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Nato foreign ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday for a two-day meeting to discuss ways to help Ukraine and reassure allies in Eastern Europe, as well as the formal suspension of co-operation with Moscow. It is the first time ministers from the 28 member states of the alliance have convened since Russia's takeover of Crimea caused a diplomatic crisis.

In a statement, the alliance said ministers would speak to acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia about ways to support Ukraine with its defence reforms. Their options include situating

permanent military bases in the Baltic states to reassure members in Eastern Europe. Russia's actions in Ukraine have rattled nerves in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which were part of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Nato jets will take part in air patrols in the region later in a routine exercise that analysts said has taken on added significance due to the

crisis. Several Nato countries, including the UK, US and France, have offered additional warplanes.

On Monday, Russia ordered a partial withdrawal of its troops near the eastern border of Ukraine. Moscow is believed to have massed tens of thousands of soldiers there in recent days, causing alarm in Kiev and the West, but Russian President




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Meanwhile, Russian energy firm Gazprom has increased the price it charges Ukraine for gas. Gazprom's chief executive Alexei Miller said that as of Tuesday the price of Russian gas for Ukraine had gone up to $385.5 per 1,000 cubic metres in the second quarter of 2014 from the previous rate of $268.5. Mr Miller added that Ukraine's unpaid gas bills to Russia stood at $1.7 billion. In other developments on Tuesday:

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- Russia's upper house of parliament voted to pull out of a treaty with Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet's presence in Crimea

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Mr Medvedev announced that he would make Crimea a special economic zone, with tax breaks and reduced bureaucracy to attract investors. He also

vowed to quickly boost salaries and pensions, and to improve education, healthcare and local infrastructure. However, a number of local residents have complained they are yet to see the promised reforms.

Tensions between the Kremlin and the West rose after the overthrow of proKremlin Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February,

following months of street protests.

Russia's subsequent decision to annex Crimea in March triggered a crisis in relations.

The US and EU have imposed sanctions on members of President Putin's inner circle and other officials. Russia has retaliated with its own sanctions on US politicians.

Petition to adopt Greenwich Mean Time The National Commission for Rationalising Spanish Working Hours (ARHOE) collected signatures in Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square to petition the government to take Spain back to Greenwich Mean Time. Spain left GMT in 1940 to adopt the same time as Franco's ally in Berlin. Hitler had just invaded France and put that country on Berlin time. Other countries fighting in

the Second World War such as Britain, Portugal and Ireland also adopted Berlin time to avoid confusions in battle plans. However, they went back to GMT when the war ended. ARHOE president Ignacio Buqueras said his group would carry out similar actions around Spain. He said it was about time to put an end to the ideas that "Spain is different" and "Europe



a "crude violation" of international rules. Crimeans voted to leave Ukraine for Russia on March 16th, in a Moscowbacked referendum that was later condemned as illegal by the UN General Assembly.

ends at the Pyrenees". He said many experts agree that GMT would be good for Spain.

"It will be easier to rationalise working hours so that people can get home earlier and go to bed earlier", Buqueras said. "Far too many adults and children suffer from lack of sleep because they don't eat until 10 pm. It's as if we were all suffering from constant jet lag."









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Morocco takes IMF real estate migrants out fears played down of Melilla Moroccan security officers went into Melilla at least once last week to arrest and take back a group of African migrants who climbed the double fence between the Spanish enclave and Morocco, the Prodein non-profit organization said on Monday.

The NGO released a video showing images of migrants who had been picked up between a Muslim cemetery in Melilla and the local temporary migrant shelter a few hours after some 800 Africans had attempted to get over the security fences. For several weeks, there have been reports that Spanish security forces, including the Guardia Civil, have been handing over migrants to their Moroccan counterparts, but this is the first time there has been any evidence showing Moroccan security forces going into Melilla with the help of Spanish authorities. José Palazón, president of Melilla-based Prodein, told reporters: “They came into Melilla armed while the Guardia Civil stood and watched. The Africans were expelled without even being identified, which goes completely against the current law.”

Under Spain’s immigration laws, migrants cannot be expelled without due process, which can last several months.

The situation is complicated by the fact that Spain has no treaties with most of the countries the Africans come from. The government’s delegate in Melilla, Abdelmalik el Barkani, has defended such “on-the-spot handovers” as long as they are done in accordance with the bilateral treaty

signed by Spain and Morocco two years ago. However, under that agreement people cannot be handed over until they have been identified and the authorities have met other requirements.

Mr Barkani said on Monday that the migrants who had been returned had not reached the other side of the “anti-intruder barrier,” adding that it was not the first time Moroccan officers have crossed over to help Spanish authorities “rescue” people trapped between the fences.

Recently declassified minutes of the meeting of the International Monetary Fund executive board held on May16th, 2007, to analyze the Spanish economy show that the executive director for Spain, Ramón Guzmán, tried to play down fears that the country's real estate bubble was about to burst. He told the board: “In these almost boring times of generalized growth, the press is particularly eager to look for catastrophic events in the perennial quest for the newest ‘sick man’ of Europe'."

Spain's economy at the time was being buoyed by

the boom in the housing market, but the IMF was concerned about the possibility of the bubble bursting, and a subsequent crisis. At the meeting, the other directors warned of a “possible correction in high real estate valuations.”

The number two at the European department of the IMF, Alessandro Leipold, warned that the analysts, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Bank of Spain, all agreed that there was an “overvaluation of between 20 and 30 percent” in the real estate market. But Guzmán argued that the rising prices of recent



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years were not due to speculation but to a rise in demand due to an increased number of new arrivals from abroad, as well as the “deconstruction” of the traditional family unit. At the time, it was common practice among Spaniards to buy flats and houses at pre-sale prices but when the bubble finally burst their investments turned into liabilities.

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658 women killed 'Plane' turns out in past 10 years to be tugboat WEDNESDAY, april 2nd 2014

In the past decade, 658 women have been killed in Spain by their partners or spouses, and the death toll for this year already stands at 17 after the most recent incident in Melilla, where a 66-year-old man cut his wife’s throat and then took his own life.

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the worst spate of killings since 2008. For decades, the problem of male violence against women was largely ignored in Spain, but the case of Ana Orantes, who was burned alive by her partner in 1997 after she went on TV to detail the continual abuse she suffered at the hands of her partner, brought the problem to the fore. Ten years Socialist

ago, the Party

government introduced laws to combat genderspecific violence, but there has been no reduction in domestic abuse - judges, police and NGOs repeatedly warn that society is still failing to grapple with the issue. Around 22 per cent of Spanish women say they have suffered genderspecific violence at least once in their lives, but the number of reports over the last decade has never exceeded more than 130,000 annually, out of a female population of more than 22 million. In extreme cases such as murder, only one in three victims had made reported that man who ended up killing them to the police. As of January 31st this year, there were 5,461 men in jail for crimes of gender violence, a figure used by the authorities to show that gender violence does not go unpunished, as some women’s groups allege.

Crowds flock to see 'Holy Grail'

A precious cup was removed from display in the church of San Isidro in Leon after crowds swarmed there to see what two historians had claimed was the Holy Grail. The director of the church's museum, Raquel Jaén, said the cup was removed last week while curators looked for an exhibition space large enough to accommodate the crowds. She told reporters it "was in a very small room where it was not possible to admire it to the full".

Made of agate, gold and onyx and encrusted with precious stones, the object is formed by two goblets joined together, with one turned up, the other down. Until now, it has been known as the goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca, daughter of Fernando I, King of León from 1037 to 1065. The two historians –

León University medieval history lecturer Margarita Torres and art historian José Manuel Ortega del Rio – identified it as the grail in their book, Kings of the Grail, published last week. They said they began their investigation after reading two Egyptian parchments they found in 2011 at Cairo's University of al-Azhar.

They identified the upper part of the princess's goblet, made of agate and missing a fragment as described in the parchments, as the grail – one of the most prized relics in Christianity. They

said it was offered to Fernando, a powerful Christian Spanish king, as a peace offering by the emir of a kingdom in the Muslim part of Spain at the time.

The two historians admitted that in Europe alone there are 200 supposed Holy Grails.

The Canary Islands emergency services set off a flood of breaking news alerts of a possible disaster by Spanish and international media when they reported that a passenger plane had crashed into the Atlantic.

Works Minister Ana Pastor – who was in Tenerife meeting with journalists – denied reports of an air crash. At the same time, 112 confirmed that there had been no plane crash and in fact, what had been seen was a ship.

British fugitive arrested


On their Twitter account shortly after 15:00 GMT, air traffic controllers had confirmed a plane had fallen into the sea two nautical miles off Gran Canaria. However, minutes later, Public

The National Police arrested a 45-year-old British man in a cafe in the centre of Palma de Mallorca last week, after verifying that he was the man wanted in the UK for an alleged sexual aggression involving a five-year-old girl between 2001 and 2002.

The crime was not reported until 2011 and the man immediately took steps to avoid arrest, including adopting a false identity. His arrest came after a tip from the British police.

The man, who has yet to be identified, has since been taken to Madrid for the start of the extradition process.

After the initial report of a crash was issued, emergency services sprang into action. A helicopter dispatched to the site confirmed that the object was a boat not a plane, despite what it looked like




from the shore.

Airports authority Aena also put into motion its emergency protocol for possible accidents, checking that no planes were unaccounted for on radar screens, and taking into account that the aircraft could have been a light plane with no flight plan. Minister Pastor later confirmed that the boat was in fact a barge carrying the wing of an airplane.

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Call for ban on protests rejected

the Solicitor General’s office has rejected a request by madrid mayor ana Botella to close off the city’s historical centre to street protests. after the violence that ended the so-called dignity march against cuts to social spending, which left 100 people injured, Botella asked the government to ban demonstrations in “historical-artistic settings, areas with significant tourism presence and strategic transportation routes” in the city, which would effectively push all future protests far from the centre, particularly the Puerta del Sol square. But the Solicitor General’s office considers the petition unrealistic, arguing that a legal demonstration causes no more damage to the city’s historical and artistic heritage than the usual transit of people and vehicles, and that madrid might as well close off the city centre to such traffic permanently if it feels that this heritage is in danger. municipal sources have admitted that Botella’s proposal to allow or prohibit street protests on a case-by-case basis is practically impossible to implement. NatioNwide

Tourist spending hits 10-year high the nearly 6.2 million visitors from abroad who holidayed in Spain during the first two months of the year spent €6.084 billion, a 9.1 per cent increase on the same period in 2013. it is the highest figure registered for January and February over the last 10 years, according to data released by the industry, energy and tourism ministry. the rise can be mostly attributed to the higher volume of foreign visitors in February (up 11.2 per cent). British tourists spent the most - €1.004 billion, accounting for 16.5 per cent of the total. the Germans came second, spending €983 million, 16.2 percent of the total. in third place were the Scandinavians who spent €938 million.

