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Town hall to pay €4.1 million for a €270,000 plot of land Benidorm town hall is facing a €4.1 million bill because of an old court ruling which was not appealed by a previous government. According to a statement released this week by the Mayor’s office, the case revolves around the expropriation of a plot of land in Foietes. The issue was ongoing between 2004 and 2009 and because of alleged blunders at the time by local government, the current administration is facing a multi million euro penalty. The 4100 square metre plot in Foietes was under an expropriation order following changes to the General Plan. Benidorm’s Urban Councillor Vicente Juan Ivorra and Councillor for Finance Natalia Guijarro explained this week that the amount now faced by the town hall is more than ten times the original figure in question. In 2006, the case was brought to court because the landowner did not agree with the value assessment on the land. Ivarro and Guijarro explained that because the then PP council did not turn up to court, or appeal litigation brought about by the landowner, the multi million euro penalty must now be paid by the current administration. The judgement, handed down by the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community, was announced this week. “The then City Council should have come to court, but they did not,” Ivorra explained, adding that he remembered the price set out by the plenary, and that back then, the city council would have had to pay €270,000 for the farm. “But thanks to the then Urban Councillors, Aguera and González de Zárate, we are condemned to pay ten times the

Benidorm’s Urban Councillor Vicente Juan Ivorra amount, as well as interest on the arrears”. Councillor for Finance Natalia Guijarro said that the €4.1 million total amounts to the current land value of €2.7 million plus penalties and interest on the arrears of €1.4 million – totalling €4.1 million. The current council, in 2011, appointed a lawyer to the case. “We tried everything”, said Guijarro, “But by that stage the Supreme Court told us it was too late. That’s what happens when you don’t take things seriously, as did the PP.” The Councillor blamed former Mayor of Benidorm, Fenoll Perez and former Urban Councillor, González de Zarate saying “disastrous management has led to this ruling.” She said that the then Mayor “did not appeal it, did absolutely nothing.”

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The Councillor for Finance ended by saying that her department is considering “all options out there” to pay what the Supreme Court has ordered. A report in Información claims that the amount must be settled within 30 days. The ruling is the culmination of a long series of lawsuits that have proved a real setback to the town hall, notwithstanding the municipal coffers. The initial assessment valued the plot at €270,000, the owner disagreed and brought he matter to court. The Provincial court then (in 2006) ruled a price of €490,741. It is then that the problems began, claims Ivorra, when the Councillor for Urban Planning Manuel Aguera did not appear in court and so, the “municipal interests were not defended”, he said.

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Fugitive paedophile arrested in Benidorm

Police in Benidorm confirmed the arrest of a Scottish man, aged 47, wanted for offences against children. The man, D.A. of East Lothian, Scotland, faces extradition after undercover police detained him after an investigation led officers to a Benidorm campsite where it was believed the man was living in a caravan. Reports in the UK claimed that the suspect absconded from Scotland last year after he was granted bail. He was set to appeal a five year sentence for downloading child pornography videos from a website. When the man failed to appear for a court hearing in February, an investigation was launched and a European arrest warrant issued. It is believed the man was jailed in 2009 when officers found child pornography on his computer. He was also arrested in the early 90s for sexual assaults on men in Canada. Police in Scotland were quoted in the British press as saying: “The Fugitives Unit can confirm that a

47-year-old man has been arrested by authorities in Spain in connection with offences in Scotland.” Following his arrest by National Police this week, the man faces extradition and a possible ten year sentence. Officers discovered last month that the fugitive may have been living within the Alicante province since he skipped bail in September 2012. The Provincial Brigade of Judicial Police in Alicante launched a meticulous investigation to track him down. He was traced to Benidorm, specifically to a campsite on the outskirts of the town, and arrested by undercover officers in a low key operation on Wednesday. The man was wanted on a European Arrest Order for Extradition, issued by judicial authorities in Edinburgh. The man has now been placed at the disposal of the judge in the Central Instruction Court number 1 in the Madrid Court who will arrange his extradition.

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More than six million Spaniards out of work There were demonstrations outside Congress last week as the ranks of the unemployed in Spain climbed above six million for the first time ever. The jobless rate hit an unprecedented 27 percent in the first quarter of the year, despite an easing of the recession in the period. Most of the demonstrators were young adults and numbered anything from 1,000 upwards according to different reports. After hours of peaceful protest at five o’clock, the official starting time of the demonstration a group of people started to throaw objects at the anti-riot police who were there in force. The police then charged the demonstrators in order to dissolve the demonstration, and led to 15 arrests, 16 slightly injured demonstrators and 13 slightly injured police. According to the National Statistics

Institute’s Active Population Survey (EPA) for the period January-March, the number of people out of work rose by 237,400 from the previous three months to 6.202 million as the unemployment rate jumped from 26.02 percent to 27.16 percent, the highest level since the current series began to be compiled in 1976, just after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. The deterioration in the labour market occurred despite the Bank of Spain estimating earlier this week that the contraction in output in the first quarter slowed to 0.5 percent on a quarterly basis from 0.8 percent at the end of 2012. “The pace of the increase is surprising given that we were supposed to be in a softer phase of the recession,” Ricardo Santos, a euro-area economist at BNP Paribas

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BITE SIZE NEWS: Youth council offers internet course

Benidorm’s Youth Council is offering a new computer training course aimed at helping users manage their internet use. The course kicks off on May 6th. Councillor for Youth Marie Carmen Martinez explained that, “the Internet has become an essential tool in all areas of everyday life so with this course, we intend to learn to navigate seamlessly and securely send and receive emails, search for information and use all the services offered by the internet.” The course will be held from 6 to 23 May at two different times, from 4.30pm to 6.00pm and from 8.30pm to 10.00pm. The enrollment fee is €40 and anyone interested in participating can register or ask for more information at the Youth Information Centre up until May 3.

Clerks strike in Benidorm

Court clerks in Benidorm agreed to a one day strike last week. The stoppage was in protest against recent reforms by the Minister for Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón. Clerks in Benidorm, San Vicente and Alicante called for the one day strike last Wednesday with stoppages also taking place in Madrid and Toledo. Spokesperson for the strike committee Isaac Bernabeu said that strikers were called to protest against plans to privatize the Civil Registry and the lack of negotiations around the same issue. Bernabeu said that clerks are not being “asked anything” even though much of the reform affects secretarial staff directly. On the decision to strike, he said that “Judges and prosecutors have their own mechanisms for negotiation, court clerks do how have any capacity for dialogue.”

Benidorm tackles truancy

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Free legal advice to House prices in Benidorm, those facing eviction Torrevieja and Calpe go up

Benidorm Town Hall is set to offer free legal advice to people and families facing eviction. An agreement was signed this week by Benidorm’s Mayor Agustín Navarro and the Governing Board of the Provincial College of Lawyers (Alicante). Also present and joining the agreement was mayor of neighbouring town Finestrat, Honorato Algado. The counseling service is totally free, and is aimed at informing individuals and families of the specific procedures to be carried out before or at the beginning of the process, in order to help find solutions between the individual and the bank. The aim is to find effective solutions that do not result in foreclosure. The free advice service is available to individuals or families whose homes are registered in the towns of Benidorm and Finestrat, and whose property is their regular and permanent home. The new Legal Advisory Service will be provided on the second Thursday of each month from 4.00pm to 8.00pm at the offices of the Department of Social Welfare in the José Llorca ele Llinares Social Centre, on Calle Goya. Prior appointments must be made and you can do so at the Evictions Office of the Department of Social Welfare on Calle Pintor Lozano, or by phone 966 801 064. Anyone who does not speak sufficient Spanish is advised to bring a translator.

Figures Trying to get reliable figures for the number of repossessions and evictions has proved to be extremely difficult. As a result the College of Property Registrars carried out their own survey based on information from 934 registrars offices throughout the country which represents about 85 per cent of the total number. According to their information published earlier this month Spanish banks repossessed 30,000 family homes last year. That is equivalent to 115 per day. According to the report most families ended up by being evicted with only a small minority being allowed by banks to continue living in their house and pay lower monthly rent. The Valencia region is one of those most affected by mortgage foreclosures, perhaps not surprising as it was also one of the regions most affected by the property bubble prior to the crisis. Changes in the law affecting mortgages and evictions are due to be introduced by the government but those fighting against evictions such as the PAH claim that their requirements, backed up by a public petition signed by almost one and a half million signatures, for social rents so that people can remain in their homes are being ignored by the government in framing the new legislation.

Something is changing in the intricate real estate industry on the Costa Blanca. A study of figures issued this week by the Ministry of Development revealed that after four years of prices falling, real estate prices in certain municipalities are actually on the up. The figures reveal that this is especially so in areas of high tourist significance – such as Benidorm, Torrevieja and Calpe – each with significant house price increases for the first quarter of the year. The figures, which made a comparison between the first quarters of this year and 2012, indicated that house prices in the three popular holiday destinations have not increased in the last four years, since the bubble burst – until now. The information is all the more significant as the average house price across Spain fell to €1519 per square metre. Calpe enjoyed an 18.3% increase, Benidorm’s prices shot up by 3.7% and in Torrevieja, a less impressive but nonetheless significant increase of 0.4% was seen. Torrevieja was confirmed as one of the cheaper tourist hotspots with great value on holiday homes. Average prices per square metre there are €1,265.40. In Benidorm and Calpe, the average rate is much higher at €1,779 and €1690 respectively. In all three cases though, it is more expensive to buy a home there than in Alicante city, where average prices are just under €1,100.

Prime Minister warns of fresh cuts Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced that a new batch of measures aimed at reducing the public deficit will contain spending cuts in a “few budget items,” without revealing the areas they will affect. Speaking at a press conference with visiting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Rajoy said that “cutting public spending is to no one’s liking,” but added that cutbacks were “absolutely necessary” to guarantee the government’s project bears fruit. He insisted the cuts would not be of the same magnitude as those made last year. The prime minister said there are no plans for the moment to further raise the personal income and value-added tax rates, although he conditioned this pledge to the evolution of the economy and the deficit. However, the reduction should be

less than that seen in 2012, when state finances were severely tightened, he told the Madrid news conference. Spain is in the midst of a double-dip recession brought on by a debt crisis and the collapse of a housing bubble. Although the economic contraction appears to be slowing, unemployment is soaring and government tax revenues are down, hobbling efforts to reduce spending by 150 billion euros by 2014. Last year, the economy shrank 1.37 percent, the second worst yearly slump since 1970. Government figures previously given suggest it will contract by another 1.0 percent to 1.5 percent this year. The head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said that the commitment by Spain and other EU nations to austerity may have ‘reached its limits in many aspects’.


But while the prices of new and second hand homes grew in the top three tourist towns, decreases were much more widespread through the region with Alicante city, Alcoy, Elche, Denia, Elche, Elda, Javea, Novelda, Orihuela, Elda, Santa Pola, San Vicente del Raspeig, Villajoyosa and Villena all experiencing a decline. The study looked at figures for municipalities all over Spain with 25,000 or more inhabitants. Another curious piece of data coming from the official statistics from the Ministry is the municipalities with the lowest ground rates. Among the five cities in bottom rankings are Elche and Elda, where the average price is 730 and 736 euros per square metre, respectively.  The other three making up the ‘bottom five’ are Hellin (579 euros per metre), Jumilla (733) and Puertollano (738). The decline in prices in Valencian region is 9.6% on average in the last twelve months, somewhat higher than the national average of 7.7%. La Rioja is the only community that registered a slight increase of 0.7%, while the regions falling below the average are the Basque region, Ceuta and Melilla, Navarra, Asturias and Castilla y León. The real estate portal ‘’ believes that an 0.8% quarterly drop in the average price of housing in Spain shows that sellers are making a “huge effort” to adjust prices in order to adapt to the current economic capacity of buyers.






Traders don’t want business hours extended Traders in Marina Baixa have asked officials not to extend the permitted trading hours in tourist areas of the Alicante province. The associations of traders and businesspeople in the Marina Baixa have put it to the heads of the various municipalities in the region considered ‘tourist areas’ to propose that businesses do not actively apply to central government for an extension of hours which may effectively allow shops to open 365 days per year. The decision was taken in La Nucia last week at a meeting of tradespeople and business owners from Benidorm, La Nucia, Alfaz del Pi, Villajoyosa, Finestrat and Callosa d’En Sarria. Huge disagreements exist between trade associations over the ongoing row over opening hours, and many believe undue pressure is being put on the small local business owner to

comply and to compete with big chainstores. A statement released by the FACPYME trade association this week said that the current scheduling policy is “more than enough to meet the demand of tourists and consumers.” The statement claimed that establishments, regardless of size, now have the possibility to open nonstop during the three summer months, two weeks at Easter, eleven Sundays and ‘fiesta’ days, as stipulated by Valencian Trade Watch. Recent rule changes mean that establishments over 300 square metres located in areas considered to be ‘tourist’ may open every day of

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the year if they request such from their own municipality and the Ministry of Economy. Many insiders believe that the legislation only benefits larger stores with many condemning the change as another nail in the coffin of small and medium businesses. FACPYME said that another extension of opening hours for larger stores “would be a serious imbalance” and that many small businesses and sole traders will disappear because they cannot compete with larger stores in the region. In addition, traders claim that the employees’ “work life balance” and stability would be seriously threatened by extended opening hours.

represent nearly 47,000 hotel rooms in Benidorm. The Minister said that because of this initiative, customers at buffets can avail of “the proper nutrition information so they can consume foods in the right proportion and ensure that their meal is as healthy as possible.” According to Llombart, this initiative “is part of the strategy” of the Department of Health to “care for the person and not just cure the patient.” “With healthier habits, we will have a healthier population that need the health system less,” said Llombart. The nutritional information will displayed on a card next to each dish and will reflect the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt that is contained per 100 grams of the dish. Furthermore, to reinforce the basic information, nutritional tabs will display a specific color based on a traffic light system to mark if the amount of fats, sugars and calories to further clarify if a dish is healthy or should be eaten in moderation. These cards are currently displayed in Spanish and in English although from Hosbec have indicated that, depending on the needs of each hotel, can be arranged in other languages.

Britain’s IAG gains majority control of Spain’s Vueling


British airline group IAG now controls more than 90 percent of Spanish carrier Vueling after buying up 44.7 percent of its shares, it announced last week. IAG, which owns British Airways and Spanish flag-carrier Iberia, had to raise its bid from seven to 9.25 euros per share after Vueling’s board rejected an earlier offer. In a statement to the Spanish stock market regulator, IAG said that after buying the shares in a public offering it now controlled 90.51 percent of Vueling, in which it previously held 45.85 percent through a stake held by Iberia.

since the 1999-2000 school year and is similar in nature, but has been adapted to the changing times and allow more flexibility within the system for improved response times and intervention methods. The purpose of the set of regulations is to establish a workable framework so that various departments can work together to tackle the issue. The scheme also focuses on raising awareness of the problem within the town and address the social groups most at risk of absenteeism. Strategies have also been developed to encourage children of the impact of truancy on their education and the consequences of not going to school on their futures. As part of the new plan, a Truancy Commission has been established, consisting of the Mayor, the president of the local AMPA (parent and teacher association), the chief of the Local Police and six members representing local primary and secondary schools. School psychologists and social services are also present on the commission.

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■ PAUL MUTTER Hotels in Benidorm have taken steps to improve the health and wellbeing of guests. In the first campaign of its kind in Spain, Benidorm hotels are set to provide vital nutritional information about meals served to diners. Benidorm’s Hostelry association, Hosbec, announced this week that the pioneering initiative is now underway in Benidorm – the first town in Spain to offer such a service to guests. Hotels in Benidorm which offer buffet style dining to guests will now display fact sheets on each dish, sharing important nutritional information such as calorie counts and fat content. The initiative has the full support of the Department of Health, with the Regional Minister for Health Manuel Llombart present at the launch of the new drive earlier this week at Hotel Poseidon – the first hotel to display the new factsheets. Also present at the launch was President of Hosbec Toni Mayor. Llombart explained to journalists that it is the intention of officials to run the initiative from May onwards and described the campaign as “important, pioneering and unique in Spain”. Llombart also revealed that “the 223 establishments that are within Hosbec”

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According to information published by the Spanish Association of collaborators in the Administration of Vehicle Inspection (AECA-ITV), there could be as many as 150,000 vehicles on the roads in Valencia that have not passed an ITV test. This consists of vehicles whose owners have simply ignored going to get their vehicles tested at the correct time and vehicles that have failed the test and have yet to retake it satisfactorily. The number of vehicles registered with the Directorate General of Traffic in the region for January 2013 is almost 20,000 less than in January 2012. Figures quoted in La Verdad originating from the AECAITV suggest that between 3.7 and 5.5 per cent of vehicles failed the ITV test. The current economic crisis and the age of the vehicle fleet in Spain is being blamed for an increase in the number of vehicles failing the MOT and owners not reporting to take the test when they should. Sales of new vehicles fell by 11.5 per cent in the first quarter of this year despite the continuing incentives of the government backed scheme to enable drivers to partly subsidise the purchase of a new vehicle if their car is over 10 years old or van is over 7 years old. In contrast sales of used vehicles

rose by 6 per cent over the same period and the number of motorcycles in circulation has also increased over the last 12 months. This is suggesting that people do not have the funds to invest in new cars and vans and are also trading down to purchase two wheels rather than four. In addition people are spending less on regular vehicle maintenance. This is leading to a progressive ageing of the vehicle fleet with more than half now over 10 years old, only Greece and Estonia have more elderly fleets. This figure has changed dramatically over the last few years. Between 2005 and 2007 only 35 per cent of vehicles in Spain were more than 10 years old. The directorate general of traffic has reported there are 1,500,000 cars over four years old without an MOT and Luis Rivas, general secretary of the AECA-ITV, has said, “40 per cent of vehicles less than 3,500 kilograms that we colloquially known as vans do not have a current ITV. The figure for motorcycles and mopeds is of the same order.” Vehicles that are registered but not being used on the road also still need a valid ITV certificate unless their owners have obtained an exemption. As part of the process of tightening up on vehicles without valid ITV certificates the DGT has started sending out notices to owners reminding them of their legal obligations.

Sunday 28th April was World Health and Safety at Work day and what better time for Benidorm town hall to announce a new protocol for the prevention of bullying in the workplace. The council unanimously voted in favour of a new campaign for the prevention of and action against harassment in the workplace for town hall staff. The proposal was brought forward by Councillor for Human Resources, Natalia Guijarro, and focuses on the grievances procedure for workers which will channel complaints or claims to the correct level, and ensure confidentiality at all stages of the process.

Youth group organizes Personal Image workshop

The youth group Jove Marina Baixa is organizing a workshop on personal image for young people in the region. The course is being run in conjunction with Youth Councils from the various town halls and runs from May 14th to 16th from 5pm to 9pm in Casa de la Juventud de La Vila Joiosa (Calle Fray Posidoneo Mayor, 30). The initiative, promoted by the Youth department of the provincial council, is currently taking registrations for the course, and this be done through juventud@ or by calling 96 585 3041. The course covers areas such as communication techniques, how to manage the internet to promote your brand, how to avoid damage to your reputation and how take care of privacy.

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Mayor calls for AVE link Alberto Fabra The Mayor of Benidorm Agustín Navarro has this week called for the AVE high speed train to come directly to Benidorm, and not just the nearby city of Alicante. He also requested that the town is classed as a national “tourist town.” Both requests were made by Navarro during the recent meeting of Benidorm’s hostelry groups which was attended by the President of the Valencian Community, Alberto Fabra. Navarro told the meeting that Benidorm “deserved” the title. He revealed that tourism in Benidorm “represents 10% of the GDP of the Community.” Fabra indicated that he will begin the necessary arrangements for the municipality of Benidorm to be officially declared a national “tourist town”. Navarro has asked Fabra to look into the viability to bringing the AVE directly to Benidorm, once the connection between Madrid and Alicante has opened this June.

Terra Natura celebrates new arrivals Terra Natura in Benidorm celebrated the arrival of three new flying foxes this week. Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei) is a species of mega bat from the Pteropodidae family. The species is usually found in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The flying foxes were first introduced to Terra Natura in 2008. Since then, keepers have managed to successfully breed the animals with a total of 14 young born in captivity in the park. 2012 was a very successful year for the breeding programme with five pups born. The new mothers’ pregnancies lasted around 150 days and their babies weigh around 130 grammes. The pups will remain under the supervision of mothers during their first months of life until they begin to fly, usually when they are about three months old. Before that however, the pups are totally dependent on their mothers, constantly hanging from them without letting go. Other members of the family are not allowed to intervene or help in the raising of the pup. Keepers at the park revealed that the one of the new mothers defied all expectations by successfully giving birth and caring for her young as she herself had previously had a limb amputated. Despite her own restrictions, the new mum is successfully carrying her baby with her. Keepers at Terra Natura are keeping constant watch on the new mothers and babies in order



to ensure that everything goes well during the crucial early stages. They have also increased the daily diet of the females in order to increase their vitamin intake during the feeding stage. Unlike other species of bats, flying foxes only feed on fruit and nectar. Their strict fruitarian diet makes them important seed dispersers of many plant species.  With the arrival of the three pups, the park now has currently 22 flying foxes.  The species is threatened in the wild because of the massive destruction of its natural forest habitat, which is being destroyed at a ferocious rate by the cosmetic industry for palm oil.


Drugs awareness campaign Benidorm launched ‘Coneixement’ – a campaign to help prevent the risk of drug and alcohol abuse among the town’s young people. The campaign kicked off with a ‘fun photocall’ in Acampada de Peñas. Organised by the town’s Social Welfare Department – specifically, the Community Prevention Unit for Addictive Behaviours (UPCCA) – the campaign will be linked to the town’s main festivals and events in order to spread the word about the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol abuse. Benidorm’s Councillor for Social Welfare, Cristina Escoda, explained, “The objective of the campaign is to educate the general population, especially at festivals and events, about the risks associated with alcohol consumption and drugs, while reminding people – especially youngsters – that we can have a good time at events, but uncontrolled consumption of drugs and alcohol poses a huge risk.” To coincide with the launch, a poster campaign was also rolled out across the town with many prominent young Benidorm residents striking a pose for the series. UPCCA president Maria Jose

Gutierrez said that young people were involved in the campaign to ensure that this sort of advice “doesn’t always come from older people.” Taking part are Gonzalo Devesa, musician, Cristina Gómez, Benidorm Athletics Club, Manuel Pérez, publicist, Liliana Fernandez, Olympic Beach volleyball champ; Rodrigo Sebastian, Valencian sportsman, Beatriz Hernández, audiovisual media professional; José Villuendas, Spanish wakeboard champion, and Nerea Cerezo, Benidorm’s Fiesta Queen. At last Saturday’s launch event, a photobooth was set up to allow more youngsters to participate with funny photos. Participants were offered goodie bags and a taste of a special non alcoholic cocktail, named ‘Coneixement!’ after the campain. The campaign can be followed via Facebook at Facebook / coneixementbenidorm, where organisers have published an album of pictures from the photobooth. The most ‘liked’ photo will receive a prize and will be used in the campaign at a later date. M ª José Gutiérrez also said that the Facebook page will be used to “give advice to prevent the risks associated with alcohol and drugs.”




