15 Nov, 2012 @ 16:36
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A ROW has broken out over funds raised by a charity concert billed to be helping victims of the Malaga fires.

Fire Aid – organised by DJ Maurice Boland in September – raised over €18,000 for the Red Cross, which was used by the charity for medical supplies.

But fire victims and volunteers are angry after claiming to have been ‘duped’ into believing the donations would be used to help those directly affected by the disaster in August.

They are also dismayed that Boland is allegedly in line for a Red Cross award, to be handed out later this month.

Boland denies any wrongdoing and insists all publicity was amended accordingly when it became apparent that it would not be possible to give funds directly to the victims.

“I feel those who bought tickets have been duped into believing that we would be helped but we haven’t been,” said Sue Doran, who lost her Atalaya home in the blaze.

The concert, supported by SOS Andalucia and with live performances from many local stars including Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, was attended by over 1,000 people a week after the fire.

It was initially billed as a concert to raise money directly for those who had lost property or possessions.

However, just days before the concert, it emerged that this might not, after all, be the case.

“I was furious,” continued Doran, 51, a former local government employee from Lincoln.

“I have since spoken to Maurice to complain but after telling me it was going for medical supplies, I told him ‘I don’t need a plaster, I need a place to sleep at night’.”

She continued: “SOS Andalucia in contrast were brilliant. They gave us clothes and other direct help. I don’t know what we would have done without them.

“The whole situation has left a sour taste in the mouth.”

Doran’s neighbour Susan Holloway, who also lost her home in the same area, added: “We never expected that we would receive much in monetary value, but we got a big boost from believing what the poster claimed ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

“Well, we have been left to walk alone and feel that when we were at our lowest ebb, we were given false hope, deceived and abandoned.

“We understand that cash could not be handed out but surely vouchers to use in local supermarkets, clothes stores etc could have been offered.”

One of the volunteers at the concert at Marbella’s Hotel Puente Romano on September 10, told the Olive Press that a large group of them were also unhappy with the situation.

The volunteer, who gave his name as Jake Goode, revealed that an email has been sent to Maurice Boland, boss of iTalk radio station, by group leaders expressing their concerns.

He said: “I am very upset as I did this because he told us the money raised would help the people affected by the fire.

“But two months later and he has never even declared where the money was spent. No one affected by the fires has been helped.”

He added: “Boland has made this more about him than those who needed the help, he is a disgrace.”

There is no suggestion that Boland has benefitted financially in any way from the concert.

He also denies any wrongdoing, stating: “What people need to understand is that we organised this concert in just seven days.

“When the Red Cross came onboard on day three, it became apparent that the way the charity is structured would not allow the money to be distributed in the way we had initially hoped.

“We immediately changed all publicity for the concert to make it clear that all money raised would be going into the areas most affected by the fires rather than directly to the victims, and it was very much the central point of my speech at the concert.”

James Bryce

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  1. I’ve never read such rubbish in my life. My friends and I were volunteers at the Fire Aid Concert, we had all received information that the funds raised would be going into areas affected by the fires and could not be distributed to people directly. I certainly don’t remember meeting a Jack Goode at any meetings, makes you wonder what’s really behind this !!

  2. I was one of the numerous volunteers who got together to assist in the various aspects of the organisation of the benefit concert headed by Maurice Boland. I do not like to be quoted as disappointed and duped when this is most definitely not the case. I and all the volunteers (we all attended meetings) were aware where the donations where to go. These were to go to the aid association who were already on the ground working around the clock to assist the victims of the terrible fires. This was before they had any idea that funds would arrive to them from any source. I would like the Olive Press to come clear with the names of these allegedly upset volunteers.
    It is also incorrect to state that funds were to be given directly to the victims as no aid organisation ever gives money to individuals. There have been victims and especially the Spanish community which was the biggest group affected to have congratulated the work of the Red Cross on the ground. I hope that due to the continual complaints from a few people, that future volunteers are not put off in the future in spending time in fundraising events.
    Can the Olive Press please state from whom and where they received the statement, and I quote ‘It was initially billed as a concert to raise money directly for those who had lost property or possessions’ this is totally untrue.
    I will not take up any more space only to say that ‘Jake Goode’ is a volunteer who I have never met. I am putting my name as I feel he should. I hope people reading this will realise that the complaints come from a very limited number of people. The volunteers, (not sure about this Jake Goode!) Put their complete energy, time, money, and even neglected families to achieve in less than a week, a concert which raised over 18,000 euro. I am shocked at the lack of appreciation towards a group of people whose only intention, was to help.

  3. I did not add that the statement about an email stating that the group of volunteers were not happy about the situation is intending to point the finger at the subject of the funds. This is again totally untrue and I have the email in question.

  4. I have just read this article and am very upset. Firstly I was a volunteer on the door all night and helped all week with whatever I was asked to do. I never heard or saw anyone with the name of Jake Goode. Perhaps you should check your facts before printing, you know what happened with the BBC, not that you are in there league. Maurice Bolan told everyone on the night that all funds would go to the Red Cross. He worked tirelessly all week for the fund he made it clear both on publicity and the website (please look “www.fireaidconcert.com”), all funds were going to be distributed by the Red Cross into AREAS that were affected by this tragedy , that is why I decided to volunteer my help. I wonder why this person is saying these things, it’s perfectly easy to find out where the money went. If Jake Goode would like to contact me I would be only too pleased to show him how to find out where the money went. What a load of rubbish. !!!!

  5. Stephen. Jake Baddy does not exist. Figment of the imagination. I am surprised the Olive press published something from an anonymous. If baddy is telling the truth. why is he hiding behind his stupid nom de plume. I hope to come across this vindictive person one day so I can tell him what I think. There was a lot of stress setting up the concert and it has not stopped since. Sue. We all tried to respond to you on your continual posts since the fire. You stated that we were in our comfortable beds whilst you were in the home of a stranger. I am sorry for your predicament but feel your were even ungrateful to this benevolent stranger. I hope your situation has improved.

  6. I never donate when the RED CROSS involved since the disaster in Haiti …

    Some newspapers, like The San Francisco Chronicle, included the American Red Cross in a list of recommended organizations to donate to in the effort to help Haiti. The message, and thus the common assumption or “conventional wisdom”, was that the American Red Cross was the “safe” organization to donate to.

    It’s not.

    According to CNN Money, The American Red Cross had to ask for a $100 million cash infusion after its emergency fund was depleted. Today, reports are that the American Red Cross spent or committed nearly $80 million to “meet the most urgent needs of earthquake survivors.”

    But wait. Where did the cost of $80 million come from? Or is it that the American Red Cross received that much in donations and while all of it is committed, only part of it is spent? According to the American Red Cross’ own one month report, it has raised $255 million for the Haitian Relief effort.

    That’s as much money as was raised to finance the upgrade construction of the Miami Dolphins’ stadium for Super Bowl XLIV.

    But here’s where the reports gets really confusing and disturbing. While $255 million was raised, only $80 million was spent or committed, leaving $175 million in donations that’s neither spent nor committed to Haiti.

    Where’s the $175 million the American Red Cross collected? Where’s The Washington Post and The Smoking Gun to look at this?

    The complete American Red Cross Haiti one month report does not help because it fails to even mention the $175 million collected but not spent or committed to Haiti.


    The logical mind would think that if the American Red Cross gained $255 million in money that donors believed was going to the Haiti effort, then all of the $255 million should be committed to Haiti, not some of it.

    This is a major outrage. But more outrageous is the media’s blind eye to the American Red Cross’ activities. One would think a reporter would not be so lazy that they could avoid subtracting $80 million from $255 million, get $175 million, read the Red Cross’ online documents, and start asking about the unallocated $175 million?

    But that’s what’s happened in the case of the only mainstream media organization to look at donation spending progress to date, The Miami Herald. The report in the business section mentions the $255 million and the $80 million in one sentence – this one:

    For Haiti, the Red Cross has raised more than $250 million and has plans for some $80 million of that so far, said Red Cross spokesman Jonathan Aiken.

    But disturbingly, The Miami Herald fails to ask the “What happened to the $175 million in donations” question.

    Everyone deserves an answer, especially Wycef Jean and those who’ve ran Yelle Haiti, and who continue to be dogged by a PR attack that seems to have benefitted organizations like the American Red Cross and allowed them to submit sloppy reports of their own.

    Indeed, The Miami Herald picked up the “something’s wrong with Yelle Haiti” theme and repeated it in the same story where they give the American Red Cross a blind pass. That is awful and must be explained ASAP.

    Something to think about.

  7. I was also a volunteer for this event and so were some good friends. People worked round the clock to get this event together. Your article is bizarre and unprofessional and quite frankly makes you look like a bunch of idiots!

  8. Mr Clark are you seriously telling us that you based all of this on just TWO people out of the 1000 people who were at the concert and you want us to take this serious??? And you still haven’t addressed the problem of verifying genuine comments rather than accepting spurious remarks that are not true.Look forward to your answer

  9. Who is this Jack Character and I’d like to know his role in the fire aid concert!! I was a volunteer and I didn’t meet anyone called jack!! I ask why if no one wanted the money to go to the red cross why jack didn’t say so at the time oh yes I or get Jack isn’t who he says he is. Love to know how things could of been done different seriously the red cross helped well over 1000 fire victims in one way or another no thy cant give cash throw outs but they did help! FireAid concert were not the only people to arrange money to be given to the red cross actually many others came to the meeting with the red cross…. Facts straight I’d invest in a decent researcher!!!!!

  10. I was not a volunteer or helper at the event by I did buy tickets and attend the concert which was fantastic. I will say, however, that as your average member of the public, I did believe that funds were going to assist those whose lives and homes were devastated by the fires rather than replenish Red Cross funds and supplies depleted during the evacuations etc. I didn’t expect the victims to receive direct financial aid but I did expect them to receive building assistance and materials, temporary accommodation, clothing, food etc via the Red Cross. I can’t believe I was the only member of the public who believed this at the time.

