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SolTimeSeST. 7 yrS

iSSue 374 roqueTaS & almerimar 13-19 FeBruary

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56-year-oLd Basque manYet another homeowner facing repossession has committed

suicide – a 56-year-old man who is the second in the Basque Country since September and the sixth in Spain in the same time.

According to a report by ThinkSPain, his electricity and water had already been cut off because he could not afford to pay the bills as he was unable to find work, say members of the pressure group Stop Desahucios (‘stop evictions’) in the Basque province of Vizcaya.

The victim, who lived in the town of Basauri, had left a note for his family saying he ‘could not cope any more’.

Stop Desahucios has not given details of the deceased’s identity, nor how he committed suicide, but they said he had made contact with their office in the town of Sestao and was due to pop in and chat to them.

Amaia Egaña, a woman in her 50s from the same province, living in Barakaldo, killed herself by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in early November just as her home was about to be repossessed.

Another three people, all in their 50s, committed suicide between September and Christmas for the same reasons – two by jumping out of a window and a third by hanging himself.

The most recent victim was at the end of last week, a 36-year-old father with an eight-year-old daughter who hurled himself out of his window just as the bank foreclosed on his mortgage.

Ten SpaniarDS amonG canDiDaTeS To replace pope BeneDicT XVi

UP to 10 Spanish Cardinals could be elected as Pope when Benedict XVI leaves his post on Thursday, February 28 after resigning due to ‘old age and health problems’.

Following the Pontiff’s startling announcement yesterday, speculation has been rife as to who his successor will be.

In theory, any man who is celibate and has been christened can become Pope, but the leader of the world Catholic Church is normally one of 120 Cardinals elected.

Among the 62 European members of the electing board are five Spaniards who could also become Pope – Carlos Amigo Vallejo, aged 79; Santos Abril Castelló, aged 78; Antonio María Rouco Varela, 77, who is the Archbishop of Madrid; Lluís Martínez Sistach, 77, and Antonio Cañizares Llovera, 67.

Cañizares Llovera and Rouco Varela have both heavily criticised abortion, with the former claiming it was ‘worse than child abuse’, and the latter is known to be very anti-gay marriage.

Another five Spanish Cardinals who are eligible to become Pope but are not allowed to vote on the new one because they are over 80 years old are Julián Herranz, former president of the Pontificate Council for

Legislative Texts; Francisco Álvarez Martínez, Archbishop Emeritus of Toledo; Ricardo María Carles Godó, Emeritus of Barcelona; Eduardo Martínez Somalo, former Camerlengo (‘Chamberlain’) of the Holy Roman Church, and José Manel Estepa Llaurens, Military Archbishop Emeritus.

To date, four Popes have been Spanish, with the most widely-known being members of the infamous Borgia, or Borja dynasty – Calixto III, born in Valencia and whose real name was Alonso de Borja y Cavanilles, between 1455 and 1458; and his nephew, Alessandro VI, born in Xàtiva (Valencia) and who was really called Rodrigo de Borja, from 1492 to 1503.

The first was Dámaso I, from ‘Gallaecia’ – as the north-western

region of Galicia was then known – from 366 AD to his death in 384, the ‘author’ of the ‘Hallelujah’ formula and the only Spanish Pope to have been made a Saint, despite having been accused of murder.

Spain’s most recent Pope was Pedro Martínez de Luna y Pérez de Gotor, known by the more succinct title of Benedict XIII of Avignon and born in Illueca (Zaragoza province).

The only Spanish Pope Benedict, known as ‘the anti-Pope’ because of his non-conformist ways, reigned from 1394 to 1423. He lived to be 96 years old, having escaped numerous attempts on his life by poisoning.

Snow bringS Spain to a StandStillMost of the north of Spain

is knee-deep in snow and over 1,500 kilometres’ worth of roads have been closed. Madrid, the Basque Country, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and Navarra are the worst-hit regions, as are parts of Castilla y León – including Palencia, Ávila, Burgos, León and Segovia; and the provinces of Cáceres in Extremadura; Lleida in Catalunya, and Zaragoza and Huesca in Aragón. In the far south of the country, all of Andalucía except for the Sevilla, Cádiz, Huelva and Málaga provinces, and Murcia in the south-east have either already been hit by snow or are expected to in the next few days. Snow-chains are needed to drive anywhere outside of major cities in all these areas, and lorries have been banned from the A-1 and A-6 westbound in Madrid. Numerous B-roads have been closed for safety reasons. In the north-western region of Galicia, snow in remote areas

has reached up to a metre and a half (five feet) in depth.

Mostly, however, snowfall has not gone above 10 to 15 centimetres (four to six inches).

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urDanGarín FailS To pay 8.2-

million Bail releaSe

carnivaL queen contestant ‘in serious condition’ after costume catches fire

The King and Queen’s son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarín and his business partner Diego Torres have failed to come up with the 8.2-million-euro bail-bond imposed on them in the Nóos Institute case.

This means the court will proceed to embargo their assets up to this amount to cover possible liabilities if they transpire to be guilty of the corruption and money-laundering charges they face.

Both could face up to 20 years in jail if this is the case.

Although they are not the only parties involved, both men have a joint obligation to deposit 8,189,400 euros with the courts for allegedly receiving regional government funds fraudulently from Valencia and the Balearic Islands, by setting up the Nóos Institute as a non-profit-making entity when it was

in fact anything but.

They are also believed to have used the company to launder money and escape their tax obligations.

Case notes claim Urdangarín and Torres plotted for the former to take advantage of his status as husband of the King and Queen’s daughter, the Infanta Cristina, to attract donations to their organisation, and to be seen representing charitable causes to generate good PR.

The Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, has been cleared of any involvement in the case.

Her husband, Duke of Palma – who has been banned by Palma de Mallorca city hall from using this title ‘socially’ – will appear in court again on Saturday, February 23, and Torres and his wife will testify once more on Saturday, February 16

SpaniSh Mortgage LawS CoMe Under Fire By eCUadorian aUthoritieS

Ecuador is taking action against Spain’s mortgage laws in the European courts, given how many of the country’s citizens have been affected by repossession in recent times.

Some have been left homeless in Spain due to rigid and abusive clauses in home loan agreements, or banks’ refusal to negotiate at the first sign of non-payment due to job loss.

Others who have returned to Ecuador, having had their homes taken off them, are being pursued by the Spanish authorities for repayment of the outstanding loan.

The Ecuadorian Citizens’ Ombudsman has applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to amend legislation covering mortgage agreements in Spain to redress the power balance between lenders and customers.

It is using the case of homeowner Luis Solórzano and his wife Fabiola as its starting point – a couple who have exhausted all possible legal remedies and yet are still facing losing their home, which they bought around 10

years ago.

They moved to Spain in 1999 and once Luis got regular work as a builder and Fabiola in house-cleaning, applied for a 173,000-euro mortgage to buy their flat, which came under the heading of Vivienda de Protección Oficial – a type of council-subsidised purchase.

But they did not realise the small print said the bank could annul the VPO status at any time and demand full repayment of the loan, or that it could repossess the property if it was let to third parties.

When redundancy meant the couple fell behind on their payments, the bank foreclosed.

Ecuadorian authorities say Spain’s mortgage procedures are leading to clear breaches of human rights, as they allow loopholes that can quickly leave homeowners in financial trouble out on the street without a roof over their heads.

Calling these ‘abusive financial practices’, the Ecuadorian government says its ‘fight for justice’ will start in Spain but they hope to take it further and ensure fair practices are adhered to worldwide.

A candidate for Carnival Queen in Tenerife suffered 40 per cent burns when her costume caught fire, causing flames of up to 10 metres in height, say witnesses.

Saida María Prieto, 25 (pictured), was backstage at the time and was seen frantically trying to strip off her costume, which carried a huge pair of ‘wings’ like a peacock’s feathers and

was strapped to her.

A television reporter who was present at the time said: “The scene was horrific, terrifying. A curtain caught fire and in less than a second, flames of 10 metres in height reached the ceiling.”

Saida was transferred to the burns unit at Sevilla’s Virgen del Rocío hospital, where her condition is said

to be ‘serious’. She is, however, conscious, and has

been throughout the ordeal.Another four people had to be

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In the end, Saida came seventh for her costume based upon the theme of ‘Isis, Queen of the Gods’.

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The second ‘kamikaze’ driver in the space of a week has been arrested in the Comunidad Valenciana after travelling for 23 kilometres in the wrong direction down the A-7.

Police received around 15 calls in as many minutes from panicked motorists, and ended up having to pursue the driver at high speed for nearly 20 minutes.

He was finally caught at the exit for Alquerías del Niño Perdido (Castellón), although he had driven past several sliproads he could have taken to get off the motorway in the meantime.

Terrified motorists had to brake and swerve at a split second’s notice to avoid a head-on and almost certainly fatal collision.

Once officers caught up with the driver

23 kilometres later, they identified him as M.P.C., from Lora del Río (Sevilla province) and said he tested negative for alcohol and drugs.

His motive for driving down the left-hand side of the motorway instead of the right is not known.

This is the second time in a week that a driver has been caught travelling down the wrong lane, with an earlier one arrested in Ibi (Alicante) on Sunday.

But the most high-profile case involved a man who killed two people on the AP-7 near Valencia and has been given a complete reprieve by the government, escaping a 13-year prison sentence.

The family of the victims have appealed against the ‘kamikaze’ driver’s pardon in a bid to get justice for their loss.

Spain Beat uruguay 3-1 in Friendly Spain recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory over Uruguay in an international friendly in

Qatar last night, which augurs well for their World Cup qualifiers next month.The match was Vicente Del Bosque’s 68th game in charge of the national side, equalling

Ladislao Kubala’s record for coaching for the most games for Spain.The match also saw centre-back Carles Puyol make his 100th appearance for Spain and

he captained the side to mark the occasion.Former Arsenal striker, Cesc Fàbregas gave the European and world champions the

lead after 15 minutes at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, but Cristian Rodríguez levelled for Uruguay on the half hour mark.

Puyol was replaced by Barça team-mate Gerard Piqué at half-time, and the substitute wasted no time in setting up Pedro who slotted into the far corner to restore Spain’s lead just after half-time.

Spain then secured victory with 15 minutes to go, after substitute David Villa received the ball from outside the area and passed to Fàbregas on the left-hand side. Despite pressure from a defender, the former Arsenal man swung in a perfect cross to the back post which was met by Pedro, who could not miss from just five yards out.

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The self-confessed killer of Sevilla teenager Marta del Castillo Casanueva has had his sentenced increased by just one year and three months following a re-opening of the case called for by the victim’s family.

Miguel Carcaño, who was 20 at the time of the murder in January 2009, was imprisoned for 20 years and all other suspects involved in the case released.

His jail term has now been amended to 21 years and three months, with the extra period being for an ‘attack on moral integrity’ and the suffering caused by Marta’s parents at not knowing where her body is.

Carcaño will also have to pay the costs, around 616,000 euros, borne by authorities for searching for the missing youngster, whose whereabouts remain unknown, since the killer continually changed his story about what he had done with her.

One of his friends who was initially acquitted of covering up the murder, Samuel Benítez, is due to face sentence at Sevilla Provincial Court.

Another friend, known by his nickname of ‘El Cuco’ – who was 15 at the time of Marta’s death – spent two years in custody during the initial trial and is now free, but has an injunction preventing him from going within 50 kilometres of Sevilla.

Carcaño’s older stepbrother, Francisco Javier Delgado and this man’s girlfriend María García, have been acquitted.

