, in 1884, the yawl, Mignonette, foundered, with only four survivors, who were in an open boat for many days. Eventully the three senior members of the crew, killed and ate the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was Richard Parker.

Poker winnings, to the unsuspected son In 1858, Robert Fallon was shot dead, an act of vengeance by those with whom he was playing poker. Fallon, they claimed, had won the $600 pot through cheating. With Fallon's seat empty and none of the other players willing to take the now-unlucky $600, they found a new player to take Fallon's place and staked him with the dead man's $600. By the time the police had arrived to investigate the killing, the new player had turned the $600 into $2,200 in winnings. The police demanded the original $600 to pass on to Fallon's next of kin - only to discover that the new player turned out to be Fallon's son, who had not seen his father in seven years! (Source: Ripley's Giant Book of Believe It or Not!)

A novel that unsuspectedly described the spy next door When Norman Mailer began his novel Barbary Shore, there was no plan to have a Russian spy as a character. As he worked on it, he introduced a Russian spy in the U.S. as a minor character. As the work progressed, the spy became the dominant character in the novel. After



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the novel was completed, the U.S. Immigration Service arrested a man who lived just one floor above Mailer in the same apartment building. He was Colonel Rudolf Abel, alleged to be the top Russian spy working in the U.S. at that time. (Source: Science Digest)

Mark Twain and Halley's Comet Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. He himself predicted this in 1909, when he said: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it."

Three strangers on a Train, with complementary last names In the 1920s, three Englishman were traveling separately by train through Peru. At the time of their introduction, they were the only three men in the railroad car. Their introductions were more surprising than they could have imagined. One man's last name was Bingham, and the second man's last name was Powell. The third man announced that his last name was Bingham-Powell. None were related in any way. (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)

Two brothers killed by the same taxi driver, one year apart In 1975, while riding a moped in Bermuda, a man was accidentally struck and killed by a taxi. One year later, this man's bother was killed in the very same way. In fact, he was riding the very same moped. And to stretch the odds even further, he was struck by the very same taxi driven by the same driver - and even carrying the very same passenger! (Source: Phenomena: A Book of Wonders, John Michell and Robert J. M. Rickard)

Swapped Hotel Findings In 1953, television reporter Irv Kupcinet was in London to cover the coronation of Ellizabeth II. In one of the drawers in his room at the Savoy he found found some items that, by their identification, belonged to a man named Harry Hannin. Coincidentally, Harry Hannin - a basketball star with the famed Harlem Globetrotters - was a good friend of Kupcinet's. But the story has yet another twist. Just two days later, and before he could tell Hannin of his lucky discovery, Kupcinet received a letter from Hannin. In the letter, Hannin told Kucinet that while staying at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, he found in a drawer a tie - with Kupcinet's name on it! (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)

Two Mr. Brysons, same hotel room While on a business trip sometime in the late 1950s, Mr. George D. Bryson stopped and registered at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. After signing the register and being given his key to room 307, he stopped by the mail desk to see if any letters had arrived for him. Indeed there was a letter, the mail girl told him, and handed him an envelope addressed to Mr. George D. Bryson, room 307. This wouldn't be so odd, except the letter was not for him, but for room 307's just-previous occupant - another man named George D. Bryson. (Source: Incredible Coincidence, Alan Vaughan)

Twins brothers, same heart attack John and Arthur Mowforth were twins who lived about 80 miles apart in Great Britain. On the evening of May 22, 1975, both fell severely ill from chest pains. The families of both men were completely unaware of the other's illness. Both men were rushed to separate hospitals at approximately the same time. And both died of heart attacks shortly after arrival. (Source: Chronogenetics: The Inheretance of Biological Time, Luigi Gedda and Gianni Brenci)

A novel that predicted the Titanic's destiny, and another ship that almost followed Morgan Robertson, in 1898, wrote "Futility". It described the maiden voyage of a transatlantic luxury liner named the Titan. Although it was

touted as being unsinkable, it strikes an iceberg and sinks with much loss of life. In 1912 the Titanic, a transatlantic luxury liner widely touted as unsinkable strikes an iceberg and sinks with great loss of life on her maiden voyage. In the Book, the month of the wreck was April, same as in the real event. There were 3,000 passengers on the book; in reality, 2,207. In the Book, there were 24 Lifeboats; in reality, 20. Months after the Titanic sank, a tramp steamer was traveling through the foggy Atlantic with only a young boy on watch. It came into his head that it had been thereabouts that the Titanic had sunk, and he was suddenly terrified by the thought of the name of his ship - the Titanian. Panic-stricken, he sounded the warning. The ship stopped, just in time: a huge iceberg loomed out of the fog directly in their path. The Titanian was saved.

