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July 2008


Mellow Magazine

Inside This Month Stem Cell Research An Interview With Ricky Valance Spain’s Maddest Fiestas News From Yesteryear A Visit To Alicante Jokes, Classifieds & More

From The Editor

Yippee!!! It’s summer at last but I must admit I did begin to wonder whether I was living back in the UK for a time. This month the magazine is even bigger and better than previous ones - we’ve increased an extra four pages so that we could fit everything in. There are lots of interesting articles for you to read while you lay there sunning yourself beside the pool sipping those long refreshing drinks. We do not have a legal page for you this month but I’m sure there will be lots of other things to make up for it. With the fiestas of San Juan nicely finished, remember we have the fiesta of Virgen del Carmen during July - this is where there are the wonderful firework displays are held down on the beach, so don’t miss out! And with the warmer weather, more places are putting on live entertainment so don’t forget to check our What’s On Guide on the internet to see where you can go. If you are planning an event make sure we hear about it as well. Finally, please do remember to keep safe in the sun. Bye for now. Lorraine Each magazine is available online. To read or download a copy go to our website at You can also see the local weather forecast, check flight arrivals & departures., look at the “What's On” guide to check out local events. Don't forget, as an advertiser you can add your own planned events to the listings - Call Jerry for more information on doing this. If you’d like to submit a short story, poem, recipe or even an article that you think may interest other readers please contact us on the telephone numbers below or by email, also supplied below. 965 635 538 Email 647 597 319 Advertising 607 489 815 Please note the closing date for receipt of adverts is the 15th of the preceding month. The Mellow Magazine accepts no responsibility for services, work or goods provided by any of our advertisers. This magazine must not be reproduced or used for any purpose without first obtaining written permission.

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Dear Liz Here at the Mellow Magazine we are well aware that although life in Spain is warmer and generally sunnier than in the UK, not everything runs smoothly and all of us, at some time, need help. For the practical issues there are many places we can go and many help agencies advertise with us or appear in the charities page. But for the emotional crises in our lives it is often not so easy. It is for this reason that last month we started our own help column which we have called “Dear Liz”. We had hoped to be able to bring your first letters in this month’s issue but due to unforeseen circumstances Liz has had to go back to the UK for a short while so we have had to postpone your letters and her replies until the August Mellow Magazine. Liz is well qualified as a counsellor with many years of experience so if you have a problem that you would like a frank and impartial answer to then write, in confidence, to us at

Liz Mellow Urbanizacion Alkabir, 6K El Campello 03560 Alicante

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Letters we receive, along with Liz’s reply, will be published in the magazine subject to space (but no names will be published). If you would like a personal reply then please let us know. Sorry, but we cannot take requests by phone.

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Readers’ Poem Who in their right mind would have kids???? When day is done And the evening has come It’s time to go to bed You’re looking for a nice soft pillow To rest your weary head It’s guaranteed you will hear a noise It’ll be that blooming phone “The last bus has left without me mum” Will dad give me a lift home?? It could be Saturday Or even Sunday Our kids , they just don’t care They all have their mobile phones And they know that you’ll be there We get them home, we know they’re safe And then we always say “You wait until you’ve got kids yourself I hope they make you pay” But then when you’re a grandad or mum You have a precious little tot You promise them the moon, the earth You give them all you’ve got Jeff Sizer from Coventry, England

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Are You Psychic? The Aura

By Ray Bailey

How often have you chatted with friends and heard them say, “I don’t know what it is about that person but I don’t trust them!” Or “I liked them from day one” ? Most of us will have felt, or heard these comments, and they come from the Psyche within, your “early warning” self preservation system. Most will have heard the saying;” I would not buy a second hand car from that man”, I am prepared to bet that if you don’t like the salesman you will be reluctant to or will not buy the goods. When you meet someone at close contact, the feeling is usually stronger, this is because of something called the Aura, and the Aura is an electromagnetic energy field which appears to surround the physical body, of humans, animals, and plant life. With the use of a Kirlian screen photographic image machine the Aura can be seen and recorded. It can tell the trained eye where to expect to find problems within the physical body; illness can often be seen by colour radiation from the energy field, sometimes before it becomes apparent within the physical body. If a limb is removed, the Aura is seen to be damaged at the point of removal, a branch from a tree records the same. (Russian scientists have produced studies in this phenomenon) Some Psychics can see Auras and read the colours emanating from them, also accurately “read” the past experiences of the person concerned, and also indicate the characteristics and personality, and how they might best be used in work and relationship situations. The Aura reacts by expansion or contraction to “good or bad” sensations, hence the above statements in trusting people. A Psychic is capable of “dowsing” situations by close contact and some by distance, dependant upon the Psychic, this is very helpful in “dowsing” areas, buildings etc., It is part of our early warning system, when Psychics “read” for clients they “tune into” the Aura (which is part of the Psyche or Soul) and are often able to “unravel” the problems confronting the client, and indicate where the future developments are with that person. However, a Psychic should also have a high degree of integrity, compassion, and common sense when dealing with persons who sometimes can be very vulnerable, and never, never, advise on medical problems, that is for the medical profession alone. You may have heard of healers, (laying on of hands, and distant healing) and they work through the Aura by energising (projecting) energy, in an attempt to redress the imbalance in the energy field which is causing the illness. This must not be used as a replacement for orthodox medical treatment, but as an aid in the total recovery of the individual, and I have known many healers of high integrity, and ability, who have been accepted by some medical practitioners in the UK and other countries, as beneficial. NEXT MONTH, COLOURS OF THE AURA 




