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A warm welcome to 2012 Happy New Year, and congratulations on surviving Christmas, and we hope you all had a really great time in doing so! Benjamin Franklin once famously said that there were only two certain things in life -”Death and taxes”. Now, as we welcome you to our 86th edition, you can add a third certainty because despite some of the general global doom and gloom TIM continues to expand and delivers a top quality product month after month. We would like to acknowledge the various messages, greetings and thanks that we have received from readers, clients and our sponsored charities and apologise for the fact that we cannot physically attend everybody’s party on the same day! Last month’s competition prize winners were Mrs A Willsburry of Campello who found bully hiding on page 42 on the Lemon Tree advert, and the winner of the pleasure flight courtesy of Sol Aero was Dawn Nicholls of Mestre Serranos Lorcha so congratulations to both of our winners. See inside for more free to enter competitions. Trying to sell your house/ car/ boat and any other item? Want to rent your property? Looking to buy second hand items, then visit Classifieds section, it’s totally FREE to place any of your unwanted items for sale, no item limits, no price limits, it’s totally FREE, sell anything. Don’t delay get buying/selling today at classifieds. Or simply join in on our online forums.

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Original Art and Where to get it


The Garden


Happy New Year.....Sort of!


Got a Good Constitution?


Winter Fun


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Original Art and where to get it. Article by Malcolm Thompson ALMOST EVERYONE I TALK TO about art and artists is surprised to discover the high number of professional artists in the area. So here is some potentially helpful information about local artists who may be able to provide you with that sparkle of originality and elegance, intellect, humour and erudite discernment you have been yearning for.

Cockie Donkers , (what a magnificent name). Cockie is a genuine polymath; she paints, sculpts and is a wonderful photographer. Not only that, she plays the piano and viola. She has played with The Brabant Orchestra in Holland and she is included in the Hondon Circuito Cultural. Her studio astounded me, in the centre sit’s a concert grand piano surrounded by the sheet music of Chopin and Bach. On the walls are some amazing black and white photographs an orchestra in action. If you are looking for art photographs to display in your home, try here first. Cockie is always happy to talk about art and would be delighted to show you her studio. Jan Keijsers .One cool September afternoon I was given the VIP tour of his sculpture garden. Jan works in marble and has produced some outstandingly beautiful work. There were three sculptures in particular that made a big impact on me; one was of a female foot in a ballet shoe. The next sculpture to make a big impact titled ‘Flame’. This was a piece of marble that had an interesting crystal structure in the rock used to compose a very interesting and tactile flame. There were many other interesting works far too numerous to mention individually. He is a member of the Hondon Cultural Circuit and has been certified by artist’s society AICOA.

Caron O’Rourke operates from Les Encebras near Pinoso. There was a wide selection of delightfully carved torsos for sale in beautifully veined and polished stone that would be unavailable anywhere else. She also runs ceramic classes and showed me a studio with a view most artists would kill for. Caron was as amazed as I was that people in the area don’t know where to get good sculpture and usually aim for retail outlets of one sort or another. We both agreed that negotiating directly with the artist not only cuts out the middleman, it also gets you a better class of workmanship and a unique piece of art. The last time I made a sculpture of any sort was in metal at University and that was a long time ago. Caron gave me a few simple instructions and a chisel ‘et viola’, I was away.

Antonio Parras Belmont is a sculptor and painter who typifies the avant guard. His studio is packed full of innovative work that challenges and engages the viewer on an aesthetic and intellectual level. He has exhibited in major exhibitions in the Alicante Provence and beyond since 1993. His home is a testament to his work and is decorated everywhere with eye-catching sculpture occasionally made from unconventional and surprising materials. Antonio seems to be striving for the outer edge of contemporary art. He has work for sale and would be happy to advise prospective buyers, however, you will need to be a proficient Spanish speaker to take full advantage of his knowledge. TTFN, 4

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Costa Blanca Is it the End of New Zealand 100% drawdown QROPS ? The Government has issued a draft legislation to amend the conditions that a scheme has to meet to be a Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). Currently, if you have a UK pension fund and have resided outside of the UK for 5 complete tax years (prior to 5 April 2006) then you can transfer your pension fund via a New Zealand QROPS plan and drawdown 100% of the capital. The new legislation that may take effect on 6 April 2012 will end this. The proposals include • A QROPS scheme must be recognised for tax purposes in the country of their establishment • A client must sign a declaration to confirm that they are aware of any tax consequences when transferring their pension into a QROPS • The reporting period whereby payments to members has to be reported to the HMRC is to be extended from 5 years to 10 years. • All jurisdictions will now be obliged to use at least 70% of the pension fund to provide the member with a retirement income for life. In their explanatory memorandum the HMRC say “HMRC allows transfers to QROPS to be made free of UK tax as it is intended to enable individuals to continue to save to provide an income when they retire.An individual who leaves the UK and transfers their pension savings should be in broadly the same position as someone who remains in the UK with their pension savings. HMRC has found that QROPS are being marketed extensively as a way of paying amounts or enabling the payment of amounts that are not allowed under UK rules (in particular 100% lump sums) once the UK tax rules no longer apply.This is contrary to the policy rationale for allowing transfers of UK tax-relieved pension savings to be made free of UK tax to QROPS”. The legislation is to take effect from the 6th April 2012. So if you were thinking of transferring your UK pension fund into a New Zealand QROPS plan with the intention of commuting 100% of the fund then you need to be quick! We have access to many QROPS providers including a New Zealand provider and if you are unsure of your options and want an honest discussion on which QROPS plan would be the best for you, then please call me for an appointment or email me at E-mail: • Web site:


The Garden

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It is that time of the year when the weather is not so great and you may not want to be out in the garden too much. With little going on it is a good time to take stock and think about what worked or didn’t work last year and to do some forward planning for the coming season. Maybe changes in planting, new areas to cultivate or larger scale projects that might require a bit of effort .If you over-indulged at Christmas then perhaps a bit of exercise wouldn’t go amiss? If you have the space and want to try something different then you might want to consider a rock garden Of course you might be thinking you already have a rock garden, it’s not easy to find a patch of ground in Spain without it being full of rocks. However, a proper rock garden is much more than a jumble of rocks and it does need a bit of planning By far the best place to site your rock garden is on a slope so you can bed the rocks into the slope to create an organic look and this also helps with drainage. Choosing the rocks is very important and you are going to need different shapes and sizes, the larger the better, so enlist some help. Rocks and stones with character are what you are after Taking a drive around your locality to ‘find’ rocks that are indigenous to the area will help give the overall appearance of your rock garden being part of the landscape rather than man-made

As rock garden plants need well drained soil it is sensible to take off about 8 inches of the topsoil and mix this in with some sharp sand or grit before returning it Arrange the rocks on the surface to begin with so you can move them around until you are happy with their position. Next, bury the rocks so that up to half the rock is below the surface to give stability. This also creates a more natural look and provides a cool root run for your plants. If the rocks have ‘strata’ then make sure these strata lines all run in the same direction. It might help to have a trip to the nearest mountains and see for yourself how the rocky outcrops look. Take some photographs to use as a guide. To put 2, 3 or 4 rocks close together is better than placing them in a set pattern. Various sized gaps, cracks and crevices will all add to the interest. Ideally leave the finished rock garden for a few weeks to allow the soil to settle in and also to give you the opportunity to review the design and make sure you are happy with it With the hard work done, next comes the enjoyable bit – choosing your plants. It goes without saying that you need drought resistant plants, any small low growing plants that are fine in hot dry conditions. You will want to have variety to add interest and to balance out the planting so it doesn’t become too much of a hodge podge. What you are trying to create is a random and natural appearance but in a planned way Many plants grown in rock gardens are alpines and tend to have their origins in mountainous regions so they are generally hardy. I will look at some suitable plants next month or two Building a rock garden is not quick or easy, it requires quite a bit of physical effort but the end result should be worth it Gardens are not made by singing “Oh, how beautiful” and sitting in the shade Rudyard Kipling

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Commercially prepared sandwiches and salads can be far higher in fat than you might think and poor labelling can make it difficult to know exactly how many calories you’re eating. The National Consumer Council recently criticised a number of high street sandwich chains for selling seemingly healthy sandwiches that had more than twice as much saturated fat as a McDonald’s! A guide to nutritional labels: *Fat -20 grams or more is too much, 3 grams is the minimum *Saturates - 5 grams or more is too much, 1 gram is the minimum *Sugars - 10 grams or more is too much, 2 grams is the minimum *Fibre - 3 grams or more is too much, 0.5 grams is the minimum

The fix: Always read the nutritional label of your lunch. These guidelines allow you to work out whether a food is high or low in a certain nutrient at a glance. Alternatively, make your own lunch or have it made to your specifications at the local deli or sandwich bar. Swap white breads for whole meal wraps, stone-ground or rye breads. Add in some lean, protein in the form of fish, chicken, ham, prawns or turkey and plenty of fresh salad. Keep fat levels low by swapping butter and margarines for a light scraping of low fat spread and instead of mayonnaise which has an average of 240 calories per tablespoon, go for chutneys, pickles, cranberry or apple sauces which contain an average of just 40 calories for the same amount. Finally, liven up your salads with a drizzle of good quality balsamic vinegar or sweet chill dipping sauce (both have approximately 14 Kcals per serving) instead of oily salad dressings which can add up to whopping 250 calories per serving.

