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Father Ted was right...but that didn’t stop me... By Dave Bull

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I’ve reached that age. You know the one, where you

them

find yourself squinting at the label on the fish fingers

and

trying your hardest to focus and cursing Birds Eye for

to my face but to no

writing the instructions too small. You blame the light in

avail – no matter what I do

the room, the sun for being too bright or that final, and

there’s Cliff staring back at me. Maybe the answer

balance-tipping glass of Rioja the previous night before

is to go down the Elton John/Dame Edna route and

admitting to yourself that actually it’s time to see an

make a statement….but hearing ‘what a knob…’ as I

optician. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not walking around

pass curious passers-by might be a bit annoying after

like Mr. Magoo but I have noticed that my eyesight

a while.

has decided that it’s going to have a laugh and make

So I’ve decided to pin all the possible shapes and sizes

me feel my way around the house. Why it has gone

to a dartboard and wherever the dart lands – that will

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downhill recently I can only speculate (geddit…?) but

be my new look….although seeing the board to start

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I’m sure it has nothing to do with my mum telling me,

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Father Teds’ had it right all those years ago when they

(eventually) got my glasses, if I continue to ignore the

sound advice from the best...

warned of dire consequences for sins of the flesh and

threats of eternity down in the furnace with Lucifer, will

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damnation for those little boys who wanted to get out

my eyesight continue to

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their favourite plaything (again).

deteriorate?...or should I ask someone to give me a

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I have reached that milestone. Don’t get me wrong, I

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It’s time to stand up for my fellow

your customers will be foreign. Not

paisano and defend our ability (or

necessarily English, they could be

lack of) to hablar foreign languages.

Scandinavian, German, Russian or,

Spain if we at least

For ever, it seems, foreigners have

dios forbid, French, but the un cosa

make an effort to talk to them in the

bemoaned the Anglo’s ‘laziness’ or

that will have in common is a basic

language of the country we are in. no

‘disinterest’ in speaking a foreign

conocimiento del ingles – because

hay excusas as far as I’m concerned

tongue when in fact all the fault lies

they know. We on the other hand no

for el hombre who, having spent two

firmly at los pies of our antipasados.

sabemos which one to learn unless

weeks (or even living here) in Spain

Drake, Raleigh, Cook, Dr Livingstone

we are going to live in one place such

to fill his car up at the gasolinera on

and Homer Simpson have reached out

as Spain. But then comes along la

the way into the airport, to then say

to the quatro corners of the little planet

proxima problem. Age. As we get older

to the guy behind the till, ‘pump four

and spread the English language far

our ability to learn lessens – you’ve

mate….cheers!’ yes it’s dificil to pick

and wide, so much so that it is the

only got to try and transferia all your

up the whole grammatical suitcase of

number one idiom in the mundo, (ok,

numbers from one phone to another,

Spanish but surely, even a moron can

a lot of people hablar Chino but most

impossible, unless of course you hand

learn ‘Gracias’ en dos semanas…?

of them live there and if not, they are

it to a five year old who will configure

It’s a question of respect, not una

concentrating on a menu or selling

your tarjeta de memoria, remove

problema grande that you’ll never

plastic footballs…). Us Brits are at a

those annoying texts and hand it back

be able to overcome. All I say to the

distinct disadvantage when it comes

to you within treinta seconds. We’ve

rest of the world is, bear with us; it

to aprendiendo a foreign language –

not had it drummed in to us from

is different (culturally) for the Brits

we don’t need to pero the rest of the

an early age that it is importante a

but on the flip-side if the ‘pump four

world does need a second tongue

hablar another language because, as

mate’ guy is there at the same time

(insert joke here ladies) and that is

everyone knows, the rest of the world

as you….teach him a new word would

English. It is the language of negocio,

speaks English, and pretty well too.

you? ‘Respeto’ would be a great start

commerce, movies and computers.

Cuantas many times have you gone

and he could learn it while he’s taking

Anyone wanting to get on in the world

to practice your Spanish in a local bar

his calcetines off to count to 18…

is told to learn English. Whether it’s in

and the camarero insists on talking in

the banks of Switzerland or your local

English so he puede practice. I’m not

McDonald’s on the Costa

saying we should give up and let the

Blanca, there is a necesitar hablar

world come to us, far from it, it shows

English porque an awful lot of

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ished by publications and their subsequent circulation.

whenever the time comes.

One can either apply for an N.I.E. number

Spanish Wills the question whether their children should get their N.I.E. number as soon as possible came up frequently. They had heard that their children cannot inherit without this number. In essence this is right. But the delivery of such information

does take some time) or personally at the

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Gran Alacant teenager José Pardo made a name for himself last month by appearing on

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and owner and presenter, Nick Hawkins, was so impressed he recorded the song to use on the station as a regular jingle. As well as interviewing Jose live on air along with his best pal, Mitch, morning presenter Nick got him to perform the song live for listeners. Soon after the texts and phone calls confirmed what Jose’s friends have been saying for a long time – he is very good. Who knows what will happen next for the local schoolboy but one thing is for sure, he is very talented and an exciting future in music beckons…just try not to swear too much..eh lads…?

I bet you’ve done it…I know I, and many others have, but nobody wants to admit to it. Sneaking around, hoping none of our friends will see us but really, we can’t help it – the reward is often too good to ignore the opportunity. What am I on about? ‘Binning’ that’s what, and if you don’t know what ‘binning’ is well, you’re missing out my friend. ‘Binning’ is the name given to spotting something you like that’s been dropped off at the local bins and going and getting it for yourself. If you did this in the UK, I can guarantee you’d be excommunicated from the WI or blackballed from the golf club committee but here in Spain its ok…so long as no one knows. You see, the Spanish have this great concept of not destroying everything that they no longer need or want and if it’s in reasonable condition (depends, of course on how you define ‘reasonable’) they’ll leave it next to the bins (rather than in it) for someone else to make use of. I know numerous ex-pats who go ‘binning’, one who even watches from her flat with binoculars so she can get there first, but none are prepared to ‘come out’ about it. I’m the first to admit that I’ve found some great furniture that someone else has just grown tired of, and even displayed quite well when leaving it at the ‘bin supermarket’. Two friends who came out a long time ago in one respect found a complete, and in perfect condition, lounge suite and promptly furnished their apartment – but they won’t say a word about it. The ‘moros’ have been at it for years, and making a few quid on the side, and now the good ol’ ex-pat is catching on to this environmentally friendly,