A writer found the book of her childhood While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the 1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favorites - Jack Frost and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling him of the book she fondly remembered as a child. Her husband took the book, opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: "Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs." It was Anne's very own book. (Source: While Rome Burns, Alexander Wollcott)

A writer's plum pudding In 1805, French writer Émile Deschamps was treated to some plum pudding by the stranger Monsieur de Fortgibu. Ten years later, he encountered plum pudding on the menu of a Paris restaurant, and wanted to order some, but the waiter told him the last dish had already been served to another customer, who turned out to be de Fortgibu. Many years later in 1832 Émile Deschamps was at a diner, and was once again offered plum pudding. He recalled the earlier incident and told his friends that only de Fortgibu was missing to make the setting complete — and in the same instant the now senile de Fortgibu entered the room.

King Umberto’s double In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I, went to a small restaurant for dinner, accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia- Vaglia. When the owner took King Umberto's order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began discussing the striking resemblances between each other and found many more similarities. a) Both men were born on the same day, of the same year, (March 14th, 1844). b) Both men had been born in the same town. c) Both men married a woman with same name, Margherita. d) The restauranteur opened his restaurant on the same day that King Umberto was crowned King of Italy. e) On the 29th July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restauranteur had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret, he was then assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.

The 21st, a bad day for King Louis XVI When King Louis XVI of France was a child, he was warned by an astrologer to always be on his guard on the 21st day of each month. Louis ws so terrified by this that he never did business on this day. Unfortunately Louis was not always on his guard. On June 21st 1791, following the French revolution, Louis and his queen were arrested in Varennes, whist trying to escape France. On September 21st 1791, France abolished the institution of Royalty and proclaimed itself a republic. Finally on January 21st 1793, King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine.




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Opel Mokka Opel presents its Mokka their next sub compact SUV (sports utility vehicle) Opel is the first German manufacturer to launch a contender in the growing SUV segment. Despite its 4.28 meter measurement, the Opel Mokka generously accommodates five people in a commanding position. It also delivers on Opel's promise to combine attractive design with innovative technologies and upmarket functionalities.



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Power is provided by three efficient engines. All manual transmissions are equipped with the fuel saving Opel Start/Stop system. The petrol comprises a 115bhp 1.6ltr naturally aspirated engine as well as a 140bhp 1.4 Turbo. There will be a diesel option with a 130bhp 1.7 CDTI turbo diesel which offers high fuel economy and low emissions. The Opel Mokka introduces new state of the art technologies to the SUV B-segment, such as a string of Driver Assistance Systems based on the Opel Eye front camera system, as well as a rear view camera. It gives the driver access to several functions including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and the second generation of Traffic Sign Recognition system (TSR II) This will recognize even more EU and non-EU traffic signs including rectangular signs and dynamic LED displays. Parking is made easier with further optional kit that includes a rear view camera and park assist sensors for the front and rear. No other member of the SUV-B segment can boast this array. In high grip driving conditions such as asphalted roads, the Mokka is in the FWD mode with all the torque on the front wheels. This helps to ensure good fuel economy. However, in order to enhance the ride experience and handling, torque is seamlessly shifted from the front to the rear axle depending on traction or driving situations On very slippery roads. The Opel Mokka will be available at Opel dealerships end of 2012.

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For all your home and business computer needs Welcome to this month’s computer article written by Richard from BlueMoon Solutions

Mobile Internet A number of people this month have asked me how they can get Internet when they are out and about; these are either people who work away from home where their “normal” Internet is located, people who don’t have access to a land line and therefore can’t get the usual type of Internet connection that most of us enjoy or simply people who are on holiday that have brought their laptop with them and want to get access to the Internet whilst here. It seems that we find it more and more necessary to be ‘connected’ nowadays - I’m not sure that such a healthy thing but then this is 2012! There are many ways to connect to the Internet nowadays. Many bars have unsecured Internet access available for clients to use and this is probably the easiest and simplest way to get on line when you are out and about. It is, however, important to be aware that this is not a secure way to access the Internet and although it’s not likely, it is possible that someone sitting at another table could be accessing your computer whilst you book your airline tickets! If you have one of the modern ‘smart’ mobile phones, then many of them have a built-in connection to the 3G mobile phone network. This network provides fast and reliable Internet service if you are in a good reception area – from our unit on the Moncayo market we were able to record download speeds of

