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Terry & Bob’s Walking Treasure Hunt Estepona Old Town Saturday October 5th 10.30 & 11.30am. Bar Vitín, Plaza de las Flores (Orange Square) Estepona

Saturday 19th. October ICE Clubhouse First Race: 13.45

Tickets: 5€

from Terry or Pat Smith at Thursday meetings or call Terry 677656319

Winners will be announced at club meeting Thursday 10th October

Tickets: 6€ Incl. Afternoon Tea Adjudicator: Mike Dowling




OPEN DAY SUNDAY 13th OCTOBER 12.30 to 2.00pm

OCTOBER 2019 EDITION email: Telephone 952 802 549


ICE Magazine Contents Page




9 & 27

Classified Advertisements



Vice-President’s Letter



Photography Group



Lottery Winners AUGUST



Member’s Articles



Past Events



Puzzles Solutions



Garden Club



Golf Society



Activities at ICE



Technology Matters


12 & 14

Member’s Articles



Committee Information






Advertising Rates



This Month’s Events



Activity Organisers


18 & 19

Social Calendar OCTOBER



General Information



Future Events



Essential Telephone Numbers

President: Sue Potter Editor: Sheila Fox Advertising: Richard Wood Disclaimer: - The committee wishes to declare that ICE does not accept responsibility for the contents of articles nor the claims made by advertisers. Printed by Digiprint, Avda Litoral, Edificio Visamar, Blq 2 Local 9, 29680 Estepona Visit Our New Improved Club Website: Free Wi-Fi for members at the clubhouse. The magazine is published on the website on or before the first day of each month.

PLEASE MENTION ICE CLUB & MAGAZINE WHEN CONTACTING ADVERTISERS. Editorial: Many members are returning from their summer break, so the club is getting busier again. Lots of things happening this month and next and building towards the Festive Season. Check the social calendar pages and keep an eye on the notice boards in the clubhouse. Please continue to send me any items you think may be of interest to other members. Sheila Fox - Editor Email: Telephone: 951 900 745 Mobile: 671 232 906 PLEASE REMEMBER Your I.C.E. club is managed and run entirely by volunteers, including catering and bar staff, event organisers and your voted committee. All those who have volunteered say it is a great way to make new friends. Why not get involved? Without volunteers, the club could not exist. REQUIRED URGENTLY: KITCHEN AND BAR STAFF 3


Vice-President’s Letter Well, we're in the final quarter of the year and the tourists have departed and left room on the roads and made parking easier again. Many regular events are returning, including Petanca, which will be organised by Wilma and Yoga with Polly. Please check the calendar in the magazine or on the website or even better, come to the Thursday morning meetings to keep up to date. Jacqui and Paul Parrick have decided to return to the UK, for family reasons. They will be leaving at the end of October and we are very sorry to see them go.They will be missed. The Welcome Back Party sold out quite quickly and was a big success, this being Jacqui's last event. The music was sponsored by Grupo ASV Funeral Services in collaboration with Maria Read. Terry is holding the annual walking treasure hunt event, this time around Estepona Old Town. Michael is organising the Dromedary Dash (camel races) which promises to be a fun afternoon. We are off to Salon Varieties in Fuengirola to see the Musical Oliver. Sunday 13th is our Open Day for new members. Please invite as many friends as you can to make this day as successful as last year. Fliers are available to put in your urbanisation, post room or local shops. Next month (November) of course we will be celebrating our 31st birthday with a party on 2nd at Palapa Restaurant, Laguna Village. Whatever you choose to attend I hope to see you. Keep well and keep safe. - Joan Thompson Vice-President

Lottery Winners AUGUST 2019 1st Brenda Taylor 2nd Maureen Winkle 3rd Terry Smith

44€ 22€ 11€

We have a new website address and a new club email address. We also have a new Facebook Group The ICE Club Join the group and keep up to date with what’s happening. Website: General email: For Photos or for Vic or Peter: For Magazine or for Sheila:

Diane Hackett presenting to Wilma Keeley, the Welfare Officer, a basket of fruit in appreciation of her work.


Good News! We can now keep saving plastic bottle tops for the charity, Aprona in Estepona. Thank you to Mavis and Dennis Tolfree, who have done sterling work for several years collecting them. Sally Holloway has now volunteered to take over the job and deliver these to Aprona for us. Aprona is an educational facility for handicapped children.