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Bird Racing. By Brian Conduit

Back in Feb, the Costa Blanca Bird Club held it’s inaugural bird race.

and right in the middle of them was a Common gull. Now you might think

Now, for those of you that don’t know what a bird race is, I can tell

that the word common means just that, but in this part of Spain it is a

you it’s not pitting a Grey Heron against a Peregrine Falcon, or a House

very unusual bird indeed, and was a first in Spain for me, ( a definite

Sparrow against a Kingfisher. The race is all about the most species seen

candidate for the rare bird of the day).

in the allotted time, usually between dawn and dusk and if you feel like

Various stops across the Salinas added a further sixteen to our growing

stumbling about in he dark looking for Owls, feel free.

list, as we made our way inland towards El Hondo. We soon spotted our

Teams of three or four could choose the day, and at least three members

first Swallow and House Martin, closely followed by Buzzard, Kestrel and

must see or hear the bird, and there were prizes for the most species

Booted Eagle. A quick stop for lunch and we were on our way again, via

seen, the rarest bird seen and the best written report sent in. My pal Alec

the back gate of El Hondo and a new hide overlooking a large lagoon.

was out for a weeks birding, so he joined myself and Rosemary Reid,

There we got Tufted Duck,Cetti’s Warbler and a Kingfisher. We were up

another club member, to make our team.

to sixty eight species by this time, and a short ride to a football pitch to

As Rosemary lives the other side of Calpe, and the majority of birds are

look for small larks proved fruitless, but fate played a hand and gave us

to be found down here around Santa Pola, Alec and I had an early start

twenty six Common Cranes and a very early Cuckoo.

to get up to Rosemary’s house by first light. While she was preparing our

Retracing our route back across the Salinas and the coast road to Gran

lunch, ( to be had on the run later), we got our list off to a good start

Alacant we got Sanderling, Dunlin, Whimbrel and a magnificent male

with Siskin, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Collared Dove and Wood Pigeon, all

Brambling. Our last stop of the day as the light was fading, was a Sierra

in Rosemary’s garden. One or two more were added as we made our

behind Elche where we heard the unmistakable sound of a female Eagle

way to the motorway, and the trip down to our first stop which we called

Owl.

Dingly dell and is near the Clot. These two sites gave us twenty three

Eighty one species in total, which we thought was a good effort. Turns

species, which included Snipe, Green Woodpecker and Little Owl, but

out we were beaten into second place by a very strong team, led by

the best was a Moustached Warbler singing as we left to make our way

Malcolm Palmer with one hundred and six species. Anyway, a great day

along the coast road to Santa Pola. This road only gave us two birds,

all round, and after a meal in Calpe, Alec and I arrived back in Santa P

Audouin’s Gull and Turnstone before we got to our next stop, the smelly

just eighteen hours after starting out.

pool, (secret location). We immediately found some Mediterranean gulls,

Lazy Git.

Back in March, after 3 weeks in Elche hospital,

I spent a week with my good friends Colin and Jane, whose Finca stands more or less right under the Bonelli’s Eagle’s nest. I can think of worse places to convalesce. With plenty of time to study these remarkable birds, I came to understand them much better. When I arrived one egg had just hatched, and I was the first to see the little white ball of fluff that was continually clamouring for food.Within a day or two I noticed that the male was not bringing food back for the chick, in fact I hardly saw him the whole week I was there. Apart from the odd fly past and roosting at night, he was conspicuous by his absence. He appeared to not have the instinct to do his share of rearing the chick. What this meant was

that the female was spending long periods of time away from the nest looking for food, which is ok for a while, but she will tire quickly as she has to feed herself as well. If the other egg hatches, it will be impossible for her to keep up. I watched the male one day eat a Red Legged Partridge without going anywhere near the nest. So what it needs is for this lazy git to get his finger out.The Costa Blanca Bird Club’s May field trip is to the Island of Tabarca for the day, with a lunch in one of the many beach restaurants. Please call me for more info on 966690497 or email me at briancsantap@yahoo.co.uk

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Down to brass tacks...

Well its Sunday the 19th of April today and guess what happened today? It rained most

According to my local newspaper the council are organising local classes in Gran Ala-

of the day, and to be truthful, I thought it was brilliant. Now why do you think that I am

cant and Santa Pola for anything from dancing to gymnasium so go to your local coun-

totally barmy by enjoying a day of rain? This is quite simple because it’s free water for

cil office and ask, it doesn’t cost anything to join as far as I know but don’t quote me

my orange trees. A nice long slow rain, so to speak, is wonderful for my trees as the

please as I only read and pass on the information in English.

rainwater has a chance to soak into the ground and not just run off as a sort of flash

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flood. Now I know that everywhere I go everyone loves to see me - even on a miserable day like today, so I went for a visit to see another mechanic friend of mine, and they were ecstatic to see me turn up despite the grungy weather. I had a cup of tea and a chat in the bar cafe that’s he’s spent an arm and a leg on to open - what was formally called the Butty Box - so now he will not be coming down to me so that I can throw spanners

from Gran Alacant will be exhibiting at the Casa de Cultura from the 21st May to the 19th June and the theme is paintings of Santa Pola in watercolours and oils. There will be about 20 paintings sized from 30x40 to 50x60 cms. Check it out!!

and a few other things at him. I mean you have got to keep these youngsters in line and not let them get too bigheaded. From there I went for another ride around Gran Alacant road testing a customer’s car which I can’t find anything wrong with. I put some petrol in it then had another drive around the houses to try to find the fault but it ran like a dream which is normal till I give it back then it will no doubt go wrong again. Now there is a name for this but I am not sure if it’s called Murphy’s Law or a piece of wet earth law… Now down to brass tacks and what’s happening in Santa Pola town which as you will appreciate is difficult to write about when you don’t know what’s happening, but according to information received, there is a plan to install a form of new rotorvation tillers to the tractors that clean the beaches that will turn the sand over to a depth of 30cms, which will cause air to mix with the sand that will help the natural bacteria’s break down any nasties. Well the way that I see it is that anything which is helping the natural processes and is a help to the environment is a good thing, not sure exactly but from what I have read this sounds like a good idea. The Easter parade went off without a hitch and for anyone interested if you visit this web site http://www.torabora.info/ you will find pictures of the celebrations and the moors and Christian’s festival as well. I’ve been searching the internet for more information regarding Santa Pola but not a lot on the web just the usual estate agents, hotels and car hire. So for once even a motor mouth like me is lost for words because trying to write an article when I don’t know anything is difficult to say the least…so in the words of a famous person that I can’t remember his name but he played in a lot of carry on films and up Pompeii, and guess what its just come to me? Frankie Howard, that’s the one and his immortal line let me tell you a story or was it Tommy Cooper? Well anyway I can’t think of any short stories at the moment but I have asked our beloved leader to allow a friend of mine to write articles on a regular basis about motor bike events that happen in and around the area, but what he doesn’t know as yet and

