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Date: March 2012

Issue: 4 Volume: XII

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ACAM Development Mark Stocks, Vice President of ACAM has been busy setting up many ways of introducing ACAM to the rest of Europe. For the next 2 months we are asking people to share their love for the arts. Via the magic of Facebook, ACAM invite everyone to share their opinions on the people or places that inspire them. It could be an artist, a musician, a special place or a performer that inuences your creativity in any way. This is open to everyone to share their thoughts and collectively learn of creative people that we may not know about and inspire others. Go to Facebook; Arts & Cultural Association page and post your comments. You can follow ACAM on Facebook, twitter @ACAM_MURCIA and on google+ Search Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia / ACAM. Email acam.murcia@yahoo.com ACAMs very rst AGM took place at the Camposol Business Centre On Friday 3rd February. A fantastic mix of members from Murcia Dance, George Thompson Community Art Classes and Mazarrn Festival de Baile contributed to the AGM. From young children to parents, and volunteers to students, on behalf of ACAM project managers and ACAM board, we would like to say a huge thank-you for your time and continued support. Special thanks also goes to Luis Canavos for guiding us through the legal areas within the delivery of ACAMs aims and objectives. It was great to have some childrens and young peoples input into a meeting that will shape the quality activities delivered locally for the young. In addition to this it was great to have parent representatives and students from ACAMs Arts & Cultural projects, giving their advice and opinions to strengthen the foundations of ACAM.

Key decisions made include the change of ACAMs ofce address. ACAM projects will now fund a virtual ofce space at the Camposol Business Centre, Sector A. Its been a very busy couple of months for ACAM projects. Both Murcia Dance and George Thompson Art Classes are now running their projects at different venues. Murcia Dance Murcia Dance now delivers their childrens programme at the Sensol Hotel Dance Studio. The children from the age of 3 up to 13 years are loving it at the new venue. Its spacious, light, mirrored, lovely views and the ooring is perfect for dance. This term the children will be working towards their Annual Performance and Presentation which will take place in May.

related to the childrens programme. With this support ZUMBA members are giving a little bit back to the community and providing needed quality activities for the young on Camposol. George Thompson Community Art Classes George Thompson delivers his Art Classes to adults at Caadas del Romero Casa Cultura Community Building. Georges students also appreciate the new building which is light and has beautiful views that stimulate a creative and artistic environment to work in. Mazarrn Festival de Baile 2012 Mazarrn Festival de Baile has nalised its 2012 dates. It will run from Saturday 23rdMonday 25th June. Already 4 schools have registered with 60 entries. This fantastic event raises the prole and quality of dance throughout the Costas, and, brings many new people to the Mazarrn area. 150 dancers from Almeria to Alicante, with their family and friends, are expected to attend this event which is now in its third year. Pilar Garica Language and Community Classes ACAM would like to welcome a new project member, Pilar Garcia Language and Cultural Activities. Pilar is actively working at securing links with schools and the Mazarron Council, not only to run a programme of funded language classes but also other ACAM projects. For more information about getting involved in ACAM and accessing its projects please telephone Louise Bremner 655 421 120.

They will also be training in the Professional of Teachers (PTD) Hip Hop syllabus with the view of taking the UK Council for Dance in Education accredited exams from January 2013. Murcia Dance Principal, Louise Bremner, is the Spanish Coordinator for the PTD in Spain. Murcia Dance also run ZUMBA classes for adults. The programme is also non-prot making and currently subsidises expenses

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Dear Readers We seemed to have survived the really bad weather experienced through much of Spain and of course the UK. Lets hope that this a good sign of things to come in the business sector for the rest of the year. Whilst we are still in the midst of a recession it is good to see that there are still businesses opening and changing hands in the area. We would like to wish Furniture Plus every success with their move from Purias down to The Puerto De Mazarron, and we would like to wish Neil and Ana every success with their take-over of the Tropicana Bar up on Camposol sector A. We would like to welcome the following new advertisers to The Costa Calda Chronicle. New Advertisers Liberty Seguros Asesoria Alonso J K Entertainment (Xfactor) The Tropicana Bar/Caf And we would like to welcome back the following advertisers: Antonio Hernandez (Spanish Teacher) Clinica Veterinaria (Puerto De Mazarrn & Camposol) MSC Insurance D & G Garden Furniture Helping Hands The Market Tavern Kennellys Bar Camposol Quicksave Camposol Tuxedo Limos Delmonte Cat Hotel A note to all contributors and advertisers When sending in adverts, reports and articles, could you please remember that the Costa Clida Chronicle covers the whole of the Costa Clida from Mazarrn and the Mar Menor, right the way up to Northwest Murcia. It is therefore important that you mention where a business is, so that readers that are not local to that particular establishment have some idea where it is in case they would like to visit. This is also important for businesses to make it clear in their publicity how far they are prepared to travel as sometimes it does not make sense to do business in a particular area. This means that if a bar is in Puerto de Mazarrn, there is no point in putting the Port and if a bar is in Los Alcazares or Camposol, please put where it is, in the report. Readers often contact us asking where a particular event is being held, as in the report it just gives the name of the bar or restaurant. Many thanks. From all the team at
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Friday 30th March - Cave Walk Meet El Berro car park 10.30am Another very easy, social, non-sporty walk, like all NEST walks, with the opportunity to see some caves in the heart of Sierra Espua! Of course it doesnt mean any caving (!) It is simply an opportunity to see some caves from the outside, or if you do feel like venturing in a bit more, bring a torch. Bring binoculars and cameras, as the views everywhere will be spectacular and there may be wildlife opportunities, as Sierra Espua is home to eagles, including the Golden Eagle with its massive wingspan, Arrui (from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco handsome unforgettably beautiful animals!) squirrels, foxes, wild boar etc. NEST is about socialising, meeting new people, making friends and having happy times out together in beautiful surroundings, so you may also want to take photos of each other too! We usually follow a walk with a scrumptious meal at an authentic Spanish restaurant. In this case it will be at a beautiful restaurant in a scenic spot in Sierra Espua where we often see wild boar and their young, with a

bit of luck. When we do, it makes our day! There are videos and photos on the NEST website of the wild boar, but theres nothing like the real experience and being there seeing them with your own eyes really close up.

the (optional) 4 course meal of salad, starter, main course, dessert, including one drink and *also coffee * is 9. Most people love to come for the meal which is a very sociable happy occasion! There are driving directions and a lot more information including videos and photos on the website at http://www.nestwalks.info. If you join the mailing list on the website, youll hear about new walks or changes before anyone else, and not everything is always in magazines because things can change after printing deadlines etc. Dogs on leads are also very welcome on all NEST walks, although restaurant arrangements can make it awkward depending where were eating and if were outside or inside. Please always check rst. The meal is always optional, so the walk by itself is always possible with a dog. Looking forward to seeing you all! Bring some water, sensible footwear, cameras, binoculars and of course most importantly, a smile!

Remember you need to book rst, either by phone or text message to 679002147 or by email to natureespunatrails@gmail.com as places are limited. Please supply full names of each person coming along with Spanish contact phone numbers in case of last minute changes, then wait until youve had conrmation back that youre booked in. Unfortunately people cant just turn up as theres a limit and restaurants need booking in advance. The walk is 5 and at this restaurant

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British Consul discusses property issues in Catral with residents and Valencian Authorities On 25th and 26th January Paul Rodwell, the British Consul in Alicante, and Alexandra Brown, property advisor at the British Embassy, met with Catral residents and the Valencian authorities to discuss planning issues in the region. They rst met with a small group of Catral residents in order to get a better understanding of the issues, which was followed by a meeting with the Mayor of Catral and the town planning team to discuss the way forward. The Town Hall conrmed that they are keen to resolve the planning problems and are working on a special plan to enable the majority of properties to be regularised and to access utilities. They hope to have further news on this by the end of February and will communicate developments to residents. Paul and Alexandra then met with Isabel Bonig Trigueros, the Regional Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment, and her team to discuss property issues in the region, focusing on Catral and Lliber, amongst other areas. The Consellera emphasised

that the Valencian Regional Government will continue to work with the local councils in Catral and Lliber towards a solution. Paul Rodwell said: I am pleased that the local and regional authorities are starting to work together to address these issues although we realise there is still a lot of work to be done. We will continue to engage with the Valencian authorities on these issues whenever we can and advise British nationals on what action they can take if they are affected by property problems. British nationals considering buying a property in Spain or experiencing property problems are strongly urged to read the wealth of advice on the property section of the UKinSpain website, available at http://ukinspain.fco. gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/ living-in-spain/property-in-spain/.

MY OLD MAN SAID FOLLOW THE VAN Furniture Plus is on the move and re-locating from Purias to the old Don Bricolaje shop above Mercadona at the Piramid Center, Puerto de Mazarrn. Chris and Roy are really looking forward to this new challenge in their business enabling them to be closer to many of their customers and in an area which is up and coming once again.

Furniture Plus is an established business of 8 years and has a good professional reputation with an excellent customer service record. Chris & Roy were the rst to open an English shop in Aguilas 8 years ago and have built up their business by selling from one item to complete furniture packages. They have adapted with the trends over the years and once again they are moving to keep up with new trends since the recession of the last few years. Chris & Roy from Furniture Plus look forward to meeting old and new customers in their new shop in Puerto de Mazarrn. Mobile 678083491 See our advert on the back page.

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St Nicholas Ecumenical Church Calle Sobrija 2248 Sector D20 Camposol By Rev Len Eaton MBE www.stnicholaschurchspain.com Wednesday 22nd February was a very important day in the Church calendar and particularly here at St Nicholas, as in addition to celebrating Ash Wednesday, the rst day of Lent, we also held our Annual General Meeting. Now we are into Lent and I receive many questions asking what Lent is all about. Many see it as a time for giving up things, but they often do not know why this is. In the rst few centuries of the Christian Church, new converts were normally baptized at Easter time. In order to be ready for this event they passed through a season of solemn preparation and instruction. The whole Christian Community wanted to join with them in this, so the forty days before Easter became what is called in English Lent. Its name comes from an Old English word for Spring, and the forty days commemorate the forty days that Jesus spent in the Wilderness being tempted by the Devil. Giving things up for Lent is training in self-discipline, but it is not a bargain

seeking a reward and self righteousness must be avoided. Our Lent discipline should include something positive; spending time in prayer and Bible reading, joining study groups and extra services, or doing something to help others who are in need. Donating the money saved when forgoing the bar of chocolate or glass of wine to charity is one way of doing that. Shrove Tuesday, (Pancake Day), the day before Ash Wednesday, used to be the time to eat up all the rich food before fasting and to have sins forgiven, or shriven. Shriven is another Old English word meaning to hear confessions. Remembering that the Bible tells us to repent in dust and ashes, the rst day of Lent is called Ash Wednesday when, in some Churches, ashes are placed on the forehead of worshippers in the shape of a cross. Such a service is held at St Nicholas annually. We did not, however, change our altar cloth to sack cloth as practiced still today in some Churches! So may I wish you all a disciplined Lenten period as we look forward to that Glorious Easter Day, 8th April, when we celebrate the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Services for March 2012 Sunday 4th Songs of Praise 10.30am

Sunday 11th Holy Communion 10.30am German Service 4.00pm (Mothering Sunday) Sunday 18th Morning Prayer 10.30am Sunday 25th Holy Communion 10.30am German Service 4.00pm All services take place at Calle Sobrija 2248, D20 Camposol, where a warm welcome awaits you. Services offered by the Church are Wedding Blessings, Holy Baptism, Conrmation and Funerals. We have a Pastoral Service throughout the year, people who listen, talk and are there to help anyone who is sick or in need. The Pastoral care is absolutely condential. For any of the Church Services offered, or other information, please call Rev Len Eaton on 968138952, Rev Deacon Maureen Kent on 636099679, or Rev Bro Konrad 679927268

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Association News: Verde the associations second hand shop needs to relocate. We are looking for a new store front rental anywhere in the inland area of Murcia, (Bullas, Mula, Alhama de Murcia, Camposol or surrounding areas). All proceeds earned, minus operating expenses goes to the maintenance and care of the animals in our refuge. If anyone out there knows of an inexpensive rental or can donate a space, your help would be very much appreciated. The animals would also be grateful as well. Please contact us on 655027676 or email us at info@verdemurcia.com

Other News: www.olivebranchfellowship.com Rudy and Noelia, the two kittens rescued An Evangelical, lively and friendly place on Christmas Day, which were featured to discover the love of Jesus. in last months issue of the Costa Clida Chronicle, have found their forever home. Rags, the pure breed German Shepherd, who was also featured has also been adopted. He was a special dog. He needed 6 months to regain his health and over 500 was spent by donations made to the RAD Animal Association for his recovery. All three animals are adjusting well to their new environment. If you are interested in adopting your forever friend, please visit our website at www.verdemurcia.com Watching the Six Nations Rugby recently I wondered at the history of Swing Low Sweet chariot sung by English supporters? Some songs are like that are they not? The tune and probably the rst verse sticks in your head and you nd yourself singing or humming it quite at random. Many songs we remember relate to a particular time in our life and on hearing, or singing them, bring back memories. Some hymns are like that as well and the words can have a profound effect on us. Think of, for example Amazing Grace, written by the former slave trader John Newton. Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, or Charles Wesleys hymns Jesus lover of my soul or And can it be... Unforgettable words reecting a personal encounter with God. When I became a Christian, the song of the moment was Things are different now, something happened to me, when I gave my life to Jesus.. Of course some of us are better at singing than others, but that doesnt usually stop us! God loves us to sing as He designed us to; along with birds, whales and dolphins I believe! The Bible tells us that there will be lots of opportunities to sing in heaven, so get some practice in, but make sure you are going there! Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life. No-one can come to the Father except through me.

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Our Sunday morning service is at the Community Centre on Camposol B starts at 10.30am each week and offers a variety of music and styles, both traditional and modern. You are invited to join us.

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By Sara Millbank The great British breakfast would not be complete without the good old English sausage, and how could we eat toad in the hole without a banger or two? When buying sausages at the supermarket or butchers in England, the choice was usually very simple, Cumberland, Lincolnshire, Pork and Beef or with bits of herbs in them, but here in Spain the sausage is very different, although perhaps born the same way. In the Beginning Sausages started way back when people had their own pig in the garden and could not afford to throw any of the animals away. The sausages were usually homemade, and were intended to last the whole year. The raw pork was hand chopped, mixed with back fat and spices, then stuffed into casings (made from the pigs gut). The more meat in the sausage, the less fat content and the sweeter the meat. Regions Some sausages included extra ingredients like onions and rice and regional variations such as nuts from the strong Moorish presence. Garlic showed it came from the south or west (although over use was found to turn the sausage rancid) and Salamanca sausage has a strong presence of cereal. There are also sausages made with beef and vegetables as well as venison. How Sausages are Made The mixture for Spanish sausages is stuffed into the casings, which vary in size and shape depending on the sausage and ingredients, unlike the British sausage, which tends to be the much the same shape. The sausages are then hung on strings in a cool place and will lose as much as 35 per cent of their weight if left for a full year. Smoked sausages can also be found in Spain, but these tend to swell with cooking and are better eaten raw. Many dried sausages can also be eaten raw, but

this is not always the case. Sausages tend to be classed by their colour and so we have provided some guidance below. Black Sausage Also know as blood puddings or Morcillas and similar to British black puddings as they are made with the fresh blood of the newly slaughtered pig. Once they are made, they are boiled to keep the freshness and then dried for storage. They are always cooked before eating and come mainly from Seville and Ronda and are found in links or rings. Northern variations are avoured with aniseed and cloves, and can be fattened with either onions or rice as mentioned before. Burgos Morcillas contain pine nuts and is usually eaten raw and found as tapas. The Valencian blood puddings are sometimes very spicy and are made with cumin and cinnamon. Botifarra is the black sausage from the east of the country and is made in links or rings and is always cooked, mainly grilled or fried. Red Sausage Apart from in Catalonia, red sausage is made with paprika to give it its colouring and avour. Chorizos are named after choricero chilli and there are over 50 different regional varieties, but two main ones. Red Chorizos are made in links, contain ground-minced meat and are mottled with fat. They can be boiled or fried and the longer varieties are usually sweeter than the small round ones, which are hot and spicy. The knobbly garlic red sausage is found mainly in central Spain and is used mainly for stews and soups. The second type of Chorizo is cured and much longer and fatter than the rst red sausage. These are served as tapas, sliced thinly and eaten with bread or added to salads and may be marbled or chopped. Variations of Chorizo include the Pamplona variety, which resembles salami because of its orange coloured fat. Another is the Chistorra, which is typically Basque and is a narrow cigarshaped sausage with a mix of pork and beef.

Also widely used in Andalusia is the Morcon sausage, which is made from marinated loin and shoulder and looks like a hand grenade. The Murcians have a larger version of this Morcon. Lomo Embuchado (or cinta) This looks like a sausage, but is actually the spinal loin muscle. It is marinated in paprika and garlic and sometimes oregano and nutmeg and is dried for two to six months. It is expensive and has a delicate avour so it is quiet a treat, but not to be confused with sausages. White Sausages Sausages that are neither black nor red are classed as white sausages although they may not have a white appearance. Fuet is a Catalonian sausage containing white pepper and sugar and is usually sold in double lengths. It is long and thin so dries very fast and can be extremely chewy. Salchichon is a typical white sausage and comes in rings and strings and is usually powdered on the outside, which gives it the blanco appearance. They tend to be dry, like salami and laced with peppercorns. Longaniza is the name used for a variety of sausages and is often the ones you see hanging up in hanks. Short lengths are used for cooking, as these tend to be hard, bland and fatty while the larger coils are hung to dry and sliced and eaten with bread. White blancas or botifarras are the brother of the black ones and are made in Catalonia. These fresh sausages are usually grilled or boiled and are often eaten with beans. Of course don`t forget the embutidos, which is fresh sausage similar to our British one and very popular all over Spain. They are made everywhere and can be bought in any supermarket. So next time you are out shopping, why not look at the sausage section and try some of the wonderful sausages on your door step.

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Berty a German Shepherd cross of approx 16 months. When he was found, he tested positive for Leishmania. He has nished is treatment of Milteforan and his test last week gave a negative result. Berty needs a home with someone who has the time to spend training him. He is a lovely boy looking for his forever home.

the liver and kidney of the animal being treated. Through all of this and after having 9 strays put on our land, we started to volunteer for a small local animal rescue association in Mula. It was being run by just a few loyal and dedicated members who were working hard to try and save injured and abandoned animals. We soon got very involved, and as time went by re-homed all of our strays some of which had Leishmania. This prompted me to research this illness, how it affected the animals and what could be done about it. The treatment now can be inexpensive for a dog with healthy liver and kidney function and follow-on treatment is indeed very cheap and can be purchased in the local farmacia. Leishmania Leishmaniasis is a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sand y, single-celled parasitic protozoan (genus Leishmania, phylum Kinetoplastida) that spends part of its life cycle in the gut of a sand y. The sand y (mosquito) is active between the hours of dusk and dawn, so any animal sleeping outside is at risk of being bitten. How does Leishmania affect the animals that have contracted it? Leishmania can affect the skin of a dog, or it can affect the glands. Whether a dog has Skin Leish or Gland Leish it is very easily treatable providing it is caught soon enough and the kidney and liver function are not affected. A course of injections with a drug called Glucantime can be prescribed by the vet and this has proved to be a very popular and successful treatment. This treatment is then followed by a tablet called Alopurinol which is very inexpensive. Out of the 14 case studies that I conducted through 3 different vets, at least 6 of the dogs tested negative after a period of 6 months. The others have low reading

results and live a full and normal life. If the dog shows signs of liver and kidney function reduction, the vet can prescribe a drug called Milteforan. This is a more expensive treatment which is given in liquid form and then also followed by Alopurinol. Some dogs may need to take Alopurinol for the rest of their lives and some for only the summer months. We recently sent a dog with Leishmania to the UK and following his treatment with Glucantime he will take Alopurinol for 6 months. Within one month of nishing his injections, he gained 7 kilos in weight and is now a very healthy wonderful family pet that will live a long life with his new adopted family and even with Leishmania. You can purchase a special collar for your dogs which will help to deter the sand y from biting the dog and it is about 95 % effective and all dogs who sleep outside should wear one during the sand y season. After reading this and if you are thinking about adopting a family pet, please consider one of the dogs who are left behind in the rescue associations because of Leishmania. You will nd that in an association like MARA, the initial treatments will have been carried out and the dog stabilized with Alopurinol and will be ready to live a normal life in a loving family home and may need to take a small pill daily. Some dogs with Leishmania lived to reach the grand old age of 16 with 9 of those years as a Leish dog Marion Royston For more information on Berty or any other MARA dog, please call Marion on 968979865 or 628811187 or Keith on 628811188. The MARA shop is desperately short of items to sell in the shop in Mula. If anyone has anything that they could donate, please contact Marion on 628811187. Thank you.

WHY ADOPT A DOG WITH LEISHMANIA? We in our very small animal rescue association have a number of dogs with Leishmania because people are worried about adopting what they perceive as a sick animal. Please read this and if you are thinking of adopting a dog dont be put off by the word LEISHMANIA. When we rst came to live in Spain in 2004 with our 3 much loved German Shepherds, we thought we had it all. However in 2007 we lost our rst German Shepherd to a lethal bite from something unknown to us. Some 6 month later our second German Shepherd took very ill and went off her legs - not unusual for an 11 year old GSD. We learned after about 6 weeks of treating her for hip displacer that she had Leishmania and could not be saved. Our third dog died 6 weeks later of what we think was a broken heart. We knew nothing about this Leishmania, only that our vet told us there was no real cure. There were treatments that could be expensive and could damage

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This month we set out for three walks, the rst being led by Ken and Sandra, who reported as follows: The weather was kind to us; dry and sunny and the walk attracted 24 happy walkers. Our route in the Cehegin area took us on a gure of eight course through eld and forest, on roads and tracks, and with lots of undulations. There were a few nice views from time to time to catch the eye. On our return we retired to La Lonja Restaurante for a delicious menu del dia and much conversation. The second walk took place in the La Encarnacin area, but unfortunately after just a few kilometres into the walk we came across a huge wire fence. The whole area has recently been fenced off for hunting purposes, but our leader on the day was blissfully aware of this until she led the group into it! After much discussion and head scratching we found an alternative route and then went to a local restaurant for lunch. Our third walk of the month was led by Jessica who arranged a 13 km walk to the north side of the Sierra de Ricote. A group of 26 intrepid Spanish and British people started from a parking area. Dark clouds were hanging over the destination

the Fire Lookout at Collado de Linuesa and so we donned rain hats, jackets and gloves and set off just as it started to drizzle! Stopping on the gentle ascent at various places where the views can be appreciated properly, we encountered more clouds of mist. The nal 500 metres were the steepest part. Recuperating from the effort, we had a picnic and appreciated views to the west, north and east, where the sunshine was warming the plain of Cagitn to Almorchn,

The Sierra del Oro, the Campo de Ricote, Blanca and Abarn. Although the moisture had reduced visibility on the way up, the intriguing glimpses of scenery were enough to forget the weather. The shorter (and therefore steeper) descent is the prettiest part of the walk and we arrived back at our cars in lovely sunshine and high spirits. It had been a wonderful opportunity to forge new friendships and despite the weather, a lovely walk. Many thanks to all the leaders. If you are interested in joining a walk similar to the ones described above then please contact warm2005@gmail.com for further information.

