Page 1

TM

From Alicante to the Mar Menor and all points inbetween!

We wish all our readers and advertisers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! ...oh, and HO HO HO, etc!

December 2012 - Edition 102

FREE - GRATIS


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Inside this month’s magazine Celebrating Christmas How countries across Europe celebrate Christmas p4

Legal Jargon How to set up a business in Spain p6

Brain Training Give your brain a workout! p8

TM

Health How to survive Christmas p10

Heidis Highs and Lows of 2012 p14

Food Fix Christmas recipes p16

Have you got a story? Why not share it with us, or just tell us what you think Call 965 99 66 66 or email office@thejungledrums.es

Celebrating the 60’s! We take a look at the 60’s p19

Out and About Sierra Nevada

p20

Also in this issue Inspekta Gadget - p12 Gardening - p18 Movies and Books - p22 Christmas Gifts - p24 Motoring - p26

Advertise in Jungle Drums For great rates and quality advertising, call one of our sales reps today! Call 965 99 66 66 or email sales@thejungledrums.es We offer a FREE design service.

The deadline for submitting adverts is the 18th of every month. Published by:

Disclaimer The Jungle Drums, its publishers, members of staff and its agents do not accept responsibility for claims by advertisers nor can it be held responsible for any errors in advertisements which are reproduced from poor artwork, low quality electronic data or inadequate instructions for text or other layout features. Further no responsibility is accepted for any loss or damage caused by an error, inaccuracy or non-appearance of any advertisement, although all advertisements produced are checked prior to insertion. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for more than ONE incorrect insertion and that no re-publication will be granted in the case of typographical or minor changes which do not affect the value of the advertisement. E&OE NO PART OF THIS MAGAZINE MAY BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE PUBLISHERS. Published by TKO Media & Entertainment S.L.U, CIF:B53825998

A right roaring read!

PAGE

2


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

cElEbrAting

Christmas Across EuropE

By Heidi Wardman

Christmastime is celebrated in some form in countries across the globe, with most families having their own twist on how they spend their festive season, from when they open their presents, to what they have to eat. Here is a brief run down of some of the customs which are observed in different parts of Europe. The Magi are particularly sacred in Spain, and in light of the long distance which they travelled to honour the baby Jesus with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, are considered as the “gift bearers”. Therefore, in the majority of traditional Spanish households children receive their presents on the feast of the Epiphany, which falls on January 6. However, Christmas in its entirety remains a deeply religious holiday in Spain, whose celebrations start as early as December 8 with the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is, as in many other countries, considered a time for families, and so children lie at the centre of any plans that are made, which generally involve plenty of food, drink, song, dance, and eventually the exchanging of gifts. The Nativity, or Belen, is a very important element in the Spanish Christmas, and replicated in the plazas of many towns and cities throughout the country from the eve of the Immaculate Conception through to Kings Day, ‘El Dia de los Reyes’, with some of the most elaborate ones locally being found in Orihuela, Torrevieja and Guardamar. Schools will usually organize a visit to the Nativity, and many children also go in the evening with their families, where they meet with friends to sing carols and share popcorn and roasted chestnuts. Groups of children will also go Carol Singing, called “Aguinaldo”,

Spain

As in Spain, the Nativity scene plays a large part in Christmastime in France, with a crib containing clay figures often used to decorate the house. Aside from the traditional figures form the Christmas story, the Nativity will often include important characters from the town, such as a Butcher, a Baker, a Policeman and a Priest. Yule logs made from cherry wood and splashed with red wine are often carried into the house on Christmas Eve. These are then burned to cast a warm glow and make the house smell nice, and are often left smouldering all night, alongside of a selection of food and drinks as an offering to Mary and Joseph. In French, the words for Merry Christmas are “Joyeux Noël” and Santa Claus is “Père Noël”. The main Christmas supper or “Réveillon” is enjoyed very late on Christmas Eve, once people have returned from midnight mass. A variety of foods might be eaten, including roast

France

PAGE

4

in their neighbourhoods, particularly in smaller rural towns and villages, in exchange for sweets or a few coins which they might pool to purchase treats later. These are all exciting events for the youngsters, as a significant sign that Christmas is just around the corner. On 5th January, the eve of Epiphany, families gather in town squares all over the Hispanic world, to celebrate the coming of the Kings, with elaborate firework displays and processions. Hundreds of brightly coloured helium balloons are sold, to which children are encouraged to tie their letters to the Kings. These are then released into the sky and sent on their way to the approaching Magi. The children then retire to bed, but not before lining their shoes with straw and placing them in a visible spot in the house or on their balcony, which Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar will fill with gifts during the night (provided that they have been good throughout the year of course!) The celebrations conclude on El Dia de los Reyes, with yet more feasting, which usually involves a lavish feast; and ‘Rosca’ for dessert, a round cake which always has a small prize baked inside, and is said to bring luck to the person who finds it in their slice. In effect, kids in Spain enjoy two major celebrations during the Christmas period, which luckily for them, and in accordance with Spanish tradition, just goes on and on!

goose, turkey and chestnuts, venison, oysters, lobster and cheeses. Dessert often consists of a chocolate sponge log called a “bûche de Noël.” In certain parts of France, it is traditional for a spread of thirteen different desserts to be eaten, which might include all kinds of nuts, fruits and pastries. As in Spain, Epiphany or “Fête des Rois” is widely celebrated in France, on 6 January. As part of their celebrations, families often enjoy an almond flavoured cake called a “Galette des Rois”, which is decorated with a golden paper crown, whilst a toy one is also baked inside.

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

In Italy, the crib is once again an important symbol of Christmas time and was made popular by St Francis of Assisi in 1223. The city of Naples is known throughout the world for its crib making traditions, with the first crib sighting being recorded within the city in 1025. Naples is also home to the biggest crib in the world, which has over 600 objects in it, including the traditional Nativity figurines, and models of houses, waterfalls, food, animals, famous people and politicians. In Italian homes, the crib is traditionally mounted on December 8, although baby Jesus is not placed inside until Christmas Eve.

During the days leading up to Christmas, children dress up in shepherd’s clothing, and go out singing songs and playing music on oldfashioned shepherd’s pipes. On Christmas Eve, families get together for their main meal after midnight mass. The meal often includes a traditional fruity sponge cake called “Panettone”. The family then welcome in Christmas Day together and wish each other “Buon Natale”. “Babbo Natale” (Santa Claus) visits once the children have gone to bed, although the bulk of their presents are exchanged during Epiphany. During the night of January 5, children believe that an old lady called “Befana” visits their homes to lay gifts for them- a similar tale to that of “Babouska” in Russia.

Advent plays a large part of the traditional German Christmas, and people often buy several different calendars to decorate their homes. These are available in a plethora of designs, and might include a wreath with 24 boxes hanging from it, each containing a small gift; or an “Advent Kranz”, which comprises a ring of fir branches bearing four candles. One candle is lit at the beginning of each week of advent. Germany is famous for its Christmas markets, where all manner of homemade food, drink, decorations, arts and crafts can be purchased, and are usually given as gifts. In some parts of Germany, children write to the “Christkind” or “Christ Child”, giving them a list of presents which they are hoping to receive, as children in the UK do to Santa. The envelope is usually decorated with sugar to make it sparkle, and the letter is left on a window sill for

the Christkind to collect around the beginning of advent. Der Weihnachtsmann brings the bulk of the presents on Christmas Eve, although some smaller gifts such as sweets and chocolate are also exchanged on December 6, which marks “der Nikolaus” or St. Nicholas' Day. Nikolaus is said to visit during the night, when he places the gifts inside the children’s shoes. Christmas Trees are a prominent feature within the home, dating back to the middle ages. The tree was traditionally brought into the house on Christmas Eve, and the parents would decorate it in secret. Later the family would gather around it to read bible stories and sing Christmas songs such as O Tannenbaum, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet and Stille Nacht or Slient Night. It is at this time when they also exchange gifts. In German, the words for Merry Christmas are “Frohe Weihnacht.” Christmas dinner usually consists of a feast of Carp or Goose, with popular fruited yeast bread, stollen to follow.

One of the biggest celebrations of the festive season in Sweden is St. Lucia's Day, which falls on December 13. She was said to be a young Christian girl who became a martyr when she was killed for her beliefs in 304AD. Legend has it that St Lucia would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians of Rome, who lived in hiding, and she would wear candles on her head, leaving both hands free so that she could carry more food. A popular food eaten for breakfast during the celebration is “Lussekatts”, small currant buns flavoured with saffron. St Lucia's Day is also celebrated in Denmark, Norway, Finland, Bosnia, and Croatia. Christmas Eve is also an important event in Sweden, when presents are exchanged and the feasting takes place! And it certainly is a feast! The meal often com-

prises of a lavish buffet or “julbord” which is eaten in courses. The first course usually includes cold fish such as herring or smoked salmon, and is served with bread and butter. This is followed by a platter of cold meats including roast turkey, beef and ham. These are accompanied by a variety of cheeses, liver pate, salads, pickles and different types of bread and butter. Next is the main course! This often includes meatballs, sausages, “koldomar” (meat stuffed cabbage rolls), jellied pigs' feet, “lutfisk” (a dried cod served with a thick white sauce) and roasted pork ribs. Traditional accompaniments include red cabbage and “Janssons Frestelse” which is a dish of potatoes layered with cream, onion and anchovies that is baked until golden brown. Astonishingly after all of that, the diners usually still have room for dessert, which might include rice pudding flavoured with raspberry jam or cinnamon or a selection of sweet pastries and biscuits. The meal is washed down with plenty of sweet mulled wine, and can take many hours to complete- hardly surprising!

Italy

Germany

5

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

Sweden


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Legal Jargon

Sponsored by Professional Business Support Telf: 966 923 963

Made Simple

How to Start up a Business in Spain To set up your own company in Spain can be a long, complicated and daunting task, especially if you do not know the legal system or how to confront the peculiar Spanish bureaucracy. You will need the advice of a Accountancy Company. Professional Business Support (PBS) can guide you step by step through the necessary steps. The future of the whole business does not only depend on the internal factors (the business concept, management, etc.) but also in highly on the external (and uncontrollable) factors such as the legal system and the Spanish bureaucracy. Below you can find a detailed guide about how to set up a limited company, information about legal and fiscal aspects and about finding the right location to set up the business.

Business Ownership Options in Spain In Spain there exists a number of different ways, for one to start doing business. Below you can find a short introduction to the main types of business forms available in Spain. You can also find information about owning a company in Spain as non-EU citizens and getting a work permit to work in Spain.

Different Business Formats in Spain Self-Employed The simplest form to do business in Spain is to work as self employed (Autónomo). This form is frequently used by people who provide services like a taxi driver, lawyer or plumber. The paper work involved with starting as self-employed and the ongoing declarations are simpler compared to a company, but there are a number of disadvantages. First of all, if you are self-employed you will be personally liable for all the services provided and your personal belongings can be reached by your creditors. Furthermore, there are a number of fiscal disadvantages if you have high earnings. Limited Company The limited company (SL or Sociedad Limitada) is the most common form to start a business in Spain. To start a limited company you will only need 3,005 Eur as initial backing capital and the company can be formed with one or more owners on a percentage / shares basis. A limited company can be recommended for all small and medium sized businesses. The liability of the owners is limited to the initial capital of the company and this form also requires a more simple form of accounting compared to a corporation (see below). Corporation The corporation (Sociedad Anónima or S.A.) is normally used when big companies want to settle in Spain or for bigger projects. The initial capital needed to form an S.A. is 60,000Eur. The liability of the owners is limited to the initial capital but there are number of requirements an S.A. has to follow. Each corporation must have a Board of Directors ("Consejo de Administración"), and must hold a Shareholders' General Meeting ("Junta General de Accionistas") and furthermore there are some strict accounting requirements. The S.A. has some tax advantages for high earnings and if you want to sell shares publicly this is the best option available. Partnerships / Co-ownership The main characteristics of the partnership (Comunidad de Bienes or

C.B) are the personal and unlimited liability of each partner, and the fact that a partnership may not be offered to third parties without the agreement of all partners.

