FRONT PAGE HORROR SMASH

HORROR SMASH

“Hellish” scenes as eight people are burnt to death Eight people, including two young children, died on Tuesday after a head-on collision with a lorry on the AP7 close to Cox in More »

NEWS DOG WONDER

DOG WONDER

San Pedro del Pinatar’s beaches have a new member of their lifeguard and sea rescue teams:- a Newfoundland rescue dog! The dog can swim an average of five miles non-stop, and can More »

Puton Rebels

PUTIN THE BOOT IN

MUCH has been written and broadcast over the past week over the horror of the cold-blooded murder of 298 people, many of them children, in the bringing down of Flight MH17 over More »

Utopia

UTOPIA FLOUNDERS

I’m sure you remember your childhood days eagerly awaiting a birthday or Christmas present that you’ve been promised, but when it finally arrived, it sadly didn’t live up to the expectation. I More »

Jose Mourinho

BRIDGE OF SIGNINGS!

Jose steals away half a new team while everyone watches the World Cup… While this country – and others – were glued to their TV sets relishing the WC, it would seem More »

HORROR SMASH

FRONT PAGE HORROR SMASH

“Hellish” scenes as eight people are burnt to death

Eight people, including two young children, died on Tuesday after a head-on collision with a lorry on the AP7 close to Cox in Alicante Province.
The tragedy, which happened at 4.40pm, produced a horrific scene for witnesses and emergency workers, one of whom described it as looking like something out of the classic poem, Dante’s Inferno. It’s the most serious accident in the region since 1998 when a Benidorm-bound coach, full of pensioners, crashed at Villafranqueza, resulting in 12 deaths and 38 injuries. The main theory being worked on by crash investigators is that one of the lorry tyres suffered a blowout.
The people who died in Tuesday’s crash were all Romanian and had been on holiday in Vera in Andalucía, with the two youngsters aged five and seven.

DOG WONDER

NEWS DOG WONDER

San Pedro del Pinatar’s beaches have a new member of their lifeguard and sea rescue teams:- a Newfoundland rescue dog! The dog can swim an average of five miles non-stop, and can also tow a substantial boat and craft in the water, making it an essential member of the team, with this summer’s work being treated as an experiment, ahead of a possible further roll-out next year.

THE EVIL FACE OF MANKIND

mh17

How can a human being stoop to this level?

IT’S just a few hours to deadline, my planned topic for this column has just fallen flat, and I need to write 1,000 words of magical prose to fill the space.
My initial instinct is to panic, leap from my computer chair, rip my hair out in huge tufts and then tear around the house screaming ‘’Nelson never had this problem with his column. What did I do to deserve this?’’
However, the reality of the world that now surrounds us is that life is becoming seriously serious. In the words of Dads Army’s Private Frazer, “We’re doomed Mr Mainwaring, we’re doomed.’’

BILL’S NO BATMAN

Bat

THE topic under discussion in the pub the other evening was the weather. But after agreeing that it didn’t really matter whether or not it was nice out because we were all indoors anyway, the subject petered out and we switched to silent mode.
The peace and quiet were soon shattered when Fag Ash Bill raced into the pub, scattering raindrops and wet bits of tobacco everywhere.
‘I can’t stand out there puffing away any longer,’ he gasped. ‘It’s absolutely bucketing down and I’m saturated. The downpour has already extinguished three of my lit ciggies and I’m not prepared to risk the 15 unopened packets I have packed in my pockets.’
Aware of the heavy silence around him, Fag Ash Bill asked: ‘What’s up? Why are you all so quiet?’

A WONDERFUL LIFE

Moors and Christians

It is a balmy Saturday evening, with a slight breeze tickling the leaves on the trees as the sun slowly sets in the west.
The air is filled with the sound of busy chatter and feels fresh and clean. Finally I have gone out to a bar with my little man and as I sit in the warm late afternoon atmosphere, surrounded by Spanish families and groups, watching my son play with one of his birthday toys. I feel relaxed and ready to face the world. If I had stayed in England, I guess that at about this time, 9pm on a Saturday night, I would have been sitting in my house no doubt watching television and trying not to think about the dreaded return to work on Monday.

OH FOR RONNIE AND MAGGIE!

Putin

What does the world do about the Russian leader Vladimir Putin?
It’s horrifying enough to hear about the aftermath of Putin’s rebel puppets shooting down the Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine, and the dreadful way they treated the bodies and the thuggish way they behaved to the international observers and investigators, but as for Putin, words fail me. The man seems to be bereft of any sort of humanity and humility, and unless I missed it, I don’t remember him having any words of sympathy for the families of the victims that were murdered by his cronies. Instead, the Russian media has been full of conspiracy theories akin to an edition of The X Files, that the Ukrainian government deliberately shot down the plane, in order that they could blame it all on Russia!

PUTIN THE BOOT IN

Puton Rebels

MUCH has been written and broadcast over the past week over the horror of the cold-blooded murder of 298 people, many of them children, in the bringing down of Flight MH17 over the war-zone in eastern Ukraine.
Firstly, I hope that a lesson has been learned not to fly civilian aircraft over war zones, especially when the reason is to cut a few minutes of flight time and a few hundred pounds worth of fuel. Sadly, there are currently so many war zones around the world and it is almost impossible for flight paths to avoid them all. What a sad indictment that is to a supposedly civilised world. No matter how you look at it, this atrocity has Russian blood all over it. Putin has allowed an open border between Russia and eastern Ukraine, over which masses of sophisticated armaments have been allowed to pour in. Sadly, Putin has exercised virtually no control over these pro-Russian killers hell-bent on controlling vast tracks of territory – exactly the opposite, he has been encouraging them.

Spanish 132

¡Hola! Buenos días, espero que hayas pasado una buena semana y estés preparado por la próxima lección. Como te he dicho la semana pasada, esta semana vamos a aprender el tiempo condicional.
This week we are learning the conditional tense, that is the tense when we say in English the modal verb ´would´, for example ´I would go to the party but I have to work´ there is a condition which means something cannot be done, although we don´t always have to state the condition it is more normal to do so.
I hope you have spent the last week practising your infinitives because now I´m going to show you how to conjugate (change) the verb to talk in the conditional tense.

UTOPIA FLOUNDERS

Utopia

I’m sure you remember your childhood days eagerly awaiting a birthday or Christmas present that you’ve been promised, but when it finally arrived, it sadly didn’t live up to the expectation.
I feel that way over Channel Four’s quirky drama series Utopia, especially after last year’s first run was so good. When it finished, I couldn’t wait for news of a re-commission, which promptly came, but what a big let-down this second run has been, which is probably why Channel Four have hidden it away in their summer evening schedules.

A DOUBLE DOSE OF TROUBLE

GOLF LARRAZABAL IN THE WATER

Many things seem to come in threes but during the second quarter of 2014 many of the more unusual and interesting rulings on the main professional Tours seem to have involved things that have come in twos! Most professionals put their own personal identification mark on their golf ball so the Wrong Ball Rule (Rule 15-3) is one which is seldom needed on Tour. It was extremely unusual therefore when Hunter Mahan and Jamie Donaldson both played wrong balls by hitting each other’s ball during the second round of the recent US Open at Pinehurst.