Moto

en España Hi fellow bikers Viking here, I have been asked to write a few words on the various bike meetings each month in España here is a taster to get you going. April 17th to 19th Gran Alacant Moto fiesta run by the Vulcaneros of Alicante, three days of live music, a wet ride on Sunday and lots of new friends, Sunday we started off at the GA center (Beer House), then rode to Valverde (restaurant Molina), La Hoya (Raco de Paco) and back to GA (Beer house) for music by Blacknight and Covertime from Madrid they both played soft and heavy rock, All for a cost of €10.

On a more serious note, last July I had an accident, the other road users were very helpful as were the ambulances crews, police and doctors. I was under the impression that I had fully comprehensive insurance (how wrong I was), apparently here in Spain it is usually third party at around €300, there are a few companies that will give you fully comprehensive at around €1,500 to €2,000 if you are not sure then get your insurance cover translated. More details to follow next month, time to chop-off now,

Viking

You can e-mail your photo’s and comments to me

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On 14th June 2009 there is the fiesta (highly recommended) in Santa Pola (en el porte) on the port Faro, Portugal 16-19 July Almeria June, July and August (TBA) Torreveija (TBA) San Pedro de Pinatar late July (TBA)

that this is also about the scooter events as well, which being a biker first will no doubt get up his nose but if you want to be famous and have articles published in the best mag on the Costa then you will have to take the rough with the smooth.

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In June 2009, we will be having elections to choose new members of the European Parlament. We will be remembering the very first European Parlament which was on the 19th March 1958 and called the European Parlamentary Assembly. As I have just said, in June we will have the European elections, and will choose by direct vote in our national electoral district new representatives of the 27 European States for the period 2009 - 2014. These representatives are able to speak up to 23 official languages. This makes me think of Gran Alacant where we can meet different nationalities from the European Union, living together and pulling together for the good of the area without being impeded by language. It is nice to be able to enjoy and share with all of you without differences and to be able to bring the good things from each nationality into the area. The open meeting where all the decisions are made is held in Strasbourg with the help of commissioners who prepare the work as a team. It is important legislatively that the European Parliament and the European Council work together making the major decisions together - decisions like free circuation for workers, the European Market, education, investigation, the environment, the transeuropean networks, health, culture or the protection of consummers amongst other things. Parliament shares out the Cabinet annually to approve European Community budgets. It is for this reason that I believe that the new political groups would intensify citizen participation. The process of integration within Europe will be more successful if they resolutely tackle the real worries that we, the European Citizens have, by deleloping participation and implementing political truths of Community integration in matters such as the creation of work for those suffering unemployment, the fight against poverty, protecting areas of environmental value, training and education, equality and the social cohesion between the member states of the European Union. In order to stand up to these challenges, it is necessary for us European Citizens to be more active and commited and that we make the European policitical institutes, each time, more democratic and useful to everyone in general. I believe that the best thing is to do this together and for the good of us all. It is a pleasure to be able to say this to you all, and as always, if you need anything, I will be there for you all.

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Hi Guys,

What a month it’s been with more visitors to GA, it’s always nice to see more people on the street and in the bars and restaurants. After hearing about all the closures while I was away it was good to see Tutti’s open in what was La Palma and Don and Anne have opened Phoenix Nights in the Carabasi complex in what was Sam’s Bar. On Saturday the 18th of April the Royal British Legion held its first meeting in GA at Destinations bar. A full house with a superb meal and some wonderful prizes donated by the businesses of Gran Alacant for the auction which raised 150€. Everyone said it was a great night and that they were looking forward to the next! The total raised on the night was 660€. The next morning, somehow, we held the walk along Carabasi beach – in the pouring rain. I was going to cancel it but more than 40 people turned up and were ready to go! Even some of the fellas managed to look good in their bras… thanks to Destinations Bar for providing the water and Amanda from Sandcastle photography for the photos, at the time of writing I have now got 1,720€ with still more to come and I’ll give you an updated total next month as to how much we’ve raised so far for Elche Hospital.

Frankie’s Bar I’ve had a long chat with Frankie about the rumoured stripper at his bar last year. He was upset at what has been said about his bar and insisted that he runs a clean bar and does not let anything like that occur on his premises. We agreed it would be a good idea to show people just how friendly and welcoming Frankie’s Bar is and we’ve decided to hold The Jungle Drums annual party there on the 21st of May. The thing is – I’ve ambushed it because it’s my birthday so come on down and help me celebrate – everyone’s welcome and there are special offers on drinks for the night. And…anyone who knows me will know that when we have a party…we have a party! So get ready, get dressed and get down to

Frankie’s on the 21st for The Jungle Drums Party (which is really my birthday party!!!)

please let Mum´s know... that there is a Mother and Toddler Group every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at JPs Bar in the back room. We are a non-profit organisation and myself and Rachel decided to start it up as somewhere for new mum´s to get together and for children to play together. We are open to everyone with toddlers/babies, under school age. We have been running for about 7 weeks now and though we have had mum´s turning up we could do with a few more. I would like to add a big thank you to John and Yvonne for allowing us to use the room to try and get the group up and running.

