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SPECIAL PAGES Leos 44 35 Mar Menor 72-74 52 Mazarrón 48-52 EDUCATION 32 Northwest Murcia
SPECIAL PAGES Leos 44 35 Mar Menor 72-74 52 Mazarrón 48-52 EDUCATION 32 Northwest Murcia
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It is Easter once again and there is so much to see and do, from traditional Church ser- vices to the Tambores and special Easter meals and entertainment. Look in the What’s On section to find out what is going on in your area.

We would like to welcome Joe Holmes to our team of contributors with his tips in Tech- nology Korner. Joe runs Don Técnico in Puerto de Mazarrón providing all things to do with computers and the latest technol- ogy.

Welcome to the following New Adver- tisers:

Anra, Camposol B Ferrandez (Antonio), Cartagena & Pto de Mazarrón Healthy Living Spain Ink Spots Jardineria El Milagro Alan, 24 Hour Locksmith Sailing Association Mar Menor Spanish Legal Reclaims

MurciAdventuraS Pampered Paws Prime Properties, Bolnuevo Roving Diner VMBenny

Many thanks to Ken Whettall for his report on his trip to Cartagena to see the Super- bikes and their riders. If you would like to share your day out with our readers, please feel free to send us something with photos if possible to costacalidachronicle@gmail. com Please send any photos in as separate jpgs and we will endeavour to publish your article at the earliest opportunity.

THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Alan Monk – TV News Christine Lawford - Poem Clive & Rosie Palmer – Exploring Murcia Dick Handscombe – Gardening George Mitchell – Never a Dull Moment Jane Cronin – Learning Spanish Joe Holmes – Technology Korner Ken Whettall – Housing Update Liz Edmiston Property Matters/Food 4 Thought Sara Millbank – Ma Millbank’s Kitchen Think Spain – Spanish News

Could we please ask all organisations send- ing in articles and reports to be more spe- cific when referring to bars, restaurants and other locations. The Costa Cálida Chron- icle covers a wide area including the Mar Menor and Northwest Murcia and not just Mazarrón. It would be helpful to our readers if you could add what town or area places are being referred to as we are constantly getting called by people asking where a specific place is.

Welcome back to:

Cambridge 800 CDA Fitness, Camposol B Kevin’s Flyscreens La Chara Restaurant, Isla Plana

DISCLAIMER Whilst the CCC are happy to accept monthly reports from the various organizations in the area, the articles printed are not necessarily the opinions of the editor or publisher and the contents should be viewed as a guideline only. Professional advice should be sought to cover any information printed therein. Advertisements and reports are not formally endorsed by the CCC. We cannot accept responsibility for advertis- ers’ works, service or goods. The publishers endeavour to ensure the contents are correct, but cannot accept responsibility for the effects of errors or omissions.

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If you are an existing customers and you have some Business News that you would like to share with our readers then why not email it to us to be included on our Business News page. Please keep your news to about 50 words and send us an email by 15th of the month, to costacalidachronicle@gmail.com with Business News in the subject box.

MurciaAventuraS offer a wide range of activities from rafting down the River Se- gura in the Ricote Valley to bungee jump- ing off bridges, paintballing or ‘canyoning’ down rivers. More sedate activities include hiking, potholing, mountain biking and ori- enteering; all offered in this beautiful and tranquil location, close to Blanca - only just over an hour’s drive from Cam- posol!

Accommodation is available so you could even make a weekend of it. Prices vary depending on the activity, but are from 15€ for Rock Climbing and 20€ for Rafting. Discounts are available for multi-activi- ties. Prices include all safety equipment, guides, safety course, breakfast & drinks, insurance.

Tel 615 828 840 www.MurciAventuraS.com

If you are looking for somewhere to hold

a party, whether it is for a birthday, first

communion or wedding anniversary speak to Alfonso at the Bar Alandalus on the Valle del Sol Urbanisation. You can organ- ise your own live entertainment, or Alfon- so can give you some Spanish contacts. Choose your own food and take the stress out of entertaining.

Tel 968 955 942/602 459 311

Make the most of your swimming pool this year. Invest in a pool heater from Water- maid. They have been supplying the An- gelfire Pool Heater, which is 5 times more efficient than any standard gas or electri- cal pool heater, for over 9 years.

Tel 646 705 088/636 698 501 www.watermaid-europe.com

Is 2015 the year to look after your health?

Your teeth are important to your health. When was the last time you had a check- up? If you live in Northwest Murcia, Juan Carlos Gomez is an English-speaking dentist in Caravaca who will look after you and your teeth. His practice covers all ar- eas of dentistry including general odontol- ogy and implants. Juan Carlos will make sure that all treatment is pain-free and will explain to you exactly what he needs to do to ensure that all treatment is completed quickly and efficiently.

Call 978 707 428 to book your appoint- ment

Neumaticos Totana are general me- chanics who are experts in all fields in the motoring industry including new tyres and balancing of tyres, pre-ITV checks, air-conditioning and general breakdown. Buy 4 new tyres and get a free oil change. Neumaticos Totana is easy to find on the road out of Totana towards the camp site. Check their advert in this month’s Costa Cálida Chronicle for the map giving direc- tions.

Tel 968 424 605/609 920 644

DFS Spain in San Javier now have their new 2015 Garden Furniture range on display. 4 person outdoor dining sets from 169€ and outdoor 2 seater sofa, 2 chairs and coffee table sets with cushions from 279€ with a 3 Year Manufacturer’s Guar- antee. These sets will sell quickly, so call today to get your bargain for the summer. Tel DFS San Javier 968 334 194

www.dfsspain.com

Spring is here! Furniture Plus on the floor above Merca- dona, Piramid Center, Puerto de Mazarrón have a superb new range of furniture in- cluding Spanish and English beds ready for spring. They provide free deliver to most area and will take your old furniture away if you require and donate it to charity.

Tel 968 153 907/678 083 491 www.furnitureplus.es

Kruger Canopies will come to your res- cue before the hot summer is here and you need shade in your garden. Kruger Canopies are the experts in pergola cov- ers, spa cover, sail shades and all types of sun shades. Call in the experts who have been working in the area for over 10 years. Don’t suffer the strong Spanish sun this year; relax in the shade in your gar- den this year.

Tel 968 590 250/667 879 399

Solhuse Real Estate Agency is growing! Due to the high level of sales in recent months, they are seeking to expand their team with an experienced salesperson to work from their Puerto de Mazarrón of- fice. Must be able to demonstrate strong previous sales success (not necessarily in estate agency), good level of Spanish and other languages useful. References required.

For more details of how to apply, email info@solhuse.com, drop into the office at Calle Santa Eulalia 1, Puerto de Mazarrón or call 968 105 333

Make the most of the warm Spanish weather and indulge in a spa. Eurospas have been in business in the Costa Cálida area for many years, but they will deliver anywhere in Spain. Call Eurospas to find out their ‘deal of the month’ or their recon- ditioned models.

Tel 650 722 905/650 769 103

Tropic Ana’s on Camposol A is ‘the’ place to go for that special theme night. Their Menu del Dia is probably the cheapest in the area at just 6€, with a super choice of main courses. Look in the What’s On sec- tion of this month’s Costa Cálida Chronicle to see the fantastic choice of menus. If you have problems with your computer, Tropic Ana’s has a Computer Clinic on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm.

Tel 699 060 472

Are you going on holiday this year? Do you want to make sure that your nails will look good for the whole of the holiday? The Fuschia Clinic on Camposol C specialises in Harmony Gelish and CND Shellac which will last for an amazing 21 days. With over 70 colours to choose from, what are you waiting for? To complete your holiday look, Dreamwave Mascara is only 15.95€.

Call Vivienne on 630 439 480

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NEST - Nature Espuña Trails - easy walks for socialising and fun - we’re not sporty walkers.

Friday 27 th April - Dinosaur’s Fossilised Footprint Walk meet 10.30am at El Berro car park. This is a short easy walk on which we can see the famous fossilised dinosaur footprint. We also go past the old sanato- rium in Sierra Espuña where people used to go to recover from TB many years ago. This is an extremely impressive building to see, although a ruin and unsafe to explore inside. There’s also a very small wooden- floored rope bridge that’s ‘easy peasy’ to cross, but it makes you look like Tarzan in photos, so bring cameras!

it makes you look like Tarzan in photos, so bring cameras! This is a very easy,

This is a very easy, short and relaxed walk, approximately two hours long, with stops to chat. We then go for our optional Menu del Dia at a restaurant tucked away in a gorgeous pine-clad spot where we stand the chance of seeing some wild boar out- side.

We always wait for slower people in a sup- portive spirit and don’t race ahead, al- though you do need to be fit to take part in the walk. Bring water and wear sensible walking footwear. Not least, bring a smile! The walk is €5 and on this occasion that money will go to ‘Help The Per- rera Dogs’ which rescues dogs from the Perrera near Camposol.

Dogs’ which rescues dogs from the Perrera near Camposol. The delicious 4 course authentic Spanish meal

The delicious 4 course authentic Spanish meal is €9 with coffee. Book by texting/ calling 679 002 147 or email natureespunatrails@gmail.com with names and contact numbers and await confirmation as places are limited.

