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Hi,and welcome to April,TIM’s 89th edition, that centuary is getting ever closer! What a great March we had,at least until those last few days of watery misery and snow, yes snow, on the sierras. The origin of April fools’ day is shrouded in uncertainty, if you “google it”,you will learn it could be something to do with the 1582 change of the calendar from Julian dates to Gregorian timescales, and the French not accepting the new regime and continuing to celebrate New Year on April the 1st. The idea of fools’ errands or practical jokes was certainly widespread throughout Europe by the mid 1700’s, but when the tradition of only being able to play these pranks before noon came about, nobody is sure. In fact it’s just like living here in Spain, a wonderful mystery, no real answers, and nobody really giving a damn!! Bully certainly doesn’t, last month he couldn’t fool Mr C Whitton of Gran Alacant who found Bully hiding on the El Rincon de Michelle advert on page 41. The winner of the pleasure flight courtesy of Sol Aero was David Edgar of Raspay Pinoso, congratulations to both of our winners.


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Spring Fun


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My mum was appalled that I was eating

with just a fork. I didn’t bring you up to behave like that she said, I thought you had better manners.

Now I like to think of myself as a reasonably

well mannered chap. I open doors for people and I still give up my seat to the few people even older than myself on the bus. Yet, every day, here in Spain it’s possible that my behaviour slightly upsets the majority of the people I deal with.

We Britons are famous for overusing the

words please and thank you. A Spanish man I know in Pinoso tells me that our insidious influence now means that gracias and por favor are much more common amongst Pinoseros than they were ten years ago. He also tells me that we are responsible for the tables and chairs outside bars but that’s a different story. Spaniards are not generally as big as we are on the please and thank yous. That’s because they have another very common way of being polite.

The Spanish have two ways of saying you.

The first way of saying you, usted, derives from a form of address that translates as “your mercy” - it’s directly comparable with the “your honour” we Britons used to use years ago. Usted is used for people who you don’t know well, people that you are not on first name terms with. The other way to say you is tú. This is used with friends, relations, animals and children. Well, that’s what they taught me when I first began to learn Spanish


though they forgot to mention that it isn’t the same for Latin Americans. The thing is that ideas change. My first Spanish grammar class was a long time ago and language develops rapidly. To my way of thinking calling someone usted is a bit like addressing them as sir or madam. There may be circumstances when it seems right but, most of the time it sounds distinctly odd, a way of toadying or grovelling. Indeed, in some circumstances, being over-polite is a subtle way of taking the mickey. No, nowadays we’re all much more egalitarian. That’s why we use first names with people we hardly know isn’t it?


o, I transferred my English sensibility to the way I deal with Spanish people. I don’t want the woman on the cash desk at Mercadona to think that I’m lording it over her so I address her as tú. It’s the same in any bar. Then it becomes a habit. That was why I used tú with the Guardia Civil who pulled over my innocent car at 2am in the morning. I call everyone tú.


thought that Spaniards were doing something similar, certainly young people when they aren’t calling each other tío, call each other tú. I thought that I was doing my bit for equality but a youngish Spanish woman I was talking to the other day pulled me up about it. “It’s just a bit rude to address anyone as tú you know, unless you know them well,” she said.


f there had been a knife and fork handy I would have grasped them firmly to prove that I was well brought up.

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By Barbara Barton

Looking after your investments No this isn’t about stocks and shares; I am referring to the investment of time and money we put into our gardens It never fails to surprise me how people can spend hundreds of euros on the garden and then watch it gradually die for want of proper watering or adequate feeding So with summer approaching I am using this month to talk about watering the garden because done the right way it can be key to your horticultural success. Do it wrong and you might just as well not bother at all So first of all, what sort of water. Ideally you would use rain water but since we are not blessed with copious amounts of rain it’s most likely that you will be using tap water Tap water direct from the mains may contain high levels of chlorine or fluoride additives that are not that good for the garden. If you can, draw off the water and let it stand for a few hours to allow the chemicals to leech out. Best method is to utilise a water butt and keep it topped up so you always have a ready supply in sufficient quantity. Of course if you are lucky enough to have agricultural water then that will be fine to use straight from source When to water is the all important question and not easily answered. Common sense says that if plants are looking wilted then they most likely need a drink. If in any doubt stick your finger in the soil, if the top couple of inches are dry then you probably should get the watering can out Early morning is the best time as during the middle of the day the sun will cause any moisture to evaporate before it does any good. Some plants if left too wet overnight can develop fungal problems so keep to mornings if possible How you water will depend on the plant and the situation. Try to water only at the base of the plant giving enough water to soak in properly. Only watering the surface encourages roots to stay near the top to get their moisture when you really want them delving deeply to get what they need, thereby developing a good root system for stability. Never water plant foliage as wet leaves can become scorched by the sun

Don’t allow plants to become too dry as they can reach a stage when they are so dry that water simply runs off. Give the garden a real good soaking once a week. Lay the hose on the garden and allow it to get well and truly soaked before moving on to the next area. In the case of a pot that has become too dry, plunge it into a bucket of water for a few hours. Irrigation systems are widely used and can be useful. Most of these use a method whereby hoses are laid around the garden with valves adjacent to the plants so that water is delivered direct to the plant. Some systems use a hose peppered with tiny holes so that the water will seep out along its length around the garden. These seep hoses are placed just below the surface of the soil to prevent evaporation. Sprinkler systems are not great as more often than not the water will evaporate before it has had chance to do anything. Irrigation systems set up with timers are great if you spend long periods of time away or if you have a large expanse of plants or trees to keep watered. Next month we look at ways of retaining precious moisture and feeding It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not. ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, 1936

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The Legal Page Written by Rob Innis with Ignacio Pellicer from Pellicer & Heredia Solicitors

This month it is time to look at Spanish Income Tax. There is an urban myth that anyone with less than 22,000 Euros income need not make a Spanish Tax return – Declaracion de Renta. But Ignacio explained: “This is only true if you are employed with a fully legal contract and your employer is making tax deductions. All other persons including retired Expat residents in Spain need to make their annual tax returns and non residents also need to follow a Spanish tax process as well at a different time of the year.” (See TIM December edition) “Remember you do not have to pay tax in both Spain and your original country if they have a double taxation treaty which the UK (and some other countries) does have with Spain. To stop paying tax in the UK there is a special form to be completed and approved by the Spanish tax office before it is processed in the UK. Which we can do for clients.” Like in the UK the Spanish system has tax thresholds and allowances, maybe the one big difference is some of these vary by region and so the tax liabilities can be different depending on where you live - So another reason for taking professional tax advice. Do not forget there are benefits of being fiscally resident in Spain when it comes to accessing any Inheritance (IHT) or Capital Gains taxes (CGT) because if you are fiscally resident (i.e. you pay tax in Spain as a resident) you will get lower rates of taxation. But let us focus on annual taxes or Income tax. All taxable income from January 1st – December 31st 2011 must be declared into the system which starts on 1st of May until 30th of June 2012. Ignacio said: “Like the UK the system is complicated and depends on many factors, income, age, status etc so taking professional advice is advisable. Unfortunately it is all too easy for someone to set themselves up as a tax advisor and using a computer system produce you tax return. But without up to date expert knowledge their assessment


could be wrong, leaving you either over paying or under paying but maybe facing later penalty fines etc. The tax system has many changes this year as the new government try to find ways of balancing the books. Some rates have increased – the basic rate of taxation for investors has risen to 19% on interest and profits which will be automatically retained by the banks. But we may be able to claim this back for many people due to their allowances. A lot of people fail to do this and consequently lose money for no reason and so it is a good idea to get professional help. There are still plenty of allowances for age, disability, children, aged relatives, property improvements, renting, home loans, charity donations, renewable energy etc. Which Pellicer and Heredia can advise you about to see if you qualify before calculating your final tax bill.” He also told me – “If you have to pay tax the system allows making a two stage payment. But of course, depending upon your personal circumstances maybe P&H will advise that a rebate is due and they will claim your tax refund.” Another benefit of letting the professionals handle it is not having to attend a tax office in person which can be very stressful given everyone in Spain is going through the process at the same time. Pellicer & Heredia’s tax experts can help you to ensure that you pay the correct amounts of tax and benefit from any applicable allowances etc. All TIM readers can also benefit from their expert knowledge along with all Pellicer & Heredia’s other legal services, which are available at preferential rates for TIM readers. Book your free consultation now, see their main advert on the front cover for contact details of your local office. Watch out for a future announcement regarding a new office opening soon. Please don’t risk either ignoring or taking poor advice on your tax affairs. The Spanish tax office is now anxious to claim every Euro to which they are entitled and have been checking the land registry and other sources to determine who is liable for tax.