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The cold has been slow to arrive this winter, but in the end, we had strong winds for this tour. The route started near The Casicas del Portal at 7 degrees below zero and with a breeze that substantially increased the feeling of cold, but the weather didnt deter the participants of this tour, but gave them the opportunity to enjoy the impact winter.

walked out of the wind, no clothing was removed with the thermometer still at the 0 C mark. We reached the height of a large juniper tree, showing the purple berries that the blackbirds eat. We thought about breakfast here, but we were at 1,200 meters altitude and again we noted the icy wind. We continued the walk in search of the Cave of Lobera, a curious cave formed from a pressure tube, whose name suggests interesting passages of natural history. The cave also has served recently as a pen for cattle and their walls with engraved markings remind us that it had previously served as a refuge for men of the Paleoltico. We then turned our steps back into the ravine towards Hondares after traveling a narrow path that winds through old, abandoned orchards, exploring the openings that allowed us a peek to the bottom of the ravine, at which point we passed a large excursion of more than 65 walkers. We went down to the socalled Poza de las Tortugas, where we contemplated the enormous icicles hanging from the waterfall, ice sculptures on the rocks and plants and the frozen pond. What will happen to the turtles and aquatic macro-invertebrates, some of

them endemic, who inhabit this place? From here we returned, this time uphill, so it was little harder than usual. As its a hillside we decided to abandon the path and followed a goat path that led to another well preserved staircase. This lead us to the vicinity of the Portal del Casicas again and from there to our cars, again the icy wind in our faces, but with the satisfaction that we enjoyed a eld day that will take a long time to forget. A small group went to eat a wonderful steak and sauce in Restaurant Rosales. Back in Moratalla, we decided to stop at the Risca Reservoir and to our surprise we found that almost 50% of its surface was frozen. Despite this, waterfowl were still there and a pair of lapwings. A little later, at the bridge of La Tercia, we found enormous stalactites of ice, some with genuine icy plumes that made us stop and take many photos.

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Like much of Spain at this time of year, the blossom, especially the almond blossom is absolutely beautiful. Those people who live on the coast really should take advantage of the organised walks in the area that show some of the amazing scenery. NEST (Nature Espua Trails), WARM (Walkers Around the Region Murcia) and Espua Adventure are three of the local walking groups that organise various walks, as do some of the Tourist Ofces. At weekends especially, you can see many people either taking a leisurely stroll, or a more energetic walk and the Spanish are very aware of the benets of walking to keep t. It is good to see that two of the local tourist ofces in Northwest Murcia are sending us information about events in the area. We offer to print as much information as possible from these ofces, but up until now Santi from the Cehegin ofce has been the only person who realises that this service can only encourage people to support local events. We live in a stunning part of Murcia and there is a lot going on if only we knew about it! EL NOROESTE SE COME 10 February to 1 April, sees the gastronomic route EL NOROESTE SE COME. This route gives everyone the opportunity to meet up with others and taste the cuisine of Northwest Murcia in participating establishments, whilst visiting the various municipalities of this district. The idea is to bring the popular cuisine of the Northwest Region of Murcia to lovers of good food whilst learning about typical products of this region. A large number of restauranteurs are supporting this project, which offers visitors a taste of local cuisine and an insight into local customs and people. It hopefully will

encourage the development of this region. Those who wish to participate in the EL NOROESTE SE COME will be given the opportunity to win bottles of wine valued at 1,300 courtesy of OJ Bullas. To participate its necessary to complete the route in six of the gourmet restaurants on offer, which hopefully will delight diners. When you have visited any of the participating places, make sure you get the card signed by the establishment and take it, when completed, to any of the Northwest Murcia Tourist Boards. Municipalities where you can nd participating places in this gastronomic route are: Moratalla: La Moncloa, El Cortijo, Mirador de la Plaza, El Pipiolo, Tau Chen, y Montebenamor Bullas: Molino de Abajo, Avenida, Borrego, Mesn Las Tinajas y Asador del Noroeste Calasparra: Don Gmez IV y Centro Caravaca: El Rincn de Paco, Aixa, Salones Castillo de la Cruz, Torren de las Fuentes, La Esquina de Buenos Aires, Paladar, Fuentes del Marqus, El Templete, El Casn de Los Reyes y Molino del Ro Mula: Hotel Alczar y El Casino More information can be found at www. elnoroestesecome.com CEHEGN SCENE On the last Sunday of every month from October to June in the Plaza del Castillo the highest point in the old town of Cehegin (Casco Antiguo) there is a craft market known as El Mesoncico. There you will nd more than 50 craftsmen of the area with stalls displaying such products as cured meats, hams, pottery, cakes, wines, cheeses, etc. Each of the monthly markets has a different theme showing traditional

and local crafts. You will be able to taste and enjoy the foods and products most typical to this area. On Sunday the 25th of March preparations begin for Easter week. At the Artisan Market you can enjoy potage of cod and meatballs accompanied by our great wines. This Sunday also sees the end of the 4th Tapas Route in Cehegn. Massed National Bands of Drums and Cornets from many places in Spain will be playing during the day throughout the streets of Cehegn. Free parking is available at the Marble Technology Centre situated in Carretera Murcia, approached from the West. A free bus service is operated to the market place every 20 minutes. FREE NATURE WALKS Cehegin provides a variety of landscapes which include woods, mountains, hills, sloping valleys, scrubland and streams. These natural habitats host ora and fauna of special interest which provide a priceless tourist and educational resource. These walks take place on the last Saturday of each month. They are designed for people of all ages who enjoy hiking at fairly easy levels which makes them accessible for the whole family. The tourist walks are free and start at 9.00am and are between 4 and 9km, and will take between 2 to 3 hours. On the 24th of March our walk takes us to Pea Rubia, the nearest mountain to Cehegn which is rich in historical and archaeological interest. We will be able to visit the cave paintings with a guide. The walk will take approximately 3 hours, over 4km. Please contact Cehegin Tourist Ofce to reserve a place. CAR BOOT SALE IN CEHEGN This will be on Sunday the 22nd APRIL and is taking place in the square beside the old railway station in the Va Verde, just two minutes from Mercadona. There is plenty of room for parking and Stalls will be provided by the Town hall free of charge for the trial run. Anyone interested in booking a stall contact the Cehegn Tourist Ofce. All are welcome. Every weekend you can visit the Ecological Park which is open to visitors from 10am until 6.00pm at weekends. Everybody is welcome. For visits during the week however, a reservation is required by telephone to 696775783. If there are any further enquiries please contact the Cehegin Tourist Ofce on 968723550 or visit our tourist website www.turismocehegin.es Santiago Leo Cehegin Tourist Ofce

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Writing on a Sunday morning in midFebruary, it aint arf cold here in Southern Spain well cold for us residents, but even colder back in the UK! It is one of my favourite times of the year, with the elds awash with the white and pink almond blossom just a real wonder of nature. Driving between La Pinilla and Las Palas the other day one of the elds was so heavy in blossom that it looked as though the trees would collapse under the weight! Just wonderful. I hope this cold snap does not destroy the almond crop - even the dogs water was frozen over! Please remember that we are away the rst 3 weeks in March (rst holiday of more than a week in 13 years!) No installs/ quotes etc, but emergencies should be covered! TV NEWS We still have not got our hands on a REAL TV digibox to test the FREESAT system with the possibility to add sports and SKY entertainment by the month. I understand they are having some issues with the software in the boxes. It will come! Those of you with HUMAX FREESAT boxes may be interested in BOXOFFICE365, a beta trial of lms on demand. There is a choice of 28 lms some a bit old and certainly not the latest movies! with 7 of them changing each week so that over a 4

week period there is a completely new library. It costs 4.99 a month, but there is no tie in and you can cancel at any time. Your box needs to be connected to the internet router, either with a lead from box to router, or using powerline adaptors (as I do and we can help with if you are stuck) and then you can watch any of the 28 lms as many times as you want. Delivery is over the internet, not the satellite dish, so be careful not to exceed your download limits if your server restricts you and the sign-up says you need a speed of at least 2M, but I am on a rural telefonica line with only 1M and have watched a couple of the lms with no problems. Go to channel 907 or www.freesat.co.uk/boxofce365 or www.tv.bibc.com/register for all the information. You can see this weeks lm availability without subscribing. The system does not seem to mind a Spanish IP address as ITVPLAYER doesnt (channel 903) great for catching up missed programmes on ITV but BBCiplayer (channel 901) does not like you in Spain, but we are solving that one! SKY Having gained half the FORMULA I races, they are about to launch a dedicated F1 channel to show them and loads of repeats I expect. It will come on your system automatically if you subscribe to SKY Sports, but remember the races can all be watched on Spanish TV for free. Couple up your UK digibox to your audio system and you can get a commentary

in English from Radio 5 Live. Contact us if you want more details. Astra SES (the operator of the satellites we get our TV from) is to launch ASTRA F later this year at 28.2 so that even more capacity for the UK market will be available. What that means for viewing in Southern Spain is unknown. There are lots of rumours ying round the bars about losing all UK TV. Rainbow Satellites dont believe that will happen, but changes may come and we may lose some channels, but dont panic at this stage! There is usually a solution to the problems they throw at us and with Brussels getting involved in opening the broadcasting availability throughout the EEC it may just get easier to watch. Thats it for this month. Next months space may be used as a bit of a holiday blog from Rainbow Satellites, but we wont bore you with hundreds of photos! Article sponsored by RAINBOW SATELLITES, for all your TV needs in the Murcia region of Spain. Contact Alan or Matt, emails preferred, rainbowsats@ gmail.com or call (0034) 686358475 for free friendly advice from the experts. Our website www.rainbowsats.org has some good basic info on TV in Spain especially for any newcomers.

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by Tina Tait Although there has been a slight delay at the notary in the signing for the purchase of the land to build Paramount Park, PREMURSA, the promotional company which is purchasing the land and in charge of construction, continues to be optimistic. PREMURSA has been granted exclusive licensing rights to construct and operate the theme park for a 30 year extendible period. 1.8 million square metres of land is being sold at the cost of 15.8 million euros. The actual Theme Park will be 774,777m and the rest of the land, approximately 1.03 million m, is allocated for the Lifestyle Centre featuring 7 hotels, several restaurants, bars, nightclubs, a business district, an auditorium and convention centre. The original signing date, of 6th February, was rescheduled to 7th March. Apparently, the delay of the purchase was due to the seller missing documentation at the time of signing. Delays of this nature are quite normal in Spain and was, to some degree, expected, although there was much speculation that there were bigger problems prior to the announcement of the rescheduling. Jesus Samper, head of the project, stated, The rst brick of Paramount will be laid no later than April or May 2012 and the park will open along with the Lifestyle Centre in Easter 2015. The Townhall of Alhama de Murcia is continuing to process the licensing permits for the park. Ofcials are waiting for an environmental impact report before nalising, but the Townhall does not anticipate any further setbacks. Once the notary sale is completed, Paramount Park will be moving ahead from the draft phase into the detail phase of the project.

Jesus Samper, president of PREMURSA and owner of Real Murcia Football Team, and Santa Monica Financial (which is providing the capital for the project), recently travelled to Hollywood, California, to hold meetings with Paramount executives overseeing the project in Spain. The meetings were necessary to evaluate its progress and to outline what was dubbed the road show which is planned to be launched in September. A feasibility report, which was concluded to be favourable by Paramount, will be sent internationally to all the major business centres, along with the visual presentation. The feasibility

Mercer, a real estate developer in the area, stated Some have been sceptical about Murcias grand plans, understandable given the economic climate, however, the Mayor has reiterated the importance of the project in guaranteeing work to a whole generation of young people growing up in Alhama de Murcia. Alhama de Murcia is also planning to expand its infrastructure in the community, building new schools, medical institutions, roads, and sports facilities to accommodate the 8400 residential homes that will be situated alongside the theme park. Several other municipalities nearby are already preparing for the inux in tourism and the benets of Paramount Park being so close by. Mazarrn has upgraded its promenade and marina, and a beach front promenade in Bolnuevo is now under construction. Pliego has begun restoring the castle which rests high above what now is a sleepy little town. The future economic impact of the project could make up 2% of the Regions gross domestic product (GDP). With the possibility of economic growth, the creation of some 22,600 construction and operational jobs, the area hopes to attract upwards of 3 million tourists each year from around the world. A lot is at stake as the pressure mounts to complete the draft phase and start construction this spring of 2012. One thing is certain, Murcia is changing and the eyes of the world are now watching. Be sure to read the next issue of the Costa Clida Chronicle for continued updates.

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report went into detailed analysis on communication networks, the present and future hotel capacity in the Murcia region, regional tourism development plans and funding, the state of the golf courses, cruise ship docking in Cartagena, and the progress of the new Corvera International Airport and AVE fast train. The road show is the presentation that will hopefully attract the investors needed to further fund the project. Reports indicate that the amount needed to be raised to complete the entire project is about a billion euros, and many still remain sceptical. Chris

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When clients contact agents with a country house to sell, we often nd ourselves explaining that the market has changed quite dramatically in the last 3 or 4 years and it is unusual now for a buyer to be looking for a country house. Most clients now want urbanisations and newer properties. These gures below, bear out what we are seeing and it proves that duplexs and apartments are in greater demand now than in 2008. In the last six months of 2008 30% of clients were looking for a country property. The gure has dropped in the last six months of 2011 to 21%. 13% of clients were looking for apartments in 2008 whereas in 2011 the number had risen to

23% - almost double. Peoples spending potential has also changed (not sure you need me to tell you?). In 2008, 43% of clients were searching for property between 50,000150,000. In 2010, 59% of clients were searching in this category. Again, in 2008, 32% of clients were looking for property between 150,000-250,000. The same period in 2010 has dropped to just 18%. I guess this is something we all understand in this economic climate, but sometimes its good to see it in black and white to really understand the shift in the market (Murcia Region - kyero.com Jan 2012). I guess that all sounds a bit gloomy, but in

January 2012 we saw the highest amount of enquiries since March 2011. Maybe things are improving? As I write this, we are still awaiting the latest announcement on the Paramount Themed Park due in Alhama. We are always looking for properties on Mazarrn Country Club and Puerto de Mazarrn, so if you have a property to sell, please contact us. For more information on buying or selling property contact Jennie or Sue at Best of Spanish email info@bestofspanish.com or telephone (0034) 635434651 or 646692471

We had a well supported walk in bright sunshine on Sat 21st January; 31 walkers in all and 6 well behaved dogs. The walk was arranged by the Almeria members of our group and we met at La Frontera Restaurante in Pozo del Esparto. We started off along the paseo to Cala Paniza where one of our group gave us a potted history of this lovely bay and its rst inhabitants who built houses during the Franco era. It was then across a main road and up into the hills to a viewing point with superb coastal views up to Aguilas and beyond before descending to the sea and lunch at La Venta Restaurante in San Juan de las Torreros.
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The Red Cross donates toys to MAZARRN CENTRE EARLYCHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CARE Councilor for Social Policy highlights the great value as a therapeutic tool of donated material. The Red Cross has donated to Mazarrn a number of toys to the Centre for Child Development and Early Intervention (CDIAT) under the Town Council of Mazarrn, thanks to the efforts undertaken by the entitys president, Carmen Navarro. Navarro, who knows the operation of the Centre and the importance of these objects for the development of children who attend it, stressed It is important to have a wide and varied collection of objects and toys that facilitate individual play, socialising and leisure activities among children.

Councilor for Social Policy, Equality and Health, Maria Martinez, explained To have these toys is important for both children and professionals, and the latter found toys and games a key tool in therapeutic intervention because child motivation and enjoyment acquire a relevant role in these sessions.

M.O.V.E. is exciting, interdenominational, Christian mens organisation which held its rst conference in Puerto Mazarron on the Costa Clida ve years ago, in 2007. It is headed by Richard Hewes, who has a holiday home near Mazarrn. Richard is a frequent visitor, and has a great affection for the area and its people. For many years it had been on his heart to Those attending the Early Childhood see an organisation specically for ChrisCentre include children aged 0 to 6 tian men in this beautiful part of Spain. years. In CDIAT, games and toys are essential elements for carrying out intervention programmes with children The aim of M.O.V.E. is to draw togethwith developmental disorders or risk fac- er Christian men from all Church backtors. The Department of Social Policy and grounds for friendship and fellowship, so Equality wanted to thank the seless ef- that we can encourage each other, and forts The Red Cross is continuously mak- draw on each others experiences, and so ing; the latest example of this being the create strong bonds between the many different Churches in our area, and ultidonation of these toys. mately far beyond. It is our aim to draw men together and provide an opportunity for them to fellowship with a wide cross section of fellow believers. Another vitally important aim of the organisation is to give men who are not yet Christians an opportunity to come to know the Lord Jesus.

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The highlight of the year is always the M.O.V.E. conference, which is usually held in March. Previous conferences have been held in Puerto de Mazarrn, with people travelling from as far aeld as Madrid, the UK and Ireland. We have had many gifted speakers and worship leaders, all very well known in Christian circles, and all those who have been fortunate enough to be there have been deeply touched by the experience. This year, 2012, the conference will be held on Saturday 10th. March, at the Hotel Lo Monte in Pilar De Horadada, just 15 minutes from San Javier airport. This is part of our declared policy of drawing men from different churches and different areas. Our main speaker this year will be Jeff Lucas. Jeff is the author of 18 books which have been translated into French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish and German. Jeff has a light hearted and humorous manner whilst at the same time being able to bring home the serious side of his subject. Our music is always an important part of the conference, and this year will be provided by Noel Richards. Noel is an inspirational worship leader and a gifted singer/song writer. He has written many well known and popular Christian songs. This will be a great opportunity to come along and be inspired. The M.O.V.E. conference is a lively, friendly, fun event with a deep purpose. Come along and have a good time. It may change your life. For more information visit www.menofvisionespana.com or telephone Duncan on (0034) 607 382 033

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CONCERT IN MAZARRN On Saturday 3rd February, the musical association Maestro Eugenio Calderon, under the direction of Alejandro Castaeda Martnez, staged the rst concert of the series Family Concert: musical stories for all ages. The concert featured was The Threepenny Opera, a peculiar work whose characters belong to the underworld, with music alternating and mixing classical with popular rhythms, cabaret and jazz. In the coldest day this winter, 200 people of all ages and nations gathered in the sports hall of the Institute Philip II in Mazarrn and enjoyed 50 minutes of the music of German composer Kurt Weill and history of the famous character Macki the Razor created by Bertolt Brecht. The music, masterfully played by the youth of the band, alternated with the Macki story, and the narrator, Juan Pedro Navarro, made the concert more enjoyable and fun with his great sense of humour. He also made the audience hum Mackis ballad The Knife and told a story that began with a beggar singing the ballad of Macki, the role played by Juan Antonio Garcia. The musicians, dressed in coats against the cold, gave magnicent concert soloists highlighting the roles of trombone, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet and ute. The Music Association Master Eugenio Calderon made sure everyone enjoyed the concert and thanked all the contributors - City Hall, IESPhilip II Theatre Group I.E.S. Domingo Valdivieso and the media for their contribution. CITY HALL TO START CONSTRUCTION OF A SPORTS HALL IN PUERTO DE MAZARRN The Local Government Committee has approved the necessary documentation for

the construction of a new sports hall for the town to be located on school premises No. 3 Puerto de Mazarrn. This was announced on 27 January by the First Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Planning and Infrastructure, Francisco Garcia.This approval takes another step towards achieving this sports infrastructure, the contract being awarded to the company GUIFERSOL SA. As explained by Francisco Garcia, The government team continues to work to provide this municipality with a new and better infrastructure, not forgetting to address issues that have been dragging on for years. In addition, the Board of Governors approved the Corporate Training Programme Job Placement General Agreement Protocol (PROFEIL). As explained by the First Deputy Mayor, The municipality of Mazarrn has a wide range of training courses of a very different kind thanks to agreements between associations, foundations and local authorities that have been funded to develop such courses . Francisco Garcia explained What is intended is that those companies that are beneting from free training for their employees are committed to hiring the unemployed that are registered with the local employment centre of Mazarrn Town Hall, thus the government team is working to support the citys unemployed seeking a job, by providing access to the labour market.

of the dance studio Terpsichore which opened the procession with elaborate choreography. Behind them marched a large group of children and residents who joined the free parade and a quintet of musketeers representing the Senior Centre in Puerto de Mazarrn.

The parade was also attended by the Mayor of Mazarron, Gins Campillo, and the council of Celebration, Isidro Coy. Gins Campillo felt enormously pleased with the conclusion of this rst show, which is the starting point for this being a regular feature in Puerto de Mazarrn. The Carnival celebrations in Mazarrn also hosted the election of Miss and Mister which was held at the sports hall La Acea. After an exciting part where the candidates showed their best on stage, the judges announced the Child Musa Carmen Maria Mendez Martinez, who represented the AMPA The Caadica. The Child Muso was Bartolom Child Muso Iglesias, representative of the rock Nitro.

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THE CARNIVAL COMES TO PUERTO DE MAZARRN WITH A PARADE On the morning of 19 February, the seafront of Puerto de Mazarrn was lled with people who did not want to miss the carnival parade. Dozens of people enjoyed the performance of the young members

The decision was very difcult because the other candidates, Mia Louise Stokes, Miriam Hernandez Vera and Bartholomew Raja Raja, also carried out some brilliant performances that thrilled the crowd at the sports hall. It was also very moving as the appointment of the year was awarded to Juan Sanchez Garcia, better known as Juan de la Artisana , who was pleasantly surprised because his family had managed to hide that he would receive this recognition. Two women completed the evening show. The star of the Senior Gala was Lorena Lopez Diaz, Musa Carnival 2012 and representative of the rock Cao del Molino, sporting a spectacular fantasy called The Eternal Fire of the Volcano

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Mauna Loa. The Muse performed his best on stage and opened the Senior Parade later that day in Mazarrn. The other youngster who also shined was the Queen of the Festival, Maria de los Angeles Izquierdo Alarcon, who made the opening speech, encouraging people to enjoy the whole event. DESPITE THE COLD ATHLETES COMPLETE A SUCCESSFUL HALF MARATHON Over 300 runners gathered in Mazarrn on Sunday 5th February to participate in the First Half Marathon Bahia de Mazarron which proved to be a new sporting success, as did the rst fun run last October, both of which were organized by the Club Deportivo Bahia de Mazarron with the assistance of the Ayuntamiento. The 21kms took place along the coast from El Alamillo to Mazarrn and Bolnuevo, passing through Puerto de Mazarrn, La Isla, Bahia and Playagrande. Although the morning started cold and windy it changed to be a good morning. The overall winner was Antonio Manuel Diaz Rodriguezs club Mobel Sport Lorca, whilst Helena Herrero Gomez, an independent participant took rst place in the female category. Both received, in addition to a trophy, a ham delivered by the Mayor of Mazarrn, Gins Campillo, and the president of the organizing club, Peter Lorite. The race was completed without any incidents and was an organizational success thanks to the good work of the Red Cross, Local Police, Civil Protection, Municipal Emergency Services (EMS) and 9 and Cycling Club, who recorded individuals times by Conchip. Thanks also go to the sponsors including Frutas Arias Mazarrn who set up a booth where runners were provided with fruit and juices. The 1st Senior Man was Antonio M. Diaz, while 2nd and 3rd place were taken by Juan Francisco Carrillo and Francisco Javier Andreu, both of Eliocroca Sports Association. In the Senior Womens category, Miriam Alvarez of the Triathlon Club Guadalajara came 1st, 2nd was Mari ngeles Hernndez and 3rd Laura Villar from Club Athletics Don Quixote. The Veterans A podium was made up of athletes Antonio Sanchez of Marathon Cartagena, Javier Ojados, of Club Deportivo Runtriton Decathlon and Diego Perez of the ADEliocroca . The Veterans A female category Champion was Helena Smith, followed by runners-up Mercedes Merino of Mandarache-Cartagena and Maria Dolores Oliva of Club Athletics Hurcal-Overa. Of Veterans B, the winner was independent athlete Graham Baxter. 2nd place was Lucas Garcia of AD Eliocroca and 3rd place was Jos Roberto Gonzaga, also an independent runner. Two women competed in the Veterans category B, the 1st being Mari Carmen Lopez, of Marathon Cartagena and Mari Carmen Sevilla. Finally in Veterans C the winner was Michael Martin, of Marathon Cartagena, while in 2nd and 3rd place were Olavi Reijo

Peura and Honkanen, both belonging to Finland Athletics Club Torrevieja. It was also identied that the top two local athletes were Francisco Javier Lopez and Victoria Machota. Both received a fruit basket courtesy of Frutas Mazarrn Arias. All runners received a gift bag for participating in this event created with the aim becoming one of the major regional events , as highlighted by the Mayor Gins Campillo . It has certainly been a great event and athletes came not only from all parts of Murcia, but also the neighbouring communities of Andalucia, Valencia and Castilla La Mancha and even the town of Getafe in Madrid. XXII Edition of MAZARRN DAY TO DAY This year work will revolve around the 440th anniversary Mazarrns citizenship, of both the young and adults, are asked to share one more year in the Mazarrn Day by Day organized by the Peoples University (UPM) and has now opened its deadline for submission of papers, for which one can compete in 6 different subjects. These are Poetry, Short Story, Writing, Photography, Comics, and Drawing and Painting. The competition is divided into 25 categories ranging from primary school courses to adults. The presentation was made by the Mayor of Mazarrn, Gins Campillo, and the director of the UPM, Jose Maria Lopez Ballesta, who have encouraged participation and stressed that this year the works should refer to the celebration of 440 years of independence in the municipality, although the actual theme can be of the students choosing. They can participate actively in this celebration and artistically capture the learning from the E-Books on the history of Mazarrn, edited and presented by the City Council. Anyone residing in Mazarrn, as well as those that somehow are linked to Mazarrn, can compete and each participant may submit up to 3 works up to 30 March. The students should present the work preferably in their respective schools, while adults have to take them to the Universidad Popular or send them under the title XXII Consursos y Premios Mazarrn Dia a Dia, to Constitution Avenue, 65 CP 30870 - Mazarrn (Murcia). There is a prize of 200 for the adult categories and 50 towards school supplies for the younger ones. The awards ceremony will be held on April 20 and an exhibition of the entries will take place in the Universidad Popular between 20 and 29 April. The Mayor of Mazarrn, Gins Campillo, shared with Ballesta Lopez the idea of spending 5 minutes for the soul and creativity through participation in this contest and has called the contest smart because, by involving the centres, It encourages children to take an interest in participating in the activities of the municipality.

