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Ferrara Beach: At the mercy of storms, will soon have two breakwaters to protect it.

Ferrara beach erosion to be stopped soon

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FERRARA beach in Torrox will soon have two offshore breakwaters to protect it from erosion. According to the Mayor of Torrox, Francisco Muñoz, the Coast and Sea Maintenance Department has planned

to carry out repairs on Ferrara beach, which has been continuously losing sand for the past several decades due to storms. The plan involves building two breakwaters; one parallel to the beach and the other

perpendicular to the coast. The parallel breakwater will be 150 metres long, and the perpendicular breakwater will be smaller; 120 metres long and will be located across from the lighthouse. The construction to save Torrox’s most famous beach currently is waiting to be studied by a government environmentalist department. The head of the Coast and Sea Department has specified that the work

will only affect the sea in front of the beaches, and that the promenade will remain the same as it has always been. The local government also pointed out that this construction will be very important for the town and its economy, ‘due to the damage that is done to the beach year after year, also affecting tourism and the local economy.’ Muñoz also proposed the works be done in phases in order to begin without delay.

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Singer honoured by Nerja THE Spanish singer and Eurovision representative for 2012, Pastora Soler, will be named ‘Tourist of Honour’ by Nerja Town Hall, to show the town’s appreciation of her public comments about how Nerja is her “paradise on earth.”

Beach plans NERJA Town Hall has approved a proposal made by the Tourism Development councillor, Bernardo Pozuelo to ask the regional coastal department to write up the renovation project for ‘El Playazo’ Beach.

Mall open RINCON DE LA VICTORIA’S shopping mall will be open every day until September 15, including holidays, making it the only mall to open every day from Granada to Torremolinos.

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Competa cuts off water supply during the night

COMPETA Town Hall has begun turning off the water supply at night as a precaution in the face of a possible drought.

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Fair support ONE THOUSAND people signed a petition for El Morche Town Hall to retract its decision to unify the fair celebrations in one place, instead of the traditional three locations.

The aquifers which supply the town are located in the Sierra Almijara and levels have fallen considerably over the past few

months, due to the lack of rain. The local authorities are concerned that the dry spell will last beyond the summer and have decided to put precautionary measures in place. The mayor, Jose Luis Torres, has promised that the measure will only be temporary and told the local Press that most families will not be without water even at night, because there is enough stored to allow it to continue flowing. However, he did admit that some rural areas are without water during the summer, due to their IN CONCERT: Boney M at the Francisco Bonet Sports Stadium. systems and the fact that more foreign residents are in the town during the hot months. At this time of year, the ALMUĂ‘ECAR danced the night several people who had won VIP population of the town away to the songs of Boney M tickets through the Euro Weekly almost doubles to around last Saturday night, including News competition. 8,000 people.

Art on show SALOBREĂ‘A Castle hosted its first ‘SaloARTE y turismo’ painting, sculpture and photography exhibit, showcasing the work of Andalucian artists.

Beach clean A TOTAL of 104.9 cubic metres of rubbish have been removed from the coasts by Axarquia’s municipal cleaners.

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Town hall defends shopping mall A NEW shopping mall may soon be built in Velez-Malaga, despite the town hall’s previous position which favoured small and mediumsized businesses. The company Taramillas Zona Empresarial, which is represented by the head of Velez’s business association (ACEV), Jose Cotilla, has proposed building a shopping mall on a 90,000-square-metre plot close to El Ingenio shopping centre.

The company is negotiating the terms for a change in the plot’s zoning category, which is currently protected from building. If the town hall finally accepts the proposal, it will be an important change in the local government’s position regarding the importance of helping small and medium-sized companies. Mayor Francisco Delgado defended this change of heart by saying that this project is

Charitable cast DARYL HANNAH and Melanie Griffith will be attending the Starlite Gala charity ball along with their ‘Two Much’ co-star Antonio Banderas, who will be hosting the event on Saturday in Marbella.

Unions outraged LABOUR unions CCOO and UGT have denounced Carlos Haya Hospital for irregularly extending employees’ work hours without previously negotiating the change, and not notifying them in writing.

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OLD NEW LOOK: Each of the lions has a different face.

Lions roar in as extra treat

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LHAMBRA PALACE is Spain’s most visited monument. Last year more than 2.3 million visitors - an average of more than 6,300 every day of the year - flocked to Granada to see the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens in 2011. And now, after 10 years of careful restoration, the Alhambra Palace has an added attraction: the famous Patio of Lions.

Restoration work most importantly focused on the 12 lions surrounding the fountain as well as archaeological digs. The fountain is probably Andalucia’s most famous image, with visitors now able to walk on marble from Macael, in Almeria, similar to when it was first built under the orders of Sultan Muhammad V. During the lengthy renovation it was discovered that each of the lions has a different face.

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Nerja councillor injured in hit and run incident A BRITISH drunk-driver was allegedly involved in a collision with Nerja Councillor Encarnacion Moreno and fled the scene afterwards. The 60-year-old was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit the Employment and Social Welfare Councillor while she was riding her motorcycle. The man was seen by two off-duty police officers, fleeing the scene. They followed him home to the Balcon de Europa area, where they called the Local Police. When the police arrived, he was breathalysed and found to be drunk. He will be charged for failing to give assistance at the scene. The councillor suffered only minor cuts and bruises and said she did not know how she was not killed in the accident, as she had barely avoided crashing into the other vehicle head-on.

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THE banks of the River Guadiaro and its tributaries in Malaga are to be cleaned by the local authorities and the Junta de Andalucia so that residents who live further away from the beach can bathe in the river during the hot summer months.

THE fifth Edition of the travelling Sea Laboratory informed children at La Misericordia beach in Malaga about how beachgoers can help protect the sea and the animals that live in it. It is due to visit other points along the Malaga coast.

Car overturns

RENOVATION of the promenade and bike trails between La Cala del Moral and Rincon de la Victoria has concluded. According to the town hall, these measures will be good for tourism.

Guadiaro cleaned

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A PLAN to reorganise the streets of Torrox’s historical centre is being carried out by Local Police in order to improve traffic flow and parking, and make the area more attractive.

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smaller than the 600,000-square-metre project the previous government had been considering and also that it will create employment. “I am not going to let an investment that can create employment and bring money to the town go elsewhere,” declared Delgado. However, he also pointed out that he would do everything in his power to reach a consensus with local businessmen and the political opposition.

New look for town centre

A WOMAN, 75, was injured in Velez-Malaga, when her car overturned in Calle Camino Remanente. She was taken to Axarquia Regional Hospital.

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Siestas are known worldwide, there must be a reason’

The Spanish Industrial Ministry in a campaign on microblogging site Twitter to promote Spain. The campaign is based on clichés for which Spain is known. Hashtag: #PorAlgoSera

THE €1.3 million project to turn the streets around Muelle Heredia into a Spanish Soho in Malaga is scheduled to start this autumn, and Mayor Francisco de la Torre has said that he hopes the financial crisis will not interfere with the construction work.

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million is the record fine which a court in Truro (Cornwall, England) has handed down to a company from Galicia for illegal fishing. The Marine Management Organisation sued Hijos de Vidal Bandin, their delegation in Britain and the captains of two boats.

Pesky birds NINETY-ONE nests which were made by the ‘Monk Parakeet’ considered an invasive species - were taken down from trees by the town hall this year in Malaga to keep the birds’ population under control and prevent nests from falling and harming pedestrians.

Debt paid ANDALUCIAN preschools were recently paid by the Junta de Andalucia part of the money which was owed to them for the tuition of 18,072 children, which is cofunded. The Junta has also promised that it will settle its remaining debts before the end of September.

and finally... FIREMEN in Zaragoza (Northeastern Spain) discovered the decapitated body of a former soldier in an apartment, following complaints from neighbours about bad smells. Reports say that he is thought to have committed suicide using explosives some two weeks previously.


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End to smells at Motril port RESIDENTS in the area surrounding Motril Port have learned this week that measures will be taken to prevent smells from the sewage plant. The residents around the port and beach areas have been requesting that measures be taken ever since the sewage plant was built in the Rambla de las Brujas area 13 years ago. The plant processes sewage from Motril and Salobreña and will now be deodorised, according to a promise from the local Community of Municipalities. The project is estimated to cost some €2 million which will be paid with the fee for water purification, which is included in local water bills and collected by the Junta de Andalucia.

Tourist ‘passport’ for events in Malaga area MALAGA Provincial Government has created a local ‘tourist passport’ which will reward people who attend

certain events in Malaga province. The ‘Pasaporte del Turista Singular’ comes into effect this month, with

celebrations in towns such as Genalguacil, Alfarnatejo, Iznate, Alcaucin, Teba, Benalauria, Villanueva de la Concepcion, Jimera de Libar, Cimpeta, Frigiliana and Benadalid which are classified as ‘unique interest to tourists’. The Tourism and Territorial Promotion Department has invested €6,550 in the project, in order to promote 79 festivities throughout the province, which receives some 400,000 visitors every year. Tourists who have the passport will benefit from Beatriz Peñalver with the presenter, David Olivares, and models. free accommodation while they enjoy local food, culture, tradition and folklore. They need to get LA CARRERA Roman Aqueduct in lines with modern touches of haut their passports stamped at Almuñecar was the setting chosen by couture, and were very colourful, 20 events to obtain the local designer Beatriz Peñalver to especially four flamenco dresses which benefits. present her first fashion creations. proved very popular with the public. It can be obtained from More than 500 people attended the Following the fashion parade, Malaga Provincial fashion parade which was presented Peñalver thanked her friends and Government in Calle by local journalist Daniel Olivares and family, the local town hall and the organised by the local town hall. The commercial brands who have believed Pacifico, Malaga, from 9am 22 dresses were a mixture of classical in her work. to 2pm.

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Safer trim for Boris LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson chopped off his shaggy locks before he carried the Olympic torch. “It’s less likely to catch fire,” said a spokesman for William Hill, adding his odds of setting himself on fire changed from from 66-1 to 100-1.

Pumped up A CLASSIC doubledecker bus with arms can be seen doing pushups near to where the Czech team will be staying in London during the Olympics.

Crushed van RUBBISH-DUMP workers mistook a man’s parked van for rubbish. Ben Forrer parked his van at a yard in Coventry for just a few minutes before it was crushed beyond use.

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Prostitute acquitted by court A PROSTITUTE has been acquitted of disobedience charges by Malaga Provincial Court. An initial court sentence found her guilty of disobeying law enforcement officers when she was seen speaking to possible clients after the police banned her from selling sex last April. According to the sentence, the Criminal Code states a person may be fined up to 60 days when he or she “shows disrespect and inconsideration towards the authority or its agents� or “insults or is repeatedly disobedient or refuses to identify oneself.� According to the Provincial Court, the accused had not committed any crimes because her behaviour could not be described as disrespectful or insulting. The sentence stated she had simply not complied with a warning.

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Missing Briton search continues GUARDIA CIVIL are searching caves in the Sierra Almijara area for a 63-year-old British man who went missing on July 21. The teams taking part in the search, which include Guardia Civil, Civil Protection, Andalucia Emergency Response teams, the Mountain Rescue Teams and Malaga Provincial Fire Consortium’s Canine Rescue Unit, are following this method in case he has fallen into an area where he cannot be seen from the air. They are also trying to locate the GPS tracking

device he was carrying and his mobile phone, but both appear to be turned off. The man, named as Gordon Simm, left his hotel in Nerja to go hiking in the Chillar River area and never returned. Rescue teams and volunteers have been searching the area by land and air between Nerja and Frigiliana. The bicycle he is reported to have had with him has not been found. Other people hiking in the area have not reported seeing anyone who appears to be lost on the mountain.

The man’s wife told the local press he is an experienced hiker who knows the area well and went well equipped. She is currently staying in Nerja, where she has been coming on holiday with her husband for several years, since raising the alarm the day after he disappeared, and is now accompanied by her daughter. A Dutch man who has been working in the area as a guide for more than 11 years, reportedly told Mr Simm not to go on the route he planned, as it was “much more dangerous than it appears on the map�.

Canoeing trip ends workshop

22 youths took part in the course.

A SERIES of workshops held for youths at risk of social exclusion ended with a canoeing trip. The trip along the coast was the last of the activities carried out as part of the course which was organised by the local town hall. Twenty-two youths aged between 12 and 14 took part and learned how to live a more healthy lifestyle.

Rubbish patrol LOCAL POLICE in Torrox will make sure that local residents put out their rubbish between 8pm and 11pm. The town hall has launched this campaign with the aim of improving the image of the town during the tourist season. Its easy to put rubbish out at the right time, in the containers provided to avoid littering the stree.

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Another leak POPE BENEDICT XVI has taken legal action to stop Frankfurtbased Titanic magazine from publishing pictures of him with yellow and brown stains on his cassock with a headline ‘Another leak is found!’.

Confused cull CONSERVATION groups and politicians were reportedly ‘baffled’ when Northern German fishermen and hunters proposed a large-scale cull of seals to prevent the mammals from dying from epidemics.

False alarm HOURS after a search started for a woman seen being kidnapped in the middle of the street in Borken, she came forward saying they had just been making a short film for friends called ‘the stolen wedding gift’.

