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Authorities in Morocco successfully

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EurozonE woEs takE a chunk out of VodafonE businEss in spain and italy

Vodafone has announced a six-month loss after taking a hit to its mobile phone business in the troubled eurozone economies of Italy and Spain.

The phone giant was forced to write down the value of its operations in the two struggling countries by nearly £6billion.

It has also seen business drop in the competitive UK market, as rivals fight to win customers with new unlimited tariffs.

Revenues in the UK were down by 2.1 per cent and underlying profits fell by nearly a third as the higher cost of retaining smartphone customers hit home as well.

Across the group, half-year revenues were down 7.9 per cent - driven by an 18 per cent slump in southern Europe - and bottom-line losses were £492million against pre-tax profits of £8billion a year ago.

Vodafone shares were down 5 per cent or 7.62p at 158.98p in late morning trading.

This was despite the company announcing a £2.4billion

dividend from its share of US joint venture Verizon Wireless. Some £1.5billion of the dividend will be returned to shareholders.

Chief executive Vittorio Colao said: ‘Overall performance in our controlled operations in the first half of the 2013 financial year has been slightly below our expectations, mainly as a result of a further weakening in the macroeconomic environment.

‘However, this has been offset by a very strong performance by VZW [Verizon Wireless]. We expect the environment to be similar in the second half of the 2013 financial year.’

Income shares watch: Vodafone increased its half-year dividend by 7.2 per cent to 3.27p. It said a £2.4billion dividend was due from Verizon Wireless by the end of 2012, and a £1.5billion buyback would start after it was received. The shares yield 5.68 per cent.

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iag (iberia) consider takeover bid for vueling

The International Airlines Group (IAG) - which was formed by the merger of Spain’s Iberia and British Airways - said on Wednesday it was studying the possibility of launching a full takeover bid of Spanish low-cost airline Vueling.

In a statement to the Spanish stock market regulator, IAG said it has not yet discussed specific terms or price of a possible deal, but that the topic was on the agenda for Thursday’s board meeting.

“No decision about whether an takeover bid will be launched has been taken as yet, and therefore, obviously, there has been no talk about terms of the deal, nor, in particular, about the price”, the company said in its press statement.

As soon as a decision is made, a statement will be released to the press, the company confirmed.

Iberia currently owns 45.85% of Vueling.

Hallowe’en tragedy: police put attendance at 23,000

According to inital police investigations, 19,900 tickets were sold for the ill-fated Hallowe’en Party at the Madrid Arena, and a further 3,000 people were allowed in without a ticket.

The initial police report, now in the hands of the judge handling the case, Eduardo López Palop, concludes that there were 23,000 people at the fiesta, when the official capacity for the venue is 10,500. The organisers claimed that they had only sold 9,600 tickets.

The fact that there were too many people at the fiesta in the Madrid Arena has, from the beginning, been the principal hypothesis in explaining the tragedy that left four young girls dead, one of them a minor. The police investigation, however, has converted this hypothesis into fact: “19,900 were sold” for the tragic fiesta, and initial calculations suggest that a further “3,000 people were allowed into the event free of charge by security staff working inside the venue”, said police sources.

Police estimate that on Hallowe’en there were almost 23,000 people inside the Madrid Arena, more than three times the number (7,000) the organisers, Diviertt, told Madrid City Council would be at the event, and double the number of tickets the company admitted to selling, 9,600.

Moreover, it appears that this was not just a one-off occurrence. “It’s common practice. Tickets are often sold on the black market. They have the same numbering as the originals, but with a

mark on them, that’s how they went over the official capacity”, explained one of the security men on duty that evening. This form of ticketing is very lucrative, because it allows the organisers to avoid taxes and royalty payments to the music industry controlling body SGAE.

In fact, the SGAE has confirmed that it has four pending lawsuits against Miguel Ángel Flores (chief executive of Diviertt) for unpaid royalties: “It’s not the first time they’ve done this”, said a spokesperson for the SGAE.

The IU party also denounced the Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Madrid Espacios y Congresos (the public company belonging to the city council and owner of the Madrid Arena), saying that Diviertt should never have been contracted. According to internal rules in public companies, any company contracted by them must be up to date with their taxes, and yet their are 45 separate notifications of non-payment against Diviertt (most with Social Security) and six embargos, totalling 216,033 euros.

Many event promoters and PR companies have expressed their surprise that Madrid City Council was working with Flores, saying that he is well known in the city for his underhand dealings. “Years ago,” one of them told reporters, “we organised some sessions in one of his venues and he lied to us about the number of tickets sold. He sold many more than he admitted to, but when we asked for our cut, he refused to give it to us.”

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in straits of gibraltarThe Maritime Rescue Services have

rescued 17 emigrants from two inflatable boats found adrift in the Straits of Gibraltar last Tuesday.

The occupants were trying to cross the straits from Northern Africa to the Spanish mainland.

In both cases, the alarm was raised by people in the boats themselves, who were calling for help from their mobile ‘phones because they were lost.

Rescuers found one boat seven nautical miles south east of Tarifa, with seven men, two women and baby on board, all from subsaharan Africa.

The second boat had subsaharan men on board, one of whom could be a minor.

All of them have been taken to the port of Tarifa and, in generalm they are in good health although some are showing symptoms of hypothermia.

constitutional court upholds lEgality of

homosExual marriagEThe Constitutional Court last week

pronounced judgement on the Law on Homosexual Marriage, declaring it to be wholly constitutional and thus rejecting the appeal presented by the PP seven years ago against this law, claiming that it violated article 32 of the Spanish Constitution.

The plenary session deciding the future of gay marriage was made up of 11 magistrates, after Francisco Hernando Santiago’s request to abstain was accepted in July.

With eight votes in favour and three against, the law that allows marriage between people of the same sex was pronounced constitutional this afternoon.

Since the Civil Code was amended in July 2005 and up to and including last year, a total of 22,124 same-sex marriages have taken place in Spain, of which 897 have ended in divorce or separation, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The number of gay marriages has remained more or less constant, with between 3,000 and 4,000 per year being celebrated.

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legality of SpaniSh repoSSeSSion lawS

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iberia to cut 4,500 jobS

Iberia has announced that it will be cutting 4,500 job, almost a quarter of its 20,000 strong workforce, as part of a restructuring plan, which includes permanent structural changes in all areas of the business, with the aim of shaking off its losses and returning to profitability.

The plan was announced just a day after IAG launched its 113.4 million euro takeover bid for Vueling, in an attempt to get the remaining 54.5% of the capital of the company led by Josep Piqué that is not already controlled by Iberia.

International Airlines Group (IAG), formed by the merger of Iberia and British Airways (BA), announced that it lost 39 million euros in the first nine months of 2012, having made a profit of 338 million during the same period the previous year, owing, amongst other things, to Iberia’s weakened position.

In a statement to the Spanish stock market regulator (CNMV), IAG’s Chief Executive Officer, Willie Walsh, emphasised that although the group’s results had regressed to 2011 levels, “there is still a considerable difference between British Airways’ results and those of Iberia”.

nEw 5 Euro notE to bE introducEd nExt may

The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, announced today that a new 5 euro note is to be introduced in May 2013. Other denominations will follow afterwards.

The new notes, which will be introduced gradually, will have three security features: a watermark with a portrait, a hologram with a portrait and an emerald green number.

“The new series, called Europa, features a portrait of Europa - a figure from Greek mythology after whom the continent was named - in the watermark and in the hologram,” explained the ECB in a statement.

“The new notes will be introduced gradually across a number of years, starting with the 5 euro note in May 2013”, the statement continued.

The Europa series benefits from numerous advances made in banknote technology since the introduction of the initial series over ten years ago.

The new notes will have the same denominations as before -5 euros, 10 euros, 20 euros, 50 euros, 100 euros, 200 euros y 500 euros - and the same main colours, but with the new features and will be “easy to distinguish from the old ones”.

The original series and the new series will be in circulation at the same time, with the old notes being removed gradually from circulation, and, after a time, ceasing to be legal tender. “The date when the old notes will no longer be legal tender will be announced in plenty of time,” said the ECB.

Nevertheless, the original notes will maintain their value indefinitely and people will be able to change them at national central banks across the eurozone indefinitely.

The definitive design for the new 5 euro note will be revealed on January 10th 2013 and banks will start to circulate them in May next year

Juliane Kokott, the Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that the Spanish law that allows mortgage defaulters to be evicted from their homes goes against EU law. The law does not guarantee effective protection for consumers in the face of possible abusive clauses in mortgage agreements, she concluded.

Her ruling is not legally binding, but the Court tends to follow her recommendations in 80% of cases. Kokott was responding specifically to a question raised by the commercial court in Barcelona, which has to rule on a case brought by a private citizen against the CatalunyaCaixa savings bank, which forced their eviction in January 2011 for non-payment of the mortgage.

The citizen in question believes one of the clauses in the mortgage contract to be null and void, and consequently requests the annulment of the judicial ruling that left them homeless.

Kokott made it clear in her conclusions that there was no

unifying EU law on forced eviction, but that each member state had the right to establish its own processes. She did, however, underline that these processes could not violate consumers’ rights protected by EU law, which the abusive clause in question does.

“The Spanish regulatory process is incompatible with EU law, since it impinges upon the effectiveness of the protection which this aims to achieve”.

“It does not constitute effective protection aginst abusive clauses in a contract, as a result of which the consumer becomes powerless to prevent his eviction and the consequent forced sale of the property and the loss of his home, and only after the event can bring an action for damages,” said Kokott.

EU law demands the opposite: “The consumer has an effective legal means to demonstrate the abusive character of his loan agreement, thanks to which he can get the eviction delayed”.

SpaniSh unionS call general Strike for

november 14Spain’s main trade unions on Friday called a

general strike for Nov. 14, coinciding with similar demonstrations in Portugal and Greece, to protest government-imposed austerity measures and labor reforms.

The Workers’ Commissions and General Workers’ unions called the general strike — the second to be held in Spain this year. A partially successful stoppage was held March 29.

Fernando Lezcano, the spokesman for the Workers’ Commissions, said it would be the first ever joint general strike in Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal.

The General Workers’ union in a statement said the strike was called to press for a change in government policy because “cuts are strangling the economy and dismantling our social model.”

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said the strike would do nothing to lower unemployment, which she said was Spain’s biggest problem.

“This strike does not help either workers or the unemployed,” she said. “We do not believe the best

way to create jobs is to invite people not to work.”

Spain is in its second recession in three years and has near 25 percent unemployment. The tax hikes, spending cuts and labor reforms are aimed at convincing investors and international authorities the country can manage its finances without a need for a full-blown bailout.

Spain’s public finances have been overwhelmed by the cost of rescuing some of its banks and regional governments, many of which have suffered heavy losses in Spain’s property sector crash in 2008.

On Friday, the Balearic islands became the seventh of the country’s 17 regions to announce it will ask for help. It will request €355 million ($462.7 million) from the central government’s €18 billion ($23.5 billion) rescue fund for the regions.

Catalonia, whose capital is Barcelona, has asked for €5 billion, Andalusia, €4.9 billion, Valencia, €4.5 billion, Castilla-La Mancha €848 million, the Canary Islands €756 million and Murcia €641 million.

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bankS agree to two-year moratorium on evictionS in caSeS of extreme hardShip

The Spanish Banking Association (AEB in its Spanish acronym) has today announced an agreement to put a stop to evictions for the next two years for “any case involving circumstances of extreme hardship”.

In a press statement just released, the banking association explained that this agreement was the result of “lengthy and intense debate” by representatives of the associated banks and has come in response to “humanitarian issues” and in view of its policy of “social responsibility” and aims to “alleviate the vulnerable situation many people have found themselves in because of the recession”

The AEB’s decision has been conveyed to the Ministry of the Economy and the Bank of Spain.

The Spanish Banking association is a professional association established in 1977 and open to all Spanish and foreign

banks operating in Spain. Even though the membership of the AEB is voluntary, the vast majority of banks operating in Spain are members of the association.

These new eviction laws come following the tragic suicide of a woman moments before her flat was to be repossessed. Amaia Egana, 53, jumped to her death from her fourth-floor apartment on Friday as bailiffs moved in to evict her.

People angered by the tragedy have accused politicians and banks – many of which were bailed out by the government – of being complicit in the “murder”.

Some 400,000 Spaniards have lost their homes since a property bubble burst in 2008 and Egana’s eviction-related suicide was the second in Spain in recent weeks.

The ruling conservative People’s Party and the opposition Socialists meet today in a bid to speed up eviction law reform.

Flood Leads To Evacuation Of 14 People Torrential rain in Andalucía has led to 14 people being evacuated. Emergency services had

to force residents in the Santa Amalia district of Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga) to leave their homes as a precaution when the nearby river Guadalhorce threatened to burst its banks.

They are closely monitoring the situation in Cárcama (Málaga) which is also close to the river, since any rise in water level may mean a further 20 households have to be evacuated.

If the water course overflows, it will flood homes in both areas and the fire brigade will need to rescue the occupants, which is why authorities have opted for them to leave their properties before an emergency arises.

Firefighters, police and ambulance staff have been working around the clock after numerous calls were received from residents in Antequera and Alhaurín el Grande as a result of the downpour.

The deluge struck in the early hours of last Friday morning and continued for at least 12 hours. It has mainly affected the province of Málaga, in the Guadalhorce Valley and on the Costa del Sol.

Valencia Mum Puts Organs On Sale To Pay Her RentA 44-year-old mum is so desperate

to make ends meet that she has put her non-vital organs up for sale on the internet. The Valencia woman, who has not been named and could face up to 12 years in jail for ‘illegal organ trafficking’ if caught, only gets 426 euros in dole money and cannot afford to pay her rent. Her daughter, a student aged 22, receives a small orphan’s pension as her natural father died some years ago.

They both live in the house owned by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, from whom she separated after he regularly beat her up during their 15-year relationship.

She reported him on several occasions, but when the case went

to court, a judge found the woman’s former partner not guilty.

In the three years since they split up, things have gone from bad to worse, the mother says. She has now received an eviction notice from her ex-boyfriend as she is unable to pay the rent.

“All I want is a home, a job I can do, and enough money to support my daughter through her studies,” the lady says.

Due to a back injury, she is certified as 66 per cent disabled, which restricts the types of job she can do. Valencia city hall has offered her a council flat with a very low rent, but she says on 426 euros a month, it is impossible to pay any amount – even if it were only

50 euros.

She had spoken to a female doctor in Melilla, one of the two Spanish-owned cities on the north Moroccan coast, about one of her kidneys and any other organs she could live without being extracted, although as yet her advert on the internet has not produced any response.

In practice, it is nearly impossible to sell organs, and is illegal in most countries. But the woman says her body parts are ‘all she has’ and ‘the only thing she can raise money from’.