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17mbps using this type of connection; not bad when the average Movistar connection is just 3mbps! One option with many of these smart phones is to ‘tether’ or share your phone´s internet connection with other devices e.g. on my iPhone 4 I can set up a mini wireless network and share my phone´s internet connection with anyone within range of its wireless signal – it is essentially a mobile mini wireless router. If you are here on holiday, however, you probably don’t want to use your smart mobile for internet sharing as you may end up paying exorbitant data roaming charges. If you want a more flexible solution than sitting in the local bar every time you need to get online then a good solution might be a mobile phone ‘dongle’ – yep that’s really what they’re called! This little device looks just like a memory stick

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will talk to the same 3G mobile phone network as your smart phone does and gives you internet access without the roaming charges (if you buy one locally of course). There are also local providers - like BlueMoon Solutions (had to get a plug in there somewhere didn’t I!) that will rent you a dongle to use whilst you are on holiday. Most charge a small deposit for the dongle itself and then rental starts at around 20 euros a week with a charge of around 5 cents per Mb. If you decide to rent or even buy a dongle, it is important that you are aware of all the things your computer uses the Internet for and therefore all the things that could clock up the charge on your dongle. For example every time you start your computer it attempts to connect to the internet to check for updates for all kinds of things like antivirus products, Microsoft Windows updates, and even for updated software for things like your mouse and keyboard. If you are paying or renting “internet as you use it” then you should probably turn most of these things off in order to get the most out of the service that you are using – ask the person that you get the dongle from how to do this.

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You’ve got A Woman's Prayer:

Beginning with M Miss Jones had been giving her second grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron. Now it was question time, and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?" A little boy on the front row proudly said, "You're a mother!"

I pray for: Wisdom, To understand a man. Love, To forgive him and; Patience, For his moods. Because if I pray for Strength I'll just beat him to death.

Mistaken Card

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist replied, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: somewhere, there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying,... 'Congratulations on your new location!'"

This guy was driving in a car with a blonde. He told her to stick her head out the window and see if the blinker worked. She stuck her head out and said, 'Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes...'

Must help the wife Smith goes to see his supervisor in the front office. "Boss," he says, "we're doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff."

Swotting Flies A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking a round with a fly swatter. "What are you doing?" she asked. "Hunting flies," He responded. "Oh, killing any?" She asked. "Yep, three males, two females," he replied. Intrigued, she asked, How can you tell? He responded, "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."


A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card,.... "Rest in Peace."

Flashing Indicator

A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave. The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, “Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?” The first man approached him and said, “Sir, I don’t wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I’ve ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?” The mourner took a moment to collect himself, then replied, “My wife’s first husband.”

Things You'll Never Hear A Woman Say What do you mean today's our anniversary? Can we not talk to each other tonight? I'd rather just watch TV. Ohh, this diamond ring is way too big!! And for our honeymoon we're going fishing in Alaska! Aww, don't stop for directions, I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to get there.

Things You'll Never Hear A Man Say Here honey, you use the remote. You know, I'd like to see her again, but her breasts are just too big. Ooh, Antonio Banderas AND Brad Pitt? That's one movie I gotta see! While I'm up, can I get you anything? Honey since we don't have anything else planned, will you go to the wallpaper store with me? Why don't you go to the mall with me and help me pick out a pair of shoes?

Is that phone for me? Tell 'em I'm not here.

Aww, forget Monday night football, Let's watch Melrose Place.

I don't care if it is on sale, 300 dollars is too much for a designer dress.

Hey let me hold your purse while you try that on.

Do you want to go to Heaven? Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

the priest. Then Father Murphy walked up to O'Toole and said, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

The man said, "I do Father." O'Toole said, "No, I don't Father."

"We're short-handed, Smith" the boss replies. "I can't give you the day off."

The priest said, "Then stand over there against the wall." Then the priest asked the second man, "Do you want to got to heaven?"

"Thanks, boss," says Smith "I knew I could count on you!"

"Certainly, Father," was the man's reply. "Then stand over there against the wall," said

The priest said, "I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?" O'Toole said, "Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now."


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to be joking From the London Times: A Well-Planned Retirement

A perfect example of government mismanagement. Outside England’s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, it’s parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were for cars (£1.40) and for buses (about £7.00). Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day off work, he just didn’t show up; so the Zoo Management called the City Council and asked it to send them another parking agent. The Council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the Zoo’s own responsibility. The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee. The City Council responded that the lot attendant has never been on the City payroll. Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain or France or a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own, and then, had simply begun to show up every day, to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about £560 per day – for 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over 7 million pounds... and no one even knows his name!