Tours around Mazarrn Wild Coast Saturdays, 4.00pm Departure: La Oasis, Bolnuevo We leave the esplanade next to La Oasis and Erosions of Bolnuevo. We cross paths in the Sierra de Las Moreras (Special Protection Area for ravines) and descend to the Beach Grua and return via Punabela. Visit to the mines of Mazarrn Sundays, 10.00am Departure: Repsol petrol station in Mazarrn Town We start every trip via car from the station and leave vehicles parked at the entrance to the mine. We walk from the old mining facilities to the volcanoes of San Cristobal and Los Perules. Other trips Hot Springs El Saladillo Visit to the Hermitage of San Juan in El Alamillo, down to the water reservoir by foot, seeing a display of horses and amenco dance. Cape Tioso, Isla Plana and La Azohia A very peculiar and interesting tour through the Bay of Mazarrn, visiting the old guns at Tioso military fortication, the Tower of Santa Elena in La Azohia and Los Baos de la Marrana in Isla Plana. Visiting Mazarrn Cemeteries Cemeteries and Puerto de Mazarrn We visit cemeteries and Puerto de Mazarrn. Mazarrn boasts the funeral buildings of special interest in the port with lots of history of Mazarron. Excursions 2012 Phone reservations: 627 61 94 55. Organized by: Southeast Tours & Advertising Inc.

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The Carthaginians Cartagena, although an important city, seems today to live under the shadow of its larger neighbour Murcia City. However, while Murcia City was founded in 825 AD, Cartagena was a signicant settlement over 1000 years earlier and was one of Spains foremost cities in Roman times. There are traces of human settlement in the Cartagena area long before this.

is the suggestion of a Phoenician settlement around Escombreras. None of this gives any indication of the remarkable story about to unfold in what is now Cartagena, and there is even another great mystery before we arrive at that time, related to refugees from the lost city of Atlantis and it is not all quite as fanciful as this might initially make you think! What is clear is that there was a remarkable civilisation which grew up in southern Spain around the rst millennium BC that of Tartessos. Both the origins and precise location of the civilisation are unclear, although many hold it developed from native roots and that it extended somewhere in the Huelva (its capital?), Cadiz, Seville area. Greek historians referred to it covering much of south Spain and including many towns and villages. Plato appears to have related it to the disaster of the lost city of Atlantis somewhere near present day Gibraltar, but what is clear, is that such a civilisation did exist (there are many historical references including several in the Bible) and that it was wealthy, based upon its mineral resources, prospering as a result of its trade with the Carthaginians and Phoenicians. What is the relevance to Cartagena? Simply that one German archaeologist held that one of the principal cities of the Tartessos Confederation and its principal

trading port, Mastia, was no other than present day Cartagena. Certainly, there is no doubt that, in the 5th and 6th Centuries BC, the area around Cartagena prospered as a result of its mining riches (especially lead and silver) with the Phoenicians and Carthaginians both having an inuence. But, more than this? Perhaps unlikely. At this point, we move from conjecture and uncertainty into better known territory. In 241 BC one of the two great Mediterranean powers of the time, Carthage, lost territories including Sicily, to the other force, the Romans, at the end of what was known as the First Punic War. The Carthaginian civilisation was centred on Carthage near the present day Tunis in North Africa and was probably founded by Phoenician colonists from the Lebanon. In any event, in an attempt to compensate for their territorial losses to the Romans, and to pay the heavy tributes demanded by Rome, Carthage began to look from its North African base at the mineral rich and agriculturally fertile lands of Southern Spain as suitable areas into which to expand. The Carthaginian general Amilcar Barca landed at Cadiz in 237 BC to begin this process. With him was his young son, one Hannibal Barca. Colonies were established with army veterans or others coming from North Africa. Although Amilcar died in battle in 228 BC, he was succeeded by his son-inlaw, Asdrubal Barca, who founded the city of Qart-Hadast on the site of Cartagena around this time. Qart-Hadast, which means new town is said to have been the rst city project in South East Spain with a true political and administrative structure allowing domination of the surrounding area, especially those rich silver mines so important to the Carthaginians continuing war efforts, including against Rome. Indeed, Cartagena became the centre for military and commercial operations in the south east peninsula as well as the winter quarters for Carthaginian troops ghting the Romans and seeking to extend the Spanish lands. In a very real sense, the city became the capital of a new state in the Iberian Peninsula. It was defended by a wall (two parallel constructions with a six metre gap and cross walls and buildings between them) and public buildings were constructed. One writer has said that, within 20 years it had a population of 15 20,000, a forum, an acropolis, several temples and a whole host of other buildings. The city had a large workforce, with construction, shipbuilding, agriculture, esparto working, mineral mining and rening, and salt production all to be found. Remnants of roads, house structures and the old city walls have been discovered in Cartagena with the Punic Wall Museum (the word punic meant Carthaginian in Latin), in calle San Diego, one of the attractions well worth visiting to see, in particular, the impressive remains of that 3rd Century BC wall which were only discovered in 1989. Asdrubal was a shrewd operator, building a palace in Qart-Hadast and ensuring he kept

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Hominoids left traces in the Victoria Cave which is situated within the Cartagena administrative area, some 1.3 million years ago! In the Middle Palaeolithic (Stone Age), from about 35,000 years ago, human occupation of caves and rocky shelters in the area such as the Cueva de los Avilones took place. What, however, seems a little surprising, is that, although there are remains of some settlements around the coast in the intervening years, when the Argaric culture began to ower in south east Spain around 3,500 years ago (for example the small town at La Bastida near Totana), there appears to have been little activity in the immediate area of Cartagena. Even when the Phoenicians began to trade increasingly with this part of Spain from around 800 BC, Cartagena seems initially to have been bypassed, although there have been notable nds off the coast in shipwrecks of Phoenician vessels carting jewels, wine, pottery, metals and other objects, and there

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as good relations as possible with the native Iberians. Unfortunately, his supremacy was short lived and, in 221 BC, he was assassinated by an Iberian slave apparently seeking revenge for the crucixion of a native leader. Hannibal took up the reins. Hannibal had sworn eternal enmity to the Romans and did not delay in showing his hatred for them. He broke the Treaty of the Ebro (which delineated areas of Roman and Carthaginian inuence in Spain) taking the town of Sagunto and beginning what was known as the Second Punic War. This also led to that most famous of all exploits, when, in 218 BC, he left Qart-Hadast with, it is said, 28,000 infantry, 6000 cavalry and 36 elephants with the intention of surprising the Romans in Italy. He and his army crossed the river Ebro, the Pyrenees and the Alps with, initially, tremendous success against the Romans.

is commemorated in several days of marvellous esta each year in the second half of September. Encampments of Romans and Carthaginians are set up in the city and the whole place takes on a quite remarkable air. There is a remarkable Roman Circus which can be enjoyed the year we went to it in the Cartagena Football Ground there seemed to be everything from chariot races to battles and even a dancing bear. The nal battle between the Carthaginians and Romans is quite something with seemingly hundreds of suitably dressed individuals (even cavalry) involved. With all of this and the magnicent parades, no wonder this particular esta is regarded of national importance in Spain. Article by Clive and Rosie Palmer, who have written several guide books on towns and regions in Murcia. These can be seen at, and obtained from, www.lulu.com, or contact clive.palmer5@btinternet.com. Copies of some of the books may also be available from the Best Wishes shop in the Camposol Urbanizacin.

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Unsurprisingly, the Romans felt somewhat threatened by this energetic Carthaginian general, Hannibal, and saw Qart-Hadast as a key target. In an attempt to cut Hannibals supply lines, two Roman generals and troops were sent to the south of Spain. Initially, things did not look good and both were killed in the Battle of Ilurco in 211 BC. However, the following year, under the command of the son of one of the dead leaders, the Romans headed for Qart-Hadast and, after several days of siege and by using a weak point in the defences, the city fell in 209 BC to one Publio Escipin (or Publius Scipio), who, it is said by one historian, had at his command, after landing in Tarragona, some 25,000 infantry, 2500 cavalry and a eet of 36 ships a vastly superior force to that defending Qart-Hadast, although reinforcements (perhaps like todays cheque in the post!) were apparently expected at any time. The loot obtained by the Romans (including gold, silver, wheat, barley, armaments, ships and a large number of prisoners) shows just how important the town had been as a logistic and economic centre for the Carthaginians.

Dear Editor I have just returned from my yearly visit back to see family in the UK. Normally we y from Alicante, but this time managed to get a ight from San Javier, Murcia, so then it was who do we use for car parking??? After searching through the Costa Clida Chronicle, we decided on using PARK & FLY MURCIA. We booked on line they replied almost straight away with our quote for 8 days which was 34 - bargain!! We arrived at the car park (easily found by the bright pink signs). A sign on the door said We are just taking customers to airport and will return in 5 mins. 5 mins later a young guy arrived, conrmed our details, checked our car over to conrm any bumps scratches etc. We paid our 34

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RELIGIOUS BELIEF HINDERS CIVILISATION Religion, in its many differing forms, either denies or destroys all the hard-won attainments embodied in science. There is no evidence that it supports or encourages morality in societies and the wars between its factions have led to centuries of horric conict and cruelty. It is founded upon blind faith and cannot substantiate any of the spiritual powers it invokes believers to trust in and worship. Although it has been a starting point for philosophy, history, cosmology and the study of human ethics and social behaviour, its simplistic tenets have been rendered obsolete by the development of scientic evidence. There is not space here to outline all the important, still accumulating, scientic ndings concerning the origins of the universe and the development of life on Earth but sufce to say that religious faith and science can no longer be rendered as compatible bedfellows, the former based upon ction and superstition, the latter upon veriable evidence. Religion is man-made so hence different gods and practices proliferate, and unsurprisingly, those who created them cannot agree among themselves what their prophets and gurus actually said or meant and yet each of their leaders purports to know everything. They assert the existence of a god that designed and created the cosmos and everything in it including human beings; this god is interested in our behaviour and thoughts, he demands from us obedience in worship, diet, social and sexual behaviour and ultimately decides what our fate is when we die. Religions cling arrogantly to the belief that they know all this even as they war against each other and fail to produce one scrap of evidence to support their case for a spiritual existence. Their certainties belong to the infancy of our species and has seriously hindered the development of a stable world and open-minded enquiry. In the face of hostility from organised religions and dogma, science is providing important and veriable evidence about the origin of the universe, the evolution of life on our planet and the subsequent development of mammals including human beings. It is offering us the opportunity of increased understanding of the world we live in, (including how oppressive regimes sustain themselves by using religious belief) and most importantly enabling us to lead happy, ethical lives by promoting our own meanings and enlightenment. The Evolutionists of Almeria and Murcia Further information from the website www. bolnuevo.com/social By Richard Ward taperleg@hotmail.com

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Spring Greens! The weather should be starting to warm up a little when you read this, and that will be both a blessing and a curse! March and April tend to be the wetter months here on the Costa Clida, and normally the rains seem to delight in making an appearance in Easter week, whenever that may fall, so now is a good time to cast a critical eye over your garden area and terraces, and make sure that the outside areas are tidy for the start of the coming rental season. Property owners on our regular management packages have no worries, as we have been keeping on top of all those sneaky little weeds throughout the Winter, but if you have not cast a glance around your garden since last year, then you and your next guests could be in for a bit of a shock! Even gardens with membranes and gravel need regular maintenance, and it is always better to maintain little and often than to tackle a jungle on an annual basis! So get your property checked, and make sure that regular garden maintenance appears on your list of things to arrange for 2012. After all, kerb appeal applies just as much to rental properties as it does to those for sale, and an untidy garden implies a lack of general care and maintenance that potential clients may nd off putting. The Spring warmth and wetter weather makes those weeds grow like wildre, so tackle them now, before the garden looks like something from the Invasion of the Spanish Trifds! Liz Edmiston runs OwnersAway Property Rentals & Management offering a full range of rental management services to property owners on the Costa Calda. Contact Liz on 691977107 or info@ ownersaway.com for more information or visit the website www.ownersaway. com to view the full range of properties and services.

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Why is it that as soon as I decide to go on a diet, the social scene takes off and suddenly every invitation is food and drink related!? On 1st February Kevin and I celebrated 20 years of marriage which I am actually quite proud of. As it was a weekday we decided to just have a nice meal and then celebrate it properly later on. We chose Chez Zoe as it is one of our favourites and she certainly did not let us down and opened the restaurant especially for us. We preordered Moules Marinires for a starter which, Zoe will always do with a days notice, and followed up with a wonderful steak, and some superb French wine. It was a wonderful evening and we were soon joined by other diners who helped us celebrate. Thanks Zoe! They say you are never too old to learn, so I decided to try a makeup lesson with

Lindsey at Janes Salon. I am very glad that I did. I have not changed the way I put on makeup for years and there are some really clever tricks and tips that I now know and am still experimenting with. I found that I was hopelessly out of date with the wide range of makeup products now on offer, so I will be returning for a follow-up session in a few weeks. I nally managed to get to the now famous Los Amigos Gala Dinner held at the Hotel La Cumbre in Puerto De Mazarron. This is one of the best nights out I have had since being in Spain. It is rare to get the chance to dress up here, so I leapt at the chance. The evening was extremely well organised and very entertaining and whether you are a football fan or not, it was a wonderful evening. The food and service was also excellent. Thanks also to Lyndsey from The Beauty Palace for putting my hair up for the night. It took less than half an

hour and she achieved a style that I never thought was possible. I am already looking forward to the Gala Dinner next year. We decided to spend Valentines Night this year at the re-opening of Alley Palais, which now has a Bistro as well as a diner and we were not disappointed. Antoine has to be one of the top chefs in the area and he calmly and professionally served up over 50 excellent meals on the opening night. The entrecote steak was probably the best I have ever had in Spain and the dessert was amazing and all for only 15. The Bistro has a very varied menu and includes some very tempting sounding dishes including burritos and ribs with several different sauces, so I will be returning soon. Oh well, back to the diet now! More next month Teresa

Its been a bumper fundraising time for MABS Mazarrn, starting with the New Years Day Swim by the Market Tavern, where they recently collected a cheque for 830. Were so lucky to have such great support in the Mazarrn area commented Zue and we look forward to seeing every-

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MABS GOES HEAD TO HEAD AGAIN MABS Mazarrn team enjoyed another fabulous fundraising Fun Night at Alley Palais, Camposol on January 25th, raising a magnicent total of 1700 for the cancer charity. A quiz, rafe and game of Play Your Cards Right raised 276, but the majority of cash was raised by the splendid effort of just one person, Terri Nardone, who decided to do a sponsored head shave as a thank you to MABS for all their hard work. Terri is a volunteer in the MABS Mazarrn charity shop and she also knits like crazy for MABS! She has done a head shave before in the UK and the amount she has raised this time is just unbelievable said Zue Burgess, MABS Co-ordinator for the area.

one at our Spring Ball on 24 March at the Costa Costa Hotel in Mazarrn. MABS Mazarrn is a registered c h a r i t y (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would

like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE620 422 410 or visit their website: www. mabsmurcia. com Photographer: Stan Laird

Theres only one thing worse than not being able to speak the language when you live in a foreign country, and thats speaking it badly! I have an afiction that I think many language students have at some point: using the wrong word at inappropriate times. If Im honest I have this afiction in English too. Blurting out the rst thing that comes into my head, without censor, has gotten me into some funny scrapes. Recently we were at our local Spanish village esta and were happy to be invited to eat lunch with some neighbours. When we got there our fellow guests included the choir and the vicar. I understand some people have a reasonable fear of spiders, snakes or clowns (!), but my personal fear is of men dressed in frocks who think they hear the voice of God, like to eat his body and drink his blood. The vicar smiled and waved me over: Come and sit here, right next to me, and he patted the ratty bench. I looked behind me hoping he was talking to someone else, but no, he was beckoning me. Now dont get me wrong, hes a lovely man, smiley, friendly and about a foot shorter than I am, and Im sure Id win in an arm wrestling contest. But, my interest in religion is minimal and my irrational fear of vicars is huge. I slowly walked towards him, hoping my husband would see my predicament and come to assist me. No such luck, I was on my own. You have beautiful hair. Its so light and luminous. You look like an angel, was his

opening gambit. Smooth talker or what? One of my tricks to learn Spanish is to copy what other people are saying and repeat it back. For example if a Spanish friend says, Would you like some ham? instead of just saying, Yes please, I would say, Yes please, I would like some ham. This technique has caused me loads of trouble in the past. Especially as I think all the scuba diving has blocked up my ears and I quite often hear the wrong thing. For example, the words for scared (miedo) and s**t (mierda) sound remarkably similar to me. Telling our horse riding instructor that my fellow Brit riding companion is s**t didnt really help her condence! I also have an insatiable urge to say the wrong thing at inappropriate times - take for example some years ago in a previous life when I was on stage in front of 100 or so insurance salesmen (99% of them were men), explaining the virtues of the internet, when I froze and forgot what I was saying. After an interminably long pause I blurted out, You can buy breast implants on the internet! Well, it got their attention. So, my little vicar is smiling beatically up at me, waiting for my grateful response, and I reply in Spanish: You have beautiful hair too, its very grey. You look like a monk. I thought that given the circumstances hed be very happy with my response; surely any vicar would love to

look like a monk? And if hes calling me an angel, then a biblical response is required. No? However, he pursed his lips and slid along the bench in the opposite direction. Id obviously said the wrong thing, again. Later, after a frosty lunch I asked my husband what Id done wrong. I was indignant that I hadnt meant to offend him. It transpired that instead of calling him a monk (monje) I had inadvertently called him a monkey (mono). Debs Jenkins is a British writer, living in Spain, with 2 dogs, 6 cats, 5 chickens and a horse - she loves scuba diving, writing, horse riding, boats & painting. Shes the author of Going Native In Murcia, the only English language dedicated guide to the Murcia region. Buy it at www.amazon.co.uk or www.NativeSpain.com

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In 2010 three friends discovered a common unity - their belief in Spiritualism. They shared a desire to open a meeting place where like-minded people could join together to share and further their knowledge of life after death - The Spirit World. Then in 2011, after talking to other friends who shared the same beliefs, they began the mammoth task of nding a suitable place to hold their meetings. A medium from a neighbouring Spiritualist Centre, Robert McLernon, held a fund raising event at the Bali Hi to raise funds for a local Centre. After months of searching, they discovered the Old School House at Caadas del Romero and felt that this would be the place for them. Another fund raising event in aid of the Centre was held on 21st September by medium David Darnborough. After many hours of preparing, their dream was realised when, on 28th September, their Centre - The Beacon of Light ofcially opened with a service conducted by Robert McLernon. The centre has gone from strength to strength, incorporating workshops, fundraising events and private readings which are accommodated by the visiting mediums. In January, the Centre was proud to bring International Clairvoyant Spiritual Psychic Medium, Oscar Villegas, from England. During his visit, Oscar held a fund raising Evening of Clairvoyance at the Bali Hi, two workshops at the Centre, as well as taking the Wednesday service, private readings and nding time to take a service at the Acacia Centre in Los Molinas. This was very successful and we look forward to welcoming Oscar back later this year. The Centre held another workshop in February and has a busy calendar planned, including a workshop in March and a fund raising event and workshop and private readings in April with International Medium - Barbara Almond. The Centre continues to grow daily and we feel very excited about the prospects ahead. To those we have met and those we have yet to meet - a warm welcome is assured at the Beacon of Light Spiritual Centre. Do you seek a special place? The welcomes warm, a friendly face, Do you need a place to go? When you feel good or you feel low. Do you want to know some more? For when we exit Earth Planes door, Healing you can get from there, Given with lots of loving care. Mediums travel from afar, Some by plane and some by car, Messages of hope to bring, From loved ones as we proudly sing.

Life does not end at the grave, Eternal love to you they gave, Theyre never very far from you, So very close in all you do. So why not pop along and see, And join us for a cup of tea? If you would like on a Wednesday night, Come to our Centre - The Beacon of Light We hold our weekly meetings every Wednesday evening at 7.00-8.30pm For further information please call 620877326 or visit our website http:// beaconoightmurcia.webs.com/

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As we continue our journey through the S p a n i s h alphabet, we are now arriving at our fourth vowel - the letter O. The O sound is made with the lips nicely rounded and protruding, with the mouth as open and hollow as possible. This is quite distinct from the English O many of us say. Actually we have two ways of dealing with O in English. For example, if you have a standard or southern English accent, listen to yourself saying the English O sound slowly and clearly, for example in the word judo. The more you slow it down, the more you will hear your voice moving through a range of sounds to make up the one O. The activity is accompanied by a changing of the shape of the mouth as we move through the sound. This is a very English way of dealing with vowel sounds and one of the reasons why our pronunciation is so difcult for other nationalities to imitate exactly. This English O is described by linguists as a diphthong, which means a double sound. In contrast, the Spanish vowels only consist of a single sound. Diphthongs also exist in Spanish, but have to be written with two letters. Our other O is uttered at the back of the throat and is short and clipped, as in hot. The Spanish O is not exactly like this either. It is in fact closer to the way we say au in the word automatic, than to our usual O sound. Also, if you have a Scottish, Welsh or northern English accent your O is much closer to the Spanish O. I am generalizing

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O is a letter that is commonly found at the end of Spanish words as it is the most typical ending of masculine nouns and adjectives as well as at least two verb forms. It is also the ending of common words like yo (I), lo (it - amongst other meanings), esto (this/this one), eso (that/that one) and four of the basic numbers. One of the biggest giveaways that we are foreigners speaking Spanish (apart from more obvious ones which I wont go into) is our tendency to turn all these O endings into diphthongs, that and our general inability to do anything sensible with the letter R. Now here are some of our words of common ancestry beginning with the letter O which have managed to retain the same meanings in both English and Spanish. Oasis (oasis) notice how very different this word sounds with the Spanish vowels, obediente (obedient), obeso (obese), obligacin (obligation), obscene (obscene), observer (observe), ofender (offend), ocial (ofcial) , opera (opera) , opcin (option), opinion (opinin), origen (origin), orquesta (orchestra). One word that is commonly used and denitely has a different meaning in both languages is occasion and likewise therefore occasional. The noun ocasion has a greater sense of chance or opportunity than the English word. Therefore ocasional means by chance or accidental and not occasional in the strictly English sense. We can express the English idea of occasional or occasionally with de vez en cuando (from time to time). In English we might

say I have the occasional cigarette the Spanish would probably express this with Fumo de vez en cuando. (Literally: I smoke from time to time). If you come across something that is described as de ocasin this means second hand, as in the sign coches de ocasin that you sometimes see advertised at the side of roads. Another false friend, or as I prefer to say estranged cousin is the word ordinario which has more of a sense of common and vulgar than the everyday English meaning. A word that is a little unexpected in meaning is ocio which means job or profession, and has nothing to do with ofces. So if we ask Cul es su ocio? we mean What is your job? As ever the letter O brings up some interesting words to talk about. Lets take for example the verb or meaning to hear. The Spanish language is full of word families and or generates a few related words, notably odo meaning hearing and also the hearing part of the ear as opposed to oreja which refers to the visible part of the ear. One part of the verb or which often stands alone as an expression heard in noisy public places is oiga. This is actually a polite imperative; in other words, an order given to someone in a formal way, so therefore literally translates as hear! or hear me!, although we would say in the same circumstances Excuse me! in a fairly loud or commanding way. Many English people dislike the word because it sounds like our English Oy! but actually has nothing to do with that whatsoever. One nal word beginning with O which happens to be one of my favourites is ojal. This is a word of Arabic origin, like many words in Spanish, and it means if only (as it contains the word ala it would probably be translated more accurately as: if only God would grant this wish). It makes a great one-word response to statements like Arent you the person who lives in that huge mansion over there? or Didnt you say your husband was a rock star? And so to our sayings containing O words and I have two for you which contain words already mentioned. Heres the rst: La ocasin hace al ladrn Opportunity makes the thief - a highly debatable point expressing a rather pessimistic view of human nature. A slightly more optimistic saying is: No hay ocio malo Theres no bad job, which means that all jobs are worthy of respect, even the apparently fatuous activity of writing endless reams about letters of the alphabet. Jane Cronin, Spanish classes and talks. www.janecronin.eu Tel: 968 18 32 58. Try working out the Wordsearch on page 62 using words beginning with the letter O.