“I just need to do what I can for my daughter – her life is what’s most important. I don’t care about my own any more,” the mother stated.

SPain SET TO LOSE EU gRanTS aS bUdgET TaLkS bREak dOwnSpain could lose out on almost 1.5bn

euros in EU grants next year as budget talks between the Governments and the European Commission on 2012 and 2013 budgets broke down today.

The Commission is demanding a 6.8% increase on this year’s 129 billion Euro total budget, which it insists it needs to cover EU projects already signed off by national governments.

The UK and seven other EU countries - France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands - signed a joint statement in July saying even a 2.79% rise was “more than we would have liked” and they all refused to meet the Commission’s demands today, with the British government slamming the demands as “breathtaking”.

Eurocrats also want an extra 9 billion Euros on the 2012 budget because of insufficient funds to cover all

policy commitments.

Spain has already presented Brussels with invoices for 1.47bn euros, which the Commission says it is unable to honour for lack of funds. Along with Spain, the biggest losers would be Italy (1.89bn euros) and Poland (1.58bn euros).

The budget talks broke up tonight without agreement - leaving a deadline of the end of November 13th for a final deal.

maSSive majority needed for catalan independence

to be taken SeriouSly The President of the

Generalitat (Catalan regional parliament) and CiU candidate, Artur Mas, has given the starting signal to his electoral campaign, telling voters he needs a “massive” majority of the

votes for the independence movement to be taken seriously.

“If we don’t get a massive majority, we will not be taken seriously”, warned Mas in the campaign launch meeting held in Barcelona yesterday. Mas also insisted that the future of Catalonia would be decided by the people and “not by a Council of Ministers or a Constitutional Court”.

Mas emphasised that neither central Government was not prepared to negotiate the issue nor other countries willing to “buy” the idea, so he would have to “sell the product”.

“But be can’t cross this channel in a rowing boat

if the others have motor boats,” he said. “We have to have a level playing field”, so we need “a massive majority”, he added.

Mas gave assurances that he was prepared to go “as far as the people want me to” and insisted that that his aim was to see the future of Catalonia decided by the people of Catalonia.

Flanked by the leader of the Unió, Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, and the mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, Artur Mas revealed the electoral banner proclaiming “The Will of the People”, amidst a sea of of pro-independence ‘senyeres’ and European flags and cries of “Independence”.

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dEficit rEduction dEal nEEdEd to aVoid a fiscal crisisAccording to a BBC report, the newly reelected US president now faces a fiscal “cliff” of

spending cuts and tax rises unless agreement is soon reached.

The Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, but failed to take the Senate. House Speaker John Boehner hinted at the possibility of a compromise if the president agreed to tax reform.

Mr Boehner, who negotiated with Mr Obama over a so-called “grand bargain” of spending cuts and new revenues in 2011, said he would accept new revenue-raising as part of a tax-reform deal.

Even before he flew with his family from their Chicago base to Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on Wednesday evening, Mr Obama had phoned the House speaker to emphasise the need to reach a budget compromise when Congress returns next week.

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Time is tight: Bush-era tax cuts are due to expire at the end of 2012, and automatic, mandatory, across-the-board cuts to military and domestic spending are also in the pipeline unless a deal can be reached.

Mr Obama faces re-election at a time when the US is facing its highest unemployment rate - at 7.9% - since the US wartime leader Franklin Roosevelt took office.

In terms of priorities of voters, the fragile economy was rated the top issue by about six out of 10 voters last Tuesday’s exit polls, however, interestingly, most of them blamed former President George W Bush for the downturn.

Preliminary figures suggest fewer people voted than four years ago. More than 117 million people participated, compared to record-breaking figures of 131 million four years ago. Turnout was down sharply in some states, including Texas, as well as states on the US East Coast that were hit hard by superstorm Sandy.

In addition to the presidential and congressional races, Americans voted on a number of state-wide legal issues including referendums in Maine, Maryland and Washington state to approve same-sex marriage; fortunately a measure in Minnesota to block gay unions failed to be implemented. Colorado and Washington state voted to legalise recreational use of marijuana whilst California voters rejected a proposal to abolish the death penalty. In a referendum, Puerto Ricans voted in favour of becoming the 51st US state, if Congress approves the move.

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The gap in numbers of people from the richest and poorest sections of society going to university in England has narrowed, a think tank says.

According to a report by the BBC’s Education Correspondent Angela Harrison, a study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies says the gap dropped from 40 percentage points to 37 points in the five years to 2010. The group says much of this happened after tuition fees were increased in 2006. It also says a new scholarship fund for poor students is too complicated.

As a group, people from the poorest fifth of the population are much less likely to go to university than those from the richest groups.

Report author Claire Crawford says only 12% of poorer 18-19-year-olds went to

university in 2004-05, but that rose to just under 18% in 2009-10.

Among the richest group, 52% went to university in 2004-05 and 55% did so five years later.

Over the same time period, the proportion of state-school teenagers going to university rose from just under 30% to 34%.

A separate report also published on Thursday says it is too early to judge whether the changes to higher education in England have discouraged students from going to university. The study, by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), says there is no evidence at present that people are being put off.

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been set up and has brought together a group of actors from the area who as their first venture are putting on a one act play in Bar Parilla, Albox on Friday 30th November. The play “It’s a Dogs Life” by Pam Valentine and directed by Ron Makin is set in a dogs shelter where the animals are waiting to be homed. We would like to assure our audiences that no real animals are being used in the play and that the humans portraying them have been well treated and are fed and walked regularly. The play is a compassionate story about four dogs in kennels at a dogs home waiting to be adopted. The dogs themselves have very distinctive personalities. Ben, a mongrel, used to belong to a tramp, Fritz, a rather intimidating German Shepherd, had many previous owners and was often used as a guard dog. Fifi is an overweight poodle who has been spoilt by a number of elderly owners. Finally there’s Ginger, a lively pup, who’s only interest in life is food. The play has plenty of light-hearted moments to laugh at but a tear or two could be shed as well.

The play will also be supported by two animal themed monologues to round off the evenings entertainment.

Proceeds from the performance will be donated to APSA to care for real dogs in their care. Two other performances for dog charities will be staged, one in “The New Kimrick“, Mojacar on the 1st December in aid of PAWS and the final one at the Tennis Club. Huerca Overa on Sunday, 2nd December in aid of “The Doghouse.”

Tickets cost 12.50 euros (includes a three course meal) and are available from APSA, One stop pool shop (next to Longos), Essentials and the Chill Out shop in Albox/Arboleas and from The Spar and Gaudi café in Huerca Overa.

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His agent Peter Charlesworth said the star will be “sorely missed...He will be a real loss to the acting profession.”

Dunn, who leaves his wife, children and grandchildren, was born in London into a showbusiness family and started out with a number of small film roles in the 1930s before the war intervened.He served in Greece before being captured and spent four years as a prisoner of war.

After the war he resumed his career and in 1968 landed the role of Corporal Jones in the much-loved sitcom about life on the home front. The character, a World War One veteran-turned butcher, was notorious for his often rambling recollections of his time in the army and his much-used catchphrase

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g4s strippEd of prison contractG4S has lost its contract to

contract to run Yorkshire’s Wold prison, and has failed to win any of the additional prison contracts it was bidding for.

According to a report in the Independent newspaper, the firm, whose shambolic organisation of the London 2012 Olympic security led to the Armed Forces being called in to cover a lack of guards, will stop running the jail in July next year, with it returning to the public sector immediately after.

G4S has run the category C training prison, which holds up to 395 men, since it opened in 1992.

As well as losing the Wold contract, G4S also missed out on the opportunity to run Northumberland, Lindholme, Hatfield and Moorland prisons.

The competition process to run the four prisons will now move to the final

stage, with contracts likely to be awarded next spring, the Ministry of Justice said.

The three remaining bidders are Sodexo, Serco and MTC/Amey.

The MoJ said the competition process “produced a compelling package of reforms for delivering cost reduction, improvements to regimes and a working prisons model in these prisons.”

But this was not the case for G4S-run Wolds prison; Coldingley prison in Surrey; Onley in Northamptonshire, or Durham jail.

The ministry also said it has found “further and faster ways of securing future cost reductions”, with all public sector prisons “obliged to make additional efficiency savings”.

Collective savings will also be made by putting services such as maintenance and resettlement services out to competition, the MoJ

said.

Overall these changes should save £450 million over the next six years, the MoJ estimated.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The cost of running our prisons is too high and must be reduced.

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”This is a challenge the public sector must rise to. The approach I am announcing today does not rule out further prison-by-prison competitions in the future”.

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BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. The annual telethon is one of the highs of the BBC calendar and plenty of activity takes place all across the UK around this time to help raise those crucial pennies to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. However, Pudsey is busy all year round helping to make sure the money you raise goes to those who need it the most, with the vision that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential

As a result of the tremendous support CIN received from supporters last year, they’re set to have another fantastic year in 2012!OUr HIsTOryThe BBC’s first ever broadcast appeal for children was

a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1927. The response was phenomenal and it raised £1,143 18s 3d which was split between 4 prominent children’s charities.

The first televised appeal was the 1955 ‘Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal’, presented by Sooty and Harry Corbett. The Christmas Day Appeals continued on TV and radio right up until 1979, raising a total of £625,836.

The presenters included Terry Hall, Eamonn Andrews, Leslie Crowther, Michael Aspel and the rising star of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show - Terry Wogan - who made his debut appearance in 1978.

In 1980 the appeal was broadcast on BBC One in a new telethon format, hosted by Terry with Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen. The telethon was the brainchild of Mark Patterson, who went on to be the Executive Producer for nine years. It captured the public’s imagination to such an extent that the donations increased dramatically and broke the million mark for the very first time.

Terry Wogan remains the telethon’s mainstay who has been joined by a diverse line-up over the years that includes Joanna Lumley, Sue Cook, John Craven, Andi Peters, Gaby Roslin, Natasha Kaplinsky and Fearne Cotton.PUdsey BeAr...Pudsey Bear made his television debut in 1985 when

Terry introduced the new, brown cuddly mascot to the audience. He was designed by Joanna Ball, a BBC graphics designer, who named him after the West Yorkshire town where she was born. He proved very popular and returned as BBC Children in Need’s official logo the following year with his design amended to that of a yellow bear with a red spotted bandage.

In the two decades which have followed, Pudsey has received letters, drawings and e-mails from youngsters all over the UK and been photographed with more celebrities than he can remember. Apart from a party hat worn in 2004 to celebrate the telethon’s silver jubilee, Pudsey has remained very much the same. But a 2007 revamp gave Pudsey a fresh new look and brighter colours in time for the 28th annual BBC Children in Need Appeal.

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and guest appearancesThis year’s appeal night will be

the pinnacle of a vast range of programming contributing to the 2012 BBC Children in Need campaign. The biggest names in entertainment will come together to support the appeal and help to raise money for disadvantaged children in the UK.

The star-studded evening of entertainment will feature music performances from One Direction who kick off the programme, plus Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, The Script, Paloma Faith, Il Divo and Tim Minchin. Pop superstars Girls Aloud will also reunite live in the studio for the exclusive first TV performance of their much anticipated official Children in Need 2012 single entitled ‘Something New’.

Britain’s Got Talent 2012 winner Pudsey the dog will finally meet his namesake, Children in Need’s own Pudsey bear, for an exclusive dance performance extravaganza.

Around 20 of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes including Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Louis Smith, David Weir, Nicola Adams and Ellie Simmonds will be throwing shapes in their very own music video set to Basement Jaxx’s ‘Do Your Thing’ - including a special section featuring members of the 3 Day Eventing team: Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook dancing the ‘Gangnam Style’.

Strictly Come Dancing viewers’ favourites Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant will return to the dance floor on a wing and a prayer for an unmissable performance with their partners Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace.

Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will also bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion. There will also be an exclusive preview of the Call The Midwife Christmas special.

The BBC Newsreaders, Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Bill Turnbull, will be pitting their driving skills against each other in a special edition of Top Gear’s ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’. A host of comedy specials will also feature including an exclusive episode of Not Going Out with Lee Mack featuring a cameo appearance from Sir Terry Wogan himself.

The action will spread across the country, as presenter and former chorister Aled Jones leads The Choir, which once more unites

children across the UK’s nations and regions and leads a 2,500 strong chorus of young

singers in an unforgettable performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

Viewers will also get a rare treat as pop princess Kylie Minogue performs reworkings of some of her classic hits accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, filmed at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park earlier this summer. Also EastEnder Shona McGarty (who plays Whitney) will be singing an

extra special number.The evening will feature films

highlighting some of the vital work the charity is doing to change the lives of

children throughout the UK. Fearne Cotton will introduce an appeal film on bullying and

Robbie Williams will help tell the moving story of a family supported by Children in Need through a time of grief. Olympian Tom Daley will front a film about a teenage hero who has been helped by Children in Need and EastEnders actress Nina Wadia (who plays Zainab) meets a little boy whose life has been transformed by Children in Need’s “Friendship Project”.

Totaliser updates will be dotted throughout the night to keep viewers up to date with the total amount raised.

Sir Terry Wogan, Children in Need Life President says: “Children in Need as ever is graced by the presence of lovely ladies Tess and Fearne, and this year I’ll be delighted to welcome Radio 1’s morning star, Nick Grimshaw, to prop me up as the Friday appeal stretches into Saturday, and we head for what we hope will be another record-breaking total for the people’s charity. Every year of Children in Need is a shining tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the British people.’’

ChariTy ShopopenS in almerimarOn 5th November, the Charity Shop

opened in Calle Galera (Behind Bar Ankara), Almermar, after many weeks of hard work, stacking shelves and moving furniture. The Charity Shop shares premises with Ursamarine and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-2pm. All money raised goes towards helping the abandoned and rescued animals that we see around us every day. Everyone is welcome, any unwanted gifts or second-hand items are gratefully received and there is a varied selection of clothes, books, crafts etc. to buy at incredibly low prices!!

If there is anyone who would like to volunteer and help at the shop, do pop in and talk to Gill...we are open to ideas and every

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We even have dogs and puppies already vaccinated and kittens needing good homes!

Do look out for further information on our special charity events - our Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 8th December at the Stumble Inn, Almerimar.

Remember, we are not changing the world by saving one animal, but for that one animal, we have saved its whole world.

PHOTO: Elizabeth & Gill toasting the official opening!

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According to a report by the Daily Mail, in the past 20 years, the number of British children with the condition has doubled – with the sharpest increase among the middle classes.

Scientists say their findings support the theory that youngsters from wealthier families have a weakened immune system because they live in cleaner homes.

Their study examined 8,306 patients, 776 of which had some form of reaction to peanuts, and the findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy,

Asthma, and Immunology.