Benidorm awards British groups The town of of citizens. The B e n i d o r m Mayor revealed will award a that awards will ‘European be presented Distinction’ to to the a number of Inter national groups in order Red Cross to recognize their in Benidorm contribution to the for “helping community in the citizens both town. The award individually and will be presented collectively.” on May 9th by According the town’s Mayor, to the Mayor, Agustín Navarro, three other who confirmed groups will be the award this awarded the week at a meeting prize, including with the various the Rotary groups involved. The Mayor will give the Club which Revealing that awards on May 9th the Mayor said the award will go “is known in to, among others, a number of British Benidorm for its important campaigns groups in the region, the Mayor said in the town, both economic and social, that he wanted to pay homage to the in aid of citizens.” Also set to receive “importance our town has in the UK the distinction is the Lions Club, an and our consolidation as a tourist organization with over 45,000 clubs destination, a benchmark for Europe around the world. In Benidorm as in – even before the formation of the EU.” other areas, the Lions Club devotes its For that reason, said Navarro, one efforts to helping those most in need. of the awards will be presented to the Finally, the Mayor revealed that the British Embassy in Spain, in order Royal British Legion will be recognized to recognize the British institution in for its activities. Navarro said that the Spain. Royal British Legion “has shown its The town will also present awards to huge capacity to organize activities in international associations working in support of associations and groups that Benidorm to improve the quality of life need help.”

Benidorm health centre among best in country

A Benidorm health centre has been ranked among the best in the country for clinical trials. The Centro de Salud Rincón de Loix, which falls under the Marina Baixa Department of Health, has been revealed as one of the leading

health centres in the country in terms of clinical trials, with an average of five trials per annum. The news was revealed by Dr Manuel Francisco Ramirez, team manager of clinical trials at the healt centre. Dr Ramirez also indicated that the Centro de Salud Rincón de Loix is participating in a Europe wide study which aims to define behaviours of patients diagnosed with Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. During the study, which is carried out over two years, 35 patients will be observed.

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Dramatic drop in traffic on Spanish roads ■ PAUL MUTTER There was a dramatic drop in the amount of traffic on Spanish roads last year falling by 38 per cent. The information came from INRIX the international provider of traffic information. A combination of high petrol costs, high unemployment levels, reductions in take-home pay and general concern about the security of jobs meant there were less people driving on Spanish roads in 2012. “There has always been a close correlation between the state of the economy and the level of traffic congestion on the roads,” said INRIX Chief Executive Officer, Bryan Mistele.

“If we consider the fact that that unemployment reached record levels in 2012 and the European household wealth fell by 13.6 per cent, it is not surprising that traffic levels have fallen so significantly,” he added. Average traffic congestion in Europe as a whole fell by 18 per cent. The largest drop was in Portugal at 50 per cent, another European country with an extremely high rate of unemployment. The trend is continuing into 2013 with traffic in the first quarter of this year across Europe falling 23 per cent. It may not be good news for those without work but for the drivers still on the road there may be some slight relief as

congestion times generally decrease. The worst countries in Europe last year to be driving were Belgium and the Netherlands where drivers spent over 50 hours in jams last year. Spanish cities fared better last year as well. Of the six that were analyse - Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Valencia and Zaragoza - none came in the top 25 European cities with the worst traffic last year. This compares with 2011 where Barcelona and Madrid came in 12th and 13th position respectively in the same list. Madrid was the worst performing Spanish city in the list for last year coming in 38th place in the European city league table.

Head of Unilever Spain arrested for data theft

The chairman of Unilever’s Spanish division, Jaime Aguilera Carmona, has been named as one of a group of more than 20 people arrested or formally named as suspects in the so-called ‘Pitiusa’ operation. Sources involved in the case said that this investigation aimed to dismantle a ring that was trafficking data. Among those also detained was Eduard Garriga, executive director for management and strategy at Barcelona Activa, the local development agency of Barcelona City Hall and former general manager of insurer Mutua Universal. The police also arrested members of the National Police, civil guards and employees of the Tax Agency. The raids, which took place last Wednesday comprised the third phase of the Operation Pitiusa probe, which last year unearthed a ring of around 150 people who had been buying and selling personal documents, such as

income tax statements, printouts of account transfers, medical records and lists of telephone numbers. The ring worked closely with detective agencies, and one of the people arrested on Wednesday was a private investigator, Jorge Luis Colomar, the son of a famous detective who solved a murder case years back. One of the detective agencies involved, Método 3, had compiled sensitive information on businessmen, judges, prosecutors and politicians. The list of those to be detained contained the names of around 30 people, including 19 in Catalonia, five in Madrid, two in Cantabria, one in Aragon, two in the Basque Country and two in Andalusia. One of the key players in the ring is Argentineanborn hacker Matías Bevilacqua, who had previously collaborated with the National Intelligence Center (CNI), Spain’s equivalent of the CIA.

The Nóos connection

Some of the victims of the ring include Telma Ortiz, the sister of Princess Letizia, whose employment record was sold to a private detective. Another victim was Ignacio López Hierro, the husband of the secretary general of the ruling Popular Party, María Dolores de Cospedal. An examination of computers seized in previous raids showed a connection between Pitiusa - which is the Spanish word for the inhabitants of Ibiza and Formentera - and the Nóos investigation in which royal sonin-law Iñaki Urdangarin and his wife Princess Cristina have been implicated. Urdangarin’s lawyer, Mario Pascual Vives, had asked Bevilacqua for all of the email messages involved in the case.

Spain’s population falls for the first time The population of Spain recorded a drop last year of 206,000 people taking the total population to 47.1 million. This is the first time the population in the country has fallen since records began in 1857, although it has to be borne in mind that up until the 1970s censuses were only carried out every 10 years and so falls in the population, for example during the Civil War years, would not necessarily have been recorded. The main reason for the fall in population is the continuing exodus of foreign residents leaving the country, very largely as a result of the economic recession and the rise in unemployment to record levels. The total number of foreign residents leaving Spain last year was 216,000; the native Spanish population only grew by 10,000 marginally offsetting the much larger fall due to foreign residents. The largest numbers of leavers by nationality were

Ecuadorians 45,951, followed by Romanians 28,568, with Colombians 24,994, in third place. An interesting comparison and difference was the largest declines amongst registered voters by nationality. Once again it was Ecuadorians with a 14.9 per cent drop but they were followed by Argentinians in second place with a 10.8 per cent drop and Peruvians in third place with a 10.6 per cent decline. Of the resulting 47.1 million 11.7 per cent or 5.5 million of those still resident in Spain are foreign residents with 3.17 million of those coming from outside the European Union. The Romanians are still in first place as regards foreign resident populations in Spain with 869,000. Moroccan nationals are second with 787,000 and they are followed by the British with 383,000 registered residents or 6.9 per cent of the foreign population. Ecuadorians are in fourth

place with 262,000 or 4.8 per cent of the foreign population. In our own Valencian region there was a decline in population of 24,901 people to 5.1 million one of the highest population losses over the last year; 16.8 per cent though of the population are foreign residents placing the Valencian region in second place for the highest number of foreigners behind the Balearic islands at 20.1 per cent. The growth in the number of foreign residents coming to live in Spain has been phenomenal over the last 15 years, in particular between 2000 and 2010 the immigrant population rose from 924,000 to 5.7 million. The main attraction was the availability of employment and the economic boom largely caused mostly by the construction industry. The impact of the financial crisis over the last four years has caused many foreign residents to return to their home countries in order to try and find work.

The trend of increasing numbers of foreigners began to reverse in 2011 when registrations fell by 15,229. One year later that figure was 216,125. The total broke down into 90,639 nationals of the EU 27 countries compared to 125,486 non-EU nationals. A total of 14,799 less British nationals and 15,558 less German nationals were amongst the numbers. However being precise about the timing of the drops in numbers is more difficult because foreign residents are required to renew their registration every two years and if they leave within that period their leaving is not picked up on the statistics until much later. What that means is that there may well be many more who left last year but are still to be seen in the numbers. Albert Esteve, a researcher at the centre for demographic studies at the University of Barcelona said that the data was now beginning to reveal the true underlying demographic

picture of the country which is one of a falling native population. Although native Spanish population showed an increase of 10,000 last year it has to be understood that around 100,000 people become naturalised Spaniard every year and therefore the figures for last year demonstrate at best a static population but much more likely a decline in the native Spanish population.

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Spain raises minimum 11 years in prison for two men who kidnapped and robbed marriage age British couple The minimum age for marriage in Spain has been raised from 14 to 16 as part of government plans to combat child abuse and exploitation. Social services minister Ana Mato said the government also proposes to revise the age of sexual consent which currently stands at just 13 years of age. The reforms are part of major government plans to combat the abuse of minors, funded with a budget estimated at €5.2 billion over the next four years. Under the previous law, in certain circumstances a child was allowed to enter into marriage with a court’s permission from the age of 14. Critics of the legislation argue that this could result in children being forced into the union and open the way for

exploitation. Children’s organisations have welcomed the reforms as a means to prevent child abuse and fight paedophilia more effectively. In Spain, the minimum ages for marriage and sexual consent were previously among the lowest in the world. Mato told a news conference: “Although the age to enter into marriage in our country is 18 years, the law does allow in certain circumstances for marriage at 14. We are going to raise that age to 16.” The minister added that the government will now work with political parties and children’s organisations to increase the age of consent in line with European Union nations.

Two men who were part of a four man gang were sentenced last week by a court in Alicante to a total of 11 years in jail for violent robbery, illegal detention and kidnapping of a British couple in Teulada-Moraira in April 2004. According to news agency reports of the summary sentence the two men plus another broke into the couple’s house on April 23, 2004 by breaking the bars on one of the windows. A fourth member of the group waited outside in a vehicle. Having gained entry the other three threatened the couple with a large knife and two guns. They stole €1,100 and £200. Not satisfied with their haul they decided to wait inside the couple’s

Watch out for credit card cloners ■ PAUL MUTTER We were contacted by one of our readers last week who experienced credit card fraud first-hand. She had paid for a meal at a local restaurant by credit card one evening and then was surprised the following morning when she tried to use the card again to withdraw some cash to discover that the card had been suspended. Contacting her bank and asking what the problem was, she was told that somebody had tried to transfer €3,200 from her account to an account in Hong Kong, suspicions had been raised and hence the transaction had been blocked and the card suspended. It appeared that several smaller mobile phone top ups had been put onto the card before the main transaction was attempted presumably to test whether or not the card would work. Fortunately for our reader there was no problem with the bank refunding the money back into her account. In this instance the credit card never left our reader’s possession and so details must have been copied from it in one form or another. Possibly the details were cloned and then transferred to a blank card or a stolen card, overwriting the existing information. So what is credit card cloning and how can you guard against becoming a victim. In the first instance the advice is always to never let the credit card out of your sight when unscrupulous people might scan your card’s magnetic strip with a small mobile scanner, or with the older methods of recording credit card transactions, make a copy slip. The other piece of advice that is given relates to using cashpoint machines. Always make sure you hide your hands when inputting your pin number and check to make sure nobody is overlooking

Police in Spain cracked a €20m card cloning gang in 2010 what you are doing. Also be extremely wary if people try to distract you whilst you are making a transaction. There have been incidents where thieves have installed card readers which are extremely small, together with cameras at cashpoint machines to try and steal information. These can be extremely difficult to detect though and cameras are used in some machines anyway in order to take pictures of both people conducting transactions and those who may be near them as a safety measure. Never give your pin number to anyone even if they say they are from a bank or the police because these will never be asked for by genuine people from either organisation. The other piece of advice given is to regularly check your statements and immediately report anything to your bank that you see as suspicious. This is particularly important with small

items not authorised by yourself which may indicate that thieves are about to make a much larger withdrawal attempt. There is always the option, if you are concerned that the security of your credit cards may have been compromised, to ask the bank to cancel them and issue new ones. Obviously there is the inconvenience of having to do this but better that than run the risk of losing money from your account. Much has been done to reduce the possibility of credit card fraud and the introduction of ‘chip and pin’ cards is one of those measures. In some cases banks are now also issuing additional transaction passwords. The potential profits for thieves though is enough for them to keep attempting to discover new methods to exploit weaknesses in whatever technology is being used for credit cards; so the message remains the same - stay vigilant.

house with the couple until the next morning when the banks would be open and there would be an opportunity to take money out of the couple’s account. The next morning they decided to separate the couple and two of the four men took the woman to another address in Javea, handcuffed her and left in the house. Meanwhile the other two went with the husband to a bank in Moraira with a demand from the robbers for €20,000 in order to free his wife. However once he was inside the bank the husband managed to alert and apprise bank staff of his predicament without raising the alarm with his kidnappers.


The thieves only got €500 but with a promise that the rest of the €20,000 would be available the following day if they returned to the bank. When they returned to the bank the following morning there was a considerable police presence which allowed the thieves to warn their confederates and escape without obtaining any cash. The woman managed to free herself and escape later in the day. Both men were convicted of robbery, illegal detention and kidnapping. In addition to the prison sentences they have been ordered to pay the couple €10,000 compensation for the ‘emotional damage’ caused to them and €2,201.88 for the items that were stolen from their house.




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Benidrm and proud! Love it or hate it, millions of viewers tune in every series to catch up on the latest goings on in ITV’s smash hit tv series, ‘Benidorm’. This week, the CoastRider’s media partner CoolFM caught up with Benidorm’s Casting Director Pere Aguilo to hear what he had to say about Series Six, currently being filmed on location in the town. P: Pere Aguilo A: Cool FM’s Ash Price

P: I think it is for two reasons first, the scripts and stories that Derren (Litten) writes are brilliant, Ash: Tell us a little about yourself. he clearly researches the town   very well, and the stories he shows Pere: Well, my name is Pere Aqullo  are just what the British public and as you said, I am the production like to watch (funny, outrageous, manager for the TV series Benidorm. on the edge). Second, when you My company works alongside the switch on the TV in the UK and it’s UK production company Tiger cold, raining and dull, and you sit Aspect, the makers of Billy Elliot, Mr back and watch people enjoying Bean’s Holiday, the Vicar of Dibley themselves in the sun, partying to name a few. I provide everything at night, by the pool in the day, it that Tiger Aspect needs to bring top gives the viewers a feel good vibe. quality television to your homes, from   electricians and extras to the catering A: You mentioned Derren (Litten), team and cleaners. As we are in the series writer. He is becoming Spain, the law states that because very popular back in the UK; what is Tiger Aspect is a British company, he like to work with? is must employ a Spanish company to help produce the show here in P: I find him very professional, Benidorm. I have worked with the quick witted, excellent writer and I directors and producers since the look upon him as a friend. first series, which we started filming in 2006  and it is a job I thoroughly enjoy. A: Will we ever see a return of Jonny   Vegas and why did he leave? A: We all love the programme very much. It gets very high ratings and P: Well, Johnny had a loving partner as also won a National Television in the UK and found the filming in Award. Why do you feel the show is Spain too much time away and still so popular nearly seven years on? unfortunately left.

A: Do you ever have a problem with controlling the tourists whilst filming on location?

Summer employment initiative

It’s twins for Mundomar!

Hundreds of unemployed people turned up on Saturday to Hotel Servigroup Pueblo to participate in a special casting. The new initiative, which attracted hundreds of applicants, is searching for people to work as activities staff in Benidorm this summer. Unemployed graduates in childcare, education, sports and other professionals were offered the opportunity to showcase their skills to the local hotel industry to ‘audition’ for summer posts in Benidorm hotels’ activity teams. Two interviewers put applicants through their paces and will choose the best of the bunch to fill positions in the Acttiv entertainment group, used by the Servigroup hotel chain in the town, among others, for summer entertainment and activities crew. Acttiv’s Carmen Barrera, who was interviewing on the day, said that in

light of the economic situation, more people than ever are applying for this type of work. Increasingly, graduates and students are looking to Benidorm’s lucrative hotel industry for seasonal work, especially in childcare and sport. Barrera said that many applicants would not have previously considered working in the hotel industry but have widened the scope of their job search. The average age of Saturday’s applicants was between 23 and 24 years of age, although candidates ranged in age from 18 to 40. Many also spoke two languages with English a popular choice. Acttiv has held castings like this in the Canary Islands and Mallorca in the past, but this was the first event of its kind in Benidorm.

from the UK even if it is for people who just want to see where it is filmed. A: Will we be getting a Series Seven?

P: I have never had problems with tourists interrupting the filming locations they all respect what we are doing and they want the show to be completed and back on their screens as soon as possible. A: What did you do before you started working with Tiger Aspect P: I have worked in the television and movie business for many years and in the past I have worked with Dr. Who, Vin Diesel, Colin Farrell and many more, I even played an extra in “Benidorm” as a taxi driver ! A: Can you tell us anything different that we will be seeing in Series Six? P: We try to show different locations across the area to show what a beautiful place Benidorm  and the surrounding areas really are compared to many wrong impressions to people who have never been. We are confident we increase bookings

Benidorm’s Mundomar park is known for its collection of exotic and marine animals. This week, that collection has grown with the birth of two baby lemur twins. Keepers at the park have reported that both babies are doing well and have integrated seamlessly into the rest of the lemur community at the park. The high rate of breeding at Mundomar is great news since the ring-tailed lemur is listed as a protected species. The ring-tailed lemur is probably the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail. Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. The ring-tailed lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together. The ring-tailed lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun. Like other lemurs, this species relies strongly on its sense of smell and marks its territory with scent glands. The males perform a unique scent marking behaviour called spur marking and will participate in stink fights by impregnating their tail with their scent and wafting it at opponents. As one of the most vocal primates, the ring-tailed lemur uses numerous calls for different situations. Experiments have shown that the ring-tailed lemur, despite the lack of a large brain can organize sequences, understand basic arithmetic

P: There are current negotiations to make the seventh series after the one we are filming and  we hope, yes to have it proceed soon.

from the writer, the crew, the actors and extras and many more who we couldn’t make the show without and of course the public for watching. I am very proud of Benidorm I was born here and my father and grandfather were traditional fisherman in the town and I want the people to enjoy what we try to offer!

A: How long will you be filming in the town for? P: We are filming across the area for a total of 14 weeks – up to around late June /July. A: When will we see the new series on our TV screens? P: This current series should be on UK television around February 2014 just in time to view and book your holiday here! A: Ok, thanks Pere – anything to add?   P: I would like to thank Cool FM and The CoastRider for giving me the opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the wonderful people involved

operations and select tools based on function. Despite being listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List and suffering from habitat destruction, the ring-tailed lemur reproduces readily in captivity and is the most populous lemur in zoos worldwide, numbering more than 2,000 individuals. It typically lives 16 to 19 years in the wild and up to 27 years in captivity. The latest arrivals aren’t the only new faces at Mundomar this season. Keepers recently welcomed a family of crested porcupines to the park. Mother Mamen and dad Epi arrived

Cool FM’s Gill with Pere

from Córdoba with their baby daughter, whom keepers at Mundomar have named Lucia. The porcupine family are said to have adapted well to their new home. Given their nocturnal nature, the Mamen, Epi and Lucia are homed in a cave like habitat, kept between 23 and 29 degrees to mimic their home in the wild. The crested porcupine is known for its long quills which can measure between 25 and 40 inches in length. Their sharp quills are designed with defence in mind, but keepers at Mundomar revealed that the new family has quickly become the ‘darlings’ of the park because of their timid nature.

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Schoolchildren Residents will not pay more for enjoy free theatre 400 pupils from primary refuse collection Around schools across Benidorm enjoyed a performance of Laios, a play in the Valencian regional language, staged by the town hall. The dramatic initiative was offered for free to local schools and was enjoyed by hundreds of 5th and 6th class pupils. The project was organized by the Department of Culture, with the support of the Department of Education. Laios is written by Joan Carles Simó and directed by Pau Pons and Joan Miquel Reig. The play has won a series of awards and tells the story of a family through the eyes of a child.

Benidorm’s Mayor this week confirmed that “Residents will only pay the exact cost of the services of street cleaning and refuse collection” and ruled out any increase in the amount of the bill. The mayor of Benidorm, Agustín Navarro, clarified at a press conference this week that he “is not going to increase the bill for refuse” and that “citizens will pay only what the service costs.” Navarro said that by reducing the bill for waste and street cleaning, they “would be the first democratic city council to do” and said that “we are the only town in the province of Alicante and one of the few in Spain” that has made a deal to reduce the waste bill “without a single layoff.”

Organ Concert Series

An Organ Concert Series has been organized by the Parish of San Jaime and Santa Ana in Benidorm. Announced this week by the Councillor for Culture Eva Mayor, the concerts will take place on the last Friday of each month in the church. Parish priest, Don Luis revealed that the series started last Friday at 8pm with a concert given by Javier Artigas, Professor at the Conservatory of Music ‘M. Massotti ‘of Murcia. The programme will continue on Friday, May 31, also at 8pm, this time by Alfonso Saez, Professor at the Conservatory of Music of Murcia, and ends on Friday, June 28, with a concert, at 9pm, by José Vicente Giner, Professor at the Conservatory of Music of Valencia. The priest explained that the aim of this series is to present “the importance of the instrument we have in Benidorm.” He also announced that organisers are looking into the possibility of preparing a series of concerts which will see the complete works of Bach performed in Benidorm.