Spanish Branch of your existing Company Setting up a branch is an option for foreign companies who want representation in Spain. A branch is an organisation depending on its head office situated abroad and is not a legal entity of its own. To set up a branch is normally faster than setting up a new company but it still has to be done through a public deed and entered in the Commercial Register. There are some requirements to a branch like having a permanent address and a fiscal representative in Spain. As to the yearly accounting and obligations they are very similar to those for a limited company. Here is a detailed guide about how to set up a limited company (Sociedad Limitada) in Spain. To set up an S.L. you have to follow the steps below. Remember to always bring all your papers and your identification (+ at least 5 copies) to all the meetings you have with different Spanish institutions: 1. Apply for company name. (Certificación Negativa del Nombre or CNN). Seek professional advice with regards to opening licences. 2. Deposit 3005€ initial capital in the company name, into a bank account opened in the company's name and obtain certificate. 3. Apply for temporary CIF number (fiscal identification number). 4. Prepare statutes and activity declaration to sign along with company formation title deeds at the notary office. Company formation tax (1% of initial capital) is now due. 5. Register the company formation escritura at the Registro Mercantil (similar to Companies House.) 6. Declare start of business and sign up with the Social Security. Depending on the type of business, different forms and/or different inscriptions are necessary. Obtain definitive CIF number. 7. The company can start to operate as soon as you have received all the necessary licences. Pro Business Support can help you with every step along the way, and can provide a full accountancy service in the future.

PAGE

6

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

7 2


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Brain Training Riddles

Optical Illusions

1. A farmer has 17 sheep all but 9 die. How many are alive? 2. I'm as big as an elephant, but lighter than a feather. What am I? 3. For some I go fast, for others I'm slow. To most people, I'm an obsession relying on me is a well practiced lesson. What am I? 4. A blue house is made of blue bricks. A yellow house is made of yellow bricks. A red house is made of red bricks. An orange house is made of orange bricks. What would a green house be made of? 5. A man was going to buy a â‚Ź5000 car, but he didn't pay a penny for the car, how is this possible? 6. What has roots as nobody sees. Is taller than trees. Up, up it goes. And yet never grows? 7. In the NBA, how many men are on the basketball court for each team? 8. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? 9. What can be heard and caught but never seen? 10. They have not flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bone. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they? 11. This old one runs forever, but never moves at all. He has not lungs nor throat, but still a mighty roaring call. What is it? 12. What can go up a chimney down, but cannot go down a chimney up? 13. When they are caught, they are thrown away. When they escape, you itch all day. What are they? 14. You hear it speak, for it has a hard tongue. But it cannot breathe, for it has not a lung. What is it? 15. How high would you have to count before you would use the letter A in the English language spelling of a whole number.

How many legs does this elephant have?

A beautiful vase, or two faces?

Riddle Answers: 1. 9, 2. The Wind, 3. Time, 4. Glass, 5. He payed â‚Ź5000, 6. A Mountain, 7. 5, 8. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 9. A Remark, 10. Gloves, 11. A Waterfall, 12. An Umbrella, 13. Fleas, 14. A Bell, 15. One Thousand

8 PAGE

A lady or a musician?

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Guess

The

Artist

Music Facts From

He was born at 507 Archway Road, Highgate, North London, the youngest of the five children.

2003

An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down became his first solo album in 1969 In the UK, he has had six consecutive number one albums, and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. In May 2000, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent surgery in the same month.

Have You Guessed Who He Is?

Name hat Tune T

1. “Th is is the en d, Ho ld yo ur bre ath An d co un t to ten ” 2. “An d wh en you kno w the thi ng s you wa nt to kno w, Yo u’r e sm ilin g” 3. “Fr om thi s da y on , No w an d for ev er mo re. Yo u'll be in my he art ” 4. “Outside the dawn is bre aking, But inside in the dark I'm aching to be free!” 5. “Tw en ty- fou r ye ars jus t wa itin g for a ch an ce , To tel l he r ho w I fee l, an d ma yb e ge t a se co nd gla nc e”

1. Paul McCartney kicked off the UK leg of his 'Back In The World Tour'. The set included 22 Beatles songs. 2. Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. 3. The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies combined for a Digital Download day. 4. Lee Ryan from Blue was arrested whilst driving a Porsche around central London and was charged with drink driving. 5. Madame Tussauds opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork of judge Simon Cowell.

Now Then n T e h e n h T Now Now

ger selves?

3

4

F

Meat loaf

Gary Barlow

Engelbert Humperdinck

Enrique Iglesias

Eminem

2

E

6

5

9 2

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

1

C

B

D

Answers: A-5, B-4, C-6, D-2, E-3, F-1

A

Donny Osmond

rs to their youn ge sin e es th ch at m u yo Can


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Top Tips on How to Survive Christmas by Heidi Wardman

Whilst Christmas is traditionally a time for celebration, it can also bring a selection of less pleasant side effects, many of which are self-inflicted, others are inadvertently (or otherwise) imposed by our nearest and dearest. So take a look at the Jungle Drums Christmas survival guide on how to tackle your yuletide health issues.

1. Hangovers With Christmas parties and other festive celebrations coming out of your ears, you will often find yourself drinking more alcohol than normal, and unfortunately, more than you can handle! Obviously the best way to avoid a hangover is don’t drink, but if the thought of this puts a dampener on your plans then its best to try some damage limitation strategies instead. The most effective way to defuse your hangover is to drink lots of water, before, during and after the event. This will not only rehydrate the body but also help to flush the alcohol through the system. Eating lots of protein rich foods, such as meat, cheese and pulses, or starchy foods such as potatoes and bread, as they take a long time to digest and will serve to soak up the demon drink. Eating a full English breakfast on the morning after has been widely saluted as a hangover saviour, as have cheese and beans on toast, Burger King takeaways, and the classic hair of the dog. And if all avenues have been exhausted, its time to reach for the Nurofen and disappear back under the duvet!

ganising parties and entertaining guests, as well as all the normal day to day chores- you can start to feel, and look, like your burning the candle at both ends. Unfortunately, the lack of sleep and added stress factors can have a particularly bad effect on your hair and skin, at a time when you really want to be looking your best. So be sure to allocate some “me time” in your hectic schedule, and stock up on all of your favourite beauty products, such as conditioning hair treatments, eye creams, facial masks and scrubs. A course of multi-vitamins and minerals will also help to keep you bright-eyed and energised. Finally, when the bulk of the running around is done, book yourself in for a facial, and get your hair and nails done while you’re there- why not, you’ve earned it!

3. Tummy Ache Over-indulgence can leave us feeling bloated and un-

2. Hair and Beauty Nightmares With all the additional rushing around required in preparation for Christmas- buying presents, or-

Health Benefits

1. Get Your Protein There are about 32g of protein in a 4-oz. serving of turkey, making it a very good source of these essential amino acids. Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein. Eat a turkey sandwich for lunch and you'll almost have your daily protein covered. Its protein content makes turkey a healthy meat choice. 2. Protect Yourself From Cancer A little-known health benefit of turkey is that it con-

tains trace minerals thought to aid in cancer prevention. Turkey contains selenium, which is essential for the healthy function of the thyroid and immune system. Selenium also has an essential role to play in your antioxidant defense system, helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals in the body. 3. Get Your B Vitamins Turkey is considered a good source of vitamins B3 and B6, rated because of the density of these vitamins in the meat. A serving of turkey meat has 36 percent of the daily

PAGE

10

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

comfortable, and although we can see it coming, the fact that its Christmas means that we tend to just ignore the symptoms and carry on piling up our plates! Normally the pain will ease if you limit your food intake for a few days and let the digestive system get over the shock. However, if the pain is severe, persistent or combined with a high temperature, then it is best to seek medical advice.

4. Chest Pain This goes hand-in-hand with the stomach troubles, and is a classic symptom of over- eating. However, it can also be the warning sign of a heart attack, which is not uncommon with the additional stresses brought about around Christmastime. If it feels like someone is applying intense pressure to your chest and other symptoms such as breathing difficulties, nausea, sweating or pain that spreads to your arms, are also being felt then, do not hesitate in calling for assistance. It is probably nothing, but better to be safe and make it to 2013 than dismiss the signals.

5. Food Poisoning The hectic social calendar and increased pressures of entertaining guests can result in us being less vigilant over food hygiene practises. Whether you are preparing Christmas Dinner, a festive finger buffet or warming up the leftovers the following day, ensure that everything is cooked through properly, particularly meat and poultry, and that food which is reheated is piping hot. All foods should be properly stored also, so be sure to leave plenty of room in the fridge if entertaining guests! If you do get a bout of Spanish tummy, remember to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, and eat foods that are easy to digest but will keep your strength up, such as soup, rice and bread.

6. Cold and Flu Naturally we are always more prone to colds and flu during the winter months, and with more time being spent socialising, we are even more likely to catch them or pass them on at Christmas. So to avoid being laid up in bed during the festivities, make sure you brush up on your cough and cold etiquette. Use disposable tissues as opposed to hankies, which can be thrown away after one single use to avoid spreading germs, and wash hands frequently if coughing and sneezing. If you are unfortunate enough to catch a cold, make sure you wrap up warm, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Symptoms such as high temperature can also be relived by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen.

7. Sad Memories As a time when families traditionally come together to celebrate, Christmas’ gone by can hold a lot of memories, some good, some not so good and the whole thing can leave us feeling quite emotional. Thoughts of loved ones are more prominent at Christmastime, whether it is a painful relationship breakup or death in the family that is playing on our minds. This can be particularly difficult if the loss happened recently and this is the first Christmas spent apart. But now is the time to remember what Christmas is all about, and look to family and friends for support and companionship. Do whatever you can to

keep your mind off things and if you do start to feel the Christmas blues coming on, make sure you give them a call and make arrangements to meet up- you know they will be more than happy to see you.

8. Depression People are generally more prone to feeling fed up during this time of year, due to the shorter daylight hours and change in the weather. There are also the added stresses relating to Christmas, not only feelings of loneliness and the loss of loved ones, but also anxiety relating to financial constraints. We are all aware that Christmas can be an expensive time, especially for families with children living at home, who are looking forward to receiving presents and doing lots of fun things during the holidays. Try not to get too worked up about it, as if you don’t have the cash to spare you have no option but to enjoy the festivities on a budget. Purchase a variety of smaller, inexpensive gifts for the children to open, as opposed to a large expensive one- as long as they have something with their name on it under the tree on Christmas morning they will be happy. Finally, remember that it is only one day and you deserve to enjoy it as well!

9. Boredom In spite of Christmas being the most exciting time of year for kids, it can be difficult to keep them, and you, entertained, especially when Christmas day is over and you are experiencing the lull before the New Year. Having so much spare time on your hands can feel even more alien if you have spent the last month running yourself ragged preparing for the festive season. Just bear in mind that you only have a short break before its back to business as usual, and we nearly all have a list of things that we have been meaning to get round to for months but never found the time, such as having a good clear out or visiting friends that we haven’t seen for a while. So now is the perfect time to get on it- it might not be the most appealing task in the world, but it will stop the boredom from setting in. Plus, with the weather in Spain generally being pleasant over the festive period you can find plenty of inexpensive ways to entertain the kids, such as visits to the beach, park, even a long walk will help to beat the blues and get them out from under your feet!

