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November - December 2013

Seasons Greetings


gourmet guide • culture • fashion • reviews • technology • property • entertainment

WELCOME this photo: “Leaving Las Negras” by

Well that’s almost an end to another year, a very tough one for lots of residents and businesses. But there seems to be shoots of recovery with most of the Estate Agents having some success in selling property in this area and of course the exceptionally warm October that has ensured the bars have had clients eating outside later than most years. We are very pleased that many of our advertisers have stuck with us throughout the year and have gained extra clients through their adverts in The Ultimate Almeria magazine. Without these advertisers there would be no magazine so we would like to thanks each and everyone one of you and wish you a happy and successful 2014. While I am thanking people the contributors to the magazine that have helped make it what it is today and therefore a big thank you to Dean Baker our photographer and designer of the magazine what a superb job he has done, Adele Land for her informative articles on the Destination Report and Come Wine with Me pages and of course Sallie for not only her superb recipe each edition that I know lots of you try, but her help and support on the admin, delivery and sales of each edition. This edition has various articles that make this time of year special, from presents we can afford, to a few that we can only dream about. Some facts and helpful tips from CAB Spain and our QI page, crazy fiestas, darts rising millionaires, the Fosbury flop and the controversial Bernard Manning. I hope you enjoy this edition and the others we have produced throughout the year, of course if there is anything that you would like to see added to next year’s copies then please write to us at the email below. The next edition should be out in the second week of January allowing for the festivities including the “Tres Reyes” to be over. So if you feel that our magazine could help profile your business like so many others in the area call either Gary or Vicente whose numbers are on the contents page. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our advertisers and readers. Here´s hoping for a prosperous 2014. The Editor

Ultimate Almeria, Paseo de Meditteraneo, Mojacar. 04638 Tel: 950 473 102 and remember to check out our new website. If you are a writer or wish to advertise your business in the next edition please do not hesitate to contact our office in Mojacar on 950 473 102 or e-mail Ultimate Almeria has taken due care and diligence in compiling this guide and cannot accept responsibilty for advertisers work, services or goods. Please use standard practise and take up further references. We endeavour to ensure that all contents are correct at the time of going to press but cannot be held responsible for the effects of errors or omissions.


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The Fosbury Flop


Food Glorious Food: Festive Fish Cakes


Issue No. 23 November - December 2013


Gourmet Guide


La Legion


Come Wine With Me: Winter Warmers


Citizens Advice Bureau


Heading South


Darting Millionaires


Weird and Wacky Fiestas


Life: David Attenborough


Things to do: Santiago de Compostela


Odds on favourite: Secretariat


Comedians: Bernard Manning


Destination Report: Romantic Rail Journeys


The Golf Page: PGA Catalunya


Worlds Most Expensive: Christmas Gifts


The Book Shelf


Christmas Hits: Top Ten




Next Issue no.24 Jan-Feb 2013

PUBLISHER Gary Funnell SALES DIRECTOR Gary Funnell 634 365 367 FIELD SALES - VICENTE 634 398 329


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New Wave Property News According to property valua‹on experts Tinsa, property prices in Almeria province have shown signs of stabilising which can only be good news for the industry. The number of prospec‹ve purchasers con‹nues to improve with buyers from northern European countries, including the UK, keen to take advantage of good deals on all types of property. This is evident, following our highly successful sales period during the summer months. Our wide range of new lis‹ngs features something to suit all requirements and budgets with a selec‹on of these, detailed below. As always, we specialize in lis‹ng proper‹es in the Mojacar area, it's where we live and what we know best, allowing us to offer vendors and buyers the best advice on purchasing or selling a property in this area. We con‹nue to offer a friendly, professional service and provide straigh™orward informa‹on. We provide an honest valua‹on service and our flat-rate commission is easy to understand without any gimmicks or risky ‹e-ins. Call into our beachside Mojacar office and speak to our sales team.


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FOSBURYFlop Born on 6 March 1947 in Portland, Oregon (USA), from an early age Richard Douglas Fosbury showed a natural flare for science and mathematics. He was also a gifted athlete, with a particular talent for the high jump. However, when he reached his teens, he found that, at 1.93m, he was already too tall to perform it effectively using either the traditional scissors jump or the more commonly used straddle technique. His personal best had plateaued at 1.80m, and so the young Fosbury realised that if he was to make further progress in the discipline, he would have to come up with a different approach. From 1963 onwards, Dick Fosbury started using a new technique of his own invention. Starting into a curved 6

run-up, he turned away from the bar, by which point all of the other finalists transferring his weight and thrusting had fallen by the wayside. It then took his body backwards over the bar. him three goes to succeed at 2.24m and set a new Olympic record. But the The young athlete used his new gold medal was not yet his. He faced technique in a college tournament an anxious wait as, once again, the to record a jump of 2m, much to the judges debated whether his technique bemusement of the judges, who, after was in breach of any of the technical much deliberation, were forced to regulations. Eventually they decided conclude that Fosbury’s unorthodox it was not, and Fosbury was duly but effective style was perfectly crowned Olympic champion. legitimate, since the only requirement is that a high jumper launches off one Fosbury’s exploits in Mexico instantly earned him national hero status foot. back home. Meanwhile, the rest of Having been chosen to represent the the world was quick to recognise the USA at the 1968 Olympic Games, effectiveness of his technique, which thanks to a 2.21m jump during the became more and more widely used, American trials, Fosbury made it enabling athletes to clear heights in through to the final at Mexico City’s excess of 2.40m. Olympic Stadium on 20 October 1968. Today, the Fosbury Flop is His novel jumping style had the crowd immortalised in the dictionary, and gasping, as he cleared each new height has been firmly established as the only at the first attempt, right up to 2.22m, technique used in the high jump.