Looking forward to seeing you all! It’s a nice way to make friends, keep fit and have fun! Detailed driving directions and more on www.nestwalks.info

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The Yorkshire Linen Co in Puerto de Mazarron Celebrates Ten Years In Business! Peter and

The Yorkshire Linen Co in Puerto de Mazarron Celebrates Ten Years In Business! Peter and Karen, who own the business, believe their success is due to the huge, constantly changing product range they offer and providing exceptional service, quality and value for money. Yorkshire Linen has 33 shops in the UK, 7 in Spain and is a successful retailer with an excellent reputation. In the UK, it operates throughout Yorkshire and the North East and is one of the largest independent retailers in its field. The business sources products from all over the world and due to its extensive buying power is able to bring up-to-date ranges of quality products at very competitive prices to its customers. As franchisees, this allows Peter and Karen to pass on fantastic choice and value to their customers.

to pass on fantastic choice and value to their customers. Peter, Karen, Sue and Janet are

Peter, Karen, Sue and Janet are extensively trained to help you make the best decisions

about your purchases and will always give you a warm welcome and the best advice. Yorkshire Linen’s success is built on the ‘customer being king’ and they take great pride in providing outstanding products backed by an extremely high standard of customer care.

With regular deliveries from the UK and other suppliers in Spain and Germany, many of the collections are unique to Yorkshire Linen and customers know that they can choose something a bit different for their homes. Yorkshire Linen has the largest range of home furnishing products on the Costa Cálida. There is a huge selection of quilt sets, bedspreads, sheets and valances in percale, poly cotton, Egyptian cotton and flannelette. The range of curtains, voiles, blinds and accessories is fabulous. With a high fashion element running through the ranges, you can still find the more traditional, classic designs as well. Yorkshire Linen is the best place to find all your essential products such as towels, quilts, pillows, mattress protection and mattress toppers. Cushions, throws, rugs, and many other products can also be found in the store.

A selection of products can be viewed on the website www.yorkshirelinen.com

Peter and Karen said “As a way of saying thank you to our customers for their support during the last ten years of business, we will be celebrating with drinks and nibbles on Wednesday 22 nd April. Everyone is welcome and there will be special offers during the week. Follow us on Facebook and listen to Costa Cálida Radio for more details. There

will also be a competition to win one of ten vouchers worth 25€. Call into the shop during April and leave your name and phone number for a chance to win! If you also “like” our Facebook page and post “TEN YEARS” in the comment box, you will automatically be entered again. Share with your friends and you will be entered again! The winners will be announced on Costa Cálida Radio on Monday 4 th May 2015.

on Costa Cálida Radio on Monday 4 t h May 2015. Yorkshire Linen is open Monday-Friday

Yorkshire Linen is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm & Saturday 10am-2pm. Parking is easy above Mercadona at the Commercial Centre in Puerto de Mazarrón opposite Lidl.

For more information call 968 595 946 or 650 857 619. See the latest collections at www.york- shirelinen.com Join us on Facebook at Yorkshire Linen Mazarron Spain

Join us on Facebook at Yorkshire Linen Mazarron Spain I really cannot get comfortable without one
I really cannot get comfortable without one and yet others in exactly the same position
I really cannot get comfortable without one
and yet others in exactly the same position
manage fine. Cushions are everywhere and
some people have tons of them. I remember
somewhere we went to stay had about eight
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of them on the bed alone. Why do you need

cushions on a bed? My Mum has a cushion on her sofa printed with large letters “Re- served For Faith”. Now it was obvious to me why that was on the cushion, but it got me thinking about how appropriate that was to have been printed on a cushion.

There are without question a lot of situa- tions in life which we cannot fathom. You know, things that are either too hard to understand or leave us with the question “Why”? Really we are questioning God.

As a Christian for many years I know from experience that we do not have all the an- swers. I also know that it is dangerous and

misleading to pretend that we do. In fact, in

a lot of ways it would be simpler to live life

as if none of it mattered and that we could just say “That’s Life” instead of complicating our thinking by questioning God and asking “Why”?

The reality for us as Christians is that be- cause we acknowledge God loves us and wants us to involve Him in our lives, we do question Him. The comfort then, like the cushion says, from our limited understand- ing of God is that some things are “Re- served For Faith”.

Paul wrote “My message and my preach- ing were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the

Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2 v 4,5. (By the way my Mum’s name is Faith.)

You can find us most Sunday evenings on Camposol B in the Cultural Centre at

5.30pm.

Come and join us. We offer something a bit different. Sit around and chat over a cup of tea or coffee and learn about God and what He can do for YOU. We also hold monthly social events in Los Almagros. Look out for the posters, or go to http://open-door.wix.com/open-door If you would like to be informed of our events and be added to our mailing list please email opendoorgettogether@ gmail.com

Los Almagros Fuente Alamo GPS 37”45’ 57.77’ North 1” 15’ 56.95’ West Ken 646 705 403 Carol 655 141 721

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BRITISH AND EU CITIZENS RECOVER THEIR MONEY BACK FROM SPANISH TAX OFFICE

EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE (ECJ) RULED SPANISH INHERITANCE LAWS WERE ILLE- GAL AGAINST NON SPANISH RESIDENTS.

* In September 2014 the European Court of Justice passed a Judgment declaring the Spanish inheritance tax laws as discriminatory towards non- residents and against the EU Treaty.

* Now, at least for Spanish Legal Reclaims SL (an EU tax specialized law firm), claimants are successfully receiving their money back from the Spanish Tax Authorities (100% suc- cess rate).

* Average refund size currently stands at €25,000. However as many as 100,000 Britons could be affected and entitled to reclaim.

* Other European citizens affected can also come forward to make a claim

On Sept 3 rd 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the Spanish Inheritance laws are discriminatory contra- vening European Union Treaty as Spanish non-residents were paying up to 34% of the inheritance value and residents were paying virtually nothing. An action group called Spanish Legal Re-

claims (SLR) recently launched a dedicated website to inform possible claimants how to file a claim www.spanishlegalreclaims.com

Spanish Legal Reclaims legal team re- cently won against the Spanish State in a similar case before the Spanish and Euro- pean Courts, as Spanish legislation regard- ing Capital Gains Tax was also discriminating against non-residents. The team led by Mr. Luis Cuervo helped 1,000’s of clients recover the overcharged taxes they paid in Capital Gains Tax and they are now successfully re- covering the inheritance tax for non-Spanish residents.

Mr. Luis Cuervo, CEO at SLR states “De- spite the opinion of many professionals, once again, we were right predicting that the ECJ’s ruling would be positive, but the most important fact is that, as we started to file claims 2 years ago before the ECJ’s rul- ing, we have already started to receive the refunds for our first 25 clients three weeks ago (100% success rate). All our other cli- ents should start to receive their refunds soon. This is very important as succeeding in this kind of claim is not easy and it is clear now that our precise strategy, procedure, and legal arguments are correct. Potential claimants must be aware that this is not an ordinary reclaim. Facing a legal procedure like this requires not only expertise but also deep analysis, a clear legal strategy and ex- perience in similar claims. As anyone who has been affected by this illegal tax can

only claim once, we strongly recom- mend that they file their claims with an experienced expert in EU tax law. If for some reason they fail by using an in-ex- perienced lawyer in reclaims they will not get a second chance to file again”.

Mr. Cuervo added, “Once the claim is filed, people affected could recover their money within 6-8 months, with up to 4% compound interest. We offer our clients a No Win – No Fee agreement”. Since we started this re- claim about 1,000 UK/EU families have al- ready come forward to file their claims with us. After the ECJ Ruling those figures will expand greatly. Many Spanish and UK/EU lawyers are cooperating with us to help their own clients, once they understand the legal process requires deep analysis and expertise not only in domestic tax but also EU regula- tions and court procedures. The cases must be won one by one. We urge anyone else who believes they have been affected by this tax discrimination to come forward. Tak- ing quick action is important as the right to make a reclaim may expire due to legal time limits for making a tax reclaim in Spain.”

For more information, and details of how to register your interest, visit www.spanishlegalreclaims.com

Spanish Legal Reclaims Helpline UK 0845 680 3849/+34 936 804 563 Email Enquiries info@spanishlegalreclaims.com

936 804 563 Email Enquiries info@spanishlegalreclaims.com We had an amazing 4 days away during St Valentine’s

We had an amazing 4 days away during

St Valentine’s weekend with the Welcome

Group, but it was right on last month’s deadline so it was too late to incorporate in the March issue. A massive thanks to Rosemary, organiser extraordinaire - you are a star. How you kept 100 odd people in

check I don’t know – I used to suffer trying

to organise 10 for a monthly ‘ladies lunch’!

It was our first trip with the Welcome Group, although I have enjoyed their La-

dies’ Nights/Games Night in the past. It definitely won’t be our last trip - excellent value, superb hotel, brilliant trips, great fun - what more can I say! If you want

a stress-free break with everything from

transport to accommodation and day trips organised for you, this is something you really should consider. I’m already looking forward to seeing their programme of fu- ture events. Just one complaint - I didn’t win the bingo or quiz! M

Having just moved house, one of the pri- orities was getting our SKY box sorted out so that we could record our favourite pro- grammes. We arranged for Ian from YPM Satellite Services to put the necessary cables in and in his usual professional way, he turned up on time and we were soon back on track. Many thanks Ian. P

Would like to give Elliot’s in Bolnuevo a big ‘thumbs up’ for providing 32 of us with an excellent meal for a friend’s 60 th birth-

day bash. I have been here a number of times, mainly for Sunday lunch and Menu

del Dia (both of which are equally enjoy- able) and also a Christmas party where 50

of us took over the restaurant for a special

festive menu, but we had not tried their Menu del Noche. It was all very well or- ganised, which can’t be easy when cater-

ing for so many. There was a good choice for each course and the hot food was love-

ly and hot and beautifully cooked. Their

service was, as always, impeccable from

happy smiley staff. M

I recently had some American friends here and we spent a lot of time going out and

about sightseeing. We decided to drive down to Mazarrón to visit the guns and go

to the beach. We stopped off at Camposol

to have a cooked breakfast at the Black

Bull. They had a good selection of break- fasts for us to choose from. Two of us had

a large breakfast and the other had the

Black Bull Breakfast. There was plenty

of food and we really enjoyed it. Another

day we spent the morning visiting Jumilla market, we then drove back to Calasparra and met up with friends for lunch at Bar Yan. This is my favourite place for Chi- nese food. They are very friendly and the food is really good. You get a great choice for Menu del Dia. My friends were really impressed with the portions (being Ameri- can!) and loved it there. J

