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MORA D'EBRE , THE RIBERA D'EBRE REGION AND A BRIEF Broadcast it!
GLIMPSE INTO THE LIVES OF TWO BRITISH RESIDENTS.
Standing proudly on the banks of the Ebro and framed by the famous arched bridge, Mora
Inside This Month
d'Ebre has evolved into a bustling market town of 5000 inhabitants, its commodities
serving many of the surrounding villages and hamlets.
Somehow there is a completely different atmosphere to any of the coastal resorts; yes Tales from the Riverbank
there are plenty of bars and cafés, but the main focus is on the community and its needs,
giving the town more of a sense of 'normality'. Of historical interest, there is an Islamic Pets
castle and a convent, 'Les Mínimes'. Short Story
The parish church of St John the Baptist is beautifully preserved. Like most settlements Ice without the Gin and Tonic
along the river, boats or canoes can be hired to meander up and down to see the scenery
at its best with the backdrop of the mountains and the birds of prey circling overhead. Whats Online
Other settlements in the region include Riba-Roja d'Ebre, La Palma d'Ebre, Flix, Vinebre,
La Torre de L'Español, Ascó, Garcia, Darmós, La Serra d'Almos, Llaberia, Benissanet, Whats On
Miravet, Ginestar, Tivissa and Rasquera. Mora d'Ebre is situated in the centre of the
Ribera d'Ebre region, and as such is the region's capital. Sports
Directly across the river stands the smaller town of Mora La Nova, which came into being Reviews
after the train station was built. The first train to stop at the station, from Reus, destination
Zaragoza, was on 8 April, 1891. Gradually the town grew until becoming a municipality Growing Nicely
independent of Mora D'Ebre. The manor house, 'Mas de la Coixa', is an emblem of the
town's origins. It has also become very well-known for hosting the annual agricultural fair. Community News
Mora d'Ebre hosts the annual 'Casafir', every September.This is a hunters` fair, with
archery, gundogs, displays, birds of prey , police dog displays and obstacle courses for Health
For Kath and Gary Jordan, this is their third year actually living in Mora dÈbre, just outside
the town. They looked around the area for a couple of years before settling and absolutely Food
love the area. They have around 11 large olive trees and 15 smaller ones, and Gary has
just become the proud owner of half a very smart yellow tractor, with which he is clearing Puzzles
the land for more trees and other vegetables.
They moved here to be closer to their son and his family and have gradually filled their Information
lives to the full. They love the fact that they don't live on the coast and are bombarded by
tourists every summer, yet the coast is a mere 25 mins drive away when they do want to Classified Ads
The Final Word
Beer is cheaper inland too!
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Gary often wanders down to Club Nautica by the There is a Meander area, around 5 km of of Santa Magdalena, protected by a huge boulder,
river in Mora. It's one of his favourite dog walks, protected river, with a river island below Flix which is directly above it. The views from here are
as there is a fabulous park there and surprisingly castle. The area is rich in wildlife, both for nesting breathtaking.
not well frequented, so boxer Nancy is free to and migration and there have been sightings of
roam to her heart's content. Gary loves walking more than 200 bird species. In 1175, King Alfonso Darmós is an Arabic name, and although the
and motorbiking along the river route and Kath gave a donation to the knight Español de Prades, church is beautiful, renovated in 1810, the main
takes spanish lessons and is a member of the and the settlement was apparently thus named focus of the settlement is the Mata tree
ladies' group, Tiara, useful for all expats to get La Torre de L'español. dominating its surroundings. It is a unique species
together for all sorts of reasons! and featured on the Darmós coat of arms.
High up in the hills, the village is rich in history,
They have found the locals very friendly, with but a word of advice if you decide to visit, make The municipality of Tivissa comprises the four
granddaughter Maisie providing a useful way of it during the milder months. It can be bitterly cold towns of Tivissa, La Serra d'Almos, Darmós and
integration, as they met a lot of locals when taking in winter, with howling, relentless and very Llaberia. Tivissa itself has a rich historical
her to school. Their spanish neighbours, Teresa unforgiving winds, which are infinitely heritage. There is the Iberian city of Castellet de
and Pasqual Blanch and their children Rut, Isaac Banyoles and the cave paintings of the Font
andMario, have been great despite the language Vilella ravine.
barrier and are now firm friends. Mora hosts
festivals throughout the year, which they enjoy, The oldest, smallest hamlet of all, Llaberia, lies
in fact the only gripe, if there is one, is the lack of 23km NW of Tivissa. From the hills above, some
live music in the area. 912m, it becomes clear that this area dominates
the Tarragona plains. The Romanesque church
A musician himself, Gary finds this frustrating, but is surrounded by fountains, making it memorable
intends to investigate the problem further and and unique. Miravet, with the Knight's Templar
actually do something about it. So watch this castle at the head, overlooking the village below,
space for news of a venue with live music from is steeped in history over many years of battles
the mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass guitar and violin. and strife.
Too good to miss!