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After seeking information regarding Camposol developer MASAs seeming inactivity in completing Sector A at a time when the expected adoption by the Mazarrn administration was fast approaching, we were surprised at some of the disclosures that were made by a council representative. The rst revelation was to hear that Sector A would be accepted for adoption prior to its satisfactory completion; this being totally at variance with both what we have been led to believe would happen and what we understand is necessary to meet legal requirements. Apparently the reason given for this situation is to allow MASA to carry out the required remedial work to the roads on Sectors A and B at the same time and this would result in a more cost-effective option by reducing the surfacing contractor & their equipment to one visit. However, this does not explain why MASA are absent rather than simply

continuing to progress onto Sector B. When this point was made, the reply was rather vague, but did seem to suggest that it revolved around nancial issues. It was then disclosed that the cost of the necessary work to complete the urbanization is not as we believed being paid by MASA, but by the council from the performance guarantee/bond; MASA has no money being quoted. How & when the present administration gained access to this money was not revealed, but the amount was stated as being approximately four million euros. The allocation of this amount was said to be, Sector A, 160,000, Sector B, 260,000, Sector C, 748,000 and Sector D, 2,840,000. While this may far exceed the available guarantee sums that had previously been put forward by former Mayor Blaya and his team, it is far short of the required

fteen million euros that had been expressed by the very same source of this new information in June of last year. As well as many questions and concerns arising from these ndings, there will also be some degree of disappointment in that what appears to be contrary to the councils stated policy of open government, the CRA have to probe for information that should be more readily offered. Website: www.cracamposol.com Email: info@cracamposol.com

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Alley Palais Grand Re-opening Night 14th February We are delighted to welcome our new top chef Antoine to Alley Palais. The Opening Night of the new Alley Palais Bistro

was a huge success. For those who have not visited us lately we have also now redecorated the restaurant and it looks fabulous. During the day Alley Palais still has the diner which is open from 11.00am until 6pm, serving burgers, wraps, breakfasts, chicken, sh and lots more. The evening Bistro hours are from 7pm until 11.00pm. Antoine has designed a fabulous new and tasty menu which has something for everyone. This includes some very international dishes including, steaks, sh, a wide range of pasta dishes and some speciality ribs and burritos. There is also a mouth watering choice of home made desserts.

If you would like to sample the new Alley Palais Bistro on Camposol B Commercial Centre, please do not hesitate to call on 968978869. We will be delighted to see you.

Beware of being Charged for Medical Services An organisation that provides Private Ambulance care at a cost has been touting for business on Camposol. They have recently made allegations against FAST (FIRST AID SUPPORT TEAM Camposol) that are proven to be totally false and mischievous, in our view, to allow them to charge for additional medical back up, therefore FAST are seeking legal advice on the matter. FAST is a totally free organisation trained by Cruz Roja in First Aid and DAN Europe to Murcian Approved and Certicated standards in Oxygen Administration and Debrillation and is also a registered Associacion (Charity) who provides First Aid Support until the professionals arrive and who provide back up support to the residents of Camposol. The question we must ask ourselves is Why is a company out to discredit a charity organisation that has successfully provided help to 88 Camposol residents in their hour of need???? Answer: so they can charge the people of Camposol what we provide free!!!!

This of course in no way affects, our dedication to our role of Making Camposol Safer For All! In order to maintain and enhance this unique service here in Camposol and indeed Spain, FAST need more Volunteer Responders urgently to ensure that we can provide a 24/7 365 day a year service without asking too much of our Responders who currently work 1 or 2 shifts per month.

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place at the Community C e n t r e , Camposol to enable practice with the essential equipment we use such as Oxygen, Defibrillators, Bandaging, M a n u a l H a n d l i n g H e i m l i c h manoeuver to name but a few. If think you have what it takes to be FAST Responder, why not call Kaz Moore on 626823081 or Glen Ford on 634313572 or message us on Facebook at fast camposol Mazarron Murcia or email fastcamposol@hotmail.com for at more information.

This is now escalating to 2 or 3 shifts per month. Full training is given via Cruz Roja, DAN Europe and we also provide regular twice monthly training meetings that take

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Working together to make Camposol look great! Spring will soon be with us! Whilst we are all looking forward to the arrival of spring, along with it comes the need to keep our community areas looking great. Soon the rapidly growing weeds will be trying to take control of the road edges and footpaths. Hopefully we will also see a healthy spurt in growth of the hundreds of shrubs that we have planted to line the edges of some of our roads. Currently we are working to complete the pruning and spraying of all of the Palm Trees in the Sector and many thanks to those who have been assisting in this thorny task. There is much that still needs to be done: The work that we have already carried out needs ongoing maintenance and there

are more projects that we would like to start. In order to continue to function we do need support nancial and physical. Unfortunately our numbers have depleted over the past year, so please, if you are able to help out in any way and give up a bit of time, we would love to hear from you. B Sector is the one part of the urbanisation which is used by just about everyone on Camposol and we do welcome the help that we get occasionally from other groups. Poligono Reps Required. We are hoping soon to become a Legally Registered Group, as other sector groups have already done. Reps are still needed for B20 and B22. Fund Raising. Because there are so many organised functions being held at peak holiday times we have decided to hold our next function a little later this

year as follows: Late May Fun Night On Friday 25th May we are holding a DISCO Nite with a meal of Bangers and Mash or Beef burgers at the Golf Club. Details will be available shortly and tickets will be 10. All proceeds go to community garden needs. Monthly Meetings. We hold a planning meeting on the last Tuesday of each month 16.00-17.00hrs in Trevis Function Room. Please show up and give your support. Join in and discuss how we can continue to improve our sector. Weekly Working Party. Meets each Tuesday 9-10/11ish. Usually in front of the commercial centre unless otherwise arranged. Please just turn up and help. Information: Please contact: Sandy: 968986030 Helen/Glyn: 968199506 Roger: 968199502

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I dont believe it! I know that I am getting more like Victor Meldrew every day, but I really cant understand why anyone would want to cause deliberate damage to something that we have worked so hard to provide. The picnic bench and table in the park have both been vandalised. We now have lighting in the park, which makes it pleasant and safe for people to walk their dogs in the evening, and also provides a meeting place for the younger people on Camposol A. I am happy that they are able to make use of the picnic furniture, which makes it doubly frustrating that some of them should choose to destroy it. This furniture was

placed for the benet of all. Some of our group will attempt to repair it. Lets hope that these idiots will learn to appreciate it. Apart from having lights in the park now, most of the street lights are now working and I am told that they will all be on soon. Other repairs are also being carried out, including some of the holes in the roads, and some of our streets are now being cleaned by the council. It seems that everything is moving ahead in preparation for the Council to take over from Masa. We were very pleased to have Beryl Holland attend our regular monthly meeting and explain the current position,

helping our group to work with the A Sector Committee to improve Camposol A Beryl explained that a Neighbourhood Association would be formed to liaise with the council which should help with communications. The council intend to continue with street cleaning, although our group may still need to clean certain areas, including the commercial area, which suffers more than most from litter. Our group were very pleased with this news, as it gives us more time to concentrate on the garden areas. The state of the bins was discussed. Beryl has already obtained a promise from the Council to replace the bins that have been damaged by vandals. We also discussed the proposed play area which could be situated between the top car park and the health centre. Our group thought that it would be a very useful addition to the facilities available to our visitors and residents. Gravel placement on the area opposite the health centre continues, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, and soon roses and other plants will be planted there, which should make this area a second park for us to enjoy. We are waiting for more news on the play area. More plants and gravel are also being added to our rst park, and the Memorial Garden. I look forward to the start of Spring, when much of our work should spring back into life. As always, more volunteers are needed. Please contact us if you care about where you live. David Senior Peake

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Our workers are again out clearing streets during the coldest February I remember! If theyre in your area, please offer your support: spare cash in buckets, even hot drinks and biccies are appreciated! Were always looking for volunteers even if you arent resident, just holidaying here, youre welcome - we offer bacon/sausage sarnies every Wednesday as incentive! Contact Bernard, 626513842. If youre unable to offer physical work but can donate rafe prizes or plants, wed love to hear from you; no offers too small! As part of ongoing maintenance the corner of Calles Ibiscum/Retama (entrance to pig farm track) is now cleared and retained by kerbs preventing mud landslip during heavy rain. This was requested by residents asking for solutions to driving on

the wrong side around a dangerous corner. It will remain temporarily closed while adding ramps making the junction safe. Residents and visitors driving over the Rambla during heavy rain will be grateful that a drainpipe has been concreted into the kerbside to cope with excess water. The difference is remarkable - no longer a queue edging through the torrent! Our current project is the Welcome feature on Avenida de los Covachos including a bench and planting. Please contact us within the next month if youve any work youd like tackling as all streets on C will have been weeded at least once by then. Wed like to keep them tidy so we ask, if you have a pet, please clear up after it and keep C a pleasant place to stroll around? Thanks. Our scheme is now being scally registered, currently having 145 members

paying 15 per quarter - a small price to pay. Greenngers have made a vast difference to our streets - repairs, gravelled verges, dustbins off roads, many plants established. Volunteers are only undertaking this until the council takes C over. Its lovely to walk around pretty areas no longer overgrown, though some of the work was backbreaking! If youd like to become a member, taking part in keeping C one of the nicest areas, contact Bernard or your local representative (still looking for representatives for C1, C3 and C6). For further information about http://www. Greenngers visit greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup. com/

Its March already and the Camposol Fiesta is now only four months away. The weekend of 16/17th of June is shaping up to be a memorable time for Camposolers and their friends and Spanish neighbours. Bands are now being booked, acts resourced, reworks and paella are ordered and the whole event is coming together steadily. What can I do to help you ask yourself? Quite a lot really. We have some great functions coming up and by just attending you will be making a great contribution towards the esta. The COACH TRIP to the chocolate factory is fully booked, but we have a reserve list which is growing weekly. If you still fancy this trip, please let me know and if we have enough names we will put on a second coach. TREASURE HUNT on Sunday 15th April at 7.50 inc a meal. A great afternoon out and a chance to visit places you may not have been before. You never know you may even get to the end in daylight. Another rst for us! We are holding a ROCK N ROLL Dance at Marianos Restaurant, Camposol A on Friday 27th April. Lots of dancing guaranteed to a top class act. Priced at only 5 or 10 with a chicken and chips meal, what are you waiting for? Tickets are on sale either from our stall on the Camposol Thursday market or by phoning Dickie on 968199967. Lastly a huge thanks to everyone who has so far purchased rafe tickets from our market stall. We have raised

over 200 to date and this will make a great difference as the bills start to come in. LOOK OUT FOR THE CAR COMPETITION TICKETS on sale from 1st March. Business Meeting for all traders interested in the estas weekend, to be held in Trevi Bar, Camposol B on March 21st at 3pm. Please remember its Your Fiesta make it happen! Best regards
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Going to a Bullght demonstration was not something I ever expected I would be doing. I got up in the morning with a feeling that was a mixture of fear (of what I may see), pride that I was doing something that may make a difference in the future, and sickened that I was going to be so close to something that I hate and abhor and have pushed to the corners of my mind.

which I believe is part of the problem. We talked to some Spanish men, who told us how for 4 years the bulls are treated like kings, so they are bred and cared for, only to be killed cruelly and without dignity!! How can this be justied, to be treated like a King and then cut down for peoples blood lust and entertainment? It makes no sense and the excuse is that this is art and part of Spanish culture. It is signicant to note that bull ghting is banned now in some of the more enlightened and well educated cities, such as Barcelona and Catalonia. On arriving at the front of the bull ring, we were met by the other protesters. I strained my ears to hear what was being said by the leader and understood that he told us to stay peaceful and not be upset or drawn into challenging comments and insults. He talked to the Guardia who agreed to protect us. I felt quite afraid that we even needed protecting! We were only there to protest about the violence towards an innocent animal. It is the bulls that needed protecting not us surely??? I must admit that after my initial fears, I felt very safe as the Guardia genuinely seemed to care about us.

died. I would have given anything to have talked to those childrens parents and ask them if they were proud of the way they were bringing up their children. In contrast I comforted one of the youngest activists there, 16yr old Laura who was absolutely distraught. I told her she was special and enlightened and that her generation when they are my age will hopefully not see any more spectacles of cruelty such as this and that she should be proud to be so brave and making a difference.

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I set off with my two dear friends and for all of us this was a rst time experience. On entering the Ricote valley in Murcia, I could only see beauty in the surroundings, the landscape is stunning but sadly for us it was overshadowed by the thought of what was going to take place later in the day. When we arrived in the village itself, it was buzzing with excitement, just like any esta day in a pretty Spanish country village. The villagers and the visitors from Murcia were dressed up in their Sunday best; lots of reds and purples, the colours they like to wear to signify a Bullght. I still could not believe that anything awful was happening. Everyone was animated and happy, but it didnt feel right and I felt like an alien We stopped by in a bar for a little Dutch courage and here my Spanish friend overheard insults about us. It was obvious we were not there for the bull ght; we must have been conspicuous in our protesting manner without even realizing it. I was starting to understand that many of these people were not particularly well educated and something

I truly believe that there will be a change as there were many people outside the bullring who looked disgusted and listened intently to us; in fact strangely enough they seemed more interested in us than what was happening inside the bullring. There were many insults to us, which were proudly responded to with intelligence and integrity. Although at the beginning I felt a sense of energy and enthusiasm for the cause, at the end I felt a sense of depression and despair. The emotions of the activists went from strong and valiant to sad and defeated; not because they had lost, but because of the sad and cruel death of 6 proud strong creatures. It was a sad day No Al Matrato de Animales, helped me to understand more about the many cruelties to animals in Spain and more about the bullghting culture. Why does Bullghting still continue in the modern world? Why it is so necessary to get it stopped? I had my rst introduction to a demonstration, an anti-Bullght demo and it denitely will not be my last. Come on Spain! This is the modern world. Torture of an innocent animal is not the way to educate your children. Vivienne Wharton

Once we started I was infused with the enthusiasm of the protestors. These young people stood their ground and bravely chanted to the crowd. At one point a woman and her 5 children turned back and it was very emotional as we cheered and clapped and cried and the lady thanked us and nodded gratefully. Our chant at that moment was, Is this how you educate your children? My biggest shock was that some of the children in the bullring took great delight in taunting us and shouting to us each time a bull

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Back in December when my business was quiet and after rescuing yet another stray dog that I did not know what to do with, I decided I should start thinking about what could be done about this awful situation of abandoned dogs and the neglect and fate that befalls many Spanish hunting dogs, Galgos and Podencos. Being a Facebook user, I decided to set up a group, putting some feelers out to see who else had the same thoughts as me. So Animal Welfare Support Murcia AWSM was set up. I started looking around for others who were involved in animal welfare, not just charities, but individuals and I was truly amazed to nd, not only many people already doing something, but a huge amount of Spanish, especially young intelligent and well educated people, have already formed groups making a difference. Since the conception of AWSM on Facebook, we have helped a lady who had hit hard times, to get her beloved dog home to the UK with her. We have helped rescue abandoned dogs through networking and talking. We have helped individuals who were unable to home their rescued dogs and also we have been able to accumulate many good ideas to help the situation long term. On Facebook there is a great network of people all over Europe and internationally who spend much of their time networking to release dogs from Perreras, where the conditions are comparable to prison camps where the poor dogs have dates on their heads of when they will be sacriced. Friends of these Perreras daily send out photos and appeals to get them freed and many of them are being rescued, fostered and put in safe places until they can be homed permanently. The power of networking like this has been a miracle for these dogs and now I would like to set up a website where this can happen more effectively and with more structure. We are working on education in the schools for young children, giving them information regarding improving animal care. Murcia is one of the worst regions for animal neglect in Spain and the recent downturn in the economy has affected things more than ever. These problems have to be acknowledged and dealt with to make this a better place to live for animal loving ex-pats and the many Spanish people that feel the same as us. We need to ght for animal rights and show the government and local town halls how, if Murcia is a better place for animals, it will be a better place for the residents and visiting tourists. If you want to join us and support and help, then please go to Facebook group Animal Welfare Support Murcia AWSM. If you want to help the death row dogs by networking, or donating to help their release, go to URGENT dogs in need of help now ACTIN - Animal Care Treatment International Network. Vivienne Wharton

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Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity in the Mazarrn & Surrounding area This is the prompting that Started our MAD Journey. Matthew 25 v 35-36 When I was Hungry you fed me, when I was Thirsty you gave me a drink, when I needed Clothes you clothed me, when I was a Stranger you invited me in, when I . God lls in the missing gaps. GO maD declares that In God we Trust for the evidence of Gods presence far outweighs the proof of His absence. When we share our Outreach Work, people respond saying they had no idea so we reveal a little: For the past year we have visited every home of those who came for help to assess their needs, covering Mazarrn, Puerto de Mazarrn, Caada de Gallego (incd Pastrana) and Ramonete. We operate 4 Aid Days a month and purchase food for every one of our 160 clients registered. This amounts to aprx 2,250 per month. One client could be a home of 14, another 6 or just 2. We maintain a client Wanted List for items such as clothes, shoes, furniture, blankets

and special items such as paint, school books and prams! We were asked to assist with nances towards the renewal of 4 childrens passports, which would enable their parents to obtain nancial assistance from local government ofces. . A single mother and her 6yr old son, live in free accommodation without water, electricity and little else. Thanks to your kind donations, we blessed them with everyday items. A family of 9 awaits eviction from their rental property, and others we know are soon to have their houses re-possessed. Without family to accommodate them, where will they go? A man living in his car has health needs. 5 young men live under plastic, trying to nd their fortune in Europe. We hear constantly that after two years of no work and the nish of government nancial help, many are now worried as to how they will support their families. When we ask what else can we do to help, the answer is simple - Find us WORK. Women ask for cleaning jobs and men for building or gardening work. We tell them constantly We have 100s asking the same. We take so much for granted. Many of us have cupboards full of food and beds

to sleep in; others do not. Want to see for yourself? Come and join us on our Outreach Work, visiting homes, giving out aid, shopping and bagging up kilos of food, or nding items from the Wanted List. There is so much more than our Shop come behind the scenes and see the Truth! Call Outreach on 634357137 if you would like to be part of this MAD team, even if for a day. We were approached by a local supermarket to collect their daily waste food; fruit/veg, split bags of our etc, baguettes, yogurts, desserts. WOW so many provisions, every day is like Christmas! We never know what we will receive. Have you time on your hands? Consider volunteering in our Mazarrn Shop on Fridays - we hope to open soon, but need your help.

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February saw a lot of activity for Age Concern. 24th Feb saw a Music Evening at Marianos, Camposol with the Brady Bunch, led by Phil and accompanied by the Mervyn Booth Disco. You need a lot of energy to dance country and line! 1st February was the usual Monthly Social at the Cultural Centre, Sector B Camposol. These meetings are free and last two hours, providing everyone with the chance to chat and catch up with friends whilst taking in some interesting topic. 1st Feb also saw a 90th birthday with Gwen being presented with a cake. The Menu del Dia, costing 10 was at a Spanish Restaurant, La Barraca and provided a very different menu from the Chinese Da Fu Hau in January.

February 3rd saw the Age Concern Auction which was a great success and will be repeated at bi-monthly intervals. It is strange that there is no auction house in Mazarrn and really this is only the second attempt to establish an auction in the area. With over 150 items being auctioned off there was some erce bidding on some lots. Auctions really are a bit tricky, nearly everything sold including many of the items which had reserves on them. All of the items could be viewed from 10.00-12.00pm in the back of Marianos, with larger items on the patio, including beds, armchairs, tools, a tenor saxophone, ornaments, and a variety of electrical goods all. It was a lively afternoon with Rod the auctioneer moving on as fast as he could. Some items took several minutes of haggling, with three or four people bidding for the same

item. Approximately 100 people packed into the back room and many put in bids. Sellers had dug into attics and storerooms and eager bidders looked for bargains. Age Concern has indicated that it will run these as regular events, perhaps every two months. Social Events: Wed 7th March, Talking Shop Afternoon starting at 1.30pm at the Cultural Centre, Camposol B. Friday 16th March, Coach Trip to Murcia starting from Puerto de Mazarrn, Mazarrn Country Club and Camposol, 10. Last chance for the sales! Wed 28th March Menu del Dia at Mazarrn Country Club Restaurant. 1.30pm. 10 with live entertainment. Fri April 13th Age Concern Spring Ball, 18 with the Beagles & four course carvery meal at the Sensol Golf Club, Camposol. Tickets can be purchased from Salud Bar, Camposol B on a Friday morning, in the Bar Peyma just by the tourist information bandstand on a Thursday morning, or from the main Age Concern ofce, 968970687 Calle Retama No 29, on Camposol C5 (turn right after bridge and follow road round) on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings, 10.00-2.00pm.

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Visiting the Doctor socorro help (but only when its an emergency) me duele la cabeza I have a headache, but just adding parts of the body to me duele you can say I have a pain on ..... repetir mi receta por favour repeat my prescription please estoy regular I am so so necesito mas pastillas I need more tablets (necesito means I need - just adding what you need at the end you can express yourself saying what you need) no funciona Its not working We also say - no va Its not going. Its not working tengo cita I have an appointment We also say - tengo hora - I have an hour because many years ago the doctors appointment was one hour per family! The whole family used to go to visit the doctors at least once a month.

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URGENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE AND DONATIONS Galgos del Sol is in urgent need for assistance in rescuing some 70 galgos and puppies that were found in appalling conditions in Murcia. Although some have been already rescued by other animal shelters in a massive rescue mission, there are still many dogs in need of rescue and a good home. If none is found, these remaining dogs face being put to sleep. Pictures of the dogs in need of a home are too disturbing to be printed in this magazine as many were found malnourished and in need of veterinary care. La Fortaleza Animal Rescue in Murcia alerted Galgos del Sol of the plight of these dogs and alongside Andreas Animal

Rescue, The Henrietta Foundation of Fuente Alhamo, Galgosconnectionspain in Germany and Denia Dogs of Germany, a massive rescue mission swung into action immediately. Time is against the completion of this rescue mission. If anyone can help with regards to adopting, fostering or providing any assistance with regards to this rescue mission, please contact Tina Solera at galgosdelsol@hotmail.com. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Tina Solera directly at the same email address. Together we can make a huge difference to these dogs! SUCCESSFUL ADOPTIONS. It is a policy of Galgos del Sol to try and nd permanent homes for all its rescued dogs and provide necessary veterinary care for those in need. With support, Galgos Del Sol has successfully re-homed several dogs abroad. Wishing them Bon Voyage and a happy future, Galgos del Sol would like to thank those who helped in the re-homing of the following Galgos. JORDAN to Belgium

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GUAPITA AND PEDRO TO THE UK

TRINITY RELAXING IN HER NEW HOME IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC CAN YOU HELP? If you would like to help Galgos Del Sol in rescue missions, fostering, fund raising or even just walking the dogs on the beach, please contact Tina Solera at: galgosdelsol@hotmail.com or visit the website at: www.galgosdelsol.es

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Anise is also called aniseed. This aromatic owering plant is native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Its avour resembles that of liquorice, fennel, and tarragon. The Anise plant can grow to 3ft with a white ower. The fruit develops into a pod and it is this that is referred to as aniseed. Anise is used to avour both food and drink with a powerful liquorice taste. To get the best avour from your Anise, buy it as fresh as possible as it can lose its avour quite quickly.

