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N FRIDAY evening the Playa de la Cura and the promenade behind the beach were packed with an estimated 8,000 people enjoying the sounds of the 20th ‘Habaneras on the Beach’ concert. Seven choirs took part this year each performing three habaneras except the last group, ‘Brea y Sol’ who performed four. This most popular of events acts as a curtain raiser to the main inter-national Habaneras competition taking place between the 23rd and the 29th of this month in the Eras de Sal open-air auditorium. This year it has also fallen during the celebrations for the Virgen de Carmen Fiesta with the town full of

holidaymakers. There was a major change in the organisation of the event this year as well. The stage had been moved from its usual position at the eastern end of the beach on the sand itself and had been erected on the promenade adjacent to the Kiosco de Tintero at one end of the refurbished paseo. The audience occupied the beach below as usual and the Continued on page 4

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30 arrested in fuel fraud Thirty people have been arrested across Spain in a multi million euro fuel fraud. The arrests were made across two separate fraud gangs who purchased bulk amounts of fuel without paying IVA (VAT) and then sold it on at a discount price. It is believed that the fraud is worth in the region of €120 million. Arrests were made in fifteen separate provinces in Spain with 23 raids and searches on homes and businesses. During the raids, assets of €55m were seized including 79 high performance cars, 209 properties, €20 million and of course, 3.5 million litres of fuel. The operation was a joint effort between Guardia Civil and tax authorities. The modus operandi of the two gangs was to buy a large amount of diesel or petrol, thus avoiding having to pay IVA. They then sold the fuel on at discount prices. It is believed that those responsible had links in the UK, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Panama. Experts believe that bank accounts linked to the two gangs contain over a billion euro.

Another victory for La Roja Spain’s football fans were celebrating once more this weekend as the country’s U19s won the European cup. The team beat Greece one nil on Sunday night to clinch the title. It was a tense match, goalless until the 80th minute when Jesé Rodriguez managed to find the back of the net and guarantee Spain the European title. Jesé Rodriguez celebrates Spain’s win in rainy Estonia.

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Man sets house on fire with family inside A man in Torre Pacheco is alleged to have set fire to his home with his expartner and four children inside. The incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning. The man was arrested in Murcia by Guardia Civil after he was believed to have set fire to the property in Torre Pacheco. His ex-partner’s new boyfriend was also inside the house at the time. The couple and the four children were asleep when the fire broke out just after 2am. No one was seriously injured in the fire and the woman, aged 34, is said to be undergoing counseling at a domestic violence centre in Torre Pacheco. The suspect, originally from Ecuador, is already said to have a restraining order against him. He appears in court this week for attempted murder. Forensics examine the scene.

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Bite Size Bob and Mon – it’s official News Ship wreck removed Regular visitors to the port area in Torrevieja will notice a difference. For two years the wreck of a fishing vessel called ‘La Alegria’ has stood on the quayside slowly drying out, rotting and falling to pieces. The ship was originally built in 1948 in Cartagena and was operational until 2005. It was then seized by the authorities and remained tied up in the port until July of 2010 when, because of the poor condition of the boat, it sank. Port authorities pulled the vessel up from the bottom of the harbour and parked it on the quayside where it has stood for almost exactly two years. To begin with it became something of a landmark for visitors and residents to stop and stare at but over time it has become nothing more than an eyesore. Eventually the Valencia government, who are responsible for the management of the port, brought in machinery and dismantled the wreck just in time for the Virgen del Carmen celebrations. Mortar found near Cabo Cevera A diver swimming in the area of Cabo Cevera last week came across a plastic bag from which the tip of what appeared to be a missile was protruding. He notified the security forces and a specialist unit from the Guardia Civil explosives section cordoned off an area of a local park where the device sat for several hours while officers decided how to approach it. The mortar was about 15 cm long and appeared to be fairly recent origin because there was no growth of barnacles on it. Eventually the device was identified as a type of mortar and the experts discovered that it was not dangerous as it did not contain an explosive charge. Caballero de Rodas to be repaired The state of the Caballero de Rodas one of the main streets in the city has been the subject of much debate following the work done to pedestrianise the area some while ago. The road has failed to stand up to the volume of traffic passing over it and there are many areas where the surface has subsided and blocks used in the construction of the area are loose and uneven. The Town Hall announced last week that repairs will be carried out to the area at a cost of just short of €100,000. The money is expected to be recovered from the original contractors. It seems likely the work will be carried out sometime in September and it is Continued on page 4

CLARO and the PP held a press conference last Thursday to officially sign the government agreement, which would see them jointly take power of Orihuela, should the opportunity arise. CLARO president Bob Houliston said: “From today, Orihuela has an alternative government with a stable majority ready to govern in accordance with a detailed and specific programme which is contained in the agreement which we signed today. We are able to provide the government which Orihuela needs. We are able to restore democracy to Orihuela where the majority governs and the minority can no longer prevent the majority from governing. A major feature of the agreement between our two parties is that it will

the quality of services provided to residents by means of a policy of decentralisation and programmes of modest and realistic, but necessary, investments. The only question mark over these plans remains the small detail of exactly how this joint initiative can legally wrestle the power from the current government team, which is a tri-party agreement between PSOE, CLR and Los Verdes. According to Spanish law, only a mocion censure can force Monserrate Guillen and his team to resign. This would need 13 councillors to vote against the 12 government councillors. However, the PP with 12 votes of its own would be unable to call on the support of Bob Houliston as he is unable to vote on a motion of this kind after being expelled from the CLR by Pedro

lead to a government which is the most democratically based possible in the light of the elections in 2011. With nearly 50 per cent of the votes in Orihuela city and pedanias, the Popular Party will govern with CLARO, the party which won 50 per cent of the votes in Orihuela Costa.” The full agreement can be read on the CLARO website, but the overall objective is to improve the quality of life of citizens across the municipality as a whole. In the case of Orihuela Costa and pedanias, the document claims that PP-CLARO will improve

Mancebo. Ironically, it is Pedro Mancebo who is the only councillor that has the power to bring down the government after his vote was not registered in the recent confidence vote. He has a six month window to decide whether or not to oust the Mayor. Mireille Toddington Signature of PP-CLARO Agreement by Bob Houliston, C.L.A.R.O. President, Miguel Ortiz, Popular Party Provincial President and Mónica Lorente, President of Orihuela Popular Party, 12 July, 2012.

Report blames ex-directors of Banco de Valencia for €137 million shortfall


REPORT FROM the fund for the reorganisation of banks in Spain, FROB, leaked by Cadena Ser accuses the former chief executive officer of the Banco de Valencia Domingo Parra of the alleged crimes of fraud miss appropriation and unfair administration. A fellow director at the time Aurelio Izquiredo is also accused of taking part in real estate transactions for profit without the approval of the bank’s board. According to the FROB both the former directors took advantage of the bank to conduct a number of financial and real estate operations from holding companies without its approval. It is alleged they sold their real estate interests to Eugenio Calaburg the president of the Aguas


de Valencia for €12 million thus securing for themselves a profit of €9.3 million. The Bank of Spain was forced to step in and take over the operation of the Banco de Valencia at the end of last year when it became clear it would be unable to meet its obligations and to ensure its viability. At the time the Bank of Spain said the Banco de Valencia would continue to operate normally and meet all its obligations to third parties. The bank had declared a profit of €67 million at the end of 2010 but required €4.5 billion of public money to ensure survival. The court has been asked to make a provisional seizure of assets and bank accounts of those who stand accused. Paul Mutter

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Habaneras and fried fish by the sea Continued from the front page promenade itself was crowded with spectators. The cafes and bars along the paseo were full, an added bonus for local businesses. The delicious smells of cooked food and fried fish wafted across the beach from the restaurants above. The sound system has also been enhanced to provide even greater coverage along the promenade although some of the groups were difficult to hear on the beach itself in front of the stage. There is something very special listening to this unique form of music close to the sea with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. Although dark, at the water’s edge children still played in the shallows and built sandcastles on the shoreline. Traditionally this is an occasion when some of the audience at least bring tables, chairs, food, and something to drink to enjoy a supper while listening to music. The proceedings were opened by the children's choir ‘Francisco Vallejos’ who in their selection of three songs performed two habaneras by Torrevieja's master of the form Ricardo Lafuente including the wellknown ‘Habanera Salada’. In fact so popular is this form of music locally that many of the habaneras are extremely well-known with the audience singing along to them. No concert of habaneras would be complete without a rendition of ‘Torrevieja’ by Ricardo Lafuente and

two groups performed this beautiful and emotional song. The second performance of this anthem to the city was sung by ‘Brea y Sol’, a choir that has performed at every single Habaneras on the Beach so far. They also performed ‘La Bella Lola’ another very well-known habaneras where the audience wave white handkerchiefs to the lyrics as Lola in the song takes out a handkerchief and waves it at the approaching sailors coming home from being away for a year at sea. Above: ‘Cora Bella Torrevieja’. Below: The children’s choir ‘Francisco Vallejos’. Paul Mutter

Indebted regions to receive central government help It appears more and more likely that central government will be issuing so-called "Hispanobonos" bonds which will fund the debt of certainly the most indebted regions in the country.


T IS SUGGESTED that those might be Valencia, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha and Murcia. Without some sort of similar mechanism the fear is that those regions will be unable to meet their obligations for this year and in fact in some cases before the end of the summer. Such an issue of long-term debt would have to be backed up by a programme of further cuts and tax increases at regional level. Although the secretary of state for public administration Antonio Beteta said last week that would be a "voluntary mechanism" it would seem more probable that just as in the case of Spain itself, the regions would have to deliver additional savings in order to justify the national government support. The Ministry of Finance had already estimated that the finance needs of the autonomous regions would be around €15 billion of which €3 billion would be needed by the Valencian community. In the case of the Valencian community the lack of liquidity in the regional government has already

caused well-publicised problems with the pharmacists who threatened an all-out strike recently because they had not been paid outstanding invoices. It would appear that the issue of "Hispanobonos” might well be used to settle outstanding monies for the first few months of this year according to the president of the College of Pharmacists of Valencia, Maria Teresa Guardiola. Any additional payments due for this year would be incorporated into a planned payment scheme, something which has been promised for some while. Maria Guardiola also said that the councillor for Finance in the Valencian government José Manuel Vela had said that the objective was that all outstanding monies due to the pharmacists would be paid by October this year. The colleges of pharmacists in the Valencian community are still holding the threat of strike action over the regional government's head if they fail to come up with firm action soon to give them more money. Paul Mutter

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hoped that it can be completed in two weeks so as to minimise disruption in this extremely busy area of the town. Sludge to compost Agreement has been reached between Agamed, Aquagest of Elche and the University Miguel Hernández of Elche to carry out a project to develop compost from sludge from the sewage works in Torrevieja which will be used in reforestation projects. The initial agreement is for 12 months but can be extended if all parties agree. It is planned that approximately 3,000 kg of suitable compost will be produced. The project team will be working on establishing compost types specific to the needs of young coniferous trees and shrubs in their early stages of development. By so doing they hope to increase the effectiveness of reforestation projects. Agamed is also conducting a campaign to try to persuade its customers to accept paperless billing. For each customer that agrees, the company has said they will plant a tree in the area known as Lo Albentosa in the natural park of La Mata. Moderate growth in new businesses Statistics issued by the planning department of the Town Hall last week suggest that despite the current economic crisis business confidence in terms of opening new businesses remains fairly strong. Councillor Francisco Moreno said that in the first half of this year's Department had processed applications for 209 opening licences. This represents just over three quarters of all licences processed in 2011 which was 273. By comparing the number of applications pending at the same time last year it would appear there has been a 37.5% increase. At least some of the success is figures is being put down to the new procedures introduced towards the end of last year to simplify and speed up the whole process of applying and reviewing applications for new business licenses. The councillor said that the majority of applications related to the hostelry, hospitality and service sectors indicating the continued attractiveness of city of Torrevieja to potential investors as a centre for tourism. Paul Mutter

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Taxes rise as government backtracks on VATpromise


ariano Rajoy the Spanish Prime Minister backtracked on his previous promise not to raise VAT by increasing rates last week. The top rate will increase from 18 per cent to 21 per cent, the middle rate from eight per cent to two per cent with the bottom rate of four per cent remaining unchanged. The Prime Minister said they had been forced into increasing the tax rates because circumstances since he made his pledge had changed. The increase came as part of a larger package of cuts in spending and tax increases announced last week by the Spanish premier. The extra measures have been forced on the Spanish government in return for a relaxation in the timescale allowed for the country to meet the European Union deficit targets. The VAT increases will come into effect as from the 1st of September. The changes worth €65 billion by the year 2015 are far reaching. As well as the VAT increases there will be no Christmas bonuses for civil servants this year. This measure alone is expected to save €5 billion. The payments may be reinstated in 2015 but the likelihood is that this would be through increases in pension top ups rather than a direct cash payment. Unemployment benefit will also be reduced although it will still be paid for 24 months where necessary. What has changed is that after six months unemployed will receive 50 per cent base value rather than 60 per cent as at present. This, the Prime Minister said was to encourage those on benefits to eek employment. Moves will be made to increase the retirement age and reduce the opportunities for early retirement payments. Subsidies to political parties unions and business organisations will also be reduced by 20 per cent. There will be further cuts amounting to €600 million in the


expenditure of government ministries year. On a slightly more positive note contributions by employers to the social fund will be reduced by one point next year 2013 and another point in

P RIME M INISTER , M ARIANO R AJOY 2014, giving some reduction in labour costs for businesses. However families of dependents will see their benefits cut by 15 per cent. It is also intended to increase taxes related to the environment on the basis of ‘the polluter pays’ and there will be no tax credits for people buying their principal residences starting from next year. Public administration comes in for several other changes. There will be a reduction in the money paid to workers in the public sector who are off sick or absent, bringing them much more into line with the typically much lower payments available to workers in the private sector. The number of councillors allotted to local councils will be reduced by 30 per cent, the exact number will depend as currently on the size of the population within the municipality. The government will also move to accelerate the process of reducing the number of local public companies. This is particularly

important to improve the employment balance between public and private organisations. The Prime Minister when he announced all these changes remarked that since the crisis began in 2007, 2.9 million jobs had been destroyed while remarkably the public sector had grown by 289,000 people. Those municipalities with populations under 20,000 will be expected to obtain their services through provincial councils which will generate savings according to the government of €700 million. As mentioned elsewhere in this week's CoastRider the scheme of ‘hispanobonos’ will be launched to provide financial assistance to regional communities but in return the communities will be expected to adopt further cost savings and tax increases as necessary to achieve their deficit targets. Returning to the rises in VAT rates, the lowest rate at four per cent, which is not changing, applies to many items that are considered to be a basic need; that includes bread, cheese, milk, school materials, medicines, fruit, and vegetables amongst others. The next category which is being increased from eight per cent to 10 per cent currently includes for example other foodstuffs, hairdressing, funeral services, public transport, motorway tolls, and contact lenses and glasses. However many of these are being reassessed and will move into the top rated group which has now gone up to 21per cent. This group which encompasses everything else includes alcoholic drinks and tobacco. These changes in the VAT tax rates place Spain up there towards the top end of the European VAT league table, a significant change from its historical position of being one of the lowest VAT taxed countries. Paul Mutter


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Spain to get 30 billion euros by end of month


russels has agreed to give Spain 30 billion euros for the banks this month. The money will arrive before the end of the month, but the Eurozone has warned that ‘Spain has to comply’ and more conditions have been added to the money. The 30 billion euro loan will be for a maximum of 15 years, and the interest rate will be fixed on 20th July. The final conditions on the loan will be set on the same date, but one of the conditions is for the creation of the post of European Banking Supervisor. The bailout will be controlled by the German Klaus Regling, who is the current CEO of the European Financial Stability Facility, EFSF. The ‘troika’ will also keep an eye on the Spanish banks. The sum should be used against situations like that of Bankia and the other nationalised banks. Spain can use direct recapitalisation to the banks and the country will not have to give guarantees. The money will be lent to the needy banks for a maximum of 15 years, but the average will be 12 and a half. Spain has been left out in the sharing of the key economic posts in the Eurozone. The Governor of the Luxembourg Central Bank, Yves Mersch, was recommended by the Eurogroup to become a member of the European Central Bank. He would replace the Spanish, José Manuel González-Páramo, according to community sources. It means a loss of influence for Spain in Brussels. Until the conditions for the loan on are set, it is impossible to analyse the steps the recapitalisation will take. It is believed that problematic assets will be placed in external

management, that is to say a ‘bad bank’. Also a list will be drawn up of the needs of the banks accepting the loan, K L A U S R E G L I N G , CEO -E U R O P E A N F I N A N C I A L S TA B I L I T Y F A C I L I T Y, EFSF

plus there are series of conditions which the Spanish Government will undertake. IVA/VAT will be going up in 2013, although tourism products will remain at an 8 percent level, and Rajoy has accepted reducing the unemployment benefit level. Conditions Mariano Rajoy has to come up with more spending cuts, tax reforms and labour market changes by end of month to qualify for the loan. The Spanish government has to produce a persuasive two-year blueprint of structural reforms in order to qualify for a €100bn (£79bn) eurozone rescue of its distressed banking sector. A draft memorandum of understanding between Madrid and the eurozone authorities, to be finalised on 20th July stipulates that

the centre-right government of Mariano Rajoy has to come up with more spending cuts, tax reforms and implementation of labour market changes for the bailout to go ahead. The draft accord also gives the European commission intrusive rights of scrutiny over the Spanish banking sector, 90 percent of which is to be subject to the bailout terms in a programme that is to run for 18 months. The 20-page document sates: “The European commission in liaison with the European Central Bank and the [London-based] European Banking Authority will be granted the right to conduct on-site inspections in any beneficiary financial institutions in order to monitor compliance with the conditions.” Eurozone finance ministers wrestled over the detail of the Spanish bank aid package, with Rajoy keen to create the impression that the bailout applies solely to the financial sector and comes with no strings attached for government fiscal and economic policy. Given the ongoing recession in Spain and the high cost of borrowing feeding speculation that Madrid may ultimately need a full-blown sovereign rescue, the eurozone gave Rajoy a year's leeway in meeting Brussels' budget targets, confirming that he would have until 2014 to get the deficit to the eurozone benchmark of 3 percent of gross domestic product. But he has to quickly come up with further policy shifts. Mireille Toddington

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Torrevieja to host major Indie music Festival The city of Torrevieja will become, for 12 hours on Saturday and early Sunday, August 11th and 12th, the major focal point for independent and electronic music in Spain as it hosts the ‘Electromar’ day. To demonstrate the popularity of this

such events are a great boost for culture and tourism in Torrevieja as it will attract thousands of people during that weekend from other parts of Spain and further afield. One of the organisers of the festival Cazorla Sebastian explained that five years ago

on Saturday evening and finishing at around 7.00 am on Sunday morning. The town hall of Torrevieja has spent €36,000 on the event which the councillor for culture described as tremendous value considering the artists who are taking part. Ticket prices

event only a few hours after the initial announcement was made 3,000 tickets had been sold and with less than a month to go now until the festival day 8,000 people have paid to come. The Electromar Festival will be held in the Antonio Soria Park and there will be a swimming pool to allow people to cool off during the event. It is expected that as many as 15,000 people will eventually attend. At the official launch of the event by the councillor for culture Luis María Pizana and the councillor for youth Rosario Martinez, Luis Pizana said that

a group of friends were dismayed at the lack of quality electronic music events in Murcia. They decided to put together the first Electromar event which was held in 2008. Last year the 2011 festival was held on the beach at Los Alcazares and included such artists as Moby, 2Many djs and Marco Carolla. This year's event features Orbital, Tiga, Love of Lesbian, Iván Ferreiro, Booka Shade, Cyberpunkers, Dubsidia, Dj Fresh, Olivfer Huntemann, The Zombie Kids, Varry Brava amongst others and will last for 12 -13 continuous hours starting at 6.00 pm

are on a sliding scale, which started at one euro, and depends on the number of tickets sold; the nearer the time to the actual event, the more expensive the ticket. The final price of the tickets is €40 but before last weekend they were still available at €22 each. This major production already has people working on preparing it and the installation of the soundstages will require more than 300 hands largely provided by the organising company. More information is available at Paul Mutter

Traffic officials conduct random drug tests The Directorate General of Traffic conducted a series of random drug tests last week on drivers around the country.


HIS MARKED the start of a more comprehensive campaign by the department to address the problem of drivers who take drugs and then get behind the wheel. Earlier this year the Directorate General (DGT) conducted a series of tests as part of a European study to determine the proportion of drivers who drive while under the influence of psychoactive substances. This type of random drug testing is not usually carried out partly because it is expensive but the DGT will have a budget this year of €1 million to try to reduce the problem whereby 19.4% of drivers take to the road under the influence of drugs. Over the last few years a growing number of fatalities on the roads have tested positive to psychoactive substances. Last year 45% of drivers who died in a traffic accident had consumed alcohol, drugs or psychotropic substances according to statistics from the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic sciences. Of the positive cases just over three quarters had consumed alcohol, 37.5% had some type of drug in their bloodstream and 21.2% had used psychoactive medication. The most common substance detected was cocaine involved in 54.7% of the cases. This was followed by


cannabis at 47.2%. The intensive random tests were carried out all last week and anyone found testing positive was not allowed to continue driving but had to undergo a further test. Driving while under the influence of drugs is classified as a serious offence and anyone found guilty can be liable to a fine of €500 and the loss of six points on their licence. In addition drivers who are exhibiting signs of being severely under the influence of drugs may be liable to be tried under the criminal code in which case a prison sentence is a possibility and the loss of a driving licence from between one to four years. Drugs are involved in 25% of the deaths on the roads and consuming drugs increases the possibility of having an accident from between 2 to 7 times. Spain has the unenviable record of being one of the countries in the world with the highest consumption of cocaine and cannabis. This is reflected amongst drivers as stated above with just under 20% driving under the influence of drugs and 3% under the influence of the even more dangerous combination of both drugs and alcohol. Ironically the tests last week had only just begun with representatives of the press present at a checkpoint near Madrid when a Guardia Civil officer narrowly escaped injury as a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs hit the motorcycle the officer was sitting on. It was reported that several doses of methadone were found in the man's car. Paul Mutter


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YOU Beautiful music for EMAUS CAN HELP US –


T ALL BEGAN with a simple appeal. Cris Jonson and Cathryn Glennon assist at the EMAUS children's home in Elche teaching the children music every week. The problem was there were no instruments for the children to play and so Chris put out an appeal asking if any individuals or associations had instruments they were no longer using could they be so kind as to let EMAUS have them for the children to use. Up in the north of the Costa Blanca Cris’ appeal was picked up by the Costa Blanca Male voice choir based in Teulada. It was founded by Mike Evans in 2007 with a handful of members and he had started the

choir because he was unable to find a male voice group to join when he retired to the Costa Blanca. Now the choir is some 50 strong under the musical directorship of Heather Butcher with accompanist Kirsty Glen. They have a website at www.costablancamalevoicechoir.wik and a Facebook page. Performing about five concerts a year the choir raises money for local charities. They recently raised €2,400 for MABS at their summer concert. When they saw the appeal it literally struck a chord with them and so Wes Elton form the choir contacted Cris Jonson to find out a little bit more about what he needed for the group. Chris said that percussion

instruments would be really useful and so the Costa Blanca Male voice choir put their hands in their pockets and came up with a comprehensive collection of instruments for the children to use. Arriving at the children's home in Elche last Thursday the hallway was full of boxes and packs of instruments. The choir had purchased tambourines, bongo drums, conga drums, maracas, a cabasa, a güiro, castanets, a pair of cowbells, a pack of guitar plectrums, a flute, a small amplifier – there seemed no end to the list. It did not take long for some of the children to start trying out some of the

instruments for themselves as they were being unpacked. It certainly promises to be a noisy section when they are all in use at the same time. Three of the choir members had travelled down from the North to present to the centre director Sarah Garcia. While they were there Sarah took them round the centre, talked about the support they provide for the children and explained the facilities. Cris Jonson said, “I'm bowled over with the generosity and the compassion of people. The instruments are all top quality and brand-new. The children are really made up.” Paul Mutter

HELP OTHERS? This is an urgent plea from the HAH team. At the moment, we are helping several families, most of them serious cases, and our resources are stretched to the limit. So many of our volunteers are away at the moment, and, until we can get these clients back on their feet, we will be struggling to take on new clients. Can you spare a couple of hours a week? Help needed urgently to assist clients in their own homes with a variety of tasks. Could you maybe help a neighbour who is struggling to cope, just by being a good neighbour?

We, of course, will endeavour to help wherever possible, but without the resources, this is becoming increasingly difficult. In the first instance, please ask family or friends to help out, in an emergency, ring 112, or consult your GP. If you can offer any care/ practical help, please contact Lesley on 968 134 978, email You don’t need to have any qualifications, although if you do have care experience this would be an advantage. The most important help to us and our clients is a genuine desire to spare a little time helping those who are finding it difficult to cope. Thank you.

ETA member arrested in Edinburgh ETA member, Beñat Atorrasagasti Ordóñez, has been arrested in Scotland. There has been a search and capture order against him since 2001. The terrorist was in two ETA units, one which got people over the French-Spanish border, and he was also part of ETA’s falsification group.

He was in Scotland as part of a reserve group, but he was operative at the time of his arrest late last week. The Guardia Civil and the Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland jointly took part in the arrest. The Ministry of the Interior says he was arrested at 10pm on Friday in Edinburgh.

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What are these QROPS? – they are an HMRC Approved Overseas Pension with the full title of ‘Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme’and they accept the transfer of your existing UK Pension, where you have not received any form of benefit or in some cases, you have already moved into Income Drawdown which is a form of flexible income type plan. They are intended for those that have left (or are going to) leave the UK and reside abroad for the foreseeable future. Since the turn of the year, there has been speculation and indeed rule changes that have swept across the globe affecting many jurisdictions from the 6 April 2012. Most of the Guernsey have been removed from HMRC Approved Scheme Listings and the purpose of Guernsey introducing section157E was primarily to enable pension schemes to satisfy the conditions to be a QROPS. However, due to subsequent actions taken by the UK (HMRC), that section is no longer effective for the purpose intended. Therefore the QROPS market has moved on with other jurisdictions making the headlines and there are some boutique type schemes out there, offering slightly different opportunities for those seeking higher levels of income and such like. For example, Malta, as an offshore financial centre is growing in stature with a reputation for providing a competitive tax regime, a stable economy and a very clear and defined financial regulation. I commented in a much earlier edition that Malta could see themselves as a major player in the QROPS market as unlike many other popular QROPS jurisdictions, they are a full member of the European Union and are also part of the Eurozone – I was not wrong! It is therefore imperative that you seek quality advice from independent financial advisers who have access to all QROPS jurisdictions and our team in the Costa Blanca, would like to open our doors and just have a simple ‘OPEN DAY’ with some nibbles and a glass of wine. It’s just a drop in affair, where we will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We can discuss your individual requirements or have a general chat around your UK Pensions and how we see the future of QROPS, outlining the many benefits of these overseas pensions. You are free to come and go, without obligation or commitment. Furthermore, we are proud to support Afghan Heroes (which is a UK Registered Charity) and there will be a Table Top offering gifts etc. at our Open Day.

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Framgångar för polisen i drogbekämpningen


ATIONALPOLISEN noterade en stor framgång förra veckan när de stannade en skåpbil som körde längs motorvägen A7. Den visade sig innehålla nästan 3 ton hasch. Polisen sade att sändningen var på väg till Alicante och som ett resultat av beslaget har15 personer gripits i vad de beskrev som en av de mest aktiva grupperna inom narkotikahandel på Costa Blanca. Undersökningen i denna grupps verksamhet inleddes i december förra året. Ledaren för organisationen är en spanjor med smeknamnet "Kalifen" som hade olika kontakter i Marocko för leverans av hasch. Andremannen i ligan arbetar som säljare med en lön på 20.000 € per år, men han har flera lyxbilar och en stor egendom i Alicante. Chefen för gruppen hade också personliga livvakter. När polisen infiltrerat gruppen upptäckte de förberedelser till att transportera ett mycket stort parti hasch som skulle äga rum på kvällen längs motorvägen. Olika polisbilar var utplacerade och kunde identifiera två misstänkta fordon. En jakt följde sedan genom gatorna i San Vicente del Raspeig innan förarna greps tillsammans med tre andra passagerare i fordonen. När han hörde om gripandena beordrade "Kalifen" sin personal att göra sig av med alla komprometterande objekt och bevis. Poliser upptäckte en stor plastpåse med 33 mobiltelefoner, laddare och olika dokument. Ytterligare 11 personer har gripits inklusive de som fungerade som mellanhänder mellan gruppen och leverantörerna av hasch. Polisen

noterade nio fastigheter i provinsen Alicante där de fann en stor mängd datorutrustning, dokument, 60 mobiltelefoner och 10 fordon. Som en del av i utredningen har sex fastigheter belagts med embargo och 20 bankkonton frysts. Längre norrut i provinsen i staden Lliber, grep Guardia Civil två män förra veckan efter att ha upptäckt vad som tros ha varit den största illegala marijuana plantagen i Europa. Plantagen bestod av 16 växthus som innehåller cirka 10.000 växter. Vart och ett av växthusen innehöll sofistikerad bevattnings och luktabsorptionssystem för att hjälpa till att dölja närvaron av cannabisplantor. Officerare larmades när en planerad ansökan till stadshuset i Lliber för uppförande av 16 växthus för att odla grönsaker hade fått avslag och växthusen ändå hade uppförts. Officerarna tog 43 kg packad marijuana klar för distribution vakuumförpackad i väskor tillsammans med en transportbil som hade engelska registreringsskyltar och en falsk botten. Fordonet användes för att transportera droger till länder i norra Europa som Holland och Belgien. En lyxvilla på marken i anslutning till växthusen innehöll datorutrustning och ett antal mobiltelefoner hittades som polisen hoppas kommer att leda till ytterligare information om driften av plantagen och som kan leda till gripandet av andrs inblandade. De två inblandade beskrevs som en 18-årig spanjor och en 45-årig brittisk man med initialerna BAH.

Homoäktenskap ska beslutas efter sju år Sju år efter att Partido Popular (PP) överklagade lagen om samkönade äktenskap som infördes 2005 av den socialistiska regeringen har den konstitutionella domstolen satts att besluta om denna kontroversiella lagstiftning ska bibehållas eller upphävas. De 11 domarna ska sammanträda för att uttala sig om ödet för en lag som hittills betytt att 20.000 samkönade bröllop ägt rum och gjort Spanien till ett föregångsland för homosexuellas rättigheter. Domstolen har för närvarande en klar progressiv majoritet, vilket tyder på att överklagandet inte kommer att gå igenom. Men fyra nya domare ska väljas under de kommande dagarna i en process som redan är nästan två år försenad. Ändå skulle den nya sammansättningen (sex progressiva och fem konservativa) inte ge så mycket annorlunda utslag än den nuvarande domstolens sammansättning. Oavsett beslut kommer det förmodligen en gång för alla att lösa en fråga som har orsakat konfrontation mellan socialisterna och Partido Popular i sju år nu.

Debatten om homosexuella äktenskap har funnits i nästan varenda valrörelse i Spanien sedan somaren 2005. Överklagandet av homoäktenskaplagstiftningen är den sista punkten på domstolens dagordning, vilket innebär att det finns en liten risk att beslutet skjuts upp till nästa plenarsammanträde senare i juli. Detta beslut följer hack i häl på förra veckans Gay Pride, som samlade mellan 700.000 (enligt polisen) och 1,2 miljoner människor (enligt arrangörerna) i centrala Madrid. Den festliga stämningen kunde knappt dölja den utbredda oro för att författningsdomstolen kan vara på väg att upphävande en banbrytande lagstiftning som tillåter samkönade äktenskap i Spanien. En annan orsak till oro var den senaste budgeten avseende det offentliga sjukvårdssystemet, som vissa fruktar kommer att påverka tillgång till hivbehandlingar. Många klagade därför över bristen på verkligt innehåll på Pride-festivalen, en händelse som har vuxit till att bli en av Europas största firande av lesbiska, gay, transsexuell och bisexuella.

Falskt bomblarm krävde evakuering av 134 passagerare vid El Altet Ett Iberiaflyg från El Altet till Madrid fick avbryta starten i onsdags. Planet tvingades att taxa till ett särskilt säkert område i utkanten av banan efter en varning om att det kunde ha varit en bomb ombord. Piloten i flygplanet hade kontaktat tornet på flygplatsen och säkerhetsprotokoll inleddes. Guardia Civil och flygplatspersonal kom snabbt till det område där planet stod parkerad och totalt 134 passagerare och sex besättningsmedlemmar evakuerades från flygplanet i två bussar som tog dem till terminalbyggnaden. Larmet gick när en av passagerarna, en 52-åring från Teneriffa, hade bett att få träffa kaptenen. Han sa att han hade fått ett telefonsamtal där han hade blivit

varnad om att hans resväska hade manipulerats och möjligen kunde innehålla en bomb. Efter att planet hade evakuerats tog Guardia Civil bombenhet över och sökte igenom planet tillsammans med bombhundar. Bagage som mannen hade larmat om var röntgad men inget misstänkt hittades och planet kunde lyfta efter cirka fyra timmar. Flera av passagerarna vägrade då att flyga. Flygplatsen i övrigt påverkades aldrig av händelsen. Mannen som hade orsakat larmet greps av Guardia Civil och har hörts i domstol i Elche. Domstolen beslutade att mannen inte utgör ett hot och släppte honom med kravet på att han rapporterar på regelbunden basis till polisen under ärendets utredning.

Apotekarna avblåser strejken just nu


fter möten i farmaceutisk högskolor i de tre separata provinser som utgör Valenciaregionen har apotekarna beslutat att avblåsa strejken som de hade planerat att börja den här veckan. De hade förberett detta sedan regionen misslyckats med att betala sina skulder till apoteken. Den senaste utbetalningen var för fakturor i januari i år. Regionens skulder uppgår nu till 480.000.000 euro vilket i genomsnitt motsvarar cirka 200.000 euro per apotek. Trots löften från Valencias regering att de gör allt för att rätta till situationen har inga pengar kommit för februari och mars räkningar. Valencias regering har kunnat lösa förra årets räkningar på grund av hjälp från staten i enlighet med den nationella regeringens politik för att hjälpa regioner och kommuner. Men för tillfället finns det ingen sådan plan för att täcka skulder som uppkommit i år. I mitten av veckan ingrep den spanska hälsoministern Ana Mato med förslaget om att apotekare skulle ingå i en plan som anordnades av den nationella regeringen att betala leverantörer. Ministern sade att det skulle ta ungefär två veckor att organisera detta. Meddelanden hade då redan gått ut i hela provinserna till apotekare att informera sina kunder om den avsedda strejken och skälen till detta. Vice ordförande i regionen Valencia José Ciscar sade att i händelse av en strejk skulle 468 apotek i regionen ge ett minimum av service. Dessutom sade han att de skulle genomföra en särskild telefontjänst där alla som inte kunde få sina läkemedel skulle kunna ringa och de skulle levereras inom 24 timmar. Apoteken har också hotat att sluta köpa leveranser av läkemedel från sina leverantörer, vilket tyder på att inom en vecka skulle vissa läkemedel ha tagit slut. En nyligen bildade separat grupp för farmaceuter som kallas La Asociación Profesional de Farmacéuticos "Farmacias Unidas" uppmanade Valenciaregionens hälsominister Luis Rosado till avgång för sin brist på trovärdighet.

