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put forward by ministers, according to press reports.The Mail Online reports that 16 people have been mauled to
death since 2005, but the law states dog owners can only go to prison for a maximum of two years.
Ministers have now launched a public consultation as to whether owners should face jail terms of up to ten years if their pet injures someone and life for a fatal attack. Killing or injuring a guide dog could also attract a maximum penalty of ten years.
The move comes months after Jade Anderson, 14, was killed by four dogs while visiting a friend near Wigan.
Every year dogs are responsible for 210,000 attacks – around 6,000 of which lead to hospital visits. The Government said it would introduce new measures to tackle out of control dogs
The Government said it would introduce new measures to tackle out of control dogs
The CWU union representing postmen and telecoms engineers – who suffer 5,000 attacks a year – welcomed the move, pointing out that at present some owners are fined just £100 if their dog attacks.
General secretary Billy Hayes said: ‘Current sentencing arrangements do not match the serious nature of offences.
‘This consultation is very welcome and hopefully indicates the Government is serious about tackling the problem of irresponsible dog ownership.’
The consultation was launched yesterday by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Members of the public will be asked their opinion on the severity of punishments, with recommendations put forward in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley said: ‘Dog attacks are terrifying and we need harsh penalties to punish those who allow
their dog to injure people while out of control.‘It’s crucial the laws we have in place act as a deterrent to stop
such horrific incidents.’Last month Jade Anderson’s parents, along with the parents of
four-year-old John Paul Massey – who died after his uncle’s pitbull attacked him in 2009 – presented a petition to Downing Street calling for David Cameron to take action to prevent more attacks.
In February the Government said it would introduce new measures to tackle out of control dogs by changing the law to ensure irresponsible owners can be prosecuted regardless of where their dog attacks.
But David Hanson, Labour’s policing spokesman, said: ‘The Government’s proposals on dangerous dogs are weak.
‘As the victims of dog attacks, select committees, the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association have made clear, the Government should legislate for “dog control notices” which would give local councils and the police the powers they need to make sure owners are responsible and dog attacks are stopped.’
Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said: ‘Dog owners who fail to take responsibility for their dogs must be held accountable.
‘This Government is taking urgent action to protect the public from out of control dogs. We are changing the law so owners can be prosecuted for attacks on private property and our anti-social behaviour reforms will give police and local agencies more effective powers.’
A report published in June by the charity Guide Dogs revealed attacks by other dogs on guide dogs are at an all-time high of ten a month.
A total of 240 attacks were reported between March 2011 and February 2013.
Ecologistas en Acción Almanzora are extremely concerned about a ‘plague’ of Cochinilla del Carmín, the Cochineal beetle, which, according to the Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Murcia, has been present on prickly pears in the Murcia region since 2007.
It is thought that the beetles have been brought in on plants that were imported from other countries during the housing boom, and have been present in the Almanzora Valley since 2013.
The Cochineal Insect is a scale insect traditionally used by Native Americans to make a crimson dye called cochineal. In the 1550s Spanish explorers brought cochineal from Mexico back to Europe, and it became the most widely traded and, next to gold and silver, the most valuable product of the West Indies.
Cochineal is one of the few water-soluble colourants that resist degradation with time. It is one of the most light and heat-stable and oxidation-resistant of all the natural colourants and is used in a vast range of foods and drinks which contain a red colourant.
It is also used in a wide range of pharmaceutical products, and is considered so safe that it is one of the very few dyes to be licensed
for use in eye cosmetics. The insect feeds on Prickly
Pear cacti and are most obvious on the flat pads of the cactus, where they occur in colonies covered with a fluffy white wax. The insect’s bright reddish body is not visible unless the waxy secretions are scraped away and the scale’s outer covering is punctured. Cochineal is produced from the dried, crushed bodies of the cochineal scale insects. A carefully tended cactus yields about 20 pounds of
scale each year. About 70,000 insects are needed to make a pound of dye, and as of 2005, the market price of cochineal was between 50 and 80 USD per kilogram.
The insect does not kill the host plant, though it may weaken it, and so it is not generally regarded as a pest. Methods of control are to use a soap-based product. However, Ecologistas en Acción Almanzora are concerned that those who eat the fruit of plants which are host to the insect, and which have been treated, may ingest some of this wash, a potash soap, which they regard as poisonous.
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built on without waiting the requisite 30 years, although the government admits it will have to act with caution, reports ThinkSpain.
At present, the 30-year rule, imposed some years back, is aimed at discouraging unscrupulous developers from setting fire to land they wanted to use to build residential and holiday complexes and golf courses so they could then make a drastically-reduced offer to buy it.
Now, there is little point in arson attacks by property promoters, since even if they bought the burnt-out land they would not be able to develop it for another three decades.
But agriculture minister Miguel Arias Cañete says he does not see why structures of ‘general social interest’ should not be built on charred plots, a description in which he includes schools, hospitals and prisons.
Arias Cañete will not recommend any law changes that allow residential or commercial property or ‘anything that could lead to private financial profit’ to be constructed, and
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This definition was used when the infamous ‘land-grab’ law, the LRAU, was first approved at the end of the 1990s when the PP last came into power, and allowed local authorities to compulsorily purchase plots of land for a very low figure where building plans ‘in the public interest’ were needed.
Whilst this was mainly to allow schools and hospitals to be built and to prevent speculators from buying cheap plots of wasteland and then being able to hold the local council to ransom when they needed it for these purposes, huge luxury urbanisations, hotels and golf courses were considered on many occasions to be of ‘general social interest’ as they would create jobs and bring in local business from holidaymakers.
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ELECTRICITy bILLS RISE fOR THE SECOND TIME IN A MONTHElectricity went up yesterday
(Saturday) by 3.2 per cent, just a month after a 1.2-per-cent rise in a bid to mop up the multi-million deficit the government has with energy suppliers.
Minister for industry José Manuel Soria says this latest hike will claw back around 400 million euros for the government by the end of this year and claims that the State is now
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But even then, the average bill has risen by eight per cent since January 2012, after having gone up by 63 per cent between 2003 and 2011, although mostly in the last three or four years of that period.
This makes electricity in Spain the third-most expensive in the European Union, beaten only by Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland.
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spanish Legal Reclaims PaRT 1THOUSANDS OF BRITISH/EU CITIZENS COME FORWARD TO RECLAIM AN ESTIMATED £400 MILLION FROM THE SPANISH
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“Long delays of up to seven hours at the border between Gibraltar and Spain occurred as a result of completely over-the-top inspections on vehicles entering and leaving the Rock by Spanish authorities. The British government considers these delays unjustified, unacceptable and should not be happening between two European Union member States,” Swire stated.
“The UK would not wish to speculate whether this incident bears any relation to the disagreements between Spain and Gibraltar over the installation of concrete blocks to create an artificial reef in Gibraltarian waters,” added Swire, referring to the latest in a series of disputes between Britain and Spain over the Rock.
On Friday, after Swire’s announcement, queues of between four and five hours were experienced most of the day getting back into Spain from Gibraltar.
The Gibraltarian government has welcomed the British authorities’ stance and said the procedures established by Spain in relation to border controls ‘are out of place’ within the European Union.
Whilst recognising that Spain has the right to exercise border checks, these should be ‘in proportion’ and in such a way as not to interfere with the free movement of EU citizens across member State borders.
But head of diplomatic relations at the Spanish embassy, Ramón Gandaria, has replied that the border inspections are ‘not negotiable’.
In a message to British diplomat Simon Gass, Gandaria reminded the UK that Gibraltar does not form part of the Schengen treaty and is not therefore covered by the ‘free movement of citizens and trade’ rule, nor does it have a common VAT or IVA regime.
This means Spain is ‘obliged’ to carry out inspections at the frontier fence, which were ‘necessary’ to ‘prevent smuggling
which frequently occurs in the area’, said Trillo’s office.Police check documents for people, vehicles and
merchandise for every single car, van, coach, motorcycle or lorry that travels between the two territories.
With the ongoing financial crisis and high unemployment in Spain, hundreds of residents who live near the border have jobs in Gibraltar, including numerous British expatriates living in the Costa de la Luz area in the province of Cádiz.
And many more Britons living in Cádiz or on the Costa del Sol make regular trips to the Rock to stock up on food, clothes and other goods they regularly used before moving to Spain.
On Sunday, Spain said it was considering a new 50 euro (£43) fee to cross its border with Gibraltar.
The UK said it wanted an explanation from Spain about any new measures targeting the British territory. Gibraltar has been a British territory for 300 years but Spain disputes UK sovereignty over the rocky outcrop on its southern tip.
In the statement the UK reasserted its ties with Gibraltar and said it wanted to continue its strong relationship with Spain.
“The prime minister has made clear that the UK government will meet its constitutional commitments to the people of Gibraltar and will not compromise on sovereignty,” a Foreign Office spokesman said.
“Our differences with Spain on Gibraltar will be resolved by political means through our relationship as EU partners, not through disproportionate measures such as the border delays we have seen over the past week.
“We have many common interests with Spain and wish to continue to have a strong relationship at every level with the government of Spain.”
It went on: “We will be seeking an explanation from Spain following reports that the Spanish government might target Gibraltar with further measures.”
Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has called an ‘urgent’ meeting with the Spanish ambassador to find out why ‘unjustifiable and unacceptable’ border queues mounted up between Spain and Gibraltar last week.
According to various press reports, drivers were subjected to ‘disproportionate’ and ‘unnecessary’ checks, causing seven-hour delays getting to and from Gibraltar between July 26 and 30.
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Spanish president Mariano Rajoy has been compared to former US leader Richard Nixon in a video launched by the opposition socialist party, the PSOE.
According to a report by ThinkSpain, they have likened Rajoy, who spoke out in Parliament for the first time on Thursday over the Bárcenas slush-fund scandal allegedly involving him and other top-flight PP members, to Nixon in the Watergate case.
It was this case which forced the former American president to ‘admit the truth, accept political responsibility and resign from his post in light of the seriousness of the situation’, said the PSOE, who add that ‘history is repeating itself’.
The socialists recalled that during Rajoy’s speech in Congress this week, he said he did not benefit from being in politics – since he has another profession he could return to – and that he had no reason to hamper investigations
or the course of justice, always proclaiming his honesty and innocence and flatly refusing to stand down as head of State.
PSOE members said this was exactly what Nixon said when the Watergate case hit the headlines, but that in spite of his insistence that he would not resign, he had to back down, confess and leave.
The party’s video shows excerpts from both Rajoy’s and Nixon’s speeches in parallel format to demonstrate their comparison.