It is perhaps the most picturesque of all the
Returning to the subject of the settlements, with houses set onto the cliffs and
historical attracitons of the region, I along the river, all with a story to tell. The ferry is
an interesting way to approach the village, and
have simply provided an idea of what
the main square sits prettily on the riverside.
is where; a taster to prompt any
interested parties to delve more Ginestar houses the remains of one of the oldest
deeply. towns in Cataluña, the ravine of Gàfols, built in
the 7th century B.C. The church of Saint Marti,
I begin with Riba-Roca. Historical sources in clearly visible from the road was built in the 18th
Riba-Roja date back to Neolithic times, as there century, as well as the Sant Isidre Hermitage, built
are still remains of a settlement there, and other in 1617, on the outskirts.
later remains of a Roman settlement. Parts of the
ancient fortress are still there and the church, Sant Finally, Rasquera, last but certainly not least to
Bertomeu dominates the square. be mentioned, has two distinct parts. The town,
ancient, with a centre that conserves the structure
The hamlets Santa Madrona and Berrús are incompatible with wandering around and making of a closed-in village surrounding a castle, and
nearby and definitely worth a visit. At La Palma a day of it, and most certainly if you brave it to the then the land. Local artisans handcraft their work
d'Ebre, the church of Santa Maria dates back to top of the Torno, where the views are stunning using boxwood and palm, and in the Cardó
the 12th century, and it has recently been across most of the towns and villages of the whole mountain range, there is a yew forest.
renovated. The village was built under the Ribera d'Ebre region.
protection of the magnificent 'Pi del Pino', a Skimming through all of the above, for anyone
gigantic pine tree, now itself protected by There is the Horta fountain, of Roman origin, and interested in the history of the region, it seems
Cataluñan law. It is literally situated a hundred the Torrent fountain and the church is that you could well have more than a few
metres to the north along an old pathway, the Neoclassical with beautiful detail in Baroque style. interesting days out ahead, exploring the villages
Granadella lane. In the Town Hall, on the ground For a little place, it certainly holds its head up high and hamlets at your leisure. Only one thing left to
floor, there is an ancient medieval prison. Just on in terms of historical interest. say really:
the outskirts there is 'Font Vella', an ancient
fountain of Arab origin. Another town in the region with historical roots ¡Disfrute!
dating back to Neolithic times is Ascó. The streets
Flix is also of medieval origin, located on a hill are incredibly narrow in places, and overflowing
overlooking the river Ebro. Industry has always with signs linking it to its Moorish history. Several
been prominent here, principally the hydroelectric Iberian settlements have been discovered in the
power station and the dam. Yet there are also surrounding area, and again, it is dominated by PLUMBING • ELECTRICS • HEATING
many interesting historical features, namely the the classicist church, with a tower and a belfry. AIR CONDITIONING • SATELLITE TV
castle remains and the gothic temple of Santa
Maria . Nearby is the Sebes Wildlife and Nature Garcia is another settlement in the region, sitting
Reserve of some 204 hectares. It includes the on the confluence of the rivers Ebro and Siurana. Nigel Morton
nature area of Sebes, located above the dam, There's a large recreational area on the river English and Spanish Spoken
banks popular with visitors for the natural beauty N.I.E Supplied
which has one of the largest reedbeds in Cataluña
and a riverine forest. of the surroundings. The old church, although Tortosa and
destroyed in the Civil War, is still standing and Tel: 620 353 138 Surrounding areas
worth a look. Also of local interest is the hermitage
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CARTES A L'EDITOR
The post-bag started to fill up - many thanks
Readers Letters - to the Editor to everyone who wrote in.
All submissions must be received by the
Please address your letters to:- The Catalunya Chronicle , C/ Martirs
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All letters must contain a contact telephone number - thank you.
Spanish or Catalan Social Security body application form by the end of March 2010,
READERS CALLS INTO THE (INSS). your card should arrive before the new
regulations come into force.
E DITOR , REGARDING THE Now, I do not know for sure if this is the letter
EHIC CARDS to which you refer and wondered if you have If you are not a national of an EU member
received an additional one. (** Jean and Ken) state, or you live in Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Norway or Switzerland, then the country
We have had two calls regarding the EHIC - Nevertheless, I will proceed, but please do where you live will remain responsible for
one last week, and one today, which have call me directly or text me on +34 619 772 issuing your EHIC. In these circumstances,
passed over to you (Rosie Ray) as our 'EHIC 492 or email me directly at please contact the authorities in your country
expert'. RosieReay@FodenPress.com so we may of residence.
discuss your issues and alleviate your
Jean & Ken rang to say they have received concerns. For more information please call the
a letter from the UK saying that they are no Overseas Healthcare Team on 0191 218
longer covered should they travel outside of Primarily, the online updated information 1999.>>>>>
Spain. They are pensioners, resident in Spain reads as quoted below.
and registered disabled. Apparently, as their On another UK government's
Note:- it is interesting at this stage (in front of website the following comment
pension is paid from the UK then Spain will
the above mentioned MED letters of 28-01- states:
no longer pay for their medical insurance
2010 being issued) that they cautiously use
the verb "may".