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Two Spanish journalists taken hostage in Syria arrived home on Monday after six months in captivity.

El Mundo correspondent Javier Espinosa, 49, and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, 42, arrived at Torrejon de Ardoz airbase, where they were welcomed by overjoyed friends and

family. They were seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), near the Turkish border in September. El Mundo said that the two journalists had at the time been trying to leave Syria at the end of a two-week reporting mission. The paper said the kidnapping was initially

kept quiet at the request of the men's families. Many kidnappings are played down in the hope of aiding negotiations.

In December, 13 major international news organisations signed a letter urging Syrian rebel groups to stop kidnapping journalists, and to free those currently held. Correspondents say ISIS assumes all foreign

journalists and aid workers in Syria are spies and has issued orders to arrest them.

The group Reporters Without Borders has called Syria the most dangerous country for journalists. It says 17 foreign journalists and more than 20 Syrian news providers are currently being held hostage by rebel groups or are

missing, while about 40 Syrian professional and citizen journalists are being held by the

government. Many others have disappeared since the conflict began in March 2011.


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French move to the right

President Francois Hollande has named Interior Minister Manuel Valls as France's next prime minister, to head what he called a "fighting government".

The ruling Socialists have been badly bruised in local elections which saw big gains for conservatives and the far-right National Front (FN). Mr Valls, a liberal, is distrusted by the Socialist party's left-wing and has presidential ambitions of his own but he is popular with the voters. In a short televised address on Monday, President Hollande said

France had to put right its public finances, acknowledging it was time for change and proposing a reduction in taxes and worker contributions to spur job creation.

The second round of municipal elections on Sunday saw the Socialists lose more than 150 towns and cities of more than 9,000 inhabitants. Results are still being counted. The FN won control of 11

towns, mainly in the south, and also captured the 7th district of Marseille, France's second largest city.

The district has a population of about 150,000, which makes it the party's biggest win. The centre-right UMP captured a number of key cities, including Toulouse, Quimper, Limoges, SaintEtienne, Reims, Roubaix and Tourcoing.

The Socialists retained control of Paris, where their candidate Anne Hidalgo became the capital's first female mayor.

"I am the first woman to be mayor of Paris," she said. "I am aware of the challenge that represents. I will be the mayor of all Parisians, male and female, without exception."

Athens bans protests during European Union meeting Greek police have banned protests in central Athens during the two-day meeting of EU finance ministers in the capital.

Demonstrators will be barred from areas including Syntagma Square, the focus of recent anti-austerity protests. Athens has enforced

protests bans in the past, including when German Chancellor Angela Merkel made high-profile visits. Discussions at Tuesday and Wednesday's meetings include Greece's austerity programme and market reforms demanded under the terms of its international bailouts. EU finance ministers also

signed off the next instalment of Greece's bailout. Greece, the current chair of the EU presidency, continues to struggle with high debt and unemployment.

The meeting comes at a time of renewed confidence in Greece as the country's economy

looks to be recovering. Greece has wiped out its deficit, except for interest on its debt, and is forecast to exit six years of recession this year.

However, unemployment is running at 27%, and many Greeks are still feeling the effects of tax rises and spending cuts.







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Ebola outbreak confirmed

the first two cases of ebola have been confirmed in Liberia, after spreading from neighbouring Guinea, where the deadly virus has killed 78 people. the two cases are sisters, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, officials said. the outbreak began in Guinea's remote south-eastern Forest Region but last week spread to the capital, a sprawling city of two million. senegal's Health Minister awa Marie Coll-seck said the government decided to close its border with Guinea after confirmation the virus had reached Conakry. there have also been suspected cases of ebola in neighbouring sierra Leone but these have not been confirmed. the outbreak is believed to have spread to humans from fruit bats, which are a delicacy in parts of south-eastern Guinea. the government has now banned the sale and consumption of the bats. ebola is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of its victims. scientists have yet to develop an effective drug or vaccine to fight it.

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Japan whaling 'not scientific'

the Un's international Court of Justice (iCJ) has ruled that Japan's antarctic whaling programme is not for scientific purposes. Japan catches about 1,000 whales each year for what it calls scientific research. australia filed a case with the iCJ in May 2010, arguing that Japan's programme - under which it kills whales - is commercial whaling in disguise. the court's decision is considered legally binding. Japan had said earlier that it would abide by the court's ruling. Reading out the judgement on Monday, Presiding Judge Peter tomka ordered a temporary halt to the programme. in a statement, the court said that Japan's programme involved activities which "can broadly be characterised as scientific research".

However, it said that "the evidence does not establish that the programme's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives."


Men held '3 trillion euro bond fraud'

italian police have arrested two men who were allegedly trying to deposit trillions of euros in fake bonds in the Vatican bank. officials said the pair, an american and a dutch national, claimed they had an appointment with bank officials to gain entry but were handed over to police who found fake bonds with a face value of €3 trillion (£2.5 trillion) in their briefcase.

the suspects were reportedly hoping to open a line of credit at the bank. the bank - officially called the institute for the Works of Religion - runs thousands of private accounts held by cardinals, bishops and religious orders all over the world. the two suspects were later released pending further investigation, as italian law does not require arrest for fraud investigations. Pope Francis has ordered a complete overhaul of the bank and a detailed inquiry into the transparency of its transactions. the pontiff sacked two former directors who now face possible trial on money-laundering charges.


Foreign investment law approved

the national assembly has unanimously approved a bill aimed at making the Communist-run island more attractive to foreign investors. the law slashes taxes on profits from 30% to 15% and gives new investors eight years of exemption from paying taxes. the change is seen as a key part of President Raul Castro's reform package, aiming to modernise Cuba's economy. the government in Havana opened the island to foreign capital in 1995, but in recent years, there has been a fall in foreign investment and only moderate economic growth. Cuba's economy is seen as highly centralised and inefficient, but almost 500,000 Cubans now have licences to operate small, private businesses. Presenting the law at a special televised session of the assembly, ministers were at pains to stress that the government was not "selling" the country but taking steps to ensure its prosperity as a socialist state.


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The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is the "most challenging" ever seen, the man responsible for coordinating the search from Australia says. Speaking on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is heading a new Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) managing the search, said the task was "very complex" because the teams had no hard information to work from.

Search efforts would take time, he said. "It's not something that will necessarily be resolved in the next two weeks, for example."

The plane, carrying 239 people, was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on March 8th. Dozens of relatives of some of the 153 missing Chinese passengers have travelled to Kuala Lumpur in their search for answers.

However, many relatives of the passengers on board have demanded proof that the plane has crashed, and expressed anger at what they

perceive as a lack of information from the Malaysian authorities.

Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Monday that the government would soon hold a briefing for those families to update them on the search, which would include

international experts to explain the research, data and methodology used in the operation.

The briefing would also be broadcast live to other families in Beijing, he said. Mr Hussein said Malaysia would never give up until it knew what had happened to MH370.

Climate impacts are 'overwhelming'

The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned. Scientists and officials meeting in Japan said the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world which include a higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields and water availability. The report is the second of a series from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due out this year that outlines the causes, effects and solutions to global warming.It has highlighted the fact that the amount of scientific

evidence on the impacts of warming has almost doubled since the last report in 2007. Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said that, previously, people could have damaged the Earth's climate out of "ignorance". "Now, ignorance is no longer a good excuse," he said.

Mr Jarraud said the report was based on more than 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies. The report details significant short-term impacts on

natural systems and humans in the next 20 to 30 years. Food security is highlighted as an area of significant concern. Crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%. But it is not all bad news, as Dr Chris Field, the co-chair of the working group that drew up the report, pointed out: "Climate change is really important but we have a lot of the tools for dealing effectively with it - we just need to be smart about it."

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Membership fee proposed for British health service WHILE the National Health Service in Britain is the envy of many other countries, an ageing population has brought concerns about how it might be funded in the future. The service has always been free at the point of delivery, but there are now suggestions that even this fundamental principle should change. A new study, which has input from former Labour Health Minister Lord Warner, has called for radical change and has suggested that people should be charged a £10 monthly membership fee for the use of health service facilities. Hotelstyle charges for hospital

stays are also suggested. The £10 monthly fee could be collected along with the council tax on homes. Published by ‘think tank’ Reform, the additional revenue would entitle people to annual health checks. The study calls for other revenue raising measures such as higher tax on alcohol, tobacco and drinks containing excessive amounts of sugar. Betting and gambling taxes could raise more, as could charges for vaccinations for those travelling overseas. The study suggests the NHS is out-of-date and unaffordable and unfit for today and tomorrow’s

health needs, and there is an ‘obesity epidemic’ around the corner. The principle of no charge at the point of delivery has always been sacrosanct and any change would be extremely unpopular with the left. The report also appears to fail to address the problem of the culture of the health service and the attitudes of some staff and managers. The NHS has already demonstrated it can swallow huge amounts of money without showing sufficient tangible improvement, and that is the big challenge if any change is to be in the public interest.


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PEOPLE in Britain are saving less of their money because wages have been outstripped by an increasing cost of living, according to figures for the final quarter of 2013.

But this was recognised by Chancellor George Osborne in his recent budget and he has made concessions to savers with improved tax free savings

and the creation of pensioner bonds paying a higher rate of interest.

While there has been an increase in business investment, the gross domestic product rose by less than expected at the end of last year. The current account deficit stood at £22.4 billion in the final quarter.

Retiring general’s plea for forces GENERAL Sir Richard Shirreff, the British Army’s third most senior officer, has warned that the restructuring of the Army is risky.

The Government is cutting the regular Army from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020, while expanding the former Territorial Army from 19,000 to 30,000 and renaming it the Army


General Shirreff said those making the changes had done a good job, but Britain had to protect its defence budget, even if it meant other government departments suffered. He said defence cuts had meant that the Royal Navy had been unable to take part in some Nato maritime operations.

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BRITAIN’S old established department store retailer House of Fraser has been linked by the Sunday Times newspaper to a £450 million takeover by Sanpower, which has 100 businesses, including shopping centres, in China. House of Fraser has also been considering an alternative plan for a summer flotation on the London Stock Exchange, but it is believed that the Sanpower deal has the support of chairman Don McCarthy whose family controls 20 per cent of the company. The department store is well known throughout Britain, with sales of £1.2 billion and 7,300 employees. There are also 12,000 concession staff across 61 stores. The retailer has a 161-year history of trading in Britain.