DESTINATIONS

LORETO CASCALES Councillor for Gran Alacant & the Popular Party

Dear friends, Once again I have some very good news for the people of Gran Alacant. First of all, I would like to let you know that we have received a subsidy from the Valencian Government of a total amount of 6.284.145 € to be invested in our town through different projects. Our major has decided that a very large part of this amount of money will be for Gran Alacant area and some projects that will be developed in our area in the following two years. These future projects will be: 1. - New location for the street market of Gran Alacant. We want to move it from Calle Canarias (that is a public street and it sometimes bothers the neighbourhood of this street so we want to move it to a public land where it will not bother anybody). The new street market of Gran Alacant will be located close to the Sports Hall Centre area and it will be constructed as a multiuse area for different activities when the street market is not working. This will cost 520.501,27 €. 2 .- Rehabilitation of the pavements and the area that are between the roundabout of the post office going to the beach area. This will cost 229.189,25 €. 3. - Clean and fit out the Santa Pola Hill and the environment. This will cost 309.154,72 €. 4. - The second phase of the closing and improvement of the Sports Hall Centre. This will cost 577.655,98 €. This means that Gran Alacant will have a total amount of 1.636.501,22 € of the subsidy our Town Hall has received from the Valencian Government. This amount of money together with the amount of money from the subsidy we already received by the Central Government makes that the final amount of money for Gran Alacant will be around four millions euros in projects that will be developed soon in the area. I would like to take this opportunity that I have to let you know that I will have all the projects in my office and that it will be a great pleasure for me to be able to explain them to you if you are interested in having more information about what we are going to do exactly in the area of Gran Alacant. It has been very hard to obtain all these investments for our area, but our mayor and I have decided to make a very big difference in Gran Alacant and try to make a better place to live with more services and infrastructure. Please, do not forget we are working for you and our efforts are to make your life more comfortable. Thank you very much and speak to you again next month.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask Loreto - pop along to the municipal centre in GA and make an appointment to see her. You’ll find her extremely helpful, and don’t worry - she apeaks English!

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LaMarina MAS DESPACHIO, POR FAVOR ! STILL AT IT By John McGregor If you don’t know what the first bit above means, then you : a. Can’t be arsed to learn Spanish. b. Are bothering to learn, but you havn’t got that far yet. c. Want to find out…if so, read on.. Mas despachio, por favor actually means ‘slower, please’, or generally used as ‘can you speak a bit more slowly please ? ’( I might get it if you didn’t speak so fast ! ). Thing is…have you had a go, or is it just point a) that applies to you ? If you have, then you know it’s not that easy, is it ? I know, because I’m not that thick ( honest ), but I’ve been at it ten years, on and off, and I’ve still got loads to go before I consider myself able to say ‘Hablo espanol’ ( I speak Spanish ) with any conviction. Here are one or two of my experiences trying to learn the lingo… When I first bought a place here, I needed some building work done. Nothing too fancy, some slabs and a few steps at the back for a small patio. Everyone around seemed to use and recommend the same bloke, called Harry, a surly Londoner, on the grounds that he was cheap, but definitely not cheerful. We agreed the price and I said I would come with him in his heap of a car to the builders yard to buy the materials needed. In a self-inflicted cloud of dust we swept into the very small Spanish builders yard ( before Cano’s got big and expanded ). Harry abruptly ‘parked’ his filthy ancient ( English ) saloon car right in the middle of several pallets of materials where several fork lift trucks were moving jerkily around us. Harry jumped out and grabbed a bag of cement from a nearby pallet, tossed it casually into his boot, loudly uttering the immortal words to the nearby watching hefe – ‘ Uno sacko of cemento ! ‘He swung round to observe me, helplessly crying with barelysuppressed laughter, leaning against his car for support. ‘ What ‘re you pissing yourself about ? ‘ he demanded. I managed to gasp out ‘ Learn

Spanish with Harry - lesson one – at the builders yard – Harry’s tip ‘ if in doubt, use the English word, and put an ‘o’ on the end – Uno sacko of cemento !’ I couldn’t resist it, and I continued – ‘Don’t tell me, I know the next bit…Uno saco of sando ?’ Harry was not the sort of bloke you took the piss out of, not if you wanted to go on living. He stared coldly at me, belligerently insisting ‘well, it ‘effing well is, innit - uno saco of cemento !’. Well, of course, he was right, the laugh was on me really, it is uno sacko of cemento….. but the meeting of Spanish and English made my day.

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other such gems in action, such as ‘uno beero, ta’ in the bar, or ‘ow moocho ?’ holding up the item in question, but I still snigger when I see or hear cemento !. A retired couple I know moved out into the sticks from La Marina Urb, and later their daughter and son-in-law, plus their two grandchildren

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to live on the Urb. The grandchildren started school in the village, and were staying with their grandparents for the weekend. The Grandad suggested to the six year old she came with him to the town to get some wire he needed. In the very Spanish shop he put into practice his very basic Spanish, trying to describe with difficulty what he wanted. He received a full tilt Spanish reply, in the form of a question back from the older lady

FOUL EYE The old AIM mob have re-invented themselves with a new name, can’t remember what it is, but there’s trouble already! Barrera has been seen around in public, glaring at everyone...The Centro Social building next to the copshop continues to baffle us all, as to what its for, as no local groups can use it, the w*!ky Town Hall kicked ‘em all out in July for ‘re-decorating’, now no-one can use it except of course the Town Hall for their own meetings and playthings. Local groups must go elsewhere and pay! New shops, bars and restaurants who don’t know there’s a recession on continue to open, bless ‘em...and then close! There’s a few green shoots around though, like builders building, painters painting etc between the rain, but they always do around Easter, don’t they, so I don’t think it’s a pointer to the economy.    I’ll keep my ear to the ground, if there’s any ‘ hold the front page’ news, I’ll let you know…

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Alicante is only 30 minutes where there are magnificent beaches and

of permanent residents from other countries who now call La Romana

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only 25 minutes away from La Romana.

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import wine from La Romana vineyards to sell at a healthy profit, locals

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"Uvas de Mesa Aledo" from the vineyards including those of Jose

September the Mayor gives a thank-you to all the towns people for their

Miguel and Mari Carmen who are Directors of Katania. Wine is in

work in the vineyards and offers a Paella in the Park followed by music

abundance and can be bought from the Bodegas.

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provides a contrast between the green pine groves of the Sierra del Coto

“Padron” which states you are living here on a permanent basis,Katania

and the white soil of the vineyards. For those looking for real Spain and

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furniture and electrical shops along with two Chemists.There is also an

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the authorities have provided a beautiful picnic area among the pines,

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ful walks and cycling tracks, it is a haven for painters and daydreamers!

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and also have many interesting places to visit.

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Elche is a City worth exploring,with its Palm Culture and a wealth of

memorate its independence from Monóvar in 1826.

historic buildings. Alicante is only 30 minutes where there are magnifi-

A nearby attraction (about 24km away) is the Spa town of Fortuna with

cent beaches and shopping galore,and of course the nearby Airport is

its hot springs, swimming pools, steam rooms and massage facilities.

