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Laine's Alcaidesa Newsletter - May 2011

Hello Everyone

Well, as usual late with the Newsletter but actually have a really good excuse this time.!!
I have been moving into my new office in Alcaidesa, front line, right next to the Portofino Complex opposite the Marina De La Alcaidesa. Not over large but great for me, an office away from my house, wonderful, just got to get the house back to normal now.
So if you would like to visit, you know where to find me.

I am actually getting very low on rental properties, so visit us please if you have a property you wish to sell / rent we would be happy to help.

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Earthquake in Japan

Now to something more serious, the earthquake in Japan and I will quote from the Reuters. ‘ Quick thinking executive pulled into midst of Japan Nuclear crisis’

This man realised he was placed to help out, he had on hand a truck-mounted Pump, bigger than any other in the land.

This was a hard time for this man Hiroshi Suzuki, head of the Japan Branch of a German Firm that makes the “Behemoth Pumps”, as he himself had two members of his own family missing. However, as Hiroshi had be born nearby the disaster truly wanted to help and went to the zone surrounding the unstable reactors.

For his wife Julianne and his two teenage children this must have been such a worrying time, I know I would not want my own husband anywhere near these reactors.

Hiroshi commented ‘ I just did what was necessary but when I heard it was successful I was so relieved’

It is strange how things so far away can still touch us in Alcaidesa.
Hiroshi and Julianne own a holiday home in Alcaidesa. I know Julianna and Hiroshi’s family are so proud of him and would also like to add to that list. So on behalf of Alcaidesa, Hiroshi we are also proud of you.
Full story at:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/24/japan-pump-idUSL3E7EN0YA20110324

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Great News for Alcaidesa - The Mini Market is now Open

This is great news for Alcaidesa.

The Mini Market is run by a lovely Spanish family, Silva is always there and you can often find her husband and children around as well.

The Mini Market sells a variety of things such as normal every day products i.e., tea, coffee, bread, milk, cold meats, cheeses and things like soap powder, etc.
You can also buy your drinks, coke, bottled water, fruit juice, beers and wines.
For the kids you can get a ball or bucket and spade, ice-creams, sweets, the list goes on and on.
Even a beach top for the ladies, if you have forgotten to pack one!
I think you have the idea now but to finish with you can even sit outside and have a coffee, tea or a cold beer on the terrace, and the nice thing is that Silvia and her family always make you feel so welcome.

So please support them and our new Mini Market.

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Sotogrande International School

Sotogrande International School and the Municipal Council have agreed to give five Scholarships. These Scholarships will be offered to outstanding San Roque Students.
This is great news for the families who might not have the financial means and an even better opportunity for the students themselves.

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Plans for the Coastal Area between Alcaidesa and Sotogrande

The justification for this project is that it is a unique space, both for its intermediate position on two areas of tourist interest (Sotogrande and Alcaidesa), for the exceptional preservation of the cork of Guadalquitón.
The purpose of this area of opportunity is justified by the convenience of ordering the use of tourism to this area, enabling conservation of natural values, reserving land for public access to nature and the coastal landscape.
In its surroundings are located tourist areas with high quality facilities and international prestige, so the area is raised to maintain and enhance the high level segment in the European tourist market.
The Area will be used for tourism, sports, leisure and associated commercial and residential tourism.

Full Story click here

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Feel Safe in Spain

If you are thinking about moving to Spain it is considered a safe country. Did you know that most English people give Spain a 9.8 out of 10 for safety. This was from a study on line by a Travel Agent.

Spain lst – France 2nd and Cyprus 3rd

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New Hospital in La Linea

Construction began on La Linea’s new Hospital in October 2009. Despite problems with flooding, the pace of work has progressed adequately. It was initially projected that the project would be finished within three years and officials believe that this goal will be met.

In total 54,559, 534.92 Euros will be invested in the Hospital. It will have seven operating theaters and an increased capacity for many services. In particular, the surgery area will increase by 600%. The maternity and consultation areas will also see expanded capacity in the new building.

This week, the Partido Andalucista candidate for Mayor of La Linea, Angel Villar, stated that the area’s new Hospital will receive the maximum amount of funding, emphasizing that the project will be of central importance to the new term of office.

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Cruises Ships

The Cruises Ship Business in 2010 went up by 35 percent and this business is bring in 56 million Euros. The Cruise Ships are going into Malaga and on average each person from that ship is spending 160 euro per day, when visiting the town of Malaga.
Did you know that 239,867 cruises started or ended in Malaga.

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Wine Sales

Spanish wine sales are also up. This is the wine maker Bodegas Torres and it is please to announce its sells are up by 11%. One of the most popular wines is Vina Sol and I like this wine myself. However, I must also tell you that 72% of the sales income is from abroad.

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Drink Driving in Spain

Spain is a very laid back Country and that might just fool you into thinking that includes drink driving laws. However, Spain is actually very stringent when it comes to drink driving laws, the legal limit is just 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.
This is substantially less than in some other European Countries. If you are stopped you could face:-
A heavy fine, licence taken away or even a term in Prison and that leads to a criminal record.
So the moral of this story is don’t drink and drive after too much of the Vina Sol mentioned above!!!.

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Volvo World Match Play

Finca Cortesín will feature the top three in the world in the Volvo World Match Play.

The Englishman Luke Donald, world number three, has confirmed his participation in the Volvo World Match Play and will be at Finca Cortesín 19 to May 22 with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, numbers one and two of the world rankings.

Westwood, Donald and Kaymer will lead a stellar participation including Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Retief Goosen, Alvaro Quiros, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Yong-Eun Yang, Ryan Moore, Ross Fisher Nicolas Colsaerts, Søren Kjeldsen, Johan Edfors and Paul Lawrie. The latest to join the party have been the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and Dane Anders Hansen.

Luke Donald will try to get his third title in Spain, where he has won twice: in 2004, representing England with his friend Paul Casey, were proclaimed World Champions in the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla defeated by a blow to Spanish pair Miguel Angel Jimenez made up and Sergio Garcia, and last year won the Madrid Masters at the Royal Society Spanish Riding Club de Campo.

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Just a couple of things to end on:-

A lady gave birth to her baby boy when her husband stopped for petrol on the way to the hospital and that got me thinking. You know what people are like today for names, so what could she have named her son – Diesel, Petrol Tank even better after the car, Renault, Ford and even Mini, I really am sad !!

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The Picasso Painting

An American collector has just paid, wait for it, 29.7 million euro’s for the Spanish Painter Pablo Picassos painting ‘ La Lecture’. Can you imagine having that kind if money just spare for a painting !!

Finally if you wish to see this painting it is on show in my office from lst June till the lst September. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye for now

Elaine

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