I have been searching for a new bed for

ages; something contemporary and dif- ferent and came across a really unusual one on the internet which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a home owned by the rich and famous!! One slight snag was

that they only deliver to UK. However as

it was half price, we took the decision to

contact our friendly local removal compa- ny, Lords Removals. It’s not always easy buying online, as delivery is when THEY want to do it. Lords Removals have stor- age facilities in the UK, so we had it deliv- ered there and collected by Steve and his team. Lords Removals ‘delivered’ what they promised - the bed was collected on the date we were told, and delivered to us earlier than anticipated. Big thanks to Steve, Richard & Co. It is great to find yet another company who do what they promise. M

I recently decided to change the hosting

company for the Costa Cálida Chronicle website. I contacted Ben at VNBenny to nd out his hosting costs and to get him to help me organise it. He has helped me in the past with other websites. Ben helped me migrate the website onto his server’s and made sure that everything was work- ing correctly. It was very quick to get it moved onto the new servers and Ben set up the email accounts for us as well. He did a good job and I was pleased at how quickly everything was sorted. J

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Masquerade Musical Theatre (formerly Carousel) is a small group of ladies who love singing songs

Masquerade Musical Theatre (formerly Carousel) is a small group of ladies who love singing songs from the musicals. We formed 12 months ago and in that time have performed for Age Concern and For- get Me Not at Camposol Culture Centre during the December 4 th Christmas Shows which were well received. Two were held in Puerto de Mazarrón and two on Camposol.

We are delighted to welcome Maddie Mun- day into the group to be our Director. Mad- die has been involved in music and dance all of her working life and particular loves musicals. We are looking forward to excit- ing times ahead.

On May 12 th at Café BuenaVista, Puer- to de Mazarrón, Masquerade Musical Theatre will be performing songs from

South Pacific with our resident guest artistes Clifford J and Julia.

We have already started on our new show which we plan to be performing towards the end of the year. We rehearse weekly at Camposol Culture Centre on Sector B. If you would like more information, please contact Ray, our MD, on 968 159 554.

information, please contact Ray, our MD, on 968 159 554. Technology With Don Tecnico Now that

Technology With Don Tecnico Now that spring is well under way, and summer is around the corner, some mobile phones and tablets will be accidently immersed in water, whether in a swimming pool, a bucket or in the sea!

What we can do to limit the damage? If you drop your mobile in water, or another liquid, please DO NOT turn the mobile on when you have retrieved it!!

DO NOT turn the mobile on when you have retrieved it!! Quickly take out the battery

Quickly take out the battery Strip down the phone as much as you can Wipe dry the parts that you can, and

leave it to dry out thoroughly. Do NOT use

a hairdryer, or put it in the microwave!

These appliances generally use too high

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Other methods involve placing the separate parts into a bag of uncooked rice to dry the parts out.

parts into a bag of uncooked rice to dry the parts out. After about 24 –

After about 24 – 72 hours, the longer the better, put in another battery and re- assemble the mobile. The idea behind using another battery is because the old one will have shorted out and will probably be dead. Replacement batteries can be obtained from Don Técnico, or some other outlets.

It should also be noted that in most cases it is best to have the mobile phones logic board cleaned properly to remove any calcium and/or other deposits from the electronic circuits and screen.

If the mobile has been dropped in the sea, then the chances of the phone becoming

usable again are virtually nil! This is due to the very corrosive effects that salt water has upon all electronic components.

At Don Técnico, we are often asked if we can retrieve a mobile phone that has been in the water. In some cases we can, but mostly we cannot because the phone has been started up and has short circuited something on the logic board inside.

Hopefully, if this happens to you, at least you will know what you can do to help save your phone.

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Here we are coming into springtime. You may remember the pony and don- key that we were asked to take from the pererra last month. Both are doing well in the riding stables in Cartagena. Phoe- nix is a little darling as is Romero the donkey who has now been castrated.

as is Romero the donkey who has now been castrated. This month however saw Lola, one

This month however saw Lola, one of our donkeys, having colic. Colic is basi- cally a block- age. In most cases we walk them a little and the more they walk, h o p e f u l l y the intes- tines move, making the blockage of food to pass out. Nothing hap- pened with Lola, so the vet was called. He put a tube up her nose and into her stom- ach where water was introduced and her stomach emptied. A couple of hours later all appeared to be ok and she wanted to eat, but she needed to be starved until the fol- lowing morning. She went to bed as usual, but the following day she seemed lethar-

gic and did not want anything to eat. The vet examined her again. After discussions with him it was decided that Lola needed to go to hospital ASAP. After a thorough examination in San Vicente Veterinary Hospital in Alicante, X-rays and ultrasound revealed that Lola had a severe blockage of the small intestine and an operation was urgently needed to save her life. I left the hospital at 2am and the operation was still ongoing. At 4.30am the opera- tion was complete and Lola had survived and was back in the recovery stable, but as she was still so poorly a vet stayed and monitored her. I went to the hospital that morning and I was shown a large stone. At

rst I thought she had eaten it, but it was a mineral stone, similar to gall stones. Af- ter 2 days Lola developed Hyperlaepemia, meaning she wanted to eat but couldn’t. Her glucose level went through the roof

tears were shed as she was hooked up to 3 drips. 24hrs later she started showing signs of improvement and after 48hrs on the drips she was getting better. We de-

cided to take Twiglet her best friend to see her in the hope it would spur her on - it’s worked as both now home. Lola has weeks

of convalescing and we hope she will thrive

back in her home environment. This has been the worse 2 weeks of our lives.

The cost of the operation is in the region

of 3000€. Many, many thanks for the do-

nations from local people and Facebook; we have raised half the money to date. If you would like to help, we still need to find 1,500€ - a lottery win would be good lol - please give me a call on 690 906 565. You can also donate your unwanted items

to be sold in our shops. I will be on Cam-

posol B car 11.30am-1.30pm every Mon-

I will be on Cam- posol B car 11.30am-1.30pm every Mon- to 1.580 and day when

to

1.580 and

day when you can drop off you unwanted

was then

goods/donate, or simply have a chat.

critical. I

visited Lola every day and spent hours in her stable talk-

All our work we do daily is on Facebook. We have no back-up from large charities and no celebrities backing us. We are just very committed and dedicated to the ani- mals.

ing to her. No way was

Until next month take care

I

going to

Andrea

let

her leave

us. So many

I going to Andrea let her leave us. So many Hello again Costa Cálida Chronicle readers.

Hello again Costa Cálida Chronicle readers. Well, after a short break from my articles, here I am again with news about the exciting changes ahead. I had to take a little rest from my articles to focus on things that have been going on “behind closed doors”. However, I can now announce we are on the move again, less than 6 months after opening the CDA Dance Studio &

than 6 months after opening the CDA Dance Studio & Fitness Centre on Camposol! My clients

Fitness Centre on Camposol!

My clients will know that some classes are a bit of a tight squeeze now and the opportunity has come up to move across the road to the Gibeller showroom. This is a huge space, so plenty of room for everyone to take part in their favourite classes and lots of space for expansion. All offers of help will be gratefully received once again for this move! Roll up, roll up lol. This new venue will give us the opportunity to create a very special exercise studio and gym which we believe will be the best in the area, offering a unique experience. There will be a separate room for spinning classes, a gymnasium, plus a large open studio area with wooden flooring for all the other activities, plus a relaxation/social area solely for the use of CDA Fitness

members. Exact date of opening to be confirmed, but we hope to be ready for Monday 4 th May.

A huge thank you to everyone for your

continued loyalty and support and I hope you will all enjoy the new facilities on offer when we move to our new home.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing our regular “keep fitters” at our current studio and welcoming new ones. check out the current schedule in this months “What´s On – there is something for everyone and don’t forget to look out for my regular Fitness column in future issues of the Costa Cálida Chronicle.

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Gafas en Red de Ópticas SL, or gafas.es, has established its headquarters in Murcia. The company distributes high quality progressive power spectacles at a very competitive price and it applies an innovative distribution system. It combines the promotion of its products on the Internet with the professional services and customer support provided by traditional opticians. There are already 40 opticians where you can buy the spectacles of gafas.es in Alicante, Barcelona, Ciudad Real, Madrid, Murcia, Valencia and several towns of Andalucía and shortly the whole of Spain.

We spoke to Klaus Kamppeter, the manager of gafas.es, a German economist based in Murcia since 1986. What is the business idea of the new company? gafas.es gives the traditional opticians the possibility to compete with the online distribution of spectacles and foreign low-cost retailers that are expanding their activity in Spain. Through our network of associated opticians we offer to the user of progressive power glasses a very high quality product at a very competitive price. In our current campaign, for only 199€ we offer complete progressive power freeform spectacles, including anti-reflective, anti-scratch hardening and clean-coat treatments and an insurance that protects against damages to lenses and frame during a year. Until now, to get a comparable quality the user has had to pay up to four times more.

What evidence is there that proves the quality of your products? The best guarantee is the satisfaction of thousands of people who already wear our glasses, both in Spain and Germany. The great success of our products in that demanding market proves the quality of our spectacles. The whole production process of our ophthalmic lenses applies the latest German freeform technology that carves the progression into the concave side of the lenses that is closer to the eyes. This new technology allows for a useful area of vision which is 30% wider than with conventional progressive lenses. Without additional charge, these lenses can be optimized for different uses such as driving, sports, working at computer screens and for general use. The high quality of our lenses makes adaptation very easy; almost spontaneous. We offer 12 weeks guarantee to adapt to the new glasses and evaluate their quality. If the customer finds that they don’t suit his needs, we will refund 100% of the price.