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Tapas and Pinchos winners revealed

Diners in Benidorm enjoyed 25,000 tapas during the recent III Contest of Tapas and Pinchos, held in the town. The votes have been gathered and the winners announced as Restaurante Taita, Restaurante Le Sol and El Bodegón Aurrerá. Taita and Le Sol were chosen by a jury of industry experts while El Bodegón Aurrerá won the coveted audience award as their tapas and pinchos received the most votes by members of the public. Gema Amor, Councillor for Tourism, congratulated all of the winners for their “professionalism, creativity and effort.” Amor said that this year, with 25 participating restaurants, the level of competition was extremely high and that the judges found it “very difficult and complicated to award prizes”. She also congratulated

all the participants for “working to improve our gastronomy and culinary tourism.” President of ABRECA-COBRECA, Javier del Castillo, reported that over the week of the III Contest of Tapas and Pinchos, which took place between 15 and 21 April, participating restaurants served a total of 25,000 tapas and pinchos. The jury included some of the town’s top culinary teachers as well as Ernesto Cabello del Pino, CNN’s representative in Spain and Francisco Perez Lloret, the ‘godfather’ of Benidorm Gastronomic 2013. The contest was the second activity so far this year of the 2013 Benidorm Gastronomic initiative, which aims to make the city a benchmark for culinary excellence. The next event will be the Gastronomic IV, which takes place from June 3 to June 9.

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Spain fights to lose reputation as drug gateway to Europe Spain, the main gateway into Europe for cocaine and hashish, has stepped up the fight against drug trafficking by rings which are shifting their tactics to keep their access to the lucrative European market. “We are winning battles but it will be difficult to win the war,” said the head of the anti-cocaine squad of the anti-drugs unit of Spain’s national police force, Jose Antonio Rodriguez. “Traffickers have money on their side, a lack of scruples and they can develop their activities without limit. Spain’s proximity to Morocco and its easy access to the Atlantic Ocean make it “a natural entry point for drug shipments for all of Europe,” said Rodriguez. Cocaine arrives in Spain from Latin America in Galicia, a northwestern region whose rugged coastline is dotted with coves and inlets, and in the southern port of Cadiz, and is then shipped overland by truck to France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. Spain seized 20.7 tonnes of cocaine last year, 24.9 percent more than in the previous year and 325.5 tonnes of hashish, down 8.5 percent from 2011, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez-Diaz said Thursday. That represents 41.21 percent of the total amount of cocaine which

was seized in Europe last year and 73.69 percent of the hashish, according to the minister. A record 49.65 tonnes of cocaine was seized in Spain in 2006. “Since then we have observed a clear downwards trend, which may be explained by changes in international trafficking routes,” Spanish police wrote in a report last year. A multiplication of police operations against drug trafficking in Galicia has diverted cocaine smugglers to the south of Europe, said Susanne Gratius, an analyst with FRIDE, a think tank specialising in European affairs, who wrote a report about the fight against drug trafficking for the European Parliament. “Very often drugs no longer arrive directly from Latin America, instead they pass through Africa using the traditional routes for hashish trafficking,” she said. Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are countries used by traffickers to get cocaine from Latin America to Spain, she added. Latin American drug rings can rely on the help of strong local networks in Africa to help move their narcotics to Europe, said Rodriguez. “We have found that groups in the region such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb cooperate with them, they get paid to transport

drugs to north Africa,” he said. The make-up of drug rings sending cocaine to Spain has changed as well. The Colombian groups which dominated the trade in the 1980s have given way bit by bit to Mexican cartels, said Gratius. Drug traffickers’ interest in Europe has increased because demand from the continent for cocaine is growing. Over the past decade the number of cocaine consumers in Europe has doubled while demand for the drug has plunged by 33 percent in the United States, she said. In response European nations have reinforced regional cooperation as well as their cooperation with police forces in Latin America to stop the flow of cocaine. Hiding cocaine in banana shipments remains one of the favourite tactics used by traffickers. “Shipping containers are one of the points of entry for drugs that are used the most. Ports are very busy and perishable goods must leave very quickly,” said Rodriguez as he held up a plastic banana which was used to hide cocaine. “Traffickers never stop innovating. They have even used live animals,” he added as he showed X-ray images of a Labrador which had been stuffed with packages of cocaine inside its body by smugglers.

New campaign to combat obesity in children Teresa Robledo , an adviser to Estrategia Naos para la Nutrición, Actividad Física y Prevención de la Obesidad warned last week of ‘a pandemic of obesity’ affecting Spanish children with 45 per cent of them now considered to be obese. The Director General of the Institute of Prevention, Health and the Environment from the Mapfre Foundation, Antonio Guzmán, spoke in a similar vein when he talked of obesity being ‘the invisible disease’ which will result in future health problems for the children. The remarks were made during the launch of a new plan called ‘Vivir en Salud’ (Healthy Living) developed by the Mapfre Foundation and designed to combat the growing problem of obesity in Spanish children. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness among children and their families about the need for healthy eating and physical exercise. Alongside the need for better nutrition it was pointed out that 30 per cent of Spanish children have a TV, computer or games console in their rooms encouraging them to lead more sedentary lives. According to information supplied children now spend six hours over the weekend in sedentary activities compared to only four actively playing. The new program aims to encourage both an active lifestyle and healthy eating



by providing information and advice using a range of songs, comics and animation workshops designed for children and adolescents in the classroom. The ‘Healthy Living’ programme is available in English, Castilian and Catalan aimed, in the words of Filomen Mira, Vice President of the Mapfre Foundation to ‘contribute to a healthier society’. Part of the programme is to provide parents with advice and information in order to encourage new habits in their children at home. The Director General of the Institute of Prevention, Health and the Environment from the Mapfre Foundation went on to say that their new program was designed to complement advice currently given in physical education classes, the school generally and in the home with the overall objective that all young people should have a healthy childhood.


New appeal for missing person ■ MIREILLE TODDINGTON In February 2013, at the request of the Police in Manchester The CoastRider published an appeal for information on Ian Watson, who went missing from the Orihuela Costa in October 2000 and police would like the help of our readers once again.    Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in tracing Ian Watson missing from Stockport Greater Manchester since October 2000. Ian is described as a white male aged 65-years-old. He is 5ft 11inches tall, of medium build with wavy grey hair and blue eyes. At the time of his disappearance it is believed Ian was clean shaven. He was last seen in the Orihuela area of Spain on 16 October 2000. Ian was visiting the area in order to finalise the purchase of a villa. He had arrived in Spain on the 14 October and hired a car to take him to a villa at Lomas De Don Juan on the Orihuela Costa. On the 16th October Ian made several calls to his family in the UK but since that date there has been no further contact. Julie Potts Missing Person

Safeguarding Officer with Greater Manchester Police, Public Protection Division said: “It has now been several years since Ian was reported missing. If anyone reading this has any information concerning his whereabouts, I urge them to get in touch with Greater Manchester Police on 0044 161 856 8499 / 9151/ 2234 or email: and quote Great Manchester Police Missing Person Reference Number: MP/05/0000795.” If anyone has any knowledge of Watsons whereabouts they can also contact The Policia Judicial of the Guardia Civil at Torre de la Horadada on: 96 676 9143 or Chris Poole at e-mail or on 96 676 1379.





This week we received a query from Dora, whose Community of Property Owners (Comunidad de Propietarios in Spanish) has claimed an outstanding community bill of 400 Euros, allegedly being agreed at last year’s annual general meeting. Dora pays all community bills which are set on an annual basis at roughly over 1,000 Euros per proprietor - of a total of twentytwo in the Community. Dora also admits that in her Community there are a lot of community fees in arrears (…tell me about it!). As in many cases, Dora does not speak Spanish very which makes it hard for her to fully understand what goes on in the annual general meeting or any other meetings of the Community, and hence she usually walks away with the feeling of not being sure of what was agreed. As a member of her community, Dora pays the community fees (cuotas, in Spanish) which have been properly voted by the members at the annual general meeting of the year before. Also, the Law sets an obligation on the Community to maintain the building in good condition, usable and safe for all owners; therefore, if there is damage on the outside of the building caused by abundant rain and wind, the Community must convoke an extraordinary general meeting to discuss what to do in that regard, and a “derrama” (extra Community fee for each owner) approved.

This is likely to have been the case for Dora (400 Euros multiplied by 22 owners equals 8,800 Euros, which is likely to be the cost of general maintenance). And if she refuses to pay, her Community will likely sue her to claim the monies. Is there anything Dora can do? Certainly, Dora can request the Administrator of her Community to provide her with a copy of the last meeting, in order to inspect exactly what agreements were reached. The agreement is contained in the minutes book (“libro de actas” in Spanish); and assuming that she is being charged an extraordinary fee, she should search for the word “derrama”. If Dora wants to know if the Agreement reached was in breach of the Community Estatutes or the Law, then it may be already too late to do anything about: any action before the Court must be lodged within a threemonth period from the day on which the General Meeting was held, whether AGM or EGM. Assuming that she is still on time to do something about it, the next step

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for her would be to ascertain what her position was, i.e., what she voted for. If she voted in favour, she can hardly file an action against her own will. This could have happened quite easy, if she did not know what was being discussed but voted in favour anyway. If the minutes show that she voted against the agreement, she should seek expert legal counsel. This is because the findings could require serious legal action. For instance, Dora revealed that there are many owners with community fees outstanding, and the Law establishes that these owners do not have the right to vote (unless these debts have been challenged in Court). So it could be the case where an agreement was reached by way of votes which should not have been counted. Or perhaps the meeting was not notified in time as requested by the Law, so that the owners could submit other quotes from other professionals doing the repairs, etc. Also, Dora: check if the 400 Euros is a one-payment deal, or if other bills will follow.

Spain’s DGT traffic authority has revealed that six million journeys will be undertaken during this week’s fiesta. Wednesday, May 1st, is a fiesta across the whole of Spain as business shut down for Day of the Worker (Dia del Trabajador). May 2 is also a fiesta in Madrid. Most of the extra traffic, 1.6 million journeys, will originate from the centre of the country heading for the coast. Traffic authorities have also made

special arrangements for the control of the motorbikes heading for the Moto GP which is taking place in Jerez.

€626 raised at St George’s Day celebrations St George’s Day was marked by the The Benidoleig and District branch of the Royal British Legion as members held a Dinner Dance Party. Held on the Friday before St George’s Day, the event was completely sold out and according to members delivered on its promise of being “a truly meritorious occasion.” Guests danced the night away at El Cid Restaurant in Benidoleig. Excellent prizes were won in the raffle with the main prize of a hamper being won by Margaret, a guest on holiday from England. An amazing 626€ was raised for the Poppy Appeal. Organisers told the CoastRider, “A huge thank you to everyone involved.” Chairman Patrick Scully, thanked members for their support and encouraged anyone with an interest in the welfare of the armed forces, whether or not they themselves had served, to join the Royal British Legion.

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Spain urges support for small businesses Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged the European Central Bank to take steps to improve funding for small firms. While a growing number of investors expect that the ECB will cut rates at its policy meeting this week, it is unclear if it is studying any measure to address the funding situation. Both Spain and Germany announced on Monday that they would act on their own, with finance ministers from both countries announcing a joint programme to spur investment in Spanish firms, although no further details were given. Rajoy said that more should be done for smaller firms. “Things have been done (by the ECB) but it is possible to do more,” Rajoy said at an event in Madrid. “For SMEs, by changing the collateral (rules) or by promoting other kinds of aid and operations through the banks, such as what has already been done in some countries with their central banks and on which we can still move forward,” he said. Small companies account for more than half of Spanish jobs. With Spain deep in recession and more than a quarter of its workforce out of work, Rajoy has shifted his economic policy toward stimulus and away from austerity, including a raft of measures to try to help small firms.




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borrowing for March, excluding extraordinary items, was only £15.1bn instead of the expected £15.5bn. That figure put the deficit for the 2012-13 financial year at £120.6bn, £300m less than the previous year and £300m below what the Office for Budgetary Responsibility predicted at the time of the March Budget. The deficit and GDP data were more than enough to neutralise a bit of an upset last Friday afternoon when Fitch Ratings joined Moody's in lowering Britain's credit rating from AAA to AA+. The news was not wholly unexpected but still cost sterling half a euro cent and nearly one US cent at the time There were vanishingly few positive surprises among the euro zone ecostats. Monday brought another deterioration in Euroland consumer confidence. Tuesday's provisional purchasing managers' index (PMI) readings from France, Germany and Euroland were all below 50, signifying slowdown. Figures on Wednesday showed declines in German business confidence and

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Italian retail sales. On Thursday Spain reported a further rise in unemployment to 27.2%. Perhaps the best result was Friday's French consumer confidence measure, which was steady at 84. In the political arena, Italy's parliament managed to agree on a new president by the simple expedient of reappointing the previous one, 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano, to an unprecedented second seven-year term. Within a week he had given Enrico Letta the job of prime minister. Sig. Letta's main attribute is that he offends none of the factions and the hope is that he will be able to build a broad coalition that will avoid the need for

a fresh general election. In the broader euro zone the hot topic was austerity and its economic value. Until recently the EU/IMF/ECB troika had based their policy on work by two Harvard economists, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, whose research proves that a country's economic growth slows dramatically when its debt rises above 90% of GDP. Except it doesn't. A team at the University of Massachusetts found several errors in the original research, which exaggerated the apparent effect of high national indebtedness. The discovery has taken the wind out of the sails of the pro-austerity lobby and EC President Manual Barroso said publicly this week that austerity had "reached its limits" and "a stronger emphasis on growth" was needed. His comments went down badly with the German government and it is by no means clear how the troika could swing peripheral Euroland from a policy of debt-reduction to one of growth-stimulation even if it wanted to. But a growing body of economic opinion believes it should.




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Recession eases in first quarter The recession suffered by Spain since the end of 2011, the second in barely four years, eased somewhat in the first quarter of the year, as private consumption fell by less than previously, the Bank of Spain said Tuesday. In its latest monthly economic bulletin, the central bank said GDP contracted 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter; after a decline of 0.8 percent in the final fourth of last year. On an annual basis, output shrank by 2.0 percent, one tenth of a point more than in the last three months of 2012. Private consumption fell 0.3 percent after a contraction of 2.0 percent in the fourth quarter as the effects of hike in value-added tax, introduced in September of last year, began to ease. As a result, the contraction in domestic demand slowed to 0.8 percent from 2.0 percent. However, the central bank ruled out further improvements in private consumption any time soon. “Households’ limited saving capacity in a setting of declining disposable income, falling wealth, the persistence of an uncertain labour market outlook and high debt leave little room for consumption to pick up in the short turn,” the report said. Employment in the quarter fell 4.5 percent, a slight improvement on the fourth quarter when it contracted by 4.7 percent. The jobless rate ended 2012 at 26 percent and is expected to climb toward 27 percent



this year. High unemployment has aided wage constraint while household wealth has fallen due to the drop in house prices. The contribution of net external demand – exports minus imports - remained positive but declined on a quarterly basis to 0.3 points from 1.2 points in the fourth quarter. This reflected weaker exports due to the recession in the euro zone and a less marked decline in imports. The EU’s statistics office Eurostat said Monday that Spain had the biggest public deficit in the bloc last year at 10.6 percent, including the European bailout for the country’s banks. Excluding the loan, the shortfall was seven percent of GDP, compared with a target of 6.3 percent. The Bank of Spain said that the “sluggishness” of indirect tax collections and social security contributions is “illustrative of the difficulty that reducing the budget deficit in an adverse cyclical situation entails.” The government on Friday is due to unveil a new battery of reforms to further reduce the deficit, although Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in an interview Monday that the measures will aim to combine this with prompting economic growth. Brussels is expected to give Spain a further two years to bring its deficit back within the EU ceiling of three percent of GDP. It is currently committed to doing so in 2014.

Future retirement age may be raised beyond 67 The government could raise the official retirement age beyond the current 67 years in the future to guarantee the sustainability of the state pension system. The recommendation was contained in a report by a group of experts appointed by the Labour Ministry to examine the sustainability of the system. Other suggestions included increasing the number of years of Social Security contributions needed for entitlement to a full pension to 40 years. The report was forwarded to the office of the so-called Toledo Pact, a crossparty body that oversees the state pension system that also includes the presence of the country’s main labour unions Under changes to the state pension system approved in 2011, the retirement age is being raised gradually from 65 to 67 years in 2027. The number of years of Social Security contributions for entitlement to a full pension is also being increased gradually, while the period used to calculate the amount of the pension received has been widened to the level of contributions made in the last 25 years prior to retirement, compared with 15 years previously. Generally, people earn more at the end of their working lives. The reform also left open the possibility of revising the factors used in calculating the sustainability of the system such as the amount of Social Security contributions, the retirement age and the number of years registered. Such revisions were initially only due to come into effect from 2027, but after detecting a possible “long-

term shortfall in the pension system,” the conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy decided to bring the process forward. The report filed by the team of experts incorporates measures adopted by other European countries to deal with the impact of an aging population and the economic crisis on the sustainability of their state pension systems. The Labour Ministry highlighted anomalies in the current system such as the average pension increasing by more than the average wage in the past decade and by more than inflation.

Europe’s fight against tax havens still has far to go

■ MIREILLE TODDINGTON Recent tax scandals have portrayed the inefficiency of the European Union to nail down offshore taxdodgers and the necessity for an automatic exchange of information. For more than two decades, a top French politician was able to quietly stash away hundreds of thousands of euros into a secret foreign bank account; all thanks to the lack of mechanisms that automatically and systematically help countries detect hidden accounts abroad. The case of Jerome Cahuzac, who held a secret Swiss account despite being France’s top official against tax fraud as budget minister, has exposed the meagre measures in place despite repeated public pledges to clamp down on tax fraud and tax havens. The simple answer to the problem is an automatic exchange of information and a mandatory declaration of assets, the route now being taken by Spain. For 60-year-old Cahuzac, the bubble burst only after Swiss authorities agreed to cooperate,

and he confessed as evidence the account existed was about to emerge. Until then, France’s former tax tsar had spent months denying an audio recording dug up by news website Mediapart that reportedly had Cahuzac admitting to having an account with Swiss bank UBS, believed to contain 600,000 euros. He is now charged with “laundering the proceeds of tax fraud”. Although the global financial crisis spurred on the international community to increase financial transparency and crack down on tax havens, the European Union still struggles to nail down offshore


tax-dodgers due to the lack of sophisticated mechanisms that facilitates the automatic exchange of information. This means that investigators often need to know what they are looking for in the first place, and any requests linked to suspected tax fraud cases need to be wellfounded. The allegations against Cahuzac were based on media reports and by the time French investigators got interested in the case, his nondeclared funds had already been transferred elsewhere. It has been suggested that Europe look to the way Americans are dealing with off-shore tax dodgers. Adopted in 2010, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) not only requires depositors to declare their overseas accounts, but it also demands foreign financial institutions to report on the balance and activities of its US account-holders to American tax authorities. So far, Washington has struck a FATCA deal with Switzerland, and Luxembourg is on track to do so too. And on Tuesday, Britain France, Germany, Italy and Spain said in a letter to the European Commission

that they had agreed to work on setting up a multilateral exchange facility modelled on FATCA which “will not only help in catching and deterring tax evaders but it will also provide a template as to the wider multilateral agreement we hope to see in due course.” For years, the European Commission has pushed for a directive requiring its 27 EUmembers to lift banking secrecy policies for foreign depositors. Austria and Luxembourg are the only members that do not participate in an automatic exchange of information on EU residents who have bank accounts in their countries. Over the weekend, however, Luxembourg announced it was prepared to lift the controversial measure, but Austria is still blocking it, having only gone as far as to say that it is ready to discuss the issue. “The directive is a block of cheese with lots of holes in it which is infinitely less powerful than FATCA, it’s 10 percent of FATCA,” said Pascal Saint-Amans, an expert at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He also noted that automatic exchange in itself is “very restricted”.

When Pakistan comes to Benidorm

Under the shadow of some of Benidorm’s tallest skyscrapers, next to the Plaza de Toros, a sport rarely seen in Spain is practiced every week by the local Pakistani community – cricket. Imran works in a local orchard and works twelve hours per day, six days per week. Like most of his fellow countrymen, he must send a large portion of his salary back home to Pakistan to help fund his family back home. Interviewed in Informacón this week, Imran told his story – that back home, he was a bit of a star of the cricket scene, but now is part of Benidorm’s immigrant agricultural workers. Imran revealed that in Pakistan, cricket is played everywhere – in streets, parks and squares, just like football here in Spain. The local Pakistani community has continued to uphold the tradition of cricket in the streets, and thanks to this, one evening per week, residents and tourists are treated to the unusual sight of a full blown cricket match in the middle of Benidorm. The casual matches are organized on afternoons or evenings when local families are available; many gather to practice the sport for fun. So far, work commitments have prevented the Pakistani ‘team’ from being able to accept an invitation from the British cricket club in Albir but Imran revealed that they hope to take up the offer in the future.



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Music News Tributes from across the globe are pouring in for Country Music legend George Jones who passed away on Friday 26th April he was 81. For the past 20 years of his life, he was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer, having more then 150 hits during his music career. He was well known for making the headlines in the past over drinking, stormy relationships with women and violent rages as well as his prolific career in making music. George Glen Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. He was given a guitar when he was nine and was soon on the streets of Beaumont, he had his first chart success in 1955, same year in which Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash made their debuts. The record ‘Why Baby Why’ peaked at #4 on the Billboard Country Charts.

Throughout the years George Jones worked with many musicians and session singers and players including Dan Schafer, Johnny Paycheck, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles and of course his former and 3rd wife Tammy Wynette. Jones received many honours during his career, from Most Promising New Country Vocalist in 1956 to being inducted into the County Music Hall Of Fame in 1992. His longtime friend Marle Haggard also presented him with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. He passed away after suffering from a fever and irregular blood pressure which led to him being on oxygen for several days, he died in the morning of Friday 26th from acute Hypoxia. The Country Music world will miss him sorely.

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UK Chart - Top 20 1. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams) 2. Rudimental – Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) 3. Will.I.Am - #That Power (feat. Justin Bieber) 4. Calvin Harris – I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding) 5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can´t Hold Us 6. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) (feat. A.M.E) 7. P!nk – Just Give Me A Reason 8. Nelly – Hey Porsche 9. Loveable Rogues – What A Night 10. Pitbull – Feel This Moment (feat Christina Aguilera)



A luxury air conditioned coach will pick up from convenient locations in Benidorm and Albir. All trips will include a short demonstration of Merino Wool Bedding products and you will be treated to a glass of Bucks Fizz or soft drink.