Summertime blues for Rajoy’s Cabinet IT will be a long hot summer for government and politicians who forgo extended holidays to deal with the economic crisis. Mariano Rajoy, President of Spain’s Government, has fixed Cabinet meetings for August 3, 24 and 31, and there could be more, according to informed sources. Ministers must be no further than an hour away by plane from Madrid, they have been told. “There will be time for holidays next year,” Rajoy said earlier this week. Rajoy is due in Mallorca on August 14 for the traditional presidential briefing with King Juan Carlos at the Marivent Palace. With a full diary, the most he can hope for is a short visit Galicia where his wife and sons are spending most of August. Vice-president Soraya Saenz de

HOLIDAY BAN: Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy. Santamaria expects to make a short visit to Portugal, her husband’s

birthplace, but Economy Minister Luis de Guindos will spend some time at

his Marbella home. Cristobal Montoro, Treasury Minister, will work ‘practically throughout the month’, insiders said. Jose Ignacio Wert, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, has a ready-made excuse to go further afield to London if there are Spanish contenders for medals in the Olympic Games. He will also return for the closing ceremony. Opposition leader, Socialist Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba will also be devoting less time to leisure. Trips are listed for Rome and Berlin although these will be working holidays as he meets his counterparts in both cities. Scheduled to head Madrid meetings of the PSOE’s inner circle, he hopes to spend some time with his wife in Asturias, party sources revealed.

The elusive art of chillaxing MORE than half of holidaying Spaniards need a fortnight to wind down completely. Disconnecting is hardest for young professionals aged between 25 and 34, found a recent survey. A total of 46 per cent take between a week and a fortnight to relax and 11 per cent require even longer to shrug off workplace worries. A further 38 per cent find it impossible to entirely forget about work while on holiday, compared with 36.3 per cent two years ago. More fortunate are the 43 per cent needing only one day to put routine aside and enjoy the summer break. Women find it harder than men to forget about work – 39 per cent as opposed to 34 per cent – and 63 per cent of both sexes use a mobile to keep up to date with what is going on at work.


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Nudists spend €3m per year in Almeria

Butcher chops up shop A BUTCHER destroyed his premises after the landlord refused to renew the lease. First he removed his equipment and belongings from the shop in Leioa (Vizcaya). Then he set to work with a sledgehammer and did not stop until the facade was down. The 10-year lease expired last winter and was renewable ‘by mutual consent’ although the butcher, named Carlos, learnt that the owner wanted another €150 a month. “I would be paying €1,000 and the way things are now, that’s a lot,” Carlos said. He talked it over with his wife and returned later, agreeing to the increase. But because Carlos had not renewed the contract when it expired the owner changed his mind, saying the premises should be cleared by December 1. Having ordered large quantities of meat for the Christmas period, Carlos asked to remain until his stock was sold. Despite receiving a refusal he did not vacate the shop, Carlos now admits, although he tried on three occasions to persuade the owner to change his mind. The owner also turned down Carlos’s offer to sell the equipment, counters, refrigerators and other appliances. Carlos decided to move out everything of value and put it in store. Some items were too big to go through the door so he knocked down the shopfront. “I put it in,” he reasoned, explaining that 10 years earlier he spent the equivalent of €120,000 on improvements.

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NUDIST-FRIENDLY: Beaches in Almeria.

Thief left ID at crime scene A MAN was arrested for alleged theft in Almeria and Granada when officers found his ID at a crime scene. The 22-year-old from Almeria was arrested when police were able to connect him to the crime scenes where he would allegedly steal from storerooms in housing complexes, later selling the items on the black market. The objects he would steal were usually bicycles and tools, which were sold by third parties, allowing him to

get rid of the incriminating evidence. The areas he allegedly stole from were residential complexes in El Zapillo, Avenida del Mediterraneo and Los Molinos, where he would go late at night and break into storerooms. The accused admitted to the crimes upon his arrest. A police investigation is still open to determine if more people were involved and further arrests needed to be made.

Baby falls four storeys A BABY was injured after falling from the fourth floor of a building. The incident took place on Calle Torrevieja in Dolores, 10 kilometres from the nearest beaches in La Marina and Guardamar. The one-and-a-halfyear-old Moroccan boy was

reportedly playing on the terrace with his brother when he fell onto the hood of a car parked in the street below, which lessened the impact. He was taken, while still conscious, to hospital. His prognosis was uncertain at the time of going to print.

NUDIST tourists spend approximately €3 million each summer in Almeria. This year’s nudist tourism has suffered the effects of the economic crisis, along with other types of tourism. However, nudists have not given up completely on Almeria’s beaches for the holiday season, and usually spend €60 per day. Predictions for this year forecast a slight decrease in this year’s numbers, although it is not expected to be dramatic. These tourists tend to stay an average of 4.2 days, and because of the crisis, Spanish tourists are generally staying at national destinations for the holidays. The province of Almeria has a total of 31 beaches where it is legal to practise nudism throughout the province. Andalucia’s Naturist Nudist Association (ANNA) has designed a map that shows the areas in which nudism is most common. Several beaches in El Ejido, Carboneras and Mojacar are frequented by nudists and non-nudists alike, although the most renowned nudist-friendly area is in Vera, where there is also an urbanisation and other establishments specifically designed for naturalists.

Enquiry into hotel group THE hotel group Citymar’s headquarters in Roquetas de Mar were searched by the Tax Office and Guardia Civil. The hotel group, owned by the Catalonian businessman Miguel Rifa, is currently under investigation for alleged crimes of fraud. According to legal sources, the case is also under a secrecy order, although it is known that the business was searched last Monday. Other associations and businesspeople, known for working closely with Rifa, were also investigated for tax crimes which will apparently affect a network of several people. No arrests have been made yet; however, the investigation is still under way.


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Marina del Este awarded Blue Flag

SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

50 years late SWEDEN - A postcard was delivered to a man in Varberg 50 years late. It was from his sister who sent the correspondence to their now deceased father from her summer camp back in 1962 when she was 10 years old.

It’s a miracle! NORWAY - A beggar, in Haugesund who gained sympathy for his inability to walk, reportedly took a stroll to the store to buy a new battery for his wheelchair.

‘Reel’ catch DENMARK - Two boys reeled in a human skull while fishing in Lyngby So, outside of Copenhagen. Police have opened an investigation into the grisly catch.

MAUSOLEUM: Franco is buried in the Valle de los Caidos in Madrid.

Government to cash in on Franco’s tomb CHARGING to visit Franco’s mausoleum in the Valle de los Caidos (Madrid) will earn the government an annual €2 million. Each year approximately half-amillion people visit the tomb of Francisco Franco, the dictator who controlled Spain from 1939 up to his

death in 1975. After being closed to the public for almost three years, the mausoleum reopened in March. The €5 entrance fee was announced in April and introduced on June 1. The Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) was built on Franco’s

orders as a monument to those who died in the 1936-1939 Civil War. It closed for restoration in 2009, but the current PM Rajoy gave the order to reopen the mausoleum in March and now the government expects to earn an extra €2 million a year from the entrance fee.

THE mayor of Almuñecar, Trinidad Herrero, and the president of the Marina del Este Port Society, Jose Carlos Martin, raised another Blue Flag for quality above the marina, which was awarded for its wellequipped facilities. The port has 227 mooring spaces for vessels reaching up to 30 metres long, as well as supply services for fuel, water, electricity, showers, restaurants, etc, which all contribute to making Almuñecar Port an important transit area between Almeria and Malaga’s respective ports.


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Cat guards THE three million works of art at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg have been recently known to be protected from rodents by 65 cats since 1745 when Empress Elizabeth decreed the felines be cared for in the museum basement.

Sewed up ARTIST Pytor Pavlensky sewed his mouth shut with red string and held a protest sign in front of the Kazan Orthodox Cathedral in St Petersburg to support punk band ‘Pussy Riot’, imprisoned for singing songs against President Vladimir Putin.

Advert ban THE government has recently banned alcohol adverts from television, public transport, radio and billboards due to health study results regarding alcohol abuse in the country.

Coffee art A MOSAIC titled ‘The Awakening’ made entirely out of coffee beans was unveiled in Gorky Park, Moscow. The artist Arkadi Kim, used 180kg of roasted coffee beans to create the piece.

Park museum THE Museum of Everything creation ‘The Large Red Mobile Museum of Everything’ will be in Moscow’s Gorky Park from August 2-20. The museum is a space for unknown, contemporary and self-taught artists to be able to showcase their work.

New record THE world record for the number of people off jumping off a bridge with a nonelastic safety rope was recently made in Tver by 133 people.

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Investigator launches crime reporting service in Spain Fraudulent mobile phone app duping unsuspecting users IN response to growing frustration and complaints, a solution has been launched by a private investigator to handle fraudsters who have been targeting mobile phone users. EU Investigations, a European private investigation company, reports it has been flooded with customer complaints regarding a mobile phone application which has been siphoning money from innocent users with services they have not signed up for. The fraud has affected English-speaking people, who are more than 12,500,000 in number in Spain, as well as Spanish nationals and other foreign residents. The victims can only detect the fraud by checking their monthly bill. The fraudulent mobile phone app automatically deducts €1.40 each day, which will amount to €43 per month. Once the application is installed on the mobile phone, the fraudulent app starts to deduct money every day without giving the user any clue to the fact that this is happening. The number, which comes up on the mobile

CHECK BILL: Scam charges for unsolicited services. phone bill is 795400. Many mobile phone service providers have been affected by this fraudulent mobile application in Spain. The fraud is usually initiated after the unsuspecting victims think they are updating an app on their phone, or after they subscribe to a service online. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use only sites which you know are reputable and not register for ‘free’

Plazamar to be repaired, finally VELEZ-MALAGA is to begin renovation work on the Plazamar parking garage in Torre del Mar. The town hall was ordered to repair the private parking area due to water leaks from the square above, which have forced the owners to close it. The leaks are due to foundation problems caused by the presence of water in the ground below. The car park’s owners had been complaining about the leaks since 1994, although the town hall reportedly did nothing to solve the problem. A court ordered the town hall to repair both the plaza and the garage in 2001, and after an 11-year delay the construction work will finally start again. The initial works were interrupted due to changes in the building company, which backed out of the project shortly after it began. The works are programmed to finish at the end of the year, and will cost €1,230,000, most of which will be paid by the town hall, while the rest will be charged to the garage owners.

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official website of the company which offers them. English-speaking mobile users who have fallen foul of this fraud have been swindled out of hundreds of euros. Now, however, people are becoming more aware of the scam. EU Investigations encourages mobile phone users to report any scam directly to their company to avoid delay. This way the crime can be detected in the early stages and many other users can be protected. The company will block the number and prevent any more charges being made. If you have been affected by the fraudulent mobile phone application, please visit www.eu investigations.com to register as a victim.

‘Contacts’ ban likely THE ‘Contacts’ columns found in most Spanish newspapers could soon be a thing of the past. Earlier attempts to outlaw classified advertisements for prostitution came to nothing despite the backing of all political groups. Self-regulation within the industry itself has been ‘fruitless’ and ‘manifestly inadequate’, according to a 2010 report by Spain’s Council of State. The previous government’s plans to eliminate the newspaper advertisements were halted by last November’s early election. The present government now intends an all-party parliamentary sub-committee to agree the terms of a ban. Committee members will also have to decide whether to extend the ban to internet editions of newspapers carrying the columns.


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City visits get cold shoulder Oh baby! A job for grandads SPAIN’S economic situation is forcing grandparents to sacrifice their own needs and pleasures for their grandchildren. Interests and friends are being relegated as they shoulder more childcare responsibilities and help family finances. “If grandparents can’t help out, a family’s socialeconomic rhythm is badly affected,” said Jose de las Heras Gayo, spokesman for Spain’s third-age association CEOMA. Making the comments on the recent Grandfather’s Day in Spain, De la Heras said he hoped the situation would eventually change, with grandparents called on only when strictly necessary.

Dirty truth of house-proud Brits

UNPOPULAR: Cleaning windows is not liked.

THERE is a dirty truth behind the fact that 75 per cent of Britons are reported as being house-proud. For almost three in 10 households admit their windows hardly ever get cleaned, and 23 per cent rarely attempt to clean their ovens. While research by Mintel, a leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, reveals that 24 per cent of Britons spend more than two hours every working day on household chores, three in 10 admit that their homes are a mess, Despite the recessionary squeeze on household budgets, business continues to boom for retailers of polishes and specialist cleaning products, with a 16 per cent sales increase in Britain between 2006 and last year.

LUXURY products group LVMH, owners of name brands including Moet Champagne and Louis Vuitton luggage, have reported a 26 per cent rise in sales for the first half of 2012. / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

(WTO) figures ranking the Top 10 most visited cities by international travellers in 2011 reveal that Spain is left out in the cold. In the just released rankings, the French capital Paris is the most visited city by international travellers followed by London (UK), Antalya (Turkey), New York (US) and Singapore. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Istanbul But the current situation (Turkey) and Bangkok is so difficult that (Thailand) make up the grandparents and their remaining Top 10. pensions are vital, Madrid, the Spanish particularly amongst the capital, plus Barcelona, middle-classes. Valencia, Granada, Grandparents are Sevilla and other Spanish increasingly roped in for cities are nowhere to be childcare and it is common seen. to see an elderly man Other figures released pushing a pram or a by the WTO reveal that shopping trolley. last year, in total 56.7 This would have been million international unthinkable in my father’s tourists visited Spain, a day, De las Heras said, 7.6 per cent increase on lamenting that the ‘classic the 52.7 million in 2010. role’ of helping out This placed Spain occasionally or being asked fourth in the world league for advice no longer exists. table, behind France, the “Regardless of tastes or world’s favourite tourist needs, parents are sending destination with 79.5 their children without million visitors, followed asking. Today’s society asks by North America (62.3 too much of grandfathers,” million) and China (57.6 he added. million).