EN TREDJEDEL AV ARBETSLÖSA UTAN ERSÄTTNING Arbetslösheten i Spanien sjönk med 2,1 procent i juni jämfört med föregående månad, enligt arbetsministeriet. Situationen är dock fortfarande mörk med totalt över 4,6 miljoner människor utan arbete, den högsta andelen i Europeiska Unionen. Dessutom har antalet arbetslösa som får arbetslöshetsunderstöd sjunkit, med tanke på att tidsfristen på två år är slut. En tredjedel av dem utan arbete står alltså idag helt utan ersättning. Dessutom tar arbetslöshetssiffrorna inte hänsyn till säsongsmässiga förändringar, med tanke på att ett stort antal arbetstillfällen skapas inom turistnäringen under högsäsong mellan april och augusti, jobb som försvinner efter turistsäsongen. Om säsongsmässiga förändringar

diskonteras i statistiken, ökade antalet arbetslösa med 18.697, vilket innebär att arbetslösheten nu drabbar över 4,7 miljoner människor. När krisen började var täckningsgraden 71 procent - förhållandet mellan det totala antalet stödmottagare och de med arbetslivserfarenhet registrerade som arbetslösa. Efter lågkonjunkturen och den ökade arbetslösheten, var täckningen under 2009 över 85 procent. Det började sedan snabbt att minska då många förmånstagare nått tidsfristen för att få hjälp om två år och den aktuella nivån är nu på på 65,4 procent. Den minskade arbetslösheten i juni var den största minskningen sedan data började registreras under 1996. Det var den tredje månaden i rad som arbetslösheten nu minskar.

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ICELAND TO HOST MABS FUN DAY Saturday 28th July will see Iceland, San Javier, hosting a family fun day, free to anyone who would like to go along and join in the fun. Management also hope to raise some money for charity on the day and have chosen cancer support charity MABS to receive the donation. The event will run from 12 noon until 3.00pm and there will be lots to see and do.

There will be a display of classic cars, a raffle, nail art, hoopla and a plant sale. For the children there will be face painting and there will be a BBQ and tasting tables for everyone to enjoy. If those that like to browse for bargains, MABS will be bringing several stalls and clothes rails. Overseas FM radio station will be live in store to entertain customers and staff.

Miners protest reaches Madrid but ends in violence


HE PROTEST WALK involving 300 miners started in the north of Spain from Asturias, León and Aragón reached Madrid on Monday night last week where they were joined by thousands of supporters for a demonstration in the Puerta del Sol. The miners have been on strike for over six weeks in protest at the cuts in support grants for the coal mining industry. The Spanish industry Minister José Manuel Soria has said the subsidies will be reduced by 63% this year and the European

Union has called for a reduction of the subsidies before 2018. The Spanish coal industry has been kept going on the back of substantial subsidies and the miners fear that an abrupt drop-off in support will see villages and whole regions currently dependent on coal become ghost towns. The situation has echoes of the miners’ strikes in the United Kingdom during the Thatcher era. The industry which 25 years ago employed more than 50,000 miners, today employs less than 8000. The industry has found itself at the wrong end of European competition rules. Two years ago the then EU competition

Commissioner Joaquín Almunía wanted member states to end any state support for their coal industries eight years earlier than had been initially looked for. In addition uncompetitive mines were to close by October 2014. "Companies need to be viable without subsidies. This is a question of fairness vis à vis competitors that operate without state aid. This is also in the interests of taxpayers and of government finances," the commissioner said at that time. The energy industry is moving to more efficient and lower cost gas-fired plants and renewable energy sources. The reduction in subsidies has led to a campaign of protests over the last few years some of which in the north of Spain have been violent with rockets being fired at security forces and barricades erected across roads and a railway line. The march from the north to Madrid was intended to draw attention to the miners’ situation and the potential social cost in mining areas. What began as a well-tempered gathering in the capital city turned to violence though as some of the miners tried to pull down safety fencing erected around the Ministry of industry. Police in riot gear charged groups of demonstrators and fired rubber bullets into the crowd in order to try and restore control after demonstrators threw firecrackers and stones. More than 70 people including police officers, demonstrators and onlookers were injured and nine people were arrested. Miners were joined by others protesting against the current austerity measures introduced by the Spanish government. Paul Mutter

Over the past few weeks the store has been asking for raffle prize donations and there has been an excellent response form the local community. Premier Imports has donated four boxes of wine, Heatwave promotions has donated six free tickets to see Joe Longthorne, and a local photographer has donated three-and-a-half hour photo shoots with a free portrait. Anyone wishing to know

the full list of raffle prizes up for grabs can check the list near the prize table at the Iceland store in San Javier. Mireille Toddington

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Happy Birthday


Happy Birthday Javi G Enjoy your day! Love from everyone at the CoastRider xxx

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Paellas galore in the fish market It was over to the fishermen last Saturday morning to hold their annual paella competition, very much part of the Virgen del Carmen celebrations. Nine groups took part this year each producing its own special version of this traditional dish. The event takes place in the sheds of the fish market itself. Each group has their own space and can organise it and the cooking as they see fit. As is the case when people get together to work on a common task there are all sorts of examples of team working in action, some good, some not so good. The day starts for most of the groups with a very healthy early morning breakfast and those that are not involved directly in the cooking generally spend the rest of the morning eating as well. Then it is down to preparing the ingredients and cooking the paella itself. Being fishermen they have ready access to many of the raw ingredients from the sea to add flavour and personalise their own dishes. To help them in their endeavours there is usually the odd beer or two or something stronger for them to drink and to provide a little music and entertainment La Banda de Amigos de Albatera was on hand to provide the usual mixture of exuberant sounds. It did seem a little muted this year compared to previous years, there were not so many people in evidence and many of the fishermen were wearing T-shirts with slogans on the back, "we are not pirates we are

Weekend fiesta at Entre Naranjos It’s going to be fiesta fun all the way at the end of July as Entre Naranjos host its two-day summer extravaganza.


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fishermen", a reference to some disputes with the Port authorities and perhaps also a reflection of the difficulties the industry is facing. The Mayor of Torrevieja Eduardo Dolón and other councillors were present at 2.00 pm along with the Reina del Mar and the Damas de la Sal to judge the competition and present the prizes to the winners. Just outside the fish market, again as

HE EVENT WILL run from 18.30 on Friday, 27th July until midnight on Saturday, 28th July and will feature an arts and crafts street market, concerts, flamenco show, Morris dancers, a DJ and giant paella. In the autumn of 2011 local residents established a fiesta committee, which is now a legally registered group. Meeting weekly, the committee has planned this fiesta and fundraised towards it with the support of the local residential and business communities. The event has also been supported by the Town Hall in Orihuela and by district Mayor Sebastian Marcos. Monserrate Guillen, Mayor of Orihuela, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this event because bringing the communities together is our main objective. Everyone in the municipality is Oriolano and so the Town Hall welcomes you.”

The event begins with the opening of the mini-bars and a procession beginning at the Inn at the Green, followed by the official opening at 7.00pm. This will be followed by a concert with Just Brass at 7.30pm and then DJ Laura and her Latino disco will have everyone dancing the night away. On Saturday the market will open at 9.00am and throughout the day until 5.00pm. Local bars and restaurants will be serving special Fiesta menus and drinks. The Terri Horvath Morris Dancers will be performing around the bars throughout the afternoon. The evening events will begin at 5.00pm with paella and the mini-bars will be open too. Entertainment will be provided by All That Jazz. At 7.00pm there will be a concert by Torrevieja Pipes and Drums followed at 8.30pm by a Flamenco show. Sounds of the 60’s with DJ Laura will take everyone from 10.00pm to midnight. This promises to be a great weekend to visit Entre Naranjos and see what it has to offer and everyone is invited to join in the celebration. Organisers hope that if the Fiesta proves a success it will become an annual event. Mireille Toddington

is usually the case during this Fiesta, a giant paella was being cooked. The difference this year as opposed to previous occasions was that the paella was not free. The tendrils of the economic crisis had reached even the Virgen del Carmen celebrations and a portion of paella would have set you back three euros with an extra euro for a small beer. Paul Mutter

Gala event cancelled Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Music Gala on Saturday 21st July at Kiosko Cabo Cervera, La Mata, has been cancelled. Organisers would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Those who have already purchased tickets for the event are entitled to a full refund. Please contact your ticket vendor, or the CoastRider office – see page 2 for opening hours and address.

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Hacienda to target expat offshore accounts Experts are warning that the Spanish tax authorities are actively pursuing foreign residents who may have unreported assets. Foreign residents who have undeclared bank accounts in tax havens are now being routinely pursued by the Spanish tax authority, personal finance experts have announced. The so-called ‘Hacienda’, really, the Agencia Tributaria, through the Ministry of Finance, has new measures in order to make tax residents in Spain - that is people who live here for more than 182 days a year - bring their offshore monies into the Spanish system, as they have the obligation to declare their worldwide interests. For the first time, the Hacienda is sending out standard letters to all the people who appear on any of their databases, ‘inviting’ them to appear and declare their assets and income. With all forms of investment and pension income from overseas now being investigated, it is understood that the Hacienda is acting on information provided by banks in the jurisdictions concerned. Although tax havens on principle respect ‘banking confidentiality’, known in Spanish as ‘secreto bancario’, there have been, in the past, ‘lists of people’, who had undeclared accounts in their own countries. A retired, now Spain-based, HM Revenue & Customs inspector, who has asked not to be named, explains: “I know of several expats who have recently received such letters. It is, I imagine, assumed that foreigners are more likely to have offshore assets than Spanish citizens in Spain. “It is the first time that I know of, that the

Spanish tax office is using information from tax havens and other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) tax authorities in this way. In these times of economic crisis, when governments are actively seeking money wherever they can, it is becoming increasingly difficult to hide finances. The financial world is more transparent. “And, in addition, I would not be surprised if the authorities started to use other official sources to gather information on people suspected of not declaring all their assets and income. In this respect, I would urge people to sort their financial affairs sooner rather than later or face potentially steep penalties. In fact, according to tax experts the application of such penalties have been announced but not yet enshrined in law. Amnesty Given this information, the first ever tax amnesty, which is in effect now, might provide the perfect opportunity for those affected to bring their offshore monies into Spain. The trust amnesty, approved by the Government in April, allows individual and corporate taxpayers to voluntarily disclose unreported income or assets by paying a special 10 percent levy on the amount or acquisition value, with no criminal or administrative penalties, surcharges, or interest, until 30th November. After that date, the Ministry of Finance has said that new anti-avoidance measures will be employed and the penalties for tax fraud will be raised.

New sports area in Los Balcones will be ready by the end of the year The Mayor of Torrevieja Eduardo Dolón and the delegate responsible for parks and gardens in the city Carmen Gómez Candel were out visiting the site of what will become a huge sports area in the Los Balcones urbanisation. The project involves a major conversion of a very large area in the Avenida María Asunción which despite efforts by some local residents in the past has largely remained undeveloped until now. When completed it should transform the area. The sports area will have eight petanca courts, two courts for Asturian bowls, two basketball courts and a dual purpose court for football and handball. At the end of the summer in September

there will be a tree planting session and various pieces of furniture such as benches and other fixtures will be installed. Alongside the sports zone at the top end there will be a park occupying almost 26,000 square metres providing a very large green area. As well as being ideal for walks the park will contain playgrounds for children and areas with ‘biosaludable’ equipment to help with people's fitness. There will also be 1,000 square metre area set aside specifically for people's pets to The mayor Eduardo Dolón and Carmen enjoy. In total the Gomez inspect the works project is costing €864,000 and there are 15 student workers supervised by two teachers and a monitor carrying out the construction under the auspices of the Mediterranean employment workshop. The Mayor congratulated them on the standard of their work and the progress that was being made which

should mean that the project is completed in December of this year. Paul Mutter


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Protests continue


IVIL SERVANTS IN MADRID continued protests earlier this week with a march through Madrid city centre in Monday. Roads were blocked off as thousands demonstrated the loss of Christmas bonuses and two days holidays. A high police presence was noted as protestors held banners aloft reading “Hands up, this is a stick up!” Many of the protestors were dressed in black and ‘mourning’ costumes as they continued the theme from Friday’s demonstrations, simulating a funeral for the country’s economy. Civil servants are protesting about the new austerity measures which include wage cuts and tax increases (see Paul Mutter’s article on page 5 of this week’s CoastRider for more information on the impending VAT increase). Workers are protesting what they feel is further punishment to the ‘average joe’ as the country continues to struggle through recession with the highest unemployment rate in Europe. The country is under pressure from the rest of Europe to get its finances back on track with concerns over banks and the wider economy. "Spain is going through one of its most dramatic moments," said Deputy Prime Minister Saenz de

Santamaria, speaking after the Cabinet meeting at which tax increases and spending cuts were approved. She said that the austerity measures are "neither simple, nor easy, nor popular," but that the government would carry them out "with the maximum justice and equity." The Spanish government has come under increasing criticism that cutbacks and tax hikes are hitting the middle and working classes the hardest. The aim of the latest package of measures is to cut €65 billion off the budget deficit by 2015, the biggest deficit-reduction plan in recent Spanish history.

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WEEKLY EURO UPDATE Last Friday, and again during the early part of this week, the pound drifted higher against the euro. By the end of Tuesday it had done all the work it was going to do and since then it has hovered around the €1.2650 level, sitting on a net gain of about one euro cent. Against the US dollar the euro's pattern was very similar. It started this Friday morning with a loss of nearly two US cents. Ten days after the Brussels breakthrough, in which Germany made the concession to support Spanish banks using directlyinjected money from the bailout funds, the euro's euphoria rally was a distant memory. The currency slipped even further from favour after a "Eurofin" meeting of euro area finance ministers. Just about all they came up with was an agreement to make €30bn available, promptly, to troubled Spanish banks. Given that the earlier agreement in Brussels had been for an amount of €100bn, €30bn seemed somewhat mean to investors and they asked themselves whether the Brussels Breakthrough was all it was cracked up to be. There was more negative news from Madrid and Paris, where the Prime Minister and the President were desperately back-tracking on their pre-election promises to scrap the nastier aspects of austerity and dish out new goodies to all comers. President Holland's solution is to cut spending and increase taxes on rich people and foreigners; Prime Minister Rajoy's solution is to cut spending and increase sales taxes. They both have tens of billions to find in the next 18 months. At the moment, M Hollande would appear to have the most room for manoeuvre. He can borrow ten-year money at 2.25% and unemployment is only 10%. It is a different matter for Sr Rajoy, who has a quarter of his workforce looking for a job and half the country's young people out of work. Worse, he must pay a usurious 6.5% rate of interest on his ten-year borrowings - if not more. But investors are not unduly worried about any of this. Whilst the euro did move lower during the week it did not

move far and there was never any sense of urgency. It looks as though investors are preparing themselves for the long haul; one which might or might not end up with Greece and Spain still in the single currency but which is sure to last many months. Sterling maintained a low profile, assisted by a shortage of UK economic statistics and a surplus of mischievous news about the Olympic games. The week's potentially most important development comes this Friday, when the Bank of England announces the details of the "funding for lending" scheme first aired at the Mansion House dinner a month ago. In essence, the scheme will make £80bn available to banks on condition they lend it on to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). The Bank's intention is that the scheme should increase total lending by 5%. The word on the street is that the Bank will keep tabs on the scheme's progress by publishing quarterly figures to show which has bank has lent what. Whether it will work is anybody's guess. There are undeniable obstacles in its way: Banks are under pressure to build their reserves in case of a disaster in Euroland; lending money, whatever its source, eats into those reserves. And there are doubts about companies' appetite for debt. Those doing well are reducing it; those hoping to set up a speculative business will be no better a credit risk tomorrow than they were prior to the new scheme. But somebody is doing something. That ought, of itself, to be vaguely helpful to the pound. Whether it will be enough to take it higher against the euro is a different matter. On Wednesday sterling touched its highest level against the euro since October 2008. Anyone needing to buy euros should give serious consideration to locking in at least some of their requirement at current levels, seven cents better than the average for the last 12 months.

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Luke Mustoo wins at Guadix Luke Mustoo, who was the winner of the Young Achiever of the Year award in the CoastRider Pride of Spain

awards last year, had a very successful second meeting in the TimeAttack series 2012 held at the Circuito de Guadix last month. Luke Luke in was a creditable third last first place time out at the Cartagena circuit having had to unexpectedly revert to driving last year's car. Further progress was denied him at Cartagena due to the car having set up issues and developing electrical problems during the session. As a result his team had been working hard to ensure Luke's Renault Clio was in tiptop shape for the second round of the championship. It was an early start for Luke and the team at 6.00 am in the

morning of race day but luck was not on their side as the trailer carrying the car developed a slow puncture delaying their arrival at the track. They made it just in time for the technical inspections. However the delay meant that whilst everybody else was getting out on track Luke and his team were still working hard to get everything ready. They were overdue for a slice of luck though and that occurred when after only a few minutes into the morning session the marshals brought the red flags out. Luke's main rivals, the Lopez brothers, had suffered a blown turbo on their Hyundai Getz Cup and had to be towed back to the pits. They had only managed two laps, unlucky for them but lucky for Luke. The morning suddenly seemed a lot brighter. Soon the car was ready and Luke was able to take it out on to the track

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for convenience rather than running up high mileages. If you want a full tank of petrol though or a specified amount when you pick up your vehicle just tell the team at Coys when you make your booking and they will arrange it for you. You can drop of your Coys hire vehicle at any of the three depots, Torrevieja, Alicante airport or Murcia Airport and if you live in or near to Torrevieja ask about Coys personalised pick up service where they will pick you up and take you to the main office to complete the paperwork and collect your vehicle. Another benefit for Coys customers is their 24 hour emergency breakdown and accident service. In the unlikely event you will need to use it you will get put through to an English speaking member of the Coys team who will make the necessary arrangements for you particularly useful if you speak little or no Spanish and which is ideal for holiday makers in particular. Remember its simplicity, flexibility and competitive package prices that you get with Coys Rent-a-car, which is probably why they have over 20,000 customers on their client database many coming from personal recommendations. Have a look at Coys Rent-a-Car’s website at which is in six languages for more information, an easy guide to hiring with Coys and instant quotes. You can also email direct at or telephone the office on (0034) 966 702 816 or for 24 hour mobile (0034) 629 362 764. They also have a presence on Facebook and you can follow them on Twitter.

Please note that all information contained within this CoastRider Customer Profile has been provided by the client, and is therefore deemed correct and accurate. Any errors, omissions or inaccuracies are the sole responsibility of the client.

for a test circuit to make sure that everything was running okay and the new setup was going to deliver the improvements hoped for. “We had stiffened the rear suspension, as I was suffering a lot of understeer at Cartagena, this made the car very tail happy in the fast corners but helped the problems we were suffering with slow corner entry understeer,” Luke said. Everything went well. “The car didn't miss a beat throughout the day I was able to comfortably take the win and do some passenger rides as well. We were slightly slower than last year on the same circuit mainly due to the wear on slick tyres. However we have been provided with a new set of Kumho Tyres by Velocity Racing and are looking forward to

trying those out at the next meeting," Luke added. The next round of the championship is being held at the Calafat circuit in Tarragona on Saturday, 29 September. You can follow Luke's exploits on Facebook at and on you Tube at Paul Mutter Preparing the car


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A few weeks ago we had a look at plants for shade gardens, but what about those sun-baked, desert-like locations in the garden?


acti and succulents are of course obvious choices, but not all people appreciate the barren desert-look, preferring a green and lush garden with colourful flowers. When choosing plants, the criteria I often hear from my clients are that the plants should be low care, perennial (you need to plant them only once), relatively drought tolerant, pretty cheap to buy, and provide lovely colour many times during the year. Luckily, there are lots of desert and sun loving perennials that match this description. Here are some suggestions for easy to grow plants that can tolerate pretty bad soil, lots of hot sun, and do not need much water:

1. Oleander (Nerium oleander) - are evergreen shrubs with clusters of flowers from May through October. Several flower colours are available: White, pink, salmon, and red. Oleanders are pretty fast growers and just like all flowering shrubs, they require occasional trimming. Oleanders make a

popular divider or hedge, and can even be trained into a tree. 2. Lantana - is an evergreen vining shrub. Lantana has many uses, but is most often shaped into a bush or a hedge. They are fast growing - do not plant too many or you will be overrun! The nice thing about using lantana is that it flowers pretty much all year long. You can get pale yellow, bright yellow, orange, and pink varieties. Deep water your lantana once in a while and trim periodically. Both oleander and lantana are poisonous - do not let your children or pets eat any parts of the plant. 3. Bougainvillea - are evergreen desert woody vines that flower several times throughout the year. The most common colours of bougainvillea are white, magenta, purple, pink and red. Bougainvillea plants can be trained into various shapes. They can be used as vines, shaped into bushes or just let to grow wild. Unless you have a lot of space to let it grow wild, bougainvillea will

need periodic trimming. Do not be afraid to cut it way back, but be careful they have thorns. One last thing about bougainvillea: They are messy. That means that you will have bracts (those are the coloured leaves that make it so pretty) everywhere. Do not put a bougainvillea next to a pool unless you are prepared for constant cleaning. 4. Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) - are evergreen desert shrubs that flower several times throughout the year with flowers all over. Those beautiful bright purple flowers will come out after rain or when it is humid. You can also encourage blooming by giving them extra water, but let the ground dry out between watering. The trick to the Texas sage is to prune when they are not flowering, and then let them grow out a bit when they are. 5. Ornamental Grasses - are large, evergreen plants for all year interest. They are fast growers, and when they flower there will be long stalks with



Fairy Duster

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Mexican petunia

Nerium oleander

Ornamental grass

plumes that rise up from the plant. Ornamental grass makes a nice barrier, so it can be planted around a spa or can be used to take up a big corner space. Ornamental grass does not require much care, but it does need a haircut now and then. Remember, ornamental grasses grow to be large, so make sure you have the space to let them spread out. 6. Fairy Duster (Calliandra) - is an evergreen shrub that loves sun and heat. The Fairy Duster bush will get to be about 3 feet tall (90 cm), and a couple of feet wide (60 cm), but it is not a super fast grower. These plants flower all year round with red fluffy flower balls, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. The Fairy Duster requires minimal pruning, and only if you want to keep it shaped a certain way. 7. Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) - is an evergreen shrub with bright yellow or orange flowers with orange and red centers that grow out of long, thin stalks. The leaves are ferny-looking. The Red Bird of Paradise is a fairly fast grower, and can get large, so periodic trimming is suggested. The

Red Bird of Paradise

Mexican petunia

seeds and pods may be poisonous so do not let the children put them in their mouths. 8. Yellow Bells / Orange Bells (Bignoniaceae, tecoma spp) - are evergreen shrubs that bloom from late spring through early fall. The flowers are yellow or bright orange and tubular they look like elongated bells. This desert plant attracts hummingbirds and bees. The leaves are a vibrant green color. They can be trimmed to control size and can be shaped or grown into a small tree, but most are left natural allowing branches to get longish and weepy. 9. Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana) - are evergreen desert shrubs that flower periodically throughout the year. Mexican petunia bushes are somewhat drought-tolerant, but they need a water source, such as a drip system. They do not get very tall just 3 or 4 feet high (90-120 cm) - and are evergreen with dark green leaves. The flowers are purple or dark blue. The Mexican petunia plant is a fast grower that can be grown in a container or shaped into a hedge. These bushes

10. Bottlebrush (Callistemon) – is an evergreen desert shrub that flower mostly in the spring and summer with bright red blooms shaped like a bottlebrush. Like the Mexican petunia it is somewhat drought-tolerant, but will need a water source, such as a drip system. The bottlebrush plant is not an especially fast grower. It makes a nice low shrub for under windows or for lining walkways or driveways. These bushes need occasional trimming to be kept neat and enhance next season's blooms. The bottlebrush will attract nectar feeding birds, like hummingbirds, as well as insects. These plants are just a small selection of sun-loving perennials great for people who do not want to spend lots of time working in the garden. Then of course there are the ever-popular Citrus trees, Olive trees, Hibiscus, Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia), Cyca, Yucca, etc. etc. and the many wonderful bulbs that readily naturalize. The list is long… Marc Vijverberg

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The IMF cinema in Torrevieja (beside ‘Habaneras’ shopping centre) is once again showing movies in English. This week once again, it is popular family favourite, Ice Age with the fourth installment of the movie – Ice Age Continental Drift. In addition, the Amazing Spider-Man is being shown this week and is sure to be a popular favourite with kids (and big kids!). The movies in English are show in ‘original version’ or V.O. which means that although they have been dubbed in Spanish, can be enjoyed in English by wearing a pair of headphones in the cinema. The wireless headphones transmit the original film soundtrack directly to the viewer so you can enjoy the latest blockbuster movies on the big screen, in your own language. A refundable deposit of €20 and identification (passport, drivers licence, etc) is required to borrow the headphones. Ice Age Continental Drift (La Edad de Hielo 4 V.O.) 5pm*, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm *5pm showings Sat/Sun/Mon/Fiestas

would like to dedicate one entire screen to showing movies in English all year round (with no need for headphones - the movies would be screened entirely in English). To do this, they have asked us to ask our readers for feedback - would you be interested in going to the cinema? What sort of movies would you like to see? Any ideas or feedback on how the IMF cinema can make your viewing experience enjoyable can be sent to and we will pass on your remarks. Thanks to all those readers who emailed about Movies in English to Feedback Management at the IMF cinema are keen date. All of your ideas and comments to continue screening movies in English have been passed to the cinema’s and revealed to the CoastRider that they management team for review. Manny, Diego and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a shop, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. The Amazing Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man V.O.) 6pm, 8.30pm, 11pm Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

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WELCOME TO LA MANGA DEL MAR MENOR with Vivalia Travel La Manga is located 30 Km north of Cartagena in the Autonomous Community of Murcia. One of La Manga's official slogans is La Manga is ‘a paradise between two Seas’ (the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor, a very salty water lake) .


owever, when the wind blows there (which is good for local windsurfers, they love it) it is a very windy paradise. Another slogan is ‘If you like the Sea, we have Two’. One of these ‘seas’ is just a nice, healthy and very salty lake which is said to have wonderful health properties. There are a variety of places where you can enjoy treatments with Mar Menor muds and thalassotherapy. You can also indulge in marine Spa treatments and massages. La Manga has many benefits that are often difficult to find in Continental Europe: the clean air, the healthy Mar Menor water (very salty as we said, therefore good for rheumatic

diseases and skin problems), the autumn and winter weather (from early March to mid November the good weather is almost guaranteed and, even during those "cold" months, you will enjoy many days with good and sunny weather) and the beautiful sunsets in Mar Menor. The four or six initial kilometres of Gran Via de la Manga (the main Avenue that runs 18,5 Km. along La Manga urbanizations) go through "Wide" La Manga. Here you find the older buildings and developments, though many of them have been very well preserved. Then you have the "Narrow" La Manga (where the distance between the Mar Menor lake and the

Mediterranean Sea is shorter). Finally, when La Manga ends in the Veneziola area (after the 18,5 Km. of Gran Via de la Manga Avenue and all the buildings), the "Wild" La Manga starts. This is the Nature Reserve, San Pedro del Pinatar Saltworks and Sand Spots Regional Park (about 1,750 acres of wild land, North of urbanized La Manga). You can also visit Calblanque - about 6,200 acres of wild land, volcanic cliffs over isolated sand beaches - the other Nature Reserve South La Manga. You can reach it from the motorway La Manga-El Algar, exit close to Los Belones: Calblanque Park Calblanque Park: Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992, Calblanque is an amalgamation of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value. This Nature Reserve represents one of the last untouched areas along the Mediterranean coastline. To reach Calblanque, take the motorway from Cartagena towards La Manga, once past Los Belones, take the next signposted exit. There is a car parking area, an information

One of La Manga’s official slogan is La Manga is a paradise between two Seas (Mediterranean and Mar Menor)

booth, a camping area and a list of recommended routes. Other advice is that you visit the Mercadillo de Cabo de Palos when you are in La Manga on Sunday morning (every Sunday morning along the year). It is a sort of flea market and takes place in an open space located in Cabo de Palos, next to the old road Cabo de Palos-La Manga-. It has thousands of visitors, so you can find it very easily just

following the crowds. In the Mercadillo you have fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers from the famous Murcia and Cartagena plantations and, also, clothing, footwear, gifts, etc. Travel to La Manga with your local travel experts, Vivalia Travel. Call them on 965 716 615 or send an email to or visit them at C/Santomera, 8 in Torrevieja near clinic Acequion.

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Talent show

Talent show

Friday saw the Mayor of Orihuela Monserrate Guillen and the Councillor for Education Rosa Martinez join local residents and parents in attending an end-of-course party for the children. The event took place at the Vistabella Golf Course at Entre Naranjos and celebrated the end of a two-week integration course entitled “Among the Orange Trees”. The course will be attended by more than 100 Spanish children aged between 10 and 14 years old, and who live in Orihuela. Among the Orange Trees has been designed to immerse the children in the English language by doing sports such as golf and bowling, arts and drama in English and meeting English-speaking, expat volunteers. The course, which will begin again with a different group of children this week, was organised by Orihuela Education department, and is the first step in a series of integration activities based at Entre Naranjos. The party included a “Britain's Got Talent” style talent show performed by the students, who played instruments, sang and danced for the audience’s entertainment and were given scores by a panel made up of fellow students – all in English of course. Rosa Martinez said: “The Department of Education values this course as a very positive experience for the children.” A temporary classroom has been established at Entre Najanjos accommodate a language school to offer free Spanish courses for foreigners and English courses for both children and adults throughout the year. The idea is to repeat this type of activity in the urbanisation during school holiday periods. Martinez thanked the residents of Entre Naranjos, 30 of whom provided their support through volunteering to be actively involved in the Among the Orange Trees course. Martinez said: “The organising of this event at this location, where nearly one hundred percent of the population is British, allows children to speak English all day, every day throughout the course. This has been invaluable in progressing the children’s language skills and their understanding of the British and expat culture.” The Mayor stressed that the initiative shows the interest of the government team in integrating the communities of all nationalities and to make them more relevant for the future of Orihuela as a whole. He said the children were privileged to have access to an environment such as that of Entre Naranjos to aid their language tuition. Mireille Toddington

Bite size news Orihuela Costa Local education and health cuts

Rosa Martinez blasts education cuts

The regional PP government in Valencia is imposing a series of cuts in education and health across many municipalities including Orihuela. The decision forms part of Spain’s national austerity measures and is being mirrored across the country. The Municipal School Board has objected to the decision announced by the Department of Education to cut 23 school classes and 33 teachers from various public schools in Orihuela. At least six schools in the city and parishes will be affected. The coast will be severely affected with three teachers and two classes being slashed in both of the schools in Orihuela Costa; Playas de Orihuela and Los Dolses. Appeals have been made by the Councillor for Education, Rosa Martinez, who has said that

these reductions exceed ten percent of the workforce. She was particularly concerned about the coastal cuts given the already dire facilities and has stressed that the number of pupils at these schools is expected to increase due to the opening of Zenia Boulevard, which will see hundreds of employees joining the local communities. Health cuts are also being proposed, with the ceasing of the out-of-hours emergency service currently provided at Cabo Roig Health Centre. At present there is a doctor available on site between the hours of 9.00pm and 8.00am if someone needs emergency medical attention. If the proposal is progressed it is believed that this service will stop after the summer season. Anyone in need of emergency medical help would then need to call an ambulance or go straight to the accident and emergency department at Torrevieja Hospital.

All party committees The unorthodox voting structure in play at Orihuela Town Hall, which sees the opposition with more voting power than the government team, has seen the PP-CLARO initiative vote themselves onto all external committees. This essentially means that in certain areas we now have all five parties supposedly working together. However, despite what the opposition would like, their inclusion does not allow them a free reign. According to legislation the Mayor will now draw up his guidelines and each committee member should represent his wishes. Mireille Toddington

Talent show

Talent show

The Mayor at the event

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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.

ME AND MY E-VOTING MACHINE You’ll never guess what I just bought? Always with an eye for a bargain, I believe I have landed the greatest value in the history of this great little country of ours. One of the greatest inventions ever known to man, it cost over €7,000, was never used and I got it for €9. Nine Euro and thirty Cent, to be exact. I am talking about a span-new shiny e-voting machine with the plastic still on it. You may remember that the brainiest government in the history of this State, under the directorship of Bartholomew Ahearn, Noel Dempsey and Martin Cullen, moved us, the plain people of Ireland, into the twenty-first century in 2002, by getting rid of “stupid ‘oul’ pencils” and opting to go for electronic voting. In our name was purchased 7,500 machines at a cost of more than fifty million Euro. It turned out that the ‘stupid oul pencils’ did the job better, so these electronic know-all gadgets were stored at a further cost to the tax-payer of €700,000 per year; until now that is, when the whole shebang was put into a bargain basket, with an asking price of €70,000 for the lot. So, dear reader, when you are offered one of these miracle machines for nine Euro, what could any man do but put the change from the tenner back in his pocket and get the man with the van to deliver to your door. Mrs Youcantbeserious was out of town when my emachine arrived at the back door. I was somewhat taken aback by the size of the yoke when it was stripped. It wouldn’t fit in the office, but as I was the person in charge (see above) I felt I should use some initiative. There are plugs in the shed so I made space in the utility room by shifting out the microwave, the iron and ironing-board, washing machine, clothes dryer and sewing machine. Being a considerate sort

of chappie, I also moved a two-bar electric fire into the shed, so that my Irish-wife would not be cold when working. You all know that I cannot read any instruction manual, so luckily enough there wasn’t one included for the nine Euro. I was able to plug it in to a choice of several plugs, having moved the electrics out to the shed. It lit up like a Christmas tree and started what can only be described as a gurgling sound from deep down in its belly. I phoned the whizz-kids and geniuses’ in this family, but none of them could advise on what comes next. A flash of inspiration hit me and I decided to phone The Department of the Environment and asked how the thing worked. Some jumped-up civil servant informed me that if his department knew how the bloody thing worked, they would not have been sold off in the first place. Mammy could see that there was something bothering me and when she asked, I broke down and told her the whole story. “Don’t worry, A Mhic”, she soothed, “you just keep hitting buttons on the yoke and sooner or later you will get the right one and the machine will do what it was built to do.” I pressed, poked and cajoled e-machine all night and lo-and-be-holy, at 05.57 this happened: The painful gurgling sound suddenly turned into a smug 2002 contented purr and the machine commenced to spill its guts of all that it knew. Everything in its head came right out on sheaves of paper. It was if it couldn’t wait to impart all this suppressed information. It had been programmed in the first years of this century and now it couldn’t be stopped. You know when your printer stops working and you keep pressing ‘print’ out of frustration and the next thing it springs back to life and you can’t stop the flow of paper. That’s how my e-machine was acting now. I sat there for hours,

enthralled and spellbound by the sheer volume of facts, figures and information I was picking up off the floor. E-machine announced that President Ahearn had received a tumultuous reception at the 2012 Euro Finals in the ‘Bertie Bowl’. An T-Uachtarain, posing beside a giant statue of himself, expressed his satisfaction on Germany winning the soccer, ‘as their country needs a lift from their current economic difficulties’ and he again pledged that Ireland ‘would not be found wanting if the Germans needed a further dig-out.’ When Taoiseach Brian Cowen won the 2011 general election, with the largest majority since Jack Lynch, in 1977, the Fine Gael leader, George Lee, resigned and was replaced by Michael Lowry, Mr Lowry questioned newspaper reports of ‘low standard in high places’, and a high powered government select committee was set up to investigate; headed by Senators, Seanie Fitzpatrick, Sean Quinn and Sean Dunne. No evidence of any corruption could be found. Dana pulled out of the presidential campaign to win the Eurovision Song Contest with, ‘All kinds of Skullduddery’. Abroad and Tiger Woods was voted ‘Husband of the Decade’ by the American ‘Tea Party Movement’ and according to E-machine, Prince William of England has to be gay, because he is unable to get any sort of girl. The News of the World was lauded worldwide for its lead in investigative reporting. E-machine gave me files of info on the GAA sports scene. Sadly, Kilkenny hurlers never recovered from the trauma of Wexford’s Rory Jacob robbing them of the Leinster title with a last minute goal in 2004. Kilkenny have not won a championship match since that defeat. Better news for Leinster football, where

Westmeath won the Leinster in that same year; and having finally got the monkey off their back, has dominated Leinster for the past eight years. Louth did win the title in 2010, but their victory will be remembered for a joke played on the ‘Wee County’ by Meath and referee Martin Sludden. ‘Holy Joe’ Sheridan, rugby charged the ball over the goal line and the ref laughingly allowed the goal. Of course that night all announced they were only codding; Meath agreed to a replay and in the interests of fair play, justice and sportsmanship, only fielded a token team the following Saturday. My E-machine mate had one really piece of bad news, with the announcement of the collapse of Ryanair, resulting in holiday makers left stranded all over Europe. Chief Executive, Michael O’Leary said it served them right, but President Ahearn put the fleet of government jets at the disposal of Custume Army and Air-force Barracks, Mullingar, who ferried home all those who hadn’t sought political asylum abroad. There was more … much more. And there I was reading the next prediction and Mrs Youcantbeserious was digging me in the ribs - telling me that talking in my sleep was bad enough, but that this sort of language will have to stop!

