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The Sentinella No 64

Axarquia Edition!

All you need for ‘info on the go’ December 09

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Merry Christmas!!

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From the Ed..

Happy Christmas to all our lovely readers and advertisers! Whether you’re spending the merry days here in Spain or back in rain-sodden blighty, we wish you a truly fantastic time. I’ll be celebrating Christmas Spanish style, with my boyfriend and his twentyfive strong family. Before the arrival of Three King’s Day, their big celebration is Christmas Eve, so on December 24th I’ll be stuffing my face with a (kind of) roast dinner, followed by various desserts, plus plates of marzipan and other sweet treat. In years gone by I’ve always brought a typical English offering with me, just to add a little variety. Last year I brought mince pies with custard, which proved particularly popular, and the one before that I laid Christmas Crackers on the table for everybody. The whole family transformed into what seemed like five-year-olds as they scrambled over silly plastic toys. I did laugh! I need to think quickly about what to take this year - suggestions welcome! Its funny how differently two nations (only two hours or so by plane) celebrate! After dinner his family throw a huge party with loud music, dancing, karaoke singing and general silliness. It’s always a giggle and as you might have suspected, a lot of brandy does the rounds! Christmas Day is a much more tranquil event and not much celebrating goes on that day, as everyone is busy nursing their hangovers. New Year’s Eve is the next biggy and then before we know it Three King’s Day arrives. When it comes to presents, my boyfriend and I tend to take advantage of the differing traditions so we enjoy TWO pressie days – Christmas Day when we fill stockings for one another and Three

a taste of what’s inside this Month

strange News.................Page 4 Network Update...........Page 23 Dates For Diary............Page 36 amazing animals.........Page 40 Places to go................Page 48 Competition..................Page 88 star signs.....................Page 99 what’s On...................Page 100 information.................Page 102 Puzzle Pages..............Page 104 Front Cover by ‘Katie’. See her work at

CONtaCt Us: Editor - keidi keating - 610 976 284 Email: sales - kami - 664 210 468 Email: Deposito Legal Ma-1435-2005 No part of this publication, including pictures may be copied, used or reproduced without our prior written consent. The Sentinella accepts no responsibility for alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors. So there! The Sentinella is eternally dedicated to Colin Checkley, the founder and editor of The Sentinel Magazine. May he rest in peace. (Born; 1960 Died; 2004)

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Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts King’s Day when we fill shoes in the same way. Two Christmas’s in one. I’m certainly not complaining! This year we’d like to hear from our readers about any BIZARRE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS received. Whatever they happen to be, please share them with our readers and email: As for the New Year, I’m looking forward to the holiday of 2010 and a trip to Australia, spending some time in Melbourne and Sydney. That’s not until February, but we can’t wait to see kangaroos, koalas and of course the Ozzies themselves (plus a couple of British friends who have moved there). The thought of spending three weeks on a different continent is particularly appealing, as is being on the opposite side of the world! Speaking of new starts and excitement, the current incarnation of The Sentinella website will be launched sometime in December. We can’t promise an exact date as yet, but it will definitely be complete by the end of 2009, all ready for the dawn of a New Year. We have some really exciting things happening in 2010, so do stay tuned!

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age of 98. Bertie and Jessie Wood ended their 36year marriage when they were both two years away from their 100th birthdays. They got married in Elstree, Hertfordshire, in 1972, having both ended previous marriages, before moving to Falmouth in Cornwall four years later. However, by 2008, when they were both aged 97, their relationship faltered and a decree absolute is believed to have been granted subsequently. In Devon last month, Les Atwell, 94, and Sheila Walsh, 87, married to become Britain's oldest newly-weds. Kids think Hitler was a football coach One in 20 British schoolchildren thinks Adolf Hitler was a German football manager, according to a new survey. One in six youngsters believed Auschwitz was a theme park - and one in 12 thought the Blitz was a European clean-up operation following World War II. The findings are contained in a poll for the veterans' charity Erskine, which asked 2,000 kids aged 9 to 11 about the two world wars. One in four said they did not think about soldiers who died then, and 40 per cent had no idea when Remembrance Day is.

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Boy, 11, declared reincarnated holy man

Man is punchbag for stressed women

A US boy is not going back to school after he was declared the reincarnation of a Buddhist holy man who first died in 1250. Boston-born Jigme Wangchuk, 11, has now moved to India where he has been made the head of a Buddhist sect in the country's eastern Darjeeling city. His parents say they discovered their son was not like other children two years ago when he started talking about his "past life". After hearing his description of a temple he had never visited, monks proclaimed he was the reincarnation of the 'Rinpoche' or high priest Galwa Lorepa, the founder of one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Now he will spend the next ten years in virtual seclusion and only be able to communicate with his former school friends via email.

A Chinese man has launched a secret sideline - by renting himself out as a punchbag for stressed women. Xiao Lin, a gym coach in Shenyang, in northeast China's Liaoning province, charges 100 yuan (nearly £9) for 30 minutes for his services and says he has already had two customers since launching his new business. "The first woman was about 25 years old,” said Lin. “She paid for half an hour but soon got tired and spent the rest of her time just chatting to me," he said. World’s Oldest Divorcees A British couple have become the oldest couple in the world to divorce - at the 4

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Merry Christmas From the world! How Merry Christmas is said round the world and wow what a mouthful some of these are!

Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie Portuguese: Feliz Natal Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Serbian: Hristos se rodi. Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok Spanish: Feliz Navidad Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

African: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Brazilian: Feliz Natal Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou! Chile: Feliz Navidad Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun Croatian: Sretan Bozic Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok Danish: Glædelig Jul Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast English: Merry Christmas Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup|hi Finnish: Hyvaa joulua Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar French: Joyeux Noel Greek: Kala Christouyenna! Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova Hindi: Shub Naya Baras Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket (Monday to Friday) Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal Open every day Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah 12.00 - 16.00 Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig 18.30 - 24.00 mhaith chugnat Avda. Andalucia,35 Bajo 29750 Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie Algarrobo-Costa (Malaga) Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha Tel: 952 551 439 or 665 167 060 Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum! 6

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the 'Proactive' Decision Maker Be careful before you make any rash decisions today...! If you've ever worked for a boss who reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will love this! A company, feeling it was time for a shake-up, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, "How much money do you make a week?" A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, "I make £300 a week. Why?" The CEO said, "Wait here." He walked

back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy £1,200 in cash and said, "Here's four weeks' pay. Now GET OUT and don't come back." Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, "Does anyone want to tell me what that guy did here?" From across the room a voice said, "Pizza delivery from Domino's."

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Funny Christmas Quotes

You have just walked out of the church after your delightful wedding ceremony and on the church steps, both your families are applauding you with a hundred friends gathered around. The photographer raises his camera and following your family's tradition, both of you are holding beautiful live white doves which you will release together. The bride and groom stand happily shoulder to shoulder with a dove gently held in both hands as everyone eagerly awaits the climax of your marriage vows. The photographer gives the ready signal and you open your hands toward the sky and release the doves as a symbol of your eternal love. Not a dry eye anywhere, such a moving sight, the camera flashes and the moment is captured for all eternity...

'I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.' Bernard Manning 'I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.’ Shirley Temple 'Let me see if I've got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn't laundering illegal drug money?' Tom Armstrong 'Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.' Victor Borge 'Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking?' Arlo Guthrie

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time and Materials The days of construction companies “sticking 40 per cent on top” are long gone, or at least they should be.

buyer in a more ‘realistic’ market. With “Time & Materials” this does not need to be expensive. As a client, you will pay cost prices only, with receipts given for every material. The control of the budget is yours and as such, you only pay what is affordable to yourself. Nick and Lesley, of Hotel Palacio Blanco in Velez-Malaga, are one of “Time & Materials” main clients. Our flexibility suits them very well as we can be in and out at times that correspond to their quiet periods during the day so not to disturb their paying guests. More importantly, we never leave behind an “on-going building site”. Work areas are always cleaned and finished, despite non-completion of a particular project or job, until the next allotted time.

In a recession, businesses, especially those connected to construction, do one of two things; adapt or die. The current recession is crying out for changes in the way we all think and conduct business. To survive both the good and bad times transparency is needed and this, above all, is the ethos behind “Time and Materials”. My business partner, Paul, an expert plasterer, and I, a carpenter and project manager, decided to give our clients more flexibility, more options and certainly more control. As you can see in our advertisements, even our labour costs are negotiable. With our help, certain jobs that have been put off due to a “The way that Time and Materials operlack of available funds, may now be af- ate is really convenient for us. We don’t fordable if planned and executed over a agree with asking various builders to longer period of time, allowing a client to quote for what sometimes might only be stop and start a project as and when the half a day’s work. Generally when we funds dictate. During my years in Spain, call Mark he is on site within 24 hours I have almost completed the full renova- and he is really flexible. He always gives tion of our home, which was previously a us a wry smile when we ask him to make dilapidated country cottage. During this noise quietly! He is clean, tidy, profestime, asking various craftsmen for sional, and polite around our guests, quotes to do particular jobs, as well as which is very important to us.” working on the construction of other Mr and Mrs N Vallance, Hotel Palacio client’s houses, I was amazed at the dif- Blanco, Velez-Malaga. ference in pricing by many construction companies to do the same job to the Paul and I have many years experience same standard. That was when I de- of both interior and exterior construction cided to take my time and complete the work, specialising in plastering, carpenrenovation at a pace and budget under try and project management. Working my own control. My wife and I saved alongside other tradesmen, such as ourselves thousands and now have a plumbers and electricians means we home, that if placed on the market is have built up a knowledge of trustworthy worth twice what we originally paid, in- and recommended specialists, as well cluding all renovation costs. as trusted manufacturers and building If your house is currently for sale or you outlets from which to source the fairest are thinking of selling in the future, I am priced and highest quality materials. sure you know that the market is less than buoyant and now geared towards For any queries or estimates, please the buyer. Gone are the inflated property contact Mark or Paul on 661713238 prices and it is now more important than or refer to our advertisement on ever that your home looks its best in page 56 order to attract the more discerning 10



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world traditions Christmas traditions round the world



Brazil - Father Christmas is called Papai Noel. Many Christmas customs are similar to USA or UK. For those who have enough money, a special Christmas meal will be chicken, turkey, ham, rice, salad, pork, fresh and dried fruits, often with beer. Poorer people will just have chicken and rice. Finland - Finnish people believe that Father Christmas (Santa Claus) lives in the north part of Finland called Korvatunturi, north of the Arctic Circle. People from all over the world send letters to Santa Claus in Finland. (It is only fair to say that the people of Greenland say that really, Father Christmas lives in Greenland!) There is a even big tourist theme park called 'Christmas Land' in the north of Finland, near to where they say that Father Christmas lives. France - In France, Christmas is always called 'NoĂŤl. Everyone has a Christmas tree, sometimes decorated in the old way with red ribbons and real white wax candles. Fir trees in the garden are often decorated too, with lights on all night. Germany - Germans love to decorate their houses at Christmas. Many houses will have little wooden frames holding

electric candles in their windows, and coloured pictures of paper or plastic which look beautiful from the outside at night. Often too, they will have an 'Adventskranz' - a wreath of leaves with four candles. (Advent - meaning 'coming' - is the 4 week period before Christmas). On each Sunday of Advent, another candle is lit. Most homes will also have little wooden 'cribs' - a small model of the stable where Jesus was born, with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and animals. Hungary - Susanna Denes, a Hungarian friend contributed the following: Santa Clause (Winter-grandfather) (Telapo or Mikulas) comes on the 6th of December. Children should clean and put their shoes outside next to the door or window before they go to sleep. Next day candies and/or small toys appear in them in red bags. For children, who don't behave well, a golden birch placed next to the sweets, a symbol for spanking... (but don't worry, it is just for fun, and not for actual punishment.) Portugal - People adhere to the tradition that Father Christmas brings presents to children on Christmas Eve. The presents are left under the Christmas tree or in shoes by the fireplace. A special Christmas meal of salted dry cod-fish with boiled potatoes is eaten at midnight on Christmas Eve.

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Useless Facts wThe fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia.

wThere is a restaurant in Stockholm that

w Charlie Chaplin once lost a contest for a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest.

wThe world’s tallest free fall rollercoaster

only offers all-garlic products. They even have a garlic cheesecake.

is The Giant Drop located in Australia. The drop is 120 metres, which is equivalent to a 39-storey building.

wThe largest employer in the world is

wThere are no snakes in New Zealand.

the Indian railway system in India, emplying over 1.6 million people.

wChina's largest city is Shanghai.

w500,000 tonnes of dog excrement are

wCuba is the only island in the

wTo make one pound of butter, 29 cups of milk are needed.

wA chameleon's tongue is twice the

wA leech has 32 brains.

wA crocodiles mouth is attached to the

dumped annually on the streets of Paris.

wThe Dutch are known to be the tallest

Caribbean to have a railroad.

length of its body.

roof of its mouth.

people in Europe.

wAll porcupines float in water.

wThe longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987.

wApart from humans, certain species of

wIn Albania, nodding your head means “no” and shaking your head means “yes.” wLeather skin does not have any smell.

The leather smell that you sense is actually derived from the materials used in the tanning process.

chimpanzee are the only animals to experiment sexually. They have been known to 'wife swap' and indulge in group sex.

wA Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight. wA full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon. wA penny whistle has six finger holes.