Britain’s farmers and climate change

WHILE the climate change debate continues to rumble on and some scientists give the global warming theory more credence than others, British farmers have been painted the bad guys in the latest episode. Cutting energy use in homes, industry and on the roads will not be enough to ensure that global temperatures rises by no more that 2C according to the latest research and the consumption of meat and dairy products may have to be curbed if emissions are to be reduced sufficiently. It is conjecture, but it is feared nitrous oxide emissions from fields and methane gas from animals could double by 2070. It may seem a long way off, but the world population is rising, politicians are not keen to discourage people from having children and there is a rapidly growing demand for all foods. In addition, many people in the developing world are adopting western style diets, and that inevitably includes meat and dairy products.

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Royal Mail sold off cheap? The National Audit Office has released a report concluding that ministers showed “deep caution” when selling off a large chunk (60%) of Royal Mail last year selling shares at just 330p each with the majority going to favoured priority investors such as Standard Life, Fidelity and BlackRock in the hopes that they would be long-term investors. This, in the event didn’t happen and the majority sold most of their shares within days of buying them. The Government retained 30% of Royal Mail and 10% were given to the employees. On the first day of trading, within hours it found that tax payers had lost out on nearly £750 million as new shareholders sold their shares and that

overall taxpayers have lost out to the tune of around £1 billion. The shares are now trading at more than twothirds higher than their sell price on the day and on Monday were trading at 565p each. The NAO report concluded the Business department should not have relied so heavily on their City advisers, while the Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge accused Vince Cable's department of being "clueless". Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said: "The department was very keen to achieve its objective of selling Royal Mail and was successful in getting the company listed on the FTSE 100. Its approach, however,

was marked by deep caution, the price of which was borne by the taxpayer. The report does, however, say the Business Secretary was right to reject bankers' gold-plated valuations of Royal Mail of more than £9bn. And in recent months Royal Mail have axed 1,300 jobs and the cost of a stamp has risen given bait to critics of the sale as evidence of the bad handling of the sale. However, Vince Cable has denied that any mishandling of the sale took place saying: “Achieving the highest price possible at any cost and whatever the risk was never the aim of the sale,” adding that the worst case scenario would have been to have pitched the price too high and no-one having bought them.

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Shark gives birth Serenading the animals on beach Carpenter Antonio Calvillo was on his way to work one morning last week when he spied what looked he thought was a dolphin stranded on Fuengirola's Castillo beach.

Being an animal lover he rushed to help what turned out to be a twometre-long shark who was in the process of giving birth, something he only discovered when he lifted the shark's tail to drag it back into the water. He immediately called 112 to alert the Guardia' Civil's Nature Protection Service (Seprona) but a Guardia Civil patrol was in the area and came to

help him. He continued to press the shark's belly to help her expel her babies.

Two of them appeared to be stuck inside and had to be helped out. The men returned the shark and her ten babies to the water and waited around to

'Marbella is happy' A three-minute video promoted by the Town Hall as part of Pharell Williams "Happy" movement in which more than 630 cities round the world are participating has been a wow on Youtube, attracting more than 500 visits in less than two hours.

It features Marbella mayor Angeles Muñoz, sportsmen Manolo Santana and Luis Ángel Maté, actors María Adamuz and Aníbal Soto, chef Dani García, Count

Rudi Schönburg, Princess María Luisa of Prussia, TV personalities Carmen Lomana and Jacqueline de la Vega, well-known local businessmen and members of sports clubs, choirs and schoolchildren dancing to Williams' Happy song in different parts of the town. Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are among the other 12 cities that are participating in the Happy initiative.

The rain is back Some welcome rain fell over the weekend in most Malaga province, which has had one of its driest winters in years. It came down as snow in Los Reales, on the border of Cádiz province; in la Sierra de las Nieves, in Alfarnate, and the Sierras Tejeda-Almijara

Natural Park.

The weathermen are forecasting a fairly wet April, although not enough to make up for the long dry winter. However, it rained a lot last winter so the reservoirs are fairly full and there will be no shortage of water this summer.

make sure they were all alright. Calvillo was happy to report they all swam away without any problems, while one of the Guardia told a local newspaper that his fellow officers had started to call him "the midwife".

Animals in Distress (A.I.D.) will hold a Motown 'n' Soul Night on Saturday, April 19th, starting at 7.30 p.m. at La Cuchara restaurant (formerly the Hiedra) which is just inside the entrance to the Poligano Rosa on the A404 Alhaurin el Grande to Coin road. There will be great entertainment from the DJ Lee Jay Road Show plus a three course meal for only €15. Tickets are available from the A.I.D. charity shop, in Alhaurin el Grande just down from Mercadona. For further information call Joe on 626 942 427. A.I.D. is a registered charity No. 7974. For full details go to its website

Socialists back Gibraltar workers The Socialist Party's Andalusian branch has announced that it intends to launch an initiative in the regional parliament to demand talks between the Madrid government and the Junta de Andalucia on the human rights of the Spaniards who work in Gibraltar.

Socialist Party spokesman Mario Jiménez described the Madrid government's actions at the border in La Línea as "disastrous" and "malicious". He said the objective was to guarantee the transit of people as quickly as possible from one side of the border to the other. He said the Madrid government's disastrous management of the border has put at risk the jobs of 6,000 workers from the Campo de Gibraltar and Cádiz province.

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The Black Horse Pub holds two monthly events to help A.I.D., a Quiz Night with Raffle on the first Friday of the month - next one on April 4th - and an Afternoon Tea on the last Tuesday of the month. Watch this space for further details.

The next A.I.D. Charity Auction will be held on Friday, April 11th, starting at 7.00 pm at the La Cuchara (formerly Hiedra) restaurant. People wishing to enter items for sale should let A.I.D. know 24 hours before the auction. Bring your items between 5 pm and 6 pm to be logged in by Chris and





her helpers. A 15 per cent commission will be deducted from the sale of each item, which goes to the charity. Donations of bric-abrac, furniture, jewellery, etc. are welcome.

For further details call Chris on 628 239 174 and Joe on 626 942 427.

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Dogs practice rescuing people

The fire brigade took advantage of the demolition of one of the buildings in parque Central to train two water dogs to search for and rescue people in a matter of minutes. The building was demolished to make way for the new boulevard. A spokesman said when the dogs were trained in the same place they got to know the terrain too well so the rubble from the building was ideal as a new place to practice. it took both the dogs just two minutes to find the volunteer fireman buried in the rubble.


Flambé chorizo burns tourists

Two dutch tourists suffered burns on their hands, face, chest and shoulders when they tried to eat the flambé chorizo (chorizo al infierno) dish they had ordered at a restaurant in nerja. They were taken to the hospital Comarcal de la Axarquía, in VélezMálaga, where doctors said they were recovering well from the burns, which covered between 15 and 20 per cent of their bodies.

AlhAurin el GrAnde Jiménez told journalists at a meeting between the Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar transfrontier group, La Línea mayor Gemma Araujo had called the current situation unsustainable, saying that what is happening in the town is an "obstacle to the transit of people and workers".

Jiménez said the Madrid government has abandoned the rights of the workers and is treating them in a nonhumanitarian way.

Fire set to destroy marijauna plants

The Guardia Civil have arrested two men identified only as J.B.S. and r.G. who had deliberately set fire to a warehouse to destroy a marijuana plantation before the agents discovered it. however, the Guardia arrived before the plantations was were totally destroyed and found most of the 253 plants as well as the tools for their harvesting and drying. They also found a gun and ammunition hidden among the plants. The Guardia One Guardia was taken to the local health centre suffering from smoke inhalation.

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The Anticorruption Attorney’s Office has asked the judge investigating the ERE or labour fund scandal to transfer part of the case to the Supreme Court, specifically the seven former Socialist officials who are under scrutiny for their alleged role in a long-running fraud

case involving a regional government fund used to help struggling companies pay off workers.

The officials include two former regional premiers, Manuel Chaves and José Antonio Griñán, as well as five ex-regional commissioners, who all

enjoy parliamentary immunity that exempts them from being tried in regular courts.

Griñán stepped down last summer well before the end of his term, in what critics saw as an attempt to spare the Socialist Party the embarrassment of having

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to dismiss him if he became an official target of the investigation.

The anticorruption attorneys also want Judge Mercedes Alaya to break up the massive investigation into smaller, separate units. Each section would deal with different alleged crimes relating to the ERE case, such as the people who collected benefits from companies they never worked for; the companies who received

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Three sailors were killed and two are still missing after a cargo ship collided with a small fishing vessel Tuesday morning off the coast of Vigo.

A further five crew members from the Mar de Marín were rescued, the Spanish coastguard said. A phone call to the emergency services raised the alert about the accident, in which Mar de Marín sank rapidly. The head of the Vigo fisherman’s association, Julio Alonso, said the

vessel sank “in three minutes” after the impact. According to a number of radio stations in the area, the three dead men are from Cangas, Barro and Marín in Pontevedra province, while the missing men are from Ghana and Morocco. The bodies which have been recovered have already been transferred to the port at Vigo. Helicopters, Guardia Civil vessels and local fishing boats are all

taking part in the search for the missing fishermen, with the Vigo coastguard coordinating the efforts.

The cargo ship that collided with the Mar de Marín is the Baltic Breeze, which was carrying vehicles that had been loaded in Vigo from the nearby Citroën factory located there. The vessel, which flies a Singapore flag, is 164 metres long, compared to the 27-metre fishing boat.

