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CALLING ALL BUDDING WRITERS!

A revolution in publishing is taking place right here on the Costa del Sol!

For the last twenty years the publishing industry has been in crisis with fewer and fewer new writers being launched each year, and the big, established publishers refusing even to consider new talent, while the writers who are established often recycle the same tired old plots and get paid huge advances for them. 0.001% of new writers get published. Mathematically that is like nil. Ask yourself, when was the last time a J. K. Rowling came along? Well, that would have been…oh yes! J. K. Rowling, almost 20 years ago.

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The problem is the publishing industry has become a closed shop. Publishers won’t look at books from new writers unless they come through a major agent; and the big agencies won’t look at a new client unless they have a proven track record as a published author. Catch 22. For new small and medium publishers coming on the scene the competition is fierce and cutthroat. Marketing a book is expensive and risky, and even the experts can’t predict which books will sell and which will sink without a trace. For this reason practically every small and medium publisher out there now requires potential new writers to stump up between £1,000 and £2,000 for their own publishing and marketing fees. This is basically vanity press by another name, and most self-respecting writers refuse to do that.

Into this fray steps Sun Regal Publishing, with a new vision. This is in many ways a Costa del Sol publishing company on an international scale.

Sun Regal Publishing is absolutely not vanity press. Sun Regal Publishing is a club. It is a club for talented writers, and not everybody can join. How does it work? ‘Well,’ Conor, the founder and artistic director, tells me, ‘you submit your manuscript, however rough or half-finished it is, and if we see real potential in it, we’ll offer you membership. We expect a lot of people to get turned away, though.’

Basically, membership guarantees that your book will be published, and not a penny will be charged for either publication or marketing. Sun Regal Publishing takes care of all that. And when the book is published it becomes available in Britain and the States on Amazon and Barns and Noble, and it will also be marketed to high street stores.

So how can Sun Regal Publishing do that if nobody else can? Conor shrugs and smiles, ‘Because we offer services, that are optional, to our members. We will train our members to become first rate novelists and we will work on their manuscripts with them until they are perfect. Some of these services we offer free to our members, others we charge at silly prices. None members have to pay top dollar. This allows us to guarantee that the product we offer on the market is first rate. It’s that simple.’

Plans for the near future include Two imprints, Crime and Romance, exclusive to the Costa del Sol, reminiscent of the dime novels of the 30s, available in newsagents and railway stations, and perhaps at the airport. Novels by residents of the Costa del Sol, about the Costa del Sol, for the world.

If you think you have a novel in you – or more than one – if you can see yourself as a Costa Novelist, why not send in your manuscript now? This could be the day that changes your life!

Campaign for Political Representation for Expatriates

This Autumn… Call to Action .

A passionate debate is almost certain to commence in the House of Lords on 23rd October.
At that time a plenary session opens – The Committee Stage of the ‘Electoral Registration Bill’ .
The Lords are renowned for quiet gentlemanly and ladylike behaviour but behind that façade will run deep emotions. These are rooted in a fight for Democracy for British Citizens throughout the World.

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Political Representation and Voting is a major route to justice. It is the bastion of a free society. Great numbers of Britons who live abroad have considerable links with Britain and its governance. In the Euro-money – Euroland – countries, there reside about 3.5% of all State pensioners – that is about 450,000. Elsewhere beyond the UK there are another 1 million. In total over 9% live outside the UK. They all are dependent on the UK for income. Nearly all carry strong ties with UK and are dependent on the Government and its decisions for themselves, their family connections, and above all for international treaty agreements where the UK holds itself responsible for its citizens but allows for no form of consultation with them. There is no Representation.