The family’s appeal for the original sentence to be declared null and void and a retrial carried out has been rejected by the judge on the grounds that no breach of procedures or of the Constitution that could justify a repetition of the process was

involved in the first trial.Carcaño’s first version of the incident

was that he and Marta, then 17, who was his ex-girlfriend at the time, had had an argument after she arranged to meet him about rumours she had heard he had been spreading about her, and that he had thrown an ashtray at her in temper, knocking her unconscious.

Fearing her dead, he panicked and dumped her body in the nearby river Guadalquivir.

But dredging the river produced no sign of the body, and it later transpired Marta was gang-raped and strangled.

Carcaño and the other accused parties then claimed Marta was on a landfill site near Sevilla – but again, no trace of her was found.

After confessing to the killing, he was originally facing 52 years in jail – two of which were for failing to reveal the whereabouts of Marta’s body – but the fact no remains had been found meant evidence was limited and led to his final sentence being reduced to just 20 years.

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banks and hospitals could be required to report cyber-break-ins under new rules proposed by the eu

It is part of a move to intensify global efforts to fight cybercrime.

According to a report by the BBC, Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes said that Europe needed to improve how it dealt with cybersecurity.

But firms are concerned that reporting online attacks and security breaches might damage their reputations.

The EU is keen that member states share information about attacks

and shore up their cyber-defences.

Under the proposals, each country would have to appoint a Computer Emergency Response Team and create an authority to whom companies would report breaches.

These new bodies would decide whether to make the breaches

public and whether to fine companies.

Announcing the changes, Ms Kroes said: “Europe needs resilient networks and systems and failing to act would would impose significant costs on consumers, businesses and society.”

According to the EU, only one in four European companies

has a regularly-reviewed, formal ICT security policy. Even among ICT companies, the figure is only one in two, it said.

A recent study by accountants PwC suggested that three quarters of UK small businesses, and 93% of large ones, had recently suffered a cybersecurity breach.

The French economy will avoid recession this year, according to the country’s central bank.

It predicts growth of 0.1% in the first three months of 2013, a more upbeat outlook than that of many economists, who

The bank added that the business confidence indicator for industry had risen to its highest level in nearly a year.

But many experts have made gloomier predictions - partly because of January’s manufacturing data, which showed the sharpest fall in output since March 2009.

Initial economic growth figures for France are due out on 14 February. The government’s official forecast is for 0.8% this year.

French President Francois Hollande (pictured) is trying to make France more competitive. He recently called for more currency stability, arguing that the French economy “could be destroyed by the rising value of the euro”

are discouraged by recent data.

A recession is usually defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction.

In its monthly report, the Bank of France said: “Forecasts point to a modest rise in [industrial] activity in February.”



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She has been consistently pointed out as the youngster, who went missing in May 2007 while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings.

The New Zealand girl bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine, and is believed to have a mark on her right eye similar to the distinctive one on the British girl’s iris.

Police launched a five-day investigation in January when a Queenstown retailer became suspicious of a man and the young girl.

The sample was requested following a reported sighting of Madeleine on New Year’s

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Portuguese police stopped formally investigating the case in July 2008, but Madeleine’s family have never given up their quest to track down their missing daughter.

Mrs McCann has ploughed £1million from sales of her book back into the search.

The bestseller, entitled simply Madeleine, was published in 2011 on the day of her eighth birthday.

Madeleine’s Fund hit £1.8million shortly after the three-year-old vanished from her family’s holiday.

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Dale Cregan fired 32 shots at his unarmed victims in 31 seconds then handed himself in confessing: “I’ve just done two coppers,” a court has heard.

Dale Cregan unleashed a hail of bullets at PC Fiona Bone, 32 and PC Nicola Hughes, 23 - many as they lay injured on the ground, Preston Crown Court was told.

The jury heard how Cregan later handed himself in to police at Hyde Police station telling them: “Sorry about those two that have been killed, I wish it was men.

He allegedly went on: “I’ve dropped the gun at the scene and I’ve murdered two police officers. You were hounding my family so I took it out on yous (sic). I’m wanted by the police and I’ve just done two coppers.”

The jury was shown video of the moment Cregan was arrested at the front desk of the police station. He is seen speaking on his mobile phone, cradling it, after a police officer jumps over the front desk and handcuffs him.

Relatives of the two murdered police officers wept as they watched footage of the pair leaving the police station for the last time.

The court was told how On September 18 last year, Cregan was in hiding in a house in Abbey Gardens, Hattersely, Manchester. He made a 999 call to police claiming there was a burglary and when told an officer was on the way, Cregan replied: “I’ll be waiting,” said the prosecution.

Nicholas Clarke QC told the jury: “He had carefully put in place a plan that he knew would ensure that an unsuspecting police officer or officers would be sent to the door, to attend to a household who had been the victim of damage to his house.

“Cregan knew that the officers who attended would have no idea what would be waiting for them.”

PC Hughes and PC Bone were assigned the call and made their way from Hyde Police station to the address.

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Fiona walked through the small front garden, he opened the front door and immediately fired his Glock.”

The jury heard how both officers were shot in the chest. The body armour they were wearing protected them and the bullets did not penetrate, the prosecution said. The officers, the court heard, made a “tactical retreat”.

“PC Fiona Bone moved to the right, getting out of the line of sight and PC Nicola Hughes turned to run up the path. As they retreated more shots were fired. PC Hughes was shot just below her armoured vest in the middle of her back and was immediately paralysed causing her to fall forwards onto the path. As she was falling or lying flat on her stomach she was shot three more times. Cregan then turned his attention to PC Fiona Bone. She was trapped in front of the lounge window and he discharged 24 shots at her. Some struck the officer others the house,” the court heard.

She managed to draw and fire her Taser but it was discharged into a hard surface, probably the paving, the jury was told. The court was told that only a matter of 31 seconds had passed between PC Hughes switching off the engine of their vehicle and PC Bone firing the Taser.

Mr Clarke said: “Most of the bullets struck her body armour or the wall at the front of the house but she was the central target.”

PC Bone was shot between five and eight times receiving a total of eight gunshot-related injuries, the prosecution said. “As she turned and fell one bullet managed to get through under her arm. She was killed by a perforating shot to the upper left side of her chest which caused fatal injuries to the top of her heart. Cregan wasn’t finished. He turned his attention to PC Hughes and fired three more shots into the back and side of her head. She was shot eight times causing a total of seven gunshot-related injuries,” the jury heard.

The court was told that Cregan fired a total of 32 bullets at the two unarmed police officers.

Mr Clarke added: “Before he fled Abbey Gardens he made sure he left his usual calling card. He launched a fragmentation grenade back towards the garden of number 30 where the two police officers were lying on the floor.”

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This operation resulted in the arrest of two people. a total of 4,200 grams of marijuana and effects related to the cultivation and growth of plants were seized.

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It’s been a week now since I reported the sad news that Marcos the dolphin had died. In that time, many people have spoken to me about how they felt connected to the story

through the pages of Sol Times. Many of those people said they thought the Promar team had done a great job in trying to cure Marcos, how dedicated and professional

they had been in the long months spent on the beach looking after him. A lot said it’s

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I know how hard it was for all the volunteers camped on the beach, firstly in Roquetas and latterly in Almerimar, having visited the sites on numerous occasions. My personal opinion is that everything that possibly could be done was done for Marcos; he was seriously ill from the very first day of his rescue and although he received an almost constant supply of drugs, his condition never improved dramatically; they were always nursing a sick animal.

The last week has not been a good one for the people at Promar. They have closed their Facebook page because of the number of posts they have received from people criticising the work they have done with Marcos. They have been accused of not giving the right treatment, not knowing what they were doing, even that the money donated to Promar was not being spent on his care. Needless to say, comments like these are unkind and hurtful and more importantly, untrue.

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journalist, living in Spain since retiring

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A last minute attempt to save the Roquetas Aquarium was successful last week; in the short term at least. The owners of the site agreed to cover the outstanding electricity bill – about 9,500 Euros – from their own private funds. The meeting was held just hours before Endesa the power supplier, had threatened to cut off the electricity to the aquarium if the bill wasn’t paid.

The loss of electricity would have meant death to the over 1,000 species – some of them very rare – held in the 3,500 square metres of tanks. In the weeks since the announcement of the imminent closure of the attraction, operations director Enrique Fernandez had been trying to find new homes for some, if not all the fish. In the short time available to him, it was always going to be a

have done this for their own gain; that is not true. No one has made a single euro, all the money has gone towards getting better things for Marcos. The transmitter took weeks to find, the permits took months to get and the weather at times has been atrocious. We had three storms where the winds were stronger than 100 kph and we have lived on the beach with cold, rain and wind; where is the gain for us personally? We have tried to do our best, creating a hospital in the sea for Marcos, but many things have gone against us and there is no way to control nature. All we can do is to learn from this and try to do better next time.”

The statement is much longer and I have only quoted a small segment. Although their Facebook page is closed to comments, the page is still open to people who want to read the statement; you can find it at Marcos the Dolphin. The small team of dedicated volunteers at Promar are determined to move on; firstly from the shock of losing their fight to save Marcos and secondly from the malicious comments that have been made regarding their conduct over the last six months. It is always easy to criticise after the event and many of those criticisms have come from the other side of the world; hardly the best place from which to get a good view about the work being done in Almerimar, Spain?

Eva closes her statement by saying, “. . . the animals are the ones that matter most, after all.” I for one say Amen to that.

struggle. In a statement issued after their meeting last

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fish in their care; they felt they could not condemn the

animals to death by not paying the electricity bill.

Whilst the aquarium will now remain open, it is only a

temporary solution and the owners will have to do some

more negotiating to cover other outstanding debts.

Since the report of the closure, the number of visitors

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private individuals. This is all encouraging news, but the

long term future of the aquarium will depend on whether

the owners can sort out the desperate financial situation

they find themselves in. The staff has not been paid for a

number of weeks and an annual sum of 150,000 Euros is

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Two local animal welfare organisations – EQUO Almeria

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effort to prevent the closure and although they had no

direct impact on the outcome, they have undoubtedly

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centre. Mr. Fernandez said how encouraged he was by

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He also hoped people would buy season tickets as a

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heavily on a walking stick and weaving his way more or less along the side of the road.

Alert to the fact that his haphazard course could at any moment bring him into my path, and not wishing to mow down one of Andalucía’s smaller elders, I slowed to a cautious crawl.

As I drew level, his thumb, on the end of his outstretched arm, appeared from nowhere. I do not as a rule give lifts to hitchers, but as he bore very little resemblance to the front man for a gang of vicious highwaymen, I stopped and opened the window.

He lurched over and leaned in the window. ‘Alboch?’ He queried.

I verified, and asked him in Spanish if he would like a lift. Without hesitation his stick arrived through the open door, followed by his feet, followed by the rest of him, then his hat and

a strong agricultural aroma. I left the window down, and as we drove on I asked him where he wanted to go: ‘Aeibouereoaeseoeu’ he replied.

I realised that I was giving a lift to someone who only spoke in vowels. ‘I’m going to the

Plaza Mayor.’ I said, hoping for an answer that would give me a fighting chance of understanding him.

‘Eouiweayeiaoseaiur’ he said, adding ‘Ieoewiaujerisoeaoweia’ just to clarify his meaning.

By the time we had reached the outskirts of Albox, he was babbling away happily and desperation was creeping in to my demeanour. ‘You must tell me when you want me to stop.’ I told him, as I slowly cruised through the old part of the town.

‘Aoeiyneiujwo’ he urged; I think that meant ‘not here.’I crawled through the narrow streets, my eyes peeled for

anyone who looked as though they had lost a grandfather, and would like to give a home to the one currently using the Biggs taxi service.

‘Eiwoeiujanoea’ he explained cheerfully. He was enjoying his car riding experience. I was not.