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Sunny sales SALES of sun umbrellas for men have tripled, according to a top Tokyo store.


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The bank advises it has paid €966.25. Can you tell us how this figure was worked out and will we have to pay the arrears of €456.88? The administrator also says that the community fiscal year runs from February 1 to January 31, and for the current year, Year 6, the fees are €350. If we complete our purchase this August, what proportion of the fees do we pay? Also, if there are any unpaid bills in respect of SUMA or utilities, do they become our responsibility? D S (Torrevieja)

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Legally, the new purchaser can be held liable only for the unpaid community fees of last year and the current year. Also legally, the seller is required to pay community fees up to the date of sale. Properly, then, you would pay from your month of purchase. If it is August and your fiscal year begins in February, this means you pay five-twelfths for 2012. I cannot tell you exactly how the bank worked out its figure, but it looks like they are trying to get away with not paying last year’s fee. Have your lawyer make sure they pay up to date, and the current utilities as well. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. ask@lawtaxspain.com or call 952 667 090.

POORER pensioners pay more in tax - as much as 42 per cent than most households who average 29 per cent of income from direct and indirect taxation, according to annuity and insurance provider MetLife.

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CENTRICA, owner of British Gas, reported an 18 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to £737 million (€943.69m) on sales, up 4 per cent at £12 billion (€15.36bn).

A great alternative way to face Euro-nation woes AS many will know, I have often considered the ‘peripheral’ members of the Eurozone, and suggested means by which their problems might be resolved. Most solutions have revolved around the impoverished southern countries voluntarily quitting the Euro instead of just passively waiting until a final economic collapse forces them out. Now, however, Ambrose EvansPritchard, a leading financial correspondent, has come up with an intriguingly alternative plan. Taking Spain’s predicament as a prime example of a bad situation mainly of the national banks’ own making - rendered even worse by political interference and incompetence, he suggests that the debt-ridden peripheral countries, Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Italy and perhaps Ireland - should form their own bloc. Then, using their joint ECB voting representation (against Germany’s two votes, plus a few from other ‘hard-core’ states) they should compel the European Central Bank (ECB) to comply with the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty which obliges that entity to ‘contribute to the stability of the financial system’, thus forcing a showdown. Of course, pointing as it might to ECB bond purchases, this would run contrary to Germany’s long-

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standing mistrust of anything that smacks of its own taxpayers being obliged to dig even deeper than they already do, to cover the undoubted costs of such a move. It may also prove to be the proverbial last straw, leading to the hard core nations, led by Germany, storming out in protest. But if this were to happen, it might in fact be the best solution, the final cutting away of the wreckage, and leaving the path clear for a once-again prosperous Europe? With the ‘hard core’ removed from the equation, the ‘Club Med’ countries would have the Eurozone to themselves, which would of course lead to the single currency being drastically devalued on international markets. At first sight SPECSAVERS have used the London Olympics this might appear blunder of showing the South Korean rather a truly frightening than North Korean flag at an event for an prospect, but just advertisement, highlighting Games’ officials think about it for should have visited them for an eye test. a moment.

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A devalued Euro would provide these nations with many of the advantages of reverting to their own currencies, but with the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty providing backup from the ECB. Such a realignment would, following a settling-down period with the devalued Euro, allow these countries to recover their competitiveness while honouring their euro-debt contracts. There would be difficult times of course, but for the presently-desperate Eurozone citizens, a glimmer of light in the darkness, leading eventually to the clearing of debts and, should they wish, to making a new start with their own separate currencies. Dearly as I would like to claim credit for these revolutionary ideas, it is Evans-Pritchard who must be awarded top spot on the podium, with a gold medal glinting in the sun. Ideas are wonderful, capable of changing - sometimes quite drastically - the course of individuals and nations, but they need the will to bring them to fruition. Perhaps it’s time the politicians of the peripheral states - those searching so desperately for rescue - considered such proposals. They may, after all, contain the seeds of their salvation.


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www.euroweeklynews.com A COUPLE of weeks ago I wrote an article in the Euro Weekly News on the latest proposals for the UK’s new Statutory Residence Test (SRT). The article covered the basic elements of the test and what has changed since last year. The SRT will be a definitive test of residence depending on the number of days you spend in the UK and your ties with it. The more “connecting factors” you have, the fewer days you can spend in the UK before you become UK resident. You can view the full article on the news page on www.blevinsfranks.com The new test is to provide more certainty for expatriates as to whether or not they are UK tax resident and therefore liable to UK income and capital gains tax. However, ‘certainty’ does not necessarily mean ‘simplicity’, as evidenced by the fact that the latest Treasury document runs to over 120 pages. Expatriates should still take advice to clarify their position. Blevins Franks has in depth knowledge and experience of the tax and residence laws of both the UK and Spain and how they interact. This week I take a closer look at some of the detail which could affect your residence status. “Only home” Anyone whose “only home” is in the UK will always be considered UK tax resident, regardless of day counting. This rule remains in place even

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though respondents to last year’s consultation document argued this very low bar would make many people automatically resident, and that the subjective term “only home” could cause uncertainty. The government said it was too difficult to provide a precise definition, but it is confident that most people will know where their home is. It did however provide some guidelines. A UK property will not meet the “only home” condition if it is a holiday home, or if you also have a home overseas, or if it is available for 91 days or less a year. Ownership is not a determining factor. Connecting factors – family and accommodation Many respondents argued that having family (spouse, minor children) and accommodation as separate connecting factors equated to double counting and

penalises families. The government however kept them as two factors, making it easier for anyone with UK resident family to be caught out, arguing that having a home and family makes for a stronger connection than just having available accommodation. However, this rule was relaxed slightly - whether or not your family has available accommodation is now irrelevant; only accommodation used by yourself is taken into account if it is available to you for a continuous period of 91 days in a tax year and you spend at least one night in it during the tax year. A day in the UK Day counting refers to the number of midnights you spend in the UK during a UK tax year. To avoid manipulation, the government is considering a supplementary rule to apply to anyone who spends a large number of days in the UK but always leaves before midnight. Transitional rule A transitional rule will be introduced whereby you can apply the new rules to determine residency in any of the three years prior to the date the SRT comes into effect.

However you can only do this if you need to know what your residence status was then, to determine your residence in future years. Otherwise the existing guidelines continue to apply up to 5th April 2013. Exceptional circumstances The government will allow days in the UK to be disregarded under exceptional circumstances. This is where you are in the UK for reasons beyond your control, such as national or local emergencies or sudden or life-threatening illness or injury. It does not mention what happens if your spouse suffers an illness, nor does it include cases where you choose to undertake medical treatment or look after a sick relative in the UK. Split Years Under UK tax rules an individual is either resident or not resident the whole tax year. There is however an Extra Statutory Concession which can permit split year treatment for certain types of income and capital gains. The government now intends to place this on a statutory footing and lists situations where a tax year can be split. You can spend 16 days back in the UK in the tax year of

departure without losing split year treatment, but you must have no home in the UK to achieve this. The proposed new rules are a major advance in providing certainty for British expatriates. Nonetheless they are still complex and confusing to the non tax specialist, and some of the finer detail could trip you up and prove costly. You need to take your local residence rules into account, and a tax treaty can affect your position. Blevins Franks is highly experienced in both residence and domicile matters and can guide you through the rules and help plan the best way forward for you. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual must take personalised advice.

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C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G.

NET VOLUME

Aberdeen Asset Man PLC 262.40

-1.80

-0.68

2,318.68

Admiral Group PLC

-4.00

-0.36

299.38

1115.00

Aggreko PLC

2059.50

27.00

1.33

232.96

AMEC PLC

1121.00

23.00

2.09

647.77

Anglo American PLC

1918.50

24.50

1.29

2,739.94

Antofagasta PLC

1088.50

19.00

1.78

729.08

553.25

5.00

0.91

2,980.77

ARM Holdings PLC

CU RR EN CI ES

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C O M PA N Y

0.78012

1.28184 Units per €

United States $..................................................... 1.22442 Japan Yen ¥.......................................................... 95.7224 Switzerland Francs............................................... 1.20105 Denmark Kroner ................................................... 7.43874 Norway Kroner...................................................... 7.41317

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PRICE(P)

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G.

NET VOLUME

C O M PA N Y Carnival PLC

PRICE(P) CHANGE 2181.00 46.00

% C H G. 2.16

VOLUME 285.36

Centrica PLC

321.00

2.92

0.92

3,717.67

Compass Group PLC

701.25

11.50

1.67

2,714.95 1,398.67

CRH PLC

1217.00

13.00

1.08

Croda International PLC 2374.50

-9.00

-0.38

126.88

Diageo PLC

21.50

1.26

2,287.97

1731.25

Eurasian Nat Resources

403.05

18.50

4.81

1,859.67

EVRAZ PLC

238.95

10.30

4.51

1,753.73 1,285.38

Ashmore Group PLC

331.60

7.70

2.38

287.79

BP PLC

445.32

6.60

1.50

18,359.92

Experian PLC

963.75

0.50

0.05

Associated Brit PLC

1257.00

8.00

0.64

373.38

British Am Tobacco PLC 3400.25

42.50

1.27

1,442.15

Fresnillo PLC

1452.00

34.00

2.40

397.29

AstraZeneca PLC

3000.75

49.50

1.68

1,961.29

British Land Co PLC

538.25

1.50

0.28

1,051.20

G4S PLC

247.20

1.90

0.77

2,001.44

Aviva PLC

299.60

13.12

4.58

11,389.04

British Sky Broad Gr.

713.75

-1.00

-0.14

1,999.85

GKN PLC

210.70

2.70

1.30

4,047.65

Babcock Int Group

867.00

-6.50

-0.74

303.66

BT Group PLC

218.55

0.31

0.14

7,953.66

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

1469.75

27.00

1.87

4,086.92

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

313.80

2.50

0.80

4,169.65

Barclays PLC

171.40

4.40

2.63

43,999.96

BG Group PLC

1281.25

28.55

2.28

2,858.74

Capita PLC

723.75

7.00

BHP Billiton PLC

1883.75

33.50

1.81

5,022.60

Capital Shop Centres

324.10

2.00

Bunzl PLC

1122.50

9.00

0.81

200.07

Glencore Int PLC

320.07

6.85

2.19

8,083.53

Burberry Group PLC

1299.00

15.00

1.17

601.98

Hammerson PLC

468.65

1.60

0.34

910.77

0.98

916.72

Hargreaves Lansdown PLC 574.50

3.00

0.52

225.30

0.62

851.53

HSBC Holdings PLC

545.00

13.98

2.63

22,675.86

ICAP PLC

322.65

5.40

1.70

704.13

IMI PLC

824.00

11.39

1.40

490.61

Imperial Tobacco Gro

2486.50

18.00

0.73

901.91

InterCont Hotels Gro

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NASDAQ

C LOSING P RICES J ULY 30

C LOSING P RICES J ULY 30

C O M PA N Y

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME

MMM 3M Co 91.01 AA Alcoa Inc 8.36 AXP American Express Co 58.59 T AT&T Inc 37.44 BAC Bank of America Corp 7.29 BA Boeing Co 75.08 CAT Caterpillar Inc 85.42 CVX Chevron Corp 109.16 CSCO Cisco Systems Inc 15.91 DD E. I. du Pont de Ns and C... 49.62 XOM Exxon Mobil Corp 87.34 GE General Electric Co 20.75 HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co 18.34 HD Home Depot Inc 52.98 INTC Intel Corp 25.69 INTC Intel Corp 25.73 IBM International Business Machine... 196.27 JNJ Johnson & Johnson 69.33 JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co 36.23 KFT Kraft Foods Inc 39.48 MCD McDonald's Corp 89.22 MRK Merck & Co Inc 44.48 MSFT Microsoft Corp 29.51 PFE Pfizer Inc 23.65 PG Procter & Gamble Co 64.93 KO The Coca-Cola Co 80.41 TRV Travelers Companies Inc 63.22 UTX United Technologies Corp 75.01 VZ Verizon Communications Inc 44.91 WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc 74.98

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Most Advanced TriMas Corporation $ 22.01 2.82 / +14.70% Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. $ 9.598 1.13 / +13.45% MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. $ 104.02 11.63 / +12.59% BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited $ 4.365 0.45 / +11.64% pSivida Corp. $ 3.08 0.32 / +11.59% City Telecom (H.K.) Limited $ 4.5452 0.42 / +10.32% Farmer Brothers Company $ 7.848 0.598 / +8.25% Addus HomeCare Corporation $ 4.925 0.375 / +8.24% AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $ 2.999 0.209 / +7.49% Vitran Corporation, Inc. $ 4.94 0.30 / +6.47% magicJack VocalTec Ltd $ 21.50 1.25 / +6.17% Durata Therapeutics, Inc. $9 0.50 / +5.88% Summit State Bank $ 6.40 0.34 / +5.78%

17.00

1.08

400.38

161.95

10.90

7.21

8,562.62

Intertek Group PLC

2841.50

28.00

1.00

135.16

76.80

-1.39

-1.78

8,912.54

ITV PLC Johnson Matthey PLC

2220.50

52.00

2.40

476.63

Kazakhmys PLC

723.50

24.00

3.43

1,183.45

Kingfisher PLC

268.45

3.00

1.13

3,871.92

Land Sec Group PLC

797.75

5.65

0.71

908.40

Legal & Gral Group PLC

129.65

2.60

2.05

7,671.22

Lloyds Banking Group PLC 31.18

0.98

3.24

104,993.90

Marks & Spencer Gro

337.15

4.70

1.41

3,026.11

Meggitt PLC

391.15

3.70

0.96

743.21

Morrison (Wm) Smarkets 277.75

-0.20

-0.07

3,998.45

National Grid PLC

667.75

6.44

0.97

3,870.57

3236.00

-11.00

-0.34

318.59

160.50

2.10

1.33

3,359.20

1190.50

-40.00

-3.25

3,247.17

773.00

13.00

1.71

728.74

1502.00

42.00

2.87

1,059.11

Polymetal Int PLC

887.75

12.00

1.37

189.47

Prudential PLC

Next PLC Old Mutual PLC

Most Declined Progenics Pharmcals Inc. TGC Industries, Inc. First Security Group, Inc. Lufkin Industries, Inc. Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. ALCO Stores, Inc. MercadoLibre, Inc. Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Canadian Solar Inc. Given Imaging Ltd.