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The Future? “Maybe”!! Hello and welcome to the April motoring section. This month I thought that I’d do something a little different.

by Julian Ashington

Will this be the next big thing? Well, Tata Motors of India seem to think it will. How and What will the Oil Companies do to stop it? This is an auto engine that runs solely on air. That’s right; air not gas or diesel or electric but just the air around us. Take a look. Tata Motors of India has scheduled the Air Car to hit Indian streets by no later than August 2012 The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. For Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air to push its engine’s pistons and make the car go. The Air Car, called the “Mini CAT” could cost around 365,75rupees in India or 6.2309 euros The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air. A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car. One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device that is fitted on the car. Which are not many. The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or indeed a loss of power. There are no keys for the air car, just an access card which can and will be read by the car from your pocket. According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100 KM, that’s about a tenth of the cost of a car running on gas and it won’t effect the air we breath. It’s mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists. The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels. Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors. A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees and the car will be ready to go another 300 . This car can also be filled at home with it’s on board compressor. It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep. Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 litre of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles Due to its total simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car. This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true. We’ll soon see in August. 2012. Till next month happy and safe motoring.


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TIM Magazine™ same thing happened at Christmas time in the UK, where, in exchange for nine quid I immediately began looking forward to reading my copy of “How To Land An A330 Airbus and other vital skills for the Modern Man” Apart from the odd choice of font, it was really good too, especially the chapter on helping your wife deliver premature twins in an emergency. Friends tell me they wouldn’t be without their Kindle now they’ve got one and I grudgingly concede that perhaps, only perhaps mind, ownership may have a couple of advantages. Moving house immediately springs to mind because in my world that task is made even more onerous than usual by the quantity of cardboard boxes full of my reading material. Invariably, I’ll put my back out humping them on and off the van or, and this has happened, the bottom of one will give way and deposit its precious contents onto the pavement. Speaking generally, each of my most recent changes of dwelling have involved at least two more boxes than the previous time because of the amount of new stuff I’ve thoughtfully acquired. (See previous paragraph). With a piece of technology the size of a largish hardback you’d have none of that old malarkey I s’pose. My 22 year old niece makes regular and lengthy journeys to and from University, trips that previously used to mean lumping around a fairly hefty ruck-sack, a bag made so by the addition of at least four weighty tomes. Nowadays, and

I like reading, I like reading a lot in fact and that’s quite probably the reason why I like writing, although I´m far less good at that. It might only be a newspaper with my breakfast or over a coffee but reading is an activity I feel the need to do at least a couple of times a day. Bed time, (or the bog), without squinting at some print just doesn’t feel right because all too often books are so much more interesting than the television. As time and technology march on, trampling everything under foot, I have this nagging feeling the humble paperback may end up going the same way as letters, which were last seen floating gently downstream into the annals of history having been replaced forever by email. Do read on and allow me to explain. Last weekend I was mooching through a large, specialist department store – the big red one where the staff are neither knowledgeable nor helpful – looking for a new laptop, when I came across some electronic book readers, bleedin’ hundreds of them actually. Beforehand, I was well aware of the one pioneered by that website with the same name as a South American river, but now it seems everyone is at it. I think I counted twenty five different types most of which were pretty expensive too, quite a surprise that, given they were probably all made in a sweat shop in Guangdong province. It’s obviously horses for courses and these gadgets clearly have their own dedicated fanbase, personally I scroll through enough screens already without feeling the need for one more. I can’t think of a better shop to spend time browsing in than a bookstore, quite a few even have comfortable chairs and a franchised cafeteria attached because the owners understand how important the experience is to their customers. I rarely walk into one knowing what I am going to buy and that’s half the fun. I left one last week fourteen euros lighter and clutching “The Last British Bullfighter” a book I didn’t know even existed but one I just had to have once I picked it up. The 12

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thanks to the benevolence of Father Christmas, her car and train rides to Stoke and all points north are considerably easier. Except, of course, when the damn battery dies. I’ve already gone into detail about my favourite shop on the high street but to further illustrate what I meant, it just wouldn’t feel the same to me pointing a wireless gizmo at the internet router to download new purchases. A cursory glance at the web for the purpose of these words offered up a choice of forty five sites from which to acquire Charles Dickens or Agatha Christie for 99 of those English pennies, and that was before checking out the ubiquitous iTunes. I’ve spent years and years fine tuning my one handed book reading technique, it’s simple isn’t it? You stick your thumb and little finger either side of the middle on the inside and then spread your remaining fingers out behind, either side of the spine. It works every time. I was also wondering about those times when, usually late at night, tiredness creeps up on you and the eyes get heavier and heavier before you drop your book and fall asleep with the light still on. When you do that with those new fangled e-reader thingies, do they break? Hardback books are a little more difficult because being a bit bigger, they’re slightly heavier too and a tad more cumbersome, as are those hardback sized paperback efforts you get at the airport that I’ve never really understood the point of. Take the Spanish summer for example - and I wish somebody would actually make it a little shorter and a bit less hot - where better to enjoy a good read than the beach? The manufacturers of electronic readers would have you believe that one of the unique selling points of their sexy gadget is the anti-glare screen. Well, whoopy doo! Apologies for

sounding churlish, but I can’t remember the last time that was a problem whilst reading a book in the sun; come to think of it, there hasn’t even been a first time either. While I’m at it, ever had a software problem with your John Grisham? Nope, me neither. Anyway, back to the beach. What do you reckon might be the more attractive target for an opportunist passing thief, your well thumbed paperback or that shiny, spangly e-reader? What should you do then, take it in the water with you? I don’t want to get too technical because this is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek piece, albeit one with a not very subliminal message, but another quick look on the internet, Wikipedia this time, revealed twenty nine different e-book formats. Think on that for a moment while I just add that in my Mum’s attic I still have a load of Beta-Max video’s I couldn’t play anywhere for ages because within a couple of years VHS had battered all the competition into submission. Apparently, EPUB, (which sounds like an absolutely splendid idea to me), is presently the most popular e-book format and the one most likely to dominate the market in the years to come. Even the popular reader with a name which sounds like a childrens chocolate egg with a toy inside could become obsolete if it doesn’t adopt the standard. You never know you know!! The late Mrs. Blyton, had she still been alive, might well be aghast at what is perceived to be progress, but, truth be told, I guess it’s the 21st century and people don’t even call their kids Dick or Georgina, far less drink ginger pop, anymore! Having said that, words have been printed onto paper since the time of William Caxton and I just wish “progress” would bugger off and leave books well alone.

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THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ We would like to apologise for cancelling our Treasure Hunt and Casino night. Joan, who has always been the driving force behind Sonrisa, has returned to the UK to attend to personal business. With the earlier departure of Judy & Clive and Wendy to and froing to support her family through Sienna’s illness, we no longer have the resources to do our events proper justice. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years. We believe we have achieved what was Joan’s original objective, for everyone, ourselves included, to have a really good time at our events, with the knock on effect of raising modest sums for worthy causes. We will however continue our activities on a more modest scale. Folks will be pleased to hear that Sienna is now back home from hospital and we will keep “Strolling for Sienna” from Bar Rocas in Nieves at 10:30a.m. Fridays. We would love more people to join us. Also John will continue his sports sweeps and our collection boxes are still out & about. We are uncertain how Sonrisa might evolve but, when needed, will keep folks updated via TIM.