Learning Spanish I’m writing this just a few days before you are will be reading it so I can say that summer – verano has started. Both officially , the first day of summer being June 21st – veintiuno de junio, and in terms of weather , it’s hot and sunny – hace sol y calor. I should add “at last” – por fin! somewhere in that last sentence as June really wasn’t up to much, though all that rain - la lluvia has been great for bringing up the levels of our reservoirs - embalses. As we’re now into the summer lots of us are thinking about the holidays – las vacaciones, going to the beach – ir a la playa and simply having a rest – un descanso. Have you got everything you need for the beach? - ¿tienes todo lo que necesitas para ir a la playa? During the summer months lots of people spend the whole day down on the beach – mucha gente pasa todo el día en la playa, and they go well prepared. First of all you need to get down to the beach reasonably early - bastante pronto, to stake out a good spot not too far from the shoreline - la orilla. Once you’ve marked out a place for yourself then it’s time to unpack. Your sun umbrella – la sombrilla needs to be put up so that it gives you enough shade – sombra. Once that’s done you can lay out your towels – toallas preferably on a mat – una esterilla so that the sand doesn’t stick to your towel – para que la arena no se adhiera a la toalla Or, open up your sun loungers – tumbonas and drape your toallas over those. Your cool box – la nevera portátil naturally goes in the shade – a la sombra . If it’s windy - si hace viento you may also want to put up your windbreak - cortavientos. At this stage you could also unpack your beach toys and games, buckets – cubos and spade – palas, balls - pelotas, bats – paletas de playa, rubber rings - flotadores, lilo or air mattress – colchoneta hinchable and of course a book – un libro or magazine una revista. Now that the unpacking has been done you should be ready to enjoy the rest of the day on the beach. It’s time to strip down to your swimsuit – el bañador which you should be wearing under your loose fitting beach attire. If you haven’t already covered yourself in suncream – crema protectora with a high protection factor - con una alta protección, then you should do so now and don’t forget to reapply it regularly throughout the day. You definitely want flip-flops chanclas or sandals – sandalias: the sand can get very hot – la arena se calienta mucho and can be difficult to walk over. Beach services usually include lifeguards – socorristas with a first-aid post – and a system of flags to advise and warn the bathers-bañistas: a red flag – una bandera roja means that you mustn’t enter the water, a green flag-una bandera verde that conditions are good for swimming and a yellow flag – una bandera amarilla means that you should bathe with precaution. Enjoy yourselves but please do what the lifeguards tell you and use your sunscreen! Until next month Nik Thanks to Nik Dunne of Lexis Idiomas for his articles. See his advert on page 30. 13

Lest We Forget- News From Yesteryear

Compiled By Robert Littler

This little gem comes from the first edition of the Daily Mail on the 14th. July 1896. Swimming and Sex. Should men and women bathe together - being so minded and clad in decorous costumes? The wisdom of our seaside town councils almost always settles the question for us with a flat prohibition. At Ramsgate the fatherly care of the local governing body not only ordains that the bathing machines devoted to ladies shall be set far apart from those reserved for men, but provides an official whose duty it is to see that swimmers of opposite sexes do not foregather in the sea. With this censor of the sands a London visitor to Ramsgate came into conflict, with the result that both parties appeared in the police-court. The visitor had joined his wife in the water, and was teaching her to swim, when the censor intervened and requested them to separate. Hence hot words, blows, alleged insulting expressions used by the censor to the visitor’s wife, and a little lecture to all parties from the Bench. No punishment was inflicted on the bather, but the regulations of the Ramsgate beach have been vindicated, and other husbands will in future avoid their wives in the water - or avoid Ramsgate as a holiday resort. The incident raises the question by which we prefaced this article - should the sexes be allowed to bathe together? Outside of seaside town councils, we think, few defenders of the system of separation will be found. In France, where girls have not a tithe of the liberty permitted to British daughters in joining their male relatives and friends at healthy outdoor sports, the sexes bathe together as a matter of course. In America, the same custom obtains. In England, within a few miles of the beach over which Ramsgate propriety presides with such care, men and maids swim in company without any sense of indecorum. This is at one end of Margate, which is presumably outside the dominion of the town council; at the other end of the beach the rule of segregation obtains, and printed notices set forth that male and female bathers must be kept at a stated distance. And in many of the smaller seaside towns, where there are no bathing machines, and possibly no town councils, family bathing parties are the rule, each sex having its own dressing tent. There is really no question of public decency in the matter at all. The conduct of individuals might in some cases call for supervision, but as a general custom the bathing of the sexes in company is so wellestablished in many civilised countries that it need not be put on its defence before Mrs. Grundy. The advantages of bathing in company are so obvious that they hardly call for illustration. With father or brother to teach, all our girls would learn to swim, and the list of summer deaths by drowning would show an immense reduction. Strong arms would be at hand to rescue a tired girl swimmer, whose chance for life if seized with cramp in the “ladies’ bathing place” would be very small. The enjoyment of a bathe, it is obvious, would be very much increased if the bathe were a social function instead of a solitary wash, and those devoted wives who refuse to be parted from their husbands for even half an hour in holiday time would no longer be debarred from a pastime that under existing conditions involves separation. What town council 14