1596.50

International Cons.

$ 5.54 5.26 / -48.70% $ 7.18 1.70 / -19.14% $ 2.44 0.55 / -18.65% $ 48.82 10.51 / -17.71% $ 46.48 6.71 / -12.62% $ 6.36 0.75 / -10.55% $ 68.07 7.64 / -10.09% $ 40.30 4.14 / -9.32% $ 2.365 0.24 / -9.21% $ 2.8601 0.27 / -8.91% $ 13.89 1.27 / -8.38%

Pearson PLC Pennon Group PLC Petrofac Ltd

777.25

8.00

1.04

2,271.02

Randgold Resources Ltd 5815.00

65.00

1.13

143.46

Reckitt Benckiser Gro

3528.50

-14.00

-0.40

979.84

546.00

-2.00

-0.36

3,503.78

Reed Elsevier PLC Resolution Ltd

211.05

2.82

1.35

1,580.20

REXAM PLC

440.70

3.60

0.82

1,942.81

Rio Tinto PLC

2939.50

48.50

1.68

2,898.13

Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC 877.00

1.50

0.17

2,171.39 6,252.42

Royal Bank of Scot

222.60

8.00

3.73

2254.50

35.50

1.60

1,977.34

RSA Insurance Group PLC 111.05

-0.59

-0.53

7,720.24

Royal Dutch Shell PLC SABMiller PLC Sage Group (The) PLC Sainsbury (J) PLC

2784.00

4.00

0.14

1,029.15

298.50

3.90

1.32

2,563.56

321.10

-2.20

-0.68

3,255.20

1322.00

35.00

2.72

145.66

Serco Group PLC

579.75

4.00

0.69

378.79

Severn Trent PLC

1744.00

25.00

1.45

642.15

Shire PLC

1923.50

6.00

0.31

467.47

663.75

6.50

0.99

1,801.70

Smiths Group PLC

1089.00

13.00

1.21

306.92

SSE PLC

1312.50

5.88

0.45

1,083.67

Schroders PLC

Smith & Nephew PLC

Standard Chartered PLC 1502.50

9.50

0.64

1,793.91

Standard Life PLC

242.55

3.70

1.55

1,970.62

Tate & Lyle PLC

660.00

4.00

0.61

1,318.28

Tesco PLC

318.07

-2.90

-0.90

10,559.96

Tullow Oil PLC

1334.00

33.00

2.53

1,394.47

Unilever PLC

2274.50

14.00

0.62

1,212.06

United Utilities Gr PLC

692.00

-1.00

-0.14

1,868.06

Vedanta Resources PLC

926.50

31.00

3.46

852.32

Vodafone Group PLC

182.08

0.65

0.36

45,768.16

Weir Group PLC

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The offshore secrets of mega-rich THE mega-rich, including some from Spain, are hiding billions of euros in offshore bank accounts, which are protected by savvy banking professionals. A new economic study reveals that an elite group of billionaires is using loopholes to hide border capital amounting to €15 billion, which is equivalent to the combined GDP of the US and Japan. Compiled from data from various sources including the International Monetary Fund, the study suggests the equity capital that has left the borders of many developing nations could pay off what they owe to the world due to the present crisis. The G20 vowed in 2008 that action would be taken against tax havens but many countries still do not provide that information. A prominent workers’ rights group in the UK is pushing in favour of taking action against these tax loopholes used by multinational corporations and millionaires.

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Like dynamite, money chats need handling with care WHILE making dinner, a wife comments to her husband that she must put money aside to buy a new food processor. “This one is on the blink,” she says. A look “Yeah, at finance like that’s for females ever going to happen,” Jane Plunkett her husband jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews.c replies. “Not om the way money burns a hole in your pocket.” Are your conversations about money with your other half a little like driveby-shootings; passing jabs thrown around out of the blue in order to get a money-point across? These hit and run comments do

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Oh Lord! A raunchy sign of the times A SMALL hotel in England’s Lake District has replaced Bibles in its rooms with copies of 50 Shades of Grey, which has shot to popularity, for its raunchiness. The hotelier, while identifying the move as a gimmick, feels placing Bibles in rooms in this day and age is not correct.

LOUD AND CLEAR: Discuss money matters on a regular basis. nothing good for a couple’s financial health and only serve to increase tensions, bad feelings and arguments. Many couples will do everything in their power to avoid talking about money, or tip-toe around it. Ask yourself: When was the last time you had a serious conversation about finance with your partner? Most times when financial issues arise both parties get defensive, bored and agitated and try to bring the discussions to an end quickly. This, however, according to psychologists is very unhealthy. Like a

stick of dynamite money conversations need to be handled with care. Throwing them around only increases the chances of an explosion and someone getting hurt. Experts give the following simple steps to avoid such an explosion: (1) Agree a time and place to meet specifically to talk about money matters. Clear your diary and make an effort to listen to your other half. (2) Sit as close together as possible and make sure there are no distractions including a mobile phone (switch it off) or television. (3) Listen without interruption. One person speaks for two or three minutes and the other person only listens - no interruptions allowed. (4) Do not daydream through your partner’s speech. After they have finished, it’s your turn to sum up without analysing, interpreting or arguing. (5) Switch roles and repeat as necessary. Use this format for personal finance chats whenever issues arise. Make it a monthly date! It may help keep your marriage and financial situation in tact.

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Fuelled up THANKS to the strength of Sterling against the Euro, Britons driving abroad are saving 4.2p (5.5c) a litre on petrol and 21p (27c) on diesel compared to costs at home, a survey by the AA showed.

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Euro remaining under pressure NOT a week or a day goes by without an avalanche of news and data confirming that the Eurozone is sinking deeper into trouble. Whilst all eyes have temporarily been taken away from Greece, Spain has now become the centre of all attentions for all the wrong reasons. Despite bailouts from the EU aimed at supporting the Spanish banking system as well as numerous announcements from the Spanish Government of upcoming austerity measures to reduce the debt, investors remained seriously concerned about the country’s possible need for a full sovereign rescue package. This comes as the cost of borrowing has rocketed to a record 7.5 per cent whilst a number of Spanish regions (Murcia and Valencia) have been asking for help from Madrid. Spain’s financial woes have been spreading renewed unease throughout the Eurozone with the most significant effect being the widespread steady decline of the

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Euro across the board. We are now reaching levels against Sterling which we had not achieved for more than four years. The single currency is not faring any better against the US dollar, losing more than 8 per cent in the last 90 days. Whilst the Euro’s widespread weakness will in itself support exports outside the Eurozone by improving competitively, one cannot ignore the deep-rooted issues which have led to such a

decline and which could alarmingly point towards a widespread depression in Europe. The Euro/GBP levels are already putting pressure on the UK’s export sector, damaging growth efforts and dampening the effects of austerity measures. The latest most significant sign that Britain is also suffering despite being outside of the Eurozone is the publication of the second quarter GDP figures which came out at -0.7 per cent whilst forecasters

were expecting a 0.3 per cent drop. High volatility has been hitting the British stock market, affecting investors’ portfolios and savings, whilst Spain decided to temporarily ban the short selling of shares to avoid heightened speculation adding unnecessary pressure on the markets. Meanwhile, Germany is under threat of losing its AAA rating due to the very high uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone and its most fragile members.

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How writer and journalist nearly became circus clown Wanderlust has taken award-winning journalist, writer and blogger Karen McCann from her native California to more than 30 countries. Nicole Hallett reports. How did you get into journalism? I approached a local Ohio paper with an idea for an article which led to assignments, then jobs with regional magazines. Volunteer work? My husband and I volunteered with NGOs who needed help with microenterprises in the Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Mexico, El Salvador and Kenya. Other jobs? Graphic design, marketing and public relations and setting-up volunteer fire department support team after 9/11. Favourite places? To live: Spain... To visit: Impoverished

Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan; it is so spiritual and like stepping back in time. Strangest achievements? Hitching a ride with the circus as a teenager and nearly becoming a clown. Eating fried flies in Thailand. Taking part in a police stakeout of a crazed gunman in Ohio. Proudest achievement? Writing and publishing my book Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad. Best way to enjoy living abroad? Mentally unpack your bags. Embrace the way things are done in the new country of residence.

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EWN COMMENT Smoke screen IT is common knowledge that restricting abortion does not produce fewer terminations. Women with sufficient means go abroad and women without them go to primitive backstreet practitioners. But while people criticise Justice Minister Alberto RuizGallardon for wanting to introduce abortion

regulations comparable to Ireland’s or Malta’s they aren’t criticising Mariano Rajoy. And they aren’t talking about ineffectual government, a carcrash economy and the spectre of sovereign bailout.

Delayed reaction MINISTERS still insist that Spain’s eroded economy is the fault of their Socialist predecessors. But the Valencian Community, the first region to need a bailout and where politicians’ vanities and whims led to bankruptcy, has been in PP hands for 17 years. So too has Murcia, next in line for rescue. Are we supposed to believe Rajoy had no inkling of what the autonomies had in store for him?


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Beach ashtrays a great idea even for non-smokers I THINK that the provision of ashtrays on Javea’s beaches is a great idea (Costa Blanca North, Issue 1311). People who smoke are going to do it whether they have these ashtrays or not, so this is the lesser of two evils in my mind; at least the beaches will stay cleaner. I hate it when I see cigarette butts in the sand. On some beaches there seems to be hundreds scattered all over the place. Some smokers do not see digging their cigarette butts into the sand as littering, but it is, and it is disgusting. I know beach cleaners are employed to pick them up, but with hundreds of people on the beaches during the day, this is not always possible. Alison Dawson, Javea (Alicante)

Woe from Wiggins WHILE Bradley Wiggins should be congratulated on being the first Brit to win the Tour de France, what a shame he let himself down so badly while speaking on the dais with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. Surely someone from his team should have explained that jokey remarks about the raffle or not drinking too much might go down well in his home town but not in front of the multi-national audience both there and in their homes watching TV. Better would have been, ‘I owe this victory to my mum for helping me, etc.’ Let us hope this young man will be able to repeat his victory and get it right next time. While on the subject, did anyone enjoy that horrendous version of ‘God Save The Queen’ or was it some kind of revenge by the French for not having won their own race in donkey’s years?

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Identify priorities SO, Almeria has lost out on an estimated €2.7 million by not having the Extreme Sailing Series Circuit (Issue 1411). The excuse apparently is that there is a ‘lack of councillors’. I thought that there were too many councillors getting paid high salaries. Whatever the case, surely something that can bring in that much money should have been a priority. Also, an event of that level helps raise the profile of the city. Sophie Rainer, Almeria

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READING about the new train that connects Murcia and Zaragoza (Costa Blanca South, Issue 1412) brought back memories of a wonderful trip to see the waterfalls in the Monasterio de Piedra Nature Park in Zaragoza. There are fabulous walking trails and bridges that take you through the lush, garden-like environment of waterfalls, lagoons, grottos, tiny ferns, mosses and rivulets. The sound of the water and singing birds is blissful. FALLING WATER: Trinidad waterfall in Zaragoza.

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Strange decision! I THOUGHT it strange that Telefonica had renewed the Spanish King’s sonin-law Iñaki Urdangarin’s contract to work for them in the US on a salary of €1.5 million (Issue 1411). What will they do if he is convicted and has to serve a prison sentence? If they decide to sack him he will get €4.5 million compensation. This does not seem to make good business sense to me; I must be missing something. Anyone care to enlighten me? J Wells, Nerja (Malaga)

Proof in pictures I WAS very surprised to read that fewer British tourists are taking cameras and camcorders on holiday with them (Finance, Issue 1411).

