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February 2010

Marina Alta


Lifestyle and Business e-magazine

Happy Valentine’s Day! Feliz Dia de San Valentin! Alles Liebe zum Valentinstag! Joyeuse Saint Valentin!


THE SPANISH MARKET HAS RECENTLY BEEN OPENED UP TO ALLOW COMPETITION BETWEEN ELECTRICITY PROVIDERS AND YOU CAN NOW TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. Please note that at the moment only customers with a ‘POTENCIA’ of 10Kw or more can change suppliers. Your ‘POTENCIA’ is shown on your Iberdrola bill. If you have ‘POTENCIA’ of over 10Kw you should consider changing – you could

save up to 25% on your existing bill! We can help you check your bill if you would like to bring it in.


Bring your electricity bill in, or email it to us, we will check it and organise a price comparison. After 7-10 days you will receive a reply from us recommending which suppliers are the best for you and how much you can save if you transfer to one of them. If you are interested you then fill in a simple form and we will go ahead and arrange the transfer ...It really is that simple!!!

Email us on or call in at the shop in the port, Javea If you have a lower ‘potencia’, don’t despair! Towards the end of the year all consumers will be able to change. Give us your details and we will contact you at that time.

contents articles in this month’s edition click to go direct to the article

the difference between men and women


Health and Beauty 10 what’s on at the cinema 14 Recipe of the Month 18



golf one liners 23 Book Review 26 puzzle pages 30 What’s on, in & around 35


36 history of our region 40 Fashion where did st. valentine’s day come 44 from? History Lesson: 46 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 50 aircraftspeak 54 Memories 56 climategate 58 What’s on, in and around

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Anniversary gifts for every occasion, Golden, Ruby, Pearl or Silver Looking for an anniversary gift or present for that special occasion? Or an anniversary gift idea for Mum & Dad? Choose an anniversary gift and dedicate it to someone special with a personalised message.

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Marina Alta


Lifestyle and Business e-magazine

massacre, which took place in Here we are again, wishing you another Chicago in 1929. warm welcome to the latest A fascinating and edition of „our‟ solely on-line gory part of America‟s history. magazine, The Marina Closer to home, Alta Vida. we begin our Firstly, I have to apologise to you for series on local the January issue which did not history, with a look at ancient Javea. happen. Unfortunately, our editor There‟s more to follow next month, was called back to England for so keep reading! Any history buffs personal reasons at the last minute out there, please write in and help us and we simply were unable to fill his all understand the rich heritage our esteemed shoes at such short notice. region has to offer. Before you all ask if it was the Inland We all have reason to celebrate! Revenue that beckoned, NO it The supply of electricity has wasn‟t! Family issues were the been deregulated, just the same reason and we look forward to his as it was in the UK in 1998. At return. long last there is competition, Now, I called it „our‟ magazine for and you are quite entitled to now look good reason. This is about all of us for the best deal for you. Savings can who reside in this wonderful region. be as much as 25% per year which That means YOU too! So, if you have for us was just over 400€! The any interesting articles you would like conversion to a new supplier is to have included in the March issue, simply a matter of filling in an easy please email them to me at form. That really is it. We‟ve done it and we and it works. See the Ad on the will do our best to get them in. inside front cover for details.


This month of course heralds St. Valentine‟s Day and we have an interesting article on the origins of the „day of love‟! February also would not be complete if we excluded the St. Valentine‟s Day

Finally, being a non-print magazine and only online, has saved us all about 260 trees so far! Over a typical year that will add up to over 3,000 trees saved! So a big pat on the back for all who read the magazine in December. We know you will enjoy this edition just as much.

The Ed.

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the marina alta

Marina Alta is a comarca in the province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain

Bandera/Flag de la Comunidad Valenciana

Towns and Villages of our Region Adsubia, Alcalalí, Beniarbeig, Benidoleig, Benigembla, Benimeli, Benissa, Benitachell/El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, Calp, Castell de Castells, Dénia, Gata de Gorgos, Jalón/Xaló, Llíber, Murla, Ondara, Orba, Parcent, Pedreguer, Pego, Els Poblets, El Ràfol d'Almúnia, Sagra, Sanet y Negrals, Senija, Teulada, Tormos, La Vall d'Alcalà, Vall de Ebo, Vall de Gallinera, La Vall de L’aguar, El Verger, Javéa/Xàbia

Interesting Statistics Area - Total 758.02 km = (292.7 sq miles) Population - (2006) - Total182,073 2

Density - 240.2/km (622.1/sq miles) 2

Time zone - CET (UTC+1) - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) Largest municipality - Dénia magazine / 7

The difference between men and women… How to shower like a woman 1) Take off clothes and place them sectioned in laundry basket according to lights and darks. 2) Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown. 3) If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas. 4) Look at your womanly physique in the mirror - make mental note to do more sit-ups leg-lifts, etc. 5) Get in the shower. 6) Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone. 7) Wash your hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43 added vitamins. 8) Wash your hair again to make sure it's clean.

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14) Shave armpits and legs. Consider shaving bikini area but decide to get it waxed instead. 15) Scream loudly when husband flushes toilet and you lose water pressure. 16) Turn off shower. 17) Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower. 18) Spray mould spots with tile cleaner. 19) Get out of shower, ensuring any drips stay on the bath mat. 20) Dry with towel the size of a small country. 21) Wrap hair in super absorbent towel. 22) Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head. 23) If you see partner along the way, cover up any exposed areas.

24) Take absolutely ages to get 10) Condition your hair with grapefruit mint conditioner enhanced. dressed, trying on at least fifteen different outfits before settling on the first one out of the wardrobe. 11) Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for 10 minutes until red. “The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on 12) Wash entire rest of body with whether you are at the right or ginger nut and jaffa cake body wash. wrong end of the gun” 13) Rinse conditioner off hair. P G Wodehouse TMAV February 2010

back to contents this true? Now, how to shower like a man... 1)Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile on the floor. 2) Swagger naked to the bathroom. 3) If you see partner along the way, shake nether regions at her making the woo-woo sound. 4) Look at your manly physique in the mirror.

14) Make a Shampoo Mohican. 15) Wee (in the shower). 16) Rinse off and get out of shower. 17) Partially dry off. 18) Fail to notice water on floor because curtain was hanging out of bath the whole time. 19) Admire size of privates in mirror again. checking from as many different angles as you can.