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Anglican Church of Costa del Sol West SAN PEDRO at 10-00am Every Sunday we hold an Anglican Service of Holy Communion in the Hall adjoining the Parroquia Virgen del Rocio (near McDonalds). SOTOGRANDE at 12-00pm Every 2nd and 4th Sunday we hold an Anglican Service of Holy Communion in La Iglesia la Merced, the ‘Big Church’. 1st and 3rd Sundays are Methodist Worship services. You will receive a very warm welcome at our Churches, and children are particularly encouraged to join in the Sunday school fun activities. We hold a Messy Church at Marlow’s Fish and Chip restaurant at the Eroski roundabout in Duquesa on the first Saturday of each month, between 11-00am and 1-00pm. This is well attended by children, who enjoy the various activities, and also parents and adults who come along to give their support. We conduct Wedding Blessings, Baptisms, Funeral services, and undertake pastoral care visits to the sick or needy. Coffee Morning each Tuesday in Sabinillas from 11-00am, at the Café American Bistro at the eastern end of the Paseo near the children’s play area. Our new Chaplain is Adrian Low, so do come and meet him together with his wife Joanna at any of these events. For further details about us, please contact Adrian on 952 808 605 or, Church Wardens: San Pedro Church - Patricia Gommersall (an ICE Member) 951 965 762 / 620 149 215 Sotogrande Church - Christine Sabin, 686 234 377 Visit our website for even more information: - 6

PAST EVENTS Lakes Trip, Parque Ardales, 11th September 2019 A lovely clear sky greeted us as 32 members and guests alighted the coach for the trip to the Lakes. Taking the Ojen road the scenery was beautiful. On the right was Ojen, a small town with whitewashed houses tucked into the mountains behind Marbella. Further along, on the left-hand side was Monda where one could see Castillo de Monda on the hilltop. This was a castle and has now been developed into a hotel with a small pool. Highly recommended with lovely food. Our first stop was Finca La Mota near Alhaurin el Grande. Originally a farmhouse built in the 15th century, now a rustic Andalusian inn. Bacon or cheese butties were served with coffee under the dappled shade. It was a lovely setting to have breakfast. Then back on the coach fully sated. As we took the road towards the lakes at Parque Ardales there were olive and pine trees on either side, planted there because of their tolerance to drought. When we rounded the bend the scenery was wonderful and the lakes came into view. Despite the lack of rainfall there was a carpet of turquoise in the distance. We soon arrived at the El Kiosko Restaurant where we disembarked. Some brave souls ventured down the fairly steep slope to the lake for a swim. Others sat and enjoyed the ambience. There was a sharing of cava to start the afternoon off with a bang ( or pop!) The lake was still quite warm with a few fish in the deeper water. Wet shoes are to be recommended as the terrain is quite rocky but it is well worth the effort to swim. “It’s alright once you’re in!” Some chose to eat at El Kiosko. Rabo de Toro was the order of the day for a few. Others went to El Refugio or La Posada del Conde, a lovely little hotel with a restaurant attached. After lunch some chose to have a walk by the lakes ( or embalses ), others chose to have a quiet sit after their feasts. On departing we took a different route home heading towards the Caminito del Rey and the El Chorro gorge. The gorge has huge walls of rock as high as 400 metres along its 3 kilometre length. The Caminito del Rey is a cliff side path originally built between 1901 and 1905 and was used to transport materials and people between two power stations that were built on either side of the Chorro gorge. The path was built using sand and cement held in place with metal brackets. It slowly fell into disrepair and it was closed in 2001 after several people fell to their deaths. It was rebuilt in 2013 and a few of our more intrepid members have walked the walk! The coach was able to stop here and some took photos. A lovely reminder of their trip. After a short comfort stop the coach headed home. It was ominously quiet on the journey back to Estepona. A very tired but happy bunch of travellers. Thanks must go to Joan for organising yet another successful trip. We all appreciate how much work goes into making these events so enjoyable. Thank you Joan. - Submitted by Helen Rumsey 7


Geoff Fabron is starting a New Group in ICE which will called The History Group. The first meeting will be on Monday 21st October at 8.00pm and will meet once a month.