Also, digital camera sales have fallen by 29 per cent since 2006. Instead people are using the cameras on their smartphone. While the cameras on smart phones have got better over the years, they do not offer the quality photos that good cameras do. However, they do offer the convenience of being small and nearly always with you. Jack Fletcher, Mallorca

Alive and biting THE other night I was bitten by a centipede while asleep. Luckily it was only a young one, about four inches long, so no ill effects other than a panic attack. I drowned the centipede in the toilet, took some antihistamine, put on an ice pack and waited for my leg to drop off. Then I remembered that if you have to go to hospital you should take whatever has stung or bit you along. So I fished out a waterlogged centipede and put it in a jar with a lid on it. The next morning the centipede was very much alive, having dried out. The only dead centipede is one that is in several pieces, so keep an eye out in swimming pools, etc, they are not dead, only dormant. Carol, by email

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Delayed dismay I WAS disappointed to read that the renovation of the ‘Caminito del Rey’ (Walkway of Death) in Alora have been delayed (Costa del Sol, Issue 1412). I was looking forward to returning to the gorge and walking the route once it was safe. Maybe there are other projects that require the money in these difficult economic times. However, this walk was popular with tourists in the past and could have served to boost tourism in the area for many years to come. Jasmine Forrest, Estepona

Gobbledygook IN regards to Mike Walsh’s article about using Google translate (Issue 1411). It might give the general gist of what you want to say, but a lot of the time it comes back as ‘gobbledygook’; at least when translating English into Spanish and vice versa. At times it can turn out meaning something totally different to what you meant to say, or can be embarrassingly funny. I have seen this many a time when friends have asked me to check a letter they want to send. Apart from this, I recommend anyone to make the effort to learn Spanish as without it you lose 50 per cent of the wonderful experience of living here. Mike Sissons, Estepona (Malaga)

€20,000 find THE cleaner who found €20,000 in a bag in Ciudad Quesada and returned it to its owner should be commended (Costa Blanca South, Issue 1411). I wonder how many people would have done the same? That amount of money would have probably helped her out a lot, especially considering she is separated with three children. TJ, Torrevieja (Alicante)

Excellent show IT was great to see the horse show on Vera Beach put on by the Hipico Vera riding stables (Almeria, Issue 1411). This was despite the fact that women and children were not allowed to joust at the Moors and Christians Festival this year. All the acts were entertaining and the acrobatics’ performance was amazing. Let us hope that next year jousting will again be allowed. JC, Vera (Almeria)

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT ON YOUR MARKS: British athletes need more encouragement. of the greatest scribes of all time; the chosen objective. Gorr! I’ve As I write, we are well immortal bard who wrote dated two athletes in my into the second Olympic so wisely: ‘Methinks thou life. The first was day and have finally won dost protest too much.’ somewhat of a surprise, our first medal. Already I love athletics. when her Olympic diver’s there are long faces, where Particularly seeing the statuesque body turned out expected medals didn’t female participants. To me to be mostly muscle! The materialize. A couple of there’s nothing more sexy second was a sprinter who months ago I predicted than a finely tuned, fit unfortunately ultimately that most of our athletes female, straining every decided she preferred the were nowhere near world fibre to be the first in her ladies. C’est la vie. class. As the host nation,

this is not only unacceptable, but could also turn out to be extremely embarrassing. I accept that the opening ceremony was nothing short of magnificent, but the most important part of the Olympics are the contestants themselves. Nowhere near enough encouragement, facilities or investment are directed toward those who are somewhat less fortunate than the equestrian, sailing, tennis and other disciplines that only the more privileged of society can financially aspire to. Let’s hope by the time you read this the medal situation will have improved; sadly, I doubt it. Don’t forget to listen out for the new rap version of Little Arrows - I know, I know. Is nothing sacred?! Keep the faith Love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com

ELEVEN days after being thrown on to a Florida highway when his cage accidentally opened, a Labrador mix was found alive. The dog was travelling in the back of an animal control pickup on his way back from an Adopta-thon.

Lame excuse “MY dog ate my ticket,” said US Olympic shooter Kim Rhode when she explained her difficulties in getting to London 2012 on time.

Croc hunting CROCODILE hunting may be allowed in Australia again if officials agree to lift a ban established in 1971. Before then, Australia’s Northern Territory had only 5,000 crocs, but today the population is between 100,000 and 150,000.

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EMARKABLY, although it was almost a month ago, I still find myself under attack from German colleagues for remarks I made in this column. Oddly, none of my German friends (yes, I do have quite a number!) have taken umbrage at all. Probably because they know me better and realise that my observations are more ‘wind up’ than ‘put down’. Many of them find Monty Python’s ‘Don’t mention za vaar’ sketch hysterical. So, fear not, I can assure you the German sense of humour is still in good health, hovering just below the surface of bristling indignation. For a final word on the subject I will refer all those scribing dissenters to one

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‘Let’s circle back and have a quick meeting to touch base’ NICK BUCKLES, CEO of G4S, (Twitter text-speak for ‘guffaws’) recently gave evidence before the UK Home Affairs Committee. In an attempt to explain the fiasco of his company’s security staff shortages for the London Olympics, he used endless jargon. Words like ‘reporting template’, ‘filters in place’, ‘backended processes’. Stop! As you might expect, G4S’s website is also full of jargon. The company’s vision is to be ‘recognised as the global leader in providing secure outsourcing solutions, to help customers to achieve their own strategic goals’. It has an NORA JOHNSON ‘unrivalled geographic footprint’ and works ‘to Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological build solutions that suspense and crime thrillers. combine our knowledge of in-store security processes’. Enough! Which reminds me of all the hanging fruit’, ‘opening the other gobbledygook business- kimono’, ‘blue sky thinking’. Not to speak. Phrases like: ‘thinking mention when you’re called to an outside the box’, ‘picking the low- on-site meeting, you need to go

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BUSINESS JARGON: Thinking outside the box! in ‘guns blazing’ and establish some ‘key takeaways’ before someone can start ‘raising all the red flags’. Good grief! It’s obvious people don’t use anymore what’s called plain English because they’re advised to use ‘consultant speak’. So,

today everyone calls himself an ‘Executive Assistant’, ‘Business Development Manager’ or ‘Project Officer’ who’s ‘ensuring compliance’. Very few people, when asked what work they do, say: “I make phone calls and type stuff.” People don’t (despite what

they say) always appreciate blunt clarity. If G4S had instead said: “We pay guys to stand around and make people feel safer,” they’d have been accused of being unprofessional and not taking it seriously. No one wants to make his job sound less difficult than it already is. I read the other day about a member of staff at a UK gym whose title was ‘Specialist Membership Consultant’. Her role included jotting down members’ details and using the cash register. Always called a spade a shovel, myself. Well, off now to have lunch, and then take in a movie. Oh good, it’s Jaws! Clever animals, sharks. Wonder what text-speak they might use? “Hi, gr8 white here - strvng. Cn we mt 4 lunch? C U l8er!” Nora Johnson’s thrillers, Soul Stealer & The De Clerambault Code (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/ eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.

Language battle rages in Valencia Chaos looms as Google set to change 1,000 Valencian town names By Benny Davis benny@euroweeklynews.com

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HE continuing Valenciano vs Castellano language battle within the Valencian Community reached a new high last week when the Academia Valenciana de la Llengua (AVL) asked Google to change more than 1,000 Valencian place names on their websites back to their original Valenciano spelling. A move, it is claimed, that could dramatically reduce tourism and business in the province at a time when it needs the full support of government. As a direct response, Calpe (Calp) Mayor Cesar Sanchez called an emergency council meeting to discuss the problem. He commented: “I don’t want the tourism sector to suffer by not promoting the Calpe brand that has worked for more than 40 years in the internet search engines. “Our web page www.calpe.es receives more than 35,000 visits a month and promotes over 80 per cent of local shops, hotels and restaurants within the tourist market.” Mayor Sanchez said he will seek a consensus between businesses, citizens and the town hall to find the best solution for the municipality. A government representative told the EWN that one of the possible solutions is to

NAME GAME: The Peñon de Ifach in Calpe (or Calp). revert back to the double name of ‘CalpeCalp’, which was adopted many years ago as an interim change from Calp to the more universally acceptable Calpe. The nearby coastal resort of Javea is also listed as ‘Xabia/Javea’. Although when a previous Valencian town council decided to drop Javea and promote Xabia at an international travel fair in Madrid, it was not recognised and the amount of recorded visitors dropped by 78 per cent. Other local place names that could also

come under the AVL axe are Alicante (Alacant), Elche (Elx) and Benitachell (Poble Nou de Benitatxell). Dictator General Franco banned all reference to the Valencian language during his reign of power. In the meantime, Calpe Town Hall will be sending an official letter to the Google organisation requesting a stay of execution of the name change until the municipality finds a consensual solution to prevent serious economic damage to the sector.

Back to prison after two years out TWO years after being released from serving 33 years in prison, a man has been sentenced to fourand-a-half years for abusing his wife. Elda native Manuel Pinteño was originally imprisoned in 1977 for robbery. He received further convictions for his major role in the Fontcalent riots in the 90s. In addition to the four-and-a-half years jail time, he is forbidden to come within 300 metres of his wife in the next three years and within 200 metres for a further eight years. Although this was the Alicante Court’s ruling, Pinteño can still appeal the sentence.


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EWN www.euroweeklynews.com As I walk my daughter to school I look at the view, and remember how lucky I am to live here. Freya Baxter ,46, teacher Thinking I’m doing the right thing, plus a day with good company. Ruth Espallargas, 29, translator Getting inked (tattoed). Francisco Hernandez, 22, student Fatty food. Madeleine Kerrigan, young mother

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When my class becomes passionate about a lesson or activity. Savanna Hvaark, teacher

A cup of tea. Winning the EuroMillions would also make me happy. Vicki McLeod, 42

My children telling me they miss me when I’m away. Lee Graham, aka EWN columnist Leapy Lee Spending money: buying new things gives me a rush. Nicole Daly, 23, assistant director

A bottle of Mitsouko and a packet of biscuits. Also having learnt not to expect to be happy all the time makes me happiest of all. Linda Hall, 67, EWN columnist Cuddling up to my cat at home after a long day at work. Jessica Paez Time alone with the guy I’m seeing. Jennifer Sancho, student Kissing my wife and son before they go to bed. Santi Gago, 41, web designer Knowing someone loves and appreciates me. Melissa Matthisen, 23, teacher

Throwing stones in the water and hearing the bubbles. Mario Almafi, 52, optometrist Clocking out at work after a long day. Marta Llorente, 37, customer service

With tax increases, more than 25 per cent unemployment and ongoing austerity plans, it is far from sunshine all the way for many in Spain. But with scientists recently revealing a positive outlook can guard against heart attacks, EWN’s Michael Wahba asked people from Mallorca to the Costa Blanca, from Almeria to the Costa del Sol and beyond, to reveal the little things that never fail to make them instantly happy.

A mature holistic Spanish garden with great mountain views and sufficient shade to enjoy the 25th summer in Spain. Dick Handscombe, EWN Gardening columnist

Seeing my grandkids who live more than three hours away. Steven Jones, taxi driver

When CF Malaga win. Jose Luis Sanchez, student

Every new thing my disabled son Tomas does unexpectedly and against the odds. Gill Gregory, currency trader Good food, company and conversation. Enjoying my free time, being silly and having a laugh. Simplest pleasures are the most rewarding. Jane Plunkett, freelance writer Cruising through mountains on my HarleyDavidson on a day off. Alejandro Alcalá, 26, hotel receptionist Animals in general and my three dogs. Kara Madden, student Being in good health. Patrick Keane, 60, bar owner

Training and the feeling after a successful workout. Ickie Roest, 19, blacksmith

The cool feeling upon diving into the water in summer. Pepe Garzon

Family, friends, work and a lot of sunshine. Jessica Avery Sunlit countryside, a smile from a loved one, and the first faltering steps of your child or grandchild. Jim Collins, EWN contributing columnist Lying in bed with my boyfriend. Mercedes Arguello, receptionist Having a job. Natali Trujillo, 22, graphic designer Relaxing at home knowing I have reached my objectives: at work and in kickboxing training. Alejandro Moreno, 20, shop assistant Soaking up the sun on holidays in Cyprus. Amy Thomas, 22, waitress Visiting my big family in England and Spain at Christmas and on other occasions. James Atteck, 28, engineer

how fortunate we are living in Spain. Michael Walsh, EWN freelance writer and columnist Seeing puppies in the street that I can cuddle. Oli Baxter, aged 9 Reggae and rock music. Max Vandefontana, 24, chef Playing board games with friends. Flor Semeria, student Seeing business coming through. Sally Corboy, 52, business owner Sipping a piña colada. Nora Louise, student Girls.