Mistake 4: Winding down with wine Whilst the occasional glass of wine won’t do you any harm, relying on it to put a full stop to your working day is never a good idea. Alcohol lowers blood sugar levels making you feel tired and over stimulates your appetite (hence the reason behind aperitifs). It also robs the body of a great many essential vitamins and minerals and may increase the likelihood of calories from food being stored as fat.

The fix: Never drink alcohol before your evening meal. When you are hungry cravings for alcohol are generally stronger but drinking it only serves to lower blood sugars further so hold off, at least until after you’ve eaten. You will invariably find the desire for your favourite tipple subsides quite considerably after eating. If you do still want a drink have one but in a small glass. Alternatively, a spritzer or an elderflower cordial with sparkling water, ice, fresh mint and slices of lemon served in a large wine glass can make a refreshing substitute. 8

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by Julian Ashington


Hello and welcome to the January motoring section, I hope you all had a very good Christmas and wish you all a very happy new year. Well now the festivities are over and we are all skint now, we have the cold weather to contend with for a few months to come, so heres a couple of things to check on your vehicle before it’s too late. 1st have you had your antifreeze checked? I would recommend at least a 30% mix giving you a safety of - 18 degrees centigrade; you can purchase antifreeze as a ready mixed solution from most supermarkets or car accessory shops. 2nd you can now also buy antifreeze for your washer bottle to help prevent the washer pipes and jets from freezing up, don’t be mistaken, this is not the same antifreeze that you would use for your engine! 3rd always carry a coat or blanket in the car, because if you ever breakdown in the cold, you will possibly have to wait to be recovered from the roadside and the coat and blanket will keep you warm. Now for those or you whom are thinking of buying a second hand car this year here are a couple of things to be a ware of! First when selling a car to a prospective buyer check that he/ she has a NIF No, without one the buyer cannot possibly change the vehicle to his/her name and this will cause you lots of trouble later. 2 make sure you have all the paperwork including the receipts for all the suma payments as this can be complicated if the vehicle is to move to a different region i.e. Alicante to Murcia. ? Can ownership be transferred on cars that have an order of seizure or which have retention of title? In the case of a vehicle being taped off, the head office of traffico will carry out the change of ownership without issuing a new license or vehicle registration, informing the new owner of the presence of this problem, facilitating the ID and home address of the original owner to the authorities who taped off the vehicle, when dealing with a vehicle which is legally under the right of possession of an other body ( in the case of a bank loan used to purchase the vehicle and which has not been repaid), the changeover of ownership cannot take place until this has been cancelled in the register of movable properties or when there is proof of the creditors consent. Which is obvious is that the seller is answerable to the buyer as regards the legal pacific possession of what’s being sold. (As quoted by orke) I would always advise you take legal advise and to use an assessor. Till next month happy and safe motoring E-mail: • Web site:

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Happy New Year......sort of! After all that excitement and the lengthy build up, Christmas has been and gone for another year and truth be told, it wasn’t that different or any better than the previous ten was it? You quite enjoyed the book your sister bought you and it was really nice looking forward to watching that new DVD. Now, the book is back on the shelf with all the others and the film was okay but not much to write home about. You see, it’s all about unrealistic expectations which then make the inevitable disappointment that much harder to manage. Once you’ve taken the Christmas tree down doesn’t the front room look enormous and bare? Now think about those two words for a quick second - enormous and bare - don’t they sum up just perfectly the huge undertaking that is every New Year. Maybe I’m in a minority of one, but for me the thought of the coming twelve months with not a clue what to expect scares me witless, it’s so much more comforting to imagine the year just passed, for better or worse, than the unknown which is just around the corner. I kind of liken the whole thing to saying grace; “For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful.” Surely, any right minded person would rather say, “For what we have just received etc...............” To try and give that last remark some context, imagine if you will, the missus expecting you to be grateful beforehand when she’s about to serve you, say, a plate of dog food. I don’t know, perhaps it’s just me. The problem with January is that all too often it starts with the hangover from hell on the first morning of the month and thereafter the mental hard work keeps on coming, or so it


seems. The transition from December, via a drunken and, if you’re lucky, debauched New Years Eve, invariably involves a lengthy lie-in and a couple of paracetamol. For some, this might even be the high point of New Years Day because, as things slowly come into steadily sharper focus, usually by about mid-afternoon, the stark realisation that all the best stuff is months off hits home. More immediate is the nag you can’t shake off that pay day is about as far away as the moon and that between now and then, the credit card you’ve recently kicked the arse out of is going to need paying. For some, December sliding gracefully into the history books is the perfect cut off point to sling out some old and set about a few new habits with renewed zeal; these kinds of “cleansing” thought processes almost always manifest themselves in the need to make New Year’s Resolutions. At this point all the usual suspects line up for their identity parade – smoking, the gymnasium, a diet, drinking less and eating healthier. To be perfectly honest, and apologies in advanced for sounding cynical, but January the first really is no better a day to begin all over again than the first of June, after all May has thirty one days too. Generally speaking, within a few days tobacco will have defeated even the strongest of resolves and the pub will be the only place left to assuage that crushing guilt. Yup, it’s a funny old time of year. Television for example, gets back to boring normality with only the subliminal messages of the craftily scheduled holiday adverts to interest you and the only things left in the Quality Street tin are those horrible round toffees in the shiny yellow wrapper. The first

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Costa Blanca big hurdle to try and negotiate is the transition from those gloomy winter evenings when it gets dark at five o’clock to the warmer and lighter spring time. That though is still a few weeks away yet, but before you get trampled underfoot in the stampede to the doctors for an anti-depressant prescription, take a look at your calendar. Surely, January’s beautiful photograph of a robin in a snowy garden will lift your spirits. Having come back down to earth with a resounding bump after Christmas, reality bites and for some, as I’ve previously mentioned, it comes quite hard. There’s always somebody worse off though; how would you like to be a shop assistant trying to combine the chaos of the January sales with those thousands of customers trying exchange their crimbo pullover - usually without a receipt - because it’s in the wrong colour or size? Speaking of the shops, in the land where people cook in the garden, have you noticed that Easter eggs don’t appear in Spanish stores by early February like they do in the UK? This, for me, is one of various different reasons why living where we do the sometimes onerous task of coping with the New Year seems so much easier. I’ll come back to that presently.

by Kevin Rendall

Anyway, back to those New Year Resolutions for which to me the timing seems to me to be all wrong. If you’re already at a bit of a low ebb, it’s illogical, in my humble opinion, to deliberately make things worse by depriving yourself of the greatest comforts. The solution therefore is simple, do the opposite. Instead of spending less time on the internet, use facebook or twitter even more. Forget the diet and get a few pies down you. Use the time you would have spent at the gym that you probably can’t really afford anyway to stay in bed longer. Obviously, it then makes perfect sense to use some of the cash you’ve not wasted getting hot and sticky at the health club on hefting pints at the pub. It’s a form of exercise, isn’t it? Give these suggestions a whirl and I guarantee you’ll soon feel loads better. I couldn’t really end these words without a brief mention of the weather, which, because it hasn’t snowed on the coastal Costa Blanca since about 1714, makes Spain a viable option for those opening months of the year. Those picturesque villages high up in the mountains you can see in the distance look absolutely exquisite after the occasional winter snow flurries and it doesn’t half feel cooler inland than the seaside. Compare and contrast though places like say, Alcoy or Algueña to the English north east or Scotland, where, a typical light dusting invariably means the local white van men can’t find their vehicles for a fortnight. If I’m going to need to worry a bit about paying back my flexible friend after Christmas, I’d much rather to it in Elche than Edinburgh. If you need me any time after Big Ben has been televised live striking twelve, I’ll be in the pub. Until at least March. Feliz año nuevo!

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JAGUARS Cats and Mice come out to play!

by Eric Arnold

resources provided by the club and to meet like minded people. The club aims to provide a World-wide ‘Friendly Forum’ for all SS, Jaguar and Daimler enthusiasts. The club offers a wide range of support, help and advice to any member. Members also benefit from a glossy 132 page A4 monthly magazine, Jaguar spares department and a technical advice service second to none. For more details check out the web site JEC in Spain is also proud to announce that they have negotiated a very special insurance deal for JEC members in Spain which will provide substantial savings for Jaguar owners who are registered members of the JEC. We have also just approved RSCC, a service, repair and restoration centre for Jaguars.

If you live in Spain and own a Jaguar you should be a member of

The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. 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 www.jec. or come along to our next meeting and have a chat, contact Eric by email to register your interest.


he third meeting of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club in Spain took place on Sunday 27th November 2011 at Restaurant Los Almendros in Torrellano, near Alicante Airport. I wish to thank all those that attended the meeting, especially all the new members. I was worried about the turnout this time as many of the usual attendees were in the UK and this meeting clashed with a major car club rally in Javea then we had four members drop out at the last minute due to ill health or “ill cars”. Even taking all this into consideration, the turn out was excellent, the numbers made up with lots of new faces giving us 38 people for lunch and 19 fabulous cars. Among the highly polished collection of automotive art was a regular attendee with a fabulous red Jaguar XK120 drophead and a stunning black E type with a special 4.2 Ltr. 300 bhp engine. Among the newcomers were superb examples of the Jaguar XJS Convertible with the V12 engine an exceptional example of a 1999 Jaguar Sovereign Long Wheel Base saloon, a fabulous XKR Coupe and of course “The Guvnors” XK8 Convertible. More examples of XJS’s, XK8’s, XJ’s, X Types and S Types completed the collection this time.