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De Cotta Law Making a denuncía – what you need to know. By Myles G. Jackson - an English Lawyer with De Cotta McKenna y Santafé In this month’s column, I discuss the denuncía – which means to ‘report’ a crime or a dispute (as in with your neighbour). Generally, people make a denuncia when they’ve been mugged, or lost their passport and need official confirmation so the Consular authorities can issue in an emergency a travel document or replacement passport. If you have been victim of, involved in or witness to a criminal offence, car crash or any of the above, simply attend your local police station and report what happened or what you saw. In Nerja, the guardia don’t speak English (at least not whilst on duty) but do have a list of local interpreters who, for a fee, are happy to assist you and report the theft of your camera. For those living in remote villages, the duty officer’s English may be a little better than your Spanish and interpreters may not be as readily available. In such circumstances, you may prefer the path of least resistance and call the denuncia hotline (tel. 902 102 112). The hotline is staffed by bi-lingual speakers who will ask who or what you wish to report. All you have to do is speak English in calm, measured, assured tones, confirm your name, address, NIE and what it is you wish to report. It’s probably sensible to pen what you propose to say in advance so that you don’t confuse, omit or forget key information. Thereafter, the denuncia will be for22

warded to your local national police station which you’ll need to attend within 48 hours to formally sign the report. One should note that the denuncia hotline is for reporting criminal offences rather than civil infractions. So where you have lost your driving licence or your neighbour is playing his iPod too loud for comfort, you’ll need to attend the station in person. Upon reporting your matter to the police, they will make preliminary enquiries of possible witnesses, compile any evidence and prepare a file. This may take some time. Although, it is fair to say that most denuncias go no further than the village bobby having a quiet word in the perpetrator’s ear. Where sufficiently serious, the matter will be referred to the Public Prosecutor who, if satisfied that there is a case, will refer it to the local judge. If the judge decides that no criminal offence is made out, the file will be archived; if he considers that an offence is made out but the perpetrator cannot be readily established, the file will be shelved pending further evidence and; if he thinks that there is a case to answer, he will hear evidence for both the prosecution and defence before determining guilt and sentence. If you wish more information on this particular topic or would like to discuss any matter raised therein, contact Myles Jackson or Reyes Gomez Llorente, De Cotta McKenna y Santafe, on 952 527 014. Offices in Mijas Costa, Coín, Nerja, Granada and Tenerife. email: website: See main advert on page 54

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For all those awaiting the second edition of The Sentinella Newsletter, this was sent out on November 7th. If you didn’t receive a copy into your inbox and you wish to in the future, then please email with the word Newsletter in the title bar. From now on our Newsletter will be sent out bimonthly, unless there’s something particularly interesting to report. We’re growing really excited at the launch of our new website. The newlook, new-feel site will keep you updated on local, national and even international news, with content updated regularly.

There will even be a few new features, including the launch of The Sentinella


The new site should be ready by the dawn of the New Year, perhaps even sooner. We’re also busy working on a new system to improve The Sentinella Network. Let’s just say we’re diversifying like never before ;-)

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gift List - Pets The top 14 items on the gift lists of pets. 14. Hamster Sony Micro-Walkman and headband to wear while using the exercise wheel. 13. Dog "A sock! NO, a ball! NO, a ball in a sock! That would be so cool! Throw it! Throw it! Throw it!" 12. Guinea Pig A Furby with exceedingly low standards, if you get my drift. 11. Sea Monkeys Teeny tiny jet skis.

7. Iguana No-Doz 6. Rabbit A vasectomy for "Mr. Energizer" over there. 5. Dog "Anus", by Calvin Klein 4.Goldfish A "Boycott Pepperidge Farms" T-shirt. 3. Gerbil A third birthday

10. Cat Big Bird and a hibachi. 9. Hamster "Quick 'n' Easy Meals Using Your Own Offspring!" cookbook.


8. Dog The amazing incredibly lifelike inflatable humpin' leg.

2. Dog All I want for Christmas is my two rear TESTICLES! 1. Cat "Chicken Soup for the disdainful, uncaring soul".

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Las Nenas kennels We’re a Danish couple, who apart from one and a half years spent in Denmark, have lived in Spain since May 2004. We previously let out holiday homes and we also owned a small real estate company. Since returning to Spain in July 2009, we have started a dog kennel, as we feel there is the need for a focus on dogs not just being left to themselves, but being played with, stimulated and exercised. As dog owners ourselves, we are aware that leaving your pet in another person’s hands is a matter of trust. It is important to us that a kennel owner has time to care and meet each dog's individual needs. That is exactly our aim. We believe the dog's well being is essential to the owner and ourselves, as much as it is to the dog itself. Las Nenas Kennels is situated in the

countryside in the area between Canillas de Aceituno and Sedella, only half an hour drive from the coast. We have eight spacious individual kennels, one ‘family size’. The kennels are protected from the sun and sheltered from heavy rain and wind. We are just finishing building a large fenced play area. Besides that we walk the dogs at least three times every day in quiet settings with hardly any traffic at all. You are always welcome to contact us for an appointment or a viewing so we can chat about your dog's needs. Contact us on 646 271 895 or email We look forward to hearing from you. See main advert on page 108

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random Joke A woman comes home and tells her husband, 'Remember those headaches I've been having all these years? Well, they're gone.' No more headaches?' the husband asks, ‘What happened?' His wife replies, 'Margie referred me to a hypnotist & he told me to stand in front of a mirror, stare at myself and repeat, 'I do not have a headache ' 'I do not have a headache ' 'I do not have a headache ' Well, it worked! The headaches are all gone.' ‘Well, that is wonderful' proclaims the husband. His wife then says, 'You know, you haven't been exactly a ball of fire in the bedroom these last few years, why don't you go see the hypnotist and see if he can do anything for that?’ Reluctantly, the husband agrees to try it. Following his appointment, the husband comes home, rips off his clothes, picks up his wife and carries her into the bedroom. He puts her on the bed and says, 'Don't move, I'll be right back.' He goes into the bathroom and comes back a few minutes later and jumps into bed and makes passionate love to his wife like never before. His wife says, 'WOW! - that was wonderful!’ The husband says, 'Don't move! I will be right back.’ He goes back into the bathroom, comes back and round two was even better

than the first time. The wife sits up and her head is spinning 'OH MY GOD' she proclaims. Her husband again says, 'Don't move, I'll be right back.' With that, he goes back in the bathroom. This time, his wife quietly follows him and there, in the bathroom, she sees him standing at the mirror and saying. She's not my wife ' She's not my wife ' She's not my wife ' . She's not my wife ' His funeral service will be held on Saturday.

“hmmmm”!! Quote of the Year "If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, how come they can't have a headache and sex at the same time?" Billy Connelly ----------------------------------------------------The 3 stages of man 1. He believes in Father Christmas 2. He doesn’t believe in Father Christmas 3. He is Father Christmas!! How true!

XMas DaY - ChristMas CarVErY B w Variety of Starters ONLY O w Beef/Pork/Turkey CREDIT CARDS €39.50 pp O w Various Desserts NOW TAKEN k i w Coffee/Half Bottle of Wine per person N E w Y E a r s E V E B U F F E t iN C. L i VE M Usi C N w Sittings - 15.00 & 19.00 Torrox Costa - Block 88 (Next to tennis courts & Auto 2000) g tel: 95 253 2369, 696 516 534. Closed Mondays s 26

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special menu Everyday & Night (except Monday lunch) Pappadam & Pickles - Selection of starters: vegetable samosa or pakora or onion bhaji or prawn puri or chicken tikka - Main course: chicken, lamb, prawn or vegatable: Korma, Madras, Vindaloo, Balti, Jalfrezy, Rogan Josh, Tikka Masala, or Karahi Accompaniments: Plain or Pilau rice. Plain, Garlic, Cheese or Onion Nan Bread or Chapati

All this for only 9.50€

FrEE Pappadam with Mango Chutney & Pickle tray with all meals

Menu del Dia Mon-Fri 12pm - 4pm 3 courses €5.95 with veg. curry €6.95 with meat/prawn curry

takeaways available Free Pappadam & pickle with takeaways

Ali & his team would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!! Opening hours 12pm - 4pm and 6pm - 12am every day (closed Monday lunch) Puente don Manuel (Chiringuito antonio) tel: 952 510 886 Mob: 667 934 731

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Food from Fish and Chips wi Fi 10am until late 7 with home made Bookings days per week beer batter Fridays recommended from 12 noon for after 6pm English Breakfasts TOGS Golf Society – Call Graham to join

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Choice of 10 Main Courses Full Menu also available every night from 5 - 9pm Open every day for Breakfast & Lunch ‘Probably the Biggest & Best Breakfast on the Costa’ Sunday from 10am for Breakfast, Brunch & Sunday Lunch

NOW IN - Prime Angus Steaks only 10.90€ with all the trimmings Friday Night - LIVE MUSIC IS BACK! - Every 2nd Friday! Wednesdays - FUN QUIZ, FREE ENTRY + PRIZES (from 9pm) Open Mon - Sat 11am - late. Sun - 10am - 3pm Off Avenida del Faro (next to the Lottery Office), Torrox Costa. Telephone: 635 835 447



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Avda. Espana, Blq Montecarlo Torrox Costa (Situated behind the Repsol Garage, just head for the beach) 10% Discount on Takeaway


Traditional Indian Tandoori Restaurant

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We offer an ‘all you can eat’ menu (as many starters, main courses & desserts as you want) all freshly cooked to order.You stay seated at your table as everything is served to you in courses

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve Normal menus will be served at our great prices. No special Menus!

Children’s Menu 6.50€ Private Parties Catered For

Open every day 12.00 -16.00 / 18.00 - 24.00 Ctra Nacional - 340 Next to Post Office, torrox Costa tel: 95 253 4972 / 634 051 535

Menu del Dia 7€ 3 courses Post Office El Morche Hotel Riu

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torrox Costa When was the last time you visited Torrox Costa? It’s the best climate in Europe you know. At least that’s what the sign says as you drive in. Torrox Costa is a real Spanish gem. The coastal area stretches for three kilometres and woven between the lot is the Paseo Maritimo a flat pedestrianised promenade, beginning at El Faro (the lighthouse) and running along the entire length of Playa Ferrara. If you’re looking to buy or rent a property in Torrox Costa, pop in to Guido Bauer estate agency where there is a vast range to choose from. There’s also the Property Supermarket Spain, specialising in sales and rentals of properties, with a multi-linguistic sales force! For dining the choice is vast, but fine eateries at the top of your list should include The Light of India for a bit of spice, Café/Bar Nautica, which is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and when traditional British cuisine takes your fancy, Lew’s Fish & Chips. The Bull Pub is currently offering a Credit Cruncher two-course meal for two for 10€ - bargain!. For German and Bavarian food Servus del Mar is your best bet – try it out for a nice change! If you're after beauty treatments or pampering this Christmas pay a visit to The Wellbeing Centre and if you need medical advice / treatment, Simple Care is there to help and advise. If you have elderly relatives coming to stay or have mobility problems yourself, for peace of mind pop into Blue Badge Mobility where they have all types of equipment for hire or for sale. For all your office supplies, there’s no

better place to call than Office Supplies itself. Lynne and John sell ink cartridges, plus stationary, including envelopes, staples, paper clips and more… Finally, if you’re a computer lover APP informatica is now open, selling and servicing laptops and PC’s. And something a bit different this month….if you like a boogie then pop to Flamenco Fusion for classes in dancing, singing, guitar, flute and more…Open seven days a week. Tune in next month to see what’s going down in Torrox Costa for the New Year. All the companies above are advertised on the Torrox main feature pages on pages 30 and 31

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Dates for the Diary Monday Bar Atila, Puente don Manuel, Bingo 8pm. Call 685 552 529 Country Farmers market Every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm. Los Jardines del Trapiche Call: Dale 600 783 870 Every Tuesday Bar Atila, Puente don Manuel, Quiz 8.30pm. Call: 685 552 529. Every Tuesday Quiz night Bar Triana, Triana. Call: 618 373 316 Every Wednesday Evening Modern Jive Dancing. Held at Restaurant Horto Malaga, on the main N340 road, Torrox Costa. Starts 8.30pm. Modern Jive dancing with tuition. Open to single men, women or couples. Tel: Jacqueline 658 729 274 Every Thursday Quiz Night Tiffanys, Puente don Manuel. Call: 952 519 733 Every Thursday Evening Dovestones Trio. Vocal Jazz and Pop, 11.00pm in “SABOA�, Torre del Mar (opposite the tram station), Call 627 398 511 for details. Every Thursday Evening Bar Viva, Torre del Mar, Quiz night from 8.30pm with cash prizes. APARIV Charity Quiz last Friday of every month. Call 952 544 362 Every Thursday evening Morenos, Cruce de Periana, Puente don Manuel Karaoke with Baz. Call: 686 730 377 or 620 347 716 Every Friday Chiringuito Antonio Market, Puente don Manuel, Call: Dale 600 783 870 36

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Dates for the Diary Boot sale on 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, at Restaurant El Pantano, A356, Km30 overlooking Lake Vinuela. Call: Spanish 619 471 301 or English 669 600 419 Every Sunday Evening Morenos Bar, Jammin night from 7pm, Cruce de Periana, Puente don Manuel. Call: 686 730 377 or 620 347 716 Every Sunday Quiz night The Garden Bar, Vinuela Call: 665 070 281 / 618 496 269


Wednesday 23rd December A candlelit Traditional English Service of Nine Lessons and Carols to be held in Archez Parish Church at 6.30 pm. Everyone welcome. Thursday 17th December The Axarquia Chorus will be singing Christmas Carols and Songs in the Salon de Actos at 8pm. Everyone welcome. Torre del Mar Evangelical Church Christmas Services: Wed 2nd Dec An informal Christmas Carol Service 7pm at El Pino restaurant at El Pino Camping Torrox Park. All welcome, come along and sing your favourite Carols, mulled wine, mince pies Candlelit Christmas Carol Service: Fri 11th Dec, Torre del Mar Picasso Room, hotel Torremar, off Paseo Larios 6pm. All welcome, wine, mince pies. Christmas Day Service 25th Dec, 11.30am in the Solarium Hotel Torremar off Paseo Larios Torre del Mar.Info. Tel: 952532825

Del Boy’s Dodgers Continuing our feature on certain businesses that The Sentinella no longer have any association with. We can once again gladly report that we do not have anything to print in this section.

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Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts Cancer Care Hospice needs quality furniture in good saleable condition (sofas, beds, dining tables/chairs, bookshelves, dressers, armchairs etc etc) anything you don't need, or surplus to requirements, PLEASE don't dump, just ring Tony on... 661 826 654 or 638 108 564. Anything you give, helps us to raise much needed funds for our Cancer Hospice in Benalmadena.