Latest Technology Three men were sitting naked in a sauna. Suddenly there was a ring tone and the first man pressed his wrist and put it up to his ear, speaking into it. The others looked bemused until he explained that it was the latest cell phone that was so tiny it could be implanted under the skin. Time passed and the second man suddenly pressed his ear lobe and listened intently. He looked around and explained that he was checking his voicemail. The third man was a little put out that he had no gadgets himself so he thought for a moment, then went out of the room. He returned moments later with a piece of toilet paper hanging out of his bottom. He looked around and "Oh look, I've got a fax coming through"!

A grade school teacher was asking students what their parents did for a living. "Tim, you be first," she said. "What does your mother do all day?" Tim stood up and proudly said, "She's a doctor." That's wonderful. How about you, Amie?" Amie shyly stood up, scuffed her feet and said, "My father is a mailman." "Thank you, Amie," said the teacher. "What about your father, Billy?" Billy proudly stood up and announced, "My daddy plays piano in a whorehouse." The teacher was aghast and promptly changed the subject to geography. Later that day she went to Billy's house and rang the bell. Billy's father answered the door. The teacher explained what his son had said and demanded an explanation. Billy's father said, "I'm actually an attorney. How can I explain a thing like that to a seven-year-old?"

The Mexican maid asked for a pay increase. The wife was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the raise. She asked: "Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?" Maria: "Well, Señora, there are tree reasons why I wanna increaze.

Bloke at a horse race whispers to Paddy next to him, "do you want the winner of the next race?" Paddy replies "no tanks, I've only got a small garden." Paddy and Mick found 3 hand grenades and decided to take them to the police station. Mick "What if one explodes before we get there?" Paddy: "We'll lie and say we only found two!" A coach load of paddys on a mystery tour decided to run a sweepstake to guess where they were going..... the driver won £52! Paddy's racing snail is not winning races anymore. So he decided to take it's shell off to reduce it's weight and make him more aerodynamic. It didn't work, if anything it made him more sluggish. Paddy finds a sandwich with two wires stickin out of it. He phones the police and says "Bejesas I've just found a sandwich dat looks like a bomb." The operator asks, "is it tickin?, Paddy says "No I tink it's beef" Joe says to Paddy: "Close your curtains the next time you're making love to your wife. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday." Paddy says: "Well the joke's on them stupid because I wasn't even at home yesterday." Mick walks into Paddy's barn and catches him dancing naked in front of a tractor. Mick says, "Oh, no, Paddy, what ya doing?" Paddy says, "Well me and Mary haven't been getting on in the bedroom lately & the therapist recommended I do something sexy to a tractor." The Irish have solved their own fuel problems. They imported 50 million tonnes of sand from the Arabs and they're going to drill for their own oil.

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A Bit of Irish Humor

Paddy says to Mick - I'm ready for a holiday, only this year I'm going to do it a bit different. 3 years ago I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant. 2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant. Last year I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant." Mick asks - So what are you going to do this year?." Paddy replies, - I'll take her with me!" Paddy says to Mick, "Christmas is on a Friday this year" Mick says "Let's hope it's not the 13th." Paddy's in the bathroom and Murphy shouts to him. "Did you find the shampoo?" Paddy says, "Yes but it's for dry hair and I've just wet mine."

The first is that I iron better than you." Wife: "Who said you iron better than me?" Maria: "Jor huzban he say so." Wife: "Oh yeah?" Maria: "The second reason eez that I am a better cook than you." Wife: "Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me?" Maria: "Jor hozband did

Wife increasingly agitated: "Oh he did did he???" Maria: "The third reason is that I am better at sex than you in the bed." Wife, really boiling now and through gritted teeth."And did my husband say that as well?" Maria: "No, Señora... The gardener did." Wife : "How much do you want?"