10. Unwanted Pressies! Finally, Christmas would not be the same if you didn’t receive at least a couple of presents which make you wonder if the sender actually knows you at all! Many a time have I unwrapped something and wondered “Does she REALLY think that I would wear that?” Not to mention the normal offerings of socks, smellies and another garish jumper from Grandma… But before you roll your eyes and cast it aside in disgust, remember that it is the thought that counts and there is a recession on! The good news is that there are plenty of charity shops who will be extremely grateful of your unwanted gifts, so you can do a good turn without offending anyone- your secret is safe with us! So there you have it. With all of this in mind you should now be armed and ready to tackle the festive onslaught, and have a very Merry Christmas!

of Turkey

allowance of B3 and 27 percent of your recommended intake of B6.

4. Benefit From Less Saturated Fat Saturated fat is necessary for biological functions, hormone production, padding for organs and energy. While saturated fat is necessary for a healthy body, most moderately-active people need to avoid overindulging. Turkey has under 12 percent of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat per 4-oz. serving.

5. Choose Organic, Pasture-Based Turkey Grass-fed turkey raised under organic conditions convey the most health benefits. They offer higher nutrition and are superior to birds given antibiotics or raised without access to natural pasture. Consider looking for a local, grass-based poultry farm when shopping for organic turkeys.

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

11


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

all the newsest gadgets and gizmos are right here! USB Rechargeable AA Batteries Like a normal battery, the USBCELL can be used in any device that requires AA batteries: digital cameras, wireless mice or game controllers. It can be charged over and over to reuse. All you need is a USB port, flip off the cell's cap and plug it in to recharge.

Dancing cat speaker This hilarious Dancing Cat Speaker not only plays your music, it dances to it too! Simply connect it to your chosen audio player using the cable provided and watch it bop about in time to the music being played! What's more, it comes with a choice of two function modes, 'Dance' and 'Speaker'. €45.15

iwantoneofthose.com

Golf Ball finding glasses There's nothing worse than foraging for golf balls that have ended up in the rough. These amazing Golf Ball Finding Glasses will help you locate those stray balls. Just pop them on and the blue lenses will illuminate everything white, so finding them will be quick and easy. €12.89

€12.89

iwantoneofthose.com

pac-man heat changing mug Celebrate Pac-Man's 30th anniversary with this Heat Changing Mug. If you love Pac-Man and you love tea then this is the mug you've been waiting for. Simply add hot water and watch as the Pac-Man characters magically appear in their classic maze. Sadly, you can't make the little chap run around and chomp on the dots like in the actual game, but then again, the actual game can't hold your cup of tea without causing a major electrical problem. €9.05

iwantoneofthose.com

iwantoneofthose.com

mini dv camera The Mini DV Camera is one of the smallest video cameras on the market. It's a fully functioning digital video camera, and is probably only the size of your thumb. Perfect for undercover surveillance, and just as great to muck around with when you're out and about, it's discreet, lightweight, wireless and really easy to use. It records both audio and video in AVI files and saves them to a micro SD card, giving you a maximum capacity of 8GB. €34.19

iwantoneofthose.com

meon light-up bike fx Kit your bike out in futuristic lights with this set of three different Meon Light-up Bike FX. The Light Striper gives you seven feet of bright neon-style wire that wraps around the frame of your bike and lights-up to give it a futuristic look. You can use it to create a solid light or make multiple blinking patterns to ensure your bike stands out from the crowd. The ultra-bright computercontrolled LEDs flash on and off to create a 12 different images and patterns. €19.35

iwantoneofthose.com

PAGE

12

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

13


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Heidi’s Highs and Lows of 2012

With Europe still struggling to survive the crisis, the past twelve months have proven difficult for many. However, it has not all been doom and gloom, when you consider the Royal celebrations and outstanding sporting successes that kept us glued to our TV screens through the summer. Here is a selection of some of the most important events of 2012.

Highs

La Zenia Boulevard

The Olympic Games

Laughing in the face of the crisis, this autumn saw the grand opening of what is now the largest Shopping and Leisure Centre in the Alicante Province. Spanning an area of 161 000 square meters and with a Gross Leasable Area (GLA) of 80 000 sq. metres, the centre benefit from an investment in excess of 200 million euros, and has created more than 1 800 direct jobs for people living throughout the area. La Zenia Boulevard has become home to a plethora or national and international retail chains, including hypermarket Alcampo, Media Markt, Leroy Merlin, Decathlon, Norauto, Conforama, Primark, Inditex incorporating Zara and its other brands, H&M, Guess, Geox, Swarovski, Punt Roma, Druni, Marvimundo and Baby Center; as well as famous eateries Subway, Foster’s Hollywood and Burger King a Casino and ten-pin bowling alley. Construction of the mall has also encouraged major improvements made to local roads, making access really simple, and with 5 000 free parking places you will never have to hunt for spaces. So whilst shopping may not be everybody’s cup of tea, the inauguration of this awesome Mall has to be one of the highs of 2012 for the local area.

Diamond Jubilee 2012 marked the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and 60 years since her accession to the throne. She became Queen on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI, and reigns over 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign. Incidentally, Queen Victoria is the only other monarch in the histories of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a few other members of the Commonwealth to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee, in 1897. This makes the Queen pretty special in my book, and I hope that she reigns over us for many years to come.

European Football Championship Spain 4 : 0 Italy – Need I say more? “Euro 2012”, was the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA. The tournament was hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine, kicking off on June 8 through to the dramatic final on July 1. “La Furia Roja” not only knocked their Italian opponents into touch, but made history by becoming the European champions for the second year running. Needless to say, some serious celebrating was done throughout the country on that night, which will not only go down as one of the highlights of the year, but a significant mark in Spain’s footballing history.

The 2012 Summer Olympics, or “London 2012”, took the UK by storm, and whether a sports fan or not, it was almost impossible not to get drawn into the euphoria surrounding the event. The event continued from July 27 to August 12 and more than 10 000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees flocked to London to take part. The entire event received international acclaim, and with a global investment of £8.921bn and construction of the 200-hectare (490 acre) Olympic Park, it’s hardly surprising! Even the elaborate opening ceremony, which was directed by Danny Boyle, received global acclaim. London 2012 also made Olympic history, when Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes, and women's boxing was included for the first time.

Rugby Triumph at Twickenham England 38-21 New Zealand England’s Rugby squad celebrated one of their most amazing victories to date, when they destroyed world champions, the New Zealand All Blacks. The Kiwis had remained undefeated for 20 matches until December 1, when they met their match at Twickenham. England dominated the match from the outset, with all of the players proving their form. The result gave England their first win over the All Blacks in nine years and only their seventh in history. A fairly satisfying end to the year for the lads we think!

Kate and Wills: Expecting We learned at the beginning of this month, that the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby. Unfortunately, the lovely wife of the future monarch had a difficult start to her pregnancy and had to be admitted to King Edward VII hospital for hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. However, this did not prevent Kate and William fans across the world sending their excited best wishes to the happy couple. The royal baby will become the third in line to the throne after his Grandfather, Prince Charles and Dad, Prince William. Families of both parents are reported to be delighted by the news and all in agreement that they will make wonderful parents.

PAGE

14

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Lows Economic Crisis

Hillsborough Investigation

The flailing economy, rising unemployment levels and social exclusion have concerned many families throughout Europe, with Spain in particular suffering the brunt of the side affects. Although certain industries have seen slight improvements, such as an increase in tourism, progress has been slow with many small businesses being forced to close, and even some major national firms going into liquidation. One of the most shocking closures came in January, when it was announced that Spanair had collapsed without warning, leaving some 23 000 passengers stranded or scrambling to reschedule flights. The latest statistics released from Eurostat, show that the number of people within the European Union (EU), who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion is still on the rise as we go into 2013.

The notorious Hillsborough disaster took place in 1989, when football fans were crushed during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs. The tragedy struck at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, where the stampede of people resulted in the deaths of 96 fans and injuries to 766 others. The incident was recorded as the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world's worst football disasters. The enquiry behind how the stadium became so overcrowded continued for years after, with reports pointing the finger at a lack of Police control in 1990, although evidence was inconclusive. The “Hillsborough Independent Panel” finally provided some degree of release to the families of those killed on September 2012, when it was ruled that no Liverpool fans were responsible for the deaths, and that attempts had been made by the authorities to conceal what had happened, including the alteration of 164 statements relating to the disaster by the police. The Panel concluded that up to 41 of the 96 fatalities might have been saved had they received prompt medical treatment.

Costa Concordia Disaster struck on January 13, when Cruise Liner, “Costa Concordia” partially sank after hitting a reef off the Italian coast and running aground at Isola del Giglio, in Tuscany. The incident was the worst of its kind recorded this year, resulting in the evacuation of the 4 252 people onboard. Thirty people are known to have lost their lives during the crash, whilst two remain missing and presumed dead. A further 64 passengers were injured, and two passengers and a crew member rescued from the wreckage several days after the crash. According to investigations into the cause of the crash, Captain Francesco Schettino had deviated from the ship's computerized route to show off the spectacle of a cruise liner to people close to the shore line. His pretentious plan back-fired drastically.

Earthquakes in Italy Two major earthquakes hit northern Italy in May, causing 26 deaths and immeasurable damage. The first quake hit the Emilia-Romagna region, the city of Bologna, and measured 6.1 on the Richter scale. Three aftershocks followed the main quake, with the death toll measured at seven people. Nine days later, a second earthquake struck the same region, at a magnitude of 5.8. This resulted in another twenty deaths, and the destruction of many buildings throughout the area, whilst some 5000 people were left homeless.

Whitney Houston Death Much-loved vocalist, actress, producer, and model, Whitney Houston, was reported dead on February 11. Whitney was one of the world's best-selling music artists; recording album, single, and video sales of over 170 million worldwide. During her career she released six studio albums, one celebration album and three movie soundtracks, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. The star met a tragic end, at the age of 49, when she was discovered drowned, face down in a tub of "extremely hot water" about 12 inches deep. LA Coroners ruled that Whitney’s death was an accidental drowning, citing the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors.

British Soldiers Her Majesty’s Armed Forces do a wonderful job at protecting us and securing our freedom throughout the year, and as we near Christmastime it is only right that we should spare a thought to those stationed overseas, as well as the families who are waiting desperately for their return. It is all too easy to take it for granted, as it is their job. But the truth remains that things would be very different if it were not for members of the Armed Forces putting their lives on the line everyday. The number of attacks by Afghan government soldiers and police officers on Nato soldiers rose to 36 incidents during this year, when 51 Soldiers were killed. This is compared with the 35 deaths of Nato Soldiers that were reported in 2011.

Hurricane Sandy The frightful storm struck during late October, devastating parts of the Caribbean, as well as towns throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, with a slight impact in Southeastern and Midwestern states and Eastern Canada. “Sandy” registered as a “Category 2” storm at its strongest point, and was measured as the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning across 1 800 km (1 100 miles). 253 people are known to have lost their lives in the path of the storm. The extent of damage caused is still being evaluated, although figures estimate that losses due to destruction and temporary closure of businesses could be as much as $65.6 billion (€50 bn), which would rate it as the second most costly Atlantic hurricane in history.