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henever the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio María Rouco Varela, opens his mouth he manages to upset every left-winger in the country. Unfortunately on Monday he probably upset a few non-lefties as well by referring to the Civil War during his sermon at the State funeral held for former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez.


fter Franco's death, Suarez managed to get all the politicians of Left, Right and Centre to agree with each other - a miracle in itself here in Spain - to create harmony at a time when most people had feared the renewal of the Civil War. During his sermon, Cardinal Rouca said: "Harmony (concordia) was possible with him. Why can't it be so now and always in the lives of Spaniards, their families and the country's historic communities?" (Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan regional premier Artur Mas, who were seated just yards away, must have felt alluded to.) The cardinal then went on to say: "Suarez sought and practised reconciliation tenaciously and generously in the most sensitive areas of the political and social life of that Spain which wanted to put the Civil War behind forever: the events and attitudes which caused it and which can cause it." (He omitted to say "again".) That's when the you-knowwhat hit the fan. Ironically, in death Suarez managed to recreate that harmony, with politicians of both Left and Right sitting down together at his lying-in-state and funeral like a bunch of little lambs.


think the journalists who appeared later that evening on TVE's 24h political chat show were probably right when they harshly criticised the cardinal for saying what he said - ironically on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the official end of the war on April 1st, 1939. However, they then went on to almost prove him right - ending up sounding like a bunch of screeching banshees as they disagreed with each other on several other issues.


often wonder if these people go into RTVE's website to see how they performed. I shouldn't imagine they do otherwise they stop re-enacting that damn war. Journalists have just as much right to their political opinions as anyone else but when they're brought together on a TV programme to analyse the political issues of the day I think they should try to be a little more objective. But whenever you get a few of them


together on a TV programme they start screeching like banshees.

ark my words, the only thing that keeps this country from descending into political chaos is the monarchy that Suarez was so loyal to and the parliamentary system that he and the King managed to introduce during the transition from dictatorship to democracy and not all the screeching banshees on the political scene will be able to undo that. The politicians might love to have another lethal bash at each other but the Spanish people are now too politically savvy to let them do it.


nd despite the current economic hard times, they've never had it so good and all they want is to have it even better, and they know that rioting in the streets is not the way to go about it. If the politicians try tearing all those kids away from their mobile phones, computers and other hi-tech gadgets to send them to kill the other half of the country they'll probably get bopped on the head with same gadgets.


o do not fear, dear readers, the politicians - who are a very small minority - and the antisystem and anarchist groups who turn every peaceful demonstration into a street battle with the police who are an even smaller minority, 3,500 according to the security forces - don't stand a chance against nearly 45 million Spaniards.



took a lot of flack because of my attitude to our dearly beloved former PM, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, but the IMF story on page 3 backs me up. Zapatero denied the economic crisis in 2007 because he wanted to win the March 2008 election. A story which we haven't published because of lack of space also shows his government also tried to cover up the real state of the Spanish banking system, which Zapatero said was the strongest in the world - until it collapsed.


n the other hand, the Communist dominated United Left has just accused Zapatero of trying to promote a Partido Popular- Socialist Party coalition after the next election to stop all the other parties nationalist, Communist and plain loony - from getting a look-in. If that turns out to be true, I might have a few kind words to say about him.

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few weeks ago, when I accompanied a friend to the emergency room when she began having sharp pains in her leg, I was able to notice how many people actually do seek out urgent care at the hospital. Of course, I didn’t know what was wrong with them, but many seemed not to be in as much pain as my friend was or even actually appeared sick. Most sat around chatting while they waited. In many cases, it was difficult to point out who was the patient. It was a Sunday afternoon when most people, because of Murphy’s Law, apparently tend to have accidents or fall ill over the weekend.


n Monday, the head of the Spanish Medical Association, Juan José Rodríguez Sendín, urged that patients who “abuse” the health system should be fined or made to pay for services. One of the examples he gave was to make people pay if they go to hospital emergency rooms when their conditions are not urgent. His proposal definitely should be studied but then again who is it to tell people that what they may be suffering from isn’t considered a health emergency? It is difficult to gauge what is or what is not considered an urgent problem; just as in the same way that some people can handle pain better than others.


here have been many discussions about co-payments for health services, and whether the government should start looking at ways to deter many people from seeking out a doctor when there isn’t any reason. But these ideas have always been shot down by health advocates and the more liberal sectors of society who rightfully believe that health care should not be a privilege but instead a constitutional guarantee. The Socialists have proposed including such a clause as part of their constitutional reform package that they have been trying to push forward but haven’t been able to convince the Partido Popular (PP) government.


pain’s health care system is by far one of the most generous in Europe, which unfortunately leaves it open to abuse. For years, foreigners have taken advantage of medical services when they are not covered under the law. This type of “abuse” has been curtailed but of course there are still cracks in the system that need to be patched up.


n Romania, free emergency services are offered to foreigners who hold the European health card. But the doors begin to close if the patient has a pre-existing condition. According to a recent report on Romanian radio, visits to a doctor or specialist could cost between €40 and €80. Surprisingly from there, medical costs go down. An X-ray could range between €10 and €20, while an MRI could cost from about €30 to €40. It seems that the Romanians put up the first bumper at the initial visit to a healthcare provider.


o-payment or fines for misuse of the system are not the answer. Spain’s medical services do need some restrictions in place but finding that magic formula where people are not jeopardized but at the same time preventing them from abusing the system hasn’t been easy. The Spanish Medical Association chief claims that if traffic authorities can fine people for road violations, doctors should be able to issue sanctions for wasting their time. I don’t think that the major of healthcare professionals agree with this type of demagoguery.


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ow that the Constitutional Court has struck down the Catalan sovereignty declaration, many wonder whether Artur Mas and his nationalist CiU bloc intend to carry out their 9 November referendum. The regional premier hasn’t had any luck in pushing through his status vote; all he has done over the past two years is ruffle the feathers of other political factions. His aides say that nothing has changed since the top court ruled against the sovereignty declaration and point to specific wording in the ruling that states that the region can hold its referendum but within the legal framework of the Constitution. In other words, getting the approval of Parliament and then the central government. Lawmakers are expected on April 9th to debate a petition by the Catalan parliament to transfer certain powers to the region so that it can organize the special vote. Fat chance that will happen.


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Yes, the La Cala Lions are at it again! This time they are joining forces with the La Cala Fencing Club (who they support) who are holding their championships on 5th and 6th April at the Sports Centre in La Cala. This event is from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 10am to 3 pm on Sunday. However this coincides with an enormous worldwide event when the Lions International Clubs around the world are asking their members to take up the challenge to hold various community projects - one of them being the biggest community food drive. The La Cala de Mijas Lions would like their community to win this and ask everyone to please come along to donate nonperishable food to the event and help us build a food mountain. The Fencing Club has kindly offered to waive an entrance fee to their annual event and just ask visitors to donate food. Isn’t that kind of them? and the Lions would like to give them their sincere thanks.

The Lions will be running a refreshment counter there too to also raise charity funds.



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On Saturday Venta Los Arcos was once again the venue for the TAPAS Spring Bake Off.

With a great selection of baking and an assortment of stalls selling a range of goods from Jewellery to Artisan Bread, over 150 people attended despite what started as a very rainy day. However the delightful Betty’s Tea Room cheered everyone up with a cuppa and the highlight was being able to purchase slices of the excellent competition cakes.

A raffle in aid of the children’s home Cuidad de

Los Ninos was held and raised over 100 euros for this worthwhile charity. The competition winners were, Tray Bake: Jane Busby Sponge Cake: Rosie Brown Cup Cakes: Jane Busby Fruit Cake: Rosie Brown Novelty Cake: Amanda Goldie (far right) Best Cake winner: Rose Brown (near right) TAPAS’s next event is their production of the extremely funny farce “Tons of Money” on 25, 26, and 27 of April. See their website www.tapassociety. com for further details or ring the Box Office 635 293 714

Learn to protect yourself The National Police have been in contact with Age Concern about the need for older people to guard against being the victims of crime. A talk, in English, by the police has therefore been arranged for Tuesday 29th April starting at 11.00 in the Age Concern Drop-In-Centre which is situated in Call Zaragoza, Estepona. It will focus on the simple steps that people can take to protect themselves against crime. This is a very timely


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talk as the summer season draws closer with more people in the towns and countryside. Many of us have been the victims of crime which could have been avoided if the person had been vigilant. Tony Aldous, Age Concern’s Press Officer, says that he remembers the times he has said that he would never be caught out – but he was and regretted ever since in not listening to those much wiser than him. Please come along and bring your friends.


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Make a note in your diary for November the 1st. Our sponsors Barker & Barker (B&B) have agreed to sponsor an open day here in Spain on the Costa del Sol on November the 1st. We will have a live outside broadcast for 2 hours. Meet the panel Nazli (vet), Celia (cat expert), Anna (dog trainer and behaviourist) and myself. I am now trying to arrange for Sarah Fisher, Carolyn Menteith and Mic Martin of BBC Dog Borstal to come over for the week end. You will be able to meet us all and even bring your dogs. We are hoping that Viv of 4Paws will give us a demonstration. Anyone who has a business and would like to show their goods please contact Anna on 671 350 433 or email annasdogschool@hotmail. com Entrance will be free. B&B promise everyone will get free treats for their dogs. I have been using B&B for over 40 years. They are small and have an odour that makes training easier. If you have a dog which does not eat well it is better to add B&B Powder and sprinkle a small amount on the food, no dog refuses the food with this odour. Each week on the radio show we have much to discuss regarding current events. It has now been established that the Golden Retriever is more dangerous than the pit bull. The only reason many bite statistics go that way is because "pit bull" is a blanket term that represents up to 30 different breeds. The American Pit Bull Terrier (what most people consider "pit bulls") is extremely human friendly it is very rare for them to display any kind of human aggression, hundreds of years of breeding have ensured that they be quite friendly with people. Bad breeding and overbreeding has all but ruined the Golden Retriever, sadly many are now unstable or even human aggressive. We have some do’s and don’t’s. Do tie a yellow ribbon on your leash if you or your dog feel nervous around other dogs. Do use a muzzle on the beach. Do use a flee product every month on your dog. Don’t use Pet Taxi, don’t use a flexi lead. Don’t allow your dog to go on a walk for at least half an hour after his

meal. Don’t feed your dog after a walk for half an hour. Don’t stay in your training school if you have spoken to the trainer and you are not making progress, go to another school. If you have a dog, cat or veterinary question please send it to me at and I will publish your email and our reply. Nazli says: A walk on the beach is one of the joys of having a dog on the Costa Del Sol. But be careful if your dog tends to eat things on the beach. After every storm fish hooks may wash up on the beach. If they still contain bait the dog will pick it up and swallow the hook. You will see the fishing line hanging out of the mouth. DO NOT pull the line! Attach the line to the dogs collar and seek veterinary help. You can of course prevent this happening by putting a muzzle on your dog. Celia says:- Are you feeding your cat too much cat food? It only takes a few extra cat biscuits per day to make your cat start getting fat. Indoor cats who don’t have as much to do as cats that have cat flaps are particularly likely to put on weight. So read the instructions on the packet, or contact the manufacturers online, to make sure you are not feeding too much. Cats that weigh too much, like humans who weigh too much, are prone to diseases such as arthritis or even diabetes. Anna says:- No matter if you have a small or a big dog they all need training and they need to use their brain to be happy. There are many things you can do both indoors and outdoors. Apart from ordinary obedience training you can have your dog search for treats, or a family member. There are many great activation toys you can buy at veterinarians or at a pet store. Many of the toys you already have in the house can probably be used for lots of fun activities with you dog. If you want to learn more about this please contact me to find out when the next seminar about toys and mental stimulation is. Dogs are intelligent animals and it is a crime not to let them use their brain.