  11. Just two points to add to the original article relating to Mr Boland’s quote. First “we immediately changed all the publicity” FALSE. Press Releases issued by them said one thing BEFORE the concert the other AFTER the concert. These still remain on the Fire Aid website for all to see. How can he say otherwise? Second, “it was very much the central point of my speech at the concert” That’s totally irrelevant as the audience had already given their money. Yes, the money went to the Red Cross but not spent how advertised and promised. It’s as simple as that.

  12. If Maurice Boland wants to stick by his argument then please let him produce all the press releases and statements where he says “we immediately changed all the publicity” All I can find is one wording before concert one wording after. Nothing whatsoever in between. Publish these, prove your case, show everything above board, end of the matter.

  13. The have to remain anonymous Mr. badde’s continual attacks and lies (only he knows his real motives) are distressing to everyone, including the audience who attended and enjoyed a great show where everyone involved offered their input freely.(I as a volunteer also paid for my ticket. Did you Mr badde?
    Maurice Boland as the person who had the idea to attempt in such a short space of time to raise funds for the disaster has insisted on taking the full blame for any attacks. I will now not let this happen. If, Mr badde, as you say, you were a volunteer, you will have been aware that we all had our parts to play. Well listen to me and listen well. The posters, which were drawn up at a moment’s notice from a benevolent printer, had to have some changes made. The changes in the text of the posters were done by myself and another volunteer (it is up to him to come forward) on the 6th of September. Luckily I have the proof (maybe I unconsciously knew a worm would slither out of the woodwork (you always get one don’t you Mr. Baddie.
    The new posters where then used and the website was always clear. If one of the old posters remains, which is possible because of the rush to get such a large event organized, then be it. All main publicity states to ‘THOSE AREAS AFFECTED BY THE FIRES’ why on earth would a group with nothing to gain for themselves, go through what we all went through if not to help. Your argument Mr. Badde does not make sense. What were the motives of almost seventy volunteers, sorry 69 as I do not believe you were one? By the way we had invited and they were on stage. The two top commissioners of the National Police (crime police) from Malaga How silly of us if we intended to defraud anyone.
    Now. Mr. Badde. Put the proof where you are spreading your malicious lies. Everything you have stated are lies.
    I have to add, your facebook page, I see that the only friend you managed to get on board has abandoned your page. Wonder why. Never mind you now have this page to continue with your diatribe.

  14. I see why you have to remain anonymous Mr. badde’. Your continual attacks and lies (only you knows your real motives) are distressing to everyone, including the audience who attended and enjoyed a great show where everyone involved offered their input freely.(I as a volunteer also paid for my ticket) Did you Mr badde?
    Maurice Boland as the person who had the idea to attempt, in such a short space of time to raise funds for the disaster, has insisted on taking the full blame for any attacks. I will now not let this happen. If, Mr badde, as you say, you were a volunteer, you will have been aware that we all had our parts to play. Well listen to me and listen well. The posters, which were drawn up at a moment’s notice from a benevolent printer, had to have some changes made. The changes in the text of the posters were done by myself and another volunteer (it is up to him to come forward) on the 6th of September. Luckily I have the proof (maybe I unconsciously knew a worm would slither out of the woodwork (you always get one don’t you Mr. Baddie)
    The new posters where then used and the website was always clear. If one of the old posters remains, which is possible because of the rush to get such a large event organized, then be it. All main publicity states to ‘THOSE AREAS AFFECTED BY THE FIRES’ why on earth would a group with nothing to gain for themselves, go through what we all went through if not to help. Your argument, Mr. Badde does not make sense. What were the motives of almost seventy volunteers, sorry 69 as I do not believe you were one? By the way we had invited and they were on stage. The two top commissioners of the National Police (crime police) from Malaga How silly of us if we intended to defraud anyone.
    Now. Mr. Badde. Put the proof where you are spreading your malicious lies. I have to add, your facebook page, I see that the only friend you managed to get on board has abandoned your page. Wonder why.

  15. Someone tell me where the SOS donations have been spent that we’re given direct to the red cross because they also gave the bank details as did the FAC team so did you all want to have a pop at them? Or just Maurice and the hard working team??????

  16. Myra, are you talking on behalf of Maurice Boland? It seems so.
    Let us put an end to this nonsense today shall we? I will do a deal with you Myra.
    Send the Posters / Press Releases / Statements / Red Cross Report you refer to all to Jon at Olive Press, and let him be the judge and if necessary publish the evidence.
    If you Myra / Maurice are so confident of your case, you will have no problem with this, so prove your case.
    If you cannot, let everyone decide who is lying.
    If you can I will concede and not mention this matter again.
    You cannot say fairer than that.

  17. Wonderworld, you need to see the Red Cross Report. You probably have not seen my posts about this on SOS Facebook. SOS donations was 2335,00€. Maurice went to a meeting at the Red Cross after the concert where HE decided and agreed not only where the Fire Aid money was spent but also SOS. The Red Cross told me this. I am not aware that SOS had any involvement in that meeting and agreement.

  18. Myra, you have answered everyone’s question. You / Maurice have been asked for proof of your argument but you simply cannot provide it. Your posts are just aggressive and rude with no substance whatsoever. It is totally irrelevant who either of us actually is. We are dealing with facts of an issue that neither you nor Maurice can substantiate. M’lord, the defendants are guilty as charged.

  19. More than 9,000 people were evacuated. What are you going to do with 18,000 euros. Give them € 2 each ? This was a worthy cause and a good effort, but in the scale of what happened it is chicken feed.

  20. Well said PM. Of the 9,000 thankfully only a smallish number suffered serious loss but the point still stands. There may have been initial misrepresentation of who would benefit but in the end I believe the organisers chose the only realistic option that was open to them. Sadly that’s no comfort to those who have suffered serious loss.

  21. We went to the concert. A great evening for a fantastic cause. I stood and applauded on the evening and I still give all respect to those that organised it. It cannot have been an easy thing to achieve in such a short space of time.
    I have read all the comments on this on the SOS Facebook and I can’t actually see what the issue is here. The Government gave assistance and surely so did insurance companies. Why would anyone think this one event was going to solve everyone’s problems? There are so many mentions of this concert raising funds to help those who lost their homes. Exactly how many people did lose them completely? Does anyone know? There are all these accusations of some wrong doing but I can’t see where. Also those who have been critical have not said what they actually did to help or what better alternative way they would have distributed the proceeds to those that needed help.
    In a statement on the SOS Facebook they have highlighted the fact that The Red Cross was the only NGO who were prepared to accept funds for this specific cause at the time. What else could the organisers have done?
    In my opinion there are too many armchair critics here and from what I have read I only see a handful of people who have actually come forward and complained.
    I am sure lessons can be learnt here but all I would like to say is congratulations to the organisers of this event and all those who continue to support charities on the Costa del Sol.

  22. Thank you Claire for those kind comments. You do not realise how much this means for some of us. When you get a few people continually criticize and even libel people, on all sorts of social network sites, even some of your own who fear reprisals are not there to hold you up. Thank you for making sure that I for one, will continue to assist in fundraising events.

  23. I am really surprised Maurice Boland has not already announced his next concert. “Floodaid – You’ll Never Swim Alone” or does he no longer have the support of his “great group of volunteers” or anyone else for that matter.

    I am not actually disagreeing that it was a great event for a great cause. Several times I have said hats off to all involved.

    My question remains. If there was no problem here why has Maurice Boland still not issued this Red Cross report together with a statement of fact about how the money was spent and why the Red Cross was chosen. Putting something on Facebook is not a public statement or is and with greatest respect to Olive Press just giving quotes to the media. You can easily find the press releases issued about the concert before and afterwards, search the internet, so why now this issue is out in the public is he still refusing to publish this report and give a full statement press release.

    Maurice Boland really needs to understand he is not helping his argument or the reputation of his radio station by keeping quiet.

  24. 1,000 people attended. Organisers and, as it seems from what people above have said, almost everything was very generously volunteered. Huge amounts of people and time, All given free. And it made ¢ 18,000 ? It may have been a wonderful evening, but it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what people need. Even giving the entire amount to one person would not re-build a single house. You would need something on the scale of Glastonbury to make a difference. It would have been financially more worthwhile for everyone to have donated ¢ 20 instead of time and effort. But not as much fun, obviously !

  25. Jake ‘The Fake’ Goodie and Mark King. Not Content with being able to discredit the Fire Aid Concert and Maurice Boland in the Olive Press you have now tried to turn your lies and aggression towards the SOS Facebook page and this is what they have replied to you both: ‘Mark. I hope you and Jake Goode rest easy in your beds having now raked up the traumatic memories of the days following 30th August – moments that people affected by the fire are working so hard to deal with and move on from. If you have a personal issue with the Fire Aid concert you should have taken it up with the organisers and kept it away from this forum. You clearly know nothing about dealing with severe trauma and the long journey to recovery. Shame on you both’. And now I believe Mark King is trying to sell his radio show on Global Radio using the fire tragedy to publicise it ! Yes, shame on you both.

  26. I was also at the concert. It was a fantastic night and certain the Red Cross have put all the money to good use. I too cannot see the issue here.I would like to make just one point if I can. Someone should point out to Maurice Boland that the Red Cross are not a charity they are an NGO. There is a big difference. If any lesson can be leant here its improving communication of correct details to the public.

  27. Please Simon. Thank you but you had to end with an attack. Please everyone who is interested. Check what a NGO is (Non governmental organisation) Same as NPO in UK (non profit organisation) Anyone can check the Red Cross accounts. The Red Cross and the volunteers are still out assisting and have and will be all weekend. Please check out on the internet, lots of photos of these great people. Boland. You did your bit as Simon did. Have a rest.

