Royal Marines Association (Costa Blanca)
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: samaritansinspain.com
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 email@example.com or telephone 654 801 260 Website: www.torreviejastrokesupport.org 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 www.sites.google.com/site/ 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.wordpress.com and www.QGS publishing.com