Although no answers were given to UPyD leader Rosa Díez’s rhetorical and specific questions during the meeting in Parliament and Rajoy merely reiterated that he had been ‘wrong’ in ‘trusting’ Bárcenas, who was ‘a fantasist and a liar’, vice-president of the PP government Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said the leader’s speech had ‘clarified the situation fully’.
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The blaze started at around 16.20hrs last Thursday in Cicouro, north-eastern Portugal, in the Miranda do Douro/Mirando del Duero district, which sits across the Portuguese-Spanish border.
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Eight helicopters, five planes, five bulldozers, three fire engines and a Mobile Meteorology and Transmissions Unit (UMMT) of the ministry of the environment have been drafted in to tackle the blaze in Zamora.
In the meantime, two massive forest fires which broke out in Valdepeñas de la Sierra and Tórtola de Henares, in the
northern mountain range of the province of Guadalajara in central Spain, have been brought under control after flaring up on Wednesday and destroying 1,300 hectares of countryside.
Some 200 residents in nearby Valdesotos and Tortuero (pictured left), who had been evacuated and given emergency accommodation in Tamajón, were able to return to their homes last night.
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As we go to press, the cause of the Portuguese fire that spread into Spain is still not yet known.
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An opportunity to bring together communities. A reduction in home insurance costs. An
increase awareness of local crime and how to defeat it. A reduccion in the fear of crime. A
link between your community, the Police and our Association.
Can YOU HeLP?
We want to embrace all nationalities and for the scheme to be completely effective we
would like to enlist the support of European to become co-ordinators. Being able to speak
Spanish or English would be beneficial to the possitive operation of the scheme.
Be neIgHBOUrLY!!! Spare some time for the very old.
Only 13% of people have not experienced a bogus or suspicios caller to their home over
the past five years. 6% have experienced theft as a result of allowing an un-expected caller
into their home. The elderly are particularly vulnerable. Fear of this and other types of crime
combined with lack of mobility can isolate elderly people from community life.
VeHICLe CrIme. Your responsibility to prevent vehicle theft: How important is your car,
your truck, your motorcycle or other vehicle to you? Do you need your vehicle to travel to
work? Do you need it at work? Or, do you need your vehicle to transport your family? But,
how many of us take extra precautions to protect our motor vehicles? There are some things
you can do: Always lock your vehicle, no matter where it is. Use a good alarm system in
your vehicle. Don’t leave valuables in view in your vehicle. Consider installing an automatic
sensor light over your vehicle at home, it will scare off intruders when the light is actioned,
and lock your vehicle doors/windows when suspicious people/cars are approaching. If you
see any stickers in your car do not remove them, and drive away.
YOU Can Be FOLLOWed: Look always around, outside your house, parking places,
markets, supermarkets, leaving or arriving at Airports… Be aWare.
YOUr HOUSe & garden are YOUr CaStLe: Nobody has the right to trespass
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POLICe SaYS: If you do not denounce they can not do anything for you.
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year to a total of 6005 – more than a fifth (22%) of the Foreign Office world total. The increase has triggered the British Embassy to warn British expats to take care of their passports, check the expiry date and renew them in good time.
In May alone this year 493 emergency passports were issued to British nationals in Spain, including 280 as a result of theft (mainly bag theft), car break-ins, burglary and pick-pocketing. Of the 213 emergency passports issued for other reasons, 14% were because full passports had expired.
Expatriates should check when their passports are due to expire and make a diary note to renew them up to nine months earlier, says Will Middleton, new Consular Regional Director for Spain.
“Living overseas, it can be easy to think that you don’t need your passport or to forget to renew it.
“But if you need to travel at short notice, getting an emergency passport is both costly - currently 116 euros - and time-consuming, which can add further to what may already be a stressful situation. And you will still need to renew your full passport when you get back.”
Many people fear that by renewing a passport before it expires they will ‘lose out’ on validity they have paid for. In fact any remaining validity on your existing passport (up to a total of nine months) will be added to the new one.
Circumstances in which British expatriates can find themselves needing emergency passports vary from the death or serious illness of a loved one through to job opportunities put at risk - like the resident who was offered an interview in Germany only to discover his passport had expired. Others have been forced to cancel holidays of a lifetime for lack of a valid passport.
One customer, who had already suffered five lost or stolen passports over the years and received a warning from the Passport Service, decided to keep the latest one safe by storing it in the freezer. Unfortunately it got wet, so he had to get yet another emergency one.
Applying for a new passport is simple: download the application form and guidance notes from www.gov.uk/overseas-passports, complete them at home and send them off with your photographs. A new passport generally takes a minimum of four weeks from when the application is received.
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Friday GolF Society2 AUGUST: We had a small field today but
we had a nice compact group of 4 x 4 balls. it was pretty sticky when we teed off and we even had a few spots of rain. mel moody said it was raining when they left home a 1/2 hour drive away.
The format was Texas best 2.Winners today with a score of 105 points were
robbie macmillan, lawrence perkins, rosemary moody and barry Jones. They were also the only team to score 9 points on a hole.
6 points less and in 2nd place were mel moody, keith Chesher, elaine macmillan and paul miles.
John Flynn kept us all in suspense with the last 2 team results as there was only 1 point separating them.
John Flynn, doug kemp, Chris perkins and peter brown won the cava and chocolates.
The men battled it out for nearest the pin today. it started with John Flynn with 6.25m then robbie macmillan with 4.03m but it was won by leonard Copley with a distance of 3.68m.
Thanks to John Flynn for collecting the cards and giving out the prizes this week.
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Castellon airport to Cost €2.5m IN fIRST yEAR Of OpERATION
Unswervingly tenacious in her criticism of Castellon Airport, Monica Oltra, the Deputy spokesman for the Compromís Party in the Regional parliament of Valencia, has asked Aerocas for details as to how they they intend to to reduce the current expenditure at the facility by 19%.
The figures were quoted last week by the President of Aerocas, Jose Ciscar, who is also Vice-President of the Generalitat Valenciana.
Oltra reminded Ciscar of his promises that the cost to operate the regionally-owned airport would not exceed €2.5 Mln in the the first year of operation (whenever that may be!) and that the number of passenger served per year will reach 360’000 within 5 years - all at “zero cost to the public purse”.
Meanwhile, her counterpart in the regional PSOE, María José Salvador, told parliament how the Generalitat Valenciana “has no roadmap for the airport and has “Committed a systematic deception”.
Salvador reminded parliament that barely 2 weeks ago the Minister of Economy, Max Buch, had told the house how there was still no advised date for when the airport would become operational. (SOURCE: WWW.TUMBIT.COM)
COMMERCIAL pROpERTy MARkET IN SpAIN bEGINS REvIvALA report published
by independent global property consultants Knight Frank shows the revival in Spain’s commercial property market has begun.
Take up of office space in Madrid has risen almost 60% in the first quarter
of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, with businesses and investors signalling confidence in the market which is showing signs of increased stability.
Prime rents remained unchanged at €25 per square metre with analysts
suggesting this rate had bottomed out having fallen by 40% since 2008. Office vacancy rates, which have been consistently rising since 2007, fell slightly in the first half of 2013 due in part to the lack of new space entering the market.
The sudden rise in the commercial property sector was boosted by some large scale transactions of late. Vodafone recently acquired 50,000 square metres in Madrid for its headquarters whereas AXA boosted its portfolio after buying €192 million of office space in Barcelona.
Confidence in the market could be due to more stability in the Eurozone as whispers of the block breaking up have substantially diminished.
Whilst the huge surge is mainly centred around major cities, it is hoped and likely, that the confidence will spread across the country spurred on by the saturation of relatively cheap commercial accommodation available.
Spain’s delicate recovery depends on investors returning to Spain.
GOvERNMENT SubSIDy bOOSTS SpAIN CAR SALES fOR juLy
The Sale of new vehicles in Spain increased once again in July aided by the government’s direct subsidy scheme to underpin a market undermined by weak consumer spending caused by the country’s 2nd recession in 4 years.
According to figures released Thursday by the industry associations ANFAC, Ganvam and Faconauto, the number of new vehicle registrations, a proxy for sales, climbed 14.9% in the month for July 2012 to 75,024 units. The increase in July reduced the fall in sales in the first 7 months of the year to 2.1% In the period January-July, 461,382 units were sold.
Sales to the public, the main beneficiaries of the government’s PIVE subsidy plan climbed 30.4% in July from the same month a year earlier. The plan allows for subsidies of up to €2,000 for individuals and companies that scrap older vehicles and purchase new, more environmentally friendly
New car purchases by companies remained weak as the corporate sector continued to rein in investments and reduce debt. Sales declined 13.9% from a year earlier to 18,636 units and were down 21.5%
in the first 7 months of the year at 113,539 units.
However, purchases of vehicles by car-hire firms rose 24.7% in the month to 12,344 as they renewed their fleets ahead of the main summer holiday period.
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Festivals in spain 2013early to mid-august: Festa Major de Gràcia, Cataloniaall year long, the residents
of Gràcia work on elaborate decorations with themes such
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night, thousands invade the tiny streets for outdoor concerts,
dances, and general revelry.
august 28: la tomatina, Buñol, west of valencia: this is the world renowned, absolutely crazy, tomato flinging, juice-
spraying five-day festival held on the last Wednesday of august.
thousands of joyful revelers use truckloads of overripe tomatoes as missiles. Bring goggles and a
change of clothes.
sep 7 – 8: Fiestas de la Mare de Deu de la salut in algemesí, valencia: the main local festival in algemesí dates back to the
Middle ages and has been awarded the UnesCO intangible Cultural Heritage designation. theatre, dance and music are part of the celebrations and more than 1,400 people take part in the main parade. the festival also features giants representing King James i of
aragon and his wife as part of the “volta General”, which
also includes numerous biblical characters.
sep 20 – 28: san sebastián international Film Festival, san
sebastián: the premier film festival of spain takes place in the Basque capital, often at several different theaters. Retrospectives are frequently
featured, and weeklong screenings are held.
sep 24: Fiesta De la Mercé, Barcelona: this celebration
honors Our lady of Mercy (la Mercè), the city’s patron saint.
Free music concerts, from traditional to contemporary, are held in the plazas (particularly plaça de Catalunya and plaça sant Jaume), and figures from folklore such as the gigants (giants) and cap grosses
(fatheads) take to the streets. people come out to perform the sardana (the traditional
Catalan dance) and to watch the nail-biting castellers (human
towers). Firework displays light up the night, and the hair-raising correfoc, a parade of firework-brandishing “devils”
and dragons, is the grand finale.
Oct 12: el Día de la Hispanidad or Columbus Day), throughout spain - a national holiday of spain that is celebrated on
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them and incinerating them alive has bragged about how he is ‘going to get rich on TV’ after being approached by mainstream channels to perform live interviews.