Their telephone number is xxx xxx
<New EU regulations from May 1 2010 >
<NEW EU REGULATIONS >
xxx(removed for privacy) they seem to be
very confused by the line the UK is taking. http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcarea
If you live in another European Union member
I am passing this on as I have no real state, and the United Kingdom covers the cost
knowledge of the issue. Due to changes in European Union of your healthcare, the UK may be
regulations, from May 1, 2010 the United responsible for the issue of your European
Also had another call from a Mr. Sharpendale Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from May 1,
Kingdom may be responsible for the issue of
with what appears to be a similar problem. 2010.
your European Health Insurance Card instead
Rosie Reay replies to the telephone of the member state where you live. Secondly, the standard letter issued below is
queries following on from the article on the very latest information available:-
This will apply if you are a national of an EU
EHIC changes in the December issue and
member state and live in an EU member
reply to a 'write-in' in the February issue < the MED letter of the 28th January, 2010-
state, and you either:
:- issued by Carol Shotton Business Manager>
receive your state pension or other long-term
Firstly, Jean and Ken I have tried several The key paragraph reads:
benefit from the UK and you have registered
times to call the number supplied only to be
the form E121 with the health authorities in **(Jean & Ken) < Due to changes in EC
informed by the kindly Spanish lady
the member state where you live; or regulations, from 1 May 2010 the United
answering that she had no idea who you were
but would be very pleased to chat to me all you are dependent on a citizen working in the Kingdom, as the member state responsible
day. So I endeavour to answer your enquiry UK and have registered the form E109 issued for payment of your pension, will also be
as best I can on updated information I have by the UK responsible for issue of your EHIC instead of
and the standard run of the mill letter issued, the member state where you are now living.
as promised, by the Overseas Healthcare You will need to send your application by
If you wish to apply for an EHIC you should
Team to "him indoors" dated 28th Janaury post. An application form, along with an
complete the enclosed application form and
2010. (My elderly mother too received the explanatory letter, will be posted to you during
return it in the enclosed envelope. Please
same letter.) February 2010. This application form will be
ensure you complete all fields and refer to the
different from the EHIC application form
However, each person's reference number available in the UK, and will be modified to notes and examples on the form to aid
on the letter "MED is followed with a 6 figured prove your entitlement to the new UK-issued completion.
number" and the enclosed eco-green postal EHIC card.
The application form contains your personal
application form is unique to that person's
details and is not transferable. Applications
E121 form that has been registered with These cards will be sent out from April 2010
can only be made by post at the present time.
onwards. If you return your completed
The cards will start to be issued by the NHS
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Business Services Authority in April 2010 and regardless of whether you are covered by your gov.uk
can be used from 1 May 2010. Please note EHIC. This is because the EHIC does not # Letter to the address above.
that if you have any dependent children under cover all situations in which you might find
the age of 16 a separate letter and application yourself. For example, it will not cover the cost Their written reply may save you anguish at
form will be issued.> of your journey back to your country of a later date, whereas a telephone call is no
residence if you need to be sent home.> proof of what you are covered for!
I strongly suggest you should complete it and
return it even if you have no definite plans for More expense for the Expats to incur! The next I trust this information is helpful to you all. If
travel in the EU outside of Spain. You never paragraph I have emailed them about for you are listed as a dependent spouse on the
know when you may need to go quickly.You detailed and precise confirmation of what each E121 form then you should have received an
cannot at this stage apply online.Only via country in the EU will cover. We never know independent letter and form. If not write off
'snail' mail and once they issued them it can when we may wish to visit or take a different straight away for it, cross referencing in to
take 2 weeks to reach you as DWP post may road, rail or air route back to old Blighty. your spouse's MED number and both of your
be sent via Ireland, Malta or Switzerland for National Insurance numbers. You must apply
onward despatch. I kid you not! <Each country has different rules about state separately and have your own card!
medical provision. In some countries treatment Without due prejudice.
But read the next paragraph with caution. is free but in others you will have to pay part
They continue:- or all of the cost and then claim a full or partial RosieReay@FodenPress.com
refund. If you do incur expenses during a visit
< The EHIC will cover any medical treatment you may be able to claim a refund by Sent in by one of our readers .. Female
that becomes necessary during your trip contacting: we think
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Then the reply you receive, always take a 6. A salad, diet drink, and a hot fudge
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SHELTER PAW PRINTS ...
Pets leave Paw Prints on your Heart
In this section we present 3 shelter animals each month, who
are ready for adoption and in search of a good home.
Mimi is a 2 year old spayed female. She's a lovely dog and minimum
gets along with anything and everything. She loves to play order
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and be cuddled and would make a great family dog. Mimi
may not be the prettiest dog to look at, but she sure makes
up for it in sweetness! Her dream is to find a safe warm
caring home with lot's of attention.
The 1 year old Momo is this months shelter
ambassador. When he was first brought in to the
shelter he was extremely scared. He had been
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great with children and other dogs. He seems to email: email@example.com
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Rico is a beautiful German Shepard Mix. He's young.
Only about 1 year old. This beautiful animal came to ARTÍ
the shelter through the police, and sadly nothing is
known about his past. Rico is this month's shelter UERAL
emergency because he's too scared to adapt well to
the shelter surroundings. Though he's big in size, the CONSTRUCTION
other dogs in his free-run pen pick on him and have Reforms
pushed him to the lowest ranks. He's getting more
scared by the day and is beginning to wither away.
Rico desperately needs to find a home of his own, with a responsible loving owner, New Builds
who can help him restore the confidence that this type of dog should have.