20) Leave shower curtain open and wet mat on floor which is now 5) Admire the size of your nether running with water and like an ice regions in the mirror and scratch your rink, and leave light and fan on. bum. 21) Return to bedroom with towel 6) Get in the shower. around waist. 7) Wash your face. 8) Wash your armpits. 9) Blow your nose in your hands and let the water rinse them off. 10) Make a rude bottom noise and laugh at how loud it sounds in the shower. 11) Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area. 12) Wash your bum, leaving those coarse hairs stuck on the soap. 13) Wash your hair. magazine / 9

22) If you pass partner, pull off towel, shake nether regions at her and make the 'woo-woo' sound again. 23) Throw wet towel on bed. 24) Take two minutes to dress. *** Part 2 to follow! “I look back on all these worries and remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened� Winston Churchill

Health And Beauty


Food - as with pretty much everything in life, is about getting the balance right - so follow our easy monthly guide starting this month with suggestions for choosing snacks to stop those hunger pangs between meals.

enjoy a healthy lifestyle

43 mg of Magnesium, 7 mg Calcium), 467mg of Potassium, Knowing more about the nutritional 27mg Phosphorus, and other trace benefits of foods and snacks will help elements. you make your own choice about Vitamins obtained from one mediumwhat you eat and how you live. sized banana include – Vitamin C (95 IU), Folate (22.5 mcg), Vitamin C (11 cracking snacking mg), Niacin (0.6 mg), Vitamin B6 Snacks have a very important part to (0.7mcg), Vitamin E (0.67 IU) and Pantothenic Acid (0.31 mg). So, all play in retaining energy levels good stuff then! between meals. Nutrition experts support the theory that eating more another snack fact smaller meals interspersed with a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack Most snacks will contain nutrients of is better than overeating at normal one sort or another so all can be meal times. enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

snack fact

A drop in blood sugar can make you feel tired and lethargic, particularly around 3 in the afternoon, so a fruit snack can help restore energy and is another source of necessary nutrients. A medium sized banana consists of 1 gram of protein, and 3 grams of fibre, TMAV February 2010

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who do not use a toothpaste containing fluoride. So two simple rules are important.

A digestive biscuit has 0.5g of fibre and 1.1g of protein. It also contains calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and Make sure you clean your teeth niacin. at least twice a day and ensure As a comparison, an apple contains your toothpaste contains 2g of fibre and 0.3g of protein. It also fluorides. contains calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin A and vitamin C. A drink of water after a sugary A 25g pack of Hula Hoops contains snack can also help. 0.5g of fibre and 0.8g of protein. The 7.2g of fat accounts for 8% of the balance GDA on fat for a man but potato hoops also contain calcium and iron The key to cracking snacking is as well as vitamins A and C. knowing and understanding the levels of fat, sugar or sodium in your snacks so as to aim to stay within brain food reasonable limits on an average day over an average week. Carbohydrates are very All pre-packaged snacks show important in the nutritional information on the packs diet as they are and mostly they now show Guideline broken down by Daily Amounts (GDAs) for calories, the body into fat, sodium and salt to make it all so glucose which is essential for active much easier to work out. This puts brain function. you back in control. Look at the labels on the packs and decide for A snack can help keep your blood yourself, which snacks to choose. sugar levels constant meaning there are less peaks and troughs in your If you indulge a bit on one day, then energy levels throughout the day. balance this out the next day and be Healthy snacking should match your a bit more active to burn off those energy needs. Keep the portions extra calories. small and vary the snacks you choose.

tooth alert Sugary snacks can impact on dental health, particularly amongst those magazine / 11

And, finally, donâ€&#x;t forget... ...Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks! Author Unknown

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Recipe of the Month Pork Meatballs in Spicy Goulash Sauce I can personally vouch for this as „she who must be obeyed‟ put this recipe together and has made this twice. The first time, I was the very willing guinea pig as a precursor to a full-on dinner party with six guests. Our guests all thought this was great too, so come on, have a go. These are easy, delicious and good for you!

1 tablespoon brown sugar 50 g tomato puree 2 cups chicken stock ¾ cup sour cream 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Method Combine pork, breadcrumbs, egg,

Ingredients - Serves 6 800g lean pork mince ¾ cup breadcrumbs 1 egg, lightly beaten ¾ cup finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon medium chilli powder 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 1 heaped teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon cayenne 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated 2 large onions, chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tablespoons cider or apple vinegar

“It looked warm and dark, and juicy and inviting. I wasn't sure just what I wanted to do with it. I carefully pulled it apart with my fingers to look into it better. I knew how great it would be if I just started eating it. But I decided on ketchup for my burger.“ TMAV February 2010

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...they’re scrummy! finely chopped onion and salt in a bowl. Shape into 30-40 balls about an inch in size, (make them smaller rather than bigger).

American, can be replaced using one normal size mug to measure instead.

If you do not have sour cream, you Heat oil in a frying pan. Add a third of can add lemon juice to single cream the balls and cook, shaking the pan using approximately ½ a juicy to brown all sides. Remove these squeezed lemon for the quantity from the pan to a saucepan and fry needed in this recipe. And if you the other two batches. When finished don‟t have sour cream, ¾ cup of low pour off any excess fat leaving about -fat natural yogurt mixed with a 2 tablespoons only in the frying pan. rounded tablespoon of cornflour Add pepper flakes, curry powder, would also do in a pinch. garam masala and ginger and cook and stir for about a minute. Add And finally, whatever you do, do not chopped onions, garlic, vinegar, omit the chopped fresh mint; it is tomato puree, sugar and chicken really important to the finished stock. Stir to blend and bring to the flavour… boil. Transfer to the saucepan containing the pork balls, cover and reduce the heat to simmering. Cook for about 45 minutes. Before serving, push pork balls to one side and carefully stir in sour cream and mint. Heat through and serve with plain boiled rice or noodles.

Recipe Notes The cup measuring system, which is magazine / 19

“There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye” Author Unknown “No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut” Channing Pollock “As a child, my family's menu consisted of two choices: „take it‟ or „leave it‟” Buddy Hackett “Food is an important part of a balanced diet” Fran Lebowitz


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Golf One-Liners Golf is such a funny game, and below is a list of quotations that are known to be uttered. We have all heard Oscar Wilde describe Golf as “a good walk spoiled” but here are some you may not have heard: “They throw their clubs backwards, that´s wrong. You should always throw a club ahead of you so that you don‟t have to walk any extra distance to get it” (Tommy Bolt) “If you think it´s hard meeting new people, try picking up the wrong ball” (Jack Lemon)

wedge?” asked Bolt, “What kind of a stupid choice is that?” “Those are the only 2 clubs you have left sir”, said the Caddy “I know I am getting better at golf, I‟m hitting fewer spectators” (Gerald Ford) “The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can´t see him laughing” (Phyllis Diller) “I´m very lucky,, if it wasn‟t for golf I don‟t know what I´d be doing. If my IQ had been 2 points lower I´d have been a plant somewhere” (Lee Trevino)