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top 10’s Top ten world’s most expensive cars and top speed in mph

Top ten world’s busiest airports and passenger numbers in millions

1. Bugatti Veyron $1.7m - 253mph

1. Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta 20.2m

2. Lamborghini Reventon $1.6m - 211mph

2. O’Hare, Chicago 15.5m

3. McLaren F1 $0.97m - 240mph

3. Heathrow, London 15.3m

4. Ferrari Enzo $0.67m - 217mph

4. Tokyo International 15.2m

5. Pagani Zonda $0.67m - 215mph

5. Capital Airport, Bejing 15.1m

6. Utimate Aero $0.65m - 257mph

6. Fort Wort, Dallas 12.9m

7. 7. Saleen S7 $0.55m - 248mph

7. International Airport, LA 12.7m

8. Koenigsegg CCX $0.55m - 245mph

8. Charles de Gaulle, Paris 12.5m

9. Mercedes McLaren $0.49m - 206mph

9. International Airport, Denver 11.5m

10. Porsche Carerra GT $0.44m 205mph

10. International, Hong Kong 11.1m

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amazing animals A rather timely look at the Turkey. Have you bought yours yet?!


turkeys will start making their gobbling sound before sunrise and continue through most of the morning. Hens make a clicking sound. uIn the spring, male turkeys puff up their

bodies, spread their tail feathers, grunt and make their gobbling sound to attract as many females as possible. uAfter


are large birds related to pheasants. They lived almost 10 million years ago.

uTurkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere. They were first domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century. uA male

turkey is called a tom or a gobbler, a female turkey a hen, and a baby turkey a poult or chick. A young male turkey is called a jake and a young female is called a jenny. A group of turkeys is called a flock.

uWild turkeys can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. On the ground they can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour. uThe bare skin on the throat and head can change colour from flat grey to shades of red, white and blue when the turkey becomes distressed or excited. uThe gizzard is a part of the stomach that contains tiny stones, which helps them grind up food for digestion. uWild turkeys have dark feathers which help them blend in with their habitats. Domesticated turkeys have been bred to have white feathers.


mating, the female turkey prepares a nest under a bush in the woods and lays her eggs. She will lay one egg each day until she has a complete clutch of about 8 to 16 eggs. The eggs are tan and speckled brown eggs. It takes about 28 days for the chicks to hatch. After hatching, the babies will flock with their mother all year. The first two weeks they won't be able to fly and the mother will roost with them on the ground.

save our homes At the November meeting we had a very full agenda and the problem of a local couple receiving a demolition order in October, to be carried out by December, was discussed. After living in a house for several years, it is not only a shock to the system, but it becomes a costly exercise as you then have to employ a solicitor to fight your corner. We heard that requests for help from the UK Government have been sympathetically received. Two committee members had recently met with the Junta to look at this case and a sample of others in Alcaucin, Benamargosa and Vinuela, in order to decide what could be done to solve the problems. We also heard that several of the associations along the coast have the full support of the Liberal Green Party in both the Andalusian Government and in the European Union. Our next meeting will be in February, unless any emergency crops up, and further details can be found by logging onto our website:


Van & trailers. Light haulage, removals up to 25m3, car & boat transport. Vinuela based, 25 years experience. Local or anywhere in Europe. Regular Spain-UK-Spain trips. Phone 636 844 209 E-mail:


Villas, Interior / Exterior Rejas & Garden Walls etc. Very Competitive Rates For a free no obligation quote Phone Nick in Vinuela

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Book Excerpt Sol Searching – A Fun-Filled Tale of a Modern Girl’s Move to the Costa del Sol Have you read Keidi Keating’s Sol Searching book yet? It’s racing up the sales chart on Amazon and everyone’s talking about how funny it is! Here’s an excerpt from the chapter entitled ‘First Days.’ Later that morning, as there was nothing better to do than build an ark and find two of every animal to take aboard, I joined my parents on their weekly outing to a local charity group. “Spot the person under the age of fifty” I thought scanning the room. The group was holding a sale of disintegrating tat to raise funds for the centre. I glanced at the sorry looking possessions on show. “How about this vase for your new apartment?” asked my Mum, trying to transform a bad situation into a good. The vase in question looked like it belonged in a museum or other place of historical significance. It was even turning that rotten yellow colour, which is a frequent vision on The Antiques Roadshow. I rolled my eyes and shuffled to the fairy cake stall to lift my dampened spirits by eating. It was very disappointing, when after months anticipating a new and fab life in Spain I resorted to being chatted up by wrinkly retirees. Walking sticks, varicose veins, false teeth and purple rinse weren’t on my ‘hot topic’ conversation list. “You can always join our knitting club if you’re looking for something to do,” said an old dear, who introduced herself as Deirdre. “I’m making a beautiful crocheted cardigan at the moment in blue. I already have one in grey…” “I have six great grandchildren you know?” croaked a ninety-six year old called Vera, rummaging through her brown leather handbag. “Let’s see if I can find some photos. They’re so adorable. Katie, the eldest, is doing ever so well at school. They think she’s a genius, would you believe?” 42

I feigned a smile, but I wasn’t in the least interested. “Would you like a mint?” she continued, leaning on her walking stick. “No. Thank you,” I said glaring at the rotting packet, which appeared to have been purchased in 1982. Where were all the young people to talk about Big Brother, that new flavour of vodka and who shagged who in last night’s episode of Sex and the City? Look out for another excerpt from the book in next year’s edition. Sol Searching is available to purchase from Arkwrights in Puente don Manuel, the Tuesday farmer’s market in Trapiche (on The Sentinella stall) and from various websites, including and Find more info on Keidi’s blog –


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Christmas Cracker Jokes To get you in the Christmas spirit. How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas? Fleece Navidad! How would you fire Santa? Give him the sack... If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? Missle toe! If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called? A subordinate Claus. If Santa rode a motorcycle, what kind would it be? A Holly Davidson. The 3 stages of man: He believes in Santa Claus. He doesn't believe in Santa Claus. He is Santa Claus. What did Jack Frost say to Frosty the Snowman? Have an ice day! What did one angel say to the other angel? Halo there! What did one Christmas tree say to the other Christmas tree? I really go fir you!

What did Santa say when his toys misbehaved? Toys will be toys. What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve? Okay everyone, sack time!! What did the grape say to the raisin? 'Tis the season to be jelly. What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas? Cross mouse cards. What do elves learn in school? The Elf-abet! What do the reindeer sing to Santa on his birthday? Freeze a jolly good fellow. What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmastime? Sandy claws. What do you call a gigantic polar bear? Nothing, you just run away! What do you call a snowman on roller blades? Snow mobile. What's the most popular wine at Christmas? "Do I have to eat my Brussel sprouts?"

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This year Tiffany’s Bar, Puente don Manuel, ask their customers to donate a gift to La Ciudad de los Niños, an orphanage in Malaga. Age range from 18 months to 18 years. The majority are boys between 13 and 18, All gifts, toiletries, clothes, games, CDs etc, should be new, wrapped and labelled with content and age range of child for whom it is suitable.

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Delivered by Professional UEFA coaches For further details or booking forms please contact me by email: or on: 0034 697 915 833 Luke Ogbolu Director of Coaching European Soccer School

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BEM idiomas

Yippeee, “it’s CHRISTMASSSSSS!!”. Yes, that time of year is here once again and I have purchased my Christmas cards nice and early this year. For those who have been keeping up with my monthly article, you probably know why! Well let me explain…This year I promised myself that I would take the time to write all my cards in Spanish! Some of you may say “well that’s easy”, but I intend to send a special, personal Christmas wish in each card. Admittedly I’m only sending ten cards this year, as opposed to my usual sixty, which makes the task a little easier I suppose! So if you know me and you don’t speak or read Spanish, be prepared to get the dictionary out, that’s of course if you are lucky enough to be one of my ten! I’m very proud that writing my cards in Spanish is something I am now able to do with confidence, I would not even


have considered it a year ago. This is all thanks to BEM idiomas in Velez Malaga, run by Viviane and her wonderful team. But my special thanks is directed towards my teacher, Sandra, for her caring and patient attitude. I only hope she will continue to teach me until I’m fluent. With a little more determination I will crack this lingo! Christmas will soon be here and before you know it the New Year too. Maybe questions are starting to race around your head. New year, new start perhaps? New year, new goals, new year, new job? Well if it’s the latter, then you may also need to add NEW YEAR, LEARN SPANISH! Many foreigners living in Spain are looking for work. If this applies to you speaking the language will put you one step ahead. Don’t put it off any longer. Call Viviane today on 952 54 92 33 See main advert on page 94 “MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR” FROM BEM IDIOMAS

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azafun!! “I did Mum,” I insisted. “No you didn’t, but I didn’t expect you to.” I could hear the disappointment in her voice, “…and I know you find it difficult remembering anything which doesn’t immediately concern you.” She meant I found it difficult thinking of anyone apart from myself. This may have been the case in the past, but I had changed, I really had. I looked down at the box I had neatly wrapped the night before containing the five volume series of The History of Spanish Wine. “And why should you remember me, you’re so busy these days.” She sounded sad. “You’re wrong, I even bought you a present. I just woke up late that’s all.” “Stop lying! You’re always making things up, you haven’t changed since you were a child.” “Don’t start that again. It’s true, I have!” “Don’t lie…. and don’t go stopping on the way to buy me something.” “I don’t need to! Your present is sitting here next to me, I promise, it’s all wrapped up and everything!” “Of course it is. Look we’ll see you when you get here.” She didn’t believe me and the only way I could prove I was telling the truth was getting to her house very fast, so fast in fact, that she’d know I hadn’t had time to stop at Eroski on the way. I was going to take ‘the short cut’. ‘The short cut’ was up over the mountain - instead of around it. The route LandRovers and tractors and tanks took. I patted my 15-year-old Saab encouragingly and set off with enthusiasm up the mountain. About 10 seconds later my Saab decided it was being driven by a moron and gave up altogether. Firstly the engine stalled. I lurched backwards at speed down the very steep track with a sheer drop on one side. I applied the foot break. The engine wasn’t on, so the foot break didn’t work. I said ‘Uh- oh” and applied the handbrake. The handbrake did nothing (as I’d driven to Malaga the week before with it on) “That’s not good,” I said as the car hur-

tled down the track towards a tight bend with the steering lock on. At the last moment I remembered something my grandmother used to say when I went to see her. “Get out…” So I put the car in first gear and threw myself from the drivers door (luckily I was driving an English car, which meant I landed on the track and not over the edge) The car lurched a couple of feet and the back wheels disappeared off the side of the mountain. The car creaked and the front end actually lifted off the ground. The front wheels were now an inch from the dirt. I had only a few seconds of credit on my nasty little Movistar-phone (don’t get me started) enough for just one call. I didn’t hesitate. The phone rang once. It was my mother’s voice. “Ok, the good news is, I’m ok, I’m alive, your present is still safe and I can actually probably still reach it. The bad news is, the car’s balancing on the edge of a cliff and if I take your present off the front seat, the car will disappear down the mountain. Hello? Hello???” Bill is alive and well and can be found Wednesday to Sunday at the Azafran Oasis Restaurant in Alcaucin. See inside back cover for main advert

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$share’oscope$ Happy Christmas investors! Looking through the shareosope this month we see the prices of shares acquired in months gone by... Sepura bought at 32p now 38p Huntsworth bought at 32p now 64p Ferrexpo bought at 70p now 170p Northgate bought at 80p now 256p Trinity Mirror bought at 45p now 186p Bank of Ireland bought at 91p now 164p BATM bought at 33p now 51p Northern Foods bought at 64p now 67p D S Smith bought at 97p now 123p Capital & Reginal Plc bought at 39p now 40p And now for Mr Stockmarket's last pick of the year, which happens to be a penny share. He has purchased (fictiously) 2222 Yell Group shares at 45p per pop. "The former directories business spun out of BT Group in 2000 and has just had a rights issue to reduce debt," said Mr Stockmarket. "I believe the outlook for advertising is now improving." Tune in again in 2010! 48

Places to go Come Rain or Shine! By Keidi Keating If it’s Raining, head to The Science Museum, Granada City I’d planned a final end of summer sunbathing stint on the beach the weekend just gone. I LOVE the beach. This year I even managed to achieve a golden brown tan, without achieving the all too common tomato effect. It helped that my boyfriend, Chema, was on stand-by to rub cream into all those hard to reach bits. “Since when haven’t you been able to reach your legs,” he would say. “Since today,” I mumbled into the sand, relaxing a notch more on each breath. On this particular day, though, the beach was out of the question. “The forecast is rain over the whole of Spain,” said Chema, eyes fixed to Google weather. “Great!” I said. “Bang goes the beach. What can we do instead?” Chema suggested a dozen different ideas, each which was shrugged off by me, who didn’t fancy any of them. Then he hit the nail square on the head. “How about the Science Museum in Granada? That has a roof.” Now don’t get me wrong. My idea of a perfect weekend doesn’t usually involve traipsing around a MUSEUM…Quite the contrary. I find museums totally, utterly, absolutely, boring. But, on this day, I quite liked the idea of jumping in the car, journeying across rain soaked roads and seeing something at the other end. By the time I’d washed my hair, decided what to wear and eaten breakfast come lunch, it was already 2pm so we decided to book a hotel for the night in Granada and get up early Sunday morning to visit the museum. It all started so well. The Hotel was

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the science Museum - granada pleasant and comfortable and we found a lovely restaurant for dinner that night. We were tucked up in bed by 1am and I set the alarm to wake us up at 8.30am. That’s where it all went pear-shaped. I THOUGHT I had set the alarm. But in actual fact, I hadn’t. I awoke to the sound of banging on the door. ‘The cleaners are early,’ I thought. “What’s the time?” I asked Chema, rocking him awake. He groaned and slid his mobile phone from the bedside table, sitting up in a shot. “WHAT? It’s 11.38.” Oooops! Not only did we miss breakfast, but we also missed two-and-a-half hours of planned museum time. Pulling up outside it, bellies grumbling with hunger, we purchased two tickets, determined to see something. We had just three hours to see such a vast amount. The first room we entered was full of children running around having fun and playing with the various gadgets and experiments on show. Chema instantly transformed into a tenyear-old and I found it hard dragging him out. There was so much cool stuff to see, that if you haven’t been, then I recommend you go. It’s not like usual museums, where you walk around in a semi-trance wishing you were elsewhere. This is a doing museum. You get to try things, pull things, push things, watch things and play things. My favourite part was the brain game, where you and the opposition sit at opposite ends of a gadget. There’s a ball in the middle and whoever relaxes their mind the most wins, as the ball rolls away from them. Cool hey. Checking out my image via the infrared camera was also eye-opening, especially as I was the only one in the whole room with a green nose! Everyone else’s were a lovely orange colour. Typical! Three hours was nowhere near enough to see everything. We reckon we did about half of it, so no doubt we’ll be returning some time.