José Bretón, serving 40 years for killing six-year-old Ruth and José, two, to get revenge on his wife Ruth Ortiz after she announced she wanted a divorce, is allegedly receiving offers on a daily basis for giving an interview to an unnamed analogue channel.
But Mediaset, the broadcasting control body, has put a stop to it as a result of public outrage when the news leaked.
The channel was making lucrative offers, sources claim.
Bretón was reported as saying: “I’m going to have to tell my dad to stop sending me 60 euros a week, because the
TV people are going to make me rich.”
Head of Mediaset’s PR department, Mirta Dragó, said on Twitter: “He’d better not think it’s going to happen on any of our channels.”
She recalled the interview on the programme La Noria with Rosalía García, mother of the youth known as ‘El Cuco’, who was involved in the murder of Sevilla teenager Marta del Castillo Casanueva, which led to public outcry so intense that the presenter, Jordi González, was forced to cancel the slot.
A year ago, a non-legally binding motion was discussed in Congress, having been presented by MP for Coalición Canarias in the Canary Islands, Ana Oramas, to forbid TV channels from paying convicted criminals for interviews.
yEMEN bRITISH EMbASSy STAff WITHDRAWN OvER SECuRITy
All British diplomatic staff in yemen have been withdrawn to the UK and the embassy closed “due to increased security concerns”, the Foreign Office has said. Dozens of employees were moved to the UK overnight, the BBC understands.
Earlier the United States ordered all its citizens in the country to leave following a terror alert.
Twenty US embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa were closed suddenly on Sunday.
In a statement the Foreign Office added: “Due to increased security concerns, all staff in our yemen embassy have been temporarily withdrawn, and the embassy will remain closed until staff are able to return.”
The BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, said the decision was taken on Monday and that all the staff were currently en route back to the UK.
Officials are describing the action as a “drawdown”, rather than an evacuation, our correspondent added. Similar closures of British missions have recently taken place in Benghazi and Damascus.
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LEGAL CORNERWITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITORIf you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail info@
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.
Q: I understand that If I sell my property I need to thInk about the followIng expenses: solIcItors fee, capItal gaIns tax and plusvalía tax. what Is plusvalía tax , and how Is It calculated?
A . Up to recently this was a small tax when you sold or inherited , but now it can be a high amount and needs to be considered before the transaction. It is charged on the transfer of ownership of a property by sale, inheritance etc. . This tax is a local tax charged by each municipality on the increase in value of Urban land in its own district land and is distinct from Capital Gains Tax. It is important to realize that the tax is charged on land alone, not on the buildings that may stand on the land.
The rates of tax are set by each municipality and can vary widely between neighbouring municipalities. The tax is based on the increase in the official, that is to say the “Catastral”, value of the land which a property occupies. This is the same value that is used to set your local property tax or “IBI” and can be found on the bill for your “IBI” issued by your local ayuntamiento each year and is shown as the “valor del suelo”. The actual price at which a property changes hands, or the value attributed to it if is the subject of a gift or inheritance is irrelevant.
Calculation: The Plusvalia is calculated as a function of the catastral value of the land and the number of years of ownership (up to a maximum of 20 years). The higher the catastral value and the number of years of ownership, the higher the tax.
Plusvalia tax = Catastral value of the land x Yearly percentage of value’s increase x Number of years of ownership x Tax rate
The yearly percentage of value’s increase and the tax rate are fixed by the Town Halls. They are established locally. Up to now, when a Town Hall had updated the catastral values, usually with really high increases of the values compared to the existing ones, article 107.3 of the Law had established that on the following five years after the revision of the values, the Town Halls had to apply a deduction of 40 to 60 % to the catastral value. If a Town Hall made not contemplation of this rule teh law established an automatic deduction of 60%. However new Law passed in 2012 has changed that situation allowing the Town Halls to eliminate
those deductions, which is why a loto of people are suddenly paying much higher rates and find themselves with an unfairly high plusvalíaa tax when they sell. On a sale of a property it is the responsibility of the seller to pay the tax, but if the seller fails to pay this responsibility may be passed to the buyer, who would then have to recuperate the money form this seller. If the property is being inherited or is the subject of some other type of gift it is the beneficiary or recipient of the property who is liable to pay the tax.
Certain transactions are exempt from the Plusvalia Tax, the main ones which are likely to affect the general public are the transfer of property between spouses who are divorcing, or to children to comply with Court judgments, and “aportaciones” or transfers to companies in which spouses are the only shareholders which may be used for tax planning.
The amount of the tax that will be charged on a transaction will depend firstly on the Catastral value of the land which the property occupies, and secondly on the length of time since it last changed hands. If you are selling an individual house which stands on a large plot which you have owned for a considerable length of time the amount of the Plusvalia Tax could be many thousands of Euros. On the other hand, as the tax is charged on the value of land alone, the amount of Plusvalia Tax charged on a flat in a block which you have not owned for very long the tax may be quite modest.
For those of you who are considering rearranging your financial affairs to take advantage of tax planning schemes, the amount of Plusvalia tax that may be due is one of a number of elements, which include the Notary and other fees that may be payable, which you need to consider when balancing the costs and benefits of these schemes. Depending on the amount of Plusvalia, it may be cheaper to make a gift of the property rather than enter into more complex arrangements with higher Notary and other fees.
The time for paying the Plusvalia Tax is within 30 days of a sale or gift between living people, or 6 months of the date of death on an inheritance.
Your town hall can advise you of the amount of Plusvalia that may be payable on a transaction involving your property, or in many cases it is possible to obtain the calculation “on line”, but as I always write in concluding these articles, if in doubt take professional advice.
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Unemployment in Spain will not fall below 26 per cent until at least the year 2018, and salaries should be sliced across the board by 10 per cent to create more jobs, says the International Monetary Fund (FMI).
And two years after cutting wages, IVA should go up again, according to the FMI.
They also recommend reducing the amount of money companies have to pay in Social Security for their employees.
Saying Spain’s economy is showing positive signs and appears ‘about to turn a corner’, the FMI adds that the labour reform – aimed at making it easier and cheaper for companies to get rid of
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The jobless figures fell by 65,000 in July, but statistics show that 90 per cent of people who got back into employment last month are on temporary contracts and working part-time.
It is likely unemployment will therefore rise again at the end of the summer holiday season when work in the tourist industry dries up.
The report by the FMI, led by Christine Lagarde (pictured right) raises concerns about the extremely high proportion of temporary jobs compared to permanent, stable employment.
It says that in Spain, the likelihood of finding a permanent job is exceptionally low and that of losing a temporary job is very high.
The FMI says ‘in-house flexibility’ is needed, cutting the number of seasonal jobs and increasing stable, long-term ones, and ‘improve active labour policies’ are also necessary.
In-depth negotiations between the government, companies and unions are the next step, to persuade firms to pledge to take on more employees in exchange for paying them 10 per cent less and for an ‘immediate’ reduction in their Social Security contributions.
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Honour the spirit of summer living in the decor of your home by taking advantage of the array of summer decorating styles available in home improvement stores.
Sunflowers are often associated with sunshine and summertime, and are therefore excellent accessories for summer decorating. Their characteristic bright yellow color will enliven any room in the house. Due to their popularity in the past few years, artificial sunflowers are usually available in silk, so you can have them beautifying your home for years if that is what you desire.
Placing baskets of sunflowers throughout the home will make a beautiful sight in the summer. you can also repurpose the baskets according the season or occasion by changing the liners or adding ribbons to the outside.
Baskets are not just decorative; they can also be functional and very versatile. Some people use them to store hand towels and wash cloths in the bathroom, but baskets can be used in just about any room in the house. you can use them to hold kitchen utensils, sort bills, and organize anything else you need to declutter in a visually appealing way.
Use your creativity to paint new and fresh summer designs on some old wooden table or chairs. Maybe a watermelon or some apples would brighten up an otherwise boring piece of furniture or try painting on some sunflowers for an inexpensive alternative to buying all new pieces!
If you would like to make your summer theme a little different and unique in your home, try a Moroccan theme - ideal here in Spain where we are so close to the place itself!
Mosaics, candle holders and wall sconces together with a few fluffy pillows made of colourful fabrics would add the feel of Morocco without costing too much. In addition, glowing candles and artificial lighting together with incense burning in the background would enrich the mood during the evenings.
Turn your attention to your outdoor living area as well as the inside of your home.
No longer are a few plastic chairs considered to be sufficient. you’ll find a variety of attractive weatherproof outdoor furniture that will turn your patio, deck, or yard into another room of your home during the summer months.
Summertime is a time of ideas and a great time to do home projects.
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DOWN 31% TO MAyThe number of building permit applications to construct
new homes totalled 15,451 units in the first five months of
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Of the building permits applied for up until May, 61.2%
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registered were 38.2% and 24.8%, respectively.
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STuDENT HOuSING AN INvESTMENT OppORTuNITyAfter analysing the residential market for university
students, Savills has come to the conclusion that this could be a great opportunity for the European investor. The severe economic crisis that Europe has suffered has forced many young people to study abroad in order to further their education and learn other languages. Specifically, it is estimated that the number of students outside their country of origin will increase from the 4.1 million recorded in 2010 to more than eight million in 2025.
The British consultancy firm highlights the opportunities offered by the Spanish market in this respect. With a youth unemployment rate of over 55%, the number of university enrollments is steadily increasing. The Spanish university system has 1.9 million students, of which 3.3% are from other countries.
According to Savills, there are great opportunities for developers and investors in the field of student residences, since the stock increased by only 1.1% during the year 2012-2013, placing greater pressure on the
A supply shortage would add another important attraction for the investor: the rental returns. Savills calculates that revenues in Spain stood at 7% in the
prime zone and 8.5% in the remaining areas, making it the country with the highest levels, above France (5.5% and 7%), Germany (5.5% and 6.8%) and the United Kingdom (5.5% and 6.6%), among others.
Among the many attractions Spain offers as a place of residence for foreign students, its universities stand out, as seven are among the best in the world. Specifically,
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Kitchen ideasone idea for vintage decorators is to
have a coat rack in the kitchen displaying a variety of colourful aprons from the 40’s and 50’s.
enamelled pots, both blue speckled and white were found in vintage kitchens. The variety of tools used is huge and great fun to look for at flea markets. look for gallon butter churns, butter moulds, wire egg baskets, rug beaters, a display of old keys, coloured jars, milk bottles, antique cookbooks, vintage pottery and canisters, tin breadboxes, vintage salt and pepper shakers.
if you have a laundry area, a washboard could also be hung on the wall. To go along with that, everyone had clothespin bags that were hung from the clothesline, keeping the pins handy for use.
ironing boards were often covered with colourful calicos or cotton floral prints; ticking was also a favourite fabric for covering ironing boards.