Savile Sex Scandal Investigations into the late BBC personality, Sir Jimmy Savile, were publicised in September and October, following allegations by various women who claim to have been sexually abused by him during childhood or adolescence. Savile's career was centred on children and young people, including visiting schools and hospital wards. We saw his face as a presenter of Top of the Pops for 20 years, and another 20 years presenting Jim'll Fix It, where he made dreams come true for hundreds of children and families. Almost a year after his death, 13 British police forces received reports supporting allegations of sexual abuse, which has resulted in the launch of a formal criminal investigation, Operation Yewtree. The Metropolitan Police Service is still investigating the allegations today, pursuing over 400 separate lines of inquiry, based on evidence of 200 witnesses, via 14 police forces across the UK. Further inquiries into practices at the BBC, and within the National Health Service are also being conducted, in order to determine how the incidents could have been allowed to continue over such a prolonged period.

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

15


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Its Christmas!! We have got loads of great Christmas recipes for you to enjoy.

Mustard Glazed Gammon

Caramelised Parsnips and Baby Onions

Ingredients 2 1/2kg (5lb) boneless smoked gammon 500ml (1pt) bottle cider 3 parsnips, peeled and halved 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and each cut into 4 4 carrots, peeled and halved 2 leeks, each cut into 3 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard 4 tbsp light muscovado sugar Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 4. Put the gammon into a roasting tin and pour over the cider. Arrange the parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots and leeks around the sides. Completely cover with foil. 2. Bake for 1 hr until the gammon is tender. Carefully peel away the dark fat skin, to reveal the white fat

covering on the gammon. 3. Score a diamond pattern on the fat and spread with the wholegrain mustard and sprinkle with the light muscovado sugar. 4. Return the gammon and vegetables back to the oven and continue to cook for 30 mins, uncovered until the gammon and vegetables are tender and brown.

Sweet Rosemary Roasties Ingredients 1 1/2 kg potatoes 4tbs maple syrup 4tbs olive oil 3 large sprigs rosemary, very finely chopped (about 2tsp chopped leaves

Method 1. Preheat oven to 200C°/400F°/gas 6 2. Peel the potatoes, cut into small chunks. Put into boiling salted water, return to boil and cook until beginning to soften. The inside should still be slightly firm. Drain. 3. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Tip in the cooked potatoes (which can be hot or cold) and gently toss them in the dressing. 4. Tip the coated potatoes, and any remaining dressing, onto a large non-stick baking tray and spread out into a single layer. Bake for about 30 mins until a mottled golden colour, when they will be slightly crispy. Cook for longer if you want them crispier.

Parsnip and Parmesan Mash Ingredients 1kg (2¼lb) parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped 60g (2oz) butter 4 tabsp milk Freshly ground nutmeg

Salt and ground black pepper For the topping: 3-4 tbsp grated Parmesan 50g (1¾oz) fresh white breadcrumbs 2-3 tbsp chopped parsley

Method 1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). 2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the parsnips and par-boil for 5 mins. Drain and return to the pan to dry. 3. Mix together the soy sauce, honey, Dijon mustard, ginger and oil in a large bowl. 4. Add the parsnips and onions and toss until covered. 5. Place in a shallow roasting tin and cook uncovered, turning occasionally for 25 mins until tender, sticky and golden brown.

Ingredients 450g (1lb) parsnips, scrubbed and quartered 1tbsp soy sauce 1tbsp honey 1tsp Dijon mustard 2cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated 2tbsp olive oil 225g (8oz) baby onions, peeled

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnut and Sage Butter Method 1. Put the butter, chestnuts and sage in a bowl and mix well. 2. Scrape the mixture onto a large piece of greaseproof paper and shape into a log. Wrap in the paper and refrigerate until firm. 3. Cook the sprouts in salted

boiling water for 10-12 minutes until tender. Drain. 4. Cut the chilled butter into slices. Toss 4 of the slices with the sprouts until they are well coated in butter, and season well. 5. Arrange the remaining slices on top and serve at once.

Ingredients 25g butter, softened 25g chestnuts, cooked, peeled and chopped 1 tsp chopped sage 300g Brussels sprouts

Method 1. Place parsnips in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cover the pan and simmer gently for 15-20 mins until parsnips are tender. Drain well in a colander. 2. Add the butter and milk to the hot pan and bring to the boil. Return veg to pan and mash until smooth.

Add nutmeg and season. Spoon into an ovenproof dish; smooth surface. 3. Mix together the Parmesan, breadcrumbs and parsley and sprinkle over the top of the purée. 4. To serve, heat the purée in a warm to hot oven for about 20-30 mins.

PAGE

16

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Chestnut Bourguignon Pie Ingredients 110g dried chestnuts, soaked for 6-8 hours 2 bay leaves 1 sprig fresh rosemary or 1tsp / 5ml dried rosemary 210ml vegetarian/vegan red wine 300ml vegetable/vegan stock or water 25g butter or soya margarine 8 small pickling onions or shallots, peeled 110g chestnut mushrooms, wiped 50g button mushrooms, wiped 10ml Dijon mustard

30-45ml tamari or soy sauce freshly ground black pepper fresh parsley, finely chopped 225g vegetarian/vegan puff pastry, thawed if frozen

Method 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place the soaked chestnuts, herbs and 5floz of wine in a saucepan with vegetable stock to cover and cook until just tender, approximately 50-60 minutes. 2. Drain the chestnuts, reserving the liquid. 3. Melt the butter or margarine in a frying pan and saute the onions until lightly browned. 4. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. 5. Add the chestnuts, the remaining red wine and sufficient chestnut

cooking liquor to cover. 6. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes to reduce the liquid a little. 7. Stir in the mustard, tamari and black pepper to taste. Cook for a further 5 minutes. 8. Check seasoning and consistency and adjust as necessary. 9. Spoon the mixture into a pie dish. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and place on top of filling. 10. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden

Seeded Parmesan Biscuits Ingredients 100g plain flour 100g unsalted butter Pinch of salt Pinch of cayenne pepper 100g Parmesan, finely grated 1 med egg, beaten, for glaze 1tbsp poppy seeds 1tbsp sesame seeds 2 baking sheets, lined with baking parchment

Method 1. Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Tip the flour, butter, salt and cayenne pepper into a food processor and add most of the Parmesan. Whizz until the ingredients just bind together — if the dough feels very soft, wrap it in a freezer bag and chill in the fridge until it’s firm enough to handle. 2. Roll the dough out thinly, cut it into 3 x 7cm (1¼ x 2¾in) rectangles and put them on baking sheets. Chill for 10 mins before cooking. 3. Brush with egg glaze and

sprinkle seeds over one half of each biscuit, using poppy seeds on about half of the biscuits and sesame seeds on the rest. 4. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 mins, until they’re lightly golden, swapping around the trays in the oven if necessary. 5. Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. They’ll keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

Blueberry and Orange Trifle Ingredients 4 blueberry muffins 2 oranges 3-4 tbsp Grand Marnier or Coin-

treau 200g fresh blueberries 250-500g fresh vanilla custard 300ml whipping cream

Method 1. Slice the muffins and arrange them evenly in the base of a serving dish. 2. Finely grate the rind of 1 orange and zest in strips the rind of the other orange. Peel and segment oranges, catching any juice that runs out. 3. Mix the orange juice with the Grand Marnier, or Cointreau, and

spoon over muffins. Scatter over most of the blueberries and orange segments. Mix the finely grated orange rind into the custard and pour it over the muffins. 4. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks and then spoon it on to the trifle. Scatter over the remaining blueberries and strips of orange zest. Keep the trifle chilled until serving.

Tomato and Chilli Chutney Method 1. Put half the tomatoes into a processor with the chillies, garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Whizz to a purée, then transfer to a heavy-based pan with the rest of the tomatoes. 2. Add the star anise, sugar and vinegar. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 50 mins, until the chutney is thickened. Skim off any scum. 3. Pour the chutney into the jars. Cover, seal and label. Store in the fridge and use within 1 month.

17

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

Ingredients 900g ripe tomatoes, chopped 8 red chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled 5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed and finely chopped 1 star anise 600g golden caster sugar 200ml red wine vinegar 2 x 500g jars, sterilised


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

The Poinsettia The poinsettia is a culturally and commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825. Euphorbia pulcherrima is a shrub or small tree, typically reaching a height of 0.6 to 4 m. The plant bears dark green dented leaves that measure 7 to 16 cm in length. The coloured bracts, which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled, are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, but are actually leaves. The colours of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least 5 days in a row) to change color. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest colour. With care, the poinsettia can be induced to re-

flower after the initial display when purchased. The red blooms should be pruned, and the plant moved outdoors. It should be returned indoors in the autumn to a room which is not lighted after sunset. The plant requires a period of uninterrupted long, dark nights for around two months in autumn in order to develop flow-

ers. When watering, it is important to allow the plant to drain out any excess water. Having a poinsettia sit in water can do harm to the plant as it prefers moist soil to direct water. Here are some tips for looking after your Christmas poinsettia: Take it out of the plastic cover. If it is in the home place it in plenty of light,

preferably by a window, and away from sources of heat such as radiators. Water moderately and directly into the plant pot. After Christmas the plant can be planted in the garden in a sunny spot. Remember that if the plant remains permanently in the garden if it close to a street lamp or any other light which is switched on for long durations there will be no flowers for the following Christmas. There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic for humans and animals. This belief was spread by a 1919 urban legend of a two-year-old child dying after consuming a poinsettia leaf. While the sap and latex of many plants of the spurge plant family are indeed toxic, the poinsettia's toxicity is relatively mild. Its latex can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. It would not feel like Christmas in Spain without the splash of red of the poinsettia in the shops, municipal gardens, churches and our homes. Enjoy this beautiful Christmas decoration provided by nature.

PAGE

18

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Celebrating the Sixties!!! The 1960s is an era associated with various flamboyant trends in clothing and music, including the birth of British Pop. Better known as the “Swinging Sixties”, many of those who lived through it claim that there will never be anything like the euphoria that was felt by the youth of that day. The decade saw a plethora of historical events, new technology and discoveries that paved the way to contemporary Britain. Here is a summery of notable 60’s facts which should spark a few fond memories.

Population The population of Britain in 1960 stood at about 53 million, with the world’s population registering just over 3 billion. This is compared with around 62.262 million people living in Britain today.

A public demonstration of how a computer functions was organised for the first time in 1968. On-lookers were overwhelmed by video conferencing, teleconferencing, email, hypertext and the use of a mouse. In 1969, a research-oriented prototype of the Internet, known as “Arpanet” was unveiled.

Cost of Living Average house prices fell at around £2 530. A season ticket to see Manchester United cost £8.50. The first supermarkets were unveiled, mainly located within town centres. This was a revelation, as you could now buy everything that you wanted under one roof, and all at a reasonable price! You could buy a loaf of bread for 5p, and loaves were now available sliced.

Developments At Home In the 1960’s, tower blocks were considered a solution to the housing shortage caused by second world war damage and increased population. This led to ugly blocks of flats being built in many inner-city areas, completely changing the look of the landscape for good. Virtually all houses had an electricity supply, with the majority also owning a refrigerator and a cooker. Plastic buckets began to replace metal ones. In 1961, Kellog’s launched it tasty new cereal, Coco Pops. Ice lollies and choc ices on sticks became extremely popular.

Transport New motors of the 60’s included the Capri (1961), Consul Cortina ( 1963) and Ford Escort (1968), which replaced the Anglia. The first Intercity train was used in 1966, replacing the antiquated steam and diesel trains. The Anglo-French airliner “Concorde” made its first supersonic test flight in 1969.

