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FOOD BORED Now I’m not getting at the Spanish here, although it is mainly them that do it, but how many times have you looked at a menu board outside of a restaurant that has photos of the actual meal on it and

I’ve been out on the road during September visiting

I also managed to get through the month without

thought. Mmm looks tasty? I’ll bet

readers from Pinoso, Abanilla, Quesada and quite

having a row with a ‘celeb’ on Twitter which was nice

it’s never because they are the worst

a few others actually and I must thank the NOSMO

and introduce a whole new region to All Abroad with

photos of food you’ll ever see. Some

KING club down in Torrevieja for inviting me along

the help of some useful people such as Steve Hall

have clearly been taking after the

on the 15th when I gave a chat about some of the

who set up www.thisisspain.com and Ali Meehan at

‘meal’ has been left standing around

funny things that have happened to me (and others)

Costa Women which having initiated on the Costa del

for a while (waiting for the photogra-

in Spain down the years, we had a laugh and this

Sol is now spreading its wings to the Costa Blanca.

pher?) and others

month I’m off to Benijofar on the 12th to meet some

And the boys and girls at www.familylifeinspain .com

more expats and, of course, have a bit of a giggle…

have been very resourceful too supplying us with

I had the electrician in this month to replace the

info and telling their friends about us on the south

cooker hood that I melted with the great chip pan

coast. All these websites are aimed at helping Brits

fire of July. Now I know he works with electricity and

in Spain, they are well worth a visit whether you live

that’s dangerous (even though he shut off the whole

here or not, take a look and let them know what you

they threaten

look like the ones you with in

prisons

(apparently).

buildings supply to fit the hood) but 74€ for connecting two wires and two screws? I could have done it but didn’t have the time but at those rates I think I’ll start fitting them myself. Anyway, a little lighter in the

IN MY DREAMS…Every day

pocket as I was it didn’t stop

this month the woman of my dreams

me buying a leg of lamb (which

has brought me my breakfast. Not bad

we all know is more expensive than

eh? The fact that she’s 77 and owns

platinum in Spain) for a Sunday roast.

the café that serves the best donuts and coffee in Spain is irrelevant but her charming husband Paco, who actually bakes the donuts, is not unfortunately… seems I missed out there.

As I picked it out with the helpful butcher in the supermarket I told him I’d carry on with my

think?

shopping and return for it in a few minutes. When I

So what do we have for you this month? Have a

came back with the essentials (Marmite and the lat-

look…but if you can’t be bothered then I’ll tell you…

est aerodynamic razor) he handed me the lamb that

visits to Pinoso and La Romana along with a report

I had ordered, in 20 different pieces. My leg of lamb

on one of the regions oldest and most glamorous

treat was now looking up at me from the bottom of a

hotels. Then there’s places to take the kids for free,

plastic bag and calling itself chops…

walking in Spain, Expats who are loving the life out

My parents came over for a visit

here with Richard Poolton of Alicante. Plus fiscal and

which was nice but meant that I

insurance advice to make your life simpler in Spain

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and a look at all the important info you may need

everything twice. And why is it that

too. Jokes, Puzzles, Horoscopes will give you some-

me along on the

our parents must be at the airport at

thing to do while sipping that wine on the terrace as

15th when I gave

least five hours before their return

we move into one of the best months of the year,

I must thank the NOSMO KING club down in Torrevieja for inviting

a chat about some of the funny things

flight ‘just in case...’? Still they had a good time and

October…lovely innit?

that have happened to me (and others)

now mum has gone back I believe the gin industry

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Don’t you love ‘em...

Every blue-kneed Brit taking their yearly pilgrimage to sample the delights of one of Spain’s chosen tourist resorts knows that the word for ‘Beer’ is ‘Cerveza’. What they may not know is that there are dozens of ways in which you can order a beer - and, more confusingly, just because your order is understood in one of the bars in your local town, it does not mean that the same order will be understood a few miles down the road. Another thing to bear in mind is that it is socially acceptable to drink beer at any time of day and at almost any place in Spain (although, I’m not referring to the Stag Party in Benidorm having a Pint of John Smiths with their all day ‘Bellybuster breakfast’). If you live in a rural area you will have seen the local farmer having a bottle of beer with his breakfast (usually just a cigarette) at some ungodly hour of the morning. Secondly, beer is commonly ordered by reference to the type of glass that you wish it to be served in rather than the quantity you require - so the volumes can and do vary sometimes. Some of the words and phrases for the glass sizes and types are commonly understood, some being popular in certain regions, but completely unheard of in others.