The title of the article Cats and Mice come out to play, was going

to be so apt as the local Mini owners club was also supposed to be meeting at the same time, but they never arrived - perhaps “ The Cats” chased them away! It was a little chilly on the day, with overcast sky’s but not enough to dampen our spirits or our enthusiasm. A few drinks and coffee’s on the terrace and meet the new faces then inside for lunch, I had arranged a Jaguar Quiz for this meeting, which was designed to really challenge the enthusiasts, questions were distributed and they had the lunch time to complete it. Regarding lunch Los Almendros always does us proud, the service was spot on and the food was fabulous, the famous Los Almendros bread with tomato and aioli, plates of cheese and ham, a pork, peppers and herb dish, new to me, then a lamb shank, followed by a dessert. All this washed down with copious bottles of a fabulous wine and cups of steaming coffee all for just 18.00 Euros + IVA. Lunch completed, the quiz papers were swapped and marking began, the knowledge of some of the members is phenomenal. In the end the winner was Alfonso Cuervo-Arango, he was presented with a unique bottle of JEC wine and a winners certificate.

A last chat with friends, then we all gathered for group photographs.

A last look at the beautiful cats. By now it was getting chilly again, people started to depart just after 4:30pm. The next meeting to be held at Los Almendros is planned for 8th January 2012, come along and meet us - we “don’t scratch or snarl”. May I also take this opportunity to wish all the owners of Jaguars out there, especially the JEC members a Very Merry Christmas and a Supercharged New Year.

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Hair With Flair By Karen of KazKuts

Not everybody wants straight, sleek hair, and even those that do like to have a change sometimes for a special occasion or may just get bored from having the same look every day. Therefore, this month we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the different ways of curling hair, and the effect different methods have on long and short hair and the pros and cons of each method. There are quite a few different ways to curl short and long hair. In this article we will concentrate on short hair Normal Rollers – Used on wet or damp hair and left until completely dry will give a long lasting and strong set on short hair. The smaller the roller, the tighter the curl. Setting lotion or mousse can be used for extra hold. If using a drier, leave hair to cool before combing or brushing hair into style. Velcro Rollers – More often used on damp or dry hair and gives a looser and softer curl, used more to give body. Not usually as long lasting as normal rollers. Again, if using heat to dry, wait for the hair to cool before combing out. Curling Tongs - Again size of curl depends on size of tongs. Hairspray can be used prior to using tongs on hair to help hold in set. Remember to make sure the ends are clipped into the barrel of the tongs to prevent “fish hook ends” (sticky out ends). Leave to cool before styling. Heated Rollers - Still popular, but these days they can be bought without the spikes, and these are less damaging to the hair. Used only on dry hair. Once heated, place in the hair, usually only takes about ten minutes. Leave to cool after removing rollers. Rollers may need to be used every day depending on hair type. Scrunch Drying - If you have just a small amount of wave or curl in your hair, you can maximize this by scrunch drying. It is best to use a diffuser as a normal dryer will be too strong. A diffuser distributes air flow more evenly and gently, enabling you to scrunch hair into the diffuser in order to create curls. A small amount of mousse is usually helpful when using this method. N.B when using heated styling tools, it is worth investing in a heat protective spray. 16

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SONRISA CHARITY Hondon de las Nieves

European Amlin Cup Challenge 3rd Round C.R. LaVila V C.A.Brive

Spanish champions, La Vila achieved their best scoreline in the European Amlin Cup Challenge at the weekend against French side CA Brive. Brive had a predictable but complicated victory with La Vila still showing signs of improvement thanks to an exemplary attitude already seen in recent cup and league games.

Adios To Judy & Clive Dalton, pictured above, who co-hosted Sonrisa’s annual Christmas quiz. Clive & Judy have now left Hondon de Las Nieves to live near their family in Torbay. Not only will they will be greatly missed for their work for the charity but also for their enthusiasm and friendly contributions to so many aspects of our community life. They are also leaving with the 50 Euros that Judy won in Sonrisa’s rugby world cup sweep. This year the Christmas quiz took place at Bar Rocas and we raised over 200 Euros for the Sienna Trust. Our thanks to both Clive & Judy and all those who came along to support us, plus a special mention for Tina, Sheila, Denis and all at Bar Rocas who, as always, were splendid hosts. Our next charity event “An Evening with Barrington” at La Finca, La Montanosa on January 26th has completely sold out. Next up will be one of our treasure hunts that we are planning for early spring. We will publish details about the Treasure Hunt as they become available, on our posters and normal slot in the TIM magazine.


From the start Brive showed their intentions by playing outstanding rugby and taking an early 7 point lead with a try and conversion by Boussage. Only to see Lavila hit back quickly with two penalties by Nick McCashin taking the score to 6-7. Both teams were evenly matched and Brive scored a 2nd try after some good build up play. After sustained pressure by LaVila, Nick McCashin put a neat kick in behind the Brive defence for Marcus Poggi to gather and score under the posts to the delight of the home crowd. McCashin converted to take the score to 13-14. Disappointingly LaVila conceded two converted tries to take the scoreline at halftime to 13-28. After the break, Brive played with more intensity which made La Vila defend heroically for the majority of the second half. However when LaVila got their hands on the ball they put together a few sequences of play which stretched the Brive defence. The closing period saw La Vila go through numerous phases to put Juanmar Quirante, through the almost insurmountable Brive defence and over the line in the corner, unconverted by Mc Cashin for the last play of the game. Coach Mark Hewitt said ‘The boys really stepped up their game again today, with some outstanding individual performances, notably from captain Matt Cook, Jon Phipps and Nick McCashin. We now have to play with the same attitude, cutting out individual errors for our return fixture with Brive on Thursday. This will be a real test for LaVila with such a short turn around between games stretching our resources.’

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Got a Good Constitution? Words by Rob Innis

Had Madrid scored again? Maybe the Euro died? But wait, it was

dark, 07.30 in the morning so what was the noise and explosions about. Hang on a minute, it’s December 6th – Spanish Constitution Day. So that was why my alarm clock was redundant and the firecrackers were going crazy doing the clocks job. So what is a constitution, and why do the Spanish have one, and why does it not say ‘No firecrackers before 9am’? Here is one definition: “The system of fundamental laws and principles that prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of a government or another institution.” The current Spanish constitution, it is not their first, was written in 1978 and approved by a national referendum on December 6th 1978 in which 88% of the voters agreed it. But why have they got it? Following Franco’s dictatorship from 1939 to his death on November 20th 1975 a process of democracy had to be established transferring the power back to an elected government in a new liberal democratic state. So why was the King reinstated? Franco, 6 years prior to his death, had named Juan Carlos, the current King of Spain, to be his successor after years of grooming him for the position. However Juan Carlos realised that he could not adopt all of Franco’s ideas and dictatorship regime. Instead he planned to restore Spain back to democracy and a modern social system. Following a difficult period during 1976-78 when the regions, politicians, army, and the church along with influential moneyed people all vying for power a constitution was drawn up. This was the 12th one since the beginning of the 19th century and they had all failed to bring stability, mainly because they had all been drafted by a particular group to penalise all of the others. However the 1978 constitution was fair to everyone and allowed for some regional autonomy and power sharing. Sensibly it diversified power for many things such as housing, town and country planning, sport, tourism etc to each local community but maintained exclusive responsibility in central government in Madrid for national issues – foreign affairs, external trade, merchant shipping, airport management etc. The constitution has underpinned the successful transition from the dictatorship to a modern democratic state. In fact it was quite an achievement and was accomplished with relatively little violence or serious civil unrest. Some had feared another violent clash of


political wills and possibly even a 2nd Civil War. The nearest Spain came to a breakdown was on 23rd February 1981 when a senior Guardia Civil officer, Antonio Tejero Molin, attempted a coup by entering the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, with 200 Guardia Civil and soldiers and held the deputies hostage for some 22 hours. But the coup failed and he surrendered the following day to the police. He had a record of involvement in several minor coup attempts and acts of disobedience; Tejero served 15 years imprisonment in a military jail. The constitution has only been changed once since its inception to allow for compatibility with EU membership, to clearly state EU citizens rights in Spain. So the original writers of the document did a very good job given it has survived for 23 years in our rapidly changing world. The opening preamble is: The Spanish Nation, wishing to establish justice, liberty and security, and to promote the welfare of all who make part of it, in use of her sovereignty, proclaims its will to: Guarantee democratic life within the Constitution and the laws according to a just economic and social order. Consolidate a State ensuring the rule of law as an expression of the will of the people. Protect all Spaniards and all the peoples of Spain in the exercise of human rights, their cultures and traditions, languages and institutions. Promote the progress of culture and the economy to ensure a dignified quality of life for all Establish an advanced democratic society, and Collaborate in the strengthening of peaceful and efficient cooperation among all the peoples of the Earth. The full document is available here constitu_i/indices/consti_ing.pdf Spanish people take it very seriously and my Spanish wife will proclaim her rights under the constitution during an occasional battle with officialdom. So maybe the annual wakeup call from the firecrackers is all worth it. Viva Espana!