Fincas for Sale
If you are interested in one of these animals, please visit the no kill animal shelter
"Alberg d'animals de les Terres de l'Ebre" in Camarles. Saturday and Sunday
mornings 9:00 - 12:00 there are english speaking volounteers present. currently
the shelter does not have regular opening hours, so please call before visiting to C/Deu, 21, Camarles
avoid disappointment. Directions: On the N340 between L'Aldea and Camarles Tel: 636292568
take the entrance road next to the big red Estrella Dam building, at km 1089.5. (English spoken)
From here, call the shelter at 619848778 and they will explain how to continue. www.martiqueral.es
What happend to our shelter buddies from last month? Did they make a lasting
impression? Did they manage to leave their Paw Prints all over your hearts? Who was
adopted and who hasn't found their soulmate yet?
ARCA Association for the
refuge and care of animals
Sadly, none of our 3 shelter dogs have been adopted. They are still waiting for that one
Situated on the C42 TORTOSA ALDEA.
person to give them a second chance at life, with a caring loving new home. Hopefully a
small reminder of their loyal faces will spark a love with one of our readers and still lead Are you able to help us by adopting one of our loving dogs which will enable
us to carry on taking in others.
to adoption. Bello, Lila, and Sita.
Alternatively perhaps you could help to sponsor one for a small amount per month as we
currently have over 200 dogs to choose from.
We would be very grateful for any help or donations you can give to us. If so please contact:
MAVE 678975816 SUE 630791918 CARMEN 655040359.
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TALES FROM THE RIVER EBRO VALLEY
BY ROSIE REAY a hot classroom, with African sunshine Some people learn the swear words first. I
beating in through the windows, yawning think it is far more fun to learn phrases!
away as Mother Superior droned on and on, Gracies a Valerie.
NEVER TOO OLD TO TACKLE trying to drum Latin verb declensions into me,
ANOTHER LANGUAGE! is finally paying off! The first word I learned off Catalan
TV was " Avui " - meaning Today,
All of the above is happening because I have and the programme is similar to
For years I have been put off by other Expats found the most delightful teacher. A lady who the Yorkshire regional channel,
about taking up Catalan. Oh how I wish I had shares my passion for all things linguistic, but where they pop up in local
not listened to them and started studying it the mistress of many Romance languages villages, as well as covering the
seriously many years afore. Now I am older, tucked under her belt. What is more amazing entire region of Catalunya.
the brain is rustier and I have to now study is my professora lives within strolling distance
harder and longer. Continually pushing myself d'la meva casa and I didn't even know until a Other methods of picking up Catalan is just
daily to find something in Catalan, outside my friend happened to drop it into conversation! to switch on Radio Tortosa while you do the
designated homework period, to not just pick household chores or munch your breakfast.
and scan or discard because it looks too Aside: Kerren Stephens BA Hons( Just an hour each day and you will be amazed
difficult. University of Southampton) how quickly you pick up the local accent on
CertTEFLA. English-Catala- these words - aquestes paraules- They
The beauty of committing to learning another Castellano-Francais = translator, suddenly start to mean something or become
language is so exhilarating. A form of clear enough for you to look them up in a
interpreter and teacher. +34 618 571
escapism for me from my daily 24 hour Care diccionari or be able to repeat them ad hoc
Duties for 2 family members, (I put my hands 233
to a neighbour and ask them what they do
up to this. I am guilty of this.)
This past week has been very exciting for mean.
But it is more than that! It has Valerie Collins and Theresa O'Shea co- Local agenda de Jesus:
given me something to focus on, a authors of "In the Garlic" who were
purpose, a chance to motivate the interviewed on Spanish channel 6 26, 27 i 28 de febrer
intellect locked away for far too http://www.buenafuente.lasexta.com/inicio
long in my dormant brain. XV Fira de l'Oli de les terres de l'Ebre.
by the popular host Andre Beunafuente. If
you missed it you can see them on YouTube X Concurs de Pintura de Jesus
It has enabled me to think past today, to live
in two sections:
instead of just exist as I have done for all of A local Ebro Valley olive oil fiesta held in
2009. I could not then think past the 24 hours 1. # Jesus just off the C12 on the outskirts of
schedule I was locked into. I couldn't think http://www.buenafuente.lasexta.com/arti Tortosa and exhibitions of local artists and
about tomorrow. I dare not think about the day culos/ver/entrevistas/191/dos_inglesas_ other stall holders. A very interesting 3 day
after, let alone "Have I done my Catalan preocupadas_por_la_burrocracia/138 and night event.
homework for next lesson?" I feel I can start 781
to hope again. A method of learning Catalan, though less
2. # amusing, is to loan your sons your car over
Catalan studying has restored direction back http://www.buenafuente.lasexta.com/arti the festive season and then have to go and
into my life, irrespective of what the future culos/ver/entrevistas/191/frases_typical_ sign for a certified letter (long after they have
holds for me. Furthermore, even after just 4 spanish_traducidas_al_ingles/138783 returned to the UK) sent to you from Municipi:
lessons (yes, just four ...quatre classes) I find Tortosa that reads - Estacionar un vehicle en
it easier to read medical instructions and While chatting with Valerie this week I asked zona de parquimetre, sense l'obtencio' previa
signs. But the specialists and nurses are only if she could share some amusing or helpful del ticket...Import a pagar: 21,00 euro.
too please also to help me and explain what phrases in Catalan. She charmingly obliged.
certain medical terms are in Catalan. Changing holiday-maker trends
"Well, of course there's the famous one 'Anem
Admittedly, I do have a somewhat grasp of per feina' -let's get down to work. Folk in the UK are starting to think about
"Espanyol" But soon you see the correlation holidays abroad and the enquiries are filtering
of certain words and phrases are similar, if Most of my favourites I learned from the TV3
through to us at www.BrighterSpain.com.
not the same, but just a twist on the soap operas!