  28. Thank you Myra but my comments were not an attack. I was just making clear that the Red Cross are not a charity but a NGO. From what I have read on this matter Maurice Boland has continually refered to the Red Cross as a charity, they are not. Many complaints about all of this appear largely that the public or some members feel as though they have been either ill or misinformed. Therefore the only point I was making is that if statements are made then surely they should at least be factually correct. Something to be learnt from this episode maybe!

  29. I don’t have a problem with either the concert or the Red Cross. My question remains unanswered. Why 10 weeks after the concert has this report Maurice Boland promised not been published together with a statement of facts relating to the change of wording in all the advertising? I requested on Friday “Publish these, prove your case, show everything above board, end of the matter”, but still nothing. Don’t do it for me, but maybe do so out of respect for your volunteers, artists, the audience, those that donated your raffle prizes, those affected by the fires and the general public. Otherwise it will be seen that Maurice Boland has no respect and must thieve on all the negative publicity he is receiving over all of this.

  30. I was there. It was a great night. A massive achievement in so short a time. I am sure the supplies purchased have gone to very good use this last weekend with the floods. I’m pleased Cruz Roja are out there as first responders.
    I have also read much of the details on SOS Facebook page so also two questions just so I am clear. I heard Nicole King and Maurice Boland say on italkfm that over €20,000 was raised from Fire Aid Concert after all the funds were in. On the report from Cruz Roja Nicole published on SOS Facebook last week it says they received just over €18,000. Where has this other €2000+ gone? Nicole also said Maurice was receiving a special award from Cruz Roja for his achievement with this; as confirmed here; I must say that surely any award should go to all the artists and volunteers and not one individual. It would only be fair. Just saying!

  31. The figure from the Red Cross audits was firstly given as, the sum of 20,000. It became known later that the balance above the 18.0000 plus, was the amount donated to SOS. (the amount should be obtained from them) I now suggest that anyone else who wants any further justification will ask their accountant to ask for the Red Cross audits.

    I have asked Maurice Boland about the honour, which he is receiving on the part of all those concerned.

    May I suggest that further questions about dates or any changes to wording on any press, should be directed at the persons who dealt with the press and who are in a better position to answer those than me. I thank everyone again for their input and stress that I am not the vocal representative for Fire Aid. Information supplied by me is independent.

  32. Did some anonymous person refer to me again? I can only think this person is now getting the glory, he or her thinks they did not get earlier. Just letting you and your cronies put you r feet even deeper into your mouth. Nothing is as rude as stirring up trouble and discrediting people and organisations with no proof.

  33. Thank you Myra, I believe I understand having looked at the Red Cross report published by Nicole King. The €20,000 referred to includes the €2000+ donated to SOS. So thank you for making that clear.
    Where you say “the persons who dealt with the press”, and as Simon Smith said “Many complaints about all of this appear largely that the public or some members feel as though they have been either ill or misinformed”, then would it not be wiser as a suggestion that just once person provides the answers than being told to go to this person or another. Rather than being cooperative that comes across as avoidance. Who should such questions be directed to anyway?
    I stick by “I must say that surely any award should go to all the artists and volunteers and not one individual. It would only be fair.”
    Myra, your second post today makes no sense to me. Although you have been critical of other’s being anonymous you yourself are only using your first name. You have posted more than any other on here and it has certainly come across as though you either speak for Maurice Boland or due to your lack of true identity you could well be Maurice Boland.

  34. For Michel from another newspaper. Yes I do have a lot to say. Someone needs to stand up and be counted. Unlike you. The Olive Press yes, are printing me responses. No censorship here.

  35. It’s so simple. Maurice Boland promised a statement and Red Cross report. 10 weeks after the concert and despite several weeks of public discussion, still nothing from him whatsoever. What else do we conclude but he has something to hide?
    Myra, you stand out as the solitary person speaking for Maurice on this matter. He does not even have the support of his own radio station and presenters. Nicole King stepped into the argument on SOS Facebook then quickly changed her mind. What should we conclude from this?
    Maurice Boland has no respect for the public and they none for him.
    I hope he enjoys his reward as I cannot see anyone being remotely interested, other than him of course.

  36. Can Maurice Boland please just make everything transparent and stop all this nonsense. Publish the details and information requested. Why the long silence?

  37. The entire article and the comments that follow are a travesty of good journalism, quoting one person using a made up name, repeating old stories that have been clarified so many times and in so many places that their purpose can only be to further spread their muck in the hope some will stick. It is clearly a personal vendetta by person or persons unknown. Why they are doing it we cannot know as they are anonymous, and why the Olive Press is joining in perhaps they will say. If The Olive Press know the real name behind the false one perhaps they will tell us what efforts they went to in order to validate the information prior to publication.

    I accept that the poor people who lost their homes would have liked more help than they got, this would be true of every calamity and disaster the world over at any time, but to level that at Maurice’s door is frankly absurd. He got off his backside and organised a great charity event that raised a lot of money for a good cause. Imagine the furore if he’d taken off up the hill with a bundle of notes saying he was going to hand them out. Ridiculous.

    I have suggested to Maurice that he not to get drawn into this cheapest of tabloid tittle tattle, but if anyone is really interested, (Olive Press included), go to “www.fireaidconcert.es” and click the Red Cross poster under the letter, all the information is very transparently there. It makes interesting reading for anyone seriously interested in the issue.

  38. No silence Claire, just go to “www.fireaidconcert.es” and click on the red cross poster under the letter, everything is there, transparent and clear. Maurice will not be drawn into this worthless piece of tabloid tittle tattle.

  39. wWell john ,is that john doe, john smith , , you could not be more anon could you but that is not the point , me thinks you all do protest to much. maurice boland has been like the space shuttle nose cone all his life hidden engenders a very clever, no devious man, nothing seems to stick . Still he is getting to old and worn out for all this , not good for his health all this stress biggest heart attack cause is stress. So lets leave the old guy alone , yes i mean alone .leave it be everybody we know the truth and the truth has a way of getting out .

  40. Ah yes john church a presenter and investor in italk fm, that explains a lot.
    Only one m in my name not two by the way and i am not following any trend ,a leopard does not change its spots and no matter how many good works and charities a person does it does not necessarily make that man a good man as has been proved by the actions of Jimmy Savile , still we are all imperfect beings and we will be judged when we are dead by our god even if we do not get judged when we are alive.
    Here endeth the lesson-

  41. It appears the focus of this issue is misplaced. Too many people have made the same points for it to really matter if one or two individuals have decided to be anonymous or use a pseudonym.
    Many appear to be asking the same very simple question. Maurice Boland stated after the concert that he would issue a report he was given by The Red Cross giving details of where the funds raised were being spent. He did not do so. Subsequently several people have also asked the question why was the wording on the PR changed after the concert. Before the concert indicating money would go to help the people who lost their homes; after the concert stating it was to go to help in the areas affected by the fires and then later advising is was to be spent solely on medical supplies.
    Maurice Boland now appears to be saying that he did explain why there was this change of wording and that he did declare where the funds were to be spent. However there is no evidence anywhere he ever did either.
    John, with respect, to state that Maurice Boland does not want to be drawn into this is ludicrous as it now appears that his continued silence is what is angering everyone the most. He needs to take responsibility here. I do have to agree with those that have stated that it not correct for him to accept an award for his achievement here when issues remain unaddressed.
    I cannot see a vendetta here either. All I see is quite a few people coming forward to ask why what was promised has not been delivered.
    So John, can I ask you, why can this Red Cross report and a statement clarifying the facts and addressing the main issues raised not be published on the concert website you refer to and then surely that would be the end of the matter?

  42. This I expect to be my last comment and I speak for myself. I speak in defense of my involvement in Fire Aid. You attack M Boland, you attack me and the others. If I were Maurice Boland and had achieved what he has achieved. I would certainly not give an answer on comments of complaints from a disgruntled few. You get these in all walks of life so quite expected. (Please consider that there were thousands involved) These few should have checked facts. You are all still being to lazy to either read the thread or check the facts as known, that Mr. Boland had already given this information weeks ago. I am sure he does not have time to write you all individual letters. I cannot believe the lack of gratitude or compassion towards a group of people who gave all they could to raise the amount that was raised. please get off your butts and visit “http://www.fireaidconcert.es/”

  43. You appear to have contradicted yourself Myra. For someone who believes there is no need to comment on complaints from a disgruntled few you have most certainly been very vocal about it here. 14 posts.
    I notice the Red Cross Report is now on the concert website. Better late than never. But no explanatory statement.
    Myra, direct us to exactly where Maurice Boland “had already given this information weeks ago” or publish it here.

  44. It just baffles me why everyone is so defensive here as opposed to just providing in writing the information people have requested. As someone mentioned, it does come across as avoidance all this procrastination.

  45. You appear to know the answers Myra so please tell us exactly what everyone has been asking. Why was the PR wording different before and after the concert, and why the money was spent on medical supplies and not to help those who lost their homes and processions as was promised by Maurice Boland. Simply question.

  46. Brian I also wonder why every one who is writing on MR Bolands behalf are not just defensive but well rude to those who are only asking questions to I hasten to add Maurice Boland,.Who when all said and done is the figurehead with his station of this event his idea he fronted it from the beginning came up with the caption and stated where the money was going to go TOOK THE PATS ON THE BACK AND THE WELL DONES.Yet now when simple questions are asked he appears to have no comment . I for one and many others I think will consider their options in donating to charity events that have the involvement of mr Boland in the future . As a well known photographer in marbella said on facebook when asked to participate ,”Before I commit myself to this event I would want full transparency on where the funds raised will go. ” He did not commit to the event.

  47. I agree Tommy. Very rude.
    Maurice Boland no longer appears to be remotely credible or respected. I would like to see him ever get public support for any charity event he attempts again. It’s a very sad fact that incidents like this just blacken the reputation of all charity causes on the Costa del Sol as many will just become reluctant to even participate or contribute when there is no transparency.