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Paseo del Mediterraneo. 197, Mojácar - Almeria





Paseo del Mediterrรกneo, Mojacar Playa. T. 950 472 643




Glorious food food

Festive Fish Cakes

I thought this recipe rather apt, for this time of year. Comforting and wholesome , aswell as being quick and simple to make. These fishcakes are very versatile and can be served for: a starter,lunch, supper, even as an canapé if reduced to bite size and served on top of gem lettuce leaf with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce!. They can be served with a nice crisp green salad, vegetables, parsley sauce or our favourite, crushed minted peas....yum. You can even freeze them (uncooked) and cook when required, ideal for those unexpected Christmas season guests.

Ingredients: These ingredients are enough to make 8 medium fishcakes or 32 canapes. • 800G potatoes • 650g Fish: Salmon, Cod or Crab ( fresh, frozen or tinned). Why not try a mixture of two types of fish! • Salt & pepper to season, as desired. • Plain flour to coat and cut the fishcakes. • Some veg/olive oil and knobs of butter for frying. • Optional extras to add to fish cake mixture: Parsley, Chives, Peas, Sweetcorn or Chilli flakes.

You will need: • Large saucepan • Drainer • Masher or potato ricer • Large mixing bowl

• Frying pan (use for poaching and then for frying) • Baking tray (only reqd if making large fishcakes) • Circular cutter or round object to cut fishcakes to desired size.


1. Poach fish (if reqd) – leave to cool. Remove bones and skin. Flake fish. 2. Cook and mash potatoes – do not add any milk or butter, just some pepper if reqd. 3. Put mashed potatoes into mixing bowl, add fish and any extras (as detailed in ingredients) and combine together. 4. Sprinkle a covering of flour over the worksurface/chopping board. 5. Divide the mixture into eight or appropriate canapé size and form each portion into desired size, either with your hands or cutter. 6. Cover the fishcakes all over with flour. 7. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes. 8. To cook: heat frying pan with oil and butter, fry the fishcakes until golden. If they are particulary thick or large, pop onto a baking tray and heat through in a medium hot oven for 10-15 minutes , to ensure that completely hot all the way through.



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Aguilas: With this food and gourmet section we hope to bring you all the best of the local restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes to make the decision of where to eat and drink a much easier task. Presented by location in alphabetical order it should be a breeze to find the establishment you are looking for . If your establishment is not listed please e-mail: gary@ to be included in the next edition.

Café Bar Aranda 630535836 Comic Café-Pub 968448199 Gullivers 968411329 Hotel Cala Real 968414562 Hotel Carlos lll 968411650 Hotel Madrid 968411109 Hotel & Spa Don Juan 968493493

Hotel El Paso 968447125 La Vía 646430496 Agua Amarga Hotel & Restaurant Family 950138014 Albox Bistro Rojo 634376674 Jacks 950120718



fresh pasta, meat, fish, pizza Neapolitan style home made desserts midday special (Tues - Fri) all dry pasta & pizzas only 5€ closed Mondays

Paseo del Mediterraneo, 269 (next to Caja Granada) Mojacar Playa Tel: 950 615 067 12

La Cena 950430930 Mesón de Irene 647730130 / 950430145 TC’s Café-Bar 634384723 The New Dehli 950431705 / 639231507 Alfaix La Bodeguita & Restaurante La Venta De Alfaix 634323217 Antas El Milindurrio 950453345 Asador Gloria 950453150 / 625668613 Cortijo Carlotta 950619226 / 638549646 El Fogon, Asador Argentino 950459081 Mi Casa 950453007 / 950453048



El Mirador 687160806 Hotel Rural Azabache 615654093 Humbugs 676604008 Hostal Meson 950430137 / 635612738

Los Pastores 950468002

Bedar El Cortijo 950398108 La Fuente 950469185 Miramar 950469308 La Montaña 950398856 Bar El Pinar (El Pinar) 634363834

Carboneras Hotel Valhalla 950130444 Desert Springs Resort El Chiringuito Pool Bar 678746706 El Torrente Restaurant 637861590 The Crocodile Club 678746706 Garrucha El Almejero 950460405 Meson Del Mar 950460675 Hotel Tikar


your number b 1 choice h i ffor S Steakk iin the h M Mojacar j area






Part of Tomas’s small complex next to the supermarket. El Gaucho has beautiful terrace looking to the sea and a small intimate restaurant inside. This is the place for great Argentinian steaks, salads and pizzas on Mojacar Playa. With its barbecue grill, for that great tasting flavour, on the enclosed terrace the winter months are a great time to come along and sample our wonderful cuisine.

There are many Argentinian Restaurants in this area but if you eat here you will save at least 30% LIVE FLAMENCO EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT

950 478 846 13

950617131 Angus & Hereford 950460588 Casa Adriana 950133154 Escanez 950460278 Gondola 950133928 La Diligencia 1880 950460949 / 627949392 Restaurante Andalucia 950460604 Rincón del Puerto 950133042 / 950133043 Tela Marinera 950460882 Zaks Plaice Fish & Chips 950133193 La Alfoquia Bar La Union 950634533 Los Castaños Cortijo Las Piezas 950951498 / 634780943 Los Gallardos Apolo 600495182 El Naranjo 950398799

La Cumbre 950888126 / 629030438 Miraflores 679970933 / 609506869 Mojácar: Cafes, Bars,Restaurants & Beach Bars. Alvaron 671275185 / 637546581 Aku Aku 950478981 Al Punto 950475899 Ankara 950473042 Arriba 950615591 / 634347256 Azeefa 950475899 Badgers 950478525 Bar Esencial 618826092 Bar Med 666140901 Bay Bistro 950450199 Bodega Mi Cortijo 950889023 Beachcomber 950473099 Bellagio 950472323

See your Bar, Restaurant or Hotel in this Gourmet Guide section of ultimatealmeria

Blue Lagoon 600829518 Burladero 950615041 Cafeteria Dolce 950475178 Caracola 622520925 Casablanca 950472474 Casa Egea 950472190 Captains Bar 617477797 Cortijo Media Luna 950478813 Cowboy Cocina 950472924 Cave Bar 950478799 D’Angelo 950478517 Delfin Dorado 950475212 Dolcevita 950472001 Don Pancho 950472543 El Cid 950472063 El Corralejo 950615537 El Flamenco 664051713 El Gaucho 950478846

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this Winter...