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Pinta - A pint. For obvious reasons this tends to be a word that is more widely used and used on the resorts up and down the Costas - more often than not will be served in a ‘British style’ pint glass. Tanque - Almost identical to the above, but more widely used away from the costa’. A half- litre of beer as opposed to a pint (that extra 68ml goes a long way when thirsty) and quite often served in the tankard style glass with a handle to stop the beer from getting too warm from your hand. Genius. Cerveza - Literally, Beer. Makes no reference to how much you want or whether you want draught or bottled beer. Most likely to be used by foreigners and most likely to result in a blank stare back from Barman. Many barmen now simply give said Foreigner a bottle of house beer rather than be drawn into a game of charades with somebody who has no knowledge of the language. Caña - An English ‘half’, or a Spanish quarter litre. Served in a glass with a stem and favoured by the Spanish. The Landlord at my local Spanish Bar is always bemused that his British male clientele favour Tanques above Cañas. Apparently the Beer stays cooler if you drink more Cañas as opposed to drinking fewer Tanques. ‘Depends how quick you drink’ is my usual response. Tubo - A long, thin straight-sided glass. The capacity can vary. Tercio - Usually taken to be a 330 ml Bottle.

Quinto - a 200ml Bottle, or 1/5th litre. Not always available in some bars. Can’t be more than mouthful anyway, can it? Botellin - Same as above preferred in different areas. Doble - Somewhere between a Caña and a Tanque, served in a bulbous glass on a stem. Cañetta - A Draught version of the 200ml ‘Quinto’ Bottle, served in what is basically a wine glass. Not many people drink their beer as a chupitto. Jarra - Basically a jug more often than not 1 litre and brought with smaller glasses so a party can serve themselves. Chupitto - (Not really anything to do with beer, really for the benefit of those who didn’t get my earlier reference) - A Shot. Often offered ‘on the house’ by a bar after a night’s drinking, or ordered between rounds for something like a euro a pop. Usually brightly coloured or sickly sweet. Stay clear of ‘Cathia’: I have seen what it can do to enamelled surfaces with my own eyes. The thing to remember is that if you stay in Spain for longer than the average holiday, and move from one town to another at some point you will get a blank stare when attempting to order a beer. This sometimes freaks a lot of foreigners out who regress to the pointing and shouting thing that us Brits do well. The interesting thing is that it happens to many Spaniards as well. Thanks to Mr Grumpy at www.tumbit.com for this and more great info!

esterday I was in the Santander bank with a client opening a bank account.

The reason we finished up there involves the incompetence of another bank, Banesto, of which you can hear more about here “Why There Is No Hope For Some Spanish Banks”. Anyway something really funny happened. Or rather it is funny if you know anything about Spain. Amongst the 22 different pages that my clients had to sign, that is 22 each, one talked about the money laundering rules. So you have to sign up to make sure that you are prostitution and a long etcetera. However, one question is superb because it tells you so much about the expectations of Spain about their public servants. The translation is as follows. “Do you hold public office in another country? “ At first this seems a simple question but it tells us so much more. Expectations of public servants, i.e. politicians, are so low in Spain that they are “expected” to be corrupt and to be involved in money laundering and corruption. This expectation is therefore passed on to foreign politicians wanting to have a nonresident bank account in Spain. Stunning lack of expectations in that question I think. What other questions should be on the money laundering form then?

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Walking in the clouds Camino De Santiago

I

Austrians had told me it was a hard route

However

mist

er from Santiago was full. I left Santiago

the

to walk. All along the coast up to Santander

cleared and the rain stopped was spec-

at 18.15 and arrived Madrid 09.05 after 4

C a m i n o

it was climb after climb followed by equally

tacular. Because of the remoteness of the

changes of train,and every one on time!!

de

San-

steep descents. I had made the mistake

route I found that I was usually walking

I then treated myself to a first class seat

tiago

from

of taking my walking shoes instead of

two stages each day covering up to 40kms

Madrid to Alicante and I think the odours

Pamplona

my boots and after 5 days walking and

and had no rest days as I had the previ-

emanating from me put a few people off

Northern

150kms I had to take a day off in Bilbao to

ous year.

their breakfasts. It could have been worse

starting

buy some boots,and they certainly made a

The hardest day was to reach the sum-

because if I had removed my boots I think

24th

difference. My shoes had been ok the pre-

mit of Puerto de Palo at 1,146 mtrs,and

my appetite would have gone also.

reaching

vious year but were not made for the kind

that was only the first third of that days

This was the hardest continuous day after

Santiago on the

of climbs I was doing. I hope someone has

walk. At the top the thunder and lighten-

day walking I have ever done. I missed the

and

made use of my shoes as I became tired

ing started but no rain for the first hour of

experience of meeting lots of people from

then taking another

of carrying them and left them by my bed

this amazing show of nature. The thunder

different countries as I had experienced

3 days walking to

at one of the stops on the way.

the Coast at Fin-

The problem I was finding with

isterre. A total of

the coastal route was that plac-

about 820kms.

es to stay at the kind of prices

During that walk

I had paid the year before were

I met 2 guys from

almost non-existent. Two rea-

the year before, and spending so much

Last

year

walked

in Spain, on May 23rd

the

June

the

sons for this: this route is not as

previous year,had walked the Northern

popular as the Camino Frances

route keeping to the coast and then down

(traditional route) and in June/

to Santiago. They both agreed that it was

July the accommodation avail-

much tougher than the inland route I had

able were making money during

done, which for 80% of the way was rela-

the tourist season.

tively flat.