will show the way in revising its code of beach etiquette and facilitating sociable bathing? The town which encourages men and women to bathe in company on its sands will be doing a real service to the community and substantial good for itself. What is permissible at Margate (one end of Margate) should be allowable at Brighton, or one end of Brighton.


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Charities, Clubs And Events Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Plantas, Castalla runs a dog shelter near to Castalla International. For donations, sponsoring or volunteering please email or call the president Juan on 646 682 209 between 08.30 & 13.00 hrs (Spanish), Sue on 690 719 675 between 10.00 & 14.00 and 17.00 & 19.00 hrs (English & Spanish spoken) or Marilene on 965 562 085 or 669 755 920 between 10.00 & 14.00 and 17.00 & 19.00 hrs (Dutch, English & Spanish). Busot Ladies Club, Casa de Cultura will be closed for the months of July and August, reopening on September 1st. For more information contact Mary on 965 699 291 or send an email to Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy, El Campello hold a church service on Sundays at 12.00 in the chapel behind the main church in the grounds of Salesianos school. Everyone welcome. If directions are needed please don't hesitate to contact Flavia on 666 002 519 or Liz on 965 652 845. Alternatively you can take a look at our website at HELP Association, Campello, San Juan & District provides and English speaking voluntary community service for people in need of support at times of medical and other emergencies. Also has some aids such as wheelchairs, crutches etc. for short term loan. Always in need of more volunteers. Please contact Francoise Cawley, Chairperson by telephone on 965 638 259 Ladies Exercise Group, Polideportivo, Busot. Wednesdays 18.00 – 19.00 for general fitness and 19.00 – 20.00 jazz exercise. Fridays 17.30 – 18.30 general exercise and 18.30 – 19.30 jazz exercise. Get fit for free – no charge. Tel. Beatrix on 965 959 195 or 618 043 582 Asociacion Protectora de Animales El Campello has a charity shop on Avda Germanies which is open Mon - Sat 10am - 2pm. Tel. 965 633 547, 24 hr. emergency number 687 398 507. To adopt a dog call Eve on 965 699 028. For more info about APAC contact Ian on 965 634 899 or 677 993 649 The English Speaking Club, San Juan & District, Los Perales, Camino Real de Villajoyosa 22, El Campello. Tel. 965 943 995 or email Run by volunteers & with bar prices that can't be equalled. Open Wednesday & Sunday between 12 noon & 2.30pm. Come and find out about our available activities, incl. line dancing, whist, art, quilting, quizzes, monthly dinner dance etc. Second Chance Charity Shops support a number of world projects such as Sightsavers, Save the Children, 5 Kenyan orphans, Education for Life, a Spanish lady working in Romania with orphaned teenagers living in sewers, and more... Their shops are as follows :- Albir - opening 10 -2 Mon - Sat. Alfaz del Pi - opening 9.30 - 1.30 Mon - Sat (Tel. 966 860 222) and Finestrat opening 10 - 2 Mon - Sat (Tel. 965 878 229). Please support these very worthy causes. BUSOT BOOT SALE, First Sunday of each month starting 6th July, 9pm - 2pm ( Setup from 8pm). Booking essential, Table fee Proceeds to Abandoned Animal care. Location: Balconias, Casa De Cultura, Busot. (Rear of TONOS and CASA Restaurants) Call Sally 636518268, Richard 639050128 or email 16




Stem Cell Research - What is it all about? Our bodies are built from literally millions and millions of cells. There are more than two hundred different types of cells that make up our bones, nerve cells, brain tissue, heart tissue, blood etc. Every day our bodies need 100,000 million new blood cells and these are made by the stem cells found inside bone marrow. And, as we all know, things go wrong with our bodies - we have heart attacks, develop diabetes, leukaemia, degenerative conditions like multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease.... the list goes on and on. But whether you agree or not, scientists are working with stem cell research in the hope of being able to repair many of the diseases we face. When people think of stem cell research, most think of it as something rather new. Embryonic research has much been in the headlines in recent years and the debate continues worldwide over whether this is ethical, yet research began back in the 1960s by taking bone marrow stem cells from adult tissue and by 1968 doctors were able to treat an immunodeficient patient. It wasn’t until 1998 that scientists had the ability to isolate and then cultivate embryonic stem cells. Basically there are three types of stem cells - adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells and amniotic/placental stem cells; but what is the difference? Adult stem cells are the regenerative cells of the human body and they can be harvested from, for instance, bone marrow, newborn babies, children and adults. However, as an example, stem cells harvested from the skin will only grow to produce new skin - they will not develop into cells necessary to repair damage in other organs. In other words, their use is limited. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to develop into any of the two hundred plus cell types that make up our frame, and therefore, through research, could possibly give us the cure for so many illnesses and diseases. But they can only be harvested from an embryo, generally between three and five days after conception. The embryo at this stage is as small as a grain of sand. After stem cells have been removed the embryo will die - it can no longer continue to develop. Amniotic/Placental stem cells are harvested from the fluid that surrounds the foetus during pregnancy or from the placenta which is usually discarded after the birth. Cells harvested from the amniotic fluid or placenta do not require the destruction of an embryo but they cannot reproduce indefinitely, unlike embryonic stem cells. So, it seems, that the best way forward in the stem cell fight against diseases is with research on embryonic stem cells. But what about the ethical, political or religious debate on stem cell research using embryos? The population tends to be split into either the pro-life movement or the pro-choice movement. Those in favour of the pro-life movement are of the belief that the ovum, sperm, embryo, foetus all contain human DNA and are alive. Therefore, when stem cells are removed from an embryo, which causes it to die, it amounts to the murder of a human being and there are no potential health benefits for the millions of people in the world that would justify the murder of another human being. 20