However, it is a buyers market and we are
pronunciation or the suffix is different. Those # És un tros de pa - He/she's a piece of
years, many moons ago when I sat bored in bread. Meaning = a lovely person, easy to
persuade, a soft touch
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Iro nw o of fish. " Voice of Ebro Valley
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being asked to compete against favourable fish (ladies and kids may wish too also) or the It will give you so much more the feeling and
quotes against reputable hotels along the ladies may wish to "trawl the markets " and vibrancy of the real Barcelona, plus hours of
coasts that are offering them at ridiculously an evening meal in and around the town or enjoyment as you move from one short story
low prices. villages where you are spoilt for choice in to another.
menus. Possibly taking a couple of days out
One example was for 375 pounds in total for on the incredible beaches and coves along Talking about the author, he describes his 20
a double room b&b for four weeks. How do the Costa Daurada and try a meal along one helpful Spanish expressions in an article on
they do it? That is not a weekly rate, but the of those delightful seafood restaurants along www.expat.com -well actually 19. One was in
total cost for 2 people! the marinas before heading home. Catalan and it did make me laugh. I can share
the link but because of copyright can not print
An enterprising holiday apartment owner The second week they may choose either an the phrase. But do look them up. You will be
(whose property nestles in the Natural Parks exertive family holiday where they can get out amused by Jeremy Holland's 20 phrases
of the Els Ports) who has thought long and on the bikes or hike the trails high up into the Expatica.com or to learn more interesting
hard in the face of adversity and has come Els Ports either on their own or with a proper facts about Barcelona read his lively blog
up with a novel pricing idea. This is very guide (add on cost). The second choice need www.frombarcelona.com .
forward thinking and is matching the enquiry not be active. It can be whatever you wish.
trends we are now seeing. The holiday As tranquil as you please alone with your Large families or two families travelling
makers are no longer just accepting the musings, avid birdwatching or photography, together - we have choices too. One that
displayed price structure and barter that whylazing under citrus trees reading, writing or would suit those with teenagers more with a
should they pay for 5 when there are only twopainting or just stretching away the aches huge pool and open lawns next to a canal
of them. The prices are quoted in sterling inand pains, or tiredness as the sun kisses your where you can walk into a nearby village and
this example and are correct for 2010. bones that have had too harsh a winter in not far from the Via Verda, and Tortosa
other climes. (How did they survive that medieval town,
07 March 2010 - 08 May 2010 and 03 October
winter? I am so glad we sought warmer
2010 - 06 November 2010 Where as, another has enclosed secured
First 2 occupants 175.00 per week - Extra gardens and a delightful range of children
occupants 25.00 per week Aside: Will the lady walker-cum-writer (who play equipment and games and trampoline,
lives near Tortosa castle) who contacted me pool and more.
09 May 2010 - 26 June 2010 and 05
over the festive period please, please call me
September - 02 October 2010 Or a posh villa set on the side of the Benifallet
on +34 619 772 492. I apologize profusely. I
First 2 occupants 240.00 per week - Extra mountain with grounds right down to the Ebro
filed your number and email in a very safe
occupants 30.00 per week River and sleeps 10 people. Past tourists and
spot. (Sorry, 'I am only a woman' & all of us
locals claim this as the most beautiful view of
27 June 2010 - 04 September 2010 women are guilty of these safe spot(s) to
the River Ebro with a GR walking route
First 2 occupants 285.00 per week - Extra place things, I hear the male Ebrobrites crossing their access road! Already heavily
occupants 35.00 per week groan., "..never to be seen again.Well, not
booked for the 3 summer months, though
until next spring clean!")
there are a few free weeks scattered over that
Another option we can offer is a two centre
location by working with two or more holiday Other holiday owners concentrate on couples
property owners in different locations. For only and can tailor more to the individual Fishermen from Poland and other Eastern
example, the first week the men may wish to couples interests and desires and even take Europeans are also looking at holiday spots.
them around certain wineries or share
So maybe the market is starting to come alive
companionship in an enclosed courtyard with
Emergency Drain Services. again.
wonderful delights of self catering coming
24 Hour 7 Day Service from the most magnificent outdoor kitchen I We have many more options available and
have ever seen. One you would expect to see on both sides of the river! Folk are booking
on lifestyle living pages in the "Sunset -Living short breaks to Barcelona and then popping
in the West" magazine. Your delightful hosts down for one day fishing and one night in
here can offer a choice of two apartments and B&B. Half a loaf is better than no bread at all!
the upstairs studio one even has an outdoor
jaccuzzi bath where the most amazing RosieReay@FodenPress.com
sunsets can be viewed while enjoying a glass
of cava, or several and relax amongst the
But all these properties still allow you to enjoy
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UN CONTE CURT
A Short Story by the Wizard.. 3 months old clamber up onto the out in the open. When she was about ours. We were overcome with grief
store roof and eagerly forage for the one year old it became apparent that and when we looked to Phillipe there
A Debt Repaid in many remains of the bread thrown for the she was pregnant but we decided to were tears also in his eyes, he
ways birds. When we approached, the keep her and see what she would understood our loss and shared our
kitten scampered off in the direction present us with! As her time drew remorse.