When I left the coastal route

They sowed the seed and I started to

and headed inland to Oviedo,

research this route. I found a very good

the Camino Primitivo and the

Spanish book “El Camino del Norte en Su

mountains the places to stay al-

Mochila” by Anton Pombo. I also contacted

though very basic and few and

the Confraternity of St James in London

far between charged the kind of

and they sent me some leaflets on this

prices I was used to ie between

walk.

5 and 10 euros for a bunk bed

After studying the various routes (Cami-

and shower facilities.

nos) I decided to combine two routes

Oviedo is a fantastic city and I

The Camino Del Norte which followed the

got there mid afternoon which

coast and then switching inland to Oviedo

gave me time to find some-

to walk the Camino Primitivo, a more re-

where to stay and have a look

mote and lesser walked camino over the

around. I found the cathedral to

mountains.

be as beautiful as the main one

I left Alicante on the 14th June by train

in Santiago.

at 7.05 am heading for Hendaye in France

Leaving Oviedo you soon start

via Madrid and Irun,arriving at my start

to realise how remote this route

point

is. Few villages,fewer cafes and

Austria

at

by Bob Morris

10.40pm.After

a

who,

full

break-

the

scenery

when

the

fast I started my walk on the 15th June

shops for food and drink and mountains to

rattled your bones and the lightening all

in glorious walking weather. For the first

walk up every day,and the weather turned.

around was awesome. The day finished

time on my own I realised what an argu-

300kms the weather was very kind to me.

I got lots of rain and a local told me that

with a 6kms descent to a huge dam at

mentative sod I am (must be the Yorkshire

The coastal scenery with high cliffs,small

there is a saying “Sin lluvia no hay Gali-

Grandes de Salimes.

in me). Mind you talking to myself I won

fishing

San

cia”. Without rain there is no Galicia. It was

After 27 days I reached Santiago de Com-

every argument!

Sebastian,Bilbao and Santander was spec-

so green that you could have been in the

postela and this time was so tired I just

I thought it had cured me of long distance

tacular. On my left I had the green,green

Lake District or the mountains of Scotland.

wanted to get home and a long hot shower.

walking, this one was about 790kms,but

mountains and on my right the Bay of Bis-

I saw very few walkers,in fact some days

The last 5 days of the walk the rain had

the blisters have gone, the toes are back

cay. It was like walking in Switzerland by

none at all. A couple of nights I had to

been almost constant so drying socks and

to a normal colour and there is a Camino

the sea. On 3 occasions I had to use fer-

sleep in my tent because of the absence of

other clothing was almost impossible. It

from Valencia to Santiago.

ries to cross the estuaries. In the old times

Albergues (basic pilgrim accommodation)

felt as though my socks were welded to my

pilgrims were ferried across in row boats.

and on several occasions had Albergues

feet. I got the overnight train to Madrid via

I quickly began to understand why the

with 20 bunk beds to myself.

a very circuitous route as the direct sleep-

villages,big

resorts

like

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and 36-45% from plant foods. The diet is a little higher in protein and relatively low in carbohydrates (22-40% energy), with a fat intake providing 28-58% of their energy. But remember, cavemen didn’t think about calories or fat grams, and nor should you. Great carbohydrates Avoid processed food, i.e. cakes, confectionary, pastries and sugar, and eat foods in their most natural, unprocessed form. Therefore, your carbohydrates will come from root vegetables, fresh berries and fresh fruit and veggies. You also need to give up grains and beans since cavemen were hunters and gatherers and they didn’t farm. This came later in our evolution.

Long live friendship! After losing his parents, this 3 year old orang-utan was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness. The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orang-utan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment

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the reality was away from the tourist hotspots of Seville. So do ‘real blokes’ drink Sherry in the ‘real Spain’ (where the glossy mags don’t often venture)? My first attempt at ordering a sherry fell on stony ground. My usual barman in my local bar just laughed and proceeded to give me my usual pint. My second attempt fared better - although he did have to ask me twice - and resulted in me being asked exactly what type of sherry I would like. How the hell would I know? So I rattled off the only one that I knew that I could ask for confidently - ‘Fino’. I can only describe the taste as being a cross between a dry white wine, skilfully blended with a touch of molasses and a hint of nail polish remover. But each to their own... The only reaction in the whole bar came from the barman himself, a shrug of the shoulders, and that came from his surprise that I had ordered something other than my usual Pint - something I don’t think that I had ever done in my 7 years of frequenting the hostelry. So the result was a null hypothesis - but if I had to stick my neck out I’d say that it was socially acceptable for a bloke to order a sherry, but maybe nowhere near as common as the Glossies would have you believe (at least not in my part of Spain). And maybe I would have had a vicious beating from the locals if they could have been bothered to put their Campari and Soda’s down. www.tumbit.com