Suddenly he waved his stick and began to wriggle in his seat. ‘Juwoaeiweuoaenya’ he exclaimed joyously. I stopped and put the hazard light on, determined to try and oust him from my car before his family contacted the police, and I was arrested for grandadnapping.

He exited in the exact reverse manner of his entry – hat, body, feet, stick, though the aroma lingered a little longer.

He turned, reached in again, took my hand and as clearly as any Rada-trained actor said ‘Muchas Gracias, y mucha suerte.’

I wonder what the rest of our conversation had been about?

By jos Biggs [email protected]

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As far as I can recall, I have never received a Valentine card in my life, which will come as no surprise to those who know me.

I have sent a few of my own in the past, but even that came to an abrupt end years ago, after a recipient of my attentions – the gorgeous Sabrina Wicks – confronted me as I entered the pub, waving the card around for all to see and proceeded to tear into me big time.

“What the hell is this?” she stormed and she read aloud the poem on the front of the card. “Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, When I Rogered Your Mum, I Was Thinking Of You.”

Well okay, it wasn’t Wordsworth,

but it was funny . . . or at least, so I had thought at the time. So did the other occupants of the bar it appeared, as they spluttered and choked over their drinks.

“But”, I countered, “How do you know it was from me?”

“Well, just three little clues gave it away”, she bawled. “Number one, who else would send something like that; secondly there were beer stains on the envelope and thirdly . . . you signed it!”

Ah, it was the beer stains that gave it away then.

“Look it was just a joke, I mean, your mums as ugly as sin and . . .” I didn’t get any further. Sabrina glared at me as she downed the rest of her Guinness in one swallow, tossed back the whisky chaser, stubbed her Senior Service out on a beer mat and elbowed past me as she charged out of the lounge bar of Ye Boar’s Head - her red stiletto’s clattering on the wooden floor.

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“I hate people with no sense of humour” I told him. “But I’m glad ‘cos I can’t afford to keep her and her mum in drinks”.

Many years later and to my eternal shame, a friend and I sent another suggestive Valentine to an acquaintance in our village. We signed it ‘Bubbles’ and we made a slight deliberate spelling mistake with the address on the envelope, in order to divert s u s p i c i o n away from us.

T h e f o l l o w i n g morning, we bumped into Neville on his way to work and were s h o c k e d at his appearance. His hair was a tangled mess and there were dark rings around his eyes; his face was a

deathly grey and he looked as if he had just completed twelve rounds with King Kong after being up all night.

In effect, that is exactly what had happened.

His wife, being suspicious of the envelope that had arrived for him the previous morning – the splash

of Kouros after-shave on the card, probably helping

– had opened it and waited impatiently

seething, for his return home later in the day.

According to him, she had ripped into him the moment he set foot inside

the front door and continued

her tirade of s c r e a m i n g a c c u s a t i o n s

into the night, demanding to know

who Bubbles was and how long the affair had been going on. He was threatened with violence and divorce, and immediate castration, with his genitals in danger of being fed to the cat.

He had just escaped the shrieking banshee who had once been his loving wife when we saw him. Still wearing his disheveled work clothes from the day before; he looked like a cast member straight off the Thriller set.

I was on the verge of revealing all and offering to go cap in hand to his wife, when I detected a slight shake of the head from my partner in crime. It was best to let sleeping dogs lie he later informed me and besides, just imagine what she would do to us. Also and more to the point, what Neville might do, because as my friend pointed out, he was the owner of a double barreled shotgun that he

alqueria - THe Space proGramme

used for pigeon shooting. Nevertheless, for Janet and

me, the 14th of February marks our wedding anniversary and we will be celebrating with friends and recounting for the millionth time, that day all those years ago when we had to fight our way through snow drifts to tie the knot.

The torrential rain the night before had turned to snow as the temperature dropped

ten degrees overnight, and we awoke to a white world and had to dig our way out of the house to get to the car.

I still don’t quite know how we made it to Newmarket that day, but we did eventually and what is more, made it safely back to our cottage later that night.

I don’t anticipate similar conditions this Valentine’s Day in Villamartin.


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Life was boring for antonio poyato. the premium prices his remitroot products brought kept him in the height of luxury. he employed most people of working age in the village and had a robust management structure in place. he had everything he needed. even his new solid gold combined back scratcher and ravioli cutter failed to hold his interest for long. his leisure time became taken up with finding new uses for remitroot. he had eaten it, drunk it and smoked it, put it on cuts and abrasions and rubbed it into his scalp. it seemed to be efficacious in most cases but he was forced to discontinue its use as a suppository.

Woven into cloth it was indestructible and as fine as the best silk. unfortunately it emitted an odour indistinguishable from the pheromone of the male iberian mountain Goat. this led to some interesting but expensive compensation claims. a thinner woven fabric with random fibre direction made a durable and tear resistant paper. the minister of finance, Briefcase fred decided to print alqueria’s twenty raro note on this type of paper. among remitroot’s many qualities, that of an aphrodisiac is perhaps the most prized. the alquerian twenty raro note, when chewed enhanced this effect. clandestine twenty raro note chewing parties took place at the dead of night. the bank note was soon in short supply and still much sought after. it was changing hands for a hundred raros. monetary confusion followed and the note had to be withdrawn.

in his laboratory poyato subjected the root to every possible test. remitroot Liquor failed to freeze at -114 celsius the temperature at which ethanol alcohol should freeze. even liquid hydrogen failed to turn it into a solid. finally poyato passed an electric current through it. the result was impressive. it burnt at a rate proportional to the applied current. two, five, ten and then twenty metres a second. With the full electrical potential applied a brilliant orange and yellow flash filled the room. after a deafening explosion poyato lost his eyebrows along with most of his laboratory equipment. he knew there must be a use for this attribute of his remitroot.

still smoking and singed he made his way to the Bar La casa devante. horacio the landlord looked at him in alarm, then poured him a shot of his strongest liquor. “Go easy with that it’s like rocket fuel” he said.

poyato took his drink into the plaza and looked up at the heavens. his eyes glazed over and with a lopsided grin stood motionless. ‘Where can i get hold of a good second hand rocket?’ he thought.

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A study found those who used it were suffering about a third fewer debilitating headaches after a couple of months. The number of people whose migraines were reduced by half or more were also tripled, according to the findings published online in Neurology.

Professor Jean Schoenen said: ‘The device consists of a thin silver band that looks like something out of Star Trek: ‘It is hooked over the ears and worn across the forehead like futuristic sunglasses. Patients don it once daily for 20 minutes.’

A similar technique has worked on patients with pain in other parts of the body such as the back. It involves connecting the device to the nerve responsible and sending an electronic pulse to prevent it from causing pain.

Prof Schoenen, of Liege University in Belgium, was also pleased there were no side effects from the treatment. He said: ‘These results are exciting because they were similar to those of drugs that are used to prevent migraine. But often those drugs have many side effects and frequently they are bad enough that people decide to quit taking the drug.’

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Brain scans showed a rush of blood to the region known

to be involved in making judgments about emotions.

This, the researchers said, suggests that the male brain has to work harder to make social decisions, to compensate for the fact that it naturally finds these sort of judgments trickier.

Professor Stephen Lawrie, who led the study, said it was designed to give the men enough time to come up with the correct answers. But, faced with snap decisions in real life, they might start misjudging others’ thoughts.

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out the same study with men who had a condition related to autism, the rush of blood to the emotional judgment area of the brain was even greater.

Professor Lawrie said: ‘Our findings suggest that men have developed strategies to cope with their lesser natural empathy by over-activating the parts of the brain that understand social cues.

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BUt it’S CoLd!Regular exercise will make you feel more energetic, which should make it a

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Chris Stewart’s works are known to many readers; Driving over Lemons was his first book and I read it back in 2004 whilst searching for a home in Andalucía. I still smile when fruit is lying on the road and hear it exploding under my tyres. His second book is called A Parrot in the Pepper Tree, so this week’s title came to me last week in Duquesa near Estepona, as come sunset there was a huge screeching from the parakeets, as they flew into the palm trees to roost for the night.

The looky-looky men work 365 days a year in that neck of the woods and it’s always Africans with big smiles on their faces trying to sell the most bizarre of items. I wonder if they bet amongst themselves as to who can find the most gullible buyer. The other day one of the guys had a huge mirror shaped as a guitar. Fishing reels are popular and the must have item at the moment is the bow and arrows set.

Moroccans have cornered the market in rugs, lighters

and dodgy l o o k i n g c h a i n s a w s

What has Tina Turner got to do with Air Traffic Control? What has a Teletubby got to do with Sony’s new television and what on earth have MI5 got to do with anything? Nothing? Not quite.

Recently an airfield in Gloucestershire was plagued by huge numbers of birds, interfering with landing, messing up planes, machinery and people in the process. They tried all sorts to get rid of them until hitting on a successful deterrent. Tina Turner. Not the lady herself, but her recordings; “Simply The Best” blaring from a moving truck frightened them off never to return, allowing planes to land safely. Almost. I believe there were a few aborted landings when the pilots actually thought they were heading for a river deep or mountain high!

If Tina Turnering the birds is unusual, Sony, who should know better, have really been stretching things! They’ve brought us a television with a 90 inch screen! I’ve worked that out, without a calculator, as being seven and a half feet. What I can’t work out is why anyone would have a screen the size of a small family car in their home.

Imagine, you’ve had another night of musical beds with your toddler. As usual, the little bundle of energy wakes at the crack of dawn full of life and demanding Teletubbies. One of you stumbles to the lounge, puts on the television and immediately falls into a deep sleep, only to be woken shortly afterwards by a scream of delight. What’s the first thing you see? A seven foot wide menacing, babbling Teletubby staring at you from across the room. I think that’s about as welcome as Norman Bates volunteering to check the temperature on your shower!

It doesn’t take the Intelligence Service to tell you that the Teletubby incident would be a bizarre, even life changing, experience. Talking of the Intelligence Service, I think that name should be subject to the Trades Descriptions Act. Why? Apparently MI5 once considered recruiting radio controlled pigeons which were to become lethal weapons when fitted with explosives. What happened? It’s obvious! The pigeons and MI5 were no match for Tina Turner.

I’ve got a theory that could make sense of all this nonsense. I think that “The Goon Show”, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and other such programmes weren’t comedies at all but groundbreaking reality shows showing how silly we really are! Now there’s a thought!

Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox,

but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham

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Staying on the Costas, a colleague of my wife recently had her car broken into. The thieves did not break a window or use a file hidden in a cake but instead lurked nearby with a device that cloned the radio signal when she used her zapper to lock the car. Then they simply waited for her to disappear round the corner and unlocked her car using their fiendish contraption. Since then I have made sure nobody is lurking whenever I have locked my car.

Fuel prices are again on the rise yet huge price differences can be found. Around Albox a litre of premium diesel varies between 1.36 a litre and 1.47. Further afield I have seen it priced at over 1.50 a litre. I get ribbed at home when I mention fuel prices yet shopping around can save us all a lot of money. Cheap filling points can be found on the Santa Maria road near Huercal Overa (the Lidl junction I call it), also on the opposite side to Longo’s on the A334 near Albox (diesel only) and by far the best are the three fuel stations that all opposite the ITV

on the A334 near Partaloa.

Authorities especially in Britain are always shoving health and safety warnings down our proverbial throats. The ‘Wet Floor’ sign is a classic example yet it is a product rarely seen in Spain and so we simply tread carefully whenever we see a wet floor. I wonder if accidents are higher in Spain because of these absent signs – probably not! Cotton buds are another example as they carry a warning not to poke them into our ears! What else should we use them for?

And lastly, I wonder when the lady mayor of Mojacar will finally get lynched in a dark alley, now looking much more likely since she turned half the street lights off. She recently cancelled a public meeting, set up discuss her latest scheme to kill of Mojacar by banning live music at beach bars. It’s all to stop the kids having fun for free at ‘botellons’ on the beach. Surely another solution can be thought up that won’t further screw up an already fragile local economy.