If anyone else has been, do let us know what we missed! Parque de las Ciencias, Avda. del Mediterraneo 18006, Granada Email: Tel: 958 13 19 00

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THE 10 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS............ Merry Christmas everybody, from all of us here at LA VAQUERIA, we wish you a very good and happy one. For many of us, (our younger friends in particular) these school holidays are predominantly about presents, to others the onus of the festive season is most definitely on food and perhaps a little liquid overindulgence, but to many, the priority is the spending of time with friends and family (if you can manage to fit a little of each in you are probably onto a winner!) It always seems especially important to those of us who do not live so close to our relatives: a time to meet and welcome new members to the family as people marry and new generations are born, but, ohhh how heartbreaking to say the goodbyes when it is all done and dusted! Last month I was extremely fortunate to be able to visit the Birmingham N.E.C. to attend the Christmas Arts & Crafts Exhibition: fantastic, huge, packed with innovative ideas and to top it all, I was accompanied by my father, teenage daughter and aunt. Not only that, but I stayed a wonderful 4 days with close family and friends……… far too short! A lovely break but nowhere near time enough to fall out, so sad to take your leave when it seems that you have only just arrived; the goodbyes were horrendous! In previous years we’ve been for a fortnight….too long! The peace and tranquillity of Granny and Grandad has lost its appeal to most self respecting teenagers by then! 50

During the summer holidays many teenagers return from their studies for the whole duration, sad as it is to see them go, huge sighs of relief reverberate around many villages as life returns to normal and routine and order prevails once more! No, in my humble opinion the 12 days of Christmas could be shortened just a tad, it’s the 10 days we should be planning and I hope you and your families enjoy every minute of it! In the shop we have lots of lovely gifts and ideas (I did all of my shopping in LA VAQUERIA and all within my weight allowance!) so do drop in and choose from some of the many original designs by local artists or choose from some of the hand crafted Indian or Moroccan goods. Alternatively come and have a fun morning with Marion at her next mosaic workshop on Saturday 12th December, your own pretty gift for that extra special someone! Happy Christmas. See main advert opposite


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Has a pony club for children between the ages of 6 & 14. The lessons are not only educational about caring for horses, learning how to tack up, but also how to ride safely and confidently, whilst having fun. Parents are welcome to come, watch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. (Discounts are available for regular bookings).

Offers riding lessons for all levels, from horsin’ around complete beginners to experienced riders Also offers a full range of livery services from and tailoring rides to suit individual needs. DIY through to a full service. Our experience We can also cater for families or groups of has shown that each owner has different friends. (For groups of six or more, advanced needs and more to the point their horses have notice isrequired). A one hour lession is 25€ different needs. We aim to provide the correct (one to one). service which is individually tailored for you & Discounts are available for regular bookings. your horse. Whatever your needs, we can accomodate you and your horse For further information please call Claire on 622 719 698 or Jade on 656 549 214 or visit our web site at

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Nerja There’s a Charity Christmas Market in Nerja on Sunday 5th December, between 11am and 3pm, at Patanque Court, Urb. Punta Lara. Entrance for over 14's costs 1€. All entrance proceeds go to CAS, Donkey Sanctuary, Cudeca and Taller de la Amistad. There’s something for everyone – gifts, jewellery, a tombolla, lucky dip, meet Santa, etc... Dining in Nerja is made easy with the vast selection of quality restaurants, including The Blarney Stone Irish Bar and Restaurant. Or of you want fish and chips then The Codfather is a good catch! Also Thursday night is quiz night. If you have children then they’ll have a whale of a time at Dino Park – but be warned that they might not want to leave! There’s a wide range of English food available from Jim’s Mini Market. Or if you’re after health food then try Rincon Natural. For your computer needs visit Ink and Chips, selling ink cartridges and printer catalogues and more. They even deliver direct to your home! Get great nails this Christmas at Uñas Nails. While you’re there, why not book an internationally recognised three day gel or acrylic diploma course for beginners. If you need a new outfit for the festive season then Casa Moda Natural is worth a visit. It’s the boutique with the special touch. For hairdos Peluqueria Marily is the one – a unisex hair salon in the Hotel Rui Monica. Marrelo Solutions S.L. is handy for all your legal concerns, including property sales and rentals. Relocating? Give OTM removals and Logistics a call. Deals with both local and international moves. Last but not least, for property call into Edward’s Estates and find the home of your dreams… For details on all these businesses turn to the Nerja feature on pages 72 and 73



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a Postcard From... A Postcard From, Kenya Africa Jan and Arthur Berry, from Caleta de Velez, recently took off for a safari in Kenya, Africa. Continue to read about their holiday. Next day we drove for about one and a half hours on an unmade road, through little villages of waving, smiling children shouting for sweets, until we arrived at the Sarova Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in time for lunch. This lodge was more up market and after a very nice lunch we spent a couple of hours at the swimming pool before starting our final game drive. Again, we had been spoiled by our sightings in day one, but just as we were giving up hope of seeing anything “different”, we spotted a herd of elephants in the distance and urged our driver to try and get nearer. He was great and managed to park right beside the herd and we took some fantastic pictures. They were so close we could see into their eyes! What a wonderful way to end our safari.

We spent the last night in Salt Lick Lodge which is built on stilts, and having previously been part of the Hilton group, was definitely the best of the three we stayed in. Lots of animals visited the water hole there that night and we watched them while we ate dinner. The rooms were excellent, as, once again, were the food and the staff. Read part six next month…. 76

15 mins of Fame An English couple from Velez Malaga are on television this month…! Toby and Susan Woolrych appear on "We Are Family", a series of four programmes, broadcast by BBC 2 starting 27th November at 9pm UK time. They feature in episode three, which shows on 11th December. ”It all came about because my brother answered an advertisement inviting families to take part,” said Toby. “The first I knew about it was when a girl from the production company rang and asked if I would be willing to be involved.” The film is largely shot in the UK, though some of the clips were shot here in Spain. The producer and his assistant spent four days with the couple last summer. ”Susan and I were interviewed for hours, about anything and everything, but mainly family issues,” said Toby. “Then, in September last year, the extended family was invited to stay at a stately home in Herefordshire for the weekend, during which the principle players - my brother, his first wife, his current, Russian wife, myself, Susan, my nephew, his wife, my son and daughter - were permanently wired while the rest were menaced with mikes. Three camera crews filmed absolutely everything, especially the various exchanges between family members!” A huge 170 hours of material were canned, which the producer reduced to a one-hour programme. Toby and Susan moved to Spain in 1998 as they were fed up with Britain being ruled under the leadership of Tony Blair. They now live a finca in Real Alto, Velez Malaga. So don’t forget to tune in!

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spanish Foods Let’s C what Spanish foods and drinks I can think of beginning with the letter C!

Calamares – Squids to you! These are a typical dish of chiringuitos. They come fried.

Churros – These long doughnut-like sweet treats aren’t the healthiest way to start the day, but nevertheless they’re one of the most popular Spanish breakfasts. They’re eaten dipped in sugar, or a cup of gloopy chocolate. If you haven’t yet tried them then you simply must, but try not to become addicted!

Chanquetes – These little fishes are similar to white bait and again (not surprisingly) they are served fried and more often than not covered in batter. If you look closely you can see their little black eyes. I remember the first plate I ate had me feeling ill for days after. The thought of hundreds of eyes peering around my stomach didn’t agree!

Cerveza – This is one of those words which most British people know, simply because it is means ‘beer’. I often cringe as I hear the dreadful attempts at pronunciation. A ‘tubo’ is a tall thin glass of beer. Cerezas – Cherries can usually be found on supermarket shelves in the middle of summer. They’re always so juicy here! Cola Cao – This is the Spanish brand of hot chocolate and what people ask for in cafeterias. It is made with milk and is great for a pre-bedtime drink. Café con Leche – This is coffee with milk and is the most common way of drinking it. If you like your coffee a little less potent ask for ‘nube’ (cloudy) or even weaker ‘sombra’ (shadey).

Chorizo – Spicy sausage is a real hit here in Spain. It tastes real good and is a likely component of dishes such as migas. Those obvious fatty parts put me off indulging too often though… Conejo – Better known as bunny rabbit. I was alarmed the first time I realised that my paella contained chunks of it. I had believed I was eating chicken. If only they knew that we keep them as pets in the UK! Caramelos – Every kids favourite – sweeties! On Three King’s Day tonnes of them get thrown from carriages during a special procession. If you can be bothered it’s not difficult to collect bags of them!

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Christmas Cake recipe The best Christmas Cake ever! Ingredients: 1 cup of water 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup of sugar 1 tsp salt 1 cup of brown sugar lemon juice 4 large eggs, nuts 1 bottle Vodka 2 cups of dried fruit Directions: Sample the vodka to check quality. Find a large bowl. Check the vodka again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure

the vodka is shtill OK. Try another cup .... just in case. Turn off the mixerer. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick fruit off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the vodka to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Check the vodka. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the vodka and yule the lightlog. CHERRY MISTMAS DAMMIT!


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Book release Vapour Trails in the Blue – available at Bookworld in El Ingenio Centro Comercial, Velez Malaga English artist Lyle Heaphy returns to Tolmuner on the Costa del Sol, full of good intentions about being productive as an artist, but he is soon seduced back into a hedonistic lifestyle with his friends, culminating in a riotous time being had by all at the town’s annual San Isidro’s day celebrations. The death of two friends, one possibly murdered, prompts Lyle into fleeing Tolmuner with the beautiful Cheryl and comical, hopeless Percy Sandling, with the idea of going with them to America to live. Travelling through Spain in an old van, the three chance upon a remote village which they discover is being inhabited by a leper colony. After staying there for a while (paradoxically, recovering their health there) the three then head for Pamplona, to its famous San Firmin “running of the bulls” fiesta in July and a show-down with Cheryl’s ex-lover. The author, Mark le Claire was born in Peterborough in 1951 and went to Stourbridge Art College. After some years spent travelling and doing a variety of jobs from dish washing to sign writing he became a painter, having one man exhibitions at the Barbican Centre, London, the Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, Ostend, and the Cissie Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee among others. Exhibiting in many group exhibitions (including the 1992 Gibraltar Open Art Exhibition, where he won first prize) he has work represented in numerous private and public collections in England and abroad. Subsidising his income in recent years with a carpet and upholstery cleaning business, he began writing fiction after moving to Spain in 1989.

russells Russells is still here Established in Torrox Costa for four years, Russells has not closed down as rumoured. The British food store has just moved 50 metres past the old shop, to a larger premises. It is now located between Lews Fish and Chips and the lottery shop. Together with the change of location, a change of management has brought a fresh new approach to the business. The shop is now packed with British food, toiletries and cleaning products, all with new lower prices. You will also find a selection of greetings cards and a small gift section. We are now taking orders for Christmas products, including meats, brussells, swede, parsnips, boxed and loose cards, wrapping paper, crackers, boxed and tinned chocolates, xmas puds, xmas cake and mince pies. At Russells you’ll find all you need for your Christmas celebrations. Russells is a family business with a lifetime of experience in the retail trade. The owners are always searching for good suppliers and products at the best prices. If customers have any special requirements will do their absolute best to make it happen. Don’t forget to check out the special offers which change monthly. Russells are now agents for Offex, enabling you to send and receive mail through Royal Mail. So why not check them out at the new shop and see for yourself, Russells is the longest running British Store in Torrox Costa. See advert on page 33


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rent a home Rent a Home Spain is on the move!

Angela has two amazing offers for December: For all new properties that go on the market FOR SALE in December and sell within six months, the 5 per cent commission will be REDUCED to ONLY 2 per cent. For new landlords who put their properties up for rent during December, YOU CAN RECEIVE RENTAL INCOME FROM DAY ONE. Angela is offering to spread the finder’s commission over two months instead of taking it all up front.