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By John McGregor ‘You’ll never guess what happened tonight!’ My ex-wife Verna took her slimming class very seriously: it dominated our lives when she was on a diet (often). I hated it – because instantly 50% of her conversation would be about food – or the lack of it. She could tell you the calorific value of a blade of grass; I could go on Mastermind to answer questions on ‘How to Change the Subject’; I got very adept at it. It wasn’t all bad news, however: there were often spin-off perks. Late Thursday evenings could be times of great enjoyment. It wasn’t a good night for football on the telly and Verna had heard from someone – bless ‘em - that sex burns off a lot of calories, so I always looked forward to a positive weight loss, usually leading to (us) losing a fair bit more. After a bad week you might have expected her determinedly shedding her clothes rapidly from the front door to the lounge and really losing those calories while grimly bouncing around on the settee - strangely enough it was the other way round, happily, wildly celebrating a loss: great! Mind you, I never have understood women… Verna was happily attending a big Weightwatchers class in Dunstable, but this night was different, however: something had really upset her. I put on my grave, interested face, a mask I had nurtured over the years as she launched into the story. ‘Our class has grown really big now, over 30 and tonight we had to go downstairs to use the ballroom. It was huge and dark down there, but they moved all the chairs into the middle with just the central lights on. The instructor Norma was at the front where we were all weighed, then

everyone sat down and she started talking as usual.’ Verna paused for dramatic effect, and sipped her diet water. There were no obvious clues as to forthcoming events, so I kept up my rapt-audience profile in the hope that it might bring its later rewards. ‘To get down to the ballroom there’s a big sweeping staircase. Our instructor, Norma was right in the middle of her talk for the week, which was all about snacking; it was really good, really interesting.’ I bet, I thought, as in – don’t do it? Shut up John, and listen – you never know what’s coming – p’raps me later ... ‘All of a sudden we heard noises, like heavy breathing, and loud footsteps. Gradually we could make out some feet coming slowly down the steps, which were dark, then the legs, and finally we could dimly see the body of an older man, swaying about, holding the rail, trying to stay upright. It was obvious he was drunk, but what happened was awful -’. ‘He fell down the stairs?’ I suggested helpfully. ‘No, worse – I wish he had! she said indignantly. ‘He got a few steps from the bottom, stopped and peered into the light area where we were all sitting.’ ‘What did he want?’ I asked, fascinated by now. ‘To join?’ ‘No! I told you it was worse. Poor old Norma saw him, and tried to carry on speaking and ignore him: but we were all staring, so eventually she stopped and glared over at him. “Can I help you?” she asked. “Where are they all, then?” he slurred. “ Where are all - who?” Norma said. She was really cross. “All the fat women!” He peered blearily forwards, and then pointed a wavering finger “Ah – there’s one! Look – there’s another one!” The poor women he pointed out were so ashamed!’ I decided not to ask if Verna had been fingered: I think I would have known by then if she had been. ‘So what happened?’ ‘Norma told him to get out, or she would call the police - and he turned round and went. Huh! Good riddance – what a bloody cheek! Mind you, his poor wife was having hysterics; we all tried to console her!’ I tried very hard not to burst out laughing but on the mention of ‘all the fat women’ I couldn’t hold it any longer, tears ran down my cheeks, mentally picturing a poor old drunk lying on the floor being kicked and jumped on by thirty-odd angry, overweight, Botticelli-shaped women. Verna didn’t laugh, though and so we didn’t celebrate any weight loss that night - she had ‘stayed the same’ – that’s technically and unconjugally the same as gaining, so there was no wildly happy consummatory celebrations that night, although I had a great laugh over it - but then, men and women have different senses of humour – don’t we, girls?


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The first real useable train line in Spain was opened in October 1848 between Barcelona and Mataró. It was designed by an English Engineer called Joseph Locke. Half the capital was English, the main contractors were called Mackenzie and Brassey and the four initial locomotives were built by a firm called Jones and Potts. That’s why Spanish trains still drive on the left. It didn’t occur to the British designers or engineers to do it any other way. They did, however, make the same decision as Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build their rails 1.688 metres apart as against the more usual 1.435 metres. This distance between the rails is called gauge. Just as in the UK the market was soon dominated by major companies. In Spain the initials were not GNER or LNR but TBF (Tarragona, Barcelona, Francia) and MZA (Madrid, Zaragoza, Alicante.) Just like in the UK the fat years were followed by thin and a quango, the EFE, Explotación de Ferrocarriles por el Estado, was formed in 1926 to bring some order to the system and to keep lines open. In 1941 EFE was divided in two. RENFE, Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles, took all the standard and broad gauge network, that’s everything over 1.435 metres, leaving EFE with a mish mash of five different narrower gauges. First let’s have a look at what happened to RENFE and then what happened to EFE. RENFE is still the main, state controlled rail operator although since 1992 it has effectively had two separate divisions - one is based on the traditional Spanish gauge and the other on the narrower Standard gauge. The AVE, Alta Velocidad Española, the super-fast high speed trains, run on the Standard gauge whilst the slower long distance trains and regional trains continue to use the Spanish gauge. Spain currently has the second longest network of high speed routes in the World after China.

In 2005 RENFE was sliced in two. The new RENFE only deals with the operation of the locomotives and rolling stock. The operation of infrastructure - track, signalling, bridges, level crossings, tunnels and stations - was separated off and given to ADIF, Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias. The analogy with Railtrack/Network Rail and train operators such as Virgin Trains in the UK is striking. Now lets have a look at what happened to EFE. As time went on more lines and companies ran into financial trouble and EFE took them over. Eventually, in 1965 some attempt was made to rationalise the system and FEVE, Ferrocarriles de Via Estrecha, was formed. Slowly, but surely, FEVE began to convert all of its lines to the metre gauge. Then, from 1978 onwards, with the development of democracy, FEVE handed over some of its lines and rolling stock to several Regional Governments with many of those lines now converted into metros or into locally integrated tram and rail systems. In my experience Spanish trains are clean, inexpensive and efficient. Why not try a short train ride for a different day out on either a RENFE line from say Petrer, Villena, Alicante or Murcia or on the narrow gauge out of Alicante towards Denia or maybe from Cartagena to Los Nietos?


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“ Get on yer bike.” Monthly cycling tips / advice and routes. by Gary and Lynn “Cyclogical” Quesada.

Burning off the festive over-indulgence.

HOW THE GREEK BAILOUT WORKS It is a slow day in a little Greek village.

We hope you had a great Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year. Most of us consumed far too much over the last 2 weeks, putting on pounds or inches here and there. That’s fine, it was the festive period after all! There is no better New Year’s Resolution than to “Get On Your Bike” and start to burn off those extra pounds. The weather is great during the day and the sun is still warm so make sure you take plenty of water with you where ever you go. Choose a relatively flat route that you know and like. Cycle this route for at least 30 minutes, five times per week making sure that you are cycling at a mild to moderate pace leaving you slightly out of breath. This should burn off the equivalent of 22 pounds of fat in a year and cycling for an hour will burn off the energy supplied by a chocolate bar or a couple of alcoholic drinks. Remember that there are no age barriers to cycling and people of most fitness levels & any body shape can cycle, slowly and gently if necessary. In a few weeks you should see and feel a difference especially in your aerobic fitness levels and you will want to go further and further. The more active an individual is, the healthier they are. Remember you are never too old to start cycling. We have various groups that we take out for weekly trips so if you fancy making new friends, getting some exercise, getting fitter, learning new routes and having fun then give either Lynn or I a call on: 637487377 or pop into the shop for some advice and a chat. Gents Group meet every Wednesday 10am till 2pm and cover approx 40kms with Rob. (Mountain bikes/Hybrids) Ladies Beginners Group meet every Wednesday at 12noon till 2pm and cover approx 20kms with Tracy and Viv. (Mountain bikes/ Hybrids)

The rain is bearing down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

Ladies Group meet every Wednesday 2pm till 4pm and cover approx 40kms with Lynn. (Mountain bikes/Hybrids)

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

Road Bike Group meet every Sunday 9am till Noon and Thursdays at 5.30pm and cover approx 90kms at a moderate to fast pace with Gary. (Road bikes)

The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the tavern.

All of our groups have a maximum of 10 persons, are free, and open to everyone. We try to cycle mostly on canal roads, tracks and caminos. So make it your New Years resolution and give it a go. Remember Gary and Lynn are available at “CYCLOGICAL” in Quesada, Monday to Friday from 9.30am till 5.30pm and from 10.00am till 2.00pm on a Saturday to assist and advise you on all your cycling requirements including route maps. Next Month: Cycling to La Murada. All Routes are now available





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

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him ‘services’ on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works!!