On the other hand the pro-choice movement suggest that becoming a person doesn’t happen until late on in a pregnancy and therefore if stem cells are harvested from a five day old embryo it does not count as murder. And so what about the law? To carry out stem cell research a licence must be granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority. Licensed research can only be carried out on embryos that were fertilised outside of the body - in vitro. In the UK most research carried out with embryos is done by using surplus embryos created in fertility treatment and only then with the full knowledge and consent of the parents who have donated them. Licensed research on an embryo can only take place for up to the first fourteen days. Stem cells are isolated much earlier, normally at five or six days. So, that leads me to my final question - Is stem cell research on embryos right or wrong? My opinion is that I personally agree with it, especially if it is going to help so many people across the world to fight such terrible illness and disease. Some may say that maybe if I’d had to fight to create life in the form of a child in the first place that I would feel different. Not so. I did have to go down that path and gave birth to twins. I have also seen how destructive disease is, having lost my mother in her mid fifties to a disease that takes away everything, destroying the ability to do anything for oneself - every part of the body is affected, except of course the brain, and there is nothing worse than seeing someone suffer so dreadfully. That disease was motor neurone disease. And for this, I wish the scientists of the world every success in their work to eradicate neurological diseases, cancers, diabetes, spinal injuries etc. etc....


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Casa de Cultura 965636491 Hospital San Juan 965938700 Post Office (Correos) 965630318 Health Centre 965637106 Ad. Education Centre 965632927 Taxis 965101611 Town hall 965637200 Railway Station 965262731 Tourist Information 965634606 Instituto Clot L’illot 965632854 Colegio Pla de Barraques 965631601 Colegio El Vincle 965632790 Colegio Rafael Altamira 965630142 Instituto Clot L’illot 965632854 Instituto Enric Valor 965636455 Guardia Civil 965630418 / 062 Policía Local 965637099 / 965634444 Suma Office 965636255 / 965636193

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Villajoyosa Casa de Cultura 965894250 Library 965891698 Municipal Police 965890050 Hospital Marina Baixa 966859800 Taxis 965894545

Post Office 966850500 Town Hall 966851001 Guardia Civil 965891143 Tourist Info 66851371

Alfaz del Pi/Albir Alfaz Town Hall 965885265 Taxis (Alfaz/Albir) 966810010 Alfaz Health Centre 965889894 Albir Health Centre 966864110 Tourist Info Alfaz 965888905 Tourist Info Albir 966867022 Aguagest (Water) Alfaz 965889102 Local Police (Alfaz) 965887100/7200

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Alicante It’s so easy to take a tram ride into Alicante, and so many of us do. But do we actually see the city or do we limit ourselves to a trip up to the castle or a walk along the esplanade browsing at the little cabins selling souvenirs; enjoying a coffee at a street café or shopping in the grand department store of El Corte Ingles? The city of Alicante has so much more to offer its visitors. In El Barrio, the old quarters of the city you will find all of the exciting and lively nightlife where you can drink and dance till dawn - and let’s face it, the Spanish really know how to party. There is something for everyone here. The city also has some wonderful restaurants for those who love fine wines and delicious food. If partying late into the night sounds a little too strenuous, why not try a visit to the cinema in the Puerta de Alicante shopping Taking a walk by the port centre where you can view films shown in their original language. The theatre can be found near to Renfe, the main railway station. The baroque architecture of the 18th century town hall with its two towers and columned façade is a beautiful building. On the steps you can see the ‘Cota Cero’ which is used as a national reference point to measure the altitude above sea level in Spain. Fine works of art are on display within the town hall and in a more modern building alongside the town Ayuntamiento - The Town Hall hall archaeological finds are also on display. Alicante has museums for fine art, contemporary art, archaeology, nativity scene museums, a bullfighting museum and the hogueras museum – the fiesta for hogueras de San Juan takes place each June all over Spain. The Renaissance style co-cathedral of San Nicolas can be found in the city centre. Formerly a mosque, it was transformed into a Christian church by King Alfonso X. If you wish to view more of the history of this beautiful city and its surrounding areas why not pay a visit to the MARQ – Alicante’s museum of archaeology. For shopping, not only will you find stores throughout View of castle & port from Panoramis the city; Alicante has three excellent shopping centres – Puerta de Alicante, Plaza Mar 2 and Gran Vía. And if lazing by the beach with a cool drink at hand is your idea of enjoyment, Alicante has some wonderful beaches, the main one - El Postiguet being right there in the city. The tourist information offices have details of walks around the city, guiding you in the right direction so as to get the most out of your visit. 27