Mass in English is celebrated every Saturday at the Catholic chapel at Pastrana, approximately 10km from Mazarrn Schedule of Masses: Saturday at 4:30pm Schedule of Confession: Saturday from 3:45-4:25pm also on request Bible Study: 1st and 3rd Sunday at 4:30pm Fr. Carlos Prats mobile 628 824 555 Fr. Octavio Carpena mobile 676 219 445 www.pastranaonline.com ST. JOSEPH What we know about J o s e p h c o m e s from Holy Scripture, the Bible i t s e l f . Joseph, the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus, was from Royal lineage. His genealogy is that he was a descendant of David, the greatest king of Israel. When the angel who rst tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as son of David a royal title uses also for Jesus.

carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern, took Mary as his wife. When the angel came again to tell Joseph that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, and ed to a strange country with his young wife Mary and the baby Jesus. He waited in Egypt without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back. We know that Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life. We also know that Joseph treated Jesus as his own son, for over and over the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, Is this not the son of Joseph? God the Father made a wise and wonderful decision to name Mary as the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and he named Joseph as the earthly father of Jesus. It is sad that we dont know more about Joseph, when and where he was born, how he spent his days, when and how he died, but Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: who he was a righteous man

Anise leaves are more delicate than the seeds, and are excellent cooked or raw. They can be used to season salads, soups, cream cheese, sh, vegetables and tea. The fruits can avour cakes, breads, salads, soups, vegetables, sh and poultry. The Anise roots are used to make wine. In Indian cooking, Anise can be an ingredient in curry powders and garam masala. It is also chewed to freshen the breath. In Asia, Star Anise avours pork, chicken, duck, rice, coffee and tea. It is also one of the ingredients in Chinese ve-spice powder.

There are various medicinal uses for Anise: The seed wasteth and consumeth winde And is good against belching and Upbraidings of the stomacke Alaieth gripings of the belly Provoketh urine gently Maketh abundance of milke And stirreth up bodily lust It staieth the laske, diarrhea And also the white ux in women John Gerard: The Herball 1597 Anise can be used to treat menstrual cramps among other medical conditions and the essential oil has also been known to have been used as an insecticide against head-lice and mites. It was also used as an antiseptic during the American Civil War, although it was later discovered to cause high levels of toxicity in the blood, so its use was discontinued.

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We know that Joseph was a carpenter, a If used as a herbal tea, Anise can have a working man, for the sceptical Nazarenes tonic effect on the nervous system and di- ask about Jesus, Is this not the carpenters gestive system. son? We know that he was a man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of The Anise seeds can be ground and used in him without knowing the outcome. When various sweets, the most popular one being the angel came to him in a dream and told aniseed balls. It is also used in the Greek him the truth about the child Mary was drinks Ouzo and Raki. Although it appears clear, once water is added to these drinks, the solution becomes cloudy.

The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and show tunes. Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of singer Jackie Wilson) and group mates Abdul Duke Fakir, Renaldo Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. Among a number of groups who helped dene the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, the Four Tops were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer. Most groups of the time were fronted by a tenor.

However, the song proved to be much more popular on trend-setting radio stations in key U.S. markets; Baby I Need Your Loving was a strong top 10 hit on both WMCA in New York, and WKNR in Detroitstations listened to by radio people all over the country because these stations broke new artists and songs. After the singles success The Tops were pulled away from their jazz material and began recording more material in the vein of Baby I Need Your Loving. The rst follow-up single, Without the One You Love (Lifes Not Worth While), missed both the pop and R&B Top 40 charts by only thirty positions, but the next single Ask the Lonely, released early in 1965, was a Top 30 pop hit and a Top Ten R&B hit, and the from there, The Tops fortunes began to improve. After scoring their rst number 1 hit the often-recorded and revived I Cant Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) in June 1965, The Four Tops began a long series of successful hit singles. Among the rst wave of these hits were the Top 10 Its the Same Old Song, Something About You, Shake Me, Wake Me (When Its Over), and Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever. The Four Tops records often represented the epitome of the Motown Sound: simple distinctive melodies and rhymes, call-and-response lyrics, and the musical contributions of The Funk Brothers. Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote most of Levi Stubbs vocals in a tenor range, near the top of his range, in order to get a sense of strained urgency in his gospel preacher-inspired leads. In addition, H-D-H used additional background vocals from female background vocalists The Andantes on many of these songs, to add a high end to the low-voiced harmony of The Tops, with Loving You Is Sweeter than Ever being one of the few exceptions.....

August 1966 brought the release of The Four Tops all-time biggest hit, and one of the most popular Motown songs ever, Reach Out Ill Be There, which hit number 1 on the US pop charts and soon became The Tops signature song. It was almost immediately followed by the similar sounding Standing in the Shadows of Love; its depictions of heartbreak reected the polar opposite of the optimism expressed in Reach Out. It was another Top 10 hit for The Tops. The Top 10 U.S. hit Bernadette centred round a mans all-consuming obsession with his lover, continued The Four Tops successful run into April 1967, followed by the Top 20 hits 7-Rooms of Gloom, and You Keep Running Away. By now, The Tops were the most successful male Motown act in the United Kingdom (in the United States, they were second to The Temptations), and began experimenting with more mainstream pop hits. They scored hits with their versions of Tim Hardins If I Were a Carpenter in late 1967 (mid-1968 in the U.S.) and the Left Bankes Walk Away Rene in early 1968. These singles and the original Im In a Different World were their last hits produced by HollandDozier-Holland, who left Motown in 1967 after disputes with Berry Gordy over royalties and ownership of company shares. Without Holland-Dozier-Holland, the quality of The Four Tops output, like that of most of Motown, began to decline, and hits became less frequent. The group worked with a wide array of Motown producers during the late-1960s, including Ivy Hunter, Nicholas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Norman Whiteld, and Johnny Bristol, without signicant chart success. The Tops rst major hit in a long time came in the form of 1970s Its All in the

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In 1964, Motowns main songwriting/ production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland created a complete instrumental track without any idea of what to do with it. They decided to craft the song as a more mainstream pop song for the Four Tops, and proceeded to create Baby I Need Your Loving from the lyric-less instrumental track. Upon its mid-1964 release, Baby I Need Your Loving made it to number 11 on the United States Billboard pop charts.

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Game, a pop Top 30/R&B Top Ten hit produced by Frank Wilson. Wilson and The Tops began working on a number of innovative tracks and albums together, echoing Whitelds psychedelic soul work with The Temptations. Their 1970 album Still Waters Run Deep was an early ancestor to the concept album. It also served as an inspiration for Marvin Gayes 1971 classic album Whats Going On, the title track of which was co-written by The Tops Obie Benson. In addition to their own albums, The Tops were paired with The Supremes, who had just replaced lead singer Diana Ross with Jean Terrell, for a series of albums billed under the joint title The Magnificent Seven: The Magnicent Seven in 1970, and The Return of the Magnicent Seven and Dynamite! In 1971. While the albums themselves did not do well on the charts, The Magnicent Seven featured a Top 20 version of Ike & Tina Turners River Deep - Mountain High, produced by Ashford & Simpson. The 1971 single A Simple Game featured backing vocals from members of The Moody Blues. The song did not fare well on the U.S. charts, but reached number 3 on the UK charts. In the late-1980s, The Four Tops focused on touring and live performances, only recording one album, 1995s Christmas Here With You, released on Motown. On June 20, 1997, 59-year-old Lawrence Payton died as a result of liver cancer, after singing for 44 years with The Four Tops who, unlike many Motown groups, never had a single lineup

change until then. At rst, Levi Stubbs, Obie Benson, and Duke Fakir toured as a trio called The Tops. In 1998 they recruited former Temptation Theo Peoples to join the act to restore the group to a quartet. By the turn of the century, Stubbs had become ill from cancer; Ronnie McNair was recruited to ll in the Lawrence Payton position, and Peoples stepped into Stubbs shoes as lead singer (Stubbs died on October 17, 2008, at his home in Detroit). The Four Tops were featured in several television specials during this time, including Motown 45, and several by PBS, including a 50th anniversary concert dedicated to the group (available on DVD). The concert turned out to be bittersweet; it featured a brief appearance of the wheelchair-bound Levi Stubbs, and a memorial to Lawrence Payton, announced by Obie Benson. Benson appeared on one more PBS special and died on July 1, 2005, from lung cancer. The nal PBS special, titled Motown: The Early Years, featured a message of Bensons passing following the credits. Lawrence Paytons son Roquel (real name

Lawrence Payton, Jr.) replaced Benson as the new bass (Roquel could be seen in the pledge break interviews of Motown: The Early Years). Theo Peoples left the group recently as well and was replaced by Spike Deleon. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them number 79 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2005, The Four Tops were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. In 2009, the groups rst big hit, Baby I Need Your Loving, was voted a Legendary Michigan Song. The groups rst number 1 hit, I Cant Help Myself, was voted a Legendary Michigan Song in 2011. After similar releases in the Motown Denitive DVD series on The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops Motown Denitive DVD, Reach Out, was nally released on November 11, 2008. The Four Tops received The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. Along with The Temptations, The Four Tops were and are still my favourite Motown artists. Their songs are timeless classics which will be played, listened to and loved by people for many more years to come. You can listen to Mark Davies on Costa Clida International Radio on Mon, Wed and Fri evenings 7.00-9.00pm and Thursday afternoon 4.15-6.30pm. Mark Davies.

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Although everyone knows St Patrick is the National Saint of Ireland, the history of St Patrick is not so well known. 17th March is when St Patricks Day is celebrated throughout the world, but mostly in Ireland. This day has been a religious holiday in Ireland since early in the 17th century and became a National Holiday in Ireland in 1903. There are often parades to celebrate this special day which signies the end of Lent, during which there have been restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol. The day is generally characterised by attending Church and the wearing of green, especially shamrocks, the national ower of Ireland. Many bars and restaurants celebrate St Patricks Day with special menus and Irish-inuenced entertainment. Little is known of St Patricks early life, although it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, to a wealthy family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to ee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.
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It is believed that St Patrick was called back to Ireland as a bishop. According to Irish folklore, one of his teaching methods included using the threeleafed shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. The colour associated with St Patrick was originally blue, but over the years this changed to green and the phrase the wearing of the green meant wearing a shamrock somewhere on ones clothing.

17 March to de with coincide St. Patricks Day. The Leinster S c h o o l s Rugby Senior C u p , Munster ls Schools Rugby r Senior Cup and Ulster Schools r Senior Cup held are Saint on ks Patricks Day. Connacht The Schools Rugby Senior Cup is held on the weekend before Saint Patricks Day.

St Patrick died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick, Ireland. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church. There are various sporting events to celebrate St Patricks Day: The All-Ireland Club Football and AllIreland Club Hurling championships nals are held annually in Croke Park on St Patricks Day. The St. Patricks Day Test is an international rugby league tournament that is played between the USA and Ireland. The competition was rst started in 1995 and is usually held on or around

In Great Britain, to celebrate St Patricks Day, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother used to present bowls of shamrock own over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards who still wear shamrock on this day. Horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival attracts large numbers of Irish people along with residents of Britain and this usually coincides with St Patricks Day. Birmingham holds the largest St Patricks Day parade in Britain with a massive city centre parade and London has an annual St Patricks Day parade on weekends around the 17th, usually in Trafalgar Square. In 2008 the water in the Trafalgar Square fountains was dyed green. Liverpool has the highest proportion of residents of Irish ancestry of any English city which has led to a longstanding celebration on St Patricks Day in terms of music, cultural events and the parade. Manchester hosts a twoweek Irish festival in the weeks prior to St Patricks Day. The festival includes an Irish Market and parades.

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Hi there from Bob again with this months Welcome report. Have you noticed the blossom on the trees as youve driven through the campo? Its a sure sign that Spring is well on the way, and with it, some warmer weather. Mind you, weve been lucky really, havent we? Its been a tad cold, but none of those subzero temperatures that theyve had all over northern Europe. It makes me feel cold just watching it on the telly and I immediately have to go and stand in front of the re to get warm. No, I dont really just kidding.

the lovely Christine. We all danced the night away to some nice romantic songs, and I even caught one or two couples having a crafty kiss! Well, its only once a year, so why not. Another great night and many thanks to all the helpers who made the night so successful. Tickets on sale: Ladies Evening 7th March, with stalls selling jewellery, cards, etc, and a fashion show and prize bingo. Martin Ross will be entertaining, and Ive asked Fran to make notes as I wont be there! They wont let me in! Ladies only! Just 3. March 14th Dance, with a welcome return of Kevin Tyler, and also J. J. Soulman. Only 9 and 5 for chicken and chips. You can still enter the Treasure Hunt on Sunday March 25th at 7. This is always good fun, and ends with a buffet at the nal destination, wherever that may be! There are only a few tickets still available for the April 18th Dance with Cliff-As-If, the only Cliff Tribute endorsed by the great man himself. Also appearing will be Hank Marvin and Buddy Holly. Just 10 and 5 for pork escalope and chips. The Annual Petanca Competition is on 28th March for members only at 7, to include

prizes and a meal at Trevi Bar, Camposol B. Tickets for Race Night at Trevi Bar, Camposol B are just 3, in aid of MABS. The next Welcome Meeting is on 3rd of March, when tickets will be on sale for the May 23rd Dance featuring comedian and musician Alan Wallace. 9 only and 5 for lamb chop and chips and also tickets for the Summer Ball at Hotel Pinito de Oro on June 20th at 29, to include champagne reception, 6 course meal, all drinks and entertainment. Names are now being taken for our Annual Trip to Benidorm on15th October, for 3 nights, 4 days half board at the Hotel Helios just 130 and also for the rst time we are going away for a Christmas Break, staying at the same hotel 5 nights ,4 days full board including gala lunch on Christmas Day 220. For more details ring Rosemary Dates for the Book/Jigsaw Swap Club are March 6th and 20th, at the ICA Clinic, Camposol. Phone Jo on 669457985 for details. Fun Petanca is on the last Wednesday of each month, but please note that on March 28th its members only. Call Les on 968131880 for more information. Welcome is open to everybody. There is no membership just come along and meet old friends and new. Further details and for tickets, phone Rosemary on 620105179, or e-mail rosemarybeak@hotmail.com, or visit www.welcomegroupspain.com.

The January Dance on 18th featured three fabulous artistes, Shirelle, Pat Martin and Jimmy Mac, the Saviours of Soul. They all appeared separately rst, doing their own speciality, and later all together. Needless to say, the dance oor was full straight away, and stayed that way All Night Long (no, that wasnt one of the songs they did, but it may well have been). Lets hope they come back soon. The February Dance, on St Valentines Day, saw for the rst time in our area, a fantastic singer, Dan Davy and everybodys favourite,

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Deckid Auto Services, run and managed by David and Diane Stapelton have moved to bigger premises making it their second move in just 18 months.

In July 2010 David and Diane set up Decklid Auto Services just outside Mazarrn Town, but in less than 9 months they had to take on the adjacent workshop unit just to keep up with demand for their services; and then in February 2012 they moved again to an even bigger workshop just across the compound.

purpose-built workbench area for the more specialised processes and a well equipped ofce. Dave left school at just 16 to train full time as a mechanic and has never looked back and now has over 18 years experience and it shows. Diane manages all aspects of the important paper work and runs an efcient ofce, leaving Dave free to manage all the mechanical aspects of the business and this team is as hard to beat for efciency as just about any business could be. Decklid Auto Services also offer a growing range of other products such as batteries, lights, windscreen wipers etc. The latest product offering is the Diesel Head. If you have ever accidentally put diesel instead of petrol into a vehicle, then this really is a must have product. For only 35 this can prevent the potentially horrendous cost of making this all too easy mistake. We wish Decklid all the best for their future.

Registered Charity N 8.714/1 JJs Puppy Rescue Association has been a Spanish Registered Charity since March 2007 with a Management Committee, Association Members, Volunteer Helpers and Foster Carers. Over the past four years JJs has rescued over 300 abandoned puppies and cared for them until new homes were found in the local area and in other parts of Europe. This could not have been achieved without the support and generosity of public donations and the help of local people who care for many of the rescued puppies in foster homes until they can be found new homes with a caring owner. JJs Puppy R e s c u e Association has over 40 puppies and dogs in need of a loving home. The cost of the necessary veterinary care to bring our rescued puppies back to good health, their vaccinations, neutering and kennel accommodation all requires a great deal of fund raising. For this we are dependant upon public support and generosity. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Blues Brothers at Marianos, Camposol and to all those who donated rafe prizes. An impressive 631.90 was raised for JJs.

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The main reason for this new move is that the unit is not only much larger, but has the additional height needed for Decklid Auto Services to offer an even wider range of services to just about any make and model of vehicle. The new unit also has a superb,

We have a Charity Shop in Puerto de Mazarrn which is located near the Arbol Supermarket. The Charity Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers and we really need all the public help we can get. Any unwanted furniture, electrical goods, clothes, household items, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and videos that can be sold in our charity shop or table top sales to raise funds will be gratefully received. We can arrange for donated items to be collected by one of our Association Members. We would like a special mention to Steve and Chris from Bar La Pea/ La Marina for all the items they donated to JJs Shop. We need volunteer helpers who can give some of their free time to work in our Charity Shop so if you would like to help come in and have a chat with the staff. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR COLLECTION OF DONATED ITEMS GIVE ONE OF OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS A CALL TONY 618034921 - JOHN 617004959 RICHARD 699243370 or call at our Charity Shop in Puerto de Mazarrn W e D o I t A l l 4T h e P u p p i e s .

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2012 has been described as the Year of Change and with it may come both pleasant and unpleasant decisions we will all have to make and endure. This month, I will be answering questions on FEAR. The acronym for F.E.A.R is Fantasized or false Experiences Appearing Real. Fear can either be a physical state in which there is a real threat and it can also be a state of mind that creates perceived danger which is usually accompanied by feelings of anxiety, stress and negative emotions. Either way, it is an unpleasant experience for anyone. However, thinking constantly of fear actually escalates the problem and can in the long term become a comfort zone unconsciously. Hence, why some people are often described as having negative personas. Perceived fear in the

long term can also lead to chronic stress and ultimately, the root cause of illnesses. The best way to combat perceived fear is to face it head-on. Best- selling author, Susan Jeffers describes it succinctly in her book, Feel the fear and do it anyway. Easier said than done perhaps, but with the recession, many of us are faced with difcult decisions in our life. Dwelling or procrastinating on reaching a decision actually makes the situation worse, so now is the time to review your options realistically and decide on a course of action, unpleasant though it may seem to some but at least you will have a life plan for action. Dear Jennifer, With the recession and our diminishing pensions, my husband and I have had to change our lifestyles to cope. This has not been a pleasant experience as we have now had to cut back on our social life and cruises that we enjoyed for the last 10 years. Our nancial outlook is bleak and now we may have to return to the UK, which we are not looking forward to. Our children, in the UK, want us to live with them in Somerset, but this will mean losing our independence as a couple. I know others are in a similar position but the bleakness of our situation is now making me ill. I cant sleep, eat and am taking prescription medication to curb my anxieties. Please help! Jane of Roldan. Dear Jane, No-one has escaped the recession unscathed and your predicament is one that many expats in Spain face. However, thinking about the unpleasantness of the situation and of what lies ahead is actually

making you feel anxious and stressed. In life, we all have to make such difcult decisions and the best way forward is to get on with it. You will nd that it is the procrastination to making a decision that is actually making the situation worse. Review your options realistically, make a decision and follow through with it for now. You never know, in the process, your circumstances may change for the better and then you can choose another life path. - Jennifer Dear Jennifer, My daughter is 21 years old and we have lived in Spain for 15 years. Last week, she informed me that she is returning to the UK to look for a job. She has been nding it difcult to nd a job locally and the thought of her leaving us is stressful. We have a close relationship and I cant stop worrying about her. After all, the job market is the UK is equally bleak. What if she does not succeed! As a mum, I worry and I cant help it. Mary of Mazarron. Dear Mary, As a mum myself, I know how you feel. My daughters live in the UK and just like you, I worry about them constantly. However, there comes a point in both our lives when we have to let our children nd their own life paths. Many mums describe what you are feeling as the empty nest syndrome and feelings of despair, worry, concern are common, but so are feelings of loneliness and emptiness. As an adult, your daughter has the right to decide her life path for herself and perhaps it is also time for you to ll the void with a better social life, friends and laughter. Dont get me wrong, for as mums we will never stop worrying about our children no matter how old they are, but we have to learn to trust in their decisions and provide them with whatever moral support they may need. Your daughter may have her own concerns and contributing to it will not make it any easier for her as well.-Jennifer Jennifer Rahman is a life coach and holistic therapist. If you have any questions or concerns, please forward these to Jennifer Jennifer@lifemaxxinternational. at: com. Jennifer respects your privacy and will anonymise all responses published on this page. No details are sold or shared with any third party.

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Franco in a Fridge at Madrid Art Fair A sculpture of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco inside a fridge sparked controversy when it went on show at the ARCO art fair in Madrid yesterday. The sculpture, made of resin, silicon and human hair, is entitled Forever Franco and was created by Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, who caused similar controversy at the fair in 2009 with a sculpture depicting British artist Damien Hirst shooting himself in the head. Merino depicts the general wearing a green uniform and dark sunglasses crouching slightly inside the fridge, which is decorated with a white and red design similar to the Coca-Cola logo. Merino said his piece Always Franco is meant to be a comment on how the former dictator, who ruled from the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 until his death in 1975, continues to make headlines in Spain. It represents the idea that in Spain people are keeping the image of Franco alive. We dont stop talking about him, debating about him. A fridge is where things are kept alive and fresh, he said. The sculpture has turned out to be one of the most sought-after exhibits by visitors to the ve-day fair, which features works from 215 art galleries in 29 countries. There are people who really like it, others who cant stand it. Spain is very divided on the topic of the dictatorship, said Merino, who was born just months before Franco died at the age of 82. Educational Reforms will mean Three Years of Sixth Form If the latest educational reforms are passed, secondary education (ESO) will be reduced from four years to three, and sixth form studies (Bachillerato) and professional training (FP) would be increased to three. There are also plans to replace Educacin para la Ciudadana (EpC - citizenship studies) with civic and constitutional studies. The nal year of secondary education - up to the age of 16 - will orientate students towards either vocational training continuing studies towards the Bachillerato, a system that the new Education Minister, Jos Ignacio Wert, believes will make pupils better prepared and reduce the numbers of pupils leaving school prematurely. With regards to vocational or professional training, the minister defended the German dual system, whereby students learn on the job, thus increasing their chances of being employed after their training ends an attractive alternative for those wishing to enter the labour market and one that stimulates entrepreneurial skills. Companies and trade unions will be involved in the reform process.