  48. You’ve got to love this. Here is a man/woman who calls himself Tommie Jones. Then has a pop at John Church for not spelling his name correctly Mr Tomie Jones or Mr Tommy Jones goes on to point out that his name only has one m in his name not two by the way and i am not following any trend’ Not following any trend? Need to make up your mind how you spell your own name is it Tommy Or Tomie or is it your name spelt J.A.K.E??’ Gave us all a good laugh though. No wonder Mr Boland doesn’t want to get involved with this ridicules carry on.

  49. Jamie i have to laugh olive press insist on spelling my name tommy unless i correct it. I am black of 3rd generation African mixed blood welsh , english , and female according to my birth certificate, i have a family and am proud to be so. All these details have no importance to the facts of this situation . Though I take exception to your attitude and fiercest remarks . I except though you have a right to make them though they have no relevance to the matter in hand ,I find them though offencive and bordering on racist in their inflection.
    Please can we keep to the matter in hand and not lower our selves to petty metaphorical mud slinging. Not sure what you mean by pop ? please clarify .

  50. “Ridicules carry” on should that not be ridiculous , not to worry Jamie we understand what you are trying to say .By the way as you are questioning my race , creed , and gender , which i have answered . what is yours, no do not answer that it is not relevant to the discussion and only detracts.
    So I repeat the simple question that from the very beginning has been asked,please Maurice , if you will permit me to call you that ,please answer the questions that have been put to you .

  51. I agree Tomie. Very rude.
    Maurice Boland no longer appears to be remotely credible or respected. I would like to see him ever get public support for any charity event he attempts again. It’s a very sad fact that incidents like this just blacken the reputation of all charity causes on the Costa del Sol as many will just become reluctant to even participate or contribute when there is no transparency.

  52. The staging of this concert at such short notice raised an incredible amount. An amazing achievement that should be justly applauded. They promised the funds would go to the Red Cross and that’s what has happened. It is a terrible shame though that it seems the reputation of one man should ruin something for which all these volunteers and artists should otherwise be very proud. Regardless of whether or not he inspired the idea and organised the event would this story ever have come to the public’s attention if Maurice Boland’s name was not attached? I doubt it. He should have made everything clear throughout and then none of this would have happened. Sadly he appears to revel in publicity, good or bad. Those who have asked these simple questions I doubt will ever get their answers. Before he accepts this award I understand he is to receive from the Red Cross I strongly suggest that he gets the approval of all the artists and volunteers that they are happy for him to do so on all their behalves. If he does not he is perhaps asking for even more trouble.

  53. I’m sorry Tomie I never realised that The Olive Press was at fault here, I do apologise. So THEY changed your name from T.O.M.I.E to T.O.M.M.Y ??? Maybe the Olive Press Changed J.A.K.E to T.O.M.M.Y also? . Bad bad Olive Press. I don’t think I’ll be posting on this paper again I would really like to keep my original name. Goodbye.

    • The Olive Press does not change the user names on comments. Messages posted here by ‘Tomie’ and ‘Tommy’ have all come from the same IP and email address. Jake’s comments were received from a different IP address.

  54. This is so very sad. I do not know Maurice Boland personally but I was at the concert and thoroughly enjoyed it. I met one of the volunteers last week so now also have a little insight as to events behind the scenes. They told me about this current fuss.
    I am sorry to say that many who have posted here do not appear to have genuine intent. At the very least they seem to be motivated by something other than they profess.
    Most do not seem to appreciate what a mammoth task organising a concert on this scale can be. I myself am from a theatre production background. Staging this concert in 7 days, selling the tickets and raising over €18,000 IS a remarkable achievement. Not many would put themselves up for the challenge, and I have never known anything done on this scale in many years of living in this part of Spain.
    Many speak as though some crime has been committed here. I do not believe anyone has substantiated any argument for that to be the case.
    I understand from reading on this topic both here and elsewhere as well as from information provided by the volunteer I spoke to, that the questions asked have already been answered, even if not recently from Maurice Boland himself. Some should perhaps read what has already been published in more detail.
    It is not for me to enter into argument or debate. But it is clear to me that The Red Cross was the organisation of chose to receive the concert proceeds from the very beginning. They were the only NGO in a position to accept funds for the disaster at the time. There was no viable alternative. The Red Cross themselves insisting that the organisers could not use the word ‘people’ in their advertising regarding who would benefit as that would indicate individuals would be able to claim cash payments, which of course would have been impossible. The organisers insisting with the Red Cross that all funds could only and specifically be used in the areas affected by the fires; a dedicated bank account was set up my Red Cross Malaga to accommodate this request. This is exactly what happened and the Red Cross produced a report declaring where the funds were to be spent. I can see nothing but total transparency here and I fail to see why it is perceived by some that any problem or issue remains.
    Maurice Boland, the other organisers, volunteers and artists should ALL be applauded for this, not totally vilified for coming forward to help. It would appear to me that everyone participated in all good faith, with honesty and integrity.
    I would suggest that everyone, including local media organisations focus on the positive here, and not the negative that has come from just a handful of complaints. You will always get a few who wish to cause trouble regardless.
    I would really like to see Maurice Boland proudly accept this award I understand he is to receive and are certain he will do so rightfully and appropriately acknowledging everyone involved. That should be the headline in future editions of local publications, not disproportionally on an aspect which after all has no grounds to be seen as a major issue. I am certain all media would like to be seen to demonstrate balanced journalism.

  55. Sorry Olive Press. So Tomie, Tommy or whoever you are you’ve been found out. You’re a Liar!!! I’ve just been thinking none of these name such as the Jakes and Tomie’s were ever heard of before or immediately after the Fire Aid Concert then 3 months later you appear trying to be champions of the cause. I suggest the Olive Press, who originally reported this story after information from a Jake Goodie, who has since been found out and who seems to have gone very quiet, should close this nonsense down before they ALL start changing their names again so they can continue to post their disgusting attacks on Boland and the Fire Aid Concert . This is MY final post on this matter!!!!

  56. Post 16. Can everyone not see why information will never (I believe) will ever be posted here. Why should it be. Talk about rude. This is not about where funds have been allocated but a blatantly obvious attack on one man. He was not the only one who headed the team. Few back stabbers out there who are most certainly revelling in all this. Names,IP addresses, we all know they are easy to come by. Nobody in their right sense of mind, would enter into this den of anonymous and vindictive lions.

  57. Wendy. The voice of reason. I only wish I had read your post before posting my last comment which comes from emotional exhaustion from reading the continual accusations. I was one of the volunteers. So the unfounded attack on Maurice Boland is an attack, on all of us. Thank you.

  58. Thank you Myra, I can see you are very passionate on the subject, and rightfully so. One reason I decided to write my last post is I did think the focus of the thread had been lost in accusations and counter accusations, especially as to individual’s true identity. Focusing on the positive, especially when is vastly outweighs the negative here was my motivation to make comment. The majority of these posts are unkind, unfair and unjust. And as I stated at the start of my last post ‘This is so very sad’. I would offer one word of caution, and realise this is driven by your passion for the cause, but at times you have yourself tried to vilify other’s when defending your case. I am not sure that is entirely constructive. As I have said, I hope any additional coverage on this subject will focus on the known facts and therefore be entirely balanced.

  59. good grief i am called a liar i have given all my details what more do you people require the fact of the matter is that my name has been posted with two different spellings , i have pointed that out the olive press also has ,I am not jake goode as that has been pointed out also . yet you jamie call me a liar We only know you as jamie and nothing else do not want to frankly and olive press you post this posting of jamie,s which surely comes under your terms of conduct, IE provoke,attack or offend others .Calling me a liar when i am not would come under that umbrella . Still I think you are all protesting too too much, this is not the first time irregularities have occur at charity events it is not a one off and having said that I also shall refrain from posting.

  60. I have not commented as I believe others have both repeated my original questions and on the whole those questions have now been answered. I would make it clear that Maurice Boland when I exchanged messages on his italkfm Facebook page, the Olive Press and Euroweekly News via exchange of emails, ALL know that I was a volunteer on the evening of the concert, all be it in a small way. I spoke up because I only volunteered as friends had been directly affected by the fires and we were all very disappointed that the money did not go to help them. I used a false name as I was worried about repercussions from Maurice and his associates. I do not in any way have a personal grudge against Maurice Boland. I don’t even know him. I still believe I was justified in asking my original question and gave him every opportunity to answer himself by first asking him on his radio station Facebook page. Although I stand by the fact I am very disappointed the money did not help my friends and those who lost their homes, I do accept the explanation now given. I do not feel as though I need apologise for asking a reasonable question, I am sorry though if some have taken this out of context. My aim was only ever to get to the truth.


  62. This is not a real story its just another pathetic chapter in the saga of the Boland persicution. Just to clarify (for those of you who can’t work it out) this “Tomie Jones”, “Tommy Jones” or whatever he wants to call himself is a sad old drunk aka the toad who has been harrasing most of the radio stations on the Costa del Sol for years and in particular stalking Boland. He even had a Facebook Page that was shut down a few weeks ago due to libellous statements he was making. Forget the article (if you can call it that) and just read the comments and the intent behind the words and you will clearly see that this is just another pathetic dig at Boland trying their best, but failing, to take him out of the picture.

  63. For my final exit. Maurice Boland. Because I know first hand that everything was carried out not only with transparency but with the knowledge of us volunteers, count on my for any future fundraising events (this was my first with you) and good luck on award night. Thank you for receiving this also on my behalf. Others can speak for themselves. Olive Press. I look forward to contributing to a thread in the future which has had it’s information checked out first.

  64. PS Why would anyone want to take Maurice Boland “out of the picture”? From what I know he’s not been IN the picture for some time. I believe that until this concert he had not done a charity or community event for over 2 years. I have never seen his radio station advertised anywhere. A man who must be mid-sixties I think many had thought was retired.