Lead study author, allergist Dr Sandy Yip, said: ‘Overall household income is only associated with peanut sensitisation in children aged one to nine years.

‘This may indicate that development of peanut sensitisation at a young age is related to affluence, but those developed later in life are not.’

Researchers also found that peanut allergy was generally higher in males and ethnic minorities.

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‘reVolution’ in prostate cancer treatment as scientists finD new way to slow tHe Disease

Scientists have discovered new way of slowing the growth of prostate cancer. For the first time experiments have successfully targeted the activity of non-cancerous cells which encourage the tumour to grow. By changing the way these ‘fibroblast’ cells behave, scientists were able to slow down the growth of prostate cancer in mice.

Experts say it could form the basis of ‘a revolution’ in the treatment of the disease.

Lead researcher Dr Axel Thomson, from the MRC unit in Edinburgh, said ‘This is an extremely exciting development that has the potential to form the basis of a revolution in prostate cancer treatments over time if replicated in humans.

‘By targeting the fibroblasts that control the growth of the cancer these new treatments could be both more effective and likely to lead to significantly fewer side effects.’

The research team found that turning on key genes inside ‘fibroblast’ cells in prostate tumours dramatically reduced the size of the tumours when grown in mice. Researchers funded by Prostate Cancer UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC) say the technique has great potential in humans because some of the cells used were taken from cancer patients. The fibroblasts are situated next to cancer cells and, although not cancerous

themselves, encourage the cancer to grow.Dr Thomson said ‘Our previous research identified a number of

‘puppet-master genes’ - so called because they enable fibroblast cells to control the growth of other cells during the formation of the prostate in the embryo.

‘In this follow-up study we found that activating these genes in fibroblasts in tumours enabled us to significantly reduce the growth of prostate cancer in mice.’

The findings are published today (thurs) in the science journal Disease Models and Mechanisms (must credit).

Dr Thomson said the research suggests it is possible to turn the rich conditions for growth inside the tumour into ‘inhospitable’ conditions.

He said material taken from prostate cancer patients during surgery was actually used in the research.

‘This makes it more likely that if and when we progress to research involving humans, it will work. It will take 10 years and more to bring this approach to the bedside but we believe it is an entirely different way of targeting tumour growth’ he added.

Dr Thomson said it was possible synthetic proteins could be used, possibly by infusion into the bloodstream, that would target the fibroblasts in tumour cells to slow down or even halt their activity.

The findings are part of an ongoing body of Prostate Cancer UK funded research exploring how the environment surrounding cancer cells affects tumour growth. It builds on a growing body of evidence which suggests that the non-cancerous fibroblast cells within prostate tumours could be a key target for successful treatments in the future.

Dr Rachel Macdonald, Research Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “This is an extremely encouraging development which could have positive and far reaching consequences for prostate cancer treatments in years to come. To date, most prostate cancer research has focused on exploring the cancerous cells within the tumour.

By investigating the behaviour of the non-cancerous cells which control tumour development the team has been able to make this groundbreaking discovery.

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shoppers to cut spending on expensive vitamins and other health supplements – and turn back to fruit and vegetables.

Just 35 per cent of Britons still take vitamin supplements regularly, a fall from the 41 per cent who did so in 2008, according to market analysts Mintel.

Products ranging from multivitamin pills to cod liver oil capsules are seen as an unaffordable luxury by households tightening the purse strings as the cost of living soars.

But the report found a 5 per cent rise in spending on fruit and vegetables in the past year, and a rise of almost 7 per cent in sales of functional food and drink – products artificially engineered to have extra health-giving properties.

Millions of Britons buy multivitamins as ‘health insurance’, whether or not they have a healthy diet, in the hope that it might prevent cancer or other

diseases.But research has produced

conflicting evidence on their benefits and some studies on high-dose vitamins have shown harm.

Mintel found the UK market for vitamins and supplements will be worth £385million this year, up 2.7 per cent on last year.

But this is due to price rises rather than volume, as overall consumption is declining and the amount spent is also predicted to start falling over the next few years.

Mintel senior consumer analyst Alexandra Richmond said the outlook for the vitamin market was ‘lacklustre’, explaining: ‘Cautious consumer spending, lower consumption, competition from functional foods, lack of ground-breaking launch activity and new European Food Safety Authority requirements have all hampered elevated growth rates.’

‘The outlook for the market is lacklustre, with value sales

falling in the short term.’She added that the

education of consumers in nutrition had ‘proved a double-edged sword’ for the vitamin market, as consumers increasingly turned to fruit and vegetables.

The exception to the downward trend is among the elderly – 89 per cent take supplements daily. And with Britain’s population continuing to get older, it could help give the industry cause for longer-term optimism.

Seven in ten Britons who take vitamins and supplements do so to boost health in general, with 40 per cent believing they ward off illness and 35 per cent feeling an energy boost.

Ten per cent of people take a supplement or vitamin pill because they think it will help prevent cancer.

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However, some studies of high-dose vitamins have shown they may do more harm than good.

fewer patients HaVing flu jaB tHis yearFewer vulnerable patients have been

given the flu jab this year than in 2011, according to latest figures.

According to a report in the Nursing Times, the number of people aged 65 and over who have received the vaccination this year is less than the same period last year, Department of Health figures show. And fewer under-65s considered at risk due to various medical issues have also been given the jab.

Up until the end of October, 48.9% of pensioners had been vaccinated against flu, compared to 54.8% at the same point

the previous year. And the proportion of people with health problems including diabetes, asthma and heart and liver disease who were vaccinated was 28.7%, down from 32.2% in 2011.

A DH spokeswoman said flu can be deadly for vulnerable people who are more likely to develop serious complications like bronchitis or pneumonia with the virus claiming 4,700 lives each year in England.

The likelihood of dying from flu is 11 times greater for pensioners and those with medical issues than those who are not considered to be at risk.

gps told to Boost Dementia DiagnosesUK GP surgeries will be sent ‘dementia toolkits’

and asked to improve detection of dementia as part of a new scheme championed by prime minister David Cameron.

According to a report by www.gponline.com, the toolkits will ‘better equip’ GPs to spot the condition and are one of a raft of new measures aiming to improve dementia care.

One million people will be trained in community centres as ‘Dementia Friends’ to recognise symptoms in friends and family members and to support those with the condition.

Prime minister David Cameron said society needed to be ‘more understanding’ of dementia, which affects nearly 700,000 people in England. The number affected is set to double within three decades.

In March, ministers announced memory checks would be added to the NHS Health Checks scheme from April 2013.

The GP toolkit is an information pack setting out how GPs can support patients with suspected dementia as their condition develops. It will give GPs an overview of local services and voluntary groups to which they

can direct patients.Under the latest plans, almost £10m will be

awarded to dementia research, a £50m fund will pay for adaptations to hospital wards and care homes, and education projects will run in schools. A £1m prize will be awarded to the PCT or hospital that can boost diagnosis rates by the greatest margin.

Mr Cameron said: ‘We cannot underestimate the challenge we face in dealing with dementia in our country.

‘There are already nearly 700,000 sufferers in England alone but less than half are diagnosed and general awareness about the condition is shockingly low.’

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘I want Britain to be one of the best places in Europe for dementia care.’

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘Day-to-day tasks such as going to the shop or catching a bus can become increasingly difficult for people with dementia. Without a helping hand, this can mean people are left feeling isolated, unable to be part of their community and in some cases even unable to continue living at home.’

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can also fall victim to other conditions or see existing health problems worsen as the temperature drops.

Now the clocks have gone back, we know winter is well on its way and with it comes shorter, darker days and a sharp drop in temperature and light. Just like our surroundings, the human body reacts to this change in conditions, causing the predictable health problems like colds and sore throats, but many people don’t realise that others such as acne can be worsened by the cold weather. While we’re probably prepared to do battle with coughs and sneezes, we may overlook ways to help ourselves avoid an allergy, or to help our skin and bones weather the winter.

Boost BonesThe lack of natural sunlight following this year’s summer washout could lead to an increase in

bone-related problems, according to a British Medical Association (BMA) expert. When people aren’t getting out in the sun, there’s going to be an increase in the amount of vitamin D deficiency-related illnesses. People make 90% of their vitamin D naturally from sunlight exposure on their skin. Without sunlight, the shortfall must be made up with a healthy diet and, if necessary, with supplements.

Beat saDSeasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of winter depression which affects around three million

British adults every winter between September and April. The condition is thought to be caused primarily by a biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus due to the shortening of daylight hours and the lack of sunlight in winter.

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BanisH tHe BlemisHesFor those with acne and other common skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis,

the onset of winter can be particularly unwelcome. Moving between different temperatures - the hot, dry air of air conditioned or centrally heated rooms contrasting with the biting winds of the cold outside - can aggravate skin.

Many patients find that their acne improves during the summer when their skin has been exposed to sunlight; the theory behind it is that ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the sunlight kills the bacteria beneath the skin that causes acne and therefore helps to reduce spot inflammation. Unfortunately, sunlight also contains ultraviolet (UVA, UVB) light which can damage skin and even cause skin cancer. Scientists have found that visible blue light is effective in killing the bacteria which causes acne. Blue light has been used by leading dermatologists for many years to treat acne too and these ‘blue lights’ can be purchased to help alleviate the symptoms of skin conditions during ‘less’ sunny months

cHilly DigitsRaynaud’s affects around one in 20 people and occurs when the extremities of the body, usually

the fingers and toes, change colour and may become painful on exposure to cold.Although it can be caused by stress, the condition is often linked to temperature. The small blood vessels of the fingers become narrow and sometimes other extremities such as the toes, ears and nose are affected. In many cases it may be possible to control the symptoms using self-care techniques such as avoiding the cold, wearing gloves and using relaxation techniques when feeling stressed. Sufferers with severe symptoms may need medication. Although your hands and feet are the most important, symptoms are less likely to occur if you keep your entire body warm as well, so wear layers of clothing and hats and scarves. Also think about purchasing portable heat packs, battery-heated gloves and special socks - all available online

allergy alertSnuffles, sneezes, itchy eyes and wheezing are characteristic of the summer hayfever season,

but the same symptoms can strike again due to an increase of allergens in winter. As the weather gets colder, more and more people dry their clothes over radiators or indoors; this creates more moisture in the air and the ideal conditions (hot and humid) for dust mites to thrive and populate. The fecal matter (dust) they produce is irritating to sufferers of dust allergies, causing symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes and wheezing. Moisture in the air can also lead to increased mould which can irritate breathing conditions such as asthma. Dust mites are also a common cause of skin conditions such as eczema, she points out. Additionally, because pets are indoors more, there can be a build-up of pet hair on furniture, clothes and carpets, which affects those with a fur allergy.

Keep vacuuming and air the house - if it’s not too cold outside! - and keep pets out of bedrooms and off sofas too!

stress sHifterAs Christmas looms with the necessity for preparations and pressure on budgets (as well as coping

with everyday routines), stress levels can begin to ratchet up. Stress is very common and affects both men and women, of all ages, in different ways.

Stress can have many different triggers for each individual, from money worries to family problems, as well as work or home pressures, all which can cause considerable strain on the body. Exercise and maintaining a healthy diet are crucial to maintaining a relaxed mind and body.

Rhodiola rosea has been proven as a short-term option when suffering stressful periods. Taking 200mg twice a day could help to control the release of stress hormones while improving energy and concentration levels, which can reduce symptoms of stress.

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Jobless people in the worst unemployment blackspot in Wales are being offered free spray tans to help boost their confidence.

Under the scheme in Aberdare, Job Centre staff are sending candidates for tans and makeovers at the town’s Well-being and Training Academy.

The town suffers from an unemployment rate of 9.6% - but critics have questioned whether a free fake tan is the best way of helping.

Sarah Sweeden, director of the Academy, said they were happy to give the makeover and free spray tans to genuine jobseekers.

She said: “We want to give people that extra confidence - or that Gok Wan makeover - to give people the incentive to find work.

“It will recognise those who are doing their utmost to find unemployment by giving them a beauty treatment.”

Job Centre staff will only send candidates for the treatment if they are seen to be serious about finding work. It is not paid for by the Job Centre or council.

The Academy is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to help people get back to work by improving their fitness, appearance, nutrition and confidence.

But Plaid Cymru councillor Pauline Jarman complained: “I don’t know any employer that would be impressed if you turned up tanned.

“They’d be more inclined to be impressed if you had the skills and experience to undertake the job that’s been advertised.”

new reSearch findS reScue dogS ....prefer mozart to motorheadResearch from Colorado State

University found dogs in animal shelters were less likely to bark and more likely to sleep when played the likes of Mozart or Beethoven.

Heavy metal, by contrast, was found to have the opposite effect, inducing nervous shaking and barking, and stopping the canines getting any sleep.

The findings have implications for welfare of animals in stressful environments and could lead to new guidelines for the care of dogs in shelters.

Lori Kogan, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, played different music to dogs in a shelter over the course of four months and recorded their responses.

Genres investigated included classical, heavy metal and a simplistic psychoacoustic classical composition

marketed specifically for dog relaxation.

M u s i c selections were played for 45 minutes with behav ioura l

observations recorded every 5 minutes. Each music selection was followed by a period of silence, resulting in thousands of behavioural recordings.

Compared to the control condition of no music, classical was linked to more relaxed and restful behaviour while heavy metal was linked to increased barking, shaking and less sleep time.

In a result that caught Professor Kogan by surprise, the dog-specific psychoacoustic music had only a minimal effect on the behaviour of the dogs.

Professor Kogan told Canada’s Leader Post: ‘I did thousands of behavioural assessments over a period of four months … So the likelihood that this is an error is pretty small

‘It does fly in the face of what (Pet CD advocates) talk about, which is that more simplistic music should be more relaxing. The plus side is that you can download classical music for free.’

With shelters being inherently stressful environments for most dogs the results of the

study suggest that playing classical music might help with the welfare of the animals.

Reporting the findings in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Professor Kogan and her colleagues suggest that animal shelters don’t play heavy metal because of the impact it might have on the dogs’ mental health.

‘Instead, it is suggested that shelters play classical music as a cost-efficient, practical way to enhance the environment and, therefore, the welfare of shelter dogs,’ they wrote. ‘Classical music can reduce dogs’ stress levels and potentially increase the likelihood of adoption.’

Professor Kogan plans to do follow-up studies exploring the potential for music as a way to soothe animals in veterinary clinics and for surgical

recovery.

sentenceD to cook tHanksgiVing DinnerA US judge has ordered a woman who knocked over a police

officer to make a Thanksgiving dinner as part of her punishment.Valerie Rodgers, 46, of Canton, Ohio, will have to make a roast

turkey dinner, and all the trimmings, for three police officers who are unable to work.