The situation is just as bad for the millions of Britons of a younger age who work for Britain abroad. The businessmen, workers for industry abroad, and charity workers. Many move from country to country but remain stolidly British. Very few indeed have not watched with pride the performance of team GB at the Olympics. Very few have not praised Bradley Wiggins – Wiggo – for his achievements. He, who must be a European at heart surely would be aghast at the manner in which the UK disowns his fellow citizens. Yet another supposedly European at heart who is fluent in Dutch and Spanish, that is to say Nick Clegg, suggests obliquely that if the expatriate wants to be politically active then he should take out the nationality of his host country. He can’t be serious! But he is.
After 15 years the Briton Abroad has no opportunity to vote for any MP at Westminster. Before that time limit the expatriate can vote for an MP in the constituency where he last lived. That can be cumbersome and difficult. Many can’t remember the post code of that address, which is essential for the process. The registration form to be filled each year is several pages long. The Representation before 15 years is pretty paltry, but at least it is an embryonic form of political representation. For most it is useless and that is why it often appears that the Briton Abroad does not care. Of course they care. They run parties on the Queen’s Jubilee. They argue the case for Britain with their neighbours. They are Ambassadors for Britain.

On October 23rd there comes an absolutely pivotal moment for a revolutionary change in British Democracy. Its importance cannot be too strongly emphasised. If the opportunity which arrives this autumn is missed, then democracy for the Briton Abroad may not come again for many years.

It is certain that Lord Lexden (Conservative) will table an amendment to remove the 15 year limit on the voting rights of all expatriates. When the Bill was before the Commons, a very similar amendment was introduced by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown – MP (Cotswolds) . Pressure from the Liberal Democrat leadership, caused him to remove it.
Could this amendment be similarly treated? Yes it could. The Coalition Government could denounce it. The Coalition Government could table a different amendment offering a different time limit. DISASTER! This is a real danger.
How can such proposals be aborted before birth? By a polite fury of many peers who can be persuaded to speak up for the Briton Abroad. We need them to feel as red as their seats at any such proposals of rejection of the amendment or change to the time limit. Only removal is acceptable.

Many Liberal Democrat peers who do not see eye-to-eye with their leadership could speak out. There is a murmur running in the Labour benches also gunning for the Briton Abroad. But we also recognise that they are die-hards like Lord Lipsey and no doubt followers of Nick Clegg who are against any change.

The Briton Abroad must steady the nerves of the peers and by a ground swell of feeling give the peers strength to speak out for us – for the British and for Britain.

Go – contact some peers – tell them what you think. Send this mail to them with your feelings. Here are your contact points.

  • Leader of the Labour Party in the Lords — Baroness Royall
    [email protected]
  • The Liberal Democrat leader – Lord McNally
    [email protected]
  • To locate the email addresses of ALL Peers — go to….
    http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/

Britons around the world have expressed their feelings – Read the comments of the web site http://www.sunnews.es/campaign-for-political-representation-for-expatriates/

EU Investigations Launches Crime Reporting Service In Spain

Fraudulent mobile application is duping hundred of Euros clandestinely from English speaking people
In response to growing frustration & complaints from many customers, EU Investigations has launched an effectual solution tailored to handle unscrupulous fraudsters in Spain, who have been sucking money from English speaking mobile users for services they have not signed up for.

EU Investigations has been flooded with innumerable customer complaints regarding suspected mobile phone application that have been sucking money from innocent mobile phone users.

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The wave of attacks are aimed at English speaking people, who are more than 12,500,00 in numbers in Spain. The victims can only suspect the fraud by checking their monthly bill, which can go up beyond their expectation.

The fraudulent mobile phone app automatically deducts €1.40 each day, which will mount to €43 per month. Once the application is installed on the mobile phone, the fraudulent app starts to deduct money very day without any clue.

The number, which comes up on the mobile phone bill is 795400. Many mobile phone service providers have been affected by this fraud mobile application in Spain.

English speaking mobile users, who have fallen to this fraud have been swindled with hundred of Euros. Now, many people are coming to realize the fraud.

Since, Spain has closed its translator’s service for non-Spanish speaking people in police departments to report crime, EU Investigations have stepped up to help all those people affected by the fraudulent app by reporting their crime.

EU Investigations also encourages mobile phone users to report any scam directly to their company to avoid any delay. This way the crime can be detected in early stages and many other users can be protected.

