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Happy New Year To All Our Readers
From The Editor Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to the first edition of Mellow Magazine for 2008. The magazine has recently spread out to reach Relleu, La Nucia, Alfaz del Pi and Finestrat and so we welcome all readers in those areas, plus of course any other new readers. Hopefully you’ve all recovered from those Christmas and New Year hangovers. And how long did it take you to break your New Year resolutions? Was Santa kind to you this time? If not, well, there is always January 6th when the Three Kings may bring you those much wanted or needed little gifts. If Jerry has continued to work over the holidays the new message board should be up and running by now so do take a look at the website and getting posting your comments etc. We are also planning to bring the Classified Section to the website, so it makes it easier for you to sell those unwanted items. We don’t have a Learning Spanish page this month, partly due to the pressures of having to go to print earlier in December but this will be back with you in February. February is also the month of love -Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us and the magazine will be printing all your (printable) little messages for loved ones and those who you secretly admire. Send your texts to 647 762 793 by Monday 21st January for them to be included in the February magazine or put them directly on the message board yourself. Keep warm, keep well and try to be true to yourself. Lorraine....x Our website www.mellowmagazine.com allows you to read the magazine online or even download your own copy. You can even see the local weather forecast for the day or week and check for flight arrivals and departures. There is also a “What's On” guide that covers local events. Don' t forget, if you are an advertiser with events planned that you can add them to this listing yourself. Call Jerry for more information on doing this. If you have anything that you want to submit to us, be it a short story, poem, recipe or even an article that you feel may be of interest please contact us on the telephone numbers below or by email, also supplied below. Jerry Lorraine Email
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Gabriel Miró Ferrer 1879 - 1930 Novelist and Short Story Writer Born 28 July 1879 in Alicante Gabriel Miró spent his primary school years as a boarding student at the Jesuit school in Orihuela. Following his studies at secondary school he moved to Valencia where he studied law, graduating in 1900. At the age of 22 Miró married the daughter of the French consul in Alicante. He and his wife, Clemencia later had two daughters. His first book - Del Vivir - was published in 1904. In 1908 he published two books - La Novelda De Mi Amigo and Nómada, but it was to be in 1917 that his book Libro De Sigüenza was to be considered his work of art. Moving to Barcelona in 1914 Miró worked on the development of a religious encyclopedia and it was during this time (1916) that he wrote Figuras De La Pasión Del Señor, which focused on a selection of scenes in the life of Jesus. In 1920 Miró worked in the Ministry of Education in Madrid where he continued with his writing until he died in May 1930. Gabriel Miró preferred to use the impressionistic vignette style of writing to engage the senses rather than the intellect. His work was described as sensuous, evocative and haunting, their themes being the beauty and cruelty of nature and man. Vignette - the literary equivalent of a photograph/picture. It is used when the theme, image, emotion and character are more important than the narrative.