Geoff says “Basically I'm happy for the group to cover anything history related - political history, economic etc. My own interest is military history from the Greeks and Persians through to modern times (Vietnam/Falklands/Iraq). Those who turn up to the meetings/talks will decide what we will cover. If I'm the only one willing to make presentations, then it will be of a more military/war theme, but I will cover the political/economic/cultural drivers as well. “ Your ICE Players, Drama Group Needs You! We welcome blonds, bald-headed men, you can be over 80 or as young as 65 we don't mind as long as you can learn lines and can stand about for at least up to 2 hours. Contact RICHARD WOOD Tel: 639 542 387

PLEASE NOTE When going on trips by coach, unfortunately, we are only able to pickup and drop off at the designated pickup points, which are bus stops. We cannot stop at any other places to drop off. 8

GARDEN CLUB The last Garden Club meeting this year was held on Tuesday 10th September at the Agrojardin. We had 14 people, made up of regular members and new. Sandy greeted everyone - especially Sheila Thompson who originally ran the Garden Club. We have had a good year with some very enjoyable meetings - the first being at the ICE club in March followed by monthly meetings at Wilma's, Paloma Park, Molino del Santo, Keith and Helen's and today at the Agrojardin. The Agrojardin has to be one of the best Garden Centres on the coast with so many wonderful plants, shrubs, trees, cacti and unusual garden furniture plus lovely household items. Sandy opened up the meeting for any gardening problems, advice, and a discussion followed for some time regarding mosquitos, flies, white fungi, red beetles, a way of getting rid of them? - what is the best to grow and where? what are the best perennials etc. Before ending the meeting so everyone could have a nice slow wander around the centre, Sandy gave out a list of next year's meetings starting at 11,30am on Tuesday April 14th May 12th, June 9th, July 14th, August 11th, Sept 8th, October 13th. It is hoped that the Garden Club can join forces with other ICE members to visit the wonderful Molino de Inca Botanical Gardens in Torremolinos again. What an amazing place it is. I am sure everyone who went last time may want to go again and anyone who missed it - this could be your chance to see it. If anyone at ICE has any interesting places that you feel the Garden Club could visit, please let me know. (Those of us who stayed and had lunch - it was delicious and well recommended). Last tip this year: Try adding a drop of olive oil to indoor plants every week. Not only does it make them grow faster, but the leaves will be greener and glossier - Submitted by Sandy Avis





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ACTIVITIES AT ICE CANASTA is a unique South American card game of melds and strategy, and a

member of the Rummy card Family. The ICE Canasta Group meets every Tuesday at 6:45 for 7pm. Beginners by Appointment at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in playing, please contact the Organiser, Nigel Nevshehir at 689 457 410 or see him on a Thursday at the Club.

QUIZ NIGHT is held on the first Friday of the month at 8.00 for 8.30pm. Teams are normally made up of about 6 members or guests and if you’ve never been before, we will help you join a team and make you feel very welcome. The quiz masters are changed on rota basis. The winning team for each round receives a bottle of wine and the overall winning team receives 5 or 6 bottles of excellent wine. The bar is open before the quiz starts and again during the interval. There are normally snacks and chocolates to munch on to feed the brains. Next Quiz will be Friday 4th October Quizmaster Doug Proctor - Organiser Joan Thompson


The family history group meetings. From October Dave will be doing the sessions on a one to one basis, on a day and time mutual to himself and the member. The sessions will take place upstairs in the club as before. Date and time will be arranged preferably by email to or telephone mobile 636 326 599 or house phone 952 893 965. Dave Hackett. BOWLING THE ICE CLUB WAY! We meet Monday mornings at Benavista Bowls Club. It is quite a sociable morning why not come and join us? 9.45 for 10.15am prompt start, 16 ends for just 10€ each, with a coffee break after 8 ends, price includes hire of woods if required. Dress code is predominately white but the critical factor is footwear, shoes must be smooth soled with no ’pimples or crinkles’. The Management at Benavista strictly applies this rule. Drinks and food available at the bar at very reasonable prices. Beginners, novices, old faces, or your guests are always welcome. Organisers Audrey Jinks and Terry Smith ICE Players, Drama Group We are a group of around twenty members. some are singers, some enjoy acting in plays and some simply enjoy helping with sound, lighting, scenery and makeup etc. We normally put on two performances a year - one in April and one in November. One is a play and the other a Musical or Pantomime. Each show has two or three performances covering Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The aim of the group is to entertain the audiences and enjoy ourselves and we make some money for the club. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to join us, or to know more about us, speak to Richard Wood or Margaret Hall. You are sure of a warm welcome. Photography Group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 11.00am. Debra offers help and advice, hints and tips for photographers of all levels. She also organises outings at various times of the year to show attendees how to take advantage of the wonderful sights and some events in the area. Bring your camera - whatever type - to the monthly meeting and she will be happy to explain settings etc., and help you set it up. Next meeting Friday 18th October at 11.00am . 11