Alen O’Sullivan, student

Getting approval from a customer when I finish their hair. Aida Fall, 34, hairdresser

Going through items bought after a day’s city shopping. Catherine Keane, 27, retail assistant

Training every day for rugby, playing games, and even better when we win. And going to games in general. David O’Brien, student

Keeping up to date with events and the weather in the UK. This reminds me

Waking up to a sunny day. Jill Turner, 54, retired civil servant

Going through family and travel photos. Melanie Ferrou, 26, accountant Music festivals. Mateo Muñoz, 20, labourer Money. Ben Malloy, 23, customer service YouTube videos. I also like to watch comedies online. Samira Boushaken, law student My twin boys and girl. My sons used to pick on my daughter but now they’re growing to protect her, and love playing princess and guards. Angela Vidal , 27, psychologist Going out with family for meals (because they pay for it). Abigal Avery, 19, barmaid Anything that involves mosaic. Felipe Villafranca, 32, architect Hearing good news from family in Scotland; we don’t talk very often. Zara Jane, 37, barmaid Smoking.

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beans. Kirsty Aspey, 19, barmaid Sudoku and crosswords. Skylar Huntsman, 29, mother Reality TV shows. All versions in Europe and the Americas. Mariella Moreno, 25, unemployed


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HE UK’s Daily Mail tabloid is at its happiest when having a poke at Europe and in particular Spain’s estimated 400,000 expatriates. The headlines Mike Walsh will predictably be along the lines of Costa vwww.michaelwalsh.es Catastrophe. The Mike Walsh. Based the Costa Blanca, lurid details international journalist, author and professional writer: ex-business assessment executive Guild follow in which of Master Craftsmen. European correspondent Boston Revolutionary Radio. we learn that we are all on the beaches scanning the seascape for a rescuing flotilla sent by Britain. CHEER UP!: The average Brit scrimps and saves to enjoy two weeks of what we have every day It reminds me of one of the best known sayings in journalism: ‘all the news that is fit to print’. Yes, you can read that in two ways. On the eve of Black Wednesday, when Britain’s included, Britain’s total debt which benefits the Spanish dependent upon income recession was revealed as the reaches £2.24 trillion, or 147 Government. sourced in the UK; usually worst in living memory, the per cent of GDP. That ratio The correspondent adds: ‘If pensions. Typically one is on a anti-Europe section of the makes the UK economy worse Spain leaves the Euro and basic state pension of a little media is keen to paint other than those of Spain or Greece. goes to the Peseta our over £400. This month it countries as being in a worse One of the most highly incomes rise by a further 30 appeared in his Spanish bank state than their own. regarded letters in response to per cent because of the account as €568. He is better According to the McKinsey the Daily Mail’s article was that currency’s devaluation against off by €98 compared to April 2011. Global Institute, Britain’s total of Fred Etherington of Spain. sterling’. The only comments that Property prices have debt is the highest in the He points out that we expats world; the equivalent of 60 per are better off now than we received higher approval were dropped but how many are cent of GDP. That is the good have been for years. Pensions those who praised Spain’s affected by this? The number news. The bad news is, if are up and an improved Government for means-testing of ‘se vende’ signs seems high only because of year on year financial sector interventions, exchange rate gives us 30 per incoming immigrants. Of my many friends most are accumulation. This is due to like quantitative easing, are cent more disposable income,

of the year.

Costa catastrophe? property sales stagnating for four years so is not a true picture. Properties will always come on the market, people die; they move; it is life. The 99 per cent not selling, or renting, are unaffected. If a few sell then the property they buy will be reduced by as much, so loss is imaginary. For 50 weeks a year your average Brit scrimps and saves to enjoy two weeks of what we have every day of the year. Cheer up, everyone!


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MOVING TO THE RHYTHM: Today’s music is more about ‘dancing and relaxing’.

Changing trends of pop music TODAY’S pop music is louder and blander than in the 50s and 60s. Almost half-a-million pop, rock and hip hop songs from 1955 to 2010 were analysed by Spanish researchers. Modern recordings were louder because sound engineers and producers are cranking up the volume at the recording stage, the researchers said. This means that if two tracks are turned up to the same volume at home, the more

recent will sound noisier. Songs are also more similar today than they were in the past. The cords used and the changes between them are simpler, leading to the production of music that is easy on the ear but contains little variety. “I think this is related to the role of music,” said Martin Haro of Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University. “Nowadays, it is more about dancing and relaxing; you do not want to think about what the music is telling you. In the 50s and 60s, music was more artistic and for getting messages, things about politics, across.” SUPERMODEL Heidi Opening with rose Klum’s latest perfume is petals, juicy passion a fruity-floral named fruit and blue camomile, Shine My Rose. the fragrance then It takes ideas of delves into the heart optimism, carefree- tones of violet, wild ness, elegance and strawberry and fresh sensuality and rep- litchi. Perfumer Alienor A NEW swimming resents them in a Massenet signs its costume is said to give a pleasant rosy scent. creation. 2 per cent advantage over swimmers who do not use it. Speedo’s Fastskin Super Elite Recordbreaker Kneeskin uses a fabric which is more tightly woven than ever before and a ‘stability web’ acts like a giant corset. It uses 3D compression, which gives 16.6 per cent FRUITY-FLORAL: Shine My Rose. less drag.

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WOMEN are seen as objects by both men and other women. The brain actually processes images differently depending on which gender one is looking at, scientists have revealed. When casting one’s eyes upon an object, the brain either perceives it in its entirety or as a collection of its parts. In the study, people looking at the images of men tended to be perceived as a whole, while those of women were seen as something of a grouping of its various parts. “Women are perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed,” said lead study author Sarah Gervais, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is regardless of whether the person looking is male or female. “We cannot just pin this on the men. Women are perceiving women this way too. It could be related to different motives. Men might be doing it because they are interested in potential mates, while women may do it as more of a comparison with themselves.”

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ADDED BENEFIT: Having last baby when 40 or older decreases risk of womb cancer by 44 per cent.

Women who have their last baby when they are 40 or older have a 44 per cent decreased risk of developing womb cancer than those who have their children by age 25, a study shows. The risk begins to decrease after age 30 by around 13 per cent for each five-year delay in last births, a team from the University of Southern California found. Those who have their last child between age 30 and 34

Lack of exercise not an excuse LACK of exercise is not what is making people fat, rather what they eat is the root of the growing problem. Westerners surrounded by modern appliances do not burn any fewer calories on a day-to-day basis than African tribes that spend their days hunting and foraging for food, research shows. The movements of Hadza hunter-gatherers from Northern Tanzania - whose lifestyle is thought to be similar to that of our

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ancestors - were tracked by American anthropologists. They also did chemical tests that provide an estimate of how many calories are used up per day. Despite walking for miles each day in search of food and lacking modern equipment, the Hadza burnt off the same number of calories as Westerners, results showed. This can be explained by physical activity only making up a small portion of our energy requirements, researcher Herman Pontzer of Hunter College in New York said. The Hazda’s daily forays for food accounted for 10 to 15 per cent of the energy used. The rest goes on bodily processes, from fuelling the immune system, heart and other organs to feeding the brain. In the West, people’s organs may burn up slightly more Westerners burn same calories as energy, leading to the hunter-gatherers.

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reduced their risk by 17 per cent compared to those who last gave birth before age 24. Those between age 35 and 39 reduce their risk by 32 per cent. “The size of this study definitely shows that late age at last birth is a significant protective factor after taking into account other factors known to influence the disease – body weight, number of children and oral contraceptive use,” said study leader Dr Veronica Setiawan. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, the research examined 8,671 cases of womb cancer


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OR me the most exciting part of a trip or vacation is the planning. The anticipation, as Alain De Botton has noted in ‘The Art of Travel’, is often more powerful than the reality of travel itself. Of course, being lazy, my plans usually involve the internet and the tourist information website of whichever country I am intending to visit. In my youth, as the date of departure approached, I would pack, repack, unpack then pack again delirious with romantic notions of far-flung places and dark strangers. I now tend to pack the evening before and by experience know that the dark strangers tend to be pickpockets not paramours. A profound fear of flying meant that until quite recently travel for me involved a train or coach, but my desire to visit places outside of Europe eventually overcame that. My favourite places in the world are airports (having now developed an antidote to the fear which is two parts Cava and one part brandy), service stations and train stations (coach stations on the other hand are surely the inspiration for Dante’s Inferno). Whilst a student at Lancaster University, I would regularly breakfast at Forton Services, not just because it was open 24 hours and able to pander to my insomnia, but because the smells, brightness and constant flux conjured up for me the nostalgia of travel. The best service stations are undoubtedly in Austria (where one can sample the most delicious fresh bread and purchase boxes of spicy Christmas biscuits); the worst are in the UK. Airports come a close second in the romance stakes, with Changi in Singapore being the best and Heathrow the worst. Gibraltar airport is also

EXCITEMENT: The joy of travelling the world and embarking on new journeys.

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one of my favourite places although when I visit I now catch the Alsa bus from Alicante to La Linea (which I am sure actually appears in The Inferno as the third circle of Hell; in fact, the artist Hieronymus Bosch once visited the bus station in La Linea and was so traumatised by the experience that he stopped painting flowers and cute

Travel plans children with big eyes and embarked on a series of disturbing canvases depicting fornication and torture). The journey I took from Budapest to Moscow by train remains my most fondly remembered. The train lumbered across snow-covered fields dotted with wooden houses and birch forests, pausing at a place called Chop in order to change the wheels to enable it to continue on to the wider gauge tracks in Russia and to allow Soviet border guards to board and confiscate my copy of Cosmopolitan. A flight would have afforded none of this and I would have

missed the experience of waking at dawn to peer out of the window at a long line of shambling figures walking to work, like the peripheral characters in a novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. How wonderful to escape the everyday and embark on a journey of self discovery, even if it is only the greasy enjoyment of a ‘full English’ in Benidorm. Al Gore famously said: “Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” An hour at La Linea bus station will make you look like Charles Manson on crack, but not as charming.


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VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) It appears at times that you are in the middle of a play. The lights are on you, the mikeʼs wired, your audience awaits, then nothing. Not that you are lost for words. You know exactly what to say and do. What you are wondering is why you are there in the first place. Maybe where you are was not intended.

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Just joking A homeowner was delighted with the painter’s work on his house. “You did a great job,” he said and handed the man a cheque. “Also, to thank you, here’s an extra €80 to take the missus out to dinner and a movie.” Later that night, the doorbell rang and it was the painter. The homeowner asked: “What’s the matter, did you forget something?” “Nope,” replied the painter. “I’m just here to pick up your missus.”

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Yours is a big ship. You are able to take a lot on board but you donʼt have to. In this special week, when you see things so clearly, be selective. Allow into your life only that which is valuable and worthwhile. This is not selfishness, it is providing a source of inspiration for the present and the future.

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That little bit of extra cash has made you realise something. Not everything is as simple as you would wish it to be, and throwing money at a problem will not make it go away entirely. There are some things that you need to come to terms with. It is much easier to incorporate the uneasy into your life if you take a more relaxed attitude.

Just imagine for one day that you have achieved everything your heart has desired. When you wake up in the morning believe it is so. Feel how your spirits lift and your heart sings. Carry that feeling through the week and beyond. If you believe that you are a success you can be. Why stop when it feels so good?

Your old shoes are comfortable and still have a lot of wear in them but someone is suggesting that you should buy some new shoes and throw the old ones away. They are no longer shiny. They are no longer fashionable. They do, however, provide all that you need.

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TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Sometimes, when we are making a journey, it is not the usual route that is best. Something has changed in your sphere and there is a need to adjust to it. There are other options that will bring the same result and maybe even a more convenient one. You will need to do two things. The first is to open your mind to the possibilities.