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Are There Any Eckists in the Area? For anyone who doesn’t know what Eckankar is - it is a religion and a spiritual path. A more common name for ECK is the Holy Spirit. There is an ECK group near Torrevieja, but Christine and Volker are hoping to begin a group nearer to Alicante. They are interested in hearing from other Eckists, or from newcomers who would like to learn more about Eckankar. The scripture of Eckankar is ancient wisdom, which exists in book form as the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad. The teachings say that you are Soul, a particle of God sent into the world to gain spiritual experience. The goal in ECK is spiritual freedom in this lifetime - both karma and reincarnation are primary beliefs. Key to the ECK teachings is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, who offers guidance to students both inwardly and outwardly. He is the prophet of Eckankar, given respect but not worship. He teaches the spiritual exercises which purify Soul, and enable it to accept the full love of God in this lifetime. One of the spiritual exercises is singing the word HU - an ancient name for God. It is sung like the word “hue” in one long breath on a single note, which is any note you like. Eckists often chant HU inwardly when they find themselves in a difficult situation, because they find it restores harmony. It is also helpful as an antidote to fear, or for self-protection. Chris says, “We call the HU a love song to God, and we find it has the power to bring the love of God into our lives or into any situation. It raises the consciousness.” Chris has been an Eckist for four years, and says that Eckankar has brought changes and challenges into her life, but she has found the guidance and tools to work through them, and can now more easily face problems with confidence. She says, “No other spiritual path or religion has ever made me feel so close to an awareness of divine love. For me that feeling is very real - and priceless.” Eckankar teaches its followers to develop their own personal relationship with ECK (or divine spirit, or any name that other believers call it). There is a wealth of teaching in written and book form, and ECK seminars are held all over the world. Eckists work together in groups called a Satsang - they look together for spiritual truth and upliftment, but mainly they look for it in their personal experiences and through contemplation, rather than by intellectual means. Above all perhaps Eckists value their inner guidance and the teachings of the heart, they learn to develop creativity and imagination as Soul, they value spiritual freedom for individuals of every religion, and they gradually learn how to accept divine love, which releases each Soul into greater life and liberty. It is a big commitment, but is seen by Eckists as a joyful one that has many benefits. Newcomers or interested people are very welcome to contact Volker at Sax on 966967939 or email Chris at El Campello - firstname.lastname@example.org Introductory leaflets and/or books are available. If there are any other members of Eckankar in the region Chris and Volker would like to hear from them, even if their English is not fluent. Advertorial
A New Year’s Resolution - Lose Some Weight Most of us are over-weight and now, as we begin a new year, it is a good time to think about losing some of our excess flab and help ourselves become slimmer, as well as healthier. Dieting (counting and reducing your calorie intake) is the way most people try to lose weight but it never really works for long term weight loss unless you can stick to it for the rest of your life. No, what you need is to change your eating habits so you eat more healthily as well as in smaller portions. So how can you change your eating habits? First you need to understand that habits are deep rooted and most go back to your childhood - that’s why trying to change them can seem so hard. But it is possible and these tips will help. 1. Only eat when you are hungry. 2. When you feel hungry drink a glass of water. If you’re still hungry 10 minutes later then you really do need some food. If not, then it was a thirst signal from your body that you misunderstood - both are very similar and easily confused. 3. Try to choose better quality foods if you can afford them. Junk food contains far less nutritional value and can add greatly to your weight problem. 4. Before you pick up that chocolate bar or cake ask yourself why you “need” it. Do you really crave the taste more than a slimmer body and better health? 5. Always leave some food on your plate - I know you were probably made to “eat it all up” but this is one reason why you’re over weight now. Next time prepare less so you’ll leave less. 6. Exercise more - no you don’t have to join a gym, just park the car further from the supermarket and walk. Better still, leave the car at home if you can and walk all the way (but don’t over-do it). Use stairs rather than a lift where sensible. 7. If you have a serious eating problem then seek help. This might be from the conventional medical profession, or from an alternative practitioner such as a hypnotherapist or acupuncture specialist. Always ask a doctor before trying to lose weight - there are conditions which can lead to overweight and these should be treated first (if you have them). 8. Watch other, slimmer people in cafés and bars when they are eating - see how they generally choose healthier meals and smaller quantities, often leaving food on their plates. Compare this to what you would choose (Be honest!) Losing weight could literally save your life. Being overweight can lead to diabetes as well as other illnesses. So make the decision to work towards the new you - and stick to it. Imagine how you will feel as the weight drops off - it’s not a dream, it really is possible. A FREE companion booklet is available to accompany this article from the internet. Go to www.mellowmagazine.com and select Reader’s Offers