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MEMBER’S ARTICLE Hi All, Sorry about the gap but the Internet on the Millennium was absolutely woeful and drove me to drink and forget it all!!! However our suite was roomy and comfortable, our butler Ramir was complaining "Mr Murray why aren't you using me" no answer to that. He was very pleasant and helpful and we did use him as time went on and we could think up silly little things to test him. He passed. Once we had settled into the pattern, drinking,eating,catching a show, sleeping and some more drinking and sleeping, the usual cruise ship daily chores. On board we had a reserved restaurant a very comfortable area called Luminae, with it's own chef, staff and kitchen. Our pleasantly efficient waiter Stephen from Goa. On our last night he arranged a special Indian meal for Carole, she was greatly pleased. The first port on our itinerary was Ketchiken where we had arranged a float plane to fly into Misty Fjord. The pilot Kent was very experienced, now a pilot instructor, landed us in a remote corner of the fjord and we stepped ashore in an inaccessible spot the only way to get there was by plane or boat. What a great experience, completely at one with the wonders of natural wilderness. Back on board we prepared for our next days port Icy Straight Point, which seems to be exclusively for Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and our old favourite Azamara. In fact Azamara Quest was there, a ship we know well. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had booked a Whale and Marine Mammals Cruise. We had hardly set off when Sea Otters appeared right beside the boat. They are intriguing creatures as we progressed further whales appeared with many sightings as well as many sea birds, seals and a Bald Eagle. On to Juneau where we had a quiet day strolling around the town. Notably there are no traffic lights but ladies in hi vis jacket brandishing red stop signs. Next it was Skagway where we had a very enjoyable outing on the White Pass Railroad, passports were required as we finished in Fraser, Canada. Admiring the stunning scenery and intrigued by the engineering that went into building this mountain railway so many years ago, to accommodate the Klondike gold rush. Thursday our penultimate day was a sea day and an early call sailing to the six mile wide Hubbard Glacier. The captain navigated the ship to within half a mile, the legal limit, a stupendous sight, the glacier calving with great roars. This glacier is noteworthy that it is growing, whereas the majority are disappearing. The last port, Seward. arrived bright and early, well early but not so bright on Friday, we checked into our hotel Harbor 360 for a one night stay. Not to give up we had a cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park, with an all you can eat lunch of Salmon and Prime Rib. We again saw a lot of wild life, whales, seals, sea otters and a multitude of birds and the Holgate Glacier. Holgate is a much smaller version than Hubbard but there were a lot of small icebergs, made good use of by the seals and birds. BFN, John and Carole Murray eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches.


LINK WORD No. 23 Find the hidden word that will also join to the end of the first word and start the second word to make two new words. (Answers on Page 26) 13



Beautiful poem by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist. - Submitted by Nigel Nevshehir MY SOUL HAS A HAT I counted my years & realized that I have Less time to live by, Than I have lived so far. I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely. I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done. I no longer have the patience To stand absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up. My time is too short: I want the essence, my spirit is in a hurry. I do not have much candy In the package anymore.


I want to live next to humans, very realistic people who know How to laugh at their mistakes, Who are not inflated by their own triumphs & who take responsibility for their actions. In this way, human dignity is defended and we live in truth and honesty. It is the essentials that make life useful. I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul. Yes, I'm in a hurry. I'm in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give. I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts. I am sure they will be exquisite, much more than those eaten so far. My goal is to reach the end satisfied and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience. We have two lives & the second begins when you realise you only have one. 14

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CODEWORDS No. 23 (Answers Page 26) Codewords are like crossword puzzles - but have no clues! Instead, every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, the same number representing the same letter throughout the puzzle. All you have to do is decide which letter is represented by which number! To start you off, we reveal the codes for two or three letters. With these letters filled in throughout the puzzle, you'll have enough clues to start guessing words and discovering other letters. SUDOKU No. 28 (Answers Page 26) Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from 1 to 9. 15

