Archive for: March, 2014

ADOLFO SUAREZ, Spain’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister after the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, has died at the age of 81. Suarez, key figure in the country’s transition to democracy, was rushed to hospital in Madrid on Sunday suffering from a respiratory infection and died a few hours later. He had been battling Alzheimer’s for 10 […]


TAKE care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves, as the old saying goes. But for every true saying, there seems to be another which contradicts it! There’s one about false economies as well. Oh, and speculate to accumulate … the list goes on. This week, I am writing about a […]

Plant for the future

MY latest project in our garden is to try to incorporate the principles of permaculture. This, in basic terms, means to find sustainable ways of producing our own food: not wasting water, using non-chemical feeds, and using the least amount of energy to create or manage your garden space. The first change I had to […]

Don’t just ‘like’ those new shoes

AFTER last week’s article, you should now have a well-organised, with clutter-free wardrobe waiting for you to refill with new purchases. Here are some guidelines on how to shop sensibly to keep your clothing fashionable, as well as practical and cost-effective. James Wallman, author of the Stuffocation book, suggests the following when shopping for clothing: […]


IF you always want to look your best – young, fresh and beautiful – you have probably tried a huge number of skin-care treatments. And, of course, the services which have all promised to do one thing or another for your skin. Unfortunately, not all skin care is created equal, so you might find yourself […]

Short-cut a blessing for kidney sufferers

KIDNEY stones may soon be removed from patients in just one procedure, following the development of pioneering new treatment. The procedure, known as “bilateral simultaneous ureteroscopy”, aims to clear both kidneys at the same time, instead of the sufferer having to undergo two separate operations. Traditionally, patients are forced to have treatment on each kidney […]

Smart starting again!

SMART are preparing for a fresh start with the launch of their third-generation Fortwo later this year. And, for the first time since the car’s 1998 introduction, the signature Smart will forego a diesel option, though the company are planning an electric version next year. The all-new two-seater, now being put through its paces in […]

Don’t be rolled over by cheap tyres

SINCE 1st November 2012, a new EU ruling has been enforced, insisting that new tyres sold must carry an informative sticker. It states their turning resistance, braking ability on wet roads and noise level. The sticker is similar to the one on white goods, which is divided into three sections, for safety and efficiency. Some […]

A small setback

Mallorca 2 CD Tenerife 0 I’VE long held the theory that Mallorca are in a false position. After Tenerife, I’ve probably seen them more times than any other side this season, and I can’t put my finger on why they have struggled. Jose Luis Oltra should have been the perfect manager to get them up, […]

Big-scoring Bubbles grounded!

HE has been a member of this darts league for as long as any of us can remember, and we all know he’s a fine darter. We also know he is capable of hitting some really high scores and checkouts. But, in last Friday’s Phoenix Bar clash with Bar 180 A, Bubbles reached new heights! […]

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