Rent a Home Spain, run by Angela Taylor in Torre del Mar, moved premises last month; but they didn’t go far, as they only moved next door! The new office is twice the size of the original and with extra staff too, business is booming for Angela. “My business is not only about rentals,” said Angela. “I believe there’s now a greater confidence in the property market. People are looking to buy again”. Many customers came to Angela looking to rent, then return looking for properties to buy. Some even want to buy their rental accommodation! There are still many “distressed properties If you would like more information on for sale” (which owners or builders need any of the above call the office on 952 to sell quickly) on Angela’s books, so there 547 554, or alternatively pop in for a are some real bargains out there. Angela friendly chat or see main advert on doesn’t believe these will stay cheap for long, especially as she has teamed up page 2 with a number of property speculator companies in the UK who have members looking to buy; for example, one has 12,000 members and another has 45,000 members. ***NEW LOCATION*** “This means that if you are a property seller, you have access to such compaLong established family run nies, and their members via Rent a Home business offering you the Spain,” said Angela. “This gives you a following service: much wider market to encourage a quick LOCAL REMOVALS sale.” FULL OR PART LOADS Rent a Home Spain also offer a full Property Management Service, including NO JOB TOO SMALL “Meet & Greet”, internal & external cleanIKEA COLLECTIONS ing, and pool maintenance. Ring for a no obligation quote. Holiday lets are also an integral part of the Come and look at our large display service, offered by Angela. Important GOOD QUALITY events and occasions such as weddings SECONDHAND FURNITURE are a specialty, from finding the idyllic loDOMESTIC HIRE cation to sorting out accommodation for guests, catering and even entertainment. We install BRITISH SATELLITE. In addition to the sales and rentals, Angela Contact Chris or Jackie: offers insurance through Caser, the UK‘s 952 522 687 / 660 962 327 No. 1 for expat insurance. Further im691 552 459 provements to the office are planned with a potential viewing room, where cuse-mail: tomers can view properties on a large website: screen to help narrow down their search Ctra. Nerja-Frigiliana, Km. 1-4, Nerja or fine tune their requirements. 80

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Dentist’s world Patient to dentist: how much to straighten my teeth? Dentist: 4000€ Dentist: where are you going? Patient: to the plastic surgeon to get my jaw straightened. As a semi retired British dentist practising in Spain I feel no obligation to respect professional "omerta ". So I have no qualms in telling patients exactly how it is. The press has exposed some NHS dentist are earning 300k p.a. so I am often asked "What are you doing here?" We all know quality of life has no price. It dosn’t cost much to live but costs a lot to find that out. As they are paid by piecework those dentists must be working a lot faster than those racehorses that whisked me around the racetracks of the UK. In my former life as a jockey I was christened Dr. Death; only because of my raceriding tactics I hasten to add. I would be a bit concerned about anyone who liked going to the dentist but trusting your dentist to use his skill and training to help you maintain a healthy mouth is a basic necessity, surely. To diagnose the problems and recommend a treatment plan not motivated by money. I am seeing many Brits here who have conscientiously been going for their check ups and scale and polish in the UK, mainly on the NHS. I do not think it necessary to visit the dentist in such a way just as going only when you are in pain is also dumb. A brush whizzing around on a drill is almost useless especially as I have yet to find anyone who knows how to brush correctly and almost everyone has vary-

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ing degrees of gum desease. This varies from occasional bleeding gums to chronic infection and receeding gums. What amazes me is that generally these patients tell me that no dentist has paid much attention to this before and they certainly have not discussed very much if anything with their dentist. They just let him get on with it. It’s almost as if they have gone for a meeting with the pope and they must know their place. Its your health your putting into another’s hands. Extensive treatments including implants, crowns and bridges, etc. are much cheaper here than the UK so your money is hugely welcome. Implants are not for everyone. Get a proper diagnosis. Make sure the dentist is experienced. BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. Buy cheap pay twice or more.

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My wife Likes Expensive things My wife likes expensive and attractive things. She can’t help it. She just does. Not for her, the cheap and shoddy, and not by choice either, but when she goes shopping the items that invariably catch her eye and imagination are always the best brands, the best quality – and the most expensive! Whether it be clothing, handbags, shoes, mobile phones, wristwatches or cars she always wants the best, which is probably why being married to me she does not own too many items in this bracket. I was not surprised therefore when we were looking for a central heating system capable of keeping our home warm against the bitter cold experienced during the winter of 2007 – 2008. My wife found one that was incredibly attractive, totally versatile, of superb quality and no doubt very expensive. But we would not know how expensive until the company concerned had assessed our heating needs. A very pleasant representative came to our home and clearly explained how this technology worked and provided us with a written quotation. There was no sales pitch, just simple, friendly professionalism with a written quotation which left us feeling satisfied and confident that this winter (2008 – 2009) we would remain warm. Against all expectations the entire system to completely heat our home was not nearly as expensive as feared, and considerably less than installing gas or oil central heating with radiators. This puts into perspective the excellent value of the system we had chosen, particularly when you take into account the comparatively low running costs involved. (on this occasion my wife had actually found something that was economical to 82

run)! As an alternative to full installation the manufacturers would have been equally delighted to provide a quotation for partially heating our home. This would have allowed us to start small and add on at a later date. How flexible is that? As you have no doubt guessed we bought this heating system for our entire home and we’ll be forever happy that we did. It kept us incredibly warm and comfortable for the entire winter and it will do so again this year. It’s really nice to come across a company which cares for its clients, does not employ sales people, and goes out of its way to be accommodating. If like us you wish to enjoy a nice warm winter indoors, we recommend that you have a look at Redwell’s advert on page 108

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Please feel free to pop along to your local bar. You never know they may be looking for better players!! November results: 5th Bolero (4) v. Rib House 1 (6) Rib House 2 (8) v. Bar Tabla 1 (2) Bar Tabla 2 (6) v. Casa Maria 1 (4) Casa Maria 2 (1) v. El Pino (9) Pavo Real (4) v. Continental (6) 12th Rib House 1 (3) v. Bar Tabla 1 (7) Casa Maria 1 (4) v. El Pino (6) Bolero (4) v. Pavo Real (6) Bar Tabla 2 (6) v. Rib House 2 (4) Continental (7) v. Casa Maria 2 (3) Decembers fixtures: There are no fixtures in December

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Film review Final Destination Four Bloody hell! Apologies for swearing but I couldn’t think of a more apt two words to start this review. Also, see it as a warning. If you don’t like seeing blood and guts oozing out of bodies, heads being chopped off, or bodies being sliced in half, then this film isn’t for you (it wasn’t for me either, but at least I could shut my eyes during the gruesome parts). If you’ve seen Final Destination one, two and three then you’ll know what to expect from the latest sequel. It begins with the main character having a strong premonition of death, during a racing car event. He encourages his friends and girlfriend to leave just in the nick of time, before they are turned into a bloody pulp. Some of the other spectators cotton on to the conversation and they leave too. However following the incident, one by one, these people fall victim to death, all in totally hideous ways. The four main characters know their times are creeping up and they each have their wits about them as they muscle through the days. The cheating boyfriend of one gets what he deserves when he perils in a swimming pool. The others are able to escape death, no matter how many times it tries to get them. Well, for a while anyway… This film is as predictable as the others in the franchise and the annoying humour stitched in to each scene is particularly off-putting. But, on the other hand it does have you sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering when the next horrific death scene is going to arrive. And just remember, in death there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mishaps and no escapes. Star Rating - */***** (give us something original, please!!) 84

No hands® With so many hours sat at the computer screen of late and my recent time on the tennis court in attempt to keep fit, I couldn’t help but notice my neck and back had become even stiffer than usual.. Having read, some time ago, about the revolutionary NO HANDS® massage offered by Evolucion beauty salon in la Herradura, I decided to see for myself what it was all about... My last experience with massage came on a holiday in Goa some years back. a few dollars gave me half an hour with one of the many beach tout ‘massuers’ that ply their trade on the glorious beaches. Thirty minutes later I felt ok, later that night I felt like I had done a few rounds with Giant Haystacks. It took some time to recover from that experience so I must admit I was a little apprehensive about my session with Claire in Evolucion. I was however reassured by the fact that Clare has been personally taught by Gerry Pyves, the founder of the NO HANDS® Massage. A technique discovered in 1987, that has since become World renowned and the fastest growing massage formula on the planet today. Immediately I entered I was reassured by Claires’ professionalism, even more so by the short form I had to fill out for health and safety purposes, mainly to confirm I had no health issues that would make massage innappropriate and also to ensure I was not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the massage oils that were to be used. Once the formalties were cleared it was time for the NO HANDS® massage. My first thoughts were that it was nothing like I had expected. The first ten minutes I tried to concentrate on my breathing, as Claire had instructed so that I could get

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the maximum benefits. It wasn’t long afterwards that I felt that I had switched off and was beginning to totally relax. I eventually lost all conception of time as the massage really started to take hold. Bliss. I had not expected to leave the Evolucion salon feeling thoroughly relaxed and recharged. My stresses had been forgotton and I felt my energy levels had been given a boost too. Perhaps my biggest surprise was that I felt a kind of “calm and energy” for days after. Having read some more on the NO HANDS® massage I have learnt that repetition is when the effects really start to kick in. With just one session having such a profound effect I am eagerly anticipating my return!

Linda, Geoff and their team at Arkwrights Puente don Manuel have chosen to support once again the children in El Ciudad de los Ninos in Malaga. This home provides holistic care for approximately 55 residential children whose ages range from 4 – 18 years of age. This year we have a greater number of boys between the ages of 13 – 18. And, although it is always nice, and easier to buy for the younger members the older ones look forward to and enjoy receiving their presents too. It will probably be all they receive for Christmas unlike our own children. Please pop in and donate a gift, wrapped and clearly stated what age and sex the gift is aimed for.

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Make a less fortunate child smile this Christmas. So lets all club together and let these unfortunate children “live” a little as well.

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Countries of world Number fourteen in our A-Z list introduces us to some of the most dangerous low lying land on the planet.

the tourist maps, despite beautiful tropical rain forests and the world's largest mangrove forest.

Bangladesh Population - 162,221,000 Language - Bengali Located - South Asia Capital City - Dhaka Currency - Taka Religion - Muslim Main Exports - Textiles Literacy Rate - 47.5% Life Expectancy - 60 years G.D.P. Per Capita - U.S. $1,389 Total Area - 147,550Sq Km

Reasons not to go there - A high-risk earthquake / flood zone and a very real threat from terrorism.

Infamous for - Being among the most densely populated countries in the world, with a very high poverty rate and extreme vulnerability to flooding. Reasons to go there - Still as yet not on


National Sports - Cricket, hockey and football are popular. Badminton, basketball and tennis are also played. Biggest Celebrity - Model and fashion designer Bibi Russel. Interesting Fact - Apart from cyclones, Bangladesh regularly suffers from extensive flooding caused by monsoon rains and melting snows from the Himalayas.

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ho ho ho...! Funny Christmas Jokes and One-liners 1) Santa's Outfit How do you know Santa has to be a man? No woman is going to wear the same outfit year after year. 2) Semi-Annual after-Christmas Sale. 3) I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wears. 4) Christmas tag-sale. Handmade gifts for that hard-to-find person. 5) Christmas Pudding Charms Sterling silver Christmas charms to bring you good fortune. Potential choking hazard: do not use with food. 6) Curious Question Why does rain drop, but snow fall?

7) Christmas Joke Pizza Good King Wenceslas phoned for a pizza. The salesgirl asked him, 'Do you want your usual? Deep pan, crisp and even?' 8) Denominations Maria went to the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.' What denomination?' asked the clerk. 'Oh! Good heavens! Have we come to this?' said Maria, 'Well give me 50 Methodist and 50 Church of England ones please.' 9) Christmas Shepherd One Christmas, Joe and Peter built a skating rink in the middle of a field. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn't cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. 'Look at that, 'remarked Peter to Joe, 'That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!'

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win a Christmas hamper Many thanks to those of you that spotted our error in the Xmas Wordsearch last month, our apologies for this. The word you were looking for was “Nights” however this should have been “Night”. Please note that any entries that found the word Night instead of Nights will be included in the draw. Here at The Sentinella we want to make your Christmas extra special, so we’ve teamed up with Linda and Geoff at Arkwrights in Puente don Manuel to offer ONE LUCKY READER a treat-packed Christmas Hamper!

The winner will also be printed in the January edition of The Sentinella, together with a photo. To enter simply complete the Christmas word search on this page and drop your entry into Arkwrights before Sunday 20th December. Remember to add your name and phone number and good luck! 88


Nativity Night Presents Service Shepherds

Angels Baby Jesus Bethlehem Cards Carols Charity Christ Cookies December Decorations Eggnog Gifts Holiday Holly Jingle Bells Joseph Joy Lights Love Manger Mary Merry Snowflakes Star Trees Turkey Wisemen

The draw will be held at Arkwrights on the last night of Santa's grotto, Monday 21st December. See page 67 for hamper photo. Good Luck!!

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record tV without Paying! Sat. Co introduces the new FREESAT+ High Definition Recorder from HUMAX. (FreeSat+ means no card, no subscription and no contract). With its 320GB Hard Disk Drive memory, this Digital Receiver can record up to 200 hours of stunning High Definition television or even more hours in Standard Definition television. Simplicity is the name of the game. (Text, 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound). At the touch of a button all the recordings are secured and even if a programme is delayed or cancelled (rain at Wimbledon for example) the recording is still guaranteed. The recording begins immediately as the programme starts. You’ll never need to miss your favourite programmes ever again. You can even record one programme while watching another or record two programmes at the same time when you’re not viewing. Playback is even easier to access as all the recordings appear in the Media Files, neatly arranged according to type ie, Videos, Radio, Music or Photos. You have the option to play from the beginning or from the last played position, or delete the files, as options on offer in the playback mode. Furthermore, Serial/Series record option is available to record eg, episodes of Coronation Street, so you can record all the episodes of your favourite Soaps and Serials and watch these episodes at your leisure. Music and Photo Files can easily be downloaded through FreeSat+ via the 2X USB Ports either from your pc or camera so you can create your very own Juke Box and Picture

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Bacon:( I never realised the real danger of reusing bacon grease... until now. Do you use bacon grease? We were raised on bacon grease (lard) as kids and even into adulthood. I will never use it again. I just threw out my last 2 tbsp of bacon grease! I hope you will throw yours away whenever you fry bacon from now on. It seems as though nothing is safe to eat anymore. Cooking with bacon grease. This is what happens when you keep cooking with bacon grease.