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Yorkshire Fisheries is the most established and wellknown fish and chip shop on the coast and has been serving the finest fish and chips for the last 30 years. Unfortunately, it had

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fish and chip shop will be open on Sundays from April 6th, r-establishing themselves as the flagship fish and chip restaurant on the coast. They serve only the best cod, haddock and plaice fried in their own recipe light and crispy batter with ‘real’ chips and a speciality home-made tartar sauce. They also serve a full range of ‘Pukka’ pies, roast chicken, sausages, burgers and of course, traditional Whitby scampi.

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Last week we started to tell you all about a fabulous cultural day out that can be had in Mijas Pueblo. This week we continue with the story and all about Manuel Cortés Quero, “The Mole of Mijas” “(not “The Meddlar” as was wrongly translated in last week’s issue - thanks for the correction Muriel). He was born in 1906, known as “El Topo de Mijas” and was in fact the last republican Mayor of Mijas holding the post between the 3rd of March & the 23rd of November 1936. With the eruption of the Civil War in February 1937, because of the advancement of French troops there began a mass exodus of people in cars and on horses. He fled the municipality with his wife Julia and their 1½-year-old daughter Maria. After one day of fleeing through open fields and mountains he decided his wife and daughter should return to Mijas and giving them 50 pesetas and lots of hugs and kisses he left them to join the groups fleeing towards Almeria. After 2 years away and at the age of 34 he decided to return incognito on the night of the 17th of November 1939 initiating a long confinement in his own home, which would

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last 30 years. In the Museum we saw how they had recreated what was his home & where he hid for all those years. On the 28th of March 1969 he heard on the radio the news that the Government had granted pardons for crimes committed between the 18th of July 1936 to the 1st of April 1939, and he took the decision of finally abandoning his confinement. The then Mayor of Mijas Miguel González Berral, accompanied him to the Headquarters of the Civil Guard in Málaga where he heard the Lieutenant Colonel in charge utter the words he had so longed for “You are free”. He was the Founder of the local PSOE, over which he presided until his death in 1991 and was instrumental in bringing the telephone to Mijas and fixing the road to Benalmádena. Numerous articles written about him and his adventures were collated in a book written by Ronald Fraser called “Escondido – “In Hiding; The Life of Manuel Cortés, 1972

I would like to quote a small extract from the book to whet your appetite -“We nearly died laughing that night at the sight of him dressed up as an old woman. He did not know how to walk, the skirt kept getting tangled up in his legs and all he could do was hop. Nervous as I was, and my stomach trembling at the thought of the danger, I still could not help bursting out laughing. He looked a sight!”. I am trying to get hold of the book, as I would very much like to read about this amazing man.

We could not believe we had been in the museum for over two hours and all for the entrance fee of €1! Next week more on the miniatures museum and other delights to be found in Mijas.


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There's a really big party planned for this Sunday 6th April in Fuengirola. The event is the seven year celebration of one of Fuengirola's most successful and popular live music bars, Pógs. Shack~Attack, pictured here at the opening night on Saturday March 16th back in 2007 will get the ball rolling from around 6.00 pm on. Following them, the ever-so talented Monkey Tennis both tried and tested rock bands. But hang in there dear reader, this is a “gathering of the clan's” event, with all manner of musicians and friends certain to turn up, including Andy Claridge, Alice Reay and blast from the past, Jeff Guitar Johnson, plus many many more, too many to mention here.

The live entertainment starts early and goes late, building up into a sight to behold, a huge music session, with the stage full of some of the coast's most popular names and musical faces. It's safe to say, the joint will be jumping and just about everyone will be there at some point - including the police - so keep the doors closed as much as possible.

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An evening out with THESPA

If you want a different, enjoyable evening out and like the theatre, I would thoroughly recommend THESPA (The English Speaking Players Association).

THESPA is a dinner and theatre association now in its 35th year that also supports the Salon Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola, raising funds and putting on plays. THESPA is an acted play reading group, promoting theatre in a friendly, restaurante type of atmosphere giving aspiring actors, directors and playwrites the chance to become involved.

Entertainment on the night I went consisted of one full length play with a four course meal served in the interval, but can also be two one act plays with dinner in between.

We went to the production of ‘Father’s Day’ on Wednesday 26th March,

a comedy that was hillarious! Very well played by Henry Cooper, Jamie Stonehewer, Beverly Stonehewer and Janet Gillett, the play was directed by Jean Macer, her first time out as a director, and a job very well done indeed. The meal excellent.



You don’t have to be a member to attend the play and dinner evenings, held in the Masonic Hall in Los Boliches on the last Wednesday of the month from September to May but, to have the chance to get involved in the action itself, membership is only €10 a year.

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The next meeting is on 30th April, two plays, a drama ‘Blind Chance’, dinner, then a comedy ‘ Green Favours’ so why not book for a great evening out.




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47 Ronin


Release date: April 1st

Director: Carl Rinsch Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki

Lord Kira, an evil and ruthless shogun, dishonorably murders the master and leader of a small group of samurai. Kai, a half-breed and outcast, joins with 47 ronin (Japanese for samurai with no master) questing to avenge their fallen leader. Kai faces further ostracism for falling in love with Mika,

the daughter of the fallen master.

The ronin endure epic trials of courage, loyalty, and combat at the hands of Lord Kira's ferocious and vicious army.

The story is a fictionalized account of the real-life 18th century quest of 47 ronin seeking revenge in Japan.

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Rio 2

Directed by Carlos Saldanha Voices by: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx,

The all-singing all-dancing colourful parrot movie Rio was a big box office hit in 2011 and the sequel is equally entertaining, with a bevy of voices supplied by Oscar, Tony and Grammy nominated stars.

Endangered macaw Blu (Eisenberg) and his spirited wild macaw wife Jewel (Hathaway) are having fun with their three kids in Rio, Brazil’s party capital. But they are about to tackle a new adventure as they head off on a 2,000 mile journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest in search of a flock of their kinfolk.

The family undertakes its mission accompanied by Pedro and Nico, the canary and cardinal bird comedy duo, ( and Jamie Foxx), and finally find the flock. To Jewel’s delight she discovers her long-lost dad Eduardo (Andy Garcia) is

Director: David Grovic Starring: John Cusack, Robert De Niro

Dragna is a mysterious man with underhanded motives. He has committed the terrible crime of killing several people, and only he fully understands why he did it.

However, his boss may have some insight, and that's who he is waiting for as he hides out in a dingy motel that is falling apart. What will he do once his boss arrives? That vital

question has to go on the back burner as strange things begin to happen at the motel.

It seems that he picked the wrong place to hide out in. By the time his boss comes to have a look at the bag that Dragna swiped after his killing spree, the scene will be very different than the one

Could things get worse – well yes, when Blu’s adversary from the first movie, evil cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) turns up seeking revenge. There are fabulous show stopping songs – and with

Broadway stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Rita Moreno, and voices from the world of pop like Bruno Mars, the musical score is well served by the cast. Hathaway sings Don’t Go Away – a ballad set to compete with her Les Miserables best. It may not have quite the verve of the original, but Rio 2 is beautifully animated, and has a great blend of music, humour and jungle adventure. So expect this bright and breezy movie to set the box office tills ringing.

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DVD NEW RELEASE in charge, but poor Blu finds it hard to make much of an impression on his hard taskmaster of a father-in-law – cue for Meet The Parents style comedy moments. And there is more bad news – loggers are about to move in on that part of the rain forest and destroy the flock’s home.

Release date: April 1st

Release date: April 1st

Director: Adam McKay Starring: Will Ferrel, Steve Carell. Paul Rudd. Luke Wilson Ron Burgundy, the anchorman who made such a splash in the 1970s with his wacky and distinctive style, has returned to television in a big way.

He is leaving San Diego in favour of New York City, where he will add his unique flourish to the state's first 24-hour news program. As not even the Big Apple generates enough news to

truly merit that kind of around the clock coverage, something must be done to keep things interesting, and that is Ron's specialty.

Not only does he inject a lot of unusual ideas into the program, but he inspires his network's other employees to express themselves in unique ways. Ron just can't help being himself, and with

such a big audience, his impact is huge.

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Feelings of liberation are likely to be felt within as you let go of a past weight and embrace a new beginning with a spirit of enthusiasm. Others will automatically benefit from your new outlook and your relationships in turn will also improve. Your charisma and personal confidence and charm are extremely high and others will flock to be in your presence. Sometimes you have to accept the support from others without questioning motives or thinking that there is an ulterior motive to their actions. You may have to confront the things that have not been dealt with in the past, there is a closing of some unfinished business and this needs addressing. Clear the things that have been hanging over your head and as you do the fog of the future will clear. It is time to check whether taking an issue into battle is the right thing, make sure it is really worth the fight, if it is then go for it, if not don’t stay in the fight just because you have started something off and feel that winning is more important. Some things are worth fighting for and others have a higher price to pay and you need to make sure the reasons are right for all. Let honesty and love be your guide. Growth can only occur when you are out of your comfort zone and you will feel compelled to take a risk and go a step further than you have before. By having the emotional courage to spread your wings and fly you increase the opportunities that are coming your way. Motivation to improve your circumstances is the driving force behind the changes that you wish to make.

Actions not words are an important demonstration of how much you care when it comes to supporting a family member. Keep the high ground this week when it comes to negotiations even if you feel that someone is trying to undermine you, as you do this you will in turn attract the people and things that will support a better way forward. Relationships are going through a necessary overhaul. When an unexpected disruption comes out of the blue it can knock you sideways, you are fine if you are prepared for it, but if not it can affect your nervous system for days afterwards. It could be that someone close to you is making a mountain out of a molehill and you may just need a bit of time to settle so that you can get their accusations into perspective – it may not be as bad as it first may have appeared.


There are a few hurdles on the path you are currently on and it may be that things are moving slower than you would like, hence a feeling of frustration and irritability setting in. Finances and transactions may not run smoothly, however, keep your thoughts focused on a bigger picture and this will get you through these testing times. Change is on the way it just requires a bit more September 23rd - patience. October 22nd


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It is time for a new spring clean, a healthier daily regimen is on the cards, perhaps join that gym you have been threatening to do for months, or start introducing more nourishing foods into your diet. The effect may take a while to show but the effort in the long run will be worth it as you start to feel invigorated and rejuvenated. Your energy levels are on the rise and your needs are well on the way to being sorted out.