  65. Myra, well done and thank you from everyone who has been discussing this is as I understand you have now taken the subject beyond this one site and assisted the complainants in gaining much more publicity and potential support by going on to a radio show. I am certain Maurice Boland will thank you sincerely for taking the issues to a wider public audience that would otherwise have been oblivious. Your motives to answer every previous post are now highly questionable.
    Jake, I respect you for giving an explanation. I do however think you have conceded defeat rather than accepted the information provided, but I guess you now realise that neither you nor your friends who were affected by the fires will ever get any satisfactory outcome. You have perhaps considered you were wasting your time, something we could have told you all along.
    I think this story has now run out of steam; we all had our say, except Maurice Boland of course. In life what goes around tends to come around. So best of luck to you all, I shall now bow out with this being my last comment on the matter.

  66. This concert was NOT about Maurice Boland. It was about volunteers and artists coming together to help their community. They did a fantastic job and hope they would do it again. Applaud them if you can do nothing else. Move on and leave this guy alone.

  67. Brian. You had to bring me back on didn’t you. I did not know that you had the power to, one; tell me where I should or not appear and two; I was not aware that you represented the few complainants. Please state my ulterior motives or stop your innuendos. Glad to know you listen to I Talk FM.

  68. Chief cook and bottle washer, general dogsbody according to nicole, very good interview myra you could be a radio star, i am sure italk are still looking for presenters. They should sign you up . Jolly well done .

  69. Why thank you Tomie. Used as I am to radio interviews, I have to tell you that thank you, I already have a job. Hope you will though listen in again, should I be invited back. Don’t feel left out, as I am sure they would invite you on also.

  70. Oh do you really think so Myra(inviting me on)I am not like you and have never been on the radio ,but have been on the TV, I will sleep anywhere when I am drunk!!!That joke does not work so well now we have slim flat tellies does it?¿?¿
    Still nice to finish on a jolly note and we are all parting friends are we not.

  71. Myra, I speak for myself NOT someone else!!
    This plan you concocted with Maurice Boland to defend him, including your appearance on his radio station seems to have backfired, as I am sure the intent was not to broadcast these complaints to the whole world to know. Or was it! Is it perhaps a case of no price is too great for publicity?
    You evidently do have ulterior motives, it is not normal for one person to post a retort to virtually every single other post. I assume you do not interact with the public often in whatever line of work you do.
    “Tomie” aka Mr Toad I am certain would be more than delighted to get airtime on italkfm. I think you better get Maurice’s OK for that invitation though Myra. Simply hilarious.

  72. This is all ridiculous. It’s not about the Fire Aid Concert is it? It’s about several people who have long held issues with Maurice Boland. Several seem to have grudges that have lasted for years. The couple of people who did have what they considered genuine questions, albeit not all using their real name(s) have been lost in this minefield of accusations and retorts. As a few have highlighted this concert was a large group of volunteers and artists coming together to help their community and they did an amazing job. In attacking Maurice Boland they are attacking ALL of these people who I am certain participated in all good faith and SHOULD BE PROUD to have been involved. Those with personal issues should really take their grievances elsewhere.
    I do hope the Olive Press and other interested media give this ‘story’ the scant regard it actually deserves.
    I agree with Wendy, and thank her for taking the time to write her posts. I think she has it pretty much covered.
    I do not know when this award is to be presented, but as Wendy said ‘I would really like to see Maurice Boland proudly accept this award I understand he is to receive and are certain he will do so rightfully and appropriately acknowledging everyone involved’.
    Let Olive Press and other newspapers publish pictures of this award presentation with his group of volunteers, demonstrate balanced journalism as many have hoped, and focus on the POSITIVE.
    Thank you.

  73. I don,t understand michelle the matter as far as most are concerned ie fire aid concert is done and dusted , put to bed without mb saying a word, jolly good I say we all seem to be relatively happy with the result and I thought the matter was finished . Yet you have entered the arena at the eleventh hour with the same comments . The attacks are over michelle you seem to be the only one stirring the mire.
    Please let mb have his 15 minutes of fame and glory I am sure he will enjoy the moment and as you say he will be representing the hard working volunteers . Do not worry with all the fuss that has been made about this comendation the olive press will surely cover it.

  74. Tomie, I do not disagree with you. I went to the concert and a friend was one of the many volunteers. They told me about this tread, I have read it for the first time this morning and wished to make my own comment. Thank you.

  75. You may consider this issue “done and dusted”. Spare a thought for the desperate people who lost their homes, all their possessions, their animals’ homes. While all this tittle-tattle goes on over MB and the concert that delivered NO help to the victims of the fires – they have to face the bleak future of not being able to rebuild their homes until and IF the Town Hall and Junta get their act together and FINALY sort out the problem of homes built on rustic land. Things are a very long way off being “done and dusted” for them.

  76. The Olive Press would do better campaigning for a FAIR solution for the people who lost their homes in the fires instead of sensation seeking over local “celebrities”.

  77. Pat I totally agree with you , the whole point of this issue was because the fire aid concert was set up to fund those who were in that position but doing it through the red cross they were told that it was not possible to give the money direct to the needy and could only be used for equipment etc BY THE RED CROSS.THE PUBLICITY WAS NOT CHANGED STRAIGHT AWAY money now going to the red cross not the homeless and effected by the fire . This all was a misunderstanding on mbs part. He receiving the award of course does reflect directly to the fact that the money has gone to the red cross not the victims of the fire you could assume. This does not detract though from the amazing effort and work that was put in by the volunteers who at first signed on to raise money for the original cause.When I say it is over and done with it is regards the funding issue (the money has gone to the red cross and CANNOT BE RETREAVED) not the plight of the homeless and needy that were effected by the fire directly, though it could be said that indirectly future victims will benefit from the money raised .

  78. Very good points Pat. These people still need our help. I think other newspapers are doing just that; looking at new initiatives. Perhaps the Olive Press can do likewise and instigate a campaign we can all back. I know for a fact that a number of the concert volunteers, including my friend, have gone on to try and help in other ways.

  79. I would have assumed that the equipment purchased by the Red Cross was put to very good use during last week’s floods, so help has been given to those in greatest need, even if not exactly as had been first intended.
    I was under the impression, from previous posts, that this award was for all the volunteers and artists and he would be taking a representative group to accept it. Although I have read the speculation here, I would have thought the Red Cross is offering and meant this award for the entire group, not just one individual or have I it entirely wrong?

  80. Although I have had NO contact from the Olive Press, they have used comments that I made on another web site, including their lead headline. I feel it would have been only polite of them to get my permission before printing, and certainly more professional. However, I stand by what I said and having spoken to a number of other fire “victims”, can state that we are appalled that this whole discussion has turned into an absolute farce! We are ordinary, hard working or retired people, who, until 3 months ago, were living quiet, normal lives and never needed or asked for help from anyone. Because we have had the audacity to ask why the proceeds of the concert did not go to the PEOPLE it was ORIGINALLY intended for,( we accept that cash could not be given but surely, redeemable vouchers could have), we are being labelled as money grabbing and ungrateful. Nothing could be further from the truth. We ARE very grateful to the one voluntary group, SOS Andalucia, who did what they claimed they would, and that is to give us immediate help in the form of collecting and distributing clothes, bedding, food etc. They did not make grand gestures ( as some did), and then later not deliver the goods, they were simply there when we needed them with both practical and emotional support. They are the unsung heroes and the ones that should be receiving public recognition. None of this should detract from the amazing work done by all the volunteers, artists and everyone else who contributed in making the concert such a success. This fact has never been in question. To all of you who have been, in some cases negative, and in other cases down right rude and offensive, I would just like to say, I hope that you never find yourself at 11.00 at night, watching your home and a life time of belongings, burning to the ground,without a change of clothes and not knowing where you are going to spend the night! Yes, some of us have insurance, but are having problems getting full and early payment, and others are not so fortunate. Now, we are being told by Mijas town hall, that we cannot rebuild in the foreseeable future and need permission from the Junta de Andalucia. Will this nightmare never end? All we want to do is to rebuild our homes, which have stood for many years, and try to gradually rebuild our lives. Now, I AM asking for help, and that is, if anyone out there has any ideas how we can put pressure on the Junta and the town hall, to allow us to rebuild,please, please contact me. I apologise for the length of this post, but felt I needed to say this, thank you.

  81. I believe though I may stand to be corrected but the award , commendation , is for maurice boland for his efforts in raising this money that went to the red cross, and though Michelle and some of the volunteers who signed up for the fire aid concert are disillusioned and working to a cause where the efforts do go direct to the needy from the fire.we should not undermine mbs efforts and right to receive this award. the red cross rightly wish to honour mb for directing the 18,000 plus euros to the red cross. I am sure that on the night mb will make a speech including all the volunteers who helped him raise this money-.
    GOOD LUCK to you Michelle and your volunteers who are now working to help those (directly)who lost their homes in the fire though it will be an uphill task as people have donated already to a cause that they thought to be doing the very said same thing.

  82. Thank you Tommie,
    My friend was a volunteer; I was not, although I did go to the concert. My friend and others have been involved in other efforts since to help both groups and individuals, some of which did lose their homes. I will also help where I can. This is why I mentioned an initiative by the Olive Press that we could all get behind.
    I must have misunderstood then. I appreciated that Maurice Boland was accepting the award and as suggested by Wendy he would “proudly accept this award I understand he is to receive and are certain he will do so rightfully and appropriately acknowledging everyone involved”, but I did think it was a group award he was accepting on everyone’s behalf to be honest. It is not for me to argue the point, but in my humble opinion if you get 100’s of people coming together to organise and support a community cause then should any accolade be just for one person? Personally I do not think that quite right and does not really ring true to the sentiment behind the cause in the first place. I’m just saying; I thought it was for everyone.