How can you offer the glasses at such a low price? Apart from adjusting the margins, we have the advantage of having the production in our group of enterprises and be able to sell without intermediaries. The Spanish company was founded on the initiative of the German company brillen.de Optik AG, which develops the same system of sale on the German

market. Currently there are 346 German opticians associated with our enterprise, three years after the foundation of the German enterprise.

Do you also offer solutions for people that need high refractive corrections or have other special needs? Our range of products is very complete, including the possibility of personalizing the design of the lenses, obtaining progressive power sunglasses or photochromic lenses that darken when exposed to daylight. All these options are available at very competitive prices.

How can customers know and try out your spectacle frames and order their glasses? Customers can see the most common models of frames on the website gafas.es, and see what they look like on their face, uploading a photo or taking one with a webcam. They can book an appointment at one of our opticians (without any obligations), where they can try 250 frame models that are available in the shops of all our opticians. Our opticians offer all their professional services to the clients, including an eye test, assistance when selecting an appropriate frame and its adaptation to their physiognomy.

Tel 868 300 400 gafas.es/reservar

to their physiognomy. Tel 868 300 400 gafas.es/reservar Hi all. It’s Shannon again and I have

Hi all. It’s Shannon again and I have some really good news! I passed my Maths iGCSE exam! I’m really happy because I was very nervous about the result, but I had nothing to worry about; everything was fine. That means that I now have 6 iGCSE exams, 2 ‘A’ grades, 2 ‘B’ grades and 2 ‘C’ grades, so thank you to Mum and Dad for Homeschooling me so well.

It’s still cold here in England. We’ve had nine degrees mostly and a few minus tempera- tures! This is cold to me, but my friends are talking about getting their shorts and t-shirts out! I’m really looking forward to coming back home when the weather will really be warm!

College is going great still and I’m enjoying placement so much. The children are mostly well behaved. Some can be little horrors, but it is all part of the job‚ as Dad would say.

It’s my birthday soon‚ so I’m looking forward to that. I’ll be seventeen; that’s scary. I’ll be

able to drive soon! If I do get a car anytime soon‚ it will have to be a small one as I won’t be able to see over the dashboard (!), but there are lots of tests before I can think about that. I have to pass the theory first.

May looks like being a good month. I’ll be go-

fi rst. May looks like being a good month. I’ll be go- ing down to London

ing down to London to Rachel, my sister, and Gareth’s, her husband, house for a week dur- ing half term. That will be good practice for me with children as she has two little boys aged 3 and 2 years‚ but hopefully there will be more chilling than child-minding! It will be good to see them though and London looks like an exciting place‚ providing I don’t get lost or something equally silly. I’ve never been before. It is a bit daunting though as I will have to take the train there and get off at Kings Cross! I hope Rachel will be there to meet me.

What I’m really looking forward to though, is getting home and seeing the family at Easter. Dad came out to Berwick to work on a house the other week‚ so it was nice to see him and spend some time together.

That’s all the news I’ve got for you. I’m really looking forward to coming home and seeing everyone again!

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So Who are These Humanists? You may have noticed that there are pieces in the

So Who are These Humanists?

You may have noticed that there are pieces

in the Costa Cálida Chronicle that are writ-

ten by the Humanists of Murcia. It appears that a number of people are not clear about who or what the humanists are. Some people confuse us with ‘naturists’; that is people who like to go naked; others think we are some kind of “weird cult”. We are neither of these.

The British Humanist Association sets out the following statements about the principles which inform the way humanists lead their lives:

Humanists look to science instead of religion as the best way to discover and understand the world. Humanists nd meaning, beauty and joy in the one life we have, without the need for an afterlife.

Humanists believe people can use empathy and compassion to make the world

a better place for everyone. Humanists think for themselves about what is right and wrong, based on rea- son and respect for others.

Our local group consists of 28 core mem- bers who organise activities for like-minded people, many of whom are not Humanists, but enjoy the activities. These include more than 50 people in the monthly walking group and about 100 Darwinian Gardeners. Both of these groups enjoy a convivial lunch in a local restaurant. There is a Discussion Group which meets four times a year and a Philosophy Group which meets about every six weeks. We also have occasional fund raising events for good causes, both local and international.

One of the life events which causes people to consider their position with regard to religion

is when someone dies. If you are not really

a believer, do you want a religious ceremony

conducted by someone who doesn’t know ei- ther you or your deceased loved one and may not represent your own beliefs? For this rea- son, Humanists organise funerals which are conducted by either a Humanist celebrant, many of whom have undertaken special train- ing, or by a friend or member of the group. We can also arrange weddings and naming ceremonies.

We have no wish to ‘convert’ anyone to being

a Humanist, but if you think you might be

interested, you’ll be very welcome at any of our events. More information on our Human- ists of Murcia web pages on www.bolnuevo.

com, or to be included on our mailing list, send an email to humanistgroup.murcia@ gmail.com

Anne Edwards (Member of Humanists of Murcia)

Humanists of Murcia Walk in the Almeria Area

The meeting point bar was closed so the Mur- cians went to a bar across the road and had

a café with the Spanish workers having their

breakfast (beer and brandy) and the Almeri- ans stood in the adjacent car park next to the basuras surrounded by 30 multinational campervans and waited for two dogs and Ray to arrive.

Then half the walkers got into Mike L’s Chrysler Voyager and the rest and two dogs got into 4 cars and made their way to Los Lo- bos where they interrupted a bustling market and a drunk with a megaphone who appeared to be calling the faithful to prayer.

Across the dry riverbed and up the rambla through a flock of 1000 sheep, it was a pleas- ant walk up a wide track, passing ruined min- ing buildings for an hour or so. There were great views including snow on the Sierras.

or so. There were great views including snow on the Sierras. Halfway down, the walkers went

Halfway down, the walkers went left down a rough track while the ladies strolled down the path. There was a bit of scrambling while the two Mikes found the way down. Quote of the walk, Mike “Normally we go a deliberate way. This time we are lost”, but everyone made it down the rambla and Jon had the group col- lecting sun bleached bones to make his mo- biles. There are no photos of the walkers this month as the unofficial photographer had to paint his casa, but there are two photos on the website.

Lunch was in Méson Mi Cortijo in San Juan and the salad, meat, fish and postre with a little beer and wine was most welcome. Paul MacD, when he had exhausted supply of “puns”, had difficulty giving away his whiskey. Nobody like a bit of DYC?

For more information on the Humanists of Murcia, go to www.bolnuevo.com and click on Humanists or go to the Facebook page.

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swimming pool and accommodation.

The Roving Diner as the name suggests, caters for the events sector, covering a large area of Murcia, for Weddings, Birth- days and Anniversaries; in fact any event that requires good quality mobile catering which could include Hog Roasts, Barbecues, Buffets and more formal sit-down events.

The menu is totally tailored to the custom- er’s requirement, with no limit on the num- ber that can be catered for and the timing of your choice. Entertainment can be provided whether it be Cabaret, Vocalist, DJ or back- ground music – again the choice is yours.

More in depth detail can be provided by ei- ther of the email addresses below

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When I was a little girl we used to have some- thing my family called a Doctor Who tea! It was the only time we were allowed to eat in the living room with a plate on our laps so we could watch Doctor Who! It consisted of freshly baked bread (sliced thickly with but-

and spring onions together in a bowl with the lemon juice. Fold in the mayonnaise to bind the salad together. Arrange the salad leaves on plates and spoon the celery mixture into the centre. Garnish with the crispy bacon.

Preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF/Gas 7. Mix the celery, coriander and grated potato to- gether. Season and add a few drops of chilli sauce and the chilli powder. Divide the mix- ture into 4 and shape into patties. Fry in the oil in a shallow pan turning over once they

ter) various cheeses and pickles and a big

Tuna Steaks with Sweet and Sour Celery

jug of Celery. It was the Celery I remember

4

fresh tuna steaks

have set to lightly brown on both sides (about 5-6 minutes). Transfer the rosti to a lightly

more than anything as it always seemed very

2

celery hearts, rinsed and chopped

oiled baking tray and place in the oven for 15

crisp and crunchy and we were allowed to put

1

medium onion, finely chopped

minutes to finish off the cooking. Place a slice

a

little salt on it for taste. Now I use Celery

2

tbsp olive oil

of cheese on top of each rosti and put under

all the time in cooking and find it gives an-

3

tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped

a hot grill until lightly browned. Meanwhile

other slight change to flavouring soups, cur-

2

tbsp capers

poach the eggs in deep simmering water with

ries and stews. Of course the lack of calories

4

tsp unrefined sugar

a

little vinegar for 3-4 minutes. Place the

is a big bonus in any recipe I try these days!

Buen Apetito

3 tbsp white wine vinegar

Chopped parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper

rosti on plates, add the poached egg on top and drizzle with the chilli sauce. Serve with a green salad and baby new potatoes.

Celery and Radish Coleslaw 20 radishes

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion

Celery and Potato Soup

1

large carrot

and cook for 3-4 mins. Add the chopped

25g butter

6

shallots

celery and cook for a further 3-4 mins un-

5

1

celery sticks, chopped, leaves reserved

leek, trimmed and sliced

4

tsp white wine vinegar 100ml mayonnaise

2

sticks celery

til beginning to soften. Stir in the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat until the to- matoes become pulpy. Add the capers, sugar

100g potatoes, peeled and chopped

700ml vegetable stock

1

tbsp natural yoghurt

and vinegar. Turn up the heat and cook until

1

bay leaf

the vinegar has evaporated. Set aside. Heat

300ml semi-skimmed milk

Coarsely grate the radishes and carrot, then

Celery, Avocado and Walnut Salad

a

griddle and brush the tuna with a little oil

nely slice the shallots and celery. Mix togeth- er the white wine vinegar, mayonnaise and yoghurt and season. Add to the vegetables and combine well until everything is coated.

and season. Place the tuna in the hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. (1 min each side for rare, 4 mins each side for well done). Serve the fish topped with the celery mixture and scatter over chopped parsley. Season to taste.

Salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve - 50g Stilton, crumbled (optional)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the celery, potatoes and leeks and cook gently for 5 minutes. Pour the stock into the pan and add the bay leaf. Bring to the

4

rashers of smoked bacon

boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer

4

sticks of celery, cut into strips lengthways

Celery Rosti with Poached Egg

for 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are

4cm x ½ cm

4 sticks of celery cut into very fine strips 3cm

tender. Remove the bay leaf. Cool slightly. Us-

2

avocados skinned and diced

1 bunch of coriander, chopped

ing a draining spoon, lift out the vegetables

40g chopped walnuts

1 large potato, peeled and grated

and put them into a blender or food processor

4

spring onions cut into strips

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

with some of the liquid. Whizz to a purée. Re-

Juice of 1 lemon 150ml mayonnaise Portions of mixed leaf salad

Sweet chilli sauce ½ tsp chilli powder Olive oil for frying

turn the purée to the pan with the rest of the liquid, add the milk and heat gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup

4

slices of goats cheese 1cm thick

into warm bowls and grind a little more pep-

Grill the bacon on a wire rack so the fat can escape and the bacon crisps up. Cut the bacon into strips. Mix the celery, avocado, walnuts

eggs Dash of vinegar

4

per over the top. Scatter over the chopped celery leaves to garnish and add some crum- bled Stilton, if liked.

to garnish and add some crum- bled Stilton, if liked. In the past, Celery was only

In the past, Celery was only grown as a veg- etable for winter and early spring, but now

it is available for most of the year. It is used

around the world as a vegetable for the crisp leaf stalk and is most commonly used in sal- ads, but it is also a staple ingredient in many soups, such as chicken noodle soup. The leaves are strongly flavoured and are used less often, in soups and stews or as a dried herb. Harvesting occurs when the average size of Celery in a field is marketable and the elds are harvested only once.

In Europe the dominant variety of Celery most commonly available in trade is Celeriac. The wild form of Celery, known as “small- age”, has a furrowed stalk with wedge-shaped leaves. The whole plant has a coarse, earthy taste and a distinctive smell. The stalks are not usually eaten, but the leaves may be used in salads and the seeds are those sold as a spice.

In temperate countries, Celery is also grown for its seeds which yield a valuable volatile oil used in the perfume and pharmaceutical industries. They also contain an organic com- pound called apiol. Celery seeds can be used as flavouring or spice, either as whole seeds or ground and mixed with salt, as celery salt.

Celery salt can also be made from an extract of the roots, or using dried leaves. Celery salt is used as a seasoning, in cocktails, most notably to enhance the flavour of Bloody Mary cocktails.

notably to enhance the fl avour of Bloody Mary cocktails. Choose Celery that looks crisp and

Choose Celery that looks crisp and snaps easily when pulled apart. It should be rela-

tively tight and compact and not have stalks that splay out. The leaves should be pale to bright green in colour and free from yellow or brown patches. Sometimes Celery can have

a condition called “blackheart” that is caused

by insects. To check for damage, separate the stalks and look for brown or black discol-

oration. The Celery should not have a seed stem as these are often more bitter in fla- vour. You can leave your Celery in a plastic bag, squeeze out any extra air and close the bag securely for storage in your refrigerator. While food storage in plastic bags can create health risks under certain circumstances, 5-7 days of refrigerator storage for an uncut head

of Celery is fine. You should wait to chop up

your Celery just before you are adding it to

a salad or cooked dish. Freezing will make

Celery wilt and should be avoided unless you will be using it in a future cooked recipe. The use of Celery seed in pills for reliev- ing pain was described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus around AD 30. They contain a com- pound known as 3-n-butylphthalide that has been demonstrated to lower blood pressure. Celery can also be used in weight-loss diets, where it provides low-calorie dietary fi- bre bulk.

Celery is among a small group of foods headed by peanuts that appear to provoke the most severe allergic reactions, causing potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.

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International representative solve your problems, without

putting you on hold, or passing you on to other departments, has been greatly appreciated. Being able to offer our international clients help in a language they feel comfortable with (English, Spanish, Scandinavian, Finnish, German and Russian) has also helped boost satisfaction tremendously.

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a customer service in 6 languages.

As a company founded by an Austrian and a Norwegian and a clear commitment to the market of foreigners in Spain, do you assume that your workforce is from many diverse nationalities? Yes, that is correct. When I first started at MÁSMÓV!L, I realized very quickly that having an international background and

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Virtual Mobile Operator of 2014, so what do MÁSMÓV!L offer that other operators in the same category not offer? Besides being the only operator out there that

clients. That’s why our International Marketing Department is run by expats, our Sales Department speaks numerous languages and our Call Centre offers help in 6 languages

and of course, we count on a large number

of distributors that speak multiple languages.

How many MÁSMÓV!L sales distributors are there now specializing in the international market? There are many all over the country! The easiest thing to do is to go to our website where we have a search function enabling you to enter a city and a preferred language to see the nearest store. We are very proud of our website that can be viewed in English, Swedish and German and where you can find all of our products and get free shipping within Spain.

Why should our English and German readers choose MÁSMÓV!L? What products can you offer them? I know I am very biased as I work for MÁSMÓV!L, but I do believe that we offer a

combination of benefits that the rest of the phone companies don’t – amazing customer service in 6 languages, no contract time commitments, the cheapest plans, an option

of ‘pausing’ your line when you go home and

a great team that work hard to improve our services every day!

Find out more about MÁSMÓV!L plans and offers by phoning the toll-free number 1473 today for the name of your nearest MÁSMÓV!L agent, or visit www.masmovil.es/en. Free shipping is included online!

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Deed Of Dissolution Of Ownership - friends who bought a property as joint-owners, mar- ried couples or partners owning property in joint names whose relationship has come to an end (separation, divorce, etc.), or benefi- ciaries of an inheritance, who have effectively inherited a share in a property, who may de- cide to transfer it to another joint-owner.

If you are in any of the above circumstances,

a Deed of Dissolution of Joint Ownership al-

lows you to transfer your share of the property

in a tax-efficient manner, thus avoiding selling

and having to pay the transfer tax of 8% (tax

rate currently applicable in Murcia Region).

There could be a situation where you need to sell the property and your co- owner refuses for some reason. Dissolu- tion of ownership can be enforced by law via

a court action to avoid the situation where the

property is sold at public auction, with the in-

where the property is sold at public auction, with the in- convenience that in most of

convenience that in most of these cases there

is a big loss as the price falls below market

price. You need to contact your lawyer for ad-

vice, as this approach should only be taken

if there is no possibility of agreement. The

most advisable way is to try to reach some sort of agreement through negotiation be- tween both parties.

What are the costs involved? The buyer of the share will be liable to pay 1.5% Stamp Duty Tax on the total property value on the deeds, Notary, Land Registry and Solicitor Fees.

The vendor will be liable to complete a Capi- tal Gains Tax form on the percentage of the share (i.e. 50%) and to pay plus valia tax (local capital gains tax on the value of the land). Non- residents are also subject to a 3% retention to be made by the purchasers. They will be entitled to a full refund of this retention if they have not made a gain on the transfer of the share.

This process can be arranged in a few days without any need for you to come over to Spain, by granting your lawyer Power of At- torney.

Should you be involved in a divorce, just need

to sell and recover your money, or where legal

advice is needed, you should contact a lawyer.

Corral Alcaraz Law Firm will be more than pleased to assist you.

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Once again Easter has arrived! What does Easter mean to many people; Easter eggs, lovely chocolate? As a Christian it is my favourite time during the year. It means that there was an awful oc- currence that took place - Jesus Christ the Son of God is going to be crucified.

Many at the time would have been dismayed that this man who performed miracles and healed many people was going to be nailed to a cruel cross in the centre of two thieves. What anguish his Mother Mary must have felt watching her son suffer in such a terrible way.

One of the thieves was shocked that Jesus was being crucified. The thief spoke to Jesus asking him “Jesus remember me when I come into your Kingdom” (Luke 24 verse

42) and Jesus replied, “I assure you today that you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 24 verse 43)

Then Jesus shouted “Father I entrust my spirit into your hands” and with those words He breathed His last breath (Luke 24 verse 46)

The suffering was for all mankind. He took all our sins and burdens that day and died in our place. The good news is that He arose on the third day to be with His Father in heaven, but, be- fore He ascended to heaven He showed him- self to His disciples and to Mary. He also came back a second time to show Himself to doubt- ing Thomas one of His disciples.

He left a comforter when He went to heaven “The Holy Spirit”. He told His disciples to stay in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven. (Luke 24 verse

49).

Why not come back to Jesus? He is waiting for you. We meet each week at the Cultural Centre on Camposol B at 10.30am. We take com- munion each Sunday. We belong to the Free Methodist Denomination and have charitable status.

For any information contact Pastor Ralph and Margaret Locke on 968 199 622 or 618 720

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Know Before You Go Campaign Foreign & Commonwealth Office reminds travellers what it can do to help British nationals overseas

Last year the FCO’s Contact Centres received more than 365,000 calls from British nation- als. The vast majority of these were genuine calls from people who needed our help, but we still receive thousands of enquiries every year relating to issues we are unable to as- sist with. These enquiries can take valuable time away from those in genuine need of as- sistance. Some of the more unusual calls we received in 2014 include:

* A caller asked for help with setting up ‘British-style’ hanging baskets at a trade show because the professional gardener hired for the purpose had stage fright.