On Friday 24th Febuary the official opening of the community centre in La Romana took place, the centre will be run by the Charity Amigos de La Romana. The charity, founded by British resident Alan Cook, stems from a need Mr Cook saw for the British community to have somewhere to go for up to date information, as well as a means of raising funds to help the most vulnerable members of the community. Mr Cook has worked closely with the town hall to set this project up, at all times seeing the charity as a way to encourage integration between the 17% of the population which is British, and the rest of the town, which is mainly Spanish. The town hall has provided the building for the community centre and the Mayor, Manuel Hernández Riquelme, also attended the opening. Amigos de La Romana is also working actively with other charities such as MABS, RBL and ACASA to offer even greater level of support to those in need or distress. Most of the fundraising will be done through a charity shop, which is within the community centre. After attending the event, the Consul said “I was very impressed by the way Amigos de la Romana has set up a central hub in the village where residents of all nationalities can get information and welfare support. The fact that it is run by both Spanish and British volunteers is a superb sign of integration and I welcome initiatives from both Amigos de la Romana and the Town Hall to set up language interchange sessions in the near future. The fact that Amigos de la Romana have asked for help from other charities in the area such as MABS, RBL and ACASA is a very sensible move to offer the very best support to those in need.” Alan Cook, the president of Amigos de LA Romana thanked everyone who attended the official opening of the new centre. He said ‘We feel privileged that Paul Rodwell found the time in his busy schedule to officially open our centre together with the Mayor. The support from major charities who attended was overwhelming which tells us that this type of charity in Spain is desperately needed. Residents of La Romana can visit the new community centre at Calle Mayor 47, 03669, La Romana, Alicante.

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Semana Santa

by Julian Flint

Semana Santa or Holy Week is a solemn religious festival held each year in Spain. The dates however vary from year to year , so if you are planning to see these colourful and unique processions it is advisable that you check the local press or Ayuntimento web sites for more information and local parade times to your area. Processions are held across all of Spain, and each city has its own unique Holy Week celebrations. If you fancy a journey, to see this festival, I suggest you take a visit to Seville during Semana Santa. As this experience will suerely leave you in awe. Practically defined by its stunning processions, each procession typically will have two or more beautifully adorned floats, one with the Virgin and the other a scene from Christ’s Passion. You have to admire the lavish decoration on these creations as they slowly pass before you accompanied by music of coronets and drums. Underneath each float, you will see up to forty men, called costaleros, these men carry the float on their shoulders and by doing so control the swaying motion of the float. The costeleros practice so much during the year and are so syncronised with each other that the religious figures on these floats look almost as if they were walking in step with the music. The seemingly endless rows of nazarenos, or penitents, who walk along with the floats many of them walking barefoot, which is impressive in itself as some of the processions can last up to 14 hours! One does have to be careful not to be thrown by the resemblance between the pointy hoods and long robes of the nazarenos and those of the Ku Klux Klan; it’s coincidental and completely unrelated. Don’t be surprised to see how nicely the people dress to watch the processions, especially during the second half of the Semana Santa week. Women often dress to the nines while many men brave the sun in full suits. Of course not everybody dresses up so much, but basically if you want to fit in watching the processions, do not turn up wearing the teeshirt that you have just being wearing to clean the car in. As with many cultural celebrations, Spain’s elaborate Semana Santa was for many centuries a work-in-progress. The starting point for its extensive history is clearly the death of Christ, from which it takes its subject, however the celebration that you see today is the result of centuries of evolution. A significant point in Semana Santa’s history was 1521, when the Marqués de Tarifa returned to Spain from the Holy Land. After his journey, he institutionalized the Vía Crucis (Stations of the Cross) in Spain and from that moment on, this holy event was celebrated with a procession. Over time, the observance of the Vía Crucis eventually broke up into the various scenes of the Passion, with the incorporation of portable crosses and altars. This would eventually lead to today’s elaborate processions. Check out any map of Semana Santa routes and you will see the Carrera Oficial, or official route, clearly marked. This original route, while it has evolved since around 1604, continues to serve as the backbone for the present route. The final major step took place in the 17th century, when Seville’s various cofradías (brotherhoods) began dividing and organizing themselves into what they are today. 16

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JAGUARS PREDATORS & Purrrrrrfect Weather.

Written by Eric Arnold

The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club is the largest of the worlds Jaguar Clubs, apart from the fun at the meetings, members also benefit from a monthly magazine, and a technical advice service second to none. Special insurance deals and approved service centres are also part of the benefits. The JEC in Spain is organised by Eric Arnold who can be contacted by email or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out the JEC web site or come along to our next meeting and have a chat, contact Eric by email to register your interest.

We are so fortunate here in Spain to be blessed with beautiful weather most of the time, even in early March when most of the rest of Europe is still gripped in the icy talons of a Northern hemisphere winter. Clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine greeted the members of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club for the fifth meeting in Spain which took place on Sunday 11th March 2012 at Restaurant Los Almendros in Torrellano, near Alicante Airport. I wish to thank all those that attended the meeting. This month I knew the numbers would be down slightly as we have a number of members either on holiday or back in the UK for whatever reason, even my wife was in the UK visiting the grandchildren. Then on top of that, perhaps it was winter viruses or just “Murphy’s Law” but we were plagued with 7 cancellations at the last minute, poorly members and poorly cars and one member had a water leak in his house. Even so we still managed 22 beautiful Jaguars and 48 people. Again we had a few new people turn up to have a chat and I hope we will see them in the future. Even with just 22 cars all lined up and glistening in the sun, it really was a sight to behold and it attracted quite a few ordinary members of the public admiring the cars and taking pictures. The old regulars were there as usual, a fabulous red Jaguar XK120 drophead and some good examples of XK’s and XKR’s. An immaculate red XK140 fixed head coupe that still has an immaculate set of the original Jaguar luggage, shaped to fit the boot space perfectly. For this luggage to survive in such good condition for over fifty years is amazing, I have never seen a set before and my guess is that they are as rare as a beard on a new born baby. One member has just become the proud owner of a red 2009 XK convertible which was just beautiful. A number of E type’s graced the ranks, a new Jaguar XF saloon and a number of XJ’s in various models and of course “The Guvnors” XK8 Convertible. XJS’s, more XK8’s, and a number of S Types completed the line up this time. No quizzes or competitions this time as my wife and I only returned from a vacation a couple of weeks ago, however Mr Chris Fox gave a short talk about how he acquired his fabulous XK120 and the trials and tribulations he has been through in Spain trying to get it registered. May I take this opportunity to thank those members who dropped a “few sheckles” in the donation box towards club funds. Restaurant Los Almendros continues to look after us and again for just 18 Euros’ the lunch was exceptional, the famous Los Almendros bread with tomato and aioli, a plate of cured hams and salami, dish of baby squid individually stuffed with a light potato and cheese purée served in a creamy sauce, a diced pork and peppers dish with a fabulous intense jus. The main course was a choice on slow roast lamb, sword fish or paella. Followed by an assorted plate of desserts. Wine, water, beers and beautiful aromatic coffee. Just fabulous food at an amazing price. It is worth coming to the meetings just for the lunch alone! After the group photographs and a last chat, people started to depart just after 4:30pm and it was still warm enough to travel home with the top down. I also have to thank Ian & Uschi McMenemy and Bob Clements 22

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1 Hanky-panky (4,3,6) 8 Wickedness (4) 9 Sponger (8) 10 Embarrassing — Vienna blue (anag) (10) 12 Draw back (6) 14 Artillery piece (6) 15 Urticaria (6,4) 19 Chemical used as poison gas and water supply disinfectant (8) 20 Seductress (4) 21 Give away secrets (5,3,5)