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he Metaphysical poet John Donne wrote; ‘never ask to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.’ But he was wrong. It doesn’t toll for me. Doorbell, phone chime, pager, none of them will be for me. In fact the only bell that tolls for me (apart of course from the metaphorical one intended by the poem) is the morning alarm. Any bells or calls in my house will be for my son or the woman who lived here before us. Two years on and she still receives more calls than I. I am of course discounting those annoying messages from Movistar offering me great prizes if I repeatedly text GANA only to be informed that I have not ‘GANA’ed’. When your children have a better social life than you, then it’s time to re-evaluate your life, and quick before Donne’s bell starts tolling (I wonder if that one has a snooze button?). During the summer, the kids on my Urb, here in Santa Pola, team up to form a tribe. This tribe has many complex and rigid rules of social behaviour and a variety of initiation ceremonies (one of which seems to entail teasing the dogs next door so that they bark incessantly). At sunset the tribe embarks on a walkabout in which they shrug and ‘whatever’ until exhaustion or hunger sends them scurrying back to their parents at which time the ancient ceremony of ‘you are ruining my life’ begins. Anthropologically speaking the tribe is fascinating. There is a clear hierarchy of membership determined quite simply by age. The older children decide on the evening’s activities (these consist mostly of sitting around outside the tennis court) and the younger children follow, happily breaking off every now and then to trap bugs or pick their noses (their own not the bugs!). To intervene or attempt to infiltrate the tribe will have serious consequences for the interloper. Not quite heads on spikes but close. The adults on the Urb watch from a safe distance and monitor the tribe’s activities ensuring the delicate eco system remains balanced (ice cream can be used to barter with) and untainted by outside forces (although excursions into their territory to drop food aid is permitted). So this year, for the first time, I have seen less of my son than his father. I have spent my summer alone. The friends I have are away and of course I have not made new ones because I have been busily bringing up a whole new member of the human race. My son (who this year has become a leader of the tribe) returns home, throws himself onto the settee (creating a miasma of sweat and feet and disarray) and grunts. Out of politeness I ask what he has been doing only to be told that its none of my business and when did I join the Gestapo and he’s never allowed to do what he wants and why do I always interfere and try to ruin his life...blah... blah...shrug. I am not even permitted to live vicariously through my son. Perhaps I should try internet dating...or join a dance

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‘BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY IN SPAIN’ AT EUROPEAN PROPERTY AWARDS Europe’s finest developers, architects, interior designers and real estate agents gathered at The Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair, London on Friday (September 23rd) for the announcement of the winners of the hotly contested European Property Awards. Judging is carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 80 experts and covering every aspect of the property business. At the European International Property Awards local real estate company MASA International who also celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year were presented their 5 Star award in one of the most competitive categories ‘Best Real Estate Agency in Spain’. Sales & Marketing Director Paul Payne said of the award “We are naturally delighted to be the overall 5 Star winner of the Best Real Estate Agency in Spain. Never before has the industry been so competitive so it’s fantastic to get this kind of recognition. Throughout our 30 years of selling property in Spain we have always put a safe, friendly buying environment for our customers at the forefront of our operation and I believe this award is testament to that commitment.” Speaking about working in a challenging property market Paul Payne commented: “There has been a significant improvement in the market over the last twelve months. We are fortunate enough to have a wide network of European agents and offices who send us buyers from many countries and at this moment we are seeing ever increasing numbers particularly from Scandinavia. Our biggest challenge is finding enough good resale properties to sell, particularly in areas such as Gran Alacant and the Orihuela Costa. Hopefully winning the award will remind those looking to sell their chances of selling are going to be much greater with an international company than with a small local agent .” The ultimate World’s Best in each category will be unveiled when the final results are revealed at London’s Savoy Hotel on December 12th. If you would like advice about buying or selling a property in Spain you can contact Paul Payne from MASA International on (0034) 629 251 747.

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IT’S ALL KICKING OFF AGAIN! FANTASY FOOBALL 2011-12 After a long, long summer without football the MASA International Fantasy Football League is back and back with

Planet Mars is trying to develop a three finger gesture which is as rude as a one or two finger gesture, and it has chosen Gemini to come up with a solution this month. Help the planet out and you will be rewarded with a near superhuman mastery of junior electronics which will impress a young child later in the year.

a veritable bang. Last seasons winner Alan McGinn appears to have been joined by the rest of the McGinn clan, and if they are half as good as him at racking up the

How do you know when it’s right to give someone a double cheek kiss? Do they tell you? Or is it just assumed? Your confusion is about to be helped out by a paternal Neptune in a celestial equivalent of a fayre ground kissing booth meets Swan Lake ballet dance type way.

points, then the rest of us have a challenge on our hands.

Saturn has left you a message on a local country music radio station. You have until the rattlesnake rattles for the last time before midnight on the 19th to do what the message says or regret it for the rest of your life.

