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MEET BOB THE EDITOR
THE
welcome to the may
issue and the start of our
2nd year. many thanks
to all our contributors,
advertisers and of course
our readers for their support
in our 1st year
Robin Hood, the lad that dressed all in
green, courted Maid Marian and lived in
the woods with 11 of his Merry Men (making
up the traditional coven’s 13). He was known in
English folklore as the “King of the May,” and May
Day itself was sometimes called “Robin's Day.”
One Bishop Latimer in 1549 complained to King
Edward VI that villagers refused to come to church
whenever May Day fell on a Sunday, and at one point
the villagers actually took the key and locked the vicar
out of the church.
An Old English superstition claimed that: “If you
sweep the house with blossomed broom in May,
you will sweep the head of the house away.”
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Can it be True?
3 &30
News from California
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Your Horoscope
11
Leisure & Entertainment
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22
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Aplec del Caragol
9
May Day
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La Virgen de los Desamparados
26
Primavera Sound 2009
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news in spain
THE
C
hange your mobile phone provider with a single
call Until now the client has had to request the
change in writing. However the Consumers’
Association FACUA has warned of the possible fraud
with this new system. It
comes after the CMT, the
Telecommunications
Market
Commission, approved the
idea of simplifying the process
where, until now, the client has
been obliged to write to his or
her operator to change provider. The client keeps his or
her old phone number after the change of provider. The
new company gaining the client must ensure that the
client has given consent for the change, and this will be
done via a body independent of both phone companies.
This body is expressly prohibited from engaging in
promotions or accepting any incentives from any party.
W
alk your dog or face 400 euro fine Authorities
in Girona say. The new regulations are
also designed to cut down on the number
of neighbourly disputes by fining those who leave their
dogs alone at home to bark for hours. Authorities in
the northeastern city are introducing the new bylaw in
a bid to strengthen animal protection laws. Last year
the city recorded more than 300 cases of residents
complaining about their neighbours' treatment of
pets. Fines will be issued to those who leave their dogs
tied up for more than six hours a day or keep them in
cramped conditions for prolonged periods. But those
who allow their dogs off the leash or to bathe in public
fountains, ponds or streams could also be fined up to
500 euros. The feeding of stray dogs and cats in the
street could bring a fine of up to 150 euros. Although
the new regulations have been branded "absurd" by
The statement of the deal came ahead of the G-20
summit in London where tax havens are thought to be
under attack. U.S. Treasury secretary, Tim Geithner, said
that they are demanding transparency from all countries
over the data of North American tax payers, while
Gibraltar First Minister, Peter Caruana, underlined that
this is the first agreement of its type between the Rock
and the United States. It’s understood the agreement
will allow the flow of information in both directions and
allow the US access to information it needs to enforce its
tax laws – including potential civil and criminal matters.
Both parties will be able to ask for information when a
case of fiscal fraud is being investigated.
A
some animal lovers in the Catalan city, authorities claim
the fines will only be imposed in the case of disputes.
"We are not going to be going from house to house to
enforce these rules," said Enric Pardo, city councillor
for the environment. "But we now have the means to
penalise owners who are found negligent following a
complaint from a neighbour." The new law will also
allow authorities to issue fines up to 2000 euros to
those owners who fail to obtain the correct license for
keeping "dangerous breeds" and for taking them out in
public without a muzzle.
he United States Treasury Department and the
Gibraltar Government have signed an agreement
to exchange tax and bank account information.
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geing process cut in half but watch out for the
liver. Scientists have found a secret ingredient
which is abundant in Spain, ‘Wine’. Spanish
scientists have been working on a pill that will reduce
the ageing process in humans. To benefit from the
ageing process, a person would need to drink 45 bottles
of wine. This would inevitably destroy the liver. What
the scientists have produced is a pill which has been
synthesised into 8 milligrams of resveratrol. They subject
the grapes to ultraviolet light for some seconds, which
is the key ingredient for the pill. The pill is produced in
the form of Revidox. The scientists state that the result
is cutting the ageing process in half.
ight filters for contact lenses. Best invention of the
year award The new light filter for contact lenses,
made in Spain, protects the retina and can help to
prevent blindness. Spanish researcher Professor Celia
Sanchez Ramos, has been honoured in Geneva with an
award from the World Intellectual Property Organisation,
for the Best Invention of the Year. It was developed at the
Complutense University in Madrid and protects the eye
when natural or artificial light can damage it, through
illness or age. The University is currently carrying out
clinical tests in 23 hospitals across the country on people
who have been operated on for cataracts, and the lenses
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W
ould you like to live in a Green Box? A
Spanish architect has come up with a groundbreaking design for the ecological home.
A pre-fabricated house which integrates perfectly into
the environment and is half the price of a conventional
home has been designed by the Spanish architect Luis
del Garrido. His design, called Green Box, takes only
two weeks to assemble and hardly uses any energy or
generates any waste, making the most of a bioclimatic
design
and
using
geothermal and solar
energy. An underground
chamber cools air in
summer and warms
it in winter, and glass
walls facing south act
as heating for the water
system. An example is being assembled now in Barcelona,
and will be presented officially in New York on Tuesday
April 21. Those who visit the International Construction
Fair, ‘Construmat 2009’, in Barcelona between the 20
and 25 of April will also be able to see both outside
and inside the Green Box. Its modular design means
that as well as a home the box can become an office,
apartments, museum or exhibition area, it can be
expanded, reduced and changed at any time in a simple
fashion, and all components are re-usable. A team of
five people is all that is needed to build the property in
15 days. Luis de Garrido is the Architect of the Year 2008,
according to the American Institute of Architects. www.
luisdegarrido.com
B
arcelona’s Renfe (trains) and Tourist Buses Unite
to bring cheaper tickets The municipal transport
company of Barcelona (TMB) and Renfe, have
signed an agreement that will allow the creation of a
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W
elcome to the
"Aplec
del
Caragol" (the Snail
Festival) Lleida. Eating snails
is not an exclusively Gallic
phenomenon, as some 12,000 inhabitants
of the Catalonian town of Lleida prove. Every May,
local citizens are joined by snail enthusiasts for the Snail
Festival (Aplec del Caragol) in the Camps Elisis Gardens.
In 2009, this event celebrates 30 years since its foundation
by local gastronome Manolo Calpe. Some 12 tonnes of the
exotic mollusc are savoured (along with some favourite
Lleidan sauces) over the three days of the fiesta.
combined ticket for tourists which will include travel by
train and the Barcelona Tourist Bus. This new product can
be purchased at any local train station and will include
a round-trip rail ticket and the inclusion of using the
various lines of the Tourist Bus. The price of the card is 13
euros for children ages six to twelve years, and 21 euros
for adults, representing a discount of up to 30% on the
individual purchases of two services.The executive vice
president of TMB, Dídac tab, highlighted the agreement
between the two public transport operators as a good
move for Barcelona as it will centre around the major
attractions of the city. This is a ticket that is intended
primarily to tourists staying in hotels in the metropolitan
area and residents of major towns around the city
There is plenty of eating, drinking and dancing on offer,
and make sure you don your most colourful garb - after
all, it's not every day that you get to go to a snail feast.
Many of the peñas (groups/gatherings) are private and
so it's best to hook up with some locals to guarantee an
invitation. If you're unlucky, numerous restaurants offer
typical snail dishes.
The main ingredient of the meals served during the Festival
is the snail, which is why snail consumption skyrockets in
May. Snails are shipped to Lleida from the rest of Spain,
North Africa and South America to the delight of the Lleida
snail lovers and visitors to the city. On the Festival grounds
there is an area set aside for the general public to taste
dishes made with different kinds of snails at reasonable
prices.
La Federació de Colles de l’Aplec del Caragol (Federation
of Snail Festival Social Clubs) which organizes the Aplec,
is made up of about a hundred different social clubs with
members of all ages and social classes. These social clubs
are the heart and soul of the festival. You can get a real feel
for the vitality of these social clubs on the Sunday during
the Festival, when morning parades fill the city streets with
a burst of colour and music. The bright costumes and flags
paraded along the Old Bridge with Seu Vella Cathedral in
the background are a breathtaking sight. More than 12.000
club members and 250.000 visitors actively participate in
the Snail Festival. Each club is assigned a space along the
Camps Elisis, the fair grounds where the Festival is held.
For three days, the focus is on festivities, gastronomy and
leisure activities in an atmosphere of friendliness and
hospitality where everyone feels at home.
The Snail Festival begins on Friday afternoon and lasts until
Sunday. There is something for everyone, including outdoor
evening celebrations, concerts, music, “castells” (human
towers), competitions and much more. Besides gastronomy,
the Snail Festival offers an extensive programme of free
activities open to one and all: performances, charanga
music, outdoor evening celebrations, exhibitions of dances
and castell human towers, and entertaining competitions.
A number of events take place at the same time in
different parts of the city, which means there is always
something fun and exciting happening during the Snail
Festival weekend.