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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Type of seabird. Youʼll find ʻem back in this south-west region (4) 4 A host injured by musketeer (5) 9 Mad Lear is one found in Tel Aviv (7) 10 Pancake student found in receptacle number one (5) 11 Disliked death, as it were (5) 12 Bean toy, used as a weapon (7) 13 Sweet German bread with middle missing is hot (6) 15 Gangster going around Turkey in souped-up car (3,3) 19 He will throw an earthenware vessel (7) 21 Joint mix up below (5) 23 Ray gets a letter from Greece (5) 24 Read with feeling (7) 25 A nest Iʼd find back in a hot place (5) 26 Irish countyʼs Lord Mayorʼs Show (4) Down 2 Tim returns with ruler, goodness (5) 3 Coax wheeled contraption (7) 4 A Kipling hero, unfinished boy, with hands on hips (6) 5 Copper initially swaps bottle opener for heroin as a sideline (5) 6 Cricketer DJ (7) 7 Comes down with something for the cat (6)

ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Enfermo (4) 3 Stage (in process) (5) 6 Faces (5) 8 Goodbye (5) 10 Cabbage (3) 11 Hedgehog (5) 12 Dejar (poner, soltar) (5) 13 Wave (in sea, lake) (3) 14 Dulce (postre, galleta, vino) (5) 15 Empinado (cuesta) (5) 16 Cap (hat) (5) 17 Lago (4)

Co d e B r e a ke r 8 Present head of Government if time (4) 14 Turkʼs seat (7) 16 Swimming stroke not used by Chappell in infamous cricket match (4,3) 17 Wonder about depressing experience (6) 18 Attempts to contain British social divisions (6) 19 Call for part of a book (4) 20 Had or drunk reservoir (5) 22 Goatʼs club (5)

QUICK Across 1 Companionable (8) 5 Overtake (4) 9 Ecstasy (5) 10 Chief (7) 11 Unusual (3) 12 Deduce (5) 13 Frightening (5) 14 Chauvinist (5) 17 Twelve months (4) 19 Net (4) 21 Exhausted (5) 24 Sturdy (5) 25 Sustain (5) 27 Small bed (3) 28 Boat race meeting (7) 29 Concise (5) 30 Companion (4)

31 Daring (8) Down 1 Grant (7) 2 Boss (5) 3 Suck in (6) 4 Toady (6) 6 Stir violently (7) 7 Regretful (5) 8 Banquet (5) 15 Sprite (3) 16 Possess (3) 18 Amid (7) 20 Tackle (7) 21 Declare (5) 22 Get away (6) 23 Giggle (6) 24 Go away (5) 26 Cut up (5)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC - Across: 7 Demons, 8 Anodes, 9 Case, 10 Easterly, 11 Teacher, 13 Jaunt, 15 Jaded, 17 Factory, 20 Nominate, 21 Tool, 22 Fillip, 23 Nerves. Down: 1 Relate, 2 Tome, 3 Ushered, 4 Lasso, 5 Tolerant, 6 Merlin, 12 Credible, 14 Taverns, 16 Adonis, 18 Rhodes, 19 Tampa, 21 Turn. QUICK - Across: 1 Clarinet, 9 Lookout, 10 Adder, 11 Away, 12 Dead Sea, 15 Spoken, 16 Hassle, 19 Parsley, 21 Fret, 24 Guess, 25 Examine, 26 Side, 27 Strikers. Down: 1 Collapse, 2 Avocado, 3/5 Iron Lady, 4 Esteem, 6 Addle, 7 Yard, 8 Cardiac, 13 Persist, 14 Restless, 17 Surmise, 18 Relent, 20 Ahead, 22 Ages, 23 Mali. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Beso, 3 Casas, 6 Trees, 8 Meals, 10 Oro, 11 Often, 12 Nuera, 13 Red, 14 Snore, 15 Snail, 16 Entre, 17 Wait. Down: 1 Buttons, 2 Sweetcorn, 4 Almonds, 5 Ama de casa, 7 Sonreir, 9 Scarlet.

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N 1013 AD, a young boy named Samuel wandered the narrow streets of Malaga selling spices. He was successful in that he was friendly and respectful to all. His success was driven by something else, however. Samuel spent much of his spare time learning of his family’s US citizen Jack is spending the first years of Jewish and his retirement in Almeria. His articles have been published in Spain and the US. rabbinic traditions. He also spent equal time learning POSITION OF POWER: Samuel ruled from the Alhambra Palace. the ways of Malaga’s Most history books portray Jewish and with periods of both peace and violence. Jack dominant population group, Islamic relations in Al-Andalus under Muslim Gaioni explores this intriguing era namely the doctrines of the Koran and Arabic traditions. rule as a complex inter-faith co-existence of medieval Andalucia. At a young age, Samuel was fluent in Hebrew and Arabic, wrote eloquent poetry in both languages and was intimate with the literature of both cultures. His enthusiasm and intellect was contagious. He soon caught the attention of Ibn al-Arif, a royal family member in Malaga with governmental documents, of favourable royal The mob later turned its direct connections to the and by writing poetry successions, Samuel’s role rage loose on the Jewish Berber King of Granada, flattering to both traditions. grew exponentially. More community of Granada, ruler of Andalucia. He quickly gained than a mere personal pillaging the town and written so Samuel became the widespread popularity secretary, Samuel began to killing as many as 4,000 long after the events and personal secretary to this within both the Jewish and write political speeches, Jews. This incident has not consider that it is so royal family by translating Muslim communities of advised diplomatically, become known as the 1066 hopelessly confused and business, personal and Andalucia. Through a series travelled to foreign lands as Granada Massacre. contradictory? the king’s confidant, The story of Samuel and Consider too that sponsored both Talmud and Joseph is typical of many of Abraham ibn Daud was a PA Hire, Club to Theatre Systems Korana academic studies, the accounts of medieval rabbi who, either 24 Track Mobile Recording continued his infamous Islamic Spain. Collectively, consciously or not, might Experienced Engineers Supplied poetry, and even most narratives of this era have been predisposed to CD Mixing, Mastering, Duplicating commanded military portray Jewish and Islamic view Judaism favourably. Video Filming and Editing operations. relations as a complex Likewise, the most Photography He was so trusted by mixture of intermittent consequential text Band Promo Packages and Demos Jews and Arabs that upon peace and inter-faith co- regarding Joseph’s life was Artist Web Sites the Berber king’s death, operation contrasted by written by a rival Muslim Musicians and Equipment for All Events Samuel, a Jewish spice periods of violence and scribe named Abu Ishaq. salesman, became ‘vizier’ strife. His tone is wildly retaliatory soundmill@me.com Tel: 634 371 709 www.soundmillstudios.com (top political advisor) to the Was medieval Andalucia and anti-Jewish. Playing off Kingdom of Andalucia. He a ‘Golden Age’ of relative an unsettled climate of ruled from the Alhambra peace and tolerance as inter-religious distrust, this Palace. During his 30-year depicted by Samuel’s author depicts Joseph as tenure, Samuel acquired experience? Or, was it an villainous, having amassed the highest civilian honours era of violent retribution wealth at the expense of of both the Jewish and and inter-religious conflict Granada’s Muslims and as Islamic communities. as was Joseph’s one who mocked the Samuel lived a long life experience? The short Islamic faith. He calls for and died peacefully, never answer is we’ll probably violence as a remedy for once doubting that his never really know and the Jews to ‘answer for their successor and son Joseph reasons are numerous. crimes’. would have anything other Consider… These medieval Jewish than a life of peace and The most seminal text and Islamic accounts tend prosperity. regarding Samuel’s life, The to harden along sectarian Joseph, by all accounts, Book of Tradition (by lines and were often shared his father gregarious Abraham ibn Daud) was modified to meet the and egalitarian nature. The written a full century after concerns of authors or similarities ended there, his (Samuel’s) death. politicians. however. Joseph was the Like the most enduring ‘In-house-productions’ unfortunate scapegoat of texts of the Jewish and such as these leave theman economic downturn, Islamic faiths -The Old selves open to the petty jealousies, political Testament and The Koran - temptation of ‘embellishresentments, and perceived these accounts were ment’ or outright religious conspiracies. compiled centuries after the intervention. In 1066 AD, at the hands events they describe Aside from the obvious of an outraged Muslim mob, actually happened. This fact problems of translation and Joseph was tortured, begs the question of transliteration, the task of crucified and later hung reliability. Can we rely on determining the degree of inside the Alhambra walls. the accuracy of a narrative such sentiments as ‘co-

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operation, tolerance, acceptance and coexistence’ is daunting if not impossible. These concepts are too mercurial and ephemeral to draw sustainable conclusions. Can the story of Samuel and Joseph tell us anything? Can we rely on a historically flawed story to help us reconstruct what really happened? To be sure, there are some very real problems involving accuracy, contradictions and heavy-handed partisan editing. However, that does not preclude us from the pure joy in trying to reconstruct some sort of accurate representation of what actually happened to Samuel and Joseph. Could it be that the ‘just the facts’ mode of historical inquiry is actually enhanced when ventilated by ‘stories, myths and drama accounts’? Could it be that the story of Samuel and Joseph is most effective when read not as facts, but for its nuanced figurative and suggestive powers? Might there be merit to non-factual interpretations in recognising that they can act as historical guides and not boundaries? • Memo to reader: Just as the written record of Samuel and Joseph’s era is somewhat cryptic and incomplete, so too is the physical evidence. In Granada, the area around the Barrio Realejo was considered to be the primary Jewish quarter even though the synagogues have long given way to mosques and churches. Granada’s Alhambra certainly needs no introduction. It is important to remember and interesting to imagine Samuel and Joseph, two Jewish ‘viziers’ ruling from this iconic Islamic palace. In 11th century Malaga, the population was estimated to be about 20,000 inhabitants, of which a mere 200 were Jewish. The narrow streets around present-day Buenavista Palace (which houses the Museo Picasso Malaga) was in fact the ancient Jewish quarter. It is quite possible that this very area is where young Samuel wandered the streets selling spices. Although little physical evidence remains today, consider wandering these streets… stories abound! Enjoy and travel safe!


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HE Brits, which include the Irish, are much criticised for being mono-lingual; as the English language is international they have an excuse. Spain has little to crow about in this respect; their familiarity with the English language is not as hot as their climate. Spain ranks an abysmal ninth on the scale of European countries. Not good, especially when you consider its biggest earner, second only to the US, is tourism. It means of course that tens of millions of tourists, of all nationalities, visiting rival destinations are more likely to be understood. The fact is, Spain should be Number One, but it is not.

Pot of gold THE ghost of Generalísimo Franco returns to the lovely

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A slippery tall tale AN Austrian man admitted that the 2.3m 7kg snake he claimed he found on a riverbank was, in fact, his unwanted pet. An animal rescue group said the Salzburg man made up the story because he could no longer handle the snake.

Pool closed Images of Spain BEHIND THE TIMES: In Spain, the English language is not as hot as the climate.

By Mike Walsh www.michaelwalsh.es Mar Menor region of Murcia. The marina of El Carmoli,

covering 315 hectares of prime beachfront development land, has been wrested back from the Defence Ministry. An estimated 100 heirs have struck gold. The land was

originally commandeered in the 1940s. The new owners of this expropriated land want to sell it for development; they are asking for a negotiable €116 million. To sell the

newly acquired land for real estate, mainly to foreign buyers, could be problematic because of environmental issues. They could offer it as suitable for a theme park.

Unpopular politican NOT so popular Popular Party (PP) politician and mother of two, Andrea Fabre, finds herself in the crosshairs of public outrage. When ‘him upstairs’, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, revealed that unemployment benefits were being scaled back, Socialist (PSOE) members jeered and catcalled. Rajoy’s kitten snarled back: ‘que se joden’, which to you and me means ‘screw them’; taken to mean screw the unemployed. When future elections are held she could find a significant number of her constituents have disappeared. Not counting those unemployed Spaniards who have fled abroad.

THE swimming pool has closed at Greece’s largest maximum security prison in Athens. The 7.4m pool with its waterfall and barbecue area was closed by the Justice Ministry since it was constructed without permission last year.

Lock up A MAN who refused to leave a North Carolina jail once he had been released was arrested again for trespassing. Rodney Dwayne, aged 37, stood his ground in his jail cell when police refused to give him a ride to a motel.

False goat A MAN spotted dressed as a goat amongst actual wild goats in the Utah mountains was identified as a 57-yearold hunter from California. He explained to officials that he did so to prepare for a hunt next year.

G’day...sir AUSSIE flight attendants on Virgin Airlines are prohibited from calling passengers ‘mate’ unless it is specifically requested by frequent fliers. They are also being trained in etiquette and wine appreciation to move away from their ‘sexy’ reputation.


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Having a beer a ‘little luxury’ in hard times CRISIS or no crisis, 60 per cent of Spaniards have no intention of foregoing their beer. Lack of funds has prompted 74 per cent to eliminate concerts and the theatre from their budgets, while 63 per cent economise on cinema outings. Nevertheless, 60 per cent still find the wherewithal for a beer, found a recent survey for Spanish brewers’ association, Cerveceros de España. This is most noticeable in the provinces of Badajoz and Caceres (Extremadura) where 77 per cent spare cash for a caña, followed by the Basque Region (76 per cent). In contrast, only 54 per cent in the Canary Islands and 52 per cent in Galicia are reluctant to cut down on beer money. Although 24 per cent are happy to have a beer at home, 73 per cent like to go out for it, researchers found. Going out for a beer is the preferred paid-for leisure activity of 44 per cent of those asked, compared with 31 per cent who opt for weekend excursions or 29 per cent who dine out with family or friends. Beer is also the most popular premeal aperitif for 94 per cent of

SALUD!: 60 per cent of Spaniards won’t be giving up their beer. Spaniards. It is usually drunk in the central hours of the day rather than at night, confirmed Jacobo Olalla, Director General of Cerveceros de España. Unsurprisingly, more beer is consumed in the summer, above all by foreign tourists who account for almost 30 per cent of the total.

In moderation, beer traditionally helps people to cool down in the summer and share happy moments with family and friends while providing ‘a little luxury’, according to Olalla. But despite beer’s continuing popularity, brewers are also feeling the effects of the crisis, he admitted.