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FRENCH FRIES By John McGregor ‘Gee, d’ya think they do French Fries here, honey? I’m kinda peckish right now.’ ‘Herman, you’re always peckish for French Fries, any time...’ I had to smile to myself. I couldn’t see the speakers from my view in the little café part of the ‘Cake & Bake’ snack bar we were in, but as I had just returned from my holiday in the United States, Americans, their accents and the way they behaved was uppermost in my mind. I was in Windsor, my first week back to work, and was having a coffee in the late morning before my noon appointment down the road. I love the town and its quintessential ‘Englishness’, and of course the place is a Mecca for tourism: tailor-made for curious – and perhaps hungry – Americans. But England is not America – and vice-versa. On my holiday in the USA I had witnessed amazing differences in consumer attitudes. In an hotel in Florida I was having a coke in the coffee shop one morning when I saw a sign near the checkout which read ‘If you require food to go, please wait in line here, and you will be served immediately. Yes, I thought, that’s a good idea. I was going on a coach journey, so a few sandwiches wouldn’t go amiss. I drained my glass and stood

‘waiting in line’ – American-speak for queueing - although I was the only one there. As luck would have it, within a very short space of time, I was joined by a woman of about thirty, immaculately dressed in white matching shorts and tee shirt. Her short, bobbed, jet-black hair was severely cut and her make-up perfect: in fact everything was just so. Two minutes later, with little happening we were joined by another lady, this one larger, more comfortable, more middle-aged, and definitely less prim than her immaculate younger companion. Little Miss Perfect was ‘up for it’ as the saying goes. She stood there, drumming her fingers on the counter of the formicacovered serving hatch. With still nothing happening, in a cutting, high-pitched screechy voice, using little gaps to ram home her message to anyone who was unfortunate enough to be in earshot. she suddenly loudly announced: ‘I - come – from – Wisc – ons - in. And – where – I – come - from (pause for dramatic effect) – I – AM – NOT – USED – TO – BEING – KEPT – WAITING! Phew, I thought, no shades of grey there, then. I’m glad I’m not married to you... Unfortunately for him, just then a pimply teenager nervously appeared behind the servery, and she let him have it with both barrels. The fact that I was first ‘in line’ made no difference. On behalf of Queuer’s Anonymous throughout the world she set the matter right. For what seemed like five full-on minutes starchy-knickers let him know exactly what she thought of the service until she paused for breath at last. He sadly turned to me, took my order which was ready in three minutes flat and I left with the words of another tirade of dissatisfaction about slipping standards from Wisconsin’s Worldchamp Winger ringing in my ears as I hurriedly disappeared. Back in Windsor, I could hear Hungry Herman, the unseen ditherer preparing his request. Is it only older Americans today that remain unfailingly polite? ‘Erm... excuse me please Miss,’ I heard him start. ‘Could I have some French Fries with my sandwich?’ Both he and I were totally unprepared for the stinging riposte that came back like a fast return of serve from down the road at Wimbledon. The accent was definitely more ‘friendly bombs on Slough’ than the Queen’s Windsor- like English, and I may not have got it absolutely verbatim, but it went something like: ‘It’s-five-past-eleven-and-we-don’t-start-servinghot-food-‘til-twelve-the sign’s-clearly-over-thereon-the-wall-and-in-any-case-we-don’t-do-chipswe-‘aven’t-got-a-deep-frier-the-only-‘ot-food-wedo-is-pies-pasties-‘n-sausage-rolls-but-we-won’t-beswitching-the-‘eater-on-for-‘alf-an-‘our-so-if-youdon’t-want-anything-else-that’ll-be-sixteen-poundforty-seven-for-yer-coffees-and-sandwiches.’ There was a pause. ‘Sure,’ said Herman sadly. ‘I guess I won’t have any French fries then.’


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Sebastian Faulks has recently appeared in his own BBC program and had his book ‘Birdsong’ a World War 1 novel, dramatised for television. He has worked in Fleet Street and has published 14 books. In Engleby, taken from the name of the main character, we have a book written in first person narrative style, with direct comments to the reader. You will end up being caught in a moral dilemma whether to befriend Mike (the narrator) or maybe you will decide to loathe him. But before that point you will be trying to make a big decision - did he or didn’t he? Well there are not many laughs (any?) but it is thought provoking, well written and rather different.



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ONE DAY By David Nicholls David Nicholls is an actor turned writer. He has cleverly called on his life experiences to write his novels including ‘Starter for Ten’ a very humorous book about a university student ending up in his uni’s team on the TV programme University Challenge. Using his acting career knowledge he then wrote ‘Understudy’ another humorous book, set in the world of acting. His latest is ‘One Day’ in which he develops two main characters, Dexter born privileged, good looking and always on the look-out for a good time and Emma who has to struggle with her working class background to become acceptable in Dexter’s world. The story of their ongoing saga from university graduation is told in a sequence of events which take place each St. Swithin’s Day as over a period of years their on-off romance rather belatedly takes a final twist. I suppose you could say it’s a love story set during the changing social and political background of late 20th century UK. I gasped out loud as events unfolded that kept me turning the pages until the final one. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable, but be prepared for the ending.

I have not read many spy novels but enjoyed the BBC series ‘Spooks’. Upon seeing an interview with John Le Carre I was immediately hooked and when a copy of ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ appeared in the house it was grabbed by me. I will give you just a flavour of the story but suffice to say that the writing was magnificent and his description of people superb. They contained just enough detail to evoke the imagination to put you in there with the characters and then, to take you right to the scene being depicted. It is set in the Caribbean island of Antigua with alternate scenes fast forwarded to London with Britain’s Intelligence Service serving up more intrigue. Here, attention is required as the book does ‘hop about a bit’. Towards the end of the book, there is a part of it set in Paris and also in a small Alpine resort. This is an up-to-date story of criminality, bodyguards, death and intrigue far removed from the era of The Cold War in which some of his earlier novels had been set. However, Russia still featured heavily. Love and affection are included but only enough to add that extra dimension to this story. I say, that it is a must read and the super sleuths among you can form your own opinion of how you thought it would end. Please, enjoy the work of a master wordsmith. All books reviewed are available from good bookshops and a variety of online book sellers both new and sometimes second hand. Some are available as eBooks which can be read on many other devices including a PC or Laptop as well as a Kindle.

SATURDAY By Ian McEwan Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker prize six times, winning the prize for ‘Amsterdam’ in 1998 and has published 19 books to date. Frequently he uses a heavy style with rather slow moving action but wonderfully well described making full use of the English language. If you are looking for fast thrills maybe pass McEwan by. In Saturday the whole book is set on one day as seemingly innocuous events unfold but the day does gather momentum and incident. It is insightful and raises questions. His writing is a bit like Marmite you will either love or hate it, but you have to try it before you can make up your mind. 30

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Although refined white sugar is delicious, and comes in many irresistible forms-it is just like a drug in the fact that it is highly addictive and leaves you feeling horrible afterwards. It gives us temporary pleasure and then it racks up the charges as our bodies pay the price. In nutritional terms, refined sugar contributes precisely nothing that the body needs. When we eat or crave sugar it causes our blood sugar levels to rise super quick. We initially like that little buzz we get but an hour later we are more tiered than before and crave more sugar to lift us. Its a cycle. Over time our body looses its ability to make insulin (the chemical that breaks down sugar protein’ it then that type 2 diabetes can begin if changes to your diet are not made. With the obesity and diabetic levels at an all time high here are a few suggestions for sugar substitutes that you could try. Fear not sweet tooth! There are plenty of wonderful sugar substitutes. I’ve listed the best of them below. Agave Syrup – made from leaf extract of the Agave cactus plant gown in Mexico mainly. Forms a sweet sticky syrup that has a low GI level. Its now widely available in all health shops. Stevia – 50 times sweeter than sugar, no calories, no glycemic index, completely natural, widely used throughout Europe, Japan and South America. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t! It’s wonderful to sweeten tea and coffee and I use it in my high protein smoothie every morning! Stevia as a sugar substitute can be a bit tricky in baking because it is essentially a liquid and doesn’t add volume, but there are several wonderful cookbooks devoted to the art of baking with stevia. Succanat or Turbinado – this is a great brown sugar substitute. It is made by pressing the juice out of the sugar cane plant and then dehydrating it. This means it still contains the molasses and minerals that give brown sugar its richer taste. Sucanat is technically not raw because it is generally dehydrated at temperatures above 115°, however it is certainly a great substitute in baking. I use it in my vegan brownies.