* A British woman asked the Consulate in Albania how to find out if her son’s ancée was already married.

* A caller asked for advice on how to treat a cat’s infected paw.

* A man called requesting that staff at the Embassy in Mexico City go to the airport to check whether he had left his mobile phone on a plane.

* A woman in Italy called to enquire how she could synchronise her TV antenna to receive English channels.

* An event coordinator in Brussels ask- ing for the name of a Scottish chef based in the country who could make Haggis for a Burns Night event.

Such enquiries stem from a lack of under-

standing of what FCO Consular Teams can do for British nationals overseas, so we are launching an awareness campaign to remind UK travellers and residents overseas of the services we provide and what we can and can- not do.

the services we provide and what we can and can- not do. The FCO’s priority is

The FCO’s priority is to protect the welfare of British nationals abroad and consular staff will always do their best to assist people when they find themselves in difficulty. However, it is important for travellers to understand what services we provide before getting in touch. There are also some simple pre-travel steps that you can take to reduce the risk of get- ting into difficulty and needing our help, such as taking out comprehensive travel insurance, researching the destination and any health risks and ensuring access to emergency funds. Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, David Lidington, said “It is important for FCO consular staff to be able to focus on our most vulnerable customers, such as victims of crime, those who have lost a loved one abroad, or people who have been detained or hospitalised overseas. Consular staff sup- port thousands of Brit- ish nationals who encounter difficulties overseas every year and we handle over 365,000 enquires an- nually. We will always try to help where we can, but there are lim- its to what we can do, so it’s important for people to be aware of how we can help.

We can issue an emer- gency travel document if your passport is lost or stolen, offer support

document if your passport is lost or stolen, offer support if you become a victim of

if you become a victim of crime or visit you in hospital or prison, but we aren’t able to pay medical bills, give legal advice or get you out of jail, or indeed act as veterinary surgeons.”

Head of the FCO’s Global Contact Centres, Meg Williams, said “The role of the FCO Con- tact Centres is to help enable consular staff to focus on what is important and to con- centrate on those in need, but we continue to receive misdirected enquiries from British nationals. We receive hundreds of thousands of calls every year and while the vast majority of these are from British nationals in genuine need of our assistance and services, in 2014 38% were not related to consular support at all. For example, one caller asked us to help nd his son’s missing suitcase – as it had ap- parently been lost by a British airline, the caller thought the British consulate would be able to locate it.”

Recent research* revealed that the number

of people who have knowledge of what em- bassies and consulates do has dropped to the lowest in three years among young people (aged 16-24), from 62% in 2011 to 55% in

2014.

For more information on how the FCO can help British nationals overseas, please visit

https://www.gov.uk/government/pub-

lications/support-for-british-nationals-

abroad-a-guide.

The Know Before You Go Campaign tar- gets a number of audiences, from gap year students to package holidaymakers; sports fans to older travellers and people visiting friends and family abroad. The campaign works with more than 300 travel industry partners to communicate its messages. For more information visit www.gov.uk/know- beforeyougo.

If you have any enquiries for FCO consular staff before you go or while abroad you can use the FCO’s Twitter service @FCOtravel. Questions are answered 9am-6pm GMT, Monday-Friday and FCO staff aim to respond within 30 minutes. This service adds to the ways that British people travelling or living overseas can already get in touch with the FCO. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest FCO travel advice by signing up to the FCO’s Facebook and Twitter feeds www.facebook.com/fcotravel or www.twitter.com/fcotravel.

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Melilla The Spanish enclave of Melilla, population 70,000, is an area of only 12sq miles, on the North East African coast. This is where the authorities struggle to hold back the tide of the constant and ever-growing number of refugees fleeing Sub Saharan Africa. Sur- rounded by metres high fences with razor wire in the middle, CCTV, floodlights, noise and movement sensors - Melilla really is “The Final Frontier.”

sensors - Melilla really is “The Final Frontier.” Inside the “Spanish side” and literally just across

Inside the “Spanish side” and literally just across the road from the fences, is Ceti refugee camp. Already bursting at the seams, this is where those who make it over are housed. I was drawn to the camp every morning and one day at 10.30am as

I stepped off the local bus, three Spanish

army tanks came rumbling right across in front of me. Something was going on; some- thing had happened. I asked around and a French news reporter told me that 700 mi- grants had stormed the fences at 5am that morning. Only thirty made it over, the rest had been successfully pulled back by the Mo- roccan border guards. Tensions were high.

back by the Mo- roccan border guards. Tensions were high. I got as close to the

I got as close to the border fences as I could,

I was the only person doing so, as it is seri-

ously off limits. Some sections had watch towers and I was reminded of the Ber- lin Wall. I’ve tried to capture it, but photos just don’t seem to capture the magnitude of what I was staring at. As I was standing, trying to soak it all in, from absolutely nowhere, a Guardia officer appeared on motorbike, then a jeep came

with two armed officers. I was questioned on

the spot. One of them spoke English. I pro- duced my UK Press Card; it certainly calmed matters. They phoned in, my details were checked and once they were satisfied I was who I said I was, they handed me back my documents.

I was who I said I was, they handed me back my documents. “You need permission

“You need permission to be standing here.” Expecting a severe telling off, I was sur- prised when he then said, “Go to this ad- dress. It’s the Guardia’s Press Dept. If they approve you, we will then take you on an es- corted tour of the fences; even inside them and you can ask questions.” Wow!

Later, back in the town centre, I got the ball rolling by visiting an official building. Phone calls were made and I was told to go to Guardia HQ at 10am the following day.

Next morning, I was woken at 5am by the unmistakable sound of powerful helicopters. By 9.45am I was standing outside Guardia HQ, only a ten minute walk from my hotel in this tiny city state. At HQ, I was expect- ed and after my documents were checked, I was taken into the main building, past a bust of Franco, into the lift and up to the Press Office. The official Guardia Press Of- ficer greeted me with a stressed tired look. He shook my hand and beckoned me to sit before apologising for the way he looked, but he had been there all night.

“With 700 people hitting the fences yester- day, I’m not surprised you’re stressed,” I said to him. He looked at me a bit perplexed.

“Yesterday was yesterday. Today we have more problems. This morning we had an- other 600 try to storm the fences.”

“Around 5am?” I asked.

“Yes, how did you know?”

“I heard helicopters.”

“That’s correct, our helicopters were called in to assist our men on the ground as it was happening.”

“How many made it over?”

He replied with resolve. “None. No-one made it over today. Some though are stuck on top of the inner fence and refuse to come down, or refuse to go back to Morocco. Some casu- alties from razor wire also.”

He then sighed, rubbed his tired face and said, “But tomorrow, we don’t know how many. And the next day and the next day and so on. There are thousands of them just waiting in the Moroccan countryside. More and more are coming all the time.”

He explained to me that I had actually been given clearance from Madrid and under nor- mal circumstances I would have been taken on an escorted police tour of the fences, but right now they simply could not spare the man power. Although disappointed, I under- stood.

During my five days in Melilla, I walked pretty much the entire length of the border fences, hugging it where I could, yet keep- ing away from security cameras and trying not to upset the Guardia. I got mind-blowing views of both sides and what lay in the mid- dle. There I was, standing on the con- tinent of Africa, but on Spanish and EU soil, then on the other side of the fence was Africa. As I viewed the Moroccan mili- tary personnel and hardware very close to the fence on their side, it really hit me just how big a Mankind’s Great Divide this was.

Europe and Africa, are two continents in dif- ferent parts of the world and separated by sea, right? For sure yes, but in Melilla – Eu- rope and Africa are only feet apart from each other. It was very hard to get my head round it all.

Almost 1,400 people stormed the fences while I was there and it’s only going to get more intense as civil war, famine, disease and political oppression continue unabated in Africa.

In Melilla, the Guardia I fear are fight- ing a battle they simply cannot win.

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Ralph and Annita have lived in Spain for around 34 years, of which 12 have been in the Mazarrón area and during this time have built up close relationships with a number of local businesses, meaning that they can of-

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fer you anything from changing over of your driving license to helping you source builders to completely renovate a property. They have been working for 8 years in Spain in the con- sulting industry, working closely with the Mur- cian Assessoria, Veragas SL and have recently opened their office on Camposol Commercial Centre (Sector B).

ANRA Consulting offers translation services in Spanish, English, German and Dutch and help all nationalities. Other services include Importation of cars/Transfer of car owner- ship, Tax Returns (Resident & Non-Resident), NIE & Residencia applications, Installation of Awnings/Swimming Pool Covers/Carports/ Pool Heating and Maintenance of Gardens & Swimming Pools. They can also accompany you to the Notary for any legal related issues. In fact, ANRA Consulting can offer much more; specialising in Insurance for 8 years, they provide a FREE, No Obligation, re- view on your current insurance.

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Dear Editor

The Committee of the Sector D Disas- ter Fund and residents who were affect- ed by the gota fria would like to say a big thank you to all the generous people who contributed to the fund. The amount raised was 3855.79€. All monies have now been distributed and gratefully re- ceived. We would also like to thank all those volunteers, the Town Hall, the Fire Brigade and the Police who helped with the massive clean-up that was needed. Once again the community spirit on Cam- posol prevailed so again a big thank you.

Kind regards

Anne Taylor Treasurer of the fund.

Dear Editor

Samaritans in Spain want to support desperate youngsters. A recent BBC news item reported that film- maker Andrew Jenkins, 52, from Blaenau Gwent, says he has lost 19 friends to sui- cide over three decades and has spoken

out so that other people might think twice about killing themselves. He now plans to make an educational film about the issue.

The piece also quoted Stephen Habgood, Chairman of charity Papyrus which is con- cerned with young people’s suicides, who said 75% of people who took their own lives were young men and he expected to see an increase in suicides among middle aged men in the latest Office for National Statistics figures. It’s all caught up with men unwilling to admit they can’t cope and are struggling. The recession raises con- cerns at the pressures it places on men, when their jobs or relationships are at risk as a consequence.