A Short Walk From The Port In Campello This is the first of an occasional series of walks which you might like to try. This walk starts at the Yacht Club at the port in El Campello. Leaving the yacht club area, take the road that passes the car park barriers and rises quite steeply towards the Tower. At the top of the rise, if you look to your right you’ll see the peninsula of Illeta dels Banyets. Also on your right you’ll also see the first of a number of information panels which serve to describe the area’s animal and plant life. Take the path downhill to the narrow strip of land that connects the island to the mainland. In the area you will see a number of plants which have adapted to the harsh conditions of strong sunlight and excess salt. Sea Lavender is a good example and you’ll discover, if you touch the plants that they secrete salts through their leaves. Pass across the strip to the island itself where you will discover the archaeological site with remains from the Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman settlers. It was the Romans who made all the pools in the rocks where they kept fish, caught alive, which supplied an important factory in the area which produced garum - an important condiment at the time. On the eastern edge of the island, the lower layer, yellowish in colour, was formed from sandstone in the Tyrrhenian era when the island was under the sea. After completing your circuit of the island, head back to the mainland and up the slope to an esplanade which has been replanted with species typical to the area - a second panel describes some of the plants you will find there. Head to your right and along the footpath where you will come to some more information panels. If you now follow the path down to the beach, you can walk along the water’s edge until you come to some steps which lead up through some more gardens to the road near to Pueblo Español where there are bars and restaurants which you might like to sample. From there, you can either retrace you steps or take the road back to El Campello which will take you past the top of the port. Practicalities Duration: About 40 minutes Difficulty: Easy but ground is uneven and steep in places. Clothing: Non-slip boots or shoes. 11
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Once upon a time there were three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, and they all lived together. One night the 96 year old ran a bath. She put one foot in and paused. “Was I getting in the tub or out?” she yelled. The 94 year old hollered back, “I don’t know. I’ll come and see.” She started up the stairs and stopped. She shouted, “Was I going up or coming down?” The 92 year old sitting at the kitchen table having tea, listening to her sister’s shook her head and said, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful,” and knocked on wood for good measure. Then she yelled, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”
A man goes into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says, “Certainly sir. That will be one cent.” “One cent” the man exclaimed. He glanced at the menu and asked, “How much for a nice juicy steak and a bottle of wine?” “One euro.” said the barman. “A euro?” exclaimed the man. “Where’s the person who owns this place?” The bartender replied, “ Upstairs with my wife.” The man asked what he was doing upstairs with his wife The bartender replied, “The same thing I’m doing to his business down here!” 12
The Things We Say Starting with the answer to last months challenge to you the reader to come up with the meaning of the phrase To Haul Someone Over The Coals means to give them a severe tongue-lashing and perhaps find out the truth of the matter. In the 15th century, heresy (practising unorthodox religions) was regarded as a crime against the church and the punishment was death. Anybody accused of heresy would be tied and dragged over a burning bed of charcoal. If they died it was accepted the person was a heretic and therefore deserved such a fate. However, if they lived they were freed, as it was thought that God had protected the accused. So, while the supposed heretics died, the innocents were merely roasted. Brilliant. At The End Of My Tether means I am at the very limit of my patience and self control. In the middle ages a grazing animal would often be tethered to a post, ensuring it didn’t stray beyond a certain small area. But, once the animal arrived at the limit of its tether, unable to quite reach pastures new, it would become frustrated, irritable and sometimes traumatised to the point of despair. Sound familiar? Gone To The Dogs, referring to somebody who is thought to be down on his luck and whose appearance and behaviour has deteriorated. At great medieval dining tables scraps and partially eaten foods were usually thrown out for the dogs. Often beggars and the starving can be found rooting around with the dogs trying to find something to eat. Long In The Tooth describes a person who is considered to be old and wise. There is no real proof as to whether the origin of this phrase comes from humans or animals, particularly horses, for as they age their gums recede, leaving the teeth appearing longer in the mouth. However, as our forefathers didn’t have the benefits of dentistry as we do today, so our elderly ancestors were affectionately regarded as being ‘long in the tooth’. To Have A Bone To Pick With Someone suggests some sorting out until all the facts of a dispute are clear to all parties. The phrase stems from the 16th century and relates to a dog biting and chewing on a bone until it was picked clean. A Bone Of Contention suggests an argument or fight and also originates in the 16th century relating to two dogs fighting over a bone. On The Cards - when something is ‘on the cards’ it means it was predictable and very likely to happen. This is a simple phrase with a simple origin. In the late 18th century fortune tellers were a very popular part of society and tarot cards were used to predict a person’s future. When a predicted event took place it was common to conclude that it had previously been ‘on the cards’. The Things We Say is supplied every month by Robert Littler of Jijona 13
