Walking Group March Report and Next Walk

Our last walk on Friday, 28th March was attended by 8 walkers and 3 dogs.

We began the walk at El Faro in Torrox Costa on a warm, windy day and walked up the path by the river through

Torrox Park, where we stopped for coffee.

We continued along a track through the campo to the sound of birdsong, and came back along the river to the starting point.

The walk took approximately 2 hours and was mostly flat and easy as most people voted for the shorter walk rather than the longer more strenuous climb that was planned.

We had a very nice lunch at El Ancla on the coast road to Nerja.

Next walk will be on Friday, April 25th. Meet at Nerja caves at 10.45am. The walk will be along the track towards Mount Cielo.

Maggie and Gerry.

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Classical Music Exploration Next Meeting


Just a quick reminder folks that the next meeting is this Friday, 11th April, at 11am at Antonio´s Bar in Canillas de Albaida.

James will be talking about “Choral Music, Part 1”

Reminders; please get there in time for a coffee before 11am, if you need a boost! We will have a break half way through the talk as well to top up the caffeine, several of us stay for lunch afterwards too and Antonio makes us very welcome. It might still be cold in the room so be prepared.

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Discussion Next Meeting

I confirm that the next meeting of the discussion group will take place on Friday 11th April, at 11.00 a.m.   The venue will be, as usual Tanit Restaurant, Torre del Mar.

The subject matters I have chosen are:

Compulsory voting in elections, (and in particular, General elections)

 Is there a case for it?   Should it be a public holiday to encourage turn out, (as in Australia)?   If you did not wish to vote for the candidates on offer should you be able to vote for “none of the above”?

On a related matter, both David Cameron and Boris Johnson, are on record as seeking the agreement of 50% of the total union membership to legitimise strike action – is this equitable, bearing in mind that politicians rule countries with approval of far less than 50% of the population?

Why are so many prisoners, in Britain, being kept in prison for far longer that their sentence?

 Surely our prisons are overcrowded?   All too often it would seem that people with influence are able to leave prison far earlier than their sentence and yet youngsters are often kept in up to eight years later than their sentence because the parole board are nervous about releasing them for fear of repeating what may or may not be the risk of violent behaviour.

Capital punishment  (A personal view if you don’t mind)

 I am totally opposed to the reintroduction of capital punishment with the exception of the deliberate murder of our emergency service personnel or prison officers in the line of duty – all of which I believe should have the protection of this deterrent may provide – what do you think?

A government think tank has recently suggested that children should play less and start their education from the age of two.

 What is your view?

I look forward to seeing you Friday.


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Quiz April Report

Dear Quizzers,

A modest turnout this month with 11 members joining in the frolics that passes for a quiz meeting. We still managed 3 teams with one being made up of just three “gentlemen” who called themselves “J3”, Then we had a group of four ladies going by the name of “Les Belles” and 2 couples who were discussing dishwashers when I enquired what their team name was going to be, so naturally they chose “ The Dishwashers”.

So this month’s Rounds were entitled “Pot Luck” (1. Which two famous literary persons died on 22nd November 1963, the date being infamous for the assassination of JFK?), “Multifarious” (2. Romantic writer Mary Westmacott is better know by what name?), “Miscellaneous” (3. Who was proclaimed King of England after the death of Harold II in 1066?) and “General Knowledge” (4. If you nictitate at someone, what do you do?). The more astute amongst you will have perceived that all the rounds were comprised of general knowledge questions and this was intended to try out a more “level playing field” approach, which I think was appreciated.

The usual 3 Table Top Puzzles were present in the form of yet another map, this time showing Canada and asking to name the 13 Provinces/Territories that comprise that country. Then we had anagrams of comics/comic actors (5. chemical rem tiny). The third TTP was cryptic clues to Oscar winning films (6. Pleased he consumed her).

After the first four rounds, things were evenly matched for second place, but one team were 5 points in front. The TTP puzzles would (as they have in the past) decide the contest and one team’s knowledge of this country was (it seemed) limited to the fact it was north of the USA and whilst another team’s proficiency in Oscar winning films was poor, they picked up an almost perfect score in the anagram section.

So the scores; in third place with 71 points were J3 (percentage wise they would have scored nearly 95 with four team members); in second place with 79 points were Les Belles and just winning by a nose were The Dishwashers with 80 points (well done!).

The answers:

1. Clive Staples Lewis & Aldous Leonard Huxley. 2. Agatha Christie, 3. Edgar the Atheling or Edgar II (15th October – 10th Dec 1066), 4. Wink, 5. Michael McIntyre and 6. Gladiator (get it? glad he ate her).

Now, I shall not be around for May’s quiz and I will not have the time to devote in putting one together, but if anyone would like to take a turn and step into my shoes for the 2nd May’s meeting, please let me know and I shall do all I can to help and advise.

Hasta luego,


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Cycling April Report

April First .
No fools on the cycling group! 8 members cycled  from Algarrobo to Nerja for coffee and a look around a bike shop. Then back in perfect weather to Algarrobo for Menu del Dia. 25 kms at 16kph.

Regards Vernon

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Wild Side Walking Date Change

hi all

this month’s outing is a week later than previously planned – new date thursday APRIL 17. it will be led by eric and patrish and will start at 10.30am from the mirador on the way to casa de la mina near competa. it’s likely to be a 3-hour trail accessible to all, with menu del dia in competa square for those who want it afterwards. i suggest you let eric know whether you are going and/or want lunch (ericlyon01@gmail.com).

Regards, sandie

PS For anyone who likes opera, ray at el pilon will be showing the film of rigoletto on wednesday april 9 (special film meal 7 beforehand or just the film around 9) – check el pilon’s facebook page for more details

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