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Skinny jeans bad for your health Are You A MAD Friend?

edical experts have spoken out against a fashion trend that is causing more than sore eyes this week. The ‘skinny jean’, favoured by celebs such as Russell Brand and Joey Essex, is said to be causing a number of medical injuries. The skintight denims are causing twisted testicles, bladder weakness and urinary tract infections. At the most extreme, the jeans are also being blamed for fungal infections and even low sperm count! Well known UK doc, Hilary Jones is currently working on a project to highlight the dangers of skinny jeans to men, “I have seen several cases of men who have twisted their testicles due to wearing jeans that are far too tight,” he said. “My advice would be to make sure you leave plenty of room around the groin area and that your pants and trousers feel comfortable so you’re not being restricted in any way. Men who wear tight or ill-fitting trousers, or underwear which is restrictive around the groin area could be damaging their health. “Wearing tight-fitting clothing over a prolonged period of time can lead to urinary tract infections leading to overactivity of the bladder - a type of bladder weakness as well as a low sperm count and fungal infections. “Please don’t put style before health.” Twisted testicles occur when trousers, underpants or other tight garments prevent a man’s spermatic cord from moving freely. This can cut off blood supply to the


ten men have experienced an unpleasant side effect as a result of wearing skinny jeans. Of those who had experienced problems, half complained of groin discomfort, over a quarter reported bladder problems and one in five suffered a twisted testicle. It seems that it isn’t only women who stubbornly squeeze into a size too small. Men questioned as part of the study revealed that as many as one in four of them regularly squeeze into too small jeans to ‘show I can still fit into them’ and ‘because they look good.’ The study also found that three in ten had suffered discomfort from tight jeans and forty per cent of men admit they sometimes sacrifice comfort over style. One in seven British men wear skinny jeans regularly, but more than a third confessed they don’t Russell Brand - fan actually know their correct jean of the skinny jean size. Zoe Brimfield, TENA Men Brand testes, and requires immediate surgery Manager said: “With this survey we were to prevent gangrene of the testicles. Tight-fitting jeans around the groin can keen to highlight that while men may like the look of tight-fitting jeans, it’s put additional pressure on the bladder important that they are not but can also lead to bacteria breeding compromising their health. and re-entering the body causing “Wearing skinny or ill-fitting jeans can painful urinary tract infections. lead to bladder weakness as a longerDr Hilary is working in conjunction term consequence. Male bladder with TENA Men, the bladder weakness weakness is more common than people brand for men. think, with 1 in 9 men in the UK currently The company carried out a study for experiencing some form of the 2000 British men and found that one in condition.”

How long could you live without water or electricity? A few hours, days or months? Many of GOmaD clients do, as they cannot cover these basic bills. Consider this during the hot summer months: NO fresh water, NO fridge, fans or air-conditioning to keep you or your food cool and fresh.

On Friday 21st September at 4pm GOmaD is holding its second Fashion Show at ‘Mariano’s Restaurant’ Camposol A. Tickets are €1. During August GOmaD’s Mazarron Shop will open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9am - 1pm only.

Due to the continual increase of Help needed, the GOmaD charity have asked local Supermarkets to partner with the charity by holding FOOD collection boxes - ‘Quicksave’ on Camposol B & ‘Upper’, Mazarron Square, have so far both agreed. When shopping, the charity asks you to become a MAD Friend and purchase an extra tin, packet or jar of foodstuff, or basic toiletries for GOmaD. Kitchen Needed. A charity spokesperson explained, “We have two large families moving into new Council accommodation with not one kitchen cupboard or even a kitchen sink! Are you installing a new kitchen and not sure what to do with your old one, then call us today and together we can help make someone a home.”

Volunteers are needed to fill specific roles - maybe you have useful talents i.e fundraiser, photographer, administrator, public relations office or co-ordinator for one of the many GOmaD activities - call the charity today if you think you can help. Saturday 13th October - ‘MAD Night of Fun & Entertainment’ with Barrington. Further details to follow but pencil in the date now! For more information on the charity’s Work in the Community: Call 634 357 137. See Facebook Page: madmazarron or email: Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity in the Mazarron (Murcia) & surrounding area.

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Album Of The Week Nickelback - Here and Now

Released November 2011 on the roadrunner, Universal Music Canada Label. Its that time of year when there are not many great new albums around, artists tend to save the best for around Christmastime so I’m going to feature and album I never got around to last year. Here and Now is the seventh studio album for the Canadian rock band and is the follow-up to Dark Horse of 2008 which went multi-platinum. In September of 2011 the band released the single “When We Stand Together” and “Bottoms Up”.


MUSIC NEWS Lots of entertainers and singers have forgotten their words on stage; even I have, a few times. Well, I’m glad to say that we are not the only ones. Chris Martin from Coldplay did exactly that in Washington D.C. at a gig. He began the piano introduction to one of their tracks “Warning Signs” when he began to sing the opening lyric wrong resulting in him having to stop the song, apologise to the audience and restart the track. (Bet the mistake makes it to YouTube). Apparently he said he was thinking about something else instead of concentrating on the song and gig. What was he thinking about, I’d like to know! Sibling rivalry is still rife between the Gallagher brothers, will it ever end? This time Noel has said he is delighted that his younger brothers Liam’s band Beady Eye has started singing Oasis songs at their gigs, because he will earn songwriting royalties. Noel Gallagher wrote some of the disbanded Oasis greatest hits and is waiting for a huge

The album topped both the HMV Canada CD sales chart and the US iTunes Album chart in its first week of sale, the album reached No 10 in the UK charts. This album is a classic Nickelback album with plenty of great rock tracks and some sentimental ones, but if you are a Nickelback fan you are going to like this one. This album will be featured on Sarah Simpson’s Brunch-Time Show on Sunshine FM between 11am - 2pm.

payout from Beady Eye after they performed his song “Rock’n’Roll Star” and “Morning Glory” at their concert last month. He said “Beady Eye has my permission to play my songs” he also added “I say he (Liam) should go around the world, do these songs and fill out the PRS forms.” The late singer Michael Jackson’s estate is set to pay off its massive debt of £312.5 million by the end of this year. When Jackson died in June 2009 his finances were in a mess but the “Thriller” hit-makers administrators have been working hard to make amends due to his excessive spending when he was alive, and has generated funds for his children’s inheritance by deals with major publishing and licensing companies. By the end of May this year the estate had already generated earnings of £296.9 million, but the work isn’t cheap, the lawyer’s bill alone from May 2010 to November 2011 is an estimated £8.5 million.

1. Florence & the Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) 2. Maroon 5 - Payphone 3. - This Is Love (feat. Eva Simons) 4. Chris Brown - Don’t Wake Me Up 5. Stooshe - Black Heart 6. Flo Rida - Whistle 7. Rudimental - Fell The Love (feat. John Newman) 8. Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess Of China 9. Katy Perry - Wide Awake 10. Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm 11. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) 12. Carly Rea Jepsen - Call Me Maybe 13. Cheryl - Call My Name 14. Train - Drive By 15. Rihanna - Where Have You Been? 16. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know 17. Adam Lambert - Never Close Our Eyes 18. Nicki Minaj - Starships 19. Usher - Scream 20. David Guetta - I Can Only Imagine (feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)

IRISH CHARTS - TOP 20 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Will.I.Am - This Is Love (feat. Eva Simons) Flo Rida - Whistle Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa) Chris Brown - Don’t Wake Me Up Florence & the Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) 6. Katy Perry - Wide Awake 7. fun. - We Are young (feat. Janelle Monae) 8. Coldplay & Rihanna - Princess of China 9. Cheryl - Call My Name 10. Train - Drive By 11. Stooshe - Black Heart 12. Loreen - Euphoria 13. Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm 14. Nicki Minaj - Starships 15. Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna 16. Carly Rea Jepsen - Call Me Maybe 17. Rihanna - Where Have You Been 18. Wanted - Chasing The Sun 19. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia) 20. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

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By Paul Mutter A column which takes a second look at some of the items that have occurred in the current and recent news; an opportunity to pause and ...reflect.

It’ll be alright on the night With less than two weeks to go to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics one would have hoped that everything was under control and that final arrangements were going smoothly. However nothing could be further from the truth as was revealed last week when it was announced that 3,500 extra members of the Armed Forces would be drafted in to bolster up the games security preparations because the company awarded the contract was not going to be able to meet the requirements. In theory all of this was in the hands of G4S, previously known as group four security, who won a £284 million contract to provide 13,700 guards, unfortunately at the end of last week only four thousand of those were in place. The company said a further 9,000 were in the process of being trained. There were stories in the national newspapers in United Kingdom of chaos surrounding the whole process. Guards had told at least one national daily paper they had, ‘received no schedules uniforms or training on x-ray machines’. There were other reports of duty rotas being sent to the wrong people and guards being allocated to venues hundreds of miles where they lived. The Guardian newspaper claimed that G4S’s own Facebook page was “littered with similar complaints”. The poor old Home Secretary Theresa

May was once again up in front of the House of Commons to answer brightly as to what was going on. She claimed the potential shortages had only come to light extremely recently but insisted that security for the games was not going to be compromised. When the question of security was first raised a figure of 10,000 guards was expected to be adequate to cover the venues. Last year following a review that had more than doubled to 23,500. G4S were initially contracted in 2010 to provide 2000 of the required people at a cost of £86 million. Last year that requirement was increased very significantly and their contract was renegotiated to be worth £284 million. At a time when so much emphasis was being put on security surrounding the games including the siting of anti-aircraft missiles in parks, fields and on the tops of blocks of flats around the capital the Mayor of London Boris Johnson dismissed the chaos surrounding security arrangements and called them “pre-curtain up jitters”. It was not just over security matters that there were a few jitters. Earlier in the week there had been much panic about the possibility of the M4, one of the main routes that will be used during the Olympics, being closed to traffic because of a hairline fracture of the viaducts close to the centre of London. However after a week of what was described as “an exceptionally delicate and difficult operation to repair cracks” the affected viaduct was declared fit for use and the

road reopened. Then there was the collapse of the O2 mobile phone network leaving millions of customers cut off. Questions were being asked as to whether the UK infrastructure would be up to the job of meeting the demands of the Olympic Games. With 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators due to attend the games the load on both the transport systems and the roads themselves will be considerable. And spare a thought for poor old David Beckham who surprisingly was not selected for the GB football team to take part in the Olympic Games despite his massive efforts in the build-up to the games in initially supporting the bid by London and then acting as ambassador. He remained good-humoured about the issue throughout the affair and maintained he would still be supporting the efforts of those taking part. “Obviously, all the talk of me possibly performing in the Olympics, it would have been a very proud moment for me” said Beckham. “Everyone knows how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my home town on such a big stage would have been incredible so, of course, I’m disappointed, but life goes on.” Then there was talk of him getting the role of lighting the Olympic flame at the official opening ceremony. He was in fact the 5 to 1 favourite with Ladbrokes to get the role. However he discounted himself saying the job should go to a true Olympian, that is somebody who has won gold at the Olympic Games. The spotlight is now turned to either Daley Thompson or Steve Redgrave to get the job - perhaps they should share it. Looking on the positive side it would be amazing for an undertaking of this size if there were not a few ripples in the lead up to the opening ceremony and let’s

hope that the 2012 London games turn out to be one of the most memorable both on and off the sports field.

When is a Big Mac not so big?

The answer would appear to be when you actually buy one as opposed to when you see an advert for one because, shock horror, it appears that McDonald’s and others are using a few tricks when it comes to photographing their products to market them and to make them more attractive to you and I the consumer. It was all revealed following a question from a young McDonald’s customer who asked the company “why does your food look different in the advertising and what is in store?” Canada’s director of marketing for McDonald’s then proceeded, in a three and a half minute video to show what went on in the advertising agency to produce the finished photographs for promotional purposes and how that compared with a cheeseburger she had freshly purchased from a nearby McDonald’s store. The video quickly became extremely popular on the Internet. The McDonald’s creative team were quick to point out that as they constructed the “hero” sample which was meticulously prepared by hand with very carefully selected onions, buns and pickles it was to demonstrate the contents rather than try to hoodwink the consumer. After styling and

photographing the burger, the image was handed over to the agencies photoshop specialist who worked on ironing out all those little details that might detract from the perfect burger including covering up miniscule holes in the bun, moving and deleting small bits of misplaced melted cheese, and adjusting the colour to give a more harmonious picture. The side-by-side comparison showed the beautifully elegant, plump and succulent agency created burger alongside a smaller less exciting looking product. We were told on the video the reason for that was that steam from the burger, when it was put in its plastic carton, made it shrink slightly. At no time, perhaps not surprisingly, was it suggested they might be defrauding customers by putting forward images that bore little resemblance to the finished product. Most of us though would probably take it for granted that advertising shots of food would be suitably styled, and beautifully photographed to encourage us to buy and eat it. I would also suggest in the main that most people are less concerned about food photographs being ‘photoshopped’ than they are about fashion models being photoshopped. For some reason there seems to be less of a moral issue involved. However I have to confess on one particular occasion and I cannot remember which burger chain it was, being extremely disappointed when my own triple layer double whopper cheeseburger arrived. Not only did it look less than glamorous compared picture on the menu board but it also looked as if it had shrunk considerably in the cooking. Cosmetics apart though, it still tasted very good demonstrating perhaps that looks are not everything even when it comes to food.

MÁSMÓVIL REPRESENTING SPAIN AS NATIONAL FINALISTS IN EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS MÁSMÓV!L, the mobile phone operator that provides the best deals for its customers, has been selected to represent Spain as one of the 50 National Finalists in the European Business Awards (, which will take place in April, 2013. The European Business Awards have identified some of the European businesses that excel in the three principle areas recognised by these awards, namely innovation, business excellence and sustainability. MÁSMÓV!L has been selected in the “Customer Focus” category due to both its excellence in offering good quality, low cost services to its customers as well as for its multilingual customer support service. jsays Christian Nyborg, co-founder of MÁSMÓV!L. The European Business Awards are committed to increasing the visibility of businesses that both excel at innovation and demonstrate commercial success while, at the same time, act with

responsibility and professionalism and have a positive impact on the environments in which they operate. Adrian Tripp, CEO of The European Business Awards, says, “Over the past six years we have received a large number of high-level business candidates. Very few, however, have the honour of representing their country and competing across Europe for recognition as a leading European business. To be selected as a National Finalist really is a significant recognition and we look forward to seeing MÁSMÓV!L in the next round of the competition”. About MÁSMÓV!L MÁSMÓV!L has been trading since February, 2008. We are an end-user business that seeks to optimize our customer's mobile phone bills while providing optimum talk and data services, bringing common sense to the mobile phone sector. Our commitment to our customers is based on facts, not on gimmicks or catches. We offer complete transparency.

Furthermore, we offer the best rates and our customers only pay for what they really need. For this reason we have been chosen “the most economical mobile phone operator”, with savings of approximately 50%. For us, optimization is not just about prices. We advocate the use of free web 2.0 apps such as Skype, WhatsApp or Viber, as well as the use of non-operator-tied phones and the freeing-up of phones that are tied to one particular operator. According to Netquest, MÁSMÓV!L has a significant level of satisfaction among its customers. More that 90% of our

customers would be willing to recommend us. Visit to contract online, or to find out where you’re nearest distributor is. You may also call MÁSMÓVIL in your own language on free phone number: 1473

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Milton Express, promoters of Winning Express and the major shareholders of Sporting Arbitrage Ltd are in new hands. The company, founded originally in late 2009, has recently been purchased by Dubai-based Acquiro Trading International Ltd who intends to promote the business opportunity that is linked to their services, across the Costa Blanca. Access to the arbitrage facility will shortly only be available to members of Winning Express this will not be retrospective but residents on the Costa Blanca can now sample the services, and view the earnings potential, on a no obligation three month free trial. For those who do become subscribing members there is an opportunity to win a fabulous EIGHT DAY CRUISE FROM BARCELONA TO TUNEZ - NAPOLES ROMA - FLORENCE - MONACO - BARCELONA. DOUBLE CABIN, ALL TRAVEL COSTS INCLUDED AND 500 EUROS TOWARDS SPENDING MONEY. Which will be arranged in conjunction with Viajes Playa Flamenca. Details on the website Milton Express office is based at Sophia Business Centre, La Regia and they can be contacted on 965 322 863 whilst all administration duties are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd; Velocity House; Tenter Street; Sheffield S1 4DE tel 0114 213 3539. 437

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Harvest wine trip Friends Unlimited, the social and fundraising arm of Help Vega Baja has arranged a Harvest Winery Experience to the Bodegas Castano in Yecla for Thursday 20th September. This customised coach trip will be leaving from The Arches, Quesada at 8.30am and will travel inland to the Yecla region. Yecla is a well-known wine region, in the middle of a high plateau surrounded by moderate mountain ranges, deep valleys and quiet landscape all devoted to growing and perfecting grapes. Once at the Bodega visitors will be given an insight into the history of this winery and its vineyards, as well as discovering the history of this wine producing family. The family has devoted their land to develop the unique grape variety Monastrell, which has lead to the creation of a new winemaking concept. The trip will include a guided tour around the vineyards near Villena and the family Bodega near Yecla. The group will walk through the Sierra Salinas valley, strolling through the vineyards where the Castaño wine grapes are grown. The tour will continue with an informative look at each of the different winemaking systems. After the tour of the vineyard, the group will return to the Bodegas Castaño for a typical homemade meal, accompanied of course by several of the family’s wines. Visitors are able to shop in the winery store, visit the little museum of wine bottles and labels before the return journey to Quesada, where the coach should arrive just after 7.00pm. The coast for this excursion including the coach, vineyard tour, meal and wine tasting is 30 euros per person and tickets are available from the Help office in San Miguel Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.30pm or call 966 723 733.

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EU demands release of ETA terrorist HE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights has hauled Spain over the coals for its application of the so-called Parot Doctrine to ETA terrorist Inés del Río Prada, who was jailed for 3,000 years in 1989 for her part in the 1986 Plaza República Dominicana bombing of a bus carrying civil guards, which left 12 dead and more than 60 injured. The EU body called on Spain to release Del Río as soon as is feasible as the indefinite prolongation of her sentence contravened articles 7 and 5.1 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It also ordered the Spanish government to pay Del Río 30,000 euros in damages and to foot the 1,500-euro bill for the cost of the process. Interior Minister Jorgé Fernández immediately responded that Spain had no intention of releasing Del Río and appealed the Strasbourg court’s decision. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the minister added, the state would deduct the 30,000-euro damages payment from the compensation imposed on the terrorist cell

responsible for the 1989 attack, which totalled 300 million pesetas - more than 1.8 million euros. Fernández also lambasted the timing of Strasbourg’s announcement as “lamentable and lacking sensibility,” as it coincided with the 15th anniversary of the kidnap and assassination of Popular Party deputy Miguel Ángel Blanco in 1997. Under Spanish law, no prisoner can serve more than 30 years, making sentences such as those handed down to the Madrid ‘comando’ cell of more than 2,000 years apiece entirely symbolic. With prison benefits such as work and gaining qualifications, Del Río was eligible for parole on July 3, 2008, having served 18 years of her 30-year term. In 2006 a social outcry against the potential release of high-profile ETA prisoners, some with more than 20 deaths attributed to them, caused the Supreme Court to reverse its own 1994 ruling on prison benefits. Previously, these had been applied to the maximum 30-year-sentence but the introduction of the Parot Doctrine allowed for any sentence reductions to be applied to the full term.

WWF to vote on King’s future as honorary president The Spanish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called an extraordinary meeting of its members with just one item on the agenda: whether or not to remove King Juan Carlos from his position as founding and honorary president of the environmental organisation. The meeting, scheduled for Saturday, 21st July, comes after the non-governmental ecologist group was criticised for having the monarch as its figurehead following the revelation that the king went on an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana in April of this year. The news surfaced after the king was forced to fly back to Spain with a dislocated hip. WWF Secretary General Juan Carlos del Olmo said the Royal Household had responded to the news of the vote by saying it would pay “the utmost respect to the decision taken by the members.” King Juan Carlos has occupied the post of WWF honorary president since 1968, but has played a limited role in its operations. However, the elephant-hunting incident put the NGO in a difficult position with many members questioning the fact that a devoted hunter could be honorary president of the environmental organisation. At the time the WWF sent a letter to the Royal Household saying his actions had “provoked enormous contempt among members and in

public opinion in general against the hunting of elephants, even when it is carried out in a legal and regulated way.” Along with South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, Botswana is one of the few countries where the animals can still be legally hunted. Mireille Toddington

Many legal professors expressed concern at the time that this was unconstitutional. The European court’s ruling stated that “internal jurisdictions cannot apply retrospectively in detriment to the prisoner, so legislative changes made after the crime was committed are illegal. The ruling states that retroactive application of penal laws is only permissible when the legislative change benefits the accused.

The history The legislation was named after ETA terrorist Henri Parot, who was sentenced to almost 5,000 years in 1990 for multiple murders and the Zaragoza Civil Guard barracks bombing in 1987, which killed 11 people, including five children. However, the introduction of the doctrine failed to prevent the release in 2008 of the former commander of the Madrid cell, Iñaki de Juana Chaos. The Parot Doctrine has been applied to 84 ETA prisoners, of whom 67 remain behind bars, according to the families of ETA prisoners association, Exterat.

The terrorist group announced a unilateral ceasefire on October 20, 2011 and has since been petitioning for negotiations with the French and Spanish governments. One of the abertzale left’s chief demands is a loosening of conditions for ETA prisoners, including moving those that have embraced the so-called Nanclares program of reconciliation to jails in the Basque Country. ETA has also called for a blanket amnesty as a show of good faith but has yet to hand over its weapons, the first step demanded by the government before any concessions are considered. The European Court of Human Rights has more than 30 similar cases pending, which sooner or later will inevitably be resolved with the same conclusion, essentially quashing the Parot Doctrine. Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón said that he “severely disagreed” with the court’s decision and that the government would not release Del Río, considered a flight risk, “until the final resolution of a process that has only just begun.” Mireille Toddington

ADAPT The guest speaker at ADAPT this month was Gabriel Sanchez, who works with Social Services at Los Arcos hospital. Señor Sanchez said that he worked for many years in the town hall and saw that there could be a better way of helping people to cut through the red tape

Gabriel’s work involves people who are staying in the hospital and also their families. Anyone who is in the catchment area of Los Arcos hospital and who has a health card can see him for advice. He is based in the offices of the Social Services on the ground floor of the hospital.

that was often encountered. He explained that his job is administrative, he is not a problem solver but can advise ways to solve expats’ problems. An ADAPT member told the CoastRider, “He would like us to be aware of resources that are available to us. This may be orthopaedic help, the need for a hospital bed outside of the hospital building or help in applying for funding that might be available.”

ADAPT said, “We had a very lively Questions and Answers session after which Gabriel told us how much he loves his job and that if we need an interpreter at the hospital or any advice to make an appointment with him and he will arrange it.” The next meeting of ADAPT will be on September 1st at 10:30 in the Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro del Pinatar. See or tel. E. Winskill 966 189402.

Generalitat officials in Valencia to appear in court A dozen top officials belonging to the Generalitat in the days when Francisco Camps was president of the Valencia regional government have appeared in court. In a hearing that lasted most of last week, from Tuesday and continuing until Friday, the judges heard the declarations of 12 Generalitat officials under the previous PP administration in Valencia, alongside the statements of several important businessmen. There are three cases tied up in the declarations,

the Caso Urdangarín which implicates the Duke of Palma, the management of the CAM Caja de Ahorros savings bank, where widespread are irregularities are being investigated, and the Gürtel case. The organisation of a number of glittering events by the Generalitat is at the centre of the corruption allegations and even more important is the responsibility surrounding the sinking of the region’s financial

system. Irregular funding of the Partido Popular is among the allegations. Despite the breadth of the hearings and the number of cases involved, all of the allegations have one thing in common, they all took place when Francisco Camps was regional president. The allegations have one thing in common - they took place when Camps was regional president.

Cancer charity donations Following the sad loss of Pink Lady Karen Boczkowski, her husband Stefan has received a large number of donations to be divided between Karen’s two chosen charities; the AECC and Skin Cancer Research in Spain. Fitness group, Suzi4Fit raised 300 euros and all of Karen’s friends and family also respected Karen’s last wishes by giving monetary donations rather than flowers. The final donations made will be 333.00 euros to the AECC and 334.80 to Skin Cancer Research. Many thanks go to all those who contributed.

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Engelbert is a winner Internationally The International Engelbert Humperdink tribute tour is set to start next week and soon after, he will be off to the USA on an amazing tour that will see him on the "big stage" across the pond Scott Dee has the look, sound and style of Engelbert. He portrays everything from the 60s and 70s era when "Enge" was an International star. Nostalgia and memories will come flooding back as his portrayal of the great British Superstar will astound you! This tour is part of an International schedule that sees Scott booked solid in top theatres in the UK and Europe! Not just raising eyebrows in

Europe, Scott is to do a US tour too! Full details of this fabulous US tour that recognises one of the best tribute artists in the World will be released as soon as they are announced but for the Costa Blanca the opportunity to see Scott comes first! He really is incredibly and just like Engelbert in his finest years! This tour will also feature the fabulous recording artists Jukebox Legends Info and details etc at Ticket prices are only 8.50 Euros (unless stated) Shows start at 8.30pm (seating at 8.00pm).

Venues & dates are: Wednesday 18th - Las Palmeras, Crevillente 965400188 Thursday 19th - Santa Pola Life Resort 966619010 Saturday 21st - Olympia, Mil Palmeras 965320822 Sunday 22nd - The Rendezvous, Campoamor (near Mercadona) 608467597 (10.00 Euros - Includes great buffet) Tuesday 24th - La Marina Sport Complex 966796389 Wednesday 25th - The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja 966922134 Thursday 26th - Rocajuna, Punta Prima 965997260 (10.00 Euros - includes pre show buffet) Friday 27th - The Club, Quesada 966717028

Tickets are available from the venues or online at Ticket info line - 695135134. Tickets for all shows will be limited - BOOK EARLY FOR THIS ONE!!

Neighbourhood Watch scam warnings Sumer is here and with the increased visitor numbers arrive the seasonal scams. There are bogus company representatives claiming to be from Iberdrola knocking on doors and asking for cash. These fraudsters have an official looking Iberdrola ID card, through it has probably been stolen and forged. The men ask to see your bill and then they offer to change your meter readings from bi-monthly to monthly or vice versa. They inform the unsuspecting victim that in order to do this you have to pay in full any outstanding amount. They ask for cash and say that you will get a receipt. They are very pleasant and convincing but do not fall for their patter because they are bogus. Iberdrola never cold call and neither will they ask for money. If you have any specific problems with your electricity supply then Iberdrola will make an appointment or only call on you if you have already asked them to visit you. They will always have your contract details in advance and never collect money at a customer premises. Meanwhile, there is a sombre warning for those visiting airports or other busy locations such as supermarkets, open air Markets or busy beaches. A couple recently

arrived at Alicante airport and were robbed in the lift. When the couple got into the lift, so did two other people, both female. One was already in the lift, with her suitcase blocking the door. The other lady followed them in. By the time the visitors had reached the level they needed to get off to collect their car, the man's shoulder bag had been unzipped and everything removed and zipped up again. This was done professionally and the man knew nothing of the attack until he went to get his money out ready to pay for the toll that the theft was noticed. Fortunately the visitor in question speaks enough Spanish to complete an official report at the airport and the police station but had to spend the first three days of his holiday sorting out temporary passports and reporting the loss of bank cards and driving licences. Visitors and residents alike are advised to keep all documents and money as secure as possible. Wear bags at the front of your body or under your arm not on your back. Use front pockets not rear ones. Stand with your back to the wall in confined spaces so no-one can approach you from behind unseen. Mireille Toddington

CRIME – awareness and prevention

By Gary Brothwell, a retired Police Officer with a total 35 years of Military Police and front-line Civil Police experience. Part of a series of articles written by Gary Brothwell for the CoastRider to help readers, their families and friends from becoming the victims of crime here on the Costas and elsewhere.

WHAT IS SOCIAL CONDITIONING? In order to live alongside other people we adopt personality traits that help us to socialise. These traits become habitual behaviours by which we interact with others, assess mood and trigger responses. The criminal can use this conditioning to overcome our defence instincts. Examples of traits are; 1.Because we live in crowded communities we relinquish social and personal space. In lifts, queues, shops, markets, crowded streets etc. 2.We make immediate assessment of character and trust based on verbal and non-verbal communications, looks and demeanour. 3.We want to be accepted and liked. 4.We want to trust others. 5.We are embarrassed by perceived unacceptable behaviours in ourselves and others. 6.We are reluctant to refuse assistance or help in case we offend. 7.We are reluctant to refuse to assist or help others especially the elderly, very young, disabled and those in apparent difficulties. 8.We suppress primitive reflexes. 9.We respond to direction by Police, Security Guards and Wardens etc. 10.We trust people in apparent authority. These traits make us vulnerable to the criminal. If we can learn to override these traits when we are at risk then we begin to change our ‘Victim Profile’. As we progress through the following examples of crimes try to identify the traits that have put the victims at risk and look at

the behaviour that has or would have prevented the crimes. THE CRIME TRIANGLE As it suggests; for a crime against a person to be complete it has to contain all three elements of the triangle. All have to be present! 1. Location (the place where the crime will take place). 2. The Criminal(s) (who will commit the crimes). 3. The Victim (in control of the article(s) to be stolen). If any one of the elements of the Crime Triangle is removed then the crime cannot take place. As can be seen from the crime triangle analogy; if we can keep the criminal out of our Intimate/Personal/Social space OR we move our location, away from the criminal, a crime cannot be completed. Equally if we identify a crime is about to be committed and create a commotion that attracts the attention of others and causes the criminal to leave the area, then the crime cannot be completed. These are all clues as to how to prevent a ‘Theft from the Person’ type crime from being committed. Confused? Well luckily I have examples of real situations. When reading these examples we should put ourselves into the situation of the victim after and before the crimes were attempted. This will help us to retain the information as if it were real experience and allow us to practice the art of; Avoiding becoming a victim!!!

EXAMPLE 1. In the late summer of 2006 whilst walking along the prom in Arenales in Alicante with my wife, I saw a car driving slowly towards us. It drove past. I watched it stop, the driver remaining in the car, with the engine running. The front seat passenger got out of the car leaving the door open. He had an open document that was probably a road map. He ran to a one-way-road leading to the beach and he was then out of sight. We resumed our walk. We then heard a car door slam and a hi-revved engine shortly followed by a car horn being sounded. As we looked back the car was disappearing into the distance. A very distraught Spanish lady ran out of the oneway road and into a nearby bar. What had occurred? Well the method of Operation (MO) can be explained in the next example. EXAMPLE 2. A year later neighbours of ours drove to a beach area between Arenales and Alicante. They were parked in a car park area (facing the sea) with their windows open. They were in a hire car with that fact obvious from a window sticker in the back window. They were approached by a man (The Criminal) who was foreign but spoke good English, he was smiling and his manner was pleasant. He was carrying an opened road map and he was asking for directions to Torrevieja. After asking for directions the criminal pushed the map through the opened passenger window and at the same time he reached into the foot-well, lifted the passenger’s handbag and ran to a waiting vehicle which was driven off even

before that passenger door was shut. By the time the victims had recovered from the shock the criminals were well away. The victims could remember little of the description of the offenders or their vehicle. The impact of the crime was massive as the bag contained all of the cash they had brought for their holiday, their mobile phones, house keys, passports, driving licence, Business & Home keys for their UK address and of course Credit Cards. Details of these documents and the phone were used the same day to try to obtain further details of the victims from the internet. The impact of this crime was traumatic and disruptive causing; the changing of locks in Spain & UK, obtaining new Passports, cancellation of Credit-cards, continual credit checks to avert ID Theft and of course reporting to the Police Station, by appointment, to make a formal complaint. These crimes were successfully committed because the ‘Triangle’ was complete in each case. Did the victims have control of the Location? Yes! They were un-aware and parked in a way that gave advantage to the criminal. The position of the car was a factor that would have identified them is likely victims. Had they been parked facing the main road or on the main road they might not have been selected. The car windows were open or opened allowing invasion of the intimate space. The criminal did not have to know that handbags were available to be stolen he merely had to look for the possibility. If he had arrived at the victims car and the windows and doors were locked and the victim had refused to open

them or if the criminal had pushed the map through the window but could see no opportunity to steal he could choose to walk away or follow through with receiving directions then return to his vehicle and drive off. The intended victim would not be able to report an attempted crime because they would not have known the criminal’s intent even if they had suspected it. Should they report it? Yes Ideally! As a suspicious incident along with any information they collated at the scene. Why? Because the police operate mobile vehicle check points where they use known intelligence to cause the stop and search of suspected vehicles and occupants. Reporting may cause such action and the recovery of evidence of recent crime. Obviously descriptions and vehicle registration details will help the police investigators to identify and monitor suspects. Was there a victim present? Yes! They did nothing to avoid becoming a victim! Each became a victim when they allowed the criminal into their space. Was the criminal present? Yes! The victims acted in a way that flagged them as possible victims. They allowed him into the personal and intimate space, where the bags were. He was able to commit the crime! Next week – More real life examples, advice for lone female shoppers Don’t forget that all of Gary’s articles are on the CoastRider website so you can view or save the whole series. If you have any questions for Gary, please email

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UNNERS WERE INJURED after bull breaks free from pack on third day of annual San Fermin festival. Two young Britons and an American have been gored during the famous San Fermin bull-run in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona as foreigners once more became the favoured target of the festival's fighting bulls. The two unnamed Britons, aged 20 and 29, were both gored in the leg after one bull turned back on the runners and attacked a mass of people cowering against the barriers marking the course. Television pictures showed the 550kg bull, called Fugado, lowering his horns and ploughing into a group of runners wearing the traditional white and red San Fermin colours towards the end of the 850metre run. A 38-year-old American from Philadelphia was also gored, making this the most dangerous San Fermin bull-run since a 27-year-old Spaniard was killed in 2009. On that occasion the bull also turned on its tracks and gored Daniel Jimeno through the neck and lung. The previous fatality was an American student, Matthew Tassio, who was killed in 1995. Fifteen people have died at the Pamplona event over the past century. The runs attract more than 2,000 people every morning of the nine-day fiesta, which runs each year from 6th to 14th July. Many are young foreigners, drawn to an event made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 book The Sun Also Rises. Local authorities warn that foreigners are more likely to injure themselves

by drinking too much or indulging in other notoriously dangerous San Fermin rituals — such as drunken jumps off local monuments into the arms of people waiting below. San Fermin kicks of Europe's festival season for tens of thousands of UK-based young Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans who tour the continent until the October beer festival in Munich. While most runners survive unscathed, Pamplona's bulls all eventually meet a painful, frightening death. The six bulls that take part in each of the runs are later tormented and lanced in the city's bull ring during a regular bullfight. Most meet their death when a sequin-suited matador finally thrusts a sword into their neck. Fugado was amongst the bulls due to be killed on that evening. The two British victims from the run were being treated at the city's Navarra hospital. The 38-yearold American was gored slightly in the right calf muscle and was later released from the same hospital. A second American and three Spaniards were also released after being treated for lighter wounds sustained during the adrenaline-fired run through the city's streets. Mireille Toddington

Customer Profile

On Saturday, 21st July we are Celebrating our 10th Birthday. Call in store to pick up your 10% Discount Loyalty Card valid all year and on our Birthday take advantage of a Double Discount Day. A trademark store on the Costa’s, opened to bring a little bit of home from home. Johnsons has seen many changes over the years, with good and bad times - just as for our many customers and friends. The stores have developed over time stocking thousands of lines. With an extensive range of frozen and fresh foods, household items, daily newspapers, loads of sweeties, cakes, fresh and frozen breads (pan, sliced, plain, soda...) “I knew I’d get it in Johnsons” is something we hear from our Customers on a regular basis. It takes an enormous amount of people to bring it together and with the regulations always changing, it is a continued challenge, but one we relish because our customers are loyal and appreciative, this helps us keep going. We continue to follow some simple rules. Stock the shops as full as possible with as much choice as we can fit in, look after our customers and work harder than we ever did before we came to Spain. Each day starts early - baking fresh breads and pastries, getting in the papers and the store ready to open. It seems like there is a never ending list of tasks to complete each day, but the staff are great and have it down to an art. Many have been with us for years, some since it first opened, not many leave and it always feels like part of the family has gone when they do. A big thank you to all our customers, staff, family and friends over the years for making it possible. Come and visit us again soon. Johnsons Supermarkets Quesada, Torrevieja & Algorfa Open All Day Every Day 9am to 8pm Tel 966785600 Please note that all information contained within this CoastRider Customer Profile has been provided by the client, and is therefore deemed correct and accurate. Any errors, omissions or inaccuracies are the sole responsibility of the client.

