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At the British Legion branch meeting this month, the Hondon Valley members said a fond farewell to two members, Steve Suffield who had been the Standard bearer for the branch for many years and Evie his wife. Steve and Evie are leaving the Hondon Valle…


Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus became Champions of Spain and Portugal at the 2011 Convention of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers, which took place in San Pedro del Pinatar. Winners are not allowed to compete the following year, so they ar…


“We meet with each student every three or four weeks, with parents, three times during the academic year, but these meetings often defer to another date if the father and mother can not go together. We have found that schools that educate boys and girls in separate classrooms enjoy better academic results”, says Dobrochna Lama, Strumienie’s school headmistress in Józefów, a village near Warsaw (Poland).

The relentless spread across the globe of this educational option has been reviewed in the III International Congress of EASSE on single-sex education, held in Warsaw, organized by the European Association of single-sex Education (EASSE).

According to EASSE, about 46 million students receive single-sex education in 242,000 schools in 70 countries around the world. In the United States, the development of single-sex education has been spectacular, especially in public schools, with more than 2,000 centers where this educational model is used.

In particular, in South Carolina, 34% of public schools have established this educational system, with great success. It is a solution to problems such as school failure, the “bullying” and unwanted pregnancies.

In Spain, 81,000 students take courses in 184 centers of single-sex education, of which 109 have economic concerts for public funding. Almost all are of Christian inspiration. However, some of its advocates lament the prejudices that exist about this educational model. One of the aspirations of EASSE is that single-sex education can also be hold in public schools.

In countries such as Ireland and the UK, educating boys and girls in separate classrooms is a pedagogical model that has existed since the nineteenth century and is not disputed. Moreover, these centers are synonymous with prestige. Those in the UK are among the best in the world. Ireland has introduced single-sex education in 40% of the secondary schools and all them receive public subsidies, explained David Nolan, director of Dublin’s school Rockbrook. In France the law specifies that single-sex education does not mean any kind of discrimination.

In Germany, “the Constitution not only does not prohibit single-sex education, but admits it” said Werner Neumann, Judge President of the Senate of the Federal Administrative Court based in Leipzig. The judgment of the highest court ended six years of administrative proceedings, a contentious that had already passed through two previous courts, which ruled in favor of single-sex education.

Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of publicity and press relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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Beachcomber John

Boat Fishing.
‘Pugwash Pete’ managed to get out and caught some good blue mouths, a conger eel and a nice red scorpion fish.

See photo.

Note: Pete is using a glove because these fish’s stings can be dangerous but maybe not quite so much as the dreaded weaver fish we all hate to catch! Pete caught his fish in 200 feet of water opposite the Repsol Garage on the Garrucha to Mojacar road. Interestingly that’s very shallow for catching blue mouths, minimum 300 feet usually, and maybe they have moved further inshore because of the spring equinox?

Pete catching the conger eel reminded me of a photo I got from ‘Buceo Mojacar’ diving club. I always presumed conger and moray eels wouldn’t get on that well even though they share the same environment and so was quite shocked to see this photo.

See photo.

‘Orca Steve’ managed to get out on his own for a couple of hours and trolled two lines behind the boat. The first was an 8″ blue and yellow rapala chasing blue feathers swimming 3m below the surface on a long line and the second was Steve’s favourite little Devon minnow swimming deep behind a trolling board and again chasing blue feathers. He tried various depths, speeds and areas without a take.

He saw a large (very large) fish break the surface about 500m out from the Repsol garage and about 30m from the boat. Steve doesn’t know what it was but it was large and fast. He thought it was a Dolphin at first but it had no large dorsal fin and he didn’t see it again and come up for air. It also rotated as it broke the surface something dolphins don’t do! (Marlin or swordfish is my guess)

‘Captain Cuba’ is still working on his boat, it’s running now but with a few teething problems! Come on Brian get it fixed we need you out there.

The Carboneras lads are still catching.
See photo of some nice dentex bream.
My mate Steve who has been away fishing in Panama has been catching loads; obviously the South American countries have not raped their seas like Mediterranean countries have, because they caught a lot of very special fish on the trip including this grouper.

See photo of Steve and his prize.

Shore Fishing.
The spring equinox started early for ‘London Bill’ and he’s been catching a lot of dorada bream from Garrucha’s rocks and beach. A little night fishing under the bright lights of the roundabout between the big hotels and the Repsol Garage brought him some more good fish including squid.

He tells me fishing that spot is not for the quick tempered as one has to run the gauntlet a bit what with there being lots of anglers there who think nothing of casting over your lines and dragging your bait in without as much as a sorry. (I did warn him lol)

Coarse Fishing.
This week, again due to inclement weather conditions, the ‘Rods and Reels’ club were at Nancy´s aka Sweetwater. The rain came but only for 15-20 minutes at the start of the day.

That was the good bit, then the wind got up and blew a Hooley, all day! Dave Hoare was pegged by the campsite for those who know the venue and was watching and waiting for the palm trees to end up in the water. Dave Hutchinson although he won the day managed to drop his no 7 section of pole into the flowing water and then waved it goodbye. So if anybody does perchance find a section you will know who it belongs to.
Top Rods on the day

1st Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using maggot with 18.2/3lbs.
2nd Clive (Golf No More) Cleghorn fishing the pole using maggot with 15.3/4lbs.
3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using maggot with 14.3/4lbs.
In spite of the conditions there were only 3 dry nets.

Abbey Angling’s match:
The water had dropped by a foot and there was hardly any flow. Although they are still cutting the bamboos down, there were no reeds floating through this week. After the flush the water has begun fishing better with only the one dry net this week

1st Richard (Fishing again) Kendle with 10lbs fishing the pole using sweet corn.
2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 9.1/4lbs fishing pole and feeder using maggot and corn.
3rd Mark (Kens Friend) Harrington with 9lbs fishing Pole using maggot.
The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650.

Latest license information.
There is now a loophole for those wanting coarse fishing licenses for Andalucia who don’t have NIE documents or/and don’t want to do the 24 hour course in Spanish, see me for more details. The only loophole left for fishing the beaches and boats in Andalucia without an NIE document is to make a trip to Murcia.

I’m pleased to report the Beachcomber’s three web cams are working again and the other good news is they work on both 32 and 64 bit systems and on any browser so checkout Mojacar’s weather and Mediterranean Sea conditions here.

For up to date information on any of the above see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. You can also contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’.
Tight lines, Beachcomber John.

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