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Luxury, contemporary apartments in Competa. Choice of 2: 1 x 1 bed, 1 x 2 bed. Beautifully appointed, internet, sat tv, gardens/terraces, parking nearby. From 600€ pcm

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whats on...? sponsored by: trips to Gibraltar and occasional trips to Fuengirola market stopping at the Iceland store on the return journey. The Branch has an active gardening group as well as a sewing group. The British Store & More We look forward to seeing you at our meetOPEN ALL “OURS” ings or on out trips. We are now taking bookings for our 5 day trip to Toledo and Call: 95 11 67 674 / 95 25 19 780 / 65 93 75 603 Salamanca in September, a trip not to miss. To book trips please contact Merryll: 663658354 PLEASE NOTE: We still pick Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar - December up passengers from the Hotel Romero at events December 1st Trip to Rute Anis FacPuente Don Manuel. tory & Visit the Nativity made in chocolate, 2nd Danish Carol Service 5:30pm, 14th Come Christmas Dancing for Cudeca, celFilm Night - Stripe Red Pyjamas, 17th Trip to ebrate with us at El Trapiche Restaurant on Gibraltar, 19th Carol Service at San Andreas 5th December 7pm for 7.30pm. Usual mix of Church TDM 6pm, 22nd Visit to Malaga ballroom, old time, modern sequence, jive Lights & Natavities, 24th Blessing of the Crib and two of Geroge’s special Scottish dances. 3pm, 25th Closed, 31st Closed. 12€. Fish, Chicken or Veg supper. Special Every Mon 3pm-5pm German speaking afvisitor plus a present for all the ladies. Book ternoon, Every Wed 3pm-5pm Art Group, early to avoid disappointment. Every Thurs 3pm Reflexology - Informal For more info and bookings contact Joyce Classes, Every Fri11am-1pm Coffee mornon 616 046 713 or Mike on 952 510 189 or ing & Boutique, Every Sat 5pm Catholic email: Church service, Every Sun 10:30am Anglican Service St. Barnabas. Deposits required Travelling companions - December events for all trips & events. For more information - 22nd - 28th - Christmas in Benidorm, 14th tel 952 543 334. Avendia Moscatel No. 1, year same hoel, full board, wine and water, “I”, Torre del Mar. gala dinner, heated pool. Same price as 2007 395€ each, sharing 455€, single 200€ each Trapiche Branch of TRBL meets on deposit. Bookings: Cafeteria El Pasaje, Wednesdays at El Trapiche Restaurant at Pasaje Cantarero (Near Bus Station), Nerja, 12.00. A warm welcome awaits you. DecemTuesday & Friday 11.00 - 12.30. Trips in aid of Cudeca. Tel: 95 252 5891. ber 9th Christmas Table top sale/bring and 2010 Excursions now being prepared. buy. No charge to Branch Members for tables 1st - 6th February. Exciting days ex11th Christmas trip to Gibraltar SELLING ploring the Algarvae - Very beautiful QUICKLY, 18th Christmas lunch at El 24th - 26th February. Enchanting Trapiche Restaurant, 23rd No Meeting, 30th Seville. 24th - 27th March. Grazelama No Meeting. January 2010, 5th Visit Malaga and the white villages for The Three Kings Parade. Your support helps a terminally ill cancer Branch Information, Gordon Reith 951 239 patient - THANK YOU 366, Recruitment, Stuart Wooder 951 167 367, Social, Sue Reith, 951 239 366, BookHave you always wanted to draw and ings, Gloria Hollocks, 618 456 056, Sue paint? Call top international artist/tutor Reith, 951 239 366, Welfare Heather Gail Harman B.A Hon in association 680 764 130 with Conte a Paris. Call: 951 167 146 / 628 306 371 RBL - Torre del Mar Branch meet each Wednesday at La Vega Restaurant, Torre del Colmenar Gym, fitness/pilates classes, Mar (next to Mercadona). Everyone is asweight/circut training, fully equipped gym. sured of a warm welcome. We arrange a varContact Carol 659 295 346 ied social calendar with bus trips to Email: interesting places. We also arrange monthly

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whats on...? Cont... RBL - Alcaucin Branch meet every Thursday noon at the Restaurant La Era, Puente Don Manuel (entrance via Petrol Station) to enjoy social activities and meet new likeminded friends. Excellent Menu del Dia available. We regularly have a quiz, bingo, suprise events and presentations. Regular trips are arranged departing locally: Dec trips: 10th Grand Xmas draw & lunch, 11th Xmas shopping trip to Gibraltaris filling fast. 10€ - open to non-members. 14th Xmas lunch & entertainment at El Pino, Torrox. 17th last meeting before the Xmas break Branch Contact is 696 391 224 Harvey. Social Contact is 677 866 008 Ann. Welfare Contact is 690 310 951 Dorothy. RBL- Benajarafe Branch Meet every Friday from 12.30 to 2.30 pm, at the coastal, Puerto Niza restaurant, we enjoy bingo, quizzes, more entertainment and monthly outings, a superb lunch inc. drinks*, and we welcome all new and existing RBL members. For more information please ring: 952 514 226 or 669 201 927 the Nerja history group meets on the first Friday of each month from October to May with lectures on the local area and Spanish history. Meetings are at the Nerja Cultural Centre, Calle Granada, at 11.30, for a small consideration of €6. All lectures are in English. For further information, call Jill Christian-Smith on 952 538 526/664 760 405 or RBL - Los Romanes Branch Meet every Tuesday at 4 Caminos (formerly Ziggis) Cortijo Romero, Vinuela at 12 noon. We hold our social meeting playing bingo, beetle,dominoes, quizes etc. and have a good laugh. On the first Tuesday of every month we have a menu del dia at 4 Caminos for a very good price. If you would like to join us please do come along, all are welcome. For further information contact Lorraine on 952510203 or Margaret on 951167600. FHT Axarquia Therapists Support Group. There will be no meeting this month but Jenny sends greetings to all therapists in the region and hopes to renew friendships in

2010. It has been a very interesting year with some very good presentations and I particularly enjoyed finding out about Dynamind – such a simple idea to obtain such positive results. It is always good to learn new ideas and stimulate the old grey cells and that certainly happened at all our meetings. The New Year will start with a look at Tai Chi, on January 20th as a way of getting off to a healthy start. I hope you all have a great one. Contact tel: 951 321 613 / 680 500 073 or email aBC BaLLrOOM DaNCE CLUB Raffle profit proceeds from our November dinner & dance was given to the childrens Leukemia ward at Velez Malaga Hospital. Christmas dinner & dance with a special menu of roastbeef, salmon or rosada. 12th December at El Trapiche restaurant, 7.30pm - midnight 15€. Raffle profit proceeds to charity. Festive fun together with Ballroom, Latin, American & Sequence dancing. Dance classes for beginners, Monday El Trapiche Restaurant 5pm - 7pm, intermediate Wednesdays La Vega Restaurant, Torre del Mar 7pm - 9pm. For more information & tickets call David: 617 863 193 / 952 531 259 email: The Phoenix Club - Torre del Mar a social club formed to offer all an opportunity to make lasting friendships, share information but primarily to have fun in a friendly and inclusive association. We meet every Tuesday between 12.30 & 2.30pm in SuperSol restaurant, Torre del Mar. 2nd Dec - Christmas shopping at La Canada shopping centre in the morning visiting the new M & S, then on to stock up Iceland in Fuengirola. 17th Dec Christmas lunch at El Pino restaurant, Torrox Costa. Come along and meet us! For more information phone: 661 813 310 or 951167400 or email: CAS events December, Please telephone the CAS office on 95 252 3607 (10am – 1pm). Out of office hours, call Vera on 95 252 9670 / 630 003 450 or Sheila on 630 003 473.

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information Emergency Numbers ...In ourMunicipal: own random order! Police 092/952 549 238 National: 091/952 542 000 Fire: 952 558 091 Velez 952 500 000 torre ambulance: 061 water: 952 540 662 Electricity: 952 540 662 red Cross: 952 500 321 hospital general Basico de la axarquia, torre del Mar: 951 067 000 Bus Times telephone: 952 540 936 Nerja-Malaga 06:30*, 07:30, 08:30** 08:55, 10:10, 11:10, 12:25, 13:40, 14:55, 15:55, 17:10, 18:40, 19:40, 20:25 Malaga-Nerja 07:00, 08:15*, 09:15, 10:30, 11:45, 12:30**, 13:00, 14:00, 15:15; 17:30; 18:45, 20:15, 20:45**, 21:30 Expect to pay approx 2.90€ one way and 5.15€ round trip Nerja-Nerja Caves 08:10, 08:25, 09:40**, 10:40, 11:50; 11:55, 12:35, 13:10, 13:35, 14:25, 15:25; 16:40; 18:10**, 18:55, 19:30, 20:10 Nerja Caves-Nerja 08:45, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00**, 12:15, 12:50**, 13:30, 14:45. 15:45, 17:00 17:45; 18:30; 19:30; 20:15 Expect to pay approx 0.80€ one way Nerja-torre see Nerja-Malaga times torre-Nerja 07:45, 09:00, 09:15***, 10:00, 11:00***, 11:15; 11:45**, 12:30, 13:15, 14:45, 16:00, 17:30***, 18:15, 19:30, 21:00, 22:00. Church services in English Anglican - Services - Inglesia de San Miquel (St Michael’s Church) Nerja - every Sunday at 12 noon (except during May). Short Holy Communion Service Wednesdays at 09.30am at the Church Shop, calle malaga, Nerja. Call: 952 521 339 / 952 522 460 Competa - Holy Communion every Sunday at 5.30pm in the Parish Church, Plaza Almijara, Cómpeta Malaga - St George's Church 12 midday Sundays torre del Mar - Lux Mundi Centre 09.30am Sundays Puente don Manuel - We have moved premises. Fellowship of The King, situated


underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria, El Cruce de Puente don Manuel 7pm Wednesdays. ANGLICAN communion. Torre del Mar - Services in English - St. Barnabas IERE (Anglican). Holy Communion 11am. 2nd and 4th Sundays. Morning Prayer 1st and 3rd Sundays. 6pm. Evensong 1st Sunday, all at Lux Mundi Centre, Calle Casa de la Vina, two minutes walk from the bus station. Tel: 952-030-461 (Priest) or 952 510 056 (Churchwarden). Roman Catholic - torre del Mar - Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Saturdays 5pm, (Winter), Saturdays 6pm, (Summer) Church of Scotland Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre - Worship every Sunday at 11:30 Tel 952543334 or 687764705 for more information. Evangelical - torre del Mar Evangelical (Presbyterian Church) meets every Sunday for Worship in English at 11.30am in the Picasso Room, Hotel Torremar, (off Paseo Larios) C/ Saladero Viejo 15 Torre del Mar. All welcome. Minister J. Hartsmith Foy. Tel: 952 532 825 or: torrox Park Community Church meet at 11am on Thursday for coffee and discussion on current topics. This is an informal meeting for everyone to join in. At Tapricho Tapas bar (opposite El Pino camping), Torrox park. more info: Minister J. hartsmith foy, Tel: 952 532 825 or Puente don Manuel - Fellowship of the King, Sunday Worship - 11am. Tuesday Fellowship - 7pm (Prayer time 6pm) We meet at Fellowship of The King premises. Our new address is:- Fellowship of The King Venta Baja Road (next BLOCK up from Meson Sara) Puente don Manuel, Alcaucin. Phone: 952 518 185 or 952 033 021 Bank hours Usually 8:30am-2pm except Sundays, Bank holidays and Fiestas. Please note, the majority of banks will not accept bills to be paid (ie: electric, phone, rates) after 11am. taxis torre: 952 540 016. Nerja: 952 520 537 Velez Malaga: 952 540 016

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information taxis continued... Puente Don Manuel: 952 510 992 Mob: 616 034 636. shops 10am - 2pm - 5pm - 8:30pm (generally) The municipal market (fruit and veg) and the weekly markets are only open mornings. weekly Market days Mondays: Torrox Costa tuesdays: Nerja & Country Farmers Market, at Jardines del Trapiche on the road to Benamagosa. wednesdays; Rincon de la Victoria & Algarrobo Costa thursdays: Velez Malaga & Torre del Mar & Frigilana Fridays: Puente don Manuel & Cala de Moral saturdays: Caleta de Velez & Competa sundays: Malaga Consulates UK Opposite the main bus station Edif, Eurocom Bloque Sur C/Mauricio Moro 2-2ยบ- Malaga 952 352 300 Ireland Avda, de los Boliches, Nยบ15 Fuengirola 952 475 108 Netherlands/Dutch Avda, Carlota Alesandria, 33 Edif. San Andres - 1ยบ-7 Torremolinos 952 380 888 Germany C/Mauricio Moro 2, Malaga 952 363 591 Sweden 952 604 383 France 952 226 590 / 952 214 888 Belgium 952 559 159 Denmark 952 211 797 Luxembourg 952 857 197

airports Malaga 24-hour information 952 048 484 or 952 048 804 granada 952 048 804 airlines telefonica Dial 1002 to report a fault on the line. For general enquiries dial 1004 tourist information Nerja: 952 521 531 torre del Mar: 952 541 104 water supplies Velez Malaga: 952 506 450 Nerja: 952 520 154 Malaga: 952 135 013 railway stations Malaga: 952 360 202 granada: 958 271 272 town halls torre and Velez: 952 500 100 torrox: 952 538 200 Nerja: 952 548 400 Competa: 952 516 006 rincon: 952 402 300 Malaga: 952 135 000 hospitals Nerja ambulatorio: 952 523 131 Velez Malaga: 951 067 000 itV 902 575 757 or 952 551 084 - Open Mon - Fri 08.00am - 18.45pm, Sat: 08:00am - 12.45pm

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1. By what name is the plant impatiens more commonly known?

6. What is the capital of Nepal?

2. To which trade were "Tumblers" apprenticed? 3. How many faces has an Icosahedron? 4. What type of material is guipure? 5. What is the main Island of Japan

7. How many visible stars make up the Plough? 8. What is a group of foxes called? 9. What was the nickname of Davy Crockett's rifle? 10.Who did the Muswell Hillbillies become?

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1. There were three guys that died on Christmas Day. They were sent to heaven, but only could enter if they each brought one thing that represented Christmas. The first guy brought a stocking, and god let him in. The second guy brought a ornament, and god let him in also. The third guy brought him a pair of underwear. All three of their spirits rested in heaven. How is the third guy in heaven?

3. Once there was a boy and he got a new hula hoop for Christmas. If it didn’t fit over his head and it didn’t fit over his feet and he didn’t break, it how did he get it on his waist? 4. Just before Christmas, there was an honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus travelling in a lift of a very posh hotel. Just before the doors opened they all noticed a 5€ note lying on the floor. Which one picked it up and why? get Quizical answers 1) Busy Lizzie, 2) Window cleaning, 3) 20, 4) Lace, 5) Honshu, 6) Katmandu, 7) 7, 8) A Skulk, 9) Old Betsy, 10) The Kinks. hey Diddle riddle answers 1) 1. When god asked what a pair of underwear had to do with Christmas, the guy replied "Their Carol's", 2) He was Jewish, 3) It was all just a dream, 4) Santa of course, the other two don't exist!