With regard to the citizenship studies the new curriculum will be free of all ideological questions and indoctrination and focusing wholly in the workings of a democratic society and Spanish and European institutions. The minister also made mention of the enormous investment in education thus far, but said it was not enough in view of the fact that the results of Spanish students are way behind OECD averages. With regard to bilingualism, Wert announced his intention to meet with leaders of the autonomous communities and to change their focus from studying English to studying in English, promoting the teaching of the language from primary school onwards. He also added that Spanish universities were in need of a huge reformist boost in order to improve results, comparing the 0.7% nancing of state universities in Spain with the EU average of 1.2%. Second Wave of Arrests in Valencia as Students Continue their Protests At least six people have been arrested and nine people injured (ve of them police ofcers) in Valencia during a march organised to demand freedom for the students arrested during earlier protests. Protestors also demanded the resignation of the governments representative in the Valencian Community, Paula Snchez de Len, for the disproportionate police intervention against a group of pupils at the Lluis Vives College in the city. Protestors caused disturbances in several of Valencias central thoroughfares, forcing the closure of Calle Xtiva, Calle Coln and then Gran Via de Germanas. There were a number of violent clashes between students and the police, with the protestors upturning rubbish bins around the city centre streets. At least one person was taken to hospital. Several others were attended to by the emergency services. The students protesting said they were acting as a sign of solidarity with their colleagues who are still being held by police. Eight of the ten young people arrested in the protest were held by the authorities with two being released. Snchez de Len has called a meeting of representatives of all the political parties in the regional parliament: PP, PSPV, EU and Comproms, to analyse the proliferation of unplanned rallies. Odyssey Demands 300,000 for Storing Stolen Treasure

US marine exploration company, Odyssey, at the centre of the stolen treasure controversy with Spain, has presented a claim with a court in Florida demanding that the Spanish government pay them 412,000 dollars (just over 313,000), to cover the cost of storing and transporting the more than 500,000 gold and silver coins that it has been ordered to return to Spain. The Spanish government has made it clear that, Odyssey should bear the costs since they were the ones who took the treasure unlawfully from the Nuestra Seora de las Mercedes in the rst place. A federal judge will make a decision as to whether the cost of storing and preserving the coins - what it terms as custodia legis - and the cost of returning the 17 tonnes of coins to Spain will be carried by Odyssey or by the Spanish state. The Tampa-based company will be presenting a document issued by the court that names Odyssey as the substitute custodian for the sunken vessel until such time as a new order is issued, and will be reminding the judge that they recovered the cargo from the depths of the Atlantic at their own expense. Because of mistakes in this case, the motion continues, the reality is that the recovery (of the treasure) has worked to the benet of Spain, although the Spanish defence lawyers argue that the treasure was removed from the bottom of the Atlantic and transported (to the USA) without authorisation. Odyssey claims to have spent over 400,000 dollars on the custodia legis to Numismatic Guranty Corporation (NGC), the company contracted by Odyssey to conserve the cargo of coins and other items, valued at over 500 million dollars (almost 380 million euros). Since November 3rd 2011, NGC has been keeping the cargo safe in a secret location, to which the Spanish government will be granted access. So far, the US court has not supported Odysseys cause, either at regional or national level.

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REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR GARDEN BY PROPAGATING YOUR OWN PLANTS - ITS FUN AND OFTEN NOT DIFFICULT By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe Practical Authors and Gardeners living in Spain for twenty ve years

up a short length of a healthy strong root without the need for any top growth. LEAF CUTTINGS. Pot plants such as epiphyllum, echeveria and streptocarpus can be easily raised this way. Remove any healthy young leaf and pin the leaf down on the surface of the soil in a plant pot or sink one edge of the leaf into the soil. STEM CUTTINGS. This is probably the most popular method used by both amateur gardeners and commercial growers for the reproduction of shrubs. Try it with oleanders, roses, grape vines, bougainvilleas, solanums, lantanas, hibiscus, begonias and many succulents. The cuttings can be rooted by planting up in pots or directly into a ower bed or special nursery corner of the garden. Rooting can be stimulated by dipping the cut ends of cuttings in rooting powder before inserting them into the potting compost. For roses a useful Spanish trick is to cut a two centimetre slit in the end of each cutting and then inserting a dried sweet corn seed in the slit before planting the cutting. REMOVING RUNNERS OR BABY PLANTS. Some plants develop runners with small rooted plants on the ends. Strawberries, raspberries, spider plants and aloes are easily multiplied in this way. LAYERING. Many ground cover plants and shrubs with low branches can be multiplied in this way. Just peg a branch to the ground and cover the pegged area under a heap of earth for six months. When there is a good root ball cut off the rooted branch and plant up. AIR LAYERING. This slightly more difcult method can be easily used to produce new rubber tree or solandra plants. Make a slit in a healthy branch and then seal it within a plastic sleeve of dampened moss or potting compost. When a good root ball has developed, cut through the branch below and plant up the new plant. GRAFTING. Many fruit trees, roses and acacias are produced in this way. A cutting of the desired cultivar is inserted into cuts in a suitable host rootstock just before the sap rises in the spring. Unfortunately the several methods involved require a little practice, but at the second or third attempt you may create an orange tree that also has branches of lemons and grapefruits.

PROBLEMS THAT CAN OCCUR. Although most of the above methods are easy for any keen gardener, there are a number of potential problems. However the following actions can minimise them: Firstly, stem and leaf cuttings inserted in pots of compost can dry out. The best way of preventing this is to place a pot of cuttings inside a clear or semi-opaque plastic bag and then blow the bag up and seal. The cuttings can be left in this microclimate until strong new growth is observed. Secondly, cuttings can rot off. The chance and extent of this can be minimised by washing and sterilising plant pots, sterilising the potting compost on a tray in an oven, adding sand or ne grit to the potting compost to achieve good drainage, adding a few drops of a fungicide to the watering can or spray before watering cuttings when rst planted and when subsequently required. Thirdly, dont be tempted to plant new plants too early. Be patient and wait until there are signs of a good root ball and the weather has warmed up in the spring. Then harden them off for a few days in the sun before nally planting in the garden or in pots. FROM SEED. Lastly, one can propagate from seed, either from packets of seed or from seed saved from plants in your garden. The advantages include being able to tap into specialist seed catalogues that include many seeds of varieties of plants rarely available from nurseries, or in the case of vegetables, heritage or heirloom seeds no longer or never available commercially. Unfortunately growing from seeds is a topic too long for this column. However it is thoroughly covered in Section 6.13of our book Your Garden in Spain Planning, Planting and Maintenance and Sections 4.12 and 4.13 of Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain. These books can be obtained via high street and internet bookshops. If you order from www. you will gardeninginspain.com receive a free copy of Living Well from our Mediterranean Garden. Clodagh and Dick Handscombe February 2012.

The self propagation of plants is an economic way of producing new plants and can be an interesting and fascinating hobby, whether living in a house or apartment. Luckily the warmer Spanish climate makes some propagations easier than it was in Northern Europe and in many areas without a greenhouse. Much of our garden was planted from our own plants raised from cuttings or seeds from our own or friends gardens. The cost of buying each plant from a garden centre would have been astronomic and we have some plants that are often not readily available. This month we therefore review a number of practical ways of propagating and indicate what can be produced with relative ease by each method.
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SPLITTING OF MATURE ROOT BALLS. The easiest propagating method is to split large root clumps in the autumn or spring. This can be done with a wide range of perennials including herbs such as chives and marjoram, vegetables such as asparagus, bulbs such as agapanthus and tulbaghias, owering plants such as rudbekias, coreopsis, chrysanthemums and gazanias. Often pots of the latter are already root bound when purchased from a garden centre and of a size too large for edging borders. We therefore immediately carefully remove the plant from its pot and prise the roots apart to produce up to a dozen or more good plantlets from a single purchased plant. Normally the several new plants will be immediately planted out in the garden although small plantlets can be grown on in pots before planting out. ROOT CUTTINGS. New plants of herbs such as mint and ginger and rhizomes such as irises can be produced by cutting off and planting

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While shopping one day in a local supermarket, I overheard part of a conversation between two ladies talking in the opposite isle; it was only a snippet, but what was said brought real sadness into my heart. One said to the other, Have you seen anything of Alice [made up name], lately? The other lady responded, No, and I dont ******* care if I ever see her again, after what she said about me Ill show her that I dont need her who needs friends like that!! Offence is a real trap and we are all capable of taking the bait. We daily have the opportunity to be offended by others, but we have a choice to take the bait or to leave the trap alone. We can, through offence, see ourselves as the victims and then something else happens which compounds the already bad situation we nd ourselves in. Two other real traps then present themselves and they are Un-forgiveness and Bitterness. I once read that if we are bitter about someone, this state slowly eats away at our spirit; carrying bitterness in our lives was also described as like carrying battery acid around in a polystyrene cup - very soon, the bottom will drop out of our cup!! So, as you can see, offence can be the gateway to a downward spiral in the way that we relate to others; then we protect ourselves by holding back from lifes opportunities so that we never get offended again... our world has suddenly begun to shrink! Every time we let offence affect us, our lives become smaller; we do not speak to the offender again, we avoid contact with them, we duck and dive every time we see the person who upset us - what a way to live! It does not have to be this way. Even if we have been genuinely mistreated g and feel that we have the right to be of-

fended, we can still choose not to take the offence bait. Our lives are full of choices and today in this article I want to challenge you to choose to Forgive. When we have an understanding of the power of forgiveness, it dramatically changes the way we react to offence and we can more easily make the choice of not taking the bait that seems to present itself so often in our lives. God offers forgiveness to every one of us, no matter what we have done. His love for us, His creation, has never diminished and will never fade. So many times I have heard people say God cant love me and if you knew about the life I have lived, you would understand why. Nothing is further away from the truth! Because man rejected His love, He sent His Son to provide a way to renew that loving relationship with Him; but the world rejected Him also. I am so glad that God never gets offended with us, however many times we bait the trap, and I am so thankful that His forgiveness is Unconditional. Find out more about Gods unconditional love at Wellspring Victory Church ***************************** The fth Men of Vision Espaa conference is to be held on Saturday 10 March at Hotel lo Monte, Pilar de la Horadada. The guest speaker is international author and speaker Jeff Lucas and the worship will be led by Noel Richards. This will be a great time for any man interested in hearing the good news of Jesus Christ. More information at www.menofvisionespana.com or telephone Duncan on 6073820333
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TAABS Donate from Easy Horse Care Four horses at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre will be happily fed and sheltered for another week. Thats thanks to the 100 that was generously donated from the Torrevieja Amateur Association of Ballard Singers.

to EMAUS and 100 to DEBRA in November and December and we are pleased to now donate to Easy Horse Care. Sue explains that it costs a 25 a week to care for a horse at the Centre and thats before any vets bills or unexpected extras, so every donation makes a big difference and TAABS are delighted to be able to help. They have raised tens of thousands of euros since forming around 10 years and raise the money through their own monthly subscription fees and events. The team at Easy Horse Care are also grateful for all donations being made to the charity shops; Charitys Boutique situated at the Centre itself, run by volunteer Chris and the stores in both Quesada and La Siesta, but a plea is being made for more items of clothing and bric-a-brac to be given to the Quesada store as stocks are running low. Any items of good quality can be dropped off at the shop or the Centre itself. Anybody can make a difference to Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre by sponsoring one of the horses for as little as 5 per month by contacting the Centre directly. Throughout the winter they have open days on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4pm where they have guided tours and visitors can meet the horses and donkeys and hear

their stories. Visitors can also enjoy a light lunch or light refreshments available in the caf garden, and all proceeds go towards the support of the Centre. www. For more information visit easyhorsecare.net or call Sue on 652 021 980.

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Marion, Nina and John from TAABS were pleased to present the cheque to Sue Weeding on behalf of the 15 strong singing troupe; a result of their hard work fundraising over the Christmas period. They performed at Easy Horse Cares Christmas Carol Service in December and were honoured and privileged to be invited to sing at the Orihuela Cathedral on request of the Ayuntamiento, We did 15 shows in December, explains Treasurer Marion, and we support many charities throughout the year. In October we gave 115 to the Royal British Legion and 115

2011 was a busy year for Help MMM and the following are some of our successes during the past two years; SAMARITANOS - At the beginning of November 2011 Joan and Brian donated on behalf of HELP MMM 18 packets of nappies to the Samaritanos, San Pedro del Pinatar, for which they were thanked publicly. At our general meetings a rafe is held to raise money for nappies, which are donated twice a year at the ADAPT meeting. JET 2 - HELP MMM are very grateful for the assistance we receive from JET 2 airline. Goods left on airplanes are kept for three months and then donated to charity. For some time now JET 2 has been donating them to our charity, and as a result we are able to assist others. The last donation from them included spectacles which we passed on through the opticians in Dos Mares to needy people in third world countries and a pushchair and good quality clothes which we gave to the Samaritanos, San Pedro del Pinatar who look after local poor people. DOLLS HOUSE PRESENTATION - Muy bonito was the verdict of the nurses in the Childrens Cancer ward at the Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia when presented with a dolls house and farmyard for the young patients on 23rd December 2010 made by our President Elaine Dale and her husband Brian. Members of HELP contributed to the cost and the farmyard was stocked with animals and a tractor and the dolls house was fully furnished.

out by our volunteer teams who visit Los Arcos hospital twice weekly. At present they are able to visit other hospitals only on an emergency basis. Only the other week Thelma Manning, who organises the roster, reported that the hospital visitors saw 14 patients, the most they have ever seen in a week. The hospital visitors dont blow their own trumpets about all the good work they do. Hospital visitors offer assistance in resolving problems and providing patients with magazines, books (including talking books) or just have a chat. They can also put people in contact with the hospitals social services for assistance with social, medical, economic and family problems. 10TH ANNIVERSARY This year is our tenth anniversary and the year kicked off with our dinner dance on 24th February at the Roblemar Restaurant. IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE It is hoped to set up a support group early for people who are depressed, bereaved or feeling isolated and need someone to talk to over a cup of tea. A number of people have already turned to us for help in this way. CAN YOU HELP HELP? We urgently need WINTER clothing and BRIC-A-BRAC for our stall at the LOOP (Autocine) Sunday market. Please, have a look in your wardrobes, drawers, garden sheds and under your beds for suitable items, including furniture, TVs, bikes. Why not ask your friends, they might be de-cluttering? If you are unable to bring the items to the Ofce behind the Deutsche Bank in Los Alcazares or to the Autocine, please contact Bernard, who will make arrangements for collection. Tel 968134355 or 659751611, or email grannychips@hotmail.com DONATION TO AFACMUR the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer of the Murcia Region. The photo shows the presentation by Elaine Dale of a cheque for 2500 to the Vice President of AFACMUR, Mr. Mariano Fernandez Garcia. HELP regularly offer nancial help to Good Causes and this year members of HELP recommended that AFACMUR were the chosen beneciary of money raised by the Cancer Support Group. The donation was much appreciated and enabled AFACMUR to

continue with their work in supporting the families of children aficted with cancer by providing psychological support for the children and the families and support for treatment and activities both in hospital and at their centre.

Maggie, Mariano, Elaine, Pat and Jane Cronin


HEADPHONES AND CASSETTE PLAYERS NEEDED Talking Books. The service for supplying talking books to the public has been dormant for the last year, but it will be starting up again now that the library and administration have been updated. At present we have a list of 128 books and 6 cassette players. Initially the service will be available for patients in hospital and, if it proves popular, we shall extend the service to the wider public. Headphones plus cassette players are needed to play help us provide this service. Please dig out any headphones that you may have and are not using, like the ones that are issued on commercial ights or guided tours. Dont just leave them stored in cupboards, Donate them to HELP MMM and we can make good use of them. We hope to be able to have a delivery service for people, who cant get out of the house or are sight-impaired and would like to listen to a book on tape. Money raised at the stall enables HELP MMM to carry on with their good work loaning out wheelchairs and other disability aids, and offering help in many other ways in the local community. We hope to expand our service to the Mazarrn area and launch an initiative called LISTENING EAR but more about these in the future.

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HOSPITAL VISITORS - Hospital visiting is such a necessary service for people alone in hospital in a strange country, and is carried

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Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures has been announced as the 2012 theme for International Womans Day, which takes place on March 8. If every International Womens Day event held in 2012 includes girls in some way, then thousands of minds will be inspired globally. Events are held all over the world throughout the month of March to honour women for their social, economic and political accomplishments. More than 100 countries take part in these festivities, showing the world that women are a great inuence in each countrys history. International Womens Day has become a national holiday in countries such as Russia, Afghanistan and Zambia and in other countries there are events throughout March making people aware of the success of women throughout the world, but also the plight

of many women, even in this day and age. Dr Stone, womens campaigner and founder of www.internationalwomensday. com said The theme Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures is a call to action. It encourages organisations and groups around the world to think carefully about key messages for the women of tomorrow and to share these messages in a positive way to impact the minds and aspirations of girls. The goal for International Womens Day 2012 is that every IWD event around the world will involve, educate and inspire girls in some way. A successful outcome would be that because of IWD 2012, girls around the world are more inspired to reach their full potential and enjoy equal and fullling futures. International Womens Day is a tremendously important day. This globally recognised annual day represents the gender inequalities of the past. It serves to bring focus to the gender issues of today, and it also sets a gender agenda and momentum for the future. IWD pro-

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AMAZING HELP FOR HAH HELP AT HOME The amount of help we are being given is unbelievable said HAH founder Lesley Eburne, when she and some of the HAH volunteers went up to La Manga Club International Ladies Coffee Morning last Wednesday to receive a cheque for 500 from their treasurer Val Ashton and past President Breega Gregory.

Lynda , Val, Lesley, Breega, Carole Duff and Celia Ryan

APICOCO SUPPORT HAH HELP AT HOME The sun shone last Thursday, when HAH volunteers went to an Afternoon Tea party hosted by Clair and Mike from Bar Apicoco in Playa Honda. More than 50 people came along to enjoy chef Katies freshly made cakes, and a fantastic ower arranging demonstration by HAHs own volunteer, Pam Hankinson. Elaine Woodward, another volunteer also showed her skill, and brought along some beautiful tiles that she had decorated by hand. There was a fantastic display of jewellery to buy, and a demonstration of the new Wingz (as seen on Dragons Den). Clair and friends had already started a rafe, and the ower arrangements were added to the prizes. The afternoon raised an amazing 180. Celia Ryan (HAH) thanked Clair, Mike and friends, for their support and hard work, the friends who donated rafe prizes, and the loyal customers who turned up in support. THIS IS WHAT HAH HELP AT HOME IS ABOUT-- HELPING PEOPLE Last week HAH Clinical lead, Lynda Christopher went along to the Residencia de Mayores y centro de Estancia Diurna, El Palmeral del Mar Menor to visit one of HAHs oldest clients, Iris Everett, 92 years of age. Having arrived in Spain over a year ago from her home in the UK, Iris came over to be with her daughter Jackie Sutherland. Shortly after her arrival, HAH was asked to attend to continue treatment on Iriss legs. Daughter Jackie said Mum has had this same problem for over 2 years, and nothing has worked, but Lynda came along and worked so hard, and managed to clear this up very quickly, she really worked miracles. Unfortunately, due to Mums health, she is now living at the Residencia, but she absolutely loves being

there, and we cannot thank them enough for their care and attention. Lynda still calls in regularly to see Iris as they have become great friends, and Lynda said I look forward to seeing Iris, as in spite of her problems, she is a great character, and such a happy lady. Jackie thanked Lynda for all she and HAH had done for her Mum, and although the service is free, insisted on making a donation to continue this excellent work in the community.

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The money had been collected for them as a thank you for the help given to residents at the club. Lesley and Lynda Christopher, (Clinical lead) gave a short talk on how HAH helped people in their homes, and how important it was to raise funds to provide this free service. Lynda added We are delighted to be able to help so many people who are struggling to cope, need some help or advice, or just to provide a friendly face to help the family, and we are so grateful to the Ladies for choosing to support us. The volunteers then spent a very enjoyable hour chatting with the ladies and discussing the many and varied ways that funds are raised, and how these are put to such good use within HAH.

L r. Lynda Christopher (Clinical Lead HAH) with 92 years young Iris, and her daughter Jackie

For further information,, visit our website www.helpathome.es or to join our team of volunteers, contact Lesley on 968 134 978 or email helpathomespain@gmail. com.

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A GREAT START TO THE YEAR MABS Murcia Volunteers were back at Iceland Overseas in San Javier to collect a cheque for 6,656 which was raised throughout 2011, with various events at the Iceland Overseas store. Manager, Russell, and his staff have conrmed that MABS Murcia is their nominated charity for 2012. Were really looking forward to working with everyone at MABS again. Their volunteers are game for anything and are a great help when theyre packing customers shopping said Russell.

the MABS website to make sure that you dont miss out on the fun. Photographer: Geoff Bell LA MANGA PADS UP FOR MABS MURCIA MABS Cancer Support Group has been selected by La Manga Cricket Club as their charity for 2012. The Club will hold several events during the year, with the main one being their 20/20 cricket, held in September. This annual competition will be hosted at La Manga Club and features teams from the UK, Spain, Ireland and Belgium, accompanied by a number of sporting celebrities and is sponsored by the UK based Ideal Group. Were over the moon that La Manga Cricket Club has nominated our charity for 2012 commented MABS Murcia Director, Lyn Baines. They are particularly keen on the fact that we are a local charity and that all funds raised in Murcia remain here to help those affected by cancer. La Manga Cricket Club plays their home games at the La Manga Club Resort in the Costa Clida area of South East Spain. Their rst team is Spanish Costa League Champions and holders of the La Manga 20/20 Trophy and they now have a 2nd eleven who play in the Costa Blanca Development League. The Clubs patrons are Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint OBE and Mike Gatting OBE.

They are always keen to welcome touring sides looking for pre-season training games or winter sunshine and hosted teams from Belgium, Norway, Australia, France and the UK as well as hosting The Lady Taverners 20/20 and Spain v MCC.

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MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some condential help or support call our HELPLINE693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com

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Sebastian Faulks was born on 20th April 1953 in Donnington, Berks. He went to school at Elstree School, Reading and Wellington College, Berkshire before studying English at Emmanuel College Cambridge. He became a full-time writer in 1991 and worked as a journalist. Faulks married Veronica in 1989. They have two sons, William and Arthur, and one daughter, Holly. He was awarded the CBE in 2002. Faulks French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion dOr, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997), established him in the front rank of British novelists. Faulks was selected by the estate of the late 007-author, Ian Flemming, to write the follow-up Bond novels. Faulks name was not revealed to the public until July 2007, when a publishing date for the work was

ofcially announced, along with its title. Birdsong: This novel tells of a man called Stephen Wraysford at different stages of his life, both before and during World War I. The novel came 13th in a 2003 BBC survey called the Big Read which aimed to nd Britains favourite book. It has also been adapted three times under the same title for radio, the stage and television. A Week in December was published in 2009 and is set in London. The book begins with an elaborate seating plan at a dinner party. The reader is introduced to John Veals, a hedge fund trader who is arguably the most important character. He is a ruthless businessman, whose immense fortune seems to have become meaningless. He is more interested in the

chase, the challenge of acquiring more and more capital. As he embarks on one of the riskiest deals of his life, his family is about to be torn apart. But does he even care? Devil May Care was awarded the 2009 British Book Award for Popular Fiction. The book is set in the 1960s, beginning with a ritual execution in the outskirts of Paris which starts a chain of events designed to lead to global catastrophe. A narcotics tide threatens to lethally engulf Britain, a British airliner disappears in Iraqi airspace, and the thunder of war echoes throughout the Middle East. Bond is requested by M to investigate a man named Gorner and his bodyguard, Chagrin. Bond is warned that his performance will be monitored and that a new agent is waiting in the wings, if his actions go awry. This book is the rst novel to focus on the adult James Bond, as conceived by Fleming, since 2002.

A small but hardy group of ADAPT members enjoyed a ramble through the beautiful Calblanque area on Saturday 18th February. The weather was kind to us as we set off from the spectacular Portman Bay, climbing up into the pine forests.
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After a gentle walk through overhanging trees and wild owers, we met the old Roman Road which cuts across this historic mining landscape. The Roman Road, which is now a well marked path with wooden bridges, took us back to our starting point by the bay. The walk left us all with the desire to go back and explore more of this stunning area of natural beauty and history. The Rambling Group is part of the ADAPT Association which meets in the Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro del Pinatar, on the rst Saturday of the month at 10am. For more information visit www.adaptsanpedro.eu

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Hi, its Shannon here again and I am going to tell you about a trip to the beach with Bri and Mo. As you know Mum home educates us and every Friday afternoon Brian and Maureen take us out. This gives Mum and Dad a bit of time to themselves and gives us a time away from the house and the chance to see and do other things. It works really well as we love being with Bri and Mo. The afternoon I am going to talk about began with a packed lunch in the car and a drive to the beach. After we had eaten, Connor and I went rock climbing. Bri has a tiny camera that he usually has fastened on the front of his model airplane. He brought it with him and came rock climbing with it to lm us.