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THIS MONTH’S EVENTS OCTOBER Friday October 4th- 8.00 for 8.30pm Quiz Night - Quiz Master Doug Proctor - Organiser Joan Thompson Saturday 5th October Walking Treasure Hunt in Estepona Old Town. A leisurely walk around the old town area. Answer questions from clues as you go. Fabulous First Prize Restaurant voucher. Tickets: 5€ (per questionnaire ) from Terry or Pat Smith at Thursday meetings or call Terry 677 656 319 - Organiser Terry Smith Sunday 13th October 12.30pm NEW MEMBERS OPEN DAY 12.30 to 2.00pm. Tell your friends, neighbours and relations. Please take some club flyers to your favourite venues. Monday 14th October - Film Night 8.00pm - Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical drama film about Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the British rock band Queen - Organiser Sue Potter Saturday 19th October - Camel Racing and afternoon tea (incl. sandwiches and scones) Camels under starters orders at 13.45. Upstairs outside the ICE clubhouse. Tickets 6€ See page ?? For details of camels and owners and how to put your name down as owner. - Organiser (adjudicator) Michael Dowling Monday 21st October 8.00pm-New History Group First meeting - Organiser Geoff Fabron Friday 25th - Theatre Trip to see the Musical Oliver, by coach to Salon Varieties, Fuengirola - Organiser Joan Thompson Well, I’ve finally reached the wonder years……...Wonder where my car is parked. Wonder where I left my phone... Wonder where my glasses are… Wonder what day it is!

ICE PETANCA GROUP Petanca is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a

small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played in public areas in parks, or in dedicated facilities called boulodromes.

Venue: Playa Ancha Casares Sundays 10.30am ALL ABILITIES WELCOME! Organiser - Wilma Keeley 679 138 952 / 951 577 050 Thursday 22nd August at the ICE Club, a presentation of flowers and cava and a voucher to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Dave and Diane Hackett Congratulations to you both. Another early photo of one of our lady members. I’m sure you will know her. Answer on page 26

"One in four frogs is a leap frog."

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1 Oct


REGULAR EVENTS Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6:45 for 7pm Canasta


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8 Oct


10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am

12.30 - 2.30 pm Bar Open &Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 pm Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6:45 for 7pm Canasta

3.00pm Yoga 8.00 for 8.30 pm Quiz Night 10.30am Treasure Hunt, Estepona Old Town

2.00pm Committee Meeting

9 Oct Wed 10 Oct Thu 11 Oct Fri 12 Oct Sat 13 Oct Sun 14 Oct Mon

15 Oct Tue

10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 12.30 - 2.30 pm Bar Open &Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 pm Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6:45 for 7pm Canasta 18

3.00pm Yoga 12.30pm NEW MEMBERS OPEN DAY 4.30pm Songs of Praise 8.00pm Film Night

16 Oct Wed 17 Oct Thu

10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge

18 Oct

Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am


19 Oct Sat 20 Oct Sun 21 Oct Mon

22 Oct Tue

12.30 - 2.30 pm Bar Open &Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 pm Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6:45 for 7pm Canasta

11.00am Photography Group 3.00pm Yoga 1.30pm Dromedary Dash (Camel Racing) 4.30pm Songs of Praise 8.00pm NEW History Group

Ladies Lunch

23 Oct Wed 24 Oct Thu 25 Oct


10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting and Open Forum 1.00pm Lunch 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group

3.00pm Yoga Theatre Trip Fuengirola

26 Oct Sat 27 Oct Sun 28 Oct Mon

29 Oct Tue

12.30 - 2.30 pm Bar Open &Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 pm Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6:45 for 7pm Canasta

30 Oct Wed 31 Oct Thu

10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting and Open Forum 1.00pm Lunch LOTTERY DRAW 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge


FUTURE EVENTS NOVEMBER Saturday November 2nd - ICE 31st Birthday Party at Palapa, Laguna Village. Menu – Starter Salad Palapa or zucchini cream soup or melon with ham, Main Iberian Pork or Duck or Sea Bass, all served with baby potatoes and vegetables. Dessert - Chocolate Brownie with ice cream or carrot cake or fried ice cream. Dancing to Mandy, Coach will be available. tickets 37€ members, 40€ guests - Organiser Sue Potter Friday 8th November 8.00 for 8.30pm Quiz Night - Quiz Master Tony Winterton. (This is a change from the usual first Friday of the month, because that day is a holiday.) - Organiser Joan Thompson Saturday 16th November Festive Fair -11.00am to 2.00pm at the Clubhouse. Bring your relations, friends and neighbours. Something for everyone. Activities will include: Christmas Stall with Christmas gifts and homemade cakes, Pickle Stall, Knitting Stall, Jewellery Stall, Handicrafts Stall, Cake Stall, Tombola, Photography Competition – 1€ per photo to enter Categories TBA. Darts, Quoits, Bar Skittles, Hoopla, Golf, Shove halfpenny, Quiz Table, Treasure Island, Yummy Bacon Sausage Butties, and much more. - Organiser Sue Potter Tuesday 26th November - The Lola Boys – Organiser Sue Potter DECEMBER Wednesday 4th December - Annual trip to Malaga Lights, by coach with time for shopping / eating - Organiser Fran Horwood Friday 6th December 8.00 for 8.30pm - Christmas Quiz Night with Ron Pegrum. - Organiser Joan Thompson Sunday 8th December Christmas Themed Concert - Carols, Poems, Readings. 7.30 for 8.00pm. A light hearted evening. Bring some Christmas finger food. - Organiser Anne Hardwick Thursday 12th December Christmas Lunch at the Club, prepared by Diane Hackett and her team - Organiser Diane Hackett Tuesday 31st December - New Years Eve Party. See in the New Year at ICE. Bring food for your table, Dancing to live music from Michael Anthony - Organiser Joan Thompson LOOKING FORWARD - 2020 FEBRUARY End of February PROPOSED 2 night production by the ICE Players. MARCH 22nd to 25th March - Trip to Granada. Travel by coach, 3 Nights HB in Hotel Guadalupe, which is close to the Alhambra Palace, incl. trips to The Science Park and Planetarium, Gypsy Caves and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. . - Organiser Joan Thompson