Something is preventing you from saying what you need to say within a key relationship, usually, nothing will stop you from making your point but you are perhaps worried about how your feelings will be taken. It is likely that the outcome will not turn out to be quite as negative as you expect and sometimes it is best to say the truth instead of bottling it up inside, at least this way you will know.

There is a surge within to do something wildly different and yet you are probably worried about how this will be taken by those close to you. It could lead to a life altering situation as you go against a grain that has long been indoctrinated into your life. It may ruffle some feathers but in the long term if you feel strongly that this is right for you and your loved ones - who are you not to give it a go? It is all a balancing act right now, on one side you have support and a feeling of confidence in your endeavour and yet on the other side you have an authority figure that is cautioning you. The problem is you also feel that you are running out of time to complete the task. The reality is you are not running out of time and the way through this obstacle is in the spirit of compromise as you can reach your objectives without taking the extreme path. You have been brought back down to earth within a few areas of your life reminding you of the reality of the situations around you. Because of this insight your outlook is forever changed and things will feel much different from what they did before. Use this time to strengthen yourself for your upcoming journey and put your own needs first for a while, it will serve you well in the months to come.

Kym’s Kitchen don’t have to be a chef!

A fragrant and filling southern Thai dish with peanuts and potatoes - a delicious alternative to Thai green curry, made with seasonal lamb

Slow cooker massaman curry Ingredients:

(Serves 4)

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• 1 tbsp fish sauce, plus extra to taste • 6 freeze-dried kaffir lime leaves (optional) • handful roasted unsalted

500g/1lb 2oz new potatoes, 800g/1lb 12oz boned lamb shoulder or beef shin, cut into matchbox-size pieces • 3 tbsp massaman curry paste • small bunch fresh coriander, stalks finely chopped • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, finely grated • 400ml/14fl oz can coconut milk • 1 tsp light muscovado sugar • 1 lime, zest and juice

peanuts, roughly chopped

Directions 1. Halve the potatoes and Place them in the slow cooker. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and brown the meat in batches until golden brown, then transferring to the slow cooker. There’s no need to add any oil to the pan as the meat is fatty enough. 2. Add the massaman paste, coriander stalks and ginger to the frying pan, then fry for a few minutes until fragrant. 3. Tip in the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Season with the sugar, lime zest and fish sauce, add the lime leaves if using, then

pour the sauce over the meat and potatoes. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8 hours until very tender. 4. Spoon off any excess fat from the top of the curry, add the juice from half the zested lime and add more fish sauce if needed. The curry should have a balance of sour, salty, hot and sweet without one flavour dominating. Scatter with the coriander leaves and peanuts, then serve with steamed fragrant rice and the remaining lime in wedges, for squeezing.

Asparagus, broad bean & smoked salmon pasta Ingredients:

25g butter 6 spring onions, sliced 6 tbsp dry white wine or vermouth • 200g carton crème fraîche • pinch freshly grated nutmeg • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (optional) • juice ½ lemon • 700g young broad beans in pods (to

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( serves 4)

give about 175g/6oz shelled beans) • 175g young asparagus • 350g spirali or spaghetti • 100g smoked salmon, cut into small pieces

Directions 1. Melt the butter in a pan, then fry the spring onions for 1 minute, until softened. Add the wine and boil hard to reduce to about 2 tbsp. Stir in the crème fraîche, season well and add the nutmeg. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the dill, if using, and squeeze in a little lemon juice. Set aside. 2. Blanch the shelled broad beans in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes. Drain into a sieve and hold under running cold water to cool. Drain again and peel off the outer hard skin – make a nick in the tops and pop the beans out.

3. Trim the asparagus – if it’s young, it won’t need much cut off the stems. Cut into halves or thirds. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per pack instructions, adding the asparagus 3 minutes before the end of cooking time. Cook until “al dente”. 4. Drain well, reserving a little pasta water. Toss the hot pasta and asparagus with the drained broad beans, smoked salmon and sauce, loosening with a spoonful or two of pasta water, if necessary. The heat of the pasta should reheat the sauce and slightly cook the smoked salmon, but stir over a gentle heat to warm through if necessary.

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Dear Sue

I am considering having a laser resurface peel but have severe doubts over it. I have neglected my skin for a long while now due to personal reasons causing a lot of stress in my life.

I am particularly concerned, as my skin is sensitive, about exposing it to the sun afterwards. Have you any ideas on something I could do that would be less drastic? Dee Mijas Dear Dee

I hope the stress in your life has gone away or is less. As skin is a living organ (incidentally it is the largest organ the body has) it will show stress and need extra care. As a less traumatic treatment I would suggest a good peeling facial. Fruit acids are gentle, safe and very effective.

Normally performed once a week for 3 weeks. This will remove the dead cells that so often leave the skin looking lifeless and tired. Get back to a good routine of cleansing toning and moisturizing, I will be happy to advise you personally on a good choice of products. The skin renews it self every month so starting now in just a few

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I have shoulder length hair and for many years have had full head highlights, but I find that I get very blonde sometimes and have to have it toned down, but again it is more colour and then it drys out. Any suggestions? Jan, Torremulle Dear Jan,

Why don’t you try just having half head foils? With your hair being fairly long, you wouldn’t notice the back section not being coloured everytime, and it would give your hair a rest and stop a lot of the buildup you don’t like. Dear Sue

My hands have a lot of sun spots on them and the skin is very rough and cracking. Can you help? Josie Fuengirola Dear Josie

This is a common problem with hands as people tend to look after their faces and ignore their hands. My advice is much the same as above. Exfoliate and hydrate. If there are stains


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in the cracks try mixing sea salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Rub in for a few minutes and rinse. Follow with a paraffin wax bath or good hydrating face mask. It is important to use sunscreen protection on your hands as well as your face, so squeeze out a little more than usual and apply excess to your hands.

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concentrated so you don't need a lot. I always keep some in stock so contact me if you have problems finding one. Another good tip is to get some cotton gloves apply cream and then put the gloves on whilst in bed at night. The warmth helps the cream penetrate even more deeply. Dear Calvin,

My friend has a lovely colour on her hair, so I asked her what it was and got it done my self but it turned out a totally different colour to hers.

What went wrong?

Maggie, Fuengirola Dear Maggie,

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Exercises for strengthening bones Activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to experts in that field, because this creates ground-reaction forces that move through the bones and stimulate them to “remodel” themselves and add density. Sprinting and hopping are the most well-studied examples of high-impact exercises. In one recent study, women aged

between 25 to 50 who leaped like fleas at least 10 times in a row, twice per day for four months, significantly increased the density of their hipbones.

In another experiment, women who hopped and also lifted weights improved the density of their spines by about two percent compared to a control group. Another study of adult female athletes found that those participating in the highest-impact sports, including volleyball,


hurdling, squash, soccer and speed skating, had denser bones than those competing in weight lifting, who did have healthier bones than those in the no-impact sports of bicycling and swimming. Older people don't have to take up speed skating or hurdling because walking may be sufficient - if it’s speedy. In the Nurses' Health Study of more than 60,000 postmenopausal women, those who walked briskly at least four times per week were at much

lower risk of hip fractures than the women who walked less often, more slowly, or not at all. The experts added that had the walkers occasionally jogged backwards and sideways, all the better, because recent studies have suggested that so-called odd impacts, created when you move in a direction other than straight ahead, can initiate remodelling throughout the hipbone and spine in older people.


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Johnny Depp confirms engagement to Amber At last, the rumours have been put to bed from the couple who’ve been together since 2012

… but is apparently wearing the ring he gave her himself as it’s too big for her finger

Hollywood heartthrob and bit of an odd-ball actor Johnny Depp gave the game away last weekend in the “are they, aren’t they engaged” saga when he spoke to Associated Press confirming his engagement to Amber Heard, 27, by saying: “The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle."

The 50-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star’s single diamond ring clashes somewhat with

his usual range of skull rings that he’s worn since those days and is quite subtle (for him anyway) but Amber’s rock that is a reported five-carat white oval diamond monster she’s been wearing since January costing in the region of $100,000 was apparently too big for her so he started wearing it himself.

Depp, who was married in the 80s and has had three broken engagements said: "I think that I would be better at making women's shoes than I would be at wedding planning. I can't

plan anything," he said. "I'm really bad at that stuff." The stories first started after the couple appeared together at the Golden Globes but Depp had not confirmed the rumours until now.

The couple have been together since 2012 following the break-up of Depp and Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children, after 14 years.

The Chocolate Factory perhaps he has a sweet tooth? Amber Heard starred in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express in 2008, Zombieland in 2009, Drive Angry in 2011. She was also in the TV series The Playboy Club.

Apart from Depp’s Pirates films, he was the lead male in the film Chocolat and also in Charlie and

There’s no news yet on when the pair will be tying the knot but it is suspected that it won’t be long from now. In the meantime Mr Depp, give Amber back her ring... after you’ve had it resized of course!

Jon Pertwee has endorsed new 'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi, even though he's been dead for almost 18 years.

thought was great, I just think he's going to be stupendous. He's going to have a completely different look."

Stones back Pertwee endorses Capaldi on tours

The Rolling Stones will continue their world tour at the end of May following the death of Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott last month. The band will kick off at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, on May 26 before playing 13 other dates around Europe and in Jerusalem. For those of you here in Spain, The Stones will be performing in Madrid on the 23rd of June.

The Stones postponed their six-date 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand after the fashion designer's suicide at her Manhattan apartment on March 17.

Sir Mick said he was

"completely shocked and devastated by the news". The couple had been in a relationship since 2001. A small funeral held for Scott in Angeles last week court papers showed the 49-year-old left whole estate to musician boyfriend.

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Accounts filed with Companies House in October show Scott's British company, LS Fashion Ltd, was running at a loss of more than £3.5m in 2012.

However, her personal estate was estimated to be worth £5.5m, with her apartment valued at £5m alone.

Pertwee's kind words were relayed by his son Sean, whose father played the third incarnation of the Time Lord between 1970 and 1974 and who also stars alongside Capaldi in BBC's 'The Musketeers.' Sean also revealed that Capaldi is a close family friend. "My father was very fond of Peter and Peter is an extremely lovely gentleman. He was very kind to my family when my father passed away, he was a big fan of my dad's actually. So personally the Pertwee household were absolutely delighted when he got the role of The Doctor."