11. Passenger – Let Her Go 12. Bastille – Pompeii 13. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 14. PSY – Gentleman 15. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 16. Little Mix – How Ya Doin´? (feat. Missy Elliot) 17. Iggy Azalea – Work 18. The Saurdays – What About Us (feat. Sean Paul) 19. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies 20. Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man

Who’s on your radio? Weekends

Monday to Friday

8am to 10am

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Saturday 9am to 12pm

Saturday 12pm to 3pm

Dave Rowlands

Cheryle Dale

Ashley Price

Peter D

Vikki Caton

Stuey Lee Lewis

Dave originally from Devon but living over 20 years on the Costa Blanca brings you his round up of what’s happening in Spain. Dave is up early everyday translating the Spanish news to English and keeps you informed of many changes with local issues which may effect you, and also a round up of local events and attractions to visit.

Cheryle, originally from the Midlands living here for over 8 years and one of the best caberet acts of Benidorm, brings you a fantastic range of “music of your life”- a show full of features, quizzes and prizes from our many sponsors, tune in to win!

Better known as “Ash” originally from the Midlands and one of the entertainment team at the MedPlaya group of hotels, entertains you throughout the afternoon with his own line of up of “guess the top answer, our survey says?” “Who starred in?” and many more fun interactive quizzes with top hits from the decades!

The one and only Peterrrrrrrrrrr D! Peter originally from Holland but in Spain for over 30 years, plays you his fantastic collection of rock. Peter is a fanatic of music from the 60s 70s and more! Peter has toured the world, lived in America, dealt in Harley Davidsons, met the stars, owns the faabulous “Finca Fabiola” in Finestrat but just loves to entertain you on Cool FM everyday!

Vikki, originally from Batley, Leeds and now the well known hair and beauty salon “Hepburns” in the Indoor Market, invites you to wake up on Saturday morning with her choice of music, your requests and entertains you with sounds of motown, northern soul and more…

Stuey, proud owner of the Geordie Tat Bar in Benidorm and well known fund raiser with Tad from the Yorkshire Pride Bars, brings you his choice of music from his life and what a life Stuey has had! Tune in to hear more and let him take you to back in the day







Saturdays and Sundays 3pm to 7pm

Alvin Clarke Alvin, from Northern Ireland and resident DJ in The Rovers Return Bar, Benidorm, entertains you with fantastic music and up to date live sports results as they happen! If you want to find out your sport or team positions E:


Bars & Restaurants

Abigail’s big day Abbie Burrows of Delfin Bar, Calpe is getting truly excited about her first venture into entertainment for fund-raising. Only 23 years old but Abbie, having lost her grandmother to cancer, is fully motivated to raise money for cancer research through the AECC, to help local people, and to make people aware of the need

to have regular health checks. With that in mind Abbie will take names from the customers who would like to have a mammogram and check up and pass on to her contact for appointments. Saturday May 4 is the day that the Delfin will pull out all the stops to raise money. Starting at 2.30 with the

Quiz night Earlier this month, the Benidoleig Branch of the Royal British legion held a Quiz night at the El Cid Restaurant and Leisure Centre. The evening was a great success due to a good turnout of members and their guests. The winning table, by a narrow margin, was captained by Mr John Webb. The Quiz was professionally presented by Elaine Farrow which was very well received. Bar meals were made available by El Cid and enjoyed by all who participated. Josie Creasey told the CoastRider, “Our next social event will be a car rally treasure hunt in May. This will be on 21 May and will start at 10am at El Cid to be followed by lunch at El Cid around 12.30. If you would like to take part in either the treasure hunt and/or lunch will you please telephone Ron Clements on 965 583 373 to book in.

Members and their guests are very welcome.” The Branch also revealed, “In June we plan a visit to the winner of The Best House competition, La Finca, Beniarbeig. The visit will be followed by a menu del dia lunch at a local Spanish restaurant. Date and time to follow. “ Both of these events may be preceded by a short members meeting. Once again these events will be open to members and their guests. It is advisable to book early. “We look forward to meeting up with you at these events.” For more information on our Branch please contact Patrick Scully, Branch Chairman 965 583 626 or Derek Faver, Branch Secretary 965 587 586. / branches/benidoleig.


popular singer Derek Leeno , then with raffles and maybe a head shave in between, the fun continues with the Amy Winehouse Tribute. More raffles and surprises then a catwalk fashion show starts at 7pm. An X-factor karaoke comes later with surprise guests and local contestants and local characters as judges! Businesses locally have been very supportive offering plenty of prizes for the raffles. Throughout the day and evening

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the  special Delfin snack menu will be available. It all looks like great fun for an important cause so go along on May 4th to support Abbie and assist her to make a success of  her very own venture and enjoy yourselves. Don’t forget that you can book in for your own early detection screening (breast or cervical for women, prostate for men) by giving your details to Abbie on the day of the fundraiser. The cost of tests are subsidised by the AECC.

Brits continue to seek the sun Weary of a long hard winter, Brits kick off 2013 ravenous for a foreign home in the sun  The UK’s appetite for owning a home abroad has returned with a vengeance in 2013. Demand for information about buying overseas property was higher in the first quarter of 2013 than in any quarter during 2012, according to the most recent Overseas Guides Company (OGC) Quarterly Index, which measures interest in destinations popular with British second homeowners and expats. The OGC, a free quality resource for overseas propertybuyers, attracted 9,685 direct requests for information, in the form of downloads of its free Buying Guides, between January and March this year. This is a staggering 50 per cent increase on the same quarter last year and even a 20 per cent hike on enquiries between July and

September 2012, typically the busiest quarter in any year. “There’s been a very noticeable resurgence in interest in European destinations, in particular France and Spain, during the first three months of the year,” said Richard Way, Editor of The Overseas Guides Company. “January was by far the strongest month of the quarter in terms of enquiries into OGC – understandable, given the effect the crisis in Cyprus had when it broke. Ironically, while the situation may have knocked confidence in the euro, Cyprus was the only OGC destination that received more enquiries in March than both January and February, suggesting vulture buyers have begun circling for bargains on the island – this echoes the results of our partner Rightmove’s March report. “Interestingly, the long-haul emigration destinations of Australia, New Zealand and Canada all saw

year-on-year falls, albeit small ones, in enquiries. This could be due to a combination of the weaker pound, fewer employment opportunities and reports of inflated living costs, in particular in Australia.” The first quarter of 2013 also saw the launch of the OGC Ireland Buying Guide, which has been well received and indicates a definite interest for property in Ireland, where the market is deemed to be turning. Ireland generated more enquiries for the period than Turkey, New Zealand, Greece and Cyprus. The total number of enquiries received by OGC during 2012 was 28,099, a year-on-year increase of 41 per cent on 19,916 in 2011. These, combined with leads generated in Q1, mean that today OGC has a quality database of more than 66,300 people interested in buying overseas property and/or moving abroad.


Galician pork empanada Ingredients (for a 20cm by 4cms deep pie dish which will serve 4 – 6 people)

I have to admit to being a big fan of pies. The combination of wonderful pastry and filling seems to me to be one of the pinnacles of cooking. British cooking has a fine tradition of pie making and many excellent recipes, whether it’s shortcrust, flaky, hot water crust or suet crust. Pies can be savoury or sweet and very versatile too, quite capable of making a meal or snack cut cold just as well as heated up. Pies are also very popular here in Spain with the little pies or ‘empanadillas’ being a common sight in supermarkets and bakers alike. They are particularly popular in the north of the country and so the inspiration for this week’s recipe comes from Galicia where they pride themselves on making the best pies in Spain. They would normally use a bread or corn dough for the crust of their pies but I have cheated and used shortcrust pastry. Even worse than that I have used frozen pastry and for one very good reason – it’s quick and reliable, but of course if you prefer, make up the pastry from scratch. The humble pie beloved by many has been with the human race for a very long time. It is believed to go back to the Egyptians in 2000BC and passed from them to the

Greeks then on to the Romans and so on. Clearly the combination of crust plus a filing was as popular then as it is now. Initially though it is though the crust was merely a ‘holder’ for the contents and was often thrown away! This pie is a great alternative to turkey or a way of using up turkey meat you might have left over. There are many different fillings for Galician ‘Empanadas’ depending on where they are made and the time of year. Popular fillings are chicken, pork with chorizo and vegetables, fresh

mushrooms, fish, eels, mussels, the list goes on and on. They are often cooked to have cold on picnics. The recipe below just happened to fit perfectly the pie dish I had, which is in fact a sponge cake tin! I never seem to have quite the right size pie and flan dishes. You may need to adjust the recipe slightly up or down to fit whatever dishes you have. The main thing to try to ensure is that you get the pie layered as per the instructions. The lomo slices are readily available in supermarkets.

300grms of thin sliced pork lomo bought as a pack in the supermarket 1 teaspoon of sweet pimenton ½ teaspoon of dried mixed herbs 1 clove of garlic 2 medium onions 1 red pepper Jar or tin of red pimientos 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley finely chopped 3 whole tinned tomatoes 2 tablespoons of tomato frito 500 grms frozen shortcrust pastry 3 eggs Salt and black pepper 3 tablespoons of olive oil Method Put two of the eggs on to hard boil. Take the pork lomo slices and sprinkle with the pimenton and mixed herbs and leave while you prepare the onions and peppers Finely chop the onions, garlic and whole red pepper. Put two tablespoons of the olive oil into a saucepan and heat. Put the finely chopped onion, red pepper and garlic into the saucepan and cook until soft (about 10 minutes). Add the finely chopped parsley and the tinned tomatoes also finely chopped. Stir to mix and simmer away for about 30 to 40 minutes until the mixture is very soft almost disintegrating into a sauce but still retaining its texture. Make sure you stir occasionally to

prevent sticking or burning. Put one tablespoon of olive oil into a large frying pan and fry the lomo pieces quickly until just turning golden. Take them out of the pan and place to one side. Take just over half the ready mixed pastry and on a floured surface roll out to cover the inside of the pie dish. It should be about 2 mm thick. Grease the pie dish and lay the pastry into it. Take half the pepper and onion mixture and spoon it into the pie dish on top of the pastry spreading it evenly across the dish. Now place the lomo slices in a layer on top of that. Next take the peeled hard boiled eggs and slice thinly placing them in a layer on top of the lomo slices. Now take the red pimientos out of the jar or tin, cut into slices and layer across the pie with the eggs. Place the rest of the pepper and onion mix carefully on top spooning it evenly across the pie. Take the remaining pastry and roll out to cover the top of the pie and turn over the edges to bind. Prick the surface two or three times using a fork. Use any pastry left to roll out and cut into strips to decorate the top of the pie. Place the pie in a medium hot oven (180ºC) for about half an hour. Take it out of the oven and beat the third egg and brush over the pie to give a glaze. Put the pie back in the oven for a further 15 to 20 minutes until it is cooked through.

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Bars & Restaurants


Into the night with NEW LIFE PUB Happydays Graham CABARET


It gives me great pleasure to be writing this column for The CoastRider Benidorm Edition. Over the forthcoming weeks, I will be reviewing some of the artists, shows and cabaret bars in this wonderful holiday resort. This week, I took a venture into the Rachel’s Sports Bar opposite the Levante Hotel on the Palace strip to watch a show called “Saturday Night Boogie”. The show features two professional young ladies that are known well on the Benidorm entertainment circuit as Charlene Devlin and Jo Lloyd. The show itself consists of dancefloor hits from the 70’s and 80’s that soon got the audience on their feet dancing and singing along. The girls themselves are full of energy and look fantastic in their costumes. The show

lasted 50 minutes, however in that time it was non-stop from start to finish. After the show, some of the comments from audience included the words “Brilliant, fantastic and great”. If you get a chance while on holiday here in Benidorm to see The “Saturday Night Boogie” show, then I highly recommend this show and venue. Some of the comments I gathered from the audience were: Karen, Leeds “It was a fantastic show to start our hen party weekend.” Martin, Durham “It was great to see the wife and daughter up dancing.” Janet, Northampton “Those songs reminded me off my teenage years.” Hope you all have a great holiday! Catch you next week!

7 NIGHTS A WEEK Every night 3 top cabaret acts

Supa Dupa Snowball played twice daily Supa Dupa played 3.30pm - 5.30pm and 9pm - 11.30pm (Games 10 & 11 must be played to be able to play Supa Dupa)

Top Caberet Bar offerin g the cheapest drinks - O ur ‘Happy Hour’ is all day!

How to find us:

Rio Park - Out of the hotel, turn left and left again, then straight on for 200m Orange - We are the second street up from the hotel Marina - Straight up and the third street on the right

Official W.M.C Open 2.30pm - 5.30pm & 8pm til late




Spotlight on: The lingo Ok, so many Benidorm businesses employ English-speaking staff but at the CoastRider, we’re keen to promote integration and have always found that a little bit of the local lingo will get you a long way. If you’re here in beautiful Benidorm on holiday this week, try some of these on for size… English 



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Useful information about staying in Benidorm Language: In Benidorm there are two official languages: Spanish: the official language of the Spanish state. Valencian: the local language of the Region of Valencia. Meal times: Meal times tend to be a bit later than in the rest of Europe.

Breakfast: Between 7.30am and 10am. Lunch: Between 2pm and 3pm. Dinner: Between 9pm and 10.30pm. Local Time: GMT +1 (Madrid) Banks: Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 2.00pm. Only a few branches are open on Saturday

morning. There are 24-hour ATM cash dispensers throughout the town, most of which accept international bank cards. Credit cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access and Diners Club. Bank holidays: New Year’s Day: 1st January. Epiphany: 6th January. Good Friday and Easter Monday: exact dates vary. Labour Day: 1st May.Region of Valencia day: 9th October. Columbus


Directions     left

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lah ees-KEEAYR-dah 


la derecha 

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west English Spanish Pronunciation

Where can I/we get a taxi? Dónde se cogen los taxis?  Don-de se kog-gen loss tak-sees?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Where is the nearest bank? Dónde está el banco mas cercano? Don-de esta el banko mas therkano?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Where can I find a bureau de change? Dónde está el despacho de cambio mas cercano? Don-de esta el despacho deh kambeeyo mas therkano?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Where is the petrol station? Dónde hay una gasolinera? Don-de ay oona gaso-lee-ne-ra?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Where can I get a taxi? Dónde puedo coger un taxi? Don-de pwedo kogger oon taksee?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Where is the swimming pool? Dónde está la piscina? Don-de esta la pees-theena?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Do you accept credit cards? Aceptan tarjetas de crédito? A-sep-tan tar-hay-tas de cred-ee-to?

English Spanish Pronunciation

Stop! Alto! Al-tow!

Don’t forget to check our website: for the latest news and to read the Benidorm or Torrevieja editions online.

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Day: 12th October. All Saints’ Day: 1st November. Local Benidorm fiestas: from the 2nd Saturday of November to the following Wednesday Day of the Spanish Constitution: 6th December. The Immaculate Conception: 8th December. Christmas: 25th December. Electricity: Standard voltage is 220-240V AC, 50 Hz. Electrical appliances from the US require a transformer and an adaptor. From the UK, simply a ‘three to two’ adaptor is needed. Plugs are two-pin and adaptors

are available at any hardware store (Ferretería). Currency: Official currency is the euro. Notes come in denominations of 5,10,20,50,100, 200, 500. It is recommended that you avoid carrying larger denominations of 200 and 500 for safety, and also as not all businesses will accept large notes due to change available. International dialling code: The international dialling code for Spain is +34 + number you want to dial Tourist Info Offices: Centre



Address: Edificio Torrejó, Plaza de Canalejas 1, 03501 Benidorm Telephone: + 34 96 585 13 11 Fax: + 34 96 586 36 25 Email: Rincón Address: Gerona st. confluetion with Derramador st., 03503 Benidorm Telephone: + 34 96 680 67 34 Email: Europa Address: Europa Avenue, 03502 Telephone: + 34 96 586 00 95 Email:

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Many homemade specials including Belfast Stew and Belfast fry ups! All Sports Shown. The home of good food and the best Sunday Lunches


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All bars have a really friendly atmosphere offering Rugby, Football and all LIVE Sports on their giant television screens. Some also have LIVE entertainment.


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Yorkshire Pride I, Calle Gerona Yorkshire Pride II, Calle londres Yorkshire Pride III, Dr. Severo Ochea






Corner of Calle Gerona & Avda. Amtella del Mar



7 NIGHTS A WEEK Every night 3 top cabaret acts

Top Caberet Bar offering the cheapest drinks - Our ‘Happy Hour’ is all day!

6 Official W.M.C Open 2.30pm - 5.30pm & 8pm til late





Menu of the day only €9.95 Calle La Biga 15 Tel: 0034 679 157 659 Located between Carrer de la Palma and Avda. Ruzafa.


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Luckys Sports Bar


Calle Gerona

Live Music British Bar




On draught:


Guinness, John Smiths, Strongbow and many more…

Live music every night • All sports shown • Large sunny terrace

Luckys Sports Bar is next to the Shamrock Irish Pub facing the Marina Hotel




Geordie bar tat avenue amtella del mar behind indoor market



Check those spreadsheets Anyone who has developed and designed spreadsheets for themselves on their computers to manage their finances or for other reasons knows that you have to be very careful to make sure you don’t introduce errors. The larger the spreadsheet the more checking has to be done and often the more difficult it is to carry out that checking to ensure that there are no little slips in the logic. From their extremely humble beginnings spreadsheets are used nowadays for all sorts of reasons and in all sorts of extremely complex applications. One such spreadsheet recently underpinned the work of two highly prominent and influential economists, Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff. It formed the basis of their analysis in a book on the history of financial crises called ‘This Time is Different’. The main conclusion of this book was that countries whose debt to GDP ratio was above 90 per cent were destined for years of extremely low growth, at least slower than countries whose ratio was lower than that. This of course is exactly the situation that many countries find themselves in at the moment and it would appear that many governments are using the work of these economists to justify austerity policies and high unemployment levels. However it appears there were mistakes in the spreadsheet used by this pair to derive the results, the most important of which was the exclusion of four years of growth data from New Zealand in which the country’s debt to GDP ratio was above the 90 per cent level. As many European governments are finding through the suffering

of their own populations, austerity alone is no answer, injections of capital in one form or another have to be made to start the growth process off. This inevitably, at least in the short term, will lead to an increase in debt and hence an increase in the debt to GDP ratio. It would appear that a much better set of policies should be aimed at achieving two things at the same time. Firstly there needs to be modernisation of administrations, banking and economies such as is certainly required in the southern European countries. This involves reducing the number of civil servants; reducing red tape and improving administration processes. At the same time labour costs have to be made more competitive by removing restrictive practices and reducing other benefits. This slimming down involves job losses amongst other things. The second element has to be capital investment projects, initiatives for small businesses, investment in new technologies, investment in training and tax incentives for businesses in general. All of this in the short term involves an increase in debt but goes some way to reducing the impact of short-term high unemployment levels and paves the way for future improved growth and hopefully debt reduction.

To let the punishment fit the crime

It was a quite extraordinary sight. It was a tense game important to both sides looking to secure a place next year in the Champions League, valuable for both money and prestige. A goalmouth tussle

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between defender and attacker then suddenly took all the attention away from where the ball was, for frustrated and unable to get past his marker in the form of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovich, Liverpool’s Louis Suarez grabbed hold of his opponents arm and sank his teeth into it. It was quite frankly incredible, I personally had never seen anything like it and in the postmatch review neither apparently had Graeme Souness as he found it extremely difficult to come up with words to describe his feelings about what he had just seen. Never mind the football, the discussion was all about the infamous bite. What made it worse was that the referee appeared not to have seen the incident and neither had the linesman so it went unpunished on the pitch despite the defender remonstrating with the official, drawing up his sleeve and pointing to the teeth marks. With the advantages of television of course it was the referee and the linesman who appeared to be the only people in the world who had not seen the incident and the newspapers were full of it over that weekend and through the following week. Spectators are used to elbows, ‘studs-up’ tackles and many other fouls professional and otherwise but the use of the teeth to bite an opponent is fortunately extremely rare. It is not the first time the Louis Suarez has bitten an opponent. He has previous form when he played for the Dutch side Ajax against PSV Eindhoven, biting Eindhoven’s midfielder Otman Bakkal on the shoulder. That was in November 2010 and he was banned for seven games for that incident.

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Commentators, fans and the public in general waited to see what punishment the FA would mete out having charged the Liverpool player with violent conduct. Speculation was rife, surely he had to made an example of; perhaps it would be the end of his footballing career? Estimates varied between three matches and a lifetime ban. The decision was delivered quickly; a 10 match ban was the answer. Opinions were split between those who thought it was not nearly long enough, probably not many of them Liverpool supporters, and those who thought it was far too severe including the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who believed the Football Association had singled out “the man rather than the incident”. He quoted two other incidents both of them occurring in 2006. In the first instance the player, Tottenham’s Jermaine Defoe, received no ban and “has continued to be picked by the FA for the England team”. The other player he quoted was Sean Hessey charge for biting in the game between Chester city and Stockport County who received a five-game ban. He felt a fairer decision for Louis Suarez could have been 12 games but with six of those suspended pending his future good behaviour. “I don’t think anyone would have disagreed with that,” he said. Louis Suarez decided not to appeal against the ban and in a statement explaining his reasons for not doing so he said, “I would like to explain to everybody that I decided to accept the ban because whilst 10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have actually been seriously injured, I acknowledge that my actions were not acceptable on the football pitch so I do not want to give the wrong impression

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Benidorm town hall has launched a new competition for residents of the old town with prizes on offer for the best bedecked balconies. 500 plants are being distributed among residents of the old town for the first ever ‘Balconies in Bloom’ competition which was launched on Tuesday by the Urban Department and Old Town Residents Association. The aim of the competition is to “promote the decoration of balconies in the town centre” said Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor. At the launch of the competition with Amor was

president of the Residents Association Pepa Orozco who will both judge the contest along with others. Amor also wants to promote Mediterranean plants and hopes that jasmine, geraniums and more are used by home or business owners in the old town. To support this, the town hall will distribute 500 plants to participating residents throughout the coming week. Judges will visit entrants between May 15th and 31st and will be looking for composition, artistic arrangement, variety and quality of plants.

to people by making an appeal” which is as good as implying he thinks it’s a harsh punishment compared to those meted out for what are often extremely crunchy and dangerous tackles which could end players’ careers. Whether Brendan Rodgers is right about the decision being more about the man and the offence is open to prolonged debate, it is certainly true however that Louis Suarez’s disciplinary record is very far from pearly white. What is an appropriate punishment in such cases and should it have been up to the FA to make a decision anyway? Whilst tackling good and bad is part of the game of football, biting opponents certainly is not. It may be therefore more appropriate that the Football Association makes decisions about tackles but there is a limit in any physical sport where the boundaries are stepped over and the offence becomes one that perhaps the law courts would be better used to judge on. It seems to me that the Football Association’s very wording of the offence being one of ‘violent conduct’ almost invites the comparison. While footballers may expect the odd heavy tackle they don’t expect to be bitten just in the same way as you or I don’t expect to be bitten when we are walking down the High Street. It is also a pity that the Liverpool manager and the club itself has not been more censorious about their player’s behaviour. The fine imposed on him by the club is after all a mere drop in the ocean for these superstars. All clubs, however imp ortant individual players are to them, need to set an example, particularly for younger players who look up to their stars and without sufficient guidance and punishment for the offenders will copy the good and the bad that they see.