We had arrived here in southern of the nearest hedge preferring the near she became furtive and uneasy,
Catalonia full of enthusiasm, total secrecy and darkness that lay we would miss her for long periods We were now left with 5 three week
expectation and perhaps a little within. Every evening she would of the day but she always returned old kittens who were totally
apprehension, to start a new life in return and as time passed by we at nightfall for her meal. Then one dependent on their mother. Urgent
the campo surrounded by olive and would try to gain her confidence by evening she did not return and for efforts had to be made if these
citrus trees. leaving a little food closer to the patio the next 5 days we only saw a few defenceless waifs were to survive. A
where we ate. Initially, at this stage, fleeting glimpses of her. It was phone call to the local animal refuge
Our little finca, small in stature the food was left, she dared not to apparent that she had given birth but centre soon put us onto the right
compared to the home we had left in be close to humans, but hunger where was her litter of kittens? track and after a quick visit to their
England, gave us the promise of a overcame her and gradually she offices we arrived back home with
new life without the pressure and would come up to the patio but not Then one night we had an special powdered milk formula and
demands of living in a busy industrial onto it to take the scraps of food horrendous thunder storm with an ample supply of syringes. When
town in Lancashire. We gave our offered. Our Catalan friends laughed torrential rain and high winds, on and you hold such a small creature in the
new home a lick of paint, hung at us saying that you cannot have on it went, seemingly never to end. palm of your hand you suddenly
paintings and prints on the walls, just one cat, beware, more will come. Just before we retired to our beds we realise how slender the thread of life
renovated the kitchen and generally Perhaps they could not understand peered out through the open door is and to have the responsibility to
made ourselves busy in settling into the feeling that the English have for into the porch and there in the shelter cater for 5 of these creatures all
our new life. animals. of one of the summer chairs were 3 demanding in their squeals to be fed
totally helpless kittens and as we and cared for makes you realise how
Our Catalan neighbours made it a Throughout that summer and into glanced up, there on the patio was small we are in this unfolding
point of honour that they introduced autumn her confidence in us grew mother with a further 2 kittens in her universe but by our actions and
themselves to us and made it clear and she would spend more time on mouth bringing them into the only deeds we can make an effort to
that we were most welcome. Gifts of our land, taking the food offered and place that she knew that she could assist in fulfilling not only our own life
lemons, oranges and bottles of the in return offering her thanks by find shelter, safety and security. The and of others around us but in all
most tasty prepared olives would be dropping the occasional dead rat faith and confidence built up over the things that make this planet such a
festooned on our gate as if left by near the doorstep to show her previous year was now being repaid varied and plentiful place that it is.
fairies and whenever we were appreciation. We grew into her and in full. On this dark and stormy night
working in our very large garden, she into us. When we occasionally with rain in torrents and lightening As I write this article I can look out
they would shout across to us, came home late she would always onto the patio and see 5 growing
that lit up the night sky as if daylight,
waving their arms in welcome and be sat on the drive as if a parent she knew where of a place where kittens, playing with anything and
ask of us ‘Que tal’ to which we would waiting for child to arrive home. Once protection was to be found with no every thing that takes their
reply ‘Mol be’ in our hesitant Catalan. the car had been parked up and we obligation or demands. We quickly amusement. One of them has the
turned to enter the house, she had found a box and some old but warm white paws of her mother, another
By the first summer we had gone, her duty done, but early the bedding, placed it in the sheltered the black and tan colouring of her
progressed well, the vegetable next morning she would be within a porch and watched as she carried by coat and another the mute cry that
garden was in full supply and we few yards of the front door, waiting mouth each defenceless kitten into will always endear my thoughts of
were able to repay the gifts that had for perhaps a few scraps of food. the dry, warm box. such a trusting cat. And sometimes,
festooned our gate with reciprocal sometimes, I swear that I can see
offerings of courgette's, tomatoes, We never attempted to handle her, Over the next few days she hardly their mother sat alongside them.
onions and beans. When our and if she wanted something she left her kittens alone, almost every
neighbours passed by they would would find us, sit a few paces from time we glanced into the box she was A debt truly repaid in full.
hoot their cars horns and nod in us and attempt to meow, I say there feeding or tendering to her
approval that a gift had been attempt because it was apparent that young. We quietly left food and water
received. We truly felt at ease with she was mute! This did not hinder by the side of the box so that she did
all things around us. her from forging a stronger friendship not have far to go in search of her
with us and occasionally she would own food. About three weeks later,
Every evening on this first summer even rub up against our legs if she our Catalan neighbour Phillipe came
after our evening meal, we would felt that she was not being noticed. up the drive shouting in some
throw the left over bread onto the urgency. As we walked down to him
store roof for the birds and the Winter came and past, she had it was apparent that he was carrying
following day we were satisfied to found shelter in the store. I had something. To our horror it was the
see that everything had been taken. thrown a scarf into an old delivery body of our cat, she had been run
Then one evening we were surprised box and she had claimed it as her over by a passing motorcyclist as
to see a young kitten, not more than own, preferring to sleep there than she ran from Phillipe’s land onto
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ICE WITHOUT THE GIN AND TONIC
Another month, the shortest one at that, has searching inside a mobile phone for an
whizzed by. Now getting closer to warmer weather emergency contact then that would make it easier
and looking forward to moving away from the heat for everyone."