Living Room if you have a living room with a fireplace,
you can use an old trunk, wooden tool box or toy chest for a wood box. a basket piled high with pine cone starters along with some vintage fire andirons and hand wrought tools will complete the picture. don’t forget to look for really great bellows while you are at it.
BedRooms in the bedroom you can transform your
linens by sewing crocheted lace to your sheets and pillowcases. be sure to pile plenty of pillows covered with vintage pillowcases on the bed; quilts and comforters will also help you create the vintage style look.
shop at markets for some vintage lamps and lampshades. beautifully shaped lamp shades fit this style as do padded hangers covered in vintage fabric, hang scented packets of potpourri from the hangers too
antique water pitchers with matching bowls are highly sought for this style of decorating. even chamber pots are used for an authentic look here!
antique jewellery placed in a vintage jewellery box is another way to add character to a vintage-style bedroom. look for some old heavy glass vintage candlesticks for added romance.
decoRating tips a collection of shaving mugs with brushes would look good in the bathroom...along with the shaving mugs would fit a razor strop used to sharpen straight edge razors
place a wooden peg rail in the entryway for hanging hats...an umbrella stand would be appropriate in the front hall
Vintage frames holding a collection of old family portraits would fit in almost any room...
vintage stYLeFlorals, vintage fabrics and soft pastel
colours have taken the fashion world by storm - and all the signs are that this look
is set to take over our homes too. after the trend in recent years for neutral,
minimalist interiors, this refreshing return to colour, texture and comfort is likely to be
embraced in homes everywhere.Vintage-style decorating has the potential of bringing
you back to your grandparent’s home; your furniture may be well-loved and well-used with peeling paint and many dents and scratches
FaBRicsFabrics are an important ingredient in creating this
style. if you love the old cabbage roses of the 40’s you are well on your way to enjoying this style. Calico prints from the 30’s and 40’s are also used extensively.
in the kitchen, oilcloth tablecloths were often used – and prove extremely practical in the modern home today. another kitchen staple was the terrycloth towel with the crocheted buttoned handle that could be attached to a drawer knob or the oven door handle. dishcloths and towels often had hand crocheted edges to keep them from fraying and help them last longer.
during wartime when fabric was scarce, grain bags were printed with patterns so women would have access to fabric they could use. often bags were sewn from these to keep dry goods in the pantry. beans, rice, pasta were stored in these homemade bags made from the grain bag fabric. since many women canned in those times and many gave their specialties as gifts, jar toppers were also made from these bags. many of these grain bag patterns are avidly sought for by collectors today.
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PAUSE fOR ThOUghTso what sort of person would be daft enough to make
a 90 mile round trip each week just to go to Church? so asked a friend of mine from the uk recently, knowing perfectly well that i do: driving each week from the hills above albox to the anglican Church at mojacar. he seemed appalled at the apparent waste of time and money in my regularly making such a journey, and spluttered an indignant denial when i suggested that he travelled even further to his Church; until of course i reminded him that along with many others, his Church was a football club - in worship of which he regularly travelled the length and breadth of britain.
it’s all a matter of priorities really; and for me, as for a considerable number of others who regularly travel similar distances, the opportunity to worship almighty God in a language and style i understand, is more than worth the small sacrifice of driving a mere 90 miles just once each week. after all, using words from the Creed, i truly believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. i really do believe in Jesus Christ his only son, my lord; who was crucified, buried yet rose from the dead; so that in spite of my frequent failures, i with all who believe in him may stand forgiven when he returns in power, as i am certain in due course he will, as judge of all. and so, whilst surely enjoying to the full the life and opportunities i have, i also enjoy preparing, so much as i am able, for that time when i progress from the life i have here, to the next. For as Jesus himself put it ‘don’t set out to amass great wealth for yourself on earth, but rather store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’
Further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.
mojacarchurch.org . duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be
contacted at [email protected]
Candice Parsons is a writer and avid spain and spanish culture lover
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If there’s any one notable trait that foreigners will take from Spanish culture alongside its rich history, enticing cuisine, and vast array of natural sights and landscapes; it’s the nation’s vivacious party culture, that has somewhat formed a niche character and atmosphere of its own.
Countless street parties and fiestas are constantly held each month throughout the year in cities all over this country, with each event commemoration being a different excuse for people to celebrate together.
Fiestas de las Virgen Blancas (The Festivals’ of the White Virgin), is held every year from August 4th to 9th in Vitoria-Gasteiz, to honour the patron saint of the city,
Usually a tranquil, quiet and calm city, the capital of Álava and Basque country becomes quite the opposite during the days of these celebrations.
The festivals were first celebrated in 1884 and have been a significant feature of the regions cultural calendar ever since.
Although the actual festivity is on the 5th of August, celebrations commence the night before as crowds gather together in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, to await the chimes of the San Miguel clock tower.
The traditional “chupinazo”, a firework rocket, and the ‘Descent of Celadon’, a large ragdoll symbol of a native village man from Alava, mark
the beginning of the festival.
When the celebration opens, Celadon descends from the top of the tower on to a balcony in the square, holding an umbrella and wearing a typical blouse and beret - almost reminiscent of a Mary Poppins scene.
Celadon then makes its way through the streets of Vitoria, amongst the streams of people celebrating around.
The six-day long party that follows this opening event entails live bands, brass bands, groups of ‘blusas’, street processions, bullfights,
sporting events and theatre to name a few.
Festivities will carry on till 5 or 6am the following morning, and then proceed to continue again the following evening of the festival, till it all ends – a standard occurrence for most festivals in Spain.
The Fiestas de las Virgen Blancas attracts approximately 40,000 visitors each year, and simultaneously changing along with the times, it now incorporates and caters for modern tastes whilst still retaining its long-held traditions
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TINSA: HOuSING pRICES fELL by 10.5% IN Q2According to the latest Imie
local market report prepared by leading real estate appraisers, Tinsa, the price of housing in Spain fell by 10.5% in the second quarter of 2013. This reduction represents a slight improvement over the decrease registered in the first quarter of this year, of 12.1%. Since the peak prices reached in the last quarter of 2007, house prices have now
accumulated a drop of 37.1%.By region, year-on-year the
fall in house prices has been more pronounced in Cantabria, with a drop of 15.7%, followed by Catalonia, with 15.2%, only slightly higher than the regions of Murcia and Castilla-la Mancha, which both fell by 13.9% in the last year. Below these values, but still exceeding the national average, are Madrid (-13.7%),
Galicia (-12.9%), Castilla y León (-12.8%), Navarre (-12%) and Aragón (-11.6%).
The regions registering performance more in line with the national average are Asturias (-10.6%) and Extremadura (-10.2%).
La Rioja is the region which registered the smallest decline in the price of housing, only falling by 5.0%, closely followed by the Balearic Islands (-5.1%), and the Canary Islands (-5.3%). Also recording values below 10% were Valencia (-7.7%), Andalusia (-9.7%) and Melilla (-9.9%).
The report states that all regions have already registered decreases of over 25% since reaching their maximum values, with Catalonia (-48.5%), Castilla y León (-47.4%) and Aragón (-45%) registering the most pronounced accumulated decreases, compared to those of the Balearic Islands (-28.8%), Asturias (-28.9%) and Extremadura (-29%), which are the provinces which have seen the least lowering of housing prices in cumulative terms.
By province, registering the most significant year-on-year variations in the second quarter of the year for falling prices were Guadalajara (-19.1%), Barcelona (-17.7%), Cantabria (-15.7%) and Huesca (-15.6%), which all exceeded 15%, however none surpassed 20% as did Barcelona and Ávila the previous quarter.
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23 9 in a baseball game (7)25 Vampire count (7)26 a series of chirps (7)27 barfs (5)28 spattered (9)
1 Thorny flowers (5)2 uttered monotonously (7)3 Hair soap (7)4 baking appliances (5)5 Pot or grass (9)
6 narrows eyes (7)7 a military unit (7) 8 Prevent (9)13 Honors (9)14 Causeself-conscious distress (9)17 Teach (7)18 spiritualists (7)20 stress (7)21 burial ceremony (7)23 become liable to (5)24 Full of flavor (5)
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10Am TIL LATEWHAT’S ON
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Madonna Gaulding, author of The Meditation Bible, gives you a beginner’s guide to easy serenity. This week, a meditation to do at dinner.
EAT SLOWLy AND MINDfuLLyBENEFITS: Eating slowly and mindfully
increases the pleasure you will get from your food. Not only will you taste more, but by eating consciously, you will be more likely to choose to eat healthier foods.
TO START: Make yourself a healthy, balanced meal.
STEP ONE: Lay the table and sit down, but don’t start eating straight away. Take time to relax and settle your mind. Set your intention to eat mindfully and be a healthier person.
STEP TWO: Pick up your fork and place a bite of food in your mouth. Put your fork back on
the table. Chew carefully and focus on the sensations
on your tongue, teeth and throat as you swallow. Is it sweet, salty, sour, bitter, or flavoured with spices or herbs? you will probably notice a combination.
STEP THREE: When you have completely experienced the taste sensations from the first bite, pick up your fork and take another.
Focus on what arises in your mind. Are you frustrated by eating so slowly? Are you anticipating the next bite before you finish the one you have? Are you continuing to eat even though your stomach feels full?
STEP FOUR: Try to let go of all your emotional baggage about eating and simply savour the taste of your food, as if you were eating for the first time. Try to bring mindfulness to your everyday eating.
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Green Apples Relieve Claustrophobia...In a study from The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of
Chicago found that the smell of green apples helps relieve claustrophobia. In the study of claustrophobic it is found that green apple scent can help make the room seem bigger, and it also help to reduce migraine and headaches. Always keep a green apple or green apple scent with you, so in case you have claustrophobic you just sniff it and you won’t feel the panic caused by claustrophobia. A green apple scent is also used by those who want to sell their house. Making potential buyer smell the scent of green apple using aromatherapy and thus the house will seem bigger to the person smelling the green apple scent....
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Charity Day Wednesday 14th August
Y Da Wakes - Roquetas de Mar Table Top Sale from 12pm onwards
BBQ from 6pm onwards.Tombola - Music with Brian
Bingo - ~Charity Waxing 9pmPLUS LOTS MORE!
you may remember reading about Josh, the Belgian Shepherd mix who travelled to Germany a couple of weeks ago. He went on a camping vacation with his foster family and happily played with the children and the family dog and generally enjoyed life. However, last Friday his new mistress collected him and later they went for a walk together in the woods near Trier. Everything was going well, but then in an unguarded moment, he escaped! That was the start of a desperate search for JOSH.