Portishead confirmed for Low Cost

Six new bands have been added to the lineup for Benidorm’s Low Cost festival this July, including trip hop favourites Portishead . The Low Cost Festival is a hugely popular event on Benidorm’s festival calendar and this year takes place from July 26th to 28th. As well as Portishead, additions to the lineup include Glasvegas, Headbirds, Simian Mobile Disco DJ Set, GoMad! & Monster and Les castizos. Three day tickets start at €55 with VIP tickets (including swimming pool access) priced at €150. Tickets and information from

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This local friendly family business offers a multitude of opportunities, with its Travel Agency (license CV-m1333-A) and its own coach company Autocares Grupo Benidorm they are specialists in airport transfers to and from Murcia, Alicante and Valencia airport. Take a coach driver with over 30 years experience, an ex-Thomson rep also with over 30 years experience who were trained back in the “good old days” when personal service was first and foremost with experienced staff to accompany the tours and excursions and you come up with a fail proof business like Beniconnect . Chris a former nurse from Rotherham, had come to Spain with Thomson Holidays back in the late 70s, working in Mallorca and the Costa Brava before settling on Benidorm where she met and married Juan Jose. She went on to work for several tour operators as Resort Manager and Contracts Manager while bringing up their two sons Juanjo and James who are also involved in the business. The airport services they offer are extremely popular and efficient with new products they have developed over the past couple of years. Many passengers use shuttle services to travel to and from Alicante airport into their holiday resorts of La Cala de Finestrat, Benidorm and Albir however these services, although very economical, are proving to be very time consuming for the passengers taking with what may seem like “forever” to actually reach customers final destination. For that reason Beniconnect launched a new superior Express service which is really similar to a shared taxi service with a limited number of stops on route guaranteed. This is a really “fast track” service with much less waiting time and once in resort customers are delivered very quickly to their destination. Beniconnect do not just consider the tourists - they also work very closely with the residents on the Costa Blanca and have incorporated an Express shuttle service which also travels to and from Altea, Alfaz del Pi, Polop, La Nucia and Villajoyosa.

Again proving to be popular as it takes the stress out of family members or friends having to make the stressful drive to Alicante airport, especially this forthcoming summer season when the traffic is heavy. For those people holidaying or living in the Marina Alta area, Beniconnect also launched last year a new and very much needed shuttle service in the area to and from Alicante airport (calling at Calpe, Moraira, Benissa, Benitachel, Javea and La Jara) and already have repeat customers who enjoy this fantastic service. Private vehicle transfers can be easily arranged for any size group, nothing too small or large to deal with serving all three airports in the area as well as sea ports for people joining up on cruises. Beniconnect have worked closely with many clubs and associations here on the Costa Blanca with not only day excursions but coach tours to so many destinations like Gibraltar, Portugal, Galicia, Ibiza, Madrid, Barcelona and many more. Along with local customers who enjoy their services, Beniconnect have many companies and individuals in the UK and other parts of Europe who visit the Costa for bowls, golfing, line dancing and all sorts of activities which Beniconnect arrange not only the airport transfers but during their stay, pre arrange their requested activity programme. Everything and anything can be “tailor made to suit” - Beniconnect will source information, programs, itineraries - in fact anything the customer requires with no obligation quotes. Private coach hire for weddings, communions, hen and stag nights and they have a special night service on Fridays and Saturdays called the “Micro Fiesta “ for only €10 each. A 15 seater vehicle is available from 8pm until 8am the following morning and included in the service, customers can have “5 moves” – i.e. by calling the co-ordinator they can be collected and move on to the next venue, restaurant, bar or whatever.

For the rest of 2013, Beniconnect have an “ongoing programme” of tours and excursions which they are expanding on all the time. Here are just some of the planned events programmed for this year. 3/5/13 BODEGAS DON FLORENTINO – FULL (there will be another coming up as it is so popular ) 42€ Wonderful meal included, tour of the bodega, wine tasting etc 6/5/13 IBIZA (4 days 3 nights, everything included, All Inclusive regime in hotel) seats left ! 399€ 15/5/13 BOCAIRENT ( lunch included ) 37€ 22/5/13 VISIT THE CHERRY VALLEY ( there will be a few trips on this wonderful route. Pick your own cherries, wonderful scenery, lunch included everyone loves this trip and only for a limited time while the cherries flourish ) 37€ 24/5/13 ALBUFERA + ALGO (includes boat trip and lunch, again so very popular with all ) 37€ 27/5/13 TABARCA & SANTA POLA (includes boat trip to the lovely Island of Tabarca) 35€ 28/5/13 PENISCOLA –MORELLA-DELTA DE EBRO (3 days 2 nights) due to request 185€ 31/5/13 CHERRY VALLEY 37€ 2/6/13 CORDOBA + SEVILLA ( 5 days 4 nights ) 5/6/13 CHERRY VALLEY 37€ 10/6/13 SERRANIA DE CUENCA ( 3 days 2 nights ) 11/6/13 CHERRY VALLEY 19/6/13 RIO JUCAR 26/6/3 CASAS DE CUEVA GRANADA (Cave houses Granada + Andalucia ) 3/7/13 ANDORRA ( 3 days 2 nights, beautiful to visit in summer and shopping ) 10/7/13 ALGAR AND BBQ (fun day in beautiful setting, waterfalls, cactus gardens lunch ) 23/7/13 GALICIA (6 days 5 nights, everything included, an amazing trip ) As you can see, Beniconnect have lots going on and are planning more. Would you fancy a trip to Germany in November to a traditional Christmas market ? Everything included, even your flight! Beniconnect will be advertising regularly in the CoastRider, so please keep a lookout here for more exciting things to do coming up. For information and to book an airport transfer call 965 850 790 or visit For more information on any of the trips please e mail or call 966 811 847 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.


Southerners ahead in the overseas property game More than a third of British people buying overseas property today come from the south of the UK, with the South-east being home to the largest number of buyers. According to figures gathered during a recent survey by The Overseas Guides Company’s (OGC), 34.9 per cent lived in the south of the country. Breaking this down further, 16.2 per cent came from the Southeast, 11.6 per cent from the South-west and 7.1 per cent from London. Looking at the remainder of respondents, 9.5 per cent came from the North-west, 7.1 per cent from Yorkshire and the Humber, 6.9 per cent from Scotland, 6.1 per cent from the West Midlands, 5.9 per cent from the East Midlands and 5.2 per cent from East Anglia. The North-east, Wales and Northern Ireland all scored less than four per cent, while 17.6 per cent of respondents lived outside of the UK. All of the respondents were considering a property purchase in France, Spain, USA, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy, Greece or Turkey. Commenting on the results, Richard Way, Editor of The Overseas Guides Company said: “Crucially, our survey showed that nearly a third of respondents – 31.7 per cent - will finance their overseas property purchase solely with the proceeds of the sale of a UK home, with a further quarter buying abroad with a mortgage combined with the sale of a UK home or other funding. The South and London continue to record the UK’s highest average property prices so clearly homeowners in these parts can afford to move abroad more easily.”

The OGC survey results also revealed regional differences between British people buying overseas property. For example, Italian property appears to be especially popular with Scottish people, who accounted for 10.9 per cent of respondents looking to buy in Italy, third only to the South-east (14.3 per cent) and South-west (13.4 per cent). Furthermore, overseas home ownership in general would appear to be more popular with Scots than Welsh people – Scotland had a higher percentage of respondents for each of the countries covered in the survey, bar Cyprus and Turkey, for which the two Celtic nations were equal. Meanwhile, while buyers from the South-east dominated results for the USA (23.4 per cent), the second largest group came from the East Midlands with 12.5 per cent. The one country where buyers from the South-east did not outnumber all other groups was Portugal, where people from the South-west came out on top with 14.8 per cent, followed by those from the Northwest (12.3 per cent) and then the South-east (11.1 per cent). “Another factor influencing where people will buy overseas property is air access and transfer times both ends of their journey,” said Richard Way. “For example, travel to the Continent from the South-west has improved hugely in recent years as airports at Southampton, Bournemouth, Exeter and Bristol have taken on more flights. Not forgetting ferry services are easy from there too, for property-owners in France and even northern Spain.”





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sudoku Scribbles...


ACROSS 7. Enmity (6) 8. Rough (6) 10. Water-sports event (7) 11. Apportion (5) 12. Always (4) 13. Virile (5) 17. Song (5) 18. Front (4) 22. Confine (5) 23. Perplex (7) 24. Haphazard (6) 25. Summary (6)


DOWN 1. Intensify (7) 2. Reel (7) 3. Demise (5) 4. Virtually (7) 5. Bore (5) 6. Small-minded (5) 9. Supreme (9) 14. Satirise (7) 15. Gather (7) 16. Be steadfast (7) 19. Twenty (5) 20. Boast (5) 21. Sluggish (5)

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ACROSS 7. Container featured in“A Tale of Two Cities”(6) 8. A habit provided by the clientele (6) 10. Supply a substitute for one kind of material after another (7) 11. They fly the flag for Europeans (5) 12. Back the favourites for pace (4) 13. See 22 Across (5) 17. Not in any way specialised knowledge, we hear (5) 18. Grass green dress material? (4) 22 & 13Ac. A relation not lacking spirit (5-5) 23. Sounds as though I work at a laundry - that’s humbug! (3-4) 24. There are doubts associated with this name (6) 25. Repair broken weapon (6)


Across: 1 Opera; 4 Deserts; 8 Terrain; 9 Gusto; 10 Fork; 11 Pavement; 13 Corn; 14 Port; 16 Continue; 17 Isis; 20 Iceni; 21 Unloose; 22 Entreat; 23 Great. Down: 1 Out of practice; 2 Error; 3 Ajar; 4 Denial; 5 Signed on; 6 Respect; 7 Short and sweet; 12 Artifice; 13 Content; 15 August; 18 Stove; 19 Flog.

Answers Quiz - Classic television

Across: 1 Guile; 4 Declare; 8 Ailment; 9 Merit; 10 Duty; 11 Pullover; 13 Puny; 14 Will; 16 Question; 17 Dawn; 20 Erica; 21 Vibrate; 22 Thereby; 23 Event. Down: 1 Grandiloquent; 2 Inlet; 3 Ewer; 4 Detour; 5 Complain; 6 Arrival; 7 Entertainment; 12 Initiate; 13 Precise; 15 Convey; 18 Amaze; 19 Able.

1. Skippy; 2) Yes Minister; 3. Cagney and Lacey; 4. Abigail’s Party 5. A psychiatrist; 6. Castle Howard; 7. Steptoe and Son; 8. The Six Million Dollar Man; 9. Bagpuss; 10. Lassie


Codecracker Puzzle Solution

DOWN 1. She plays about in different casts! (7) 2. He takes a journey as a dancer (7) 3 & 4Dn. Certainly not tacit encouragement (5,7) 4. See 3 Down. 5. It makes the spirit unruffled (5) 6. Is put in a manuscript erroneously (5) 9. One who breaks up the ship (9) 14. Graphically show the beam on the left-hand side (7) 15. I’d a plan to upset the knight (7) 16. They are weighed before the voyage (7) 19. Stone indicating a way in (5) 20. Unusually cool near northern city of Panama (5) 21. Among them a naturally tough character (2-3)

Classic television

1. What was the name of the Bush Kangaroo in a 1960s Australian series? 2. The Department of Administrative Affairs appeared in which comedy series? 3. Which detectives had the forenames Christine and Mary Beth? 4. In which Mike Leigh play did Alison Steadman play cringe-making hostess Beverly? 5. What was the original occupation of Frasier Crane? 6. In Brideshead Revisited, which stately home was used as Brideshead? 7. Who owned a horse called Hercules? 8. How was Colonel Steve Austin alternatively known? 9. In which children’s series would you have found Madeleine the rag doll and Gabriel the toad? 10. Over 20 years, who was owned by Jeff Miller, Timmy Martin, Cully Wilson, several rangers and finally the Holden family?

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Clients from Russia have overtaken the British in the foreign home-buyer ranking.

In Alicante, the euros are flowing in from Moscow. Russians have become the saviours of the Mediterranean province’s property market and tourism sector, and now that Cyprus - their former Eden - has been bailed out by the EU, Russians are turning to Alicante to lay down their money. First they come on vacation for a few days to check out the beaches and the climate on the Costa Blanca, and later they return to purchase a holiday home, cash in hand - no down payments, no mortgages necessary. Clients from Russia have overtaken the British in the foreign home-buyer ranking. Half of the 7,000 residences sold to non-Spaniards in Alicante province last year went to Russian families, a market that represented less than five percent of the total just four years ago. “We have clients looking to buy something inexpensive, no more than 70,000 euros, and then we have other clients seeking luxury properties for half-amillion euros and more,” says Alex Citnik, a Russian real estate agent who works for Innova Dom Invest in Torrevieja. “The British are now the main foreign home-sellers and Russians are the main foreign home-buyers,” says Antonio Navarro, president of the Torrevieja Residential Tourism Association, who admits that this “sustained and growing” demand by Russians began five years ago and has not stopped since. What with the Russians buying and the

British selling, the area of La Vega Baja is experiencing a new property boom that places Alicante at the top of the Spanish list of existing home transactions. According to Public Works Ministry figures, the province topped the list of home sales to foreigners during the first nine months of 2012. Most of the total of 2,501 transactions involved Russian buyers. Málaga was a distant second on 1,111. According to data released by Provia (Association of Real Estate Developers of Alicante), 1,442 title deeds were signed in 2011, while last year they went up to 2,016, representing a 40-percent increase. Jesualdo Ros, the secretary of Provia, admits it’s an “important” market whose clients sometimes arrive here planning to spend 120,000 euros but end up “investing a lot more if they like the house.”

Going Slavic

On 4th and 5th May, the luxury hotel Villa Gadea in the seaside town of Altea is organising an international real estate fair sponsored by Excellent Choice, a property firm that specialises in the international market. One of its managers, Olessa Uteva, trusts that the event will be a meeting point for developers, builders and companies willing to sell to foreigners. “This year we are noticing a greater desire to buy and invest,” says Uteva, who

has been working locally in the sector since 2009. Navarro, of the Torrevieja association, concludes that the Russians are the foreigners who are investing the most in real estate in La Vega Baja, acquiring the most expensive homes for an average of 202,000 euros, followed by Norwegians, Belgians and French clients. Beginning this month, L’Altet airport is running two daily flights to Moscow and one to St Petersburg. The numbers speak for themselves: in 2010, Spain welcomed 30,951 tourists from that country; in 2011 it was 53,084 and the following year 84,684. This season, up to 119,000 plane

seats are on offer, an 88-percent rise compared with last summer. Tourism is the other sector that seeks to attract the attention of Russia’s new middle classes. “We have a goldmine that we have yet to exploit,” says Antoni Mayor of Hosbec, the Benidorm Hotel Association. He says that in the last four years, the number of Russian visitors to Alicante province has grown 40 percent. And industry professionals are perfectly aware that while the average European tourist spends around 700 euros, the Russian spends more like 1,700 euros. No wonder the Costa Blanca is going Slavic.



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‘You Can’t Be Serious’ is a weekly tongue in cheek look at the world through Bernie Comaskey’s eyes. With kind permission of the Westmeath Examiner.


‘If you don’t go to a man’s funeral, how can you expect him to come to yours’, a pub philosopher once told me with great earnestness. I left it at that! We might have lost much of our old ways and traditions during the boom years, but to our great credit we are still good funeral goers in Ireland. Even recently I have attended funerals where there are no family left, and yet the neighbours all turn our along with the friends of the departed to pay their respects and say their farewell. It is always a ‘decent funeral’ around where I come from and long may that custom last. Sometimes in graveyards a few words are spoken by someone after the prayers are said - often by a family member, a colleague or a close friend: This is a farewell tribute which is usually deserved and can be a comfort to those left behind. It is a fitting end to the day’s ritual when executed in good taste. I am not a fan of the eulogy given by a lay person during the funeral service in the church. A couple of such burlesqued speeches spring to my mind. Neither am I enamoured by the modern practice of giving rounds of applause instead of respectful silence. As far as I am aware, Bishop Smyth has banned the lay eulogy

in our diocese and most people would be in favour of such an exclusion order. At a handful of funerals over the years, I have partaken of the collective cringe in the church, brought on by how the deceased was being portrayed from the altar. I have looked around for familiar faces, just to reassure myself that I was at the right funeral. In fairness; the word ‘eulogy’ translates from the Greek to‘good words’, so perhaps that means that only good words can be spoken and never mind the truth. I have found myself listening to rambling accounts of a person’s life that were … shall we say, sort of selective – and that would be putting it mildly. The actual person, with his human flaws and weaknesses was replaced by a paragon of virtue, wit (especially wit!) and just about unrecognisable to those of us who came along to pay our respects to the man or woman we knew and liked as they really were in life. Speaking of the dead is the only time when the opposite of truth is not necessarily a lie; because we are told we cannot speak ill of the dead. Oh, but the eulogy really pushes this premise to its extremity with the greatest platform for phoney speak. Sometimes the stretching proves too much for everyone involved. I

love the story told by my favourite columnist, Billy Keane, of the obnoxious individual who died in Listowel and nobody could be found who would come up with a good word to say about him. The uncomfortable situation was rescued from the gloom when an old geezer sitting in the corner spoke up with the words.‘The brother was worse’! But then of course the spoken truth will be remembered long after ‘good words’ might be forgotten, so there is a case to be made for fudge. My American cousin died about fifteen years ago. Of his two daughters, one was chosen to give the eulogy in church. John had been a teacher first and then a decent lawyer and that’s what the other daughter wanted her friends to hear about. But Karen spoke honestly about her father’s battle with his demons, booze and depression and said that surviving this long was his greatest achievement. The two sisters have never spoken from that day to this, over one of them ‘embarrassing her in front of all her friends’! Eulogies in church detract from the solemn and sacred nature of the liturgy especially the recent trend where the speaker feels the necessity to entertain

the crowd to a few laughs. Naturally, only ‘good words’ are expected and it becomes so easy to idealize the dead when they are no further threat to the living. The fellow who would steal the cross off an ass’s back becomes a‘likeable rogue’. The woman with a bit of a reputation is now ‘the fun loving life of the party’. ‘He lived life on the edge’, is coded for you couldn’t trust him as far as you could throw him. My old friend Pat Burke, from Drumcree, advised me more than once; ‘Some day they will all be saying nice things about you and me - but the only problem is that we will have to die first’! Or as the man said; ‘Nothing improves one’s reputation more than death’! This column has just hit on an inspired idea as to how to restore the place of the eulogy in church - and Bishop Michael might even see a place for it. We could each write our own? Now wouldn’t that be an interesting development and make it well worth going in good time to funerals - and not timing to arrive as the coffin is coming out the back door? Can you imagine the tension-filled anticipation as the priest on the altar broke the seal of the envelope and started to read? The high level of

expectation sending a current throughout the church: Those in the yard pushing and shoving to get close enough to hear the priest. Such feelings of apprehension in the first four pews as the rest of the congregation folded their arms and awaited the main event with bated breath. Would it be more honest? Surely the answer is yes and wouldn’t it be fascinating to hear what the deceased thought of themselves? The more I think about it, the more I am convinced this is the start of yet another brilliant innovation originating from‘You Can’t Be Serious’. Some of you will be thinking already of writing beautiful prose and leaving wise words to be remembered in your name. My own eulogy will be simple - and sure I might as well tell you all now.The last four words you will ever hear from me will be. ‘The brother was worse’!


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Gay Benidorm Whether you are gay or not, Benidorm has a fantastic gay scene with lots of options. The party atmosphere is year round with most people out to have a good time, an enjoyable holiday and to make new friends. Of course, Benidorm is famous for its wonderful beach facilities. Mal Pas Beach on the Pòniente side of the Old Town is very popular with the gay community but there is over 5km of great sandy beaches to choose from, the best of which are the beautiful blue flag beaches at Playa Levante and Playa Poniente, which is packed full of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs to enjoy. Benidorm has long been a gay friendly destination with an area full of bars and pubs where people can really relax amongst like minded people. The Benidorm gay scene is renowned for catering more for men than women so you won’t find many



The local ALGTB (Association for Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) organise Benidorm’s Gay Pride event in association with the Mayor of Benidorm and local gay businesses. This event is held each year to promote Benidorm as one of the leading European gay destinations and resorts. This year’s event takes place from the 8th to the 15th of September. Past events have included a Drag Queen contest, a Mr Gay Pride competition, music events with special guest DJs and of course, the hugely popular Gay Pride Parade.

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lesbian bars and the men are often older as opposed to a resort like Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria which is a much younger crowd. Having said that, Benidorm is known as the party capital of the Costa Blanca with an abundance of bars, discos, pubs and clubs to choose from, whatever your interests.