...enjoy the warm and cosy atmosphere of Hola-Ola. What better way to enjoy a lazy afternoon or evening sitting in the warmth from our new log burner, drinking a bottle of our house wine and a great selection of freshly prepared tapas for only â‚Ź10. We also have a full and varied menu which includes: Pig Cheeks, Oxtail Stew, Mussels, Seabass & Seabream, not forgetting our comprehensive House Specials available everyday. Hola-Ola is situated right on the beach, just after the tourist office and has a fully stocked bar with a great selection of beers, wines & spirits.

Bar - Restaurant

664 097 279

MojĂĄcar Playa, 200 metres from the Parque Comercial

El Lance 950478812 El Patio 670018035 El Sitio 950615411 El Vasco 950472649 Enrico 950472995 Eudoxia 663314445 Fanys 634312820 Fusion Beach Cocktail Bar 950615224 Hola Ola 664097279 Imperial 950478098 Karma 950615231 Koi 950615452 La Bola 950478408

La Cometa 950615209 La Catina 950478841 La Mar Salada 950472181 La Parata 950478186 La Posada 950472670 La Peseta 9504722 Levante 950615224 Los Amigos 950478489 Lua Chillout Lounge 950472643 Maui 950478722 Mandala Beach Club 950437131 Mana del Cielo 950472154 / 697225625 Mediterraneo 950472268

Meme 674141159 Meson El que Faltaba 950478846 Meson San Bernabe 950475966 Mojos 950615230 Moma Beach Cocktail Bar 950473020 Mountains of the Moon 950472002 Neo Beach Club 950473006 Neptuno beach Club 616005387 Omega 950475317 Osteria 950615151 Ottocento 950615100 Pastis 634384302 Playa Blanca 950473001 15

Portofino 950472809 Pura Vida 950472164 Rusty Nail 950472786 The Blue Lagoon 600829518 The Crazy Cow Cafe 666891340 / 697465620 The Emerald Isle 673104250 The Irish Rover 950473135 The Lemon Lounge 950472659 The New Kimrick 950475198 Titos 950615030 Trufibar 646515708 Valerys Cocktail Bar & Music 950615537 Viva 637270594

Mojacar Hotels Bed & Breakfast Casa Los arcos 950473165 Hotel Puntazo 950478265 / 950478229 Hotel Virgen del Mar 902472222 Parador 950478250 Sal Marina 950472405 Mojácar Pueblo Arlequino 950478037 / 649337781 Casa Minguito 950478614 El Bocata 626165107 Jazz Life Café 647724367 La Muralla 950472928 Napoli 950472976

Pulcinella 950478401 Restaurante Aires del Sur 606061811 / 950478014 Palomares Bar restaurant Monikas 950467474 Bar Oasis 950888476 Centro Plaza 950618614 La Dulce Casa 950467768 Turre Bar Stop 950479593 Café Royal, English Tavern 950468481 Gillie’s Bar 634309540 Gregs 950617698

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT and re-opened oct 2013!



live music every Wednesday barbecue, tapas, snacks

new years eve party T. 950 132 015 for reservations

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Stoneys Sports Bar 671896391 Chili 950468425 Hostal Rural Tio Tomas 950478806 La Estancia 654562449 / 695167831 Meson del Pobre 950468321 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz 950479646 Taj 950479607


Valle de Este


Hole In One Venues Bar 950461068 / 647424279 Hotel Valle del Este 950398743 Casa de La Vega 950391208 Paddy’s Irish Tavern 950395453

Carmona 950390760 Casa de La Vega 950391208 Cortijo Albari 950391706 Dragon Chinese 950133226 Gran Muralla Wok Buffet 950391691

Goah (Groupo Lua) 950467030 La Esperanza 625737025 Los Angeles 699010705 Bar Genesis 647073598 Jets Bar La Plaza 950467590 Taberna Cristina 693743791

La Peperina 678642856 Paddy’s Irish Tavern 950395453 Vera Playa B2 Mohana 678642856 Bar Restaurant Laguna 950132566 El Balconito 635589909 En Fu 950467839 La Buena Mesa 950467222 / 610356387 La Pampa 950397702 / 671653116 Lua 950478202 Wok Buffet Asiático de Fa 677778587 Corner Bar 950618209 Frankies Bar 662474861


La Capilla

Closed in November for holiday but open in December

Visit our Chapel Museum from 1919 for celebrations - birthdays - weddings or dine in our Romantic Garden

for reservations Tel. 950 479 305 www restaurantelacapilla es Ctra. Garrucha a Turre, Las Aparatas, 04638 Mojacar.


Starters • Meat and Fish • Rice dishes


Including a drink, starter, main & dessert or coffee Telf: 950 615 209

Paseo del Mediterráneo, Nº 92. Mojácar Playa



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Bottle & Tapa €1,80 Pint & Tapa €2,40 +50c each extra tapa

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La Legión If you drive down the motorway towards Almeria you will see the “ La Legion” symbol written on the side of the hill so after some research I have found out what the Legion is all about, I hope you find it as interesting as I have.

There is lots more information available on the internet and this is just a snippet. The Spanish Legion (Spanish: Legión Española, La Legión or colloquially El Tercio), formerly Spanish Foreign Legion, is an elite unit of the Spanish Army and Spain’s Rapid Reaction Force. Founded as the Tercio de Extranjeros “Foreigners Regiment”, it was originally intended as a Spanish equivalent of the French Foreign Legion, but in practice it recruited almost exclusively Spaniards and Spanish expatriates from Spanish-speaking countries. The legion and Paratrooper Brigade (BRIPAC), are considered quintessential elite units in the Spanish Army.