If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and afraid of lightning, just hold up a 1 iron, Not even God can hit a 1 iron. (Lee Trevino)

“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose” (Winston Churchill)

“If I´m on the golf course and lightning strikes I get in fast. If God wants to play through, let him! (Bob Hope)

And my favourite……

“The first time I played the Masters I was so nervous I drank a whole bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life” (Chi Chi Rodrigues) Tommy Bolt towards the end of one of his temperamental club throwing rounds asked his caddy for a club selection for a shot of 155 yards to the pin. His Caddy said “Either a 3 iron or a wedge, sir. “ A 3 iron or a magazine / 23

When Greg Norman was asked by a golfer how to get backspin on his iron shots Greg asked, “How far do you hit your 5 iron?” “About 130 yards” said the golfer, “So why do you want to get backspin?” “What more can you ask for getting paid for doing what you love” - Tiger Woods… „Lucky really as the behavioural health & addiction clinic he’s recently booked into is rather expensive, so I’m told…’ Ed

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Book Review Vida’s Book Review for February 2010 This month we take a look at „Naboth‟s Vineyard‟, the very first book, from local Javea author, Richard Thompson. Now, the original Naboth‟s Vineyard - as I‟m sure you are aware (!) - is a great story from the bible (1 Kings Chapter 21 – go on, look it up!). Those of you who do know will tell me it‟s a real bore, but never mind. It was about this King of Israel called Ahab who coveted a rather nice vineyard near his palace which was already owned by a bloke called Naboth (as you‟d expect). The king offered to buy it from chummy, who basically told him „Go forth and multiply…‟. The King was mightily upset as you can imagine. In those days, Kings got what they wanted (not a lot changes, does it?). Anyway, his wife was pretty annoyed too, so she went around telling

everyone that Naboth was a blasphemer, the result of which was that the poor guy was put to death in a pretty grim way. So, the King got the vineyard and his wife, called Jezebel (shameless and immoral creature that she was), got to drink a lot of wine that year. Richard‟s book, without giving too much away, follows similar lines except it isn‟t set in those olden days. It is set during World War Two in occupied France and is also a tale of lust, greed, murder and a few other unpleasant human traits. I have to honest dear reader, and tell you I was not looking forward reviewing this book. I think this had something to do with the biblical reference in the title reminding me of those halcyon (ahem) days at Sunday School... …however, I digress… So, one sunny Friday evening I sat out on the balcony, sipping tentatively at my very small beer as normal (yeah, right...) and I “Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn‟t wait to get to work in the morning. I wanted to know what I was going to say.” Sharon O‟Brien TMAV February 2010

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picked up my brand spanking new copy and started to read. I‟d guess it was around 7 the next morning I finished (Ok, I‟m a slow reader!). I was enthralled, hooked, captivated. I couldn‟t stop. I had to know what happened next…Would he…? Would she…? Aargh…! I could not put this damned book down. I was so cross later when I realised my beer had gone warm! Dear reader, READ this book! If you never do another thing, this one is an absolute must. Richard has serious talent. His powers of description are perfection in that he is economical with words, yet conveys a precise imagery. If this book ever gets onto the screen, and it should, the director will have a hell of a job creating images as explicit as these, and I don‟t mean in a naughty way. I felt I lived it, breathed it and smelt it as the story progressed. It was like I was really there! magazine / 27

This story also is unlike anything I‟ve read before. It‟s a ripping yarn with, as I‟ve already said, the most powerful of emotions coursing through the twists, plots and subplots. The book has a breathless urgency, which drives you to a desperate need for the last page, but with the sadness of knowing you will reach the last page and it‟ll all be over. I can only say you must read Richards book. My message to Richard is please, please, please, get tapping away on that typewriter… we want more… a sequel, a prequel, a four book trilogy, we‟re hungry for the next book! Naboth‟s Vineyard is available from Richards website at: Now here‟s a little secret! On the website, Richard has teasingly put up a few pages for you to read, so have a read and check it out. If you are a local author of articles, poetry or books of any genre or any other media type and would like to submit them for reviewing, please contact us at: We can’t promise to include everything, but we’ll have a darned good try! “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing” Enrique Jardiel Poncela


Weird News This month we start our

new monthly feature Weird News, and to set the tone we have some fascinating stories from around the world…

This new Japanese robot is way too creepy for me!

GEORGIA, USA... Mother punishes

her little boy for bringing home a bad school grade by making him kill his own pet hamster with a hammer.

PRESTWICK, Scotland... A Scottish

motorist who was ticketed for blowing his nose while his car was stopped in traffic said he will take the charge to court. Michael Mancini, 39, of Prestwick, said he was in stationary traffic with his parking brake on when he reached for a handkerchief to wipe his runny nose. Police Constable Stuart Gray issued him a £97 fine because he was “not in control of his vehicle” whilst blowing his nose.

LONDON, England... Professor Roger

Wotton of University College London has authored a paper arguing angels as classically depicted, mostly-human forms with wings, would be unable to fly… “he probably hasn‟t factored in the magazine / 29

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Bizarre „Soberano Effect!” The Ed

GURICEEL, Somalia… Ahmed

Muhamed Dore, a 112 year old man, has married a 17-year-old bride. He, already has 13 children by five previous wives, and said he would like to have more offspring with his new wife, Safia Abdulleh. After their wedding in Guriceel, Dore said, “God helped me realize my dream.” Abdulleh‟s family said she was “happy with her new husband,” Dore told the reporter he had waited for her to grow up before proposing to her. “I didn‟t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed to marry,” he said. Dore‟s oldest son is 80 and he has more than 100 grandchildren. Three of his previous wives have already died.

Some bizarre dates for your diary! February 1 is Serpent Day February 2 is Purification Day February 3 is Cordova Ice Worm Day February 4 is Create A Vacuum Day February 5 is Disaster Day February 6 is Lame Duck Day February 7 is Charles Dickens Day February 8 is Kite Flying Day February 9 is Toothache Day February 10 is Umbrella Day

More Next Month…! “Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show” David Gerrold

Puzzle Pages Vida‟s January 2010 Brain Teaser... School Supplies - a logic problem It‟s the beginning of July in the Behlander household, when Mama Behlander says, “It‟s time to get our school supply shopping done.” Her four daughters had very different reactions to Mama‟s suggestion. The oldest daughter groaned and said, “Oh, Mom, it‟s way too early. Don‟t rush my summer vacation!” Her daughter who was about to start junior high said, “OK, whatever.” Her younger daughters were both thrilled with the idea. They said, “Yeah! I love school stuff!” So, they all piled into Mama‟s white SUV and headed off on their school supply shopping adventure. Mama Behlander gave each of her daughters a basket and told them to choose a binder and pack of pencils while she got their other supplies. Determine the names of each sister, their grades (each is in a different grade), the type and design on their pencils, and the graphics on their binders. 1. Kayla hates stripes, so she doesn‟t have the striped binder, but the sister that‟s in the 3rd grade loves polka dots. 2. The sister who has the sparkly mechanical pencils is in a higher grade that the sister who has dogs on her binder but a lower grade than the one who has flowery mechanical pencils. 3. Nikki loves to chew on her wooden pencils, so no one ever borrows them.