Answers on Page 26

A. True or False. Cornwall’s South West Path came in to being as a working path used by Revenue Officers to patrol the coast near Polperro in search of smugglers? B. Though often associated with John Barry, can you name the film composer who wrote the music to the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No”? C. A “Kri-kri” is a feral goat now found on which island? D. Operation Ten-Go was the last major Japanese naval operation of which war? E. British radio broadcaster Simon Bates is best associated with which feature item where he read out tragic stories? 20


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Photography Group Having some fun with flowers and other objects Some photographers would like to try their hand at macro/close up photography but don’t want the major expense of purchasing a special dedicated macro lens, or haven’t had the success they’d wish for using one of the “scene modes” on their compact or bridge camera. If you’re not a dedicated macro photographer, an alternative is to consider using a snap-on or screw type close up lens. These will fit onto most camera lenses and are light and portable, so easy to use (unfortunately they won’t work with a camera phone). There are quite a few brands and types of close up lenses on the market, so there will likely be one that suits your camera. I purchased one of the Raynox brand close up lenses a while back, and I’ve been very happy with extra creativity and macro abilities it provides. Please Note- I’m not advocating the purchase of any particular lens, brand or other type of photographic gear. As I own a Raynox 250 close up lens I have experience using it and I’ve been happy with the creative results I’ve been able to obtain. The purpose of this article is to simply share my experience with this type of low cost macro photography and one available option. This is for information only, not a specific recommendation. The various options of close up lens are based on a minimal focusing distance. Very sharp, portable, quick and easy to use once you get the hang of how to focus, you don’t need to fit lots of extension tubes or change camera lenses (if you’re using an interchangeable lens camera). Similar to a dedicated macro lens, close up extension lenses provide close to a 1:1 view of the object you focus on, and allow you to choose a specific focus point. Cost wise, the Raynox 150/250 snap-on lenses currently sell for around €46-60 on, compared to the average price of €300+ for a dedicated macro close up lens for a DSLR camera. Below are some fun photos I recently took of flowers using a snap-on close up lens.

If you would like to learn more about macro photography or would like to try a close up lens, come along to the Photography Group . Next meeting Friday 18th October at 11.00am . - Organiser Debra Coleman 23

MEMBER’S ARTICLE How long is a year?