Judge Frank Forchione also placed her on probation for a year and said she would be jailed if she did not comply, reports CantonRep.com.

The court heard that police officer Eric Martzolf was directing traffic during the Canton Marathon when he ordered Rodgers to stop and not make a left turn. She ignored the order and Martzolf was thrown on to his back as she drove past.

Rodgers pleaded guilty to assault, failing to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, failure to stop after an accident and not obeying traffic control.

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CALCULATION OFNON-RESIDENT

INCOME TAXQ: AFTER READINg ThE ARTICLE

AbOUT ThE ObLIgATION TO pAy NON-RESIDENT INCOME TAX AND ACCEpTINg ThAT IT IS ObLIgATORy, COULD yOU EXpLAIN hOw ON EARTh ThEy CALCULATE ThE TAX DUE IF ThERE IS IN FACT NO REAL INCOME?

A. this is a frequently asked question and i am not surprised. the calculation is made in the following way: The tax office considers that your hypothetical income is 1.1% of the catastral value

of your property (you will find this on your rates bill). You are then taxed at 24,75% of the resulting figure. If you do not have a rates bill (this is frequently the case on recently built properties), then we take 1.1% of half the value on the title deed and then apply 24,75% to the resulting amount.

Please note that if what you own in Spain is only a piece of land or a property under construction, this tax is not due.

SMALL note on WeALth tAXWealth tax was abolished in Spain in 2008. Up to then non -resident has to file for

hypothetical income tax return (explained above) and wealth tax (with no minimum exempt amount).

Due to the deficit the authorities have brought back wealth tax for non-residents, but the “new wealth tax only affects you if your assets in Spain are worth in excess of 700000 Euros.”

In principle the wealth tax has only been re-introduced for the years 2011 and 2012 with the promise that it will disappear if the government deficit is under control. Wealth tax does not affect you in any way unless you have assets in Spain worth more than 700000 Euros

LEGAL CORNERWITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITORIf you wish us to print an article about a particular topic,

please e-mail [email protected]

Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.

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as any extraordinary risk resulting from a natural catastrophe, claims for damage to property and personal injury must be made to the insurance compensation consortium (ccS), a body which is dependent on the Ministry of economy and Finance. The consortium will be wholly responsible for processing claims, assessing the damage caused and paying out compensation to those affected.

in order to claim for damage to property, the customer can contact the insurance compensation consortium directly by calling 902 222 665 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. claims for personal injury or loss of profits must be presented in writing to the local office in question or by post by completing the corresponding form.

in addition, in the case of expatriate customers, Línea Directa will act as an intermediary, administrator and advisor with the public body, with an aim to speeding up the processes of compensation and repairing material damage to vehicles, which will be assessed, processed and compensated entirely by the consortium. To this end, Línea Directa has set up a helpline 902 326 326 which its customers affected by the damage can call in order to receive help and information both in english and german on the correct processes required. .

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up until August, property sales had fallen for 17 months in a row and the year on year results still show a 14.8% decrease.

Market experts, however, are no putting the increase in property sales down to an upturn in the market, insisting that is due to the fact that tax breaks for buying property will disappear in 2013 and VAt on new property will increase from 4% to 10%.

Of all the properties sold in September, 12,747 were new, a similar figure to that recorded in September 2011, and 13,238 were second-hand, 1.8% more that in the same month last year.

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are Custodians.however, The royal British Legion In Spain Mojacar Branch were without their Standard and its Bearer

Mick Coote as both had travelled to the uK to take part in the Festival at The royal Albert hall.Mick says he felt very privileged and honoured to have been able to take part in this event, as it was a

never to be forgotten experience.“It was absolutely brilliant” Mick said. “We arrived at the royal Albert hall at 7am on Saturday 10th for

rehearsals, which lasted 4 half hours. At 1.30 we returned in uniform for the 2pm performance. this was attended by members of the public and finished approx. 4pm. We returned to the royal Albert hall at 6.30pm for the performance to start at 7pm. this was attended by her Majesty the Queen and members of the royal Family The release of 1000s of poppies was most moving as was the poem by two very young children to thank all those who gave their lives for the future and freedom.”

the service was followed by a much appreciated luncheon at the Bellavista Restaurant by 63 Members and Guests.

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The UK government issued another warning against hiding assets offshore, including overseas property. If you own property in Spain but are a UK resident, you need to comply with both the UK and Spanish regulations.

As a UK taxpayer, you need to declare any rental income and gains on sale in UK and pay tax accordingly. Overseas property must be declared as part of your estate for UK inheritance tax purposes if you are UK domiciled.

Here in Spain, rental income is taxable under special regulations for non-residents. If you do not rent out the property, or when it is unlet, a notional income is deemed to arise and tax is due on this.

Capital gains on sale are taxed under the savings income regime. The net equity value of the property may currently be liable for wealth tax, and it is subject to succession tax when you die or gift it , which can be expensive for non-residents.

You do not have to pay tax twice. In the case of rental income, capital gains and succession tax you can offset the Spanish tax paid against the UK liability to avoid double taxation.

UK wArnIng The UK Treasury warned that it is going after tax dodgers

and is targeting wealthy Britons who own property abroad. It has concerns that owners are failing to declare millions of pounds of rent.

HM revenue & Customs applies sophisticated data mining techniques to public information to identify people own property abroad, and uses risk assessment tools to compare the information to that supplied on tax returns.

SpAIn The Spanish Tax Authority has linked up with the Land

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the road to nowhereafter recent government cutbacks, the future of the aguadulce/Roquetas by-pass looks far from secure; work has stopped

and doesn’t look like starting again. is there any hope for this belated project? report and photoS by martin ShortlandIf you’ve ever sat in a traffic jam

on the road between Aguadulce and Roquetas in high summer, you will no doubt have prayed for a by-pass. you will no doubt have used some choice words as well to sum up this outdated, slow and dangerous stretch of road. When the announcement was made in 2008, giving the go ahead for a multi-million euro road scheme to by-pass the area, it was warmly welcomed. It would cut out the bottle neck, ease congestion, speed up local traffic and get rid of traffic that didn’t want to be there in the first place.

The scheme was planned in two parts. Part one would take traffic off the motorway at Aguadulce using a newly constructed bridge, then skirt around the existing route towards Roquetas and the Gran Plaza complex. From there, part two would take a big loop towards Las Marinas and Vicar, with feeder

roads into the Urbanisation and other suburbs. The acquisition of land required for the second phase had yet to be completed and that is still the case.

The first signs of activity – part one - began to appear almost three years ago with the major work centred on the bridge and underpass at Aguadulce. An initial completion date had been set for early summer this year - 2012. But suddenly, when everything seemed to be going so well and completion was in sight, the work stopped and has been paralysed ever since. The Junta de Andalucia has given assurances the work will quote, “begin again as soon as possible,” but are unable to say when that might be. The Regional Administration is tight lipped about the whole scheme and when it might restart, which considering the advanced state of the project,

is somewhat worrying.

So the facts are: The pillars for the bridge are in place and only need to be connected; asphalt is required to finish the road surface and signage needs to be erected to complete the job. Other than some tidying up around the access areas, the first phase is ready to go. Except for the fact it’s all on hold and has been for six months now. The Ministry of Development has said, “We are committed to finishing works that are at an advanced stage,” but they are unable to comment if that will include the work on this particular road scheme in Roquetas.

Earlier in the year Rosalia Martin, the Regional Parliamentary Coordinator announced the project would be saved from finance cuts. However last week, in a not unsurprising governmental u-turn, she said the regional plans had

been changed by the Government to the tune of 700 million Euros, “From the overall infrastructure budget.” She went on to say, “In the current economic climate, it is hard to justify large infrastructure plans when people are out of work

and unable to eat.”

The whole story seems very confusing. But when you consider how many local, regional and governmental departments are involved, perhaps confusion is only to be expected. Another department, The Department of

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been changed by the Government to the tune of 700 million Euros, “From the overall infrastructure budget.” She went on to say, “In the current economic climate, it is hard to justify large infrastructure plans when people are out of work

and unable to eat.”

The whole story seems very confusing. But when you consider how many local, regional and governmental departments are involved, perhaps confusion is only to be expected. Another department, The Department of

Public Works has said it will finish all outstanding works nationally, if they (the works) are up to or beyond 70% completion; they say leaving works at that level of completion would result in huge financial losses. It would appear at the moment there is a big question mark over the Aguadulce/Roquetas diversion scheme. Does it fulfil the required completion percentage set out by the department of public works or not? Rosalia Martin seems unsure as to the long term future of the project and for the moment only refers to the soon to be announced government budget expenditure for the region.

Everyone is waiting for the 2013 figures to be published, the first drafts of which should be available in the next four to five weeks. Undoubtedly they will be lower than last year which will be of great concern. Of the 1.8 billion Euros set aside for Andalucía this year, only 129 million have been implemented. If that trend is reflected in the forthcoming budgets and one can only imagine that will be the case, then one wonders at the possible likelihood of this local road scheme ever reaching completion. The next few weeks will determine the outcome of what could become a very large white elephant.

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Athens hopes it has done enough to secure the next instalment of bailout money, after passing a budget for 2013 which involves large spending cuts,

Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker says there will be “no definitive decision” on Monday on the funds.

Greek PM Antonis Samaras earlier warned that without the new loan, the country would run out of money within days.

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“The basis positive, because the Greeks have really delivered,” he said.

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Greek MPs approved the 2013 budget, which includes further cuts to pensions and wages, in a vote on Sunday night.

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More than 10,000 people joined demonstrations outside Greece’s parliament to protest against the cuts.

The budget was a pre-condition for Athens to be granted a 31.5bn euro (£25bn; $40bn) EU/IMF loan necessary to stave off bankruptcy.

Greece faces a repayment deadline for 5bn euros of debt on Friday.

However, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has indicated it is unlikely that the eurozone ministers will decide on the disbursement at Monday’s meeting.

The funding will have to be approved first by some parliaments, including Germany’s

“We all... want to help Greece, but we won’t be put under pressure,” Mr Schaeuble told the weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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HSBC said it was investigating “an alleged loss of certain client data in Jersey as a matter of urgency”.

HMRC said it had “received the data and we are studying it”.

“We receive information from a very wide range of sources which we use to ensure the tax rules are being respected,” the tax authority said.

“Clamping down on those who try to cheat the system through evading taxes and over-claiming benefits is a top priority for us, and we value the information we receive from the public and business community.”

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According to the Daily Telegraph, the tax authorities have obtained details of “every British client of HSBC in Jersey” based on information provided by a whistle-blower this week.

It is reported that the 4,000 offshore account holders include a well-known drug dealer living in Central America, bankers who face allegations of fraud and a man once dubbed London’s “number two crook”.

BBC business editor Robert Peston said: “It is really quite difficult to tell from this disclosure whether or not this is an example of HSBC yet again having, shall we say, laxer or weaker controls over who it

investigation to be shown to be particularly lax in their controls.”

Earlier this year, a US Senate report alleged that staff at HSBC’s global operations had laundered billions of dollars for drug cartels and terrorists in a “pervasively polluted” culture that persisted for years.

The report detailed how HSBC’s subsidiaries cleared suspicious travellers’ cheques worth billions, and allowed Mexican drug lords to buy planes with money laundered through Cayman Islands accounts.

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always continue the climb. it is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than

ourselves to do it. ella wHeeler wilcoX

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Huercal Overa

ALBOX

CUCADOR

La Vida

La Alfoquia

Zurgena

ARBOLEAS

We are here

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Thursday 15Th november

To book a sTall conTacT us now!950 634 562 or email [email protected]

crafT, healTh & beauTyauTumn fayreauTumn fayre

clairvoyant ~ Tarot card Readings

come early to book your session!

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per Una & m&S ClothingNeW SToCk: CHriSTmaS parTy DreSSeS

almeria angelsTibetan Silver Jewellery

Uk FashionChinese & indian Spices

psychic artist ~ Stone SculptureHome accesoriesNail extentions

Unique Gift ideasCandu Computing

Crystals & precious StonesUk Branded Sweets

Homemade pies & Cakesangel Gifts & Candles

Homemade Jams & pickles

TelepHoNe: 950 634 562

10am-3pm

RetreatOpen 10am-2pm

toDay!!

fooD news iconic sHake anD salt-style crisps

giVen a fiery makeoVer witH sacHet of jalapeno cHilli

Everyone remembers the potato crisps with a mini blue sachet of salt.They were a lunchbox staple and the perfect

afternoon snack.And now, one of Britain’s most loved and

iconic food innovations has been given a fiery modern day makeover.

Crisp lovers can now buy a bag of crisps with an added condiment bag – of scorching jalapeno chilli pepper seasoning.

The crisps, made exclusively for Tesco and called Finest Hand Cooked Hot Jalapeno Chilli, have been launched at more than 400 branches of the supermarket chain.

Tesco crisp buyer Lee Bannerman said: ‘Putting a small sachet of salt in a bag of plain crisps was a brilliant idea when it was launched in the 1920s that is still really popular today.

‘However, our tastes have changed since then as a result of the different spicy cuisines that are now popular in Britain such as Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican.

‘Sweet chilli flavoured crisps have been around for more than 10 years

but we believe that Customers are now ready for something hotter.

‘The good thing about these crisps is that you can completely control just how hot you want to make them, depending on how much you use.’The premium hand cut crisp market has developed into a business worth an

annual £230 million since launching in Britain about 10 years ago.Tesco Finest Hand Cooked Hot Jalapeno Chilli crisps will cost £1.39 per 150g

packet - it won’t be long before our beloved British food shops are stocking them here too!

CUCaDorla idarestaurant&venuev

delicious menu and a great selection wine, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, plenty of comfort and leg room.

waitress service with a smile.enjoy stunning views of olive groves and mountains.

fisH of tHe Dayoption

also aVailaBleBooking aDVisaBle

12.30pm - 5pm

traditional sundaYlunchsundaYlunch

open every day 12pm - Late

Tel: 950 634 [email protected] Huercal Overa

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La Vida

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Zurgena

ARBOLEAS

We are here

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book the venue

For your Private Parties, weddings and Birthdays etc.

beer-battered cod, homemade

chips & peas

fridaYs

from5.95€

in theBar

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menu de la noche

2 CoURSeS 10.95€

wed-sat 6:30-9:30pm

great valuemenu changes weeklY

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our main menu includes 16oz steaks mixed grill

fresh fish & salmon

plus

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6 course, home-cooked

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BASKet meAl FRom 5€menu del nocheavailable in the

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Don’t forget to call our sales team for great

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OUT & ABOUT...