ALGTB (Association of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) Benidorm and Marina Baixa was established on International Pride Day on June 28 2010. The Association does not exist to raise funds. It was set up solely to help the LGBT community in a variety of ways. Find the ALGTB on Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/algtb.benidorm or follow ALGTB on Twitter @AlgtbBenidorm

same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.” N B A commissioner David Stern praised Collins, saying, “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.” Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld echoed Stern’s sentiments, calling Collins “a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career.” GLAAD’s Aaron McQuade called Collins a “new hero” for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes in an email statement which said, “‘Courage’ and ‘inspiration’ are words that get thrown around a lot in sports, but Jason Collins has given both ideas a brand new context.” McQuade continued, “We hope that his future team will welcome him, and that fans of the NBA and sports in general will applaud him.” The issue of gay players in professional sports has been a matter of heated debate in recent months, after San Francisco 49ers player Chris

Culliver said that he would not welcome gay players in the NFL or on his team. “I don’t do the gay guys, m a n , ” Culliver is quoted as saying. “I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.” Meanwhile, Nike has signed up newly ‘out’ women’s college basketball star Brittney Griner for an endorsement deal, but the athletic wear giant may have even bigger plans in the works for the first openly gay male athlete. “[T]he first openly gay teamsport athlete - provided he’s a recognizable name - would earn millions in endorsements and speaking engagements from companies seeking to capture more of a U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adult population whose annual buying power he pegs at almost $800 billion,” Bloomberg suggested after an interview with communications strategist Bob Witeck.

Protests in Northern Ireland as gay marriage rejected There were protests at Northern Ireland’s Assembly on Monday as members voted narrowly against legislation to legalise equal marriage. Out of 95 MLAs who voted, 42 voted in favour, and 53 voted against the bill. Pro-marriage equality demonstrations took place as the vote went ahead. Protests took place at the Stormont Assembly, as well as in Derry, in favour of legalising equal marriage. The proposed motion was being



History is made

American basketball player Jason Collins has made history by becoming the US’s first openly gay professional male athlete in major sport. NBA star Collins came out this week, making him the first major professional athlete to come out as gay. The 34-year-old who has played with the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics this past season, told Sports Illustrated: “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.” Collins continued, “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.” As to why he opted to address his sexuality now, Collins says that he was partly inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings, adding that “it takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret.” “I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew,” said Collins. “And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the

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pushed by Sinn Fein following an overwhelming vote in favour of a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland. Many believe the legislation was destined to fail, as late last week, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation, having effectively vetoed a motion to legalise it through a ‘petition of concern’. A petition of concern requires a motion to have a majority of support

from unionist and nationalist Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in order to progress. As the DUP has the most MLAs of any party their petition is effectively a veto against same-sex marriage. Amnesty International and gay rights group the Rainbow Project warned that the government in Northern Ireland will face legal action over its refusal to adopt same-sex marriage, once it passes into law in England and Wales.

It’s almost time for Benidorm’s Pink Weekend which takes place on May 3rd, 4th and 5th - three days and nights of parties, fun and fiestas throughout the gay village in Benidorm. Free entry, no door fees, no wristbands to buy and most bars will be participating. Join in or do your own thing! Simply a chance for everyone to get together and paint the town PINK! Dress up, dress down, have fun. The ideal gay city break in Spain! Fancy a Pink-nic? Sunday May 5th - why not arrange your very own “Pinknic” on the Poniente Beach. Take your own food and drink and meet up with friends in the afternoon in front of the harbour. Parties every night at all participating bars in the gay village with the focus in the gay venues, in streets and on the Poniente Beach where there will no doubt be a splash of PINK too! Ask your favourite bars what they will be doing for the Pink Weekend. The emphasis is on fun, the entire gay village will be in a mood for a three day big gay party!

This week, we spoke to the OUT bar, which is hosting a special OUT Weekend to mark the Pink festivities. James from The OUT Bar told us, “Basically the whole Pink weekend is going to centre around FUN at OUT Bar. We have created a special Pink Weekend cocktail (only available for the Pink Weekend), we will be hosting our fabulous drag artists and shirtless hunks, there will be half price drinks whenever we pay a track from PINK, we have complimentary nibbles and snacks and we are determined to be the PINKEST place to be.” Manager Danny Barlow said: “OUT Bar has carved out a reputation as the leading gay and straight-friendly bar in Benidorm so we want to offer the pinkest, best place to be seen during Pink Weekend. Think hot hunks, gorgeous girls, sparkles and spangles and you will get a good idea of what a fun time we will have. Pink Weekends are a recent addition to the colourful Old Town and have fast become a must-attend event - and boy are we looking forward to this one!”

Putin may change adoption law Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed reports that the country may change the law to prevent gay, married couples from adopting. The news comes after France passed a bill to legalise equal marriage. Putin said he was happy to consider changing agreements to block gay couples from adopting Russian orphans. “I consider it fully correct to make changes to the appropriate documents.

It is a current issue and we need to think about it,” said Putin in a meeting with lawmakers, going on to say foreign countries must respect Russia’s “cultural traditions and ethical norms.” Children’s rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov recently expressed concern about Russian children being adopted by same-sex couples. He said he would do all he could to avoid Russian orphans being adopted by gay couples.

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The vuvuzela’s replacement is here If the sound of the African vuvuzela is still ringing in your ears after the last world cup, you might be glad to hear that the 2014 hosts, Brazil, have already found a suitable replacement for the novelty noisemaker. Introducing the caxirola. A handheld percussion instrument, the caxirola produces a rattling sound when shaken. The caxirola is made from recycled plastic, and will be given to fans attending the Confederations Cup in June, seen as the country's dress rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup. In 2010, matches at the World Cup in South Africa were drowned out by the droning noise of vuvuzelas. The ‘instrument’ was later banned in European competition by European football’s governing body UEFA, which said the horns detracted from the emotion of the game. Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown worked with Fifa and Brazil's ministry of sports to create the caxirola. The country's president Dilma Rousseff said: “That image of the green and yellow caxirola and the fact that we are talking about a 'green' plastic in a country that leads in sustainability in the world.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff shakes her caxirola

And at the same time it is an object that has the ability to do two things, to combine the image with sound and take us to our goals.” Reactions to the arrival of hte caxirola have been mixed so far with most media outlets erring on the side of sceptical at the newly designed rattle. Unlike the vuvuzela, which has historical cultural significance in South Africa, the caxirola has been designed especially for use in stadiums. However, many will be glad to see the back of the African horn. Measurements put the sound of the vuvuzela at 127 decibels, just short of the sound level generated by a jet taking off from an aircraft carrier at a distance of 50ft. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo said the noise from the instruments had affected the concentration of his Portuguese

teammates while the captain of the French side, Patrice Evra, blamed a goalless draw with Uruguay on a chorus of vuvuzelas. Despite calls for an immediate ban on the instruments during the tournament, the South African authorities steadfastly refused demands, insisting that it was “ingrained in our history”. A World Cup spokesman said at the time: “Only a minority are against vuvuzelas. You either love them or hate them. We in South Africa love them.” English newspaper the Independent said in its commentary: “If you thought vuvuzelas were bad, wait until you hear 80,000 Brazilians shaking their caxirolas.” (and if you’re wondering how to pronounce caxirola, it’s something like ‘cash-ee-rawla’)

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Julia via email asks; Hello Aunty, I am using Windows 7 on a Dell laptop and I’m sure I remember you wrote some time ago about how to add some features to my cursor to make it more visible when on the internet. My eyesight isn’t great at the best of times but combining this with the glare of the sun and I just cannot find the cursor arrow. Aunty Says; Hi Julia. I think you are referring to the pointer trails or location function that you can setup in Windows. From ‘start’‘control panel’ change the ‘view by’ setting to small icons and double click on the ‘mouse’ icon. and then the ‘Pointer Options’ tab. Tick the box ‘Show location of Pointer….’ and if you need to find your cursor simply press and release the ‘Ctrl’ key and hey presto. The mouse trails are also useful, particularly on laptop screens, and you can control this from the same screen. Liam via email asks: Since buying my new computer with Windows7 I have not been able to watch any downloaded films, DVDs or movies that I have recorded on my Kodak digital camera. I can watch them all OK on my friends laptop so I don’t think there is anything wrong with the actual films. I normally use Picasa (which I have upgraded to the latest version as I know you will suggest this) but with no joy. Aunty Says; Hello Liam. Usually if a movie or video doesn’t play correctly on your computer it is due to a missing CODEC, which stands for Coder/Decoder. Try installing “Windows 7 Codec Pack” from which will install additional codecs into your Windows system folder which normally does the trick. You

could also try using something like Windows media Player or VLC Player (also free from just to test that you haven’t got a more serious problem with the computer’s graphic card setup. Let me know how you get on. Glen via email asks: Hello Aunty. I have a printed A4 document in Spanish and I would like to scan it and at the same time translate it into Spanish so I can print off copies in Spanish? I have Windows 7 and a Canon MP 250 printer. Thanks in advance and I hope you can help.. Aunty Says; All the latest all-in-one printers come with software that will give you the option to scan your documents as Optical Character Recognition (OCR for short). Once you have installed the printer software from the CD or Internet you need to browse about a bit and you should find an installed program specifically for this. If my memory serves me well then the Canon one is called something like “MP Navigator” and Fujitsu or Brother were shipping a cut down version of Abbyy FineReader with their printers. Once you have scanned the document as OCR into your favorite word processing program (Wordpad or Notepad that come with Windows7 will do) you will then need to copy and paste the text into Google’s translate. I would strongly recommend only translating one sentence at a time as the grammar seems to deteriorate considerably if you try a whole paragraph. Email me at with your questions and I will do my best to sort you out.

King’s accounts Learn to sing to be published harmony in a under new law day! For the first time in history, Spaniards will be able to see exactly how King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family spend the public money that is allotted to the monarchy. Once the proposed Transparency Law goes into effect, every detail of Zarzuela Palace expenditure will be broken down and posted on the royal family’s website, sources who are negotiating the deal between the royal family and the government told Spanish newspaper El Pais last week. In 2007, the king appointed a public auditor to monitor spending. Three years later, the monarch agreed to post on the Zarzuela website a general breakdown of the amount of money 7.9 million euros this year - Congress assigns his family. However, once the new law is passed, Spaniards will see an itemby-item breakdown of royal spending, including the amounts paid for outside contracts, the palace’s

heating bills and the cost of banquets. The King and the rest of the Royal Family have come under intense scrutiny following a string of recent scandals that have included the monarch’s controversial elephant hunting trip to Botswana, where he fell and broke his hip. The family also finds itself enmeshed in the ongoing fraud investigation by a Balearic judge into the King’s son-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarin. Princess Cristina, Urdangarin’s wife, has also been dragged into the inquiry with allegations coming from her husband’s former business partner Diego Torres that she knew of the financial irregularities that allegedly took place at their non-profit Nóos Institute. In the latest emails that Torres - who is also a defendant - has turned over to the judge are messages from Urdangarin that purportedly show how he used the King’s support to try to win business in Mexico.

Ever wanted to sing but not known where to start? Did you sing at school and have now lost confidence? Or do you want a change from Karaoke but are not sure how to go about it? Well, help is at hand, because The Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) is offering a LEARN TO SING HARMONY IN A DAY course on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 at Marcia’s Dance Centre, Calle Benissa, Calpe. Both men and women are welcome to come along. You will benefit from the invaluable experience of Musical Director and SABS President, Gail Grainger, backed up by members of two a cappella harmony quartets: Viva and Chardonnay and men’s chorus, Torrevieja Harmonisers. You will learn various techniques during the day which will help you to improve your singing. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their singing voice and to learn about singing four part

harmony”, comments Gail. “Those with lower voices are particularly welcome as, in our experience, they have often been told in the past that they can’t sing, which is usually far from the truth.” “Throughout the day we will learn a new song together and in the evening we will perform live in front of friends and family. This method of learning has proved to be very popular in the UK and we are expecting an enthusiastic response.” There are only 50 places available, so make sure that you contact SABS soon to secure your place - call 686 773 442 or email now. The Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) was formed in October 2008 with the aim of encouraging the people of Spain to enjoy this unique form of a cappella, four-part harmony singing. SABS currently has over 200 members throughout Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. If you would like to find out more, please visit their website:


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Rajoy först med att träffa nye påven Premiärministern i Spanien, Mariano Rajoy, blev den första europeiska ledare och den femte världsledaren att tas emot av påven Franciskus i Vatikanen förra veckan. Mötet var ett kort privat möte då "relationerna mellan Spanien och Rom diskuterades" enligt källor som citeras av nyhetsbyrån Efe. Påven fick en gåva från Spanien som den spanske premiärministern överlämnade – en kopia av "De aetatibus mundi", skriven av den portugisiske humanisten och målaren Francisco de Holanda år 1500 och gjord för kung Filip

II. Dessutom fick påven också en fotbollströja från det spanska landslaget signerad av samtliga spelare. Om påvens namn stod på ryggen är inte känt. Men det är väl känt att den nya påven är en fotbollsfantast och är medlem av den officiella supporterklubben till det argentinska laget San Lorenzo sedan fem år tillbaka. Kyrkan är gynnsamt inställd till Rajoys regering. Den har inte fått någon minskning av bidraget den får från centrala medel och regeringen har gjort vissa ändringar i den tidigare

socialistiska regeringens förslag om medborgerlig utbildning i skolorna. Det förväntas också att abortlagen kommer att ändras för att införliva strängare tidsbegränsningar. Men hemma talade samtidigt biskopen i Madrid i sitt öppningstal till den spanska biskopskonferensen och frågade varför regeringen verkade vara så långsam. Regeringen har inte ens ett utkast klart till de nya förslagen till ändringar i abortlagen tillgängliga. Dessutom krävde biskopen en reform av Spaniens samkönade äktenskapslag.

Akta dig för att Lagförslag hotar uthyrning besiktiga fel Bilförare har stoppats av polisen trots att de har ett giltigt klistermärke från bilbesiktningen, ITV, på vindrutan. Ett antal utlänningar har stoppats i Torrevieja och Orihuela Costa och fått böta 120 euro, eftersom deras fordon är registrerade i Valenciaregionen men ITV utfärdats i Murciaregionen. Många förare från de omgivande områdena besiktigar i Murcia eftersom ITV testet är billigare där än i Valencia. CoastRider har talat med en lokal

Guardia Civil officer som bekräftat att detta verkligen är ett bötesbelagt brott. Detta är inte en ändring av lagen, men officerarna uppmanas att kontrollera ITV regionen mot detaljerna i bilens registreringsnummer som en del av kontrollen de utför när de stoppar ett fordon. Anledningen till att testet är billigare på andra sidan regiongränsen är att andra områden, däribland Murcia, inte gör ljudmätningstester. Men det är ett lagstadgat krav att ett sådant test utförs på Valenciaregistrerade fordon. Dessa lokala böter som omskrivs i spanska dagstidningen El Mundo presenterade historien om spanska föraren Jorge Pardo som bötfälldes. Jorge stoppades vid en vägspärr i Motilla del Palancar, i Cuenca och fick böta 260 euro. Han bor i Riba-roja de

Turia, några kilometer från staden Valencia, men hade beslutat att resa till Utiel Manchego i Castilla-La Mancha för en ITV-test. Eftersom det är en prisskillnad på 10-20 euro är det ganska vanligt bland de lokala förarna. Många bilister, av alla nationaliteter, är omedvetna om att regional lagstiftning påverkar bilprovningens tester i de olika regionerna i Spanien. Lagkrav En dekret från miljöministeriet har satt standarden för att begränsa bullret i pers onbilar sedan 2004. Artikel 6 har följande lydelse: ".... Om ett fordon som omfattas av denna förordning skall genomgå en teknisk inspektion, ITV utanför Valenciaregionen, skall det då göras inom en månad kontroll av bullernivåerna vid en station baserad i Valencia." Dessa tester, som redan ingår i Valencia ITV priserna betyder en merkostnad på cirka 11 euro. Fordon som har passerat inspektion utanför Valenciaregionen kommer att få betala detta belopp för att genomgå dessa kontroller och bli lagliga. Bilar registrerade utanför Valencia omfattas inte av denna bestämmelse. För att bevisa att ett fordon uppfyller de bullernivåer måste föraren förutom kortet och klistermärke på rutan medföra den tekniska inspektionsrapport som visar godkända ljudnivåer. Jorge Pardo har överklagat straffet och är beredd att gå till domstol för vad han anser en oproportionerlig påföljd. Han menar att om han hade tagits för att inte ha gjort en ITV alls skulle böterna endast ha varit 150 euro, men han har straffats med en 260 euro i böter.

En ny lagstiftning kan förhindra bostadsägare från att hyra ut sina fastigheter till semesterfirare. Om antas av senaten kommer det att bli olagligt att hyra ut privata hem till turister på kort sikt. Det kommer att stoppa tusentals utlänningar från att subventionera sina fritidshus genom hyresintäkter. I ett försök att hjälpa en hotellbransch i kris har regeringen röstat för att uppdatera uthyrningslagen – Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos (LAU). Regleringen av hyresmarknaden kommer att lämnas över till de regionala myndigheterna. Hotellägare hävdar att den praxis som gör att fastighetsägare självständigt kan hyra ut sina fastigheter till vänner, kollegor och kunder över internet undergräver turistnäringen och skapa illojal konkurrens. Man tror att mer än 20.000 fastigheter skulle påverkas om lagen träder i kraft. "Även om det är sant att det finns en hel del svart uthyrning är vi emot detta",

förklarar David Tornos, vd för Asotur, en organisation som hanterar uthyrning av egendom till turister. "Vi betalar våra skatter och följer lagen, men hotellen tror att vi är pirater. Vi hoppas bara att de inte sätta denna lag i verket utan lämnar oss ifred." Advokater är oroade över att den nya lagen faktiskt kommer innebära att fler människor drivs till att hyra ut olagligt. Många tillhandahåller lägenheter idag på ett lagligt sätt. Det finns dock farhågor att om denna lag blir alltför restriktiv kommer det att driva fler människor till att hyra ut olaglig. Liksom alla andra registrerade spanska fastighetsmäklare säger man från Comaskey Fastighetsmäklare att man välkomnar alla insatser för att rensa upp fastighetsbranschen här på Costa Blanca. Ian Comaskey säger dock att: "Från vad vi vet om detta lagförslag verkar det ogenomförbart och orättvist.” "Vi säljer och hyr ut hundratals fastigheter varje år till köpare som subventionerar sina fastighetsköp

genom hyresintäkter, några långsiktigt och andra kortsiktigt. Ta bort den möjligheten och du dödar branschen en bransch som producerar 700 miljoner euro i skatt till spanska hacienda (skatteverket) varje år. Det är en hel del vägar, skolor och sjukhus som betalas av utländska fastighetsägare”. "Föreställ er effekterna på turismen här om lagen går igenom. Vi kan lika gärna stänga alla golfbanor, temaparker, vattenparker, barer, restauranger och flygplatser. Vem kan tillämpa denna lagstiftning? Vi är alla för att hyresgäster betalar sin skatt, det är därför vi jobbar så nära med spanska skatte-experter, och uppmuntrar alla fastighetsägare att göra så. Så, om någon betalar sina skatter, samfällighetsavgifter och Suma borde de tillåtas att hyra ut.” "Politikerna borde hålla sig till sina jobb och att försöka vinna nästa val och låta marknaden reglera sig själv eller samtala med oss professionella aktörer i syfte att komma fram till åtgärder som faktiskt fungerar."

Dystra nyheter för spansk ekonomi i IMF: s senaste prognos Den senaste prognosen från Internationella valutafonden för världens ekonomier ger dyster läsning vad gäller. I den senaste "World Economic Outlook" från IMF säger man att spanska ekonomin minskar med ytterligare 1,6 procent i år, lagt på toppen av en av en faktisk minskning om 1,4 procent förra året. Tidigare var prognosen en nedgång i år på 1,5 procent. Prognosen för 2014 är dock en liten tillväxt på 0,7 procent, men den har justerats ner i den senaste rapporten. Man lyfter också ett varningens finger för att det fortfarande kan vara för en för hög prognos och risken finns att 2014 också blir ett år av minskning. Bara Grekland, Portugal och Slovenien visar sämre tillväxttakt i euroområdet. IMF noterar arbetslösheten till 27 procent i år med endast en marginell minskning år 2014 till 26,5 procent. Sett på lite längre sikt tror man att arbetslöshet fortfarande ligger på nästan 23 procent under 2018. Om dessa prognoser slår in blir

det ett förlorat decennium för en stor del av Spaniens befolkning med mycket hög arbetslöshet. När det kommer till det faktiska underskottet är prognoserna är lika dystra. För närvarande är det regeringens skyldighet och det uttalade målet från Europeiska unionen att underskottet ska ligga på målnivån 3 procent vid slutet av 2014 men de senaste prognoserna tyder på att underskottet kommer att vara mer än dubbelt så stort, 6,6 procent, vid slutet av 2014, ökande till 6,9 procent för att sedan fortfarande ligga på över 5,5 procent fram till 2018. Man måste också komma ihåg att den "prestation" på 6,9 procent som Spanien klarade i slutet av förra året till viss del är en förvanskade siffra eftersom den inte inkluderar pengar från Europeiska unionen i syfte att rädda bankerna. Det faktiska underskottet skulle annars ha landat på över 10 procent. Trots alla dessa dåliga nyheter lider

Spanien inte på marknaderna för statspapper med bestraffande höga räntor när man lånar pengar. Men det har också en negativ sida då prognoserna för statsskulden visar att den kommer att fortsätta stiga för att nå 110,6 procent år 2018. Det finns ett visst erkännande för de förbättringar i den nuvarande redovisningen som Spanien gör och med de pågående reformerna men IMF:s chefsekonom Olivier Blanchard konstaterade att utvecklingen går långsamt "och den externa efterfrågan är inte är tillräckligt stark för att kompensera den svaga inhemska efterfrågan." Det ska bli intressant att se regeringens egna senaste prognoser och hur nära de är IMF:s prognoser för den spanska ekonomi. Regeringen har lovat att man inte kommer att höja skatterna ytterligare i år och den stora frågan är om de kommer att fortsätta hålla den linjen eller känna sig tvingade till ytterligare skattehöjningar.



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Wednesday 1st May 7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Fake Britain. 11.00

7.00 This Is BBC Two. 7.15 Homes Under the

7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The

Homes Under the Hammer. 12.00 Don’t Get

Hammer. 8.15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom. 9.00

Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30

Done, Get Dom. 12.45 Animal Frontline. 1.15 Bargain Hunt. 2.00 BBC News; Weather. 2.30 Regional News; Weather. 2.45 Doctors. 3.15 Escape to the Country. 4.00 Perfection. 4.45

Animal Frontline. 9.30 Sign Zone: Great British

Loose Women. 2.30 ITV News and Weather.