You might think that its worst offense is that it causes us to pack on the pounds, but that is just the beginning of its evils. Sugar attacks the immune system and causes the pancreas to shoot insulin in huge amounts into the bloodstream. Over time this continuous overtaxing of the pancreas causes it to overload completely, resulting in diabetes - a disease which, at this point, is becoming a national epidemic. And chemical sweeteners are no better! Check out these unsavory facts: Sucralose, the main ingredient in Splenda, is sugar bonded with chlorine - you know, the stuff that’s in bleach! Saccharin, a.k.a. Sweet ‘n Low, is made from coal tar - eeww! Aspartame, mostly marketed as Nutrasweet, is without question one of the most dangerous substances that has ever been inflicted on the unsuspecting American public. Aspartame, when ingested, converts to formaldehyde, the chemical used for embalming corpses. Enough said. If you find you really cant give up all sugar then try and opt for the following natural types. These are raw cane sugar, brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, molasses, and blackstrap molasses. While the each natural sugar substitute listed above is much, much better than refined white sugar, it is always best to use any sweetener in moderation. If you can’t do moderation right now, try easing yourself down gradually. It takes a little time, but you really can get your tastebuds to adjust. When they do, you’ll find that you are able to enjoy some of the more subtle flavours in these natural sweeteners and in all foods. Good Luck!

Rapadura – This is the most raw form of sugar available and is considered acceptable by many raw food chefs. It looks and tastes much like Sucanat. Rapadura can be substituted 1:1 for sugar in baking, but it’s much better used in raw desserts. Be prepared - the taste and texture will be different, but most people prefer this! Maple Syrup or Maple Sugar – Although it is wellknown as a natural sugar substitute, it’s not as well known that grade B is better to use if you can find it, because the minerals are still in it. Date Sugar – a great natural sugar substitute made from ground up dehydrated dates, so it still contains all the minerals and fiber of the fruit. This form of sugar is also commonly used in raw food preparation. It is not good in drinks because it doesn’t dissolve well, but it works very well in baked goods. Okay, here’s the gross-out - part of the white sugar refining process includes running it through filters made of charred animal bones - YUCK!

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“ Get on yer bike.” Monthly cycling tips / advice and routes. by Gary and Lynn “Cyclogical” Quesada. Cycle Route 19: Quesada to the village at La Marina. This is a lovely, relatively short route with some really good views. Leave Quesada and head for Benijofar, turn right at the traffic lights (cobbled area) and follow the road to the next roundabout follow it round to the left as if heading for Rojales. At the next roundabout turn left, over the bridge, straight on at the next roundabout and then just follow the signs for San Fulgencio / Elche. At San Fulgencio continue heading towards Elche. You will cross a canal where you will see the signs for La Marina Urb. carry straight on passed the entrance to the Urb. and then take the second road on the right-this is a more picturesque route. It is a quiet unmarked road, approx 6kms, with some breathtaking views and it also feels like real Spain, you will pass an old house / church type building which looks like something straight out of a John Wayne movie (we call it the Alamo). You eventually come to a junction where the road joins the CV853 from Elche. Turn right at this junction and just follow the road, about 3kms, until you come to another roundabout just under the N332. You will see the signs for La Marina. Follow them right into the village where again you are spoilt for choice of places to stop for refreshments. For your return journey, continue through the village where you will pick up the N332 that you need to be on for about 2kms. Just past Iceland/Lidl you will see a road that heads all the way to La Marina Urb. and eventually rejoins the road you started on, or you can stay on the N332 for a little longer until you come to a canal, turn right here and follow it back to the same road or just carry on up the N332. There are 4 or 5 different routes back including picking up the Rio Segura cycle track which you can follow all the way back to Rojales and beyond. Alternatively, you can go into Guardamar and return via the canal road all the way to Dona Pepa. Good Luck and enjoy. Total Cycling time: 3 Hours Total Distance: Approx 40 Kms. Summary: Lovely flat route with great views however had to use the main roads a couple of times. All Routes are now available from our website: Gary and Lynn are available at Cyclogical in Quesada, Monday to Friday9-30am till 5-30pm and from 10am till 2pm on Saturdays to assist and advise you on all your cycling requirements, including route maps


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Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta, and Pine Nuts PREPARATION 1. Preheat oven to 400°. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; add asparagus to pan during last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain. Sprinkle pasta mixture with garlic; return to pan, and


toss well.

8 ounces uncooked

2 tablespoons fresh

cavatappi pasta

lemon juice

1 pound asparagus

2 teaspoons extra-

occasionally. Place in a small bowl.

trimmed and cut

virgin olive oil

4. Increase oven temperature to 475°.

diagonally into 1 1/2-

1/2 teaspoon salt

inch pieces

1/4 teaspoon freshly

1 teaspoon minced

ground black pepper

or until crisp.


1/4 cup (1

6. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with

3 tablespoons pine

ounce) crumbled



2 ounces diced

Reggiano cheese

3. Arrange pine nuts in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 3 minutes or until golden and fragrant, stirring

5. Arrange pancetta on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 475° for 6 minutes

a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts, pancetta, and cheese.


Note: Pine nuts are particularly delicious in this dish, but walnuts would also be tasty.


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How do you eat yours? by Victoria A Navin


hey are blown, rolled, painted, dyed and moulded from chocolate. On Sunday 8th April millions of people worldwide will be tearing open the brightly coloured foil wrappings of their Easter eggs. But just how did the humble egg become the universal symbol of Easter? The Christians adopted the egg as part of their Easter festival to represent the ‘resurrection’ or re-birth of Christ after his crucifi xion, however the symbolism of the egg dates back much further to the pagan rituals practised at Spring. To the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Persians, the egg was a symbol of new life. Historical records indicate that eggs were dyed, exchanged and eaten at Spring festivals in honour of the goddess who rose from her winter sleep to fi ll the earth with glorious new life. In Europe, goose, duck or hen eggs were decorated using charcoal and vegetable dye. Towards the end of the 17th century egg shaped toys were given to children. By the 18th century people bought pasteboard or papiermâché eggs in which they placed small gifts. The affl uent exchanged porcelain Easter eggs which varied in size and were available smooth for painting or decorated. By the 19th century the fashion was for cardboard eggs covered with silk, satin, lace or velvet and fastened with ribbon. The fi rst chocolate Easter eggs were solid and appeared in Germany in the early


1800’s. Their popularity soon spread to the rest of Europe and the hollow egg was born. Its popularity boomed as the developments in the chocolate making process and mass manufacturing improved. The ultimate Easter gift of the time was a jewel encrusted Faberge Egg made by French jeweller, Carl Faberge. During the Christian period there were many myths and superstitions surrounding eggs. It was believed that if an egg that was laid on Good Friday and was kept for one hundred years its yolk would turn into diamond. Good Friday eggs cooked and eaten at Easter were thought to promote the fertility of the trees and crops and protect against sudden deaths. Finding a double yolk in an Easter egg denoted forthcoming wealth. The world’s largest Easter Egg is in Canada and was made by Belgian chocolate producer Guylian in 1996. The egg was made using over 50.000 bars (1950kg of chocolate) on behalf of the city of St. Niklaas. Twenty-six craftsmen worked for 525 hours to build the egg. Bad news for chocoholics though, Alderman Urbain Vercauteren of the city of St. Niklaas said the egg wasn’t meant to be eaten. “After a week outside in all weather conditions, I don’t think it would taste very good” he said.