Besides the Snail Festival, there are hundreds of other
exciting things to do. Impressive monuments such as Seu
Vella Cathedral, the Templar castle of Gardeny, La Panera
Art Centre, Roda Roda Automobile Museum and the Water
Museum; the May festival, the Moors and Christians
Festival and the International Puppet Festival; Senglar
Rock Music Festival, the International Jazz Festival and
the opera season at the Auditorium; the Latin American
Film Festival and the Animac International Animated Film
Festival; the BTT Bicycle
Centre; the gastronomy
and culture of Lleida; and
the longest pedestrian
shopping street in Europe.
For more information
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THERE'S NO MORE
MONEY, SAYS MAN WHO PRINTS ALL THE MONEY
BRITAIN has run out of money, the man
who prints it said last night. Bank of England
governor Mervyn King urged everyone to take
his word for it and that if they didn't believe
him he could show them the big room where
he keeps it all.
Mr King's comments have put him on a collision
course with prime minister Gordon Brown who
last night insisted the Great Money Forest of
Hampshire would soon be in bloom, promising
a bumper harvest of ripe, crisp tenners.
But Mr King told a committee of MPs yesterday:
"If anyone is still inclined to agree with the
prime minister's magical Hampshire forest
theory, I would advise you to open your wallet,
get out a ten pound note and read it.
"You will notice that across the top, in large,
capital letters, it says 'Bank of England'. Well,
I'm the boss of that.
"And if I can draw your attention to the bottom
left hand corner, you will see that it's signed
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you will see there is also
a portrait of the eminent
scientist Charles Darwin,
who, if he was alive today,
would undoubtedly agree
with my assessment, what
with him not being a complete bloody idiot."
Mr King added: "I might be persuaded to print a
little bit more money later in the year so that RBS
can give Sir Fred Goodwin enough cash to finally
buy his own volcano, but that is absolutely it."
A Downing Street spokesman said: "Everyone in
the world agrees with the prime minister that
we need to keep spending loads more money
- except the Conservatives. And the Bank of
England. And the CBI. And the French and the
Germans and the European Central bank?"
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CANCER
Your home and family life is lively and spirited
Professionally speaking, you’re enjoying
in May. You’re in demand around the time of
an invigorating and creative peak in May,
the Full Moon on the 8th, and more than
dear Cancer. Your professional charisma is
willing to help out a friend in need. Money-
brilliant this month, and singles might find
making ideas are abundant this month. You’ll
opportunities to meet a special someone
have to take the time to sit down & judge how
through business events.
realistic each is before acting upon them.
LEO
AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb. 19
Relationships are likely to be deliciously
Jun. 23 - Jul. 22
Jul. 23 - Aug. 23
and
complicated this month, although at times
communications feature strongly in May.
running counter to your career endeavors,
Conversations with family members you had
dear Leo. Professional pursuits get a lot of
in April are revisited this month, but care
attention in May, and are especially favored
should be taken in expressing yourself with
on the 4-5, & you still manage to find time for
clarity, as misunderstandings are likely.
exciting adventures that break the routine.
Focus
on
family,
domestic
life,
PISCES Feb. 20 - Mar. 20
VIRGO
You are likely to expand your career pursuits
Financial creativity runs high this month.
and business connections this month, dear
You’re in a position to come up with unique
Pisces. Opportunities on the career front
and powerful ways to increase your income.
can seem to arrive out of the blue, and could
Career matters might challenge you with
come from past connections. Impulsive
occasional complications and the need to
buying is a real tendency this month.
sacrifice more of your time.
ARIES
Mar. 21 - Apr. 20
Aug. 24 - Sep. 23
LIBRA Sept. 24 - Oct. 23
You’re making up for lost time in May,
May is a close to idyllic time for enhancing or
dear Aries! While your love life has been
attracting a romantic relationship, dear Libra.
complicated recently, and others may
Your major focus is on a partnership, and
have undervalued your worth, you’re now
putting your own personal agenda aside for
strutting your stuff. Extremely magnetic,
the time being. A partner seems to be taking
the world is appreciating your unique and
priority right now.
straightforward style.
SCORPIO
TAURUS
Apr. 21 - May 21
Wonderful energy is with you for work and
While you’re certainly getting noticed in May,
health routines, dear Scorpio. Charisma
dear Taurus, there is a lot going on behind the
on the job can mean getting noticed for
scenes. A deliciously private love affair might
your creativity and flair or opportunities to
figure this month, or you could be working on
socialize through work connections. Some of
a creative project in solitude.
you will find an office flirtation or romance
Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 -
GEMINI May 22 - Jun. 22
is heating up.
You have a lot of energy to pour into
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23-Dec. 21
friendships, group projects, or goals this
An exciting, playful, and stimulating month is
month, dear Gemini. Personal charisma
ahead, dear Sagittarius. While you certainly
and creativity in group settings is powerful
pay due attention to your work, May brings
all month. Singles might very well meet
abundant opportunities to enjoy hobbies,
their match through friends and group
entertainment, and romance. Your charm is
associations.
natural and finds an adoring audience.
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news hounds & more...
BY Dr. Ronald Rosenfeld D.V.M.
abusive pet owners
T
here is a connection between
domestic violence directed against a
spouse or children and animal abuse.
In a recent study, carried out by an Animal
Welfare Foundation, of complaints against
perpetrators of animal abuse in 2008, it
turns out that 7 out of 10 people denounced
for mistreatment of animals were also
implicated in attacks against another
member of their family! It was shown that
47% of aggressors were between 30 and 50
years old while 29% were over 51.
Often this violence is a way to channel the
impotence of problems faced in the home
and is directed towards our pets. This
pattern of behaviour is learned in the home
by the children from the parent or parents
as a means of trying to identify with them.
A psychologist involved with the study made
these reflections, stating that the violence is
a reflection of the perpetrators’ inability to
express them self verbally.
Families With Pets
communication, and increases affection
among members of the household. This
is also stated by 80% of families that have
either a dog or a cat, they affirm that their
pet is a source of well being and is considered
a member of the nuclear family. The average
annual cost to a family budget of keeping a
pet here is estimated to be around 1,500 €,
a figure lower than the calculated outlay for
households in other countries where more
is conscientiously spent on pet care.
The other side of the coin is the unfortunately
high number of abandoned animals that
is still a problem here. According to the
protective societies involved in Propet there
are some 200,000 animals abandoned here
yearly. As high as this estimate is, some
sense of accomplishment may be gleaned
from the knowledge that this figure is almost
half of what it was some 20 years ago.
In Spain, six out of ten households have at
least one pet, according to a study carried Snacks, Treats, and Stolen Hidden
out by Propet, an organisation of pet Treasures
professionals, who just had an exposition in Some of you may have read or heard about
Madrid.
a recent case of a dog in the U.K. that had
There are about 20 million pets in the to be rushed to the veterinary hospital for
country, 5,500,000 dogs, 4,000,000 cats, having found and eaten a hidden cache of
7,000,000 birds, 4,500,000 fish and some chocolate Easter eggs. Chocolate ingestion
2,000,000 exotic animals – small mammals can be very dangerous to your pets as it
and reptiles.
contains a substance known as theobromine,
According to Veterinarians opening up your which is toxic to them! The purer or richer
home to a pet helps reduce stress, builds the chocolate the higher the theobromine
self-esteem, instils responsibility to the concentration is. The symptoms usually start
younger members of a family, improves to appear six to twelve hours after eating the
I'm pleased to say that all Sasha's
A. M. P. A. R. E. The
A.M.P.A.R.E.
puppies have found good homes.
PROTECTORA D’ANIMALS society for the protection
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of animals Ebro region.
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old and quite hairy! But he has a
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We desperately need to
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chocolate and may last as long as seventy- whereas there are jobs we are trained to
two hours. The severity of the symptoms do some we would rather avoid especially if
depend upon the amount consumed, they may have fatal results! This especially
they may range from simple discomfort to includes the feeding of meat and fish bones,
vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal tenderness, it matters not if they be cooked or raw. The
restlessness, increased heart and breathing mouth of a carnivore is designed to eat
rate. More severe cases may lead to fits, meat not bones, and these will, sooner or
heart beat irregularities coma and in the later, cause problems, from a mild upset
most severe cases left untreated or treated tummy to a life threatening intestinal
too late death may occur! There may also blockage or worse still a puncture. This may
be secondary lasting effects in the case of require emergency surgery to an animal in
some animals that either recover or are an already weakened condition or in shock.
asymptomatic having eaten small amounts Please make educated choices about what
over long periods of time, due to the excess you give your pets to eat.
sugar consumption which leads to diabetes.
Ronald J. Rosenfeld D.V.M.
Be careful where you hide that box of
chocolates or those sweet treats you give as
rewards as they may be doing more harm
than good.
This case was about a dog in the U.K. that
was able to receive the life saving treatment
it needed, for free, through the P.D.S.A.,
which is a charity that accepts donations "Harley is a little puppy with an all too
for fees. This is a service available in the common problem. When he came in to see
U.K., which is not yet available in Spain and us he wasn't his usual self and was having
the Veterinary fees here for such life saving problems eating. When he did manage to eat a meal he would just vomit
treatments might run into several hundred it back up. Before these changes, Harley had recently decided to steal a
Euros, depending on the care required. cooked chop bone and swallow it whole before some one could take it
This may not be covered by pet insurance away from him. Given his symptoms it was suspected that Harley's treat
plans if owners’ negligence can be shown, had become trapped in his intestines.We certainly didn't expect to see one
so please take heed. Veterinarians need to big bone sitting in his stomach shown in the xray (pictured above). In fact,
work but as the old adage goes, an ounce the bone turned out to be 12cm long, about twice the length of his neck
of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and just barely able to fit in his very over-stretched stomach."