As A Matter Of Fact Hi and a Happy New Year to you all. • Let’s start with a fact that a year has finished and another has started. • If you remember in the December issue, in the Roman calendar December was the tenth month and there were no January or February. The New Year started on the 1st of March. Even when January and February was added the New Year continued to start in March and remained so in England until about 200 years ago. • Leap years comes every four years. Every 28 years, February 1st comes on Sunday and there is 5 Sundays in a Month, ending on Sunday February 29th. The last year this happened was in 2004. • On the 1st of January 1913 the post office began parcel post deliveries. • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match. The modern matchbox was created by British chemist John Walker in the year 1827, whereas the cigarette lighter was created eleven years prior in the year 1816 by German chemist J.W.Dobereiner. • Sony was originally called “Totsuken” • A small aeroplane can fly backwards. • There are only 4 words in the English language that end in “-dous” tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous. ‘ Dreamt ‘ is the only English word that end’s in the letters ‘ mt’. • Every person including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print. • When the Titanic sank 2228 people were on it, only 705 survived. “That was sad” • The next time you are peeling onions chew chewing gum, it will keep your eyes from crying. • The sentence : ‘ The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog ‘ uses every letter in the alphabet. ( go on have a go ? ) Sally
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Processionary Caterpillars Any time between January and mid April, you can come across Processionary Caterpillars, and unlike their fury image they can be very dangerous. Formerly more common in Mediterranean Spain, they are spreading north and are expected even as far north as Paris by 2025. The insect spends the warm summer months buried in the ground as a pupa, emerging as a moth around August when they mate and seek out a tree to lay their eggs on, fixing them as egg masses to pine needles. Four or five weeks later, the caterpillars emerge. Even at this tender age, they are capable of penetrating the hard pine needles and the destruction of the tree begins. At first they construct flimsy shelters made from a silk like material which stays hidden in the trees, but towards January, they begin to make a larger nest which can easily be seen from the ground. No entrances or exits are made, the creatures simply pushing through the walls. During the night, they leave the nest and travel to feeding grounds on the host tree, returning at dawn to the nest. During the day they “rest” and use the heat of the sun to help them digest the food they have eaten in the night. Even sub zero temperatures don’t stop them travelling to their food although they do travel more slowly. By March they are ready to leave the nest and travel in long lines seeking out pupation sites in suitable soil, following a pheromone trail laid by the lead caterpillar. They are even able to distinguish between crossing trails and continue to follow the correct one. As many as 300 caterpillars can form a single trail in this fashion. The danger from these creatures comes from their “fur” which is a layer of poisonous, harpoon like spines that remain dangerous even after the creature has died. The hairs can also become detached from the caterpillar and will float in the air making for a vary unpleasant experience - even the risk of inhalation which can be very dangerous. Should one drop on you or your pet do not try to brush it off with bare hands as contact with the skin will bring considerable irritation and even an allergic reaction to the hairs causing anaphylactic shock similar to that experienced by some to bee and wasp stings. If hairs get into your eyes you can suffer from soreness, swelling and even a temporary loss of vision. Carrying antihistamine tablets is a good idea should you travel in areas likely to be affected such as where there are pine trees. Always seek professional medical or veterinary advice should you or your pet have a rash after coming into contact with these creatures. 18
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The Tram and Trains ALC to Denia The train service in our area has seen several changes over the last year and many people have asked us to find out how the service now operates. Hopefully the following brief article will help you better understand the current situation. The first change was the opening of the line through to Mercado, further into the city of Alicante, and the addition of a new line which connects the old station of Puerta Del Mar (by the port in Alicante) to Av. Naciones, connecting with the original line at La Isleta and Lucentum. While this was happening, electrification of the line north of El Campello was continuing which now allows the electric trams to carry on past El Campello as far as Creueta in Villajoyosa. There are now basically 4 different train lines: • Line 1 goes from Alicante (Mercado) to Creueta but only stops at some of the stations. • Line 3 goes from Alicante (Mercado) to El Campello - some trains going on further to Venta Lanuza - stopping at every station (by request) • Line 4 only goes from Puerta Del Mar to Av, Naciones and connects with lines 1 & 3 at La Isleta and Lucentum. • Line 9 goes from Creueta further north to Benidorm, Altea and Denia. Line 9 is operated by diesel trains.