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ROUNDABOUTS and HIGH VISIBILTY JACKETS.

this is the way they

are

taught to do it!

Let’s start with roundabouts, following last month’s enlightening chat with the locals,

Latest news,

concerning indicators, we raised the question

serve the Mercadona/Lidl/Iceland, shopping

of roundabouts, which the Spanish Highway

area, at San Fulgencio, is finally completed

Authorities have taken to with an obsession

and for the next week or so, should provide

and which are appearing, near you, almost

some entertaining antics, whilst everyone

daily.

gets to know it.

the new roundabout, to

Discounting Paco’s immediate response of, “it’s somewhere to put a fountain” and

Turning now to “High Visibility Jackets” or,

Jose’s glib, “they make for a pretty garden”,

as my 7 year old grandson, insists they be

we tried to engage them in a discussion of

called, “tabards”.

Spanish roundabout protocol.

Now, everybody knows that the required

Why do they, when wishing to leave at

Spanish motoring kit comprises;

the last exit, travel the whole way round,

2 x Warning Triangles, Bulb Kit, Spare

in the outside lane, with no indication of

Spectacles and those brightly coloured

their intentions, confusing traffic wishing

Jackets, but how many jackets?

to enter, and frustrating other traffic on the

Well, my mate Phil took his 9 seater

roundabout, who are doubtless employing

Mercedes for an ITV, proudly displaying

the same tactics.

his jackets on each of the front seats, whereupon the Inspector said, “muy bien,

Or why, when wanting to take the first

where are the other 7!?”.

exit, do they aim in a straight line, crossing

The moral being, that whilst 2 are considered

both lanes, clipping, a tidy apex on the

the minimum, legal requirement, you should

roundabout kerb, before taking that exit.

carry a sufficient number of jackets to

Both our interviewees, paused, thought, and

match the maximum, seating capacity of the

shrugged in unison “que problema?”

vehicle. (We happen to have a very nice line

Despite our attempts to explain the why’s

of jackets, at bargain prices!).

and wherefore’s, they could not see a case to answer, except, that’s the way it is and

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This month saw the finish of the leagues that

cup, this competition has been going for the

were played out through the winter and un-

last three years and we have been the winners

fortunately two of our teams finished at the

for the last two 07 and 08 so I am pleased

bottom of their respective leagues tables, the

to say that this year was no exception as we

C.B.B.A. winter league team and the Dolphins

didnt drop a match all the way through, conse-

in the A division of the southern league, but

quently the cup still sits in our trophy cabinet

the Seagulls finished a very creditable 4th in

for another year ready for when we do battle

the B division of the southern league and the

once again.

Astronauts went one further with 3rd place in

The Red Cross of St George was very much

the S.A.B.A Discovery league, so looking at

in evidence when we celebrated our Nation-

the winter season, when even though we didnt

al Saints day last week with a very good af-

lift any silverware all the teams enjoyed their

ternoons bowling, I sometimes wonder what

bowling and lets face it thats the main object

our Spanish hosts think when they see nearly

of the game.

50 people congregate at the sports complex

Talking of lifting silverware we came very close

dressed in fiery red outfits, but no matter, as

in the

all who took part throughly enjoyed the after-

Champion of Champions, this year

held at Bonalba, when we had finalists in two

noon especially the three winners

Graham.

events. Leighton and Credwin Davies with skip Roy Mercer in the trips, and our own Spanish International. Fred Roberts in the mens singles, but sad to say they both fell at the last hurdle, the trips trio went out on the 19th end and Fred lost to another International

Russell Marks

from San Miguel, but it was a great effort for all our finalists who most cer-

Phil and Jim.

tainly flew the La Marina Flag high, our visiting

The Spanish Nationals or Valencian Champi-

touring team this month combined two clubs

onships as they are now called, (I think) are

Hainault B.C. from Essex, and White Moss B.C.

just around the corner, so I would like to wish

from East Kilbride both under the umbrella of

all our members who are taking part the very

Personal Touch touring co, and as is always the

best of luck also all who are involved in the

case with touring teams, everyone had a very

S.A.B.A. Championships bring back some Sil-

enjoyable afternoon, they beat us on rinks and

verware people, here’s hoping our trophy cab-

we had the higher overall score so we agreed

inet will be bulging when I speak to you again

to call it a draw.

next month, until then stay healthy.

It seems that April was taken up with us competing against our near neighbours and friends at Monte Mar, first the Friendship Trophy, put

Phil Morris - President

up by Brian and Dottie West of

La marina Bowls Club.

Monte Mar

which I am pleased to say we retained, and the super series

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Martin Peters visits Polaris World, La Torre Golf

football season. Peters may not be known to

Online to ask Martin to be their spokesper-

many football fans under the age of 40 but

son. Extra Time Online is an Internet based

It was as an attacking, creative midfielder

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that Peters truly made his mark on the Eng-

days at excellent prices. Martin was here to

Martin Peters, the former Captain of Eng-

lish game. Excellent with either foot, he also

shoot video for their new promotion video

land and scorer of ‘the other goal’ in Eng-

scored many goals with his head and, as

as part of a new web campaign.

land‘s 1966 4:2

England manager Alf Ramsey famously once

Martin is now one of ten former legends of

said in 1966, ‘he was years ahead of his

White Hart Lane who host their own execu-

was in Spain

time’ . He came through the foot-

tive lounge for every Tottenham Hotspur

for a flying vis-

ball ranks, joining the West Ham

home game along with former stars Pat

victory

over

West Germany,

it last week. As

spokes-

person the

for

travel

United academy as a fifteen year

Jennings, Steve Perryman and others. He

old. At 22 he enjoyed his first taste

hopes to be back on the Costa Blanca dur-

of success as West Ham lifted the

ing the summer for more projects with Ex-

Fairs’ Cup (now

company

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Martin

folklore as he was

Peters,

not just part of the

MBE, had

England World Cup

flown in to visit the La

winning

team

but

Torre Resort, hit a few golf balls and per-

also scored in the 78th

form in front of the cameras for a promo-

minute. “I really thought

tional video.