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“he who wants a rose must respect the thorn.” (Ancient persian proverb) spoken by the head of the i.R.G. “i am that thorn.”

Such a precarious situation. Middle east volatility and American aggression, protecting their own interests.

Many of the events are based on fact and cope has created a fast-moving, tense political thriller that exposes megalomania, corruption and greed on a damning scale with devastating results. no winners, just losers.

the stakes are high. this is about oil in the Gulf. Set towards the end of the war between iraq and iran in the 80s the iraqis were preventing the iranians from exporting oil and so the latter were being “strangled economically.” they needed nothing short of a miracle to survive the war and this is where self-made British tycoon declan doyle comes into the picture, a rich, successful entrepreneur motivated by greed to make 20 million dollars out of a “hair-brained scheme” with “too many unknowns, too much risk” and of course, it is far too expensive. depicted more as an anti-hero it is a challenge, a deadly game that he wants to win at any price to feed his ego, increase the power stakes and satisfy his greed to fund his already lavish lifestyle�of�private�boats�and�planes,�first�class�travel�and�all�those�trappings�of�wealth�that�most of us dream about but never achieve.

paddy doherty, ex Secret intelligence Service like doyle and retired colonel acts as go-between/negotiator on behalf of the head of the mercenary iranian Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Raza, the second most powerful man in iran after the Ayatollah Khomeini, extremely dangerous and feared by all. Menacing and ruthless.

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“Whatever the israelis know, the Americans know. Whatever the Americans know, the iraqis know.” Failure to accomplish this daunting task would result in the execution of doyle. this is the MuRKY world of espionage and no-one is ever safe.

Suicide bombers indoctrinated with the prospect of being a jihad and achieving Mujahid status, letter bombs, missiles and assassins, ciA or SiS, double-crossings. trust no-one. in spite of the penalties and doyle was well aware of them, he still went ahead and embarked on his “last ditch project” to get oil out of iran at the mercy of Raza, the second most powerful man in iran but the MoSt dangerous.

politically it WAS a volatile situation and still is. the story is exciting and doyle walks the tightrope more as a political pawn rather than an accomplished acrobat. he is out to succeed but he is unknowingly, competing against the superpowers who want to destroy the Geneveh project and cripple the iranians. they are too powerful and more determined to succeed.

For a man who was “hungry for a dollar” how was he going to survive in a “dog eat dog” world?�Was�he�going�to�survive?�Intriguing�enough�for�you�to�discover�for�yourselves!�Enjoy!

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the history of Valentine’s day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. but we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both christian and ancient roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? today, the catholic church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. one legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in rome. when emperor claudius ii decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. when Valentine’s actions were discovered, claudius ordered that he be put to death.

other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help christians escape harsh roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

according to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. while in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. it’s no surprise that by the Middle ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in england and France.

while some believe that Valentine’s day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 a.d — others claim that the christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ‘christianise’ celebrations of the pagan lupercalia festival. in ancient rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. lupercalia, which began at the ides of February,

February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the roman god of agriculture, as well as to the roman founders romulus and remus.

to begin the festival, members of the luperci, an order of roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants romulus and remus, the founders of rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. the priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

during the Middle ages, it was commonly believed in France and england that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine’s day — should be a day for romance. the oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by charles, duke of orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the tower of london following his capture at the battle of agincourt. the greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the british library in london, england. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John lydgate to compose a valentine note to catherine of Valois.

in great britain, Valentine’s day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. by the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.

by the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s day greetings. americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. in the 1840s, esther a. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in america.

Valentine’S Fact: according to the greeting card association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s day the second largest card-

sending holiday of the year; an estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for christmas!

Every February, chocolates, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is

this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

the history of st Valentine’s day

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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.

PURCHASING A HOME IN SPAINBuyers of property in Spain naturally find the

formalities and procedures involved, strange and confusing and this is often compounded by problems of language and difficulty in obtaining local professional advice that they can understand.

The wise thing to do is to take on the services of a qualified professional; of which there are many in all the tourist-orientated resorts who speak good English or who at least have English-speaking secretaries. The Law Society in each province controls the work of Spanish solicitors in Spain.

here is a very general outline of the work that goes on behind the scene, so that you have a rough idea of what to expect.

1- Request of the copy of the seller’s escritura. A study of the first notarial copy of the sellers Escritura de Compraventa will indicate whether all the tax and registration procedures have been completed on the previous transfer. The registration details entered on the Escritura will enable the lawyer to do a complete search in the Register, and therefore make sure that the seller has a proper title and ensure there are no hidden charges or encumbrances affecting the property.

2. Make sure there are no outstanding bills.3. it is normal for a deposit to be handed over to

reserve the property until the signing of the Escritura de Propiedad can take place. when the deposit is handed over your lawyer will draw up a solid contract to secure both parties until the day of the signing. .

4.if you are a non-resident the Spanish Ministry of interior requires you to obtain a certificate of non residency (which in turn determines your fiscal number) so that you can sign the escritura. it will also be required later on by the Tax Authorities. This is known as the NiE number.

5.if you buy from a non-resident you must hold back 3% of the price stipulated on the escritura which

your lawyer or in this case yourself will pay to the Tax Authority on behalf of the sellers capital gains tax. (The lawyer will not be able to register your property until he has obtained the receipt from the tax office for this money,). if he is accustomed to dealing with foreigners, he will point this out, if he does not, watch out.

6. when deciding where, when and how you are going to pay for your house in Spain it is very important that you seek advice on your particular case, because the Spanish Law concerning foreign investment does not permit the payment to be made in any old way. if your lawyer is used to foreign conveyance, he will automatically point out the correct way of handling this.

7. your lawyer will draw up a rough draft for the notary to prepare the title deed. (By contrast to England, in Spain each time a transaction takes place a new title deed is drawn up).

8,when the escritura is signed there are taxes and fees to be paid, which your lawyer will do for you, on receiving appropriate funding.

9 Order the property register to inscribe your title deed.

10.Aprox. One month from the signing of the escritura you will receive your escritura with the registers stamp on it, and receipts for all the payments made on your behalf. (i recommend you staple them to your title deed forever, because when you go to sell they can be used as deductions against capital gains.)

Congratulations, you now have your final title deed.i want to take the opportunity to say that even though

all this sounds complicated, the Spanish legal system in what concerns the buying of property when used properly, gives both the seller and the buyer total safety.

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way2go now have four depots in Javea, Malaga airport, Swanley and Burton-on-Trent adding more value and convenience to our service and if these don’t suit then we offer a delivery and collection service. we also offer one day`s free hire on all bookings, no charges for credit or debit cards transactions and additional drivers are free of charge. we can also offer discounted rates when using Brittany Ferries between Spain and the uK where you can transport your pets for as little as £40.00. it is worth remembering when traveling self-drive, you don’t have to pay for expensive flights as with conventional removals.

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She is very proud of the new counter which holds a selection of plants and is lit from the inside. Since the re-opening a few weeks ago, customers have been complementary about the new look, especially the improved cold room where the flowers are displayed, all of which can be viewed from the shop. Another important section of the renovated store is the bridal area. It’s in a quiet corner with a table, chairs, soft lighting and a computer screen to show the hundreds of different flower displays the shop can prepare for that very special occasion.

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tiles – in ceramic, slate, natural stone and a variety of other materials – have become an increasingly popular covering for floors and walls not least because they are hygienic and easy to clean. this means that they can be incorporated as an element of kitchen design, or bathroom design, for example, where they are less likely to harbour allergens than some other floor or wall coverings. Not only that, but tiles are available in a wide range of colours and finishes and so can add a touch of elegance to any room...

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…the one great thing about living in Spain is the choice of tiles available for every room!

Ceramic tiles, for example, are no longer restricted to neutral white, cream or grey, as was once the case and are available in brighter, warmer colours in a choice of unglazed, glazed, mosaic and porcelain finishes. Glazing –the application of liquid glaze to the surface of a tile by high pressure spraying or direct pouring – followed by firing in a kiln at a temperature above 1,000°C, creates a hard, water resistant surface.

Mosaic tiles, although essentially manufactured in the same way, are made from pigmented clay, so that the colour extends throughout the tile, making them more resistant to wear and tear. Mosaic tiles are often sold mounted on paper, rather than loose, and although the intricacies of the production process do make them more expensive than some other type of tile, they are, nevertheless, water resistant and highly durable.

Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile, but the use of porcelain clays means that they have a much lower water absorption rate – typically less than 5% – than other ceramic tiles, and, when glazed, are much more durable and hard-wearing. Porcelain tiles can be used to reproduce the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost.

Whatever you choose will add a touch of style to your home!

Spain: Biggest annual House price Drop in europeIn the third quarter of

2012, the price of housing in Spain registered a drop of 15.2% year-on-year, which is the biggest drop recorded among all the European Union countries, which experienced an average decrease of 1.9% compared to the same period in 2011.

These results are taken from data published by the European statistical office, Eurostat, which has published, for the first time, homogeneous data on the evolution of housing prices between the 27 member countries. This negative percentage rises to 2.5% in the Eurozone countries.

According to Eurostat’s data, the year-on-year drop in Spanish house prices accelerated throughout the year, reaching 12.5% in the first three months 2012, and 14.4% in the second quarter.

In quarterly terms, house prices in Spain dropped by 3.7% in the third quarter, above the average decline of 0.7% in the Eurozone and 0.4% in the whole of the EU, coming only behind the declines of 4.2% and 3.7%

experienced in Romania and the Netherlands, respectively.

Specifically, among the States for which data was available, the largest year-on-year increases in house prices were registered in Estonia (+8.4%), Luxembourg (+7.1%) and Finland (+2.1%), while the largest declines were recorded in Spain (-15.2%), Ireland (-9.6%), the Netherlands (-8.7%) and Portugal (-7.7%).

Regarding the second quarter of 2012, the largest increases in house prices were recorded in Estonia (+2.6%), Latvia (+2.3%), United Kingdom (+1.7%) and Ireland (+1.6%), while the largest decreases were registered in Romania (-4.2%), the Netherlands (-3.9%) and Spain (-3.7%).

El Mundo reported that, with the announcement of the data on the evolution of housing prices in the EU in the third quarter of 2012, Eurostat is “responding to the demand for reliable and comparable statistics” on developments in the housing market nationally and in the


The statistics agency said: “The evolution of housing prices is important for the purposes of our economy and monetary policy, particularly to monitor macroeconomic imbalances and risk exposure of the financial sector, and well as being relevant for households, to measure changes in prices of the most important component of families’ expenditure and wealth”.











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All processed beef products are safe to eat but consumers must be

prepared for more unwelcome news in the ongoing horsemeat scandal, the government says.

E n v i r o n m e n t Secretary Owen Paterson said

“nothing seen so far presented a health risk”.

According to a report by the BBC, Mr Paterson, who is to update MPs later on the latest d eve lo p ment s , said it looked as if an “extensive” c r i m i n a l

conspiracy may have taken place.

Legal action is set to begin in

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on Monday, he added.

Mr Paterson has already said a moratorium on EU meat imports, which has been called for, is not allowed under EU rules.

In France, the government has summoned meat industry representatives to talks and some ready meals were withdrawn after horsemeat was found in some beef-labelled foods sold in Europe.

Mr Paterson said reports from France suggested the problem had been pinned down to two abattoirs in Romania.

The controversy surrounding contamination of meat products has spread all over Europe, affecting countries including Sweden, Poland and the Republic of Ireland.

Last month, Irish food inspectors announced they

had found horsemeat in some burgers stocked by a number of UK supermarket chains, including Tesco, Iceland and Lidl.

