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BLACKPOOL LA MANGA TRIP ABORTED

Blackpool fans have been left rocked – after a pre-season trip to Spain was dramatically cancelled – with scheduled games at La Manga given the boot due to a shortage of PLAYERS!

“The manager has taken the decision to cancel the pre-season tour – we will be able to be much more productive here, than in Spain,” said chairman Karl Oyston. Seasiders new manager Jose Riga cancelled pre-season friendlies against La Liga outfit Granada CF on July 26, and against FC Cartagena on July 28.

And instead of being at the La Manga Club Football Academy the Blackpool squad and fans – due to fly to La Manga for a nine-day pre-season camp – remain in Britain. Problems arose due to Blackpool having a mere eight senior contracted players – leading to Riga postponing the Spanish trip.

“We feel our time will be better served trying to get some player deals. It wasn’t an easy decision,” said Oyston. Supporters had booked flights and accommodation in the La Manga area to watch the pre-season games – and take in a few days’ holiday.

There is discontent amongst fans and Oyston – with the club having a paltry eight senior players on their books – ahead of the 2014-15 season kicking-off next month. Oyston, set to compensate supporters who have booked flights to Spain, said: “I hope we can deal with this fairly.”

Riga and Oyston have held talks over the club’s transfer policy. And Oyston said: “We had a chat and are determined to resolve this situation.” ends

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CALA MOSCA BUILDING PLANS RESUBMITTED

Following years of objection, battles, protests and discussion, the developer who purchased the land at Cala Mosca, Gomendio, has submitted revised plans which the company hopes will allow for building on an area known as the last unspoilt plot of land…

CASTING ON THE ORIHUELA COSTA

Victor Mondejar (Producer / screen writer), Pablo Riquelme and Stephen R.Scott (Directors)

Spanish filmmakers Victor Mondejar (Producer / screen writer), Pablo Riquelme and Stephen R.Scott (Directors) were on the Orihuela Costa on Friday, casting for their next film.

They were looking to recruit an “English speaking” female, in her 60´s to play the role of the mother of one of the main characters in the film due to be shot in August.

As Spanish residents of Orihuela and Elche, Pablo explained that they wanted to shoot this film in English, “in order to get the maximum distribution possible”.

Meanwhile, Stephen, who met Pablo when the pair studied at Alicante´s Ciudad de la Luz studios, explained that they wanted to cast from the local community as they see the value that the British residents bring to the area, and having found the locations for the shoot nearby, Orihuela Costa seemed “the best place” to start the process for this “main role”.

Of the many people who turned up, they were so impressed by “two or three” of the ladies, they look set to get a call back for next week, with one of them perhaps starting on the path to being the next big thing on the silver screen.

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NEED FOR POLITICANS TO BRUSH UP LANGUAGE SKILLS

Rayoy and Cameron are rarely without an interpretor when they meet

Even President Franco could speak English, albeit his speeches were usually read from scripts, but in this modern day era, when the language is increasingly used in political circles, a recent survey carried out amongst English teachers in Spain says that nine out of ten feel that current Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, wouldn’t pass a high-school English test.

Indeed three out of four of those surveyed go rather further in saying that the PM, who recently turned down free English classes, wouldn’t even pass a primary school English exam.

These are just some of the findings of Cambridge University Press’s latest study on the status of the English language in Spain.

There was one famous example of course which was well publicized at the time of Margaret Thatcher’s death last year, which cause the Spanish first minister to breathe an almighty sigh of relief.

He was due to hold a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in which his famously questionable command of the English language was sure to be put to the test.

But news of the former British leader’s death meant that Cameron had to leave Spain rather quickly and Rajoy was spared the need to display his linguistic skills.

The most he could manage in his first encounter with Cameron was to stammer out a few words in Spanglish. A video of him telling the British Prime Minister “It’s very difficult todo esto (all this)” has had thousands of views on YouTube.

But it wasn’t only the proficiency of Rajoy that was called into question in the survey.

Of the 1000 teachers working here in Spain from schools, universities and private language academies that took part in the survey over 90% criticized their politicians for a lack of English language skills while 88% of them said that the country’s politicians had worse English than any of their peers in the European Union. 94% said they had felt embarrassed when listening to Spanish politicians speaking English.

They said that it would take 15 years for Spain to bring these levels up to those of other European countries.

Cambridge University Press spokesperson Julio Redondas told Spain’s Efe news agency “We have a historical and cultural hang-up which is hard to shake. But many things can change over a generation,” said Redondas who said “persistence” was key to learning a language. “

But he highlighted that almost all teachers (98 percent) said that Spaniards were more aware of the need to speak English than 10 years ago.

But while the teachers criticize many of their leaders poor foreign language skills, some are veritable inspirations.

The new King, Felipe VI, is fluent in English as well as speaking excellent Catalan, French and some Greek while his father, former King Juan Carlos, who abdicated just 2 weeks ago, can speak French, Portuguese, Italian and English. The former president of the Madrid region, Esperanza Aguirre, is proficient in English and fluent in French.

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FLYING THE FLAGS AND ORIHUELA NEWS

The mayor of Orihuela, Monserrate Guillén, along with the councillor for the coast, Martina Scheurer, both from the Los Verdes green party of Orihuela, were present at Cala Capitán on Friday to raised the quality standard flags on the bea…

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