Brain Teaser 4. Molly, who is in the 3rd grade, is a big fan of Curious George, but she doesn‟t like sparkles. 5. Kayla, the oldest sister, wouldn‟t be caught dead with dogs on her binder. 6. The sister who is going into junior high, 7th grade, has sparkly mechanical pencils because they are cool. Use the grid to help solve the puzzle!

Print out and email your solutions to The first 10 correct answers will each receive 5 nights free DVD hire from The bookshop in Javea port! TMAV February 2010

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Across 1. Visit garden promotion for a change (11) 6. Avoid short official and precipitation (7) 9. Replace letterhead with new head to change brightness into evening (5) 10. Eats holding sardine sandwich (5) 11. Sounds like a kitchen appliance set up (7) 13. Shuffled cards case (4) 15. Answer in French, initially (4) 18. Other mall contains warm air current (7) 19. Sounds like a brittle snack (5) 20. Identifies hidden Arizona mesa (5) 22. A number of changed names for a lassie (7) 23. Dance permit creates a quandary (11) magazine / 31

Down 1. Shorten a connection? (7) 2. Sounds like Greek highways (5) 3. Disregards unsettled regions (7) 4. Silence a joke? (3) 5. Discovered supple ravioli therapy (5) 7. Aficionado passenger makes lively tune (7) 8. In close proximity to fine art (4) 12. Short sleep and baked items of use to infants (7) 14. Confused man sees as a group (7) 16. Amount left behind on account? (7) 17. On investigation, awful nanny gets the elbow (4) 18. Dance essential to Yucatan gossip (5) 19. High quality porcelain first made here (5) 21. Implement used in foam operation (3)

Sudoku Vida‟s February 2010 Sudoku...

It‟s a monster! TMAV February 2010

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More Brain Teasers! 1. There is a frog, dead in the middle of an island. If he swims north, the distance to the mainland is 2 meters. If he swims south, the distance to the mainland is 3 meters. If he swims east or west, the distance is 4 meters. Which way does he swim? 2. Two men are in a desert. They both have packs on. One of the guys is dead. The guy who is alive has his pack open, the guy who is dead has his pack closed. What is in the pack? 3. Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day. They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish. One father said, that is enough for all of us , we will have one each. How can this be possible? 4. Lucy had it first, Ethel had it last, Mary Lungel had it twice until she married. Peter Stupid and never had it again. What is it? 5. There are two bodies on the floor. They are surrounded by water and broken glass. How did they die? 6. Three playing cards in a row. Can you name them with these clues? There is a two to the right of a king. A diamond will be found to the left of a spade. An ace is to the left of a heart. A heart is to the left of a spade. 7. A girl is twice as old as her brother and half as old as her father. In 22 years, her brother will be half as old as his father. How old is the daughter now? 8. One word in this sentence is misspelled. What word is it? 9. Mr. Wimpy was terrified of the dark. When he went to bed, he would flip off the light switch on the far wall, then tear across the room to bed, 10 feet away. However, the other day, he DON’T FORGET! flipped the switch, walked slowly to his bed, and climbed in before the room went dark. He only used his Print out and email your solutions to finger to switch off the light. How did he manage this brave feat? The first 10 correct answers will each 10. No legs have I to dance, receive 5 nights free No lungs have I to breathe, DVD hires from No life have I to live or die And yet I do all three. What am I? The bookshop in Javea port! magazine / 33

The forum was created for parents living in the beautiful Northern Costa Blanca, in Eastern Spain - covering areas such as Javea, Denia, Calpe, Benitachell, Jalon, Moraira, Gata and inland. We can all learn from each other and share information to help our children and families, to help us all get the most out of our quality of life here in Spain. If you have any connection with the area, whether you live here or are thinking of a move, please join us and the conversations going on in the various forums. We called it The Old School Gate because that is traditionally the hub of all the playground gossip and insider info - and not just for the kids! Especially when starting in a new community, parents rely on the connections and communications forged by contacting others with whom they already have something in common... and what better shared connection than having kids at the same school? The Costa Blanca has a growing and vibrant English speaking community, some of it seasonal, others of us making this beautiful part of Spain our year round home. Come and tell us about the Costa Blanca you know and love, help us all discover new corners of the area to enjoy and explore... If you'd like a dedicated board for your school please just drop the administrator a private message and we'll sort that out for you - the more the merrier. Some things will of course relate to your school and that's the right place to bring them up, but if it would interest or help other parents and potential parents please consider posting in 'general chat' instead, Thanks for your support The Old School Gate team at

History of our Region Living in Javea one may still not know the rich heritage of the town and especially not the fact that the earliest recorded signs of humans in the area were of cave dwellers on Montgó as staggeringly early as 16,000 years B.C. , the Upper Palaeolithic Period.

Cueva del Montgó

Signs of the oldest cultures of the Neolithic Period are found in the appearance of pottery and the first indications of agriculture and the taming of animals.


Then Bronze Age activity is noted at Cap Prim with evidence of significant bronze-works seen from the slag


casting moulds, etc that have been found.

Surprisingly few remains from the Iberian period have been found in around Javea and almost all of them have been casual finds, such as the sparse remains from Tosalet and El Rebaldí or the numerous second century B.C. pottery items found near Carrer Teular. The best-known archaeological find from the region to date, the “Iberian Treasure of Javea” consists of various pieces of gold and silver. Iberian Period The Iberian Treasure of Jávea-Xàbia, found in 1904, appeared inside a pottery vessel discovered by chance in the course of Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres. “Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are. [A man is known by the company he keeps.] “ TMAV February 2010

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Javea agricultural work in the “Partida de la Lluca,” just where the Golf Club is now. This collection of jewels dates from the third to second centuries B.C. It consists of a gold diadem (37.2cm long and 8.2cm wide, weighing 1,336 grams) composed of three plates or sheets of gold, a central, rectangular one and two smaller, triangular ones at the ends. This piece, designed as a head ornament, is decorated with some fine, snake-like or meandering forms and is without doubt the best-quality piece in the collection. Also included are other pieces also made of gold: two loosely-braided necklaces and fragments of another one made of finely intertwined chains, an egg-shaped brooch and a tightly-braided chain. Silver pieces, much less elaborate (weighing 240 grams) were found, a snake-shaped bracelet, three spiral straps and fragments of seven others. Roman Period The Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsular started with the Second magazine / 37

