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Monte Mar Bowls and Social Club – CAPTAIN v CHAIRMAN
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Sponsored by The Pub, Bowling Abroad, Avalon, Lounge D, Rogers, La Piazza and The Belfry. CAPTAIN v CHAIRMAN On Saturday 30th March we held our annual Captain v Chairman competition. Played on a lovely sunny morning, it was a very competitive  competition played in good  humour. This year it was the turn of the Captain’s [...]

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NORTH/SOUTH PLAYOFF – BENITACHELL BOWLS CLUB LIONS v VISTA BELLA LANZADORES
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For the 10th year running BBC Lions secured the Northern League Championship.  Seven months of league bowling ended at Montemar on the 1st April. It was a fantastic final game of bowls which went right down to the wire, the very last bowl could have gone either way, but, in a nerve racking last end [...]

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Tiger to thwart Hemmings duo Vintage Clouds and Lake View Lad in National
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By Andrew Atkinson The 2019 £1m Randox Health Grand National on Saturday sees Leader tip Tiger Roll aiming to repeat last year’s success and in doing so thwarting Trevor Hemmings bid of winning it for the fourth time. “Aintree is class. Known worldwide and unbelievable,” Hemmings, 83, told me. Preston North End players will have [...]

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FAOC examine Ciudadanos, Orihuela, election manifesto
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In a 2016 poll by Sociological Research (CIS) which asked citizens about the ideological position of Spanish political parties and where the respondent had to place each party on a scale of 1 to 10, where one referred to the political far left and ten, to the right, with 5.5 being the centre of the [...]

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Accessible beaches on the Orihuela Costa
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Luisa Boné, City Councillor for Beaches, together with Carmen Díaz and Belén Cascales, both members of the Association Orihuela sin Barrera (Orihuela without Barriers), spoke recently about many of the activities that will take place on the Orihuela Coast during the coming high season. The concentrated mainly on those that will be provided by the [...]

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Firefighters tackle blaze close to Zenia Boulevard
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More than 15 firefighters were deployed on Thursday evening to fight a fire that had broken out in a Chinese bazaar located next to the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre on the Orihuela Costa. Although the cause is still not known it is understood that the fire broke out on the roof of the “Oriental Market”, [...]

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Leader tips bear fruit on Ladies Day on eve of Aintree Grand National
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By Andrew Atkinson Champ! That was the cry at the Aintree Grand National meeting after The Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader tipped the Nicky Henderson trained Champ (9-4) to land the Doom Bar Sefton Novices Hurdle over 3 miles on Friday. “Nicky told me to get him settled – and everything went to plan,” [...]

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Rojales death, detainee pleads his innocence
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The 49 year old Hungarian man, arrested on Monday evening following the death of his 39 year old partner, Andrea, in Rojales, continues to plead his innocence. At a court appearance in Torrevieja on Thursday it was said that forensic tests are still to be concluded. Nevertheless he chose not to testify during the sitting [...]

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Nicholls Topofthegame in Ladies day Aintree raid
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By Andrew Atkinson Paul Nicholls has a plethora of fancies at Aintree on Friday on Ladies Day – with Topofthegame set to land the Betway Mildmay Novices chase over 3 miles. Topofthegame (2.50) ridden by Harry Cobden is one of Nicholls’ stable leading candidates on day two of the Aintree Grand National three day meeting. [...]

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Spain Exclusive with Esteban Fernandez
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Coming soon – only in The Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader – an Exclusive interview with Madrid born musician Esteban Fernandez and his Manchester born wife, singer Norma. Guitarist Esteban played at the same venue as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis jnr and Ike and Tina Turner in Tokyo, Japan. Esteban was tutored by Spain’s [...]

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The secret of the American Tower
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Just to the south of Guardamar del Segura, inland of the N332, there is a compound that is surrounded by a perimeter of secrecy. Posters and signs warn that it is a prohibited area, a military zone and to which, over the last 50 years, there have been very few people who have gained admittance [...]

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STRIKE UP THE BAND!
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By Andrew Atkinson JOSEPH O’Brien trained Band Of Outlaws is set to step up in grade at Aintree on Thursday on the opening day of the three day Aintree Grand National meeting. Band Of Outlaws who won at the Cheltenham Festival in March – tipped by The Leader – will step up to Grade 1 [...]

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World Colon Cancer Day (March 31)
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Quirónsalud Torrevieja will do free tests for the early detection of Colon Cancer The fecal occult blood tests are aimed at the population between 50 and 74 years old The Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja launches a free campaign for early diagnosis of colon cancer on the occasion of the world day of this pathology, which is [...]

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My Fair Lady is coming to Rojales!
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Always a smash hit, My Fair Lady wowed the Jávea audiences during its six-day run and is coming south where it is hoped the same will happen again. Great songs, singing, dancing, costumes – wait until you see the Ascot scene! My Fair Lady is coming to Rojales! A review by Jack Troughton said: “Eliza [...]