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Thinking caps on for this one! Answers in next month’s edition. Across


7. What name was given to ‘an open-roofed entrance hall or

23. Which duo topped the British singles chart in 1992 with

central court in an ancient Roman house’? (6)

the Abba-Esque EP? (7)

8. What name is given to ‘a musical composition of three or

24. Tiziano Vecelli was the real name of which 15th/16th cen-

four movements of contrasting forms’? (6)

tury Italian artist? (6)

10. According to Irish legend what name is given to ‘a female

25. According to Greek mythology, what was the name of the

spirit whose loud cry is believed to be heard when someone

goddess of the moon who fell in love with Endymion? (6)

is going to die’? (7)


11. Which word is an archaic name for a puppy? (5)

1. Which Scottish king came to the throne after killing his

12. Which river rises in Cumbria and flows 80 miles (128 km)

cousin Duncan I in battle? (7)

south-eastwards to the North Sea at Middlesbrough? (4)

2. What was the surname of the actor who won an Oscar for

13. What name is given to ‘a loose overall worn to protect

his role as the Siamese monarch in the 1956 film musical

one’s clothes’ often worn by artists? (5)

The King and I? (7)

17. See 18

3. Which Japanese dish consists of small balls of vinegar-

18/17. Which comedy performer starred with Tim Brooke-

flavoured cold rice served with a garnish of vegetables, egg,

Taylor and Graeme Garden in the television series The

or raw seafood? (5)

Goodies? (4,5)

4. Which city is the county town of Norfolk? (7)

22. Which resort town on the south coast of England near

5. What was the surname of the 19th century American out-

Bournemouth, has a speedway team nicknamed the Pirates?

law brothers Jesse and Frank? (5) 6. In Greek mythology which vicious winged monster was often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman? (5) 9. Which city is the state capital of Iowa? (3,6) 14. What name is given to either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney? (7) 15. Which black viscous mixture of hydrocarbons is used for road surfacing and roofing? (7) 16. Which word can mean both ‘a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal’ and ‘one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track’? (7) 19. What is the surname of the American swimmer who won seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games? (5) 20. What was the name of Harry Corbett’s most famous glove puppet bear? (5) 21. What was the surname of the 20th century French composer best known for his orchestral work Bolero? (5)

Solutions to last month’s crossword Across: 7 Avalon, 8 Zurich, 10 Manatee, 11 Shire, 12 Toad, 13 Titan, 17 Baggy, 18 Page, 22 Alamo, 23 Apricot, 24 Obrien, 25 Sickle.

Down: 1 Mammoth, 2 Gainsay, 3 Booth, 4 Russian, 5 Tibia, 6 Sheep, 9 Leningrad, 14 Samoyed, 15 Pancake, 16 Bentley, 19 Hanoi, 20 Hairy, 21 Mr Big.



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Libra 23 September - 23 October

On the 5th do not push career ideas. The 20th of the month of horoscopes 2012 will be a day on which you find others are likely to see your point of view. On the 23rd you are charming. On the 24th pay particular attention and do not let others manipulate you, especial involving money matters.


Scorpio 24 October - 21 November

Gemini 21 May - 21 June


Sagittarius 22 November - 21 December


Aries 21 March - 19 April Be on the lookout for an argument with friends on the 5th of the month and take all necessary steps to avoid it. On the 22nd you will find that you sparkle and shine! On the 23rd and 24th of the month, you will experience some stellar intuitions.

Taurus 20 April - 20 May

On the 11th of this horoscope´s 2012 month, you will have a tendency to jump to conclusions, which may have subconscious undertones. On the 20th and 22nd creativity is yours. On the 23rd take extra precaution to avoid an argument. On the 30th your intuition is high.

Libras will find that the 5th is a particularly bad day to make purchases as horoscopes 2012 predicts that you will spend too much. On the 9th of the month Libras will sparkle and shine. On the 20th creativity flows. ON the 23rd of the month friends will see your point of view. However, this doesn’t last and on the 24th of the month, it is important to keep your ideas to yourself. On the 5th and 11th, take the necessary means to avoid an argument. On the 10th you sparkle and shine. After the 21st, you will find that travel takes a front seat. Avoid spending on the 23rd or 24th as you may spend too much. On the 2nd of the month during horoscope 2012 take precaution to avoid an argument with your partner. On the 4th you will find that getting out and about with your honey will make for a good time between the two of you. ON the 22nd, talks with your partner will yield good results.



Capricorn 22 December - 19 January


Leo 23 July - 22 August


Aquarius 20 January - 18 February


Virgo 23 August - 22 September

Cancer 22 June - 22 July During the horoscope 2012 month of August, it is important that on the 2nd avoid purchases, as you will spend too much. On the 4th pay attention to dreams as they will hold a special message for you. On the 21st you will experience a burst of energy. On the 29th you will sparkle and shine.

On the 3rd and 4th creativity is yours. Take precaution on the 9th to avoid an argument with friends. On the 23rd and the 24th, new, intuitive ways of doing things work better for you than conventional way. On the 4th, your friends will present an idea. On the 6th, take extra precaution to avoid an argument with your partner. On the 12th you may find that hidden forces work against you. On the 23rd you will experience a boost of energy.