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The Company The Company has done it again! Another resoundingly successful performance. The curtains closed to a standing ovation. ‘Wife After Death’ was The Company’s first play this year. A difficult play as some of the actors were on stage for the whole play. It was a play that really stretched the performers. The success of the play was due to some superb interpretations of the characters and very talented acting. It was a very different play from the usual murder mysteries and comedies performed over the last few years. The company will strive to find new and interesting plays to perform to a growing audience. We hope to see you all in June. The Company has a strong team and every member is a valued member of the group. We are always looking for new members that will enable The Company to perform larger productions. If you are interested in joining please come along Monday evening at 7pm. Without the Little Theatre it would be impossible to put on the performances. We would like to thank Paul for his continued support.


Fortuna Walkers The group is now well established, with six leaders, a secretary and shortly a web site. We have had numbers in the twenties for walks and several nationalities but no Spanish. Publicity is difficult and will be improved. Walks are free and taken at a steady pace After the April and May programme there will be a break till recommencing in October. We may have a social programme in the summer; beach, pool parties, evening stroll with meal and the like. Contact 66938 6680 or 86 7028022 APRIL PROGRAMME-ANDANDO FORTUNA WALKERS, all walks start at 10.00 Sunday 1st “Wet Chicamo” Leader Jap.2hrs.Meet and leave from end of road from Casle Bar at 9.25 [MU 7A-Abanilla] 2car 2hr walk. The most exciting walk but wet feet. 8AP “Fortuna Circuit” Leader John Weatherall.2hrs.Meet and leave as above [MU 7A] at 9.35 15AP”Fuente Blanca Circuit” Leader Tim Brooksbank.21/2hrs. Meet church,Fuente Blanca [road from Garapacha] or convoy from Gymnasium leaving at 9.30. 22AP “El Rellano Circuit” Leader Colin Meet centre of Rellano play area or convoy from Gymnasium Fortuna leaving at 9.30. 29AP “El Trote Circuit” Leader Sarah and John.Meet Art Centre or convoy from Gymnasium Fortuna leaving at 9.45

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Three frien ds married women fro m differen t parts of world..... the The first m an married a Filipino. He told her do the dish that she wa es and hou s to se cleaning . It took a co uple of days , but on the see a clean third day, h house and e came hom dishes wash e to ed and put away. The second man marrie d a Thai. H she was to e gave his w do all the cl ife orders th eaning, dis at hes and the cooking. The first da y he didn’t see any resu lts, but the next day he it was bette saw r. By the thir d day, he sa done, and th w his house was clea n, the dishes ere was a h uge dinner were o n the table. The third m an married a girl from her to keep Birmingha the house m. He order cleaned, dis laundry wa ed hes washed shed, and h , lawn mow ot meals on ed, the table fo r every mea He said the l. first day he didn’t see a didn’t see a nything, th nything bu e second da t by the thir had gone d y he d day, some own and h of the swel e co and his arm uld see a li li ng ttle out of was healed his left eye enough tha t he could sandwich a fix himself nd load the a dishwasher

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March 21st - April 20th

Aries Loved ones can come forward to help you with a big job. Surprisingly, turning this project into a group endeavour proves quite enjoyable. It’s fun to match responsibilities to everyone’s various strengths and while you could probably execute this job faster than most of your helpers, it’s nice to know you have the support of your nearest and dearest. Take everybody out for pizza to celebrate afterwards. You have to keep this good energy flowing.

Leo Realising your ideals will be your greatest challenge in the days ahead. You have more than a few causes that are close to your heart. Luckily, you’ll have ample opportunity to advance these missions in the next twelve months. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to become the leader of a respected organisation. An incredible amount of people will be making their way into your life, widening your horizons and improving your outlook. There is power in numbers for you.

Sagittarius If you haven’t been happy with your job, there’s good news. There will soon be several opportunities to get a position that’s lots of fun. Expanding your skills is a good strategy for finding your dream position. Improving your diet is another possibility over the next twelve months. Be careful that you don’t get too much of a good thing or you could put on weight. Finding an enjoyable form of exercise will keep you trim and attractive.


Taurus Satisfying your creative urge becomes primary. You’ve been blessed with all sorts of artistic abilities. Sometimes the demands of work and family can cause you to push these gifts aside for the sake of more ‘important’ duties. Don’t make that mistake now. If necessary, cancel appointments and ask for deadline extensions, then use your free time to paint, write, compose, or do anything else your imagination desires. Such activities will make you better equipped to handle stress.




Working around your house proves surprisingly pleasant. If you’ve never tried your hand at gardening or decorating, now is the time to try. You will find domestic activities to be wonderfully grounding. Trying to be nice to a nasty relative could be a mistake. The more you try to engage this relative, the less they will respect you. This sounds a little odd, but some people are just that contrary. See what happens when you start acting aloof. You’ll be amazed!



Your natural charisma is evident to everybody, allowing you to enter spheres that were previously closed to you. Someone you’ve always admired could express romantic interest in you, which is really flattering. Whether or not the two of you would make a good couple is another story. Still, it’s nice to know your charms can hook such an attractive fish. Earning royalties from a piece of creative work could give you the cash for a glamorous purchase. You deserve it!

A desire to retreat to a shady, secure place will be irresistible. Indulging your sensual side can involve anything from spending the afternoon in bed to preparing a sumptuous seven course meal. There’s almost something defiant about the way you treat yourself to such pleasures. Perhaps it’s because you see the real world as crass and coarse. That doesn’t have to be the case. Work to integrate enjoyment into your daily life, like keeping fresh flowers on your desk.



Distant shores are beckoning, and will continue to do so for the near future. If you’re looking for employment or thinking about going to university, investigate overseas opportunities. Amazing doors could open as a result. Learning a foreign language could also be quite lucky for you, helping you earn more money and lead a life of greater independence. Ultimately, you’re being asked to expand your consciousness. Are you up to the challenge? Signs point to yes.

A romance is hotting up and the effects are positively thrilling. You have a sexy glow that is impossible to ignore. Don’t be surprised if you get compliments on your appearance from both friends and strangers. It’s wonderful to have met someone who shares your appreciation for art and natural beauty. If you’re already in a relationship, this is a great time to take a short trip with your beloved. A change of scenery will fuel your passion for each other.

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Developing your own interests can actually improve your relationship status. If you’re single, you could meet someone special while pursuing a favourite hobby. If you already have a partner, you’ll evolve in a healthy way that supports your relationship. Resist the urge to stay home all the time. Force yourself to go to a party, even if you’d rather relax in bed. You’ll enjoy some stimulating conversation, and realise you’ve been depriving yourself in this area.

Reforming a legal, cultural, or educational institution is demanding but rewarding. This is a strange stance for you to take, since you’re usually quite intent on preserving tradition. In this case you can’t see any benefit of continuing a time honoured practice. Some of your peers will resent your desire to change, but that’s because they’re afraid of the unknown. Fortunately, you have a bigger and better plan for the future. Keep this goal clearly in mind, and share it with others.

Pisces An uplifting message from a business or romantic partner is like music to your ears. It’s encouraging to hear things are going so well between you. This would be a wonderful opportunity to plan a special surprise for your friend. You always have a knack for finding just the right gift for people. Writing a poem, thank you note, or song is another possibility. Sometimes the best presents can’t be bought at the store. Put your creativity to work.

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The Royal British Legion Pinoso Branch

Registered association no. CV-01-045701-A Would you consider supporting us by becoming a member? Membership starts from April & costs 10 euros a year. You qualify for discount at Crisitina’s vets, Pinoso also at TLACORPS solicitors Albatera. Interested? You will be helping us help needy dogs

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Members and guests of the Pinoso branch of the Royal British Legion in Spain visited the Casa Modernista in Novelda on Friday 24th February. Afterwards they enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the nearby La Herradura restaurant. A full programme of social events is planned for the remainder of 2012, so if you are not already a member then please come along to one of our branch meetings, which are held on the last Tuesday of every month at La Blanca Paloma restaurant just outside Pinoso. You will be made very welcome. For more details, please contact: Ann Booth, Branch Secretary. Email:; Tel: (0034) 686 696 365.