The 49-year-old thespian also discussed what he thinks the Scot will bring to the part explaining, "I think he's going to bring some real gravitas and weight, which only comes with age. Taking nothing away from Matt [Smith, the previous Doctor], who I


Many Whovians have spotted several similarities between

Actor Johnny Depp wearing the ring

Capaldi and Pertwee's Time Lords since the former was cast, including the similarities of their costumes, with the red lining of Capaldi's jacket is reminisent of Pertwee's cape.

The 55-year-old Capaldi is actually four years older than Pertwee was when he took the role, and it's rumoured that he will be more abrasive and less chummy than his two most recent predecessors.

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Jacknife Drama (1989). A Vietnam veteran pays an unexpected visit to an old army buddy, who has become an alcoholic since the war. His unspoken intention is for them both to come to terms with a traumatic incident during their military service, but he becomes distracted by his romance with his friend's sister. Drama, starring Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker.

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Michael Clayton Thriller (2007). A troubled attorney takes over a high-profile case when a colleague suffers a nervous breakdown and threatens to blow the whistle on corporate corruption. However, as he tries to limit the damage, he uncovers damning proof that will expose a secret group of conspirators.


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The Holiday Romance (2006). Two single women living on opposite sides of the Atlantic agree to exchange houses over the Christmas holidays. In their new surroundings, both women unexpectedly encounter prospective partners, but as the house swap draws to a close, difficult decisions have to be made about their blossoming relationships. Romantic comedy.


Sun, Apr 6th 9:00pm

The Grey Adventure (2011). Premiere. Eight oil rig workers end up stranded in the middle of the Alaskan tundra when the plane flying them home crashes. With limited supplies, they must make a gruelling journey across the icy wilderness to civilisation, but their situation is made more perilous when a pack of ferocious wolves begins stalking them. Adventure, starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney.


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New series. Nicki Chapman follows people from Britain who are considering a move to Europe as they get a taste of life abroad. In the first episode, she helps buyers from Sheffield hoping to start afresh in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, offering tips on relocating to the country and visiting the home of one of the world's best-known brandies.



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New series. It seems viewers are in love with period dramas, with the likes of Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge proving hugely popular. The BBC continues its Midwife trend but goes further back in time with this medical drama that follows the brave doctors, nurses and volunteer women working in First World War France.


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I had looked forward to seeing Philomena since it was announced that it would be on at the La Trocha Cinema in Coin, which is the nearest to where I live. Now I can still look forward to seeing it. The Wednesday night’s showing was practically packed out when all of a

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sudden the very expensive bulb in the projector blew! A new one couldn’t be got in time for us ‘Thursday Nighters’ so we are now waiting for the ever patient Ricky Leach to let us all know when it’s all up and running again so we can come and see Philomena for ourselves.

3,000 euros and a number of SOS dogs sporting jaunty red coats joined other four legged companions. SOS President Sandy Tash said: "We were so sorry to disappoint people who had planned to join us on Saturday but thrilled that so many were still able to join us the following day. With vets bills of 7,000 euros this will help make a significant dent so a big thank you to those who were sponsored, to those

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Happy Birthday Pluto!


Last week March 28th was the 84th birthday of the Ex-planet Pluto.

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SOS walkers not beaten by bad weather All bets were off for the eagerly awaited SOS Animal Refuge sponsored 5km walk-jog-run on Saturday as rain and a chill wind swept through Alhaurin El Grande...but the charity moved as swiftly as it could to postpone the event to the following day and more than 40 walkers turned up to stroll or run in welcome sunshine. The event raised around

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who donated, and to our friends in the UK who picked one of our dogs to sponsor." The New's own football correspondent, Scott Forbes, could not make the Sunday event so turned up on Saturday, braved the chill rain, and ran the 5km course plus a bit in 37 minutes. Scott was wearing his Malaga FC tracksuit which was a bit damp by the time he finished.


normally depend on the number of participants. We don't bother with speeches but just get straight down to the game. Any amount of lying in the game is allowed. For example if you are a werewolf you obviously are NOT going to say you are a werewolf, otherwise the village will elect to hang you - but, ha ha, remember this is a game so it just means you have to sit out for the rest of that game. This game is usually conducted whilst sitting so no great physical ability is needed to join in. To find out more info about our new group, email me, Brian, at

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he story of Pluto’s discovery and final relegation goes back a long way. For centuries it had always been known that there were 6 planets in the Solar System. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were all visible to the naked eye and of course the Earth is a planet. But in the mid 1700’s astronomers noticed slight discrepancies in the orbit of Saturn and so it was predicted that there must be another planet further out than Saturn that was affecting its orbit.


he search began and on 13th March 1781 Sir William Herschel announced the discovery of a new planet which he named Uranus. But things were still not right in the outer Solar System and the orbit of Uranus was now brought into question, perhaps there was another planet even further out than Uranus?


nd so the search began again for the planet and on 23rd September 1846 Neptune was discovered. The Suns family of 8 planets was now complete, but not for long.


eptune’s orbit was also being disturbed by another unknown body, and so in 1906 an American named Percival Lowell began the search for the planet X. Lowell and his observatory conducted the search until his death in 1916, but to no avail. Unknown to Lowell, on March 19, 1915, photographs had captured two faint images of Pluto, but they were not recognised for what they were.


he trail went cold until in 1929 a 23 year old student astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh 1906-1997 (pictured) was given the task to hunt for the elusive planet. Tombaugh systematically imaged the night sky in pairs of photographs taken two weeks apart, and then he examined each pair to determine whether any objects had shifted position. Using a machine called a blink comparator, he rapidly shifted back and forth between views of each of the plates, and any objects that had changed position between photographs would then blink on and off. On February 18, 1930, after nearly a year of searching, Tombaugh discovered a possible moving object on photographic plates taken on January 23 and January 29 of that year. The announcement that Planet X had been discovered came on March 13 1930.


ow came the job of naming the new planet, several names were suggested including Zeus and Atlas but in Oxford England an 11 year old girl called Venetia Burney suggested the name Pluto. The name ticked all the right boxes as Pluto was the God of the underworld and the first two letters ‘PL’


were the initials of Percival Lowell. So on March 28th it was officially announced that Planet X was to be named Pluto.

ut almost from the day of its discovery doubts were being raised as to whether or not Pluto should be classed as a planet. Pluto’s orbit is such that for part of its orbit around the Sun it actually comes closer to the Sun than Neptune, and while all the other planets keep very closely to the ecliptic Pluto’s orbit is tilted by quite a lot away from the main plane. Pluto is not very big; it is smaller than our Moon. In 1978 a companion to Pluto was discovered. Charon is about the same size as Pluto and so can’t really be called a moon of Pluto. The question was raised ‘if Pluto is a planet then why can’t Charon also be called a planet?’


n 2005 two more satellites were discovered called Hydra and Nix and in 2011 and 2012 two more satellites Kerberos and Styx were discovered. It now appeared that Pluto was simply one of any number of rocky bodies that inhabited the space at the edge of the Solar System. So on August 24th 2006 the International Astronomical Union finally agreed and downgraded Pluto to a dwarf planet.


n 2006 NASA launched the ‘New Horizons’ spaceship carrying the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh. The spaceship is due to rendezvous with Pluto on July 15th 2015.

A T Pluto!

nd for the record, yes, Mickey Mouse’s dog that first appeared in 1930 was named after the planet

here will be several sightings of the International Space Station over Southern Spain this week, details are on my website


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Hamilton wins as Mercedes score a 1-2 in Malaysia A disastrous pit stop cost Daniel Ricciardo dearly as Lewis Hamilton scored an emphatic win in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton led from pole position to cruise to the chequered flag by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, making it a Mercedes 1-2 Nico Rosberg finished ahead of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fourth and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg fifth.

Vettel’s Australian teammate, Ricciardo, was lying fourth when he pitted with 15 laps to go. But mechanics failed to secure his left front wheel and Ricciardo had to stop in the pit lane and be pushed back for it to be fixed. The unlucky Ricciardo was then forced to return to the pits with a broken front wing, and was punished with a 10second stop-go penalty for an unsafe release in the first pit stop. He was retired by the team with four laps remaining. The win though was just reward for Hamilton

and Mercedes’ great start to the 2014 season. Hamilton hadn't been on the top step of the podium since Hungary last July and retired early at the opening GP in Australia which team mate Rosberg won.

Afterwards, he paid tribute to the victims of the mysterious MH370 plane disappearance, which cast a shadow over the race and was blamed for poor ticket sales with the Sepang circuit only about half-full. “Incredible, incredible,” Hamilton said of the win. “I just feel so grateful particularly after such a tragedy three weeks ago. I would like to dedicate it to

Benavista Honour for Ramon Jones Benavista Lawn Bowls Club held its AGM on Tuesday 11 March 2014. At this Meeting our Vice President - Doreen Fabron announced that we would be making Ramon Jones an Honorary Life Member of the Club. Ramon was not able to attend the Meeting as his legs don't start working until lunchtime!

Ramon has belonged to the Club for many years but, unfortunately, due to ill health he is no longer able to bowl. That does not deter Ramon though most days of the week you will see him sitting on the terrace encouraging bowlers on the green.

those people and their families.”

Several drivers wore helmet stickers reading “Pray for MH370” and in the Malay-language “Doa Untuk MH370” after 239 people were presumed killed in the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Mercedes’ relaxed instructions to Hamilton were “just keep doing what you’re doing” as the former world champion forged to a 10-second lead by halfway with Rosberg

comfortably Vettel.


As rain started falling on parts of the track, the two leaders were the last to come in for their second pit stops and Hamilton rejoined with a healthy 12second lead. Behind the top five, Jenson Button was sixth for McLaren and Massa finished seventh, ahead of Bottas despite team instructions ordering him to let his teammate pass. The two Williams drivers had been dueling the whole race withValtteri Bottas at one point being warned over the radio to stop attacking his teammate. The Williams team though could have worded the instructions to Massa a little better, as they almost word for word repeated the line “he is faster than you” used at Hockenheim 2010, when Massa was told to let Fernando Alonso through. By Mike Kerrigan

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Europe and Asia tie 10-10 Asia completed a remarkable comeback to tie the inaugural EurAsia Cup 10-10 in Kuala Lumpur.