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Gingerbread Men PREPARATION Put the sugar, syrup, treacle, 1 tablespoon of water, spices and rind together in a large saucepan. Then bring them to boiling point, stirring all the time. Now remove the pan from the heat and stir in the fat, cut into lumps, and the bicarbonate of soda. Next stir in the flour gradually until you have a smooth manageable dough – add a little more flour, if you think it needs it. Now leave the dough – covered – in a cool place to become firm, approximately 30 minutes. Now roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick and cut out the gingerbread men. Currants can be pressed into the dough to simulate eyes, noses, mouths and buttons down their fronts. Arrange them on the lightly greased baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the biscuits feel firm when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Leave the biscuits to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.



3 oz (75 g) soft brown


sugar, sieved

3½ oz (95 g) butter or

2 tablespoons golden



½ level teaspoon

1 tablespoon black

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about 8 oz (225 g) plain

1 level teaspoon



about 2 oz (50 g)

1 level teaspoon ginger

currants (optional)

1 pinch ground cloves

Pre-heat the oven to gas

finely grated rind ½

mark 4, 350°F (180°C).

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The New Year is an opportunity for fresh starts – to set goals and renew previous commitments. Improving fitness levels is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, yet so many struggle to maintain it! Research indicates that more than two-thirds give up within two months. Here are some practical tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions & health goals and make 2012 you’re healthiest yet!!


Choose a gym, running track or cycling route close to your home – or en-route to/from your normal commute.

Because the ‘getting there’ issue is so important, its recommended you select a gym (or other relevant setting for exercise) in an accessible location so that you’ll be less-likely to be put off by factors such as bad weather, traffic, safety concerns, etc. Even if your nearest gym costs more for a membership, research indicates that you’ll be more likely to use it – making it well worth it! Or you can run, cycle or skate for free in your local park.


Don’t rely on your level of motivation or emotions. Just do it!

Action is generally the prerequisite for motivation, not the other way around. If you think you need to wait for some inspiration before you start your new exercise routine and/or nutritional plan, you could be waiting for a long time. Many sources suggest that new habits take a minimum of three consistent weeks to form, and sometimes longer. Some days you won’t feel like it-fact. But try to see it as a job that you have to do in order to care for your body.


Write down your long and short-term fitness goals, including detailed steps.

Writing down your New Year’s resolution – including both long and short-term goals, as well as the steps involved in reaching them – can increase motivation and reduce the risk of giving up. Be realistic....Rome wasn’t built in a day!


Aim low to begin with!

Many New Year’s resolutions aim to change way too much, way too soon – and are soon completely abandoned due to unrealistic commitments and goals, as well as due to insufficient ‘how-to’ information. A personal trainer can help you stay motivated and guide you.


Prioritise and schedule time for regular exercise.

The hardest part about exercising is often getting ready for exercise – such as travelling to the gym or getting changed! Plan ahead by writing down all of your essential weekly commitments into your calendar. If you simply view exercise as a ‘bonus’ part of your weekly routine, you’ll be less likely to find excuses. Also try and get a friend to come along so it’s a social thing and you can support each other.



If you can’t resist temptation, take it out of the kitchen!

Human beings are influenced by the five senses – touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight! There is nothing wrong with having treats sometimes. But make sure you don’t have stashes of junk food around the house as it will become an emotional crutch. Also when you do have those treats they will be a real reward.


Reward yourself!

As you complete some of the many steps involved in achieving your health goal, reward yourself! A little of what you fancy does you good. A massage at a spa, or a new out-fit, a trip out somewhere new will seem all the more special if you know you have worked hard on your health to get it.


Periodically re-evaluate your New Year’s resolution.

Frequently our life circumstances change. It’s important that our goals (and steps for achieving them) are flexible enough to change too. While a New Year’s resolution might be set in a single day, it’s achieved by completing multiple steps over a prolonged period of time. As you exercise more you will perhaps find you enjoy certain things more than others so you goal/routine will change. By looking at your original New Years health resolution you can also see if you are still on track.


Don’t be a perfectionist!

Don’t beat yourself up over the occasional slip – whether it involved missing a few too many workouts, or ‘giving in’ to your diet on a Friday night while out with friends. Expect to slip-up from time to time, and when it happens, just get right back on track immediately afterwards.


Tell your family, friends and colleagues so you have a support network.

Find somebody with a similar goal, and keep one another accountable by checking in with each other regularly to make sure you’re both on-track. Tell your friends and family of your goal so you get extra support on your health journey. Finally enjoy it and have fun! 2012 is your year!

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One of the most unjust things in life is the difference between the life span of humans and that of our pets.We form strong emotional and social bonds with our furry friends and the death of a much loved family pet can have as big an impact as that of a human, so it is important to understand that the grieving process will be much the same. Knowing the different stages of grief is important as is the understanding that allowing yourself to experience and work through these feelings will help you along the road to recovery. Grief starts with disbelief, moving onto feelings of pain, anger, guilt and finally acceptance when you can look back and focus on the happy memories. All these feelings are normal and will subside in time. Accept that you will have pangs and waves of grief often triggered by memories and stimuli such as a pet food advert on the tv, an emptiness at dinner time, finding a tuft of your pets fur or an old toy. As time passes these triggers will become less frequent. Grief and especially pet grief, is perceived to be all in the mind, when in fact the symptoms felt can greatly affect the body.


Physical symptoms of grieving may include restlessness, difficulty concentrating, attacks of ‘what if’s’ and ‘if only’s’, a sense of panic and unease and bouts of sobbing and anxiety. Dealing with grief and moving on can be helped if you keep a diary of your feelings and thoughts, looking at film or photos, writing a poem or even posting a tribute on a pet website. If you have children, allow them to talk and openly discuss their feelings, share memories of your pet and reassure them. It helps to talk things over. Non pet owners may find it hard to understand your feelings and may think you are overreacting. If you need someone to talk to The Blue Cross runs a Pet Bereavement Support Service (0800 096 6606) their trained counsellors are always there to support you. They also have a very useful website Coming to terms with the loss of a loved pet is a reflection of the pleasure they bring to our lives you are simply reacting in a natural and expected way to the loss of a dear friend. ‘“Man’s best friend” you hear them say. An understatement, that has to be. I just hope I was there for her As much as she was there for me’

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December 22nd - January 20th

Aries A postponed legal matter is back on again. Try to dispatch this case as quickly as possible. The sooner you reach a settlement, the easier it will be to fulfil your potential. An overseas business opportunity is looming ahead. If you have to spend all of your time at the courthouse, this deal will slip through your fingers. A publishing house that once rejected your work may ask to see your latest work. Their renewed interest is sweet vindication.

Leo Blasting through a creative block will cause your confidence to soar. Go back to your easel, keyboard, or dance studio. At first, it will feel like you’re just going through the motions, but eventually, your imagination will take over and you’ll feel like you’re moving in a trance. Questions about your love life are starting to be resolved. An inconstant lover no longer thrills you. Break things off and enjoy your freedom. You’ll soon find someone who is riveted by your sex appeal and won’t want anyone else.

Sagittarius People are taking you a lot more seriously. In the past, critics accused you of being overly idealistic. That’s because you were willing to give people who are down on their luck a chance. Now there’s a profound staffing problem, the authorities see the wisdom of your ways. Take this opportunity to organise a complicated work schedule. Take care to pair people who work well together. You don’t want to start things off on the wrong foot.


Taurus A stalled romance shows signs of life again. It feels great to come back together with the one you love. If you’re single, you’re ready to jump back into the dating market again. Moving past a terrible break up will be tough, but you simply can’t waste any more energy on this disappointment. Although the prospect of taking a chance on love is scary, it’s also exhilarating. Don’t be surprised if you feel some chemistry between you and an intriguing foreigner.




Forging a business deal will be easier than you think. The key is to join forces with someone who compensates for your weaknesses, while appreciating your strengths. Ideally, you work best with a partner who is adventurous and versatile. Be open to venturing into a new market, provided you do plenty of research beforehand. Cautious optimism is the key to your success. If you’re on your own, you may want to hire an accountant, office manager, or assistant to help with your workload.



All systems are go as far as the sale or purchase of some property is concerned. For the past couple of weeks, promising leads had a way of withering on the vine. Now you’ll be able to close a deal, much to the pleasure of both parties. It’s a relief to have this business off the table. Now you’ll be busy creating a household that is tidy, efficient, and comfortable. Enlist the aid of housemates or roommates in cleaning up the place.

After a long period of silence, people are finally returning your phone calls and emails. It’s about time! Now you’ll be able to move forward with a project that has been haunting your dreams. It’s possible you will have to do business with someone from overseas. This is the only person who can provide you with the quality of merchandise you want. Resist the urge to settle for an inferior product. Your reputation is on the line here.



Finally, you’ll get the paperwork you need from a hospital or government agency. It feels like you’ve been in limbo for the past few weeks. Now you’ve got that business out of the way, you can focus on solitary pursuits. Reading, writing, and communing with nature will restore your energy. Someone who grew up in a very different culture has some valuable advice to impart. It’s probably time to downsize. Let go of some possessions that have been weighing you down.

A group effort finally gets underway. It’s taken a long time for you to establish ground rules and agree on a meeting place, but now that you have, you’ll see immediate progress. You would never be able to make inroads to a cultural or religious organisation without the help of your colleagues. For one thing, you lack the contacts. For another, you don’t have the training. Once a relationship has been established you can assert your authority.