The Spanish Foreign Legion was formed by royal decree of King Alfonso XIII on 28 January 1920, with the Minister of War José Villalba Riquelme stating, “With the designation of Foreigners Regiment there will be created an armed military unit, whose recruits, uniform and regulations by which they should be governed will be set by the minister of war.” In the 1920s the Spanish Foreign Legion’s five battalions were filled primarily by native Spaniards (since foreigners were not easy to recruit) with most of its foreign members coming from the Republic of Cuba. The Spanish Legion was modelled on the French Foreign Legion. Its purpose was to provide a corps of professional troops to fight in Spain’s colonial campaigns in North Africa, in place of conscript units that were proving ineffective. The first commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel José MillánAstray Terreros, referred to his unit as ‘La Legión’ from the start but this only became part of the unit’s title from 1937.

The Spanish Legion is now mostly used in NATO peacekeeping missions. It has 5,000 soldiers in a Brigade of two tercios (regiments) based in Ronda, Viator and Almería (Andalusia). Two other independent tercios are deployed in the Spanish African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla as part of their respective garrisons. The legion is directly controlled by the Spanish General Staff. Although the detachment at Málaga was transferred away, each year a platoon of legionaries returns to march in the Holy Week procession with the Christ of the Good Death, a life-size effigy of Christ Crucified, adopted by the legion as Patron in the 1920s.



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Nights are drawing in, seasonal festivities are just around the corner and swimsuits have been relegated to the back of the closet. Days of ice-cold beers and chilled Mojitos seem far away but that doesn’t mean the cocktail shaker and fancy glasses need to gather dust until the summer. A huge array of winter drinks are out there just waiting to tantalise our tastebuds, hot or cold, the choice is yours, liven up your party or spice up the dark evenings with one of these tantalising tipples. The Lumumba was named after an African politician, turn a comforting hot chocolate into something special with a generous dash of amaretto, rum or your favourite brandy, serve in a tall glass and if you’re feeling extra naughty add a swirl of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. A popular Spanish after-dinner drink is the Carajillo, a short strong coffee mixed with your favourite liqueur, my favourite is a ‘carajillo de Baileys’ perfect... Mulled Wine has been a seasonal staple for centuries, a favourite in the Victorian ages it is closely related to German Gluhwein. Everyone has their own recipe but the traditional version is made up of red wine (choose a decent bottle) warm gently in a pan with sugar and steep with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. High street coffee houses offer seasonal brews, from Mint Mocha to Eggnog Latte in the run up to the festive period, be adventurous and make up your own at home, warmed milk, instant coffee and a glug of something from the cocktail cabinet and hey presto you have your own ‘barista’ style delight!


Irish Coffee was all the rage in the 1970s no visit to a Beefeater steakhouse was complete without rounding off the meal with one of these decadent treats. Slip on the flares with a brightly coloured shirt and revisit the decade of dubious taste with a liquid blast from the past. Brew some black coffee, pour into a (heatproof) goblet glass, add a good measure of Irelands best and top off with half an inch of single cream, poured slowly over the back of a spoon for a professional finish, the cream should sit on the top of the liquid, pop on a T Rex album (vinyl of course) and enjoy!



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Heading South Every year in early November, from the Northern USA States and Northern Europe, there begins a mass migration of retirees or “Snowbirds” heading for warmer climes, to spend the winter months in the sunshine. Traditionally an American phenomenon, this trend has filtered out to parts of Northern Europe, residents of Scandinavia, Germany, Holland and even the UK to name a but a few, wishing to escape the harsh winters by heading down to Spain and Portugal en mass. The temperate climate of Southern Europe is a great attraction for Northern Europeans, combined with a relatively lower cost of living, easy and relaxed way of life and of course a change of scenery. Our North American cousins, head for the warm Southern States of Florida, Arizona, California and Nevada, many actually declaring permanent residency status to take advantage of the lower taxes in some of these states. Once a pastime of wealthy retirees, “Snowbirds” now come from all walks of life and income brackets, with the increase in popularity of RV’s, Caravans and Motorhomes the option to head South for the winter is accessible for anyone.

In Palm Springs, Southern California, I spoke to Clive and Barbara Steinman from New Jersey “we have been travelling down here every year since we retired in 1998, the winters in the North East seem to get colder and the heating bills higher” explained Clive. “We find the rentals cheap and the cost of living even cheaper! Even our children and grandchildren fly down here to visit us, so we still get to spend time with the family, we feel like we have the best of both worlds!” Here in Spain the campsites of the Southern Costas are filled with Caravans and Motorhomes bearing license plates from all over Europe. Highly organised travellers, they come well equipped to set up their “home from home” with large awnings attached to their ‘vans, kitchen tents, annexes, dog kennels, “astro turf” lawns and satellite dishes! On the Marbella Playa campsite, I chatted to Len and Rita from Liverpool, whose cosy motorhome set up would put many apartments to shame, complete with 1.3m satellite dish, rotary washing line and even a couple of garden gnomes! “We usually set off from the UK in October and enjoy a slow journey down here, stopping off at some lovely locations en route, arriving here in November, ready to get set up for Christmas” enthused Rita. “We have met many people from different parts of Europe who come to the same campsite each year and have made some good friends”. It’s not just Motorhomers and Caravanners who spend the winters down on the Costa’s. With cheap monthly rental rates and a good selection of unoccupied properties to choose from, many apartments and houses are also occupied by “Snowbirds” preferring the luxuries of a “bricks and mortar” winter break. Some even make the move more permanent, deciding to make Spain their main residence by taking advantage of low property prices, then spending the hot summers with family back in the UK. With ever increasing energy bills, colder, wetter winters and more offers of early retirement, I can only expect that the “Snowbird” population will continue to increase and many more nationalities will be making the yearly migration to winter here on the Costa Almeria and other sunny destinations and quite frankly, who can blame them!