People using the stations between Poble Español and Venta Lanuza have gained a direct link to Alicante without having to change at El Campello, but they now have to change at Venta Lanuza onto line 1 to travel to the north towards Villajoyosa. People who travel beyond Creueta now have to change there from line 1 to line 9 To sum up, travel between Alicante and El Campello has had little change and now benefits from a faster service if you happen to use a station where line 1 stops. But if you are travelling further north than El Campello you may well have to make several changes of train: The first could be at El Campello itself should the train terminate there, then once you’re on line 1 you‘ll need to change again at Creueta to go further north. If you’re wishing to travel north from a station between Poble Español and Venta Lanuza you’ll need to take a line 3 train to Venta Lanuza, change there onto a line 1 train to Creueta, where you’ll change again onto a line 9 diesel train. We believe that electrification is planned for the entire route, but how long this will take, and what further changes it will bring are unknown. 23
BUYING AND OWNING PROPERTY IN SPAIN BY SCOTT LUCY ….. THE ESTATE AGENT FEATURED ON BBC “LIVING IN THE SUN” In Part 2 we take a look at the cost implications when purchasing a property in Spain. Bear in mind that the actual cost will depend on your particular circumstances. Agency Fees Estate agency fees or commissions are paid by the seller, unless otherwise agreed. These fees vary considerably depending on the property, the region and the agent. Typically fees are between 3% and 10% Legal Fees You are strongly advised to hire a lawyer to help you during the buying process. Your lawyer drafts and reviews contracts on your behalf and can explain all the legal and administrative issues you face. Your lawyer should also carry out any necessary due diligence (checking ownership claim of the seller, charges on the property, permits, etc.) and arrange all the required documents to complete the process (property registration, tax payments, etc.). A lawyer - Abogado in Spanish - will charge you according to the service you require. This will vary according to the complexity of the purchase. Many charge around 1% of the purchase price in legal fees. Be warned that some lawyers charge 1.5% or more of the sale price, which is a rip off. Even 1% can be unreasonably high given the work that is involved in a straightforward purchase of an expensive property with no legal complications. Your best option is to try and find a good lawyer who is prepared to charge on an hourly basis. Legal fees for a purchase without any complications and charged on an hourly basis should be in the region of 1.000 to 2.500 Euros. Mortgage costs If you choose to buy with a mortgage then this will incur several additional costs. First there will be the property valuation that the mortgage provider will require before granting the mortgage. This is paid for the by the buyer and can cost around 500 Euros. Then there will be the costs of the mortgage itself. This varies according to the provider, and even according to the particular branch. However there is usually some kind of opening fee of around 1% of the value of the mortgage. Finally a mortgage will increase the Notary expenses. Notary Expenses Notary expenses are nearly always paid by the buyer and are calculated in relation to the purchase price declared in the deeds of sale. To be on the safe side you should calculate Notary fees as being 1% of the purchase price declared in the deeds of sale. In many cases however Notary fees are more like 0.5% (or less) of the price declared in the deeds. Property Registry Inscription Fees Expenses related to inscribing the sale with the land registry are also nearly always paid by the buyer, and are calculated in relation to the purchase price declared in the deeds of sale. To be on the safe side you should calculate 1% of the purchase price declared in the deeds, though once again it depends upon the property and the area, and the fee could be considerably lower. Scott Lucy owns Montiboli Estates. See their advert in the centre pages. 25