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At long last, you’re seeing some movement on the job front. Requests for interviews and work samples will pour in. Be open to meeting with potential employers, even if the position advertised doesn’t thrill you. It’s always helpful to brush up on your interviewing skills. The more you practice, the easier it will be to land the position you really want. The relief of making your way back into the workforce will ease the stress that’s been building up. The resulting surge of energy will be exhilarating.

Money talks will resume again and you’ll be in a much stronger position to get what you want. Thanks to your ability to be flexible, you’ll be able to fill a variety of needs for your employer. Although you don’t like having to constantly change gear, you’ll do what is necessary to land a steady job. In time, your true talent will emerge, and it will be easier to carve out a distinct job description. Until then, be willing to learn every aspect of the business.

Pisces You’re finally able to make headway with an authority figure. For the past few weeks, the person in charge has been evading your questions. Now you’ll get some definitive answers. If you’ve been in salary negotiations, push your agenda, even past the point of being comfortable. It’s difficult for a shy person like you to be aggressive, but sometimes you have to press your point. This is one of those situations. You’ll never get what you deserve if you don’t promote your interests.

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Very large cave house, totally renovated. 5 beds, 2 baths, 2 lounges, dining room, fitted kitchen. Storage. Porch, barbeque. Garage. Enclosed plot with auto entry. Close to amenities. Build: 214 m2 Plot: 7,000 m2 € 217,000



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Beautiful detached villa on an enclosed plots with stunning views. 4 double beds, 2 baths, large fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, lounge/diner, spacious conservatory with study. Build: 130 m2 Plot: 7,000 m2 € 156,995

Renovated country house in a peaceful area but close to town. 3 beds (master has a dressing room), bath, kitchen with office area, lounge/diner with fireplace. Gardens with auto entry. A/C. Build: 130 m2 Plot: 6,000 m2 € 110,000

Recently renovated detached villa with fantastic views to the lake. 2 double beds, bath, open plan lounge/fitted kitchen. Good access. Could be extended up to 200 m2 Build: 90 m2 Plot: 10,000 m2 € 129,000

Single storey chalet with garden. 2 beds, bath, lounge/diner, separate kitchen with patio. Enclosed double glazed porch. Fully furnished & equipped. A/C, Sat TV. Close to amenities. Plot: 100 m Build: 80 m2 € 63,000

Build: 125 m2

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The Royal British Legion Pinoso Branch

Dog rescue Registered association no. CV-01-045701-A

Happy New Year. Last year we homed in excess of 170 dogs. All money raised helps abandoned dogs. Please continue to support our fund raising events. We will be publishing our 2012 calendar of events next month. Contact us on: Phone: 659274573 Email: Web site:

The Royal British Legion in Spain, Pinoso Branch, Service of Remembrance The Royal British Legion in Spain, Pinoso Branch, Poppy Appeal 2011 The Royal British Legion in Spain, Pinoso branch, would like to thank all those establishments who had collection boxes on their premises and all those individuals who contributed towards the 2011 Poppy Appeal. As a result, a donation of 2105 Euros has now been made to the National Poppy Appeal from the Pinoso branch. The Pinoso branch of the Royal British Legion holds meetings on the last Tuesday of every month at La Blanca Paloma restaurant just outside Pinoso. New members are always welcome. For more details, please contact: Ann Booth, Branch Secretary. Email:; Tel: (0034) 686 696 365

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! 46

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Tel: 965 474 314 • Mob: 675 218 436 • FA B pr oper ties • FA B p r i c e s • FA B s e r v i c e

Pinoso - Ref: ff0603

Caudete - Ref: ff0622

Charming renovated village house. Key ready.Furniture included. Large walled garden. Fabulous location.

Country house with stunning views Bespoke swimming pool 4 beds, 2 baths. 2 berth static caravan included.

REAL BARGAIN - 114,995 euros.

Sax - Ref: ff0567 Large family villa 4 beds, 3 baths Conservatory & pool PRICED TO SELL ONLY 148,995 euros.

WANTED - COUNTRY PROPERTIES UNDER 150,000 EUROS. CLIENTS WAITING. Sax, Salinas, and surrounding areas. Call Steve or Claire on 965 474 314 / 675 218 436 or email:

Sax - Ref: ff0634 Country villa with gorgeous views. 3 beds, 2 baths Pool & outbuildings Large living/dining room. GREAT PRICE - 159,950 euros.

Caudete - Ref: ff0621 Finca with large roof terrace 2 beds, 1 bathMostly renovated - just finishing off req. Manageable plot of 1600m2 ABSOLUTE BARGAIN 99,000 euros.

REDUCED - NOW 158,500 euros.

Caudete - Ref: ff0618 Lovely finca with pool 3D bedrooms, 1 bathroom Finishing off required (En-suite) REAL BARGAIN 75,995 euros.

ExpEriEncE   thE rEal Spain  Inland property specialist Most properties within 40 mins of Alicante/Murcia New villas from €115,000 Reformation projects from €30,000 Country houses from €58,000 0034 645 746 176

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UK TV on Internet 20 € (+iva) per hour Printer Ink - 50%

Websites designed from 200 € (incl. iva) Quality Hosting from 80 € (incl. iva) Computers Repaired and Upgraded; Sales; Training Sax, Alicante STEVE: 966 967 439 or 650 354 629

Qualified computer repairs Websites, Training & Advice Covering Pinoso, Fortuna, Hondons, La Romana and all surrounding areas FREE computer clinics: Tue in “T” de Tapas, Pinoso (10am - 2pm) Thrs in The Casle Bar, Baños de Fortuna (1pm - 4pm)

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Hondon Valley Golf Society DINNER DANCE AT LA FINCA AND MARTIN’S TAYLOR MADE SUCCESS AT ALICANTE BRINGS THE CURTAIN DOWN ON THE 2011 SEASON ! La Finca Restaurant was the venue for the annual HVGS Presentation and Dinner Dance where seventy members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal. They were entertained by the silky smooth voice of showman Andy Jones to a cabaret spot featuring songs from the West End musicals. After the Trophy Presentations and Raffle Andy had everyone on their feet dancing into the small hours with a mixture of songs through the ages. President Bill Yuill, Captain John Wilkinson and Linda Wells were all on hand to present the trophies. The trophy winners are listed elsewhere in this article. Tanya and Carol did very well to prise over €200.00 euros from the guests selling raffle tickets. The main cash prize of €100.00 euros was won by Bob Nash to round off a good night for him. Eleven days later five fourballs gathered at Alicante for the Christmas Golf Day. Martin Taylor, the Society Treasurer, had a great day to finish off his year. Having already won the President’s Cup, he was the overall and Gold section winner of the Christmas Stableford with 32 points and, when Chairman Ron invited him to draw the number for the Green Fee Refund, he drew out his own number! Number 13, as it turned out, was lucky for Martin! After breakfast in the clubhouse and a change of format from Texas Scramble to Stableford the HVGS Members tee-ed off at 10.00 hours in warm sunshine, hardly any wind and with blue skies above containing nary a cloud. Santa was on the course with mince pies and sausage rolls he had picked up from Carole Goddard and a bit of Christmas Cheer in a bottle provided by the Captain on his last day in charge. It was a perfect day for golf in idyllic conditions making a mockery of the horrendous weather in the UK reported on the news that morning. For the Presentations, all the members assembled around the rectangular table in the bar to hear Captain John thank everyone for their support in his year of office. He hands over to Geoff Rabey in 2012 who will be assisted by the new Vice Captain, Graham Palmer. The President, Committee and Members of the HVGS wish the staff at TIM and all our readers on the Costa Blanca and elsewhere ‘Feliz Navidad y Ano Nuevo.’

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 619 577 169 or e-mail him at



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Winners HVGS Stableford – Alicante Golf – Tuesday 13th December2011 Bernard COX Kevin Wells Cup Martin TAYLOR President’s Cup Bob NASH 2011 Eclectic Martin TAYLOR Gold Winner 15 32 Les GODDARD Silver Winner 20 28 Albert BAGGALEY Bronze Winner 22 24 Graham PALMER Nearest the Pin 3rd Jan HENDRICKS Nearest the Pin 6th Steve MANN Nearest the Pin 8th Mick the GRIP Nearest the Pin 12th John WILKINSON Nearest the Pin 15th Dave TOMLINSON Nearest the Pin 17th John WILKINSON Longest Drive 1st Mick the GRIP Best Guest 9 32 Martin TAYLOR Green Fee Refund Ron GRAHAM Football Scratchcard Brighton • Web site:

Trophy Trophy Bottle of Brandy Beer and Glass Set Beer and Glass Set Beer and Glass Set Bottle of Fundador Bottle of Fundador Bottle of Fundador Bottle of Fundador Bottle of Fundador Bottle of Fundador Beer and Glass Set Bottle of Whisky €40.00 Cash €20.00 Cash

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CAMPO GOLF SOCIETY The latest meeting of the Campo GS was held on a very pleasant late November day with the usual stalwarts enjoying an interesting and competitive match. Bearing in mind that the course was waterlogged two days before following torrential rain, the staff at Alenda had done a good job in making it playable.