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www.beachcombermojacar.comtel: 950 473 099

Free WiFi

sundaY roast 3 COuRSE - €10.50

MAin coUrse - €7.50

regular tribute shows

see website for details

Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover

Bar open 10am - LATEFood served ALL DAy

from 10.30amLast orders 10pm

menu of tHe Day

menu of tHe nigHtmenu of tHe Day

menu of tHe nigHt3 courses €10

3 courses €11.50

RestauranteAlbox

Tuesday - saturday 7.30pm - late. sunday 2pm - 6pmClosed monday. call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm

Find us across the old bridge from Palza mayor albox, opp Bar wassy

CHrIsTmas eVe3 Courses with Canapès & Cava on arrival

InCLudInG CaraFe oF wIne & BoTTLe oF waTerBooKInG essenTIaL!

new Year - fullY booked

La Cena25€

Opening Hours 12:30-9pm Tues-SatOpposite Iceland Car Park,VeraTel: 663 440 329 www.thechippyvera.com

Traditional Takeaway

Fish &Chips

2 x Cod or Haddock & Chips only 10€

2 x Pie & Chipsonly 7€

More offers available: Please Come In & See Us for Details

2 x Sausage or Savaloy or Chicken Nuggetsor Fish Cakes & Chips - only 5€

Saturday Night Meal Deals

Petrol Station

◄ Albox

Baza/Fines ►

Meson de irene

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→ → → → →

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→ open monday to saturday 7am ‘til late sunday 9am - 4pm

Booking recommendedspanish speaking 950 430 145english speaking 647 730 103

P o l I G o N o I N d u s t r I a l a l b o x , N e a r t h e I t V G a r a G e

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sundaY roasTmenu deL dIa

4 courses with bottle of esTeroast Lamb shoulder & Pork Knuckle, roast

Potatoes & Vegetables

Lunch 1pm - 4pm

menu deL dIa4 Courses with wine & Coffee Included - mon to sat inclusiveLunch 1pm - 4pm dinner 7pm - 10pm

new CoVered smoKInG TerraCe

Vegetarian menu available

Childrens menu available

Free wIFI

aLL nIGHTs...Grilled 14oz entrecote Beef steak

16oz T-Bone steakslow roast shoulder of Lamb

TradITIonaL CHrIsTmas

LunCH5 Courses

ONLY 35€ pp(booking essential)

HaVe your cHristmas

party witH usour usual night time menu

including roasT LamB and roasT PorK

early booking essential

Welcome StrangerRestaurante, LimariaMenu of the Evening, 3 courses 9.95€

including a drinkA la Carte from 6.50€ for a main courseMenu of the Day 7.75€ including a drink

Wednesday Lunch, Midweek Roast, Beef or Pork & Tea or Coffee €5Thursday and Friday Steak Night 7.95€

Lunch-time Menu from 5€Sunday Lunch 5€ or 3 course 9.75€

ESTABLISHED 7 yEARS 950 432 719

tHe crazy cow cafeFood cooked with love

tel: 697 465 620 email: [email protected] thecrazycowcafe

we are oPPosITe PLaYa BLanCa, moJaCar PLaYaSee YoU there XX

All food freshly cooked to orderyou will not be disappointed!

new MenU With all your old favourites

kitchen Open From 12 noon to 6.30pmWinter Opening times

tues - Sat 11am - late Sun 12noon - 4pmClosed Monday

privAte pArties cAtered For

The Irish RoverThe Irish RoverYour No1 Entertainment Venue in Mojacar for All the Family

showbar & restaurant

telephone: 950 473 135 Mojacar playa between Lua & Moma Beach

open 10am till late

Bee Gees triBute thursday 29th november

tickets 15€ includes carvery ticket only 10€

The best party on the PlayaNEw YEArs EVE

Whitney Houston Tributetickets 35€

inc hot & cold buffet. cava & grapes at Midnight. Disco till the Early hours

6 6 7 9 1 9 0 2 5

Open Monday - Friday 8am til late Saturday & Sunday 9am til late

Café Bar

LA ALFoquiA, ZuRGenA

liVe music witH

now sHowing

Horse racing

Daily

Brian Dee fri 16 tH no V

eVery tHursDayBingo or

eyes Downfor tHe laDies

liVe Dog racing

for tHe menfisH & cHips sunDay roast5€

The IRISH ROVER on Mojacar Playa serves the Full English Breakfast from 10am – 1pm. 8 items €4.95 or 14 items €6.95! includes tea, coffee or orange juice on a large sunny terrace with fantastic views over the sea. Sundays is the Famous Irish Rover carvery, 3 meats, 7 fresh veg served 1 – 5pm plus a fun quiz. Friday Special: Get that Friday Feeling and come along to the Irish Rover and enjoy Fresh Cod & Chips for a fantastic price of just 4.95€ Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Day Lunch, 3 course carvery lunch at the fantastic price of €20 per person and just €12.50 for children up to 10 years old. Call in for our Christmas lunch menu and for reservations call 950 473 135.

Cliff & Julie have owned and run THE WELCOME STRANGER RESTAURANT & BAR in Limaria, Arboleas for 7 years and pride themselves in top quality food and service at this hidden gem in the valley of Limaria. They offer classic choices with innovative twists, vegetarian options, all dishes are made on the premises. There are outside terraces available to dine on or to simply enjoy a refreshing drink. Steak Specials Nights on Thursday & Friday with rump steak, homemade chips, peas, mushrooms & tomatoes for just €7.95! The menu of the night and the a la carte menus are available EVERY evening. They also do an extremely

popular Sunday lunch (see main ad for more details), bookings advisable and now offer a mid week roast too on a Wednesday – choose between beef and pork for just €5! They are closed for one day TODAY, 10th October, but for more info and to reserve a table call 950 432 719.

LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment they are serving a superb Menu Del Noche where you can choose from a choice of 3 starters, 5 mains and 3 deserts. They also offer an alternative to the Sunday lunch, a Sunday Sizzler at just €8.95 per person, with a carafe of wine per couple included! If any of this has wetted your appetite, call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today!

At The Beachcomber on Wednesday 21st November, it is Tribute night, featuring ‘Simply Maria’, performing ‘Blonde’ and ‘Dusty Springfield and the Miss 60’s show’. Maria doesn’t need any introduction to many who know her as ‘Dusty Springfield’. In her 1st set she will delight us with her wonderful voice and sing the songs she loves most. In her 2nd set she will give us her tribute to Dusty Springfield and other 60’s girls. Maria’s 3rd set will get many on the dance floor with her tribute to the fantastic Blonde. There are still some tickets available, so don’t delay, call us now and reserve your table on 950 473 099.

The Crazy Cow Bar/Cafe on Mojacar Playa - have a New Menu available.They are still serving old favourites such as Fishcakes,Smoked fish in cream sauce and Cottage pie. Some newcomers are Mixed seafood spaghetti, Vegetarian rice and Chicken and mushroom bake, most of our menu is gluten free. If you would like G.F Spaghetti please call and give notice and they will be happy to cook it for you. Please go along and graze on a selection of their mini meals.You wont be disappointed ... Just ask your friends. FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL 697 465 620 . Great venue for Private Functions.

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(no siesta)La Alfoquia - Zurgena

great food at great prices

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tel: 633 684 855

sunday lunch served 2 - 6pmchoose from Beef, pork or

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open Everyday 9.30am - 11pm (except Monday) Kitchen open 9.30am - 4pm, 7 - 11pm

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cookingtips

Whizz your ingredients in a food processor for a few seconds — the quantities are one egg to 55g (2oz) of plain flour and 150ml (¼ pint) of milk or milk and water mixed, with a pinch of salt to serve two.

Leave the batter to stand in the fridge for 30 minutes so it swells, to give a lighter pudding.

Heat the fat (vegetable oil or dripping) in the tin in the oven. Then put the tin on a medium heat on the hob and pour in the

cold batter.

Bake in the oven at 220c/400f for 20-30 minutes for small puddings, 35-40 minutes for larger ones.

Don’t take them out

until they are really crisp, and don’t open the door until at least five minutes into cooking time.

They can be kept warm for half-an-hour in a low oven, or frozen for up to a month, then reheated.

send your cooking tips

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new team • new look • new menuFrom 9am TIL LaTe mon - saT

@950 120 718 / 610 641 [email protected]

All Day Breakfast from 9amIncludes FREE Tea or Coffeebar menu, snacks & home-made puddings Including Burgers, Lasagne, Omelettes, chilliHome-Made Hand Cut Chips..

menu del dia

2 courses every day 12-3 except fridays

only 5€

BP Garage

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coD ‘n’ cHips - friDaysBeer-battered Atlantic Cod, Homemade Chips, Mushy or Garden Peas…Friday 12 - 9pm, Saturday 12 - 4pm 5.95€

from

albox

sunDay luncHes 12.30 - 5pm

950 120 718

Delicious sunday lunchesTopside of beef & Yorkshire puddingroast Pork with crackling and apple saucetender roast chicken with stuffinglocal grown potatoes , seasonal vegetables & gravyA glass of house wine, tubo of beer or a coffeestarters and homemade puddings 2€ eachto book a table please call

only6.95€

to include afree drink

friday & saturday eveningsrestaurant open 6pm-9pm - new menu now available!

telephone 950 469 185 on the way to Serena, just past Bedar fountain

new years eve 40€ a head

4 course meal with cava & canapes

Boxing day Buffet 25€ a head

to include Bucks Fizz or a Bloody Mary

closed sunday evening & all day Monday

you have tried the rest, now come & try the best!

RestaurantLafuente

bedar’’’’SbeST kePT SeCreT!

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Marley’sSituated behind the Tabacos

Opening Times: Monday closedTues - Fri: 10am - closeSat & Sun: 10am - close

Playa Serena

weekends

served 10am - 2pm (Tues - sat)10am - 12pm (sunday)

breakfastsBest in town

Please call Shell on 722 781 631 or Steve on 679 703 513 For any orders or bookings

homemade pies and desserts

sausage rolls - €1.20all Individual - €1.80all Large - €8.00all medium - €5.50

Choose from:

(Take away - 24hrs notice)

• steak• steak &ale• steak & Kidney• Chicken & mushroom• mince & onion

• meat & Potato• apple Pies• Bakewell Tarts• Lemon meringue

also available - quiches & celebration cakes

all sports sHown liVeespn and sky sports

Friday - Fish night 7pm - 10pmsunday - roast served from1pm - 6pm (voted best in town)(Booking advisable)

Choice of beef, pork or chicken.Lamb served 2nd and last sunday of each month!!!

tapasserved 12 noon - 5pmsnacks available all day

Burty’s BArBurty’s BAr

sPanish lessons - all levels - now tuesday at 12noon 5€

snacks aVailaBle all Day

tapas serVeD from 1pm - close

PLaYa serena, roQueTas de marCaLL 679 156 715 mon - THurs From 11amFrI and sun 11am - 6Pm. CLosed saTurdaY

sunday lunCh sPeCial €5.95 booking essential

eVery tHursDay

quiz 2.15pm prompt followeD By Bingo

tuesDay Bingo 2.30pm

Huge sunny terraceanD spacious Bar

neXt taBle top sale sunDay 25tH noVemBer

please Book to reserVe taBle

anglican cHurcH cHristmas carol serVice

traDitional treatseVery tHursDay 6pm - 8pm

ask in tHe Bar for Details

tHursDay 20tH DecemBer 11.30am

tel: 659 683 447 www.newyorknewyork.es opposite the plAyA lUnA hotel

winter hourswinter hours be a part of it

be a part of it

mondaY - saturdaY 12 noon - 4pm & 7pm - closesundaY : carverY 2pm - 7pm thursdaYs - closed

tapas served day and night

turkeY & tinselsaturday 15th decembergoing away for christmas? why not get together with friends for a christmas meal?€12.95 per person

new Years evegala buffetCarved meat & fish etc 15.95€

wackY wednesdaYstubo, wine, soft drink 1€mini meals 1€ 12pm - 4pm, 7pm -10pm

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Services include Key Holding, Maintenance, Furniture Packs,

cleaning & Laundry, Apartment & Post-box Checks

property management Sales & rentals

Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 [email protected] www.enviapropertyservices.com

RoQuEtAs dE MAR

la GrappaAuthentic Italian Restaurant• pizzas• Fresh pastas• Fresh Fish• argentinian BBQ’d Food

on The Terrace

open 12 - 4pm7 - 12.30am

av. playa Serena, 37roquetas de mar950 334 188609 337 316

to reserve your tableeVerY

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your news & your Views...

senD [email protected]

WantedEvEnts for our rEadErsIf you own a bar or restaurant

then soltimes let know whatevents you have coming up...

email: [email protected]

next door to zurimar 678 202 160open 10am - late (Closed Tuesday) Free wI-FI

Tapas BarTapas Barestampaestampa

Spacious sunny outdoor

terrace seating 24

SKY TV

Tapas/snacksenglish Breakfast

Fish & ChipsCoffees & CakesCocktails/sangria

bar southern.................................... Every Thursday Bingo 3pmLast Saturday of the month - Jackpot Money Quiz 8pm1st Friday of Month: Ladies Do Lunch! from 2pm (Menu del Dia 7€)

burtYs bar........................................Tuesday - 12 noon Spanish Lessons& 2:30pm BingoThursdays - Quiz 2:15pm followed by BINGOTable Top Sale - Sunday 25th November

bar spinnaker...................................Tuesday - Bingo 3pmWednesday - Steak 7.50€, Quiz 9.30pmFriday - Fish and Chips all day 5€Saturday - Curry Meal with small wine 7.50€ Sunday - Sunday Roast 1pm - 6pm

chaplins pub.....................................Opening Hours:Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - lateFriday - Sunday 1pm - lateWednesday: Rib Night Friday: Chip Shop Day - Fish’n’Chips etc served from 1pm, Quiz NightSunday - Sunday Lunch served until 8pmTEL: 950 335 022

la bodeguina.....................................is now a drop in centre for any donations for the Mojonera Dog SanctuaryThursday Night - BBQ

ladY laY..............................................Tuesday Night - Curry Night

revita natural health and relaxation centre.......................... Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Tai Chi - Tuesday & Thursday 10am Yoga - Sunday 9pmBelly Dancing - Wednesday

Y da wakes.........................................Monday 8:30pm BingoCLOSED 21ST NOVEMBER - 15TH DECEMBER

DaNCe ClaSSeS GOING STRONG!The Latin And Ballroom classes held at Playa

Serena Golf Course are going strong. There are two classes a week, on a Tuesday morning 10.30am to 11.30am and from 4th October the Thursday evening class will move to the slightly earlier time of 6pm to 7pm. If you are interested in Strictly Come Dancing or you have always wanted to learn, come along and have a go. You can be sure of a very warm welcome and have great fun in the process, all for just 4 euros per person per class.On Tuesday 13th November at 2pm there will be

a Lunch Dance with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal. So if you would like to learn for this event or just brush up on what you already know come along to class. Paul and Caroline will be there to guide through the whole process. Look forward to seeing you soon...Email: [email protected] 618483791

senD your BirtHDay & anniVersary greetings to [email protected]& we’ll print tHem free of cHarge!