Mr Paterson told the BBC a factory in Luxembourg, which has been linked to the French cases, had to issue warnings to 16 different countries. He said he did not know how widespread the problem was but “we have to be prepared for more unwelcome news”.

Tests were continuing and it was the responsibility of the retailers to “convince their consumers of the validity and quality of their products”, he said.

Mr Paterson added that the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) advice was to continue buying and eating processed beef products, but if any evidence of a serious threat to health emerged “we will act very swiftly”.

The FSA has ordered food businesses to conduct authenticity tests on all beef products for significant levels of horsemeat and the

deadline for the first set of results is Friday 15 February.

Last week Findus UK took its frozen beef lasagne, made by the Comigel food processing company in France, off the shelves after some were found to have up to 100% horsemeat in them.

Findus UK said the only product on sale in the UK using ingredients from the French supplier had been its beef lasagne and all other beef products on sale in the UK had been DNA-tested and cleared.

The FSA has asked Findus to test their contaminated beef lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone as animals treated with “bute” are not allowed to enter the food chain. The results are expected in the next few days.

The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, said: “It’s understandable that people will be concerned, but it is important to emphasise that, even if bute is found to be

present at low levels, there is a very low risk indeed that it would cause any harm to health.”

SaFeTy iSSueS• experts say horsemeat itself

should be no more dangerous than beef to eat and is safe

• the Food Standards agency (FSa) has ordered food businesses to check for horsemeat in all beef products, such as beef burgers, meatballs and lasagne. the first set of results are expected on Friday 15 February

• there is concern that some horses are given a drug called bute (phenylbutazone) which can be dangerous to humans

• in rare cases it causes a serious blood disorder known as aplastic anaemia where the body does not make enough new blood cells

• animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter the food chain for this reason

• the Food Standards agency has ordered Findus to test their beef lasagne that contains horsemeat for bute

• results are expected in the next few days

A large cup of Starbucks coffee contains more than three quarters of a person’s ‘safe’ daily dose of caffeine, according to a report.

According to a report by the Mail Online, the 16oz ‘Grande’ coffee is said to contain nearly double the recommended limit for a pregnant woman, while a typical home-made 8oz cup of coffee is well above a 10-year-old’s daily allowance. But scientists stress that such statistical averages can vary widely from person to person, with factors such as gender and genetics having an impact on tolerance levels.

A person’s tolerance can also be affected by other drug use, with women who take the contraceptive pill breaking down caffeine slower, and smokers process the stimulant faster than non-smokers.

A study by the government regulatory agency Health Canada concluded that the average person can have up to 400mg of caffeine a day

without experiencing negative affect, such as anxiety or heart problems.

The average allowance for a pregnant woman is 200mg, according to the Food Standards Agency, and 75mg for a 10-year-old.

A 16oz Starbucks coffee has 330mg of caffeine, according to a table compiled by Chemical and Engineering News.

However, Starbucks deny the findings, saying their Grande contains just 140mg - still more than a third of the daily recommended limit.

This is compared to an 8oz cup of brewed coffee, which contains 133mg, and an 8oz cup of instant coffee, which has 93mg.

An 8oz can of Monster Energy has 92mg, while an 8oz Red Bull can has 83mg. A bottle of Coca-Cola contains 58mg of caffeine, while a an 8oz cup of decaf coffee has 5mg and hot chocolate has 9mg.

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The Food of LoveValentine’s Day has, over time, become synonymous with food and the potential

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Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable with many aphrodisiacs gaining their reputation from what they symbolise - ahem!!!

Food seems to be able to ‘create’ the desired result purely because we want it too – the ‘placebo’ effect; medical science has not substantiated any claims that a particular food can increase sexual desire or performance. Most common aphrodisiacs today include:

• alcoHol: lowers inhibitions and increases confidence; however, over-indulgence has a sedative effect not conducive to a romantic tryst!

• aSparaGuS: three courses of asparagus were served to 19th century bridegrooms due to its reputed aphrodisiacal powers.

• Banana: due not only to its shape(!), but also its creamy, lush texture, some studies show its enzyme bromelain enhances male performance!

• caViar: is high in zinc, which stimulates the formation of testosterone, maintaining male functionality.

• cHampaGne: viewed as the “drink of love,” moderate quantities lower inhibitions and cause a warm glow in the body.

• cHocolaTe: contains both a sedative which relaxes and lowers inhibitions and a stimulant to increase activity and the desire for physical contact. It was actually banned from some monasteries centuries ago.

• FiGS: seasonal crops were celebrated by ancient Greeks in a frenzied copulation ritual.

• GinSenG: increases desire for physical contact - allegedly!

• perFumeS: made of natural foodstuffs such as almond, vanilla, and other herbs and spices act as a pheromone to communicate emotions by smell.

• puFFer FiSH: considered both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac in Japan. If the poisonous gland is not properly removed, the tiniest taste is deadly. The flirt with death is said to give a sexual thrill. Not recommended.

• oySTerS: Some oysters repeatedly change their sex from male to female and back, giving rise to claims that the oyster lets one experience the masculine and feminine sides of love.

• raDiSH: considered a divine aphrodisiac by Egyptian pharoahs, most likely because its spicy taste stimulated the palate.

• TruFFleS: probably due to its rarity and musky aroma, it has long been considered to arouse the palate and the body. To sustain his masulinity, an ancient lover in lore was said to have gorged himself to death on Alba truffles during the wedding feast.

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A ban on pupils’ packed lunches to help prop up the ‘economically bust’ school dinners system is being called for by Government food advisers.

Restaurateurs Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent argue that this would save parents £2billion a year which could then be ploughed into school canteens.

And they believe that, if they cannot convince ministers to ban packed lunches, schools should police what parents give their children and confiscate unhealthy items such as sweets and fizzy drinks – although they admit it would be an uphill task.

Mr Dimbleby said one headmaster said he had ‘other battles to fight’ when he suggested banning unhealthy snacks.

The system would rely on revamped school meals to tempt children more than

‘institutional’ meat and two veg and processed food. Mr Dimbleby and Mr Vincent, who own the Leon chain of restaurants, began surveying school meals last year.

Cooking lessons at school will become compulsory for children aged seven to 14 from September as the Government aims to ensure they can make up to 20 dishes before taking their GCSE exams.

Education Secretary Michael Gove is also considering banning packed lunches as ministers look at new ways of improving diets while they battle with soaring child obesity, reported the Sunday Times.

Leon fast food chain founders Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent were tasked last year by Mr Gove, 45, with moving on the campaign for better school meals begun by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, 37

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want pupils to be banned from bringing in packed lunches or leaving the premises at lunchtime, at a time when only 40 per cent of children are eating school meals.

They suggest parents should spend the £2billion that annually goes on packed lunches on school meals instead, and double the take-up percentage over five years, reported the Sunday Times.

‘Rather than ask government to subsidise a structurally bust system we want the system to become solvent by getting more customers to pay for school dinners,’ Mr Dimbleby told the newspaper.

The pair said the majority of packed lunches are normally a sandwich, chocolate bar, packet of crisps and an apple, which is often put back in the lunchbox again and again when brought home by pupils.

During tours of school canteens, they were pleased to find no sign of Turkey Twizzlers - famously criticised by Mr Oliver eight years ago - and said the meals have improved over the past decade.

But former Eton pupil Mr Dimbleby told the Sunday Times: ‘There’s still too much processed food in school canteens. Some of the meals I ate were a bit institutional - meat and two veg.’

The duo added that the Government cannot afford to invest the £60billion required to rescue the school dinner system - and that parents will have to foot the bill to solve the problem.

Mr Dimbleby and Mr Vincent’s chain has 13 restaurants in London and the South East, specialises in burger, chicken and fish dishes and has an emphasis on sustainability and providing good nutrition.

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Wash the aubergines and slice them. Place them in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let rest for 30 min, so that they release some water.

Use paper towel to pat them dry. Heat 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook them on each side for about 2 to 3 min. Add more oil if necessary. Keep on the side.

Roll your dough finely into 4 inch squares.

Make small holes with a fork, leaving a border. Cover with plastic wrap and place in

the fridge for 30 min.Preheat your oven at 410 F.Take the dough out and place a slice of

aubergine on each square. Add one to two slices of goats cheese and sprinkle with some fresh thyme and a dash of olive oil. Season with pepper. Cook for about 15 to 20 min.

Once golden in colour, remove the tartlets from the oven. Top each with fresh slices of radishes, salt and pepper and ½ tsp honey.

Serve with fresh green salad.


Goat Cheese & auberGine tartletsGoat Cheese & auberGine tartlets


Serves 44.5lbs fresh mussels

2tbsp butter1 red onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped1 carrot, thinly sliced3 sprigs fresh thyme1 cup dry white wine

1 bay leaf1 small orange bell pepper, cored,

seeded, and finely choppedPinch of saffron threadsSalt & pepper to taste¼ cup crème fraîche

1tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Mussels insaffron broth

Mussels insaffron broth


Pasteis de nataPasteis de nata

For 8 Square TartletsPuff pastry (about 9 oz

for 8 tartlets)1 Goat Cheese Roll2 small aubergines

Fresh thymeHoney

A few pink radishesOlive oil

Sea salt & cracked black pepper



IngredIents:For about 12 to 14 pieces,

muffin size1 package (17.5 ounce) frozen puff pastry, thawed OR fresh

2 cups whole milk1 vanilla pod, split in halves

and seeds scrapedZest of 1 lemon

1/2 cinnamon stick, 1/4 cup cornstarch

3/4 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks + 1 egg

METhodHeat the milk — with the vanilla pods and

seeds, lemon zest and cinnamon stick — to a boil, then stop the heat, cover and let infuse for 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla pods, and filter the milk.

Pour the milk into the pot again and add the sugar and cornstarch; mix well. Bring to a gentle boil, while stirring, for the cream to thicken (a few minutes), and then let it cool

(10 minutes).

Then add the eggs, and mix well.

Preheat your oven at 480 °F/240°c/Gas 9

Roll the pastry in the shells, and fill with the cream, leaving a little room from the top.

Bake for 15 minutes or so, until the top has a nice golden-brown colour. Remove and let cool. You will see the flans deflate, and this is totally normal. Enjoy them at room temperature.

Discard any mussels that are chipped. If some mussels are open, tap lightly on their shells; if they stay open, discard them. Clean the mussels under a cold tap, removing the beard on each one; set aside.

In a stock pot, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add half the onion with the celery, carrot, and thyme. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup of the wine, with the bay leaf and mussels.

Cover and cook over high heat for 3 minutes or until all the mussels are opened. Discard any that do not open; set aside off the heat.

Meanwhile, in a flameproof casserole large enough to hold all the mussels, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the remaining 1/2 cup wine, saffron, salt, and black pepper. Let the mixture bubble steadily for a few minutes. Add the crème fraîche and parsley.

Using a large slotted spoon, remove the mussels from the stock pot. Strain the broth into the saffron mixture. Bring to a boil. Add the mussels to the pan. Spoon the liquid over them. Divide the mussels and broth among shallow bowls.

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time with 15 (7)20 sum up island college’s nice sounds (5)21 Hard up and going out? Left initially

inside making furrows (9)25 what you’ll be if always without rail

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28 Piece of furniture i catch following taxi (7)

29 attempts to destroy french forest (7)

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julie Bruce DoeS iT aGain!The Ribbon for Life in Mojacar was an

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Julie Bruce and her 30 ZumbaChicas (and brave ZumbaChico, John Tolley) were invited to entertain the growing crowds with 6 dance routines from salsa and latin through to hip hop and Bollywood ... so popular that they were asked for an encore!