Menu. 10.30 See Hear. 11.00 Live Snooker:

2.55 ITV News London; Weather. 3.00 Rory

The World Championship. 12.30 Daily Politics.

The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain.

2.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship.

5.30 Antiques Road Trip.

7.00 Eggheads.

6.15 Pointless.

7.30 Flog It!

7.00 BBC News; Weather. 7.30 Regional News Programmes; Weather. 8.00 The One Show; BBC News; Regional

Bremner’s Great British Views. 4.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal. 4.59 ITV London Weather. 5.00 Tipping Point. 6.00 The Chase. 7.00 ITV News London; Weather.

8.00 Live Snooker:

7.30 ITV News and Weather.

The World Championship.

8.00 Emmerdale.

9.00 Coast.

8.30 Coronation Street.

9.00 Watchdog.

10.00 The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers.

9.00 All Star Mr & Mrs.

10.00 MasterChef: The Final Three.

11.00 Celebrity Mastermind.

11.00 BBC News.

11.30 Newsnight; Weather.


11.25 Regional News; Weather; National Lottery Update. 11.35 A Question of Sport. 12.05 FILM: Michael Clayton (2007). 2.00 Weatherview. 2.05 BBC News.

10.00 Scott & Bailey. 11.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather. 11.30 ITV News London; Weather.

12.20 Snooker: The World Championship. 1.10 Snooker: World Championships Extra.

11.35 We Love the Monkees. 12.35 The Dales. 1.05 Jackpot247. 4.00 FILM:

3.10 Sign Zone: See Hear. 3.40 This Is BBC Two.

Columbo: A Matter of Honour (1976). 5.15 ITV

5.00 BBC Learning Zone.

Nightscreen. 6.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show.

7.10 The Hoobs. 7.35 The Hoobs. 8.05 According to Jim. 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.25 Frasier. 9.55 Frasier. 10.30 Frasier. 11.00 The Secret Millionaire USA. 12.00 Location, Location, Location. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Come Dine with Me. 1.35 What’s Cooking? 2.45 Four Rooms. 3.45 Countdown. 4.30 1001 Things You Should Know. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.55 9.00 10.00 11.00 11.55

Deal or No Deal. Five Minutes to a Fortune. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Phil Spencer: Secret Agent. 24 Hours in A&E. 10 O’Clock Live. Random Acts.

12.00 The Intern. 1.05 The Sex Clinic. 2.05 Revenge. 2.50 FILM: Franklyn (2008). 4.30 Come Dine with Me. 5.25 Deal or No Deal. 6.20 Kirstie’s Homemade Home. 6.25 Countdown.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 Rupert Bear. 7.20 Fireman Sam. 7.30 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 7.55 Little Princess. 8.10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 8.20 The Mr Men Show. 8.35 Thomas & Friends. 8.45 Make Way for Noddy. 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots. 9.10 Mio Mao. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.20 Peppa Pig. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Castle Farm. 9.35 Roary the Racing Car. 9.50 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Tickety Toc. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Among the Apes. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 NCIS. 4.15 FILM: A Soldier’s Love Story (2010). 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00 11.55

5 News at 5. Neighbours. Home and Away. 5 News at 6.30. Frontline Police; 5 News Update. Emergency Bikers; 5 News at 9. NCIS. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

12.55 The Aussie Millions Poker Championship. 1.55 SuperCasino. 5.00 House Doctor. 5.20 House Doctor. 5.45 Divine Designs. 6.10 Wildlife SOS. 6.35 Wildlife SOS.

Thursday 2nd May 7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Fake Britain. 11.00

7.00 This Is BBC Two. 7.05 Homes Under the

7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The

Homes Under the Hammer. 12.00 Don’t Get

Hammer. 8.05 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom. 8.50

Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30

Done, Get Dom. 12.45 Animal Frontline. 1.15

Animal Frontline. 9.20 Sign Zone: Saints and

Loose Women. 2.30 ITV News and Weather.

Bargain Hunt. 2.00 BBC News; Weather. 2.30

Scroungers. 10.05 Sign Zone: Great British

2.55 ITV News London; Weather. 3.00 Rory

Regional News; Weather. 2.45 Doctors. 3.15

Menu. 11.05 Sign Zone: Great British Railway

Bremner’s Great British Views. 4.00 Dickinson’s

Escape to the Country. 4.00 Perfection. 4.45

Journeys. 11.35 HARDtalk. 12.00 BBC News.

Real Deal. 4.59 ITV London Weather.

12.30 BBC World News. 1.00 Daily Politics.

5.00 Tipping Point.

2.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship.

6.00 The Chase.

7.00 Eggheads.

7.00 ITV News London; Weather.

7.30 Flog It!

7.15 ITV News and Weather.

8.00 Live Snooker:

7.45 Emmerdale.

The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain. 5.30 Antiques Road Trip. 6.15 Pointless. 7.00 BBC News; Weather. 7.30 Regional News Programmes; Weather. 8.00 The One Show. 8.30 EastEnders; BBC News; Regional News.

8.45 Live UEFA Europa League Football.

The World Championship. 10.00 The Politician’s Husband.

11.10 ITV News and Weather.

10.00 MasterChef: The Final Three.

11.00 Watson & Oliver.

11.40 ITV News London; Weather.

11.00 BBC News.

11.30 Newsnight; Weather.

11.45 Vicious.

9.00 Waterloo Road.

11.25 Regional News; Weather.

12.20 Snooker: The World Championship.

12.15 The Job Lot. 12.45 All Star Family

11.35 Question Time.

1.10 The Review Show. 2.10 Sign Zone: The

Fortunes. 1.25 Jackpot247. 4.00 In Plain Sight.

12.35 This Week. 1.20 Holiday Weatherview.

Russians Are Coming Panorama. 2.40 This Is

5.25 ITV Nightscreen. 6.05 The Jeremy Kyle

1.25 BBC News.

BBC Two. 5.00 BBC Learning Zone.


7.10 The Hoobs. 7.35 The Hoobs. 8.05 According to Jim. 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.25 Frasier. 9.55 Frasier. 10.30 Frasier. 11.00 The Secret Millionaire USA. 12.00 Location, Location, Location. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Come Dine with Me. 1.35 What’s Cooking? 2.45 Four Rooms. 3.45 Countdown. 4.30 1001 Things You Should Know. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.55 9.00 10.00 11.00

Deal or No Deal. Five Minutes to a Fortune. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Secret Eaters. The Repo Man. 12 Year Old Lifer: True Stories.

12.15 24 Hours in A&E. 1.20 Random Acts. 1.25 The Hoarder Next Door. 2.20 Crash for Cash. 3.15 Secrets of Your Missing Mail: Channel 4 Dispatches. 3.45 Unreported World. 4.10 Come Dine with Me. 5.05 Deal or No Deal. 6.00 Countdown. 6.45 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 Rupert Bear. 7.20 Fireman Sam. 7.30 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 7.55 Little Princess. 8.10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 8.20 The Mr Men Show. 8.35 Thomas & Friends. 8.45 Make Way for Noddy. 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.20 Peppa Pig. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.35 Roary the Racing Car. 9.45 Milkshake! Show Songs. 9.50 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Tickety Toc. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Big Body Squad. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 The Hotel Inspector. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 The Mentalist. 4.15 FILM: Deadly Visions (2004). 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00

5 News at 5. Neighbours. Home and Away. 5 News at 6.30. The Hotel Inspector; 5 News Update. The Gay Slayer: Born to Kill? 5 News at 9. Trauma Doctors. FILM: On Deadly Ground (1994).

1.15 SuperCasino. 5.00 House Doctor. 5.20 House Doctor. 5.45 Divine Designs. 6.10 Wildlife SOS. 6.35 Wildlife SOS.

Friday 3rd May 7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Fake Britain. 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer. 12.00 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom. 12.45 Animal Frontline. 1.15 Bargain Hunt. 2.00 BBC News; Weather. 2.30 Regional News; Weather. 2.45 Doctors. 3.15 Escape to the Country. 4.00 Perfection. 4.45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain. 5.30 6.15 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 11.25 11.35

Antiques Road Trip. Pointless. BBC News; Weather. Regional News Programmes; Weather. The One Show. A Question of Sport; BBC News; Regional News. EastEnders. Would I Lie to You? Have I Got News for You. Not Going Out. BBC News. Regional News; Weather; National Lottery Update. The Graham Norton Show.

12.20 The Wright Way. 12.50 FILM: Dark Water (2005). 2.25 Weatherview. 2.30 BBC News.

7.00 Homes Under the Hammer. 8.00 Don’t

7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The

Get Done, Get Dom. 8.45 Animal Frontline.

Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30

9.15 Sign Zone: Saints and Scroungers. 10.00

Loose Women. 2.30 ITV News and Weather.

Sign Zone: Great British Menu. 11.00 Live

2.55 ITV News London; Weather. 3.00 Rory

Snooker: The World Championship. 12.30 BBC

Bremner’s Great British Views. 4.00 Dickinson’s

World News. 1.00 Vote 2013. 2.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 3.00 Vote 2013.






Championship. 6.00 Vote 2013. 7.00 Eggheads. 7.30 Flog It! 8.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 10.00 The Genius of Marie Curie The Woman Who Lit Up the World. 11.00 QI. 11.30 Newsnight; Weather. 12.05 Later with Jools Holland. 1.10 Snooker: The World Championship. 2.00 FILM: Felicia’s

Real Deal. 4.59 ITV London Weather. 5.00 Tipping Point. 6.00 The Chase. 7.00 ITV News London; Weather. 7.30 ITV News and Weather. 8.00 Emmerdale. 8.30 Coronation Street. 9.00 The Martin Lewis Money Show. 9.30 Coronation Street. 10.00 The Ice Cream Girls. 11.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather. 11.30 ITV News London; Weather. 11.35 FILM: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).

Journey (1999). 3.50 Sign Zone: Question

1.35 Jackpot247. 4.00 FILM: The War Wagon

Time. 4.50 This Is BBC Two.

(1967). 5.40 ITV Nightscreen.

7.10 The Hoobs. 7.35 The Hoobs. 8.05 According to Jim. 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.25 Frasier. 9.55 Frasier. 10.25 Frasier. 11.00 Secret Millionaire Ireland. 12.00 Location, Location, Location. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Come Dine with Me. 1.35 What’s Cooking? 2.45 Four Rooms. 3.45 Countdown. 4.30 1001 Things You Should Know. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 8.55 9.00 10.00 11.00

Deal or No Deal. Five Minutes to a Fortune. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Unreported World. Come Dine with Me. Ben Earl: Trick Artist. Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

12.05 10 O’Clock Live. 1.05 Random Acts. 1.10 New Girl. 1.35 The Mindy Project. 1.55 FILM: Jalsaghar (1958). 3.35 Happy Endings. 4.00 Accidentally on Purpose. 4.20 The New Normal. 4.45 St Elsewhere. 5.30 Deal or No Deal. 6.25 Countdown

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 Rupert Bear. 7.20 Fireman Sam. 7.30 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 7.55 Little Princess. 8.10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 8.20 The Mr Men Show. 8.35 Thomas & Friends. 8.45 Make Way for Noddy. 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.20 Peppa Pig. 9.35 Roary the Racing Car. 9.50 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Tickety Toc. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Nature Shock: The Pig Bang Theory. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Iceland: Ash Cloud Apocalypse. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 CSI: NY. 4.10 FILM: My Neighbour’s Keeper (2007). 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 9.00

5 News at 5. Neighbours. Home and Away. 5 News at 6.30. The Removal Men; 5 News Update. Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers; 5 News at 9. 10.00 The Mentalist. 11.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 11.55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 12.55 Inside Hollywood. 1.00 SuperCasino. 5.00 Motorsport Mundial. 5.25 House Doctor. 5.50 Divine Designs. 6.10 Wildlife SOS. 6.35 Wildlife SOS.

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Saturday 4th May 7.00 Breakfast. 11.00 Saturday Kitchen Live. 12.30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers. 1.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather. 1.15 Football Focus. 2.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 5.30 6.20 7.10 7.30 8.15 9.05 10.25 11.15 11.30

Final Score. Pointless Celebrities. BBC News; Regional News; Weather. Doctor Who. The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins. The Voice UK. Casualty. BBC News; Weather. Match of the Day; National Lottery Update.

7.00 This Is BBC Two. 7.55 FILM: Up in the World (1956). 9.25 FILM: The Early Bird (1965). 11.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 1.00 University Challenge. 1.30 Just a Minute. 2.00 Live MotoGP. 3.00 EastEnders. 4.50 Coast. 5.30 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 6.30 Flog It! 7.30 Dad’s Army. 8.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 10.30 QI XL. 11.15 The United States of Television: America in Primetime. 12.15 FILM: Sin City (2005). 2.10 This Is BBC Two.

1.00 The Football League Show. 2.10 Weatherview. 2.15 BBC News.

7.00 CITV: Special Agent Oso. 7.10 Special Agent Oso. 7.25 The Hive. 7.35 The Hive. 7.40 Dino Dan. 7.55 Dino Dan. 8.05 Canimals. 8.15 Canimals. 8.20 Almost Naked Animals. 8.35 Ultimate Spider-Man. 9.00 Jessie. 9.25 ITV News. 9.30 Saturday Farm. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA. 11.20 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham. 12.20 Murder, She Wrote. 1.20 ITV News and Weather; Weather. 1.35 Fool Britannia. 2.05 All Star Mr & Mrs. 3.05 River Monsters. 4.10 The Chase. 5.10 6.45 7.00 7.15 8.15 9.15 10.20 11.20 11.35

BBC1 6.20pm Pointless Celebrities

Midsomer Murders. ITV News London; Weather. ITV News and Weather. You’ve Been Framed! Top Weddings. Britain’s Got Talent. The Cube. The Jonathan Ross Show. ITV News and Weather; Weather. FILM: Basic Instinct (1992).

8.00 FIM Superbike World Championship. 8.25 The Grid. 8.55 The Morning Line. 10.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 10.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 11.00 Frasier. 11.30 Frasier. 12.00 The Big Bang Theory. 12.35 The Big Bang Theory. 1.05 The Simpsons. 1.35 Heston’s Titanic Feast. 2.40 Channel 4 Racing. 5.10 Come Dine with Me. 5.40 Come Dine with Me. 6.10 Come Dine with Me. 6.40 Come Dine with Me.


7.10 Come Dine with Me. 7.40 Channel 4 News. 8.00 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses. 9.00 Grand Designs. 10.00 FILM: Star Trek (2009). 12.25 FILM: Premonition (2007). 2.20 FILM:

1.50 Jackpot247. 4.00 The Starter Wife. 4.50 ITV Nightscreen.

BBC2 7.30pm Dad’s Army

7.10 The Hoobs. 7.35 Caterham Motorsport.

Mahanagar (1963). 4.35 Coming Up. 5.05 Hollyoaks.

7.00 Milkshake!: Peppa Pig. 7.05 Roary the Racing Car. 7.15 Fifi and the Flowertots. 7.25 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 7.30 The Mr Men Show. 7.45 Chloe’s Closet. 7.55 Roobarb and Custard Too. 8.00 Bananas in Pyjamas. 8.15 Animal Antics. 8.20 Noddy in Toyland. 8.30 Mio Mao. 8.35 Milkshake! Show Songs. 8.40 City of Friends. 8.50 Milkshake! Monkey. 8.55 Little Princess. 9.10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky. 9.25 Angelina Ballerina. 9.45 Rupert Bear. 10.00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 10.15 Toby’s Travelling Circus. 10.30 Roary the Racing Car. 10.45 Jelly Jamm. 11.00 The Mr Men Show. 11.15 Power Rangers: Super Samurai. 11.50 Batman: The Brave and the Bold. 12.15 Inside Hollywood. 12.20 Frontline Police. 1.20 Emergency Bikers. 2.20 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild. 3.25 FILM: Avalanche Express (1979). 5.10 FILM: Breakheart Pass (1975). 7.00 5 News Weekend. 7.05 FILM: Stone Cold (2005). 8.30 NCIS. 9.20 NCIS. 10.20 Law & Order: Criminal Intent. 11.15 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12.10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 1.10 SuperCasino. 5.00 Wildlife SOS. 5.20 Michaela’s Wild Challenge. 5.45 County Secrets. 5.55 Hana’s Helpline. 6.05 Angels of Jarm. 6.15 Roary the Racing Car. 6.25 The Funky Valley Show. 6.35 Hana’s Helpline. 6.50 Roary the Racing Car.

Sunday 5th May 7.00 Breakfast. 8.30 Match of the Day. 10.00 The Andrew Marr Show. 11.00 The Big Questions. 12.00 Sunday Politics; Weather for the Week Ahead. 1.20 Countryfile. 2.15 Bargain Hunt. 3.15 Helicopter Heroes. 3.45 Points of View. 4.00 Escape to the Country. 5.00 Songs of Praise. 5.35 Great Bear Stakeout. 6.35 The Diamond Queen. 7.35 BBC News; Regional News; Weather. 8.00 Countryfile.

7.00 This Is BBC Two. 7.10 FILM: Experiment Perilous (1944). 8.40 FILM: The White Tower (1950). 10.15 The A to Z of TV Gardening. 11.00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites. 12.30 The Beechgrove Garden. 1.00 Gardeners’ World. 1.30 Live MotoGP. 3.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 7.00 Coast. 8.00 Live Snooker: The World Championship. 12.00 Dave Allen: God’s Own Comedian. 1.00 FILM: Romance and Cigarettes (2005). 2.40 Sign Zone: Countryfile. 3.35 Sign Zone: Holby City. 4.35 This Is BBC Two.

9.00 Antiques Roadshow. 10.00 The Village. 11.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather. 11.25 Match of the Day 2. 12.35 Late Kick Off. 1.05 The Sky at Night. 1.25 FILM: A Boy Called Dad (2009). 2.40 Weatherview. 2.45 BBC News.

BBC2 12pm Dave Allen: God’s Own Comedian

7.00 CITV: Special Agent Oso. 7.10 Special Agent Oso. 7.25 The Hive. 7.35 The Hive. 7.40 Dino Dan. 7.55 Dino Dan. 8.05 Canimals. 8.15 Canimals. 8.20 Almost Naked Animals. 8.30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 9.00 Sonny with a Chance. 9.25 ITV News. 9.30 Country House Sunday. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA. 11.20 Murder, She Wrote. 12.20 Dickinson’s Real Deal. 1.20 ITV News and Weather; Weather. 1.30 Love Your Garden. 2.30 Britain’s Got Talent. 3.30 FILM: Fletch (1985). 5.25 7.15 7.30 7.45 8.30 9.00 11.00

Midsomer Murders. ITV News London; Weather. ITV News and Weather. Catchphrase. Off Their Rockers. Endeavour. Perspectives: Hugh Laurie: Copper Bottom Blues. 11.55 ITV News and Weather; Weather.12.15 Premiership Rugby Union. 1.10 The Store. 3.10 Monk. 3.55 Motorsport UK. 4.45 ITV Nightscreen. 6.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show.

7.10 The Hoobs. 7.35 The Hoobs. 8.05 Freesports on 4. 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.25 Frasier. 9.55 Frasier. 10.30 Sunday Brunch. 1.00 The Big Bang Theory. 1.25 The Big Bang Theory. 1.50 The Simpsons. 2.20 The Simpsons. 2.50 Channel 4 Racing. 5.10 Deal or No Deal. 6.10 Five Minutes to a Fortune. 7.10 Channel 4 News. 7.30 Come Dine with Me. 8.25 FILM: Gulliver’s Travels (2010). 10.00 Peter Kay Live: The Tour That Didn’t Tour Tour. 11.55 FILM: The Waterboy (1998). 1.40 FILM: Charulata (1964). 3.45 Coming Up. 4.10 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun. 5.05 Deal or






SuperScrimpers. 6.50 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.

7.00 Milkshake!: Peppa Pig. 7.05 Roary the Racing Car. 7.15 Fifi and the Flowertots. 7.25 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 7.30 The Mr Men Show. 7.45 Chloe’s Closet. 7.55 Roobarb and Custard Too. 8.00 Bananas in Pyjamas. 8.15 Animal Antics. 8.20 Noddy in Toyland. 8.30 Mio Mao. 8.40 City of Friends. 8.50 Milkshake! Monkey. 8.55 Little Princess. 9.10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky. 9.20 Milkshake! Show Songs. 9.25 Angelina Ballerina. 9.45 Rupert Bear. 10.00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 10.15 Toby’s Travelling Circus. 10.30 Roary the Racing Car. 10.45 Jelly Jamm. 11.00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 11.10 Power Rangers: Super Samurai. 11.40 Batman: The Brave and the Bold. 12.05 Climbing the Giants. 12.35 The Hotel Inspector. 1.35 FILM: Thunderpants (2002). 3.20 FILM: Along Came Polly (2004). 5.00 FILM: What a Girl Wants (2003). 7.00 FILM: Dirty Dancing (1987). 9.05 Once Upon a Time. 10.00 The Truth About Travellers. 10.55 5 News Weekend. 11.00 FILM: London Boulevard (2010). 12.55 Soho Blues. 1.55 SuperCasino. 5.00 Michaela’s Wild Challenge. 5.20 Michaela’s Wild Challenge. 5.45 County Secrets. 5.55 Hana’s Helpline. 6.05 Angels of Jarm. 6.15 Roary the Racing Car. 6.25 The Funky Valley Show. 6.35 Hana’s Helpline. 6.50 Roary the Racing Car.

Monday 6th May 7.00 Breakfast. 10.00 Fake Britain. 10.45 Homes Under the Hammer. 11.45 Animal Frontline. 12.15 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom.

7.00 This Is BBC Two. 7.20 Homes Under the Hammer. 8.20 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom. 9.05

1.00 Bargain Hunt. 2.00 BBC News; Weather.

Animal Frontline. 9.35 Animal Park. 10.20

2.20 Regional News; Weather. 2.30 Escape to

FILM: The Prince of Egypt (1998). 11.50 FILM:

the Country. 3.30 Perfection. 4.15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece

5.00 Planet Earth: A Month in the Wild.

(1961). 1.30 Badminton Horse Trials. 3.30 Live

6.30 Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave.

Snooker: The World Championship.