Punic War (219-201 B.C.), thus beginning the “Romanisation,” a process of acculturation which transformed the native society into one ruled by the same rules as Rome, with the same laws and fashions of the day. This period also saw the building of many “villas” (as non-urban settlements were known) throughout the Jávea-Xàbia municipal area. Most of these villas were built in El Pla and Les Valls, in the fertile valley formed by the river Xaló or Gorgos, an area of great agricultural possibilities. Agricultural production is the main economic activity, possibly with an emphasis on grape-growing (as would seem to be indicated by the existence of workshops where amphorae were produced to store wine for export)... ...We will be continuing this fascinating history of Javea next month. If any readers wish to contribute with articles on the history of any part of the Marina Alta, please contact us at “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.” ~Winston Churchill



Fashion Trends 2010

Colours: Nude. Ice-Cream Pastels. Blues. Orange. Fabrics: Chiffon. Lace. Silk. Sequins. Feel: Romantic. See-thru. Uniforms. Tribal. Sporty. Shapes: Ruffles. Flowing lines. Soft tailoring. Cinched waists. Must-have: Corsets, underwear on show. Accessories: Belts!

The key look this year is an ethereal, earthy and delicate silhouette in egg shell shades. Sheer chiffons, billowing drapes and natural linens should be combined with structured underwear to create a new type of romantic dressing. Make sure you choose the right “A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months� Oscar Wilde TMAV February 2010

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Spring/Summer 2010 shade for your skin tone, and don‟t be afraid to toughen up with leather accessories. 2010 is also set to see a digital revolution; expect high colour graphic prints and computer generated style. Last year‟s prints have been

upgraded to more detailed, even more eye catching designs that work best on clean-cut shapes. Shapes are new and edgy. Ethnic designs and oriental fabrics will also make a showing. magazine / 41

“Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women” Elsa Schiaparelli

Blues and orange in many shades will be significant colours towards summer. Don‟t forget to keep an eye on your undies as well as your outerwear too - the corset worn as a top is making

a big come-back, particularly in blushed pink shades and luscious lace. Make sure you keep hair and make-up simple, and, if you really want to shine, then wear layers and layers of chains and faux jewels.

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint Laurent TMAV February 2010

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Valentines Day

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Another legend and a bit of a paradox is that three Saint Valentines have been mentioned in the early list The history of Valentine's Day has of martyrs under the date of 14th been a bit of a mystery up to now. No February. One is supposed to be a one really knows the truth about the priest in Rome, another is said to be history and origin of Valentine‟s Day. the Bishop of Interamna (now in Italy) There are a number of legends and the third one lived and died in surrounding Valentines' Day history. Africa. The Bishop of Interamna is Most of these stories have been the most popular modern Saint. He passed on through the generations, was a Christian martyr who lived in embellished along the way until we northern Italy and was martyred on have what we understand as 14th February sometime during the Valentine‟s Day now. third century. following the orders of Emperor Claudius. for breaching the One of the most popular legends is law on Christianity. Despite the fact that Valentine was one of the early that Valentine of Interamna and Christians in those days when Valentine of Rome have different danger and death went hand entries in martyrologies and in hand. He was detained for biographies, most scholars helping some Christians who deem they are the same were trying to escape from the person. prisons where they being were tortured like animals. Valentine So, with all these different was hauled before the stories, none of which have Emperor of Rome and was ordered much to do with love, it seems to be put in jail. There he apparently strange that cured the jail keeper's daughter of Valentine‟s Day has blindness. When the Emperor came become the day when to know about this phenomenon, far we reiterate our from being pleased as you would feelings towards the have expected, he gave orders to one we love. behead Valentine. Valentine is Love: reported to have sent the keeper's daughter a farewell message signed, “A temporary insanity, curable by "from your Valentine", on marriage” the morning of the execution. Ambrose Bierce


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St Valentine‟s Day Massacre One February evening in North

Chicago in 1929, seven well-dressed men were discovered riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C Cartage Co. garage. They had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners and shot to death. With the exception of Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer these men were mobsters working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, "Bugs" Moran. Within a few seconds, whilst staring at a bare brick wall, these seven men had become a part of Valentine's Day history: the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. During the height of prohibition and the never-ending competition between gangster rivals Al "Scarface" Capone and George "Bugs" Moran, bloody warfare was nothing new to the Chicago authorities. However, investigators on the scene found the Valentine's Day Massacre to be somewhat puzzling. The victims were mobsters, with an endless supply of weapons and well known for their own brutality. Why would they turn their backs and face the wall for anyone without putting up a fight? Another question came after an eyewitness gave her account of what happened on that night in 1929. She lived directly across the street and had a perfect view of the garage. She claimed to have seen two uniformed policemen exit the

garage while escorting two plain clothed men who held their hands up in the air, as if they were under arrest. Of course, this comforted the shaken woman, thinking that the loud gun fire that she had just heard had been resolved and the parties responsible were being taken into custody. However, the Chicago police had no record of any such activity at 2122 Clark Street until they arrived on the scene to find the horrifying blood bath. In the case of the St Valentine's Day Massacre, the prime suspect was not difficult to come by. Although he claimed to be in Florida at the time of the murders, Al Capone was, without doubt, the number one and only suspect in this infamous crime. Thanks to prohibition, Capone had become the primary crime boss of Chicago, running gambling, prostitution and bootlegging rackets while continuously expanding his territories by getting rid of rival gangs. Capone‟s fortune was estimated at $60,000,000. That kind of money gave Al Capone one of the oldest and most common motives in murder mystery history. He had to remove "Bugs" Moran “Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either... ...Just leave me alone.” TMAV February 2010

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from the scene. However Moran proved not an easy person to get rid of, as he was one of the leading gang bosses in Chicago. So in order to get rid of Moran, Capone chose to start at the bottom and get rid of Moran's outfit, leaving him defenceless.

opportunity to question him, but eventually he did come to. When he was asked for the identity of the killer, he simply stated "I'm not gonna talk," before he laid his head back and died. Without Frank Gusenberg's testimony, and with only a few eye witnesses outside the garage, the investigators had to return to the scene of the crime and try to piece the murder together with what little information they had. The authorities held a re-enactment of the crime and concluded that the two men dressed as policemen had entered the garage acting as if

When the bodies were first discovered on the floor of the garage, it seemed that not one single person could have possibly survived the force of the attack. However, this proved to be untrue, when one investigator on the scene found Frank Gusenberg lying unconscious amongst the bloody corpses, breathing heavily and choking on his own blood. Immediately, he was taken to the hospital where the police waited for their only lead to wake up and finger the men who were responsible. Their greatest fear was that he would die before they had the magazine / 47

they were police on a routine investigation. The Moran outfit must have assumed that the policemen were on a routine sting. It was obvious

Bugs Moran

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive� Elbert Hubbard

that they didnâ€&#x;t suspect anything or they certainly would have never been killed without a fight. But as it was, the mobsters seemed to have cooperated and consequently let the fake policemen disarm them and force them up against the wall. As soon as their backs were turned, the two men in plain clothes entered with guns and shot them down. The eye-witness accounts were probably fairly accurate when they claimed to have seen two policemen arresting two men. What they had actually seen was four brutal murderers making their cleverly planned getaway. If any witnesses saw anything after such rapid and explosive gunfire, what better way to calm them, by letting them think that everything was under control? The killers drove away into the night, long before anyone thought to call the police, simply because the neighbours thought the police were already there.