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The world of darts has completely changed over the last thirty odd years. Now the stars of this pub sport are millionaires from their skill at throwing their arrows. The stars of the 1980`s were not earning anywhere near the prize money, sponsorship money or even the cash from appearances that today´s superstars can achieve. Lots of this money has come into the game from television especially SKY Sports who have transformed the game from a competitive match on the stage to an almost spectacular event with thousands watching in large arenas to millions watching on TV. Nowadays all the players walk to the stage with their own theme tune belting out around the arena and following two models with the sponsors sashes on, this is now a televised event designed to make lots of money and pay massive prize money to the winners of each tournament. In the eighties the stars of the day such as Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Jocky Wilson, Cliff Lazerenko and theshowman Bobby George were earnings peanuts compared to todays players where a player in the top twenty can earn £100,000. The top player in 1981 was John Lowe and his earnings for the year was only £14,500 compared to the best earner this year being Michael van 34

Gerwin on £672,000. Although John Lowe was top the fourth player was Dave Whitcombe and he only earnt £2000 with the top 3 players Jocky Wilson (£7000) Eric Bristow (£8600) and Lowe being the only players to earn over £2500. Comparing this today to the top three Van Gerwen, Phil Taylor (£653,000) and Raymond van Barneveld (£298,000) and that is just from prize money.

properties that he rents out and a holiday villa in Tenerife where he hopes to spend his winters when he retires from darts.

Over the years there have been some wonderful personalities in darts from the players, Eric Bristow “The Crafty Cockney” Bobby George known for his gold chains rings and bracelets, Dennis “the Menace” Priestley, who always wore a striped back & red shirt, Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle and then, the wonderful commentator Sid Waddell. He would come out with the most amazing phrases to describe what we were witnessing on our screens so here are a few... “[He’s] as happy as a hound dog who’s won a year’s supply of Boneo.”

Phil Taylor has made millions from darts and was the first superstar of darts that drove a Bentley Continental although he now considers that to be a waste of his money and a petrol guzzler. It even had the number plate D4RT P which he still “If we’d had Phil Taylor at Hastings owns. He also against the Normans, they’d have has over 16 gone home.”

“When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer … [Eric] Bristow’s only 27.” Sid Waddell died in August 2012 at the age of 72 and The PDC World Championship Trophy has since been renamed the Sid Waddell Trophy in honour of this wonderful Geordie.

Michael van Gerwen


Rank Player Country Prize Michael van Gerwen Holland £672,185 1 2 Phil Taylor England £653,172 Raymond van Barneveld Holland £298,344 3 4 Adrian Lewis England £263,822 5 Simon Whitlock Australia £245,751 6 Andy Hamilton England £220,983 7 James Wade England £212,283 Wes Newton England £167,275 8 9 Robert Thornton Scotland £166,700 10 Dave Chisnall England £166,153 Scott Waites England £127,800 11 12 Mervyn King England £124,200 Peter Wright Scotland £114,000 13 14 Gary Anderson Scotland £111,318 15 Justin Pipe England £106,700 Paul Nicholson Australia £103,300 16 17 Brendan Dolan N. Ireland £96,350 Kim Huybrechts Belgium £93,753 18 19 Kevin Painter England £91,925 20 Jamie Caven England £90,867 Sid Waddell

The traditional image of the dart player has completely changed from the beer swilling, beer bellied image of the late 70´s to the younger stars of today, a prime example of this is “Mighty Mike” Michael van Gerwen at only 24 and looking to be the World Champion in the next couple of years, perhaps even this year.


Rank Player Country Prize John Lowe England £14,501 1 2 Eric Bristow England £8,600 Jocky Wilson Scotland £7,150 3 4 Dave Whitcombe England £2,100 5 Tony Brown England £2,000 6 Cliff Lazarenko England £1,800 7 Rab Smith Scotland £1,750 Alan Evans Wales £1,500 8 9 Leighton Rees Wales £1,250 10 Nicky Virachkul USA £950 Bobby George England £750 11 12 Ceri Morgan Wales £750 Tony Clark (Wal) Wales £500 13 14 Allan Hogg Canada £500 15 Luc Marreel Belgium £500 Kevin White Australia £500 16 17 Jerry Umberger USA £500 Wayne Lock Wales £300 18 19 Alan Hudson Canada £300 20 Alistair Forrester Scotland £300

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From the early televised games where players were allowed to drink pints of beer on stage it has been cleaned up for the audiences with only water on the stage although the vast majority of the crowds can be seen, to be drinking freely in the large arenas. So next time you are down the pub with your son or grandson pick up your arrows and show him how to play you never know one day he may be picking up the Sid Waddell Trophy and a cheque for a cool quarter of a million pounds. 35

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Three thousand Mojácar residents can travel free on public transport. Mojácar Mayoress, Rosa María Cano (P.P), accompanied by the Tourism councillor, Emmanuel Agüero (P.P), and Social Affairs councillor, Raquel Belmonte (P.P), presented in the Town Hall meeting room the first cards which give the holders free use of public transport in Mojácar municipality. Following the agreement between Mojácar Town Hall and the company Autocares Rodríguez, 1,530 men and 1,435 women, 2,965 people in person, have access to free Mojácar municipality public transport, ‘the yellows’, the only requirements being to be aged 65 or over and to be registered as a resident in the municipality. Commented Rosa María Cano: “The Town Hall covers the cost of the production of the cards, which is approximately five euros per unit.”

public transport in Mojácar municipality, an unlikely eventuality according to Cano. “Both the company and the municipal administration”, added the local authority leader, “have made a great effort in order that over-65s registered as residents in Mojácar can have free use of municipal public transport.” “It is a social measure aimed at alleviating in some way current economic circumstances,”indicated Rosa María Cano. Anyone aged 65 or over registered as a resident in Mojácar who has still not applied for the free municipal transport card can request it at municipal offices. The first cards handed out.

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Improvements to Mojácar. At the last Local Government Council session on 17th October 2013, councillors from the Popular Party government team, led by Rosa María Cano, Mayoress of the Municipality, approved the definitive allocation of works to carry out improvements to a number of streets in Mojácar Municipality. The works will be carried out on the following streets: calle Melodía, calle Mezquita, calle Palangre, calle Alhambra, calle Dinamarca (corner of calle Portugal and calle España), calle Italia, calle Grecia and calle Llanos del Abejorro.