- Submitted by Geoff Morgan Yes, 365 days – or thereabouts! More accurately, it takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds – to circle once around the Sun - and is called a tropical year. Leap Years are used to keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. To arrive closely to the actual time it takes for Earth to circle the sun, an extra day is fitted in at the end of February according to the following rules and with the following refinements to gain accuracy: If a year is divisible by 4, we add a day to make an average year 365.25 days long. But if the year is also divisible by 100 we don’t, and that reduces the average year to 365.24 days. But now it’s a bit too short, so if the year is divisible by 400 we add that extra day, making the year 365.2425 days. But now it’s a bit too long, so if the year is divisible by 4000 we can take away a bit more and get quite close to ‘accurate’ - 365.24225 days. Curiously, this happened in the year 2000, but did anyone notice 2.6 seconds missing? We will have to make another adjustment in the year 4000, but we can then sit back and relax until the year 8000. Phew, that’s a relief! Mathematically, we cannot divide 365.242199 by any number and create a simple arrangement whereby one calendar could be used forever, a given date always occurring on the same day of the week for ever, and no leap years being needed. If Earth would kindly speed up a bit and do its circuit in, say, 360 days, we could have had weeks of 2, 3, 4, 6 or 12 days long, and months of 24 or 36 days - all neat and tidy. And calendar printers would never have been needed and all those Countryfile sales, pictures of Westies and pussy cats or of the grand children, would not have been created. I imagine most of us will deal with what we have! But not without some difficulties. Easter is the only major holiday still related to the luni-solar calendar. Originally, the date was set to the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox. Now, Easter is set to the first Sunday after the 14th day of the moon (almost the same as full moon) that occurs on or after March 21st (which is within a day or two of the equinox). And here’s another consideration. The Leap Second. Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down (about 1.4 milliseconds per day per century) due, it is thought, to the action of the tides. What this means is that the solar day is changing. The last leap second was introduced in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on 30 June 2015. We measure time most accurately using atomic clocks, which measure the rate of decay of radioactive elements. These are the clocks used to keep GPS satellites synchronised in time. As the earth slows, there is an offset between measured atomic time and the mean solar day, requiring the insertion of a leap second. Footnote. For the observant, we know that UTC does not easily indicate Coordinated Universal Time. Well, it was a compromise to please the English- and French-speaking members of the International Meridian Conference in 1884. CUT would have pleased the English speakers and TUC (Temps Universel Coordonné) would have pleased the French. UT suited the general idea of Universal Time and a ‘C’ was added by general agreement of the International Telecommunications Union and the International Astronomical Union. In 1960, the International Radio Consultative Committee formalised the concept of UTC, and it was put into practice the year after. The name Coordinated Universal Time was officially adopted in 1967. Until 1972, Greenwich Mean Time (also known as Zulu time) was the same as Universal Time (UT). Since then, GMT is no longer a time standard and is only the name of a time zone that is used by a few countries in Africa and Western Europe (including the UK during winter and all year in Iceland). 24


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Some things are best left unsaid. Which I generally realise right after I have said them. A Spanish magician was doing a magic trick. He said, Uno, Dos and he disappeared without a trace Just burned 2,000 calories. That's the last time I leave brownies in the oven while I nap. The first computer dates back to Adam and Eve. It was an Apple with limited memory, just one byte. And then everything crashed. 26

ACTIVITIES AT ICE ICE Club Golf Society Hi Everyone There is not too much to report from the golf society this month. The numbers turning up for the weekly golf at Casares have fluctuated a lot during this time. Sometimes only four or five but surprisingly ten or more on other days. The weather has been hot at times but not unbearable. In fact the conditions have proved very acceptable to a number of our golfers who have produced some high scores over the last few weeks. In fact we believe that we have the highest score recorded for eighteen holes in the society ever. Stephen McMurtry scored 45 points, and this was off one of the lowest handicaps in the society. A great round Stephen! We had a very good away day in August at Valle Romano. Seventeen golfers competed on this excellent course, on a day with reasonable temperatures. Mike Shelton won with 36 points, Jackie McMurtry second with 34 and Jan Blind third with 33. Well done to all three for very good friends on a testing course. Players for the Autumn cup on the 24th are down and the people attending the lunch will also be well down. There are many people away for a great variety of reasons. It seems that many plan to arrive back here in October and not September. By accident, it also clashes with an Ice Club four day trip. It should still be the usual fun day though. Results in the next magazine. The golfers are all looking forward to another Valle Romano visit. Keep smiling! Contacts: Peter Henry: 693105180 Jan Blind: 603670330, Stephen McMurtry: 608854505





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PARKING AT THE ICE CLUB Parking is not allowed in any of the yellow marked areas and for good relations with our neighbours, please do not park in the bay next to the front door. There is always ample parking space in Entrance 4 of Bahia Dorada. Just continue past the front of the clubhouse and turn in at the next entrance. Then turn right and drive parallel to the main road. You can park near the top and walk along the pathway to the front door, or go further down and come into the club from back door. 27