"associate" that he would have to kill a lot of people in order to get to "Bugs" Moran. It is rumoured that Capone replied by simply saying: "I'll send flowers." 2122 Clark Street no longer exists as the building has long since been pulled down. There is however little doubt amongst the locals about the site on Clark Street being haunted. Even today, people walking along the street at night have reported the sounds of screams and machine guns as they pass. The building is long gone but the area is marked as a fenced-off lawn that belongs to the nearby nursing home. Five trees are scattered along the place in a line and the one in the middle marks the location where the rear wall once stood.

Passersby often report these strange sounds and the indescribable feeling of fear as they walk past. Those who are accompanied by dogs report their share of strangeness too.... Animals Al Capone was never arrested for the appear to be especially bothered by crimes; the mysterious gun men this piece of lawn, sometimes were never identified and Capone barking and howling, sometimes never confessed. Instead, he was whining in fear. Their sense of what blandly indicted for tax evasion some happened here many years ago years later and spent seven years in seems to be much greater than our prison only to be released to retire in own. Florida, where he died from syphilis in 1947. Although Capone never confessed, he had in fact alluded to his future plans for that bloody Valentine's Day in 1929. A few months prior to the murders, he mentioned to an "associate" his plan to take down Moran. Capone was told by the

“It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief; enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best� Edward Bulwer-Lytton TMAV February 2010

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Keith Lockyer of Shoot You Photographic and

Lynda Smith of Colour Works have put together a very special makeover package. A beautiful Makeover, and a stunning portrait of yourself taken in Keith's Studio in Javea Port. You will also get one FREE 8"x6" print. All for ONLY â‚Ź30. And 50% of that will go to MABS cancer charity.

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Aircraftspeak The follow are actual exchanges between pilots and control towers... Tower: "Delta 351, you have

traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles" Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!" Tower: "TWA 2341, for noise

abatement turn right 45 Degrees." TWA 2341: "Centre, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?" Tower: "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?" From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue:"I'm bored!" Tower: "Last aircraft

Scary! A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last

known position?" Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down. San Jose, California, Tower Noted:

"American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport.

A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich , transmitting, identify yourself overheard the following: immediately!" Unknown aircraft: "I said I was Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, bored, not stupid!"

O'Hare Approach Control to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your

traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound." United 329: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this...I've got the little Fokker in sight. magazine

what is our start clearance time?" Ground (in English): "If you want

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway� Mary Kay Ash TMAV February 2010

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More! an answer you must speak in English." Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?"

the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a

bloody war!"

like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."

cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"

The Cherokee pilot, not about to Unknown voice from another plane let the insult go by, came back (in a beautiful British with a real zinger: "I made it out accent): "Because you lost the of DC-8 parts. Another landing Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for

takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7" Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway." Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?" Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern.... we've already notified our caterers." One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past magazine / 51

The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206. Speedbird 206: " Frankfurt,

Speedbird 206 clear of active runway." Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi

“As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me� George Orwell

Even More! to gate Alpha One-Seven."

The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not

know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."

Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird

206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land."

While taxiing at London 's Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Fort Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming: "US Air 2771, where

the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!" Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: "God! Now

you've screwed everything up! magazine

It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?" "Yes, ma'am," the humbled crew responded. Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind.. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking:

"Wasn't I married to you once?"

Having played many roles of scientific intellect I do have an empathy for that world. It's been hard on me because flying the Enterprise for seven years in Star Trek and sitting in Cerebro in Xmen has led people to believe that I know what I'm talking about. But I'm still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car. Patrick Stewart TMAV February 2010

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Memories... Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?' 'It was a place called 'home,'' I explained. ! 'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.' By this time, he was laughing so much, I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table! Here though, are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I had thought he would take me seriously. Some of my friends parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore jeans, never set foot on a golf course, and certainly most never travelled out of the country. No-one had a credit card. My parents never drove me to school which was over a mile away. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, magazine / 53

(very slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, black and white as that was all you could get and the only 2 stations (BBC and ITV) went off the air at 10 pm, after playing the national anthem. They came back on the air at about 4pm I think, and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people... I never had a telephone in my room. We didn‟t have one at all until I was 8 years old. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line. Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers if they could. I delivered “When it hurts to look back and your scared to look ahead you can look beside you and your best friend will be there” Author Unknown TMAV February 2010

newspapers, seven days a week and had to get up at 6AM every morning. Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive. Growing up today just isn't what it used to be, is it? Some funny memories: 1) We didn't have steam irons. My Mother used to ‟steam‟ by wetting a tea towel and putting that on top of the clothes. 2) Head lights dimmer switches were on the floor of the car. 3) Ignition switches were on the dashboard. Some cars had a separate push button starter. 4) Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. 5) Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner. 6) Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. My Dad‟s car was very swish with ‟trafficator‟ indicators that came out of the side panel between the doors! magazine

7) Sweet cigarettes 8) Coffee shops with juke boxes 9) Home milk delivery in glass bottles by horse and cart 10) Newsreels before the films at the cinema 11) Peashooters 12) 33 rpm records 13) 45 rpm records 14) Stereograms 15) Metal ice trays with levers 16) Single use blue flashbulbs in cameras 17) Cork popguns 18) Wash tub wringers If you remembered 0-3 = You are still young If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age If you remembered 11-14 = You're positively ancient! I must be 'positively ancient' but those memories are some of the best parts of my life. “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again” Willa Catha TMAV February 2010

Climategate The UN's climate change panel has been caught making unfounded claims for the third time in just two weeks. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used a student's essay and an article from a climbing magazine to make claims about reductions in ice on mountains. The IPCC has also been found to have used data that had nothing to do with global warming to warn of looming catastrophe in the Amazon rainforest. The revelations came at the end of a bad month for the climate change body, whose reports are used by governments to make environmental policies. The head of the panel had already been forced to make a humiliating apology after claims that Himalayan glaciers could vanish within 25 years were magazine / 55