Event organiser, Bronia was thrilled with their display, “Once again Julie, thank you for your

marvellous exhibition of Super Zumba!!!!! As always will ask you and your Zumba girls to assist us in our following event!!! You are all stars!!!!”

Julie Bruce, who holds various levels of classes in many different locations, also sold nearly 50 ribbons and raised 150 Euros on their stall. She was delighted to be part of such an important World Record Breaking Day!

If you would like to join Julie at one of her classes, please call 697 86 10 71

February 21st - Monthly meeting at which the guest speaker will come from MACS, the cancer support charity who have recently opened a new shop in Albox, start time 11:00. Come along to La Parrilla and listen to what will prove to be a very interesting talk.

It is also an opportunity to see the new range of goods on sale at the Poppy Stall. If anyone has any unused and unwanted Christmas or birthday gifts to donate to the stall this would be much appreciated as all profits are donated to the Poppy Fund

February 21st – Bowling at Amigos - a joint venture with Zurgena branch, the event starts at 12:30, lunch is available. For further details please contact Steven Mold, [email protected]. The cost is 11 Euros to include shoe hire, 2 games and lunch. This is an excellent way to follow up the monthly meeting.

March 30th – Poppy Easter Bonnet Ball, to be held at La Parrilla. The event will start at 7pm, dinner will be served at 7:30. Dinner will comprise a three course meal with some drinks included in the cost. The cost will be 20 Euros for members and 22 Euros for non members. Music will be supplied by Brendan O’Dee. Prizes will be awarded for the best bonnet, male AND female. For further details, or to book tickets, contact the social secretary Bob Cowan on 608049490 or email him at [email protected].

If you require more details for any of the activities and events for the Albox branch or should you wish to become a member (you do not need to be ex-forces to join) and help with the Legion’s excellent work for British serving and ex-service personnel and their families, both in the UK and here in Spain, please come along to any branch meeting at the Hotel Restaurante La Parrilla (1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month). Alternatively, contact the chairman, Peter Phillips, on 693483392 or email [email protected], or visit the branch website, www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/albox



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NOtICeThe Friday Tapas Group meet up at 1pm each week and the venues for the next two weeks

are as follows:15th February - Marley’s, in the Urb

22nd February - Burty’s Bar, in the UrbAnyone is welcome to join in and have a laugh,

exchange views and ideas.The more, the merrier!

The bar owners enjoy it too!

Burty’s BArBurty’s BAr

TaBle Top Sale 24TH FeBruary - call To Book a TaBle

sun - fRi fROM 11aM - 6PM CLOsEd saTuRday

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eVery THurSDay Special STeak niGHT 5pm – 8.30pm

6oz Sirloin Steak, real chips, Fried onion, mushrooms & mixed Salad ONly 8.95€larger Steaks & Baby Fillet available

with a Supplement. or pork chops &apple sauce, or

chicken Supreme with potatoes & vegAlso available - salmon fillet with dill sauce

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STarTinG TueSDay 19TH FeBruary – pie niGHT 5.30pm – 8.30pmSteak & ale or chicken, Bacon & mushroom or mince, onion &

potato with chips & mushy peas or potatoes & vegetables. Booking essential by 6pm monday

weD 13TH FeBruary cloSeD For

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Friday 8th February saw the FTG decent on the New York New York restaurant for some lovely tapas, but not in the Big Apple!Fourteen of the regular members were treated to some culinary delights created by Adrian and, also sampled his fine wines and beers. They were ably looked after by Val and, a good time was had by all!New York NY do special dinners for special occasions and, since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, why not book a table and enjoy Adrian’s creations.The FTG also have a link with the Royal British Legion and Barry, the Legion’s Poppy Appeal Organiser, can be seen presenting Adrian with this year’s ‘Poppy Appeal Box’. Many thanks to Adrian and his staff for a great Friday lunchtime.

THe enGliSH

SpeakinG cluB

Members Meeting at The Lodge last Thursday Evening enjoyed a chat with their Wine and Tapas and added an “Extra” to their usual curriculum by bringing along items for the “Red Cross”3 extra large Boxes were filled with beverages, comestibles, abluents and apparel.They were all transported on Friday morning by our Scottish Member,The Laird of Keil HillGlencoe. Who received great thanks from the “Red Cross” Staff. A big Thank-you goes to all Members, Holiday Visitors and Arkwright’s the English Shop just off Avda.de Mediterraneo for their very generous donations

Nick and Ruth mine hosts at Bar Aurora in the Port of Roquetas De Mar, were presented with a new Poppy Appeal Box for 2013 by Barry, the new poppy appeal organiser for the Roquetas De Mar branch of the Royal British Legion and, it is hoped that this year can be as successful as it was in 2012!See Photograph of Nick receiving the Poppy Appeal BoxMany thanks to Nick and Ruth for their continued support and valued help in

raising funds for our ex-service personnel. Why not call in to see them and enjoy their excellent choice of tapas, beers and wines and enjoy the wonderful view from the terrace overlooking the bay?New members are always welcome to join in the fun at RBL branch meetings, held at ‘The Lodge’, on Calle Americo Vespucio in Roquetas De Mar, the first Tuesday of each month at 3.00pm. Please contact the Legion’s Chairman on 950 328 469 for further details.

THe FriDay TapaS Group Go To new york!

Bar aurora GeT THeir new 2013 poppy appeal BoX

SenD your BirTHDay & anniVerSary GreeTinGS To

[email protected]& we’ll prinT THem

Free oF cHarGe!

CaBO Del GatOThe Cabo de Gata covers 61km and is protected

by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve, due to its high ecological value. There are many hiking trails, as well as several villages of interest around the coastline.

There are also many beaches with cliffs, capes, and volcanic hills as a backdrop. Wildlife in the Park

include eagles, pink flamingo, wall lizards, grass snakes, to name a few.

There are many beaches in the Park. Most are situated at the east and south end, and although popular during the summer, the Cabo de Gata

beaches are have a rural feel to them, and do not get full to the brim with holiday makers.

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uK Reg Qualified Nurses andExperienced Carers Required

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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.

On Tuesday 5th of February, the Roquetas De Mar Branch of the Royal British Legion held it’s first open Pool Tournament at “The Lodge” in Roquetas. The event was arranged to follow the monthly branch meeting and was open to members and non-members alike with a proportion of the entry fee being donated to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

In the ladies section, there were only two entrants who therefore progressed to the final. This turned out to be a long “tactical” battle with plenty of “safety” play which came to an exciting conclusion when Rosemary Smith sunk a long black to beat Audrey Wood into second place.

The men’s section had fourteen entrants and the player match-ups were drawn for each round. All the matches were closely contested and the standard of play was good. Ken Hillier and Mike Ellis were the losing semi-finalists leading to a single leg final between Bill Edmondson and the proprietor of “The Lodge”, Juan Pedro Reyes, with the bar owner showing his prowess or perhaps his local knowledge of the quirks of the table. Juan was presented with the “trophy” bottle of brandy by Poppy Appeal organiser Barry Thomas and the runner-up and beaten semi-finalists took home a bottle of wine. €10 was donated to the 2013 Poppy appeal.

Everyone felt the tournament was a great success although not all stayed for the final which took place after 7pm.

Following what was felt to be an excellent dry run, Barry confirmed that there will be another Roquetas Open Pool Tournament, to be held as an evening event with cash prizes and a proportion of the entrance fee going to the 2013 Poppy Appeal Fund. The date and other details will be confirmed shortly so watch this space.


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dRAInAgE soLutIons

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

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tuition.consumablesAlbox, Almeria

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airporT SerViceS

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seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc

Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688

[email protected]

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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

nEaTER HEaTER see our main ad on the news pages

CaRLOs (saLiEnTE) PLuMBinG & HEaTinG services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.comTel: 968 969 962



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call Graham & Barry now for free estimate

620 112 193 or 667 853 062

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arrangedbargaIn €195tel: 697 590 151 or 950 329 416

any single item up to 300€ free of charge email [email protected]

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OPTiCa aLBOX all your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991

woodhouse boarding kennels &

cattery arboleas

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

welcome to viewminiStry approved

tracy Mobile650 211 952

No need for kennels or cattery,

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away from you and re-register your vehicle

on to spanish plates

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HouSe clearance conT...


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albox & surrounding areas tel: 634 328 779

phil DeliversLOGs

Gravel & all Building Materials


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 &

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

on pg 16, please email [email protected]

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email for more info at [email protected]

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condition Tel: 697 275 751



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HouSe & GarDen clearanceS, SkipS SupplieD


we alSo Take FriDGeS, waSHinG

macHineS, microwaVeS, all elecTrical


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JCB’sMini-diggers (all Makes),

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For too many years now people have neglected their retirement planning, possibly in the main, because we as ex-pats cannot con-tribute to our retirement plans when we live abroad. Times are changing, there are now pension transfers (QROPS) that allow us

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some 1,600 jobs have already been cut in the investment banking business since the start of the year, barclays said.

sky news revealed on monday that thousands of jobs would go outside its investment bank as part of a streamlining programme overseen by the company’s new boss antony Jenkins.

but despite the redundancies, the bank - britain’s second largest - revealed it would still pay £1.85bn in bonuses to staff.

on average, payouts in its investment bank were £54,100, and the average bonus across the group was £13,300 - although these are below 2011’s levels.

mr Jenkins, who became barclay’s chief executive in august, told sky’s Jeff randall the bank had made mistakes in the past

“We’ve got to do business in the right way - the right business in the right way,” he said.

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he also warned the bank will not be as profitable in the future as it has been in the past.

it comes as barclays reports adjusted pre-tax profit of £7.048bn for the 12 months to the end of december - a rise of more than 26% on 2011.

its investment bank performed even better, with profit before tax up 37% at £4.063bn.

statutory pre-tax profit - which includes the fund set aside to compensate those mis-sold payment protection insurance, among other charges - was £248m.

mr Jenkins revealed the outcome of a strategic review at the bank - known as project Transform - which will

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The bank also confirmed that its controversial tax avoidance unit would close, as revealed by sky’s City editor.

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he announced he was waiving his bonus for 2012 earlier this month.

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last week, barclays said it had increased funds put aside for mis-selling to consumers and businesses by another £1bn, taking the total to £2.6bn.

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Annual consumer price inflation stayed at 2.7 percent last month, the Office for National Statistics said, slightly below the 2.8 percent median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists.

It is the first time inflation has remained unchanged for four months since records began in 1996, the ONS said.

A let-up in the pressure on the strained budgets of British households may still be some way off. Some economists predict inflation will touch 3 percent in coming months.

“In terms of the consumer, it certainly means that the squeeze on real spending power remains very much in place but that’s mitigated to an extent by employment having held up relatively well,” said Victoria Clarke, an economist at Investec.

The Bank of England warned last week that inflation might remain above its 2 percent target for the next two years. It will publish its latest quarterly economic forecasts on Wednesday.

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Separate data released by the ONS showed that factory-gate inflation rose 2.0 percent on the year in January, the slowest since July. Input prices climbed 1.8 percent, the fastest since March last year and pushed up by domestic food prices, possibly a reflection of bad weather which hurt British crops.

Earlier this month, the British Retail Consortium found that shop prices inched up in January at their slowest annual pace in more than three years, driven by cheaper clothing and electrical goods.