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HERE are certain Spanish pastimes that should be undertaken only with extreme caution and after a long, soul-searching discussion with yourself, your nearest and dearest. Running with the bulls in Pamplona is one; getting behind the wheel of a car another. There is something about this joyfully relaxed and generally pacified lot that sends them into a tailspin when it comes to driving: Leisurely concepts of mañana are abandoned by their inner racing driver in a bid to arrive ayer even if it is just to make it home in time for tapas. In fact, there is no wonder there are so many drunk-drivers out there; you need a stiff one before embarking on these motorways from Hell. The school drop-off is more akin to running the gauntlet: keep up or be unceremoniously shoved off the road by a lorry driver. Seasoned motorists admit that driving is more of a pursuit than a purpose, and you have to come to love these daily chases to survive. Visiting friends and relatives grasp the passenger seat with

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ROAD RAGE: Spain has the drivers from Hell. white knuckles and gasps of horror, proclaiming they will never, ever drive in this country. But as a resident you don’t have much choice. At times, the pace turns to standstill or snail as we sidle past yet another crash scene straight from the pages of Armageddon; stretchers and ambulances at the ready. It is practically a daily occurrence and just a matter of

time... Meanwhile, the Guardia Civil seem more interested in catching those hardened criminals who have momentarily forgotten to renew their tax or change licence plates than stopping reckless drivers. Amidst all the lose cannon on the roads, there’s the other type of driver that leaves me dumbfounded - the motorcyclist who insists on tearing around the

streets at breakneck speed in nothing but bikinis, shorts and flip-flops; the helmet really is cursory by then and it is hardly surprising that most fatal road accidents involve motorcyclists. Enough of the rant and the rave and now for some constructive suggestions, since most of us are unable to avoid venturing onto the roads once more. Firstly, wear protective

Arrows fly into 21st century

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OLD MEETS NEW: Leapy with Will Scott. available for download. They will then perform the song at various venues on the island and

Benidorm is most popular for Brits on holiday By Paul Deed BENIDORM, the tourist capital of the Costa Blanca, continues to occupy the top spot on the list of destinations where Britons choose to spend their holiday time. The total number of searches

performed from reckon, an internet portal for providing the best hotel choice between those available, shows Benidorm as the number one hit last month, beating even Barcelona and New York, second and sixth respectively.

elsewhere. ‘Little Arrows’ reached number two in the UK charts in 1968 and number 16 in the American Billboard chart. Laura Penn from Spectrum FM, the largest network of English radio stations in Spain, says that the track has every chance of being a hit all over again. “It is an incredibly catchy song and with a new 2012 twist it could be a winner with young and old alike.” she says.

clothing - the Michelin man has survived decades of motoring in his white, padded suit, which basically functions as an everready airbag, though you may want to ensure that the airconditioning in the car is working as the heat may otherwise consume you and convertibles are also a no-no for an inflatable figure. Secondly, get a really intimidating looking car. Other drivers are unlikely to pick a fight with a Hell’s Angels vehicle with bared teeth - or make your runaround-town a tanker lorry tough to park but unlikely to cause you personal injury. Or, thirdly, do as our Russian oligarch friends - mosey around by helicopter as the airways are slightly more regulated and a whole lot less crowded. A twoseater Robinson will set you back around €300,000, excluding pilot and mansion or yacht to land it on. Still, it is reassuring to hear that consideration is currently given to increasing the speed limit to 130 kilometres per hour. That way we can all buzz to our destination and ‘bee’ there before we know it.


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UCKILY, most of the plants in our garden are not thirsty ones so the continuing drought conditions have been no real headache. But with moisture tables dropping potentially lower than the depth of the deepest roots, we do walk the garden daily to see if any plants are overstressed. Naturally, some plants look rather dry by the end of the day because this is their defence mechanism but by morning they look fine again. Plants in flower include bougainvillaeas, bignonias, jasmine, echiums, geraniums, hibiscus, lavender, leonotis oleanders, bird of paradise, lilies, passion flowers, petunias, plumbago, portulacas, roses, society garlic, verbena and looking out of the window sunflowers. Yesterday reached almost 40 degrees Celsius but this morning at 6.30am, when Dick started to plant some extra climbing red paella beans and butter beans for autumn harvesting, the temperature had dropped to 16 degrees and shoes were soon wet with dew. Other jobs he had done before the sun came over the mountain, just before 10, to signify that it was breakfast time included the

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following: • Harvest vegetables and fruit for the day • Weed along the rows of sweetcorn and spray them with neem oil in water to prevent insect attacks on the forming cobs • Spray the fruit trees with neem • Place a bird net over the kiwino bushes • Feed the goji berries • Place paper tubes over bunches of grapes to reduce bird damage • Cut some alfalfa for our rabbits and chickens. Fruits harvested this morning were strawberries, black-berries and raspberries. By the end of the month we should also enjoy figs, grapes, kiwinos and almonds. Interestingly, the crops of these four fruits are excellent this year while we can expect few olives in the autumn. After breakfast it was

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Received a bill from the Mancomunidad? ANYONE buying a property in Spain knows or soon finds out that they have to pay rates to their town hall and usually fees to their community. The surprise comes when they find they are also paying a bill from something called a ‘Mancomunidad’. Most properties are either part of an urbanisation or an apartment building where the owners form a community and are collectively responsible for the internal running costs of their community – maintenance, insurance, administration etc. These costs are then divided between the owners and each pays their share. In municipal areas, the town hall will pay for the external running costs rubbish collection, street cleaning, lighting, public gardens and similar. The residents then pay their rates or IBI, as it is known and maybe one or two other taxes to cover these costs. With town hall rates no extra charges are suddenly levied to cover breakages, theft or extraordinary work. All fairly normal and understandable. In some communities and urbanisations, responsibility for road repairs, street lighting, neighbourhood cleaning, sewage pipes etc has not been adopted by the town hall and the cost of these facilities and services must be paid by the local community themselves. However, if such facilities are used by more than one urbanisation or community, then the costs and the responsibility falls to all the communities involved and a Mancomunidad or EUC

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must be formed. Just as an urbanisation is a community of owners, a Mancomunidad is a community of communities or urbanisations. It is governed by the same laws and acts in the same way, taking responsibility for the costs and the running of shared facilities. It can form committees, appoint an administrator and make decisions, its members are the elected presidents of the communities involved. It is a commonwealth of mutual interest, that pools responsibility and resources. The Mancomunidad also send out bills to their communities. A home or business owner in such a situation will have to pay out to their town hall, their community and their Mancomunidad.

Mancomunidad bills, unlike the town hall rates, also include the costs incurred for extraordinary works plus unforeseen and additional expenses that are associated with these maintenance or repair costs. As a Mancommunidad is not part of the town hall, nor therefore its budget, sensible communities and their Mancomunidad will have a financial reserve, a buffer, as costs can be steep and sudden. In some areas the Mancomunidad is even responsible for the large mains electrical substations, the transformers. Owners may complain why should I pay these Mancomunidad fees as well as town hall rates? Quite simply the local town hall, may not be and never has been, responsible for the up-keep of certain areas.


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ITV

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Midsomer Murders 6:00pm Dinner Date 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Trash to Treasure 9:00pm Lewis 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Island 2:00am Jackpot247

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Channel 5

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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8

BBC1 5:00pm Olympics 2012 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm Olympics 2012 11:00pm BBC News 11:30pm Regional News 11:35pm Weather 11:40pm Olympics Tonight 1:00am BBC News 1:10am Olympic Sportsday 1:55am Weatherview

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ITV

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Long life in Zamora THE life expectancy of Spanish women is already one of the world’s highest but in Zamora they live longest of all. The average lifespan for Spanish females is 85.18 and in Zamora they can hope to live until they are 86.77 years of age, according to Spain’s statistics office, INE. Women from Salamanca are close behind with 86.70 years, followed by Guadalajara (86.58). There are a further 10 Spanish provinces where women outlive the national average: Navarra (86.42 years), Burgos (86.35), Madrid (86.28), Cuenca (86.25), Teruel (86.16), La Rioja (86.14), Alava (86.13), Segovia (86.08), Soria (86.06) and Guipuzcoa in the Basque Region (86.01). The least long-lived come from Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, where female life expectancy is calculated at 82.03 years.

Gang arrested in €120m fuel fraud SPANISH fuel oil stolen from the Mattheos I, a tanker intercepted by Somali pirates, was nearly re-sold to Spain. The Guardia Civil’s crack UCO unit detected the manoeuvre months ago, while investigating two Spainbased gangs engaged in a €120 million fuel fraud. Both used Swiss TMS Group to launder money obtained through bogus invoices and the leaders of both bands – two Spaniards and two Pakistanis respectively - are now on remand. UCO discovered that TMS wanted to acquire a cut-price cargo of oil from an African country. It soon became apparent that the oil came from the Mattheos I, owned by a Madrid-based shipping company. The Mattheos I was hijacked last September by Somali pirates who transferred its 7,500-ton cargo of fuel oil to two unregistered ships,

The Mattheos I is owned by a Madrid based shipping company. the captain revealed on his release. The Guardia Civil discovered that the two Spaniards under investigation in the original case

acted on behalf of the TMS Group. The deal foundered when the stolen cargo lacked sufficient paperwork to enter Spain, although TMS allegedly intended to forge documentation. The prospective purchaser was unaware of the oil’s origins, the UCO officers established. The team then travelled to Switzerland, where they interviewed the appreciable difference, head of TMS, a according to Villar. Venezuelan, who The wealthiest admitted that the autonomous regions do investigation had not produce the best damaged the structure of academic results, the group. Unable to although broadly speaking arrest him in Switzerland, the North does better than he will be detained if he the South. ever sets foot in Spain, Pupils from regions UCO explained. where income derives The organisation, principally from tourism which planned to hire a and the property industry Chinese supertanker, was tend to do less well than associated to top-level those in areas where finance bodies. wealth is industry-driven. These went voluntarily The cultural habits and to the Swiss authorities interests of the pupils’ when they learnt of the families and friends are UCO investigation and also an important factor in put TMS’ funds at their pupils’ scholastic disposal. performance. TMS was “the oil in the The current economic machinery designed to climate means governtransform an illicit activity ment spending on into a legal one,” said education will bring little sources close to the case. to rejoice about.

Lessons still to be learnt for Spanish schools PUPILS at schools in Castilla y Leon, Madrid and La Rioja get the best academic results in Spain. The worst-performing pupils come from Ceuta and Melilla, the Canary Islands, Baleares and Andalucia. Despite significant advances made since the 80s, the quality of education in Spain has not improved, revealed a recent study by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian research body IVIE. Investigators analysed the academic standards of 15-year-olds from 65 OECD countries, comparing them with pupils in 14 Spanish communities excluding Valencia, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura,

which did not participate. Standards vary enormously depending on region, investigators found, with such marked differences that there can be an 18-month time-lag in completing basic education. The two worst problems are the failure rate, with 36.6 per cent of pupils repeating an academic year, compared with the OECD average of 17.4 per cent. Equally problematic was an inadequate pursuit of excellence in education, said IVIE investigator and university professor, Antonio Villar. Investigators discovered little difference in pupils from private and state schools and the amount of investment by the state or private sector made no


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Terrific start to the Olympics – now it’s time for more medals

• The 2012 Games ‘officially’ started in earnest last Saturday when unfortunately GB’s cyclists (not helped by the negative tactics engaged by other teams) failed to get Mark Cavendish into a sprinting position in the 250km road race. • GB’s brilliant men’s gymnastics team won the bronze medal on Monday - their best achievement in 100 years. • In the women’s ‘rainy’ road race, Emma Pooley and Nicole Cook both battled hard and long but it was their colleague Lizzie Armistead who took

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silver, behind Holland’s Mariene Vos to become GB’s first medal winner of 2012. • In swimming, the women’s 400m freestyle champion, GB’s Rebecca Adlington, took bronze and will now be aiming for gold in the 800m.

• Sailor Ben Ainslie, rowers Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, plus gymnasts Louis Smith (who was overcome with emotion after his brilliant performance on the pommel horse), Beth Tweddle and others all feel confident of success, but Paula Radcliffe has pulled out of the marathon. • Divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield missed out on an Olympic medal in the synchronised 10m platform event and finished fourth. • GB’s football team beat New Zealand 1-0 in the first event of London 2012, Steff Houghton scoring the

decisive goal with a 65th minute free-kick. Hope Powell’s lasses then clinched a quarter-final place by easing past Cameroon 3-0.

GOING FOR GOLD: Andy Murray.

• Meanwhile, Stuart Pearce’s GB men drew 1-1 with Senegal in their opening game and beat the UAE 3-1 in their second, putting them right on course to move into the last eight. However, shock, horror as the pre-tournament favourites Spain, are OUT. They lost their first two games, 1-0, to Japan and Honduras respectively. • Track cycling starts today, followed by the field and track athletics events tomorrow, the Brownlee brothers go on the triathlon on Saturday, it’s wrestling on Sunday and synchronised swimming and canoeing on Monday. And of course you can also check out GB competitors in badminton, beach volleyball, equestrian, football, hockey and tennis, hopefully with Andy Murray making progress. Olympic Games organisers have said that plans are now in place to ensure there will be no more halfempty stadiums/arenas which were seen during the first four days.

Cavendish lost out in the 250km road race.

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A TOTAL of 26.9 million UK TV viewers - plus another one billion watching worldwide witnessed a sublime opening ceremony last Friday. Some say it was the best ever. The whole ‘show’ cost £27m to stage; that’s about £1 per head - terrific value for money, I’d say.

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• GENERAL ROUNDUP – Lewis Hamilton won last Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest; Kimi Raikkonen was second and Roman Grosjean third

Braga 2-1 to win the Algarve Cup.

• The second EnglandSouth cricket Test starts today at Headingly.

• And sadly two racecourses will close down at the end of this year: Hereford and Folkestone.

• Portsmouth FC, in existence since 1898, have until August 10 to get a squad together; if not ‘Pompey’ could close down completely. • West Ham’s £17m bid for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll is too low. •

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• Former football referee Jack Taylor, who awarded two penalties in the 1974 World Cup final, has died, aged 82.

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