Understanding Your Computer Buying a new Computer: what to look for and what not to! This month we start a two part look at how you should spend your hard earned money if you decide to upgrade or buy your first computer. This month we look at the equipment you will buy, the hardware. Next month we will look at the programs you will need installed on the hardware, the software. Whether you are upgrading your present computer or buying your first, you need to approach the purchase from the same point of view. Ask yourself: “Why am I buying this computer?” The purpose of the computer is the best indicator of what kind of computer you should buy. Laptop or desktop? Laptops are designed to be mobile. They include a large amount of technology that is solely for the purposes of computing whilst “on the move”. This means that you will be paying for technology that you will not be using if it just sits on a desk. This results in laptops costing around 150% of a similarly specified desktop. Laptops are really only justified in the following circumstances: • You want to be able to clear the computer away when not being used. • You really are intending it to be mobile (you want to take it with you wherever you go). With modern flat screen monitors (so called TFT’s) the space occupied on the desk by a computer is not significantly larger than a laptop. However, desktops are much more adaptable than laptops. Whilst it is possible to upgrade laptops the extent to which they can be upgraded is severely limited. Desktops can be said to be COMPLETELY upgradeable and repairable in that all of the insides of the case can be replaced individually. This means two things: firstly most damage to desktops (such as caused by power surges or spills or simply wear and tear over time) can be repaired by replacing only the broken part (this is often not the case for laptops). Secondly you can upgrade your whole computer by replacing individual parts when you can afford it rather than going all out and replacing the whole computer with an associated large financial outlay. Processor Now down to what you should buy. There are several considerations that need to be made all of which will be answered by your initial “why” question. The first of these is the central processor (the chip). This determines the speed of the computer (however see memory below). You need a fast processor if you are intending to run a lot of programs such as Microsoft Word or Excel or have a lot of database management to undertake. You do NOT need a fast processor if all you intend to use the computer for is to access the internet. Memory The memory or RAM is like the workspace of the computer. With too little memory your computer will run slowly, as it will need to keep swapping data between the memory and the hard disk. However, a lot of memory will only allow the processor run at optimal speed so too much is a waste of money. Typically for Windows XP you will need 512Mb of RAM, for Vista you will need between 1Gb and 2Gb. This can increase if you are planning to run movie or photo editing software. Graphics Even the simplest and most basic machine has adequate graphics capacity for viewing websites, pictures and the like. It is only when you want to play games 28

with sophisticated real time (produced at the time at “normal” speed) graphical construction that you need a powerful graphics card or graphics capacity. You may want to ensure that you have 64Mb of graphical memory if you want to be able to watch DVD’s on your computer HDD All modern hard disk drives are ridiculously large; having said that, movies, pictures and music all take up fairly large amounts of storage. If you (or your family) are storing these on your computer you may need a large disk drive. BUT (and it is a big but) there is always opportunity to increase storage in a way that is safer than storing it on the computer itself. By means of external hard drives, CD’s, DVD’s or memory sticks you can store your precious data way from the risk of viruses or other situations that can lose data from your hard disk. So unless you are sure that you will need large amounts of storage on an ongoing and dynamic basis you do not need to make a large hard disk your priority. DVD drive All DVD drives can read (and write to) CD’s. You do not need a CD drive as well. Given their price and their usefulness for storing and transporting data (pictures etcetera) between computers it is false economy to not have a DVD drive. You will also need a CD or DVD drive when you come to install windows or just about any other commercial software (programs). Like with hard disks above you can purchase external DVD drives, many of the cheaper laptops have these. All in all it is probably worth having aDVD drive, however, the more expensive ones, in real terms, are only more expensive because they are faster. If you have a little patience you can save a lot of money. USB ports It is almost impossible to have too many USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports as there are now so many different peripheral devices to attach to your computer and many of these connect through USB ports. You need to have at least one on the front of the machine for easy access so you can plug in your memory stick or other such device. You should be looking for at least 4 on the back of a desktop, or at least 4 overall on a laptop. LAN / Ethernet / Modem Most modern computers come with LAN or Ethernet ports for ADSL but without a modem for dial-up. If you are intending to access the internet by dial-up (not ADSL) you will need to ask if a modem is fitted. If not you will have to have a one fitted (or buy an external modem if you are having a laptop). Article written by Steve of SandS Computers. See their advert on page 7.