Storage Media and Devices 1: Disks
For something that is as fundamental as data storage there is a great deal of confusion in terms of both the terminology and the technology concerned. This article will deal with both the terminology (important if you want to purchase “stuff”) and the technological issues necessary for full understanding of how the technology can be used. Some of this was skated over last month but bear repeating to ensure clarity. Firstly let’s try to make the whole thing a little more manageable by putting some structure on the whole issue. You can readily divide storage into “removable” (a device or medium that can be removed or taken out of the computer) and “fixed” (a device that is incorporated into the computer and cannot be removed). Whilst this may seem straightforward, even this distinction is already blurred by the new type of hard disk drives, but we will get to that later. We will start by talking Bit The fundamental unit of data about the removable Byte (b) The smallest single unit of data used devices and media as it by the computer is these that you will have 1024 b (210b) most need of replacing / Kilobyte (kb) adding to / purchasing. Megabyte (Mb) 1024 kb, 1.048.576 b (220b) These can be subGigabyte (Gb) 1024 Mb 1,073,741,824 b (230b) divided further into disks Terabyte (Tb) 1024 Gb 1,099,511,627,776 b (240b) and non-disks. Disks have been used a storage media for decades (you could even describe the humble LP as a storage medium in that it stores sound waves for reproduction). The great benefit of disks is that you can access any part of the disk instantly (for example you can go directly to track 5 of an LP merely by lifting the pick-up arm and placing it on the correct place on the disk). Working in chronological order we start with floppy disks. These store (by today’s standards) a small amount of data: 1.44 Mb (for an explanation of the units of data see the table). These are rapidly being replaced and many new computers do not even have floppy disk drives (the disk reading / writing device). The most commonly used disk for storage now is the Compact Disk or CD. Most of us have CD’s which contain music, since they have effectively replaced LP’s and audio cassettes. However, CD’s can also store other forms of data such as pictures, programs documents, etcetera. CD’s store a medium amount of data, 700 Mb, and 26
come in two formats. These are CD-R (CD-Readable) which can be written to by the CD burner (data is literally burnt onto the disk by a laser beam) once only then read as often as you want to. A music CD is like this, it comes to you with the music burnt on, you cannot add tracks to the disk but can listen to it as often as you like. The other format is CD-RW (CD-ReWriteable) which can be written to, erased and rewritten to as often as you like (many manufacturers quote 1000 times); CD-RW’s need to be formatted (prepared for writing) prior to use. The next type of disk is also quite familiar to us nowadays. It is the DVD. DVD’s are replacing Video-tapes as storage media for movies; like CD’s, however, that will also store all other kinds of data. Their capacity is large, holding 4.7 Gb (or 8.5 Gb on a dual layer disk). Again, like CD’s there is R and RW forms. However there is an additional complication in the form of a plus or minus prior to the R or RW (so the formats are DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW). The type (+ or -) depends on your hardware (the drive) you have. Many older (more than 4 years) computers had DVD- only, more recent computers (1 to 4 years) tended to have DVD+ drives, and the newest models can handle both formats. DVD drives will also read CD’s and most will either write to them and/or rewrite to them. In summary, what type of disk you buy will depend on two things: 1 the amount of data you intend to store, 2 what kind of hardware you have. In next month’s article we will be looking at removable non-disks and fixed devices. Thanks to Steve of SandS Computers for his article. See his advert on page 28.