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“I am delighted our bid was successful,” said Ignacio Pellicer, of Pellicer & Heredia Solicitors in their Alicante office during the recent official presentation of Ana Saura Ayen’s stunning painting. The Royal British Legion’s (RBL) fund raising auction had sold the painting to highest bidders P&H. Along with many other lots and activities RBL raised a marvellous total of 134,000 Euros for their Poppy Appeal. Paul Rodwell, British Consul, made the short commute from the Consulate office in the same building to attend and say a few words of congratulation not only to P&H but also to the RBL for all of their hard work, saying the appeal was “an incredible success”. Chris Wyatt, RBL North District Chairman, also thanked P&H for their generosity and was pleased to report that the total amount raised had in fact risen despite the current difficult financial climate. Nigel Hails, RBL Fundraising Officer and Peggy Wyatt RBL District Secretary also represented the RBL for the occasion. Chatting to the RBL representatives I was very interested to learn more about the RBL and the fact that membership is now on a more open basis and their membership now boasts Spanish and German members. Founded in 1921 the RBL celebrated their 90th anniversary last year and have a large organisation in Spain with 20 local branches in our region. Offering comradeship to members as well as social activities and a network of hardworking Poppy Support (Welfare) caseworkers who deliver a service to ex-Service community resident in this area. For full contact details etc see here counties/spain-north/branches


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The HVGS March Stableford at El Plantio was won by the Treasurer, Martin Taylor, who continued to show good form as he romped home to win the Gold Section by 4 points. Dutch members Manny Niessen and Karst Mulder won Silver and Bronze Sections carding 27 and 24 points respectively. A splendid turnout of thirty four golfers arrived at El Plantio Golf in dribs and drabs to prepare for a tee off time slightly earlier than normal. The weather was set fair with members checking their golfbags for suncream and caps as the sun beat down from a blameless blue sky. Even the wind promised to behave itself as the first fourball got underway at 9.30 am. As well as the Stableford Competition three Matchplay Knockout Preliminary Round games were taking place out on the course. Martin Taylor beat John Wilkinson 5 and 4, John Ainscough beat Geoff Rabey 3 and 2, and Jan Hendricks narrowly prevailed over Dave Bratley 2 and 1 to progress to the First Round proper. The remaining Preliminary Round match between David Fellows and Jim Lynch is still to be played. Five hours later the first group returned to the sundrenched terrace in front of the clubhouse and to welcome refreshments provided by a new team of caterers who operated with professional efficiency and who looked very smart in their new brown uniforms. HVGS members mingled with golfers from two other societies who had all contributed to a busy day on the main course and the 9 Hole Par Three Course. Every buggy was in use as we witnessed the rare sight of the Caddymaster, Santiago, dragging trolleys back to the remote trolley park on foot and bereft of his own ubiquitous trolley. Captain Geoff said he was delighted to welcome the society’s guests before congratulating the winners on their performances on a day when, surprisingly, the modest scores did not reflect the ideal conditions out on the course. He thanked the El Plantio management for a splendid day of golf and informed members that later on in the year, in November, the HVGS had booked in for a Captain’s Day Texas Scramble on the 9 Hole with a shotgun start. This will be followed by bocadillas, patatas fritas and refreshments in the Clubhouse before a conventional 18 Hole Stableford on the Main Course to round off the day at El Plantio.


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Martin TAYLOR Gold Winner 14 30 Graham PALMER Gold Runner Up 11 26 Manny NIESSEN Silver Winner 20 27 John AINSCOUGH Silver Runner Up 16 25 Karst MULDER Bronze Winner 24 24 Steve INGERSEN Bronze Runner Up 28 22 Diny VAN BEEK Best Lady Guest 36 27 Fermin BRANA Best Male Guest 20 21 John HUBY Nearest the Pin 9th VOID Nearest the Pin 14th Graham Palmer Nearest the Pin 18th Koos VAN BEEK Longest Drive 4th John AINSCOUGH 2 on the Card Graham PALMER 2 on the Card Arthur LAWTON Green Fee Refund Bernard COX Football Scratchcard Stoke City

Prize Soberano Brandy Case of Beer Soberano Brandy Case of Beer Soberano Brandy Case of Beer Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Sleeve of Balls Sleeve of Balls €40.00 Cash €20.00 Cash

For information on how to join HVGS contact the Secretary, Jim Lynch, on 666 208 416 or email jamesandsue.lynch@ . To reserve your place on the list for the Society Golf Days contact the Captain, Geoff Rabey, on 966 191 763 and 619 577 192 or e-mail him at

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Paul Cunningham Nurses try to be there at the latter stages, free of charge, for any terminally ill patients. Already they have supported many patients and their families. This service needs a constant stream of funds and is supported by many fund raising events.

To help further raise the ongoing monies needed, there are now three Paul Cunningham Nurses charity shops Our team of nurses, carers and fundraisers are dedicated to working tirelessly. Many in the community have taken the Charity into their hearts and give generously, and not just money, as often just a little time can help a lot. Please help us continue helping more people spend their final days with dignity. If you would like to find out what you could do to help or find out more about the fund raising we do, please email: sueinthesun@hotmail. or call 639 318 526. Give a little - help a lot!

CAMPO GOLF SOCIETY The February meeting of the Campo GS was held at Alenda which was in its usual good condition. The day was not without incident as Dave Bratley managed to drive off the 10th into a particularly nasty prickly plant and whilst trying to retrieve his ball managed to cut his arm quite badly. The downside was he didn’t find his ball but pulled out 5 “lost” balls. The moral of the story is - was it worth it for 10 cent balls! Never mind, Dave, you can handle it.



GOLF SALE AT AJ’S IN NIEVES New Complete set of clubs - irons, woods and putter - €139 including bag Secondhand Callaway Drivers and 3 woods - €35 each New 10° Driver with cover - €65 Putters - €18 each Secondhand wedges - €15 each Hats and visors - €6 each Shoe bags- €8 each Golf T-shirts - €8 each Golf balls - box of 3 - €7 each GRAB A BARGAIN WHILST STOCKS LAST

The Society would like to extend their best wishes to those members who, unfortunately, are leaving us to join a golf club and thank them for their support in the past. The round culminated with 2 winners - Bob Berriman coming in Need your clubs regripped or repaired? “Mick the Grip” visits with a creditable 36 points and Richard Wallace with 28 points. AJ’s in Nieves on a regular basis. Please speak to John or Ann N/P’s were:- 5th no winner, 13th Bob Berriman and the16th for further detail - Telephone 965480718. Jan Hendriks. CONTACT BRIAN ON 966 677 852/ 618 834 774 OR BARRY DATES FOR 2012 965 480 716/686 374 717 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES WHATSOEVER 27TH APRIL ALTORREAL - 1ST TEE 10.00am €27.50 inc buggy ALL WELCOME E-mail: • Web site:


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When sending through your items by email, please only send in normal size text. GENERAL Can’t wait to place your stuff in Tim classifieds? You can now place your unwanted items FREE of charge including photo’s, no price limits, from a house to a car or a rental property, place your unwanted stuff to sell! FREE of charge at classifieds, sell it fast sell it today. Now includes Free Personal listings DOUBLE DIVAN BED (no drawers). SEALY Posturepedic Majestic. Excellent condition. €80 Optional, as new, headboard pale pink €18 OR crimson €22. Pinoso 617 787 191 Running a bar/Shop?, for sale, 1000 Assorted/Wrapped greetings cards with potential return of almost 900 Euro if sold @ 1 Euro each. JUST 120 Euro. Tel 615 722 717 Salinas Patio door, white brand new ,unused , 8ft wide x 7ft high,double glazed , fly screen (persiana) cost 700euros, only 300 euros can deliver, Fortuna 633 324 547. Garden bench ( Arbour ) wooden, brand new,B & Q price £200+, asking 125 euros, can deliver, washing machine good working order 60 euros Fortuna area, Tel 633 324 547. 56