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Winter has arrived, there’s a good smattering of frost and ice in the early morning and it seems to get much darker much earlier. This is the time of year when 4x4s really come into their own.

so no better time then to be testing the second generation mitsubishi outlander – the third generation was launched in march 2012. externally i actually prefer this earlier model if for no other reason than the

chrome edging around the grille, which has been removed on the latest version.

it’s not the most attractive off-roader on the market but its distinctive design is certainly memorable. There’s a good high up driving position and it will easily transport seven adults in comfort across three rows of seats (third row in the large boot as you can see in the video at testdrives.biz) over all manner of terrain

without a complaint.

inside, the dashboard seems a little stark and minimal, which is actually quite refreshing in this day and age when manufacturers seem to include as many buttons as they possibly can. even so, equipment levels are high and the heated front seats are greatly appreciated by both my wife and i during the severe cold spell when the test takes place. There’s hardwearing leather upholstery and the front

setting off in automatic mode.

parkers, the car experts, say: “The s e c o n d - g e n e r a t i o n mitsubishi outlander is the best car the Japanese company has produced in years. nearly all models come with seven seats, making it a good choice for larger families, while the interior is well built and durable. The extra seats are also very cramped and offer little comfort. The mitsubishi outlander is one of the better compact suvs to drive, even though it also offers more than a modicum of off-road ability. it has responsive handling and accurate steering, and it keeps the body under control when cornering.”

The outlander is just the ticket for a family that demands more than just a runabout.

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seats are electrically adjustable, too. The six-speed automatic gearbox is generally easy to use although i must confess that when i first parked up i could not work out why the key would not come out of the ignition. after five minutes of head scratching i finally realised that the mitsubishi required me to place the gearbox in park mode. i had left it in drive. if drivers prefer the fun of a manual box then the auto unit can be used like this or there’s the addition of paddle shifts either side of the steering wheel, for a similar experience. This helps get the most from the engine and helps combat the delay experienced when

Does being a man mean you’re more likely to get some money off a new car? Or do women have the real power of persuasion for making a saving and getting some optional extras thrown in by the salesman?

Autoexpress.co.uk staged their own battle of the sexes to find out, pitting man against woman in a car dealer haggling contest. They sent two reporters – Chris Ebbs and Claire holden – to the same showrooms representing 10 different manufacturers. Their goal was simple: go in looking to buy a new car, in exactly the same spec, and see what discount, or extras, they could get.

But they didn’t just score dealers on the savings they’d give us. They also looked at how long it took for staff to approach them, and then rated their manner when they did. were they friendly, welcoming and polite? Or stressed and surly about making a sale? were they informative, patronising or even uninterested? And would they respect the fact that they knew exactly which model they wanted, or try to sell us something different?

Finally, they scored the salesman on the negotiation process based on how open they were to doing a deal, how aggressive they were in their sales tactics or whether they were going out of their way to keep the customer happy.

The undercover reporters used similar tactics in trying to negotiate on the same models, but the results were very one-sided.

Claire got a better deal than Chris at six of our 10 showrooms, while Chris had the edge at two, with dead heats at the other two. So dealers clearly seem to favour the fairer sex with their discounts. But while women may be able to negotiate a better deal, they may find – as Claire did – they’re subject to long, patronising discussions in showrooms, with some sales staff even resorting to sleaze; the worst Chris had to contend with was uninterested or cocky sales staff.

in addition, the investigation highlighted the gulf in customer service between the best and worst dealers, no matter what sex you are.

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Boat Fishing.I’ve not heard of ‘Orca Steve’

getting out and presume he hasn’t been out to sea recently.‘Brian Cuba’ fished in the

shallows in 60ft to 70ft opposite the River Aguas opening and caught loads of tiddlers, pickerels, bogues, pandoras and a few small red snappers, biggest fish of the day was a mackerel! Brian will try the deeper water again when next out to see if anything has returned worth catching!Brian went out again with

‘Computer Mark’ and Trevor

who was on holiday from the UK. It was a lovely calm day and a good days fishing. They totalled over 50 fish mainly in about 50 feet where they anchored for an hour 100mts out from the Fort.They caught the usual

suspects but as well as catching pickerel by the dozen Mark managed to get a good octopus and Trevor got his little hake which are all teeth. I wouldn’t like to be a small fish when he was on the prowl.See photo of Mark and his

octopus.I had an email from ‘Pueblo

Neville’ who is fishing in (Is it Aussie or New Zealand?) He’s been catching a few barracuda on a silver spinner. He wants them for bait because out there they are not for human consumption. All the best and see you in March Neville.Shore Fishing.Geoff ‘the Hat’ and his friend

Gabriel were fishing on the groin at the fort so ‘Cuba Brian’ paid them a visit. Gabriel caught the only fish of the day, a magnificently coloured one which Brian has never seen before. From Brian’s description it sounded like one of the brightly coloured wrasse family.Coarse FishingI had a visit from ‘Cockney

Ken’ member of the ‘Grumpy Old Men Of Los Gallardos’ fishing club, he tells me the Puentes Lake near Lorca is full of water and he’s never seen it so high, fishing wasn’t good. They also fished at Lake Argos and did ok; fish were of a bigger stamp maybe because they fished on the far side of the dam.Ken and mates have however

been doing exceptionally well catching dinner plate

sized trout from a lake north of Negratin. I love this lake because you can literally fish out of your car.Winning weights in matches

in Murcia weighed in at Nancy’s 18.1/2lbs and Pedrera 13.3/4lbs.The Albox fishing club meets

every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650.New license information.There is now a loophole for

those wanting coarse fishing licenses for Andalucia who don’t have NIE documents or/and don’t want to do the 24 hour course in Spanish, see me for more details. The only loophole left for fishing the beaches and boats in Andalucia without an NIE document is to make a trip to Murcia.For up to date information

on any of the above see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099.You can also contact

me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’.Tight lines, Beachcomber


Another Week With Dry Weather For Golfing, But With Gusting Winds The Scores Tumbled Quite A Bit, Tuesday 5thAnd A Team Game With

Three Scores From Four To Count And The Winners On The Day Were Moira Mason, Tony Dudley, Linda Bawden And Sean Halligan. ( Well Done Moira First Win In Quite A While ) Frida And Our Normal Stable Ford Comp In 1st Place Christine Banks

35pts 2nd On Countback Martin De Bruin 33pts 3rd Sean Halligan 33pts. Nearest The Pins Were

Keith Mason And Sean Halligan. Well Done Everyone.

Quote; Putting Allows The Touchy Golfer Two To Four Opportunities To Blow A Gasket In The Short Space Of Two To Forty Feet. Enjoy Your Golf At Valle Del Este.

Marina Phoenix played their Monday Stableford on 4th February and found damage from wild boar around the 6th and 7th holes but the ground staff were already on to it with rotavator, roller and seeding. The competition was a win for Ali Mahmud (36) from Frank Varey (34) and Brian Mayhew (30), on countback from Jim Budd, third.Thursday’s Team comp was

a Texas Scramble played in threeballs.1st Frank Varey, Margaret

Budd and Pete Varley 61.9 2nd Jim Budd, Ali

Mahmud and Sue Speck 64.63rd Elmar Trappen, Steve

Entwhistle and Hylton Smith 67.0Next week’s Team

Competition is an away day at Alboran.To play with Marina

Phoenix at Marina; Mondays (individual) and Thursdays (Team comp) greenfee is €25 – or to join us on away days ring Jim on 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117/ 697 512 882.

Forum Golf Society s first Team competition of 2013 was a Lone Ranger competition who took place at Lorca on February 8th.A day that started in benign ,

calm conditions warm enough for several players to venture out in shirtsleeves turned cold and windy by the time that most teams got to the back nine, but obviously a return to “English” conditions suited the majority of the society with several excellent performances, and the top five teams only separated by two points.Mike Duckham, Mick Smith,

Yvonne Strindberg & Maurice Jamieson were the day s winners with a score of 80

points, one better than second placed Derek Manning, Bob Cowan, Andy Birch & Peter Moreton (79 points), with Kevin Bircher, John Mills, Adrian Foster & Ann Wilmott third on countback with 78 points.

Forum s upcoming fixtures are February 22nd Stableford at Alboran March 8th Stableford at Aguilon

March 22nd Pairs Betterball Stableford at Valle del Este

For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / [email protected], or see www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com

Wednesday 6thFeb and our winner with 35 points John Park from Grace Ward in second with 32 and in third with 31 points John Hill who also won the ball sweep with the only 2 of the day.Sunday 10th February and

again the wind continues to blow and at times quite cold I think I have been here too long as our visitors wear shorts and I feel freezing cold.Our winner today with 34

points Barbara Wardley and

in second with 32 points John Hill in third with 31 MartinOliver Once again our ball sweep winner J HillDates for your diary We

shall be playing at Alboran golf club on Tuesday 19th February.First tee time 10.30 am If

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This year the Federation Andaluza de Bolos Rinks competition was held at the Indalo bowling club on the 8th/9th/10th of February, and teams from the Indalo, Cabrera, Almeria and Mazarron took part. After the prelimary round on Friday 8th 16 teams were left to compete over the weekend. 4 teams were left to contest the the semi-finals on Sunday. One match saw Georgina Naylor, Paul Abel, Mark Naylor, Judy Abel (Cabrera) overcome the challenge of Tony Baker, Ruth Compton, Tony Millington, John Fitzgerald (Almeria) 19 shots to 7.The other match was

between two Indalo teams with the team of Debbie Colquhoun, Keith Turner, Jan Dando, John Colquhoun winning a close contest over Keith Harvey, Alan Henshaw, John Dedman, Mick Johnson

with a score of 16 - 12.

Teams from Cabrera and Indalo contested the final on Sunday afternoon,the match was close until the 11th end then on the 12th,13th,14th ends the Indalo team scored 9 shots to take a 6 shot lead which they held on to and won the final 19 - 13.

The F.A.B. Rinks winners for 2013 are Debbie Colquhoun,Keith Turner,Jan Dando,John Colquhoun.

Our thanks to the two Umpires John Dando and Colin Wright.

David Ebdon (F.A.B. Competitions Secretary)

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In a game that many thought would fall the way of the visitors, a determined Huercal Overa side instructed by the vocal Alonso Parra punched above their weight at El Hornillo!

The game started brightly for the visitors as they kept the ball very well with nice tight triangle passing movements making the home side do all the chasing. The first chance fell to Mar Menor when Valdeolivas found space on the edge of

the Huercal Overa area in the 18th minute, dropping his shoulder and sending the defender the wrong way he let rip with a screamer which missed by a whisker. Then in the 32nd minute some good work by home debutant Quintero won a corner on the right side of the pitch, Sele whipped a fantastic ball into the area to be met by Alex at the near post to head home. 1-0 Huercal Overa. Then straight from the kick off the ball was

won back by Huercal Overa, some step overs by Sele on the right saw the home side win another corner on the right. Sele put the same ball into the box and this time it was met by Mauro to head home! 2-0 Huercal Overa at Halftime!

Two changes for the away team at halftime showed the intent as the second period got underway with a great deal of possession for Mar Menor. A couple of chances fell to the away sides strikers but nothing of any real danger to Michel in the Huercal Overa goal. Then in the 51st minute when the ball was closed down fantastically by Jose Moreno he fired the ball down the middle to find Sele galloping past the away defence to fire into the bottom right hand corner of the net. 3-0 Huercal Overa! The home fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing as Huercal

Overa looked like the team that were 3rd in the table. In the 54th minute Mar Menor scored a consolation goal through Juanfra after some pinball in the goal mouth found the Mar Menor man open to slot past the helpless Michel. From then on it was plain sailing for the home side with Mansour, Forroga and Sele all coming close to add to the score line, Sele hitting the post but the game ended at 3-1 to Huercal Overa. Next up for The Red Devils is a trip to Cieza who are flying high in the table! For more details on Huercal Overa CF and local football contact [email protected] or www.huercaloveracf.com

PHOTO: Top Left to right: Michel, Vega, Quintero, Alex, Alex Minarro, Mauro.