Cristina - Erika Diez MentzelABOGADA - LAWyER

Tel: 950 33 68 61 Fax: 950 33 68 62email: [email protected]

C/ Pombal, 11 - Las Marinas04740 ROqUETAS DE MAR, (ALMERIA)

conveyance - litigation inheritance - Divorce

wills - mortagage mattersnon resident taxes

mini hollYwood Tabernas, Carretera National 340km,

Desierto de Tabernas, AlmeriaOpen 12:00 - 18:00

TEL: 950 365 236 / 950 362 884

A simuLATED WiLD WEsT TOWNThere are daily shows of Wild West scenes, some outside depicting shoot-outs and a

hanging (not a real one!) some inside with dancing and bar scenes.

There is a museum, a photo gallery with costumes available for customers to wear for their souvenir photos shoot, restaurants, a

train for transport around the quite extensive zoo, there is a big swimming pool and a

playground for the children.

THE ROyAL BRiTisH LEgiON ROQuETAs DE mARPOPPy gOLF TOuRNAmENTOn Friday 2nd November, 30 members and guests played a Stableford Competition at the Playa Serena Golf Club in Roquetas, to raise funds for this year’s Poppy Appeal. All the prizes were donated by various organisations and members of the RBL, These organisations will be named in a “thank you” article at the end of the year, together with the amounts raised. The prizes were presented by the Director of the Playa Serena Golf Club, Francisco Javier Martin, and the overall winner was Susanne Birkenholz. During the group photograph the Chairman, Mike Hickman, presented Javier with the RBL Roquetas de Mar Branch pennant.

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Drainage SolutionS

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966

• emergency Drain Cleaning • High pressure Water Jetting• CCTv Surveys• Drainage repairs• location of Cesspits• Qualified Engineer• expert reports

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Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc.

sales & Repairs on-site callout /

tuition.consumablesAlbox, Almeria

Tel: 950 120 900

alternatiVe energy

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Airport, social & shopping

run.Telelephone 663 429 521

airport serVices

www.aaparking.estel: 639 081 067

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newservicing / repairs

air-con

HoBBy/crafte L a I n e ’ s wooLs quality UK wool & accessories. Come & view my display Also available at Camposol, Mazarron Call 667 273 889 elaines [email protected]

KnowLes & aBBoTT No.1 for

electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air

UK satellite systems.

950 137 208 638 010 691

electrical

for sale

BaBy Hire

gardening

potty finca servicespotty finca services

ring John on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930

ProFessIonaL Tree FeLLInG & PrunInG,

including all types of palm trees

strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting

Spanish Registered. Logs Available

everythinG For the visiting baby car

seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc

tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 [email protected]

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a

free no obligation quote

tel: 627 907 207www.solshaders.net email: [email protected]

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(rambla de oria)all types of Building work undertaken inc plumbing & electrics

tel: 609 421 734 (spanish)tel: 696 052 044 (english)

Drainage

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C a r L o s s a L I e n T e PLumBInG & heating for solar pool heating, solar hot water installations and repairs. call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email [email protected]

cash payment waiting for all your unwanted goods,

also business stock liquidations carried out

call cash & carrY clearances

tel: 618 725 567 or 619 773 582

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neaTer HeaTer See our main ad on the news pagesCarLos (saLIenTe) PLumBInG & HeaTInG services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.comTel: 968 969 962

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deadline 5pm Friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332

Bar & resTauranT VILLa & PooL

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equipment & furniture €250 per week

established 7 yearsFor further info Call 950 432 719

• pool construction• pool makeovers &

repairs• proJect management• all building

proJects & reformsMat Murray 647 841 [email protected]

established in spain for 14 yearsfully legal

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Contact: 675 838 808

only100€

cleaning of septic tanks• emptying of Septic tanks & cesspits, with high pressure cleaning• Small unblockages of pipes & drainage

Pool Cleaning & water Tanks

Business opportunity

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insurance

cHimney sweepsammY sweep

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covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839

4 Installation of fibreglass septic tanks

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950 091 109 or 648 768 587

licensed pozo/cesspit emptYing

construction

ELECTRICIANNeil

Godwin25 years experience

Full City & GuildsFully

insured & legal

Boletins supplied

Tel : 687 245 569

T r a n s L aT o r English, Spanish French, Swedish D o c u m e n t s , Notary, Court, Legal Tel: 646 844 708 www.4way connections.webs.com

legalneed HeLP with NIE / Residencias, C a d a s t r e , P r o p e r t y Conveyanc ing , New Building D e c l a r a t i o n s , Notary, Wills etc Tel: 646 844 708 www.4way c o n n e c t i o n s .webs.com

T & T meTaLs For all quality metal works,

including gates, railings, rejas,

staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing - Tel:

950 431 738

thE MEtAl WORkS Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/roller, rejas,

concertina doors etc. tel: keith Wood on 638 900 949

metal works gates, rejas,

fabriction welding reliable service

telephone950 069 208 or

638 449 [email protected]

iron/metal works

tel: 950 120 077Mob: 625 435 050 / 615 396 056

now exhibiting at los llanos market,

arboleas everY saturdaY

tel: 950 121 [email protected]

glenn & JaYneFormerly of Knights Insurance,

C / malaga, albox... are now exclusive

agents for libertY seguros

same people - same great serVice - Differeent name

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration [email protected]

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

md air-Conditioning& refrigeration s.L.

City & Guilds Fully QualifiedF-Gas Certified

25 years sole experience in Air Conditioning & Refrigerationmd

not a jack of all traDesfor all your installation or service

requirements including our latest offers Telephone

607 364 917 or 950 432 110 email: [email protected]

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House clearances

eleganthomes

realiSe THe DreampROpERTy DAMAgED by

ThE RECENT FLOODS?ThEN, LET OUR

PRofEssIonAL constRuctIon tEAM hELP you!

call Mike on 687 629 777or email: [email protected]

Drainage cont...

locksmitHphil the pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

load of small or big Olive logs, no roots €160

load of mixed Olive some roots €140

load of eucalyptus, no roots €150

All loads 2 tonnes Arboleas &

surrounding areasCall lee on 636 092 632eliteplanthire@hotmail.

co.uk

logs

albox & surrounding areas tel: 634 328 779

phil DeliversLoGs

Gravel & all Building materials

If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space

on pg 16, please email [email protected]

THe House CLearInG sPeCIaLIsT

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C o o K e r Hood 150€ Nordor Sirocco 90 cms wide NEW cost over 400€ Arboleas Tel 663 663 743L a n e Y rITCHer rB8 300 waTT Bass ComBo

a m P L I F I e r Brand new. An award winning amplifier, new 460€, this one for sale at 300€. Genuine reason for sale. Tel: 693 753 327 Saliente.Y a m a H a erB070 4

string bass plus yamaha practice amp, strap and gig bag. Immaculate condition with very little use from new. Never gigged this is a quality i n s t r u m e n t . Current list price in excess of 300€. Accept 170€. Tel: 693 753 327 Saliente.

logs

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opticiansoPTICa aLBoX All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991

woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery

arboleasSmall friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged,

welcome to viewministry approved

tracy Mobile650 211 952

plumBing

numBer plates

painter / Decorator

KnowLes & aBBoTT

no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH,

solar hot water and water deposits.

Telephone 950 137 197 or 606

807 797

no need for kennels or cattery,

Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & surrounding areas. call Vanessa on

637 061 482 not just cats & dogs,All other types of pets

considered

“re-plate”mate

Don’t take a chance!Don’t break the Law!

Let us take the hassle away from you and

re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates

WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION

For a full service contact:

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e

gb

cArlos sAliente Plumbing and heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65

– aguafuerte is not the answer!

call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email

[email protected]

B r I T I s H PLasTerer All work guaranteed Tel Paul 634 327 201

plasterer

painting &decorating

• 35 years experience• guaranteed to beat any quote• quality work guaranteedtel alan:950 450 174 or600 268 176

a&e TaYLor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080

PaLomIno KenneLs Exclusive boarding kennels/cattery Tel: 950 067 051r&r serVICes Pet transportation, licensed by Junta de Andulucia, DEFRA approved vehicle Tel: 686 140 034

personal

frienDly mare 9 years olD

14.3hh/1.50m500€

telephone 678 838 547

my PLACE OR yOuRsDog & Horse sitting service

Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sittingGoing away? Let us take care of your

pets, either at your home or ours. Dogs kept in house or kennels.

Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox.

Tel: 607 554 [email protected]

SPAiN uk SPAiN reMovAls

Friendly Reliable ServiceFully legal

Special deals from uk - SpainOffice: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

[email protected]

Storage available, based “los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire”

Call now 0034 620 049 524 (Es)

00 44 794 3135 214 (uk)[email protected]

dAve’s trAnsport

SPAiN/uk/lOCAl

7.5 ton, lorry Part loads,

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House Move Professional,Friendly & Caring

Fully Insured, Scheduled Monthly Door to Door [email protected]+44 (0) 1582 499 836+44 (0) 7977 754 389

large vanremovals / deliveries

spain - ukfull or half loads

collections e.g from ikeatel mick: 950 122 447

mob: 620 475 218

M&D transport

arBoLeas. First floor flat overlooking the rambla. Four bedrooms, lift access nice views, central location, part furnished. 300€ pcm long term preferred. Available immediately 609 199 394

property for rent & sale

plot of land of 800m2 & villa 125m2

brick built up to & inc roof Wonderful location & exceptional views yet 5 mins to town with all

amenities. Fully legal with escritora must be viewed

Bargain price 65,000€ To view or for more details

609 199 394

f o r s a l e

ApArtment to rent

In Los menCHones

near zurGena Ground Floor, 1 Bed, Lounge, Satelitte TV, Diningroom,

Suit Couple or Single

175€+ bills per month

Tel: 950 449 074 or 634 368 071

satellite/teleVision

a1 skY television

sYstems

satellite TV installations,

alignment of dishes etc.

also spanish“freeview”systems

supplied & installed

Tel dave: 628 607 778

situations Vacant

storage rooms for rent, 5 square

metres to 15sqmetres,

roquetas de mar urbanisation.

from 5€ a week.tel: 650 038 251

storage

pets section

painter & decorator

giVe your property or Business a fresH look tHis noVemBer

Tel: 649 186 107 or email [email protected]

over 25 Years experience

only €160,000

this is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas,

kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop,

courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain

views. possible B& B

for sale massiVe DetatcHeD cortijo witH 50m2 worksHop

20mins from mojacar

Build 256 m², terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²TeLePHone 649 186 107Email for more info at [email protected]

remoVals cont...

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call tony onSpanish mobile 699 819 213 english mobile 07976928053

English office: 0044 121 355 0005Email: [email protected]

StORAGE FACilitiES AVAilABlE iN SPAiN & uk

now CoVerInG maInLand sPaInCommerCial & maJor reTail

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vera playa YounG PreTTY GIrLs

with Barbie Bodies 90-60-90 French, Brunettes & Columbians

24 HoUrS • STripTeaSeTel: 687 891 515

spanisH lessons witH Victoria

for info call on 950 472 590 or e-mail: victoriaspanishteacher

@gmail.com or visit:www.

victoriaspanishteacher.villadeturre.com

tuition

reDuceD €39,950

apartmentfor sale

cortiJ0 grande golf course

1 bed, 1 bath apartmentfully fitted kitchen,

white goods, parking,lovely views. Ideal golfing

holiday apartment. Close to Mojacar / Turre. t: 664 291 793

[email protected]

“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive”

spanish • Blondeslim • curvy

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swimming pool heatingtitAnUiM swiMMinG pool heAt pUMp

For pools approx 8m by 4m2495€ INC Installation

this unit uses only 1.7kw input power!

oFF Grid systeMs For hoMes with no electricity3kw systems from 6495€5kw systems from 7495€7kw systems from 8995€

At ecocorp we do not just sell you a system we deliver, intall & guarantee everything for up to 10 years

solar power systems

tel: 671 716 597

solar power system

(0034) 667 235 205 (sp)(0044) 7850 575862

pet taxitrAvellinG in Air conditioned vehicle

delivered to doorPEtS StAy iN PEt FRiENDly hOtElS. AccoMpAnied trAvel AvAilAble

sKY dIGIBoX Pace with sky card

BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 & 5. 60€

Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205Large 2-bed

comfortable flat for immediate let,

200mtrs Mojacar Beach.

Minimum 3 months. 350€per

month + Bills.Or long term. No pets, no smokers.

Tel. 950 475 410.

neaTer HeaTer

See our main advert

on the news pages

personal cont...

Class one drivers required

Class One HGV Drivers required for UK work. Working for Blue-chip companies in

the Midlands area. Requirements: Must have driver card

(didgi). No more than 6 points on licence, age 25+ Must be prepared to work

weekends / shift patterns Accommodation and flights arranged. Average earnings per

week £750.00 to £1000 Self-employed Flexible work patterns suit for

example 3 weeks on 10 days off back home.

For application and more information email: [email protected]

swimming pool safety

your property will appear and be seen by almost 55,000

sol times readers!

for just 10€ per week!

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call paulettetoDay on 950 121 936or 902 750 190 ext 330

staBlesranCHo Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

urcal 2 bedroom casita

furnished, fully fitted kitchen with white goods, log burner,

fenced garden with shed 300€ pcm ring lynn on 666 281 323

hi my name is slimI was abandoned at the

Dog hotel and never collected. I’m a really

friendly boy who gets on with other dogs.

I would make you the most loyal companion.