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BROWN IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WORK.
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES.
HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE CONSERVATIVE
PARTY.
HE GUIDETH ME TO THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT.
YEA, THOUGH I WAIT FOR MY DOLE,
I OWN THE BANK THAT REFUSES ME.
BROWN HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES,
MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME,
SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOLLOW
ME ALL THE
DAYS OF HIS TERM.
FROM HENCE FORTH WE WILL LIVE ALL THE DAYS
OF OUR LIVES IN A RENTED HOME WITH AN
OVERSEAS LANDLORD.
I AM GLAD I AM BRITISH,
I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE.
BUT I WISH I WAS A DOG
AND BROWN WAS A TREE.
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A Balloon Ride to Nowhere
Norman decides to take a balloon
ride on offer at the local May Day
Fair. The balloon and its customers
drift along in the breeze, but
eventually they are lost. Norman
has no idea where he is, so when
the gondolier takes the basket
down to ten feet above ground he
calls to a passer-by: 'Excuse me,
sir, can you tell me where I am?'
Microsoft Tech. Support
Has anyone actually phoned Microsoft
tech support and got a suitable answer
A helicopter with a pilot and a single passenger was
flying around above Seattle when a malfunction disabled
all of the aircraft's navigation and communications
equipment. Due to the darkness and haze, the pilot
could not determine the helicopter's position and
course to get back to the airport.
After looking Norman up and down,
the passer-by says: 'You are
in a red balloon, ten feet above
ground.' The balloon's unhappy
resident replied, 'You must be a
lawyer'
'How could you possible know that?'
asked the passer-by. 'Because your answer is technically
correct but absolutely useless, and the fact is I am still
lost'.
'Then you must be in management', said the passer-by.
'That's right! How did you know?' 'You have such a good
view from where you are, and yet you don't know where
you are and you don't know where you are going. The fact
is you are in the exact same position you were in before we
met, but now your problem is somehow my fault!'
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The pilot saw a tall building with lights on and flew
toward it, the pilot had the passenger draw a
handwritten sign reading "WHERE AM I?" and hold it up
for the building's occupants to see.
People in the building quickly responded to the aircraft,
drew a large sign, and held it in a building window. Their
sign said "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER."
INTERESTING DENTAL POSITION
The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined
the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed
safely.
After they were on the ground, the passenger asked
the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign
helped determine their position.
The pilot responded "I knew that had to be the
Microsoft support building, they gave me a technically
correct but entirely useless answer."
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Health self-help toolkit:
Balance between the 5 elements
O
ne of the most useful things I have come across
from Eastern views is the model of the 5 elements,
or 'Wu-Xing' in Chinese, related to but slightly
different from the elements traditionally found in some
Western traditions.
Looking at the Wu-Xing as below you find that each of
the 5 elements is connected with an array of properties/
experiences, such as an organ system of the body, a colour
or season, or sense organ. The related emotions are shown
both when the element is in balance or with the negative
side which comes up more easily when it's out of balance
(e.g. The flexibility/acceptance of Wood can flip to irritation
& rigid views.)
Each element is said to be the 'mother' of the following
element, so if one element is weak & out of balance, then
to strengthen it you can nourish its mother element.
Each element is also said to be the grandmother of the
element two places ahead. As we know, over-active
grandchildren sometimes ”insult” their grandparents, &
grandparents can have a useful role in controlling their
grandchild element. If for example, the Heart was overactive, e.g. at a time of great joy or grief, of emotional
opening, if that isn't kept balanced you might find insomnia
(when the Heart is not sufficiently anchored). Strengthening
the Water element could help control the over-active Fire.
Walking by the sea, dressing in or emphasising deep blue in
the house, eating shellfish like oysters & watery vegetables
(e.g. cucumber), could all be methods to balance the Heart/
Fire.
I find the Wu-Xing useful because it makes me curious to
look that bit further & be more aware of the flavours I come
across in the world, elements I can choose to strengthen in
my environment or not.
In this point in our Western culture there is a tendency
to over-emphasise the Wood and Earth elements, visible
as preoccupation with the over-dramatic soap-opera &
political/military story-ing (Wood imbalance) and (over)
consumption (Earth imbalance). In times like these we
must try and support the Fire–Water axis which will help to
interrupt the ricochet between the Wood and
Earth elements. For example, speaking the
truth to each other 'from the heart' (the Heart
opens to the tongue) instead of reaching for
yet another substance/cigarette to consume,
is one way of not going along with the cultural
pressure to be variously addicted. So much
addiction has roots in early trauma in the
first 7 years of life (the time dominated by the
Kidney), creating a sense of not belonging.
Strengthening the Water/Kidney element can
give us back that sense of connecting with
our bones, the support of our forebears, and
having a right to stand in the place we come
from just as we are.
Good luck playing with the elements, shaping
the parts we can affect to find your balance.
Taru Burstall, Massage Therapist &
Licensed Acupuncturist. 629 301 509
news from our california
correspondent (norfolk)
' out of bounds....’
By your celebrity DJ, you can
listen to hime live on www.
futureradio.co.uk Wednesday
mornings 10..00-13.00
In April this year some parts of
the UK got bigger and other parts disappeared altogether.
The power structure of the Shires was changing. Whether
it is for the better, or worse, remains to be seen. The whole
idea is urged on by the Government, who want to get closer
to the people. Scary thought!
Whilst the rest of the Country was undergoing changes,
closer to home we were still undecided. The first moves
were mooted some time ago when Norwich decided it
might like to declare its independence from the County of
Norfolk. Not a great idea when you consider what happened
to Rhodesia when it dropped out of the Commonwealth.
This proposal started a number of balls rolling.
The County Council are not the happiest of bunnies at the
prospect; after all they would be losing a substantial part of
their income to provide us with all the “amenities” that we
enjoy. Norwich would have to expand the boundaries of the
city in order to take in extra revenue, and other authorities
would lose on the deal. Faced with this prospect the idea
also sparked off several other districts having a similar idea.
If Norwich were to become independent then perhaps this
could happen to other parts of the County.
All of a sudden ‘little kingdoms’ were being
planned. West Norfolk would have its own
domain and the fen dwellers and other
assorted swamp people would be able to make their own
rules. They could launch invasion forces from the port of
King’s Lynn on a scale which has not been seen since the illfated movie ‘Revolution’ was made there in the 80’s.
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More worrying was that in the
East a new alliance was proposed
with, horror of horrors, a part
of Suffolk being joined to the
County. The area including Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft was
proposed to be the Serfdom of ‘Yartoft’. The picture painted
was that this delightful area with its rather drab and downat-heel coastal resorts would become a kind of English Costa.
However its supporters had failed to take into account one
or two major flaws in this scheme of things. Norfolk dwellers
regard the natives of Suffolk with some suspicion. They are
seen as a kind of sub-human species who possibly have
webbed feet and are prone to uncontrolled interbreeding. To
be fair this is a view shared by Suffolk dwellers regarding their
Northern neighbours. Added to this you would have to take
into account the rivalry of their respective football teams.
The ‘Canaries’ and the ‘Tractor Boys’ meet occasionally on
the football field cheered, or jeered
on by their fans. The former team
rallied on by the unedifying sight
of the blessed Delia, the TV cook,
obviously overdosing on the cooking
sherry. All this
does not bode
well for unity.
The central part
of Norfolk would
be fairly easy to become autonomous populated as it is
by people from Portugal and Poland, with the occasional
enclave of Chinese. They could drop the use of the English
language altogether, introduce the Euro and provide a steady
income from packing vegetables and plumbing. The Chinese
would be fairly self sustaining from the increasing trend of
turning suburban semis into cannabis farms.
The remainder of the County Council was to declare that local
rule should be dropped altogether and that they, from their
12 storey tower block full of pen pushers and bureaucrats,
should take control of everything. This is an organisation
that has just successfully lost £32 million in investments in
Icelandic Banks. One of their projects last year was to install
a redundant Jaguar fighter aircraft in their car park which, it
has been noted, points in the direction of the UNISON union
office. On the other hand Norwich City Council managed
to hit worldwide headlines by turning out several old age
pensioners from their homes so
that the head of housing, and her
boyfriend, along with several other
assorted Council lackeys could
move into low cost housing. They
are also responsible for a neglected war memorial which
has resembled a demolition site for the last four years whilst
they decide what to do with it. It has been described as being
somewhat worse than the one in Baghdad. In the meantime
they managed to fund a collection of assorted statues, on a
prime site in the city centre, resembling volcanic fallout, and
for some unknown reason, includes a human brain. It has to
be said this assemblage does serve one useful purpose in
providing somewhere for customers of MacDonald’s to sit
down whilst they consume the contents of their paper bags.
Norwich people know a thing or two about ‘fine dining’.
In the interest of European friendship these edifices were
designed by a French artist.