New Málaga players make their debut

The new Málaga CF players, Saviola, Iturra and Onyewu held a press conference at La Rosaleda, and had photos with the rest of the team on the pitch. The fourth signing this season, Roque Santa Cruz, is currently with the Paraguay national team, but spoke to MCF TV about his new Club.

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Statements by Manuel Iturra

“It’s a big step forward in my career to be able to play for Málaga. I’m very proud to be part of the team, it’s a big responsibility, as well as playing in the Champions League. I hope to be able to live up to our expectations”.

“It’s been very positive so far. I didn’t know anyone beforehand, but the rest of the team have been amazing and really welcomed me. I was told that they’re a great group of guys, and it’s true! I haven’t really spoken to the coach a lot yet, though I hope to soon, to see what he expects of me this season”.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started, and creating a real momentum amongst the team. When I’m on the pitch I’ll never give up, and will fight until the very end”.

Statements by Oguchi Onyewu

“Málaga is a very strong team, and I’m going to give everything 100 per cent, and support the defence as much as I can. I’m really excited and eager to play football”.

“As a professional player, I’m always ready to face any challenge. When it comes to the League, Málaga can definitely stand up to teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona”.

“I’ve had the opportunity to take part in important competitions, but on a technical level, I think the Spanish League is the best in the world. It’s a real honour for me to be part of Málaga CF”.

“I think my strength and other characteristics can support the Málaga team, as well as my leadership qualities”.

Statements by Javier Saviola

“I’m pleased to be back in the Spanish League, it really is one of my favourites. It’s a special incentive, with top quality players that are recognised all over the world. I hope we all have a great season, I’m really eager to show what I can do”.

“Firstly, it’s great to be part of a Club that has grown so much, where the team plays excellent football and the coaching team has shown a lot of faith in me. The Club has worked so hard to achieve the success they’ve got now, and I hope we can continue with this great run of results, and show that we’re more than capable of participating in three competitions”.

“I’ve played here before with Barça and other clubs, but I’ve got some great memories of this stadium, how the fans really get behind the team. Their support really does help the players on the pitch, and motivates them to do their best”.

“I think everyone knows about the tough times the Club has experienced over the past few months. I had various conversations with the coach and team mates over summer, who were all very upbeat and positive, despite the difficulties. It certainly wasn’t a problem for me coming here, quite the opposite. I’m really excited about being a part of the team, and helping them as much as I can”.

“I always try to be cautious, and not always try to be the one to score. The main thing is to support the team in the best way possible. Expectations are quite high I think, both on a personal level and that of the entire team. I’m just focusing on playing great football so that the team can rely on me, and hope we score as many goals as we can”.

Tourist Board Elite Collection gathers momentum

Reinforcing Marbella’s position as the world’s original luxury travel destination, the Costa del Sol Tourist Board convened a meeting of its Elite Collection Working Group at the town’s 5 Star Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel on 4th September.

As ‘The Jewel of the Mediterranean’ and member of the prestigious Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network, the Elite Collection is an ambitious pioneering project drawing worldwide attention to the destination’s 10 Golden Secrets: modern infrastructure, deluxe accommodation, gourmet selections, decorative arts, fashion, wellness, sports, venues, beach clubs and nightlife.

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Led by Marcelo Molinari, the Board’s Business Development Director, the 24-person Working Group welcomed the dynamic new Elite Collection logo and reviewed the current and future programme of promotional tours, trade exhibitions, familiarity trips, international publications and websites extolling the Coast’s unique qualities to distinguished visitors from Russia, China, Brazil, America, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Qatar.

Brainstorming content for the Elite Collection website and video, contributors to the meeting included JJ Spain Event Management, Vincci Hoteles, Finca Cortesin, Marbella Club Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Bahía, Golf Sur, Automobile Museum Málaga and Pro Write and Edit who’ll prepare the site’s English language content while overseeing restaurant and retail sector editorial for the 1st Seafood Barcelona Expo in October.