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Are you getting paranoid about passwords? Try the following This website will give you an indication of how secure your password is. You type in a password and it will give an estimate of how long it would take a hacker to break it. Explore World War 1 Google has now started a new project which showcases former war-torn areas around the world. (Access at The collection which includes high-resolution images and 360 degree videos takes you to fields in Flanders, abandoned French villages, the Columbian jungle and the Nicosia buffer zone in Cyprus. Do you try to send large attachments in Thunderbird? If so you will be familiar with message “ This is a large file. Do you wish to use Filelink instead? There is now another option if you click on the Link button. You can use the option to send by WeTransfer. For those who need advice on solving cryptic crosswords Learn Cryptic Crosswords (downloadable from your app store for free) explains how to set about solving clues for cryptic crosswords. (Be warned that If you wish to proceed beyond Level 1, you will be asked to pay a charge of £4.99.) Alternatively try Henry Howarth’s website ( for more help. Keep track of your Phone Do you realize that if you lose your phone, it can be tracked and /or disabled.This can done by the Police. You must obtain the IMEI number of your phone and keep it separately from your phone. You can obtain this by typing *#06# on the keypad. The IMEI number will now be displayed. Once you have this number a phone can be disabled by the police or by visiting any mobile phone shop. You can also do this yourself if you have downloaded the appropriate app to your computer. Apps to try out on your Phone The following are worth trying. You can always uninstall them if you don’t like them: Out of Milk offers the opportunity to create lists for shopping rather than committing these to paper. My Money Manager is a very basic app for tracking your spending. Better is YOLT which links to your bank accounts and displays balances. (At the moment YOLT does nor connect to Spanish Banks, only UK ones.) If you have any questions or suggested topics for future editions, please email us



Time to take interest in your investment options By Javid Rustam, Partner, Blevins Franks These are challenging times for investors, especially for those looking for growth through low-risk investments. Bank interest rates around much of the developed world have been extremely low for some time. In the UK, you have to go back over ten years to find the last time the Bank of England interest rate went over 1%. In the eurozone there are even negative rates. Meanwhile, the yield on government bonds (gilts) has also experienced some decline worldwide. While many bank deposits have been earning next to nothing for years, inflation has continued to creep upwards – averaging 2.3% in the UK since 2010. Prolonged low interest rates mean funds in UK savings, ISA or deposit accounts are failing to keep up with the cost of living. But it could be worse. Two Swiss banks have announced they will pass negative interest rates on to wealthier customers, charging 0.4%/0.6% for deposits over ₏500,000/1 million; a Danish bank has since followed suit. With worldwide interest rates expected to remain low for some time, achieving better returns than bank deposits means widening your investment horizons. However, it is crucial to factor in diversification and your personal appetite for risk. Reducing investment risk Many people worry about the risks of investing money for capital growth but overlook that there are also risks with leaving money in the bank. Even the biggest financial institutions can fail and cash deposits can be eaten away by inflation over the longer term. While market dips can be unsettling, you can reduce risk by being invested for the medium to long-term in a well-diversified portfolio. The key is to spread investments across different regions, asset types and sectors to limit exposure in any one area, using a strategy matched to your particular situation, goals, timeline and risk appetite. Currency and tax considerations If you have UK investments but are living in Spain, you also need to factor in currency exchange costs. Once your key expenses are in euros, it can prove much more expensive to take income in pounds, especially amidst Brexit uncertainty. To minimise conversion fees and exchange rate risk, explore investment options that enable currency diversification and flexibility. Some multi-currency arrangements allow you, for example, to invest in sterling now and switch to euros at a later date if you wish. You could also select the currency of withdrawals. Do not underestimate the impact of taxation too. Explore locally-compliant arrangements that can shelter capital from tax while providing a tax-efficient income in Spain. Establishing your approach As always when considering your investment options, you need a long-term, diversified strategy based around your personal circumstances, objectives, risk profile and time horizon. For the best results, take personalised professional advice. All advice received from Blevins Franks is personalised and provided in writing. This article, however, should not be construed as providing any personalised taxation or investment advice. Keep up to date on the financial issues that may affect you on the Blevins Franks news page at 31


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GENERAL INFORMATION See trip information for times. Please ensure that you sit in the seat numbered on your ticket. We regret that we cannot stop at any other point unless agreed with the organiser, to pick up or put down. The organiser reserves the right to refuse to include any member they feel is not sufficiently able-bodied to follow the itinerary. Members are responsible for their own travel insurance. BUYING YOUR TICKET Please produce your membership card together with the correct money. Have prepared your choice of the menu if applicable. Final ticket booking: All tickets must be booked and paid for on or before the last Thursday coffee morning before the event. Late phone bookings cannot be accepted. Members are advised to


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October 2019 Edition  

Monthly Magazine of the ICE Club, Estepona, Spain.

October 2019 Edition  

Monthly Magazine of the ICE Club, Estepona, Spain.

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