Mitusbishi mgk2400 petrol generator like new 200euros, fender front man 100 watt 212 r amp 480 euros, fostex vf160 digital multitrack with built in cd burner brand new with cd burner still in the box cost new with built in cd drive £900 quick sale 500 euros Sax tel 966 181 510 KING SIZE DIVAN BED. (4-drawers). SLUMBERLAND Gold Seal Supreme. Double pocketed posture springing. Excellent condition. €160 Optional, as new, brown padded headboard. €20 Pinoso 617 787 191 MICROWAVE.SHARP Quartz Chef. Combination oven, jet convection and grill. 850 watts. White. W55cms x D41cms x H31cms Good condition, everything works.€35 Pinoso 617 787 19 Motor cycle jacket by Frank Thomas b 52 style size 48, genuine cow hide 50 euros La Muarada 966 779 809 Generator Fujiyama 5.5 kw output, petrol. new, never used, on wheels for easy movement 470 euros Hondon area. Tel. 610 667 706 As new Wheelchair and Zimmer Frame € 200 Or ono. Can sell separate Abanilla area Call 968 684 005

Bone china white/green/gold lovely quality, “grosvenor” Jackson & Gosling 6 dinner plates, 6 medium plates, 6 tea plates 2 vegetable dishes with lids, milkjug, gravy jug, 3cups and 3 saucers, bargain 30 euros, bone china set 6 dinner plates, 6 tea plates, 1 cake plate white gold with flower design “queens messenger” royal albert 20 euros Tel. Fortuna 626 197 587 SOFA BED. ALSTONS Lavenham top quality 3-seater with full size double bed. Beige colour. Hard wearing material. PLUS matching 2-seater settee. All in excellent as new condition, hardly used. RRP €2475 Quick sale €800 Pinoso 617 787 191 For sale IKEA wooden wing type table (Leksvik), retails in IKEA store @ 99 euros and 4 wooden chairs (Kausby) retails in IKEA @ 39.99 euros each chair. All for sale @ 100 euros. Buyer collects Banos de Fortuna area tel 679 587 970 Computer Desk, very good condition 2’ X 1’ with one draw, 2 shelves and a sliding shelf for key board. 15 euros ono. Also a small computer table with 2 shelves excellent condition 5 euros. Could deliver. Tel 649 280 204 La Murada.

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For sale : a large satelite dish with receiver:100 euros in Pinoso. Contact:christel. Water pump and automatic flow regulator Both items are little used vgc. Regulator starts pump when tap opened. 100 euros for both. Castalla 652 293 904 Trek 1.7 Road bike. 450 euros. 54cm. 105 triple groupset. upgraded saddle and tyres. Well maintained bike. View and collect - La Romana. Terry 966 181 444 2 Raleigh folding bikes for sale, brand new, genuine reason for sale, 150 euros for pair ono, Air cooler/heating unit for sale, boxed 30 euros, tel 616 268 675 Yecla Dark Wood Coffee Table with lower shelf, ex condition, 40euros. Blue/Yellow assorted china, over 50 pieces, good condition, 30euros. Hondon, 965 482 144 Philips TV, good working and in good condition - screen 24inch/61cm - with TDT box. Connection fitting and all documentation (manuals) included. 45 euros. Hondón de las Nieves, Tel: 667 230 076. Central Heating Boiler and Radiators, Baxi Combination Heating and Hot Water Boiler,

Costa Blanca Natural or Bottled Gas, as new condition, with flue and extension flue kits, intergrated programmer, 4 unused radiators, 2, 700mm x 800mm, 2, 700mm x 400mm still in wrappers, more used radiators available, cost £1200 new, sell 695euros, can deliver. 963 146 701 or 686 181 995, seller is an ex-Corgi Heating Engineer, so can help and adsvise or install.

cabrio, V6 2.8 for parts only ( no documents )Motorised step 45 cc. G-scooter, 150,-Bigscale radiocontr, airplane, benzine 45 cc engine, compl 450 Also, professional mixing desk, 10 chann, aux ret, and eq. E 200,-Contact via email Hondon

AIRCONDITIONING UNIT, hot and cold, removed by engineer, gwo, still gassed, all fixtures and fittings, no reasonable offer refused. Buyer collects. Call 628 292 747.


FREE TO COLLECTOR 27” colour TV (not flat screen) in excellent working condition. Complete with remote control, Two sets of triple-light ceiling lights. Bronze finished with bayonet cap (push in) light bulbs. In excellent condition. 50 Euros for both, Thomson Sky Box complete with “Free to View” card. 150Euros Terrestrial TV Digital Receiver 20 Euros. Tel: 651 572 942 Aspe area. Nintendo wii bundle..includes console, wiifit, balance board, cover, 2 remotes, 2 numbchucks and 3 games as new 95 euros, PINOSO 968 434 300/617 711 872 2 z beds plus mattress 25 euros, 2 x glass tables 30 euros , washing machine, 3 years old 50 euros plus various furniture, ring for details Hondon 618 845 899 Three compound bows with arrows, Hoyt ultra sport 40/50 lb draw weight 36 axle to axle 100 euros, two x bear genesis truflite solo cam even draw weight 50 euros each Tel 966 56022 or 622 506 742 Hammond ex 800 organ 100 euros, 25 bottle wine rack 20 euros, bosch electric heather humidifier 25 euros all in excellent condition Call 965 369 234 For sale Quad 150 cc, non street legal, verry good runner 450,Derby hunter 50 cc moped,with itv, and papers. 350,-Audi 80

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Winging it! A View from the pilot’s seat By Chris Pickles. (Sol-aero Flyers)

One of the most misunderstood concepts in flying is the stall. Stalling in a car is where the engine stops unintentionally, usually caused by women pulling away from traffic lights, (Joke!!) Stalling an aircraft is where the wings can no longer hold you up, irrespective of what the engine is doing…It is perfectly possible to stall at full power. To understand this we need to know how a wing functions in the first place. The cross section of a wing shows a flat base with a ‘camber’ on the upper surface. It is this camber or rather the action of the air flowing over it that gives the wing most of its lift. As the wing is propelled forward the air molecules tend to adhere to its surface, causing the air passing over the top camber to accelerate as it has further to travel than air passing under the flatter base.

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the controls become less effective and the aircraft feels ‘sloppy’. As we approach the stall we feel the aircraft shake as the air separates from the wings. As we pass the critical angle the wings stall, and the nose pitches down, quite abruptly. The aircraft may roll left or right, which you will not be able to correct with ailerons as they are stalled, and you will lose height rapidly.

This acceleration causes a decrease in pressure (Google Bernoulli’s theory if you want to know why). So now you have a higher pressure under the wing relative to that above it, pushing the wing up…Lift!

Wingovers… loads of fun!

Tilting the wing upwards gives a greater angle of attack to the airflow and increases the camber effect. More angle of attack equals more lift, but only to a point. If we increase this angle too much, the molecules can no longer adhere to the upper surface, and separate. This is called the critical angle, and beyond this you will lose most of your lift…The aircraft is stalled.

The rudder and elevator are still effective, so you still have control, and recovery is simple…reduce the angle of attack, push the stick forward! It will be against all your instincts as the nose is already pitched down but it is the only way to break the stall. As the angle reduces the air adheres once more and control is restored, adding power simultaneously will minimize height loss…simple!

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Stalls occur at high angles of attack, and low airspeeds, conditions most common to take off and landing where you have very little chance to recover. It is for this reason that stalling is one of the most intensively covered aspects of pilot training,

So, that’s the theory. But what would we experience in the cockpit? Stall entry is usually with the engine set to a low power setting, we then pull back progressively on the stick. The airspeed decreases due to increased drag. We see an increasingly high nose attitude,

Most students find stall recovery very simple and far less frightening than anticipated, and at a safe height, in the right hands, stall turns, wingovers etc can be loads of fun! until next time, Chocks away!!

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