GOOD ADVICE FROM KIDS
source into the sunny outdoors. My mood will
change once awaking to sun and warmth plus This came home to me last year when I was asked "Never trust a dog to watch your food."
seeing the wonderful colours of spring. if I knew the names of a friends sons. She was in
Patrick, age 10
hospital but the police could not contact her
At the beginning of the year I promised to take on family. What ever way is best for you and your "When your dad is mad and asks you,
the dreaded tasks of dealing with the bureaucratic loved ones, share information as none of us know
'Do I look stupid?' Don't answer."
paperwork namely the new EU citizen document what the future may be?
replacing the resident’s card, health card renewal Hannah, age 9
and the easy one of making a new will. Yes there Finally the quotes below are some of my
Never tell your Mom her diet's not
is a smug satisfaction of it being accomplished, favourites on the inevitable…………….!
and only four mornings of sheer frustrations. How
one department does not synchronise with Age should not have its face lifted, but it should Michael, age 14
another especially with new forms issued is rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the
amazing, now you can’t download them as they etchings of experience and the firm line of
"Stay away from prunes."
are three-part. character. Ralph B. Perry Randy, age 9
"Don't pull Dad's finger when he tells you
Alright, I put my hands up to upsetting the system; Age will not be defied. Francis Bacon
once on their database there is no ability to to."
change nationality. Back in 2001 I was holding a Ageing seems to be the only available way to live Emily, age 10
British passport now I walk in with an Irish one. A a long life. Daniel Francois Esprit Auber
difficult very foreign customer just trying their new "When your Mom is mad at your dad,
system! By the time you're eighty years old you've learned don't let her brush your hair."
everything. You only have to remember it George Taylia, age 11
Making a will could not have been easier - it took Burns
about an hour, cost a little under 40 euros. No "Never let your three-year old brother in
discount was offered from the Notary but he slyly Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of the same room as your school
asked if I would proof read his translation of the old age. Victor Hugo assignment."
basic will into English. He wants to be able to offer Traci, age 14
a translation to English speakers. Thinking about A useless life is an early death. Johann Wolfgang
this I have now sent it to family members as who Von Goethe "A puppy always has bad breath--even
would know I have it if both Peter and I died after eating a Tic-Tac."
together? This brings to mind a discussion last A lady of a ''certain age,'' which means certainly Andrew, age 9
year. aged. Lord Byron
"Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the
In the situation of accidental death, not a subject Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it same time."
that any of us wish to think of. Would your friends does on the face. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne Kyoyo, age 11
know the names of your next of kin? Does your
mobile phone just hold names and numbers Age is a high price to pay for maturity. Tom "You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a
should the police or other emergency service Stoppard glass of milk."
need to identify you and or your next of kin would Amir, age 9
they be able to? A couple of years back I read an Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't
article which I have found again to share. mind, age don't matter. Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige "Don't wear polka-dot underwear under
In case of emergency (ICE) is a programme that Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Kellie, age 11
enables first responders, such as paramedics, Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long
firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims enough. Groucho Marx "If you want a kitten, start out by asking
and contact their next of kin to obtain important for a horse."
medical information. The program was conceived Alas, I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde Naomi, age 15
in the mid-2000s and promoted by British
paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. It "Felt-tip markers are not good to use as
encourages people to enter emergency contacts lipstick."
in their mobile phone address book under the Lauren, age 9
name "ICE". Alternately, a person can list multiple RIERES ESTATE AGENT
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When interviewed on July 12, 2005 on the BBC Placa Paiolet 2 Tortosa (near the old bridge) "When you get a bad grade in school,
Radio 4 Today programme, Brotchie said:"I was telephone 977445497 or 645335634 show it to your Mom when she's on the
reflecting on some difficult calls I've attended, English Catalan Spanish spoken phone."
where people were unable to speak to me through email firstname.lastname@example.org
injury or illness and we were unable to find out
Alyesha, age 13
who they were. I discovered that many people, "Never try to baptize a cat."
obviously, carry mobile phones and we were
Eileen, age 8
using them to discover who they were. It occurred website www.realitypropertyspain.com
to me that if we had a uniform approach to
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WHAT'S GOING ON ONLINE?
Your monthly round-up of the fun and Spice-up your Sangria skils with these
the factual from the internet. variations: The Hunting Season is all but over....
Hope you enjoyed last month's list, Thank goodness that we no longer have to be
this month we're going to open with a A twist on mussels to keep any man
woken up by the virtual 4th of July every
useful little site that makes tiny URL's happy:
from long ones. I'll be using them bit.ly/cIockh week-end morning. We will be able to stop
whenever I think it'll save you time worrying about the safety of our cats, and other
when typing addresses into your CALLING ALL BRANIACS: animals that may become caught up in the
browser - example: http://bit.ly/ You can never have enough weekly ‘sport’.