D.o.B 01/07/2010come meet me soon at

the the Dog house.call Paul on: 626766073 or e-mail thedoghse@

hotmail.comespañolas enlace:

Veronica 608858318

hi my name is Prince harryI am small /medium sized &

approx 12 months old.I’m very playful, good with

other dogs & children.I’m in good health & house trained. I would make an

excellent family dog & I have lots of love to give.

call paul if you would like to meet me on:

626 766 073 or email [email protected]

españolas enlace: Veronica 608 858 318

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urgentlY required english & spanish caravans,

cars, motorhomes & vans anY condition we collect!

throughout spain

tel: 636 411 540 or 664 619 819

neeD quality new parts for any carfor sensible prices on all parts clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits

starter motors, Headlights

free quote go online or pHone

car parts

www.carpartsinspain.com or telepHone 692 930 326

mecHanics

wanteD

motoring section

Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of

Life Treatment facility.Certificates Issued

Also buyers of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM,

LEAD, STAINLESS STEEL

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

JT METALRECYCLING

House & garDen clearances, skips

supplieD

WANTED CARS, VANS, LORRIES,TRACTORS, TRAILERS,PLANT MACHINERYSpanish or English

we also take friDges, wasHing

macHines, microwaVes, all electrical

appliances

now fully operational in tHeregions of almeria & murcia

car parts

for sale

mIKes moBILe

meCHanICs all types of service, repair & ITV testing

Fully qualified & legal with over

35 years experience ring mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974

[email protected]

motorhomes for sale & wanted urgentlyMotorhome & caravan

Insurance arrangedMotorhomes & caravan repairs & spares

All vehicle imports, ITV & matriculations

Tel: 950 047 033 or 687 845 730

motorHomesto aDVertise in tHe classifieD section call paulette on: 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 eXt 332

Registered 2009, immaculate condition. large topbox and transfer incl. Albox area.

tel Shaun on 610 324 666

125cc lifan Heritage cruiser

950€

GRAND CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR & FETEVERA HOTEL, SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER, 10AM - 3PM

The Vera Hotel (on the A1200 in Vera - just up from Iceland) will be hosting a Grand Christmas Craft Fair & Fete in the car park on

Sunday 2nd December from 10am – 3pmStalls and Fun for all the Family

With over 50 stalls selling a multitude of craft items, the organisers, the Vera & District Lions Club, are also planning their own stall selling

hot mulled wine, homemade mince pies and hot roasted chestnutsCarol Concert ~ Santa’s Grotto ~ Face Painting Bouncy Castle

Best Dressed Santa’s Helper (for the under 10’s)Best Christmas Hat Competition (Traditional & Fun)

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE....A spokesperson for Vera & District Lions club said “Our intention is to make

this a fun day out for all the family, with proceeds going to local good causes. On the day we hope to be making an announcement of a substantial donation

to one of our local charities” The Vera Hotel are helping out by putting on a special 3 Course Sunday Lunch Menu del Dia + Drink for just 12 Euros per person (Full Menu to be announced

soon). Bookings for the lunch should be made direct to the hotel by calling 699 856 128 or email [email protected]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stall HoldersAnyone wishing to have a pitch should contact Adele in the first

instance on: [email protected] Vera & District Lions Club International Reg. No. 117889

Spanish Reg No. Malaga 116B)

sol times are pleased to support the Vera & District lions club in raising money for local good causes

FOR SALE PEuGEOT 107 AuTO / MANuAL

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car & Van Hire

vAn, cAr And driver For hire

house & garden clearances, collections & deliveries,

weekly collections from IKeA, Airport trAnSFerS

Almeria 60€ one way, 110€ return Alicante 80€ one way, 150€ return

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Can you sell ice to an Eskimo?

are looking for full and part time sales representatives in the Albox area.Your role will be to let local businesses know how Sol Times can

help them reach more customers and grow their business.

And more importantly

you can sell ice to an EskimoThen we would really like to meet you!

Send your Cv to: [email protected] telephone rosemary on 647 379 795

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ViewpointJos is having some well-earned time off at the moment, so

we though we’d repeat some classics from past issues of Sol Times...here for your enjoyment is CECELIA...

about this time last year cecil came into our lives. although he had not been invited, he arrived during a party. however, he proved to be an invaluable addition to the guest list, particularly with our neighbour’s grandchildren.he fascinated them, although some of the grown-up guests were less

enthusiastic about his attendance.it takes a special skill to keep young children enthralled, but cecil succeeded

magnificently. his appearance entranced them, as did the quantity of food he could demolish in the blink of an eye, before moving on to the next snack, and polishing that off at record speed as well. at party’s end the guests left, but cecil stayed. pete made him a bed for

the night, while i rustled up some supper for him – he was still hungry, despite having chewed his way through probably more than his own body weight of food in the course of the afternoon.next morning cecil was in a temper. he wouldn’t

touch his breakfast, he thrashed about his carefully constructed living accommodation like a billionaire arab oil

sheik who had suddenly woken up in a transport café. yesterday’s convivial and colourful party-crasher had turned into today’s moody teenager. immediately pete sprang into action. he cut the top off an empty water

bottle and half filled the bottom with earth. then i pointed our bad-tempered guest in the general direction of the bottle. he positively sprinted out of his bedroom and into the bottle, and within seconds had burrowed into the soil, burying himself completely before our eyes.we waited with anticipation for cecil to emerge in due course, transformed

from a splendidly colourful caterpillar into a magnificent death’s head hawk moth. but alas! cecil’s story does not have a happy ending. during the winter a torrential downpour flooded cecil’s bottle, and cecil succumbed. we gave him a decent burial in the compost heap, and wondered whether

we would ever see another cecil. yesterday our neighbour put a plastic container, apparently containing

nothing but bougainvillea leaves, on top of our party wall. why? we wondered. could there be treasure hidden at the bottom?in a manner of speaking, there was – another cecil!another house was constructed, this time out of a flower pot, which has

drainage holes. cecil #2 was transferred, and duly disappeared from sight underground. i have put the flower pot in what i hope is a safe place.i have named our latest guest cecilia – and i eagerly await her emergence,

but how long must i wait? does anyone out there know how long it takes a hawk moth caterpillar to pupate? i wouldn’t want to miss her!

By jos Biggs [email protected]

a trip Down memory l ane . . .

We have been looking at new Televisions. There is however, nothing wrong with the one we have; a 32” that sits nicely in the purpose made recess in our beautiful walnut unit, and which has given us great service ever since we purchased it in 2006.

It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I know as much about TV’s as I do about any other piece of high tech – or low tech – piece of equipment. My reservoir of technical knowledge is as empty as a eunuch’s jockey shorts.

So it may seem surprising that having seen a friend’s new 55” Smart TV, I immediately got the hots for one just like it and decided that this was a necessary addition to our living room.

It’s not just a case of doling out the cash for one of these beauties though, because in order to take full advantage of the HD and 3D facilities amongst other things that I

haven’t quite figured out yet, I have to convert to a much more complex system for receiving the signals. Something akin to the Jodrell Bank radio telescope will be needed on one of our solariums.

Have you seen those dishes? It looks as if you could communicate with alien civilisations in the Crab Nebula with one of those things, instead of merely receiving a beam from a satellite a paltry few miles up.

And like all high tech gadgets, the more I look at it, the more complicated it gets and the more confused I become.

The TV itself comes with all sorts of configurations and gizmos. I couldn’t understand why all the Smart TV’s, although looking the same, were priced differently.

Some have little web cams built in so that you can Skype your family and friends and you can view your emails without having to get up and go to the computer. And don’t even think about waving to the neighbours through the window, unless you want to change channels.

I was weighing up two of these beasts in the new Zenia Boulevard shopping centre and I could not for the life of me see why the 55” was priced

at €1300, while the 46”

model next to it was a mighty €1800 – until I noticed the quality of their pictures. It was no contest.

Here was more confusion because it depends on the Hertz rating – one was 200 and the better picture was 400. What! I thought Hertz rented out cars for God sake. And now of course, having seen the two side by side, how can I sleep soundly if I don’t splash out for the more expensive model with the supa dupa ‘almost like being there’ picture?

Then there is the considerable problem of where to put it.

We have a larger than average living area, but every part of the room has been utilised in some way and all the furniture therein has its own designated space. So far this has suited us down to the ground – it may not be ideal Feng Sushi or whatever the hell it’s called, but through trial and error, it has been thus organised. We are comfortable with it.

But all that will have to change.

That walnut unit that takes up a complete wall and houses the increasingly pathetic looking 32” JVC television, will simply have to go – there is nowhere else for it. And this presents another problem – storage.

Apart from the TV, the unit houses a crystal glass and china By colin Bird : [email protected]

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with antonio Poyato’s Remitroot the only viable industry in alqueria the Hill People, El gente del Cerro were for the first time in the ascendence. The bye-products of Remitroot, mainly the Liquor are enjoyed by many in positions of authority in both the Madrid and brussels governments. Remitroot grows in only a handful of locations worldwide but the best is from alqueria. Some believe it is the bad drainage which gives the plant its superior texture and flavour.

The plant was known in the first century ad and imported by the Romans. known then as Remitus Radix it was particularly prized for its qualities as an aphrodisiac adding spice to many of Caligula’s sleepovers. Poyato wanted to use this property of the plant to expand his range of Remitroot products. being an aphrodisiac he thought it would form the basis of an unbeatable aftershave. Unfortunately a chemical reaction took place during mixing which completely changed the properties of the solution. it became irresistible to the Red-legged Partridge. Platoons of the birds, all in a state of high sexual excitement would waddle hopefully behind the wearer. it was soon discontinued, although a small order is still shipped to a select club in Soho, London.

a remarkably good degreaser is made from the pulped root and the residue, when mixed with goat’s hair makes an excellent skin exfoliant. but Poyato knew his fortune lay in distilling and fermenting the plant. blythe gruntmore, the village’s resident geordie suggested a Spanish adaptation of newcastle brown ale. Many hours of development, testing and modification took place before Remitroot Cerveza Marrón was born. Probably the most potent beer in the world. gruntmore sampled the brew. His normal unintelligible and extremely bad Spanish, mixed liberally with geordie profanities suddenly became crystal clear. it was text-book Spanish spoken with a refined Madrid accent. The effect only lasted for a minute or so before blythe collapsed in an untidy heap on Poyato’s fermentation-room floor. when he came to he didn’t know if it was Easter Sunday, día del Trabajo or the anniversary of the battle of bailén.

The beer became an instant success, retaining all the traditional properties of Remitroot but with an elevated alcohol content. it reaches many parts other beers don’t even try to reach.

known as Poyato’s brain Paralyser it is a truly belligerent beer.Many more hectares of alquerian land have been put under

Remitroot cultivation. The distillery and new brewery are now the major employers in the village. The brewery workers are in a constant state of intoxication from the lethal fumes. it is indeed a cheerful place of work.

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collection, my special hand-bound books, a million DVD’s, a large canteen of cutlery, more books and most important of all, a well stocked bar.

Add to this the fact that the sofa’s will have to be shuffled around and perhaps shoe horned into some awkward areas along with two television chairs purchased from the dreaded IKEA (Simply ‘must-have’ items since my wife tried them for size at the same friend’s house who destroyed our lives by buying the bloody so called Smart TV in the first place).

As for the dining room table and chairs – well, we will have to eat off trays from now on, which means buying at least six more of the things in case we decide to throw a dinner party for friends. Friends who will increase in number once word gets out that we have a football pitch sized screen, which will mean more pairs of special 3D glasses costing an arm and a leg. Ray-Ban’s are cheaper.

So, taking everything into careful consideration including the cost of a new extension to house our homeless treasures and knickknacks, I reckon that we won’t see much change out of €60,000.

Do you know what? I think I can do without seeing a 3D Bruce Forsyth after all!

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pauSe for thoughtAs I write this, I’m currently on the Maltese Island

of Gozo, allegedly on holiday. I’m afraid however that I must confess I’ve always been a right misery where holidays are concerned, tending to find them a distraction from work I enjoy and/or need to do, and this year has been no exception. The storm in September had exposed the urgent need for a string of essential maintenance tasks, into which I enthusiastically threw myself. And where flights to Malta can be arranged at any time of year from all areas of Britain, Spain, clearly being less well-served, necessitated a 6-hour overnight drive to catch the 6:30 morning flight, so that I struggled somewhat to share my wife’s enthusiasm for a holiday.

But I do love Gozo; and after a few days of peace, rest, good food and relaxation, even I am beginning to enjoy the experience and allow my mind and body to recover their strength. For holidays really are an essential part of life, enabling (or perhaps in my case – enforcing) us to let go of the day to day concerns that so easily take over, and risk destroying our lives. Such rest and true relaxation is doubtless as essential to our well-being as a good night’s sleep. And whilst in my childhood, weekends and especially Sundays, served as means of allowing us regular relaxation; such options no longer exist in our modern society where every day is treated the same, and each kept equally busy.

how much we lose by ignoring this basic need for mental and bodily recuperation! how wise indeed was the old sabbatical law of the Bible, which proscribed a day of true rest each week as well as regular, longer breaks, or ‘sabbaticals’, to allow regeneration of body, mind, yes and spirit too. And so I can’t help but wonder just how many of the problems of our society could perhaps be traced to our loss of Sundays, for which, in honesty we seem to have gained so little return

further information about the anglican church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org

duncan burr is licensed lay reader for the anglican chaplaincy of costa almeria and costa cálida and may be contacted at [email protected]

Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the

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WEE WILLY WInkIEWell the socks finally escaped from the drawer and attached themselves

to my feet. The gas fire was lit for the first time at the weekend so it’s all downhill from here on in until next spring. Two years ago Spain had the wettest winter in 50 years, last winter was the driest since records began and this winter has started really wet. Great weather for ducks and all the areas affected by the horrific summer fires as the countryside greens up again.

For over 15 years my glasses prescription had remained the same but then over the summer reading gradually became more difficult and worse still my pool playing became so bad that the wife started to beat me on a regular basis. Enough was enough and I realised middle age was blurrily staring at me in the face and varifocals were the answer. The lovely opticians in Albox I have used for years gave me the most high tech and free examination I could imagine and less than a week later my new glasses are now in place. Within 24 hours and by complete coincidence I happened to visit a bar with a pool table and can confirm my sight has returned along with my Mojo. Oh I can read again too.

Believers in Feng shui know that leaving the toilet lid up means wealth will flow out of the household. There is also the constant battle between the sexes about whether the toilet seat should be left up or down. When I was a teenager a friend of mine told me of when he was 4 and quietly minding his business having a pee when his mate crept up and slammed the toilet seat down so cutting the tip of his Wee Willy Winkie off. Luckily he was rushed to hospital and the missing part stitched back on. I shudder as I write this as no doubt my fellow males will when reading this too. The film Misery and the ‘legs’ scene has the same effect, why did he place the penguin ornament the wrong way round?

In the interests of accuracy I checked online to confirm what the ornament was that Paul Sheldon dropped that caused Misery to ‘do that thing’, in doing so I discovered a chilling fact about Stephen King the author of the book the film was based on. Apparently in the late 1970s Stephen King was leaving a New York film studio when a man approached him with a dangerous look in his eyes. The man said he was Kings biggest fan and asked to pose in a photograph with him. Stephen King signed a photo for him and always remembered the man’s name. That man was Mark Chapman, who a year or so later in 1980, gunned down John Lennon in similar circumstances.

I digress so back to toilet seats; they have worried me ever since the chopping off tale and in our house we have a kamikaze toilet seat that drops without warning at lightning speed. Getting older means a night time visit for a pee is a regular occurrence and I always stand in the dark fearful of the invisible guillotine waiting to cut me off in my prime!