So either way the prospect does not look good. The only
ACROSS
1. to make
5. native
8. correr (E)
9. to grant
10. frotar (E)
11. raro (E)
13. maiz (E)
15. guisante (E)
16. motivation
17. coche (E)
18. below
19 era
21. nuez (E)
23. lanzar (E)
25. to be (E)
26. look at
27. drowsiness
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thing that separates one organisation
from another is the ingenious ways
in which they find to waste our hard
earned cash. Shortly we are to be
faced with local elections, parish
council elections and Euro elections. Most of the outcomes
will be pointless if boundaries are suddenly changed. But,
never fear, it takes years before any decisions are ever
made. It has to pass Councillors, who will not want to lose
their jobs, committees, sub-committees and countless other
gatherings each with an axe to grind. By the time a decision
is reached the costing of the venture will be so out of date
that they will have to start all over again.
Change to Norfolk, if it ever comes, comes very slowly.
Eventually a mushy compromise will be reached which is
covered by the local expression in Norfolk, we “du diffrunt
bor”. Well that’s our explanation for everything!
© Mike Stevens
spanglish?-answers next month
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1. identidad 11. baba
8. olivido 12. ovni
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2. lata (E)
3. robar (E)
4. incrimination
5. ni (E)
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7. pound sterling
12. to say
13. mania
14. midget
15. comb
17. five
20. to open
22. el (E) 23. para (E)
24. gas 25. sorber (E)
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to english otherwise
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TO THE APRIL ISSUE OF SPANGLISH
DOWN:
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17. rareza
7. magistral 16. rosada
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19. caseta
10. raspa 18. abut
6. bombonera 15. asenso 19. cava
20. contratar 3. nabo
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THE ORIGINS AND TRADITIONS OF MAYDAY
may day / dia del trabajador / labour day
T
he international working class holiday; Mayday, originated in pagan
Europe. It was a festive holy day celebrating the first spring planting.
The ancient Celts and Saxons celebrated May 1st as Beltane or the
day of fire. Bel was the Celtic god of the sun.
There is evidence that in ancient times pagan celebrations occurred on
the nearest full moon rather than the 1st of May. The Saxons began their
May day celebrations on the eve of May, April 30. It was an evening of
games and feasting celebrating the end of winter and the return of the sun
and fertility of the soil. Torch bearing peasants and villager would wind
their way up paths to the top of hills or mountain crags and then ignite
wooden wheels which they would roll down into the fields. The revelers,
lead by the Goddess of the Hunt; Diana (sometimes played by a paganpriest in women's clothing) and the Horned God Herne, would travel up the
hill shouting, chanting and singing, while blowing hunting horns. This night
became known in Europe as Walpurgisnacht, or night of the witches
Besides the selection of the May Queen from the eligible young women of
the village, to rule the crops until harvest there was the raising of the phallic
Maypole, around which the young single men and women of the village
would dance holding on to the ribbons until they became entwined, with
their ( hoped for) new love. And of course there was Robin Goodfellow, or
the Green Man who was the Lord of Misrule for this day. Mayday was a
celebration of the common people, and Robin would be the King/Priest/
Fool for a day. Priests and Lords were the butt of many jokes, and the Green
Man and his supporters; Mummers (medieval performers/actors ) would
make jokes and poke fun at the local authorities. * The Queen of the May
reflected the life of the fields and Robin reflected the hunting traditions of
the woods. Many of these pagan rites were later absorbed by the Christian
church in order to win over converts from the 'Old Religion'.
The church and state did not take kindly to these celebrations, especially
during times of popular rebellion. Mayday and the Maypole were outlawed
in the 1600's. The May eve celebrations were eventually outlawed by the
Catholic church, but were still celebrated by peasants until the late 1700's.
The trade societies still celebrated Mayday until the 18th Century.
Traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing,
crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a Maypole. May Day has
been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. It is most
associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility and
revelry with village fetes and community gatherings. Since May 1st is the
Feast of St Philip & St James, they became the patron saints of workers.
Seeding has been completed by this date and it was convenient to give
farm labourers a day off.
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY
The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight-hour day movement,
which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight
hours for rest. Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, also known
as 'International Workers' Day. In Europe the day has older significance as a
rural festival which is predominantly more important than that of the Labour
Day movement. In countries other than the United States and Canada, the
holiday has become internationalised and several countries hold multiday celebrations including parades, shows and other patriotic and labouroriented events. (N.B. Labor day in USA is on first Monday in September)
Mayday, which had been banned for being a holiday of the common people,
had been reclaimed once again for the common people.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS
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Hitler chose the night of the 1st May to commit suicide in 1945
In Paris in 1889 the International Working Men's Association declared
May 1st an international working class holiday in commemoration of
the Haymarket Martyrs. The red flag became the symbol of the blood
of working class martyrs in their battle for workers rights.
Some different drinks that people world-wide will use to toast May
Day, for example beer in Bavaria (Germany), Sima in Savonlinna
(Finland), cider in Cornwall and mead in Merthyr (Wales)
The tallest maypole is said to have been erected in London on the
Strand in 1661; it stood over 143 feet high. It was felled in 1717, when
it was used by Isaac Newton to support Huygen's new reflecting
telescope
Life in a Catalan Garden
CHERRIES
Cherries are one of the lovely little bonuses of living in
our part of Catalunya. In May and June, if you have a
cherry tree (or a neighbour
with one!), chances are you
end up with simply too many
cherries to eat. If, like me,
you don't want to waste any
of these delicious treats why
not preserve them:
Firstly have you tried Cherry Schnapps? Now okay this
isn't true schnapps. But it is a delicious boozy dessert and
cherry liqueur made with simple ingredients. Plus there
isn't an awful lot for you to do, to make it.
Recipe for
Schnapps
Almost
Cherry
• 1 kilo ripe but firm cherries
(pitted)
• 150g sugar
• 1 litre vodka (cheap is fine)
Wash the cherries then pack into
sterilised jars. Spoon over the sugar (equally between
jars). Fill the jars with vodka, seal and store somewhere
cool and dark. Leave for one month before using, shaking
the jars weekly to dissolve the sugar.
The fruit is delicious (but boozy)
served with a rich chocolate cake
or ice cream. The cherry schnapps
is a tasty liqueur served over lots
of ice.
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Now for those of you with less of an
affinity for alcohol, may I suggest
a Lebanese Cherry Preserve? The
result is not so much a jam, but
cherries suspended in their own
slightly thickened juice. It makes
a great addition to marinades,
wine gravies, on crumpets or
poured over chocolate desserts,
cream, heck whatever its tasty
and simple!
Recipe for Lebanese Cherry Preserve
• 1 kg cherries (pitted)
• 1kg sugar
• 15ml lemon juice
• 1 cinnamon stick
Layer clean, dry cherries
with sugar in a glass bowl
and leave overnight. Then
slowly heat the cherries and cinnamon in their own
liquid. Simmer gently (stirring occasionally) till soft for
about 20 minutes then add the lemon juice. Once the
cherries are cooked, you need to see if the sauce is how
you want it. If you would prefer it thicker, remove the
cherries and simmer the juice for longer.
Pour the cherry preserve into sterilised jars, seal and
store somewhere cool and dark for up to a year.
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seven tips for successful
holiday rentals
E
xperienced rental owners here tell me that holiday
let bookings are still relatively healthy, despite the
economic climate and adverse pound-euro rate. The
various new Ryanair flights to Reus will doubtless help
too. So if you’re thinking of offering your guest apartment,
townhouse or finca as a holiday let, here are a few basic
common-sense tips.
1) Plan rooms, create the right feel
Use mirrors, soft furnishings, cushions and pictures to
create a light, spacious feel and add touches of colour. This
makes for great photos — essential for attracting online
clients. Avoid over cluttering though, and don’t make the
room feel so personal
that guests feel they’re
intruding!
Tip: if your living room
has a great view make
sure your chairs and
sofas are positioned to
make the most of it.
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2) Furniture: the right amount
Choose attractive furniture and don’t overcrowd a room.
Dark rooms packed with furniture feel claustrophobic
—especially in hot weather— and will definitely not look
good in your advertising pics.
Tip: get a wall length mirror. Most people on holiday want to
enjoy a few evenings out, and will appreciate being able to
admire their new finery!
3) Practical and easy to clean
It goes without saying that a
spotless apartment or house
is vital for repeat bookings
and recommendations, so
make it easy by choosing
furniture that’s quick and easy to clean. Glass furniture
can look good but dust, marks and smears will all show,
plus families with small children will worry about low glass
coffee tables, etc. Dark/black furniture also tends to show
every speck of dust.
Tip: use curtains rather than blinds. They can be cleaned
easier, gather less dust and can’t break.
4) Double bed, twin beds, sofa-bed?
A common dilemma is what beds to buy, so start by thinking
of your target audience. If your house or finca is near the
Ebro, twin beds in every room can maximise your rentals
to fishermen, while a double in the master room and twin
beds in the others may be better if you’re targeting families.
Provided your accommodation is large enough, you can
put in a sofa bed and offer, say, a 2 bed apartment to 5/6
guests.
Tip: avoid bed bases with flimsy wooden slats, which tend
to break easily. Not what your guests want on a romantic
weekend!