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Samaritans in Spain visit scheme officially launched in Alicante The Samaritans in Spain will carry out regular visits to Brits in jail in Alicante this week following an official launch held recently. Being in prison abroad is often a traumatic experience and receiving regular visits from friends and family can be really important. However, a lot of Brits in jail in Spain have their loved ones back in the UK and although the British Consulate is there to help and provide support, there is a limit to how often Consular staff are able to visit. That is why the Consulate in Alicante has developed a prison visiting scheme with the Samaritans in Spain to ensure that Brits held in

prison get support and visits in their own language on a regular basis. This project shows again the importance that local charities have in supporting Brits abroad and filling the gap between what the Consulate and the Spanish authorities can do. The launch was held earlier this week in the Alicante central government office and attended by their representative, Mr Alberto Martínez Díaz, who recognised the importance of the scheme and thanked the Consulate and the Samaritans for taking the initiative to offer this additional support to British nationals in prison. During the launch the British Consul, Paul

Rodwell also thanked the Chris, Nora and Steve from the Samaritans for their hard work in getting this programme off the ground and the volunteers from the Samaritans for their willingness to give up their time and their commitment to carrying out the visits. Mr Rodwell said “I am really pleased that this visiting scheme is now up and running. Sadly, the number of Brits being arrested and in prison in the Costa Blanca has gone up over the last year. I urge people out there to respect the local customs and avoid at all costs getting on the wrong side of the law. Being in prison in a foreign country and trying to communicate in a

British consular assistance According to Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance, the British Consulate in Alicante can visit prisoners once a year when on remand, and once again after sentencing. The British Consulate will only visit more frequently if they have a particular concern for a prisoner’s welfare. There are normally between 15-20 British nationals in Foncalent prison in Alicante at one time Assistance that Consulates of other nationalities can offer may vary to what the British Consulate offers its citizens. Samaritans Spain The Samaritans in Spain is based on the charity with the same name in the UK, the Samaritans, which aims to provide a non judgemental listening service for people who feel suicidal or are going through difficulties. The

For more information on how the Consulate can support British nationals who are arrested abroad visit and for details of how the Samaritans can help visit their website

opening of the second branch in Villamartin in January 2009. In March 2009 they increased their opening hours to five evenings a week and this was further increased in January 2010 to seven evenings a week. They recently changed their name to Samaritans in Spain to reflect the fact that they are now available to callers throughout Spain.

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language you do not understand can be a very stressful experience. That is why the emotional support that the volunteers from Samaritans can offer is all the more important. ” The event launch was also attended by the Samaritans volunteers and the prison director Enrique Valdivieso de la Hoz.


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Night Safari reveals nocturnal habits


ISITORS TO Benidorm theme park Terra Natura were treated to a unique insight into the night time habits of the park’s resident animals during a recent Night Safari. The initiative will run each weekend through the remainder of July and August, thanks to the success of the initial event. Animal lovers will have the opportunity to see firsthand, the nocturnal behaviour of animals at Terra Natura. The scheme focuses on animals from the Americas and Asia, starting in the Pangea area and taking visitors through animals of the South American jungle. Visitors will be able to see the nocturnal habits of a number of species including jaguars and monkeys. The twilight journey continues through the impressive 3500 square aviary ‘Templo de la vida’ where visitors will be shown the variety of birds that inhabit the different strata of the forest.

The tour moves on to other areas of the park including an American farm, the elephant enclosure and to see the buffaloes and camels at night. For the little ones, fun activities are also on offer such as face painting and a Mexican piñata. Booking is essential, so phone the park on 966072770 to make enquiries.

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MAGNETS Children’s Holiday Club 2012 For the ninth year running Steve and Irene-Maria Campbell will be leading MAGNETS, a Holiday Club for children from four years and over at La Siesta Church, Calle Granados, opposite the Aquapark Flamingo in La Siesta Urbanisation. Started in 2004 with only three sisters in attendance the Club has grown over the years with well over 150 children having participated. Beginning at 10.30am on Thursday 2nd August and continuing every Thursday until the end of August, the two hour programme sees the children take part in activities which reflects the name: Memory verses; Arts and crafts; Games; New people to meet; Eats; Talk on a Bible story; and Singing. The theme this year is Run the Race, tying in with the Olympic Games and all who come will receive a special prize! Children

have been coming back year after year which means they enjoy it, but all are welcome and Steve & Irene-Maria always love to see new faces along with the familiar ones. The Club is free and prizes are given out to each child. You may contact Steve and IreneMaria by phoning 966702980 or 680257344. Look forward to seeing you there. Steve & Irene-Maria Campbell

The JB Band gets more adulation It's been another amazingly successful couple of months for the JB Brass Band. Audience reactions have been consistently excellent and the band members are really gratified by the responses of Spanish, ex-pat and mixed audiences. After a very successful June with seven concerts, the July calendar has only two more dates before the August break. Despite the tradition for band members to take their holidays in July and August, enough players have joined, rejoined or visited the band so that July has been another successful month. Recently concert venues have included Fuego Bar in Villamartin, the Spirit of England concert in Torrevieja, Morgans' Bar at Eagle's Nest, Laurel and Hardy's in Quesada, Casa La Pedrera, and near the Paseo in Torrevieja, to a very appreciative local Spanish audience. The band also shared a concert with a visiting jazz

Torrevieja Casino hosts joint art expo The ‘old’ casino on the seafront in Torrevieja is known for hosting exhibitions of some well known artists locally and this week is no different as the beautiful venue will be home to a series of works by Andre Valcke and Diego Rodriguez, two wonderful painters. Diego Rodriguez Truol was born in Argentina but has been living in Spain for the last 25 years. His interest in drawing and painting

developed at an early age and as a youngster in Buenos Aires, undertook workshops run by the Association for the Encouragement of Fine Arts. In the mid 70s, he began a career in psychology and also held his first exhibitions. He moved to Spain 25 years ago and continued his artistic career while maintaining his love of design, drawing and painting. Andre Valcke was born in Belgium

and after retiring from a career as a pilot, he now devotes himself entirely to his painting. He is self taught and describes his style as realistic. He has exhibited both in his native Belgium and here in Torrevieja where he has lived for the last four years. An exhibition of a selection of both of their works runs in the old Casino in Torrevieja until the 27th of this month.

Bowling for Animal Aid Regulars of The Hop have done it again! They have been bowling in support of Animal Aid, a local charity which does amazing work rescuing abandoned and injured animals. Organisers told the CoastRider, “We had a great day starting at the Ozone Bowling Alley in Torrevieja then on to The Hop for fish and chips, a raffle and entertainment.” Organiser Lynne Zaber would like to thank the bowlers, Captain Carters, everyone who donated raffle prizes. She said, “Thanks to The Hop for letting us change the terrace around so we could all eat together and Roberta for giving us control of the microphone! It was a day thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we handed over 275€ to Animal Aid.”

band at the Teatro Municipal in Torrevieja and entertained in the Plaza in San Miguel to the usual appreciative crowd. Under Musical Director Dr Ian K Tinsley and with a number of excellent soloists, the band is building on its growing reputation so much so that many players from topclass bands in the Uk and Ireland are planning to visit the band after the August break. The last two concerts before the break are a street concert in Torrevieja on Saturday 21st July at 17.45 and the Entre Naranjos fiesta between 19.3021.00 on Friday 27th July. These two events are not to be missed by the growing army of fans. If you don't know what a British style brass band sounds like when playing a varied programme of music including traditional brass band music, music from the movies and shows, Spanish music and even some pops, this is

your chance. The Band asks all their friends and supporters to join in the calendar of events between September and December. Don't forget the traditional Christmas Day concert on La Zenia beach where two to three thousand people will join to celebrate the festivities. If you need assistance with the calendar or would like to book the Band contact Sue Jones, Concert Coordinator –

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Interest in Spanish property up Real Estate experts at Taylor Wimpey de Espana revealed that all is not doom and gloom this year for the country’s property sector. The company revealed that it saw interest in property investment in Spain rise during the first six months of 2012, compared to the same period last year. Sales and marketing manager at Taylor Wimpey’s Spanish operation Marc Pritchard said the company experienced an increase of 5% in year-on-year sales, adding that the rise was partly due to an increase in the number of tourists coming to Spain. Other reasons for the rise in sales include the sunny climate, the strength of the British pound against the euro and Spain's proximity to Britain, Mr Pritchard said. He added that the favourable exchange rate was particularly important, as it has "no doubt aided the increase in people snapping up attractive deals on hotel accommodation and rental properties". An increasing number of investors are turning their attention to the Spanish real estate market with a view to picking up properties at bargain prices. Marc Da-Silva, editorial director at International Estate Agent Today, explained many people expect prices in Spain to fall further and are keeping up with developments in the market. "I am seeing a huge following and a huge interest in the Spanish property market, so the appetite is certainly there," he asserted. It isn't only British buyers who are looking to get a foot in the Spanish market, with figures published earlier this month by The Real Estate Agency - a division of Fastighetsbyran highlighting the growing interest from Swedish investors. According to the organisation, it received 58 per cent more enquiries about Spanish property in the first quarter of 2012 than it did in the final

three months of last year. Meanwhile, the Spanish government is introducing measures to encourage more property investors to buy homes in the country, as well as to boost tourism. The country’s politicians are considering ways in which they can attract more investment in the Spanish property sector. "The Spanish government is considering giving residence permits to foreigners who buy apartments from €250,000 (£198,243), so anyone dubious about buying Spanish property should be feeling more confident," revealed Marc Pritchard. He added the proposals mean potential buyers can seek out good deals on real estate assets now with fewer worries about the future. Mr Pritchard also pointed to the measures being implemented to increase tourist arrivals in the country, such as the plan to develop a loyalty scheme for returning visitors and a programme to boost domestic tourism. Last month, head of operations at international mortgage specialist Connect Overseas Geoff Simmonds stated the "silver lining" to the eurozone crisis is that many property markets on the continent have yet to recover, which means there are bargains to be found for buyers who can obtain finance for their purchase.

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Come into our friendly offices in either Quesada by the petrol station, between Mulberrys and the Computer Shop or the El Raso office on Commercial El Campico next to The Hot Stone restaurant, for more information on the above properties and many others available. We will be happy to give advice on the buying or selling process in Spain and look forward to meeting you at either office. Tel. Quesada: 966 718 836 Fax: 965 990 246 Mob: 628 045 614 Tel. El Raso: 965 501 006

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Confusion over licence legality The CoastRider was contacted this week with concerns from many readers over the legality of their UK driving licences. Rumour has it that a police checkpoint was established recently near a British supermarket in Torrevieja and, on inspecting peoples’ driving licences, the officers handed out a number of on-the-spot €500 fines. Some believe that the reason for the fines being issued was because drivers with UK licences did not have their licences registered with traffic officials here in Spain. In other cases around Torrevieja and

surrounding areas, there have been other reports of driving licences of non-Spanish EU nationals, resident in Spain having their licences examined by police and in some cases, fines of up to €500 issued. The reason that appears to have been given by the police is that the drivers’ UK licences did not comply with Spanish law. Grey area The CoastRider contacted the Guardia Civil’s Traffic Corps in Torrevieja but were unable to elicit an on-the-record comment from any of

the officers we spoke to. The best advice we are able to offer is that which we ourselves got from Graham Knight of Torrevieja’s office for foreign residents. Graham told us that in his utterly UNQUALIFIED opinion, it appears that the law states that a non-Spanish EU resident can continue to use his or her own driving licence for a period of up to TWO YEARS, after which the individual must submit himself/herself to the same ‘psychotechnical’ tests which are required for a Spnaish licence. Graham said, “This information may be of interest to the international community as there obviously remains considerable confusion over this matter which, in some cases, is proving expensive!” However, Graham was keen to stress that his opinion is nothing more than his own interpretation of the law as it stands currently, having had the benefit of an explanation directly from the Local Police. Advice From what we can gather, a nonSpanish EU national, resident in Spain (i.e. has the ‘green’ certificate of residency) may continue to use his UK or Irish licence whilst a resident, for a period of up to two years. Whilst the licence will remain valid until its expiry date, after a period of TWO YEARS in Spain, the driver is obliged

to comply with Spanish law as if his licence were a Spanish one. That is to say, he/she must submit him/herself to the 'Psychotechnical' tests which apply to a Spanish licence. Graham said, “The law, as I understand it, does not actually require that the UK licence be 'registered' with the 'trafico' office (in our area, in Alicante), but I would suggest that this is by far, the best and easiest manner in which to ensure that all of the relevant details are properly recorded on data bases to which the Guardia Civil have access.” He concluded, “For my part, I think that it is far easier for a resident to exchange a UK or Irish licence for a Spanish one and this would continue to be my recommendation.” If you would like to enquire about sitting the ‘psicotecnico’ – the psychotecnical test which you are obliged to take if you are applying for a licence in Spain – there are a

number of businesses offering this test. One which the CoastRider has used in the past is called ‘Cereco’ and is located in Torrevieja’s Calle Caballero de Rodas. You will need an appointment and more information is available on their website Incidentally, this company also offers the psychological tests necessary here in Spain for a dangerous dog’s licence. The ‘psicotecnico’ is a series of simple tests which evaluate your eyesight, coordination and mental state and certify that you are fit to drive in Spain. Obviously, if you don’t speak Spanish, you will need to bring a translator with you. The law The CoastRider has available a copy of the current, relevant law (in Spanish). If any reader would like a copy by email, please send your details to and we would be happy to send you the information.


EMAUS update We caught up with the fundraising team at EMAUS, the orphanage and care charity, to find out what has been going on in recent weeks… On Monday 25th June The Caballeros did a show at La Marina Sports Centre and raised €353.50. Annette English of EMAUS said, “We would like to thank Michelle and all of the acts also Pauolo and Helena from The Sports Complex and all of the people who bought tickets and supported us on the night.” Annette also told us, “We also had a donation from Tracy at Quicksave Supermarket La Marina she sells second hand books on our behalf and was able to give us €124.61 just once again thank you Tracy we really appreciate your help.” Another donation of €183.93 came from Texas Ted at Greenlands Bowls Club - he had a special birthday party and asked for donations on EMAUS’ behalf, “so some more thanks are due here as well” said Annette. On Sunday El Rancho Bowls Club arranged a

day out for the children of Elche - nine children were able to attend and they had wonderful day. Annette said, “Many thanks needed here first to Drew, Yvie and Ron of Greenlands Bowling Club. As well as arranging this, Drew collected €370 for the sponsored walk between EMAUS and Grewar/Davila Family Walk and the Bowls Club filled two cars with toiletries and lots of other things for the children. Thanks also to Michel and Anaka from Bolero International Horses and The Pistoleros Westerners for putting on a show and for letting the children ride the horses. Thanks also to Bo & Ingalill the owners of El Rancho for having the children there and to Rita and the staff on the day for providing the burgers and chips.” Annette finished her update by telling us, “Also donated this week from Doreen Wiles was €90 on behalf of Don & Betty - this was very kind of this couple to think of us please accept our thanks on behalf of the children.”

From left to right is Drew, Yvie ,Anaka, Ron & Michel

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Do your bit for Charity and get a Masterpiece of your very own. Only two days left to make your bid! Local Artist Dennis Ashley has decided to donate his prize winning painting ‘Flamenco el Sol’ to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Alzhiemer’s Society. Dennis, who lives in Quesada, recently won the ‘My Spain’ painting competition held at Casa La Pedrera, and after receiving his prize of painting materials, decided to give something back by auctioning off the painting for charity. He has placed the painting in the Ibex insurance office in Ciudad Quesada for people to view until the 18th July, after which the person with the highest bid will win it. Dennis said ‘The theme of the picture is basically the setting sun representing the troubled world and the dancers represent the true virtues of what Spain stands for and they are protecting Spain (represented by the map in the right hand corner) against the worlds problems’ To view the painting, call into Ibex Insurance in Calle Turismo, Quesada (behind the main street) Tel: 966 719 951 or email:

Poets Corner Local Fiesta Historic church, distant from the town, in homage to the Virgin enthroned, stands on a hill. The Queens and Ladies of Honour, visibly the prettiest in town, are crowned and paraded with speeches extolling their virtues. Bountiful bouquets, floral sprays, and framed dedications are showered on the chosen. Town folk (expats included) crowd the bars and compounds around the square. Others sit in rows of plastic pews neatly assembled facing a televised stage and podium. Children play with floating balloons roaming the plaza. Pudgy, pubescent girls dance on stage to canned music. Rockets and colourful fire-crackers announce the renaissance of a pueblo flourishing against odds. Ten days and nights of organised fun, scheduled to end on ‘dia de la morera’ (mulberry tree day), a day set apart free (so it is said), ‘for everybody to do as they please’. Migel Jayasinghe





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We need a Dick The Pantomime group are looking for like to join our friendly group then new members for their next why not contact us on production which will be Dick or Whittington, to be performed at the Music school in Los Montesinos next or tel Christine on 965077090. We January. Rehearsals start in look forward to hearing from you. September at the Cultural Centre Quesada and the A Dame looking for Dick group will be holding open auditions very soon. We especially are interested in a younger female who would like to play Dick. We and your Dame desperately need you. From the group’s last two productions - Aladdin directed by Christine Smith and The Wizard of Oz directed by Barry Cox - the Group were able to donate over 3000€ to local worthy causes. If you think that you would

Fancy Footwork at the Mazarron Dance Festival The Mazarron festival de Baile is organised by Louise Bremner of Murcia Dance, the aims of the festival are to raise the profile and quality of dance throughout the Costas, enrich people’s experience of dance through participation and appreciation, and, for dancers and teachers to share a platform for the day. The students of Footwork Dance, Los Montesinos, had a fantastic weekend in Mazarron not only with the success of their dancing but also having the opportunity to meet students from seven other schools, make new friends and take part in workshops experiencing different styles of dance. For the second year running Footwork Dance performed extremely well at the festival, gaining 15 first places, 11 second places and 6 third places, in total bringing home to Los Montesinos approximately 160 medals, the school also won 9 trophies. For the second year running the adult tappers won the highest mark adult troup, Abbi Dorrill won the highest mark senior solo, Rhiane and Abbi Dorrill also won the highest mark senior duet trophy which this year this was shared with Rhiane Dorrill and Ayla Mae Coghlan for an outstanding tap performance. Lauren Riley won the highest mark solo for

the under 13's, the junior ballet group won the highest mark junior troupe award, a lyrical routine performed by the seniors won the highest mark senior troupe trophy, and Paige Wyatt, Lorna Bartlett and Jessica Payne won the highest mark senior group award, the school also gained a trophy for the Mixed group award. All in all it was a fabulous weekend enjoyed by students and parents alike. Footwork are performing their "Summer Revue" at the Theatre of Music and Culture in Los Montesinos on Friday 27th July, This is a lively and colourful family show, giving the students the opportunity to show you the audience the culmination of all their hard work and dedication. If you missed our performance at the Los Montesinos El Mundo en La Plaza or at the Queens Jubilee in the Torrevieja, then don't miss this one! During the performance you will see group routines as well as solos, duets and trios, from acrobatics to jazz and from classical ballet to tap also to be performed "The British Finale". The

tickets are 7€ for adults and 5€ for children, and are available from Footwork Dance or call 662137329. The performance will commence at 7.30pm and proceeds from the show will be donated to Caritas Los Montesinos. Footwork Dance hold classes during the day and evening for adults and children aged from 3 years upwards and are now enrolling for the Autumn term commencing in September, If you are interested in meeting people, having fun, keeping fit and healthy and learning a new skill in professional air conditioned studios with a fully qualified legal dance teacher then Footwork is for you and we would love to meet you, please either call in at the studios or call 662137329 for more information.


Series 10 – How do I manage my files and folders? Welcome back to a series of computer related articles brought to you by VistaSol Computer Solutions. Over the coming weeks we’re going to be featuring articles based on the theme of ‘How do I ..?’ In this week’s article we’re going to continue with our latest series on the subject of ‘How do I manage files and folders on my computer' by adding some refinements to the desktop. Part 4 – Change your Desktop Wallpaper (XP)

In part 3 last week, we discussed the various components that make up your

Janet from Monte Azul asks: Hi Aunty. Having read in my Computer book that I need to keep a certain amount of space on the hard drives and I found I had only 9% on Vista drive C: I then tried to delete things to increase space and I now have 20% but really don’t know the best things to delete or how I managed to increase it. I have got Picasa and a lot of photos, some of which I have deleted but could get rid of more. Some suggestions please. Sorry if I have missed it in a previous article. Aunty Says: You do need to be a bit careful what you delete Janet, but most of the time it’s photos, music and videos that take up disk space, Ccleaner (free from will safely clear out old temp files and if you go through Control Panel, Programs and uninstall any old applications that you no longer use you can often free up disk space. If you’re not too sure what to uninstall then email me and I’ll advise . Mary via email asks: Hi Aunty. I have just bought a 32GB USB memory stick but every time I plug it into my laptop it says “this drive cannot be recognised, do you want to format it?” or something similar. Do I need to do this (or anything else) before I can copy my photos across?

desktop, and went on to show you how to create shortcuts on the desktop. What I'd like to do over the next couple of weeks is to explain these components individually to help you to understand them better, and show you how to configure them to maximise their benefit to you. Here’s a recap of the desktop components we're going to be covering: Desktop Components The desktop is made up of the following components:

Aunty Says: Normally Mary USB pen drives come preformatted and ready to use, but occasionally they arrive or get corrupted and need formatting. Once you have plugged it in got to Start, Computer and right click on the USB drive and choose ‘format’ from the list. Make sure it’s on FAT32 (if you want to use it with most TV sets) and untick the ‘Quick Format’ box. Mike from Quesada asks: Is it safe to use a hoover to clean out the dust that has visibly built up around the vents on my computer? I read somewhere that you can damage computers using a hoover. Aunty Says: Hello Mike. I do and have never caused any damage. There is a theory that the air sucked in by the hoover can spin into a vortex funnel and cause static but I’ve never actually met or heard of anyone that this has happened to. I occasionally hear of folk sucking the keys off their laptop keyboard, but I think you’d have to have a very powerful vacuum cleaner to do that. Jim via email asks: Thanks ever so much for the advice regarding the zoom function with the mouse wheel. I can now read practically any website instantly, I’m amazed how few people know about this. Aunty Says: My pleasure Jim

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a. b. c. d. e.

Icons (programs and ‘shortcuts’) Wallpaper Task Bar Notification Tray Start Button

Wallpaper (XP) This week I'm going to explain a few things about the desktop wallpaper in Windows XP. 'Wallpaper' is the term used to describe the static image that fills the background of your desktop (as in the screenshot above). This should not be mistaken for the screen saver, which is usually a constantly changing series of images, programmed to start after a given time of inactivity on the computer these are two separate entities. NOTE: There are some major differences between the XP wallpaper configuration settings and the later operating systems such as Vista and Win 7, but I'll cover those in next week's article. The default wallpaper image is usually the green hillock, which is OK for a while but it’s not long before you'll feel the urge to change it so something more interesting such as a picture of the family, or something else equally personal to you. Changing the Wallpaper (XP) To change the wallpaper on your desktop, click with the right button of your mouse over an empty area of the desktop. A menu should appear like the one below:

this tab will reveal the contents of the 'Desktop Properties' dialog, as shown below: Here you’ll find a list of the images which are available by default in all installations of Windows XP. When you click on any of the image names you’ll see a preview of that image in the virtual screen. You can choose to have any one of these listed images as your desktop wallpaper if you like, or you can add your own. Click the ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ button now if you decide to use one of the installed images from the list. If however, you'd prefer to use one of your own, hold back and move on to the next stage . . .

show the contents of your 'My Pictures' folder, click on the icon in the left column for ‘My Documents’, then navigate to your ‘My Pictures’ folder in the main part of the window, and when you find the the image you wish to use, click on the image name / thumbnail (its name will appear in the 'File Name' box at the bottom of the window). Click the ‘Open’ button to accept this image and return to the 'Display Properties' dialog box. A preview of your image will be displayed. If you're happy with your selection, click the 'Apply' button then OK. Your desktop will change to your selected image. Conclusion This week we’ve shown you how to give your desktop an image makeover using windows XP wallpaper, in next week's article we'll show you how to do the same in Vista and Windows 7. Previous Articles If you missed any of our previous articles, you can always find them here: and here,

Choosing your own . . . You don't have to stick with Microsoft's limited selection of images, you can use any one of your own images if you prefer by clicking on the

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‘Browse’ button. When you click on the Browse button you’ll be presented with a 'Browse' dialog window similar to that shown below: This may look a little daunting at first but is really quite straight forward. Let's assume that the image you want to use is stored in your ‘My Pictures’ folder. You should now be able to navigate to the folder containing your image from the main Browse window as shown. If however, the 'Browse' window does not already

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I’ve highlighted the ‘Properties’ option of this menu, click on this option with the left mouse button. You should now see this new window:

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Dear Editor Regarding Mireille Toddington’s piece ‘Spain fails the language test’ (CoastRider edition 437) which highlighted the fact that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s alleged lack of English prevented him from saying no more than ‘Hello’ to US President Barack Obama during a recent G-20 summit – I would ask this: Given Obama presides over a country where nearly 50 million (16%) of people speak Spanish (2009 stats, now undoubtedly higher) why does not Obama speak Spanish? Rob Innis Torrevieja Dear Editor Three cheers for Senor Jorge Cabre the Minister for Justice and Social Welfare, to send young offenders to work at the animal sanctuary Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Plantas de Alicante at Bacarot. A brilliant idea for these young people will not just have a criminal record but will have brought home to them the abuse, cruelty and neglect suffered by animals. The staff at Bacarot do a brilliant job with limited resources and it is obvious that they really care about the animals – but they are always in need of more volunteers and donations as they do not have any collecting tins or fund raising shows put on for their benefit. I have taken many people there over the years some with animals they have found abandoned or are no longer able to care for, others just to have a look around and without exception they have all been impressed by what a beautiful, well run sanctuary it is. I have known Raul Merida since he opened this shelter in the 1990’s – and what a good man he is. Raul has also set up FIPARM (Fundacion Internacional para Animales Raul Merida) and under this umbrella he has set up the Brigada

Azul which is run along the lines of and is affiliated to the RSPCA in the UK. Clinivet veterinary practices around Alicante which will treat animals at a reduced cost, ROAL, a sanctuary for exotic animals such as lions, tigers, wolves, lynx, apes etc many of which are imported illegally into the country, some come from travelling circuses, others from the sanctuary at Guadalest which had to close down. All of these animals he endeavours to rehome in zoos around the world and as you can imagine the food bill alone runs into thousands of Euros every month. Raul is instrumental in involving SEPRONA the arm of the Guardia Civil responsible for the environment including animal welfare, in bringing prosecutions in cases of cruelty and abandonment of animals. He also goes into schools to talk to the children about animal welfare and to encourage them to respect all animals. If you would like to know more, please call into my charity shop in Quesada and read the literature in the window. Our summer opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am until 1pm. Yours sincerely Joe (The Cat Man) PS. Rumours abound that I have passed away. Sorry to disappoint whoever started this but at 85 I am still very much alive although stone deaf, ha ha! Dear Editor, We have lived here now for some six years and frequented many restaurants including a well known a fast food restaurant at Punta Prima which produces relatively good meals at reasonable prices. In past visits the staff have been very polite and courteous with a smile and welcome to their customers with nothing too much trouble for them, taking particular care to get the orders correct.

Staff obviously change and sadly we experienced today's staff behaviour which to say the least was unwelcoming, and downright rude. The lady that served us gave us the menus and immediately asked if we were ready to order before we had had time to view the menu. She was not pleased when I said we had only just got the menus! About five minutes later she came back and took our orders. We asked for three steaks and one fish cakes. In doing so, she asked how we would like the steaks cooked and I selected "medium to well done" very clearly. The meals eventually arrived and she had ordered mine as "medium to rare". She blatantly accused me of lying saying that was what I had ordered and marched off in a huff taking my meal with her. After about five minutes I called the other waitress who came to me immediately and knew why I called her, telling me that my steak was being re cooked as I had ordered wrong! The meal eventually arrived late and the waitress who served me stood by the table telling me to cut open the steak whilst she was there to see if it was cooked correct!!! By the late arrival of my meal it meant my guests had already finished their meal so I had to eat alone!! With surly looks from the staff. I do not complain about the meal which when correct was very nice to enjoy, but my complaint is about the staff's behaviour and complete lack of customer friendliness and care. These people should be very glad that they are employed, many are not and the manager should be more aware of his staff's behaviour. When I paid the bill I spoke to a man running the bar telling him that he would receive no tip due to his staff's attitude and behaviour, also telling him


the that I will not be returning there ever again and that I shall relate my experience to all my friends to which he merely replied "Thank you, I have taken it on board." The trouble in this world is too many of these caliber of people expect to treat others without any fear of redress or complaint, so I hope you will print my letter even it's only to wake up these individuals, they deserve this rebuke and hopefully it might (just might) change their attitude. Ronald Gammon Rojales Dear Editor Last Friday we had enjoyed a wonderful meal at Viloriens Restaurant in Rojales. It was late and we were the last customers to leave and had the unfortunate experience of finding our car wouldn’t start. Despite the fact that the staff were departing for the night, James kindly allowed me to use their phone to call our insurance company, translated for us as our Spanish is rather poor and very kindly invited us back into the bar for a drink whilst awaiting for the Gruas to attend. For anyone who has been to this lovely restaurant they will realise it is rather off the beaten track so the Gruas had difficulty finding us despite the directions expertly given by James, he did no more than get in his own car and went out to meet the recovery vehicle and show him the way. I wanted to thank him most sincerely for all his help and felt that he deserved a mention in your newspaper. Yours faithfully Lorna Kelly Dear Sirs, I have read articles in various papers

recently on the new prescription charges and the apparent confusion over the amounts to be paid. I'm afraid it is hardly surprising that there is confusion when the info that is being printed is incorrect. Several papers have reported that the charges are capped at a MINIMUM of €8.00 per month, which implies that this is the LEAST amount anyone will have to pay!!. This is totally WRONG. The correct terminology is a MAXIMUM cap of €8.00 per month. Therefore no one will have to pay more than €8.00 per month, regardless of how many prescriptions they may have to fill per month. The most that they will have to pay per medicine is 10% of the medicine cost per month, up to a maximum of €8.00 per month. E.g If the medicine costs €25.00, the amount to be paid = €2.50 (10%) or if the Medicine costs €95.00 or €105.00 then the amount to be paid is €8.00 (maximum). If a patient has more than 1 prescription to purchase each month and the individual costs add up to more than €8.00 in total, then they will be able to get a refund of the difference. Newly issued prescriptions have the medicine cost and the amount to be paid printed on them so everyone will know, before they go to the Farmacia, exactly how much they are going to have to pay. The foregoing relates to Pensioners and their dependants where their total annual income is less than €18000. For higher earners, non-pensioners, etc., there is a similar but more expensive rating. Hope this helps to reduce the confusion. Barry Weston

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Nominate your local hero

S THE CLOSING DATE for nominations for this year’s CoastRider Pride of Spain Awards draws close, we take a look at why and how you should nominate that special person, or group, in our community. Now in its sixth year, the CoastRider’s Pride of Spain Awards celebrates ordinary people who do extraordinary things, with nominees reflecting the core value of giving for the good of other people, and the community at large here on the Costa Blanca. This year there are 12 categories, including Outstanding Bravery, Child of Courage, Carer of the Year and Community Spirit Award. Once you decide what category your nominee fits into you can nominate someone - a family member, a colleague, a community member or even someone you respect and admire from afar - who you feel deserves recognition for what they do or have achieved. At the heart of the CoastRider’s Pride of Spain Awards is CoastRider boss, Claire Worland, who started

the original concept and continues to drive the initiative with her hard work and commitment. Claire told us, “When we launched the CoastRider Pride of Spain Awards in 2007, our aim was simple - to unearth and celebrate our unsung heroes - the people who make this community great. Six years on, and The Pride of Spain Awards have exceeded our wildest expectations. Each year, we continue to be overwhelmed by the stories of selfless actions, courage, compassion and heroism. We’ve received thousands of nominations, and in 2011 we had the highest number of nominations ever. We hope that this year, we can top this again. This is our chance to celebrate the fact that every day countless expat residents go out of their way to help their neighbours, often receiving little recognition for the extraordinary contributions they make to their communities. All of us know someone who deserves such recognition for their selfless actions. It might be your mum, your sibling,

your cousin, your best friend, neighbour or school teacher. I urge you to take a few minutes and nominate them for a Pride of Spain Award in 2012. On behalf of everyone at the CoastRider, I would like to thank our readers, sponsors, political and community leaders who lend their ongoing support to the CoastRider Pride of Spain Awards.” So there you have it - nominating couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fill in the online form from the CoastRider website - if you have a smartphone, scanning the QR codes which appear throughout the CoastRider will bring you directly to the form. If you don’t have internet access, you can collect a copy of the nomination form from the CoastRider office (address on page 2). Alternatively, if you don’t have internet access or the means to visit the CoastRider office, you can telephone 966 70 10 60 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday (closed Tuesdays) and tell us all about the person or group you wish to nominate.

Tuesday 17th July


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7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Heir Hunters. 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer. 11.58 BBC News; Weather. 12.00 Cowboy Trap. 12.45 You’ve Been Scammed. 1.13 BBC News; Weather. 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 BBC News; Weather; Regional News. 4.05 CBBC: 4.05 Deadly 60; Diddy Dick & Dom. 4.35 Prank Patrol Down Under. 5.00 Copycats. 5.30 Serious Explorers: Livingstone. 6.00 6.15 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 11.25

Newsround. Pointless. BBC News; Weather. Regional News Programmes; Weather. The One Show. EastEnders; BBC News; Regional News. Holby City. Turn Back Time The Family. BBC News. Regional News; Weather; National Lottery Update. 11.35 Imagine. 12.45 FILM: London River (2009). 2.05 Weatherview. 2.10 Sign Zone: The Fruit & Veg Market: Inside New Spitalfields. 3.10 Sign Zone: The Men Who Made Us Fat. 4.10 Sign Zone: Food Factory. 4.40 Sign Zone: Great British Menu. 5.40 BBC News.

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby. 7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld. 7.50 Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Roar. 8.30 Stuck on Sheep Mountain. 8.55 League of Super Evil. 9.10 Frankenstein’s Cat. 9.20 Pet Squad. 9.30 CBeebies: Nina and the Neurons. 9.45 Big & Small. 10.00 Tinga Tinga Tales. 10.10 Little Charley Bear. 10.20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. 10.30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It. 10.40 The Koala Brothers. 10.50 Lunar Jim. 11.00 Dipdap. 11.05 Kerwhizz. 11.30 Driver Dan’s Story Train. 11.40 Waybuloo. 12.00 In the Night Garden. 12.30 BBC World News. 1.00 Daily Politics. 2.00 Climbing Great Buildings. 2.30 To Buy or Not to Buy. 3.15 Weakest Link. 4.00 Show Me the Monet. 4.45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain. 5.30 6.15 7.00 7.30 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00 11.30

Flog It! Antiques Road Trip. Eggheads. Great British Railway Journeys. Babies in the Office. Secrets of Our Living Planet. Line of Duty. Twenty Twelve. Newsnight; Weather.