Without doubt, the large number of residents who live in the Mojácar Playa area will be pleased with the final result, which is expected to be at the end of this year. Although the initial budget allocation for carrying out the works was around 388,138.57€, said works, including improvements, have finally been allocated for a lesser amount (299,078.50€), representing a saving of 89,060.07€, which will make it possible for the Town Hall to use this amount to carry out improvements on more streets in the municipality, where it is needed.

Beach bar disciplinary sanction, Mojácar maritime land area. In relation to the news in a number of provincial media concerning a disciplinary sanction, for which a fine and demolition order is imposed for a beach bar, located in Mojácar Municipality, Mojácar local authority states that said disciplinary action, with the sanctions derived from this, has not been processed at Mojácar Town Hall.

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Wierd and Wacky Fiestas It’s a little difficult to narrow down Spain’s list of weird and wacky festivals to fit on this page - so many of them would be considered bizarre to anyone born outside of Spain! People being chased by a herd of angry bulls and throwing tomatoes at each other are just some of Spain’s most famous rituals that are carried out in the name of ‘tradition’, but there’s plenty more bizarre festivals if you scratch beneath the surface. Staying Safe the Spanish Way: Got a newborn baby? Want to keep them safe from evil spirits? Do what they do at the El Colacho festival in Castillo de Murcia, near Burgos, and lie them on the ground and have grown men dressed as devils jump over them. Never mind protection from evil spirits, who is protecting the babies from the grown men dressed as devils that are jumping over them...?

Throwing Fiestas WINE: If Lanjaron has plenty of water, in La Rioja there is no shortage of wine. But, if truth be told, some of it is so bad that no-one really wants to drink it. So why not throw it at your neighbour, instead? Where: Haro, La Rioja. FLOUR: December 28 in Spain is ‘Dia de los Innocentes’, the Spanish equivalent to April Fools’ Day. Much of the japes that take place are similar to in other parts of the world, except in Ibi (near Alicante), where the locals mark the occasion with the Els Enfarinats festival, in which they throw flour at each other. I couldn’t think of a better way. Where: Ibi, Alicante. When: December 28 FLOWERS: The citizens of Valencia hit the pretty Falleras with flowers during the July Festival. Well, it’s their fault for being so beautiful, right? Lou Reed would have been proud. Where: Valencia When: July WATER: They’re a civilised lot in the Alpujarras. When they throw things at each other, it’s clean. What’s more, it’s not as environmentally unfriendly as it sounds - the spa town of Lanjarón (where the fiesta takes place) has water in abundance. Where: Lanjaron, Granada. When: August


PAINT: If wine and tomatoes don’t have the staining capacity that you’re looking for, how about paint and oil? The Cascamorras festival, where this barrage of abuse takes place, is all in the name of a statue that one town has and the other one wants. Where: Guadix and Baza When: September ANTS: If you thought the above festivals were strange, what about this weird carnival tradition? In the small town of Laza, Galicia, the locals let their hair down before the sobriety of Lent by throwing all manner of strange things at each other - and the strangest of strange projectiles is ants! But, like, I’ve seen Jungle Book, wouldn’t they just crawl over your arm? How exactly do you throw an ant? Answers on a postcard. Where: Laza, Galicia. When: Carnival. RATS: Oh dear, can it get any worse? The Battle of the Dead Rat, in the Valencian town of El Puig takes things a little further than most people can stomach. During the fiesta of San Pedro Nolasco, again in the name of tradition, people throw rats at each other. Come to think of it, what would be better, a dead rat or a live one? Where: El Puig, Valencia Let us know if you know of any other strange celebrations near you!


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ATTENBOROUGH Sir David Frederick Attenborough (born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster and naturalist and certainly the most famous in the world having presented for over 60 years. Sir David is widely considered a national treasure in Britain, although he himself does not like the term. In 2002 he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote. He is a younger brother of the director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough. His career as the face and voice of natural history programmes started in the 1950´s. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the only person to have won a BAFTA in black and white, colour, HD and 3D. 42

Attenborough was born in Isleworth, west London, but grew up in College House on the campus of the University College, Leicester, where his father, Frederick, was principal. He is the middle of three sons (his elder brother, Richard, became an actor and his younger brother, John, an executive at Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo).

After leaving the Navy, Attenborough took a position editing children’s science textbooks for a publishing company. He soon became disillusioned with the work and in 1950 applied for a job as a radio talk producer with the BBC. Although he was rejected for this job, his CV later attracted the interest of Mary Adams, head of the Talks (factual broadcasting) department of Attenborough spent his childhood the BBC’s fledgling television service. collecting fossils, stones and other natural specimens. He received encouragement Attenborough, like most Britons at that time, in this pursuit at age seven, when a young did not own a television, and he had seen Jacquetta Hawkes admired his “museum.” only one programme in his life. However, A few years later, one of his adoptive he accepted Adams’ offer of a three-month sisters gave him a piece of amber filled with training course, and in 1952 he joined the prehistoric creatures; some 50 years later, it BBC full-time. Initially discouraged from would be the focus of his programme The appearing on camera because Adams thought his teeth were too big, he became Amber Time Machine. a producer for the Talks department, which Attenborough was educated at Wyggeston handled all non-fiction broadcasts. Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and then won a scholarship to Clare College of His early projects included the quiz show Cambridge University in 1945, where he Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? and Song studied geology and zoology and obtained Hunter, a series about folk music presented a degree in natural sciences. In 1947 he by Alan Lomax. was called up for national service in the Royal Navy and spent two years stationed In 1950 Attenborough married Jane in North Wales and the Firth of Forth. Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel; the marriage


lasted until her death in 1997. The couple had two children, Robert and Susan. Attenborough’s association with natural history programmes began when he produced and presented the three-part series “The Pattern of Animals”.

from the permanent staff of the BBC to study for a postgraduate degree in social anthropology at the London School of Economics, interweaving his study with further filming. However, he accepted an invitation to return to the BBC as controller of BBC Two before he could finish the The studio-bound programme featured degree. animals from London Zoo, with the naturalist Julian Huxley discussing their use Attenborough became the controller of of camouflage, aposematism and courtship BBC Two in March 1965, but had a clause displays.

inserted in his contract that would allow him to continue making programmes on an occasional basis. Later the same year, he filmed elephants in Tanzania, and in 1969, he made a three-part series on the cultural history of the Indonesian island of Bali. For the 1971 film A Blank on the Map, he joined the first Western expedition to a remote highland valley in New Guinea to seek out a lost tribe.