The final Sunday of the month saw a mountain of goals and points accumulated at the expense of the North London comedy double act that is Arsenal and Tottenham. Those who chose

‘Looking on the bright side’ is about to come into your life in a mindless ditzy-blond-teen-MTV kind of way, until the storms clear on Neptune’s crust at noon on the third Saturday of the month. Your destiny will be explained to you by a guru at the speed of a disclaimer message on radio advertisements.

wisely (not me) shot up the table and will come as no surprise to many that the Manager of Month (barring any last minute point adjustments) is from the

‘Double bogie’ is set to be your golf related personal hygiene problem all month, especially first thing in the morning or if you take an impromptu nap at your desk in working hours.

Fantasy Football Dynasty that is the McGinn family. Well done Rooney’s Rompers under the stewardship of Elliott McGinn who amassed a whopping 97 points in the final weekend of

Climbing trees is generally well starred, unless you are a Scorpio cat where there is a 23% chance you will be stuck up a tree with little hope of a fire brigade on hand to get you down. Try meowing, alternatively aggressively, and then, pathetically, until someone hears.

August. The prize format is the same as last

Walking close to the edge of cliffs is set to become 7% more precarious this month. Sagittarius born wild bears will have no difficulty finding food this August especially in national parks or in small towns where the picnicking locals are easily scared. This month, 3D street artists are set to provide small obstacles/artworks on the sidewalk in an apparent attempt to test your art appreciation faculties. Beware painted coins, drawn paper money and uncomprehendingly evil cracks in the pavement.

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Peaches are both your lucky and unlucky fruit this month, depending on your celestial aspect - eating a peach when facing a north easterly through to north westerly direction is well starred, but spin round on your own personal axis, especially on the 7th of the month. Saturn is on the cusp of deciding some sort of debt restructuring deal this month which could have profound effects on you and those in your personal orbit. If you are in the House of Representatives this means you, but if you are in any other kind of house this also means you.

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I claim from DaveBull: 1 expensive steak dinner, 6 bottles of fine Malt Whisky,1 Sooty glove puppet, an end to the abusive letterspacing of lower case type and stretching of images. It would also be helpful if you worked out how hyphenate type correctly. (‘In this case registering your logo – because me, being a Wally, hadn’t…’) Ohhh! Nooo! They haven’t. It can take about eight months in Spain. Jungle Drums is only going through the application period of registration. Check the http://oami.europa.eu website. Application Date: 2011-0714 M2991874 (combined words and image application) You may object as the original copyright holder that you have provided no permission for the mark/logo to be registered. Providing evidence the mark belongs to you. You may object that the mark/logo does not contain artistic features capable of existing seperately and independantly. In simple english. The logo is not graphically derived. It consists of a fancy faced font. A font face is not allowable under the rules for trademark registration. Why? Because the copyright of the font belongs to the original creator. Gideon Stargrave – I know stuff

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policy so I obtained a really good price from her insurers which was a third cheaper than the bank. But when I went to the bank they told me that I was not able to change my policy and I had to stay with them! I am really angry with thisand feel that there is nothing I can do. Mrs G Pritchard – La Marina. Hi, please take a look at the article on page 29 of this magazine which covers (geddit?) this matter. Sorry about the joke… ED.

TYRED? Dear Ed,

LOOK WHERE YOURE TREADING! Dear Sir,

one of the best organised events I have been to. The council, Policia Local, and Athletic club had done a superb job. I will be entering again next year but shall be training a lot harder. Chris Bikers Espana Thanks Chris that’s always good to hear – especially the Spansih being organised! Ed.

HOW COULD THEY? Just seen whats happened with Jungle Drums Dave. Dont let the b******s get you down !! Jude xxxxxx p.s. They had better not turn up with the mag here, they will be sent away with a flea in their ear!! Article in September issue, BATHING IN HISTORY – FORTUNA

Hello.

Violet King said:

I was wondering whether any of your

Ten years ago now, when I first

readers knew if it was possible to

started the Nosmo-King Club the first

move away from the bank for house-

few coach trips we organised included

hold insurance. I have a mortgage

trips to Fortuna. Memorable experi-

with one of the savings bank and I

ences!! There are lovely resort Hotels

received a note of the renewal 1 week

where you can use the spas and have

before the policy was due to be paid.

treatments and have relaxing week

The premium was very expensive

end breaks. All in all worth booking a

with the bank and the documents

trip there for the day anyway.

are issued in Spanish. I knew that

Archena is good too Dave….perhaps

my neighbour had an English worded

go there too at some stage.

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I’m impressed, I need to say. Really rarely do I encounter a magazine that’s both educative and entertain-

Hello, very professional high

ing, and let me let you know, you

level blog! thank you for sharing.

have got hit the nail on the head.