On the right hand side of their home www.mentalfloss.com I have no problem with hunting for food, provided of course they
page there are some Tool options - do not litter the place with beer cans, spent cartridges, and worst
check these out for easy sharing. Now put it to the test(s):
bit.ly/98X99P of all, the dogs them deem no longer necessary. With the end of
On with the rest then ... the season, we must be aware that poison is put down to cull the
JUST FOR FUN: strays that are abandoned - a way of clearing up after themselves.
GENERAL INTEREST: Could this be one of the best jazz
Learn how to make a fantastic tiny arrangements of all time?: Last summer I applied to the Department of the Medi-Ambient in
terrarium in a light bulb: bit.ly/9pMejU Amposta to remove my finca from the hunting register, to no avail.
bit.ly/bN6zyT It was apparently not possible unless I had over 250 hectares,
Some funny takes on how movie
Think Mars is all red and dusty?: posters would look if they told the truth: and preferably 500.
Speaking to my neighbour last autumn he mentioned that
15 cute(ish) animals that will kill you: A few twists on the humble tea bag: ‘theoretically’ hunters were not allowed to shoot within 100m of a
bit.ly/85Qq9n bit.ly/dfN5vk road, that they were not allowed to shoot in the riverbeds, or
barrancs, and most telling of all, they could not shoot on land that
Bored of your desktop picture?: A gentler approach to online games:
SPANISH STUFF: How did your Valentines go? Any Armed with this knowledge, however flimsy, we erected small
Be prepared with this Spanish bank worse than these?: signs dotted about our finca, outward facing that bore the legend
holiday list: bit.ly/csMC2d ‘FINCA PARTICULAR CULTIVADA’ . Letting all and sundry know
bit.ly/aSPq60 that this finca was private and was being cultivated or worked.
This round-up was bought to you by Whilst we have seen many hunters nearby this season, we have
Get to know your Spanish cheeses: Jamie Watson.
not had one set foot on our land. Maybe we were lucky, maybe
Jamie is a freelance not. At least our various animals enjoyed a respite.
HISTORY: creative offering web
A sketch-pad story of pretty much design, illustration, At the end of October, I received a reply to an email that I had sent
everything: animation and to some various department back in August. At the time I had
bit.ly/5m3Jr2 branding services, decided to email everyone and anyone connected to the Rural
based in L'Ampolla. /Hunting side of things, in an attempt to find out how to take our
FOOD & DRINK:
Quick lunch option of eggs in bread finca outside the local ‘coto’ or hunting ground.
It appeared to have been passed around a bit - hence the delay
- but eventually it found the right person, and they enclosed a
application form which needed to be completed and sent back to
the MediAmbient in Amposta.
I will keep you posted.
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Madrid booked their place in the final on 26 May for the first time in ten
C ATALUNYA C HRONICLE S PORT ’ S P AGE years after a four-nil home win couldn’t be overturned by the Cantabrian
side Racing de Santander who won the second leg 3-2.
Injury woes continue for Nadal
F1 practice in Jerez ahead of new season Rafa Nadal has been told that he will be out of action for another month
following a new injury he picked up playing Andy Murray in the Australian
The Jerez circuit saw all the big names testing their cars mid February for Open at the end of January. Doctors said that he suffered a tear in the
the forthcoming Grand Prix season with the focus of attention on old rivals quadriceps muscle in his right leg and was told to rest for at least two weeks
Fernando Alonso, now with Ferrari, and Michael Schumacher staging his then make a slow return to training.
comeback with Mercedes.
Nadal withdrew injured from the Australian Open semi-final clash against
Other teams practising included McLaren, Sauber, Renault, Red Bull, Toro Andy Murray and as a result has seen his world ranking drop to number
Rosso, Williams, Force India-Mercedes GP and Virgin GP. four with the Scot moving into third.
Alonso was super confident about the performance of Ferrari’s new F10 Spain criticises Portugal over 2018 World Cup Bid
car, taking it trough 129 laps with a full fuel tank but the final day of testing
saw Britain’s Lewis Hamilton achieve the fastest lap time, albeit with lower The Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky has told the press he
levels of fuel and a dry track. doesn’t see Portugal as "overly excited" at the prospect of co-hosting the
2018 World Cup Finals with Spain. He infuriated the Portuguese
Hamilton’s teammate and current world champion Jenson Button also put government by saying "It seems that those in football are more interested
in some impressive performances but couldn’t top Hamilton’s times. than the politicians." Portugal’s minister for sport Laurentino Dias
Thorough testing this season is even more crucial as new rules in place responded by insisting that it doesn't have any money to spend on
mean that there will be no re-fuelling during races. remodelling stadiums due to the country's financial difficulties and that the
fact there would be no new investment in stadiums was clear from the
2010 Formula One Calendar outset.
Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) 12 - 14 Mar The Iberian bid was regarded by many as favourite to succeed in
Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) 26 - 28 Mar December’s vote but this public disagreement will give both the English
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Malaysian Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur) 02 - 04 Apr
Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) 16 - 18 Apr
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Grand Prix Of Europe (Valencia) 25 - 27 Jun
British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 09 - 11 Jul
German Grand Prix (Hockenheim) 23 - 25 Jul
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