Recognising the competitive challenges the Costa del Sol faces from year-round destinations including Barcelona and Barbados, Mr Molinari explained, “We’re embarking on this bold new initiative as the global luxury travel market becomes ever more specialist. With our finest selection of luxury brands from Marbella, Puerto Banús and Málaga’s traditional White Villages, we’re reaffirming our status as ‘The Jewel of the Mediterranean’ among the world’s most discerning travellers.”

JET2.COM WILL GROW 25% IN MÁLAGA THIS WINTER

Routes to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester and East Midlands will have winter flights for the first time from Málaga.

The tour operator Jet2holidays will be one of only 2 package tour operators offering Costa del Sol in winter.

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13th of September 2012 – The airline Jet2.com has announced it will introduce Winter flights in 4 of the routes it operates out of Málaga. This is a strong increase in Jet2.com operations in this airport, as until last year only the route to and from Leeds was kept active in winter.

On Feb 14th flights from Newcastle will start with an additional 7,629 seats. On February 15th the flights to Manchester will restart, and this extension represents a 204% seats increase in this route compared to last winter. On February 9th flights to East Midlands will start (+200% seats in this route) and on March 1st flights to the Scottish capital Edinburgh will restart (+405%).

The total seats increase in Jet2.com routes between UK and Málaga this winter will then be 25% compared to last year, which will allow the arrival of around 25.000 British tourists to the city.

The good news for local hoteliers is that, as Jet2holidays Managing Director Steve Heapy says, “thanks to these Jet2.com extra flights, we will be able to extend the contracting of hotels we already work with in summer. Jet2holidays will be one of only 2 package tour operators offering Costa del Sol in Winter.”
Jet2holidays currently works with around 30 hotels between 3 and 5* in 7 resorts.

No Over 50s Show for Estepona this year

For the first time in six years there will be no Over 50s Show, the lifestyle event for the Coast’s seniors, at the Palacio de Congresos in Estepona. This is as a result of a decision taken by the venue, which according to the organisers of the show, Dublin-based S&L Promotions Ltd. has made it ‘impossible’ to proceed.

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Commented John Low, Director of S&L Promotions Ltd.: ‘We feel we have been treated very shabbily by the Palacio after supporting them all these years. Since we have averaged attendances of between 5-7,000, we have brought a lot of business to the town, as well as supporting ,many of the hotels, bars and restaurants’.

The fall-out centres on the Palacio’s decision to book a gardening event just two weeks before The Over 50s Show which S&L regarded as an obvious competitor. Added Low: ‘The Palacio justified their decision by saying that the two events were different and not competitive. This is of course absolute rubbish and we have reports that many of our exhibitors have been canvassed by this new show’.

Low was at pains to point out that he had no ill feeling towards the organisers of the garden show, and ‘business was business’, but was critical of the venue allowing two similar events take place within a few weeks of each other, ‘something that no self-respecting venue would do’.

Low added that they had been ‘badly messed around by the Palacio’: ‘I visited the Palacio months ago and voiced all our concerns to the Manager David Ortiz and that there should be a reward for our loyalty in supporting the Palacio over the years. He said he would report to his bosses and let us know. But it took nearly two months to come back with the decision which made it impossible to proceed with so little time left’.

However Low says that this is not the end of The Over 50s Show and that his company will be mounting the event again at a new venue early next year.

For further information on the 2013 Over 50s Show, contact the organisers at: [email protected] or telephone 003531 4969028

Mind Body & Spirit Festival

The H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel in Nueva Andalucia Malaga Spain from11am to 8pm

You will find over 50 exhibitors, International Mediums, healers, psychics, aura photography, tarot unique jewelry, books, nutrition therapists, health food & much more. Have exciting new experiences, to enhance uplift & enrich your mind, body & spirit. Hear 18 Expert Inspirational Speaker’s give talks & demonstrations every half hour on spiritual mediumship, healing, nutrition, psychic & self development, Attending the festival helps to raise your vibration balance nourish & improve your mental emotional physical & spiritual health & well being, as these speakers share their knowledge & expertise with you.