5) Hot water, electricity, lights, fittings
Check your water heater can provide sufficient hot water
when guests all shower or bath at the same time.
Turn various appliances on at the same time to make sure
your fuse box can cope—you may need to up your electricity
supply.
Choose simple light fittings with standard, easy-to-change
light bulbs, and avoid elegant designer-look lamps that get
alarmingly hot to the touch…
Tip: if you are not on-hand, keep spare bulbs available so
guests can change their own. No-one wants to spend their
holiday hunting for a bulb for the bathroom!
6) Kitchen items and other equipment
People choose holiday rentals over hotels or B&Bs because
they like extra space and a home-from home-environment
— especially if they have children. Not having to eat out
every day is a key attraction too, so make sure your kitchen
is suitably equipped.
Cook a few meals in your guest accommodation and list
everything missing, like bottle openers, ice cube trays, oven
dishes, plastic plates/cups for children or eating al fresco…
If for example you have a 2 bed apartment that can sleep
6, be sure to provide the extra cutlery, plates and seating
arrangements!
Tip: thoughtful touches like a hairdryer, mains adaptors or a
universal phone charger can make all the difference to how
guests remember you.
7) Better safe than sorry…
Spain may still lag behind northern Europe on safety issues
and legislation, but it’s
catching up fast. Make
sure your accommodation
is safe, particularly steps,
stairs and swimming pools.
Advertising should clearly
state if your accommodation
is not suitable for small children or handicapped guests. If
you’re targeting families with young children, don’t leave
anything breakable or valuable within reach.
Must: check the legal requirements for renting a property,
make sure you have adequate insurance cover, and use a
contract for every rental, even if it’s just for a weekend.
As always I’d welcome any comments or feedback, just
email me at [email protected]!
Jeff Greensmith runs www.fincasdirect.com and is
a registered estate agent and experienced Spanish/
Catalan translator and interpreter. He has lived in
Catalonia since 1986.
The points contained in this article do not constitute legal
advice on the part of Fincas Direct or The Olive Press, and
owners of holiday rental properties should seek legal,
professional or tax advice if in doubt.
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“La Virgen de Los Desamparados in Alcalà
de Xivert & valencia”
LA VIRGEN DE LOS DESAMPARADOS / OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED ONES,
PATRON SAINT OF THE TOWNS : is always celebrated the second and third
Sunday of May. The feast day is in honour of the patroness of Alcalà de Xivert,
during which there are masses and afterwards there are processions of the
Virgin during which people wear traditional Valencian fancy dress.
In the 15th century, a confraternity was founded in Valencia to take care of
abandoned children and looked after the mentally ill (hence "the forsaken",
under the invocation of Our Lady of the Abandoned Ones). The institute
was established but lacked a statue to preside over it. The Legend goes that
three extraordinarily handsome youths dressed as pilgrims knocked on its door, asking for asylum. A friar who greeted
the pilgrims had a blind wife. They offered to carve the needed statue in payment for shelter. They only asked that
appropriate material be provided and that they be left alone and undisturbed in a room to work at ease for three
days. The offer was accepted. During the three days, the youths remained locked in the room. At the end of that time,
the brothers went to inquire if they needed anything. The door was locked and no one responded to their requests
to open it. Finally, they forced the door open and entered, but there was no sign of the three young men. Instead, in
the center of the room they found a majestic and protective statue of Our Lady that the young men had carved. At
the same moment the woman's blindness was cured. Since then it is believed that the three men were angels, and
various Spanish artists who were inspired by the image commented on the supernatural element in the statue. This
extraordinary fact was followed by countless miracles worked on behalf of the Virgen de los Desamparados. In 1885
Our Lady of the Abandoned Ones was proclaimed Patroness of Valencia.
More details from www.alcossebre.org
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“THE ESTRELLA DAMM
PRIMAVERA SOUND 2009”
barcelona 28 to 30 may
Primavera Sound 2009 takes place at the Parc
del Forum, Barcelona between Thursday 29th
and Saturday 31st May. Situated right on the
coast, it's a beautiful atmosphere to soak up
some brilliant music.
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Confirmed acts so far are *Neil Young, and
My Bloody Valentine as headliners, with
Spiritualized, **Saint Etienne, Damien Jurado,
Gang Gang Dance, Alela Diane, Michael Nyman,
Extra Life (presenting their debut album "Secular
Works"), Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, The Soft Pack,
Throwing Muses, The Vaselines, A Certain Ratio,
Oneida, Joe Crepúsculo with Los Destructores,
Jay Reatard, Deerhunter, The Bad Plus, and Art
Brut. Acts confirmed for Pitchfork stage include
Bowerbirds, The Bug, Crystal Antlers, Crystal
Stilts, The Mae Shi, Plants & Animals, Ponytail,
The Tallest Man On Earth, Vivian Girls, Wavves.
Primavera Sound 2009 three-day tickets are
on sale at 155 € & one-day tickets will cost 70
€ (subject to booking fee).Selling points: Tick
Tack Ticket network, CD Drome stores, RIFT
stores, PayPal, Entradas.com, Fnac Francia and
Seetickets UK.
*NEIL YOUNG CONFIRMED AT ESTRELLA DAMM
PRIMAVERA SOUND 2009. This will be the first
time he has come back to Barcelona since 1987.
On Saturday 30th of May, he'll be performing for
two and a half hours. Few artists have managed
to carry on throughout four decades the way
he has, without ever losing their passion, their
interest, and their commitment..
**New artists,like the british band Saint Etienne,
who will present a show focused on their first
record ("Foxbase Alpha") and with most of their
hit songs... more information and details on
http://www.primaverasound.com/
Olives & popcorn
Welcome to Olives & Popcorn, your monthly guide to great Spanish based films that in my
opinion should not be ignored.
Any comments are welcome. Also if you want to know more about a particular film and how
to get a copy again get in touch via my email below.
This month for a change I present a brand new film not even released yet just to show that
there seems to continued interest in Spain’s illustrious history during its civil war and in its
colourful artists. I hope you will come to enjoy this potential
gem when it comes out as much as I’m looking forward to
seeing it myself.......Little Ashes (Drama)
Little Ashes is a 2009 British drama film, set against the backdrop of fascist
Spain as three of the era's most creative young talents meet at university
and set off on a course to change their world. Luis Buñuel watches helplessly
as the friendship between Salvador Dalí and the poet Federico García Lorca
develops into an unusual love affair. In 1922, 18-year old Salvador Dalí (Robert
Pattinson) arrives at university in Madrid. The Residencia de Estudiantes, or
student residences, is a modern environment which encourages Spain's brightest young minds. Salvador, who is
determined to become a great artist, soon catches the attention of the Resi's social elite – poet Federico García Lorca
(Javier Beltran) and aspiring filmmaker Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty). Together they form the nucleus of the most
modern group in Madrid.
Their private lives become increasingly complex as Federico ignores the advances of devoted friend and writer
Magdalena (Marina Gatell), and Salvador himself feels the pull of Lorca's magnetism. Luis, becoming increasingly
isolated by the duo's closeness, decides to move to Paris to fulfill his own artistic ambitions, leaving Salvador and
Federico to spend the summer at the seaside village of Cadaques.
Federico finds himself accepted into the Dali family as he and Salvador grow closer until, one night, their friendship
becomes more. Even as they draw closer, their relationship appears doomed. Luis visits them at university and
becomes more suspicious and appalled by their apparent closeness.
Dali finds Lorca's obsession with him more than he is prepared to handle and moves to Paris. Consumed by the high
society and decadence, Dali is soon entangled with Gala (Arly Jover) a married woman with a penchant for celebrities.
When Lorca visits, he finds his friend is a changed man, about his life, his love, his politics and sexual orientation.
The movie title is taken from Salvador Dalí's 1927-28 painting Cenicitas (Little Ashes). It was originally
called The Birth of Venus, before being changed to Sterile Efforts and then finally
Cenicitas. It was first displayed on 20 March 1929 in a Madrid exhibition. It was
again displayed in his first solo exhibition in Paris in June 1931. The painting is
currently in the Dalí collection of the Queen Sofia Art Centre in Madrid.
Jason.M.Berry 07/04/2009 Contact e-mail:
[email protected]
yoga for all
challenges of gardening in catalunya
ROCKS ARE VALUABLE.
If, like many of us, you’re thinking
longingly of the warmer days of early
summer you may also be worrying
about the stress of revealing a winter
weary body in your favourite summer
clothes. With a little dedication and
practice you’ll gain benefits beyond
your expectations by practicing ‘Hot
Yoga’.
by Clodagh and Dick Handscombe,
gardening in Spain for over twenty five years.
What is Hot Yoga?
R
ockeries can look great throughout the year and
especially this year after the mild winter. Succulents,
bulbs, drought resistant herbs all have their place in
creating one of the more natural parts of a garden. They
can be built on natural slopes, dry stone walls, heaps of
builders’ rubble or dug up rocks or using a load purchased
rocks.