12.20 David Tennant on Hamlet. 1.20 BBC News. 5.00 BBC Learning Zone.

6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel. 2.30 ITV News and Weather. 2.55 London News and Weather. 3.00 Drive to Buy. 4.00 Secret Dealers. 4.59 London Weather. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.30

A Touch of Frost. Tipping Point. London Tonight; Weather. ITV News and Weather. Emmerdale. Britain’s Secret Treasures. Love Your Garden. Superstar. ITV News and Weather.

12.05 London News and Weather. 12.10 FILM: Police Academy (1984). 1.50 Jackpot247; ITV News Headlines. 4.00 Golden Balls. 4.50 ITV Nightscreen.

ITV 8.30pm Britain’s Secret Treasures

7.10 Sali Mali. 7.15 The Hoobs. 7.40 The Hoobs. 8.05 Freshly Squeezed. 8.35 According to Jim. 9.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.30 Frasier. 10.00 Undercover Boss USA. 11.00 Four Rooms. 12.00 You Deserve This House. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. 1.40 Gok Cooks Chinese. 2.10 FILM: The Fighting Seabees (1944). 4.10 Countdown. 5.00 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.55 9.00

Deal or No Deal. Four in a Bed. Come Dine with Me. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Beauty & the Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice. 10.00 Gordon Behind Bars. 11.00 Accused: The 74-Stone Babysitter. 12.05 Knock-Out Scousers: True Stories. 1.40 Random Acts. 1.45 Bank of Dave. 2.40 The Great Swim Series. 3.35 KOTV Boxing Weekly. 4.05 Sailing: America’s Cup Uncovered. 4.30 FIVB Beach Volleyball. 5.25 Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind. 5.30 The Grid. 6.00 Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind. 6.05 British F3. 6.30 Ironman 2012. 7.00 Canary Wharf Triathlon.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 The WotWots. 7.20 City of Friends. 7.35 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Castle Farm. 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. 8.55 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.20 Peppa Pig. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Roary the Racing Car. 9.40 Milkshake! Show Songs. 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Igam Ogam. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Big Brother. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 The Mentalist. 4.15 FILM: Too Late to Say Goodbye (2009). 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. Half Built House; 5 News at 9. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Big Brother.

12.00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. 1.00 Banged Up Abroad. 2.00 SuperCasino. 4.55 Nick’s Quest. 5.20 Wildlife SOS. 5.45 Wildlife SOS. 6.10 House Doctor. 6.35 House Doctor.

Wednesday 18th July 7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Heir Hunters. 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer. 11.58 BBC News; Weather. 12.00 Cowboy Trap. 12.45 You’ve Been Scammed. 1.13 BBC News; Weather. 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 BBC News; Weather; Regional News. 4.05 CBBC: 4.05 Deadly 60; Diddy Dick & Dom. 4.35 Prank Patrol Down Under. 5.00 Copycats. 5.30 HH: Gory Games. 6.00 Newsround. 6.15 Pointless. 7.00 BBC News; Weather. 7.30 Regional News Programmes; Weather. 8.00 The One Show. 8.30 Fake Britain; BBC News; Regional News. 9.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build. 10.00 Victoria Pendleton: Cycling’s Golden Girl. 11.00 BBC News. 11.25 Regional News; Weather. 11.35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws. 11.45 Have I Got Old News for You. 12.15 Great British Islam; National Lottery Update. 12.45 FILM: DOA (1988). 2.15 Weatherview. 2.20 Sign Zone: Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones. 3.20 Sign Zone: Fake Britain. 4.05 Sign Zone: Great British Menu. 5.05 BBC News.

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby. 7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld. 7.50 Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Roar. 8.30 Stuck on Sheep Mountain. 8.55 League of Super Evil. 9.10 Frankenstein’s Cat. 9.20 Pet Squad. 9.30 CBeebies: Nina and the Neurons. 9.45 Big & Small. 10.00 Tinga Tinga Tales. 10.10 Little Charley Bear. 10.20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. 10.30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It. 10.40 The Koala Brothers. 10.50 Lunar Jim. 11.00 Dipdap. 11.05 Kerwhizz. 11.30 Driver Dan’s Story Train. 11.40 Waybuloo. 12.00 In the Night Garden. 12.30 FILM: Angus (1995). 1.50 Lifeline. 2.00 Climbing Great Buildings. 2.30 To Buy or Not to Buy. 3.15 Weakest Link. 4.00 Show Me the Monet. 4.45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain. 5.30 6.15 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 11.30

Flog It! Antiques Road Trip. Eggheads. Great British Railway Journeys. Coast. RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012. Restoration Home. The Riots: In Their Own Words. The Culture Show. Newsnight; Weather.

12.20 Golf: The Open Preview. 12.50 The Secret History of Our Streets. 1.50 BBC News. 5.00 BBC Learning Zone.

6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel. 2.30 ITV News and Weather. 2.55 London News and Weather. 3.00 Drive to Buy. 4.00 Secret Dealers. 4.59 London Weather. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.30

A Touch of Frost. Tipping Point. London Tonight; Weather. ITV News and Weather. Emmerdale. Coronation Street. Britain’s Secret Treasures. Superstar. ITV News and Weather.

12.05 London News and Weather. 12.10 Goodwood Festival of Speed. 1.05 Jackpot247; ITV News Headlines. 3.10 FILM: Vertigo (1958). 5.20 ITV Nightscreen.

ITV 10pm Superstar

7.30 The Treacle People. 7.40 The Hoobs. 8.05 Freshly Squeezed. 8.35 According to Jim. 9.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.30 Frasier. 10.00 Undercover Boss USA. 11.00 Four Rooms. 12.00 You Deserve This House. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. 1.35 Gok Cooks Chinese. 2.05 Channel 4 Presents London 2012: Helen Turner Part II. 2.10 FILM: The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). 4.10 Countdown. 5.00 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.55 9.00 10.00 11.00

Deal or No Deal. Four in a Bed. Come Dine with Me. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Supersize vs Superskinny. 24 Hours in A&E. The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family.

12.05 Random Acts. 12.10 The Killing. 1.05 Music on 4: Summer Daze. 1.40 Music on 4: Ibiza Rocks. 1.50 Music on 4: Wakestock 2012. 2.45 Music on 4: Spotlight. 3.00 Music on 4: 4Play: The Good Natured. 3.10 Music on 4: 4Play: Marina and the Diamonds. 3.15 FILM: Strings (2004). 4.50 St Elsewhere. 5.35 Deal or No Deal. 6.30 Countdown.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 The WotWots. 7.20 City of Friends. 7.35 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Castle Farm. 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. 8.55 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 9.00 Fifi and the Flowertots. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.20 Peppa Pig. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Roary the Racing Car. 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Igam Ogam. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Big Brother. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 The Mentalist. 4.10 FILM: A Trick of the Mind (2006). 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00

5 News at 5. Neighbours. Home and Away. 5 News at 6.30. Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads; 5 News Update. 9.00 World’s Fastest Train; 5 News at 9. 10.00 NCIS. 11.00 Big Brother. 12.00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. 1.00 Poker: The Big Game. 2.00 SuperCasino. 5.00 Nick’s Quest. 5.25 Wildlife SOS. 5.45 Wildlife SOS. 6.10 House Doctor. 6.35 House Doctor.

Thursday 19th July 7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Heir Hunters. 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer. 11.58 BBC News; Weather. 12.00 Cowboy Trap. 12.45 You’ve Been Scammed. 1.13 BBC News; Weather. 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 BBC News; Weather; Regional News. 4.05 CBBC: 4.05 Deadly 60; Diddy Dick & Dom. 4.35 Prank Patrol Down Under. 5.00 Copycats. 5.30 Roy. 6.00 6.15 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 11.25 11.35 11.45

Newsround. Pointless. BBC News; Weather. Regional News Programmes; Weather. The One Show. EastEnders; BBC News; Regional News. The Truth About Sports Products. Crimewatch. BBC News. Regional News; Weather. Crimewatch Update. Traffic Cops.

12.45 This Week. 1.30 Holiday Weatherview. 1.35 Sign Zone: Britain’s Biggest Waste Dumpers Panorama. 2.05 Sign Zone: Countryfile. 3.05 Sign Zone: Antiques Roadshow. 4.05 Sign Zone: Great British Menu. 5.05 BBC News.

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby. 7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld. 7.50 Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Roar. 8.30 Stuck on Sheep Mountain. 8.55 League of Super Evil. 9.10 Frankenstein’s Cat. 9.20 Pet Squad. 9.30 CBeebies: Nina and the Neurons. 9.45 Big & Small. 10.00 Live Golf: The Open Championship.

6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel. 2.30 ITV News and Weather. 2.55 London News and Weather. 3.00 Drive to Buy. 4.00 Secret Dealers. 4.59 London Weather.

9.00 Natural World: Living with Baboons. 10.00 Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town. 11.00 The Boss Is Back. 11.30 Newsnight; Weather.

5.00 A Touch of Frost.

12.20 Engineering Giants: Jumbo Jet StripDown. 1.20 The Culture Show. 1.50 BBC News. 5.00 BBC Learning Zone.

8.00 Emmerdale.

6.00 Tipping Point. 7.00 London Tonight; Weather. 7.30 ITV News and Weather. 8.30 Britain’s Secret Treasures. 9.00 Emmerdale. 9.30 Coronation Street. 10.00 Superstar. 11.30 ITV News and Weather. 12.05 London News and Weather. 12.10 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Sharon Osbourne. 1.05 Jackpot247; ITV News Headlines. 4.00 Golden

BBC2 10pm Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town

Balls. 4.50 ITV Nightscreen. 5.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show.

7.15 The Hoobs. 7.40 The Hoobs. 8.05 Freshly Squeezed. 8.35 According to Jim. 9.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.30 Frasier. 10.00 The Secret Millionaire USA. 11.00 Four Rooms. 12.00 You Deserve This House. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. 1.35 Gok Cooks Chinese. 2.05 River Cottage Bites. 2.15 FILM: The Anderson Tapes (1971). 4.10 Countdown. 5.00 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.55 9.00 10.00 11.00

Deal or No Deal. Four in a Bed. Come Dine with Me. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Country House Rescue. Bank of Dave. 24 Hours in A&E.

12.05 Gordon Behind Bars. 1.05 Random Acts. 1.10 Undercover Boss. 2.10 Show Me Your Money. 3.10 Myths About Your 5-a-Day: Channel 4 Dispatches. 3.40 Time Team. 4.35 Ancient Egyptians. 5.30 Deal or No Deal. 6.25 Countdown.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 The WotWots. 7.20 City of Friends. 7.35 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Castle Farm. 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. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Roary the Racing Car. 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Igam Ogam. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Big Brother. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 The Mentalist. 4.10 FILM: Children of My Heart (2000). 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. Cricket on 5; 5 News Update. Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars; 5 News at 9. 10.00 The Hotel Inspector. 11.00 Big Brother. 12.00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. 1.00 SuperCasino. 4.55 Nick’s Quest. 5.20 Wildlife SOS. 5.45 Wildlife SOS. 6.10 House Doctor. 6.35 House Doctor.

Friday 20th July


CoastRider - Edition 438 - July 17th 2012

7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Heir Hunters. 11.00

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby.

Homes Under the Hammer. 11.58 BBC News;

7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld. 7.50

Weather. 12.00 Cowboy Trap. 12.45 You’ve

Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Roar. 8.30 Stuck on

Been Scammed. 1.13 BBC News; Weather. 1.15 Bargain Hunt. 2.00 BBC News; Weather. 2.30 Regional News; Weather. 2.45 Doctors.

Sheep Mountain. 8.55 League of Super Evil. 9.10 Frankenstein’s Cat. 9.20 Pet Squad. 9.30

3.15 Escape to the Country. 4.00 Flog It! 4.45

CBeebies: Nina and the Neurons. 9.45 Big &

Match of the Day Live.

Small. 10.00 Live Golf: The Open Champi-

7.00 BBC News; Weather.


7.30 Regional News Programmes; Weather.

9.00 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012.

8.00 The One Show. 8.30 Match of the Day Live. 11.00 BBC News. 11.25 Regional News; Weather. 11.35 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. 12.20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws. 12.30 White Van Man. 1.00 EastEnders.

9.30 Gardeners’ World. 10.00 The Great British Story: A People’s History.

6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel. 2.30 ITV News and Weather. 2.55 London News and Weather. 3.00 Drive to Buy. 4.00 Secret Dealers. 4.59 London Weather. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 11.30

A Touch of Frost. Tipping Point. London Tonight; Weather. ITV News and Weather. Emmerdale. Coronation Street. Britain’s Secret Treasures. Coronation Street. Superstar. ITV News and Weather.

12.05 London News and Weather. 12.10 FILM: City Slickers (1991). 2.10 The Store; ITV News Headlines. 3.45 FILM: Eyes Wide Shut (1999). 6.15 ITV Nightscreen.

11.00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme. 11.30 Newsnight.

2.25 Weatherview. 2.30 Sign Zone: Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones. 3.30 Sign

12.00 The Review Show. 12.45 Weather.

Zone: Hairy Bikers’ Best of British. 4.15 Sign

12.50 FILM: Jindabyne (2006). 2.45 BBC News.

Zone: Great British Menu. 5.15 BBC News.

5.15 Close.

ITV 6pm Tipping Point

“WAR CRY” Another soldier dead and gone And yet the conflict carries on Why are we there? Why do they die? I often sit and wonder why? So many only in their teens No longer here to fill their dreams So many mourn, so many pray Their loved ones live another day But still the death toll adds another Father,husband,son and brother Their lives the cost but who has gained? When families weep, forever pained What cost a life? I fear, not much

Those politicians out of touch One wonders how their sons would fair If stationed somewhere over there But who are we to make a stand Mere numbers in a wonderland Who try to make sense of it all While watching more poor soldiers fall Dear God there has to be an end A day when we can comprehend When all is peace and war’s a crime Some year, some month, some day Some time. By David Whitney © 2012

7.10 Sali Mali. 7.15 The Hoobs. 7.40 The Hoobs. 8.05 Freshly Squeezed. 8.30 According to Jim. 8.55 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.30 Frasier. 10.00 The Secret Millionaire USA. 11.00 Relocation, Relocation. 12.00 You Deserve This House. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 Channel 4 Presents: London 2012 Stephen Miller Part III. 1.10 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. 1.40 Gok Cooks Chinese. 2.10 FILM: Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957). 4.10 Countdown. 5.00 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.55 9.00 10.00 11.35

Deal or No Deal. Four in a Bed. Come Dine with Me. The Simpsons. Hollyoaks. Channel 4 News. Phil Spencer: Secret Agent. The Million Pound Drop. The Angelos Epithemiou Show.

12.10 A Short History of Everything Else. 12.40 New Girl. 1.10 Random Acts. 1.15 FILM: The Family Stone (2005). 3.00 Glasgowland. 3.05 My Name Is Earl. 3.30 My Name Is Earl. 3.50 The Million Pound Drop. 5.15 Love Tube. 5.20 Deal or No Deal. 6.15 Countdown.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 The WotWots. 7.20 City of Friends. 7.35 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Castle Farm. 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. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Roary the Racing Car. 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas. 10.00 Igam Ogam. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Big Brother. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 NCIS. 4.20 FILM: McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? (2005). 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. Cricket on 5; 5 News Update. Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads; 5 News at 9. 10.00 Big Brother: Live Eviction. 11.00 The Bachelor. 12.00 Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. 1.00 SuperCasino. 4.55 Motorsport Mundial. 5.20 Wildlife SOS. 5.45 Wildlife SOS. 6.10 House Doctor. 6.35 House Doctor.

Saturday 21st July


CoastRider - Edition 438 - July 17th 2012

7.00 Breakfast. 11.00 Live Golf: The Open Championship. 1.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather. 1.10 Live Golf: The Open Championship. 7.10 BBC News; Regional News; Weather. 7.30 FILM: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). 9.25 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune. 10.20 Casualty. 11.10 BBC News; Weather. 11.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys. 12.00 Live at the Apollo; National Lottery Update. 12.45 FILM: Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). 2.25 Weatherview. 2.30 Sign Zone: Faster, Higher, Stronger. 3.30 Sign Zone: Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive. 4.30 BBC News.

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby. 7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld. 7.45 Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Barney’s Barrier Reef. 8.30 Project Parent. 9.00 The Scooby-Doo Show. 9.20 Dennis and Gnasher. 9.30 The Slammer. 10.00 Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour. 10.30 Incredible Edibles. 11.00 My Genius Idea. 11.30 Splatalot. 12.00 Copycats. 12.30 OOglies. 12.35 Diddy Movies. 12.45 MOTD Kickabout. 1.05 FILM: Jubal (1956). 2.45 Show Me the Monet. 3.30 Racing from Ascot. 6.00 Formula 1: German Grand Prix

6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 CITV: Mini CITV. 8.25 CITV. 9.25 Saturday Cookbook. 10.25 ITV News. 10.30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA. 11.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA. 12.20 The Real Housewives of New York City. 1.15 ITV News and Weather; Weather. 1.25 FILM: Escape to Victory (1981). 3.35 FILM: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). 6.00 6.10 6.25 7.30 8.30 9.35 11.30 11.45

London Tonight; Weather. ITV News and Weather. Primeval. You’ve Been Framed Extreme! The Cube. TV’s Biggest Blockbusters. ITV News and Weather; Weather. Mad Mad World.

12.30 Take Me Out. 1.35 The Store; ITV News Headlines. 3.40 In Plain Sight. 4.25 ITV Nightscreen.

Qualifying Highlights. 7.10 Live Golf: The Open Championship. 9.00 The Hollow Crown Henry V. 11.15 QI. 11.45 TOTP2. BBC1 7.30pm Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

12.45 FILM: Kicks (2009). 2.05 BBC News. 4.35 ITV 3.35pm The Man with the Golden Gun


7.00 Channel 4 Presents London 2012: Ellie Simmonds Part III. 7.05 Sali Mali. 7.10 The Hoobs. 7.35 That Paralympic Show. 8.00 British Formula Ford Championship. 8.25 The Grid. 8.55 The Morning Line. 9.55 T4: Ibiza Rocks: Ed Sheeran. 10.10 T4: The Dark Knight Rises: T4 Movie Special. 10.40 T4: New Girl. 11.15 T4: Revenge. 12.15 T4: Suburgatory. 12.45 T4: Summer Daze. 1.20 T4: The Big Bang Theory. 1.55 T4: The Big Bang Theory. 2.20 The Simpsons. 2.55 Channel 4 Racing. 4.55 Channel 4 Presents: London 2012 Hannah Cockroft Part III. 5.00 5.30 6.05 6.40 7.10 7.35 8.05 8.10 10.00 11.45

Come Dine with Me. Come Dine with Me. Come Dine with Me. Come Dine with Me. Come Dine with Me. Channel 4 News. The Million Pound Drop. FILM: Date Night (2010). FILM: Another 48 Hrs (1990).

1.40 The Million Pound Drop. 3.15 FILM: Gentlemen Broncos (2009). 4.45 St Elsewhere. 5.35 Deal or No Deal. 6.30 Countdown.

7.00 Milkshake!: Peppa Pig. 7.05 Roary the Racing Car. 7.15 Fifi and the Flowertots. 7.25 City of Friends. 7.35 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. 7.50 Abby’s Flying Fairy School. 8.00 Roobarb and Custard Too. 8.05 Bananas in Pyjamas. 8.20 Family! 8.30 Noddy in Toyland. 8.45 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 8.55 Little Princess. 9.10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky. 9.30 Angelina Ballerina. 9.45 Rupert Bear. 10.00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 10.15 The Mr Men Show. 10.30 Roary the Racing Car. 10.45 Jelly Jamm. 11.00 Zoo Days. 11.05 How Do They Do It? 11.35 Big Brother: The Eviction. 12.35 FILM: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987). 2.20 FILM: Adventures in Babysitting (1987). 4.15 FILM: Fly Away Home (1996). 6.20 8.00 9.00 9.05 10.10 11.10

FILM: Stone Cold (2005). Cricket on 5. 5 News Weekend. NCIS. Big Brother. CSI: Miami.

12.05 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.05 SuperCasino. 5.00 HouseBusters. 5.25 Great Scientists. 5.50 County Secrets. 6.00 Hana’s Helpline. 6.10 The Milkshake! Show. 6.35 Thomas & Friends. 6.45 Roary the Racing Car.

Sunday 22nd July 7.00 Breakfast. 10.00 The Andrew Marr Show. 11.00 Sunday Morning Live. 12.00 Country

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby. 7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld. 7.45 Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Barney’s Barrier Reef.

Tracks; Weather for the Week Ahead. 1.00 BBC

8.30 Scoop. 8.55 The Scooby-Doo Show. 9.15

News. 1.05 Bargain Hunt. 1.35 Live Golf: The

Dennis and Gnasher. 9.30 Wingin’ It. 9.50 Shaun the Sheep. 10.00 Friday Download.

Open Championship. 8.00 BBC News; Regional News; Weather.

11.00 Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman. 12.00 Live Golf: The Open Championship. 1.35 FILM: Jack (1996). 3.25 Show

8.15 Countryfile.

Me the Monet. 4.10 Escape to the Country.

9.10 Casualty.

4.55 Flog It!

10.00 Wallander.

5.55 Songs of Praise. 6.30 Formula 1: German Grand Prix

11.30 BBC News; Regional News; Weather. 11.55 John Bishop’s Britain. 12.40 Formula 1: German Grand Prix Highlights. 2.10 Weatherview. 2.15 Sign Zone:


6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 CITV: Mini CITV. 8.25 CITV. 9.25 Dinner Date. 10.25 ITV News. 10.30 House Gift. 11.25 There’s No Taste Like Home. 12.25 The Hungry Sailors. 1.25 ITV News and Weather; Weather. 1.35 Dickinson’s Real Deal. 2.35 Murder, She Wrote. 3.35 TV’s Biggest Blockbusters. 5.25 Doc Martin. 6.25 The Chase. 7.25 London Tonight; Weather. 7.40 ITV News and Weather. 8.00 Britain’s Secret Treasures. 9.00 Dancing on Ice Goes Gold. 11.00 ITV News at Ten and Weather; Weather. 11.20 Bomber Command. 12.15 Premiership Rugby Sevens Series. 1.15 The Store; ITV News Headlines. 3.15 Golden Balls. 4.05 Motorsport UK. 4.55 ITV Nightscreen.

8.00 Secrets of Our Living Planet.

Will & Grace. 9.25 Will & Grace. 9.55 Frasier. 10.25 Frasier. 11.00 Sunday Brunch. 1.30 Jamie Does Marrakech. 2.35 How to Cook Like Heston. 3.05 The Big Bang Theory. 3.30 The Big Bang Theory. 4.00 The Simpsons. 4.35 The Simpsons. 5.05 Deal or No Deal. 6.05 Channel 4 Presents: London 2012 Will Bayley Part III. 6.10 Channel 4 News. 6.40 6.45 FILM: Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief (2010).

9.00 Engineering Giants:

9.00 Come Dine with Me.

Gas Rig Strip-Down.

10.00 Thelma’s Gypsy Girls.

10.00 World’s Most Dangerous Roads.

11.00 FILM: Role Models (2008).

11.00 Mock the Week Again. Faster, Higher, Stronger. 3.15 Sign Zone: Holby

7.15 Ironman 2012. 7.40 Canary Wharf Triathlon. 8.05 The Great Swim Series. 9.00

12.55 FILM: Internal Affairs (1990). 3.00 A

11.30 Line of Duty.

City. 4.15 Sign Zone: Britain’s Lost Routes with

12.30 Twenty Twelve. 1.00 FILM: Sparkle

Griff Rhys Jones. 5.15 BBC News.

(2006). 2.40 BBC News. 5.15 Close.

Family Portrait. 3.05 Camelot. 4.00 Hollyoaks. 6.10 Channel 4 Presents: London 2012 David ITV 5.25pm Doc Martin

Clarke Pt III. 6.15 Deal or No Deal.

7.00 Milkshake!: Peppa Pig. 7.05 Roary the Racing Car. 7.15 Fifi and the Flowertots. 7.25 City of Friends. 7.35 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. 7.50 Castle Farm. 7.55 Abby’s Flying Fairy School. 8.05 Roobarb and Custard Too. 8.10 Bananas in Pyjamas. 8.25 Family! 8.35 Noddy in Toyland. 8.50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 8.55 Little Princess. 9.05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky. 9.20 Angelina Ballerina. 9.40 Rupert Bear. 9.55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. 10.10 The Mr Men Show. 10.25 Roary the Racing Car. 10.40 Jelly Jamm. 11.00 Monkey Life. 11.25 The Hotel Inspector. 12.25 Big Brother. 1.25 FILM: Krull (1983). 3.55 FILM: Clash of the Titans (1981). 6.15 7.55 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00

FILM: Pocahontas (1995). 5 News Weekend. Cricket on 5. Once Upon a Time. Big Brother. FILM: Blood Work (2002).

1.00 World’s Fastest Train. 2.00 SuperCasino. 5.05 Sons of Anarchy. 5.50 County Secrets. 6.00 Hana’s Helpline. 6.10 The Milkshake! Show. 6.35 Thomas & Friends. 6.45 Roary the Racing Car.

Monday 23rd July 7.00 Breakfast. 10.15 Heir Hunters. 11.00 Homes Under the Hammer. 11.58 BBC News; Weather. 12.00 Cowboy Trap. 12.45 You’ve Been Scammed. 1.13 BBC News; Weather. 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 BBC News; Weather; Regional News. 4.05 CBBC: Deadly 60. 4.35 Prank Patrol Down Under. 5.00 Copycats. 5.30 Roy. 6.00 6.15 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 11.25 11.35

Newsround. Pointless. BBC News; Weather. Regional News Programmes; Weather. The One Show. Food Factory; BBC News; Regional News. EastEnders. A Question of Sport Olympic Special. EastEnders. Absolutely Fabulous. BBC News. Regional News; Weather. Tom Daley: Diving for Britain.

12.25 Who Do You Think You Are? US. 1.10 FILM: Women of Valor (1986). 2.50 Weatherview. 2.55 Sign Zone: Faster, Higher, Stronger. 3.55 Sign Zone: Victoria Pendleton: Cycling’s Golden Girl. 4.55 Sign Zone: Britain’s Heritage Heroes. 5.25 BBC News.

7.00 CBeebies: The Pingu Show. 7.10 Zigby. 7.25 Timmy Time. 7.35 Dirtgirlworld; Chuggington: Badge Quest. 7.50 Rastamouse. 8.00 CBBC: Deadly Top 10. 8.30 Splatalot; Shaun the Sheep Championsheeps. 8.55 League of Super Evil. 9.05 Frankenstein’s Cat. 9.15 Pet Squad. 9.30 CBeebies: Nina and the Neurons Go Inventing. 9.45 Big & Small. 10.00 Tinga Tinga Tales. 10.10 Little Charley Bear. 10.20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. 10.30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It. 10.45 The Koala Brothers. 10.55 Lunar Jim; Dipdap. 11.05 Kerwhizz. 11.30 Driver Dan’s Story Train. 11.40 Waybuloo. 12.00 In the Night Garden. 12.30 Animal Park. 1.00 FILM: The Saint in London (1939). 2.10 FILM: The Saint in Palm Springs (1941). 3.15 Weakest Link. 4.00 Show Me the Monet. 4.45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain. 5.30 Flog It! 6.15 Antiques Road Trip. 7.00 Eggheads. 7.30 Great British Railway Journeys. 8.00 Coast. 9.00 University Challenge. 9.30 The Hairy Bakers. 10.00 Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger. 11.00 QI. 11.30 Newsnight; Weather. 12.20 World’s Most Dangerous Roads. 1.20 BBC News. 5.25 The Super League Show. 6.10 Close.

6.30 ITV Morning News. 7.00 Daybreak. 9.30 Lorraine. 10.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show. 11.30 This Morning. 1.30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel. 2.30 ITV News and Weather. 2.55 London News and Weather. 3.00 Drive to Buy. 4.00 Secret Dealers. 4.59 London Weather. 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 11.15 11.45 11.50

A Touch of Frost. Tipping Point. London Tonight; Weather. ITV News and Weather. Emmerdale. Coronation Street. Countrywise. Coronation Street. Superstar. ITV News and Weather. London News and Weather. Real Crime with Mark Austin: Fallen Angel.

12.50 In Plain Sight. 1.40 Jackpot247; ITV News Headlines. 4.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show. 4.55 ITV Nightscreen. 5.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show.

7.10 Channel 4 Presents London 2012: Mandip Sehmi Part III. 7.15 The Hoobs. 7.40 The Hoobs. 8.05 Freshly Squeezed. 8.30 According to Jim. 8.55 Will & Grace. 9.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.55 Frasier. 10.25 Come Dine with Me. 10.55 Come Dine with Me. 11.25 Come Dine with Me. 12.00 Come Dine with Me. 12.30 Come Dine with Me. 1.00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary. 1.05 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun. 2.05 Gok Cooks Chinese. 2.35 River Cottage Bites. 2.40 FILM: Thunder Over Arizona (1956). 4.10 Countdown. 5.00 Deal or No Deal: Gold Medal Deal. 6.00 Four in a Bed. 6.30 Come Dine with Me. 7.00 The Simpsons. 7.30 Hollyoaks. 8.00 Channel 4 News. 8.25 Can You Trust Your Bank? Jon Snow Presents. 8.55 9.00 Location, Location, Location. 10.00 Undercover Boss. 11.00 Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions. 12.05 FILM: A Running Jump (2012). 12.50 Random Acts. 12.55 Embarrassing Bodies: Under the Skin. 2.00 Channel 4 Presents London 2012: Danielle Brown Part III. 2.05 The Good Wife. 2.50 The Good Wife. 3.30 The Big C. 4.00 Southland. 4.45 St Elsewhere. 5.30 Deal or No Deal. 6.25 Countdown.

7.00 Milkshake!: Thomas & Friends. 7.10 The WotWots. 7.20 City of Friends. 7.35 Jelly Jamm. 7.45 Peppa Pig. 7.50 Castle Farm. 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. 9.10 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures. 9.15 Peppa Pig. 9.20 Peppa Pig. 9.25 Peppa Pig. 9.30 Roary the Racing Car. 9.45 Bananas in Pyjamas. 9.55 Milkshake! Monkey. 10.00 Igam Ogam. 10.15 The Wright Stuff. 12.10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers. 1.10 5 News Lunchtime. 1.15 Big Brother. 2.15 Home and Away. 2.45 Neighbours. 3.15 The Mentalist. 4.15 Rosamunde Pilcher’s Winter. 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. Cricket on 5; 5 News Update. Megastructures: London’s 1Olympic Stadium; 5 News at 9. 10.00 Big Brother. 11.00 The Walking Dead. 11.55 FILM: The Woods (2006). 1.40 Forensic Files. 2.10 SuperCasino. 4.55 Nick’s Quest. 5.20 Wildlife SOS. 5.45 Michaela’s Wild Challenge. 6.10 House Doctor. 6.35 House Doctor.

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t seems like the generosity of Expats in Spain knows no bounds. The Highway 4 Heroes Show that was held at Los Rosales Restaurant on 7th July proved just how proud people are of their brave servicemen and women. Show organiser Jax Lawson, Regional Coordinator for Afghan Heroes for Spain, started the evening off by explaining about work that the charity has been doing. Their latest initiative is the “Give Us Time” project. In conjunction with Liam Fox MP, Afghan Heroes asked holiday and time share companies to donate “TIME”. Within 4 days of putting the word ou,t they had received 5 full years worth of holidays all over the world! These much needed breaks will help severely injured returning men and women to recover from trauma and rehabilitate There is already one holiday home that has been donated by a couple in Pinoso, as well as the original holiday

home in Weymouth. Recently Afghan Heroes have been offered a 9 bedroom villa in 50 acres, with pool plus chauffeur driven airport transfers. The Expat who is donating this wonderful package is also going to have the villa renovated to make it wheelchair friendly at his own expense. In the audience was another expat who offered to donate a holiday at her wheelchair friendly second home. For more information about Afghan Heroes work please go to The show featured the rock and pop band Indiana Highway, who very quickly got the house a rocking and the audience cheering to their music. There was a huge range of favourites that encompassed everything from The Beatles to Deep Purple, David Bowie to Blondie. The Anglo/ Spanish band have always been passionate supporters of Afghan Heroes and also kindly

provided some of the raffle prizes. Star of the show had to be Luis the Spanish lead guitarist, who had many comments of “That guy is just brilliant”. With two encores and much table banging and cheering, the general consensus was that a great evening was had by all. The show raised over €1000 for Afghan Heroes. Organisers will also be holding a raffle for Afghan Heroes at The Ultimate Tribute Show on July 17th at Los Rosales. “Night Out Promotions” have generously donated 2 VIP tickets to see Joe Longthorne at Benidorm Palace. The much sought after prize is worth €130. Organisers would like to thank everyone who came to the show for making it such a success. If you would like more information or tickets for upcoming shows please contact or call 697 501 992. Raffle prizes always gratefully received.

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Pig-sticking, popular in India under the Raj, could be legalised in a Spanish region where private hunting is encouraged. It was the kind of sport loved by some colonial Britons in India, whose idea of entertainment was to chase a wild boar on horseback and lance it do death. Now pig-sticking or boar hunting, as it was also known, looks set for a comeback thanks to authorities in the Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha, south of Madrid, who are expected to make it legal in the region’s plentiful private hunting estates. The measure has provoked the anger of local environmentalists who accuse the authorities of turning the clock back to the middle-ages, when pig-sticking was common in several parts of Europe. The man pushing the new law is Enrique del Aguila, who runs a private hunting estate near Villtobas, central Spain, and describes himself as the Major Lancer of The Pigsticking International Club. He said British visitors to his estate had already taken part in pigsticking hunts with lances. He said: “We have had British people come to pig-stick. It is something they used to practise in India. Right now it is neither legal nor illegal. It is something we do with friends.” The regional government’s hunting committee has already expressed its approval for pigsticking and del Aguila expects a definitive change to the region’s hunting laws in the next couple of weeks.