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Peters has his own ties with Spain as he’s

did the rest of team, only for West German

tra Time Online and also work on bringing

owned his own place on Menorca for almost

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FORMIDABLE WOMEN

You may be forgiven for having thought (especially if your livelihood ever depended upon the coalmines – hush my mouth, mustn’t get political) that Britain had the monopoly on formidable women. Not so, though their history runs warmly back through Victoria and Elizabeth I to Britannia, who got a Building Society named after her, not to mention a daft boat and a football ground, and sat on the back of a few coins in her time. The fictional Bernarda Alba was a wonderful creation of Lorca’s, but he didn’t have a great shortage of models, I’m sure. Spanish male dominance (machismo) is a well-known phenomenon, but the country has thrown up more than its fair share of hell-raising ladies. Superstar status which extended to Hollywood hasn’t

OSTEOPATHY AND PREGNANCY During pregnancy, a woman´s body goes through a series of physical

stopped Sara Montiel from being a legend for her haughty discarding of men, and

changes.

the late lamented gypsy artiste Lola Flores is succeeded by her almost equally

The pelvis gets wider and changes position to better accomodate the

fearsome daughter Lolita.

development of the foetus and it should be flexible through these transformations.

A recent crop of politicians has included some ladies you wouldn’t want to tangle

The Centre of gravity of the body moves forward and

with - well, you might, there’s no accounting for taste! – and even the Ministry of Defence is in feminine hands, whilst two of the Prime Minister’s three Vice-

some muscles should work harder to hold the back and

presidents are women too.

keep the right position due to the weight of the foetus.

The fact is that women can be very good at taking charge – after all, they do that around the house all the time - but a glance at the European Heads of State reveals only the German Chancellor as a woman in the highest office – perhaps everyone else takes note of the later years of Mrs T? (Oops, there I go again!) and shies away from letting the fair sex

In consequence during the pregnancy women can have stress added with the changing hormonal influences on ligaments and joints. All the expectant mothers can benefit from Osteopathy in preparation for childbirth and for the most common complaints associated with pregnancy; lower back pain, sciatica (leg pain), pubic symphysis or sacro-iliac

take control? Scandinavian countries are less reluctant, and Iceland has just elected

joint pain. Osteopathy can use different techniques: mobilisation

a woman, while Norway has enjoyed the experience. Me? – well, the wife lets me

of the joints, stretching of muscles, soft tissue techniques and specific exercises to relieve the aches and pains. Also Osteopaths can give sensible back care advice to help the different changes and adaptations

make the decisions – but woe betide me if I make the wrong

of the posture and learn how to use the body correctly through pregnancy.

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Kids in Spain Suzanne Lockwood

Secondary Education in Spain After the 1990 education reform, secondary education (ESO) became compulsory, and it now lasts four years, following six years of primary education. The curriculum has been modified to include more technical subjects and foreign languages and it leads to graduation in secondary education. Studies leading to the title of bachillerato take another two years. Students sit examinations and must succeed in all subjects.

The Old and New Secondary Education Systems in Spain Age

Old System

Do you ponder the unfairness of the distribution of this commodity, as I do? Mozart played a public concert at the age of three, Compton Mackenzie, I think it was, was reading the Times before he was out

New System

of nappies, and every year, some prodigy shows up on the telly,

12 years old

7th grade EGB

1st year ESO

capable of doing stuff I couldn’t ever emulate, while still wet behind

13 years old

8th grade EGB

2nd year ESO

14 years old

1st year BUP/1st FP I

the ears.

15 years old

2nd year BUP/2nd FP I 4th year ESO

16 years old

3rd year BUP/1st FP II

3rd year ESO

1st year Bachillerato/Formación Profesional 17 years old

COU/2nd FP II 2nd Bachillerato/Formación Profesional

At 16, having completed ESO, students are awarded the graduation in secondary

What would you give to have a ‘gift?’ I have always envied folk with a singing voice (my music teacher once unkindly said, ‘Palmer, you sing like a bird – a Raven!’) Or to be able to draw – I worked with a young guy who could produce a caricature of anyone at all in seconds. Then there is the sporting kind of talent. How rare is it to be born with the ability to hit a pinpoint cross like Beckham, play with the

education certificate and from there, go on to higher secondary school (in the

elegance of Federer, hit a golf ball like Tiger Woods, soar over a

same school in some cases) to study for their baccalaureate leading to university

bar like Bubka?

entrance. Pupils who hold the Bachillerato (BUP) can go on a one-year Curso de

Of course, the guys I’ve just mentioned also show the factor

Orientacion Universitaria (COU), a university preparation course and one of the

necessary to allow that talent to bloom – the all-important

pre-requisites for entrance to university studies.

dedication. Without it, your talent goes down the tube, and history

For those who haven’t successfully completed the four years secondary

is littered with examples of flawed genius – even Mozart was

education, they are awarded a school certificate (certificado de escolaridad)

unable to look after himself, and the world was robbed of the music

and have the option of attending a vocational school (formación professional)

he may have produced had he lived to a ripe old age. And there are

providing specialized training for a specific career. Less gifted students who have not attained the necessary qualifications by age 16 are awarded a school certificate and may attend a 2 year vocational training school with the opportunity to train for such careers in clerical, secretarial, electronics, IT, telecoms or additional foreign language training, etc. Attendance for the first year is compulsory.University is a major investment; even so, the percentage of young people attending university in Spain is greater than in Britain. There is no fixed time period for students to complete a university course,

plenty of more recent examples of genius which wasn’t allowed to flower, for various reasons – Paul Gascoigne, who might have become a footballing great but for counter-attractions. Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Billie Holliday, Elvis, Minnie Ripperton, Karen Carpenter, and a great many other musicians seem to have been a particularly fallible group. It all makes you wonder, then, if, after all, you aren’t better off

repeating courses and even spreading out examinations over years is not

singing ‘like a Raven’ not being able to draw anything but the dole

uncommon. More on universities in next month’s issue. . . .

and having two left feet on the football pitch.

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YOUR STARS Aries

Leo

Sagittarius

The term ‘never kid a kidder’ has never been more opportune this month, as Neptune crosses your segment in an arch of 65.376 degrees. Ensure all household chores are completed by the 18th and then take extreme rest for at least 5 days. Not one of your plans will come to fruition this month so do not waste time in making any plans.

With Jupiter now leaving your quadrant, Pluto and Mercury are set to have a free reign this month. You will be drawn to the joys of philosophy, hats, and handkerchiefs made out of silk. You will be faced with an unlikely, but life affirming, irony this month involving your car, a road with a dead bird on it, and a small bag of peanuts. Whilst your stars suggest a 50% better than average chance of winning the lottery this month, you have a 275% higher than average chance of being involved in a hold- up in the store you buy your lottery ticket from on the 20th.