However ten years ago it was easy to obtain rocks especially
well weathered rocks covered with several centuries or
many millennium of years of natural lichen by looking out
for a site about to be cleared for building and talking nicely
to the foreman or watching out for a road widening or new
road scheme where terraces or a natural rock covered
hillside were about to be bulldozed. Nowadays such
situations are rarer as developers often clear at least the
top weathered layer of rocks off terraces or hillsides before
marking out the development, road widening or new road
in order to sell marketable rocks to garden centres or
garden `landscapers who then sell rocks at several euros
per rock to unbeware gardeners and in some cases we
suspect even to the owners of the plot of land from which
the rocks were removed in the first place.
It is therefore important that you lay down as part of your
sales agreement for a plot of land, or land plus a house to
be built, that you are buying
a plot of land with certain
natural or historic features
that you want retaining -
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including any rocky outcrops, old terrace walls, derelict
buildings and walls or even piles of weathered rocks.
If you are moving into a new house on a new urbanisation
you will probably find that the builder has tidied up the plot
with a few centimetres of top soil. But what lies below?
Before you decide on a garden layout go round the garden
digging holes forty centimetres deep to discover what
exactly lies below. If you are lucky it is all deep soil. At the
other end of the scale there may be areas where you find
a sheet of concrete where the concrete mixer stood or half
a metre of building rubble. Before you start trying to break
up the concrete or dig out the rubble mark the good and
bad areas on a sketch plan of your plot. Then work out
what types of garden could be developed by covering the
bad areas with terraces, areas of stone chippings laid over
black plastic sheeting, raised beds or large rockeries.
Yes why not a rockery? Chapter 3.1 of ‘Your Gardening in
Spain’ explains how to do so to create a great feature in
your garden with interest all the year round.
Clodagh and Dick’s latest trilogy of books are all useful in
the Spring garden. ‘Your Garden in Spain’, ‘Growing
Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Fruit
In Spain’ can purchased from a number of internet sites
including book world, Amazon and Santana and also by
telephoning 952-48-58-38. .
© Clodagh and Dick
Handscombe April 2009.
Hot Yoga is a form of yoga exercises practiced
in a hot environment with humidity at
roughly 30-40%. Founded over 30 years
ago by Bikram Choudhury, this form of yoga
in its purest form is also known as Bikram Yoga. The warm
temperature of the room allows for greater flexibility,
minimises muscle strain, lactic acid build up and reduces
the chance of injury, it allows for greater cleansing of the
body and helps build tremendous stamina and endurance.
All exercise programs focus on warming up our bodies
before vigorous activity. The temperature of the Hot
Yoga room is similar to our body's own temperature and
this accelerates improvement in many of the benefits of
your yoga practice. Regular exercisers recognise that peak
performance occurs when fully warmed up and your body
generates heat from the inside radiating out and into your
muscles.
The heat means we can get into postures more deeply and
effectively - plus the benefits of the postures come quickly.
Like many before you, you will find that practising yoga in
the warm room creates a satisfying and almost addictive
feeling of achievement, known as the ‘Yoga Glow’.
What Are The Benefits of Hot Yoga?
• Your body burns fat more effectively, fat may be
redistributed and burned as energy during the class. It is
common to lose centimetres of shape in a very short time
• The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing
for greater range of
movement in joints,
muscles,
ligaments
and other supporting
structures of the body
• Capillaries dilate in the heat; more
effectively oxygenating the tissues,
muscles, glands and organs and helping
in the removal of waste products
• Your peripheral circulation improves
due to enhanced perfusion of your
extremities
• Your metabolism speeds up the
breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
•
You benefit from a strengthening
of willpower, self control, concentration
and determination in this challenging
environment
•
Your cardiovascular system gets a
thorough workout
• Your muscles and connective tissue become more
elastic and allow for greater flexibility with less chance of
injury and improved resolution of injury
• Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination
through the skin - which is the body's largest eliminating
organ
• Just as when your body raises its temperature to fight
infection, the raised temperature in the room will assist
in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of
your immune system
• Your nervous system function is greatly improved and
messages are carried more efficiently to and from your
brain
• Metabolism improves in your digestive system and in
the body's cells
We are lucky to have use of the perfect environment for Hot
Yoga at the Hotel Flamingo Spa in L’Ampolla each Thursday
morning from 11am -12. The humidity is within the ideal
range, ensuring we gain all of the well documented benefits
from each session. Please feel free to drop in on Thursdays.
Classes are ideal for beginners and exercise mats are
provided for your use. Just bring
yourself and dress in comfortable
clothes that allow free movement
of your legs and arms.
Sarah Good is a Sivananda Trained
yoga teacher offering weekly
drop-in yoga classes. Please feel
free to call and discuss your
health goals on 663 140 297
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JACQUI SMITH CHANGES NAME TO 'TRIXIE BEAVER'
HOME secretary Jacqui Smith has
changed her name to 'Trixie Beaver',
it was confirmed last night.
Ms Smith said the new name was a
major step forward in her drive to
complete the pornification of the
Home Office by the end of this year.
grade four will now be known as
'vixens'.
A Brawn GP spokesman said: "We made this car
with nothing more than lollipop sticks, elastic bands
and an enormous amount of money.
Meanwhile junior female staff will
be told to behave like young, naive
country girls who have just arrived
in the big city and are willing to try
anything once.
The minister has instructed all staff
to adopt their porn names, while
the department's website will become a showcase
for shockingly explicit Japanese home movies and
renamed www.tokyoslutsonfire.gov.uk.
Later this month Ms Smith and a
delegation of senior Home Office
officials will embark on a fact-finding mission to the
US city of Dallas in a bid to find out exactly what
Debbie did and where she did it.
A Home Office spokesman said: "The Home
secretary's first pet was an old donkey named Trixie
and her first home was in Beaver Close in Malvern.
We also used a random porn name generator which
produced 'Madam Jammer', but that'll just be for
Friday nights."
Other government departments are expected
to follow suit over the next six months with
the Department of Health finalising a series of
pamphlets on oral fun.
All male staff will be given three weeks to grow a
thick moustache, while all female staff higher than
A CINDERELLA STORY OF MILLIONAIRES SUPPORTED BY
BILLIONAIRES SUPPORTED BY BANKS
But chancellor Alistair Darling stressed there were
no plans to pornify the Treasury as it has been
screwing Britain in a wide variety of exotic positions
for over a decade.
"But we have had to tighten our belts which has
meant using private jets, helicopters and five star
hotels like some band of travelling gypsies."
He added: "It's a fairytale come true for a group
of dedicated people whose lives were already a
fairytale come true and have been for a number of
years
THE Brawn racing team completed a Cinderella story
yesterday after winning the opening two grand prixs
of the season with nothing more than millions and
millions of pounds.
The victory in Australia marked a stunning
turnaround in fortunes for the humble, soot-covered
team, created just months ago after a management
buy-out involving fairy dust and money.
Winning driver Jensen Button said: "I suppose it's
a bit like David beating Goliath if David and Goliath
had been roughly the same size."
Like many of the characters in Cinderella, the
senior members of the Brawn GP team live in large,
comfortable houses and have domestic staff. They
also attend lavish parties in expensive vehicles
and own footwear made from a variety of exotic
substances.
The team has also recently acquired a bearded fairygodmother with her own fleet of Boeing 747s, a
train company and an island in the Caribbean.
Meanwhile Jensen Button lives in a luxury apartment
in Monte Carlo so he doesn't have to pay income
tax on his multi-million pound salary, exactly like
Cinderella.
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Zidali’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
driving in spain
W
19 Calle Llibertat, L’Ametlla de Mar
43860 is up for Sale / Traspasa.
e have received a number of emails asking
if the law has changed recently regarding
the re-registration of UK plated vehicles.
There are 4 years on lease available. The bar,
kitchen and restaurant have all been restored and
updated. It is licensed for 72, having seating in the
restaurant, bar and courtyard. There is also a licence
in place for outside seating as well. The kitchen has
been extended with all equipment being renewed
and now has hot and cold preparation areas. It is
fully equipped throughout.
It hasn’t. The law remains
the same.
I
f you're running Windows XP or Vista with a computer
that has a multiple core processor such as the Intel
Core 2 duo you can increase how fast your computer
boots up by having it use multiple processors for its boot
sequence. Following the below steps to have Windows do
this for you.
1. Click Start and Run (for XP) and type: msconfig and
press enter.
2. Click the BOOT.INI or BOOT tab.
3. XP users highlight the line beginning with "multi" if not
already selected and click the Advanced Options button.
4. In the Advanced Options Window for /NUMPROC= or
Number of Processors change it to 2.
5. Reboot the computer.
Speed up the display load time of Microsoft Windows
Explorer by disabling the feature to search for network
printers and folders. By default each time Windows
Explorer is opened it'll attempt to locate any network
printer or folder on your computer network. If your
computer is not on a network and/or you have no network
printers, folders, or shares disable this option by following
the below steps.
1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Click the Tools drop down menu and then Folder
Options
3. Within the Folder Options tab click the View tab
4. Uncheck "Automatically search for network folders
and printers"
UK registered vehicles in
Spain can only remain on
UK plates for up to 182
days in any 365 then they either have to leave the
country for a full, continuous six months or be reregistered with Spanish national plates.