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A Guide To Spain’s Maddest Fiestas OK, dudes and dudesses, even the most lackadaisical of druids among you are aware that the summer solstice is the time of year when even ´The Man´, ´The Breadheads´ and ´The Squares´of ´The Establishment´can feel the power of the, like, spirit gods of nature man! It´s the right time to turn on, tune in and get a little trippy as the beach of Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife goes all ´Age of Aquarius´. If you’re going to San Francisco, dude, you’re wasting your time. A true hippy-style love-fest can be found much closer to home - and I’m not talking of a wishy-washy sunset in Ibiza! Au Contraire, me old muckers! I’m talking of a groovy, happening, long-haired, sunworshipping, flower-power love-in on the beach, with goats thrown in too! The Christians superimposed The Fiesta of San Juan over the more ancient Fiesta of The Sun, held for centuries on Midsummer´s Eve, but failed to consider the townsfolks enjoyment of their pagan roots. The elements of Fire and Water come together on this night in a potent mix of lurvemagic. Fireworks light up the sky and bonfires topped with effigies are lit. The nimble youth of the town queue up to affirm their virility by leaping over the embers of the bonfires (while presumably, the less nimble severely impair theirs by landing square in the middle of ém) The remaining unsinged, and increasingly unhinged townsfolk then congregate on the beach. Whole families, laden down with enough food and drink to last a week claim their patch of sand, and whilst elaborate feasts are prepared, the young of the family begin to dig holes of, frankly, dangerous proportions in the sand. The nearby Bouganvilla and Hibiscus bushes are ruthlessly stripped of their flowers, which are then laid in the freshly-dug craters. (These are said to symbolise Love and Partnership.) Candles by the thousand are lit and placed alongside the flowers. (These are said to symbolise that it is getting dark, and there’s a bloody great hole in the beach.) Bands strike up their traditional Canarian tunes, and are quickly accompanied by the townsfolk, who sing along to the tunes with mucho gusto, whenever mouths full of food and drink permit. The arrival of Summer is heralded by a spectacular midnight fireworks display, and somewhat reckless fire-jugglers toss sundry burning objects into the air. The thudding beat of Bongo drums joins the cacophony of noise from the bands, and it is to this frenzied throbbing rhythm that everyone begins to get their kit off! Once down to their swim wear, the whole population walk into the sea and wash themselves and each other using the petals of the previously purloined flowers. The original Guanche people of the Canaries believed that the sea on Midsummer´s eve possessed magical properties. Not only did it bestow good luck on the bathers, but also guarded against illness and ageing, and scared off malevolent spirits. Additionally, bathing with flower petals virtually guaranteed you finding your soul Continued on page 36 33

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With Love From Ricky Last month I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting with Ricky Valance and asking him some questions about his life and the music business. I first met Ricky through his musical involvement with James. They had met at a private party and immediately hit it off, working well together from the start. Born in south Wales as David Spencer, he’s the eldest of seven children, with a passion for singing, something he says came from his mother who used to sing in the social clubs in South Wales. He is a fascinating man who was very generous with his time. Below are some of the questions I was able to ask. You were born in South Wales and followed your father into working in the mines. What was this like? I only spent a year in the pit. The work was long and hard and I had to walk 2 – 3 miles to work. My dad worked in a pit at the other end of the village. I remember spitting the black dust. Accidents were not uncommon. I’d always loved to sing and my dad told me to get out of the pit if I ever wanted to pursue a career as a singer. So you left mining and what happened then? I was still very young. Life was tough and I did get mixed up with the wrong crowd for a while before I joined the RAF, which was one of the best things I’ve ever done. What role did you take in the RAF? I had no trade as such but was taken under the wing of my sergeant who put me to work in the office – since I was good at English. It was here that I learned typing and other office skills; especially how to be organised which has helped me through all my life. Were you already married by this time? No. I met Evelyn, my wife, at a dance at the Memorial Hall which was halfway between where we both lived. I was home on a 36 hour pass and I went to the dance in my uniform and hobnail boots and I saw her dancing in the corner. There was an instant attraction. Sadly, the day before we’d met I had asked the RAF for an overseas posting which I couldn’t cancel, and I was soon posted to Malta. While I was in Malta my father became ill and I was granted leave to visit him. During my leave Evelyn and I decided to get married by special licence. The RAF thought I’d cheated in order to get a pass and as a punishment posted me to active service in North Africa. I eventually left the RAF in 1957/8 so I could go to London and pursue my singing career. So how did you do that? I had my first recording test with Columbia and was told I wasn’t what they were looking for. My voice was too powerful and I’d been classically trained by a maestro while I was in Malta. Then in ’59 I auditioned and became lead singer for six months with the Sid Phillips Orchestra. I was also singing in some clubs and was ‘spotted’ again and had another recording test with Columbia. They asked me to change my style of singing which I did, singing ‘Here Comes Summer’ and my music career began. 34