  83. Thank you Sue, sorry I did not see your post before posting my last. I think so many would understand and agree with you. I do think it very important that just because time has passed everyone should remember that the problems for so many still remain. I repeat what both I and others have stated; new and continued initiatives need to be set in motion, whether that is by groups of individuals coming together, news organisations or others. I will help in whatever way I can.

  84. This is for Sue Holloway only. The Junta had stated that they were going to make an exception as regards illegal builds. Homes that are over ten years old were entitled to be considered legal. You have to insist. I cannot say more to advise you on this thread for fear of being hung drawn and quartered.

  85. I agree Michelle, more should be done to help individuals like Sue. If nothing else perhaps this fuss highlights that we should not forget people DO still need HELP.

    Not going to comment on the award, other than I agree with you Michelle, but let’s focus on how we can help the people affected by the fires instead.

  86. I AM SURE if the wording is only for the individual then mb will correct the matter in his speech on the night.
    With regard to charity in general i would wish to take this opportunity to express certain opinions here. With regards the annual telethon held for cudeca on talk radio Europe.They are not holding one this year quote” due to the state of the financial crisis and the fact that we believe that the limit has been reached on fundraising and a state of charity fatigue has been reached by over fishing of this pool by others”.
    This event has raised in the past (last year ) over 30 thousand euros and it will be a sad loss of income to cudeca this year but I have to agree that the charity market in marbella has been over fished and time is needed to restock so to speak.

  87. I read that about the Telethon somewhere. It’s not cancelled though is it, just postponed until the Spring. I do agree about the charity fatigue though. Already made my point out the award.

  88. I had not read sues heart felt statement when I was posting mine re charity fatigue,.Though her plight and many more only emphasizes the tragic mistake that was made over where the money was going to go. I hope when you are accepting this award mb you may spare a word or two for the plight that still exists of those like sue who have no home to live in and also the possible prospect of not having one for a very long time to come. They are truly walking alone as none of this money raised will reach them in their hour of need .

  89. To Myra. I too, read something similar in the press, not long after the fires(unfortunately I do not remember in which publication)and heaved a small sigh of relief, that we would be helped by Mijas town hall. We have engaged the services of a lawyer, who has been told categorically, that although they would like to help, their hands are tied by the Junta de Andalucia. It transpires that, the Junta has to give permission to the town hall, who in turn, can then give us the legal right to rebuild. However, the Junta will not give their consent and will not take our exceptional circumstances into consideration. In short, we are not allowed to rebuild although our home is more than 10 years old. I appreciate your comments and would welcome personal contact from you perhaps via facebook. If you would like to ask to be my friend, I will accept and we can communicate by personal message. Thank you

  90. Michelle. I am not certain I know who you are, and I apologise for addressing you personally through this medium, but let me tell you who I am. I live in La Macorra Atalaya. I personally know 10 families who have lost their homes and all their possessions as a result of the fires. Some have insurance, some don’t. It makes no difference, the Ayuntamiento says it cannot give permission to repair or rebuild. The house below me was burnt out, the house above me was burnt out. Two of my closest friends lost their houses. I want to help them in any way I can. Immediate needs have been met by the fantastic volunteers of SOS Andalucia but now the reality of being homeless is being frustrated to a cruel degree by what seems an indescribable lack of action by the authorities. If anyone wants to be helpful now, I think the BEST help that can be given is to keep this situation in the public eye. PLEASE will one of the newspapers do a piece on it. PLEASE interview the Mijas Ayuntamiento, the Junta de Andalucia, other affected Ayuntamientos. Please get some information into the public domain about the prospects for these people to be able to rebuild their homes. The problem of illegal building in rustic areas has existed for years but is on the brink of being solved. Why should the victims of the fires be put at such a disadvantage through no fault of their own? How can the authorities leave these people in such a desperate situation?

  91. Thank you Tommie both for your understanding of our situation, and your sympathy. We accepted some time ago, that our plight and misery had been used (even if it was unwittingly) to raise money for the Red Cross ( a very worthy cause) and that we would never see any benefit of any description. Having accepted this fact, I only wish that once the powers that be realised that they were “unable” to help us,they would have invited us to the concert, so that at least they could have provided us with some much needed relaxation and diversion! Even if, the following day we would be back to the stark reality of our situation.

  92. Myra perhaps you could get back on the radio on nicole’s program or mbs and give out the information you have regards the situation with property that need to get rebuilt and what and who they need to contact. You obviously have more information and you could advise those persons who so desperatly need your help without getting hung drawn or quartered on here.Just a thought,what do you think mb? ,perhaps those who feel neglected and alone would be actively and practically helped . hey you could have a help line after the program manned giving out the information on what they need to do, this would also keep the issue in the public domain.As I say it is just a thought you and mb have the power to make it a reality.You know the old saying actions speak louder than words.

  93. Michelle, thank you for your support, and I whole heartedly agree with your comments about publicity, joining relevant organizations etc,.My lawyer has said it is the only option we have, to exert pressure on the powers that be. We have been told that our location will more than likely be rezoned and that building would then be permitted. All we are asking is that this legislation is carried out as a matter of urgency. We are not asking for something that is never going to happen, we just have an issue with the time frame. We would be most grateful if you can help in any way or know of others who may be able to. We are yesterdays news and this ongoing injustice needs airing. Please feel free to ask to be my friend on facebook, if you would like to make personal contact.

  94. “Tomie” aka Mr Toad, aka Andrew isn’t it, you’ve changed your tune haven’t you? By all accounts and as Martin said you were trying to hang Maurice Boland within the last 2 weeks with alleged libellous accusations that ended with your facebook page being shut down and now you’re giving him suggestions on how to run his radio station and campaigning for those who lost their homes. Ladies and Gentleman be warned you have a wolf in sheep’s clothing with our Mr Toad here. Don’t believe me, ask around.

  95. Hello Pat & Sue, I think we probably have friends in common. I am going to speak with my boss tomorrow to see if our legal department can help, even if initially only with advice and guidance. Sadly those worst affected by disasters are often forgotten and if nothing else this thread might spark the initiative in some to reignite and keep the momentum going for those who will need help for some time to come. I will try and make contact with you both on Facebook.

  96. Just to warn anyone reading this ridicules thread that Tommie or Tommy, has changed the spelling of his name 3 times since 3:59pm today, then it was Tommie but by 5.17pm it had changed to Tomie then by 6.11pm it changed back to Tommie. This guy has been shown to be a liar by the Olive press after accusing them of changing his name. He was also kicked off Facebook for making libellous remarks about Maurice Boland . He was barred from another radio station Facebook for ridicules drunken remarks. DO NOT ENCOURAGE HIM

  97. brian , martin i am rising to the bait just this once, i am not going to discuss your amphibious wild and farmyard analogies about who or what i am. the relevant facts are what I have said and with regard the radio program suggestion perhaps you are right myra is fearful of getting hung, drawn and quartered on here and with you two about she has every right to be so . the radio program could possibly be destroyed ,ruined with the likes of you two waiting to pounce and intimidate people, I actually find your attitude immoral and distasteful and am surprised the olive press have not removed your remarks but no let them stand . as my comments do on their own merits I have stated options and made constructive suggestions of help and sympathy for those that were made homeless by the fire.And for that I am attacked and pillarated do your worse gentlemen I have nothing to fear . though can we not cloud the issue with these petty attacks lets be constructive not destructive.

  98. Brian what axe have YOU got to grind, coming in at this late stage. Stating that a radio program could destroy these peoples prospects. Talk about scaremongering. I have had enough of people with ulterior motives. Sue if you wish to contact me you may. I am sure a lot of people or their friends on this thread know exactly who I am. Anyone interested please read the complete thread. I hope people with talking about legal teams are intending to help for free. I was a volunteer.

  99. Mr Toad aka Tom(m)ie; as both Jamie and Martin have confirmed, we all know who you are, so if you wish your comments to be respected you need to come clean as to your identity and motives here. From what I am told you have been a thorn in the side of Maurice Boland for years. You continually make alleged libellous allegations against him and continually change your name. I was told that on your Facebook page that was closed down recently you even called yourself Andrew Backbottom or something like that. I know your full name, as do many others, so let’s see you declare it before we consider seriously any more of your comments shall we?

  100. As you can see brian martin and now jamie are back on here not with any constructive comment or criticism.Just here to hound me off the page, why what have i done that is so bad .Spoke out about the situation and mistakes that were made over this fundraiser had sympathy for those that suffered in the fire, and praised the good work that the volunteers did .These three gentlemen seem to be coming from the same corner their only cause in this matter is to detract anyone’s point of view that is in anyway not totally supportive of mb . Fine gentlemen do your worst I stand by my remarks and apologise on YOUR BEHALF for dragging this whole thread down into the gutter and decimating it into a barroom brawl.please gentlemen I ask again stop destracting the issue and stay on point, I am sure that is what mb would wish you to do,you are just mudding the playing field .

  101. “Tommie”, stop the nonsense and just declare your name?
    Myra, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but for some reason you appear to have to come across as totally defensive all of the time. If going on the radio with a view to help those who still need it, then fair enough. But what on earth do you see the benefit of going on to discuss and defend the issues discussed here. It makes no sense if your motives are genuine.
    Many have used the opportunity to air their views, so hopefully something productive will come out of all of this.
    As for me I think I would now rather spend my time seeing what I can personally do to help those who still need it.
    Best of luck to you all.