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This year’s line up of the Ever Popular Demonstrations & Talks International mediums Jennifer Mackenzie, David Ratcliffe Feterston, Mark Bajerski Paula Wratten & others Will connect & give messages to you from guides & loved ones that have passed on. Have a free back check with Dr Mark Lane, Lear how to connect with your animals with Inge the animal communicator, Quantum Healing with Sarah Jane Grant , Shirley Le Cheminant Talks about the amazing healing with Reference Point Therapy Conscious eating & healing with the star people Christina & Liz Berggren

Raindrop therapy & the benefits of Raw food with Michealle Jullian

Learn Numerology with Tricia Frances, The Akashic Records with Eve York Mormino Aura mediumship healing with Edward Murphy, Messages from your soul & towards 2012 what you should know Richard Waterborn
See the Power of Gratitude at Dr Susan Phoenix & Gratitude Art’s mini Workshop Mark Bajerski will give an Abundance & Cleansing Ritual

Enjoy a relaxing massage with Grant Foster Experience reflexology with Carol Stone. Have a psychic reading, experience healing, a massage, buy crystals jewelry unique gifts health food chocolate & products. Meet old friends & make new at this popular festival. The festival is also helps charities as they continue in their work

There is something for everyone searching for a peaceful happier healthier more rewarding fulfilling lifestyle.

Returning to the sun? Why you should let your UK benefit office know!

With the usual heat waves hitting Spain this summer, many expat residents will have chosen to return to the UK during July and August to escape the high temperatures. Now that autumn is here, many are beginning to return to Spain to enjoy the milder weather.

returnSome expats may be intending to spend the entire winter here, others just a few weeks or months. But however long your stay, it is important that if you receive a UK benefit and are going abroad, even for just a short time, you notify the office that pays your benefit before you leave for Spain.

In fact any change in your circumstances, such as moving in with a partner, starting work, or even moving house, should be reported immediately to the relevant authority paying your benefit or pension.

Spending time out of the UK, whether for a holiday or to live, doesn’t necessarily mean your benefits will be affected. But if you even go abroad for just a few weeks, failing to notify your local benefit office could be considered an offence and could lead to prosecution, imprisonment and even the confiscation of your home and possessions.

More information on UK benefits in general and on which ones can and cannot be received whilst living in Spain can be found at www.gov.uk.

And if you suspect someone you know of committing UK benefit fraud whilst living in Spain – taking public money that should be destined for others more needy than themselves – please do call the free and confidential Benefit Fraud Hotline in Spain on 900 554 440. Or n fill in the online form at www.dwp.gov.uk/benefit-thieves-spain . You can help investigators close the net on benefit thieves.

Lord Lexden and You – Your vote for Parliament

The link below explains the role of Lord Lexden and his feelings about the Representation of British Overseas Citizens at Westminster:- http://www.connexionfrance.com/expatriate-news-article.php?art=177

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Lord Lexden, who has taken up the fight in the House of Lords for natural justice for Britons Abroad, comes across as a kind and gentle man. You can sense this in the photo of him which accompanies his ‘profile’ in the House of Lords listing and in the entry about him in Wikipedia. His image shows a muffler round his neck and there is no artificial fixed smile; he looks like a chap you can trust. He signs himself ‘Alistair’ and gives the impression of using the title Lexden only as a gesture of his seat in the Lords. He was a lecturer at Queen’s College Belfast for 6 years until taking a post with the Conservative Research Department in 1977. I get the feeling that he has a strong sense of history and is aware that the amendment he proposes to table on the Electoral Registration Bill, small that such a step might be, is a most highly significant step in the evolution of British Democracy, recognising that the British Nation is not just confined within the boundaries of the British Isles.

He is fighting the cause almost single handed and needs all the moral support we can give. If you have not already done so — Please support him, particularly if you live beyond Europe. Do not expect a reply from Alistair, Lord Lexden. He has no regular staff and has not the time to answer letters of support. Nevertheless, he appreciates the worldwide support, which gives him confidence to confound those who will no doubt try to speak against him.

You can write by clicking onto:– mailto:[email protected]