His career as the face and voice of natural history programmes started in the 1950´s. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit.

Through this programme, Attenborough met Jack Lester, the curator of the zoo’s reptile house, and they decided to make a series about an animal-collecting expedition. The result was Zoo Quest, first broadcast in 1954, where Attenborough became the presenter at short notice due to Lester being taken ill. In 1957 the BBC Natural History Unit was formally established in Bristol. Attenborough was asked to join it, but declined, not wishing to move from London where he and his young family were settled. Instead, he formed his own department, the Travel and Exploration Unit, which allowed him to continue to front Zoo Quest as well as produce other documentaries, notably the Travellers’ Tales and Adventure series. In the early 1960s, Attenborough resigned

“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.”

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events and animals that were hitherto unfilmed. Computerised airline schedules, which had only recently been introduced, enabled the series to be elaborately devised so that Attenborough visited several locations around the globe in each episode, sometimes even changing continents mid-sentence.

Beginning with “Life on Earth“ in 1979, Attenborough set about creating a body of work which became a benchmark of quality in wildlife film-making and influenced a generation of documentary film-makers. The series also established many of the hallmarks of the BBC’s natural Although appearing as the on-screen history output. presenter, he consciously restricted his pieces to camera to give his subjects top By treating his subject seriously and billing. researching the latest discoveries, Attenborough and his production team The success of “Life on Earth“ prompted gained the trust of the scientific community, the BBC to consider a follow-up, and five who responded by allowing him to feature years later, “The Living Planet” was their subjects in his programs. In Rwanda, screened. This time, Attenborough built for example, Attenborough and his crew his series around the theme of ecology, were granted privileged access to film the adaptations of living things to their Dian Fossey’s research group of mountain environment. gorillas. It was another critical and commercial Innovation was another factor in Life success, generating huge international on Earth’s success: new film-making sales for the BBC. “The Trials of Life” techniques were devised to get the shots in 1990, completed the original Life trilogy, Attenborough wanted, with a focus on

looking at animal behaviour through the different stages of life. The series drew strong reactions from the viewing public for its sequences of killer whales hunting sea lions on a Patagonian beach and chimpanzees hunting and violently killing a colobus monkey. In the 1990s, Attenborough continued to use the “Life” moniker for a succession of authored documentaries. In 1993 he presented “Life in the Freezer”, the first television series to survey the natural history of Antarctica. Although past normal retirement age, he then embarked on a number of more specialised surveys of the natural world, beginning with plants. They proved a difficult subject for his producers, who had to deliver five hours of television featuring what are essentially immobile objects. The result, “The Private Life of Plants” (1995), showed plants as dynamic organisms by using time-lapse photography to speed up their growth. 43





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Bold Ruler was considered one of the important stallions of his time. He had a fine balance between speed and stamina, and though he finished fourth in the 1957 Kentucky Derby at a mile and a quarter, he won the Preakness two weeks later at a mile and three sixteenths, and went on to win three major stakes at the Derby’s 10-furlong distance.

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THE FILM Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays the trainer, Lucien Laurin. Filming took place on location in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and around Lafayette, Louisiana and Carencro, Louisiana. The film was released on October 8, 2010. It has since received generally positive reviews.

Hancock as witness. As stated in the original agreement, the winner of the coin toss would get first foal pick in 1969, and second foal pick in 1970. Phipps won the toss and took the weanling filly out of Hasty Matelda. This resulted in Chenery getting the colt out of Somethingroyal. In 1969, Hasty Matelda was replaced by Cicada, but she did not conceive. Both parties assumed Somethingroyal would deliver a healthy foal in the spring of 1970. This left Chenery with the unborn foal of Somethingroyal. On March 30, at 12:10 a.m., Somethingroyal foaled a bright-red chestnut colt with three white socks and a star with a narrow blaze. By the time the colt was a yearling,

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THEGOLFPAGE ...your regular insight into Spain’s best and most played golf courses, world tournaments and news.

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The Stadium Course PGA Golf de Catalunya

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18 holes 72 par 7205 yards Parkland / Woodland.

The Stadium Course at PGA Golf de Catalunya was designed by Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles. This is a par 72 golf course which offers five sets of tees from each of its holes making it suitable for all levels of golfer. This golf course has been regarded as a “technicians” course due to the numerous amounts of obstacles that require negotiation. There are old oak trees, evergreens and heather encroaching the sides of the fairways. Furthermore, there is a fair bit of water on this course along with many hills making this a great physical and mental workout. Since opening to the public, this stunning and spectacular course has been considered one of the best


golf courses in Europe, having recently been named the 88th best course in the world, 3rd in continental Europe and number 1 in Spain. It has hosted a number of major tournaments on the European Tour and is the subject of constant praise from professionals but don’t get too confident. The beauty of the course can be a distraction to the many dangers that threaten to damage your scorecard. Be aware that the course makes no concessions to players, and requires maximum attention on fairways which are literally besieged by trees, strategically placed bunkers and lakes on seven of the most difficult holes. These numerous challenges encourage players to come back again and again to test their skills. It is difficult to find so many memorable holes on a single course, and

despite its undulating terrain, the tees are in an elevated position and there are very few fairways that point uphill. The sensational dogleg hole 6 is one of those rare exceptions, a challenge that requires a great drive and total concentration.


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At Cortijo de la Media Luna you’ll find everything to make your Wedding Day very Special Our Spectacular Venue is nestled in the Sierra Cabrera foothills and is one of the most peaceful and tranquil locations to enjoy your special day. The lush gardens, dining areas, dance floor terraces and sea views are unrivalled and are sure to leave you satisfied. We can also arrange your:

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the world’s

our new feature bringing you a host of astonishing facts and figures from around the globe.