DATES FOR 2011 Jan 12th

El Plantio €45 incl.buggy 1st Tee TBA


The society is organising a 3-day golf break to the 4* Hotel Villatana in Benidorm for 20th March 2012. The cost is €155 for 3 nights B & B and 3-day’s golf. Can those interested please speak to Brian so he can add your name to the list. Transport will be arranged nearer the time.

Although the course was crowded, we managed to complete in our usual time frame. The downside was that there were insufficient buggies available and Barry would like to thank members for their patience whilst Alenda sorted the problem out.

If this is successful, it is hoped that this could become an annual event.

FOR SALE - 4 TYRES - 205/17/R14’s - €100 - only used for a few

The winner on the day was Barry Gannaway with 30 points and second place went to Cliff Parkinson with 26 points. Well done to both,

miles. Contact Brian on the number below.


CONTACT BRIAN ON 966 677 852 / 618 834 774 OR BARRY


965 480 716 / 686 374 717 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES WHATSOEVER

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With iPad2 recently released, below is some information on what you can expect with this must have luxury item! visit the apple website to read the full specification

Thin. Light. Fully loaded. Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dualcore A5 chip. 10-hour battery life.1 Over 200 new software features in iOS 5. And iCloud. All in a remarkably thin, light design. There’s so much to iPad, it’s amazing there’s so little of it.

Technology so advanced, you’ll forget it’s even there. When you pick up iPad, it becomes an extension of you. That’s the idea behind its innovative design. It’s just 8.8mm thin and weighs as little as 601g, so it feels completely comfortable in your hands.2 And it makes surfing the web, checking email, watching films and reading books so natural, you’ll wonder why you ever did it any other way.

Two cameras. And a big hello to FaceTime for iPad. You’ll see two cameras on iPad — one on the front and one on the back. They may be tiny, but they’re a big deal. They’re designed for FaceTime video calling, and they work together so you can talk to your favourite people and see them smile and laugh back at you.3 The front camera puts you and your friend face to face. Switch to the back camera during your video call to share where you are, who you’re with or what’s going on around you. If it’s worth filming, let the back camera roll. It’s HD, so every movie you shoot is a mini-masterpiece. And you can take wacky snapshots in Photo Booth. It’s the most fun a face can have.

iCloud. Your content. On all your devices. iCloud stores your music, photos, documents and more, and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.6 So if you buy a song, take a photo or edit a calendar event on your iPad, iCloud makes sure it appears on your Mac, iPhone and iPod touch too. You don’t have to do a thing.

Wi-Fi and 3G. Two great ways to stay connected. Every iPad is built with advanced 802.11n wireless technology. It automatically finds Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad is also available with 3G connectivity. So if you’re somewhere without Wi-Fi, such as outdoors on a camping trip or on the road, you can still surf the web, check email or get directions. copyright


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Win a Pleasure Flight Courtesy of Sol Aero Simply answer the question below, fill in your details, cut out the coupon and send to T.I.M. Apartado de Correos 285 • 03630 SAX (Alicante) Question: Where are Sol Aero based? Answer.................................................................................. Name..................................................................................... Email Address......................................................................... Address.......................................................................... ....................................................................................... Your Contact Tel number.......................................................... Closing Date for entries is the 19th January 2012 TIM’s decision is final Weight and height restrictions apply.


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Advertise here in colour from 36 euros for three months. Call 606 891 644 Now!

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MORE PROPERTIES NEEDED Due to our new Dutch partner bringing us Dutch, French and Belgique clients

La Romana Village Community Car Boot Sale Central market la Romana On Sunday 22nd January Sellers .7.30 am Buyers 9am

Fixed fee with no upfront costs

Tel : 645746176

Pitches will be on a first come first served,unless pre booked We have clients out everyday

No new goods will be allowed for sale with exception of hand crafted products


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House Clearance whole and part houses and garages cleared moving house? having a clearout!We will buy all unwanted items from furniture to single items including vehicles Removals large van and driver for hire on hourly rates,prompt professional service guaranteed for further information please call 661 145128

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Sell it Fast Sell it For FREE! You can place your unwanted items in our Classifieds section FREE of charge up to the value of 500 euros. Simply text your unwanted items too 680 976823 or email them to remember, no more than 25 words per item and no more than 3 items per household, and please always include what area you live in, we do not take FREE classifieds over the phone. Last day for Free ads is the 18th of the month

If you have an item for sale over 500 euros or if you have a commercial advert and would like them listed in the Classifieds section of the magazine, then call 606 891644.

Advertise Your Classifieds For FREE No Value Restrictions. Sell anything fast at classifieds, its totally FREE. Sell you House/car/boat or what have you at Send your small ads for print to BARGAINADS@YAHOO.ES

When sending through your items by email, please only send in normal size text. GENERAL

Hondon De Los Frailes, Tel, 965482144

Stylish dining table and four upholstered chairs, black & grey fabric. Glass top 120x75cm. Silver/grey gunmetal finish. Picture emailed upon request. 100 euros. Crevillente 645 651 062

Also 1000Ltr water container, white heavy duty plastic with lid, very good condition, 45 euros ono and 200 Ltr plastic water container, with lid, good condition, 20 euros ono. Tel. 625837010. Tibi area. Will be in spain 22nd Jan to 9th Feb 2012.

Two sets of triple-lights ceiling lights. Bronze finished with bayonet cap (push in) light bulbs. In excellent condition. 50 Euros for both also 27” colour TV (not flat screen) in excellent working condition. Complete with remote control. 40 Euros Tel: 651 572 942 Aspe area Washing machine - Balay 3TS750XT - silver colour, €200. Max spin 1000 rpm, 6kg capacity, class A+A. Only 2 years of use (2 people) - cost over €400 when purchased. Jumilla 666 102 127 Hoover reverse tumble dryer 40 euros buyer collects Tel 606 891 644 Sax Photo available in the classifieds section of www. For Sale; dining table & 4 chairs, 2 carvers, excellent condition, mahogany colour, 150 euros, matching sideboard, 75 euros. If sold together, 200 euros. Coffee table, dark wood, excellent condition, 65 euros. 56

Can’t find what your looking for here? Then visit www. classifieds, place your items for sale, no price limits, no charge, sell / rent your home, sell what you like, no charge, include photos and more at classifieds, don’t delay start buying/selling/renting today. Double bed-sette,good condition 100E, 1.8metre petal sectioned satellite dish 60E,Oil filled radiator good condition on wheels 15E Panel wall heater 20E.966979630(Pinoso area) Sound installation for PC: printer HP 590, Acer pc lcd screen AK 1703 17”, sound installation cambridge sound works 4-point surround (4&woofer), all in fine working order, total for 100,00 Euro. Hondon area phone: 676 752 436 Dartboard, cabinet and wall

fixings and 9 darts - as new, unused gift €30. Tel. 965 978 874 or 669 615 185 (Pinoso) Woodburner insert fire, with electric fan, vgc, 80x45x60 250 euros Tel 666 627121 Hondon Slide storage boxes hama ; 6 containing each 500 slides, some with/without slide frames 70,00 Euro, Hondon area phone: 676 752 436 Pentax P30 35mm camera complete with 28-80mm lens + 70-210mm zoom lens, flash, tripod and assorted filters, complete in metal carry case 100euros. tel: 965482048 Frailes. Epson 1260 Image scanner 15euros, Epson Stylus C44 printer 10euros. All leads & software included plus spare cartridges. phone 636553918. Frailes Double bed-settee little used,good condition 100E.oilfilled radiator on castors good condition 15E.Panel wall heater nnearly new 20E.966979630 (pinoso area) Fujiyama generator 5.5kw output, model F5GF 3H new, unused, 485 Euros. Available from 9 January Hondon Frailes TEL, 610667706 Brand new wardrobe 175w

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x 61d x 226h solid wood dovetailed 3dr with 3drws plus inside 3drw chest hand painted cream washed cost 1000E now half price 500E. Chest 2 plus 2 deep drawer 92w x 43d x 84h cream washed, solid wood with dovetailed joints and 2 bedsides to match 300E. 4ft 6ins creamwashed hand fettled metal bed with good mattress 300E. Pinoso area 672834925 2 portable gas heaters with bottles, 150 euros Call 639 983550 FOR SALE; Golf clubs, Maxfli golf bag and collapsible trolley, umbrella and various accessories. Complete set includes; 5 wood, 3 wood, 1 wood, sand wedge, pitching wedge, 9 – 3 irons and 1 iron. All in excellent condition. Bad back forces reluctant sale – collection from Elche. 90€ TELEPHONE 650 594 112 FOR SALE; FENDER Squier right handed electric lead guitar, case, Squier SP-10 Amplifier, cabling and Squier digital quartz tuner. Collection from Elche. 75 € TELEPHONE 650 594 112 A.P.C. (made in the U.S.A.) 3k..w. 48v Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Battery Charger ideal for Computers and electronics etc . Bargain 250euros Villena area Tel 664 551 270

Costa Blanca SERVICES Crystal Clear Window Cleaning Service Telephone to arrange a free quotation!! Ed or Graham 618 200 657 or email

Very nice man with a big white van, Removals, deliveries, pick up service, all jobs considered. Call now on 669 547 068

Oct 2004 Spanish Registered Citroen Xsara 2.0 HDI 110HP Manual diesel Estate, 82,000 Kms ITV to Nov/14, service history, one Owner , immaculate Grey bodywork, Alloys, front electric windows & mirrors, central locking, radio with 6CD player, dog guard excellent condition, Pinoso Area 5,995 euros 965978578

Do you need a Translator! Translator available for doctors/ hospital appointments etc in Sax, Villena and Elda areas, complete discretion assured, Call Samantha on 697 925 947 Joiner/Carpenter Fully qualified joiner. 35 years experience (12 in Spain), anything from a shelf to a new roof. All general repairs. Decking a speciality. Tel 966 182 839/662 048 869 or text 680 755 943 Hablamos tu lengua – We speak your language.