2. A boy walks downstairs on Christmas morning in his foster parents house (the foster parents are rich). They have a 50 foot Christmas tree outside, and the floor is an ocean of presents. There is a goldplatinum-diamond statue of Jesus, and huge expensive Christmas decor. The foster parents spent all of their holiday money on Christmas presents, decor, tree, lights and much more. Why was the kid upset?

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super samsung inverter. Last 4 remaining at this price 3.3kw cooling 4kw heating €550

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kaYsUN DECO raNgE, unbelievable price and quality a rated fitted and inclusive from €380

a happy Christmas and New Year to all our clients. hope you have lots of Christmas cheer, mines a beer!

The Sentinella Trader 3€ for a maximum of 28 words or 15€ for boxed advert inc. photo. Payment to be made before the 17th of the month. Payments can be left at Arkwrights - Puente don Manuel, Viva Bar - Torre del Mar, Ribhouse - Torrox. Email before 15th of the month or Call Hayley on: 658 202 472 2 x INDUSTRIAL SIZED COOKERS Gas fuelled, cost 6,000€ new.

800€ for both

Will consider splitting Call: 951 167 066 or email: Ford Maverick 1995 Good condition, spanish provisional plates, tax paid, new clutch and radiator, good engine, ideal campo car

bargain at 1,000€ Tel: Richard 657353488 Ford Maverick 1998, 2500t, excellent condition, spent most of its life on the flat lands of Norfolk, air con, beautiful car must be seen then compare what's on the market in Spain

2,500€ Tel: Richard 657353488

CARAVAN Swift Challenger 550SE. Excellent condition throughout. New January ‘03. Fixed double bed (4 Berth). Full awning, all water goods and more.

7,500€ Tel: 686 851 041 Email:

-iZUZU trOOPEr 2.8 tD. Non runner. Spares or repair. €300. Tel: 660 123 349 Paul Atkins Motor Mechanic, Body Repairs & Tyres offers the following; BrEakiNg CitrEON 19 tDi, engine and Box, good, complete. tOYOta sUrF, engine + box (Auto) 3LTR TDI sPaNish PLatEs JEEP wraNgLEr, RHD. Spanish Reg. immaculate, P.O.A

ENgLish 7 sEatEr LaND rOVEr Discovery, Diesel, new gearbox, clutch. P.O.A VOLVO Est. Silver, Auto, ready in one week. More coming in.... LhD hEaDLights Ford Focus AUDI RHD (Spanish) TD Lovely condition


OPEL CORSA 2000 LHD, ITV, Radio / cassette 3dr, Silver

P.O.A HONDA CIVIC 3dr, Manuel Radio / cassette, Air Con, 1996


Call Paul Atkin for any of the above on 952 030 878 or 663 515 341 or see main advert on page 14

Advertise your property for sale/rent. Box it in a 16th of a page from just 15€ per month Lineage ads only 3€ per month Or book 12 months lineage for just 30 € Call 664 210 468

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Items For Sale COMPUtEr DEsk 123 X 55 X 78. Perfect condition 30€ o.n.o. CaNON COMPUtEr sCaNNEr 10€, Call: 630 635 678 gENUiNE DEsigNEr haNDBags (unused): Mulberry 80€, Bally 60€, Pedro del Hierro 50€, Carmen Paya 50€, Carolina Herrera 80€, Adolfo Dominguez 30€. BNwts hOBBs siZE 16 Silver Grey Cocktail Dress with matching stole and Jeager soft suede long wrap dress – each cost in excess £330 - for sale at 100€ each. sUPEriOr QUaLitY (not Retif) merchandising items: ChrOME rOUND raiL & 4 arM raiL - 50€ each; haLF MaNNEQUiN 25€. LaBELLiNg gUN & tags 10€. Call 600 268 064 hEaDLights FOr sUZUki Grand Vitara 05. For sale due to change of vehicle to spanish plates. 100€. Tel:. 618 496 266. sCaLEXtriC boxed sets, Formula one and Subaru Challenge, extra track, bridge chicane etc. 120€ o.n.o. Ideal Christmas present. Call: 630 635 678 PaNasONiC FaX MaChiNE, KXFP205, as new, 50€. Sharp XE A102 electronic cash register/till, as new, 50 euros. 2 indian sheesham wood bedside cabinets, excellent condition, 60 euros each, Tel, 618 938 770 PLastiC DOg kENNEL, 96cm x 78cm (h) 73cm. Good condition, 50€ 645 444 064 Torrox area. BaBYLiss CEraMiC hairBrUsh, straightens and shapes. As new 25€ 645 444 064 Torrox area. DiVErs - Dry Suit and stab Jacket 160€. For more information ring: 618 496 269 PiNE BUttErFLY taBLE 71x37x83cm

(75x39 footprint), one semicircular leaf 38cm radius, 2 drawers, towel rail, 2 stools. Good condition 30€ Call 619 866 715 or email twO Bar taBLEs BOth solid teak with brass surround hand and foot rails. Beautiful pieces of furniture. Ideal for home or bar. Table one oval shape height 108cm, width 135cm, depth 89cm. Table 2 round in shape height 108cm, width 89cm. Excellent condition. 250€ the pair or will split. swiMMiNg POOL COVEr on roller as new condition. Minimises heat loss and maximises cleanliness. Width 4m, Length 6m. As new condition 350€. Contact Glen on 690 225 906 or email for photos. Velez Malaga. All of the above items can be delivered for fuel costs. MarQUEE FOr hirE. 8M x 3M covered Marquee. Perfect for garden parties. Very good condition. Call for details: 951 167 998 / 951 167 066 or email: raLEigh ChiLDs BMX, yellow, full suspension system, excellent condition, up to approx aged 6, with stabilisers. 45€. CaNON iXUs 35MM Camera, with film, ready to go. 25€. gaMEBOY aDVaNCE used, but in perfect working order with charger, car charger, headphones, case & multiplayer connection 30€ Call: 658 202 472

Wanted waNtED gatEs and also electric gates any size. ph 952 514 467 or mobile 625 231 990 waNtED, Avon representatives for all areas. Sell quality products at quality prices. No outlay. Good commissions. Call Maria on 678 820 107 waNtED Petrol Chainsaw in good condition, reasonable price paid. Call: 616 370 539

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For Sale/Rent Cont... EXPats iN sPaiN, Wanting to go back to England, need a place to live in the Worcestershire area? Lovely ground floor flat for sale, 2 beds totally refurbished with garage. No Chain, £115,000 Tel: Mick on 0044 7770972725 or email or Carmen on 662378911 or email: tOrrEViEJa (ViLLa MartiN), 1 Bed apartment for sale. Sleeps 4, new UPVC windows with kitchen appliances on nice complex with pools. Sold as seen, £55,000 O.N.O. Call Mick on 0044 7770972725 email: or Carmen on 662 378 911 or email for more information. hOUsE FOr rENt. Quaint 2 bedroom newly renovated house, private courtyard at front, back garden with parking. This house is minutes walk to beach yet secluded, 5 minutes to shops and restaurants, furnished if required. 600€ month, electrics and water included. Call: 625 231 990 or house 952 514 467



Chest Freezer, Fridge Freezer 50L Electric Boiler Bitrina/Display Chiller All Weather Stainless Steel Tables & Chairs Ice Cream Machine Various other items

Call: 691 301 425

hOUsE FOr LEt Or saLE. Charming town house in Riogordo. 3 Bed, fully furnished, Sat TV, telephone. €395 pcm or €159,000 Tel 600 248 795 La ViNUELa: Cosy fully furnished townhouse in the centre, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, sky tv, fitted kitchen, sun terrace, parking outside house, pet allowed. €375 pcm. Call: 649 111 965. 116

VELEZ MaLaga: Large unfurnished townhouse with small apartment/studio situated near the Fort. 3 double bedrooms, large lounge, covered patio, large sun terrace, fitted kitchen, bathroom, small apartment/office/studio at the rear, pet allowed. €350 pcm. Call: 649 111 965. FOr rENt: 3 bed house, bathroom, f/kitchen, living room with log burner, terrace and small garden fully fenced in, swimming pool, Sky T.V, 10 mins drive to Alcaucin, La Vinuela, Puente don Manuel, Zaffaraya. House is part furnished and is situated in small hamlet, Venta Alta. 450€ per month. Call: 652 084 180 2/3 BEDrOOM hOUsE tO LEt in Benamargosa. Available for long or short term lets from 400€ pcm. Also holiday lets from 200€ per week. 2 mins to supermarket, bars and swimming pool. Call: 636 117 210 FOr rENt: 3 bed mobile home in beautiful rural setting nr. Lake Vinuela. Mains water & solar electric. Good access. €225 pm inc. Tel: 660 708 441

Job Seekers Cont.. CarE wOrkEr sEEkiNg wOrk in your local area. 10 years experience in care working with the elderly. Hardworking, honest, trustworthy and reliable with references available. Also available for cleaning and baby sitting. Fully qualified. Call: 636 117 210 or 952 517 464 (evening) sPaNish MaNagEMENt are seeking associates here in Spain and across Europe. Call us to see if you measure up to help Spanish Management go forward in 2010. The credit crunch could be over for you !! Tel: Tina/Geoff 0034 666 135 516


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ACCOMMODATION wEscuela la Crujia Rural B & B & guesthouse in a pretty converted school, 10 minutes from Velez Malaga,Tel: 606 010 580. Email: wVista la Maroma Rural B & B La Vinuela Tel: 952 519 095 Mob: 666 396 562 E-mail: Website:

AIR CONDITIONING wFor air Conditioning call Esola, 616 119 007, Torre del Mar wryan air conditioning for a complete air conditioning service, installation, service and repair. Top quality units supplied and installed or You buy we install from 130€, 12 point service from just 30€, city and guilds qualified all work guaranteed. For free advice and quotation telephone Richard 657353488 or visit:

ALL AROUND THE HOUSE wFrank Multi-services: Reforms such as: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Patios etc. Electrics, Plumbing, Concrete Driveways, Solar Systems, Air-Con, Carpentry and any other improvement for you house or business. Free estimates on fix figure and working to deadlines. Reliable and work guaranteed. Call: 669 009 821


Booking appointment online. Free follow up if necessary Hugh Grant, Tel 606 086300 email:

AWNINGS wshademaker awnings. Check out our range at We not only supply and fit new, but will change your existing fabric. NEW! We now do pool covers as well. Diy and trade supplied. Call Craig on: 637 058 478

BARS wthe Blarney stone Irish bar and restaurant, 18 C/ Chaparil, Nerja. Call: 671 448 694

BOOKSHOPS wPasatiempo Calle Infantes 30, Torre del Mar, 952 543 703,

BRITISH SUPERMARKETS warkwrights English Shop. Turn right at Venta Baja Crossroads or call: 95 11 67 674 or 65 93 75 603

BUILDERS wall types of building work undertaken, 37 years experience, Let me quote you. Call: 952 110 788 or 650 895 461

witV 70€ Includes test fee, Pre ITV check.

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Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts Professional Machines, Best BUILDERS Cont... wterence seaton & J Daniel - Renovations & Refurbishments. Professional builders with over 20 years experience. Tiling, painting, plumbing, electricity. Free advice, no obligations. Tel: 664 459 868. wspanish family builders for reforms, new builds, walls, pools etc. Good reputation with clients and known well in local town halls re: permissions etc. English speaking answering service. Please telephone: 660 144 402. wgeneral Builders (Spanish - Swiss Co. ) based in Torre del Mar for more than 20 years. Offers many professional services: Renovation / Refurbishment or New Construction. We speak Spanish, English, French and Swiss-German. For more info. or free quote please call Rolf: 639 747 280

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY wspanish Management are seeking associates here in Spain and Europe. Call us to see if you measure up to help us to go forward in 2010. Tel: Tina/geoff 0034 666135516

CAR AND VAN RENTAL wOne way van hire, UK, France and Spain. Call: 952 541 147

CARS WANTED wwanted all UK plated vehicles. Year 2000 onwards. cash paid. Call: 667 235 205

CARPENTERS wandrew rodgers 20 years experience in kitchens, wardrobes, shelving, aluminium door & windows. Call the Window Doctor for any window problem. Roller shutter blinds, mosquito blinds, security locks, repairs and renewals reasonable rates, Tel: 660 597 894 email:

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING wCarpentry & Joinery all aspects of carpentry including kitchens, windows & doors, Dave: 686 307 769 wMadercobrita Poligono la Panoleta, C/Juan Gris, Velez Malaga, 952 501 543 wCall roy on: 958 640 068 / 656 561 669.


prices, Distance No Problem. 16 years experience. wProfessional cleaning of suites and rugs at reasonable rates. Dry within hours using 21st century equipment and chemicals. Phone:- TRUECLEAN ON 952 030 356 / 618 475 977

CHIROPODISTS wregistered Chiropodist/Podiatrist offering a complete footcare service in the comfort of your own home. 15yrs experience NHS & private. Call: 636 866 715

CLEANING SERVICES wtoo hot to clean? Experienced cleaner and childminder available. All aspects of cleaning undertaken including ironing and laundry. Excellent references and competitive prices. Please call: 664 508 069 waDCC Filipina cleaners w/English, ref. and experience. Call: 646 692 679 / 630 498 427 wwendy´s Magic wand´ cleaning service for all your cleaning requirements. Friendly, reliable and thorough. Competitive rates. Los Romanes and surrounding area. Tel. 626 278 244.