  102. Myra of all people posting on here you have no hidden agenda , i feel that this pack of pit bulls snapping at my ankles will not stop till they have me silenced. My suggestions and criticisms have been spoken in full honesty regards the plight of the homeless and feel it would be best for their cause to cease and allow these carrion crows to have the last word. Please help the likes of sue and pat and many more besides to not only rebuilt their homes but their lives.
    Last comment I will try to make this .Perhaps a group could be formed which could deal with these families that are homeless appoint a legal firm to deal with all the cases and dare i say it money raised to assist in the legal fees of these people so that they can rebuild and move on.
    Move in gentlemen and pick over my bones do as you will with me I say no more

  103. My very last word on the subject. What Maurice Boland has done here is the same as if he were to raise funds for the starving children of Africa, but instead of giving them food and fresh water he spends the money on clothes and toys. And if anyone dare complain his answer is, ‘well children always need clothes and toys.’
    The ONE thing I still DO NOT understand is WHY did he go to this meeting with the Red Cross about a month after the concert and he alone decide where the money was to be spent WITHOUT consulting ANYONE? He had already had debate about this on SOS Facebook BEFORE the meeting. Why did he NEVER ask for suggestions as to how the money could be best spent? He had the opportunity! That’s my say done.

  104. Myra, neither myself or my friends have any idea who you are, so, as I am being totally transparent about my identity, I am a little surprised you have not contacted me. If you have the information regarding the right to rebuild please find some way to get it to me. You could even post it here. Thank you

  105. ok I know said not to return the mighty hounds will start baying “she,s back she,s back who is she we know etc. etc.
    Sue Holloway I have been thinking about you getting in touch with Myra maybe your best bet is to contact nicole at italk fm she interviewed her so I am sure she wold at least pass on your email address or phone number to myra.
    Seriously though my heart and good wishes rally do god out to you people who lost your homes and now have the junta turning round and saying tough luck we will not licence you to rebuild yet the existing properties will get legalized. I shall continue to follow your plight and promote it in any way I possibly can .

  106. I rarely listen to italkfm as I find it rather monotonous to be honest. I was however channel hoping in the car today and came across Maurice having to cover 4 hours of broadcasting as one of his presenters (Pippa) had left him in the lurch; apparently all week; and for 5 hours tomorrow as another presenter (Nicole) also away; but Thursday will be interesting; no presenters at all for those 5 hours; it seems they are all otherwise predisposed; easy listening then I guess. But Nicole King let the cat out of the bag this afternoon; Maurice is off to Malaga to receive his award from the Red Cross on Thursday; describing it as a “lifetime achievement award”. So sorry all you volunteers and artists that actually earned Maurice this award, but it looks like he is to covet it all for himself after all.

  107. Well Mr Brian Stevenson, So you have selective hearing now??? You were channel hopping and all of a sudden you came on italk and guess what you heard Maurice saying he’s covering for Pippa etc etc and off again channel hopping and you just happened to hop back onto Italk again when Nicole was on and what a coincidence she just happened to be talking about Maurice going to collect his award. Amazing Mr Stephenson these two shows covered 5 hrs of yesterday broadcast but you just happened to tune in on both these announcements, I’m sure Mr Stevenson you didn’t listen to the full 5 hours, how is it you described Italk? Oh yes, ‘monotonous’. Well here’s something you might have missed Mr Stevenson, Maurice Boland also help raised funds to buy and ambulance for Red Cross San Pedro or was your selective hearing tuned out for that. Oh Mr Stephenson, Jake the Fake and Tommie, Tommy, Gordon The Drunk. You lot talk about transparency…

  108. WELL BRAINS !!!You seem to have the same problem as i have , brian -brain ahh what,s in a name eh!! If you do not check the box “name (required) you get different spellings as I have tomie , tommy , now tommie ,i have given up on it so that is why at the moment i am tommie ,as yo are brains now not brian actually it suits you ,who is pulling your strings though brains? hahaha I LOVE IT .
    Sorry for the lack of coherency in my previous post but new cordless keyboard it has a habit of missing letters why i do not know , i type looking at the letters not at the screen so i do not always notice the mistakes , still changed the batts for new and it seems to be working as you can see. OK BRAINS FAB THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO ; SORRY , SORRY its just brains perfect. SO THURSDAY mb gets his life time achievement award he has achieved a lot according to his own publicity. I hope the olive press will be covering the event. It should be interesting to know what he says . Delete ReplyReply ForwardMovePrint Actions NextPrevious

  109. Stephen, thank you for your detailed analysis of my last post. Sorry, you can forget your conspiracy theories. If you must know I listened to italkfm occasionally when you could still actually get it my end of the coast, which you can no longer for some reason. I was in Marbella yesterday lunchtime and tuned in, roughly, although I didn’t put a stopwatch to it, at 1.45pm for about 25 minutes or so. At that time Maurice stating why he’d been on-air for the previous 4 hours. Nicole came on just after 2pm and explained why she would not be on-air today and tomorrow, also making reference to Maurice not being there Thursday as he was going to pick up his “lifetime achievement award”. I would have listened longer but lost reception past Calahonda.

    I actually come back here to commend the Olive Press for their front page article (continued page four) for highlighting the on-going plight of the likes of Pat and Sue. I sincerely hope that article will regenerate interest and the help everyone who lost their homes still need and will do for some time to come. Myself and some friends are going to offer practical help for these people and see little point in wasting my time on future discussion here. But well done Olive Press. I’ve said my bit and have nothing to add other than;

    Page 4 “Boland under Fire for Charity Award” speaks for itself.

  110. ahh the SS ENTER THE ARENA SO TO SPEAK .but me thinks the SS are mb, control here thunderbirds what you think brains FAB over to page four though this must be the printed edition at the moment as i can get nothing on my search for boland underwear on fire for charity award.tomie , tommie and tommy jones here over and out .

  111. Let’s try and get some prospective here. What’s most important? Those people who lost their homes and still need help. What’s least important? Who everyone actually is and someone getting an award? It’s not like we are talking Nobel or Oscar, but for this one anyone with a remote degree of humility would graciously decline.

    This whole thread saddens me greatly.

    It’s just egos vying for position. And that’s nearly everyone.

    The amount of energy spent here could have been better used; to actually help those who DO still need HELP. Let’s focus on that please and move forward helping them in any way we can.

    And before you ask, I was one of the ensemble singers who gave my time to perform that night.

  112. Well said PJ. I’m sure many of the people posting here would love to help the people who lost everything in the fire. Immediate needs were supported by SOS volunteers and very kind fundraising by the Costa Women network. Now the main problem is that those whose homes were badly damaged or completely destroyed cannot get permission to repair or rebuild. ONE SMALL THING THAT EVERYONE HERE CAN DO TO HELP. Please post a message of support on their facebook page VICTIMAS DEL INCENDIO. You cannot imagine how encouraging it is to know that they do not walk alone.

    Whatever has been said about who or what I am I want you to know that my statements made on here have been the truth and from the heart. As pg has said this issue has been clouded over by those who wish to detract from the main cause. Yes the money raised should have gone to the people effected by the fire and in prospective it should have gone in to a fund to help pay the legal costs to enable those who are not being allowed to rebuild their homes (Just my opinion).Not the social work and aid stations of the red cross.
    It is done now and however much we haggle and blame maurice boland for this complain about the irony of him getting a life time achievement award today from the red cross it will not get that 18,000€ transferred to a fund for the worst effected.So moving on pat have you an account or fund where we can donate money that will go to the worst effected as I AM SURE THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD WISH TO HELP IN THIS WAY.

  114. Thanks “Web Manager” we are trying to build a campaign to deliver justice to those who lost their homes in the August fires. Please show your support at “http://www.facebook.com/groups/558542454159144”

  115. thank you web manager I did in the end get on the facebook page by both methods ie victimas del incendio, and the link. I have joined the group and you have my support pat for what that is worth I have to say I see none of the other people who have posted on here have, so Isay to the rest of you words are fine but these people need action and just by joining the group you will be taking action , So please join the group if for nothing else to show them they are not alone and that there are people out there who do care about their plight. Dare I say how about a plug from Italk fm (Maurice boland)about this facebook group the more that join the stronger their lobbying power becomes with the junta AND Andalucia .

  116. As Myra is the only helper from the concert posting here maybe she can help you with that one. For total transparency there should really be certified accounts for an event like this in my opinion. I do not believe there has been any other query about this though, only where the funds were spent. I think everyone is now trying to move on to see what ways we can help in the future.

  117. Finally, someone has asked the big question. Where are the accounts ? Time for all you Boland defenders to wake up and smell the coffee. Its all about him. Where are the accounts for any so called charity event he has ever held? Actually anyone in the know knows that most of the defensive posts are Bolands own under a different name. Like his several different Facebook accounts that always write how great he is after every posting. The saddest individual on the coast. He lives in Boland world, where he genuinely believes he is a celebrity.
    Talking about Facebook, when I posted about him on his radio stations site and on another Facebook site,guess what happened…. my Facebook site was hacked into on two different occasions by a user in Estepona. What a coincidence.That is what we are dealing with here.
    There is more to come out about this self obsessed little man. So many are now talking and asking questions……and Myra you will be cringing that you were taken in. I single you out Myra because you are the only one that is definately a real person defending him. The rest are most likely Boland himself.
    If any of the rest of you are real, you will be running like rats off a sinking ship to distance yourselves very soon.
    I fully expect to be attacked by Boland under his various names on this site, but how much more B.S. are we going to have to suffer from him.
    Pack your bags once and for all and go Boland you are not wanted here.