You will be strangely drawn to cous cous this month after studying an African cookery book which you seemingly accidentally found open. This is in fact a direct consequence of a disagreement between Mercury and Mars, who are no longer on speaking terms. Remember not to boil cous cous, as, in some circumstances, it can expand to over 3000 times its starting volume and thus lead to the flattening of your neighborhood in a ‘Return of the Blob’ kind of way.

Virgo

Capricorn

Mar 20 - Apr 19

Taurus

July 23rd - August 23rd

Aug 23 - Sept 21

Apr 20 - May 19

This month is well starred for electrical repairs. If your DVD player has been playing up, and you have been waiting for a sign from the heavens, then this is the best month so far this year to attempt to open the casing with your handymanpointy-tool. Have little to no fear about the bit where they warn you about ‘invalidating the warranty if you go any further than this electrical isolation panel’, the manufacturer’s star sign is telling them to be kind to people who break their warranty rules, but only before the 16th of the month when Venus zips its fly.

Gemini

May 22nd - June 21st The slang word from England ‘knackered’ will make itself known to you this month in an peculiar way. In England the word means tired/exhausted, but originally, in Shakespeare’s time, it meant to punch very hard in the privates. This uncomfortable mental picture will come to the front of your mind the next time you buy English tea or muffins, or watch Tony Blair on television. (The stars predict that Tony Blair will announce his resignation this month, beware American citizens who find themselves near the talk circuit on which he will inevitably throw himself to make oodles of cash... He will be replaced by the color Brown.)

Cancer

June 22nd - July 22nd A foul swearing neighbor will have you in his sights this month and will hurl insults which would make even a cynical armed services PE trainer blush. On no account let this neighbor get away with anything, and prepare a sheet of foul swearing insults which you should hurl back with equivalent vigor. You will find this experience exhilarating after the initial shock, but do not stop walking at any time during the exchange. A pudding is destined to have a pivotal import on the 5th and furry things with legs may never feel secure in your house again.

It’s true! She loves you and now you really know it. A princess bearing a rose is in your dreams now and will remain forever. Remember that the dangling carrot is always a nice surprise and the smile that accompanies it is worth all the treasure you can find. Look after the one that is ihana and know that every pusu makes you feel incredible. The future looks great and the only hurdles are ones that can be easily traversed with a little thought and a lot of enthusiasm. The beach, the sea, the moon and the stars are all waiting for you to pay them a visit and watch as the world revovles around the galaxy.

November 23rd - December 21st

December 22nd - January 20th You may not know it properly yet but someone nearby wants to take care of you. The bearer of red gifts from the beach and your big bro’ think you are pretty cool and will be showing you just how to get really dirty, quickly. Scuffed knees and oily hands are on the horizon but all in the name of fun. The future will bring you happiness whatever happens in the planets but a star named Kalas is destined for good things with the rest of the gang. With the royal lady and los altos on your side you can be sure a a lot of smiles and laughter – enjoy it kid, you deserve it.

Aquarius

January 21st - February 18th

Libra

September 23rd - October 23rd Your multicolored Chakras are starting to merge into a single browny-purple one. This is bad if you intend, later on in life, to meditate using these, although if you intend to devote your life to purely capitalistic pursuits this is not a particularly tragic occurrence. Whilst playing on the Playstation this month the green button is particularly well starred around 7th, although the red button will regain its dominance after the 23rd. As a typical Libran, your left foot will be slightly larger than your right one.

Scorpio

October 24th - November 22nd ‘Street brawling is well starred this month and could lead to an exciting career change after the 12th. Ensure your street fighting bicycle chain is well greased and any car antenna has that blunt bit at the end removed for optimal thwacking and stabbing possibilities. Take care to complete a survey which will take considerably longer than the 20 minutes estimate they gave you at the beginning. The survey will bring to your attention a new money making activity which may not be highly lucrative, but will give you some good stories for the dinner party circuit. An aging dog will adopt you as its owner after forgetting where it lives on the 19th.

Switzerland will become important to you this month in ways not immediately apparent. Drapes and wallpaper are well starred, as is painting doors on the inside of your house. Outside doors should be left until later in the year due to a possible disruption between Neptune and Saturn (but the charts will be more descriptive next month). A History Professor has your telephone number in his book and is set to make a pleasant call to you around the 26th.

Pisces

February 19th - March 20th Some things in life are worth waiting for…and someone has been waiting a long time for you. you know that 2 + 2 = 4 which is the perfect number, although one roof should be more than enough eventually to complete the sum. The son that is high above you is watching with a respectful eye and his guardian looks on with wonder and anticipation of what could be a beautiful coming together for all. Bovine is definitely on the menu and you can have as much as you like as there will be more than enough to last forever. Keep a smile on your face and remember this month’s moto is: make it happen.

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Across 1. Covered walkways 6. Plastered 11. Short story? 14. Work together 15. He set up the Golden Calf 16. Certain club member 17. He created the first 41 across 19. Foreman’s defeater 20. Soon-to-be American Beauties 21. Part of a contract 23. Laugh-In’s successor, for short 24. What makes 10 down 25. Tousle 29. Letter opener? 31. They may be inflated 35. Entirely 37. Old Oldsmobiles 40. Poetic anger 41. What 17 across created 44. Brazil tourist attraction, familiarly 45. Do __ others... 46. Captivate 47. Girl watch 49. Romulus, e.g. 51. Shapely suffixes 52. Choir member 55. Rams & Eagles org. 57. Skin picture 60. Inhabitant of Jamaica, Cuba, etc. 65. Friend in France 66. December day, 1913, that first 41 across appeared 68. Whale group 69. ~ 70. Make one’s day 71. Get by (with ‘out’) 72. “Hop __” Seuss title 73. Utah lilies

Down 1. “The Lion King” villain 2. Matador’s foe 3. Dobbin’s nosh 4. Suffer 5. Hurts a toe, perhaps 6. Lollygag 7. Tanner’s quest 8. Ash can? 9. The time being 10. Sad sound 11. __ geste 12. Troubles 13. Tom Joad, for one 18. Seedy 22. Hops to it? 24. Produced 25. __soft 26. Dismantle (a ship) 27. Bar furniture 28. Distress call 30. Hood’s weapon 32. Gadget 33. DuPont’s acrylic fiber 34. They have great foresight 36. Lao- __ 38. It’s embarrassing for a guy 39. Tanner’s quest 42. Last of the Hapsburgs 43. Change direction again 48. Stop fast 50. Having a similar policy 53. Numbers game 54. “Play __!”, book by self- help maven, Larry Wilson 56. Bistros 57. Scotch, for example 58. Berserk 59. Name on a soapbox 60. Prefix for Gandhi’s land 61. Luxor’s river 62. Type of race 63. This, to Pablo 64. Itinerary abbreviations 67. Cockney’s cry for assistance?