COMPUTERS All computer problems solved. Torrox/Nerja and surrounding areas. Free Advice. No Fix No Fee. Hardware ,Software and Website solutions. PC service only 50 Euros. Call Rab on: 952967124 or 645236259. wComputer help.Troubleshooting & Repairs. New PCs supplied with Windows in English. WiFi installations. Reasonable rates. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer since 2000. Patient & professional. Call David on 952 54 96 07 or 654 899 976. wComputer Problems? Help is at hand. Upgrades, repairs, hardware and sofware problems solved, NO FIX - NO FEE. Advice on buying and setting up the right computer for you. Tuition from complete beginners to advanced, get the most out of your PC. Call David Fleck on: 952 510 729 / 620 328 382 or email:

To advertise in The Sentinella call 664 210 468 or email DENTISTRY wUnidental. English Dentist Practising Here C/Canalejas, 15 Local, Velez Malaga. Tel: 952 55 83 63 wian Pett Dental Care, Five star dental care you can trust. Edif. Al-Zabel, Local 7, Cruce de Periana, 29713 Alcaucin, Puente don Manuel. 951 139 287 / 691 700 587 UK +44 1708 616 148. wClinica Europa Centro internacional, Blq. 86, Torrox Costa. Call: 952 53 09 08 Email:

DOG GROOMING wthe Dog shop, Professional grooming salon. All dogs welcome, any size, any breed. Tel: 645 525 782, Centro Comercial, 10, Torrox Park.

EDUCATION & COUNSELLING wFor English speakers: Educational Psychology Assessments and Services. Counselling for Adults and Children. Fully qualified staff with experience in the UK and in Spain. Telephone Pat or Albert on 620 150 605 / 678 429649.Email: educationandalucia

ELECTRICIANS wElectro-Cute! English J.I.B. Electrician For all your electrical needs and problems Fault finding/Lighting and power/Air conditioning Electric gates and Intercoms/Pumps Rewires/Upgrades Call Stefan 610048919 wLakeside Property services, 24 hour call out emergency Electrician and Plumber. Call David on: 627 931 357 wFrank Electric: Bulletins and projects authorised by industry. Under the new regulations 2003. New and rewiring of houses, offices, locals, projects. Aircon and Solar Energy. Free estimates on fix figure and working to deadlines. Reliable and work guaranteed. call: 669 009 821

ESTATE AGENTS/REAL ESTATE wab ax Properties Colinias del Puerto 124, Avenida de Andalucia, Caleta de Velez, 952 511 103, waxces Property Direct sell or rent your property privately. Save thousands in agents commission fees. Call or email: 0034 625 346 200. Email: Website: wFleming Properties, Calle Las Melosas,

Edf Nautico, Torre del Mar, 952 547 131 or 637 278 306, waxarquia Properties s.L Call; 952 554 235 or 626 038 851 Email:

FURNITURE SHOPS wCudeca Second Hand Furniture Shop, tel 952 545 212 Calle Infantes 48, Torre del Mar (by Thursday market) open from 10.00 to 16.30 Mon to Fri and 10.00 to 13.30 Sats. For donations of furniture please call Tony on 661 826 654.

GARDENING SERVICES wred Palm Beetles, Wasps, Ants, Woodlice, Mice, Rats and all pests. Processionary Moths. Call us for treatment and disposal of these garden problems. Tel: 657 165 373

HEATING wsave 60% off your heating bills this winter using the latest heat pump technology (and it cools too) fully controllable instant heat for further details free advice telephone richard 657353488 or visit:

HEALTH & BEAUTY wweight Control - Herbalife Independent Distributor, Bea Savory, 95 253 4795 Email: (business opportunity also available) wweightwatchers Meetings in English. Nerja, Velez and Torrox. Call Candace on 952 549 607 or 626 672 493 for further

HOLIDAY LETS wVillas to Let Privately owned luxury villas to let. Contact Christine: 627 820 669 958 36 40 16

HOME FURNISHINGS wgilly’s Fabric workshop For all your Upholstery & Soft Furnishings. Tel: 660 743 468

HORSE RIDING walcaucin horse riding, Lessons, trekking kids club on Sats 10am - midday. Ring Charlotte for more info. 620 609 374. Website:

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Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts HORSE RIDING CONT... wandalucia horse riding 1hr, 2hr or day rides with picnic or bar lunch. Situated close to Lake Vinuela. Also riding Holidays with accommodation. Tel: 616 032 216 E-mail Facebook – Andalucía Horseriding

HOUSE CLEARANCES wCarousel second hand Furniture, Vinuela Pueblo (Under Cajamar Bank), access via steps at side of bank, or slip road behind bank, 630 211 907

INSURANCE wLCJ iNsUraNCE, Not the cheapest, Not the dearest, Almost certainly the best, *Health Insurance, * Travel Insurance - Multi trips, *Car and House Insurance, * Funeral Plans, Call: 952 515 224 wMaPFrE insurance: Specialising in health, home, vehicle, business & life insurance. Range of pensions & investment plans. English & Spanish speaking. Call Victoria Harding for a no-commitment quote. 952 551 460, fax: 952 555 212 or email:

INTERNET SERVICES wriosat:sL, RIOSAT SL. No landline required. Internet and telephone services. Some areas free installation. Speeds up to 5 Mbps down and 3 Mbps Up. Call: 951 239 310 / 626 679 018. Email: Web: http//

w home From home Dog Boarding at my 10,000m2 finca in Riogordo. No kennels just lots of excercise, fun and cuddles. Call: 678 189 019 or e-mail: Also within 15km daily home visits for dogs, cats, horses etc. wDog care in our home, very secure. Live with our 2 passive dogs. Vets near by, diets, meds etc. Vacancys Dec onwards. Malaga area. Call: 669 346 268

LAUNDRY SERVICES wCampo Laundry service Your Laundry Washed and Ironed. We Pick up and Drop off. Everyday is a washday for the 3-J's. Torre, Vinuela, Colmenar and inland. Julie 699 349 748

LAWYERS wCarmen silvia, Solicitors Abogados, Spanish solicitors, English Spoken, Torrox Costa, Urb. Costa del Oro local 8, (very near Notaria Office). Free initial consultation, 952 967 004 Email: winternational Law solutions. English speaking Spanish Lawyer. English and Spanish legal advisors. Urb Torrox Park, Zona Comercial 3, tel/fax: 952 527 831 or 615 338 075, Email:

LOCKSMITHS wBritish Locksmith - 24 hour service, good rates. Tel: 676 262 073



wwagtails boarding kennels for cats and dogs. Dogs walked 3 times a day in 36,000 sq metres fenced land. Phone Val 655 579 792 or Richard 645 659 935 or wthe Dog house While you are away on holiday or a weekend break, your dogs live in our house alongside our dog. Large play area, lots of country walks. Pet collection/del. service. Vet services on call. Gourmet meals if required. 'Only the best for your pal'. Ring: Phil 649 079 321 Comares/Benamargosa. Ex cat & dog airlines.UK. Recommended. Refs available.

wMachines for hire, for all your building & reform requirements, with or without driver. Call: 696 547 646, on road to lake. wsaxon sL JCB Digger Hire. New machine Good rates. Velez Malaga Call: 678 23 22 53 or 662 39 83 72


MARKET GOODS wMr Clutter Wants your Goods, House and garage clearances, shops and bars - old stock, any item considered. Call David on: 686 375 089 - or if preferred email a list to Cash available and efficient service

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wJonathan Mark Leggott, S.M.T.O. I.T.E.C Remedial Massage, Advanced Sports massage, Soft tissue manipulation. Centro Mar y Salud, El Morche -Torrox Costa. Tel: 639 528 205, 952 53 2065

wsanne h. Mortensen, BSc (Hons), MCSP, SRP, Spanish registered, Col no 2066. Clinic appointments or home visits in the Axarqùia region. Experienced UK trained physiotherapist offering post-operative rehabilitation and general musculo-skeletal conditions. Tel 626 152 756

MEDICAL CENTRES wDr. Bernadette Veeger General Medicine 952 532 065, 617 913 196. Consultations by appointment and house visits. English, Español, Deutsch, Francais, Nederlands. Centro Mar y Salud, Paseo Marítimo, El Morche/Torrox Costa,

MOBILITY PRODUCTS wBlue Badge Mobility.s.L Hire & Sales of Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs, Bathroom aids, Toilet Aids, Long term rentals, Best prices on the Costa. Quality Service. Contact Gary Or Sara 952967015 / 635445279

MULTI-SERVICES wM tek Building services Engineers. Fully Qualified Team of Engineers, Consultancy service, Plumbing, Electrical, Gas, Construction. Total One Stop Solutions. Spanish speaking personnel. Tel: 952 512 491 - 617 839 660 - 7 days a week. e-mail: wgeneral handyman/D.i.Y - No job too small from painting, tiling, plumbing and general maintenance. Friendly reliable service given. Not a builder, hence reasonable rates charged. Los Romanes and surrounding area. Tel: 618496266

PLUMBERS w24hr plumbing, drainage & all gas appliances, call 666 123 055 / 952 514 333 wwayne’s Drains & Plumbing Est.1999. 24 Hour call out. Tel/Fax: 952 539 239. 24 Hour Service: 634 275 030 wCosta del sol Plumbing - from a leaking tap to a full installation. Call Bryan on 665 490 996 or email: w John Folland Plumbing & heating: All jobs from a dripping tap to fully fitted kitchens/bathrooms. No call out charge. Tel John: 622 050 803 or 622 180 606

PRINTING SERVICES wBusiness Cards double sided from 135€ for 500. Flyers double sided full colour from 150€ for 1,000. Call: 664 210 468


wheiko stumbeck, Avda Andalucia 119, Torre del Mar, 952 967 923 and C/Antonio Ferrandiz "Chanquete" 23-25, Nerja, 952 528 395. C/Jacinto, Benavente Edf. No. 6, Fuengirola, 952 197 565

wDoctores de la Casa, We revitalise your property for re-sale or rental. Property or room makeovers, Property Management, Pool & Garden Maintenance, Guest Services. Call: 657 247 647 or email: waxarCare™ Property Management and Maintenance Services. A full range of property maintenance services carried out by professionals, Building, Painting, Electrical Work & Plumbing the one stop solution. Property Management Specialists a very comprehensive service, Including professional pool cleaning, full details on the AxarCare website. Axarcare we take care of all your prope- rty needs. Company Website: Tel: 616-809-423



wPet taxi- UK, France & Spain Delivered door to door. Call: 667 235 205

waxarCare™ Property Maintenance Tel :616-809-423


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REMOVALS w2Js removals, House Clearances, UKSpain-UK, Local and International removals, Reliable service, free quotes, no job too small. Call: June or John 649 662 012 Email: warnold removals Local & International Great Service, Fair Price. Tel: 685 360 193 Call: 626 160 869

RENTALS wtenants-All types of rental,holiday,long/short term lets etc.,Owners - Make sure I know about your property, Please ensure you have contacted me so that I can help you. Tina 0034 666135516 or Email: wrent a home Avenida Andalucia, 133, Torre del Mar. Call: 952 547 554 or 680 210 414. Email: website:

RESTAURANTS wtaj Mahal ( Torre del Mar ) Avda. Anadalucia, Blq. Jupiter, Pasaje Timon 2, C/Timon. Tel: 952 547 798 wtaj Mahal (Puente don Manuel) Next door to Chiringuito Antonios, Venta Baja Tel: 952 510 886 or 667 934 731 wtaj Mahal (Torrox Costa) Ctra Nacional 340 next to Post Office. Tel: 952 534 972 / 634 051 535

SATELLITE T.V. wtotal satellite installations Call Phil on: 629 556 266. wsky shop torre del Mar. Call: 667 235 205 or 952 541 147 wsat. Co. Sky and “Free Sat.” HD. Call us 7 days a week. Call Tom on: 657 484 853

SOLAR POWER wtecnicas Maro, Heating, Cooling & Solar Energy. Providing energy saving solutions since 1992. Email: Tel:952 52 95 38

SOLICITORS wC&D solicitors Specialists in Real Estate, Civil and Tax Law. Tel: 952 532 582 or


TYRES wCar, 4x4 and motorcycle tyres supplied and fitted. Punctures repaired, competitive prices. Also ITV (Mot) welding. For a no obligation quote call: 676 719 066 / 620 627 214 or 952 517 502. Email: Also iron work made to order.

WATER TREATMENT wsave money on bottled water! For a complete water treatment solution, ultra violet filters, water softeners and chlorine filters telephone richard 657353488 or alberto 650943713 or visit

WEB DESIGNERS wspanglish webs, Web designs, Database Programmes, Hosting, Domains, Real Estate Sites, English – Spanish Translation. All at realistic prices. Call Rachel: 951 708 454 or 691 660 187 Website: Email:

WINDOW CLEANING SERVICE wwindow Cleaning service, polite, professional service. Call Kevin 647 179 664

WOOD FOR WINTER wsave money to heat your house. Save 3 times more than if you buy your wood from the Petrol Station. Minimum order 95€. Call: 669 009 821

Advertise in the Best Business Directory Listing 12 months - 60 euros 6 months - 40 euros 3 months - 30 euros MERRY CHRIMBO FROM US!



A three bedroom villa with pool, garden and a separate guest room/workshop on the well known Trayamar urbanisation, minutes walk to the marina.

ONLY 285,000€ A lovely reformed and spacious 161m2 three bedroom village house with separate studio in the village square with 215,000€ vehicle access

Vilo Periana


A modern 2

Puente don Manuel bedroom villa of


111m2 on an easily maintained site of 530m2 enjoying views over the surrounding countryside and within easy reach of all amenities. 195,000€

A delightful, two bedroom, reformed finca of some 100m2 on 9,300m2 with easy access and 3kms to Benamargosa. FP0695 165,000€ Marvellous views.


A small, fully reformed, two bedroom retreat in this traditional hamlet which enjoys unequalled views overlooking the Lake Vinuela valley. 72,000€

El toril


tOrrE OFFiCE Calle Playa Marina, 2D Torre del Mar. 29740 Tel: 952 54 71 31 Mob: 606 087 362 NErJa OFFiCE Calle El Barrio, 11 Nerja. 29780 Tel: 952 52 41 40 Mob: 637 278 306

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Sentinella Axarquia December 09  

The little mag that fits in your bag for info on the go