During the first six months before it is re-registered
it must remain fully road legal in the country of
registration i.e. it must display a current, valid UK
tax disc and it must have a current, valid MOT from
the UK. A Spanish ITV is not valid on a UK registered
vehicle.
Trailers are treated exactly like cars and must be reregistered within six months. Trailers must have a
Ficha Tecnica, current ITV and liability insurance.
Safe driving. By Chris Dann, Car Import
Spain
car import in spain.com
Car re-registering / import service
visit the web site:
www.carimportinspain.com
or call +34 689 178 319
LOST DOG | He is a male weimeraner he has a
white blaze on his chest and a little lump on front
left shoulder he is micro chipped and castrated,
Gandesa area
Tel. 977 050 104 / mobil 618 130 233 reward offered.
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If you would like further information, please call 977 486 447 or 686 227 950 and we shall be happy to supply it.
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I pod Nano| 15 GB as new 125 Euros. Video Camera| Cannon
3 OF 4 BULB LIGHT FITTINGS | 15euros. ROUTER MOULD
MV30 with 48x zoom. As new with case. 125 Euros. Garmin
CUTTERS | new 2 box's 25euros. FOOT SPA | new 5euros.
hand held GPS| 135 Euros. Silva hand held VHF radio
LOADS OF BOOKS | 3 for 5 euros. DVD'S | 3 euros each.
transmitter| 150 Euros. Telesport Bird watching Telescope| with
NEW SLOT IN OVEN | with new 4 ring gas hob made by candy
zoom. 30 Euros. Sony 20 inch television| with built in video
80 euros. Tel 977 050 104
player and remote. 110 Euros. 2 Seater sofa| in blue material
GARLAND BG65 4 STROKE PETROL CHIPPER/MULCHER
as new. 75 Euros. Sony Trinitron TV| 30 inch and remote. 130
Cost over 1000 Euros new. Recent service, Perfect order.
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Bargain at 400 Euros. Tel 692747417
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high x 49 cm wide, glass front, as new. 195 Euros. Fridge
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Freezer| upright. Works perfect. 100 Euros. Sony Play station
676 544 720
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WII system| with additional equipment and millionaire game.
used for one month, complete with storm straps, curtains and
175 Euros. Gamo PT 80 repeating air pistol| Gas cylinder
extra poles etc. As new 370 Euros tel 692747417
charged fires 8 shots. 50 Euros. Motorcycle waterproof jackets|
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Very comfortable. 125 Euros each. Werlisa Binoculars| 10 x 50
THETFORD PORTA POTTI 335 PORTABLE TOILET | Brand
as new. 45 Euros. 977 457017 or 666 351 555
new and boxed, fresh water flush, level indicator, 10ltr holding
LAST FEW RARE BREED COCKERELS ...Silkies, Jersey
tank, instructions etc. 60 Euros tel 692747417
Giants 10 euros each, to make way for new stock euros call
BLIZZER 1000 4 STROKE PETROL GENERATOR | suitcase
Zoe on 663 623 073
type, runs for 10 hours on a tank. Difficult to start, just needs
JEEP ROOF RACK | Genuine Grand Cherokee Jeep roof rack,
good service otherwise runs fine, built in battery charger, with
used once only cost 190€ accept only 90€ Tel: 977 059 364
instructions. 80 Euros tel 692747417
1 set of Ikea bunk beds | brand new still in box cost 275 euros
PANASONIC NV-DS11 DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA | as new
will accept 225 euros O.N.O. contact 629 010 529 or
hardly used. Complete with charger, spare battery, remote,
e mail: lesvalblf @fsmail.net
cables, case and instructions. Very high spec camera at only
ROTTWEILER PUPS| last pups 50€ only ready now both
120 Euros tel 692747417
parents can be seen ring for info.678 023 227
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PUPPIES TO GOOD HOMES | Born Febuary 13. Mother was
3 chamber system with seat and storage. 70 Euros tel
rescued. Medium sized. Tel. 693 206 921
692747417
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MONT BLANC TOP BOX | 1.8 x 70, hydrolic struts and 3 point
for only 60 euros. Tel 977 059 364
locking, complete with roof bar fittings and instructions, well
AIR RIFLE WEIHRAUCH HW95 |
with telescopic sights
used but in good condition. Only 70 Euros tel 692747417
and gun bag powerfull excellent condition, 250euros. POOL
CARVER 3 WAY CARAVAN WATER HEATER | Gas 12volt or
FILTER CIRCULATION PUMPS | 25euros. 2 BOXS NEW
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ROUTER | moulding bits 40euros. NEW FOOT SPA | |25euros.
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SERVICES
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CARPENTER & JOINER WITH GENERAL BUILDING
SKILLS | 30 years experience in UK, based El Perello/
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TOYOTA LAND CRUISER | 4.2 VXR Limited, low mileage
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for year, €2,950 O.N.O. Tel. 661 097 513
TRANSLATIONS and INTERPRETATION SERVICE |
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(English/Spanish) FLIX AREA: 676 742 500
start outboard(still warrantied) trailer, many extras. Half
SOLID OAK EXT. DOOR | 8 panels (very heavy) as new, slight
controlled battery charger suitable all battery types, will
price package. 4950 euros. Tel. Andy Preston 600890453
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charge 600amp pack in 1 hour. Good alternative to solar/
email. [email protected]
Decorating | Pool Maintenance
PATIO TABLE | as new silver grey, glass top 150x90cms.
wind power. 800€. For more information please
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call Alan 616 154 269 or Mick 628 596 985
PETROL LAWN MOWER | Briggs &Stratton motor 18" rotary
WANTED
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English & Dutch Spoken
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excellent condition 1000euros. Tel. Andy Preston
cut. Stiga multi-clip 465, self-mulching (no grass cuttings),
WANTED twin tub washing machine. Chris 678 468 058
600890453 email. [email protected]
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WANTED | dishwasher must be in perfect working order.
12½ FOOT 6mm VEE HULL ALUMINIUM BOAT | seats
Don't be left in the cold, order your logs now!
interlocking dark grey concrete (weathered) 42x33cms approx
Anna 877 001 155 / 877 001 056
360. 75€. SKY DIGIBOXES | Amstrad&remote control-no card;
WANTED | small row boat 1 or 2 man light enough to be
Grundig&remote control-no card. each 25€. Tel. 686743275
handled easily onto roof rack, prefer fibre glass or similar but
CARDO SCALA RIDER | bluetooth wireless headset for
anything considered...977 493 971.
motorcyclists, fully weather proof, recieves/makes phone calls,
WANTED | I'm looking for a air rifle for my son nothing to
etc. as new, 10 months warranty, 60 euros, tel 667 991 458
2 SETS OF GOLF CLUBS | with bags, 1 set 50euros other
60euros or both for 100euros. Tel. 667 991 459
4/5, good sound condition but needs interior painting.
For details call on 699 286 829 or 618 588 679
20 knots plus, remote steering. excellent 25hp mariner/
mercury ex RNLI outboard 2004 entirely reliable. Good
ECOBEARS | handmade personalised 'one of a kind'
road trailer 1500euros.Tel. Andy Preston 600890453 email.
teddy-bears & gifts. perfect for birthdays, weddings,
[email protected]
anniversaries & other special occasions. see website or
expensive would be good with sights. Tel. 977 649 043
JEEP CHEROKEE LTD | Spanish plates, itv tax, electric
telephone yvonne for details: www.ecobears.com
WANTED VOLUNTEERS | help needed to look after the
windows seats mirrors, (heated) fogs, cruise, ABS, AC,
EMAIL: [email protected] TEL:617 836 923
abandon dogs at ARCA near Tortosa. Please call Maeve
new catalytic converter, CD, leather interior, tow bar, FSH
BEDS | 2 double, 1 single, steel frames, any reasonable offer.
678 975 816 if you can offer any assistance. Plus anyone
53000 VGC €1995 TEL: 696 703 631
Tel 617 162 264
interested in organising some fund raising for the dogs
HONDA 4.2KVA GENERATOR | eletric start, serviced, no
would be must appreciated. PLEASE HELP
FREEDOM MICROLITE CARAVAN WITH POP-UP ROOF &
Are you suffering Verbal, Mental, or Phyiscal
abuse? If you feel that you need to talk! Please
contact me! [email protected]
VEHICLES / MOBILE HOMES/BOATS
AWNING | 2 Berth, Hob, Grill, Sink & Fridge. New curtains
EXCHANGE almost new automatic washing machine for a twin
WHITE FORD ESCORT VAN | UK L reg. 1.8 diesel, runner
and flooring. Can be towed with any size car. Ideal for
tub washing machine. Chris 678 468 058
seen better days, good for parts, 2 new tyres 150€ O.N.O. TEL
beach/fishing weekends/spare bedroom etc. 995euros
Hipaca Escornalbou, Vilanova D'Escornalbou. Arrive 09.00
SCAFFOLDING | spanish. HEAVY DUTY CEMENT MIXER |
655 249 910
o.n.o Tel: 617 836 923 or 675444338 for further details.