Across 1. Brown ermine 6. “Ben-Hur”, for example 10. Kid 14. ___charged (engine type) 15. Puerto ___ 16. Willy was one 17. Greek theater 18. Eddie in “Beverly Hills Cop” 19. Boys in the hood 20. Romantic stripper’s preferred reading? 22. Where a stripper keeps contact info? 24. While opening? 25. What 20 across took off 28. Puppy prattle 29. Poetic palindrome 31. Doh! nut? 33. Hidden cartoon character 36. Ambience 37. Exceeded the limit 41. Actress/director Lupino 42. Stripper with a wolfhound, say? 45. ___ de vie 46. What 42 across took off 48. Cincinatti players 49. US airport named after a war hero. 51. Senseless 53. Wildebeest 54. Because 57. Prune 59. Spoils 63. Thieving stripper’s possessions? 65. Flasher at a stripper’s disco? 67. Subs. 68. River dividing Europe and Asia 71. Gallic good-bye 72. Asian desert 73. What 65 across took off 74. Hall-of-famer Ryan 75. Sauce type 76. They’re walked on 77. What 22 across took off

Down 1. What 63 across took off 2. Henry VIII’s family name 3. Nabisco product since 1912 4. Cancelled a mission 5. Nobel prize-winning author Morrison 6. Press ‘Backspace’ perhaps 7. Photos 8. Unusual hotel type 9. Popular drink 10. Pieceworkers 11. Actor Flynn 12. Cone unit 13. Chores 21. First fruit picker 23. Color 26. Quake 27. They run in Pamplona 30. Purloin 32. West 33. Peruke 34. Fuss 35. It can be civil 36. Helper 38. It gave a princess discomfort 39. A hole in the head 40. Deserved 43. Grp. involved in ‘the troubles’ 44. Director Howard 47. Capital of Cyprus 50. Tobacco container 52. ___ Kelly (Jagger role) 53. EST+5 54. Hitches 55. Dome home 56. __ a long shot (way off) 58. Setting for “Cast Away” 60. Nimble 61. Big birds 62. Floors 64. Catch a wave 66. Touch down 69. Future fish 70. Honest guy

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something you want to get off your chest

LETS HEAR FROM YOU any subject....a confession maybe

LETTERS

ask@thejungledrums.com or do it the old way and post to apdo 194 03130 SANTA POLA

Dear Sir,

To the Editor,

Do you need any new writers? I’m

Is there anything worse than ignorant people? I’ve just been in the bank

not a professional but I can, usually,

waiting in the queue when in comes a man who obviously is a lot more

string a sentence together (depends

important than I, demanding that he is seen straight away as he has a

on the time of day, of course) and I’m

‘business to run’. The worst of it was that they gave in and served him,

rather keen to get something published.

much to the annoyance of the rest of the waiting customers. I’m retired

I’ve attached an article about life in

and have plenty of time for queuing but I still think that a little bit of

Spain and I have several others that

courtesy, ‘do you mind?’ would have done.

I’ve written recently. If you’d be kind

Yours,

enough to consider them I would be

Annoyed. Gran Alacant

very grateful and I understand that

Is there anything worse than ignorant people…yup, French

I would do this free if I were to be

ignorant people… ED.

credited with the work. I hope you enjoy the article and look forward to speaking to you soon. Regards, Norman Green.

Dear All,

Hi Norm, To put it bluntly, yes we could always do with

First let me introduce myself, My name is Walt Elders and I am on the

more writers and articles and a fresh face is always

committee of the newly formed La Marina Cricket Club, my job is press

welcome. The article was a good read and we’ll certainly

officer. Could you please promote our activities through your various

include it in the magazine in the future. Thanks for offering

news papers and or radio using the short statement below.

to send it in for free….that’s a really good price that I’d still

“Following the official formation of the La Marina Lightning Cricket

like to negotiate on – what blood group are you….. ED.

Club, held at Mix Mix bar and tapas. There was on the 18th April, a get together of lads & dads who are taking part in the Cricket Fayre

Hi all,

on the 2nd May on the La Marina market area. This was mainly for the

We have recently moved inland to Pinoso and we miss the Jungle Drums every month! Do you have any plans to distribute up this way or are we really living in the middle of nowhere? We love the mag and loads of people up this way are keen to see it (after I told them how good it is!) as the ones that we get are a bit dull compared.

To the wonderful friends and neighbours we have left behind in La Marina, we loved living on the coast and they made our life wonderful while we were there. Anyway, thanks for a great magazine and for helping us settle down to our new life in Spain with the helpful and informative articles that you write - you don’t take yourselves too seriously either which is All the best,

run through the schedule of events. The Cricket Fayre is being run in conjunction with the San Fulgencio Ayuntamiento, and the La Manga Cricket Club. The Cricket Fayre is an ideal opportunity to promote Cricket to the wider ex pat and Spanish population of La Marina. Any funds raised during the Cricket Fayre will be donated equally to the AECC & K9 charities. There will also be a separate raffle with the

Can I also say many thanks and come and see us!

good.

participants to get use to the playing surface and for the committee to

Mary & Terry. Pinoso

proceeds going to the Cricket Club”. I have attached a photo of the lads and dads from the 18th April gathering for publication is you wish. There will nearer the 2nd May posters and flyers promoting the event. Could you please place this small article in your papers. Also we are looking for donations for prizes or donations that can be forwarded directly to our charities AECC & K9. We also need a marquee for the day so if anyone who receives this can help it would be appreciated. thanks

Many

Walt Elders 630821204

Hi guys, well hopefully by now you’ve realised that we are now dropping the mag off at Pinoso and many other inland places. We’ve had so much demand from you Mountain people that we decided, as your new friends say, a mag that is a bit more upbeat is needed. This is our first ‘proper’ month delivering to all these places and a list of where to get it is on the pages about the ‘inland’. Happy now…?

ED. x

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