Psychiatrists say mental health prob- lems are increasing in Spain too and the suicide rate is up since the financial crisis began. Certain factors are known to be associated with increased risk of suicide including unemployment (nearly half of those under 30; almost 2 million people, cannot find a job), poverty, family break- down, bullying and social isolation. The young fear that that they have no future in their own country and either have to move

abroad or depend on family members who are themselves in difficulty. According to RTVE (official broadcaster on Spanish TV), suicide was second to cancer (15% of deaths) in the overall 25-34 age group and the leading cause of death in young men (17.8%). One in three young people who take their lives are intoxicated at the time of death. Among the young, 80% of suicides are male, who feel possibly that they should be the stronger sex and men usually find it much more difficult to open up and talk about their problems.

There is no need to suffer in silence.

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Venus and Pluto (1005), one male one fe- male. I would say they are circa 7 months old, Braco/Podenco cross, chocolate brown smooth coat. They are very lively and alert, love to play and lots of fun. Pluto the male,

and alert, love to play and lots of fun. Pluto the male, is a real mummy’s

is a real mummy’s boy; loves to cuddle. His sister Venus is the more independent one. Please call Anne for more information for Ve- nus and Pluto 605 349 959.

Pilar (743) is a very handsome girl. She will be very loyal and loving with the right care and lots of love. She is the size of a Labrador. Pilar is a little afraid and will need some very special care, time and love. If you think that you can give Pilar that spe- cial love and attention she needs, please call Keith on 628 811 188.

MARA has over 20 puppies who all urgently need to be re-homed. They are various sizes and colours, all ranging from 2 to 4 months old. If you are looking for a new dog to join your family, please come and visit our ken-

new dog to join your family, please come and visit our ken- nels where I am

nels where I am sure you will be able to find just what you are looking for.

Call Keith on 628 811 188 or Anne on 605 349 959 to arrange a visit.

628 811 188 or Anne on 605 349 959 to arrange a visit. Billy Nomad -

Billy Nomad - have you ever felt that way? The last few months took us away for longer than we intended and for part of that time living from a suitcase. Circumstances at times meant that I seemed to be head cook and bottle washer in three different kitchens with the result that when I returned home, I stood in the middle of our kitchen not even remembering where I kept the tea pot! That in itself was a novelty, having dunked tea- bags in a mug for a good proportion of the time away. I had a complete mental block, to the extent of having to resort to asking Derek what dinner plates I used, to serve our food on!

You may laugh, but I found it a very disturb- ing situation. My mind had become so con- ditioned to other folk’s kitchens that my own was completely foreign to me. Then I got to thinking how easily that had happened and how it could affect my everyday life and my walk with Jesus. We all have choices to make and sometimes we would rather not have to. Sometimes our choices are good; other times they are not so good.

Recently I watched a Louie Giglio video, in it he challenged me to think about whether I really knew Jesus, or was it that what I re- ally knew were facts I had learnt from read- ing the bible; two very different things.

Have I become so conditioned that after a time span, when finding myself somewhere else, in different circumstances and compa- ny that I forget all about it? Or is Jesus so important to me in a life blowing way that He is real, my friend and my constant com- panion that no amount of conditioning could make me forget.

lynda.spain@hotmail.co.uk derek.tycymru@talktalk.net Tel 633 447 937

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After an unseasonally brilliant time during March, we were brought down with a bump with a lot of rain and cold weather at the end of the month. We did need the rain, but did we have to have it all in one hit?!!

There will be various parades and celebra- tions during Semana Santa with the usual Tambores joining in the fun. If you have not experienced the Tambores, Jumilla is the main town hosting the annual Tam- bores Competition, when bands from all over Spain come to play and make as much noise as possible! Mula, Moratalla and Cehegín all have their own ‘bands’ and the Spanish of all ages dress up in long gowns and headdresses, drumming fran- tically on their special Tambores in the bars and walking round the towns.

Exotic Animals in Bullas Police arrested some people after various exotic animals, including a porcupine were being sold from a shop in Bullas without the correct paperwork and veterinary doc- umentation. The men will be charged with offences including breeding the protected animals and smuggling.

Cehegín Highlights In April On the last Sunday of every month from October 2014 to April 2015 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 find more than 60 crafts- men 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.

Medieval Market This month’s market is the last one until October and covers three days from Friday 24 th to Sunday 26 th April and has a theme from the last centuries of the medieval age. It is held in the “Plaza del Castillo” the highest point in the old town of Cehegín (Casco Antiguo). There will be artisans, theatrical presentations and other activi- ties for you to enjoy and you will have a great time “crossing” this tunnel back through time.

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.

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and The Resurrection Sunday on 5 th April.

On Good Friday, 3 rd April at noon there is a special perfomance called “Los pasodobles del Casino”. Different musi- cal bands in the morning procession will play a pasodoble in the street outside the Casino in la Calle Mayor in the Old Town. This tradition goes back many years and remembers the joy and happiness felt by the enemies of Jesus after his death.

The Archaeological Site of Begastri is opened for visitors on Saturdays and Sun- days from 10am-2pm. You will be able to see a video presentation followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Ibe- rian culture before the IV century B.C. The guided tour on the 2nd Saturday of each month will be in English.

Any further enquiries please contact the Cehegin Tourist Office located in front of the Town Hall. Tel 968 723 550 Website www.turismocehegin.es

Santiago Leo Cehegin Tourist Office

Caravaca If you have not experienced the ‘Carava- ca Wine Horse’ Fiesta, make 2015 your year. This is a fantastic fiesta when the Spanish come into their own by spending hours dressing their special horses in their finery. Saturday 2 nd May is the main event when the horses race up the streets to loud applause from the huge crowds. Peo- ple come from all over the country to see this event, so if you are thinking of joining in, get there early to get a good seat.

Viajes Dragontous are arranging a trip to

get a good seat. Viajes Dragontous are arranging a trip to the Wine Horses. See their

the Wine Horses. See their advert on page 81 for more details.

19th April - D’Ruta de Caravaca - ‘’Bar- ranco del Agua’’, This walk is organised by the Department of Sport and Health. This walk will be 17 km and will take about 4 hours. Please register at the Department of Sports, Caravaca or go to the website www.sporttia.com. The cost of the walk is 3€.

Children’s Workshops until 31 st May Magic, Photography, Creative Theatre, Dance, Cooking and Music. Prices vary from 10.25€ For more information and registration, please go to Centro Joven de Caravaca. Tel 968 708 400 or 630 083 446

19 th April - Tour of Caravaca - Departure from the Basilica-Sanctuary of Vera Cruz

11.15am

Visit the Basilica-Sanctuary of the Blessed and Vera Cruz, to continue through the streets of the Medieval Quarter to the Pla- za del Arco, past the Church of El Salvador, Calle Mayor and Church of the Jesuits. As- cend to the old town of Caravaca to reach the Plaza del Hoyo, and end at the Plaza del Temple. The tour should take about

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Small Spanish towns are invariably extremely proud of their history. Nowhere so is this more the case than the small town of Mula in North- west Murcia. Indeed, we had no hesitation in enrolling ourselves for the guided tour of the old part of the town organised by the Town Hall in the late morning of the second Sunday of each month, to coincide with the artisan market in the main square. The tour is free though you have to register in advance at the tourist office (968 661 501) and, of course, the proceedings are in Span- ish. However, you can follow the route and still enjoy the medieval background around you independently.

The tour begins in the main town square, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The square has long been the centre of social life in Mula. In the past, it was where the population gathered for protests and where the Mayor dispensed jus- tice (including, it would seem, executions!).

jus- tice (including, it would seem, executions!). At the northern end of the Plaza del Ayuntami-

At the northern end of the Plaza del Ayuntami- ento is the Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj) which is one of relatively few remaining in Murcia. It was used in the past to mark the quarters and hours to regulate the use of water for ir- rigation. Just by the tower is another inter- esting monument – the Monumento al Tam- borista. This reflects a singular custom in Mula which has become internationally famous; La Noche de Los Tambores (the Night of the Drums). This is celebrated on the Tuesday night in Holy Week, beginning at midnight when the multitude of drummers go out into the streets for an uninterrupted four hours. On Good Friday and Easter Sunday they are in action again.

St Michael’s Parish Church is well worth a look, although we have never been in Mula when it was open to visitors. Work began on this church about 1560 with successive expansions thereafter. The bell tower, for example, is said to contain an inscription from 1638. The main entrance on to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento was built at the beginning of the 18 th Century using marble from nearby Cehegin and work on the church was completed around the same time. The church also contains the crypt of the Fifth Marquis of Vélez, the marquises not unnaturally having been prime movers in the church’s construction and subsequent expan- sion. Unfortunately, however, virtually all the statues and carvings in the church date from the mid-20 th Century as the earlier ones were all destroyed during the Civil War.

If you then walk up the steep alleyway by the church, you will shortly reach the Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which has a size- able flat area in front of the main entrance from which you can look out over the rooftops of Mula. The Ermita was the predecessor of St Michael’s Church by which it was replaced when congregations became too large to be fitted into the smaller building. Tradition

holds that the Ermita was consecrated as a church on the site of a former mosque by Prince Alfonso, when he took the town in 1244 from the Moors for the Crown of Castile. This church also suffered the ravages of the Civil War with its contents disappearing, including works by that most famous of all 18 th Century sculptors, Francisco Salzillo.

of all 18 t h Century sculptors, Francisco Salzillo. Looking outside the church in the opposite

Looking outside the church in the opposite direction to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the impressive construction of the castle on top of the nearby hill stands out, as it does from many other parts of the town. Regrettably, when we last visited Mula (March 2014), the castle was not open to visitors.