Unbelievable Strange


Facts about the Human Body

Each and every part of human body is unique in itself and so it’s working. So many bones, so many muscles, all work together at right time, at right place. Isn’t it surprising? But it is true too. To know more about these miracles have a look at these strange facts about human body. • Every hour one billion cells in the body must be replaced. • The human eye can differentiate 500 shades of the grey. • Human thighbones are stronger than concrete. • The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9 m). • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. • The average cough comes out of your mouth at 60 miles (96.5 km) per hour. • Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime. • Babies’ eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to


Capricorns must be especially careful of shopping on the 2nd of the month as if they do, they will spend too much money. On the 4th , coupled Sagittarians should get out with their mate and can expect a wonderful time together. On the 22nd, a discussion with your partner will yield good results. Horoscope 2012 warns the Aquarius to avoid impulse buying on the 7th. On the 12th, don’t let your children talk you into overly spending. On the 23rd and 24th you will find an abundance of ideas regarding ways to get things done. All in all, this will be a fairly good month. Make sure to take action.

Pisces 19 February - 20 March Pisces can expect an abundance of dream activity this month. On the 3rd of the month, your creativity levels are high. On the 20th of the month, let your unconscious speak to you and spend time with the pencil and paper. On the 21st of the month fun is more important than ever!

eight weeks old. • Every person has a unique tongue print. • A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph. • Dead cells in the body ultimately go to the kidneys for excretion. • The smile is the most frequently used facial expression. A smile can use anywhere from 5 to 53 facial muscles. • One out of 20 people have an extra rib. • People with darker skin will not wrinkle as fast as people with lighter skin. • Human blood travels 60,000 miles (96,540 km) per day on its journey through the body. • 85% of the population can curl their tongue into a tube. • It takes food seven seconds to go from the mouth to the stomach via the esophagus. • A womens heart beats faster than men. • In one day your heart beats 100,000 times. • Hair is made from the same matter as fingernails. • Each finger and toenail takes six months to grow from base to tip. • A single human blood cell takes only 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body. • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. • The feet account for one quarter of all the human body’s bones. • The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself. • We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening. • Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. • Humans can make do without food longer than sleep. • Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins. • After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.




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ing Don Pueblo, Gran Alacant. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Large Kitchen with Galleria, Secure underground parking, Gas Central Heating, Glazed in Porch, Solarium with stunning views. Viewings absolutely essential. Very large property at reduced price of 190.000 euros. Ref No. K38 Call 627 711 155 Opportunity to purchase at the off plan price of 195.000 euros. Large 4 Bed, 3 Bath Brand new property. Secure underground parking for 2 cars and communal pool. Situated opposite Gran Alacant and over looks projected golf course. Ref No. K52. 627 711 155 2 Bed, 1 Bath Ground floor duplex. Central heating, Grills, Fully furnished, Glazed in Galleria, 2 communal pools, private parking and walking distance to the Gran Alacant commercial centre. Situated in the popular urbanisation of Puerto Marino. Now only 96,500 euros for quick sale Ref No. K46. 627 711 155 Immaculate ground floor Duplex, 2 beds, 2 bath, Private Parking, Situated in Novamar, Gran Alacant. Price includes very tasteful furniture and white goods. Walking distance to all local amenities and beach. Now only 129,750 euros. Ref No K24. 627 711 155 Gran Alacant Detached villa, located in a very sought after location.Situated on a 560m2 S/W facing plot and constructed in 2005. Comprising of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 full baths), Lounge-Diner, fully equipped Kitchen, Porch and Solarium with Alicante & Sea Views. ref.L81. €258,000 neg. Tel. 680333242 Gran Alacant villa located in a very quiet area , situated at the end of a cul-de-sac means there is no through traffic.3 bed, 3 bath, 330m2 plot, established large gardens, working fireplace, solar panel for hot water,private parking, south facing great views, fully furnished, fantastic opportunity. ref. L85. €215,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant Opportunity to purchase a beautiful 3 bedroomed, 3 bathroomed,large kitchen, detached property with roof- top solarium. Well established gardens and drive way for 2 cars, whilst also overlooking the projected 18 hole golf course. Comprising of fitted wardrobes, utility room, air con H/C, alarm system, electric wall heaters, intercom system, fireplace, ceilings fans, 8x7 gazebo, use of 2 large communal pools, immaculate condition with many extras. ref K12. €180,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant bargain, detached villa with pool on 400m2 plot. Briefly comprising of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Lounge Diner, independent kitchen, solarium with views, well maintained gardens. Quiet location yet within walking distance of all amenities. Top quality furniture and appliances included in the price. Extras include, mosquito nets, grills, toldos blinds, built in wardrobes, gas fire, electric heating, ceiling fans, English & Spanish TV, tastefully tiled & graveled garden with irrigation system. ref K43. €229,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant Gem! Fabulous detached Villa, with Alicante sea views to the front and wood land views to the rear, means this immaculate