The news of his disappearance was immediately transmitted to all the relevant web pages, and also Animal Protection Societies who drove hundreds of kilometres to help in the search. News started to come in that JOSH had been sighted. Then at noon on Sunday it was reported that he had been seen in the vineyards near Trier. After two and a half days of searching, JOSH was found.
H o w e v e r he was very scared and it was i m p o s s i b l e to approach him. It was a very worrying time for all the searchers and also for those at the shelter. Finally, at 21:30 on
Sunday, the message came through that JOSH had been recovered. The searchers had come up with a brilliant idea! They brought his foster mum, Tina and the family dog Amy close to JOSH. When he saw them, he followed them, his tail wagging like mad. He licked Tina’s face a thousand times and made an enormous fuss of her. It was evident that JOSH had chosen his new family for himself. His foster mum says that he follows her like a shadow and needs no leash. At last a happy ending for JOSH.
A very different story surrounds GREEN, a very handsome 1 ½ year old mix. He was at the centre of a very dangerous drama, involving astounding cruelty, inflicted by some very callous people. The shelter received news that a dog was tied to the protective barriers of the central reservation of a busy motorway. He was tied by a long cord, long enough to allow him to enter the traffic lanes. It was a potential disaster that could have caused a terrible accident, killing GREEN and very likely involving many innocent people as well. On receiving the news, the President of the shelter, Marina,
jOSH GOES MISSING
went immediately to the rescue of the dog with the assistance of the emergency health team. The dog was in great pain, and moving him was very difficult. GREEN is now safe at the shelter’s clinic. At this stage it is difficult to form a prognosis as he may have an injury to his spine.
Last Saturday the shelter’s volunteers dedicated a good deal of time, socialising all the puppies that are now three months old. Around thirty puppies were gently taken in the arms of the volunteers to a special section where they made the acquaintance of other puppies and also a lot of people new to them. It was a great success, the puppies were very inquisitive and playful, each vying for as much attention as they could get. This socialising process is very important to the development of the puppies in this stage of their lives as it prepares them for life ahead.
If you can manage to get to the shelter, why not adopt a tree. All you need to do is tie a name tag to your chosen tree and take up a minimum of 12 litres of water to each tree every week. The gift of 75 trees
from the Ayuntamiento of Vicar presented its own problems.
The water bill shot up and became a drain on the shelter’s meagre resources. Old blankets and food are always welcome. Details as always from Geoff at [email protected]
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LadY LaY...................................................Tuesday Night - Curry NightWobbly Wednesday - Evening Cocktails & Special Drink DealsSaturday - Super Saturday SpecialSunday - Sunday Lunch from only 3.50€
neW YOrK, neW YOrK..............................Friday - Fish’n’ChipsSunday - Carvery 2pm-8pm
reVIta natUraL HeaLtH and reLaXatIOn Centre............................... Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Tai Chi - Tuesday & Thursday 10am
Y da WaKeS...............................................SKY SPORTSMonday 8:30pm BingoWednesday 14th August - Help for Heroes Charity Day
rOQUetaS BrIdge CLUB..........................meets on Monday’s at 3pm. For more info please contact Alison Ferguson 950349749 or Sue Barlow 950 333 344
rOYaL BrItISH LegIOn.............................Sun 29/09/2013 - 10am Table top sale at Burty’s - RBL Friday 04/10/2013 2pm Poppy Appeal Luncheon and Bingo at Burty’s Bar
Services include Key holding, Maintenance, Furniture packs,
cleaning & Laundry, Apartment & post-box checks
Property management Sales & rentals
roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, vicar, La envia Golf
Mobile: (0034) 663 426 [email protected] www.enviapropertyservices.com
la GrappaAuthentic Italian Restaurant• Pizzas• Fresh Pastas• Fresh Fish• Argentinian BBQ’d Food
on The Terrace
Open 12 - 4pm7 - 12.30am
Av. Playa Serena, 37roquetas de mar950 334 188609 337 316
to reserve your tableEVERY
Next door to zurimar 678 202 160Open 10am - late (Closed Tuesday) fREE wi-fi
Tapas BarTapas Barestampaestampa
Spacious sunny outdoor
terrace seating 24
fish & ChipsCoffees & CakesCocktails/sangriaSky SpORTS AND ESpN SHOWN HERE
WantedEvEnts for our rEadErsIf you own a bar or restaurantthen let SOLTIMES know whatevents you have coming up...
email: [email protected]
marKet daYSMoNDAyS: Antas, Berja & Huercal OveraTUESDAyS: Albox, Cuevas, Los GallardosWEDNESDAyS: Mojacar, Bedar, Lubrin, Velez BlancoTHURSDAyS: Carboners, Cuevas, Sorbas, Olula del RioFRIDAyS: Garrucha, Turre, ZurgenaSATURDAyS: Vera, Aguilas, Arboleas Velez RubioSUNDAyS: VillaricosNIgHTLy: Garrucha, San Juan (Sunday)
naturopathyPhytotherapyOrganic FoodreflexologyOsteopathydiet and nutrition
Pasaje Zoraida,11 urb. Roquetas de MarC.P 04740 (almeria)Tel. 950 328 152670 356 370www.farma-natura.comemail: [email protected]
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C/ Mariano Hernandez, 103, 04740, Roquetas de Mar (almeria)Tel. 950 328 152670 356 370www.farma-natura.comemail: [email protected]
PodiatryChiropodyanti Stress massageCambridge diet available
FTg NoTICEThe ‘Friday Tapas Group’ meet up at 1pm each week (Friday) and the venues for the next few
weeks are as follows:9th August - New york New york, in the Urb16th August - Bar Estampa (Lily’s), in the Urb23rd August - Bar Jaen, on Av.MediteraneoAnyone is welcome to join in and have a laugh,
exchange views and ideas. The more, the merrier and the bar owners enjoy it too!
eLLIeHaPPY 3rd BIrtHdaY
to our darling goo Bear.10tH aUgUSt
enjoy your day! all our love and kisses
mummy, daddyand Ozzy
FranK BUttOn!! LOVe FrOm tHe
“LaS LaBOreS SIX” XXXXXX
GuESS WHO’S 65!!!!!
HeLP FOr HerOeS Orphan Ted“Last week Orphan Ted was at Marleys – This
week he is back at Y Da Wakes and will be there supporting the charity event on 14th August”
32 SOLTIMES AUGUST 2013 ...remember to say you saw it in the sOL TiMEs
Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966
• emergency Drain cleaning • High Pressure Water Jetting• ccTv Surveys• Drainage repairs• location of cesspits• Qualified Engineer• expert reports
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MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration [email protected]
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newServicing / Repairs
Cleaning of Septic tanks▪ emptying of septic Tanks
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Monday to Friday950 121 936 or 902 121 936
Mat Murray 647 841 [email protected]
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663 429 521PROfEssiOnaL
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fOR ALL yOuRAir Conditioning Needs
Graham & barry on
620 112 193 or 667 853 062
CaRPEnTER & sHOP fiTTER looking for work full or part time tel: 633 507 165
fREE fOR HIREvENuE @ LA vIDA El Cucador
Private parties birthday etc,
all events catered for
Call for more information950 634 562
in alboxPrivate partiesBirthday etc,aLL eVentS
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information: 950 120 718
AvON COSMETICS Tel Claire691 987 454
Call Andy on 950 091 109 or 648 768 587email: [email protected]
LiCEnsEd POZO/sEPTiC TanK EMPTYinG• Installation of new septic
tanks with certificates
• repairs to existing pozos
• cctv camera Inspection
i n K C a R T R i d G E s refills or buy a compatable at great prices. We love to save you money. ICS shop inside liberty seguros insurance, Calle malaga (next to puppy rescue) or call 609 199 394H O u s E H O L d iTEMs Sale.furniture and garden equipment at Calle Urcal 44, Urcal (Exit 536) on Saturday and Sunday 17th/18th August 12.30 - 5.30 pm Lot Of Fishing Gear ( Iceboxes, Anchors, Ropes, Tackle, Fishing Reels, Etc.) Tel: 648 831 300 AlmerimarsinGLE bEd, converts To double or two singles complete with white iron headboard, never used. 60€ ono. Tel: 950 069 197Log Burner, cast iron, glass front inset design.100€ Tel: 950 066 144PROfEssiOnaL Cerwin Vega Amplifier 1800 W. 150€ Tel: 647 202 599E n G L i s H T R a i L E R , Halfords ERDE 122 box tipper with fibreglass high top 295€ Tel.: 950 163 809 or 669 177 421YaMaHa PsR/37 Keyboard. Voice Bank, Dual Voice
etc 100€ Tel: 634 337 185diVinG suiTs x 3. Plus Underwater Torch, Camera, Belt etc 100€ Tel: 634 337 185w O O d E n V E n E T i a n b L i n d s (BROWN) IKEA New Condition still in box, 120 Wide x 155 Drop 20€ Tel 689 906 691 b O O M E R a n G fOLdinG biKE,
dJ WantedCall Brian
634 305 132
suit lady or junior. Excellent condition €90 Tel: 950 497 612 or 647 921 2863 ELECTRiC RadiaTORs, 1 oil filled €60 for the 3 Tel: 950 497 612 or 647 921 286w H E E L C H a i R For Sale, Folding, Self Propelled.Delivery may be possible, 60€ ono 950329416 / 603195451
ENGLISH LESSONSEnGLisH LEssOns by TEFL Qualified English Teacher. Call 664 291 793 after 6pm
BUSIneSS OPPOrtUnItY Land FOr SaLe, Vera
suitable for commercial building of 3,000sqm2
4 minutes to vera Centre10 minutes to the beach with sea views.