The result was surprisingly good as the camera really is very small.

We were all thirsty by then, so Bri suggested we looked for a bar and have a drink. We found one near a park. Nathan and Connor went to mess about in the park and Brian took his little camera along to lm them. I stayed with Mo on the beach. We had a good time together, stroking the cat that was there and collecting different coloured pebbles.. The time went by very quickly and it was soon time to return to their house on Camposol. Once there I read my book while the boys played on the computer until it was time to go home. We always have a good time on Fridays and I am sure Mum and Dad appreciate the break as well.

Hello again, it is me, Connor, back with exciting news about life! This time I am going to write about being at home. As you know the weather is getting colder, so we are spending more time in the house playing board games and doing school work. It is still sunny, but not hot. Nathan and I have attached a rope to the go-kart we made last year and fastened the other end to Nathans bike. We spend a lot of time pulling each other round the garden and up and down the road past our house. It is really good fun and we can get it up to quite fast speeds now. School is getting more interesting as we learn new things and study for our GCSE exams next year. We are learning about the Second World War and USA during the Wall Street Crash in History and I nd that very interesting, but I have to say that my favourite lesson is pottery because we
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can relax and make things and have fun all at the same time. Our cattery, Cat-A-Tonic, is going well. We are getting to know our regular cats. Some of them are with us for a long time and Dad brings them into the house in

the evenings; one at a time though. This is so that they do not forget what people are and become shy of us. It is nice to have a cat in the house to play with at night. They go back to their own pens for the night time though, and Dad brings a different one in the next night. We only do this if the owners say we can of course. We have done a lot of rearranging in the house. I got a new bed because we were given a new double bed that went into Matts room to make it more comfortable for visiting couples. We gave Simon, the pig, a better place to be by putting more gravel down to soak up the rain and giving him a patio area to lie on out of the damp ground. As you can see, we have been quite busy even though we have not really gone anywhere. That is our life in Spain.

Hi, Nathan here. As I am writing this we have just ended a fairly quiet month, so there is not much to talk about, but it is my turn and I am going to tell you about the Burns Lunch we had at our house at the end of January. It was a Sunday and Mum had prepared all sorts of things for us all to do. After Church in the Cultural Centre on Camposol B, everyone came back to our house. We had our kilts on to help the atmosphere feel more Scottish.

Once we were home, Dad connected the computer to the load speakers so all the music could be heard. We had a video of a piper for Mum to carry the Haggis into the room. Mum then killed the Haggis, reciting the Haggis poem written by Robbie Burns. She does it very well. Then everyone helped themselves to haggis and tatties. I think most people liked it as it was all eaten! Mum played a lm of Ben, my brother, playing his bagpipes and then we recited Robbie Burns poems. Connor, Gary and I went outside with David because Connor wanted to show them how good he was on the pogo stick. It was very funny because every time Connor jumped up and down his kilt ew up and down. David and Gary couldnt stop laughing. Even Connor laughed and that made it all funnier. Connor is very good on the pogo stick, so he jumped up and down for ages. I thought Gary was going to explode with laughing. It was a very good day. Everyone read

poems, ate the food and listened to the music. Mum played a DVD of The Alexander Brothers singing at Sterling Castle. There were more than 30 people at our Burns afternoon and we were raising funds for Operation Smile as well. It was a good day, even though we had to do all the washing up when everyone had gone!

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Welcome, and what a start to the New Year! I know I keep saying it, but our main aim is the care for donkeys, however, another charity Galgos Del Sol who we have worked with before, received information that there was a man in Isla Plana who had a total of seventy six, yes 76, Galgos living at his house, and that he had been denounced and told that he must remove them straight away. The following day, together with Tina of Galgos del Sol and representatives of another dog charity from Cartagena, we went to the house and removed around 30 of these poor Galgos. The rear garden was a mass of sheds and lean-tos and everywhere I looked there was a dog on a short chain. The worst ones were at the rear of the house in a small compound measuring about 3 metres by 2 metres and although these dogs were loose, they had not been cleaned out since God was a lad, and they were extremely thin with malnutrition and very frightened and some were injured. Over the next few days wow we were busy! They were all vet-checked and their injuries treated, blood tested, then injected and passported. Two days later we received word and he released a few more!! All of them have been homed abroad and are just awaiting formalities. However, we have just been told that another 21 must

be removed by this coming weekend, so another weekend of worries begins. Although it has been hard, it is satisfying to know that these dogs will be with their new owners by the time you read this article. Emily another Galgo arrived at her new home in Holland - a tearful goodbye from me at Alicante airport. You can see her arrival on our face book page - not a dry eye in the house. Good luck to our beautiful Emily xx For those of you that have internet, we are on Facebook where all the information about these rescues can be found. Finally, I would like to thank Tina for having the condence in our ability as a charity to help with the rescue. Join us on Facebook, check our website, or visit me in the car park on Sector B, Camposol on a Monday morning for a chat and to drop off your unwanted items. Please take a look at the dogs we have for adoption this month. Adios, Andrea.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ACASA- The National Casework Service of Age Concern Espaa - are actively looking for volunteers to help publicise the vital work done by our caseworkers. There are hundreds of ways you can get involved and help raise funds for ACASA but two of the most popular are the Pub Quiz and the Big Brew Up. If you think your local pub or caf would be interested in holding an event then please email CCM@ageconcern-espana. org for your free fundraising pack and to register the event. ACASA has two client bases people over the age of 50, and those of any age who serve or used to serve in the British Armed Forces, and their families, as ACASA does the work of SSAFA Forces Help in Spain. Contact 902 00 38 38 or info@ageconcern-espana.org for further information: website www.acespana.org ACASA - Ofcial Partner of The British Embassy in Spain, AGE UK, and SSAFA Forces Help.

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This article has been written and compiled by Body and Mind Therapist, Drew Ryder BSc. Psychol. Hons, IIHHT, MICHT, ThAT. PAIN Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. It can be physiological, or psychological. Pain can be dull, it can be sharp. It can be acute it can be chronic. Pain can be short lived or last for ages. It can nag at you, stab at you, annoy you, cause you to ache, to feel nauseous, it can at times be debilitating. Pain may be felt in one area of the body such asthe head, stomach, arm, leg or back; or, in the case of u or bromyalgia it can be felt all over. One thing for sure is that it usually hurts! Pain can be divided into two main categories of which there are sub-categories. Pain is either chronic or acute. Pain that lasts a long time is called chronic, and pain that resolves quickly is called acute. Pain can also be useful however, in that it can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, it is possible to seriously hurt yourself without knowing it. Without pain it is possible that you might not realise you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once the reason for the pain has been

identied and acted upon, pain usually goes away. If it doesnt, then it usually comes under the `chronic category. Chronic pain whilst it can be debilitating, at times can ordinarily `be managed. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain and treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. For example, a lot of pain relief can be obtained by medications such as analgesics, and sometimes surgery which is either helpful or necessary. Another way to treat pain is through the use of the mind. Consider chronic back pain for instance; chronic back pain can limit your everyday activities and make it difcult to do every day mundane tasks or even to work. It can therefore also affect how involved you are with friends, family members and fellow workers as they may have to do more than their usual share of daily tasks, especially when you cannot do the things you normally do. This can cause unwanted feelings of frustration within you because you cannot do what you used to do; resentment because you resent others being able to do more than you can, and this ultimately, can lead to stress. These feelings and emotions can (and often do) aggravate or worsen your back pain. Why? Because of the mind-body relationship. They work together they are inextricably linked. The way your mind controls your

thoughts and attitudes inuences the way your body controls your pain. Both the pain itself, and /or the fear of pain, can cause you to avoid both physical and social activities. Over time this leads to less physical strength and weaker social relationships. It can also cause more lack of functioning and more pain and so the cycle continues. This can lead to depression which is very common among people who have chronic back pain for instance. Continual pain can cause depression or make existing depression worse and not surprisingly, depression can also make any pain worse.Even mild depression can affect how well you can manage your pain and stay active. There is a belief that behind every physiological problem there is a psychological cause or issue. A Mind and Body Therapist with an eclectic mix of both psychological and `hands ontools in a therapy toolbox, assistance with managing or even eradicating your pain can be achieved. If you are in pain or think you may be depressed, or if you are having a hard time controlling your emotions, it is best to get help sooner rather than later. If your pain is the result of an accident or emotional trauma, research has shown that some people are not able to fully deal with their pain until they deal with the emotional stress that their accident or trauma caused.

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Iron Man OK, I have a confession to make! Not only do I really hate ironing, Im also quite possibly the worlds worst at this annoying but necessary task. My husband learnt years ago that unless he wanted to walk round looking as if he had slept in his clothes, it was better to bite the bullet and press all his own stuff, so a familiar sight in our home is Stuart ironing a pile of laundry, meaning that we all look respectable enough when we leave the house! In the past I have even been tempted to use our professional laundry service for OwnersAway, but the lovely lady who so carefully presses and prepares all the bedding and linens once gave me a quote, and given the rate at which my kids go through clothes, I would have been

bankrupt in a week. At last I might have found a solution to the problem - if I hate ironing so much, then I need to make it easier! My old leaky iron nally gave up the ghost last week, and this time I have replaced it with a real beast of a machine. Not just an iron, but a Steam Centre System, says the box. At 80, I almost expected that it would operate itself! Well, not quite, but it is spookily intelligent. Plug it in and leave it, it will beep to tell me when I can start. Get distracted and leave the ironing board, and in under 3 minutes it will be cool, having turned itself off for safety reasons. If the device does not move for 3 seconds, the eco-intelligent steam system shuts down, saving power and water.

I cant see that it makes ironing any more pleasurable, but this thing shoots out more steam than the Flying Scotsman and at least for once the chore is over and done with before I give in to boredom and frustration. It wont just be me that appreciates this marvellous new iron; Iron Man will return at the weekend to nd, for once, a pile of neatly pressed clothes hanging in his wardrobe! Liz Edmiston runs OwnersAway Property Rentals & Management offering a full range of services to property owners on the Costa Calda. Contact Liz on 691977107 or info@ownersaway.com for more information or visit the website www. ownersaway.com to view the full range of properties and services.

Can We Help You and Your Pet? Have you provided a home for an animal from a rescue centre or shelter for a stray dog or cat? Are you worried about the patter of tiny paws in the future (if not at your house maybe at your neighbours?) We are here to help you; we can provide nancial assistance towards the cost of spaying or castrating your new pet and also with those unexpected vet bills, if funds are available. Please contact us if you need help:Tel 666186037 or call at the shop Email mazarronanimalmedi-aid@ hotmail.com
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as clothes, bric-a-brac, cds/dvds and electrical goods. You can donate at the shop, Mon to Sat 10.00 till 2.00. (Take the third left after Barclays Bank on your way into Puerto de Mazarrn) Dont Forget our Drop-Off Point Every Tuesday we are on Camposol B Sector car park 10.00-1.00pm opposite the petrol station. We will take any saleable items no matter how large or small. You might not need it, but we can sell it to raise money in order to help other people with the medical expenses for their cats and dogs Turn Your Unwanted Furniture Into Cash If you have large items of furniture that are

no longer needed why not try selling them on our 50/50 scheme. We will collect the items from your house (free of charge) and display them in the shop until sold. You will then receive 50% of the selling price with the remainder going to the charity. A Lady who Needs a Home This is a dog we call Lady. She was a stray in our village, but we felt we had to rescue her and with the help of MAMAS and other kind people, we have had her spayed and injected against Rabies etc. She has also been tested for Leishmaniasis and is clear. She has a wonderful nature and in a short space of time has adapted to living indoors with our own two small dogs. Unfortunately we do not have outside space and therefore feel that she needs a home with some land or large garden. She is approx one year old and would make someone a lovely pet. She is good with children and at the age she is now, will learn quickly. She walks on a lead and is very affectionate.

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This article has been written by Mark Phoenix, Hypnotherapist on the Costa Blanca, Costa Clida, and Costa Almeria. Mark can be found at the Dental Care, Camposol B every Friday
Are you a smoker? Well read on you might be surprised Its National No Smoking Day on 14th March, so why not decide now is the time to kick that habit. Almost every, day for the last 16 years, as a Hypnotherapist, when I have helped people to stop smoking, I am never surprised when I ask a client What do you believe is in a cigarette? they often reply Nicotine, Tobacco and Tar. They are all surprised when I give them the answer. Are you ready for the truth? There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. While these ingredients are approved as additives for foods, they were not tested by burning them, and it is the burning of many of these substances which is dangerous. The list of 599 additives approved by our G o ve r n m e n t s for use in the manufacture of cigarettes is something every smoker should see. Submitted by the ve major American cigarette companies to the Dept. of Health and Human Services in April of 1994, this list of ingredients had long been kept a secret. Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. 43 known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, side stream smoke or both. Its chilling to think about not only how smokers poison themselves, but what others are exposed to by breathing in the second-hand smoke. The next time youre missing your old pal the cigarette, take a good long look at this list and see them for what they are: a delivery system for toxic chemical and carcinogens. What about Nicotine Replacement or the electronic cigarettes? I bet you were not aware that Nicotine is a natural insecticide which drop for drop is 3 times as poisonous as arsenic (which is also in your ciggie). A number of these other cigarette replacements actually have nicotine in them. Granted they may not have a lot of the other chemicals in them, but why have any at all? Through specialist Hypnotherapy Suggestions you can stop smoking in only 30 minutes of Hypnotherapy, so why not stop Today!

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In the past few weeks we have received notication of the passing away of a number of our supporters. Over the years we have got to know and enjoy these friends and our thoughts and prayers are with their families. Always striving to bring you the best in events and entertaining, PALS have a few announcements to make that due to circumstances beyond their control some dates have been changed and something new added. Check with us to see if there are any places left for the 3 Night Full Board at the Hotel Helios in Benidorm at an incredible 125 including transport. This must be one of the best offers this year; leaving on March 20th This years Summer Ball will be known and celebrated as the Jubilee Ball. Ten years ago PALS put on their rst Summer Ball in honour of her majestys Golden anniversary. Now, 10 years later we have an even more fantastic event to honour;

a Diamond Anniversary. We have booked the John Lindo Trio to provide the musical entertainment, so book your tickets for a night at the Costa Costa Hotel, Mazarrn on June 3rd for an incredible 27.50 to include food, drink and dancing. There will be coaches if demand is sufcient at 7. With a new band The Doghouse Blues Band, PALS are holding a Good Friday Dance on April 6th at the Golf Club, Camposol. Tickets 5 or 12.50 to include meal with xed price drinks. PALS have added another BBQ to cater for the summer visitors, so in addition to the 1st May and 12th October events there will be an evening Beach BBQ on Friday 29th June from 6pm on Bolnuevo beach, still priced at13. If you have not been to one of our BBQs then book early because this is superb value with food and drink included. We welcome children and would remind you to bring chairs and tables. We still have few places left for the Mojacar/Bedar Trip with lunch included

at 25 on 18th April, but places are strictly limited. Why not splash out on October 20th for a 7 night/8 day fully inclusive Cruise to Malta, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia and Palma from 600 per person including transport? Tickets available at Trevi Bar, Camposol B Saturdays 11-1.30pm or in the Port at Saralaras on Wednesdays 1 .30-3pm or call 626460465 CAF News The next concert is booked at the Playa Grande Hotel, Puerto de Mazarrn and already the bands are clamouring to be included. This year there will be few changes to ensure that the afternoon and evening provide a constant and memorable day in what is the 6th Concert to raise money for the additional new ambulance. 40000 is in the pot and we really want to get this soon, so make a date in your diary. Any questions call 626460465.

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Buddy is one of the dogs from IPA and is looking for a new home. He is approx 1 year old and looks like a small Podenco cross Labrador. He was a little shy at rst, but now loves noth-

ing more than getting cuddles. He is good with other dogs and cats and is vaccinated and chipped. Call: 654027748 This Black Lab cross is quite timid but very appealing. He was from

a litter of 5 abandoned puppies brought into the vets and put up for adoption many weeks ago. 4 were quickly adopted and its hard to understand why he has not been adopted yet as he is adorable. He is now 5 months old. Call: 966725975 Dolly and Molly are sisters and are now about 7 m o n t h s old. They are German Shepherd cross and are really desperate for their own homes. They are very friendly and are vaccinated. Call: 659274573 Mimi is a lovely tortoiseshell about 18 months old, spayed and vaccinated. She is a little bit shy on rst meeting but will make a very loving pet. Call: 966719272 To view more animals for adoption go to: www.petsinspain.com If you would like to advertise an animal email: info@petsinspain.info

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Coo Cook books for tex text books Par Parents of children at sch school here in Spain w will not need to be reminded of th h the prohibitive cos cost of purchasing the required school textbooks necessary each year for their childs education under the Spanish educational system. With the current economic climate, it is becoming more difcult each year for parents to facilitate what should be a childs automatic right that of a decent and comprehensive education! Applying to all children of school age regardless of their ethnic origins many experience extreme difculties simply because their parents are not in a position to provide the wherewithal to

purchase the text books that they so badly need! The Lions Club of Mazo arrn Baha want to help to ease this situation by providing local schools with a number of complete sets of appropriate text books for the exclusive use of those students whose parents cannot afford to buy them. They would be held and controlled by t h e individual schools not the students so that they remain available for use by successive years of students until such time as the schools curriculum changes.

In order to achieve sufcient funding for this venture, Mazarrn Lions are in the process of compiling, collating and printing a specially designed Lions Cookbook, printed in English and Spanish. The proceeds from these sales will be used exclusively for their Cook Books for Text Books initiative. To help allay some of the costs involved in the printing, the Lions are actively looking for sponsors and people who wish to advertise their businesses in the nished book Produced in colour, in A5 landscape format, with English and Spanish translations on opposite pages and capable of standing on the cooking preparation area the cook books will soon be available from many different outlets such as Best Wishes, The English Butchers, and many, many more, at the bargain price of just 10 each. If youd like to become more involved by sponsoring this initiative, placing an advertisement, feel that youd like to help, or simply want to know more please contact Lion Gina Barker on 968978810 or 630217885

Wine of the Month is sponsored by Le Gourmet, Puerto de Mazarrn This white Chardonnay is really good value at 5.40 and will compliment most meals.

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The red wine Antonin 2009 was selected by Robert Parker, the famous American and worldwide wine critical. This wine was mentioned in the 2012 Wine Hachette in France at 9.80. Price in the Chateau in France is 10.00.

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Wellbeing Clinic/Calida Caring Agency @ Janes Salon, Bolnuevo 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell/Help at Home @ Brendas Boutique,Estrella de Mar, Los Urrutias,10.00-1.00pm Watch Your Weight Club, 2 to MABS @ Janes Salon, Bolnuevo, 10.30am Yoga with Mar Carmen @ Bolnuevo, 10.00am Slimming Club @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am Andreas Animal Rescue, Shop Collection @ Car Park, Camposol B, 11.30-1.30pm GO mad Available for Donations @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B Costa Calida Radio (Pto), 3.00-5.00pm Childrens Modern Theatre Dance/Louise @ Sensol Hotel, Camposol C, 5.00-6.30pm, 8+ Zumba for Adults/Louise @ Sensol Hotel, Camposol C, 7.30-8.25pm Fun Music Quiz @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 8.00pm Pensionista Day 1 discount @ Cats Bar, Camposol A Weekly B Clean Working Party @ Camposol B, 9.00am MAMAS Collection/Book Stall @ Camposol B Car Park, 10.00-1.00pm Pick/Try/Choose/Buy/Donate @ MABS Murcia NE 10.30-12.00pm Apts Maruja, Baos de Fortuna, Dance Fitness to Music/Annette @ Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 11.00am Poker Night @ Alley Palais, Camposol B Gardening Group Clean Up @ Camposol C, 9.00am Bridge, New Players Welcome @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9.45am Yoga with Mar Carmen @ Bolnuevo, 10.00am 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell/Help at Home @ Brendas Boutique,Estrella de Mar, Los Urrutias,10.00-1.00pm Age Concern booking events etc @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 10.00-12.00pm Zumba for Adults/Louise @ Sensol Hotel, Camposol C, 11.30-12.25pm Art Workshop/MABS MMM @ Cafe Golf, San Javier, 11.00am PALS for booking events etc @ Saralaras, Pto de Mazarron, 1.00-3.00pm Creative Writing Group/Annette @ Camposol, 2.00-3.30pm Book/DVD Club/Help at Home @ La Zona Bar, Los Narejos. 2.30-4.30pm Fish and Chip Night @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 6.50 Zumba for Adults/Louise @ Sensol Hotel, Camposol C, 7.30-8.25pm Quiz with Kev @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 8.30pm Mens Darts In the Evening @ Cats Bar, Camposol A Beacon of Light Spiritual Centre Weekly Meeting @

Caadas del Romero Social Club, 7.00-8.30pm Karaoke/Disco with Lisa B @ Alley Palais, Camposol B, 9.00pm Happy Dinner, Buy 2 Meals and pay for 1 Amapola Restaurante, Bolnuevo Every Thu Camposol Market @ Camposol A Wellbeing Clinic/Calida Caring Agency @ Dental Care, Camposol B, 10.00-4.00pm Alternative Thursdays Pick/Try/Choose/Buy/Donate @ MABS Murcia NE 10.30-12.00pm Apts Maruja, Baos de Fortuna Slimming Club @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am PALS for booking events etc @ Tels Bar, Camposol B, 11-1.30pm Latin Beats/Annette @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30-12.30pm Zumba for Adults/Louise @ Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 11.30-12.25pm Andreas Animal Rescue Collection Point @ Mazarrn Country Club Bar, 11.30-1.00pm Mini Movers Creative Dance/Drama/ Louise @ Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 3.00-3.45pm, 3-5 years Modern Movers Dance/Louise @ Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 4.00-4.45pm, 5-8 years Street Dance/Louise @ Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 5.00-6.00pm, 8+ Karaoke with Bernie Mac @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 9.00pm Ladies Darts in the evening @ Cats Bar, Camposol A

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Bridge, New Players Welcome @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9.45am Book Sale/Bric-a-Brac. Noahs ARC @ Camposol B, 10.00-2.00pm 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell/Help at Home @Brendas Boutique, Estrella de Mar, Los Urrutias,10.00-1.00pm Book Stall. Camposol A Gardening Group @ Car Park Camposol A. 10.30-12.30pm Lions Bahia Mazarrn booking events etc @ Outside Kennellys, Camposol B 11.00-1.00pm Age Concern booking events etc @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 11.00-1.00pm GoMad Available for Donations @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B Costa Calida Radio (Pto), 12.30-2.00pm 10 pin Bowling, Camposol C Garden Group @ Totana, 4.00pm Mark Phoenix Hypnotheraphy @ Dental Care, Camposol B Fish & Chips 5 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Fish & Chips & Live Music @ Hacienda del lamo Clubhouse, 12 Bingo @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 7.30pm Steak Night, 19.95 for 2 @ The Spaniard, Hacienda del lamo Fish and Chip Night @ Bar La Manchica, La Manchica Fresh Fish Night, 3 Courses @ Don Ricardos, Pto de Mazarrn, 10 Karaoke with Eddie B @ The Steak Out, Camposol B, 8.45pm Disco @ Alley Palais, Camposol B, 9.00pm-3.00am Book Sale/MABS Murcia MM @ The Arches Bar, 10.00-1.00pm 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell/Help at Home @ Brendas Boutique, Estrella de Mar, Los Urrutias,10.00-1.00pm PALS for booking events etc @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11-1.30pm Dance and Drama/Louise 8-12 yrs @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 11.30am