villa is very private and un-overlooked. Comprising of 2 large bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 bath, large fully equipped kitchen,glazed porch sitting area, solarium, Attractive Pool with cover, well maintained Gardens. Central Heating, Air Con, Ceiling fans, Private Parking, Alarm system, Decorative working Fire Place complete with electric Fire. Outdoor work- shop/storage area, Quality Pergola & BBQ. Constructed in 2006, on plot size of 380m2 and being sold fully furnished including white goods. ref L80. €234,995 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant immaculate villa, 3 bedroomed, 3 bathroomed property maintained to a very high standard inside and out and the interior furnishings are top quality, offering a feeling of luxury and good taste. The plot size is 400m2 and has been beautifully tiles, and graveled and has established palms and plants. Oil fired central heating throughout, log effect fire place, ceiling fans in all rooms, towel heater rails, glazed in shower units, instant hot water, water purifier, free English TV, phone & internet lines, fitted double hanging wardrobes, safe, glazed in front porch, vanity units and much more. The pool is an 8 X 4 m2 salt water pool, meaning maintenance is much easier plus outside toilet and shower. Sea views to front with Greenland views to the rear. ref K51. €245,000 Tel 680333242 Top floor Duplex. Very good price of 108.000 euros for a quick sale. Furnished to a very high standard, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Lounge Diner, Glazed in Porch, Large Roof Top Solarium. Choice of Communal Pools, Private Parking. Walking distance to all amenities and on the First urbanisation as you enter Gran Alacant. Viewing essential. Ref No. K44. Tel. 627 711 155 Beach front Line property, over looks Carabassi Beach, Gran Alacant. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Secure Underground Parking, Fully furnished, Roof Top Solarium. 3 Large Communal Pools, Fantastic communal Gardens, Tennis Courts and much more. 125.000 Euros Ref No. K23. Tel. 627 711 155 Gran Alacant Town House with a difference. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Glazed in Porch, Quiet Location, Extra storage areas, and South Facing Private Pool as well as 2 communal pools. Fully Furnished, All mod cons. Greenland Views and all local amenities close by. Ref. No L79. 179.000 euros 680 333 242 Gran Alacant south-facing, very private villa, with woodland and Alicante views. Situated at the end of a small cul-de-sac which means this villa enjoys a very peaceful location.3 Bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 3 Bathrooms, lounge-diner with working fireplace, fully fitted kitchen with including white goods, large front porch, solarium,workshop and storage in under build, central heating, air con H/C, ceiling fans, grills, UK T.V, off road parking and plenty of outside parking also. Due to its orientation of this property enjoys full sun, all day, something very important in the winter months. Ref.K24. €237,000 Tel 680333242