Communications The audio cassette was invented in 1962, followed by Touch-Tone telephones in 1963. By 1965 Sony was racing ahead with technology, as it began to market the first home video tape recorder-CV-2000.

Television Most households owned a television by the end of the decade. Coronation Street was first aired in 1960, and Dr Who also hit our screens during that decade. Live trans-Atlantic satellite television via the Telstar satellite was made possible in 1962. BBC 2 went on air in 1964 and became the first channel to be shown in colour during 1967.

Computers The first computer video game, “Spacewar” was invented in 1962. The first successful Minicomputer, Digital Equipment Corporation’s 12bit PDP-8, was marketed in 1964.

By Heidi Wardman

Holidays People started to spend more money on their annual holidays, with a gradual trend for breaks abroad rather than in the UK. Package holidays became popular, as more people were booking holidays through a travel agent.

Health The first heart transplantation operation was carried out in 1967.

Music Music was one of the most important aspects of life through the 60’s. It saw the formation of The Beatles, who soared to fame in 1963 with “Please, Please Me” and a tumult of classics to follow: as well as The Rolling Stones. The 1960’s music scene gave way to the 'flower power' and hippie trends, encouraging music lovers to divide into two distinct groups: the “Mods” and “Rockers.” Here is a run down of some of the names that found fame during the 60’s. 1965 - The Rolling Stones 1960 - Elvis Presley 1966 - Dusty Springfield 1961 - Chubby Checker 1967 - The Monkeys 1962 - Cliff Richard 1968 - Jimmy Hendrix 1963 - The Beatles 1969 - Serge Gainsbourg 1964 - The Kinks

Fashion The 1960’s brought with it some serious fashion statements, many of which, such as mini skirts, have returned to the catwalks year after year ever since. The 1960’s is also recognised for its outrageous hair cuts and accessories, some of which are listed below. 1965 - The Twiggy look 1960 - Doc Martens boots 1966 - Mini skirts 1962 - Teddy Boy suits 1967 - Paisley 1963 - Mop top hair 1968 - Body art 1964 - Wigs 1969 - Love beads

Toys Incredibly, in spite of the amazing advances in technology that have taken place since the 60’s, many of the toys and games that were popular then are still on the shelves today- albeit modernized versions. Here are a few that you might recognise! 1964 - Mr Potato Head 1960 - Etch-a-sketch 1965 - Spirograph 1961 - Skalextric 1966 - Action Man 1962 - Mousetrap 1967 - KerPlunk 1963 - Sindy Dolls 1968 - The Spacehopper

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

19


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Sierra Nevada

by Sally Bengtsson

Ski Heaven If you are wondering what to do this Christmas, why not consider driving down to Europe’s most southern ski resort, and enjoy some fantastic skiing in one of Spain’s highest villages, in the Sierra Nevada. This is described as Spain’s best ski resort. It may not be the biggest, but where else do you need to wear sun tan lotion on the slopes, and can basque in the cafe terraces in between exhilarating skis down a range of slopes. At 2,150 metres the Sierra Nevada offers almost guaranteed snow, due to the snow machines that kick in when the sun starts to melt the snow. Both skiing and snow-boarding lessons are well catered for by a variety of schools in the village, and ski equipment is on hand to rent out all over the place. Beginners visiting Sierra Nevada will be pleased with the green and blue level of slopes on offer here, but the resort is probably best suited for intermediates. The long reds (the longest is 6.5km) runs all the way from the summit of Veleta mountain at 3398m down to the village at 2,150m. Advanced skiers will find some challenges including a men’s downhill world cup run. For snowboarders there is a well kept half pipe and board park and some opportunity for free-riding. Off the slopes there is plenty to do with saunas, a gym, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and plenty of shopping. The après ski is lively and typically Spanish- that means partying well into the early hours- and there are plenty of bars and clubs to party in.

Generally regarded as Spain's top ski resort, Sierra Nevada stands alone in the Penibetic mountain range in Andalucia, far from the country's other 30 or so ski areas, the majority of which are located 'up' in the Pyrenées. Once known as 'Sol-y-Nieve' or 'Sun and snow', the resort endeavours to offer the best of both worlds Sierra Nevada's 'resort´ village', Pradollano, is famous for staging the World Alpine Skiing Championships in 1996. The village area has been greatly upgraded with new alpine-style buildings. One of the best assets of the resort is a remarkable underground parking complex with a capacity of 2,880 vehicles. Another is the excellent indoor sports facility providing high altitude athletic training. There is also a new medical centre, child day-care centre, banks with ATM´s, supermarkets, sports and fashion boutiques. The resort works closely with Spain's Environmental Agency and the University of Granada has designed a complete programme to protect and preserve Sierra Nevada´s extraordinary wealth, including its geomorphology, landscape, flora and fauna. The area was declared a Biospherical Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. More than two thousand trees of different sizes have been introduced or transplanted throughout the village area. Sierra Nevada was the first European ski resort to introduce the 'green ski pass' to its environmental programme. Three per cent of income received from the sale of ski passes goes towards ecological matters.

PAGE

20

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Debate is continuing over a possible extension to the Sierra Nevada ski resort, with tourism chiefs keen to open a study into the possibility. However ecologists are against any expansion and the Junta de Andalucía has said it will ‘reflect’ on the matter. The ski resort currently offers as much as 105 kms of skiing. If you can, take advantage of the fact that the pistes are generally empty Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You could have the snow all to yourself. The resort is just half an hour’s drive from Granada, so a visit to the Alhambra can even be combined with a skiing. Granada also offers a great Christmas market near the main cathedral, from December 6th to January 7th, and selling a variety of artisan products of all kinds, ranging from food, clothes, local hand-made decorations, and an endless array of articles that will serve as some excellent gift ideas. Furthermore, on the same square you can try the best churros (fried dough pastry-based snack spinkled with sugar) in the city. There are a couple of cafeterias that specialise in these delicious treats which are accompanied by thick hot chocolate in winter. And in the Plaza del Carmen Square don’t forget to see the nativity scene, which all Spanish towns and villages have.

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

21


The Jungle Drums

New Movie Reviews Playing For Keeps Description

A former sports star who's fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's soccer team in an attempt to get his life together.

December 2012

Comedy / Romance Release date: 7th december 2012 Critics Reviews Variety “Despite its relatively straightforward story elements, "Playing for Keeps" never coheres, undone by its wobbly tone and weakness for tidily artificial moments and plot developments. Tech credits are as generic as the pic's title (changed from the racier original, "Playing the Field").”

Jungle Drums Rating:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Description

A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

IMDB.com “The movie is amazing. It is unlike anything ever experienced in a cinema. The vividness of the colors and light and movement is something to behold. And then the 3D takes it all to another level. It was a little unnerving at times. Almost as if your watching a hybrid of a movie and a live action performance.

Action / Drama / Thriller Release date: Out Now! Description

An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

Jungle Drums Rating:

Critics Reviews

A word of warning, some of the battle scenes are very intense, made more so by the 3D. You may want to think long and hard about taking young kids to it.”

Jungle Drums Rating:

The Impossible

Adventure / Fantasy Release date: December 14th 2012

Critics Reviews Reelfilm.com “There's consequently little doubt that the movie's heartstring-tugging moments (eg a joyful reunion) are unable to pack the emotional punch that Bayona has surely intended, and it's worth noting, too, that the shifting perspective results in a lack of suspense that's admittedly somewhat distressing.” The Guardian “If it weren't based on a true story, the ending would seem preposterous, but part of the appeal of this affecting and powerful drama is that it puts the viewer right in the moment at every stage, using authentic locations and tsunami survivors to hammer home the reality of this tragedy.”

PAGE

22

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

Book Reviews Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

The Jungle Drums

GoodRead Readers Reviews “The excitement moves a mile a minute,

by James Patterson one you start reading hang on because

It's Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and the children. The tree-decorating is barely under way before his phone rings again, a horrific hostage situation is quickly

Proof of Heaven

by Dr. Eben Alexander

Thousands of people have had neardeath experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness.

The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and in essence makes us human shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere.

Two Graves

himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter, but is he really a killer?

by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

For twelve years, he believed she died in an accident. Then, he was told she'd been murdered. Now, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife Helen is alive. But their reunion is cut short when Helen is brazenly abducted before his eyes. And Pendergast is forced to embark on a furious crosscountry chase to rescue her.

“ If anyone thinks that he has lost his touch as one of the leading thriller writers they are definitely wrong. This is a page turner from front to back. So get it, put it under the tree.”

GoodRead Readers Reviews “This book explores the idea of the afterlife in a secular way and challenges the neuroscience doctrinal assertions that completely dismiss near death experiences, literally, as a figments of imagination. I personally appreciated how he provided a more thorough context to the afterlife debate. “ “An interesting read, no doubt, and the experience that the neuroscientist Alexander has is mysterious to say the least.”

GoodRead Readers Reviews

by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing

the book is so nonstop it will be read in one day. A great book by James Patterson and his best character Alex Cross.”

But all this turns out to be mere prologue to a far larger plot: one that unleashes a chillingly, almost supernaturally, adept serial killer on New York City. And Helen has one more surprise in store for Pendergast: a piece of their shared past that makes him the one man most suited to hunting down the killer.

“GONE GIRL is a thriller, but it's a slow burn. Flynn strings you along. She doles out just enough information to make you think you've figured things out before she hits you with another "GOTCHA!" revelation that changes everything.” “I survived the heart pounding suspense and made it to the end of a very satisfying read.I must, must must check out more books by Ms. Flynn”

GoodRead Readers Reviews “Fast moving, solid characters and a story line full of strength. These two writers write great stuff.” “Reading this book, I gasped, aw'd, nearly cried, growled with frustration, giggled with delight, slammed the book shut only to reopen it moments later to alleviate my aggravation. Quite possibly one of the greatest trilogies in the thriller genre.”

23

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

Gone Girl

spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. He risks everything and he may not make it back alive for Christmas dinner.


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

By Heidi Wardman Exchanging presents is a fundamental part of our Christmas celebrations, and depending whether you are a shopaholic or shopaphobic, can be an exciting or stressful element in your festive preparations the giving and receiving of gifts developed from the Christmas story, when the three wisemen travelled to Bethlehem to present gifts to the baby Jesus. The tradition was adopted by families across the globe, who began to exchange gifts with loved ones, as sign of affection, to wish them prosperity and even heal rifts where relationships have broken down. However, selecting a thoughtful and appropriate gift for all of those close to you can be quite traumatic, especially at times when money is tight. To ensure that you make the correct choice, and are not tempted to make a last minute purchase after a long day at the stores, it is best to sit down and think about who you need to buy gifts for and what type of things they are interested in. Bear in mind that a personalised gift is always going to give more pleasure to the receiver than a generalised one, so even dropping a few subtle hints can help to make your Christmas shopping experience go more smoothly and put you in the good books. Here are a few ideas which might offer some inspiration.

Gifts For Her

Clothes: Most women love clothes, and even with a wardrobe full they will still never have enough. However, if buying for someone else, it is best to think about the colour and style of clothing that they usually choose. If possible, take a look through their wardrobe and make a note of sizes and cuts which she usually opts for- after all, it is pointless buying a sexy mini skirt for someone that lives in jeans!

Accessories: These are another popular choice and offer a wealth of options, depending how much you are hoping to spend. You may look for something which is going to dress-up an existing outfit, such as a nice pair of shoes, handbag, hair decoration or a scarf. Alternatively, as we are living in Spain, why not invest in a chic pair of sunglasses to add a practical yet perfect finish to her favourite outfits.