  118. Javier, you appear to have very strong opinions. Fair enough. I neither agree nor disagree but would make a few comments. This should be a search for the truth, not a witch-hunt. Everyone seems to believe €18000 was a massive amount from an event like this and I have not seen anyone else question it. However, I asked an experienced and qualified friend today and they said a ticketed concert like this would have been subject to tax on a per ticket sold basis. I don’t know the percentage, but from what I understand the tax liability should have been withheld and a set of audited accounts summited to claim back the tax as it was a charity event. So it is fair to ask for audited certified accounts to show this has happened! However, the publicity leads us to believe the entire amount was deposited with the Red Cross within days of the concert. If all is in order they should at least have a letter of tax dispensation alongside accounts.
    I also hear, and the reason I have come back this evening to comment; I hear on the jungle drums that Maurice Boland today on his radio show stated that during his negotiations with the Red Cross as to where the money be spent that they suggested the whole €18000 be spent on Baby Food. Adding today that he now wished it HAD been spent on BABY FOOD. Is this guy for real or is it a joke? Pray it’s a joke, it much be. And apparently he’s now off on some new campaign to feed the starving of Spain; with the expected Baby Food? Not funny I realise, but seriously, what has really been going on here?
    On a positive note I have spoken with many friends and colleagues and they want to help with Fire victims who lost their homes. Not everyone has excess funds to help, but many have offered labour or skilled trades. I need to get in touch with you Sue and Pat through your new Facebook Group to discuss this.

  119. It is very sad to say, and despite what Maurice Boland’s charity efforts might have been in the past, this recent fiasco has none nothing but totally blacken the name of charity endeavours the length of the Costa and in the current economic climate it is difficult enough as it is. Someone needs to strongly instil into Maurice Boland that he needs to focus on the popularity of his radio station and not personal publicity through charity events.

  120. I personally believe that if some believe anything illegal has occurred here then they should report it to the Police or get their Lawyer to write to Maurice Boland formally. Otherwise I do think it is now time to cease this incessant string of accusations. Please let everyone who wants to continue to help to do so. Thank you.

  121. well gentlemen (javier& brains) looks like michelle has been talking to mb you need to get lawyered up according to michelle.that is the threat yes I say threat that mb uses to intimidate anyone who questions him .This is not the first charity event that is shall we say fuzzy round the edges ,that mb has disorganised, look at the wow factor the first one raised a good amount but after exspenses it was dwindeled away to a small amount. Many people at the time were asking mb how much it raised and for accounts to be published but blather blather all covered up . The following year well it got started and then it had to cancel , unforseen circomstances directly relating to mb .Javier you watch now the alias in defence of mb will start attacking , personal attacks but you know that already you have ridden that horse before, and brian I believe we are on the same side in this matter and strength is in our unity as the forces of the other side will try to discredit and devide us distracting from the main point which I might add you have expressed clearly and factually. Ihave joined the group victamas del incendio and so have the olive press suport is needed yet as far as I can see nobody else from here has(apart from pat and sue) and neither has mb or any of their staff or the radio station They have moved on to baby food it seems.

  122. ‘Tommie’ you appear to have a long term vendetta against Maurice Boland and that is a matter entirely up to you. My concern here was to get to the truth of this one and only particular matter. I have no other agenda. I believe Wendy and Michelle have given the most constructive information. We now have a clear picture. The money however DID NOT go to the people the publicity promised. Whatever excuses are given now, the public, especially those who attended the concert, believed those who lost their homes were to benefit. They DID NOT.
    Nothing can now be done to change the outcome of this situation. Many have learnt though, especially as this has come out in public that charity causes have to be totally transparent to be trusted. Maurice Boland has probably learnt this the hard way, but unless he takes heed he’ll never get support for any charity cause in the future.
    ‘Tommie’ if you and others wish to persist with your own agenda that is up to you. I for one have been trying to bring people together to help those who lost their homes.
    This is now my final word here as I believe I can help in a more constructive manner.
    Thank you to Olive Press for giving this opportunity to air our views and best of luck to everyone and to those others who do want to continue to help the people who lost their homes.

  123. Come on now leave the guy alone and stop this whole character assassination. When you put yourself out there in the public eye you have to accept people will take a pot-shot at you from time to time, but this is seriously starting to go too far. No one is perfect, but overall he’s done an amazing job supporting charities over the years. Put this in prospective Maurice, this is still only a handful of disdainers. Chin up, keep smiling; Keep Calm & Carry On.

  124. The people who lost their homes in the fire cannot get permission to repair or rebuild their homes – more than 3 months later they remain homeless. If anyone can help in their campaign for justice, or just want to show support please join them at:-

  125. Tommie, I am not Maurice Boland. As Brian said you obviously ‘have a long term vendetta against Maurice Boland’ and perhaps it is time you took that elsewhere. The consensus here now it to move forward and as Pat has requested go to “http://www.facebook.com/groups/558542454159144” and support those who still need help.

  126. If you had read the above postings sam johns you would see that I am actively supporting pat and sue and the others on their victimas del incendio site the only other names I have seen there that have reference to this page is the olive press and myself I have not seen yours there or anyone else from here. so I HAVE MOVED ON . I HAVE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THEY SET UP A FUND and when they do i shall be contributing.
    As regards a vendetta it is nothing of the sort this article and the comments here for and against are totally directed at this person with regards the fire aid concert . As to whether you are or not the person you claim to be is totally a case of conjecture.I have my opinion on the matter and that is an end of it .

  127. sam johns you say we all should go to victimas del incendio I AGREE I HAVE ,YOU HAVE NOT. IN FACT THIS IS YOUR FIRST POSTING ON THIS DISCUSSION HERE .(WELL (THIS IS TOTALLY SPECULATIVE) AS SAM JOHNS.)I DON,T KNOW WHY I AM WASTING MY TIME ON YOU. Please it is blatantly obvious who you are !!! I know , I Know , sam johns. VICTIMAS DEL INCENDIO know that I am actively supporting them and whatever mud you wish to sling at me it will not change that fact and that includes you brains .AS and when victimas del incendio get a fund set up I repeat I shall be donating, action not words gentlemen. IF a certain party (who shall remain nameless) had done things another way shall we say this fund would be starting off with 18000€ not zero and would be helping the victims of the fires.. .

  128. ‘Tommie’, you might be supporting the victims of the fire, but this is not what this article was originally about. Although a late comer to this thread I have read it all and it appears you are nothing but a trouble maker and indeed do have a long term vendetta against Maurice Boland under your “Mr Toad” tag. As it also seems you have more aliases on this thread and on Facebook than is remotely normal I strongly suggest you address your own issues before accusing others of not being transparent.
    While this article was not initially on the topic of finding ways to help the victims of the fires, the consensus of nearly everyone else, other than you, seems to be looking at ways to now move forward and help, rather than rehash this same old nonsense as you appear intent on continuing to do. I will not enter into further dialogue with you on this matter although I am pretty certain you will want the last word.

  129. sam johns I am going to answer your statement point by point and then that will be the finish of it your statements are inflammatory and personal .
    1/”you might be supporting the victims of the fire but that’s not what this article is about”. I thought that was exactly what this article is about the fact that the money has not gone to those who suffered worst from the fires . 2/ “you Have a vendetta”:- dictionary definition vendetta , a blood feud taken up by two families over generations , where killing of opposite parties may well take place. I really hope you are not accusing me of carrying a vendetta because if you are it is a very, very serious accusation and not to be taken lightly on my part and i would have to take the matter very seriously from a legal and criminal point of view .Still surely it is ignorance of the english language that is at fault here not you .3/” alaises” I have one name here it is tomie jones ,it has been spelt tomie, tommy and tommie and as and when it has it has been made perfectly clear that they are one of the same by myself and the olive press.”4/ addressing your issues” . I have from the very beginning been transparent, with my statements on this matter have kept on subject and not become personal and not tried to distract from the subject matter as you have .5 / “move forward and help others you have not”. IT is I not you who has joined the victimas del incendio not you or others on this site, you have not offered to help in any way , I repeat as and when they have a fund set up I shall contribute to it .6/ yes I am having the last word or words because all along(in what ever name) you have interjected, decried and ridiculed those who have had an opinion contrary to yours . I SAY AGAIN MISTAKES WERE MADE AND THE MONEY WENT NOT WHERE IT WAS ORIGINALLY MENT TO GO 18.000€ THAT COULD BE HELPING THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THE FIRES .FACT . now you may carry on with your defamation of my character but it will not alter the facts stated above .

  130. Hilarious, Orange Tango Mr Borange page 20 current issue Olive Press


    Mr Boland, you were having a rant about me and others on this thread today I am lead to believe.

    Before you get yourself embroiled in another conspiracy theory please ACTUALLY READ my post on here on November 28th, 2012 3:21 pm


  131. Merry Christmas and a hope filled New Year to all those homeless from the fires .May the junta look kindly on you and well walk along with you to build your homes and life afresh,. Thank you OLIVE PRESS FOR TAKING ACTION to help these victims.Not just shallow false words of help then retraction. NO you olive press are good to your word and have acted on what you have said and are continuing to do so .

  132. Just heard new radio station starting in the spring. TalkTalkFM Marbella & Costa del Sol sponsored and run by TalkTalk Group from the UK. They say ‘bringing state of the art technologies to local and regional radio stations throughout Europe, commencing with Marbella and the Costa del Sol planned for spring 2013 that will include innovative live online video streaming… …’radio-visual’ capability for international interviews and discussions… …bringing a plethora of well-known presenters to Expats throughout Europe.’ It looks like we will get another talk radio station in Mijas and everywhere east of Calahonda after all. Think this will be great for the Costa to have a professional radio station of this calibre. Not only good to have competition for the stations in existence here but should take problems like those of the fire and flood victims to a far wider audience hopefully.

  133. Is this right, a new talk radio station? Not heard anything anywhere else about it yet. Saying that when I’ve listened to italkfm recently, breakfast, drive-time and evening, it’s predominately music. Don’t mind that so much but don’t really like the constant swearing by some presenters, it’s not very professional.
    As for the charity discussion, I heard that when Maurice Boland staged his WOW Factor competitions only a few hundred went to the charities if that. No idea what happened in this case with the Fire Aid Concert but I don’t think it’s right that events are staged in the name of charity just as a front for someone’s self-publicity. That’s all I ever seem to hear when it comes to Maurice Boland and questions do have to be asked when more often than not we never know exactly what has been raised from these so called “charity” events. It’s rarely declared afterwards. We don’t see total transparency with many of these fundraisers.

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