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Fact... exposed as nonsense. The IPCC also came under fire for exaggerating links between climate change and storms. Earlier, experts at the University of East Anglia's world-leading research unit were accused of manipulating data on global warming in the 'Climategate' scandal over leaked emails. The first of the two new blunders centres on a claim in the IPCC's most recent report that global warming was to blame for reductions on mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and in Africa. A table accompanying the claim cited two papers as sources. One was an article in We can debate this or that aspect of climate change, but the reality is that most people now accept our climate is indeed subject to change as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. Tony Blair

Climategate Climbing News, based on evidence from climbers about the changes they saw. The other was a dissertation by a geography student studying for the equivalent of a master's degree in Switzerland and quoting interviews with mountain guides. Professor Richard Tol, an environmental economist and one of the authors of the 3,000-page report, told The Sunday Times: 'These are essentially a collection of anecdotes. Why do they do this? It is quite astounding.' He said it was unlikely the claim had influenced any policy decisions, but it indicated 'sloppiness' on the part of those drawing up that particular section of the report. In the same 2007 report, the IPCC said that up to 40 per cent of the Amazon was at risk of being replaced with barren 'savannahs'. But the claim came from a report published by the green campaigning charity WWF, which based its findings on a study into logging published in the journal Nature in 1999. The claims about the Himalayan glaciers were also lifted from an unsubstantiated WWF report. Critics said the reliance on green lobby groups made a mockery of the IPCC's claim to be impartial and accused the organisation of cherry picking alarmist papers. Dr Benny Peiser, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, said: 'These reports do not appear to be

... Fiction peer-reviewed, but are produced by campaigning organisations which are known to exaggerate problems. It is a clear indication that they are using the wrong literature.' The Government is understood to have contacted the IPCC about the errors and urged it to ensure scientific standards are 'rigorously' upheld. But Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said the mistakes should be seen in the light of the thousands of pages of evidence in the report. Declaring a 'battle' against 'siren voices' who denied global warming was real or caused by humans, he said: 'It is right that there's rigour applied to all the reports but I think it would be wrong that when a mistake is made it's somehow used to undermine the overwhelming picture that's there. 'We know there are observed effects that point to the existence of manmade climate change. 'That's what the vast majority of scientists tell us.' Read more at : article-1247616/Caught-UN-climateclaims-ice-loss-meltaway.html#ixzz0eGaaNK7M Climate change should be seen as the greatest challenge to face man and treated as a much bigger priority in the United Kingdom. Prince Charles TMAV February 2010




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What‟s on, in & around... The Marina Alta Camera Club Contact: Tess Roberts, Secretary The Marina Alta Camera Club was formed in 2006 and we currently have about 30 members. We welcome members from all nationalities with photographic skills from beginner to professional. We are based in the Northern Costa Blanca area (Marina Alta) of the Valencia Comunitat of Spain. We usually meet on the first Thursday of the month at the Centro Social in Javea old town between 7.00pm and 9.30pm. Click here for a map of the location. There is a cafe on site that does not close until 10pm. The monthly meetings are for a social and instruction evening. We have regular field trips at other times. We have a practical evening on the third Thursday of the month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. We have monthly themed competitions for those who wish to enter.

BASC Marina Alta Contact: Mary Saunders, Secretary We are a group of divers who belong to the British Sub Aqua Club and live here on the Costa Blanca. From highly experienced

diving instructors to complete novices; from 16 - 70 years old; from Denia to Alicante; join us to learn an exciting new sport and make full use of your time in the Mediterranean and on holidays all over the world. The emphasis is on a club for divers who live here. We dive all year, have our own 6 diver RIB and a small catamaran. As well as potential trainees, we would also like to hear from divers and/or ex-divers who would like to start diving again. Social activities include ten-pin bowling, windsurfing, eating out, BBQs, snorkelling/swimming, daytrips, etc.

The Careline Theatre Contact: Candy Wright Tel: 96 558 3951 Bringing the magic of theatre to the Costa Blanca. Founded in 1996, the Society has gone from strength to strength and boasts a membership of over 90 people. We are based at our theatre in Alcalali. We currently aim to produce three main shows a year In the classified ad section… “Young attractive male seeks female dive buddy for shared recreation and friendship, must have boat. Please send photo of boat.” TMAV February 2010

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...Clubs one in the Spring, usually in May, one in the Autumn and a Pantomime in January, for which we have become renowned. For many of our members it is being part of an exciting theatrical project that interests them. Whether your forte is acting, dancing, singing or assisting in other aspects of the production, there is something for you in Careline Theatre. As well as a strong adult membership, we have a very active junior section known as Careline Kids. Keeping in touch or finding out information has never been so easy our website covers everything you need to know about the Society, and our Contacts page is designed to give you the details of people, to ask any burning questions! The Forthcoming Production from

‘Cash on Delivery’ A comedy By Michael Cooney Directed by Jim Sissens Presented at The Alcalali Theatre 13th to 15th May magazine / 59

Javea Players We are the oldest and arguably the premier amateur theatre group on the Costa Blanca. Our first production, „Murder by Request‟ was staged way back in 1976. We are based at our Studio Theatre where we audition, rehearse, build scenery, socialise and stage studio productions. We currently stage five productions a year: A Spring and Autumn production at the Union Musical, Gata. Two Studio Theatre productions and an outdoor Summer Show with dinner. We also produce a number of radio plays each year for local English language radio stations. In addition to full membership and junior membership (for those aged between 14 & 18), we have for those who are interested in the theatre but do not wish to play an active part in productions the option to become a 'Friend' of Jávea Players. “Just remember: It's only Amateur Theatre until it offends someone... then it's ART!"

...Associations Javéa International Civic Society Established June 1988, our bulletin keeps members informed about Civic matters such as Spanish Law, Residency, NIE, Rates, Traffic Laws, Health, Taxation, and general life here in Spain.

Javéa Computer Club The club meets at the Javea School of Bridge premises, Edificio Arenal 80, Bloque 1 (Sotano), Avda Tamarits, Javea, three times a week from 09.45am until around 12.30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Javéa Bridge Club Contact us on 96 646 3671 A long established club where the members pride themselves on good bridge, played in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you are thinking of taking up this fascinating game, we offer tuition for beginners by knowledgeable and experienced teachers. Alternatively, if you are already a player, we can offer

“workshop” type tuition to help your game improve. We look forward to welcoming you to our club soon.

Denia Rugby Club Contact: Eddie D‟Arcy 96 642 3516/680 739 821 Denia Rugby Club play in Valencia League Two South. There are six teams in the League meaning 10 games are played on a home and away basis, with play-offs to follow against the teams from Valencia League Two North. Denia normally play their home games on Saturdays at 4pm, with away games normally on Sundays at 12 noon. Please check the website for details of all games and kick off times can vary.