Thongchai Jaidee's team lost the fourballs 5-0 and trailed 7-3 ahead of the 10 single matches, leaving Europe three-anda-half points from victory. But after six Asia wins, the contest came down to the match between Gonzalo FernandezCastano and Hideto Tanihara. FernandezCastano holed from three feet to par the last and conceded Tanihara's shorter putt to ensure a tie. Europe captain Miguel Angel Jimenez earned an early point with a birdie on the 18th to beat 23-yearold Malaysian wild card Nicholas Fung, but it was one of only two victories for the Europeans on the final day. Jaidee beat


former US Open champion Graeme McDowell 3&2 and reigning Asian number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat saw off Dane Thomas Bjorn 2&1. In the final match, Scot Stephen Gallacher lost his ball with a wild tee shot on the 15th to complete a heavy loss against Siddikur Rahman, putting Asia ahead for the first time this week. Jimenez, 50, said: "It's been an amazing day of golf, very tough. At the end of the week, the European team did not win the tournament but the Asian team, they played very well. Asia, Europe, they both win, nobody loses."

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who partnered McDowell to victory in the fourballs and foursomes, saw a four-hole lead at the turn evaporate against Prayad Marksaeng and had to be satisfied with a half point.

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Some major upsets in all events Malaga show Betis no mercy at Santa Maria Open This year’s Open, sponsored by Avalon Funeral Care and Futura Hearing Centre (Fuengirola) was played in excellent conditions although there was uncertainty on Final’s Day with rain prevalent along the Coast. At one stage it looked as though three sessions may be necessary on the last day but the Competition Secretary’s prayers were answered with two SemiFinal defeats to those involved in the latter stages of more than one discipline.

OPEN TRIPLES 34 Teams battled it out with several of the fancied combinations losing in the early rounds including last years finalists who fell at the first hurdle. The Final was a very tight match and Bill Gregory, Norma Ewen &

Maureen Robertshaw held the initiative until the 11th end. Dropping 7 shots on the next 2 ends changed the course of the game and Gordon Kain, Margaret Kain & Garry Aldridge ran out 19-14 winners but, as Gordon agreed, it was an 18 end battle! OPEN PAIRS The large entry resulted in a host of preliminary games with, once again, a large number of upsets along the way. Tom Rogers & Malcolm Roberts (2013 winners) came through unscathed as did Brian Todd & Lennie Dineen, one of the most formidable pairings on the coast. The Final was probably one of the best ever seen on the Coast and both sets of players, along with the many spectators, were

enthralled with the excellent display of draw Bowling, along with the aggression which is a major part of Tom’s arsenal. Honours were even over the first 7 ends before Tom & Malcolm edged ahead to lead 14-9. Brian & Lennie levelled on the 16th end at 17-17 but then dropped an irretrievable 4 which meant that Tom & Malcolm retained their title with a memorable 2217 win. LADIES SINGLES There was a significant increase in interest in this event and it is unlikely anyone would have predicted the eventual Finalists. Even the SemiFinal line-up pitched underdog against past Santa Maria Open Champions in Mary Detheridge and Barbara Land. Played over 2 sets of

Wayne’s Weekly Poker Tips Razz poker have you every played it?

Seven Stud Low, also called "Razz", has been the least popular of the seven card stud variations. However interest in Razz has increased since the multigame contest of H.O.R.S.E. poker has become popular with the all-around poker players. Razz is the "R" in the name. . . As with all the poker games this game has an element of luck and skill. The lowest five card hand wins. Ace is the lowest denomination. Straights and flushes have no value and do not count against you 5432A (Wheel) is the lowest possible hand The highest up-card is a forced starting bet. Three raise limit per round. Card Speak

Example: €2/€4 Seven Card Stud Low / Razz.After all players have anted (1.) Each player is dealt two cards face down and one face up. The player with the highest up card makes a forced bet of either €1 half minimum or €2 full bet (player's choice) to start the game. The rest of the players, in clockwise order, either call the opening bet, raise it, or not call and "fold" their hands back to the dealer. (2.) All get a fourth card face up followed by a round of €2 betting. From this round on, the player with the lowest

up card(s) is always first to check or bet. (3) After the fifth card is dealt face up, the minimum bet goes to €4. (4.) The sixth card is dealt face up and there is another round of €4 betting. (5.) The seventh and last card is dealt face down and followed by the final round of €4 betting. The dealer then determines the winning low hand and awards the pot.Only for the purpose of determining the starting highest upcard in the case of ties, the card denominations are subdivided by these suit values in descending order: Spades are the highest, then down through Hearts, Diamonds, and finally Clubs that are the lowest.

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General Strategy:Seven Card Low, more commonly called "Razz", is of course a LOW card game with the Ace being the lowest denomination. Straights and flushes have no value in Razz and don't count against you but pairs and higher do count if they are part of the lowest hand you can make. So with this being the case, a "wheel"5432A is the lowest or best possible hand that can be made. The second lowest hand is 6432A - a "64" for short. This is lower than this third lowest - 6532A - a "65". . . A simple way to compare low hands is to

look for the lowest of the high side denominations from the top down. Sometimes you have to go five deep to find the lowest hand (or a tie). To give you an idea what you are up against, suppose you make a medium strength eight low hand (fairly common). Just don't forget that there are more than thirty possible lower hands that can beat it. This happens a lot so you should work for one of the better low hands that can beat that one. . . When you choose to play an average 8 or higher, be sure you are in competitive shape around the board to play it with confidence. In Razz, you can gain an edge over your competition by paying closer attention to the board than most others do. Try to remember the folded low denominations and stay aware of the important up cards on the board. You want to see denominations dealt out of the deck that would pair any of the cards in your hand. Likewise you don't want to see those that you need get dealt to other players. These are just a couple things that are important to know because they tell you when your hand is getting weaker or stronger. Board awareness can often give you critical clues about your opponents down cards and other crucial information.

9 ends, with a 3 end “shoot out” in the event of a tie, both of the Finalists won 2-0 on “tie-breaks”. Both Jacqui and Nel bowled superbly from the start and both sets were evenly contested. Nel edged the first 6-4 and was 6-1 ahead in the second before Jacqui staged a remarkable comeback. At 6-5 she was holding the 2 shots she needed to take the Final into a “tie-break” only for Nel to draw in superbly to clinch the 2nd Set 7-5.

GENTS SINGLES Both Tony Gatter and Chris Hussey were playing in their first Final in Spain and nerves were in evidence early on. It was Chris who settled quickest and he took the first set 11-6 only for Tony to take the ascendency in the second. Needing one shot to tie the set, and claim victory, Chris drew an excellent Bowl to the Jack and win for the first time ever in a major Tournament. By Murray Johns

Real Betis came out all guns blazing, with a three striker system to stifle a quality Malaga side, who continue to be hindered by bans and injuries.

Both goalkeepers Willy Caballero (pictured) for Malaga and Antonio Adan for Betis were tested early.

Betis were closing Malaga down quickly for the first half hour and Willy Caballero had a brief lapse in concentration and Lolo Reyes fired a brilliant strike to put the home side one up on their Andalusian rivals. Malaga looked disorganised at the back, and up front were missing the final touch, Betis though were making the most of it, constantly putting the Malaga defence under pressure.

Following the break, Betis were continuing to harrass, but a wayward Ruben Castro wasted several chances that would eventually prove their undoing. Malaga finally woke up after the hour mark and started putting the Betis defence under scrutiny,

they were definately having the best of things then, and went close on several occasions. Juanmi came on in the 80th minute and immediately made a difference going close with his first effort and then with some good skills put in the equaliser. Betis didn’t cave in though and came right back at Malaga and it was a Caballero right boot that kept them out as N’Diaye looked sure to score. Malaga were going all out now for the three points and in the 87th minute the stadium was hushed as Darder fired home for Malaga. There was still a chance for Betis though as in the final minute they got a penalty after Camacho brought down Alfred N’Diaye, up stepped Ruben Castro who smashed the ball against the crossbar. You could here the silence as Betis' hopes of remaining in La Liga were crushed. By Mike Kerrigan

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Andy Murray to announce new coach

British number one Andy Murray has announced he will reveal the identity of his new coach on today ( Wednesday ). The 26-year-old, who split from coach Ivan Lendl last month after two years together, revealed the news on Twitter. Murray tweeted on Tuesday: "2 avoid confusion like last time i will be announcing my new coach tomorrow #pumped" Under Lendl, Murray won his maiden Grand Slam at the 2012 US Open, plus Olympic gold and last year's Wimbledon.

Tour of Britain to start in Liverpool

England World Cup shirt rip-off The Football Association has been criticised after new England replica shirts were put on sale for up to £90. Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford said the pricing strategy was "disappointing" while Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton called it "appalling" and "taking the mickey". The most expensive Nike "match shirts" will be identical to the ones worn at this summer's World Cup finals.

The FA said it avoids discussions about pricing with kit manufacturers. Alternative "stadium" shirts are priced at £60, while versions for children aged between eight and 15 cost £42. The £90 shirts have enhanced "cooling technology" compared to the £60 shirts, according to Nike's website. Efford said: "I'm disappointed that fans are being asked to pay up to £90 for a new England shirt.

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Liverpool has been chosen as the host city for the opening stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain on Sunday, 7 September. Bristol, Bath and Brighton also host stages in the eight-day race, which begins on Sunday, 7 September. One of the toughest challenges facing the riders will be a sixkilometre climb of The Tumble, above Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, during stage three. Nine teams, headed by Team Sky, have already confirmed their participation in the race.

Dismal England crash to Dutch England's winter of discontent ended on a new low with an ignominious 45run defeat by minnows Netherlands at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong. With neither side able to reach the semi-finals, the Dutch raced to 84-1 in 11 overs before Ravi Bopara's 1-15 helped limit them to 133-5. But in reply England mustered only four fours and were all out in the 18th over for just 88. Bopara topscored with 18. If 12 defeats in 13 matches against

Australia on the Ashes tour was difficult to explain, a comprehensive thrashing by a part-time team who do not play Test cricket was even tougher to fathom. It was certainly awkward viewing for interim coach Ashley Giles in his quest to be given the job on a permanent basis. "Today was pretty embarrassing; it was a poor, poor performance," Giles said. "I still believe I can do the job for England. It's for other people to decide whether I can or not."


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Phil Mickelson’s Masters doubt Phil Mickelson's bid for a fourth Green Jacket is in doubt after he pulled out of the Texas Open with a muscle strain less than two weeks before the Masters. The three-time Augusta winner withdrew after 11 holes of his third round after pulling a muscle in his side. "I pulled a muscle on my downswing on the first. It just killed and wouldn't subside for 10 or 12 seconds," he said. Five-time major winner Mickelson, 43, who won the Open at Muirfield last summer, has had a slower than usual start to the 2014 season.

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