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ALL ABOARD FOR ANYTHING GOES
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STUDIO32 Musical Theatre Company has the pleasure to bring you the all-time classical Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. A fun show with a funny script that is guaranteed to make you laugh, together with great songs and fantastic dance routines. Set in the early 1930’s aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, the story involves nightclub [...]

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Clocking Brexit
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Did you remember to put the clocks forward one hour? Sadly, I completely forgot to attend to this bi-annual nonsense this time, but thanks to my smartphone and watch it was done automatically, and so there was no need to be concerned. My laptop computer and other devices all managed to adjust to the new [...]

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Spanish municipalities that have become independent
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The trigger was a fight at the festival to celebrate the Bajada de la Virgen de Los Reyes, patron saint of the island of El Hierro, among the residents of the towns of El Golfo (Frontera) and El Pinar. The quarrel caused the residents of El Pinar to resume an old independence aspiration segregate from [...]

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Struggling Monte Fail to Finish.
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  Santa Pola CF 2 – 1 CD Montesinos On yet another “must win” day for Montesinos, it was profligacy in front of goal as much as sleepy defending that meant they came away with nothing from this relatively early starting game. Still missing striker Vaz up top and busy midfielder Alex, it was a [...]

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How to Start a Business Post-Brexit
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Brexit has cast uncertainty for the future of many businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them. However, if you are thinking about setting up a business, you should not be deterred by Brexit. It is still possible to set up a business after Brexit as long as you are aware of the potential changes that you [...]

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Ambulance donated to Cruz Roja by HAHCB
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Following months of fundraising by HELP at Home Costa Blanca, Tuesday (2 April) saw the presentation of a new 31,000 euro ambulance to the area’s Spanish Red Cross. The event took place at the Emerald Isle Leisure Complex in La Florida, the venue for so many of the charity’s fundraising events in recent years.  The [...]

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LOS AMIGOS DE MAZARRON FC 10th GALA WEEK CELEBRATIONS
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Football celebrities from the UK flew into Spain last week to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Annual Gala Evening and Dinner in support of Mazarron Football Club. The festivities started with a Race Night at the Club House, Camposol on Saturday 23rd March sponsored by Camposol Property Sales. [...]

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Outdoor Activities Recommended For Couples
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The great outdoors is a fantastic and rewarding time that helps us feel better and become more well rounded human beings. Having a significant other is also a rewarding experience that helps complete our overall go at this dance we call life, so why not bring the two together? There’s something to be said about [...]

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Liverpool make a turnaround despite opposite predictions
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Manchester City, the champions of the previous Premier League, seemed to have bagged the title once again, after the vicious victory over Everton on 7th February 2019 at the Goodison Park Stadium. Achieving a massive jump to the top of the table, Man City fans chanted “Jurgen is cracking” full time, celebrating them surpassing Liverpool and signifying that [...]

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Doubling Your Earnings When Betting For The 2019 Preakness Stakes
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When it comes to sports gambling and betting, horse racing brings the most diversified category of odds and entries. If you dig deeper and compare horse racing to other types of sports, it is normally attended by a lot of entries. That is the main reason why bookmakers had to make a way of coming [...]

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MAURA HILLEN TO STAND FOR THE PARTIDO POPULAR (PP) IN CANTORIA
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The PP in Cantoria have announced the inclusion of Maura Hillen (president of AUAN) as an independent candidate on the electoral list of this party for the municipal elections in May of this year. This is without doubt a change, given that in the last municipal elections Maura Hillen stood as an independent on the [...]

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Absolutely Shocking from Daya
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Daya Nueva 3 v. Algorfa 6 It was a dream start by Daya when from their first attack the ball was in the Algorfa net but it looked suspiciously like an arm from Ivan had helped the ball on its way !!  This stunned the visitors into action and they produced a good move finishing [...]

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CHEER THE YALE BOAT HOME
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If you are looking for a fun night out full of laughter, then look no further than our next production the Broadway and West End hit show “Anything Goes”. With words and lyrics by Cole Porter the story is set on board the Ocean liner S.S. American during the 1930’s (post prohibition) sailing from New [...]

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SAMARITANS IN SPAIN – “YOU HAVE MADE ME FEEL SO MUCH BETTER”
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There is nothing as rewarding as those words heard by a Samaritans Listener at the end of a call.  Our confidential and non-judgmental emotional support service is not just for those who may be feeling suicidal.  Be it addictions, bereavement, bullying, loneliness & isolation, relationship issues etc – our trained volunteers are there to listen [...]

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George Formby debut’s at Kempton on Saturday
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Over a century after ukulele star “Cloggy” George Formby rode at Lingfield his namesake debut’s at Kempton on Saturday By Andrew Atkinson Exclusive George Formby is running at Kempton on Saturday afternoon – aptly named after the late ukulele star’s debut as a jockey over a century ago! Formby, who died in March 1961, was [...]

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