Bottom Left to Right: Sele, Forroga, Pedro, Heredia, Jose Moreno

• After losing 3-1 at Southampton, coupled with Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Everton, reigning champions Manchester City are now 12 points behind the Reds in the race for the PL title.

• Frank Lampard is just four goals behind Bobby Tambling’s Chelsea record of 202 after scoring in a 4-1 win over Wigan.

• For the first-time ever, three different Spaniards – Michu, Rangel and Pablo -scored in a PL match, for Swansea in their 4-1 defeat of bottom club QPR.

• Stoke won for the first time this year (2-1 v. Reading) as did Aston Villa (2-1 v. West Ham).

• Gareth Bale netted twice as Spurs beat Newcastle 3-1.

• Fulham’s last victory at Norwich was in 1986 (they drew 0-0 on Saturday); Arsenal scraped home 1-0 at Sunderland.

• Nigeria won the African of Nations Cup for the third time, beating Burkina Fasu 1-0,

• Jamie Carragher will retire at the end of the season. He’s made 713 appearances and won 11 trophies in 16 years at Anfield.

• Top match tonight - Real Madrid v. Manchester United in the Champions League.

• FA Cup action returns this weekend… On Saturday, it’s Luton v. Millwall, MK Dons v. Barnsley, Arsenal v. Blackburn and Oldham, hoping to complete a Merseyside double, v. Everton. Twenty-four hours later, it’s holders Chelsea v. Brentford in a 4th round replay, Manchester City v. Leeds and Huddersfield/Leicester v. Wigan, while on Monday, Reading visit 11-time winners Manchester United.


• In the Six Nations, England’s rugby players, are top the table after beating Ireland 12-6 in Dublin - their first victory on the Emerald Isle since 2003.Owen Farrell scored all 12 points - and this was the first game between the countries without a try since 1984.

• Elsewhere, Wales beat France 16-6 in Paris to end a run of nine successive defeats, while Scotland clipped Italy 34-10 in Edinburgh.

• England’s cricketers amassed a record 214-7 as they beat New Zealand by 40 runs in the first of their T20 internationals ‘down under.’ Eoin Morgan hit 46 off 26 balls and Luke Wright 42 off 20.

• Rafael Nadal was beaten by Argentinian Horacio Zebolla in the Chile Open tennis final.

• Boxer Carl Frampton stopped Kiko Martinez in the ninth round to win the European super bantamweight title in Belfast.

• Dates for your diary… the 2013 Formula 1 season starts in Melbourne, Australia in four weeks time, while the Motor GP programme, with Dani Pedrosa favourite to win the overall championship, gets underway on 7 April in Doha, Qatar.

AND DID YOU KNOW that Ryan Giggs has scored in every Premiership season since 1992.

(Club Men’s and Ladies Single Championships)

The Dyer Cup and the Appleby Vase, Men and Ladies Singles respectively, commenced on a sunny and windy day of Friday 1st and continued until Final’s day on 4th February. The winner in the Appleby Vase was Jane Franklin over Patsy Tonkin and Chris Ewer in the Dyer Cup over Roy Tonkin.

Appleby Vase Final - Jane continued with her current playing performance, however, Patsy who played reasonably well couldn’t match Jane’s onslaught.

Dyer Cup Final – This proved to be an exciting game with both players on form. Scores level on the sixth end, 6-6, followed with a nip and tuck game until it was level again on

the eighteenth end at 15-15. Unfortunately for Roy he couldn’t get off this score giving Chris a win by six points.

Ladies first Semi-Final - Patsy Tonkin v Sylvia Pritchard. This was a tremendous game with both ladies on form. Scores were level on the tenth end when the real battle began. On the fourteenth end, Patsy pressurized Sylvia going five shots ahead. A great effort from Sylvia brought this level again on the eighteenth end at 14-14, also taking another two shots on the next end. Patsy however was not going to relax and didn’t allow Sylvia to score any more shots, winning by five shot.

The other ladies Semi- final was between Jane Franklin

and Viv Sykes. Jane was in a fighting mood making it hard for Viv who usually leads the way, but today Jane wasn’t going to let it happen, winning fairly comfortably

The men’s first Semi-final was between Wayne Roberts and Roy Tonkin. Wayne started in a very positive manner, but slowed down on the tenth end. Roy then began to pressurize Wayne by steadily forging ahead. Wayne then scored a single and four shots consecutively going into the lead by one shot. Roy then regained the lead on the next end, level on the twenty-first end at 16-16; unfortunately Wayne was unable to win any more ends with Roy winning by five shots.

The second Semi-final between John Mannall and

Chris Ewer found Chris on a high and John who had been playing so well in previous rounds found it difficult to find that form again with Chris winning well.

All in all the four day’s went well, with the excellent standard of play by all. Colin Wright our Captain thanked everyone who had played and supported the various games. Also the markers, who without, we couldn’t hold this competition. He also thanked Jim and yours truly for supporting him setting up the rinks and administration. This report with photographs will be found on our website. www.bowlingalmeria.com

Vic Parsons

ABC Press Officer

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SporT24 of our determined band

of golfing warriors bravely marched to the Aguilon course at Pulpi on Tuesday 5th February to do battle, in this, our first ever Medal Round. The weather and course were excellent so expectations for a low score were realistic, however none of us expected the ensuing result.

Several of the group had “interesting” rounds not least one of our newer members Don Harbron. Don managed to hit 5 bunkers on the 15th, and whilst his sympathetic partners whistled the tune of Lawrence of Arabia, Don struggled with his temperament and the almost impossible urge to toss all his clubs into the nearest barranco. On reflection he would probably have missed the barranco and hit another bunker.

Ann Clough rediscovered her vicious slice when she sliced of the 11th Tee into her playing partners buggy landing in their open sandwich box, destroying the said companies cheese and tomato sandwiches and squashing a couple of bananas. Not sure what penalty Ann took but it was nothing like her partners suffered with no food.

But without doubt the event and player of the day was Mark Danson. Mark playing off 02 ( two) went round this very difficult track in a score of 74, gross three over par, that’s nett one over par. He also scored a Two on the 17th and nearest the pin on the 12th, he certainly had a busy afternoon collecting his trophy and winnings. Very well done Mark.

Alan Greenfield returned a very good nett 77 to secure 2nd place , with Harry Eels in third place with 79.

Most people enjoyed the medal round so it will now be a regular monthly eventResults.1st Mark Danson 74-02=722nd Alan Greenfield 98-21=773rd Harry Eels 103-25=78Nearest The Pin:Hole No 4 Harry Eels.Hole Ni 17 Mark Danson

The 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]

19TH Hole GolF SocieTy cucaDorThursday 31st January,

the 19th Hole Golf Society visited the Macenas course at Mojacer. The weather was very pleasant with hardly any wind to blame the wayward shots on. The course condition, whilst not perfect, was very acceptable and provided a demanding and enjoyable round of golf. As well as a singles stableford we also played a team Waltz, a very popular configuration with the 19th Hollers. Luckily with 24 players, The Ghost was not called upon to play its part.

In the singles competition Geoff Smith had a great round scoring 34 points playing off 28 (much to The Handicap Secretary’s interest), to secure his 1st win of the year. In so doing he really rubbed Nigel Greenwoods nose in the proverbial, having rarely beaten him in any previous competition, but making sure Nigel was aware of the success by reminding him every two minutes on the journey home. Come on Lads, you must play nicely!!!!. Nigel’s nearest the Pin on the 18th hole really didn’t cancel out Geoff’s brilliant performance and win!!!

Peter Dow and Big Al(The Artist) Greenfield both had tidy rounds finishing on 31 points each, with Big Al securing 3rd place on countback, just pushing Pete into fourth, leaving Lee Coxon in 2nd place with 33 points.

Ann Clough played her little

socks off to finish 12th overall and was easily the best lady player on the day. Christine Dow had the only Two of the day on the tricky little par 3 14th hole. Alan Chippendale took the Nearest the Pin on the 3rd hole.

Really great to see Brian(Dee) Lowden back with us after his recent illness, Brian played a very steady round without throwing a single club or swearing and considering he is now a non smoker that is a real achievement. Welcome back Brian.

The team Waltz was won with 78 points by Dave and Zeta Denyer, Harry Eels and Big Al. In second place with ONLY 74 points was the team of Terry Caddick, Brian(Dee)Lowden, Lee Coxon and Alan Chippendale.

Results: - Singles Stableford1st Geoff Smith 34 points (28)

2nd Lee Coxon 33 points (09)

3rd Alan Greenfield 31 points (22) (on countback

Twos:- Christine Dow Hole 14

Nearest the Pin:-Hole 3 Alan ChippendaleHole 18 Nigel GreenwoodThe 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]

19TH Hole GolF SocieTy. cucaDor.

As the Wind BlowsWednesday 6th Feb, Badgers

golf society visited Valle de Este. What a difference a week made, with the weather last week being perfect for golf to an extremely windy day for playing golf. The blustery conditions made for some very interesting shots to be made and a number of the members found themselves on parts of the course they never knew existed. Top score for the day was visitor Roger James with 30pts on count back from Tony Randell, and in 3rd place playing his home course was Mark Newall with 29 pts

Saturday 9th was the Badgers Roll up at Macenas with yet again windy conditions. Winner on the day on count back with 34 pts was Jackie Dale, with Dave Wright taking 2nd place

On Wednesday 30th , Badgers were at Macenas Golf

for their weekly competition. With absolute perfect weather for golf, high scores were expected. Topping the winners list for the day was Dave Crothers with 40pts, with in 2nd place was Sheila Watts with 39pts and in 3rd position was Richard Jones with 37 pts

Saturday’s competiton at Macenas was won by Marg Weston with 35pts from Dave Crothers on count back also with 35pts

Forthcoming fixtures are Wed 13th Feb Desert Springs, Wed 20th Feb Macenas, Wed 27th Desert Springs, wed 6th March Macenas.

Badgers Golf Society also play every Saturday at Macenas.

Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950 478 525

BaDGerS GolF SocieTyMatch Report: Sevilla La

Estacion Rinconada Rugby 13 - 8 El Ejido Rugby Club

On Sunday 10th February at 11.00am, El Ejido played their first league game in the second phase of season. Despite a lengthy bus journey El Ejido turned out a full squad accompanied by supporters.

The early minutes of the game were very tactical and neither side could make the most of their opportunities. Seville pressed forward soon after causing El Ejido to give away penalties at the ruck just in front of their 22m line. Fortunately for El Ejido the outside half missed two simple kicks. Minutes later El Ejido capitalised on this by gaining a penalty near the half way line. E. Carey stepped up and kicked a marvellous 50m penalty to give El Ejido a 3-0 lead.

The game continued and play was dominated

by forward play. Unfortunately for El Ejido this resulted in their experienced prop, G. Callejon, becoming injured and forced to leave the field. With a weakened scrum, El Ejido were on the back foot and conceded another penalty to which the hosts levelled the points 3-3.

With new confidence Seville continued to test the El Ejido defence. After a number of dubious refereeing decisions, the El Ejido scrum half received a yellow card leaving the team with 14 men for ten minutes. Seville took full advantage of the extra man and scored a converted try despite strong tackling from the El Ejido defence. The final minutes of the first half saw some ugly scenes where foul play by the influential Seville No. 8 caused a reaction from the

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The second half continued in a fierce contest with both teams trying to play attractive rugby. It was El Ejido who made some great opportunities but simply could not convert the chances into points. Further refereeing decisions dominated the half and the game could not flow fully. Seville increased their lead

to 13-3 after another penalty from ill discipline by El Ejido judged by the referee.

Despite further yellow cards to El Ejido players they managed a brave fight back after some enterprising attacking play resulting in K. Rristian the winger scoring in the corner. The conversion was missed. El Ejido with minutes remaining pressed in attack however Seville held out to win the match 13-8.

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