Live Entertainment @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn 3 course Saturday Special @ Don Ricardos, Pto de Mazarrn, 20 Karaoke/Disco with Bernie Mac @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B. 9.00pmlate Every Sun Car Boot Sale, 8.30am @ Caadas del Romero Social Centre Car Boot Sale, 9.00-2.00pm @ El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo HELP MMM Car Boot @ Autocine, Los Narejos Sunday Lunch @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, from 4.50 Sunday Roast @ The Steak Out, Camposol B, 7.95 Sunday Roast (lunchtime & evening) @ Don Ricardos, Pto de Mazarrn, 10 Sunday Roast @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B Sunday Roast @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Karaoke/Disco with Bernie Mac @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 7.00pm Fun Quiz @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 8.30pm

MARCH Thursday 1

St Davids Day 40s Night/Help MMM @ Lodosol, San Pedro, 7.00pm, 9 inc meal Outdoor Market Stall/MABS Murcia NW @ Calle Segura, Calasparra, 9.00am-1.00pm Trip to Jalon Valley-Help MMM/Friendship Group @ 23 inc lunch Clida Country Music Club Night (CAF) @ La Molata, Caadas de Alhama, 8.00pm Lenny Mitchell, Cod & Chips Avail 6 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Adapt Meeting @ Pensionista Club, San Pedro, 10.30am Welcome Meeting @ Marianos, Camposol A, 2.00pm Car Treasure Hunt/MABS MMM @ Time Out, San Javier, 2.00pm, 5 Steve Dale @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Karen Noble @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn St Davids Music Night @ Clubhouse, Hacienda Golf Resort Martin Ross @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Book Swap/Welcome @ ICA Med Centre, Camposol B, 10.00-12.00pm Knitting Club (UK Wool Shop) @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am Volunteers Meeting/Help at Home @ The Arches, Los Narejos, 11.45am Friendly Game of Crib/Welcome @ Marianos, Camposol A, 7.30pm, 1 Friends & Buddies Evening Cats Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm Games Night/Camposol C Garden Group @ Sensol Golf Club, 7.30pm, 5

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Wednesday 7 Ladies Fair, Handbags/shoes etc @ Janes Salon, Bolnuevo, 11.00-3.00pm Volunteers Meeting/MABS MMM @ Las Claras, Los Narejos, 11.00am Talking Shop Social/Age Concern Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 1.30-3.30pm

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Lions Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 5.00pm Ladies Evening/Welcome @ Marianos, Camposol A, 7.30pm, 3 International Womens Day Race Night/Help at Home @ Si Bar, La Manga Club Indoor Market/fashion/bling/DVDs etc @ Alley Palais, Camposol B Indoor Market @ Kennellys, Camposol B Booksale/MABS Mazarrn Camposol B Commercial Centre, 9.00-1.00pm Fun quiz/Steve Tucker, Cod & Chips Avail 6 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Market with clothing/jewellery/shoes etc @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn, 11.00-3.00pm Clifford Jay & Julia @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn The CAS Band @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Super Saturday Sale A Time for a Change. Tel 968 136 501 Commonwealth Day Guided Walk & 4 course meal/drinks Hotel Mariposa, Gebas, 12 AGM/Help MMM @ Las Claras, Los Narejos, 12.00pm

Sunday 18

Mothering Sunday Mothers Day 3 Course Lunch @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 14 Mothering Sunday Lunch - ESAMD 1.30pm Trevi Bar, Camposol B San Jose Mazarrn First Day of Spring Book Swap/Welcome @ ICA Med Centre, Camposol B, 10.00-12.00pm Knitting Club (UK Wool Shop) @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am 3 Night Trip to Benidorm/PALS @ Full board, inc market day, 125 pp Ebony/Ivory Ladies Lunch Club/MABS MMM @ Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojon, 1.30pm, 10 Friends & Buddies Evening Cats Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm

Monday 19

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Wednesday 21World Poetry Day World Downs Syndrome Day Meeting for Traders interested in a stall at Camposol Fiestas @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 3.00pm Steve the Spit @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Thursday 22 ChariTEA/MABS MMM Come and talk in English with Spanish Students San Javier Language School. 4.00pm, 2.50 Wyrd Sisters by Cloud 9 Drama @ La Molata Social Centre, 5 Christine, Fish & Chips Avail 6 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Fashion Show/GO maD Contact 634321161 Grand Auction A Time for a Change, Tel 968 136 501 4km Guided walk around Pena Rubia Visiting cave paintings- Cehegin CAS Band @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn

Tuesday 13

Wednesday 14No Smoking Day SAMM Monthly Meeting @ Las Claras, Los Narejos, 11.00am Volunteer Meeting/MABS Murcia NW @ Hotel Argos, 5.00pm Welcome Dance/Kevin Tyler & JJ Soulman @ Marianos, Camposol A, 7.30pm, 9 Friday 16 Booksale/MABS Mazarron Camposol B Commercial Centre, 9.00-1.00pm Outdoor Market Stall/MABS Murcia NW @ Calle Segura, Calasparra, 9.00-1.00pm Share & Care Group/MABS MMM @ MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier, 11.00am Coach Trip to Murcia/Age Concern Coaches 10 Full Circle, Cod & Chips Avail 6 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Clida Country Music Club Night/Cactus Jack (CAF) @ La Molata, Caadas de Alhama, 8.00pm Wyrd Sisters by Cloud 9 Drama @ Casa de Cultura, Bullas, 5 St Patricks Day Valencia Day Trip to see Las Fallas Dragontours, Camposol A, 29 Robbie France Tribute & Benet Concert @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn, 12.30-6.30pm, 5 Red Strokes @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn. 9.30pm St Patricks Music Night @ Clubhouse, Hacienda Golf Resort St Patricks Day Party/Lions Mazarrn @ Bali Hi, Camposol B, 7.30pm, 3 Wyrd Sisters by Cloud 9 Drama @ La Molata Social Centre, 5 Live Entertainment/Guiness Offer Kennellys, Camposol B

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Dog Hourse Blues @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Spring Ball/MABS Mazarrn @ Hotel Costa Costa, Mazarrn, 7.30pm, 27.50 Variety Night/Help MMM @ Roda Community Hall, 7.00pm, 5 Thursday 29 Sunday 25 British Summer Time (clocks go forward) Artisan Market/taste cod/meatballs/wine Drums & Cornets/Plaza del Castillo, Cehegin, 10.00am Annual Treasure Hunt/Welcome7 Buffet and prizes 3 Course Mothers Day Lunch @ Steak Out, Camposol B, 9.95 3 Course Mothers Day Lunch @ Don Ricardos, Pto de Mazarrn, 10 3 Course Mothers Day Lunch @ Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrn, 12 4 Course Mothers Day Lunch @ Leonardos, Pto de Mazarrn, 20 Mothers Day Lunchtime Special @ Clubhouse, Hacienda Golf Resort Sevillanas Social Meeting Asturias Restaurant Guided Walk & 4 course meal/drinks Hotel Mariposa, Gebas, 12 Valor Chocolate Factory/Show Caves Busot & Turron Factory/Fiestas Camposol 26 inc. sh and chip lunch Variety Show/Pets in Spain/Paws Animal Rescue Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar, 7.30, 5 (10 inc meal) Volunteers Meeting/MABS Mazarron Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am Monthly B Clean Meeting @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 4.00pm Auction/Help at Home @ La Zona Friends & Buddies Evening Cats Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm

Menu del Dia/Age Concern/entertainment Mazarrn Country Club Restaurant, 1.30pm, 10 Launch of X Factor @ Camposol Golf Club, Camposol C, 8.00pm, 5 Taste of Asia Tasting Menu @ Don Ricardos, Pto de Mazarrn, 15 Indoor Market/fashion/bling/DVDs etc @ Alley Palais, Camposol B Indoor Market @ Kennellys, Camposol B Cave Walk/NEST, 5,menu del dia 9 Meet El Berro Car Park, 10.30am Table Top Sale/GO maD Camposol B, 10.00-2.00pm Booksale/MABS Murcia NW @ Trevol Bar, Tierra del Sol, 11.00-2.00pm Friendship Meeting/Beetle Drive/Lunch/ Help MMM @ Luis Lounge,Camping Encima,Los Alcazares, Noon 7 Jigsaw Bereavement Group/MABS Mazarrn @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 2.00pm Lenny Mitchell @ Hotel Mariposa, Gebas John Sloman, Cod & Chips Avail 6 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn

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Tuesday 27

Welcome Meeting @ Marianos, Camposol A, 2.00pm Northern Soul @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Martin Ross @ Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrn

APRIL Sunday 1

New Ownership Grand Opening @ Tropicana Bar, Camposol A, 1.00pm Launch of Menu del Dia, 2 courses & drink 5.50 Tropicana Bar, Camposol A Knitting Club (UK Wool Shop) @ Cats Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am Friends & Buddies Evening Cats Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm Tori, Cod & Chips Avail 6 @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Good Friday Dance/PALS @ Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C, 5 (12.50 inc meal) Easter Fayre/FAST @ Marianos, Camposol A, 11.00-3.00pm Suzie G @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrn Steve the Spit (top drag artist) @ Steak Out, Camposol B, 5

Monday 2

Wednesday 28Annual Petanca Competition/Welcome @ Marianos, Camposol A, 1.00pm Tuesday 3


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Colour coding guide: Entertainment and special menu nights are Red Markets,exhibitions,leisure,activities and meetings are purple Charity and non prot making organisations are green National events are orange Fiestas are pink Important dates are blue

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Las Fallas in Valencia just has to be one of the best, craziest and most Spanish of all the estas in Spain. From the night of the 15th March, when the ninots, huge wooden structures are planted throughout the city, until the night of re Nit de Foc on March 19th, when they are all burnt down, there is a 24 hour a day esta going on. Dragontours will be running a coach to Valencia on Saturday March 17th, to enjoy a full day in this lovely city and plenty of time to take a look at the fallas, t h e s e enormous statues built of wood according to extremely detailed p l a n s . They are crafted by neighbourhood organizations (grupos falleros) and take nearly a year to complete. Most depict well-known persons, be they actors or politicians or television personalities and the themes are invariably critical or satirical. The Dragontours trip departs very early in the morning and gives everyone time to admire the many fallas, and to experience the masclet, a ground-shaking 15 minute re-cracker/re-works display which begins at 2 pm sharp in front of the town hall of Valencia.

offering to the Virgen a huge wooden structure which by the end of the day is full of fresh bouquets. At approximately 6 pm, near the Serrano Towers, there is a planned hot-air balloon exhibition and air baptism for the Queen of the Fiestas, La Fallera Mayor. So, come along sign up with Dragontours for this unique esta only 29! For more information email info@dragontours.net

In the afternoon there are parades throughout the city, especially with the fallera groups dressed in spectacular traditional nery on their way to the ower

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Playing in the Wind by David Gay PGA Professional. For the past few weeks here in Murcia the wind has been extremely strong and I have been playing and watching golfers play in extremely windy conditions. These players are not of a professional caliber, but they do have something in common: they

must learn how to control their golf ball in the wind. Here are a few things youll need to know about playing in the wind. 1. Take more club - Your normal 150 yard club isnt going to go that far when hitting into the wind, but down-wind you could take a less club and the same distance. 2. Swing easier The harder you try and hit the golf ball, the more spin you impart on it (lots of spin greatly reduces the distance you can hit the ball into the wind). The more spin, the more the wind affects the shot (increased side spin affects the shape of the ball ight), also the strong winds we have had in Murcia can easily blow you off balance. 3. Take a wider stance The wind can move you around and affect your balance. To counteract that, widen your stance.

This lowers your center of gravity and helps to maintain a solid base into the ground (not too wide as this restricts the hip turn). 4. Shorten your swing - The longer your swing, the more chance you have of overswinging and having balance problems. By keeping the back-swing and especially the follow-through shorter, youll have more control and will be able to strike the ball more solidly. 5. Let the golf ball ride the wind This one is a source of controversy. Some players like to try and work the ball into the wind, which straightens out the ight, but almost all great wind players let the ball ride the wind. If its blowing right to left then they will hit a shot that goes in the direction of the wind. Playing in strong winds will also exaggerate any faults you may have in your swing, so if you have tried all of the above, maybe a small change in technique might be in order. For more information on lessons or club repairs you can nd David at Roda Golf Course on contact on 6700 83939 email: davidgaypga@mac.com

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CYCLING TOUR OF MURCIA Photos copyright: Martin Rutherford

day format. Unfortunately, Im unable to give full details of the route, as at the time of going to press there is no information available either from the website or from the Murcian Cycling Federation!

This year the exciting sports event, La Vuelta de Murcia, starts on 3 March and as last year is only 2 days of racing due to the economic climate. Hopefully when things improve, it will soon be back to its normal ve

the 3rd and 4th March, and would like information about the start times/nish and route details, you too can either check the website www.vueltaciclistamurcia.com. I will be continuing to watch for further details, so if you want to follow the race over For updates, or phone me on 696809527. Martin Rutherford.

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Golf Resort La Peraleja near Sucina played host to the Old Guard for its January Stapleford Competition.

tees is via a tunnel under a road and villas. The Overall Winner and Division Two Winner was society Treasurer Derek Hayward with a Stapleford score of 30 points. Howard Wrights score of 24 points secured his Overall Runner-Up and Division Three Winner place and Peter Court came third and won Division One with 23 points.

Thank you La Peraleja for making us so welcome.

Members gather on the rst tee (Not sure what Martin Hill is doing to Howard from behind!) Manager, Jaunfra had offered a great green fee deal with buggy which proved to be very welcome on this long, Seve Ballesteros designed course. La Peraleja is an interesting and testing course and on the day was a little too difcult for our members to return good scores. Sadly, areas of some of the fairways were patchy and heavily sanded in places due to salt contaminated water getting into the irrigation system. Some of the greens had been heavily sanded, but in the main they ran true. Despite the low scores, most members enjoyed the golng experience and the society is set to return in April when hopefully the grass on the fairways will be longer and it will not be its dormant, winter oatmeal colour. Set amid a seemingly deserted urbanization, La Peraleja boasts a modernistic clubhouse which has panoramic views over the course from the second oor restaurant and terrace. Access to the rst and tenth

Overall Runner-Up and Division Three Winner Howard Wright collects his rewards from the Captain. Forthcoming 29 March 26 April 31 May 14 June Events: ditto at Altorreal ditto at La Peraleja ditto to be conrmed Captains Day at Aguilon

Peter Court anticipates another two shots cut from his handicap. Phil Carter was Nearest the Pin at the short par three sixteenth and Ian Murphy won Nearest the Pin 2nd Shot at the par four eleventh hole. Many thanks to Juanfra for donating the voucher prizes. Gavin Elbourne secured Plonker Award. the monthly

If anyone is interested in joining the golf society or want to nd out more (lady members always welcome) please contact the Secretary Bob Daffon Tel: 968598540 or email: chrisandbobinspain@hotmail. com

The 2011 Singles Match Play was concluded on the day with Dave May beating Captain Barry Martin 3 and1. Well done Dave and you will get the trophy next month! The Twos Competition was not won so the money raised was donated to the Captains Charity.

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Friday 10th Feb Mazarrn Miners were ready and waiting at their home ground to play the Quesada Swifts, but unfortunately some of the Swifts ew in the wrong direction. After some considerable time involving telephone navigations and a rescue party the wanderers arrived, but because of the considerable time lost, as per the rules, Quesada conceded the match giving Mazarrn a win of 60 shots to 0 and 14 points. Mazarrn Miners are now at the top of the CBBA league, but they are not complacent as they still have three more matches to play and some very good clubs on their heels. The next match for the Mazarron Miners was on 24th Feb away to Lemon Tree Leopards at Vistabella.

A belated congratulations go to two of our members Dave Green (Club Captain) and Jim Tarrant (Competition Secretary) for their b r i l l i a n t achievement on winning the Mens Pairs in the Bowls Federation 2011 Championships held at Indalo in December last year.

Mazarrn Bowls Club would also like to take this opportunity to say well done to two former Mazarrn BC members, father & son, Brian & Brian Robertson who have both been accepted to play for the Spanish International bowls team and now play at San Miguel BC. If you would like to come and join us at Mazarrn Bowls Club and need to know more try our website mazarronbowlsclub.webs.com or Tel Club Captain 637461038 or Club Secretary 968131619 Report by Wendy Reynolds

Lasse Juel Trophy Competition 25 January 2012 Mar Menor Golf Society held their January 2012 Lasse Juel Trophy Competition at their Mar Menor village (exPolaris world) home course. The excellent playing conditions attracted over 50 players and good scores were recorder by a number of players. David Thear secured his rst major competion win with a storming 45 stableford points to achieve the Overall Winners position, Runner-up position was awarded to Ralph Grant, 3rd Place went to Philip Richardson and 4th Position to Brian Hamilton. Martin Ball and David Thear hit the jackpot by sharing the roll-over 2 ball from last weeks competition. It is believed that the 2 ball prize money was so great that security staff were employed to escort these 2 gentlemen home!

Lasse Juel (right side) presenting the overall Winners Trophy to David Thear. To obtain full details of competition scores, recent competitions and future events, please refer to www.masterscoreboard. co.uk/marmenorgolfsociety Mar Menor Golf Society play competition golf every Wednesday. New Members and Guests are welcome

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Photographs copyright: Mark Stocks www.vistasdemurcia.com The father of world singing s u p e r s t a r, Robbie Williams, was a surprise guest when Los Amigos de Mazarrn FC held its third Annual Gala Evening and Dinner in support of Mazarrn Football Club at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarrn on Wednesday, 8th February. Peter Williams, who was an entertainer in his own right under the stage name of Pete Conway, was a New Faces winner back in 1973 and nished in third place, behind comedian Les Dennis in the 1974 All Winners Show. In glittering surroundings, guests enjoyed a fabulous evening which included a four course meal and entertainment from the guest speaker, Duncan McKenzie, comedian Justin Sane and local duo, the Beagles. The event, which was a complete sell-out, was jointly sponsored by New Images Hair & Beauty Salon and Nail Bar of Camposol and Ibex Insurance of Puerto de Mazarrn. In addition to Duncan McKenzie, former England International Tony Currie and Everton and Manchester United central defender, Mark Higgins were special

guests, along with the Mayor of Mazarrn, Gines Campillo Mendez, the Mayoress of El Saladillo, Kelly Ensor, the Sports Councillor, Andres Valera Hernandez and the President of Mazarrn FC, Jose Rodriguez.

hot buffet prepared by Rick, was also attended by Robbies Dad, Pete Williams together with the joint sponsors of the event, New Images Hair & Beauty Salon and Nail Bar of Camposol and Ibex Insurance of Puerto de Mazarrn and other guests who had purchased VIP tickets for the event. Duncan McKenzie spent four days in Mazarrn, the rst time he had visited the area, and was rarely without his camera on his early morning walks which took him all around the Bays of Mazarron. Along with Tony Currie, who attended the Los Amigos functions for the second year running with his wife Elizabeth, Duncan also played in the Los Amigos Golf Societys monthly competition at Hacienda del Alamo and both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Well known singer, Karen Noble, who worked with Duncan McKenzie entertaining British troops in the Falklands also popped in to surprise Duncan on the night. The evening also included an auction of football memorabilia which included an autographed Real Madrid shirt and a limited edition framed photograph of Eric Cantona scoring the winning goal in the 1996 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Liverpool, signed by the great man himself.

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Over 3,000 was raised on the night and Los Amigos de Mazarrn would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening such a huge success including sponsors New Images and Ibex Insurance, VIP guests Paul Higgins, Steve Tucker and their guests, TJs Bar Camposol, Don Ricardos Bar & Restaurant, Puerto de Mazarrn, Melissa and John from The Salon, Camposol, Bill Davis, Ian Barron and Richard Haselgrove and last but not least Belen, Manuel and all the staff at Hotel la Cumbre.

Mazarrn games are normally played on Sundays with varying kick off times. Full details of all games, both home and away, are announced on the Tuesday before the weekend on which the game is to be played and advertised on the Costa Calida Chronicle Blogspot, on our website www.losamigosdemazarron.es and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarrn. Provisional xtures for March 2012:Sunday 4th March Jumilla CD (AWAY) Sunday 11th March SC Aguileno (HOME) Sunday 25th March CD Bullense (AWAY) Sunday 1st April FC Pinatar (HOME) Admission to home games is just 5. Los Amigos de Mazarrn FC organise coaches to all away games at a cost of 7. Coach tickets can be purchased at our weekly meetings. If you are interested in football and would like to take part in Los Amigos de Mazarrn FC activities, please join us for our weekly meetings, every Thursday at the Trevi Bar, Sector B Camposol at 4 pm. Membership of Los Amigos is just 10 and all funds raised are in support of Mazarrn Football Club. You can also take part in our very successful Key in the Box Competition with the cash prize often rising to 1000, a great gamble for just 1.

Rick and Claire Daibell hosted a VIP Reception at their Don Ricardos Bar and Restaurant, Puerto de Mazarrn, on Monday 6th February to welcome former footballers Duncan McKenzie, Tony Currie and Mark Higgins to Mazarrn. The Reception, which included a fabulous

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Fancy a Bit of Racing - As nice as it is sailing around the Mar Menor, why not take your sailing experience to the next level by racing your boat?

be included given sufcient interest. You do not need previous r a c i n g experience as many of the current competitors did not sail before they came to Spain and the entry fee is a very modest 5 per person per race day; the money being used to run and maintain the support boat. A Round the Island warm up race opens the Spring Series on Sunday 18th March with racing then every alternate Sunday till the end of June.

If you do not have your own boat come along and have a chat to us as we are always looking for new members. Why not come and join in the fun?

SAMM, a friendly bunch of mixed Nationalities but mostly British, runs a programme of Race Days throughout the Spring and Autumn from the CAR Infanta Cristina Los Narejos, just south of St. Javier airport. They use the British RYA Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system to race a mixed eet of dinghies, catamarans and small day boats. A cruiser class could

For more information go to sailingmarmenor.com/racing telephone Terry on 968956056.

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The Supermotoland Team has been busy building up their new bikes for the 2012 race season. With the Spanish Championship race calendar and regulations being released late, the team has had to make some drastic changes to be as competitive as possible with the new technical regulations that allow 4 stroke engines up to 750cc.

Catalan Championship Dates: Round 1 25th March Osona Round 2 8th April Mora dEbre Round 3 17th June Lleida Street circuit race Round 4 28th July Alcarras, Lleida Night Race Round 5 16th September Mora dEbre Round 6 21st October Osona Round 7 4th November Alcarras Valencian Championship Dates: Round 1 25th March Albaida Round 2 3rd June Oliva Round 3 16th September Villareal Round 4 25th November Villena

The Supermotoland Team will be racing their own SML480 Supermoto bikes in the Spanish Championship. The new bikes are built and developed at the teams Murcian development facility in Bullas. The SML480 features an upgraded engine, suspension and chassis,with further upgrades to be added throughout the year as they are released from development. The Spanish Championship starts on April 29th at Villena, Alicante, but the Supermotoland Team will be racing before then at the Catalan Championship in Osona on the 25th March. Its currently a race against time to have the new SML480s built and tested prior to the rst round of the Catalan Championship, but the team are used to working under pressure and are condent of producing a very competitive bike for the start of the season.

Spanish Championship Dates: Round 1 29th April Villena, Alicante Round 2 17th June Lleida Street circuit race Round 3 8th July Villarcayo, Burgos Round 4 28th July Alcarras, Lleida Night race Round 5 28th October Albaida, Valencia

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The Supermotoland Teams two riders, Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn have been training hard for 2012 and will continue to release their training videos and race report videos on the Supermotoland YouTube channel that can be viewed on the teams website www.supermotoland. com

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February 2012 Quiz Answers 1. Who ts ue less gas res? CHM 2. What does Philip Dawe offer you? Chiropodist services 3. Who had their rst walk on the 11th of January? WARM 4. Who claims to have the best prices in town?

BEEP. 5.

When is paramount studios theme park expected to start being built? Early March 2012 6. Who held sales of sales last month? UK Supplies Direct 7. Who claims to provide the The best service at the best price?

Petroalhama 8. What do Colin and Mark offer you? All types of building work 9. Who wrote the Horse Whisper? Nicholas Evans 10. The next production by Cloud Nine Drama is? Wyrd Sisters

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