14€ per square metre.Call steve for information
672 862 604
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OPTiCa aLbOx All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991
NO NEED fOR kENNELSOR CATTERy
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quality UK wool &
& view my display
Mazarron Call 667
273 889 elaines
If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space
on pg 16, please email [email protected]
T & T METaLs For all quality metal works,
including gates, railings, rejas,
staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing
Tel: 950 431 738
tHe MetAl wOrks
Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/roller, rejas,
concertina doors etc.
tel: keith wood on
638 900 949
PHiL THE PiCK LOCKsMiTH 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181
THE HOusE CLEaRinG sPECiaLisT
immediate Cash. quick decision.* we cover all areas
* we turn up, give cash & carry* we buy almost anything – The
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should call please**Tel: 679 207 545 or 636 411 540
fRIENDLy MARE 9 yEARS OLD 14.3hh 1.50m
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ACCOMPANieD trAvel AvAilABle
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Long term rentals also considered
175€ + bills [email protected]
1 bedroom apartment with b & b facilities offered starting
from 25€ per night, walking distance
of arboleas & Zurgena
For all your plumbing needsFully Qualified
heating engineer Contact Barry 667 853 062 or
graham620 112 193
C a R L O s s a L i E n T E Plumbing and Heating offer machined boiler decals for gas water heaters for just €65 – aguafuerte is not the answer! Call 950 930 900 or 968 969 962, email car los.sal [email protected]
bRiTisH PLasTERERAll work guaranteed
Tel Paul 634 327 201
arboleasSmall friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged,
welcome to viewministry approved
Tracy Mobile650 211 952
wOOdHOusE bOaRdinG KEnnELs
& CaTTERYtel: 950 121 [email protected]
GLENN & jAyNEhave great offers on Life Insurance
sAMe PeOPlesAMe GreAt serviCe
STAbLESRanCHO LuZ Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547
VELEZ RubiO OPPORTuniTYabsolutely unique Location.walk
To Town, Live in Country.Large Modern Chalet + Land.
all Extras. Private Pool. double Glazing, Central Heating.
Tastefully furnished. Vacant Possession.
€180.000 No offers. appointment To View
Telephone: 950 410 615.
painter & decorator
GIvE yOuR pROpERTy OR buSINESS A fRESH LOOk THIS SuMMER Tel: 649 186 107 or
email [email protected]
OVer 25 YearS eXPerIenCe
pAINTER / DECORATOR
PaLOMinO KEnnELs, Exclusive Boarding Kennels/Cattery, All Diet requirements catered for, vet on 24/7 standby, Tel: 662 668 423 or 950 067 051
CaRLOs (saLiEnTE) PLuMbinG & HEaTinG services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.comTel: 968 969 962
Central Heating Gas/Oil - Solar Hot WaterBoiler Servicing, Repairs & Replacements
Water Leaks - Sewage BlockagesWater Deposit Tanks 500-8000l
Pool Pumps - Septic TanksOsmosis Systems
No 1 for Plumbing All tyPes Of PluMBiNG
teLePHOne:950137197 / 606807797
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
• block work• balustrades • paving Driveways
& pathsCall Graham & barry
now for free estimate620 112 193 or 667 853 062
a P a R T M E n T fOR saLE, now only €29,995, cortijo grande golf course, 1 Bed, 1 Bath, Gated entrance, Parking, Great views. Close to turre & Mojacar Playa. fully legal. t: 664 291 793
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all property for sale or rent needs one
property up to 120m for 130€ inc iVAQUaLIFIed &
regIStered engIneerCall 618 830 754
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All household jobs covered including cleaning, ironing, shopping &
much more....specialist services also available
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reSOnaBLe rateStel: 634 346 037 634 389 890
andmuch more !!
tel: Ian 634 389 890
Bespoke paving to suit all !!
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HOLIdaY Let In aLmanzOra
Plot 2000m2, 3 Beds2 Baths, Kitchen/dining room
Porch, Includes Furniture,Fence around the House
tel: 673 502 867
PROPERTY fOR REnT ViLLa in aRbOLEas 4 beds, 2 baths & garageONly fOr retireD PeOPle 250€ P/MOnTH
tel: 630 471 422
fLy SCREENSfLY sCREEns sliding, pull down & doors, made to measure, enclosures also installed, for more info or free quote, contact Graham 620 112 193 or 667 853 062
build 256 m², terrace 100m²,
€150,000 649 186 107 thunderpaul2003@
fOR SALE DETATCHED
20mins from Mojacar,
4 beds, 2 baths, Open plan living areas, kitchen &
diningroom as well as a workshop,
courtyard front & back & room
for a pool. Mountain views.
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UrgentLY reQUIred engLISH & SPanISH CaraVanS,
CarS, mOtOrHOmeS & VanS anY COndItIOn We COLLeCt!
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special deals from uk - spainOffice: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884
storage available, based “los Gallardos” &”hertfordshire” Call now
0034 620 049 524 (es) 00 44 794 3135 214 (uk)[email protected]
7.5 ton, lorry Part loads,
self load/unloadMinimal rates, Owner Driver
UK - SPAIN - UKFrom a Parcel to a Small
House Move Professional,Friendly & Caring
Fully Insured, Scheduled Monthly Door to Door [email protected]+44 (0) 1582 499 836+44 (0) 7977 754 389
aRE YOu a TRadE businEss? adVERTisE in THE CLassifiEd sECTiOn & REaCH OVER 30,000 POTEnTiaL CusTOMERsClassified box from 9€. Lineage only 45 cents per word - deadline 5pm friday Contact Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 ext 332
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teL: 667 235 205Pick up/drop off locations
throughout UK, France and Spain
One WaYUK to Spain or Spain to UK
Large Vanremovals / deliveries
Spain - UKFull or Half Loads
Collections e.g from IKeatel mick: 950 122 447
mob: 620 475 218
SATELLITE/TELEvISIONA1 Sky Television Systems, Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Coming soon UKTV without a dish Call for more info. Tel Dave: 628 607 778
MECHANICS All types of
service, repair & ITV testing Fully qualified & legal with
over 35 years experience Ring Mike
628 350 178 or 636 824 974
Don’t take a chance!Don’t break the law!let us take the hassle
away from you and re-register your vehicle
on to spanish plates
We ProMise To BeAT Any GenUine QUoTATion For a
full service contact:
Alan 662 249 159 www.replatematecostablanca.com
Servicing & repairs of all landrovers parts
supplied & fittedCall 673 502 867
for more details
MECHaniC covering all areas, fully qualified & legal, over 30 years
experience, Call Paul on 617 150 300
wanTEd uk cars & vans bought for cash Tel: 667 235 205
Call paulette on
950 121 936
To advertise your vehicle in the
motoring section & reach over
Do you have a caravan, vehicle,
or motorbikefor sale
De Lima’sLocal, National & international
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263 Paseo del MediterraneoMojacar Playa, next to sal Marina Hotel
mon-Sat: 10am-2pmCall marc on 647 006 183
or Jo on 600 344 565or e-mail [email protected]
Quality Second hand furniture showroom
fORTniGHTLY sERViCE TO & fROM uK fuLL OR PaRT LOads
bARGAIN 10,500€motorbike daelim 125, dor 2006, 6840km, aVerage 20km a Week, gloss blaCk, Very
good Condition, poWerfUl engine, absolUte bargain, oWner going baCk to Uk
2 HELMETS INCLuDED
2.2 DCI, 2001, 7 seater, rHd, a/C, privacy Glass, MOT Nov 2013, Towbar, 111,000 miles, Electric Window/Mirrors
tel: 676 045 164
fOR SALE yAMAHA ybR 125CC
tel: 666 311 625
3,500k taxed & iTv 900€ono
1996 Mitsubishi Challenger 2.8
Auto Diesel, rHD, climate control, eW, Heated rear & Front Windows, Folding mirrors, Tow Bar, Tinted Glass, Spanish
Registered, ITV August 2014, 120,000kms,immAculATe coNDiTioN
Tel: 674 496 422
fOR SALE CONT...
SOLD THANkS TO THE SOLTIMES
Then we want to meet you!
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vIEWpOINTMy attitude towards my body has always been somewhat
cavalier – I feed it, clothe it, and generally pander to its demands, therefore I believe that it should keep its end of the bargain. I feel my requests are reasonable; I don’t expect it to leap tall building in a single bound, or outrun a speeding bullet, but nowadays leaping anything is completely out of the question, and even a racing snail can give me a run for my money.
All things considered I have arrived at pensionable age in pretty good nick, but my progress towards my pension has been marked by phases: Firstly came the ‘Charmed Life’ phase, when my Guardian Angel would pluck me from the jaws of damage on a regular basis.
Then came ‘Teenage Invincibility’, a condition that affects all teenagers, leading them to believe that no harm can possibly come to them, because they are all-knowing and invincible, and the rest of the adult world is made up of
stupid old fuddy-duddies. After that was the ‘I’ll Be OK’ phase, and
mostly I was.Imperceptibly that then merged into the
‘I Used To Be Able To Do That Easily’ phase,
where everything was beginning to need an amount of effort and forward planning which had previously been unnecessary. I began going round puddles, so
as ‘not to get my shoes wet’ and putting a raincoat on, even if it was only drizzling and I was only ‘going to be out in it for a minute.’ Shopping lists became essential, no longer could I keep the entire stock of household and kitchen goods in my head, I needed physical reminders.
However, I could easily dismiss these minor inconveniences as ‘Being Sensible.’
It was somewhere about this time that some unwise person remarked to me that ‘I wasn’t as young as I used to be.’ Piffle! I’m not old!
But I have to admit the truth is that I’m going that way – I sit down with an audible ‘Aaah’ to put my socks on. I get up with an ‘Urgh’ to go and get my shoes, because I’ve forgotten to bring them with me.
At night, when all is silent except the Limaria dogs, my body creaks and cracks like an oaken galleon on a heavy Atlantic swell.
And how is it that my body mass is greater than it used to be, yet I seem to have surplus skin? Surely it should be stretched tight to accommodate the extra poundage? Is my skin getting bigger?
It must be – how else can I account for all those wrinkles?
by jos biggs [email protected]
what is it about shoe shops that have this instant pull on my wife? we may be browsing shop windows, perhaps taking a pleasant stroll, or on our way somewhere, but it’s as if my wife’s underwear is lined with iron filings and there is a whacking great magnet strategically placed just inside the entrance, because she is invariably pulled violently into the establishment.
i am not alone in this. all my friends tell me that it’s the same with their other halves; they would cross a six-lane highway in the middle of cairo blindfolded if that’s what it took to get to the shoe shop. i bet if you looked at all the millionaires living in the Seychelles or Grand cayman, you would find that most of them are ex-shoe shop owners schmoozing around on the hard earned dosh of us working class husbands.
i have never had the courage to actually count the number of pairs of shoes/boots/sandals/flip flops/slippers/wellies that my wife has accumulated, but i am confident that it would represent a sizeable herd of
Jersey cows. if i didn’t know better, i would say that imelda Marcos must surely be a blood relative.
and it’s the same story with handbags. our women folk gaze like children at christmastime through the windows of bag shops; their eyes glaze over and as if in a trance, they are compelled to enter. actually it’s all quite clever, because the purchase of either of these products is a handy justification to purchase the other. “oh look at those red court shoes, just what i have been looking for to go with my red handbag.”
ah yes i think, but you bought that handbag to go with the red sandals you bought the week before that, which you purchased because you told me that one thing you didn’t possess, was a nice pair of red sandals. But i say nothing.
it cracks me up when she tells our friends in all seriousness that i have more shoes than she does. “i bet if you counted the shoes in his wardrobe, and the shoes in my wardrobe, he would have more”, she reports.
it’s almost certainly true. But what she doesn’t tell them is that all the available space under all of the beds, in all of the bedrooms, is filled up with ladies shoes. Her shoeboxes are stacked on shelves in the garage and we have purchased pine shoe storage units that
by Colin bird : [email protected]
If anyone in Alqueria was interested in statistics then a study of recent data would show an increase in population. Not explainable by birthrate however, only Rosalinda de la Lujuria had given birth recently. This also prompted half of the male population to go into hiding. The increase was by immigration. Perhaps immigration is too grand a word, they simply wandered across the Spanish border into the Pueblo. The Spanish border guards weren’t bothered about people entering Alqueria. They only stopped the anarchic Alquerians entering Spain and making nuisances of themselves.