MOST... expensive Christmas Gifts

We have been looking for the most expensive presents that you could “fantasize” about giving your loved one if money was no object. Believe it or not there is a catalogue for this type of thing called “Neiman Marcus - The Christmas Book”. Here we have listed some of the out of reach gifts and also some that will make a big hole in your pocket but may tempt you if you have some spare funds available. Look up all the gifts available at

Ultimate Diamond Exp... €1.4m

Aston Martin Vanquish... €250k

“Wild Child” Motorbike. €545k

As the owner of this 25-carat rough Forevermark® diamond, you’ll travel deep into the heart of Africa to discover where your stone began its journey more than one billion years ago.

Its time to take your Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, one of only 10 in the world, for an afternoon of motoring.

Like master motorcycle fabricator Indian Larry, you feel at your best on the back of a bike with the wind in your face.

With its elegant profile and confident, sexy stance, this automotive masterpiece scores high marks on good looks alone. But there’s more to this machine than meets the eye. Beneath its exterior exists the culmination of a century of technological and engineering prowess.

Handbuilt in Brooklyn, New York, for the Discovery Channel “Biker Build-Off” series, “Wild Child” is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Indian Larry’s artistic achievements.

With a trip to the De Beers headquarters in London, where you receive your exceptional diamond in its rough and uncut form and meet the master craftsman who will hand-cut and polish it to perfection. A private tour of The Crown Jewels and dinner with De Beers and Forevermarks CEOs in the Tower of London. Then off on a vessel off Namibia’s coast, where your diamond was discovered deep within the ocean floor. Upon returning to the United States, you’ll meet with jewellery designer Maria Canale to design the ring that will hold your exceptional diamond. 60

Handbuilt in Gaydon, England, with a 100% carbon fiber shell—the first ever in Aston Martin’s history. A new, naturally aspirated 6.0-liter, V-12 engine produces some 565 horsepower and is tuned to deliver 457 pound-feet of torque. With bespoke leather luggage to match, truly an car fit for a secret agent perhaps?

In 2003, Larry rode “Wild Child” from St. Louis, Missouri, to Sturgis, South Dakota, where Larry’s bike was named the winner of the BuildOff, one of three unprecedented consecutive wins for the chopper enthusiast. Indian Larry famously declared, “There are no winners! There are no losers!” He shared his victory with fellow competitor and they both cut the trophy into pieces, signed them, and handed them out to the crowd.

the world’s These are a few of our choices...


Nights Diamond Purse...

Emmanuel Gueit Mobile.

Daytona Rolex Watch...




The Guinness Book of World Records has named the “1001 Nights Diamond Purse” the world’s most expensive handbag. The House of Mouawad from Dubai made the most expensive purse in the world. This amazing purse is embellished with 4,356 colorless diamonds, 56 pink diamonds and 105 yellow ones and hence it is covered with 4,500 diamonds.

Jimmy Choos...


Created and designed by world’s prominent Swedish designer ‘Emmanuel Gueit’ the Doldvish Le Million is the 5th most expensive and most luxurious mobile phone in the world. It was purchased by a Russian businessman for $1.3 million. The phone is handcrafted with 18 ct white gold and 120 ct VVS-1 graded diamonds.

Rolex present five new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph watches, with latest innovative features and amazing designer’s solutions. Timepieces from four renowned Rolex collections are designed to bring the elegance and luxury in every aspect of men’s and women’s life, both private and professional

Strap in and step out in this buckled Jimmy Choo sandal. A treat for the woman in your life, who wouldn´t want to find these in her stocking on Christmas morning?

Yves Saint Laurent.


Originally designed to tote bottles of champagne, the bucket bag is now a top trend. We’re lusting after this Saint Laurent rendition, crafted of polished leather




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Three great books that would make brilliant Christmas presents: Top 3 best sellers at Waterstones

Helen Fielding Mad About The Boy

Harry Redknapp Always Managing

David Jason My Life

When Helen Fielding first wrote Bridget Jones’ Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s, she introduced readers to one of the most beloved characters in modern literature.

‘From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury’s North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn’t changed one bit - I’d be lost without it.’

Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and ‘70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker.

With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on.

Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League. With hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, With his much loved, no-nonsense delivery, with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a Harry brings us a story filled with passion old Reliant Regal, that he found the part and humour that takes you right inside that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only every drama of his career. Fools and Horses. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Harry finally tells the full story of all the David’s is a touching, funny and warmis a triumphant return of our favourite controversial ups and downs hearted story, which charts the course of Everywoman his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business.

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Joyeria Esencia is now firmly established as the diamond and watch Specialist in the area. You’ll find a breathtaking collection of exquisite diamonds, including engagement rings, eternity rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and much more.


To celebrate Christmas 2013, we take a peak at the Official Charts Company Top 10 biggest selling Christmas songs of all time as of last year. With more records sold in the run up to Christmas than a typical chart week, the Christmas Number 1 is THE chart topper every artist wants to achieve. And it has been this way since the Official Singles Chart began 60 years ago. To have a Christmas Number 1 on your musical CV means you really are the best of the best; capturing the hearts and minds of the nation… That, or you’ve managed to dazzle the British public with your, um, uniqueness (yes, we’re talking about you Mr Blobby). However, not all of the biggest selling Christmas singles have been to Number 1 (two in the Top 10 peaked at Number 2, and one peaked at Number 5), and not all of the biggest selling Christmas singles have necessarily been, well, Christmassy. These tracks may or may not have religious overtones, but have nevertheless captured the essence of what this special time of year is about. At Number 1 on the countdown is Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? - the landmark charity single helmed by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to help raise funds and awareness for the 1984 Ethiopian famine. Featuring an all-star cast including members of The Who, U2 and Genesis to name but a few, Do They Know It’s Christmas? has sold a staggering 3.7 million copies to date and is the second biggest selling single of all time. The 20th anniversary version of the track is at Number 6 in the countdown with sales of 1.17 million copies.




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