sale starts 10.00. Bar & restaurant available all day Contacts:
large 200€. GENERATORS | 2ka & 5kva. Tel. 616 135 036
HYUNDAI ACSENT CAR | 1995, just run out of i.t.v. feb09,
ZANUSSI CHEST FREEZER | approx 250 litres. H.85 W.92
good condition, 300euros for quick sale. Tel. 667 991 459
D.70- 30 euros. Tel: 977 580 090 or 661 354 704
5HP MARINER/MERCURY OUTBOARD | about 10 years old,
bought new from Nissan in Tortosa, Black over silver
WATER LILY PLANTS | (large), assorted colours. 5 euros
only ever used as an auxilliary. Good order. 250euros Tel. Andy
Climate control , CD multi changer 2 years ITV 15,000€
each.Tel: 977 580 090 or 661 354 704
Preston 600890453 email. [email protected]
KITTENS | Born between 15th and 18th March. Variety of
1SPEEDBOAT VEGA 420 price 250euros, | 1 SPEEDBOAT
battery 100euros for quick sale. Tel. 667 991 459
colours !!! Kind, loving homes wanted. Tel: 977 053 994
Cosme on 620 215 772 or Silvia 665 159 781
NISSAN NAVARA DOUBLE CAB | 2005 one lady owner,
Tel 606 843 208 / 0044 7515 676 238
 (FISHING BOAT) ECOFIBER 490 ( with some cleaning work
ABSAAR 12 VOLT 11AMP BATTERY CHARGER | over 100€
price 125€*work for a handyman. Call Willy 977 460 498 or
new -accept 35€ O.N.O.. Tel 628 596 985 or 616 154 269
John 977 059 001
KAWASAKI ZX10 | English reg, €1000. Tel. 616 135 036
PEUGEOT 406 SRI Yreg 2001 50,000 miles MOT
TWIN AXEL BOX TRAILER | 2000kilo capacity with roller
March2010 a/c c/c All electrics excellent condition €2150
ENGLISH NEW POTATOES | freshly dug 1 euro per kilo
shutter door, good condition, 950 euros Tel 617 162 264
ono tel Dave 679 889 639
ready end 1st week may approx tel 616 154 269.
TRANSIT | good runner 500 euros, no mot.
ELLDIS WHIRLWIND CARAVAN EX20 | 2 berth shower, 3
Tel 617 162 264

way fridge, awning, all extras. 1,295 € ono . 679 889 639
DIESEL GENERATOR 6500 YANMAR | (the best) elec/pull
TRAILER | heavy duty agricultural or industrial with fitted
RENTALS + ACCOMODATION
start. Bought 2 years ago and never commissioned. 4 or
hand wince. Lynch pin towing bracket, not ball. With
PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR RENTALS |
5 hrs running. 1500 euros. Tel. Andy Preston 600890453
sides & tailgate. Interior measurements 10`6 long X 6`4
advertising rentals, cleaning, maintenance, regular
email. [email protected]
wide. 600-16 tyres. 200 euros. Phone: Garry 616 213 884
security checks on empty property. CALL 678 137 032
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WHAT'S ON
•CAR BOOT SALE - 2nd Sunday of very month. Situated
•CLASSIC CAR MEETING 1st FRIDAY of every month 6PM Call
for more details and new location: 678 718 446 ▪EL PERELLO
FREESIA GROUP (working for cancer charities in Spain)
Freesia Group El Perello, Book Stalls 2nd, 16th and 30th May.
Boot Sale 31st May (Proxims Car Park) Sellers 9.30. Pitches
5 euros. Phone Jackie 630587094. ▪FRIENDSHIP CLUB for
all nationalities meeting 2nd, Sunday of each month near
Tortosa free stalls for those that have wares to sell, food &
drinks available. contact Brian Parkin at 660-990-422 or 977059-911 for more info •CAR BOOT SALE | first sunday every
month C/Garcia Restaurant Braseria Can Palomo MORA LA
NOVA •C OF E CHURCH SERVICE last Wednesday of every
month starting January 28th. at 12.30p.m. in Ampolla
village church, all welcome. Followed by Menu del dia lunch
(optional) Enquiries: 977 593 219.
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COSTA DEL SOL ABSOLUTE BARGAIN
A DREAM VILLA WITH PRIVATE POOL FOR THE PRICE OF AN APARTMENT!!!
must be seen and offers accepted. REDUCED BY 120,000 €
Very spacious well appointed 4 doubled bedroom, 3 bathroom villa in the
quiet popular Los Hidalgos area beside Duquesa golf course & beaches.
Also close to golf courses at Sotogrande, Almenara and Valderrama.
[email protected]
Viewing highly recommended.
380,000€ (negotiable)
Call Tel:952 936 306 or 660 823 423
FINCA IN CÀLIG NEAR BENICARLÓ 89,500€ only
By the ermitter Socorrs with 3 bed wooden house, new kitchen
and bathroom with ppower shower, washing machine, fridge
freezer, wood burner, English
sky TV etc, on fenced plot of
11,300sqm good access via
concrete road mains
water and solar power ready to
move plus building planning
permission in place to build
new 3 bed two bath chalet with pool
views out to Cervera 89,500€
Call 678 023 227 Andy
Para espanol 660 670 164 llamar Alex.
Possible rental affordable July 09
onwards min 6 months.
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NEW BUILDS • EXTENSIONS
REFORMS • AIR CONDITIONING
registered builder fully qualified
previous work can be seen
for a free quote call Rodney
977 216 790 653 557 524
English / Spanish
email: [email protected]
CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO ADVERTISE!
NEW BUILDS
REFORMS
EXTENSIONS
Williams
Construction
REGISTERED SPANISH BUILDER - NIE PROVIDED
Tel: (+34) 616 135 036 APDO 274, L’Ametlla de Mar
ALCOHOLICS
MINI DIGGER
& DUMPER HIRE
WITH DRIVER
HONEST, RELIABLE
& COMPETITIVE PRICES
CALL CALEB 663 623 074
NO JOB TOO SMALL
ENGLISH HAIRDRESSER
EL PERELLÓ
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR:
Facial Waxing•Make-up•Eyebrow shaping
ANONYMOUS
Do you have a drinking problem?
Alcoholics Anonymous
may be able to help
Please call 686 885 913
CALL SARAH: 646 935 770
Victims of Domestic Abuse
Are you a victim of domestic abuse –
does your partner or parent or loved one
physically, verbally or emotionally attack you?
We are a group of people who have
suffered domestic abuse from our loved ones
and support each other in finding solutions
and courage to overcome our difficulties.
If you are suffering domestic abuse please
contact us in confidence at :-
[email protected]
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móvil +34 686 739 433
móvil +34 628 831 012
tel
+34 977 059 068
TRAIL RIDES IN BEAUTIFUL RURAL CATALONIA, TAILORED TO YOUR ABILITIES
EXTENSIONS, REFORMS, ROOFING, TILING,
SWIMMING POOLS,
OOLS, PLUMBIN
PLUMBING & ELECTRICS.
TEL 676 927 175
175 / 66
660 647 123
[email protected]
FOR QUOTE OR FURTHER INFORMATION
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP BOOKINGS TAKEN.
NON-RIDERS WELCOME, ACTIVITIES OFFERED.
DAILY RIDES OUT FROM OUR FINCA.
FULL BOARD, INCLUDING
LOCAL WINE WITH MEALS.
LARGE PATIO AND POOL AREA.
LOCAL AIRPORT BARCELONA
(REUS) TRANSFER INCL
we can offer treks/hacks
& lessons,
natural horsemanship,
and a small cross
country course
FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT
ALICE 0034 671 681 515 OR 0034 977 057 061
e-mail: [email protected]▪www.sanjuanexperience.eu
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Harmo
Natural Horsemanship Trainer
Learn to create a harmonious
relationship with your horse,
through developing good
ground/foundation techniques.
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Long lasting and gentle solutions to
e v e r y d a y
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(leading,loading,catching,spooking)
Horses don’t care how much you
know-only how much you care!
Barefoot Trimming Service - € 20
Garry Goodfellow- 616213884 / 616183056 / [email protected]
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BOARDING KENNELS
& CATTERY GANDESA
Established for five years.
Veterinary inspected and approved.
Clean safe environment.
Two walks a day plus exercise area.
Special rates for two or more pets.
All dogs walked and exercised individualy.
Vaccination and microchip essential.
Pets passport and UK courier services arranged.
Long term kenneling. Inspections welcomed.
Telephone Sandra or Terry 977 055 027 or 678 970 622
Spiritsource Yoga
Sarah Good
Sivananda trained Yoga teacher
Weekly drop/in yoga classes
Rasquera, L’Ampolla, Miami Playa
Tuesdays 10am-11: Rasquera, Casals
Thursdays 11am-12: L´Ampolla,
Hotel Flamingo Spa
Fridays Miami Playa.
(0034) 663 140 297
[email protected]
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MASSAGE
EXTERIOR | INTERIOR
ACUPUNCTURE
SUPPLIED & FITTED
CALL JOHN 616 135 036
C.B. CERAMICS
English Ceramic Tilers - 30 Years Experience
◆Marble◆Mosaic◆Slate◆Stone
Mob: 654 813 299
Tel: 977 262 697
e-mail: [email protected]
Cash waiting for Tractors, Cars
Generators, all types of Machinery
Working or Non Working
Most things considered
Call 977 267 704 or 699 336 006
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