Because of good writing, and I

Your idea is excellent; the problem

learned a lot, and I am glad to see

is that not enough people are talking

such a beautiful thing. Sorry for my

intelligently about subjects. I’m very

bad English. ?

happy that I stumbled across this in

Kris

my search for something referring to

It is always relaxing when you find a

life in Spain.

write-up that is not only informative

Nigel,

but entertaining. I will bookmark

Thanks Nigel…er, keep stum-

All Abroad » Blog Archive » Georgie

bling…? Ed.

May’s 2012 charity calendar. I’ve

I entered the Duathlon Cros in Santa Pola and would just like to say it was

from the website

been looking for ideas about this

OOH I SAY…

subject matter for months and yours

Dear Editor,

enjoyed your article.

Well, all I can say is what goes around

Sergi

is the best I have found. I really

comes around. And indeed I for one have never rated the Jungle Drums

Wonderful articles written well.

as anything but a cheap/ nasty throw

Content is real attractive.

away full of adverts. Sorry that’s

Mike

probably not what you want to hear, but indeed that’s how I feel. Some of

I have a house in Torrevieja and

the editorial produced by your self in

spend six months out there but

the old JD was just a joke and much

we’re currently in the rainy UK!

insulting from begining to end.

Thanks for the great information on

I dou’t whether your new adventure

your website – answered (nearly) all

will take off, as I feel that there are

of our questions! Keep up the good

indeed much bigger distributed and

work!

much more better presented mags

Maggie

along the Coastas and indeed JD has never been one of the above. Very

Great articles and information and

hard to find a copy and 90% full of

we really appreciate the smile that

adverts with very little readabillity.

you put on our face each month –

I bet you don’t allow this comment to

we live in Nerja but read All Abroad

appear on here, as the truth is hard

online – you have a lot of readers

to swallow.

down this way now too – do you

Max Valentine

have plans to print down here to?

‘the truth’? why ‘Max’ you must be

John

the wise one then…? Hehe thanks

Hi John,

for writing in and hopefully you

We’d love to and we’re trying

didn’t break too many crayons

to find a way of doing it - but

while doing it..? Bless.

we’re blokes and we cant do

Dave

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p.s. next time ask nurse to help

I’m sure you know…?

you with the spelling? X

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visited one of the regions oldest, and pret-

joy its therapeutic waters and the host of

tiest, hotels, the Hotel Balneario in Fortuna

other treatments available there now too.

and discovered that things haven’t always checked out well for the historic complex.

TREADING THE BOARDS

Having been used by Romans and Moors

The original theatre is there too, and

as a spa, (not the supermarket…) Fortuna

performing artists still come to entertain

was left abandoned until 1860 when along

on the stage. The Café Teatro has been

came Juan Cascales Font with an idea to

restored using original and where neces-

build a hotel on the site of the hot springs,

sary, matching materials to give visitors an

the hotel was Hotel Balneario and it is

idea of its ambience all those years ago.

much the same today, Victorian in its style

For the men, the original equipment used

and quality, as it was when it opened 150

(projectors and stuff – that’s all I know…)

years ago.

are on display and you can even climb

The first building built on the site was just

the stairs to enjoy a drink on the original

16 metres x 50 metres and was situated

upper balcony. Although Carol, the café

on top of the thermal springs and which

manageress assures me that these days

is now called the Gran Hotel. However in

they won’t charge extra for sitting upstairs,

1874 it went up in flames and particularly

but it really does give you a feel for how an

on the upper floor meaning two years’

evening at the theatre might have been in

worth of repairs before it could reopen and

Victorian Spain (and how blooming short

fourteen years later, in 1888, the Gran Ho-

they must have been!). Anyway, to balance

tel was extended and more buildings were

things up (the men have the projectors)

added in modern designs (for the time)

for the ladies, the café does some of the

which included three hotels, the Hotel

most delicious looking cakes and good-

Balneario, Hotel Victoria and Hotel España

ies, and eating them out on the terrace

and the Casino.

overlooking the warm springs isn’t a bad

All of the buildings were designed to

way of piling on a few (necessary) pounds

complement one another, which you’ll see

in time for winter...

if you go along there, and the facade of

If you like old buildings, hot springs, a bit

the main hotel, painted pink, highlights the

of history or just really want a decent cake

wide balconies and the main entrance with

it’s worth a trip out to the Hotel Leana

its very classical frontage.

complex, not only for the therapeutic

According to the owners own history on the

springs or just to appreciate the quality of

place the restaurant, which was restored

the Victorian architecture on display inside

in 1910, was inspired by the restaurant

and out of all the buildings which are all

of the Titanic (I wouldn’t ask for ice…)and

still owned by the Cascales family. No…just

a glass cabinet inside contains some of

go there with the idea of having a really

the curious objects from the Royal gallery

nice cake and how better to justify it than

including golden miniature crowns and pre-

chomping it down at a health spa?

cious stones of all the Royal Houses at its inauguration.