“I think it has a good chance of being legalised because it will bring new clients to a region that already counts hunting as one of its two biggest sources of income,” he said. He claimed pigsticking was 2,000 years old and no more cruel than other forms of hunting. “Look, bullfighting is also a controversial argument but it is legal,” he said. “Hunting generally provokes the opposition of environmentalists. This is just one more form of hunting, and the animals do not suffer any more or less than in other forms.” He had founded his pigsticking club, which his website describes as ‘a gentlemen’s club’, to attract new clients. He continued: “There are people from other countries who want to come and practise this sport. We already have a lot of British visitors who come for the partridge hunting.” Enrique del Aguila promotes his services with a video showing a group of lance-bearing riders chasing down a wild boar. The boar is eventually wounded by one of the lancers. It then tries to escape, but is surrounded by riders and is lanced again and eventually stops and rolls over on to its back. A spokesman for Ecologistas en AcciÛncorr group complained: “Castilla La Mancha is becoming a centre for experimenting with ever more cruel forms of hunting.” What’s next they ask, will the regional PP government bring back serfdom? Mireille Toddington





lthough we are in the height of the hot, hot summer, many of us are thinking ahead to later in the year and preparing our homes for the change in weather. Facades are being painted, guttering cleared and all those little jobs we have put off are often being put back on the ‘to do’ list as we prepare for the autumn and even winter season. Paul from P&R Tiling told the CoastRider, “Many houses, quads and apartments bought at the beginning of the ‘boom’ are only now ten years old or more. It is only now that these properties are beginning to need maintenance.” “Some of these houses”, explained Paul, “Especially those with tiled solariums or patios will see things like grout deteriorating or old tiles cracking. At the height of the building and buying boom, sometimes corners were cut and I have seen instances where the incorrect mix has been used to grout or lay tiles - of course, this doesn’t become evident or present a problem until years later, but I have come across cases where homeowners thought their solarium was watertight, only to discover damp, mould or even a flowing leak caused by deterioration of

the solarium or roof.” Paul’s advice is to check now, while the days are long and the light is good. “Have a look at your solarium,” advises Paul, “If you see holes or pitting in the grout, or if the skirting tiles aren’t properly sealed in, you could have a potential problem on your hands this winter. Pay special attention to the sides and any slopes where water drains off.” If you are unsure what to look for, Paul is happy to call out free of charge and assess your solarium. If you do turn out to have a leaky solarium, or if your terrace or patio could do with a facelift, P&R Tiling offers many affordable solutions. “We specialise in making solariums watertight,” says Paul, “We use a Bitumen waterproofing product to create an impenetrable membrane, and only use swimming pool grade adhesive and grout so that no water can get through. We don’t cut corners with our products and all areas, even skirting tiles, are finished to the same high standard to ensure a proper job is done. Having tried the cheaper alternatives in the past only resulted in us having to go back and fix jobs at our own cost and as we prize

our reputation highly, we now only use the high grade products as it is a false economy using anything else.” Paul offers a five year guarantee on solariums and if you would like to visit other homeowners to see for yourself examples of the standard of work, and importantly, have a chat to previous clients, Paul offers this service as standard when you are choosing your tiles from a large range. Prices start at €25 per square metre and include labour, swimming pool grade adhesive and grout, a Bitumen membrane and your choice from a range of tiles. For more information, go to or call 622 154 380. FREE CALLBACK: Text or email your name, location and the word QUOTE and we will call you back. See main advert on page 58.

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LEMON MERINGUE PIE Ingredients By Paul Mutter


here is nothing more spectacular than a great dessert and this week’s recipe is one that’s been a firm favourite for many years. In fact it has become a classic, it is lemon meringue pie. Although it is spoken of, certainly by Delia Smith, as an English classic, according to Wikipedia the combination of a lemon curd or custard filling with a meringue topping is a 19th century invention, the first recipe being put down by a Swiss baker. Lemon as a flavouring for custards pies puddings though had been around for many centuries before that but it wasn’t until the 17th century that the

process of cooking meringue had been perfected. With such easy access to the lemons here on the Costa Blanca, recipes with lemons in them are almost a must and the sight of a crisp topped lemon meringue pie being brought to the table usually brings a smile to the faces of family and friends. There are many, many recipes for Lemon Meringue pie and one I used to use for many years in the UK with very good results came from the back of a packet of Browne and Poulson cornflour! However it disappeared never to be found again. This particular recipe is essentially the one

from the Hairy Bikers “meals on wheels”. However I have reduced the amount of water for the filling in order to give a good set to the lemon curd filling. Depending on how strong you like your lemons you may want to tone it down with either a little more sugar, reducing the number of lemons by one and adding a little more water or, which I notice has crept into some recipes, by substituting the juice of a small orange for one of the lemons. I suppose that makes it an orange and lemon meringue pie. If you have any of the filling leftover it is delicious spread on bread or as a topping for ice cream.

For the pastry 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 teaspoon caster sugar 125g cold butter, cut into cubes 1 egg, beaten For the lemon filling 50g cornflour 175ml cold water 200g caster sugar 4 lemons, zest and juice 1 egg plus 3 egg yolks For the meringue topping 3 egg whites 175g caster sugar ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Grease a 20cm deep flan tin. To make the pastry, either place the flour, sugar and the butter in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, gradually add the beaten egg and blend until the mixture forms a ball – or blend the flour and butter in by hand before adding the egg. Keep some flour close by as this is a very rich, sticky dough. Knead briefly with floured hands on a floured surface to form a ball and then wrap in clingfilm and put into the fridge for 30 minutes. On a well-floured surface roll the pastry out to a 5mm thickness and line the prepared flan tin. Trim the edges neatly, prick the base lightly with a fork a few times and line with a round of baking parchment. Fill with baking beans, put the flan dish on a tray and bake blind for 15 minutes.

Carefully take out of the oven and remove the paper and beans. Return to the oven for a further 3-5 minutes until the surface of the pastry is dry. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 150ºC. While the pastry is baking, make the filling. Put the cornflour in a small bowl and mix with enough of the cold water to make a thin paste then set aside. Pour the remaining water into a large saucepan and add the sugar, lemon zest and juice - you should have around 225ml lemon juice. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves then bring to the boil. Taste with great care (because it is very hot!) and adjust with more sugar if needed. Take the pan off the heat and quickly stir in the cornflour mixture - the sauce should thicken immediately. Cook over a low heat for three to five minutes stirring all the time until thickened and glossy. Remove from the heat and cool for five minutes. Whisk the egg yolks with the whole egg until smooth, then whisk vigorously into the sauce to mix together thoroughly. Set aside to cool for 25 minutes. For the meringue topping, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff then gradually whisk in half the sugar. Add the vanilla extract and whisk in the remaining sugar. Stir the cooled lemon filling and pour into the pastry case. Cover very gently with large spoonfuls of the meringue topping, starting at the sides then working your way into the middle, and gently swirl the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until the meringue is set and very lightly browned. Leave to cool before removing from the tin. Delicious on its own, with cream or ice cream at any time of the day!

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disappointing. Silas’s escape puts the village’s residents on edge. George admits he is terrified of getting intimate with Ryan, and Maddie receives unwanted attention. Silas’s reappearance comes as a shock for the community. Jacqui tries to restore Carmel to her bubbly self with a girls’ night in, and Maddie learns her dad is leaving the village. Riley makes some important decisions as he vows to stand by Mitzeee. Will struggles to prove his innocence without Ash’s help, and a rejected Mercedes is taken in by Dr Browning.

Hollyoaks Texas and Ally lead a hate campaign against Will. Cheryl disapproves of Brendan’s decision to make Walker her bodyguard, and Esther spoils Maddie’s dream holiday in Abersoch. Ash plays directly into Silas’s hands when she visits him at the psychiatric hospital. Dodger decides where his loyalties lie, and Maddie’s Abersoch holiday proves

Emmerdale Amy’s belated birthday night out ends in misery when she encounters her estranged mother, while Rhona confides in Laurel about Marlon joining her and Paddy in New Zealand. Val is suspicious of Amy’s swollen lip and finds out what really happened at the club, before Kerry turns up in the village trying to track down her daughter. Amy finds out about

her mother’s visit to the village, while Rhona and Paddy’s rescheduled wedding rehearsal presents Laurel with an opportunity to tell Marlon how she feels. Marlon is confused and angry after Laurel’s revelation, Chas tells Debbie to follow her instincts over whether she can trust Cameron, and Victoria dumps Alex. Marlon faces a dilemma about his future, knowing that whatever his decision, he will have to say goodbye to either Laurel or Leo. Debbie’s suspicions about Cameron continue. Cameron proposes to Debbie in front of Chas, and Rachel takes a pregnancy test, while Marlon announces to Rhona and Paddy that he will not be joining them in New Zealand.

get-togethers, and an emergency with another baby sends Janine into a blind panic at the hospital. The Olympic torch begins to make its journey through Walford but Billy is stuck miles away with the football team and in danger of missing his moment of glory. Billy makes it back to the Square but still faces several obstacles to reach the Olympic torch relay with the outcome revealed in a special live segment at the end of the episode.

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Ryan (Sol Heras taking over the role) inadvertently starts a fire at No 13 after returning home from university, and Leanne reconsiders her plan to move Simon away from his family. Ryan begins EastEnders Janine grows more suspicious of Michael working at the factory, but when Kirk’s when he asks her to make him a signatory back is turned he stages a fall and later on the business accounts, while Jay tells insists he is going to sue Underworld for Lola what happened between them was the supposed injury he suffers. Rob a mistake. Kat faces a dilemma when her enlists Eva’s help to prove Ryan is lying lover leaves a key to a flat for their future about his injury, while Dev is delighted to

hear Sunita has given up her job at the Rovers and is returning to work in the shop. Ryan gets drunk in the Rovers and picks a fight with Rob after having a row with Michelle, while Dev apologises to Sunita for putting her under pressure. Stella arranges a girls’ night out with Leanne and Eva, while a fed-up Sunita closes the shop and heads to the pub, where she tries to seduce Karl. Stella confronts Sunita after finding her in a compromising position with Karl, but when Dev learns of his fiancee’s infidelity, he begs her not to leave him.

JOHN CARTER (12) Beautifully designed and impressively directed, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, emotionally engaging space opera with an intelligent script, strong characters, terrific special effects and superb performances from Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. Pixar director Andrew Stanton's (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) first foray into live-action is based on the series of fantasy novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs (the first written in 1912) that set the template for such future genre staples as Superman, Flash Gordon, Star Wars and so on. Taylor Kitsch stars as disillusioned American Civil War veteran John Carter, who's mysteriously transported to Mars – which the natives call Barsoom – where he's captured by a four-armed race of green-skinned, nine foot tall Tharks lead by Tars Tarkus (Willem Dafoe). Brought to you by Moving Movies. Tel: 650 944 934/652 751 072m movingmoviesdvds@gmai z

Hinds, Dafoe and James Purefoy, who has a scene-stealing sequence as Dejah's sworn protector, Kantos Kan. As you'd expect from Pixar, the digitally animated special effects are flawless – there's not a moment of dodgy CGI in the entire film and the Barsoom landscapes are gorgeously rendered, as are details like the Zodangan's moving city or their dragonfly-like aircraft. Stanton also delivers a number of exciting set pieces, the highlights of which are a fight to the death with a pair of vicious White Apes in an arena and an almighty battle against a race of Warsoon (like Tharks but nastier). John Carter is a hugely entertaining, pleasingly old fashioned space adventure that deserves its shot at the planned trilogy. Recommended.

experiencing a variety of typical coming-of-age problems: lead actor Davey (Aneurin Barnard) has family problems and an unrequited crush on his leading lady Stella (Danielle Branch); sensitive Evan (Tomos Harries) has to break it to his smitten best friend Dena (Kayleigh Bennett) that he doesn't like girls; volatile outsider Kenny (Darren Evans) starts hanging around with older skinheads and getting into fights; and nice guy Jake (George MacKay) starts seeing the sister (Kimberley Nixon) of his best friend and fellow band member Lewis (Adam Byard). Minnie Driver is wonderful as Viv, nailing a noteperfect Swansea accent and delivering a warmhearted performance that's utterly charming. There's also terrific support from a cast of obscenely talented unknowns, with Barnard, Harries and Evans being the three stand-outs.

The musical direction is extremely impressive and the songs (including versions of Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World and Nick Drake's Cello Song) are breathtakingly performed, with an organic, natural quality that puts the over-produced, cynical pop packagings of Glee to shame. The film is beautifully shot too, with Charlotte Bruus Christensen's sun-drenched cinematography doing a good job of passing the summer of 2010 off as that of 1976. The film culminates in a terrific musical finale that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Hugely enjoyable and impressively directed, this is an infectiously warm-hearted coming-of-age drama with a terrific central performance from Minnie Driver and some beautifully performed musical numbers. Highly recommended.

HUNKY DORY (12) Warmly directed and engagingly written, this is a hugely enjoyable coming-of-age drama with a terrific central performance from Minnie Driver and stunning musical sequences performed by a talented cast of young unknowns. Directed by Welshman Marc Evans (My Little Eye), Hunky Dory is set in Swansea during the scorching summer of 1976, where unorthodox, free-spirited schoolteacher Vivienne Mae (Minnie Driver) is attempting to put on an ambitious Tommy-style rock opera version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, featuring contemporary hits performed with a school orchestra. Viv faces staunch opposition from various uptight members of staff (including Haydn Gwynne as Mrs Valentine and Steve Speirs as Mr Cafferty) but catches a break when she persuades the headmaster (Robert Pugh) to play Prospero. Meanwhile, Viv's disparate class of students are all

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Carter soon learns that Barsoom is under threat, thanks to a raging war between rival tribes the Zodangans - lead by the villainous Sab Than (Dominic West), who's been given a gamechanging superweapon by manipulative, allpowerful Therm, Matai Shang (Mark Strong) – and the peace-loving Heliumites, lead by King Tardos Mors (Ciaran Hinds) and his feisty daughter, scantily-clad philosopher/warrior Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Discovering that his bone density gives him super strength and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Carter rescues Dejah from the clutches of the Zodagans and makes a powerful enemy of Matai Shang in the process. The performances are excellent: Kitsch and Collins have strong chemistry together and there's superb support from the likes of Strong,

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Torrevieja Elite Entertainment - Presents The CoastRider Spectacular Music Gala on Saturday 21st July at the Kiosko Cabo Cervera restaurant, Torrevieja. The fun starts at 1pm. Tickets are €5 to include paella and a free drink and can be purchased from the coastrider office or by calling 966 701 060. All proceeds to go to EMAUS & The Davila / Grewar family fund charity.

investigation where nothing is as it seems, and nothing can be taken at face value. When Puller and Cole discover a dangerous situation in the making, Puller finds he must turn to the one person who can help avert certain catastrophe. A person he has known all his life. In a breathtaking roller-coaster race against time, Cole fears for the community in which she was raised, and Puller knows he has to overcome the enemies of his country to avoid far-reaching disaster. But, in the end you cannot kill what

Help At Home - Presents Canterbury Christchurch University Big Band on Wednesday 17th July at Chatters Social Group at El Jardin. For more Campoamor Mabs Cancer Support Group - July 21st. The information, or to become a valued HAH visit our website on Breakaway bar at La Fuente, near the rondevous in volunteer, or email Campoamor. Comedy Night. Lynden B is, performing. Entry 6 euro. Includes a buffet. 2euro Torrevieja goes to Mabs. Help At Home - Presents Canterbury Christchurch Benijófar University Big Band on Wednesday 17th July at July 28th - Bar Catorce, Benijófar. Sammy Chatters Social Group at El Jardin. For more Fitzwilliams will be doing a mediumship evening information, or to become a valued HAH from 8pm to 10pm. Proceeds to Mabs. volunteer, visit our website on Mar Menor or email Help At Home - Presents an evenings entertainment with Smithy on July 27th at La Vereda Restaurant, Torremendo Sucina. Food available. For more information Casa la Pedrera The Grand Design House Summer please contact Heather on 968 371 080. Entertainment - Presents Flamenco evenings with Torrevieja flamenco guitar- July 18th& August 22nd. Adults


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12€ p.p. Kids 8€.p.p. Flamenco Evenings with horses- August 15th. Adults 15€p.p.Kids 10€p.p The Caballeros Shows (Tribute shows with a difference) July 31st, August 14th & 21st. Adults 8€ p.p. Kids 5€ p.p. Sunset swims/ BBQ Evenings Every Friday Night Starts July 20th. Adults 10€ p.p. Kids 8€ p.p. ( includes BBQ) Country & Weston Shows - 29th July, August 5th,12th,19th&26th. Adults 10€ p.p. Kids 6€ p.p. Helping to raise funds for Alzheimers, Pets in Spain & EMAUS Childrens Homes. Doors Open 6.30pm, show starts 7.00pm. All tickets must be booked and paid for prior to the event.

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Ex smokers weight gain underestimated T

he estimated weight gain by ex smokers is said to be vastly underestimated, new research suggests.

Experts also believe that the return of an ex smoker’s sense of taste and smell may contribute to the temptation to snack. The new research suggests that the average weight gain associated with kicking the habit is much higher than previously believed. Quitters can expect to put on an average of 5 kg (11lb) within a year of kicking the habit. The figures, published on are much higher than previously thought and conflict with the 3kg often quoted on advice leaflets and the 2.3kg that many female smokers say they would be willing to put up with in order to quit smoking. However, the health benefits of giving up smoking still far outweigh a modest weight gain, say experts. The research, based on results from 62 studies, found that former smokers gained an average of 4.67kg in the 12 months after they quit. However, changes in body weight varied widely from person to person. About 16% of quitters lost weight, while 13% gained more than 10kg.

Most of the excess weight was gained during the first three months after giving up smoking. Whether the individual used nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches or gum, made no difference in terms of weight fluctuations. A joint team of UK and French researchers who carried out the review revealed that their findings are important because if people who are trying to quit have unrealistic expectations, they may be more likely to fail in their attempt. In an accompanying article, Prof Esteve Fernandez, of the University of Barcelona, and Prof Simon Chapman, of the University of Sydney, pointed out that studies in the past have also shown that many smokers gain more weight than "never smokers" for a few years, but then the rate of weight gain falls to that seen in people who have never smoked. “Although obesity is positively associated with an increased risk of all cause mortality, cohort studies indicate that modest weight gain does not increase the risk of death - smoking does,” they said. The NHS’ advice on quitting ( says: “When you go smoke-free, your appetite and sense of taste may improve, tempting you to snack more often. Make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks, like fruit or nuts, in the house and hide the crisps! “Any weight gain need only be temporary. Once you've stopped smoking, you'll find it easier to be active and lose any extra weight.” A Department of Health spokesperson said: “The health benefits of quitting are well recognised. Each year smoking accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease. "Getting support from nicotine replacement therapies or medication and the NHS Smokefree service can help in keeping down your weight.”

Fiona Harlowe is fully qualified and gifted Facialist, specialising in the treatment of aging and sun damaged skin. Fiona believes in a fully integrated holistic treatment, combining the latest, advanced equipment and product technologies with a hands-on approach rooted in massage and touch therapies. Fiona is renowned for her forthright, dedicated, honest and open approach…she genuinely cares about each client and improving the health of their skin. Based at Vanilla Hair & Beauty, Villamartin Plaza Fiona always offers free consultations. To book your free skin consultation, please call 96 676 56 16. You can also email Fiona via

The Truth about Skin: Keeping Skin Summer Fresh As temperatures increase the needs of our skin change. Almost every client I see in July and August is struggling with the heat! When I asked some clients today how their skin feels in this humidity and soaring temperature they described their skin as “damp and “constantly sweaty”, clammy”, “greasy”, “grimy”, “oily and dirty”… and I think we can all relate to these sentiments! So how can we cope with this challenging summer skin? Whilst in the winter our skin is drier and thirsty for lipid rich barrier creams to seal in moisture and protect it, as the weather heats up our skin produces more oil. This extra sebum (oil) production means that we don’t need such heavy creams in the summer. Heavy creams at this time of the year, can in fact, leave our skin feeling ‘tacky’. Thick sunscreens are also often used adding to the sticky feeling of the skin. There are some simple steps that we can take to keep our skin looking fresh. 1. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse and get a good cleanser. I always call it the “Forgotten Art of Cleansing”! Cleansing our skin is important at the best of times, but in the summer it becomes of paramount

importance. Dust, dirt, grime, grease, sweat all build up and clog our skin, plus the high levels of humidity here mean that our skin seem to constantly have a layer of moisture almost sealing it into the pores. I really love a facial wash, and unless you are in the very small minority that are allergic to water, there is nothing better than a refreshing, cooling wash to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel is a great foaming soap-free wash which deep cleans the skin and removing impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural protective barrier. If, like many in the summer, your skin feels more irritated, inflamed and sensitive, then Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Cleanser is the one for you. This you can use without water if you prefer as it is designed to calm the skin as well as gently but efficiently clean it. 2. Use a light moisturiser to hydrate the skin in place of the richer creams. Using heavier creams in the summer can trigger breakouts. Instead look for hydrants to carry water, rather than oil, into the skin. I like Trilogy’s Very Gentle Calming Fluid which is as light as air. This

gentle light fluid uses extracts of Chamomile and Calendula to soothe easily irritated skin, along with moisture repairing plant extracts to protect the compromised lipid barrier. One of my favourite products to calm skin is Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Serum Concentrate. I use this ultra-light, ultra-soothing serum to cool inflamed skin, burnt skin and frequently use it on resurfaced skin. Evening primrose, oat extracts, ginger and bisabolol all condition repair and restore the skin. The Ultracalming Serum Concentrate is great to use as an on-the-spot treatment for relief from redness and itching and is an ideal product after a day in the sun as it restores balance even to the most difficult of skins. 3. Facial massage will boost skin’s vitality by stimulating blood flow, which in turn brings oxygen to the tissue cells and helps to eliminate inflammation causing toxins. Regular massage works wonders at reducing puffiness. Facial massage can be very simple: Using your middle and index finger massage the skin and underlying muscles. Work upwards and outwards, begin at the chin and work upwards

towards the forehead. Take your ring fingers and press around the eye sockets in small pressures, starting at the temples and work under the eye towards the nose and then above the eye in the centre pressing just below the eyebrow towards the temples. Repeat three times. Concentrate on the skin-positives at this time of the year. For example, we often exercise more in the summer and enjoy activities like swimming in the sea, which relax us more and feel happier, which shows in our faces. We often eat lots of fresh fruit and salad, which are full of lovely vitamins and nourish our skin from the inside. However, there are some skin naughty’s that are all too tempting at this time of year. Sugar and alcohol are all too easy to indulge in all too frequently! Recent research has directly linked high levels of sugar in the blood to increased aging. In fact, many scientists say that there is no point spending money on anti-aging creams if you have sugar in your diet and I don’t know about you but my sugar intake usually increases in the

summer…icecream, sorbet, icelolly’s and ice cool alcoholic drinks are all much more appealing in the heat of the summer. It’s all to do with the Glycation process. Basically, the sugar attaches itself to any protein in the body and produces harmful molecules called Advanced Glycation End Products. It is this Advanced Glycation End (AGE) process that reduces the effectiveness of the elastin and collagen (the proteins in the skin) which are needed to maintain the youthful appearance of the skin. There are products out there specifically designed to interrupt this Glycation process. Dermalogica’s AGE Smart range offers concentrated and targeted defence against this primary cause of skin aging. Try also to avoid too much sugar in your summer diet as that definitely won’t be helping your skin! So remember…cleanse thoroughly, hydrate and plump with a light moisturiser, do your exercise and massage and never forget your sunscreen!


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FORECAST HAPPY COME RAIN OR SHINE St Swithun's day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St Swithun's day if thou be fair For forty days 'twill rain nae mare If on St Swithun's day it really pours You're better off to stay indoors.

Did you know that on 15th July last weekend, barometer readings hung in the balance thanks largely to a rather humble bishop and his group of slightly misguided but well intentioned monk friends. According to legend, if it rains on St Swithin’s day then we will be subjected to forty days and forty nights of inclement weather. St Swithin was the Bishop of Winchester and died in 862. According to folklore, on his deathbed, he insisted on a simple burial outside the cathedral so that “the sweet rain from heaven” would fall on his grave. His request was honoured but the monks felt this was not a fitting tribute to a man of his stature. They arranged to move him to a more elaborate tomb on 15th July 971 but as they attempted to exhume his body, they were blighted by a torrential downpour that didn’t cease for forty days and nights. The story goes that the dead bishop was weeping tears of despair and thus the kindly monks decided to leave him in his original resting place. Well of course summer has truly arrived in Spain and many of us would probably welcome a few spots of rain

to cool us down a little. So how can we weather-obsessed Brits stay cheerful whatever the conditions? Stay in Your own Business. Whilst it is human nature to want to pass judgment on others, all the time you are in somebody else’s business, you are not in your own. This will ultimately lead to unhappiness because it separates you from your own goals and achievements. So stop worrying about other people’s business and mentally make sure you are present in your own. Mood busters. Despite our best efforts, we all have days when we feel under par. This is only natural but your mood doesn’t have to be based on external circumstances. If you’re having an off day, take time out to focus on things that make you happy. Imagine you are relaxing on the beach, or taking a walk in the mountains. Or look back at an event involving your loved ones, kids or pets. Just five minutes visualising something special to you, can change your mood for the whole day. Be grateful. Appreciating the small things in life can really help you to move towards achieving the big things that you want. Every morning, as you get out of bed, kick start your day by making a mental note of everything you have to be grateful for. You’ll be surprised how this can shift your whole outlook. Get Out and About Whatever the Weather

Most of us will name the weather as one of the main reasons for moving to Spain but when even something as simple as making lunch can bring you out in a hot sweat, it can get a little tiresome. If you’re feeling tropo, and going a bit stir crazy, get out in the fresh air. With endless beaches and two beautiful salt lakes to choose from, there’s nothing to stop you taking a well earned cool dip and what’s more, it’s completely free of charge. - and even on those wet weather days, when it’s pouring, just don your raincoat and wellies and splash in the puddles. It’s incredibly uplifting so act like a child for a few minutes. Decide to be Happy. Difficult challenges in life happen to us all but it doesn’t have to get in the way. We all have our fair share of dramas to contend with – none of us is immune and usually, looking back, these “bad” events are what shapes our personality and builds our inner strength. Understand that being happy has nothing to do with what’s going on in your life. Make a decision when you get up in the morning that today is going to be a special day. Live each day as if it were your last and make the most of every moment. So regardless of any climate fluctuations on July 15th, say thank you for rain, sun, wind or snow and enjoy it. But don’t forget your umbrella.

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Moors and Christians The many Moors and Christians Fiestas are some of the very best fiestas to enjoy and should be a must on everyone’s 'To Do List'. They celebrate the invasion of this area by the Moorish armies and people during the 7th century; their subsequent 700 years of occupation and ultimate demise and dismissal by the Christian armies in the 14th century. During the month of July there are a deluge of them, both locally and slightly further afield, so make sure you check our Calendar of Events regularly for all the information and parade programmes. There is a fantastic Moors and Christians Procession in Orihuela today (Tuesday 17th) at 11:30 so if you've collected your newspaper early you'll be able enjoy this one. However, if evenings are more your style, do not fear; there are nightly parades and battles happening until this Saturday 21st July. Here is the Moors and Christians programme for the next few days in Orihuela; the whole programme is free to view on our Calendar of Events (

Catedral, C/ Ramón y Cajal, Plaza Teniente Linares, C/ Loaces, C/ Calderón de la Barca, C/ San Pascual, Plaza Nueva, Plaza Cubero, C/ López Pozas, C/ Marqués de Arneva, C/ Francisco Die, Plaza de Santiago, Plaza de Monserrate, C/ Capuchinos, C/ San Francisco, C/ Hospital finishing at the town hall. • 21:30 Grand Parade of the Children. Route: C/ Aragón, Plaza San Sebastián, C/ José Antonio, C/ Calderón de la Barca, C/ Loaces y C/ Alfonso XIII. • 23:30 Gathering in front of the town hall for the transferring of the statue of Gloriosa Enseña del Oriol to the balcony.

Wednesday 18th July • 21:00 War between the Moors and Christians (reenactment with guns). Route: el Paseo Calvo Sotelo, C/ Ballesteros Villanueva, C/ Alfonso XIII, C/ Loaces, C/Calderón de la Barca, finishing at the Glorieta Gabriel Miró. • 23:00 Capturing of the Castle in Glorieta Gabriel Miró by the Moors from the Christians.

Tuesday 17th July 770th Anniversary of the Reconquest

Thursday 19th July

• 11:30 Grand Procession of the Gloriosa Enseña del Oriol. Route: church of Saints Justa and Rufina, C/ Santa Justa, C/ José Mª Sarget, S.I.

• 21:30 Grand Parade of the Retreat. Route: C/ Aragón, Plaza San Sebastián, C/ José Antonio, C/ Calderón de la Barca, C/ Loaces

and C/ Alfonso XIII. Orihuela itself has one of the largest cultural heritages of any town or city in this area and a great day out can be spent here. There are lots of free museums for you to visit including the Reconquest museum, which houses costumes, photos and the posters from previous Moors and Christians Fiestas. Take a wander around, following our walking route which can be printed for free from our website, as it will introduce you to all the major places of interest. Explore the streets of the historic quarter and experience the boutique shops, the tapas bars, the Tuesday or Saturday morning market, plazas, and the real Spanish atmosphere which Orihuela has in abundance. There are many more Moors and Christians Parades during the rest of July. Those currently on our Calendar of Events include: Novelda: 14th - 25th July Orihuela: 15th - 21st July Guardamar del Segura: 20th - 29th July There are more that we will be adding once we get the details like; Almoradi, Cox, Javea and Villajoyosa which has been declared as being of International Tourist Interest and has been celebrated for over 250 years!

HELSTON SCHOOL JAZZ ORCHESTRA IN TORREVIEJA THIS WEEK One of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished youth jazz bands, the Helston School Jazz Orchestra, from Helston, Cornwall, have chosen once again, the ‘city of salt’ for their annual concert tour and will perform in Torrevieja twice more this week. This award winning band, comprising of students, aged between 14 and 19 years, from Helston Secondary school, was originally formed back in 1989 and has since entertained enthusiastic audiences throughout the UK and abroad. During their summer 2010 visit to Torrevieja many thousands of residents and visitors enthusiastically welcomed their open air concerts along seafront promenades and the municipal theatre. Since their formation, the band has picked up a number of

prestigious awards making it, arguably, the best band of its type in the whole of Great Britain! In fact, in this year’s (2012) National Concert Bands Festival, celebrated at the prestigious ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC in London, these Cornish youngsters came away with the highest award possible, the “platinum” award, having gained full marks in every category. The adjudicators gave the band exceptionally high praise, describing them as “head and shoulders above the rest!”, whilst one of the judges even went as far as to say, “There is some exceptional music happening at this school, I wish I was a student there!” Before they set off for Torrevieja, the band played at a royal garden party at a country estate in Cornwall before 800 invited guests including the Prince of wales and the Duchess of Cornwall - Charles and Camilla! Their latest recording on compact disc offers such ‘big-band’ favourites as “American Patrol”, or “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and features some of their extremely talented solo singers on such tracks as “That Ol’ Devil

Called Love” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”. Summer in Torrevieja promises to be extra special this year as these talented ‘Cornish Kids’ from Helston return offer us a series of open air concerts along the seafront promenades as well as a special, charity concert in the town’s prestigious “Teatro Municipal”. Hopefully these young musicians will manage some free time to enjoy the town’s beaches, ‘Aquapark’, other local visits and, of course, our Mediterranean sunshine. “The Helston School Jazz Orchestra” will perform as follows: TUESDAY 17th JULY at 20.30h in the Teatro Municipal. Admission 3 euros in aid of the Alzheimer’s Association AFA. (Tickets available in advance from the

municipal ticket office or ‘at the door’ as from two hours before the commencement of the concert). THURSDAY 19th July, 22.00h along the seafront “Plaza De Embarcadero”, in La Mata. DON’T MISS THE HELSTON SCHOOL JAZZ ORCHESTRA! For more information about this talented group of young people, and a chance to hear a preview of their music, see:

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Laura Boyle will be in Spain 10 – 17th July and the 2nd – 7th August and is available for private readings in Spain. To book please view her website or text her on 0044 7717 858484 or 0034 634020133. Laura usually charges €30 for half an hour, until the end of August she will be offering readings for €25! (for half an hour).

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Not long ago, you felt uncertain about an aspect of your world. The fact that Venus was involved with this indecision suggests you had reservations about satisfying needs where love, comfort or creativity were concerned. Lately, you have discovered a renewed sense of confidence. This is about to increase further. Where you felt slighted, prepare to feel very wanted and needed. People talk about 'opportunities coming in through windows'. They're referring to us being presented with opportunities without having to do much else but drum our fingers and wait for them to materialize. Such wishes are daydreams. Or are they? The sky suggests you might find yourself in the right place at the right time very soon and benefit enormously from doing so!

People can always identify what others should be doing. What's obvious to one person is sometimes unidentifiable to another. You're of the opinion that you know what's best for someone else. Be careful how you 'lay down the law' now. Causing someone to feel alienated could result in you excluding yourself from something you truly need. Within the sphere of your existence are many people who admire and love you. Some of these people are obvious. The sky speaks now of you becoming aware of certain individuals outside your sphere who want to help you in some way. At least one of these individuals has feelings for you that run deeper than friendship. Prepare to discover how admired and loved you really are. People often talk about 'banging their head against a wall' when experiencing frustration. I'm not suggesting you're about to inflict such pointless pain upon yourself but you are definitely wondering how much longer you're prepared to invest time and effort in something. You are aware of alternatives and options. Be patient for a bit longer before pursuing them. Business people and negotiators always have a 'top', 'middle' and 'bottom' expectation when negotiating. They're usually happy with coming in at 'middle' and achieving 'top' is worthy of celebration. The sky's encouraging you to be realistic where your expectations in a certain area are concerned. Don't concern yourself with 'bottom' or 'middle'. Aim for the top.

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Grudges are easy to nurture. They prefer one-to-one attention and for balances to be in their favor. You have a choice now. You can continue to give a grudge the attention it believes it deserves, even though you sense it has now had enough attention, or you can decide to leave it alone. You can gain in more ways than one by releasing resentment.

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Look closely at how 'passionate' you feel toward a certain situation. Obvious connotations aside, 'passionate' means having or being compelled by an intense emotion or feeling. You are reacting passionately toward a certain situation now. You believe it necessary to make clear your thoughts and feelings about a certain situation. Your point is valid and will be listened to.

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One day, entire conversations will be had between people without a single word being spoken. In some ways, we're not as far as we believe we are for this to happen but, here and now, we must still rely on spoken word to convey thoughts, opinions and beliefs. You cannot afford to risk someone else misunderstanding a point you're keen to make. Speak your mind clearly.

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We're told that 'if we don't ask, then we won't get'. When we're at the mercy of someone else's decision regarding whether or not we receive what want, then we tend to weigh up a wide range of options and alternatives in case we're refused. There is something you want now. You are in a fortunate position of not having to ask for it. Don't believe you need permission to have it.

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Some things in life are more interesting if they're unexplainable. When answers can't be provided, myth becomes perpetuated. Something similar can be said about an area of your world now. You aren't able to explain why a situation is occurring yet this fascinates you. You are aware of how you are entering unexplored territory but are right not to be fearful. If something you need isn't immediately available to you, then don't despair. All that's required on your part is willingness to improvise through applying a mixture of proactivity and imagination. Trust that what you need will be made available to you. Believe that you have all other resources available, too. If this sounds a tall order, then start making small effort in the area you want to experience a result in. You will be pleasantly surprised, sooner than you think.

Dear Laura, I don’t really know why I’m writing this but I lost my husband nearly three years ago to the ‘big C’ and I’m finding it so hard to come to terms with. We were together for 32 years - half my life people, keep saying forget and get on with your life. HOW? Music comes on or an advert and it reminds me of him. I have had a couple of men friends but it just doesn’t feel right. I live here in Spain have my own house and am reasonably secure, not well off. What can I expect from my life? I want to move forward but I keep going back - will I meet someone who will care for me, take care of me? I’m 64, a granny, and a great granny. Some days I feel 90. I don’t have many friends and I don’t drive so can’t get very far. My little yorkie is my soul mate but I need someone human Please help me, Sx Dear S, I’ve asked the cards “what can S do to move on with her life” as I could not really think of any other question to answer for you. It is terrible when loved ones pass, especially after 32 years, over half an adult lifetime. It is, of course very easy for people to tell you go move on with your life but as you so rightly say, easier said than done. And, from my experience it is those very people who expect you to come running when they have a problem or a bereavement - suddenly they find that they can’t cope and expect you to pick up their pieces and be supportive. Now, when I was shuffling a dark haired man shot out of the pack but from the following cards this could indicate that your husband had medium brown or darker hair. The cards are all showing yourself as being at a time of adjustment, indecision as to which direction to go in the future, etc. As you say, your finances, as indicated by the 6 of Pentacles are not an issue but the problem is that your husband was too young to die and the times you were expecting to share together in Spain suddenly came to a halt. Everyone ‘heals’ in their own time and you will heal, you will suddenly notice one day that the ‘black cloud’ has lifted and life takes on a different shine. There is another man showing himself in the cards, and this is a fairer man but next to him are your chains, where you feel you can’t let go of the past. The dynamics of every relationship are different and to move on you have to, when you’re ready, and not before, start taking some tentative steps out into the ‘dating world’. I’m sure your husband was very grateful for all the love and support you gave him during your marriage and especially when he had cancer. I know he would not wish you to put

your life on hold for him, after all you may have 20 or even 30 good years ahead of you. It is still early days, three years is not a long time in the grand scheme of things. In answer to your question as to whether you will meet someone else I feel the answer is yes you will. I feel you will know him when you meet him and I believe he may well have faced similar experiences as yourself, i.e. having lost a loved one through terminal illness. Just take your time, as I said before and one day you will come to the realisation that you are ready to move on with your life. Dear Laura, I was wondering if you do private readings when you are not in Spain as I’d like a more in-depth consultation. I have been married for years but my partner and I have drifted apart and are leading separate lives. I want to know if there is more to life for me rather than this soulless marriage. Our children are all adults but non married. I am frankly bored of life and feel I need to break out and start living my own life again. How to you see things going for me in the next six months? Thanks, J Dear J, The cards indicate your general unhappiness with your marriage and the 9 of Swords indicates your frustration and tears around the situation. The Strength card shows how you have been hanging on in there but it does appear that you are now looking for pastures greener. I have two fair men showing themselves and there is a female, you sandwiched in-between. If you are already not in another relationship yet I think you soon will be. On dealing further cards it would indicate that things will come to a head with regard to this new man as there are restrictions ahead meaning that you are still married. This new man, I believe will be your Karmic Twin. I think you need to think harder about your current situation and decide whether to put a lot of effort into your marriage or whether you are going to set you and your husband free of the shackles which hold you together. It would not be right of me to say what to do here, one way or the other, that is a decision you need to make but one thing I will say is that lucky people make their own luck not by being lucky but by grasping the opportunities life gives. You have the choice of being happy in life, you just have to make it happen. In answer to your other question, yes I do private and telephone readings in West London by appointment.