And the following September was your big chart hit with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’ which stayed at number one for three weeks and in the charts for 16 weeks? Yes, that was wonderful. I love singing to an audience, singing the songs that they want to hear but I was never very comfortable with the whole idea of show business – all the back stabbing and the politics of it. After the shows I didn’t want to go drinking or doing drugs as some did. I wanted to go home to my wife. My marriage was always the most important thing to me. What happened after the success of ‘Tell Laura’? I had a few more hits but they didn’t go to the top of the charts. Soon the Mersey beat sound was happening and I decided to go to acting school and I appeared in the TV police drama ‘No Hiding Place’ for two years. In 1967 I went to Ireland and fronted the show band called The Chessmen for a year. I’ve starred in cabaret in maybe 17 or 18 countries, including America, Poland, Iran, Singapore and West Africa. These days you sing a lot of country music and are rather popular in America. How did that begin? Well, my first trip to the US was back in 1982 and I was amazed to be known there. Within days of my arrival I was put on air. They wanted me in Vegas but I had to get back to the UK. In 1989 I did a show on live television in the US. There were a thousand people in the TV studio and it went out live to 70 million people across America and Canada. In 1992 I was the first artist signed to a new country record label in Nashville. It was the greatest experience. One song that stood out was ‘Mother loves another man’ –it went straight into the country charts. I plan on returning to Nashville to do another album later this year or early next year. Ricky, you obviously love your time in America so why did you choose to live in Spain? We’d love to live in America but we have our two children and our grand children in the UK. Spain is easy to get to and from, it’s only a couple of hours but America is too far away. Besides your love for your wife and family and of course singing do you have any other interests? Yes, I’ve played golf for 32 years. I won the Downhill Masters Celebrity Pro Am three times. Now I don’t play as often. Just before we finish can I ask where you got your name Ricky Valance from? Ricky was a name I used when I first came into the business but I needed a good surname if I was to become a successful singer and one day I was watching a horse racing program. One of the trainers was called Colonel Valance and I thought ‘great’, Valance goes well with Ricky and my new name was complete. Childhood was tough on Ricky, which also made him tough. He has led a healthy lifestyle spending free time in the gym rather than in pubs. He’s never smoked, doesn’t drink, is careful what he eats and takes care with his voice. As much as he enjoys living in Spain Ricky does miss Wales and the Valleys very much – he’ll always be a Welshman. Ricky can be seen performing at various venues up and down the Costa Blanca. He is appearing in this area at the Estrella Bar, Busot on July 12th. If you’d like to book Ricky for a venue or private party please contact James by email to or by telephone on 637 071 255. 35

Spain’s Maddest Fiestas.......Continued from page 33 mate. This of course is due to ´magic´ (and not the food, wine, music, candlelight, flowers, sound of the sea, semi-nudity and chilled-out ambience.) This loved-up happening vibe is completed at dawn, where the more resilient reveller is reputedly rewarded by mermaid song and a brief, yet tantalising view of the mythical island of Borondon on the horizon (This too is due to ´magic´ and nothing to do with staying up all night drinking wine.) Two words of warning. Washing each other with flower petals on this night of love is a tad risky, as the Goddess of Fertility is at her most active on this night (Quelle Surprise!) Furthermore, it is said that whatever is dreamt on this night will come to pass. Therefore, unless you want to repeat my own experience, and be chased down the street by a giant clockwork rabbit one day, I would suggest you lay off the cheese! As the next day dawns, the attentiveness of certain members of the locals turns to their livestock, with the goats replacing the women in the water, but it is probably wise for us to leave the description of what follows til another time. Until then, take a chill pill. Peace. Chris Many thanks to Chris for his interesting and amusing articles. Next month he brings us his report on the Noche de San Juan and Hogueras Contact Chris via his website below.

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Family Notices Friends & family gathered on Sunday 8th June to celebrate the engagement of Esteban Tabares Tabares to Keonna Janaye Ball. They plan to marry in the summer of 2010 once Keonna has finished University. Lots of love and congratulations to them both.

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Sylvia Moore, the beloved wife of Peter and loving mother of Paul & Helen Rickus sadly passed away on Saturday 7th June at San Juan Hospital. Cremation took place at San Juan on 14th June and a service of thanksgiving for her life was held at Coveta Fuma Church on June 15th. She was loved by all and remains in our hearts forever. R.I.P

Recently the Hotel del Alba, Bonalba began hosting music evenings on a Friday and local residents are very supportive of these events, yet the hotel has many other facilities available to non-resident guests that are well worth experiencing. Like to relax and be pampered? The health and beauty treatments are not only available to the hotel guests. Why not book yourself a massage or treatment and then afterwards try out the gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pool. Make a day of it and enjoy a mouthwatering meal in the excellent restaurant. The Rosebud English Pub is a bar within the four star hotel where the live music takes place. It is organised by James and will appeal to almost everybody – James and the management are working hard to bring you top quality entertainment in comfortable surroundings. On the evenings that live music takes place the restaurant have a special menu available so why not enjoy a delicious meal prior to meeting the rest of your friends in the bar for the evening’s top quality entertainment Of course, you may wish to visit the restaurant on other nights of the week too, and you’d be most welcome. Special occasions can be catered for and for those corporate events the hotel has various rooms that seat from 20 to more than 300 people depending upon your needs. The hotel and spa is at the bottom of the road after passing the golf club on the right. 38

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Addicted to music?