Ref: 513, €115,000. Two bedroom ground floor apartment, in Aguas Nuevas, close to all amenities including the beach. It has a good size lounge, kitchen and has off road parking facilities. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Gran Alacant detached villa with converted under build and pool. Comprising of 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Lounge- Diner, Front Porch, Large Solarium, decoratively tiled, Irrigated Garden. BBQ and Log Storage Cupboard. Raised walls for Privacy. Also many extras, toldos blinds, freshly decorated interior, Grills, Mosquito Nets, Air Con H/C, Ceiling Fans, Log Burner Fire, Electric Radiators, Heated Towel Rails, Alarmed, Phone Line, Satellite UK TV, private parking. Plot size 310m2 under build 100m2. price includes all furniture.The under build consists of 2 beds, lounge, kit/utility room. ref L79. €250,000 Tel. 680333242 Gran Alacant beautiful detached villa with very large pool and within walking distance to the Gran Alacant Commercial Centre. This villa comprised of 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, lounge-diner, Independent kitchen, roof top storage, solarium, porch & terrace. Large private pool, BBQ area, established gardens and private terraces, Private Parking, Solarium with Views to Alicante. 450m2 plot, fully furnished including white goods. Located in very quiet desirable road. ref.L96. €255,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant large detached villa with 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge-diner, fully equipped kitchen, large porch, roof top solarium, 400 m2 Plot, with established low maintenance very private gardens with irrigation system, electronic gates, private parking, outside wc, sink & shower, terraces, air con ( h & c ), mosquito nets, grills, alarmed, large spa pool with separate Jacuzzi section. Within easy walking distance to Gran Alacant commercial centre and close to local bus and tram route. Ref K33. €260,000 neg Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant limited edition villa, not very often available on the market. Only a few of this type were ever constructed- Very large 5 bedrooms, 4 bathroom(2 en-suit) property, situated on a large corner plot with a 10 x 5 private pool and private parking. Lounge-diner with working fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with utility room. Large landing area, leading onto solarium, with extra storage external room. Front porch area leading into large well established gardens with irrigation system and fruit trees. Being sold fully furnished. Within walking distance to Gran Alacant commercial centre and 5 minute drive to Carabassi beaches. ref. K11. €270,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant Limited edition bungalow. Only six of this type available in Gran Alacant. Constructed in 2003 and immaculately maintained on a large plot size of 500m2 with a 10 x 5 pool.Comprising of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge-diner leading out onto front porch, independent kitchen including white goods, outside galleria, court yard, large garage with electric door, roof top solarium and private




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parking. Also built in wardrobes, Toldos blinds, air con H/C, security grills, alarm, security doors, bathrooms heaters, outside toilet, outdoor lighting, irrigation system, attractive and well kept gardens, beautifully tiled inside and out, fire place, English TV, phone line. Being sold with top quality furniture. ref L95. €275,000 Tel 680333242 Balsares is opposite Gran Alacant where the proposed golf course is now being started so this property will virtually be on the golf course, it is an investment not to be missed. The property is on a small gated urbanisation of 18 houses with private underground parking for 2 cars and direct access to the house, communal pool and toilets/changing rooms etc. The house is brand new and consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lounge with working fire place, large kitchen 12 m2, large galleria/ utility room, bedroom balcony and front tiled terrace. This property also has a converted under build for an extra lounge or bedroom. ref K52 € 198,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, corner property in Don Pueblo with no expense spared, comprising of 3 double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 decoratively tiled bathrooms, very large independent kitchen with galleria. Included in the price are all kitchen appliances such as large fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave to name just a few. There is a huge lounge complete with chimney, plus large fully transformed under build,and small workshop. Front and rear private garden area, secure underground garage, tennis courts, football pitch and communal pools. Ref. K14 €209,00 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, Situated on the very first urbanisation as you enter Gran Alacant, this 2nd floor duplex offers taste and quality. Comprising of 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, lounge-diner, independent kitchen, full roof-top solarium with su-

perb views and recently glazed in porch offering extra living area as well as extra privacy as the glass is mirrored. Ref.K44 €108,000 Tel 680333242 Viva Villa and Vacation Services are pleased to offer property sales for the Torrevieja and Oriheula areas of the Costa Blanca, Spain. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 or Visit : Ref: 521, €105,000. This comfortable bungalow is located in San Luis with a new roof and solarium tiles. It is close to supermarkets, bars, restaurants and is on the local bus route. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 520, €85,000. Two bedroom apartment in Dream Hills, with a fully equipped kitchen, large lounge, glazed-in terrace and a large solarium. This property comes with a large communal swimming pool. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 516, €39,999. Studio apartment in San Luis, close to amenities. Open plan fully equipped kitchen. Good sized lounge, bedroom and out onto balcony which has been glazed to create another room. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 510, €79,999. Bungalow located in San Luis. It is close to the supermarkets, bars and restaurants and is on the local bus route. An Opel Corsa car is included in this sale. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: KP3100, €198,000. Three bedroom, two bathroom detached villa, located in San Luis, on a 450sqm plot, with communal pool. Garage to side of house. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 78, €120,000. Three bedroom Quad in Jardin Del Mar VII. There is off-road parking and small storage shed in the enclosed garden area, communal pool nearby. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 709, €60,000 A lovely 1 bedroom apart-

ment in Aguas Nuevas, within a 5 minute walk of the beach. There is a terrace outside with views to the sea. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref. 526, €49,900. A lovely bright 1 bedroom apartment in the area of Torreblanca.There is a large communal pool and well maintained gardens, with tennis courts and childrens play area. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref 532: 3 Bedroom Detached villa Located on the edge of a small spanish village with 3,800 sqm of landscaped gardents, Private Pool, Bargain €180,000 Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397


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