ALONG CAME THE WAR Around the turn of the century road layouts were changed and access improved to turn the resort into one of the busiest and eye-catching of the time and things ticked along quite nicely, thank you until the civil war when the hotel was requisitioned by the republicans to serve as a field hospital. However, once the war was over the hotel fell into disrepair and one of the region’s most popular and beautiful resorts before the war began to slowly fall apart. The state of hotel, and how far it had fallen, was highlighted in the 1960’s when a movie was partly filmed there but it took another 30 years for the place to start getting a well-deserved revamp which began in the 1990’s when the Cascales family, the original owners, spent a small fortune restoring the place to its original glory and

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Richard Poolton talks to Dave Bull about falling in love ‘at first sight’ with Spain

starting a new business that will

ard, ‘but more about the historical

be launched next Easter, but he

and cultural lessons to be learned

has no trouble ‘filling his days’ as

and if you have never been I can

he uses the time to explore the

only compare it to something like

Spanish culture that bit more.

a ballet or opera for the range of

His typical day will consist of get-

emotions on display at each one.

Now and again in Spain you come

ting up and taking his bi-lingual

I’ve been here twelve years now

across one of us expats who can’t

dog (name needed) for a stroll in

after talking to Richard my love

stop talking about how they have

the cool morning air before de-

and passion for the place I’ve de-

fallen in love with Spain, and for

scending on ‘Aromas’, his favou-

cided to call home was given a

all the right reasons. Now, I don’t

rite local café in San Juan, Alicante

huge boost by his enthusiasm for

necessarily mean the cheap alco-

for breakfast and a natter with the

‘living the life’ and being around

hol, cheap(er) cigarettes, the hot

locals about anything from the

expats such as him makes you re-

and beautiful beaches and the hot

price of veg’ to Spain’s dominance

alise that this really is a fantastic

and beautiful women; although

of world football – they like that

place to live and work. I should

they are sound reasons and de-

one.

know, I’m writing this in the bed

serve to be put forward in argu-

A lunch with international friends

of my pick-up, on the beach. It’s a

ment one day. No, what I’m talk-

in Alicante is next on his agenda,

tough job but…awww I think you

ing about is the culture; the food;

he hops onto the ever-punctual

know the rest…

the slower pace of life, the friend-

tram, and that’s another thing,

This article was written by Dave

liness and the food again… Rich-

Richard told me he loves about the

Bull for of MASA International who

ard Poolton is one of those people

place, the fact that he can go to

are experts in the sale of property

who will admit that Spain has its

lunch (as he did on the day I met

in Spain. See www.masainterna-

awkward idiosyncrasies (show me

him) with a Bulgarian, a Hungari-

tional.co.uk

a perfect country) but those are

an and an Italian, before indulging

You can also follow the adventures

far out-weighed by the positives

himself in his hobby of photogra-

of Dave Bull in Spain by following

of being an expat in Spain.

phy. The coast is very cosmopoli-

@DavejBull on Twitter.

Richards story starts (for us) in

tan these days with Europeans

2009 when his wife, (need name),

moving to the area for work at

who was at that time working for

OAMI European copyright centre

the British Government, was of-

and at the European school in San

fered a (well paid) position in

Juan and it is all the richer for it.

Alicante and the couple decided

A swim will inevitably round of his

to accept. Richard, having trav-

afternoon either in the community

elled extensively up to that point,

pool next to his flat that overlooks

had never been to Spain and has

the golf course or down at the

always resisted because of the

beautiful Playa San Juan where

‘Brits abroad’ image portrayed by

the rich and famous tend to own

TV programmes such as Benidorm

a flat, or two. But Richards day

and the like. However, with a little

doesn’t stop there because before

persuasion from his wife, and be-

long his wife will return from work

ing an open-minded sort of chap,

and neither of them have tired of

he came – and he really hasn’t

the novelty of her coming home

looked back since.

from work and the pair of them

He immediately fell in love with

heading down to the beach for din-

the slow pace of life and the (al-

ner next to the sea. Again wine is

most) compulsory breakfast and

pretty much compulsory if you’re

coffee start to each day and began

eating out (or in – or anywhere ac-

in earnest to learn the language

tually…) and anyone who tires of

with the help of his dog. Well,

sipping a glass of Rioja alongside

that’s not strictly true but he did

the clear blue Mediterranean each

use the time while walking the dog

evening is probably bored of life,

to listen to Spanish audio lessons

or just mad.

– so for this particular piece, we’ll

Richard told me that his image of

give the dog some credit too.

