Royal Marines As­so­ci­a­tion (Costa Blanca)

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The aim is to bring to­gether not just ex-Royal Marines but exSer­vice per­son­nel with an affin­ity to the Royal Marines. We en­joy a full pro­gramme of so­cial events, menus del dia and an­nual din­ner and are a friendly bunch who sup­port other lo­cal ex-Ser­vice as­so­ci­a­tions and char­i­ties. We meet on the last Tues­day of the month at 17.30. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Hon Sec on 692 93 86 64

Sa­mar­i­tans in Spain

Na­tional free-phone num­ber: 900 525 100 open 24 hours a day, ev­ery day of the year, staffed by vol­un­teer English speak­ers ready to lis­ten to any­one fac­ing emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties. You talk – We Lis­ten. Is some­thing weigh­ing heav­ily on your mind? Don’t know who to talk to? No-one seems to un­der­stand? Not sure who to trust? Then con­tact us in to­tal con­fi­dence. We will be there for you and by lis­ten­ing aim to help you to find away for­ward. You can also come to our dropin cen­tre at our shop sit­u­ated in the Punta Ma­rina Shop­ping Cen­tre, Punta Prima just south of Tor­re­vieja on the N332. More info on the web­site: samar­i­tansin­

Strictly So­cial

A non profit, English speak­ing club, we meet on the 2nd and 4th Wed­nes­day of each month at the New As­turias restau­rant in Punta Prima on the N-332. We are ac­tively look­ing to re­cruit new mem­bers. Our club ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a quiz with a guest speaker from time to time, and it is pri­mar­ily a place for peo­ple to meet and make new friends. Dur­ing the year, we also or­gan­ise trips out to places of in­ter­est. So, if you would like to join our merry throng, please con­tact: Brian Tan­ner on 678 807 159 or Mar­garet on 96 673 05 69 where you will made to be very wel­come.

Costa Blanca News’ weekly fea­ture sup­port­ing lo­cal writ­ers, in con­junc­tion with Writ­ers' Ink

WEL­COME to our re­vamped WordPlay group’s weekly words, now known as Writ­ers' Ink. Each week we pro­vide news, views or ex­am­ples of writ­ing by au­thors and po­ets, lo­cal and be­yond.

Founded in 2010, our pur­pose is to en­cour­age writ­ers to write and then to get them pub­lished and read. Keep writ­ing!

Greet­ings Read­ers and Writ­ers, Vis­ually, it’s such a stun­ning day here on the Costa Blanca in Spain, it seems al­most a shame that I’m in­doors typ­ing (clear blue above and wall to wall sun­shine)…but it is a mite chill­ier out there, so maybe not!

So – for all you non-writ­ers or ten­ta­tive scrib­blers out there, what, you may ask, is it really like to be a writer?

Well, for me it’s a mostly plea­sur­able, mes­meris­ing pas­time and I cer­tainly don’t share Hem­ing­way’s view that: “Writ­ing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed!”

But, of course, maybe for him it was that dif­fi­cult. At­ti­tudes and views must vary from per­son to per­son. I’m fairly pa­tient, but there have been times when I could, per­haps, have thrown my com­puter out of the win­dow be­cause a par­tic­u­lar chap­ter didn’t work.

On the other hand, writ­ing can be great fun – when it goes smoothly, that is!

Most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with puns and dou­ble en­tren­dres in writ­ing; maybe less fa­mil­iar are oxy­morons and malaprops? A few ex­am­ples of the first are: a new clas­sic, ter­ri­bly nice, act nat­u­rally, all alone and a fine mess. There are loads more…

And, as for the lat­ter, the word ‘Malaprop’ be­longed to a char­ac­ter in a Richard Sheri­dan play ‘The Ri­vals’(1775) called Mrs Malaprop. Some used by Del Boy in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – usu­ally in

Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion Spain

For­mally known as Tor­re­vieja Stroke Sup­port. Meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Fri­day 14.30 un­til 17.00. So­cial meet­ing plus Phys­io­ther­apy, Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy, Speech Ther­apy. Venue: Casa de Cul­tura, Calle Fran­cisco Rib­era Perez, 7, Beni­jó­far, 03178. Fur­ther info email stroke­sup­port­group@hot­ or tele­phone 654 801 260 Web­site: www.tor­re­vie­jas­troke­sup­ Vol­un­teers wel­come with the right skills to help and sup­port stroke sur­vivors and their car­ers.

The Vega Baja Astron­omy Group

Meets on the 2nd Wed­nes­day of each month from 14.30-16.30 at Casa Tom in San Luis, Tor­re­vieja. Peo­ple do not need a tele­scope to join, just a keen in­ter­est in the cos­mos. Ev­ery­one is wel­come, even for a sin­gle visit, so don't be shy, come along and meet us. There are no fees and no com­mit­tee. For info and di­rec­tions see ve­g­aba­jaas­tron­omy or call Pat Phillips on 96 671 62 11. French, were al­ways amus­ing. ‘There’s no stig­mata with go­ing to a shrink,’ (in­stead of stigma) and ‘de­cap­i­tated cof­fee,’ in­stead of de­caf­feinated, be­ing two ex­am­ples. Ob­vi­ously, when it comes to amus­ing char­ac­ters, writ­ers can al­ways use malaprops, al­beit spar­ingly!

And I’m sure many oxy­morons have been used now and then, es­pe­cially when us­ing di­a­logue. So, that’s the fun part.

Of course, know­ing just where to in­sert hu­mor­ous di­a­logue or ac­tion can be tricky, but – if you think about cer­tain sit­u­a­tions in every­day life – there are many times when ten­sions can be less­ened and funny bones tick­led. I have a fond­ness for black hu­mour and like silly jokes, eg (at a fam­ily view­ing a body) “It’s a shame that Un­cle Harold died be­fore his hol­i­day ended, isn’t it? But it must have done him some good! Just look at his sun­tan!” For­give me.

If you fancy delv­ing into a more lit­er­ary world, but need ad­vice and guid­ance, do come along and see us. We meet ev­ery sec­ond Mon­day in the month at Walde­mar’s restau­rant (Calle Es­cor­pio, La Florida, Ori­huela Costa - near the Emer­ald Isle) from 10.30-12.30. We are meet­ing on Novem­ber 13, but NOT in De­cem­ber, and then again in Jan­uary. Hope to see you there! Sin­cerely, Joy Len­nick

Most of our books are avail­able from Ama­zon and Kin­dle/CreateS­pace, some from Ap­ple, Nook (Barnes & Noble), Sribd, Kobo, 24 Sym­bols, To­livo, Page Foundry. Web­sites: www.joylen­nick.word­ and www.QGS pub­lish­

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