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Finestrat Many people have discovered Cala Finestrat, along the N332 where La Marina shopping centre is, but there is another Finestrat with a charm that is hard to match. To reach it, travel inland from La Marina shopping centre on the CV767. There is also a route from the southern edge of Villajoyosa on the CV759 but this is harder to find. When you reach the village, head for the well signposted car park and enjoy a walk through the narrow and winding cobbled streets. From the centre of the village, follow the narrow streets up hill (there are steps) and you will come to an open air auditorium where concerts etc. are staged. The view from there is very well worth the climb, but the peace and tranquillity is the icing on the cake, it can almost seem like you’ve lost your hearing it’s so quiet. The shopping area itself is not large, most of the shops being on the central road through the village, but you will find a good range of shops - the British are well represented with a Bar / Restaurant, a charity shop, estate agents, and a frozen food and pie shop all within easy reach. One of the most noticeable things I have seen on my visits is the way the council are actively working to help the English speaking population. Many of the notices on the Council Offices notice board even have English translations. There is also a municipal open air swimming pool near to the car park and the council offices.
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Charities, Clubs And Events As promised BELLY DANCING has arrived in Campello. Classes start on Thursday 21st February 2008 at the Bar Pequeño, Pueblo Español, Campello from 11.30-12.45 so come along, get exotic and exercise while having fun. For more information contact Sue on 635211790 Busot Ladies Club meet from 10.00 until 13.30hrs on Mondays apart from fiestas. Come and join us for a coffee and a chat. Bring your scissors and help us to recycle old cards. For more info contact Mary on 965699291. Email contact can be made to: email@example.com Jan. 7th club reopens after Xmas Jan. 14th Problems of living in Spain Jan. 21st making oils Jan. 28th parchment craft Each week we have rummikub / decoupage. Come & join us or show us your hobby. Since February we have had over 120 ladies sign in and an average 20 ladies meeting at the club each week. Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy—El Campello Church hold a church service every Sunday at 12.00 in a chapel behind the main church in the grounds of the “Salesianos” School. It goes without saying that everybody is very welcome. Coming by road from El Campello take the beach road to Alicante, go past Lidl’s and the petrol station and after crossing the bridge over the dry river bed turn right at the second set of traffic lights (Bernat Metge). Ignore the No Entry sign go straight up the hill and under the arch into the School car park. If coming by tram get off at the stop marked “Salesianos”. If in doubt you can telephone Flavia 666002519 or Liz 96 565 28 45 or see our website www.costablancaanglicanchaplaincy.org The English Speaking Club, San Juan & District Los Perales, Camino Real de Villajoyosa 22, El Campello. Tel.: 965652114. The club has more than 400 English speaking, active members from many nationalities who meet on a Wednesday and a Sunday between 12 noon and 2.30pm. Come along and find out about our available activities and when they take place. They include Petanc, Patchwork Quilting, Linedancing, Quizzes, Whist, as well as a monthly dinner dance. Run by volunteers & with bar prices that can’t be equalled. Make friends & join the fun.
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out this mentioned tax declaration. Since according to Article 6 of the Patrimony Law, all non-resident persons on Spanish grounds are obliged to name a natural person with Spanish residency so that they can represent you at Public Administration Offices in relation with your obligations of this tax. Not presenting the Income Tax Return is a serious crime and its fine is set at 1.000´00 Euros. To all those, who still have not declared this mentioned Income and Wealth Tax of non-residents, I have to inform that although you present it later, until this moment the Spanish Tax Office still has not fined anybody. Therefore, I would like to kindly ask you to declare it as soon as possible. To put it in a nutshell: if you are a fiscal resident in Spain you will have to declare your income and your properties before 30th June of the corresponding year. If you are a fiscal non-resident you will have to present the Income and Wealth tax of non-residents before 30th December of each year. To conclude this article with a saying, I would like to tell you that the Spanish have an expression that says “We are all a Tax Office!”, because we all have to pay to the Tax Office, hence the Tax Office pertains to all of us!!! Our thanks go to Eva Segura for her monthly column. Contact her office direct to discuss your own private requirements.
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