Jewellery: Again, jewellery offers endless options, according to your budget and who you are buying for. If it is a friend you are more likely to choose fashionable costume jewellery, whilst a piece set with semiprecious stones would be ideal for a family member. When buying for a loved one, the gift should be extra special, so something made with Silver, Gold or Platinum would be perfect, and not forgetting that diamonds are a girl’s best friend of course!

Cosmetics: These might include perfumes, make-up or beauty products. However, it is not just a case of buying a bottle of bubble bath if you really want to impress. Most women have a signature smell, so make the effort to sniff out what her favourite fragrance is; and certain range of cosmetics which suit their colouring and skin type. Before you throw that fire engine red lipstick into your basket and rush to the check-out, ask yourself “Have I ever seen her wearing this colour”. If the answer is no, the chances are that she won’t! Flowers: You can never go wrong with flowers (unless she has an allergy that is!) They are the perfect way of expressing feelings and emotions for those who find it difficult to put things into words. However, be careful that you do not rely on them as an easy option. If you can combine them with a small personalised gift it will show that you have put some thought into the present.

Holidays: If she doesn’t give any indication of what she wants and you are completely stuck for ideas, why not whisk her away for a romantic weekend or longer break somewhere? This will do you both the world of good and you needn’t go wild if money is tight. It is the escape from normality which counts, and can help to build a stronger relationship for the future- which is far more valuable than any diamond ring in my book!

PAGE

24

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

Us girls usually love hitting the stores, but shopping for that special man in your life can be a complete nightmare, and when he says he doesn’t want anything, the chances are that he doesn’t really mean it. One thing is for sure, he doesn’t need another tie, wallet or pair of socks! Again, it is best to think about things that he likes to do rather than opt for the standard gifts which will end up at the back of a drawer.

Gifts Fo Him r

Clothes: Whilst most women buy clothes for a special occasion or simply because they like them, men buy them when they really need them. A favourite pair of jeans and T-shirt can last for years, so if you think that its time to update the look then it may be up to you to take the initiative. Of course, this still means choosing clothes that he will be comfortable in, rather than what you think will look good! If he is most at home in casual clothes, then a selection of printed T-shirts is a winner, and a pair of smart jeans will help to refresh his image rather than alter it!

Aftershave: Most men do like to smell nice too, although wouldn’t usually go out and purchase smellies for themselves. Therefore, Christmas is the perfect time to splash out on his favourite scent.

Sport Accessories: If your other half is a sports fan, there are a plethora of gift options which will put a smile on his face. A round of golf or new set of clubs perhaps; or a day spent at the race track or quad biking? Tickets to go and watch his favourite team are guaranteed to go down a treat, or why not try to find out if there are any big matches coming up for an extra special surprise. Football shirts and other equipment are also top choices.

Entertainment: Does he have a favourite singer or band that has recently released a new album? Or maybe an Actor who he likes has just released a movie? Alternatively, if he reads, why not purchase the latest offering from his favourite Author. Any of these will provide great stocking fillers and show your man that you have paid attention to the things that interest him.

Road Trip: Everyone loves to get out and about, so for a really memorable Christmas gift, why not plan a day out somewhere. There is a wealth of interesting places to visit across the Costa Blanca, but how many of us really take the time to go out and explore? Plan ahead so that you are not driving around aimlessly and be sure to make plenty of stops, to take in the sights and local dishes along the way. You could even extend the day with an evening meal and overnight stay somewhere for a romantic finish to your adventure.

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

25


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Honda CR-V Originally launched at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda CR-V was one of the first of the modern generation of 'soft roaders'. It became a benchmark for this fast growing segment with its practical size and excellent utility. The CR-V was designed primarily for on-road use, but with SUV styling and the quality customers expect from a Honda product. Launched in late 2001, the second generation CR-V took many cues from the original, retaining all of its best features including the rugged 4x4 styling and the 'on demand' Real Time Dual Pump 4WD system. It offered improved performance and economy, achieved through the introduction of Honda's 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, while the new body structure delivered increased interior space.

C C T OSTA A

AR

RADE ER RADER

Magazine Auto Mag gazi zine

Month Every FREE Ev very Mo nt th

C OS OSTA RADER TA C AR T RADER RADER C OST A C AR T RADE R OSTA OSTA RADER A C AR T RADE R C OST Costa Blanca South th - Edition 57 August 2012

Auto A uto M Magazine agazine

E 30F0OR SAL

FRAETEISS

GR

GR

TTYRE YRE R EPAIRS AND AND SALES SALES REPAIRS Air -Con Air-Con R egassing 966 721 917 Regassing 40â‚Ź 652 239 970

C ARS - V ANS - LLORRIES ORRIES - M OTORBIKES - Q UA D S CARS VANS MOTORBIKES QUADS

REPAIRS AND TTYRE YRE R EPAIRS A ND SSALES ALES 966 721 917 652 239 970 FM M

T orrevieja Torrevieja

Los Montesinos

www w.. n e u m a t i c o s m a n o l o r u i z e h i j o s . c o m

Repsol Re p psol

REPAIRS AND TTYRE YRE R EPAIRS A ND SSALES ALES Air-Con Air -Con 9 721 917 966 Regassing R egassing e 40â‚Ź 652 6 239 970

CARS VANS MOTORBIKES QUADS C ARS - VA V ANS - LLORRIES ORRIES - M OTORBIKES - Q UA D S

CARS VANS MOTORBIKES QUADS C ARS - VA V ANS - LLORRIES ORRIES - M OTORBIKES - Q UA D S

FM M

Torrevieja T orreviej ieja

FRAETEISS

FRAETEISS

GR

S

CAR

Repsol Re p psol

Detroit Autosport International - De troit Motor Show w - F1 News Valentine Jaguar Heritage Museum - V alentine Gifts fts - SBK

FM M

I

FEATURES FEA TURES THIS MONTH TH

FEATURES FEA F TURES THIS MONTH

Torrevieja Calendar F1 T orrevieja vieja - 2012 Calen dar - Range Rover Evoque Tokyo Race of Champions mpions - T okyo Motor Show - Ducati 11199 199 Panigale

T orrevieja Torrevieja

DE NSI

Auto Magazine A uto M agaz g zine

Auto Magazine A uto M agazine

FEATURES FEATURES THIS MONTH

Goodwood Festival of Speed - McLaren Spider - Overfinch Ben Edwards - T op T en Britsh Cars - BMW Art Cars Top Ten

Costa Blanca South th - Edition 51 February 2012

Costa Blanca South th - Edition 50 January 2012

Los Montesinos

Repsol Re p psol

Los Montesinos

w.. n e u m a t i c o s m a n o l o r u i z e h i j o s . c o m www

w.. n e u m a t i c o s m a n o l o r u i z e h i j o s . c o m www

P acked w ith U sed C ar D ealers & A uto S ervices Packed with Used Car Dealers Auto Services Motorsport News Latest Mot orsport N nez

OVER

art+Ă­# # %) sM % re e l $ l ! a ,  T  &(( (*

30O0R SALE

at Se 08 a 20 Alte i TD 1.9 V 5C 10 el Dies ms 0k ,00 â‚Ź 38 00

12 pl

,9 18

s ocu rd F

Fo IT 2011 D SEE New OME AN W

0â‚Ź 9,90

C

NO

UR S

IN O

HO

OM WRO

' Ca ree e 'F nsiv xpe E t os A M

225 720 .es 965 artinez Tel: talleresjm artinez.es

e had ce nce ssic 00 cha r c cla clas 0 000 B th GB iin 10, an MG anothe A one hed us 1969 v ery onver con in theh ne co 600 bequet jjoi a-pho he situa del to joinT ega ega elep Tele Veg the c car Club la y V he d th the ed er er.. h th th me firm 6 The hue e funds nfir oadst s con roa ar up withe ca car n 200 s de Ori rrais T ais In AT m t . Th The nd SEA os to w me we sation and b ber an and e a ided ClĂĄsicodec re 1972 w vem state rk N Nov a de ing we we rtt tion T in No aja aj g a ber sw Baj ling ers sorry A AT l off wo par fflin EA

www. alleresjm rd@t iciofo serv

affl m mb SEA in a dea our liv y rraffAs me e Land by s live good l y as pla wa w E.. d a go s we tty r ort, as 00E y 600 d to ITV. ed b cte r uires the t fende ec ect 0 Sp ets but majori g req xpe exp ass l ttick for the of DC10 the De leavinre to pas for d sel nd and as ro the were l d we w kept E lan and canv windwe lt n Eng in With have earr y yea d felt ay day r early wn off the next da husbant. and en Rove of the fold do d aero My e he att the w Bri d. s ow ed. ve be e use a fell tick spirit ls with all rounwindow xcus exc t ketsmptly ts ha uniqu for y en ep r. ry e de pro er orr sev all An sor be sid mo that conc and then ht ght Severa oug ens. t down tallic Amnext and bou m. m new to have ort front re d an om scre ived dom cu eiv nd ut the rec me ua and out The ece ran re the en, l, sh e sq ot abo err we in, loped w n! got rg ed in show d wo org scre for l had terra deve Rover fees with th position ths late finish nth ts g we ing mon at it yin sa say and concep their all il s hang driving ance. If ail Land ly ma ed th e . em ally Ral over irstt R Both tion of vehicles r... nfirm r to th ly clear r you’ll sly its firs rear e, high ous iou ra s co ts anxio ound ne k it on r ha successo concep gene ar round ea Tracto s the gth, n too only to as stanc s of gr der ow h Rove e the a stren and W We lot two ct of ng sun fen acete setting all ye ur Chels ed withe ba sed Land as and out nch ese expe rea th the o Alb the e a De to sh th yo ab lau ld de dec t e d pu h e ou Once nex O tch No xtt ar an atc will hom wa you’r it's all wer to o.. to h der the the is gu we sh 15. amo miles ed dyn s th llaced w nge as a Defen to what know and po fail fa n wa ota as rep aki as k ng for 20 a fai wa DC ra all. hes y to totally ow mo m am point w look a ad agilit the new undert ha un em yna stretc had dyn ed to ed ant a ne h ne ve th der and very ll, returnT which as mport ha imp the s ó as óm fen pu Tóm to w wa y Tó s in by b d t rior This l, 8 nte inte al, nt De60 year nt fall bal b a ion antee ed.. e ci cat cifi Critób r e. w ottted ce curre rot an p nall speoff C/ Sany fairr pric ina d The more th ged, a re for a ne rn ed rigi hed ry orig ado che ery ach v ver ea ado rea dr dra d re s-uad for a Cua Clas back has chan the need th mode hC a had w witth huela so far hi t this wi se Orihu le ll . es d h t Tho bill th tha litt he os. fibre w ll t w sugg with The mixe full we ect t 0 jec 00 Eur ow 000 00 sales re 4x4 of carbon 3,0 proje k w g p e bes the a s kno co oin t th c car sic ongoi o ot be no not hard d loads t getwill w ng to last is an fettlling and tec an

TO

5,,9

26

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66

ORT 0 SP

DC10

future u the ool?. ld yo sch we so too old Have you or are

w

sho furt

nk BOOK CEEEB Fra FAC ON FA 011 W US OLLO e2

0 DC10

the has s car ca much the c at parks car pa ca h t tha s. t al uro tot ut of ed h off d in out th ed dth Eu Eurros.? ppe the rised ri br dt bre pris 00 stop 000 urp carr? sur ng a d ys st ing ay a ays tting d 6,0 th ntin th and unt oun ache cco cc re alwthe llength h the th acc are st reaparrtt wit ile to peo d we a ost ng ling lli lmo elli s sm alm vel av e it and w ttra g gs a see se s tr lll we es ill re ure br brin Wil Aut h y hey the RADER r,, it wh en th e er, hen AR T advent ever ir a Nev eir C OSTA C es the z e s fac s with tth Magazin es Auto ple us RADER T le AR ale C g ega reg C OSTA