Costa Blanca Mountain Friends

...the small, fit, friendly and adventurous Mountain Activities Club in Spain. The "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila" Unknown TMAV February 2010

& club was founded in 2004 by Vic Warth who started climbing in the Costa Blanca in 1989. From the mighty 1410 metre Puig Campana to Segària and Montgò, from the spectacular Serra de Bèrnia to the Monte Castellets, from the eerie Barranco del Infierno to the Ferrer Ridge, we participate in these Spanish Mountain Activities three times a week from October to June.

Club Deportivo Javea has been in existence in one form or another almost 90 years, serving as a community football club for all the people of Javea. Its continued existence is very much down to a small but dedicated group of volunteers who give up a huge chunk of their spare time to run this semi-professional football club for no reward other than seeing the rojiblancos remain a mainstay in the community.

Our group is multinational with British, German, Spanish, Danish and other nationalities visiting or Buenavista Tennis Club, Benissa living in Spain. Weekly attendance can vary between four and ten Contact: 96 574 7867 members depending on the circuit and weather! Costa Blanca Mountain An oasis for tennis lovers, Walking and Hiking, Rock set within a sheltered, scrambling, Canyoning or Via Ferrata secluded, valley, off the are included in most of our weekly programmes. coastal road between Moraira and Calpe, is this relaxed, Our Walking, Hiking and Scrambling informal tennis club that is very routes and Canyoning and Via friendly and welcoming. There are Ferrata routes cover the area from several clay courts set around a Dènia to Benidorm and inland to small club house, which is sociable Castell de Castells. and family-friendly, and where events Experienced hikers and members of are held throughout the year. There mountain clubs are welcome to join is a sauna, changing facilities, us for for most of our activities but showers, table-tennis and pool table. remember our, friendly and adventurous! “I love tennis with a passion. I Javea Amigos challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around” Boris Johnson Contact: Mike Smith magazine / 61

...Societies La Sella Golf Club Contact: 96 645 4252 Situated on the slopes of a mountain lying next to the natural park of Montgo this 18-hole golf course with a par of 72 lies in a tranquil area. The Olive, Pine and Orange trees surrounding the course, whilst providing wonderful scenery, will catch out the less accurate players Should you feel your skills need updating a little, then private lessons are available at this all year round course. Other services include a driving range with 25 bays, a putting green and practice bunker. The course is suitable for all levels of players, and if you know how to use the full range of clubs then you should achieve a decent score. Jose Maria Olazabal designed 9 of the holes, some particularly thought provoking as if you miss the green, all the skills of Championship player are needed to get back on track.

Javea Golf Club The course was designed by Francisco Moreno

and opened in 1981. Situated 100 kilometres from Alicante on the way to Valencia, and sheltered from the wind by Cape San Antonio, the course has a perfect microclimate all the year round, and is located in a wonderful natural setting, surrounded by pinewoods. The course is a gently sloping 9 hole course with well-maintained greens and fairways flanked by palm trees, pine trees and orange trees. Although it has only 9 holes, on the second time around or back nine, many of the holes are played from different tees making it virtually an 18 hole course. Also the 4th / 13th green is large enough to accommodate two separate pin positions for each hole. The 6th presents difficulties, a par 4 with splendid views from a plateau green requiring a safe and precise drive to the dogleg. The 120 metre 16th is the shortest hole and the 475 metre 5th is the longest. Although it is not very long, it is certainly challenging as it is plagued by bunkers nearly all the way round 34 in total, and all of the greens have subtle runs, many of which are difficult to read. “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air� Jack Benny TMAV February 2010


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Well here we are in 2010 and still going strong, so we must be doing something right! Despite the gloomy economic climate, our customers tell us they still enjoy our shop which is what we set out to achieve. Our stock of nearly 20,000 books changes almost daily and it‟s fair to say we cover pretty much all the main genres, including a massive range of children‟s books. Our DVD rentals are by far the lowest cost around at 50c a night, around a third of the normal price and we have a genuine 1,500 (and growing) titles in stock. We also have a super-fast internet café, again at low prices, but more importantly, in a comfortable quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Come in and see us. We‟d love to say hello.

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Then of course, there‟s all the other things going on in - there‟s always something new! Greetings Cards The best selection in Javea by far, with unusual brands only available in our shop.

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We are the main retailer for Plus... Javea. Sign up, top up, Fast Internet Cafe Other business within the English, Spanish, French and We have the latest shop… Italian spoken, SAVE computers and a super-fast connection. Use ours or bring MONEY! your laptop. Comfortable, DVD Film rentals quiet surroundings. Best range of genres in Javea. Absolutely FREE Printing Service membership and only 50c per Photocopying, laminating, night per movie. No-one printing including agency beats that! class design and artwork.

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Welcome to FLATPAXABIA ! We are not IKEA, but we will certainly shop there for you. Our aim is to provide a personal and professional service. But don‟t take our word for it. See our REFERENCES page on our website! FLATPAXABIA is an independent collection, delivery and assembly service based in the Jávea/Xàbia area, shopping at the Murcia IKEA store and offering an on-line, telephone or fax ordering service saving you the hassle of driving to the store, searching for parking spaces and standing in queues all day. Area of Cover Standard Area/Costa Blanca includes: Javea, Jalon, Alcalali, Denia, Oliva, Ondara, Gata, Pedregeur, Benissa, Benitachell, Moraira, Calpe and Altea. For other areas you will be charged a “distance surcharge” of 1€ per km. If in doubt please contact us. Standard Area/Costa Calida includes: Mula, Camposol, Lorca, Totana, Mazarron inc. Puerto, Cartagena, Elche, La Manga, Aguilas, Torrevieja, Los Alcazares, Fuente Alamo, Alhama de Murcia, Vera, Los Lobos, Puerto Lumbreras, La Union, San Javier. For other areas you will be charged a “distance surcharge” of 1€ per km. If in doubt please contact us. Our standard area also includes: 10Km on either side of the E15 motorway between the two areas i.e. from Gandia in the North to Vera in the South. If in doubt please contact us. We shop at IKEA on a weekly basis, so you never have to wait long for your order.

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Calling all mums!!! Everyone who is expecting a baby, or who already has young children, knows all too well how expensive it is to buy clothes and equipment for our little darlings here in Spain.

La Tienda has come up with a brilliant solution to help mums in difficult times. We have a large selection of used baby and children’s clothes up to the age of 14 years, as well as second-hand pushchairs, high chairs, car seats, cots and many toys, books and games - all in fantastic condition and very reasonably priced. We also take any of your items and clothes that are no longer used and, once sold in the shop, we will give you money back.

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