7.00 BBC News; Weather. 7.25 Regional News Programmes; Weather.

7.00 Eggheads.

7.40 The One Show.

7.30 Flog It!

8.10 Pointless Celebrities. 9.00 EastEnders.

8.00 Live

9.30 FILM: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). 11.40 BBC News. 11.55 Regional News; Weather. 12.00 Have I Got a Bit More News for You. 12.45 The Graham Norton Show. 1.30 FILM: Once (2006). 2.55 Weatherview. 3.00 BBC News.





7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The

7.15 The Hoobs. 7.40 The Hoobs. 8.10 FILM:

Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 Tipping Point. 12.30

The Land Before Time (1988). 9.25 Frasier.

You’ve Been Framed! 12.55 ITV News and

10.00 Frasier. 10.30 Frasier. 11.00 The Secret

Weather. 1.05 ITV News London; Weather.

Millionaire. 12.00 Come Dine with Me. 12.30

1.15 FILM: K-9 (1989). 3.00 Rory Bremner’s

What’s Cooking? 1.40 Sarah Beeny’s Selling

Great British Views. 4.00 Our Queen.

Houses. 2.45 Four Rooms. 3.45 Countdown.

6.00 The Chase.

4.30 1001 Things You Should Know.

7.00 ITV News London; Weather.

5.00 Deal or No Deal: Deal in Space.

7.15 ITV News and Weather.

6.00 Come Dine with Me.

7.30 You’ve Been Framed!

7.00 The Simpsons.

8.00 Emmerdale.

7.30 Hollyoaks.

8.30 Coronation Street.

8.00 Channel 4 News.

9.00 James Nesbitt’s Ireland.


9.30 Coronation Street.

9.00 SuperScrimpers: Spring Clean.

10.00 Vicious.

10.00 The Hoarder Next Door.

12.00 The Many Faces of Michael Crawford.

10.30 The Job Lot.

11.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA.

1.00 FILM: For Your Consideration (2006). 2.20

11.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather; Weather.

12.05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man. 1.05 Random

Sign Zone: Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day. 3.20 This Is BBC Two. 5.00 BBC Learning Zone.

11.15 The Jonathan Ross Show. 12.15





Acts. 1.10 Shameless. 2.05 FILM: Nayak (1966).

Jackpot247. Weekly.


Nightscreen. 6.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show.


4.05 The Renovation Game. 5.00 A Place in


the Sun: Winter Sun. 5.55 Deal or No Deal. 6.50 SuperScrimpers.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 Rupert Bear. 7.20 Fireman Sam. 7.30 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 7.55 Milkshake! Show Songs. 8.00 Little Princess. 8.10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 8.20 The Mr Men Show. 8.35 Thomas & Friends. 8.45 Make Way for Noddy. 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Milkshake! Monkey. 9.35 Roary the Racing Car. 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Tickety Toc. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Trauma Doctors. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Benidorm ER. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.20 The Poseidon Adventure. 5.55 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 7.35 8.00

Inside Hollywood. 5 News at 5. Neighbours. Home and Away. 5 News at 6.30. Ultimate Police Interceptors. Building the London Underground; 5 News Update. 9.00 Motor Morphers; 5 News at 9. 10.00 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild; 5 News Update. 11.00 FILM: The Bone Collector (1999). 1.20 CSI: Miami. 2.15 SuperCasino. 5.00 House Doctor. 5.25 House Doctor. 5.50 Divine Designs. 6.10 Wildlife SOS. 6.35 Wildlife SOS.



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Written and directed by The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, Jack Reacher is based on the novels by Lee Child and stars Tom Cruise (not quite the six foot five blueeyed blonde of the novels, but let’s move on) as ex-military drifter-slashinvestigator Jack Reacher, one of those mysterious types who’s always there when you need them, like a one-man A-team. When lone gun nut James Mark Barr (Joseph Sikora) is accused of killing five innocent people in a sniper attack, he asks his lawyer, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), to get hold of Reacher, despite the fact that Reacher operates ‘off the grid’ and doesn’t even own a change of clothes, let alone a mobile. Being a man of mystery, Reacher

shows up anyway and begins to suspect Barr has been framed, despite the fact that both Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo) and Helen’s DA father (Richard Jenkins) think the case is open-and-shut. However, Reacher’s investigations soon bring him up against vicious, fingerless Russian criminal The Zec (Werner Herzog) and his sadistic henchman (Jai Courtney). Appearance and height issues aside (which will only really matter to Reacher purists anyway), Cruise is actually pretty good as Reacher, delivering a growlier-than-usual performance that essentially makes him seem like Mission Impossible’s Ethan Hunt nursing a threeday hangover. There’s also solid support from Pike, Jenkins and Oyelowo, though the film is basically stolen by Werner Herzog (‘I spent my first winter as a prisoner in Siberia wearing a dead man’s coat, I chewed these fingers off before the frostbite could turn to gangrene’), despite the fact that he’s only in a small handful of scenes. On the evidence here, McQuarrie has a knack for injecting moments of humour into violent fight sequences, whether it’s Reacher calmly beating up five people or some over-enthusiastic henchmen knocking each other out while trying to attack Reacher in a bathroom. In addition, McQuarrie’s script doesn’t skimp on actual detective thrills (the dialogue is very similar to the books) and the scenes of Reacher figuring out the case are nicely done. It’s never quite clear just how much

Directed by Jason Moore, Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick as Beca, a wannabe DJ who’s only attending college to keep her professor father (John Benjamin Hickey) happy. When her father tells her he’ll allow her to leave university and chase her DJ dreams if she proves to him she can get properly involved with something, she reluctantly joins all-female group The Bellas, led by projectile-vomit-prone control-freak Aubrey (Anna Camp) and Chloe (Brittany Snow), who forcibly recruits Beca in the shower, after hearing her sing. With Beca on board and the group containing other less than conventional members such as self-nicknamed Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and sassy Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean), The Bellas get down to the business of rehearsing for a competition, where they’ll face off against their arch-rivals The Treble Makers, led by the obnoxious Bumper (Adam DeVine). Meanwhile, Beca begins to fall for her fellow volunteer at the college radio station, Jesse (Skylar Astin), only for him to join the Treble Makers and for them both to fall foul of Aubrey’s steadfast rule that no Bella can date a Treble Maker. The performances are excellent: Kendrick makes a likeable lead as Beca, playing her in line with her usual drily cynical, razor sharp screen persona. Astin is equally good as Jesse, sparking passable, if not smoking chemistry with Kendrick, while there’s terrific support from both Camp and Snow. However the film is completely stolen by the onetwo combination of Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy and Jinhee Joung as whispering Kimmy Jin, whose Vomit Angel moment is flat out hilarious and has to be seen to be believed. The script crackles with great oneliners and Moore’s direction ensures a constant stream of decent laughs, from both verbal gags and sight gags. Similarly, the musical sequences are both infectious and well staged, thanks

to some judicious and skilful editing – highlights include the enjoyable audition sequence (Kendrick’s turn is inspired) and the film’s stand-out scene, a riff-off between rival groups. The finale is also extremely clever, managing to use the competition song in such a way that it contributes to the film’s emotional climax. With a frequently hilarious script, catchy musical numbers and a host of terrific comic performances, Pitch Perfect is a hugely entertaining comedy that’s both emotionally engaging and laughout-loud funny. Highly recommended.

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DGT launches smart phone app Spain’s traffic authority, the DGT, is set to launch its own smart phone app this week. It might seem a bit contradictory, but the app can be used to help motorists avoid traffic jams, work out speed limits or locate petrol stations – although we assume the advice will be for drivers not to use the app while behind the wheel! The new app is aimed at helping the 12 million drivers in Spain with their

daily commute, providing real-time information on traffic jams, speed limits or nearby petrol stations. The app uses beep alerts direct from the DGT to send information to users. The app can also send SMS or emails with alerts, and has an inbuilt 112 emergency dialer. Compatible with both Android and iPhone, the app will upload live traffic information every five minutes.

As if a Lamborghini wasn’t enough First it was a Lamborghini, now just two weeks later, extravagant crime fighters in Dubai have added a Ferrari to their fleet. Like the Lamborghini, the Ferrari FF has been branded with Dubai police’s green and white colours. The car was unveiled at a ceremony at the foot of the Burj al-Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, last week. The Italian sports car joins the £360,000 Dh2m Lamborghini Aventador, which was unveiled in Dubai’s Mall, the city’s most upmarket shopping centre, earlier this month. “Dubai is a unique city and everything in it should reflect its uniqueness and for that reason police will add a Ferrari sports car to its patrol fleet,” said Dubai’s police chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim. “We have been pleasantly surprised for the reaction of people on the Lamborghini, so we said a Ferrari would be a good choice too,” he told

The logic behind the use of the Ferrari in the police fleet seems to be that, along with the Lamborghini, both cars will be used as a deterrent for owners of highpowered vehicles intending to break the speed limit. The police force is currently in the middle of a campaign to limit the wilder excesses of the city’s young male drivers, who have been known to use the area’s desert motorways as racetracks. The Arab state’s last acquisition became a viral hit after a picture of the

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FOOTBALL FIXTURES Wednesday, May 1 2013

Scottish Premier League 16.00 Inverness Caledonian Thistle - Motherwell 16.00 Hearts - St Mirren 16.00 Dundee United - St Johnstone

Champions League 20.45 Barcelona - FC Bayern München Thursday, May 2 2013 Uefa Europa League 21.05 Benfica - Fenerbahce 21.05 Chelsea - Basel

Spanish La Liga 18.00 Granada CF - Málaga 16.00 Valencia - Osasuna 22.00 Deportivo de La Coruña - Atlético de Madrid 20.00 Real Madrid - Real Valladolid

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Spanish La Liga 21.00 Celta de Vigo - Athletic Bilbao

Premier League 14.30 Liverpool - Everton 17.00 Manchester United - Chelsea

Saturday, May 4 2013 Premier League 16.00 Swansea City - Manchester City 18.30 Queens Park Rangers - Arsenal 16.00 Norwich City - Aston Villa 16.00 West Bromwich Albion - Wigan Athletic 16.00 Fulham - Reading 16.00 Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton 16.00 West Ham United - Newcastle United J ean-Francois (runner-up), Angela (winner), Oscar (Maryvilla club de Tenis), Scott (Suter Tennis), Martin (winner) and Rik (runner-up). Congratulations to Angela and Martin for an outstanding win at the Maryvilla tournament on Sunday 21st April. The multi-national, multi-level friendly tournament was fiercely battled in the group stages the previous week and culminated in a nail-biting 6-1, 6-4 win. The next tournament will be held on Sunday 5th May at the Alfaz Del Pi Sports Centre. Contact info@ for more information. Suter Tennis is hosting the Maryvilla Open Tennis Tournament between 2130 June. The annual tournament for men’s singles and men’s doubles is held by the Maryvilla Club de Tenis in Calpe. All good club level players are welcome. To enter and for more information contact Scott on 619 052 178 or info@

Championship 13.45 Watford - Leeds United 13.45 Nottingham Forest - Leicester City 13.45 Crystal Palace - Peterborough United 13.45 Birmingham City - Blackburn Rovers 13.45 Bolton Wanderers - Blackpool 13.45 Brighton and Hove Albion - Wolverhampton Wanderers 13.45 Burnley - Ipswich Town 13.45 Charlton Athletic - Bristol City 13.45 Sheffield Wednesday - Middlesbrough 13.45 Derby County - Millwall 13.45 Huddersfield Town - Barnsley 13.45 Hull City - Cardiff City

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I am often asked to change a slice or fade into a draw as people believe that this is the shot that “should” be played because the pros play with a draw. However this is not the case and certainly not the right way to approach your own game. Firstly the professionals will have a reliable stock shot which they will try and use at all times. Occasionally a pin position is unfavourable to their shot shape and they opt to try and work the ball in a different direction. But you should remember that at times even the greatest player will opt to leave themselves a long birdie opportunity. Many players believe that almost all

the professionals hit a draw, but that simply is not the case, a large majority including some of the most successful golfers hitting a fade, most notably Jack Nicklaus and Colin Montgomery. Two players that had exemplary control of both direction and distance. So what is best? Well the important thing to consider is what is right for you. If you have played golf for most of your life and have always hit a draw then changing that shape would be time consuming and take a huge amount of effort and dedication, possibly with no reward at the end. Vice versa a golfer that has always“sliced”the ball will find it very difficult to make the necessary swing

changes to begin hitting a draw. This is due to the difference in the swing path required to hit each shot. So lets take a look at the swing paths that create various shots. There are three swing paths, in to in, out to in and in to out and three club face positions, closed, square and open relative to the ball to target line. The arrow (below left) indicates the swing path and how we come up with the phrase in to out etc. As you can see from the example below there is only one swing path that creates a perfectly straight shot. The same swing path also creates the most severe shot shapes.

It is vital that you know which shot shape you are hitting before you can diagnose and decide what your swing path is and also how to go about making changes to your swing. If you wrongly diagnose your shot shape then you will struggle to correctly make improvements to your swing. This is where many players and pros go wrong, they see a ball curving to the right and immediately agree that it is a slice, when in fact it is a push slice, a totally different problem to fix. Changing a slice into a draw for example requires totally rebuilding your swing, as you have to go from an out to in swing path to the exact opposite.
















With the majority of my clients I refuse to make this radical and difficult change for a few reasons. The main reason is that they will not be able to dedicate enough time to making the change and the second is in the majority of the time the change will not make a huge difference to the scores that they shoot. Instead I make small adjustments to ensure that the slice remains for the most part a gentle fade, starting just left of the ball to target line and finishes on target. These are much easier for my client to change and will result in quicker and more permanent changes. Allowing my client the opportunity to play and practice without fear of making mistakes. You can book a lesson with me at Lo Romero Golf Academy by calling 628 19 16 90 or by sending me an email to; More information about the golf course and academy can be found at;

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Over the coming weeks the CoastRider is inviting local sporting clubs, associations and groups to share your local sport with us by There was one pivotal Monday Night sending your reports for publicagame and nine Premier League games tion. at the weekend contributing to this Whether you’re a golf a week’s Fantasy League whichsociety, produced running group or sheets,42 a swimming 25 goals, eight clean yellow club, canred keep your members cards you and four ones. Referee Robert Madley upRookie to date with outings, results and showed via three cards at the St. fixtures thered CoastRider’s sports Mary’s Stadium to Southampton’s Fox pages. & Ramirez for West We’ll do ouralong best with to fitone everyone in Brom’s Fortune. It’sbasis, not often praise on a rotational so Iplease referees but this time I thought the new send your referee to the Premier League got all sports reports to three decisions spot on which is more Rethan I can say for Mark Clattenburg who ports should be accompanied bent over backwards not to causeby any captioned where controversy photographs in his return to Stamford Bridge. and the deadline for subpossible The 19th Alfaz Fantasy Football missions is midday on Monday. League is headingwefor a dramatic In the meantime, thought we’d finale with only of fourthe weeks to go. At the share some highlights of moment Liz’ssporting Lads have had their lead Benidorm’s calendar. at the top reduced to an obtainable 48

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U.D and a local team. Bicycle day: popular ride in April, directed at families and people of all ages. The route is over 12,000 meters and ends with a prize draw of various gifts. Kayak Crossing: route along the waters of Sierra Helada nature Park between the towns of Benidorm and Alfaz del Pi. It takes place in September. XL Nautical Christmas: National sailing competition which will take place in the bay of Benidorm on the 12th & 13th December. II Duathlon ‘Town of Benidorm’: Takes place 3rd March on an open circuit. Benidorm Basket Club Tournament: International Tournament takes place 3rd to 5th May. Blue Week: During the month of June different nautical activities will take place in the bay of Benidorm. II Benidorm Triathlon Will take place on an open circuit from Poniente Beach to Terra Mitica on the 6th October. World Championship Taekwon-Do has kindlychampionship sponsored by of a new ITF: been The world this Restaurant in Albir La23rd Cocina del 25th Albir specialty takes place to the who provide a finePalau selection of Meals at October at the d’Esports L’Illa reasonable prices. The lucky winner is de Benidorm. Chantelle whoseNadal Team Notascooby XXIV Trophy de Pilota F.C. ‘Alheld offVicente the challenge Steve’sGrand Upton calde Pérezfrom Devesa’: Parkers to winfor thisthis fabulous two. tournament localmeal sportforfrom Fastest Moving this theThe Valencia Region.Men’s The Team final will week was on Terry’s teamDecember. Come on my take place the 29th Cockers who courtesy moved upof34 places to Information No 98. A Benidorm bit different than last Year Tel! Tourism

Never the less Terry has won a super Good Old English Breakfast for two at Rafters sponsored by Kate. Mark’s Salford Sausages & Des’s Wiganwydnn have made it through to the Final of our K.O.Cup Competition which will take place on the last Day of the Season when they knocked out Scotthan & Dyson D.C.11 in the SemiFinals. In our F.A.Cup League, Jimmy’s Team

Simple have 24 point lead over Danny’s Plaistow Hammers. Danny Bryan’s Boys are 3rd 4 points ahead of Stuart’s Stubrew. All the latest information and League Tables are up on our brilliant website which is or if you can’t access a computer why not visit one of our Bars which display the results on their Notice Boards in Moraira Tich’s Bar, in Albir The Local and in Alfaz the El.Nui.



CoastRider - Edition 005 - May 1st 2013

Benidorm Golf Society Running Wild

 aptain of AFGS, Martin Hendry, receiving the trophy C from Steve May Benidorm Golf Society and British Armed Forces Golf Society took to the fairways of Alenda Golf Course on Wednesday 24th April, for our annual Challenge Cup. A 10.00am start from the 1st and 10th Tees saw 32 players competing in a singles, doubles and team competition. The weather conditions were ideal for golf, clear blue sky and very little wind. The golf course was in perfect condition, fast greens and roving fairways made the course an absolute delight to play. The loud zumba class music blaring out from an open window of the first floor clubhouse didn’t deter players as they Tee’d up on the first hole, several even took the opportunity to practice a few dance moves.  The 2013 winners’ trophy went to the Armed Forces Golf Society beating Benidorm Golf Society 13.5 points to 10.5 points. The best individual prizes went to Martin Hendry(BAFGS) 39 points and Jim Gordon (BGS) with 36 points. Winning pair from BGS was Terry Willetts and

Jim Gordon on 68 points, runners up from BAFGS Les Jordan and Martin Hendry with 66 points. The best front nine award went to Martin Hendry 22 points and best back nine went to Paul Thacker(BGS) with 17 points. A special award for the player who found the longest way around the course went to Dave Edmunds(BAFGS) who received a plan of Alenda Golf Course after just managing to get into double figures.The societies also competed for eight spot prizes ; Nearest the pin hole 3 Mick Vessey, hole 4 Gavin Dent hole 5 Kevin Innes, hole 11 Martin Hendry, hole 16 Matt Woods, hole 17 Les Jordan, longest drive went to Jack Caruthers and Paul Thacker won the longest putt. Our next game is at Villaitana Golf Course on Wednesday 1st May, first Tee-Off at 9.00am. Guests are very welcome to join us for a game by using the contact form on our website at or Telephone Paul on ; 652 192 182

Running Wild A.C. was well represented by seven ladies and four men at the 5K event in support of A.E.C.C. (Spanish Assoc. against Cancer) starting at 7pm on Saturday 20th April. The one lap course was not too difficult and the weather conditions were good. Total entry was over 170 runners plus many more walkers. No “chip” or clock-timing was available and kilometre markers were not evident, which made pace judgement a bit difficult for some of the entrants. The only veteran categories were Over 40, 45 and 50 years, whereas many runners were considerably older. However, it was for a good cause and the Organisers, Club Tragamillas, made it an enjoyable event. First home for the Club was Steve Hartnett (VM 55) in a little over 22 mins. finishing 4th. Vet over 50. He was followed by Leigh Richards (VM 43) in 25 mins., with Heather Gould (VW 51) a further couple of minutes behind for 1st. place Ladies over 50. John Pascoe (VM 80) was next, in a

disappointing run (for him) at 29:18, with Judith Parkinson (VW 54) close behind as runner-up to Heather. The remainder of the race’s Ladies’ over 50 category was filled by Running Wild club competitors, viz : Maureen Lockey (VW 61); Lin Gossage (VW 66); Yvonne Sherrington (VW 64); Julie Rushton (VW 66) & Frauke Gerlach (VW 75) taking 3rd to 7th places respectively, all timed between 33 to 37 minutes. Finally, Arthur Rushton (VM 67), making his debut at a running event, finished strongly in just over 33 minutes. Several of the runners wore a black bib on their backs to show support of the runners and spectators who were injured and affected by the recent  bombs at the Boston Marathon. On Sunday morning (21st April), Peter James (Vet “B”) ran the London Marathon in 5:23:31, a very creditable performance, considering his comparatively recent involvement in running. He has worked hard under the guidance of Club Leader, Crecia Wilding and deserves the club members’ plaudits.

The spirit of Shackelton visits the Fadura


Getxo Artea won the match against La Vila Rugby Club by 45-29 in a fairly even game that was entertaining throughout. There was little riding on the result as a place in the top division was already guaranteed for the home side, and La Vila playing solely for pride with relegation being confirmed several weeks before. The back line of the home side dominated the play for much of the game and were highly effective in attack, with Vila defending bravely against the onslaught. However, for their part, the Alicantino forwards managed to break through the home defence on several occasions resulting in one try for prop Haeffeli, and two tries for back row Villalba. Scrum half Jiménez also went over for a try under the posts, securing an offensive bonus point for the away side. For the Vileros, it was not only their final eighty minutes in the “División de Honor” this season, a farewell to the top flight of Spanish rugby, but also the last time that this group of players would play together the in the Vila shirt. The

inevitable changes that come at the end of each season as players move on for new challenges will be arguably even more emotional this year, as the players had become firmly united after facing a number of adversities and challenges in what turned out to be a difficult season for the team from Marina Baixa. Like the famous Antartic explorer Ernest Shackelton, who, when his ship was trapped in the Weddell Sea for months, with the crew abandoning it to walk aimlessly over the ice miles from civilization, vowed “Our mission has failed. We cannot cross the Antartic, but now we begin a new mission, more important than the last. We must stay together, and return the whole crew home safely” This mission, against all odds, was successful. After their last game together at Fadura on Sunday, the rugby players from a small town called Villajoyosa came together in an eternal and unbreakable circle, each one thinking “We did it. We stayed together, until the end.” Perhaps Shackleton was smiling down on them.

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