ER IS

9

R TRAD STA CA C T

THE CO

Costa

C OSTA C

AR

Costa

Blanca

South

- Edition

T RADERAuto

38 January

Tuning Last Of Sprint - The AutoRetro

C OSTA

2011

z e Magazin

MONTH 4 THIS Cajun - RenaultCars - Dream - Porsche FEATURES Show the Veyrons

AR

Blanca

RADER

South

- Edition

Auto

39 February

GAZIN

LY MA

THE ON

Costa

Blanca

South

- Edition

40 March

E DED Costa

Number

E

FRE

IS

GRAT

IS

GRAT

GRAT

SALES AND - QUADS 970 239 - MOTORBIKES REPAIRS - 652 - LORRIES TYRE - VANS 721 917 CARS SALES w w w. Los

Montesinos

So

MONT THISYears of Fo- 100 Show FEATURES Cartagena Motor Testing Geneva - BSB Diavel Ducati

M600 MONTH - Noble Bike THIS Preview Mission R - Geneva - F1 FEATURES Plates Series

TimeAttack Expensive Most

E

FRE

IS

Repsol

Blanca

2011

2011

z e Magazin

MONTH

THIS- Suzuki GSX-R750 Rally Show - Monte Carlo FEATURES FF - Autosport ’ Rides - Reader’s Ferrari Soon Coming

E

FRE

Torrevieja

CK BA

2

PAGE

rd Fo 09 ax 20 C-M ium Ci Titan TD 2.0 6CV 13 atic tom ms Au 0k ,00 â‚Ź 22 00

rd Fo 06 o 20 de Mon ium Titan Ci TD V 2.0 0C 13 or 5 Do

FM

11,9

p pe T Cou terred TT di T Aud egis Re nish D Stereo viced pan Spa Ser eC se Bos Fu F lly tion 3 1 v 20 l Condi 6 ov No â‚Ź fu f 5 ITV utiifu eau 950 23 4 Bea

1 966

on res ts u t a Fe cep with to Con d e s k Pac sic Car S TITLE a l C s DEFEND IT aces

C-Max New

Torrevieja

d sifie Clas Colour In

' ")& '  &( # ")& %  &(  (  / 0  ' ''(&,  & (% 0   %)+  +(%* 0 +(  0

: OFFER

() )  &(  ( - # */) 0 % +* 0  . ( (% 0  %)+ 0

Torrevieja

F CARS H MONTH EAC Ads

    

T WE WHA

mat neu

icos

man

olor

uize

hijo

s.co

m

Repsol

Los

Monte

966

w w w.

mat neu

icos

man

olor

uize

hijo

s.co

m

TYRE - VA CARS Repsol

Los Montesinos

96

oru cosmano www.neumat


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

In 2007, the introduction of the third-generation CR-V marked the first CR-V to feature a vertically opening tailgate, a feature made possible by removing the spare wheel from the back door. Lower in height, shorter in length and wider than its predecessors, it offered improved on-road dynamics. Over five million CR-Vs have been sold across the world since its introduction in 1995 and the new, fourth generation builds on the success of its predecessors with even greater quality, practicality and refinement. The model that helped define the compact-SUV sector has been comprehensively redesigned for the European market. For the first time in Europe, the new CR-V will be offered with a choice of both two and four-wheel drive, while improvements to both the petrol and diesel engines have resulted in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. New to the 2013 CRV is "LANE KEEPING ASSIST SYSTEM" (LKAS) Designed for dual carriageway or motorway use, Honda's Lane Keeping Assist System helps keep the car in its lane. The system detects the lane markings using a camera mounted at the top of the windscreen. If you indicate, the system will switch to standby mode, but if it senses that you are about to leave your lane without indicating, it will automatically apply corrective steering, while issuing a visual and audible warning. The system applies up to 80% of the steering force required, with the driver providing the final 20%. LKAS maintains the position of the car in its lane by providing steering torque when necessary - significantly reducing driver fatigue and helping to prevent accidents. For the system to work, the driver has to keep contact with the steering wheel if the system fails to recognise the driver's input on the steering, it will switch itself off. LKAS can operate between 72 and 180 kmph on roads with clear and visible left and right lane boundary markings where there are no really sharp bends.

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

27


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

BlueMoon Solutions is the computer and IT services company on the Costa Blanca. We aim to provide high quality computer services at realistic prices - we specialise in providing services to small businesses and home users

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

Windows 8 - It’s almost not terrible!

That’s the title of a great YouTube video by teksyndicate.com and it’s one of the most accurate, in my opinion, independent reviews of Windows 8 that I have seen. I thought it was just me, that I was getting old, and that I had no time or excitement for new operating system software. To my relief I found that I have not turned into a techy version of Victor Meldrew – well not yet anyway (those of you that know me - stop laughing NOW!). No it WAS Windows 8, it really is that bad and this month we take a look at why. If you would like to see the video you can check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0fsyb-ttcw Windows 8, for those of you that have been living under a ‘media free’ rock for the past 6 months, is the latest operating system from Microsoft. Previously we had Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP - yes their numbering system leaves something to be desired doesn’t it! Anyway, it’s the latest and should therefore be the “best”, but I’m afraid that it falls very short of the mark in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I love Microsoft products. I have been an evangelist of them for years, trying to walk the tightrope of reason between those people that maintain that “only Apple” will do and those that insist that “Microsoft is the best”. The truth is, as usual in these instances, somewhere in the middle, Microsoft have had a hard job in the past ensuring backward compatibility with thousands of third party products where Apple have the design and marketing war pretty much won hands down. So what’s wrong with Windows 8 then? Well it’s a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster really. Microsoft have clearly tried to create an operating system that works as well on the new

Contact Us

tablet and touch screen computers but also works for the traditional mouse and keyboard driven computers and they have failed dramatically! They have created a new, beautiful menu interface called “Modern UI”, formally known as “Metro” and its generally accepted as being very well designed and used on a touch screen or tablet computer it’s amazing, it slides from page to page in much the same way as you would expect, however use it with a mouse and things become a little different, for example, to move the screen to the left you have to scroll down! What I find frustrating is that Windows 8 is so different to its predecessor that it’s going to be very hard for some people to move to it, for example in all of the last, at least, 5 versions of Windows you have been able to shut the computer down by clicking on the start button and then select an option (usually shutdown). It has always been a running joke by non-Microsoft aficionados that to shut the computer down you have to click “Start”, but anyway it’s a standard that has been used for the past 15 years or so but not now! Now you have to move the mouse to the bottom right hand corner of the screen, hover it there (don’t click because that does something different!), then wait for a new menu panel to appear (Microsoft have called these “charms”, for no apparent reason), then select the icon that looks like a cog (settings) and then finally click on the icon that looks like an on off button (circle with a line through the top) – not only more steps but a total depart from an accepted standard for years. Windows 8 really feels like two interfaces “stuck” together, the nice, pretty “Modern UI” and the standard desktop type interface, but they really don’t work together well, for example if you use Internet Explorer in the first in-

•Internet Setup •New PC & Laptop Sales mobile: 655 044 970 •Office Training / Macros Office: 902 906 200 office@bluemoonsolutions.es •Backup Solutions www.bluemoonsolutions.es •Web and Email Hosting •Server Configuration •Anti - Virus / Security PAGE

28

terface, and then use a desktop application and end up in the same program in the desktop interface the two don’t share information. So the page that you were first in isn’t transferred to the same program in the desktop interface – it’s just so clunky, it’s hard to believe that these things were not picked up in the reported 1.24 billion testing hours that were done for windows 8! Also (and read into this what you will) Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows division at Microsoft has left, just a few short weeks after the products launch. Microsoft have not given any reason for his departure, however some speculate that he has been let go because of the poor reception of Windows 8 and that maybe he will be used as a scapegoat if it ultimately fails. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really nice features in Windows 8, for example I love the new task manager and the file copy graphics, and the work that has been done in Windows explorer is great, but for the “standard” user and certainly for the expat demographic here on the Costas I would not recommend moving to it and I would seriously consider downgrading to Windows 7 if I were to purchase a new computer with Windows 8 on it. To end on a positive note, there is one feature that is fantastic for those of us that live on the Costas and want to buy a computer from a Spanish store. Windows 8 is the first operating system that allows language changes straight out of the box, so previously if you had bought a computer from Carrefour for example with a previous version of Windows on it, there was no legal way to change its language without spending more money upgrading it to Ultimate edition. Now with Windows 8 it’s much easier, just ask your computer guy for help.

•Digital Photos •Repairs & Upgrades •Internet & Email Training •Phone Calls on your PC •Website Design •Internet / Wireless Setup •Low Cost printer inks

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

29


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

You’ve got I told my boss that I'm working from home tomorrow.

Flow e you rs can h live e long lp e r. I giv my w e a bun ch i she fe when to wan e ts t ver me. o kill

"No you're not" he replied. "So how come Janet in accounts can?" I said. "She doesn't drive an HGV".

A couple of guys were golfing when one said he was going to Dr. Taylor for a new set of dentures in the morning. His friend remarked that he had gone to the same dentist a few years before. "Is that so?" the first said. "Did he do a good job?" "Well, I was on the course yesterday when the fellow on the ninth hole hooked a shot," he said. "The ball must have been going 200 mph when it hit me in the stomach. That," he added, "was the first time in two years my teeth didn't hurt."

I bought my girlfriend a 7 inch tablet for Christmas. It's the biggest paracetamol I have ever seen. A tourist asks a man in uniform, "Are you a policeman?" ra e ove I drov my way to g. le on potho his mornin t k r o w e d to b AC ha e my R e h s T becau called t car was r . sma stuck letely comp

HOW FAS

T WAS I G

OING? "When I s aw you dri ving down the road, I gu essed 55 at leas t." "You're w rong, offic er, it's only my h at that ma kes me look th at old."

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,"Are there any gators around here?!" "Naw," the man shouted back, "they ain't been around for years!" "Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

My 3 year old son watches that, 'I Can Cook' programme on CBeebies every single day... Yet it does him no good, he still burns my steak and chips.

About halfway there he asked the guy,"How'd you get rid of the gators?"

Q: W h chick y did the en cr oss t road twice he ? A: Be ca a dou use it wa s ble-c rosse r.

"So why are you in uniform?" "Today is my day off."

A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can in a trash container and heading down the road toward the men. "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?" "Well, we work for the county government, " one of the men said.

"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got 'em."

"No, I am an undercover detective."

About 85% of women are responsible for cooking the family dinner, and 84% wish they didn't have to.

I did a stand up set down the zoo today. The elephants didn't look too impressed but the hyenas loved me.

"But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?" "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us--me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back." "Yea," piped up Mike. "Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean we can't work, does it?"