These ‘travellers’ took up residence in the orange grove opposite Loco Paco’s house in the Avenida de Naranjas. These erstwhile itinerants were the ‘Children of the Divine Paco’. They saw Loco Paco as their spiritual leader and Messiah. Paco, oblivious to his new found status was only aware of a lot of noisy scruffy individuals below his bedroom window.
The Village Priest, Sacerdote del Semblante Lánguido who should have objected to this challenge to his religious authority didn’t mind at all. As an existentialist his only interest in the church was somewhere to live, the offertory and Communion Wine.
As Paco appeared at his window so the assembled crowd made the sign of the Celestial Dung Beetle. This was an intricate hand gesture involving all the fingers of the right hand and the second and fourth of the left. Enrique Stenchio tried to emulate the gesture and never played the heckelphone again. Loco Paco became withdrawn and spoke only to his imaginary five foot rodent. The gathered hordes took this to be the ‘Holy Rodent’ which completed the ‘Holy Trinity of the Divine Paco’.
Just how Loco Paco became the new Messiah is a mystery. Paco can remember talking about his philosophy of life to some travellers in Órgiva some months ago. He can t remember much of the conversation as he was well into a Remitroot filled hip-flask. He was sure his oratory was profound however, they always are after a drink or two.
As Paco was their new Messiah so they needed its complement and Manuela was singled out for this honour. They believed her to be the conduit to Hell and a servant of the Devil. A bit harsh perhaps but it did add to the legend of Manuela. Manuela has always thought that the ‘Master of Darkness’ had more fun than the puritanical inhabitants of Heaven.
How will Manuela react to being the ‘Mistress of Darkness’? How will Paco react to being the Messiah, saviour of
thousands?Will it go to his head or will he be the same daft, rambling
old Paco?We shall see.
are sitting next to me here in my office. it wouldn’t surprise me to find a pair or two in the refrigerator. She’ll be asking me to move my beer out next.
the latest chapter in the shoe epic star ted a few weeks ago in Santa Pola. we had gone there with friends for the day to just mooch around the town and dream and dribble over the luxury cruisers in the marina, and of course to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch somewhere.
Mooched out and having done the marina, we discovered a small restaurant in one of the back streets where we settled for a very pleasant hour or so before the dreaded shopping began. But thankfully only window shopping, because we had mercifully reached the siesta period.
well it wasn’t long before my beautiful other half spotted a pair of must-have sandals with an unspecified price, which, she cooed, would be perfect for our cruise later in the year. But the shop was closed for another two hours and we needed to leave town before that. How sad.
two weeks later we had taken the same friends to alicante airport and remembering the marvellous footwear, my wife suggested we detour to Santa Pola on the way back so that she could try them on. Problem was, after trudging around a spider web of streets - tracing
and re-tracing our steps - we could not locate the shop and after an excruciating hour, decided to get some lunch in the little restaurant we had previously discovered. But then, no sooner had we parked ourselves when my wife spotted the sought after shoe shop . . . slap bang opposite. indigestion was assured.
lunch over, my lady shot across the street to try on the wonderful sandals, but then immediate consternation when she was informed by the billionaire shopkeeper, that the price was 40 euros. italian crafted you see.
“i’m not paying that”, protested my wife.
“we’ve traipsed around most of Santa Pola; bought a lunch and notched up God knows how much for parking at the marina.” i told her. “So you bloody well are!”
there was no hesitation. “alright then”, she said. “debit card please.” and off she marched to the counter.
i could have ripped my tongue out. i had been outmanoeuvred and checkmated yet again.
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TRANSFERRING PHOTOS TO YOUR COMPUTER You know how some days, you just can’t get your head around the
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Most cameras today are digital in as much as they capture the ‘real life’ images in thousands of pixels (read PIX as in picture, ELS as in Cells). These dots of colour are stored as numbers, each relating to a colour. The better quality the camera, the higher the number of pixels, the greater the size of the picture and the better the quality of the finished picture. These pictures are stored, usually, on a memory chip that can be removed from the camera. The simplest way of transferring these pictures from your camera to your computer involves connecting your camera to your computer using the, usually, provided USB cable. I’m assuming that your computer is running and the camera turned on!
The instant that your computer recognises that you have a memory device (card/camera/video etc.) attached, it will start the options window. One of the options will be “Copy pictures to a folder on my computer”. Highlight this option by a single click on it and the click the button marked “OK”. The ‘Scanner and Camera Wizard’ will now take you through the process of copying / moving the pictures from your camera to the computer. Click on the button marked ‘Next’.
Before you, will be a window, that will display some of the pictures that are waiting to be copied. Next to each picture, is a little box that already has a ‘tick’ in it. This just means that the picture has already been selected for copying.
At the bottom of the screen on the left hand side are 3 tiny icons. These will allow you to rotate the picture 90 degree in either direction to straighten it and give property information (size, time and date taken, and default name – usually DSCFxxxx. The xxxx is a 4 digit number). If you are happy with everything so far click on the button marked ‘Next’.
The next window shows 2 drop-down boxes, a tick box at the bottom and several buttons. The first drop-down box wants to know what name to call them, the default is ‘Picture’. This will be followed by numbers in sequential order (001,002,003 ….). You can leave it as is or change it to something more meaningful to you! The next drop-down box shows where the pictures will go to. This too, can be changed to suit yourself. Under this is a ‘tick’ box that will allow you to delete the pictures from your camera as it copies them to your computer. So, do you want to make a duplicate copy of the pictures or actually move them from your camera to the computer. If moving is your choice then click on the tick box and then on the button marked ‘Next’.
The window will change to show your picture(s) being copied/ moved from the camera to the place on your computer that you have asked them to go. If you chose to tick the box, there will be another window displaying the picture being removed (deleted) from the memory chip in the camera.
The final window wants to know if you would, now, like to publish these pictures to the web (see notes on Facebook and loosing your rights to these pictures if you do publish them!), Order prints from the web (pretty neat, if you like that sort of thing) or finally just finish with the copying process (this is the default option). Click on the button marked ‘Next’ and you will be rewarded with a window that states proudly that ‘x picture(s) were copied’ to ‘Wherever\picturefolder\. Done!
As Mark Twain once remarked “I am sorry but I haven’t the time to write you a short letter so I am instead writing you a long letter”. This should have been shorter, reflecting the ease of how it is done. So I would like to apologise verily for this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply thank you and see you at Jack’s Bar on a Friday lunchtime or any other time that you think would make good office hours.
Flailing arms disappeared as the flames from the burning gasoline shot even higher and engulfed the few heads that bobbed on the surface. He could hear the screams of men as their flesh melted in the heat.
We start with a prologue, set in Germany towards the end of the second world war with an insignificant man, Gerhard Schneider, witnessing cargo being unloaded from a U-boat, overseen by Doenitz. The military convoy left with Doenitz before the submarine exploded. No survivors. About the same time a raid on Selsey, south England went horribly wrong. The German fast boat went down. Again, no survivors.
The story then begins in Kent, England and moves to the present day. What a dramatic opening with the planned assassination of Jack Hudson, Secretary of State-a high profile figure. The Assassin is utterly wicked, a typically Machiavellian character who was addicted to killing and found it pleasurable. To him, it was much better than any snort of cocaine or a puff of weed.
The killing is gruesome-darts of snake venom which are highly toxic, causing rapid paralysis and finally suffocation. Named the pin prick of death. The assassin found it a PLEASURE to watch the Secretary of State die. How sick is that?
Brother Peter, nicknamed Hud was in the SAS in Iraq during 1991 to gather intelligence on the movement of the Soviet scud missile launches. Barton reminds us of those shocking images of war when a young officer is brutally killed. Hud was meant to be protecting him:
The bullet had entered from behind, just under the neck of his helmet and blown away his face as it exited. Blood and tissue splattered. Blood and brains mixed into one horrible mass, the boy unrecognisable.
Sixteen years later and Hud is still possessed by the horror of reality of that moment. His comforter, his security blanket that dulled the pain was his Southern Comfort and because his nerves were shattered, his marriage to Judy hit rock bottom and lead to a divorce but fortunately, an amicable one.
He is horrified to discover that his brother Jack has died from a suspected heart attack. When he sees Jack’s corpse he notices a red mark on the right side of his neck and more importantly, fear in his eyes, the kind of fear that Peter had never seen before, as if Jack had been able to see his fate before it
Amy, Jack’s widow gives Hud a locker key with VIV embossed in gold-some cryptic clue that Peter has to decipher and unravel the reasons why Jack met his untimely end. We meet Mark Chatfield nicknamed Chatters, a close friend to Peter. Both men served in the Falklands’ war in 1982 before drifting apart.
Hud travels to Paris to unravel the mystery aided by Judy without realising the full extent of the danger he faces. There are some excellent James Bond type car chases and crashes leaving cars mangled to pieces and explosions. And there are plenty of brutal killings.
The Cardinals remain a mystery…for a while…. but we do meet the triumvirate of terrorists planting bombs to annihilate Parliamentary buildings across Europe and working alongside the Schengen organisation preparing for the Fourth Reich, a European Empire controlled by the Nazis.
It’s like the Nazis have never really been away. They’ve always been there, in the background, controlling Europe and waiting for the opportunity to pounce.
Their power has been built on murder, corruption and greed. It seems that Hud and Judy are lambs to the slaughter. If Hud becomes a condemned man, how is he going to survive? Will his army training give him the mental and physical strength to beat his adversary? To survive?
The final showdown reveals a shocking act of betrayal although this thriller does end on a positive note for those survivors. A possible act of reconciliation perhaps?
I like Hud’s comment towards the end:
If I’m lucky there’ll be a tomorrow. And if I’m not….well then I always had today.” The key question is Does Hud survive? Is he one of the lucky ones?