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“Doesn’t the Astra look similar to the Mazda 3?” questions a car-loving work colleague looking down on the two vehicles from a top floor window.

It’s not something that I had thought about until now but there is definitely a striking resemblance even down to the rear spoilers and haunches.

The fact that both cars are white makes them virtually identical from up above.

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I can only pick fault with the moulding around the six-speed gearbox, which, for me, is too close to the handbrake but I do like the way it lights up as you can see from the video at testdrives.biz. The interior is perhaps too black and the temperature control is not obvious unless the lights are on and then it is illuminated. While the automatic engine start-stop is clearly beneficial when stopping at traffic lights long delays where traffic is continually stopping and starting can result in this system using more fuel, in common with all other similar systems. This is clear when I am stuck in a claustrophobic 20-mile queue on my way home

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sportencryptionDo you remember the time when fun involved a pencil

(remember them?) and a piece of paper on which lines, dots and squiggles were the beginnings of an entire afternoon of innocent pleasure? Were you also aware that this was probably how the transition from simple text into encrypted text might well have began? From a simple substitution cypher to today’s complex prime number based polynomial calculations.

Term of use: Cypher (a concealed message), Cryptography (the practice and study of techniques for secure communication), Plaintext (uncoded readable text message), Cyphertext (The unreadable message),

Do you remember as a child using “Pig Latin”? This, too, is a type of cypher were sentences are modified to (try to and fail) hide the message. So now for the meat (food again – I must eat before I write).

Substitution cyphers are the first step on the ladder. Do you recall sending messages through class, getting caught and ridiculed? Well you got caught, didn’t you? What did you do next? My guess is that you then started to use a primitive substitution cypher called the Caesar cipher. Have you forgotten how? Let’s play a game. Write out the alphabet twice. Take the second version and cut the letters into squares each having a single letter on it. Place the pieces into a bowl. Take one and place it under the ‘A’, repeat this process until there are no more pieces left in the bowl.

My exampleA B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y ZJ K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H IPlaintext - AT LEAST THIS IS INTERESTINGCyphertext - JC UNJBC NQRB RB RWCNANBCRWPAs you might notice, certain letters are cropping up

regularly and this is the weakness of this method. I have seen 6 year old kids de-crypt a message like this within seconds.

A more secure system is a development of this simple cypher is called Vigenère cipher. This simply consists of the alphabet followed by an alphabet offset by one. Ie A-Z on the first line then B-A on the second and so on until you get back to A-Z. Now you have the letter grid, you will need a message to convert and a passphrase (see article on Passwords). We will use the same message as before and just for ease the passphrase “passphrase”.

First write out the message then under it write the passphrase including the spaces. e.g.

Plaintext - AT LEAST THIS IS INTERESTINGPassphrase- PA SSPHR ASEP AS SPHRASEPASSThis will give you the top and right side of letter grid.

In this case A and P. The encrypted letter is P. The next 2 letters are T and A which gives the encrypted letter of T. The third combination of L and S results in D. Now, just for the fun of it work through this exercise.

For more information about simple cyphers go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_cipher. Next time we will examine the real methods used to ensure your information is safe on the internet.

For further information or advice on computing, contact trevor [email protected]

• In last week’s Europa League, Jermaine Defoe hit a hat-trick as Tottenham beat Maribor 3-1, Newcastle drew 2-2 in Bruges but Liverpool lost 1-0 to Anzil in Russia. Spurs need four points from their last two games to qualify for the knockout stage while Newcastle and Liverpool are both virtually through.

• Mexican Javier Hernandez scored three times for PL leaders Manchester United who came back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

• There was a thrilling 3-3 draw between Arsenal and Fulham. Gunners’ star Arteta gave away a first-half penalty and then saw his 95th minute spot-kick saved by Mark Schwarzer. Fulham have never won at Arsenal in 108 years

• Second-placed Chelsea beat Liverpool, Manchester City pipped Spurs, West Ham won at Newcastle and David Moyes celebrated his 400th PL game as Everton’s manager with a 2-1 win over Sunderland.

• Unfortunately Southampton can’t keep a clean-sheet and QPR (beaten by Charlie Adam’s first goal for Stoke) and Reading simply can’t win. That’s why they’re in the bottom three!

• Crystal Palace, Tranmere and Gillingham top their respective Divisions while Hibs lead Celtic by two points in the SPL.

• This weekend it’s the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs, WBA (5th) play Chelsea (3rd), QPR meet fellow strugglers Southampton, Norwich welcome leaders Manchester United, neighbours City (2nd) take on Aston Villa, while Everton (4th) go to Reading.

• England manager Roy Hodgson has three new faces in his squad for tonight’s friendly in Sweden including Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson who played for Finland as a teenager

• Other friendlies include Luxembourg-Scotland, Panama-Spain, Republic of Ireland-Greece, Italy-France and Holland-Germany.

• It was Federer v Djokovic in the APT World Tour final at the 02 Arena.

• Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott scored centuries in England’s last warm-up friendly ahead of the first Test against India which starts tomorrow.

• Jessica Ennis is the British Sports Women of the Year for 2012 (deservedly so).

• Recent Rugby Union internationals saw England (ranked fourth in the world) beat Fiji 54-12, Wales lose 26-12 to Argentina, Ireland succumb 16-12 to South Africa 16-12 and Scotland crash 51-22 to New Zealand.

• GB’s Nathan Cleverly beat USA’s Shawn Hawk to retain his WBO light-heavyweight title in Los Angeles.

• Dani Pedrosa won last Sunday’s MotoGP in Valencia.

• And Lewis Hamilton has ‘regretted’ moving to Mercedes!

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There were 752 non-British professional footballers with PL, Championship and Leagues 1 & 2 clubs last season, 200 based in London, including a record 40 at Arsenal and 38 at Chelsea.

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Over three days this drawn competition saw some very competitive bowling. The finals saw husband against wife, the finalists were Derek Hawkins, Lyn Band, Trevor Young, and David Schofield, and their opponents :- Keith Sephton, Tony Bird, Rod Band, Arthur Lees.

The finals were watched by an appreciative audience who witnessed some very

good bowling and the winning team of Derek Hawkins, Lyn Band, Trevor Young and David Schofield were worthy winners. Well done to all competitors.

Lyn Band has had a winning year so far beginning with the Summer Umbrella Competition, then being in the winning team in the Turre Open and then a member of the winning team in the Lenny Dean Rinks. Keep it up Lyn!!

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Ken Willingale’s efforts in this years 7.62mm Target Rifle shooting in the Nation Rifle Association (NRA) brought home a little silver.

Since arriving in the UK, it rained continually - well that’s what it felt like!

The main NRA competitions are in July, which were most disappointing for Ken as he had a severe chest infection for the two weeks of competition.

In September each club along Club Row has an individual championship; the first one is the North London in which Ken came good in the 900 yards shoot scoring 50.8 missing the 16 inch “V” bullseye twice out of 10 shots.

At last things were looking up!

The next weekend was the Royal Navy Championships in which Ken came 3rd. Then the Middlesex County Championships, which Ken won the first and third stages but due to a mechanical malfunction in the second stage Ken lost 6 points, leaving his overall position

as 3rd again, just one point behind the winner.

The last competition was ‘Match Rifle’, using a telescope on the rifle. The distances are 1000 yards to 1200 yards and the bullseye is just 24 inches in diameter. On the Saturday, Ken scored 292 out of 300 missing the bullseye only 8 times out of 60 shots.

Sunday was even better for Ken, losing only 4 points out 200 score 196 – Ken missed the 24 inch bullseye only 12 times out of 100 shots - this must be close to a record.

The real challenge when shooting such long distances is judging the wind correctly and off-setting the sights to allow the bullet to arrive in the bullseye.

So at last it all came good for Ken, in the end winning the North London Match Rifle Saturday Aggregate, Sunday Aggregate, 1200 yard Aggregate and the Championship by a clear 11 points.

For more information contact Ken on [email protected]

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They set off in a light north easterly wind and slight swell to a shallow fishing area opposite the Mojacar Pueblo and near to the river opening where Steve knew fish would possibly be feeding. They drifted between a depth of 35ft. and 100ft and caught small red snappers, pickerels, bogues, Spanish mackerel, pandoras and a couple of weavers.

‘Kenolo’ had a day’s fishing on Monday with ‘Cuba Brian’ and a couple of mates. ‘Morri Ell’ caught a trigger and quite a nice size too; Ken had a brace of mackerel on his last drop. ‘Farmer Rory’ caught two lizard fish and other

fish caught were the usual culprits including weavers. A bit choppy but at least they got out.

Shore Fishing: The ‘Albox F. C.’ went fishing off the beach and rocks by the statue in Garrucha, seven fishermen and fourteen rods. Fish caught, a scorpion, doradas, weavers, striped bream, wrasse and three octopuses.

‘Dizzy John’ caught the scorpion fish which is an unusual catch off the beach. ‘Mark the Spark’ caught a 2kilo Octopus for the pot, Tony (‘always laughing’) caught nine fish but all small.

It wasn’t a surprise that ‘Dennis the Weaver’ caught the all weavers!

‘Spanish Alex’ caught a good palometon (Bigger version of the palomete) and some small sea bass. He’s trying out spinning with soft baits rather than natural ones at the moment. He’s also been catching various bream species on worm.

See photo of Alex and a dentex bream he caught a few weeks ago.

‘Tubby Jimmy’ went fishing on Monday off the Indalo arm

in front of the Best Indalo Hotel on Mojacar Playa and caught just the one fish, a cow bream about 7in long on bacon rind. Tough fishing in tough conditions.

‘London Bill’ caught a few small palomete and mackerel spinning from Garrucha beach and rocks.

Coarse Fishing: ‘Baza Barry’ say’s water temperatures on Negratin are falling fast and so is the water level. He fished for a couple of hours and didn’t get a bite, a rare occurrence for Barry.

‘Puentes Ray’ took a trip to his nickname namesake lake, the weather was excellent and the water calm and most of the surface rubbish there on his last trip had gone.

He set up a light quiver tip first using pop up sweetcorn on a hair rig. Apart from a few knocks he had nothing for two hours so he eventually resorted to the float rod and immediately hit a 4.1/2lb carp. Continuing with the float rod for rest of day fishing at about 13 feet depth with waggler and sweetcorn on size 12 wide gape hook, he loose fed corn and pellet, Ray ended up with fourteen carp. Although quite a slow day it was as ever just great to be fishing.

Top weights on two matches in Murcia were 21lbs and 48lbs.

The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650.

For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099.

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A healthy number of 30 members and guests of the 19th Hole Golf Society made its 1st visit for nearly a year to the Macenas Golf Resort in Mojacar.

With threatening weather our players kept a wary eye out for the impending rain, but thankfully, it never arrived so our waterproof clothing remains in pristine condition.

The course was in pretty good condition especially the Tees and Greens, the fairways are a bit battered but as we played pick and place it’s really not a problem.

Pete Dow failed to maintain his recent good form and ball security, losing his first ball on the short par three- first hole -and finished 8th in Division 2. Christine Dow managed to coax the same ball all the way round again to finish mid pack in the same division.

Mark Danson had a mixed day scoring 30 points playing

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shrugged off the yippes and the fog from Rocket Ron”s Pipe to score a very creditable 32 points playing off 18 to secure 2nd place in Division 1.

Brian (Dee) Lowden returned to better form scoring 34 points to take 1st place in Division 1. Clearly his clubs are at last taking notice of the “chats” he gives them!!

Rocket Ron Curtis really upped his game scoring 36 point playing off 27(el bandino country Ron!).

Zeta Denyer had another good round after a difficult start; scoring just 8 points on the first nine she found her rhythm scoring 22 points on the back nine to take 2nd place in div 2.

A really good turnout was rewarded with a good days golf some light hearted banter, serious golf, all culminating with drinks and sarnies at La Vida Cucador.

Results.Div: 11st Brian (Dee) Lowden 34 points (10) 2nd Nick Pogson 32 points (18)3rd Mark Danson 30 points (03)Div; 21st Ron Curtis 35 points (27)2nd Zeta Denyer 30 points (35) on count back3rd Nigel Greenwood 39 points (21) Twos;Betty Simpson Hole 14Roger Kaye Hole 16Roger (The Dodger) Kaye Hole 18Nearest The Pin:John Haydon 18thDon Harbon 8thThe 19th hole G/S is now

arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon.

If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. Or email [email protected]

Saturday the 10th November Urcal Golf Society played at Macenas for their latest Team game. Choosing to play a new format to the Society called Two Man No Scotch a very strange name for a golf game but never the less a good team game with a mixture of Individual, Foursomes and Texas Scramble.

After much discussion on the finer points of the rules, eleven pairs set out to conquer this intriguing format. At the end of the day, every team recorded a score under par, which either meant they played extremely

well or the handicaps given were to generous!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the day without getting too confused, with the winning pair of Ron Tomas and Derek Phillips recording a magnificent score of nett 54 a whopping twelve shots under par.

Bill and Maggie Nicol followed closely behind in second place with an equally impressive score of 55 with the third place pairing of Phil Harris and guest for the day Steve Crees finishing on 59.

A presentation was made after the game to Les

Brice to commemorate his wonderful achievement of a hole in one a few weeks ago on the par three first hole at Macenas.

In the evening many from the Society gathered at the Las Vegas restaurant in Huercal Overa for a meal which was a nice way to round off a lovely day.

Our next game with be an Individual event on the 24th November at the Lorca Golf Resort, guests are always made to feel welcome, should anyone wish to know more about our small but friendly society then ring the Captain on 664 356 287

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Avenida Playa Serena 224, 04740Roquetas de Mar, Almeria 617 051 947

welcomed byBernard & ralf

open 12noon till late Wed - Mon (closed Tuesday)

Tony JusTiCe sings “The raT paCk”16Th noVeMBer 8pM

bar

Yvonne, dave & John welcome you to

Y.da.wakes

darts board

pool table

oPenInG Hours: monday, Tuesday wednesday Friday 11am - 3pm and 6.30pm - late saturday 11am - late. sunday 12 noon - 7pm. Closed Thursday.

all daY everY daY on local spirits &

mixers, wine and san miguel bottles

Bingo monDay 8.30pm

meAlS FRom 3€All dAy BReAKFASt FRom 3.60€

full menu now being served til late

all live sports coverage

closeD weDnesDay 21st noVemBer till

saturDay 15tH DecemBer

2 for 1

Help for Heroesfinal total for 2012

4 , 2 4 4 € look out for new events next Year

avenida Playa serena 142, roquetas de mar 04740 Tel: 634 322 644