30 PAGE

d the hy di e Q: W cross th ur a s o n di road? adn't ens h . k c i h t A: C ed ye evolv

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

to be joking L U F R E D N O W & D R WEI

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

31


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Monthly Caption Competition Sponsored by

Can you think of a witty caption to go with this picture? For a chance to win a “10€ voucher to be spent on cards and gifts” in News Express, send your ideas to office@thejungledrums.es or call 966 923 796

Last month’s winner:

Ray Wilson from Campoamor

“HE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPEC-SAVERS” PAGE

32

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Wordsearch and Suduko

Can you find all the Christmas related words? baubles presents christmas reindeer christmastree santa elf sleigh gingerbread snow mincepies

1 solution on page 38

2

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

33


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Thinking caps on for this one! Answers in next month’s edition. Across 1. Which town in Virginia was the site of both the last (October, 1781) battle of the American Revolution and a Civil War battle (1862)? (8) 7. See 4 Down 8. Which type of personal computer shares its name with a full-length waterproof coat? (9) 9. Which small town in eastern Belgium has been celebrated since medieval times for the curative properties of its mineral springs? (3) 10. What is the Scottish name for a turnip? (4) 11. Derived from the Sioux word for ‘dwelling’, what is the name of the conical tent made of skins, cloth, or canvas on a frame of poles, used by American Indians? (6) 13/14. Who was president of Palestine from 1996 to 2004? (6,6) 17. Which word means ‘to evoke or draw out a response from someone in reaction to one’s own actions or questions’? (6) 18. What is the Scottish word for a steep bank or hillside? (4)

20. Which word can describe a university teacher, a Spanish gentleman or a high-ranking member of the Mafia? (3) 22. Which city was, until 1974, the county town and administrative centre of Lancashire? (9) 23. Which cookery term means ‘to fry quickly in a little hot fat’? (5) 24. The ‘Velvet Fog’ was the nickname of which American singer, whose only UK Top 10 hit single was Mountain Greenery in 1956? (3,5) Down 1. Which country situated at the south-western corner of the Arabian Peninsula was formed in 1990? (5) 2. Which childhood disease is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D and sunlight? (7) 3. What name is given to a prong on a fork or antler? (4) 4/7. A What name is given to a real or imaginary prize given in fun to a person coming last in a race or competition? (6,5) 5. What name is often applied to a small group of trees? (5) 6. Which medical word that means ‘a small localised area of dead tissue resulting from failure of blood supply’, comes from the Latin word for ‘to stuff’? (7) 7. What was the surname of the first US astronaut to travel in space? (7) 12. Which city is the capital of autonomous community of Andalusia? (7) 13. Which language, used by Jews in central and eastern Europe before the Holocaust, was originally a German dialect with words from Hebrew and several modern languages? (7) 15. Edward Morgan were the first names of which famous English author, whose works include Howards End and A Passage to India? (7) 16. What is the name of Mickey Mouse’s girlfriend? (6) 17. Which word describes ‘a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement’? (5) 19. Which word is suggestive of being strange and frightening? (5) 21. Lionel who wrote the musicals Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be and Oliver? (4)

Solutions to last month’s crossword Across: 7 Norway, 8 Profit, 10 Sistine, 11 Shale, 12 Iron, 13 Thong, 17/18 Dodge City, 22 Ozone, 23 Epstein, 24 Stereo, 25 Verona. Down: 1 Gnostic, 2 Preston, 3 Fagin, 4 Krishna, 5 Offal, 6 Otter, 9

Ted Hughes, 14 Lorelei, 15 Simenon, 16 Myanmar, 19 Sousa, 20 Coven, 21 Essex.

PAGE

34

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

b

Aries 21 March - 19 April

_

Taurus 20 April - 20 May

a b c

If work has become difficult, have an honest conversation with your boss. Ask for feedback and take that feedback to heart. This conversation is going to help you in the coming months.

Gemini 21 May - 21 June To celebrate your balance in life, throw a party. Invite the people who have loved you, Gemini, and dance the night away. You deserve it.

Cancer 22 June - 22 July As the end of the year unfolds, remember that your body needs extra care. Watch your diet carefully and get enough rest. You deserve to be in good shape.

Leo 23 July - 22 August While you might be ready for a new gym routine, stick with what you know. This isn’t a time for more work, but it is a time for more fun. What fun classes can you take to get your body moving?

Virgo 23 August - 22 September A relationship that was once close to you finally comes to an end. This is not a bad thing. You have learned a lot and you are ready to focus on others in your life.

d

Libra 23 September - 23 October

e

Scorpio 24 October - 21 November

f g h

i

If you’re having a hard time being positive, you need to spend some time with children. They’re great teachers to those who need to be reminded of how great life is. Take time to play and you’ll reap the rewards. Choose to end the year with a time of rest. This has been a busy year and you deserve a little time alone. You have a lot coming up next year, so don't feel like you’re getting behind.

Sagittarius 22 November - 21 December Since you’re probably run down at this point of the year, take a few days to sleep and to rest. You deserve some time off your feet. Schedule a spa day or a day in the woods to rejuvenate yourself.

Capricorn 22 December - 19 January If there was ever a time to be happy, this month is it. With everything going so well, you should give thanks to those who are important in your life. They want to hear that you care.

Aquarius 20 January - 18 February Change the way that you’re looking at a current relationship. Though they might be causing you to feel down, recognize the lessons you can learn. You may find that the most challenging relationship is the best one for you.

Pisces 19 February - 20 March Art is on your mind right now. Take a few minutes to create something to hang on the wall. Or you might want to try an art class that you’ve never taken before.

35

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

`

A spiritual crisis of sorts may be on the menu for December of 2012. If this is the case, turn to a friend who seems to have things figured out. They have advice that will get you back to balance.


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Classifieds Accountants Are you running a business? Let us simplify things for you – accountancy, taxes, payroll services and more. We cater for companies and individuals. Established in 1984 on the Costa Blanca. Call us on 966 923 963 for your first consultation free of charge.

Alarms

ADT Authorised Distributor Fully fitted Alarm systems Approved by the Guardia Civil. Masterboard key pad with remote control. A wireless or fixed control handset. Two image movement detectors with microphones. Movement detector. Wall alarm with the ADT logo.GPRS / GSM Transmitter sim card for transmitting video and alarm signals. Sent to your mobile phone. All this for 149 € + iva. Installed. Then 29€ a Month. For professional advice and quotation Call 966 923 963

health, funeral, travel, etc Excellent cover from Spain´s 5th biggest insurance company, “CASER”. Policies available in English and German. Call Professional Business Support on 966 923 963 for a quick quote from a real person/our friendly staff.

Medical

Make the most of private health care and private hospitals, we have great cover and a two tier pricing system to suit your age and pocket. All policies in English, many English speaking doctors or free translators at your service. Call us now on 966 923 963, and we will call you back with your quote. Caser Health Care .

Personal

BEAUTIFUL, caring woman (35) gives fun, pleasurable massage and more, Private Flat Villamartin, Liddy 677 865 831

Property For Rent

Boats BOATING LICENSES ARE NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN SPAIN Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Own-boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 638 056 224 / enquiries@serenitysailing.com / www.serenitysailing. com

Church Services Pilar Christian Community Church Calle Canalejas 3. Pilar de la Horadada. Sunday Service at 11am, and Thursday at 5pm for Bible study and Prayer. Home groups meet during the week. All welcome from any church background or none. For further information contact Pilar ChristianCommunity Church@gmail.com or contact Reverend Eddie on 966 7693 00 or 650 509 606. Reg No:2009-SG/A

Insurance Try Professional Business Support for your quick quote for car insurance. Excellent prices for expats, all policies available in English or German. We will call you back with a price. 966 923 963 For all your insurance needs, ie.home, car,

Viva Villa and Vacation Services, For Short or Long Term Rentals visit: www.villaandvacation.com or Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Viva Villa and Vacation Services, For Short or Long Term Rentals visit: www.villaandvacation.com or Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 49, 2nd floor one bedroom apartment situated conveniently located in the town centre of Torrevieja, with a small sun balcony overlooking the lovely communal pool. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref 33, Ground floor spacious 2 bedroom apartment, located in Torre la Mata. Close to all amenities and beach. 3 month rental €300pcm Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 112, Spacious 3 bedroom detached villa with its private pool is located on the El Raso urbanisation near Guardamar. Convenient for all amenities, shops, supermarket, restaurants and bars. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 63, Two bedroom 1st floor apartment situated in Monino Blanco. The property overlooks a superb communal pool area, in within walking distance of bars, restaurants and shops. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 78, Three Bedroom Quad house in Jarden Del Mar. Close to all amenities, bars, shops, restaurants. €425pcm Call 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 155, Luxurious Three Bedroom Villa With Private Pool, in Quesada Close to shops and

restaurants within a five minute drive, and Guadamar Beach is within a ten minute drive. Long term rental €800PCM, Short term available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 709, A lovely 1 bedroom apartment 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: 708, A lovely two bedroom, one bathroom corner ground floor apartment in Algorfa, with a spacious patio & Residents off road parking. Communal pool near by. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 117, A Lovely 3 Bedroomed 1st floor apartment on the outskirts of Torrevieja (Mar Azul). The Apartment is in walking distance of the excellent beaches and a good selection of restaurants, shops and bars. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 61, A lovely two bedroomed ground floor apartment, located in the centre of the small Spanish town of Los Montesinos, With a pleasant communal swimming pool adjacent & all amenities in walking distance. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 516, Well situated studio apartment in San Luis. The property has a balcony which has been glazed to create another room. Close to all shops and amenities, on a local bus route & 10 minutes from the beach. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 104, 2 Bedroom apartment in Torrevieja, (near gypsy lane), small balcony, near all amenities and Friday market. €350pcm Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref 702: Beautiful 2 bedroom apartment, located near los Locos beach, beautifully furnished. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Excellent cover for your house and home, includes travel assistance for when you go away. Interesting prices for expats; policies available in English or German. Call 966 923 963 for a quote

Property for Sale Lovely Corner property in Novamar V, Gran Alacant. 2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Being sold fully furnished including appliances, Has secure underground parking and faces large oasis communal pool. Walking distance to beach. 139.000 Euros, Call 627 711 155 and quote Ref No. K10 Ground floor duplex, with splendid views. Quiet location in Gran Alacant. Immaculate condition. Price has just been reduced to 105.000 and includes everything. For viewing call 627 711 155 Ref. No K27 Rare opportunity to purchase on Mediterrania III, Gran Alacant. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Private Parking, F/Furnished, Large communal pools & Tennis courts S/W facing, Dramatically reduced for quick sale to 126.000 euros. Ref No. K58 Call 627 711 155 for immediate viewing

PAGE

36

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

To advertise here please telephone 965 99 66 66 or email advertising@thejungledrums.es

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. Com-

prising 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 parking. Also built in wardrobes, Toldos blinds,

email: office@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

37


The Jungle Drums

December 2012

Classifieds To advertise here please telephone 965 99 66 66 or email advertising@thejungledrums.es

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 superb 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 : www.villaandvacation.com 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 apartment 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

Solicitors

Need English Speaking Solicitors in Torrevieja? Let us help to solve your problems with debt recovery, divorce, property, accident claims, legalise land. Call us on 966 923 963, give us brief details and get in touch with your specialist solicitor.

Wig Specialist SALON MARGARETHAS, 23 years in Torrevieja Hair/Wig specialist for Medical illness and Hair Loss problems. We offer different Hair Replacements, top fillers, Hair prostheses, Toupees and Wigs, Natural and Artificial hair and much more. Also fashion/festival accessories TV/TS are welcome to our service. Please call our salon reception for an appointment with Margaretha on Tel no 966 921 846 Torrevieja (64)

solution to Sudoko on page 33

PAGE

38

The Jungle Drums - Tel: 965 99 66 66


December 2012

The Jungle Drums

email: oďŹƒce@thejungledrums.es

PAGE

39


The Jungle Drums December 2012  

The Jungle Drums December 2012