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Nine people lost their lives in accidents this weekend on Spanish roads The nine were killed in nine separate road traffic accidents between 3pm on Friday and midnight on Sunday. In addition, eight people were left seriously injured and two suffered minor injuries, according to the DGT traffic authority. Nine killed on Spanish roads The DGT also revealed that of the nine people killed, two were drivers. In the nine fatal accidents, two were straightforward collisions and the remaining seven occurred when vehicles left the road. Saturday was the worst day on Spanish roads with seven people

killed in one day alone. The fatalities on Saturday occurred in Alicante, Barcelona, Tarragona, Lugo, Vizcaya and Teruel. One of the worst accidents of the weekend took place in Lugo on Saturday when a head on collision between two vehicles left one 77 year old man dead, and six others seriously injured. The ages of those injured ranged between 32 and 89 years of age. The figures so far this year show that 683 people have been killed on Spanish roads, 63 less than for the same period last year.

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2 x CHEVROLET MATIZ 800 “2006” 3,500€

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FORD MONDEO EST 2.0 TDCi AUTO “2008” 10,995€

RENAULT SCENIC 1.6i 16V PANORAMIC “2008” 8,995€


HI SPEC CHEVROLET AVEO 1.4i LS “2009” 7,995€

REDUCED 3 COLOURS FORD FOCUS 1.6i “2008” 7,995€

PEUGEOT 308 1.6i 16v COMFORT - EX-DEMO “2010” 10,995€

CITROEN C4 2.0i COUPE VTS “2005” 5,995€


FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi TREND+ “2011” 11,500€

HYUNDAI MATRIX 1.5 CRDi GLX “2005” 5,500€

FORD FOCUS EST 1.6 TDCi TREND + “2008” 8,995€




FORD FOCUS EST 1.6 TDCi TREND “2010” 9,995€


CITROEN C3 1.1i FURIO “2007” 5,995€

2 X CITROEN C4 PICASSO 1.6HDi SX+ AUTO & MAN “2008” FROM 10,995€

FORD FOCUS EST 1.6i AUTO TREND + “2010” 10,995€

FORD FOCUS 1.6i 16V AUTO TREND+ “2010” 9,995€

KIA CERATO 1.6i GLX SEDAN “2005” 5,995€

NISSAN QASHQAI 2.0 DCi TEKNA “2009” 16,995€


PEUGEOT 207 1.4i COMFORT EX DEMO “2009” 7,995€

NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.0DCi XE “2009” 14,995€

OPEL CORSA 1.2i COMFORT “2002” 2,995€

FORD FOCUS SEDAN 1.6TDCi TREND “2009” 9,995€


AUDI TT ROADSTER CABRIO 1.8T “2006” 13,995€





NISSAN MICRA 1.2i VISIA “2010” 7,995€


1 OWNER PEUGEOT 206+ 1.1i 5 DOOR “2010” 7,500€



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BMW Mini One 2008 €12,995

Seat Altea XL Eco Diesel 2010 €13,995

Peugeot 207 Auto €9,995

Ford Focus Estate 2008 Diesel €9,495

Seat Altea 2007 Diesel €8,995

Seat Toledo 2007 Diesel €8,995

Seat Altea Diesel Auto 2008 €13,995

Seat Leon 2009 €10,995


Ford Focus 2008 €9,995

Fiat Brava 2009 Diesel €9,995

Renault Megane 2008 Diesel €8,995

Peugeot 308 Premium Diesel €11,995

Ford Focus 2007 Petrol €7,995

Nissan X Trail 2003 Diesel €7,995

Peugeot 307 Estate 2005 Diesel €7,495

Ford Focus 2006 Diesel €6,995

Kia Rio 2007 Petrol €6,995

Ford Focus 2006 Petrol €6,995

BMW 320D Touring Diesel €5,995

Citroen Xsara Picasso 2003 €5,495

Hyundai Getz 2005 Petrol €4,995

Renault Scenic 2003 Petrol €3,995

Ssangyong Kyron 2006 Diesel €10,495

Tel: 966 723 718




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Buying or selling a car in Spain – changing ownership of a vehicle Information supplied by Anglo Info Registration of the Change of Owner (Transferencia de Vehículos) Transfer of ownership is finalised at the Jefatura de Tráfico.

The buyer and seller may go together to submit paperwork, or do it individually. It is possible to visit the traffic office in person or to employ a gestor to do so.

What the seller does The seller should notify the Jefatura de Tráfico of sale or transfer. Take a copy of the registration document and completed transfer of ownership form to the traffic department. Within 15 days of the sale, the buyer should be able to provide the seller with proof that the paperwork has been completed. If this is not possible the seller should contact the traffic office to inform them that the car has been sold (trámite de notificación de venta). It is important to make sure that the transfer is properly completed, otherwise the seller may be held responsible for the unpaid tax or fines incurred by the new owner. The seller may apply to the traffic department for deregistration papers (baja de vehículo) to avoid later consequences. What the buyer does The buyer must register the vehicle in their name at the vehicle registry (Registro de Vehículos) at the local traffic department (Jefatura de Tráfico). This transfer of the vehicle's registration document must be made within 30 days of purchase. Continued on page 81

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Continued on from page 80. The cost of the transfer is currently 4 percent of the value of the vehicle, however if a buyer who chooses to use the help of a gestor pays an additional fee for this service. Documents to supply are: • The copy of the transfer of ownership form (Solicitud de transmisión de vehículos) • The copy of the sale agreement and a copy of the ID of the seller

• The relevant paperwork provided by the seller: - Vehicle registration document (Permiso de Circulación) - ITV certificate as proof of roadworthiness - Receipt for municipal vehicle tax In addition, a foreign buyer will need to provide the following documents to complete the transfer: • Proof of habitation in Spain as outlined above (proof by means of residencia, NIE certificate, local

town registry document, the Certificado de Empadronamiento, property title deeds or rental contract) If you have a car to sell, or have bought a second hand car and need to transfer the paperwork, you can try to do the exchange yourself or, to save yourself the trouble, browse the CoastRider’s motoring pages where you will find a number of advertisers offering an affordable, hassle free service.

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Be in with a chance to win a 10€ voucher from those lovely people at The Card Place every week. Simply send your completed crossword for the cryptic clues to our office by 12 noon on Thursday. The overall winner will be drawn from a hat of correct entries. Don’t forget to include your contact details and remember, you can enter every week! Send your completed entry to, fax 966 701 037 or bring it to our Torrevieja office (address on page 2). Draw will take place at 4pm every Thursday. The CoastRider’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.



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quick ACROSS 1. Ancestor (11) 9. Pinch (3) 10. Clock (9) 11. Bid (5) 13. Copy (7) 14. Frank (6) 16. More unsightly (6) 18. Enmity (7) 19. Principle (5) 20. Get rid of (9) 21. Possess (3) 22. In turn (11)

DOWN 2. Tear (3) 3. Discourage (5) 4. Perpetrate (6) 5. Young tree (7) 6. Action (9) 7. Not anxious (11) 8. Discerning (11) 12. Of money (9) 15. Venerate (7) 17. Appoint (6) 19. Larceny (5) 21. Lubricate (3)

This week’s Caption Competition Call now on 966 714 298



In edition 437 Clifford Marsh, La Siesta; “You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sty is just a sty…”

ACROSS 1. After which it is no longer a dirty wetsuit? (3-8) 9. Do something - take part! (3) 10. Uncomfortable, being unwell when resting (3,2,4) 11. Cover for doctor and primate (5) 13. Began in a surprised way? (7) 14. The sauce in this barrel is hot stuff! (6) 16. How the lie was nailed for a change? (6) 18. Well-known but lacking in brains (7) 19. Lamp that is easy to carry? (5) 20. It provides notes on the right steps to take (5-4) 21. The match is a draw (3) 22. Torn apart - the letting fee is shown below (4,7) DOWN 2. Deserter makes sailor get up (3) 3. Sounds a cold country (5) 4. Silent way to join up (6) 5. Tin up the price for the chemical (7) 6. A close shave from an object at hand? (4,5) 7. Worker angered in riot produces explosive (4,7) 8. Write and instruct a landlord to go? (4,1,6) 12. Suddenly everyone is in unison (3,2,4) 15. The under-dog is the topic (7) 17. Lapsed into wheel-turners (6) 19. Some feel a dentist is burdened (5) 21. Part of the foot pointing East (3)

Please contact The CoastRider to claim your prize. Identification will be required.

Runners up.......

The best caption each week wins a mug featuring their winning caption and photo! Send your caption with your contact details so we can call you when your mug is ready to collect to: Email: Fax: 966 701 037 Phone: 966 701 060 Note: Deadline is Thursday 12 noon Sudoku Solution

Crossword solution 437

QUICK Across: 1 Lash; 3 Activate; 9 Bear out; 10 Taste; 11 Unfavourable; 13 Easily; 15 Ascent; 17 Manslaughter; 20 Ample; 21 General; 22 Berating; 23 Owed. Down: 1 Laboured; 2 Staff; 4 Cut out; 5 Intransigent; 6 Absolve; 7 Even; 8 Convalescent; 12 Startled; 14 Scamper; 16 Margin; 18 Throw; 19 Barb. CRYPTIC Across: 1 Post; 3 Composes; 9 Turn out; 10 Valid; 11 Entertaining; 13 Cipher; 15 Assent; 17 Disapproving; 20 Maori; 21 Operate; 22 Disunite; 23 Mess. Down: 1 Patience; 2 Sprat; 4 Outlay; 5 Paving-stones; 6 Silence; 7 Side; 8 Poor relation; 12 Staggers; 14 Prisons; 16 Sprout; 18 Irate; 19 Amid.

Coca Cola was originally green. Every person has a unique tongue print. Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors.

Michael Greesides, Quesada; “Yum, you taste good” Marion Cuff- Laguna Green, Jacarilla; " Ham and pickle!" Roy Cuff Laguna Green, Jacarilla; "OK, but wipe your nose first!" Heather Meston, El realengo; “No tongues please!” Peter Vaughan, San Miguel de Salinas; “Mmmmmm I just love pork chops !!” Julie Friend, Torrevieja; " Porker up , baby ! " Mervyn Evans, Altos de la Bahia; “Snout wrong with kissing” Josie Evans, Altos de la Bahia; “You’re piggin’ lovely !!!” Mr Alan Woodcock, Gran-Alacant. " Ah luv's me bacon" Joyce Barrett, Las Piscinas; “Hello Miss Piggy” Adele Ankers, Benimar; “ If I want to kiss him, its snout to do with you” Mike Hallworth, “ Sorry- you will never make a male chauvinist!”

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84 For sale due to retirement, bar and casa 240m2, 3 bed, 3 bath, kitchen – dining, living room, 2 terraces Tel: 679 555 616. All Paperwork in order, Los Montesinos ()

Man looking for work, 32 yrs in construction, door work/security, driver/chauffer, translator/interpreter, fluent English & Spanish. Mark 683 318 608 (439) Wanted singer to join covers band, playing 60s to present day music, only good, enthusiastic singers need apply, must be in for the long haul. Call 627 754 142 (439) Experienced Chef required for an Award Winning Restaurant. Please ring 965 719 983 (T) Part-time Chef required, evenings and maybe occasional lunchtimes. Presentation skills essential. Tel. 965 996 684 (439) Chryselios Restaurant Quesada, kitchen help required. For more details call 966 719 331 (438)

including all fixtures and fittings, and fully equipped kitchen. TEL 966 712 440 now for a viewing! (438)

Business Opportunity, currently trading as Scooter and Motorbike Hire Company. Included in the sale:- Premises, website with online booking and a number of bikes. All Licences and Insurances in place. Roberto 619 306 496. (444) This modern, light and airy café/bar is located on a busy main road in a good location of Ciudad Quesada. It offers an open plan kitchen, catering for up to 12 covers inside and 20 covers outside on the terrace. Currently serving breakfasts, coffees, snacks, and sandwiches and specialising in fresh fruit juices, smoothy drinks and milk shakes. This business could easily extend its opening hours to include evening trade, and thus increase profit margins, the present owners only open day times. It is available on a leasehold basis and comes fully equipped and ready to move into. The monthly rent is only 623 euros. Price: 14.995 euros. Call 966 712440. Commercial: Fantastic business for sale in Benijofar village, excellent client base, excellent turnover with great profits. 89.250 euros traspaso including all fixtures and fittings and stock, rent per month only 800 euros. CALL NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION TEL 966 712 440 (438) LOCATION; LOCATION, FANTASTIC EMPTY UNIT FOR RENT, Benijofar Square. This empty unit of 170m2 on two levels with a terrace is available for immediate occupation. It is situated in a prime position and could be used for a number of different businesses, including retail outlet, bar, restaurant or café. It is available on a lease basis for 5 years renewable, at an amazing price of only 900 euro’s per month with no traspaso/lease fee, in this GREAT location! TEL 966 712 440 now for a viewing! (428) Bar/café For Sale located in a very popular commercial centre in the Orihuela Costa, surrounded by many busy amenities. This business situated on the second floor of the centre comprises of an open plan fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher, oven, chargrill, fryer, electric/gas hob; spacious dining/seating area with two internet stations, two tvs; a fully equipped bar with coffee machine, glass washer, two display cabinets, till; and two toilets. It is available on a leasehold basis with cheap monthly rent of only 500 euros. Price: 55.000 euros. Contact 966 712440. (438)

Bar/restaurant for sale, fantastic location, Urb La Marina, large, well equipped bar, fully equipped kitchen, large outside front & rear terraces, seating 40 inside, 30 outside, €20,000 ONO TRASPASO, €679 rent per month. Tel: 966 795 543/618 342 556 (440)

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Fishing & Boat Trips, Fishing-Wreck, Reef, & Trolling. Fun Days Swim Snorkel Do-Nut. Sightseeing: Local Beaches, Tabarca Island etc. Individuals or private parties, free hot and cold drinks. Operating from Torrevieja, fully insured and licensed. Contact Kevin on 965 710 654, Mobile 636 159 885 or (449) BOATING LICENSES ARE NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN SPAIN Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Own-boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard 00 34 638 056 224/enquiries@ om (453)

BENIJOFAR (Church Square) BAR/RESTAURANT FOR SALE. Situated on the beautiful Church Square of Benijofar, this very busy bar restaurant is available to purchase on a leasehold basis. The property has a large well equipped bar, good size restaurant, fully equipped kitchen and large outside terrace. It is situated in a prime location and has a fantastic regular client base! The lease will be for 5 years renewable. JUST BEEN REDUCED! WAS 95.000 euros now available at this amazing price of only 75.000 euros Bar for sale Hondon De Las Nieves, 25 mins Alicante Airport. 2 level bar in pretty village square 18,000€ to include all fixtures and fittings. More info call 646 325 388/646 605 323 (441) Apprenticeship served carpenter/cabinet maker with over 30 years experience, can supply and fit made to measure wardrobes/cabinets/kitchens etc. Also DIY/gardening/decorating/van removals. Payment on completion of work. For free estimate call Peter on 603 600 598/966 844 402 (439)

85 CoastRider - Edition 438 - July 17th 2012 LCD TVs audio, video, DVD repairs, electronic component supplies, TRANS EUROPA ELECTRONICS fully legal company est. 1994. 966 784 512/629 640 893 (T)

Experienced mobile hairdresser, good price, good service, city in guilds qualified call 663 173 385 ()

Counselling Psychologist available for Consultations. 20 years experience in adult and child Psychology. Registered and Indemnified. Ring: 653 539 699 (439)

English plasterer, internal finishing, external rendering 15 yrs experience, good rates, call Chris 671 444 246 email: c_pettit@hotmail (442)

Repairs to mixers, PA, karaoke players, microphones, leads, connectors, LCD TV, audio, video, DVD repairs, all electronic supplies, TRANS EUROPA ELECTRONICS S.L. fully legal company est. 1994. 966 784 512/629 640 893 (T)

CAR STEREO DECODING TRANS EUROPA ELECTRONICS fully legal company est. 1994. 966 784 512/629 640 893 (T)

Romana Reformas En General. All reforms from small to large jobs. Established company. Includes Building & painting. No obligation quotations available. English speaking. Tel 627 191 431. (440)

Gardener, more than 25 years experience on the Costa, English & Spanish spoken , private & community gardens, free quote on 699 682 630 or (438)

RESPONSE, YALE and AEI ALARMS, from â‚Ź125 DIY, fitted from â‚Ź225, alarm repairs, servicing and upgrades. TRANS EUROPA ELECTRONICS S.L fully legal company est. 1994. 966 784 512/629 640 893 (T)


CoastRider - Edition 438 - July 17th 2012 SKY TV fitted €399, Dish tuning €45. New LNB from €45, SKY+HD Box & sky card €399 call 965 070 458 or 618 585 051 (441)

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Residencias & NIEs same day service Orihuela Costa, Quesada, La Marina & surrounding areas, RES & NIE €60 call Wendy 966 782 589/636 595 291 (440)

Turn your unwanted furniture, electrical, household goods and bric-a-brac into cash. Anything! Anywhere! 618 165 877, 965 319 220 (438) I buy fridges, washing machines, furniture, electrical, tools, bikes, anything! Get cash call Chris 671 251 332 (438)

Crev CJ1 – 200000€ - Crevillent - 3 bed traditional property, 7500m2 plot, roof-top solarium. Private, fenced-in pool, outside kitchen, reasonable offers considered 618 364 956 (438)

Apartment in Torrevieja, close to Habaneres and Carrefour. Two bedrooms, Large solarium, fully equipped with UK TV. £400 Monthly inclusive of Bills. Phone 966 199 734 (448)

Hon F AC – 179000€ - Hondon de los Frailes – Offers! 3 bed, 2 bath villa near mountains but walk to town. Big rooms on 3000m2 plot, pool, glazed-in terrace 618364956 (438)

Room to let, share villa 65€ weekly/€220 monthly including bills, com pool, close to all amenities, short drive to beach 966 786 511 (438)

Hon F DS – 220000€ – Hondon de los Frailes – 3 bed, 2 bath spacious villa with doubleglazed conservatory, 3750m2 plot, pool and mountain views 618 364 956 (438) PLAYA FLAMENCA, 2 Bed 1 Bath Lovely Quad Bungalow. Large private solarium with storage room. Air Con. Private Driveway. Lovely Community with 2 large community pools. Perfect location & close to all amenities. 88,000 Euros. Private Sale No Agents. Tel: 693 986 335 (438)

Experienced interpreter. Speaking English, French, Spanish. Providing services for police, hospital, school and any other Spanish administration (NIE+Rez). Torrevieja, Quesada, Orihuela Costa and surroundings. 20€/hour. Call Michaela: 610 604 351. (441) Music tuition, piano, keyboard, electric organ, all ages welcome, experienced teacher, call Keith 965 325 214 (444)

Aspe CJM1 – 215000€ - Aspe – 3 bed, 3 bath house with private pool and mountain views from terraces. Few mins from town centre. 618 364 956 (438)

Lovely 2 bed, 1 bath attic apartment in Blue Lagoon, fully furnished with UKTV, all local facilities including a direct bus route, large solarium with great views and communal pool €300 per month inclusive. For more info call Alan 630 235 635 (439)

A lovely townhouse located in the centre of San Miguel village. 3 Beds, 2 Baths, Separate Kitchen, Spacious Lounge, Dining room, 2 Terraces and Solarium. Garage with storage, Air conditioning, SAT TV, Broadband. Part Furnished and an Ideal Family Home. An absolute Bargain at 88,000€ email or 634 335 839 (439)

Bicycles bought, sold & repaired. Part exchange welcome, parts & accessories available. Ring Mike 966 718 930/638 062 866 (439) Terraced house duplex in Blue Hill, € 75.000, 2 garages in Torrevieja, c/la loma, 29m2 & 32 m2, each € 12.000 Tel. 686 339 686 (439) SPECIALISTS IN MANUFACTUERING STAINLESS STEEL EQUIPMENT We manufacture any stainless steel products to any size, shelves, tables industrial or domestic hoods for extractions, sinks, back bars etc etc. It is now law THAT all food preparation areas in Bars and Restaurants have to be stainless steel. Just email or phone us with your requirements and we will come back with the best competitive price on the Costa. We are are also suppliers of new and second hand catering equipment, please call with any requirements or email at email Tel 966 189 851 or mobile 634 335 839 (438)

English factory recycled and reconditioned, top brand computers inc flat screen, keyboard, tower or desk top from €180, tower or desk top only from €100 Lenova think pads €320 Tel: 677 173 509 (438)

Choose from over 40 styles of UK manufactured made to measure doors from €595 fully fitted at Simply Doors Quesada 966 718 738.() Satellite dish, 1.9m, brand new including floor stand, quad LNB, can deliver Tel: 693 212 829 (439) 2 Single beds and mattresses, solid wood base and headboards, mattresses clean and excellent condition 100€. Te. 633 239 797 (438) 1.8m Satellite dish with Skybox, see working 125€. 195/65R15 Hankook car tyres new 45€. Tel. 600 899 096 (439)

CABO ROIG, Cala Capitán. Detached villa at the beach, 3 bed, 2 baths, guest WC, balcony, solarium, garage, quiet location. 299,990 Euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, (438) PLAYA FLAMENCA. Large terraced house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, furnished, 3 terraces, underground garage approx. 40m2, communal pool, quiet and central location. 107.500 Euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, (438) I have all my properties full with exceptional tenants long term & need 2/3 bed bungalows, villas ect. Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Los Altos, La Florida & Los Balcones. ALSO CASH CLIENTS WAITING FOR REASONABLY PRICED HOUSES IN ABOVE LOCATIONS.Ring Astrid 965 319 731 or 649 235 327 (438) We are looking for good and sensibly priced properties for our German clients (many cash buyers). Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, (438)

TORREVIEJA. Terraced House, south-facing, renovated, large lounge, separate new kitchen, utility room, furnished, sunny terrace, air con. 49.999 Euro. Tel: 616 939 326, 966 773 985, (438) ALBA ACW – 185000€ - Albatera - 3 bed, 1 bath house, mountain views, plot of 2400m2 with 10 x 5 pool. Glazed-in terrace, open plan kitchen/diner. 618 364 956 (438) ALBA EQ – 165000€ – Albatera – Typical 4 bed, 3 bath Spanish Finca. Plot of 2600m2 with pool, terrace, fruit trees and fantastic mountain views 618 364 956 (438) Alba Hill – 170000€ – Albatera – 3 bed, 2 bath immaculate villa on 3000m2 plot with open-plan kitchen. Pool, garage, great views. Nothing to do, just move in 618 364 956 (438) ALBA J&AW - 199000 – Albatera - 2 bed, 2 bath beautiful apartment in town with garden and fantastic views. 2 floors each with terrace. 618 364 956 (438)

1+2+3 bed apartments, 2+3+4 bed townhouses and villas, some with private pools, for long term lets in El Galan, Jacarilla, La Herrada, Los Montesinos, Playa Flamenca, San Miguel, Villamartin 2 bedroom apartment in San Miguel with underground parking for long term let 325€ pm Unfurnished spacious 3 bed, 2 bath quad in Montebello, Algorfa for long term let 550€ pm 965 720 766/ 661 748 386

ALBA S – 249000€ - Albatera – Beautiful reformed 5 bed, 5 bath country property. Large pool with bar on 4000m2 plot. Lovely mountain views, must be seen 618 364 956 (438) ALBA S30 – 119000€ - Albatera Absolute bargain! Reduced for Quick Sale! Unique property, 5 bed, 4 bath, needs TLC on 2400m2 plot, pool needs reform or relocation 618 364 956 (438) ALBA S5 – 199999€ – Albatera – 3 bed 2 bath country property with 2 bed annex plus pool, workshops, storerooms. 2000m2 plot with habitation certificate 618 364 956

HON F GM – 219000€ - Hondon de los Frailes - 3 bed, 3 bath villa on approximately 2000m2 with superb views over the valley and comfortable walk into town. Glazed-in terrace, garage and outside kitchen/BBQ 618 364 956 (438) La Mu CJ2 – 65000€ – La Murada - 2 bed, 1 bath fully furnished apartment in market town. Solarium, balcony and communal pool, mountain views 618 364 956 (438) ORI 1 – 249000€ - Orihuela - Superb luxury 3 bed, 3 bath country Villa on 1500m2 plot, close to amenities. Underfloor heating in the living area and unusual red tiled pool. Beautiful impressive property. 618 364 956 (438) San I S1 – 249000€ - San Isidro - Bargain property. Large 4 bed, 2 bath property with 2 bed annex on 24000m2 plot. Massive pool and opps for stables, caravan park etc 618 364 956 (438) REF 496: CIUDAD QUESADA €85,000 2 Bedroom Top Floor Apartment, Fully Furnished, Roof Solarium, Views To Golf Course & Mountains, Communal Swimming Pool, Direct Access From Street Level. Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 497: DOÑA PEPA Price €170,000 3 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Duplex, Includes 1 Bedroom Self Contained Apartment, Beautifully Presented, Fully Furnished, Communal Swimming Pool, Beautiful Communal Gardens. Fantastic Location. Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 500: PUEBLO BRAVO Price €78,000 2 Bedroom Linked Bungalow, Extended Balcony, Tiled Gardens, Close To Local Amenities. Lovely Location & Beautifully Presented! Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 501: CIUDAD QUESADA Price €68,000 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Top Floor “Detached” Apartment, Balcony, Roof Solarium With Turret, Views To Mountains, Communal Swimming Pool, Fantastic Value! Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 502: DOÑA PEPA Price €85,000 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Top Floor Apartment, Roof Solarium, Lovely Views To Salt Lakes, Communal Swimming Pool, Sought After Location Close To All Local Amenities. Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 503: CIUDAD QUESADA Price €410,000 5 Bedroom 3 Bedroom, Executive Detached Villa, Fully Furnished And Immaculate, 890m2 Plot, Private 10m x 5m Swimming Pool With Spacious Decking Area, AstroTurf Lawn. Has The WOW Factor! Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 504: CIUDAD QUESADA Price €197,500 2 Bedroom Detached “Conchita Design” Villa, Fully Furnished, Immaculate Condition, Sun Room, Summer House, Private 8m x 4m Swimming Pool, 600m2 Plot, Ample Parking, Views Across Surrounding Countryside To La Marquesa Golf Course And Mountains Beyond. Excellent Bargain. Tel: 966 718 392 (438) REF 506: PUEBLO BRAVO Price €72,000 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Linked Bungalow, Fully Furnished, Sun Terrace, Front & Rear Gardens, Close To Local Amenities. Lovely Location, Fantastic Bargain! Tel: 966 718 392 (438)


Mobile Home at Bigastro, 2 bed, 2 bath, A/C, TV, shed with washing machine. Fenced plot, can move straight in rent paid till March 2013. 15,000€ o.n.o. Tel 966 182 415 (449)

50+ SOLOs On your own and would like to join others for a lunch and chat then join us at the following places - no fees and no subs, but we have supported H4Hs for 6 years and the exmilitary in UK. 14 July PORTACAMER RESTAURANT off the Lemon Tree Road, 28 July NANDOS RESTAURANT near Lomos Medical Centre contact Ruth 966 789 063 (439) SOLITAIRE Singles Friendship Group social events, meals, theatre trips - enjoying a new way of life and sharing it with new friends.Bowling, crazy golf, BBQs, beach trips, local swimming pool. We meet every Friday at Franky´s Bar, Blue Lagoon, summer 7 - 9/Winter 6 - 8. Phone - 618 784 564. (442)

La Bamba’s - Ballroom/Latin/Sequence Dancing Las Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Sequence class 7.30pm 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm 10.30pm Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm 10.30pm Also, starting 5th September 2012 - Wednesday - New Beginners Class 1pm 2.30pm Intermediate Class 2.30pm - 4pm Also at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Thursday - New Beginners Class 7.3opm 8.30pm Intermediates 8.30pm - 10pm. For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157 (438)

SALON MARGARETHAS, 23 years in Torrevieja. Hair/Wig specialist for Medical Illness and Hair Loss problems. We offer different Hair Replacements, top fillers, Hair prostheses, Toupees and Wigs. Natural and Artificial hair and much more. Also, fashion/festival accessories. TV/TS are welcome to our service. Please call our salon reception for an appointment with Margaretha on tel no. 966 921 846 Torrevieja. (438)

GAY TORREVIEJA COMMUNITY recently formed group for meeting new friends for days & evenings out, coffee mornings, luncheons, activities interested send an email for more info uk (438) THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1700 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante Casa Ventura, Calle Arbizu, San Luis, Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 188 701 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996 (439)

ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, TORREVIEJA Serving the area from La Marina , south of Alicante, to La Manga, near Cartagena Chaplain: Revd Christopher Scargill, 966 925 205 Secretary: Mrs Joan Berry 968 193 117 Honorary assistant clergy: Canon T Sampson 677 237 496 Revd. T Baxter 966181731 Chaplaincy Wardens: Mrs C Hopkins 965 720 673 Mr Derek King 968 546 866 Church website: SPIRITUAL AWARENESS SOCIETY OF QUESADA Meet at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. Sunday, 11.30 a.m. and Tuesday 7.30 p.m. For more information contact Wendy on 965 323 028. Website is: www.spiritualistchurch (436)

FOR FULL LISTINGS PLEASE REFER TO OUR WEBSITE THE TORREVIEJA COSTA LIONS CLUB meet on the second Thursday of every month at the Cabo Severa Hotel in La Mata, Torrevieja at 7.30 pm. everyone welcome. Ask at reception for directions to our meeting room on the ground floor. Or contact me direct on 617 069 064 or mail me at (439) STRICTLY SOCIAL CLUB will be closed from Wednesday June 13th until September 12th 2012. (446) ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Confidential helpline 625 912 078. More information www.aa-costa Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Monday Mornings in Los Alcazares at 11am. Phone English 679 385 105. Spanish Speaking 658 242 930 German 966 789 686 Scandinavian 659 779 222 Flemish 635 047 053 AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP TORREVIEJA. For details phone 692 799 318.

PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH Calle Canalejas 3. Pilar de la Horadada. Sunday Service at 11am, and Thursday at 5pm for Bible study and Prayer. Home groups meet during the week. For further information contact PilarChristian.CommunityChurch@gmai or contact Reverend Eddie on 966 769 300 or 650 509 606.(438) MAGNETS CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY CLUB 2012 Holiday Club for children from four years and over at La Siesta Church, Calle Granados Beginning at 10.30am on Thursday 2nd August and continuing every Thursday until the end of August, contact Steve and Irene-Maria by phoning 966 702 980 or 680 257 344. COSTA BLANCA SAMARITANS Free confidential emotional support for English speakers of any age experiencing distress, despair or suicidal feelings. Helpline open daily 8pm until midnight. 902 883 535 “you talk, we listen”.

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AGE CONCERN CBS ‘drop-in’ centre in C/Paganini, La Siesta. Charity shops, in Los Montesinos and in Torrevieja. Tel: 966 786 887. ASSOCIACIÓN ALZHEIMER DE FAMILIARES Y AMIGOS TORREVIEJA (AFA) Day centre Prolongación Avda de la Estación 1 Torrevieja or La Siesta behind Age Concern office. Tel 966 702 500 or 647 119 991. Charity Shop at Calle Maestro Francisco Valejos, Torrevieja. THE ASSOCIACION ESPAÑOLA CONTRA EL CANCER AECC Screening programme for cervical, breast and prostate cancer available for an appointment call 965 924 777 Tues, Wed, 09:30 to 13:00, Thurs 16:30 to 19:00. For more info call Maria on 603 292 963 between 10:00 and 16:00. THE HELP ASSOCIATION VEGA BAJA 24 hr emergency help line telephone 965 704 282. Contact for more details on community services the offices in Torrevieja at Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia 4, Tel: 965 704 282 and in San Miguel de Salinas at Calle Lope de Vega, Tel: 966 723 733. or visit our website MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MURCIA, MAR MENOR BRANCH phone 693 275 779 Visit our website or Email TORREVIEJA STROKE SUPPORT GROUP The Annex, Calle Paganini s/n, Urb. La Siesta, Torrevieja. Meet on Fridays 2.45pm to 5pm with a mixed programme of therapeutic activities, help and assistance for both stroke survivors and carers. Call in to meet us, or for further information, e-mail:, or visit our website: or telephone 966 718 964.