Spain changed immediately they

With his passion building for the

arrived and he can’t believe the

place fast Richard immersed him-

life he has in Alicante these days,

self into the Spanish culture and

‘it’s got everything I want and

soaked it up; chatting to waiters

more,’ said Richard, adding, ‘it’s

each day to improve his Spanish,

as if this was all here waiting for

little by little and understanding

me to find it and its been lucky for

that he wouldn’t ‘get it’ overnight

me as I love my cycling and this

but every day he moved a little

month the Tour of Spain is going

closer to holding that first conver-

almost past my front door!’

sation which, as Richard says, ‘it

Now a self-confessed ‘Paella ad-

was the most important thing for

dict’ Richard will even go along

me, and then I would be able to do

to a bullfight to experience the

so much more – and not have to

strong emotions that the con-

rely on others all the time too.’

troversial event invokes on the

Richard is fortunate in that he

Spanish who go in their thousands

doesn’t have to work at the mo-

during the season. ‘It’s not about

ment, although he is planning on

killing the bull for me, said Rich-

EGYPT & BUST! Expat Christina Webb found herself trapped in Egypt during the uprising and eventually escaped to her new home in Spain where Dave bull met up with her. Christina Webb has always been one step ahead, well until she found herself enveloped in the Egyptian revolution in 2011 while working for the Saudi Embassy, but more of that later. She retired at a young age, to France, she was in her 40’s (that’s young as far as I’m concerned) having leased her hotel in Scotland and bought to properties across the channel but having always been active and busy she soon became bored and when she was offered the chance of a well-paid and challenging post in Egypt with the Saudi embassy she decided it was time for a new start, and off she went. Read her full story in All Abroad next month. Have you got an interesting story for us? Have you got an interesting job here or do you just ‘love the life’? Let us know at ask@allabroad. es and we’ll print your story!

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There are also non-verbal clues....... Here we go Mr Lightman are you looking carefully? As it is shown in the programme ’Lie to me’ Micro-expressions are very easy to miss these are flashes of expression, they can be, anger, surprise, regret and even hurt. Unless you are actually videoing the person you are questioning and playing it back in slow motion, these are tricky ones to see. Facial expressions such as smiling a lot blinking or even overcompensations with lots of eye contact can give someone away. So if you need to know how to catch out a liar maybe these are a few tips you could use. If you are avoiding the truth and are the people being questioned remember, avoid all of the above!

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The worst thing about Spain? One of the most poignant images I have of living in Spain is one of a toddler who can’t understand why granny has to stay behind the barrier at the airport. It was heart breaking, not so much for the toddler who would have forgotten as soon as they got through passport control but for granny, left on the other side. It’s a feature of us living in Spain. Airports are the snapshot of everything that is painful and delightful about being human. It’s wonderful to see the rapture in the arrivals hall and tragic to see the departures with people straining to get the last glimpse. The fact that it is of someone who has probably been annoying and pleasing them in equal measures over the past couple of weeks is immaterial. I haven’t yet found the magic

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1. __ JAIL (Monopoly square) 2. Yemeni port 3. Billy or Nanny 4. Wizard 5. Boogie-__ (piano blues style) 6. 1994 Depp film 7. “__ For Murder” (Hitchcock classic) 8. Feudal worker 9. Like a pedestrian 10. Holocaust hero Wallenberg 11. ___ out? (dealer’s query) 12. Terminates 13. Use a light beam 21. More than necessary 22. Exact copy 25. Lhasa’s land 26. Prefix meaning “wind” 27. ‘’So what else __?’’ 28. Homer’s interjection 29. Went to an allnighter 30. Heaven in Hidalgo 31. Indian tea state 33. Pig enclosure 34. Regains 36. Burglar, e.g. 37. ___ polloi 38. Alarm clock or bugle, perhaps 43. Changed direction suddenly 44. Not fond of 45. Nervous 46. Opening in a violin 47. ___ voce (musical direction) 48. “__ all” (perhaps not any) 49. Part of N.B. 50. Fur-trader’s device 51. They’re sometimes called drumsticks 52. “... __ saw Elba” (part of a famous palindrome) 53. Mend, in a way 54. ‘Town’, in Holland

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2.socks. If the first sock is black, the second one could be black, in which case you have a matching pair. If the second sock is white, the third sock will be either black and match the first sock, or white and match the second sock.

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D? all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all BORED?

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4. The eye color of the reader of this problem. The first sentence is the key: “You are the bus driver”

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96 610 7606 or 647 162 821

THE CHEAPEST ADVERTISING ON THE COSTA !!- TEL 606 540 405

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RENOVATIONS

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WINDOWS

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96 541 4040 Mobile:

660 417 845

Email: REFORNOVA1@ALOCOM.NET

STILL the cheapest advertising around- TEL. 606 540 408


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Tel. 665 063 228 email:

mayobuild@hotmail.com Hablamos Espanol

LA MARINA

FURNITURE

Second Hand Furniture BEST PRICES PAID

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s c r e w s FERRETERIA FOR ALL YOUR DIY NEEDS Small tool hire Key holding Bicycle rental Mobility scooter rental

Part exchange avaliable

GOLD

& Costume Jewellry Bought & Sold

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BOOK EXCHANGE NOW AVALIBLE! INSTORE Call now on:

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Call: 96 644 3370 - 625 985 491 La Marina Village

966 183 002

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contact us on ask@allabroad.es

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