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The Spanish government, the Partido Popular is mired in a huge corruption scandal; last Thursday after months of denials PM Rajoy admitted to Parliament that he was personally guilty, but only of over-trusting the ex-party treasurer Luis Barcenas. Some of the largest construction companies in Spain paid donations/bribes totalling tens of millions of Euros to secure building contracts. Rajoy denies ever receiving any of this money, though there is paperwork that suggests otherwise.
Conveniently for Rajoy whose been on the PP executive board for 25 years and party leader for10 of those, he was always on the loo or taking a stroll in the garden whenever the brown envelopes stuffed with 500€ notes were delivered. Barcenas a fastidious
record keeper, arrived at court recently with files of paperwork detailing how he came to have €22 million in a Swiss bank account. The total sums involved are alleged to be three times this figure.
Knowing the way power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely Barcenas told the court he has more evidence, a classic insurance policy. No doubt they will be released if ever he meets with an unfortunate accident.
Political donations in Spain are limited to 60,000€ for anonymous donations, donors got around this by illegally paying multiple
payments of 50,000€ a time. Not wanting to bite the hands that fed; Barcenas won’t divulge which companies paid him the money and so 9 construction
executives have been summoned to testify.These to date unnamed companies were awarded huge building
contracts totalling €6,6bn. Ferrovial the road and rail conglomerate have separately been accused of paying €5.9million to the then Catalan administration. It’s now clear why airports were built like Corvera in Murcia that apart from birds may never see anything else land on them, high speed railways with stations that never have passengers and motorways that are almost empty such as the A7/E15 Cartagena/Vera in Almeria. Then there is the housing bubble that has brought pain and misery to millions of people. By chance the PP locally was in power when the Albox bypass contract was awarded. Locals know this as the road to nowhere and it’s blighted the landscape for years ever since construction stopped three years ago.
In court Barcenas explained how representatives of the companies involved would turn up at the PP headquarters with cash. No receipts were given but the amount was noted both in his private records and on the back of the donating firms’ business card. Barcenas would then phone the local mayor of wherever the contract was that was of interest to the donator, tell them to expect a visit from the company representative, to give him a ‘coffee’ and make him ‘welcome.’ Barcenas regularly updated the PP leadership keeping records of when and how much he paid party officials as so called ‘salary top-ups.’ This is denied by the PP.
Just two days after Rajoys part admission of guilt Madrid started sabre rattling against Britain and Gibraltar. There was already a build-up of tensions as Madrid have been instructing their lackeys the Guardia Civil to make life difficult for anyone crossing the border, all under the pretence that it’s unfair local Spanish fisherman can’t illegally fish anymore in Gibraltarian waters due an artificial reef that was completed recently.
Spain also announced the sale of 20 Mirage jets (that they can’t afford to run) to Argentina, coincidentally another country with economic woes that has a territorial dispute with the UK. Nothing like a war (or threat of one) to detract voters’ attentions from the real issues!
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During the last three months, students from the Mojacar Taekwondo Club prepared themselves for taking their summer examination. They worked extremely hard in very high temperatures, although the training was tough they enjoyed it.
Sunday 28th July students gathered at Indigo Gym for
their 2 hour examination for gaining their next belt. A mixture of skills were tested including sparring with one on one, two on one and even three on one, patterns for precision and leg placement and Korean vocabulary. The level was excellent.
All the students showed dedication and great skills
under the watchful eye of the examining board: Mr. Serge Dewrée, Mr Michael Williams, and assistant instructors Miss Ruby Miles-Kirby, and Mrs Jodie Escott Dewrée.
All students passed the examination, and special awards granted to best students. Congratulations to Miss Bobbi Booth-Roberts, who fought her way to a well-earned best student award and was promoted to the junior class, to Joshua Lee who received the Star Medal Award for his efforts and dedication and to Nikita Komyagin who was crowned best junior student.Congratulations to all of you!
Taekwondo Mojacar (GTF) Indigo Gym, Mojacar Playa Tel. 646 844 708 www.tkdspain.webs.com
There’s plenty off sporting action over the next week or so. Tomorrow, the US PGA Championship starts at Oak Hill, New York; England play Australia in the 4th Ashes Test at the Riverside on Friday; Manchester United meet Wigan in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday, followed by England v. Scotland at the same venue on Wednesday (as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations) and the World Athletics championships will be taking place in Moscow (they start on the BBC at 7am on Saturday) and of course, there’s soccer action at League level all over Europe!• The third rain-effected Test at Old
Trafford ended in a draw and therefore England retain the Ashes having won the first two games in the five-match series. Australia scored 527-7 declared and 172-7 while England replied with 368 (Kevin Pietersen scoring his 23rd Test century) and 37-3. • Last weekend the three clubs relegated
from the PL - QPR, Reading and Wigan - all won their opening Championship games. Yeovil, playing at this level for the very first time, also claimed victory at Millwall, and there were wins also for Watford, Blackpool, Leicester, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.• Newport County, absent from the FL
for 25 years, returned with a 4-1 home win over Accrington Stanley; Oldham won a seven-goal thriller at Stevenage by 4-3 and luckless Coventry, without an official home ground and starting the season minus ten points, went down 3-2 to Crawley in League One.• Elsewhere, Lionel Messi has started
scoring again - doing so in Barcelona’s 8-0 win over Santos 8-0 in the Spain/Brazil Gamper Trophy.• Qualifying rounds in both European
Competitions are underway. Celtic are taking part in the Champions League while SPL side St Johnstone, along with
Swansea City (4-0 winners over Malmo) are in the long drawn out Europa League.• There will be plenty of transfer activity
over the next ten days, and I will list the important deals next Wednesday. • St Helens slaughtered the Catalan
Dragons 26-6 to move into a play-off spot in the Super League, behind Huddersfield, Wigan, Warrington and Leeds. There are three rounds of matches remaining.• Denmark’s Niels-Kristian Iverson won
speedway’s Italian GP ahead of GB rider Tai Woffiden.• GB Olympian Laura Trott and Arnou
D’Mar (France) won their respective Prudential London/Surrey Classic events last weekend and a fit again Sir Bradley Wiggins triumphed in the Polish TT race.• Britain’s top MotorGP rider Cal Crutchlow
will ride for Ducati next season.• Tiger Woods warmed up for this week’s
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Neal still leads the BTCC championship after last weekend’s event at Snetterton.• And finally, in the World Athletics
Championships - apart from Usain Bolt and Mo Farah - I believe these athletes WILL win medals: Jessica Judd (GB) 800m; English Gardner (USA) 100m; Yarisley Silva (Cuba) pole vault; Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 100m/200m/long jump; Kirani James (Grenada) 400m; Warren Weir (Jamaica) 200m; Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic) 00m; Bohdan Bondarenko (Czech Republic) high jump; Tiffany Porter (GB), 100m hurdles; Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya) 300m steeplechase.
Cucador. Thursday 1st August with temperatures in the high 30s, a depleted number of 19th Hole members took to the desert course of Desert Springs.
In spite of the heat and the recent lack of rain, the course was in excellent condition with greens as quick as could be for this Pairs Texas Scramble.
Neil Greenwood (I hate Desert Springs) & Darren Banks easily won with a very creditable Nett 73 with Craig Steers and Syd Walker in second place with a Nett score of 76.Results: Pairs Texas Scramble1st Neil Greenwood &Darren Banks, 2nd Craig Steers & Syd WalkerNearest the Pin: Hole No 17
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Boat Fishing: I managed to get out for a half day with ‘Orca Steve’ and was joined by my grandson ‘Beachcomber H’ who is over on holiday with his sister and her boyfriend ‘Dan the man’. Also joining us was my mate ‘Flash Gordon’ and Steve’s favourite waiter at the Wok in Vera ‘Chow Mein’ Chung. A troll out ( And back) to our mark a kilometre out in front of the River Abajo (or River Antas) produced nothing so there’s still no tuna about. I can see us having a very short tuna season this year. With a northerly wind and a back current going south west we decided to anchor in about 100 feet and drop back down the slope in 130 feet. We soon got fed up with bait robbing pickerels and after an hour or so and coincidently as the wind direction changed to come from the north east we moved to the opposite side of the river, anchoring and dropping down the opposite slope, where
we started to catch some better sized fish. Good size pandoras to 2lbs and the biggest bogues I’ve seen. Apart from those we caught weavers, red snappers and one white bream. I also caught a couch bream that are often mistaken for red snappers.
Hearing about ‘Squiddly Sid’s’ lost big fish last week when live baiting I thought I would float one out 50m with a live mackerel on offer 6m down. An hour or so later I had a stingray abroad for a nice photo. A quick kiss and cuddle! and it went off back to Davy Jones’s locker. See the photo of me with my stingray and note the rare sight of me wearing gloves to handle a fish. I wanted to get a good grip as the fish was very slippery
Shore Fishing: ‘Tubby Jimmy’ fished the Indalo Arm and caught a weaver, a wide eyed flounder and a palomete. A Spaniard caught a decent palomete (Generally known as a palometon when big) from the same mark.
The ‘Albox Fishing Club’ fished from 5 to 9pm off rocks by Repsol garage in Garrucha. West Country Dave’ caught 4 x palomete, 1 x cow bream, 1 wide eyed flounder and 4 x bogues. ‘Tony always laughing’ caught 4 x small palomete 4 bogues. ‘Take your time Tony’ caught 2 x small palomete. Squiddly Sid’ caught 1 x cow bream, 2 x palomete, 1 x weaver and 1 x bogue.
Again lots of small fish pinching the bait. Dave had a good sized palomete for supper and a cow bream weighing over a pound among the fish he caught. Tony A.
L. caught all small fish. T.y.T.Tony only caught small palometes. All fished with prawn baits with and size 4/5 hook traces.
Coarse Fishing: ‘Cuddly Keith’ over on holiday from the UK for 2 weeks went to Puentes in Lorca with ‘40 Watts’. Both started off on the waggler, by 1pm ‘40 watts’ had 40 x carp with Keith landing just 4 fish. They changed to a feeder and the fish came thick and fast. End of the day ‘40 watts’ had 55 with Keith on 18. They said “Try this, cut cherries in 4 and fish in close” and yes they did catch on them, what next?
‘Puentes Ray’ said Thursday was a real all British day at Puentes. Ray decided to adopt a size over quantity approach for the day and so set up with a waggler in about 8ft of water with size 8 hook and his old favourite, the frankfurter sausage. First fish was a 3lb carp followed by a 2lb barbel then number of smaller carp but by 10am it had gone very slow but he continued with the tactic until 6pm and ended up with 36 x carp and 7 x barbel. He was snapped three times all of which he thought were barbel, all in all a very pleasant day.
The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650.
For up to date information on any of the above see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight lines, Beachcomber John.
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