Don’t be a flop, try some get you up pills. Phone Steve or Tony 638 352 129 (452)

L.A.CONCERT BAND rehearse on a Mon. morn from 10.30 – 12.30 at the Centro Cultural Rojales 2nd floor (Opp. The Church) we play Glenn Miller, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Queen, Cole Porter, Abba & many more. If you are interested call us. 687 429 144/670 719 911 or visit our web site We break between July & August (439)

AMIGOS DEL CICLISMO An international cycling group, gathers at Bar Studz on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09.30 for a leisurely ride of about 80kms. If you’re interested in joining us call Roger on 966 716 442/653 433 933.()

Mario, Qualified Masseur in Alicante, Relaxing Massage for Men, based at 10 minutes from Airport, low rates, all days available, 10am till 10 pm, appointments 649 761 607 (451) Experience a Unique massage VERONICA. Fully qualified (ITEC & others) FULL 1HR SERVICE, specialising in Thai and Swedish Techniques. By Appointment Only Call Today! 679 292 678 (445) Torrevieja Centro, young oriental girl gives complete massage, 24hrs in your house or mine. C/Patricio Zammit 36 No 1A. Tel: 698 280 842 (441) The Swingers Club Costa Blanca, near Guardamar del Segura. or 966 725 373/650 706 725 (442)

TABLE TENNIS CLUB meets at the Duque de Palma Sports Centre, Pilar de la Horadada every Monday morning from 10.00 till 13.00. 4 Tables. All standards welcome. Contact Peter Barlow 966 762 693 (438)

Torrevieja Casa Angela discreet and private deluxe chalet offers you exotic girls from South America, call us, come and enjoy 24 hrs, easy to find, easy parking, free drink, also escort service 609 573 468/639 832 118. Address: Avd. Asociacion Victimas Del Terrorismo (441)

BADMINTON Pilar De La Horadada On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10.00 To 1.00 For Information. Tel: John Mcgilvray 966786774 Or email (442)

Torrevieja Playa Los Locos beautiful girls are waiting to perform your fantasies from €40 discreet private apartment 682 776 068 (441) New in Cabo Roig, Latin Salma, 28, nice, caring, sweet, lovely, attention, alone or with wonderful experience with pretty blonde friend, opposite health centre/Bar med 672 872 050 (438) GUARDAMAR Janine, 44, breasted, sexy curved body! Easy to find and easy parking. DAYTIME ONLY! 619 466 300/ (438) La Zenia, Cindy and two new pretty friends, nice bodies, open minded, warm, sweet, big natural breast, all your fantasies climatised (close to Consum supermarket) 600 784 461 www.sensualspain.nety 627 203 147 (442)

ANIMAL AID Rescue and rehome animals on the Costa Blanca. Info: Linda tel: 965 725 794

Sexy BI male offers erotic, sensual massage to males, females & couples, very clean & discreet, NEW in Cabo Roig (Close to CAMPOAMOR’s Pharmacy) 616 876 118/603 335 214 (438)

P.E.P.A. (THE HELPING HANDS CHARITY FOR ANIMALS) Needs foster homes for abandoned dogs and volunteers for our telephone helpline. 650 304 746 or 962 833 325. For more information and to view our animals:

Attractive couple, male mature and bi, female young and stunning, offers unforgettable experience. Bi male also available alone for singles and couples. Very clean and discreet. Tel. Chris 616 876 118 (439) Torrevieja beautiful Russian lady with excellent breasts. All fantasies, relaxing erotic massage. 634 142 747 (440)

ORIHUELA COSTA NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH (VECINOS COLABORANDO) Contacts Chris Poole, Tel/Fax 96 676 1379, Graham Jones Tel 96 532 7838. CRIME WATCH ESPANA (Asociacion Vecinos Colaborando de la Costa Blanca) Association’s main contacts: Torrevieja Tel. 966 786 266 and Catral 965 992 838. Our Email: colaborando.crimewatch@skynetlink .com. Our Web: /site/vecinoscolaborandocatra/home

Suzy, stunning, tanned Brazilian girl, dark hair/eyes, busty, great figure, passionate, waiting for you in C/ San Pascual 281 Torrevieja. By Appointment 698 767 057 (440) Sexy Spanish girl 26, gorgeous body, English speaking, offers erotic massage and more, near Torrevieja Hospital. Tel Sabrina 619 214 869 (441) Black Lady, young, charming, sexy body, breasted, slim. Massage, escort, all services. Tel: 654 306 230 (440) Tina, German, same place, enjoy yourself, lovely hands, playful & more Call Los Altos 663 708 438 (438) Torrevieja , Venezuelan Carla, super sexy curvy, long black hair, big breast, black eyes, South American temperaments. for all your fantasies. Oral give/receive. HAPPY HOUR 13.00-14.00 discount 20€ 655 364 723. (442)

Tamara, blond Spanish, 24 years old, massage and all services. Playa los Locos area, Calle Mar Baltico 4, Piso 1. Tel. 633 670 927 (428)

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SIMPLY REMOVALS EXPERIENCED VAN DRIVER LOCAL/SPAIN UK. CALL MEL TORREVIEJA 603 192 957/966 848 607. (441) VAN & MAN FOR HIRE - all areas covered no job too small, efficient & reliable, Inc collections from IKEA, Murcia. Contact Jason 679 551 286 (J) LWB Sprinter van going to UK & back every two weeks, based near Murcia Airport Tel: 610 846 260/+44 751 918 6355 or email: (444)


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LIZZIE, a lovely sweet natured dog is about 15 months old, who is gentle and walks well on the lead. She has had all her injections and is spayed. She is looking for a loving home. Call Linda on 965 725 794. Linen Mills Express. Fortnightly service, large or small loads, 75€ per mtr. Tel. 620 582 063 (441) Ann’s Vans weekly service to the UK €65 per cubic, no min charge! 634 376 410 (438)

SANDY, an 18 month old, was found roaming the street of Quesada. After a spell in hospital Sandy is hale and hearty, having been chipped and innoculated, all Sandy now needs is a loving home.

BeSmart Tiling, All tiling projects undertaken.Pools re-grouted 500€. Quality Finish, unbeatable price. 30 years experience, Family business. Fully legal. All works guaranteed. Call Andy 966 782 589/679 757 719 (440) P & R Tiling - The best quality and value in Torrevieja. 25 euros per sq m. INCLUDING tiles, adhesive and labour. See our work on Or call 622 154 380 for a free, no obligation quote. (AL)

ANIMAL ANGELS, Veterinary Approved, Pet Sitters & Purr-fect Cattery Los Montesinos Area Tel: 966 721 622/676 717 162 (441) THE MEWS CATTERY all feline guests will receive the highest standard of care during their stay GUARDAMAR area TEL 965 971 340 ()

Dog training and behavioural problems at home or classes any age or breed 669 040 487 (439)

ANNIS, a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, is 1 year old, found wandering in Rojales and was cared for by her finder until we had space. She is a sweet dog and is fully vaccinated, microchipped and spayed.

MISSY is a bundle of fluff, 12 weeks old Collie cross, good with cats, dogs, and children, she will make a great addition to your family. Call: 620 481 137 or email us at


INDI, is a six year old white lady with black markings and she has been spayed. She will settle quickly into a new home and make a loving companion. To meet Indi please phone Yolande on 659 370 200.

TYSON, 17 months old, was found in a cardboard box at only 8 weeks. He is very playful and loves to run with the other dogs. KITTENS. We now have 20 kittens looking for homes, aged between 5 and 8 weeks.

MIDGE, a female tabby, abandoned by her English owners when they returned to the U.K. is in good health. Midge is a friendly girl and needs a new loving, secure home of her own.

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The Driver: Friend or Foe? Should the majority of society/amateur golfers have a driver in the bag? I have been asked by many of my clients why they seem to hit their 3 wood almost as far as or further than their driver. Well the reason is probably quite simple, although as always there are many possible reasons for this, each one dependant on the individual person, which is why I say the reason for each individual is probably quite simple. The first thing to look at when deciding whether the driver is a necessary weapon in your armory is this: Does the driver cause me more problems than it solves? Answer this honestly and you may be surprised at the answer. Others may answer this already knowing the answer. If you have answered YES then you need to sit down and take some time to think through whether you should leave the driver out of the bag for the sake of your score and leave the “ego” at the front door when you set off for your game. Remember that the main importance is to keep the ball in play as often as possible, so reaching for

the driver on a tight golf course will result, almost certainly in a bad score and an unhappy golfer, bemoaning his abilities with the “big dog”. This said, it does not mean that you are confined to a life of hitting 3 woods of the tee in an attempt to try and keep the ball in play from the tee. There is and always will be hope that you can learn to play consistent, straight and longer drives. All it will take is a trip to see your local pro; a good start would be Lo Romero Golf Academy and we can start working to find solutions. It is worth noting that one of the most common reasons for poor driving is that the majority of golfers tee the ball too low. Modern day drivers are designed with the “sweet spot” higher up on the clubface so that the manufacturers’ can lower the centre of gravity and help the golfer achieve a better ball flight. Another common problem is the golfer has selected a shaft that is not suited to his swing speed, selecting the right shaft can make a massive difference to the shape, flight and ultimately distance of the shot. You should be made aware by your local golf shops that just because you

used a firm flex shaft in a Callaway that doesn’t mean you should be using a stiff flex shaft in your new Taylor Made. Why? Because there is no industry regulatory scale that defines a stiff shaft. So a stiff shaft from one company is not necessarily the same flex as a stiff shaft from a different company. There are other problems that could be causing your lack of distance or ability to control the direction of your drives, which may be baffling as you hit all your other woods straight and true…….more than likely there is a solution that can be found and improved almost immediately, with a little patience and practice we can have your d river back in the bag and the ball back in play. For those of you that answered NO then you need to try and work out what is causing the initial lack of distance. As mentioned before this could be a simple case of not teeing the ball up high enough or having the wrong shaft for your swing. However if you are consistently hitting a good distance with your other woods, then the problem will

be a little more distinctive. Again I would recommend a quick trip to Lo Romero Golf Academy to have a chat and see what can be done to improve your distance. Please be aware that adding distance to your drive is not going to be an easy one lesson fix, it will take time as you are more than likely going to have to make a swing change. Adding distance to ones drive is not a case of trying to hit it harder as this will invariably cause more problems than it would solve. Gaining distance is about improving all areas and aspects of your swing, although those changes may not be massive swing alterations or a total swing rebuild. Any massive changes for the majority of you reading this article would not only be extremely difficult to put into practice but they would be impractical, especially if you have been playing golf for many years. So for the mature golfer a simple, easy to introduce change would have the required result. For anyone that wants to take advantage of the great practice

facilities and Academy at Lo Romero Golf give me a call 902 18 09 18 or 628 19 16 90. If you would like to know more about me please visit my website: For more information visit: Lo Romero Golf Academy Where everybody is somebody.



It is getting hotter by the day and what a belter today. 20 members and guests took part in a Stableford off full handicap and as I said last month that Merve Williams must be coming back to form and I was proved right as today he scored 37 points to take First in Category One. Les Yates came Second with 33 pts

(as he would have done at Alenda last month if his card had been handed in.) In Third place was Rodney Smith with 30 points, fourth was Pete Nicholls with 26pts and 5th with 25 pts Arthur Williams. Welcome back Arthur. Category Two was won by the improving Pete Root with 35pts, Second was Ron Chambers with 30pts in Third place was Malcolm Woods with 28pts and the Rocket took Fourth with 27pts followed in Fifth place by last month’s Glory man Geoff Wild with 26pts. Nearest the Pins Hole 4 R Smith, Hole 8 M Williams Hole 13 P Nicholls Longest Drive was P. Root and best Guest Andy Stenning with 30 pts Because of the heat we will not be playing on the 24th of July but will be playing our home game at Vistabella on the 14th August. After the game we went back to the St James’s Gate pub for the presentation and refreshments kindly supplied by Sonia and her staff with thanks. If anyone would like to join our small society who play once every two weeks or to join us for a game if you are on Holiday give me a ring on 678 849 142.

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El Plantio 2 Las Ramblas Happy Days Golf Society Golf Society Golf Society This week’s competition was The Stableford, we had 22 players today, as you would expect from El Plantio, the course was in excellent condition and this was reflected in some good scores. Henry Mellor one of our newest members has just got his third card in for his handicap and showed that it was almost spot-on by coming second, well done Henry... Gordon Wayne was one very happy guy today as he was able to do a very good swap, his bottle of wine for a bottle of brandy, you won't be that lucky every week Gordon... Congratulations to Frank Stanhope who scored a Hole-in-one on the 5th and commiserations to Ray Housely who was playing in the same group and missed the same hole by 5 inches. Pssst Ray, did you get the birdie?

We started the week off with a Best 2 from 4 with all 4 scores counting on holes 4,5,12 & 13. There was a tight finish with the team of Tom Hardie, Brian Townend, Ray Clayton & Brian Dent winning by one point with a score of 100. The unlucky runners up with 99 pts were Doug Wright, Norman Page, Tony Brooks & Olga Haubner. On Wednesday we played a Singles Stableford in really hot conditions. Round of the day came from Norman Page who came in with a 3 under par 39 pts. The full results were: Cat1. 1. Norman Page 39 pts, 2. Tom Hardie 37 pts(c/b), 3. Dave

Results today: Nearest the pin on hole 4 Dave Swann, and on hole 6 Benny Jorgensen Hole-in-one on hole 5 Frank stanhope 3rd place Gordon Wayne Hcap 11 score 34 pts 2nd place Henry Mellor Hcap 18 score 37 pts 1st place Lyn Young Hcap 14 score 42 pts Anybody wishing to play, phone Ian Henderson on 96 671 66 16.

Pulling 37 pts. Cat2. 1. Friedel Knebel 36 pts, 2. Carole Wheeler 34 pts, Brenda Lei 33 pts. 2s Club. Heinz Lei, Ken Robertson & Lindsay Forbes. Friday's competition was a Texas Scramble which was won (surprise surprise!) by the team of Nick & Donna Campbell, Phil Herrington & Brian Humpherson.

As usual we met at Happy Days for coffee, bacon rolls and to arrange the order of play. Then we set off to Banalba for our day’s golf. There should have been 16 players but as only 14 turned up at the course for some reason two players went to Alenda? One even had the Bonalba score cards in his pockets- well done Barry! The course was in excellent condition and the format for the day was an individual stableford competition and a close competition it was with three players scoring 33pts. The winner on count back was Dennis Freeman – bad luck to Clive Perriman & Les Hops. Winner of front nine with 19 pts Norman Padmore. Winner of back nine with 18 pts Terry Sharp. Nearest the pin Hole 8 Norman Padmore. Nearest the pin Hole 14 Dennis Freeman. Longest drive hole 13 John Lees. Then it was back to Happy Days for the prize giving / drinks & meal ( thanks to Marta ) Next game Alenda 24th July meet at Happy Days 8oclock.

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Tigers social night Rocajuna Golf Society On Saturday 28th of July the Torrevieja Tigers Rugby Club are holding a Social night at the St James’s Gate, Irish bar, Toretta II next to Mercadona. The reason for it is quite simply to get together to meet new players and get to know each other before the season starts. The evening starts at 8pm. Anyone wanting to join the Tigers or would like any information about joining, why don’t you come down to meet us, it is free and there is a free food buffet, on the night. Please join us, there is entertainment too. Today saw us back at this lovely course just north of the city of Murcia to play our usual Stableford competition. With very little breeze to cool everyone down in the severe heat it was going to be a hard day, WRONG, because 14 players recorded more than 30 points. Results were as follows nearest the pins Hole 5 Geoff Betts. Hole 8 Mick Gossage. Hole 10 Mark Palmer. Hole 17 Mike Zebadee. The winners of our Stableford game being: Category 1. 1st. Geoff Betts 40 points. 2nd.Phil Brigham 36 on c/b from Chris Butler. Category 2. 1st.Vince Lannon 43 points. 2nd.Alan Darby 32 and 3rd. Reg Palmer 31. Catedory 3.1st. Mike Zebadee 40 points. 2nd. Peter Kerr 30 3rd.Roger Twigg 30. Best front 9. Geoff Betts 23 points Best back 9. Vince Lannon 22 points Incident of the Day….Alan Moody on the 13th.Hole hit his tee shot into trees on the left hand side and finished up in a ditch some 2+ feet deep with his ball hard up against the edge of the ditch. Not playable, but Alan said give me an 8 iron and proceeded to balance on the edge of the ditch hardly able to reach the ball

and proceeded to hit the ball not only out of the ditch but miss all the trees and finish up just off the fairway with and easy shot to the green and then made a comment “should have taken a 7 iron”. While talking about Alan he also was able to complete another mission while here on the Costa Blanca, his brother died 2 years ago and just before he passed away they played a round of golf at Villamartin which he loved and Alan on his visit now was able to deposit his ashes behind the and complete something he has wanted to do for the last 24 months. Our football scratch cards on the day each winning 20 Euros goes to 1. Paul Looseley and 2. Alan Moody Our next outing is back to our home course El Plantio on the 24th.July followed by Font del Llop on the 5th.August both with rates that are perhaps some of the cheapest on the Costa’s. If interested in joining our golf club and maybe follow the exploits of CD Montesinos in their quest for promotion in the new season then contact David Winder at or call him on 626 774 157.

Saurines De La Torre Golf Course on Thursday 12th July 2012 Our Society outing for July was held at Saurines De La Torre, where 22 members and guests enjoyed a very warm sunny day for the stableford competition. Although very warm there was a slight breeze that helped to cool the players. The course is in excellent condition and we look forward to playing it again later in the year. Thankfully a bar has been opened opposite the club house so we were able to enjoy a cool beer after the game. Purely medicinal of course. The results of this month’s compe-

tition are: Winner with 37 points – Mike Banfield Runner-up with 36 points – Robert Simpson Best guest with 35 points – Sean Byrne Nearest the Pins on Par 3’s: Hole 6 – Alisdair McLean. Hole 10 – Stephen White. Hole 14 – Alisdair McLean. Hole 18 – Terry Lewis. Once again a big thank you goes to the staff at the Rocajuna bar for providing the usual excellent service after the game and a very enjoyable

buffet. Future events: Next outing: Team game on Thursday 9th June 2012 at Font del Llop. Captain’s Weekend October 19th – 22nd at Valle del Este (Final payments end of August). Membership of the society is now due and there are vacancies available at a cost of 30 euros per year. (For more information contact Denis McCormack on 966799829 or mobile 659536077).

Quesada Golf Society Tuesday 10th July we played at El Plantio and what a joy it was, the course was in good condition and the greens were great although a touch slow, we played a 2 ball Texas Scramble, most members enjoyed the format, a few got a little confused but everyone said they enjoyed the day. A few snippits, Paul Flanaghan returning a favour gave a lift to a Quesada member after getting halve way to El Plantio the friend told him he was playing with another society, poor Paul had to return him to Quesada, muttering never again. Best miss of the day was Les

Lindores having 2 putts from 8 inches. Les Pancott not having one of his better rounds managed a 25 ft putt on the last hole, it made his day. David James spent some of the early morning asking for directions to El Plantio, as he found himself out by Alenda, of course he blamed it on his Sat Nav. Results of the Day 1st with 73.88 were Pam Martin & Brian Smith. 2nd with 77.88 was Ted Hooker, Les Pancott & John Featherstone. 3rd with 78.88 was Victor Dew & Trevor Hobbs. 4th with 79.50 was Janet Candlin & John Sanchez. N.T.Ps were hole 9 Ann Hobbs,

hole14 Ian Lees and hole18 Victor Dew. We returned after the days play to the Quesada Country Club where a lovely buffet & drinks greeted us, many thanks to all staff. Next Tuesday 17th July there is a Members Meeting at the Q.C.C. 1030hrs start, the next game is at Lo Romero on 25th July. As always we are looking for new members to join our very friendly society, so if interested contact our Membership Secretary Les Pancott on 966716723. Reporter Brian Smith for (Pam Martin).

Greenlands Bowls This week started with a two day fund raising event to help Lynn Greenland and Bill Pain represent Spain in the World Bowls In Adelaide. Lynn and Bill would like to thank everybody who took part and supported us in our two days of fund raising for Adelaide World Bowls: We are sincerely grateful, also to Noels house party and Helen and Jill's sponsored walk, and all those that donated. We would like to thank Sporting Arbitrage for sponsoring the winners prizes and Quesada Gold for sponsoring the lowest prize, also for the entertainment which was appreciated by all and being in attendance, also to Flabeloss for attending, thanks to Ibex who donated for the spider. Thanks go to all who donated for our raffle, Breeze Bar Benimar, Quesada Tabaco, Card Shop, Treasure Chest, Mulberry's Resturant. Mini Golf Quesada, New Inn Catral, The Inn Plaice Torre, Quesada Gold, Georges Stall Zoco, and all those who took part. A big thank you to Mike Green and Hayley and Greenland's Bowls Club for making it a great weekend. Lynn & Bill Next it was The Kings Cup with the Monarchs up against St.Louis.It was a close fought encounter with the Monarchs just losing out by 4 points to 8 and 86 shots to 95, but

they will be back. The Royals were playing El Rancho and unfortunately they had a bad day at the office going down 2 points to 10 and 67 shots to 93, come on you Royals. In The In House Tuesday league The final was between the gents team of G.Bater,N.Cork and B.Miller and the ladies team of J.Clements,S.Mahomet and A.Toozer and in a very close game the men( with the help of a very lucky cannon on the 13th end) sorry guys, ran out winners 17 points to 15 on the final end. All joking apart it was a great game by both teams. The Thursday League also reached the finals stage and husband and wife team, Jim and

Joan Oliver, relatively new bowlers, made a fantastic comeback from 9 points to 3 down to beat two of our more established bowlers Alan Brown and Brian Miller 12 points to 10. What a great result for Joan and Jim well done both and commiserations to Alan and Brian. Starting on Tuesday there will be a Come and Go League, all players welcome, this will run for the summer. First away game in The Quesada friendlies took place on a very hot Quasada rink and in another very good social evening of bowls it resulted in, yes you've guessed it another honorable draw and great evening with friends.


Angling Weekly

Paddy’s Point Golf Society @ Las Colinas


This week the competition was the 8th round of the Summer Championship. The venue being, the Embalse de Argos. Well, this week we saw the first 100lb weight to come from the venue for several years, although the back up weights fell well short of this weight. The water level is still dropping and it is now possible to walk along the bank between the bushes and the water. The day was extremely hot with a very strong wind blowing from dinner time to the end of the match. Top rods on the day 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 47.54 kilos. 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using pellet with 27.10 kilos. 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using paste and pellet with 22.60 kilos.

PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 92 93 or 603 535 771.


Supplied by Terry Screen The 6th round of the Summer Series was fished at Blanca on the 10th July. I believe the lake has been formed originally by daming up the river and then the land being dredged out to form this lake. The water is regulated at the dam, and it seems to be released through the night and early morning possibly working a small hydro-electric station. By looking at the water marks on the banks the levels look to be at their highest that I have seen there, perhaps this is due to thunder storms up in the hills. Whenever we arrive at this venue the water levels are always down but through the course of the day it is constantly rising, which means that when fishing with a float you need to plumb the depth regularly 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 12.320kg fishing the feeder using pellet. 2nd Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 5.840kg fishing the feeder using bread and corn

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3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 5.200kg fishing for bleak with maggot and one carp on the feeder using corn. All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 83 68.


The objective of Anglers Together has been reached ( which was to introduce anglers to each other ). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. Last Friday a few exmembers went to Murcia, and although the river was still flowing very fast, the water level had risen so it was impossible to get under the bridge. However, it appears that there was a record broken as one angler caught and weighed a terrapin of 13lbs!!!!!!. Nice meal if you like them. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

The “Captain’s Curse” is broken! And it was broken in style by Captain David McBride. After being cut 2 shots on the morning of the event he then went around Las Colinas in superb form and returned a card of 45 points. The scoring on the day was high amongst the 36 players competing for the prestigious “Pub Championship” trophy and medal. The Captain’s Curse has been that numerous previous captains have never won a singles event in their year. One of David’s big ambitions was to break the curse and what a way to do it. Hopefully he can continue his good form with yet another savage cut! Other excellent scores were recorded by Joe Robinson 40 pts, Stuart Constable 39 points, Ronan Crotty and Paul Kirwan 37 points. Well done to all of you. Many thanks to Martin Eastgate and his staff at Las Colinas. NTP hole 5 - Joe Adam NTP hole 7 - Stuart Constable NTP hole 10 - Sean Robinson NTP hole 14 - John Levi NTP hole 17 - Ian Comaskey The triple rollover 2s pot was shared by Stuart Constable, Paul Kirwan, Ian Comaskey and Mick Ruttledge.

Longest drive hole 8 - R Fitzgerald Longest drive hole 18 - Paul Kirwan Best guest - Joe Robinson 40 pts 1st place - David McBride - 45 points 2nd place - Stuart Constable - 39 points 3rd place - Ronan Crotty - 37 points After golf we returned to Paddy’s Point for an excellent meal and the presentation. Many a hole was talked about late in to the night! Many thanks to the bar and kitchen staff for looking after us so well. Future events which as always are open to members and guests are: Wednesday 8th August - Lo Romero summer trophy Wednesday 12th September - La Finca Chairman’s putter Sunday 30th September - Peraleja - the ever popular captain’s V chairman’s team event Wednesday 10th October - El Valle - Seve memorial trophy If you wish to play in any of these events please give your name and €20 to Paddy’s bar staff at least 48 hours before the event.

Photo shows L to R Stuart Constable, David McBride, Ronan Crotty

Torrevieja Masters win 8 medals in the 23rd Spanish Summer Open National Masters Swimming Championships This weekend in the West Park Municipal Swimming Pool, Valencia, saw 119 swimming clubs throughout Spain and 844 master swimmers, compete in the 23rd Spanish Open National Championships. For the first year ever Torrevieja Swimming Club were able to register two swimmers into this competition – Beth Altabas in the 65- 69yrs female category and Vicki Connolly in the 45 – 49yrs female category. Both swimmers swam the maximum number of races allowed over the three day event. Over the duration of the competition new records were set, including Roberto Alberiche (CN Metropole) with a new European record in the category +80 years, in the 50m backstroke, with a time of 43.28. First of the weekend’s events saw Vicki gain 8th position in the 50m Breaststroke quickly followed by Beth with a gold medal in the 100m backstroke event. Later in the day Vicki got a close 4th position in the 200m freestyle event with a new personal best of 2:59:59 and Beth in the 200m freestyle a gold medal 3:25:02.

Back to rest overnight both girls were back in action in the rain on Saturday morning. Both Vicki and Beth swam the arduous 400m freestyle with outstanding results. Vicki swam a fantastic race exceeding her expected time of 6mins 38secs and winning bronze medal with a time of 6:07:62. Beth followed with another gold medal in her age group with a time of 7:19:65. Later in the day both girls won medals in 100m freestyle (Bronze medal Vicki 1:19:54), another personal best and for Beth a gold in the 200m medley (4:10:81). Back in the same seats on Sunday, now nicknamed “championship hill”, Beth and Vicki were triumphant again. One race left, both girls won medals, Beth a final medal in the 50m freestyle 65-69yrs and Vicki a bronze medal in the 45-49yrs category. So in total 8 medals from 10 races closely followed by a 4th and 8th position!! Well done girls!! This was enough to put the Torrevieja Swimming club half way up the rankings for points for females in the overall competition – a massive achievement with only two swimmers.

The Torrevieja Masters Swimming Group is new this year and due to various personal commitments the clubs trains with the aid and guidance of the clubs coach, Juan Martinez, at different times and in two different pools. Vicki tends to join her daughters at similar training times at the Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina but Beth swims during the day at the Municipal pool Centro Deportivo Municipal Orihuela Costa,Playa Flamenca. Both pools are fantastic at supporting the Torrevieja Swimming Club as needs arise. The Torrevieja swimming club is always looking to invite new members. The club meets each evening, in three sessions, Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 9pm. The club trains in the 50m pool at the Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina, Torrevieja. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Eddie Cagigao on 637869602, Rosa 665454126 or President Felipe on 609418776 or by e-mail on or at

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SAN JUAN 7’S In three weeks time the Alicante beach 7’s will be at its usual place on the beach at San Juan, and will take place on 4 August kicking off at 10.00 and going through to around 21.00 with a break in the middle of the day for well needed food and drink, with teams from all over the Valencian region coming as usual. It is the 15th annual tournament that has been organised on the beach at San Juan and if the previous years are anything to go by it will be a great day of rugby. At the tournament I will also have a stand there selling the rugby gear as well as playing with a group of friends from different rugby clubs as usual. So come along and have a great day out watching rugby and enjoying a day on the beach at the same time. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is on in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, you can always come and see me at the Moncayo Market on Saturdays or call me on 692 767

242 to make sure that I am there. During the summer months Centurion Rugby Summer School is holding beach rugby training down in Guardamar in front of the restaurants on Mondays and Wednesdays at 19.00. If you want to come down call me on the number above. Training starts back for ITV Orihuela RFC on 29 August after the summer break in preparation for the second season in the Murcia league, so fingers crossed there will be plenty of league games again next season for our supporters to watch. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

La Marina Baldricks Golf Society (LAMBS) @ Bonalba 11th July Stableford Competition 19 members & guests assembled for a 1008 tee time at Bonalba. Today was a first time at Bonalba for many of the members and the first time the Society had played there for many years. The course was in great condition, the only criticism would be the bunkers, which were devoid of sand and rock hard. All the members enjoyed the day and expressed their wishes to return for future dates. We are in fact booked again during September for our match with the Scottish Prison Warders Team. I would like to thank Richard Davies for organising our visit so well (the society names on the buggies didn’t matter). The scoring today was relatively low but this in no way detracted from the enjoyment. It was also great to see a 1st time winner of the monthly trophy; congratulations to Andy Giles for a winning score of 31 points, 2 strokes off the handicap next

Pictured outside the Final Whistle, Today’s Winners

time out though. 2nd with a return of 29 points was Bill Street (we won’t hear the last of that), and 3rd was one of the usual suspects, Dave Cooper with 27 points. The best score of the day however was 36 points returned by a guest John Haig congratulations to him. He was so impressed he decided to join the society so he can win the vouchers next time. Also Dave Wilson who has played with us on a number of occasions elected to become a member, so a warm welcome to both. Andy Giles continued his winning ways when he also won the blackout card, he should make sure he buys a lottery ticket this week As usual we returned to the Final Whistle for the presentations and an excellent buffet, thanks to Linda & Co and a special thanks to Elaine for a very tasty chilli.

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NEW FACES AT TORRY Manager Casimiro Torres and his team have been busy during the summer and will be even busier next week as they start training with their new squad from 23rd July. It is a young, new look team, but fans will be delighted to know that no less than ten of last season’s side will continue to don the famous white shirts of the Salineros. These include long term favourites Ramiro and Jorge, as well as Corella, Manolo and Burguillos. But there are new boys to look out for, especially 20 year old British talent, Conor Heferman, who made a stake for inclusion by coming over in early April and training with the squad to see if he could impress the manager. This he has done and been rewarded with a place in a predominantly under 23 squad that has the hungry look of a side going places. Other new but maybe recognisable faces to spot will be ex Crevillente players Gasch and Pucho. Josemi was born in Torrevieja and as a teenager was involved with the 2005 side and now returns to his home team as an experienced and committed left side player, having spent last season with group 13 division three side, Mar Menor. There are 13 players on the “sheet” at present with the manager in negotiations with another half dozen, but still on the look out for a back up keeper. This will complete the 20 strong squad which fits the agreed budget for the 2012-13

I had suggested last week that the Munster Final would be skilful and mouthwatering - and it was; well, the first half in particular! Tipperary were seeking their 40th Munster title, Waterford their 10th and both teams gave of their absolute best. Waterford were particularly impressive in the first half, taking the battle to the Tipperary hopefuls and matching them for skill and energy. They were 3 points ahead before Tipperary seemed to become organised and John O’Brien’s excellent goal gave Tipperary the heart to focus on their game. It was a tight affair and some fantastic saves by both goalies ensured that the game remained a true contest up until the closing stages of the match. The game was level many times but Tipperary began to pull ahead in the second half of the second half. In fact, it took Waterford about twenty minutes to score in the second half and a few missed frees by Maurice Shanahan seemed to lessen the Waterford men’s self belief and allowed Tipperary to regain their composure and demonstrate their undoubted skill. Brendan Cummins was playing his 70th championship match and the result - Tipperary 2-17 to Waterford’s 0-16 was a fitting tribute to his amazing skill. It was a pity that the other legend, Tony Browne, could not taste victory. The 39 year old gave a sterling performance for Waterford before being replaced in the final quarter. An excellent Munster final

season, which once more looks like having a competitive 22 teams in the mix. The precise constitution of the group will be known at the beginning of August, once all financial and administrative matters are properly lodged with the Federation, who can then proceed to draw up the fixture list for what promises to be an exciting season. The club has recently appointed a Marketing and Promotions Director to steer the club to better things and he has been working relentlessly to propose various ways that FC Torrevieja can engage with more of the community and really set the club at the heart of sporting success for the region. Plans include having regular musical and fun events at the Vicente Garcia, making it a venue that fans and party goers alike can look upon as a natural alternative to their regular social outlets. But it is on the field of play that it really matters and on this subject there is some contention. The Vicente Garcia pitch is in poor condition and the players struggle to play their fluent ffotball on it. The Town Hall, like most Councils, has to be tighter with spending and cannot afford the specific expertise and dedicated personnel to repair the surface and maintain it in the condition required. It is therefore likely that Torry will play their league and cup campaigns this coming term at the Nelson Mandella stadium, just

accross the way from the much beloved Vicente Garcia. The club is still trying hard to find a solution to this issue, but knows it requires an additional 16,000 Euros for the year to employ the right person to undertake this important role. However, on a positive note, it is planned to host three pre season friendlies at the Vicente Garcia starting in early August. The club are talking to Hercules, Elche and Cartegena in the hope they will provide stiff and entertaining opposition for the young guns of Torry. Hercules played in the promotion matches for La Liga, but Like Elche remain a division 2 side. Appreciating the economic restraints that exist, the club has reduced season ticket prices for the coming season and

Waterford's Kevin Moran and Brian O'Meara of Tipperary during the Munster SHC Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

played in less than favourable conditions in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The other big hurling match between Limerick and Clare was an equally nail biting affair for quite some time in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. Clare’s teenager, Tony Kelly, got them off to a positive start but Niall Moran quickly got the teams on level terms. Wayne McNamara’s fantastic goal was a huge blow to the Banner men and the pain was surely intensified when Limerick succeeded in raising the green flag twice more during the game. Clare were really impressive during the final ten minutes of the first half but Limerick regrouped in the second half and closed down the Clare men. Sean Tobin’s fine goal in the second half seriously damaged Clare’s chances but Davy Fitzgerald’s men

were not going to lie down too easily. However, when Tony Kelly failed to put away the free and score a goal in the final minutes, Limerick seemed to be unstoppable. Shane Dowling, the Limerick teenager and an impressive scorer for Limerick, ended the game on a score of 3-18 for Limerick and 1-20 for Clare. Both teams suggested that each of them has a bright future. Cork’s demolition of Wexford was not unexpected and the final score of Cork 3-24 to Wexford’s 2-17 is an indication that Wexford continue to struggle at this level. The near upset in Mullingar must have set Kerry hearts racing! When Westmeath’s Glennon scored from the penalty spot early in the second half, it seemed that the big upset of the season was about to happen.

these are now on sale through the club directors, the Torry Army office and selected outlets. Instead of 125 or 95 Euros,(as per last year) there will be a single price of just 90 Euros for a full season ticket, making the cost of league games a little over 4 Euros per match remarkable value. If it is more convenient for fans, then the club will sell half price season tickets at 50 Euros each. These are also on sale and the first half season ticket covers the matches until the end of the year, then the fan can buy the second half season ticket in January for the remaining league programme. It is also time for

However, Kerry showed their class and succeeded in clawing back victory in the final stages. The final score of Kerry 2-10 to Westmeath’s 1-12 was a salutary reminder that no team is too great to fall; even if they managed to last the pace on the day! Where to now for Jack O’Connor’s men? Can one reasonably expect them to be still there in September? Leitrim caused their own shockwaves in Carrick-on-Shannon when they defeated Wicklow on a score of 13 points to 10 but the disappointing display of Monaghan in their outing with Laois was further proof that there remains a huge discrepancy in the standards of football throughout the country. Monaghan missed too many chances and Laois were deserving winners on a score line of 2-12 to 0-12. Equally deserving winners were the men from Antrim when they defeated Galway by one point in Casement Park. Tomas McCann’s levelling point in the closing minutes seemed to give Deaghlan O’Hagan the belief to slot over the winning point for Antrim in a low scoring and tight game. Longford would have expected to defeat Limerick in their own back yard but a brilliant display by the Limerick lads in the second half ensured that they had the opportunity to go ahead in extra time. The sending off of Longford’s Declan Reilly and David Barden was a cruel blow to the midlanders. The final score was 1-15

socios to renew their membership at a cost of 20 Euros, with new socios paying 50 Euros for their first membership, then 20 annually thereafter. The club is extending the privileges for new socios to include free entry to any designated Dia del Club matches, so having a voice in the running of the club has just become more attractive! Socio memberships can be bought at the ground on match days, including pre season friendlies, from the treasurer, Jeff Scott. The closing date for new and renewals for socios is 30 September 2012. Jeff Scott

for Longford and 1-21 for Limerick. Impressive Tipperary saw off the challenge of Wexford in Semple Stadium. When Ben Brosnan came on for Wexford in the second half, the Wexford men rallied but Tipperary had amassed such a decent lead that they could not be overtaken with a final score of Tipperary 1-13 to Wexford’s 0-15. Tyrone was too good for Roscommon in Dr. Hyde Park on a score of 1-16 to 0-8 and Mayo emerged as Connacht champions on a score of 12 points to 10. It was a tight but scrappy game and both sides were committed to the struggle throughout. It was Mayo who managed to hold their shape better in the closing stages and so retained their title. It was surely a disappointing end for Man of the Match, Barry Moran, to be given his second yellow card in the closing minutes of an exciting match. Kildare did not need the services of Seanie Johnston in their demolition of Cavan in Breffni Park even though the former Cavan player did contribute to the score sheet. Cavan scored 1-9 to Kildare’s 3-20. Next weekend we have the Ulster final to look forward to while the football and hurling pairings will be decided this week as well. Will the September champions emerge from the rank of the qualifiers?