JOBS Large van leaving Spain to the UK and UK to Spain every month. space available both ways, very reliable Tel or 690 818 090, UK mob: 07504 927034 email:


Translation/interpretation service. 10€ per hour. Need a translator/interpreter? Are you a translator/interpreter looking for more work? Please call 679548451

UK BASED CHIMNEY SWEEP I can sweep your chimney when I next come to Fortuna To book an appointment Tel 868 027 019 / 677 107 977 or Email Member Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps.

B. J. TOOL HIRE Macisvenda

You need it? We’ve got it! From Acrows to Wacker Plates

CRAFTSMEN & DESIGN SERVICES 35 yrs unique skill base all work licensed and guarenteed specialising in * plastering internal/ external wall covering *stone masonry / brick & block work *plumbing, painting& decorating Free estimates help & advise Tel :966180636 or 620543155 e mail: craftsmendesign@

Collection/Delivery available Repairs & Servicing to most types of tools. Chain Saws re-sharpened.

650 763 177 or 636 286 841

Avon representatives required. Be your own boss, earn good commission and have fun! Call Jacqueline 679 548 451

Driving to the UK? English B and B in France, close to the Spanish border. Peaceful location, ideal for your stopovers. Ring for details 0033 562 331 962 or visit our web site at www.millifleursbb. VEHICLES


CASH We pay INSTANT CASH for ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. Cars, Vans, Bikes, Quads, Caravans, Power Tools, Garden Furniture ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING!!!!!

From 1€ - €10.000 Same day collection Ring Phil Now 607 848 332 Lee 663 673 143 FORTUNA 2nd hand cars bought and sold Tel 691 260 502 E-mail: • Web site:


ENTERTAINMENT Auction every 2nd and last Wednesday at bar central in Barbaroja starts 2pm, good food/ great atmosphere Call for info 636 456 139 EG Disco and Karaoke, available for private parties, functions, bars, special occasions. From 70€ for a night of entertainment!! Also outside catering available from 5€ pp!! tel 618 200 657 or email for more info!! WANTED Automatic car. Picasso or Citroen 3 style. Must be high for easy access. Price depends on age/condition 696 209 567 Wanted 1.9m or 2.4m satellite dish, preferably with stand. Tel 629589232 or email copsey@ Wanted , anyone driving to the UK, (Bedford area ) in March / April contact Malcolm on 996192595 Mob.660276633. Wanted wind turbine 12v or 24v and solar panels. Tel 57

TIM Magazine™ 629589232 or email copsey@ I buy fridges / washing machines / furniture /electricals / tools/ bikes, ! Anything! Get cash call Sue on 636 456 139

Want to sell your Spanish country house? Fabfincas Estate Agency is looking for country houses for sale for up to 150,000 euros in the following areas. Sax, Salinas, Villena, Biar, Caudete, Pinoso, Onil, Elda, Petrer, Castalla and Monovar. We have clients looking in these areas at houses in this price range. For more information, please call Steve or Claire on 965 474 314, 675 218 436 or email fabfincas@ Country properties wanted under 150,000 euros in and around Sax/Salinas/ Pinoso/ Villena/ Caudete and the surrounding areas Call Isa on 615 984745 or 966 153425 Wanted all types of household items, electrical/ power tools/ ladders and almost anything WHY! Call 671 251332 don’t delay get cash today. Wanted experienced plumbers to work on and fit all types of central heating, not gas. For more information, please Contact Steve on 650 464 166 Wanted - Wrought iron/metal garden gate. 90 cms wide and about 1.5m high. Sax area. Tel: 636 167 650. 58

EVENTS Over indulged this festive season? Why not party yourself fit with ZUMBA, the worlds fastest growing fitness programme inspired by both latin & international dance. Classes in Sax & La Romana. Call Tina (dip.PT,RSA,IAF) 659 422 501 PARTY YOURSELF INTO SHAPE IN 2012!! DITCH THE WORKOUT, JOIN THE PARTY!! ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES with Certified Zumba Instructor In Pinoso, La Romana, Fortuna, The Hondons, La Zarza for details contact Donna 966 195 876 / 699 408 773 Free Open Day at Rafael’s Restaurant, just off the Monovar Rd about a mile from the Pinoso roundabout Find out about this season’s Art, Craft and Relaxation events. Open from 11am-3pm on Wednesday 11th January. Watch the artist at work and ask questions. Find out about classes in Watercolours, Oils, Acrylics etc. Enquire about day workshops in Drawing, Glass painting & Engraving, Mosaics, Printing, Face and Body Art and more. Find out about Children & Parent’s Saturday Arts & Crafts only €5 Or email for this information at




Inland Property Specialists Sales, Rentals & Management Key holding - from 50€ pa Pool maintenance - from 30€ pcm Garden Maintenance - from 10€ pcm Cleaning Services

Documentation Claire Crofts - Mobile Dog Grooming - Tel 649 280 204

NIE, Residencia, Car re-registration, Driving licences, Change of car ownership, Padron, SIP card etc.

Low Prices Guaranteed 966180624 / 630976105




new year, new career, start your own business! Supply of good quality electronic cigarettes for sale, good repeat business! Lack of time to run business forces sale, for more info tel. 965 978 768 or 630 681 408 BIRTHDAY WISHES

Inland Properties Town houses from 65,000e, 3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms Villas from 105,000e Land with water and electric from 35,000e all totally legal Also large selection of Coastal properties Tell us what you want! properties required! Phone 0034 617 987 859 email

Are you house hunting/ or looking for a relaxing Holliday 30 minutes inland from the coast and 25 mins from Alicante Airport in the real Spain! Long and Short lets available, fabolous road connections to all parts of Spain. Golf Couse 15 mins drive away.Two beds, two bathrooms, American kitchen/ dinner, Sky tv, Air con, use of pool and jaccuzi, beautifull views, great for walking or cyclists. Sax area call 638 026 230 for more info and prices.

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Happy belated 7th birthday Alfie, (front row right end) also happy 3rd birthday Rich, love from nanny n grandad xx

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

Well, happy New Year to all, and thanks to all who bought flying vouchers from us for Christmas! Anybody who reads this column regularly will no doubt be tired of me banging on about the advantages of micro light aircraft over the more traditional Cessna’s, Piper’s, Robin’s etc favored for decades by flying schools.

For more information call Chris / Janet 609 685 132 / 966 195 508 or see our main advert. (above)

Cheaper, faster, more involving, etc, are phrases that are in danger of making me sound like a stuck record, and I stand by them. But…there are some things that you cannot do in a micro light, either by law or design.

Also, a radiotelephony licence, not mandatory with the micro light licence, is with the full PPL.

Aerobatics are forbidden, even spinning. Night and instrument flying are a no no, and the only ratings you can add to your licence are instructor / examiner. Max. Number of seats...two. Forget taking the wife and kids to Ibiza for the weekend! Maximum take off weight 450kg, so if you weigh twenty stone, you could probably carry enough fuel for a 20 minute flight, assuming you could fit into the thing in the first place!! Sometimes, bigger is better, and I do occasionally like splashing out and renting a four seater? Flying the family to the Balearics, sharing ATC with Captain Ryanair at international airports makes me feel important!! So, how much harder is the full PPL, and can you do it locally. Not much more expensive, and yes is the answer to the above you can do it locally, under the guidance of Brian Mellor, a friend of mine with a lifetime of flying experience in aircraft ranging from micro lights to airliners, with a lot of aerobatics thrown in!

The course is a minimum of forty five hours, BUT…if you already have a microlight licence the CAA will credit you with twenty five of those hours, one of the most sensible decisions made by the CAA. It means you could do over half your course in a microlight with all the cost advantages that go with it. Although this option is realistically only open to those under 15 stone, as you need to consider your instructors weight. If you are considering serious touring, in larger aircraft, or perhaps flying as a career, then you will need the full PPL, it is accepted more or less worldwide, and you can add ratings to it, from a simple night visual to a full instrument qualification. Be warned though, you will need a stash of cash behind you, especially if you aim to own your own aircraft. Another area where the microlight has, and will always have the advantage!! Until next time, Chocks away!

Brian normally instructs on a Piper Warrier, or a Cessna 172. He is qualified to teach the PPL, including the night, and aerobatic ratings, as well as the written exams. The syllabus is pretty much the same as the micro light one, but with greater instrument appreciation due to the greater number of instruments!! The navigation training is more intensive but this is the function of nearly all of the additional instruments anyway. E-mail: • Web site:

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