From Nues- tra Señora del Carmen, our tour went along the road on the side of the hill to the next church – that of Santo Domingo de Guzman. In- terestingly, we were told that this tra- jectory more or less fol- lowed the line of the me- dieval Arab walls which are almost certainly in places incorporated in the stone- work at the base of some of the houses. This church is also said to be on the site of a former mosque, being consecrated to Santo Domingo de Guzman, the founder of the Dominican or- der, after the Christian Reconquest of the 13 th Century. However, both the main facade and the internal arrangement of the church (also determined by the irregularity of the ground on which it is built) date mainly to renovation work from the 16 th Cen- tury. Above the door, in recesses, are carved stone images of three saints – Domingo, Pe- dro and Fran- cisco (Domi- nic, Peter and Francis). The date of 1557 also appears. This is yet an- other church which suf- fered signifi- cant damage at the time of

which suf- fered signifi - cant damage at the time of the Spanish Civil War. As
which suf- fered signifi - cant damage at the time of the Spanish Civil War. As

the Spanish Civil War.

As you continue on your way along the street after looking at this church, en route to the final destination – yes, an- other church, the Real Monasterio de la Encarnación – there are two very inter- esting features to note. Firstly, on the right hand side as you walk along, you will see a covered passage going through the houses which is the way up to the castle (though, as noted above, in mid-2014, final access to the castle was not possible) and known as the Por- tillo Medieval. Then, on the other side of the street, is part of the old palace of Los Vélez, with its ornate front.

of the old palace of Los Vélez, with its ornate front. Continuing along, you soon come

Continuing along, you soon come to the Real Monasterio de la Encarnación. This monastery has a remarkable history. It was built in the

17 th Century on the site of an earlier (16 th Cen- tury) church, the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Olmos, the first patron saint of Mula, (although a religious building on this site is said to go back to the mid-14 th Century), of which now only the bell tower remains, with an inscription on the wall dating it to February

1506. The driving force behind the con-

struction of the monastery was one Pe- dro Botía, also known as Fray Pedro de Jesús. He was born in Mula in 1633, moving to the El Balate area of the huerta after los- ing many members of his family in that no- torious plague of 1648. In that year, while in the fields, he witnessed the appearance of the infant Jesus (El Niño Jesús de Belén) who told him to take up the cross and follow him. It was in 1653 that he entered the Francis- can Order, at the Monastery of Santa Ana in Orihuela, becoming Fray Pedro. After much subsequent travel, he obtained the support of Juan José de Austria, illegitimate son of King Philip IV and stepbrother to King Charles II of Spain, for the building of a monastery in Mula to house a community of Franciscan nuns. Fray Pedro died in the Monastery in early September 1717, at the age of 84 and was buried in the church. A plaque covers where his remains were discovered in March 2008. Work on construction of the monastery began in May 1680, taking five years. There have been many changes since, with the most re- cent work of restoration undertaken in 2008. The Spanish Civil War again had a damaging impact upon the church and its decorations with religious icons including some done by Francisco Salzillo disappearing at that time.

Article by Clive and Rosie Palmer who have written several guide books on towns and regions in Murcia. Their book, “Exploring Murcia, Days Out” is available to buy from the Costa Cálida Chronicle office on Campo- sol B, Best Wishes (who also stock other of their books), or phone Patti on 968 433 978. All their books can be viewed at and obtained from www.lulu.com, or contact

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This month we have two very different walks to report on.

The first was at the beginning of Feb- ruary, on a not-so-WARM Thursday morning (bright but very blustery), when 10 of the WARM Group met in the carpark of the Parque Minero at La Union, near Cartagena. The walk com- menced on the old mining road that con- nects La Union with the port at Portman on the other side of the mountain. The road, known as La Ruta 33 (that’s half of Route 66!!) was named for the year it was com- pleted (1933) and was created to improve mining access and transfer of equipment/ goods between the mines and the port.

of equipment/ goods between the mines and the port. We wound our way up the hillside,

We wound our way up the hillside, past the Exhibition Mine where underground sing- ing and flamenco concerts are occasion- ally held, paying a quick visit to the cave chapel that was once the explosive store. We then veered off the main track with the intention of carrying up to the crest of the hill (Espirito Sancto) where the various wind-turbines are located. Regrettably, the wind tunnel formed by the surround- ing hills served its purpose, creating a wind that proved too strong to walk with any degree of safety (funny place to put wind turbines!!), so we turned back down the slope for a couple of hundred metres and then struck off down the adjacent valley. Unfortunately it was a path that we hadn’t recced! We knew roughly where it would end up and that it would create a circu- lar route, rather than a ‘boring there and back’. It proved interesting!! Quite a bit of scrambling down a dry stream bed which created some challenging negotiations of some slippery, wet rocks. Fortunately there were several strategic ‘grab’ ropes that had courteously been left by previous ‘scramblers’ proved a great help! It cer- tainly added a bit of interest and we even- tually found our way back round to the original path.

After a brief ‘sandwich break’ overlooking Portman Bay, we re-joined La Ruta 33 and gradually wound our way back up the hill- side and over the tops, wending our way by a steep miners’ path down to the start- ing-point at La Union. It was a very in- vigorating and interesting walk, providing a taster of some of the mining history of the region; certainly the subject of a lot of chatter over a nice curry lunch at a nearby restaurant.

The second walk was on St Valentine’s Day in the Bullas area. We set off on

the GR252, heading south for 200 metres, then followed the track to the south of the Castellar for a further 400 metres. The day was cloudy with a bracing wind blowing and because of the poor weather over the last couple of weeks the almond blossoms were not quite out, although there were a few in full bloom.

We then headed off the marked tracks heading south then east which afforded great views across to Mula and northwards to Ricote. Heading south again into a for- ested area running alongside a barranca, we walked along undulating tracks until re- joining the GR252 and following this down towards the quarry for about a kilometre where we turned right to follow an uphill track for about 2 kilometres where we had a welcome break. David handed out short- bread biscuits in a shape of a heart to the nine walkers that were taking part in his walk. They were gratefully received and good comments were made about them.

gratefully received and good comments were made about them. We then turned right and headed north-

We then turned right and headed north- wards and returned to the start point. 13 kilometres in three hours was an excellent time and shows how much fitter some of us are getting. Surprisingly the tracks were very dry, with just a few areas where they were a bit sticky and the sun came out at 12.30pm to make a pleasant end to the walk.

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The alarm rang much too early for a Sun- day, but this was a day trip through the countryside. We hoped to see the spec- tacular flowering of the almond trees, but they weren’t the only things we were hop- ing to see on our walk.

the only things we were hop- ing to see on our walk. Otos welcomed us, but

Otos welcomed us, but there was a bit- ing wind which was countered by a radi- ant Sun. On the way to Benizar, we were aware of the effect of a much colder winter this year with the almond flowers still in bud. We followed the old road to Valera as it slowly rose through the almond groves at the foot of Peña Clemente, one of the geological curiosities of the environment. It was difficult to imagine that these rocks were similar to the dolomitic moles of Benizar, originating in Cretaceous times (145-65Ma), so far from the Miocene lime- stone which is physically linked by the force of the sea and its base of magnesium carbonate.

the force of the sea and its base of magnesium carbonate. The morning warmed up as

The morning warmed up as we left the al- mond trees and ventured into the maritime pine forest, which holds a secret under its roots - a beautiful layer of what was a beach sometime in the Cretaceous period. From this point, we found the fine sand and we imagined a time when beaches were dominated by dinosaurs. We were soon brought back to reality by a pair of eagles ying together. The male eagle provides the food in the nest, while she makes sure that the eggs are at the ideal temperature.

she makes sure that the eggs are at the ideal temperature. The surrounding rocks were full

The surrounding rocks were full of mosses

intertwined with lichens, some in the form of fossils that took us back again to the ancient beaches, large marine conches and

a multitude of different shells. Just where

the path narrowed and began the most vertical, but also the most beautiful sec- tion, we found the latrine of a badger.

most beautiful sec- tion, we found the latrine of a badger. We climbed slowly upwards towards

We climbed slowly upwards towards the huge dolomite sentries, that erosion has

carved as if by a Greek sculptor and almost

at the end of the trail we found a huge crag

that rose challengingly. We reached the top with a spectacular viewpoint. To our sur- prise, the wind was not as strong, enabling us to enjoy our lunch. After recharging our batteries we continued deep into the for- est, a fantastic mix of Mediterranean oaks and junipers which have developed a few leafy lichens which give the branches a

developed a few leafy lichens which give the branches a hairy appearance. We followed the path

hairy appearance.

We followed the path in search of the Valera, an abandoned farmhouse, prob- ably one of the most isolated of our mu- nicipality. We wandered through its ruins, finding two tanks and a well, which in past times, supplied fresh water. We were told later on in the day at the village of Mazuza that there were two wells and two water holes taking advantage of the rainfall, but the farmhouse was abandoned when it ran short of water. Leaving the ruins we were drawn to the nearby spectacular hole that opened up in the ground; the cave of the Valera. For hundreds, if not thousands of years it has been used for poultry, with fencing inside the cave and most likely as a home in prehistoric times. We walked in and photographed the various cavities.

times. We walked in and photographed the various cavities. We left our warm refuge to return

We left our warm refuge to return in search of a path that took us vertically, snaking down ravines to the vicinity of ‘Cortijada las Nogueras’. The highlight of the route were the trees in bloom, but here the al- mond trees are still in winter mode. The views over the Moorish Valley from Las Nogueras, were like a canvas.

In Mazuza our attention was drawn to the rustic village laundry, still in use. We con- tinued crossing the small ravines before reaching our final stop - Restaurant Sierra de Mazuza, where we sampled the local cuisine.

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