Do you play an instrument? Then why not come along to a jamming session at The Estrella Bar, Busot where you will meet like minded people...... Get involved and enjoy a beer on the house, Kicking off Wed 9th July at 8.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Don’t forget to bring your instrument if you have one… Let’s jam. For further details contact James - Tel 637071255 or Email james4livemusic@

If the sky is the limit, then what is space, over the limit? Why is it when we talk to God we are praying, but when God talks to us we are put into the loony bin? Aren’t the ‘good things that come to those who wait’ just the leftovers from the people that got there first? If you don’t pay your exorcist, do you get repossessed?

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Jokes and Sudoku

When I Say I’m Broke - I’m Broke. A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner. “Good morning,” said the young man. “If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners . “ “Go away!” said the old lady. “I’m broke and haven’t got any money!” She proceeded to close the door. Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. “Don’t be too hasty!” he said. “Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.” And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet. If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder.” The old lady stepped back and said, “Well let me get you a fork, because they cut off my electricity this morning!”


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Papá, papá, hoy no quiero ir a la escuela. – ¿Qué te pasa hijo? – Pues mira, primero tengo sueño, segundo que me aburro y tercero que se ríen de mí. – ¿Sabes qué te digo?, que tienes que ir. Primero porque es tu obligación, segundo porque ya tienes cuarenta y cinco años y tercero porque eres el director.

Two blondes went to the dog kennels where they both adopted a puppy. The joy of their new best friend was quickly overshadowed when they got home and the first blonde said, “ I think we’re in trouble. How are we going to tell them apart?” The second blonde suggested they tie a red ribbon around one and a blue ribbon around the other. Problem solved. The next day the first blonde comes running up to the second blonde when she got home, “ Oh no, I can tell which is my puppy and which is yours... They’ve pulled their ribbons off while they were playing. “ “ OK “ We need to find another way to tell them apart the second blonde says. “ The second blonde comes up with an idea “I’ll put a red collar on my puppy and you can put a blue one on yours.” The next day the first blonde comes running up to the second blonde and says “they’ve pulled there collars of while they were playing.” “ There’s got to be another way to tell them apart “ says the second blonde. At last the first blonde says “I’ve got an idea, I’ll keep the white puppy and you can keep the black puppy.” 42



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Male / female kitchen staff required. 5 Day week. Own transport needed. Call 966 810 695 HGV1 driver 36 yrs exp. wants employment anything considered 56 yrs old also husband & wife team to do change over cleaning or anything else considered. Living campello/busot area Tel. 627630490

Looking for work as chauffeur, gardener, housekeeper etc. Tel. 966 305 710

James, solo artist and entertainer available this summer for your private party, or that special occasion. Or indeed if you prefer an evening of rock then we can also provide this with our 4 or 5 piece rock band. Your choice. Further details, contact: or Tel 637071255 James looking for the following, A Fiddle Player/singer and or a Banjo Player/ singer. This would be to work with me playing Irish Traditional music in the surrounding area of Campello. The knowledge of Irish Music would be beneficial. Further details, Contact or Tel 637071255

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Having a house or garden party? Enjoy an evening of nostalgia, songs from six decades plus Big Band music, with Mr. Entertainer - Tony Francis. For more information call:- 678029919

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Trampoline 14 ft with net, ladders and cover. New in box. Deliver for small charge. 399.00 € Tel. 965698052

JB Systems AX700 power amplifier 350€, Stereo sound mixer desk (8 channels) 350€, SoundLab SPFX256 Digital effects unit 150€ Tel. 678 029 919

Portable Air Conditioner - Brand New and unused. Only 50€ Call 965 63 72 66

Domyos fitness machine Model VE440 - stand-up pedalling and movement of arms - hardly used - 169 euros when new - 80 euros. Tel. 965698095 (Busot)

Keep fit machine, looks like a bike but also works the arms as well as the legs. Can fold away. 40.00 euros. Tel. 965698052

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Baby’s Carry Cot. Excellent condition. Navy / Yellow. Ideal for grandchildren 12€ Tel. 965637266 Childs bike. Very good condition. Suit 3yrs upwards. 25€ Tel. 663174887

Spiral staircase wanted for outdoors. Tel. 965698052

Car Boot Items - books, toys, clothes, bric-a-brac & baby items. Will collect. Tel. Sally on 635343867

WANTED, large shop style clothes rail for carbooter must be sally on 635343867 or email

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Pool Cleaning Services Friendly reliable service competitive rates Call Dean now on 628 741 870

Domestic Appliance & Electrical Repairs by experienced engineer. Washing Machines, Cookers, Microwaves etc. Tel. 965 960 665 / Mobile 687 625 642 (Aug)

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Mobile dog grooming service. 25 years experience. Grooming from 15€. Busot, El Campello, Muchamiel areas. Tel. Diane on 663 372 403 (Jul) Mechanic, former MOT tester. For all your ITV needs & repairs. Vehicles collected & delivered. Tel. 675485613 (Sept)

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Private Sale. Lovely 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Villa in Los Pastores, Busot. Pool, 1200 sq m plot, 150 sq m build. Fully furnished. 280,000€ ono. Tel. 965 699 985


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Mellow Magazine July 2008  

A local magazine for the Costa Blanca

Mellow Magazine July 2008  

A local magazine for the Costa Blanca