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80% occupancy LODGINGS in Velez Malaga reported an average 80 per cent summer occupancy, according to Tourism councillor Rocio Ruiz.

Workers hit A THIRTY per cent drop in Malaga port container activity this summer has forced 120 dock workers to take turns in job lay-offs.

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THE Provincial Government is looking at energy optimisation in five towns after protests over high public lighting costs in a recent mayors’ meeting.

THE taxman is getting tougher. He is now scouring the nation to fill its coffers in the dire economic times, with businesses and property owners affected. Between January and July this year Hacienda the Spanish tax authority - retrieved €6,415 million in antifraud operations. This is 15.3 per cent

THE bus service from Rincon de la Victoria to the University in Malaga will continue until 2016.

more than during the same period last year.. And €3 out of every €4 were recovered through control operations. Big taxpayers, mostly business, were responsible for paying over 27.5 per cent of the amount clawed back. Hacienda, which expects to obtain a total of €8,171 million this year through control

operations, is widening its net by requesting information from 51 banks regarding safety deposit boxes. There were 4,500 investigations into apparently empty homes and premises with suspiciously high electricity consumption. Three out of every four examined were found to be occupied, without having been

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declared. Another 750 investigations centred on homes registered as principal residences which were second homes and therefore liable to a higher tax rate. Hacienda also carried out 1,700 ‘submerged economy’ operations, pinpointing tax irregularities in onethird of them.

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Romantic air A MEDIEVAL festival based on a traditional Moorish romance will take place in Cartama on Friday and Saturday.


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It's official! Jobless have only 8.6pc work chance UNEMPLOYED people in Spain have only an 8.6 per cent chance of finding work. Five years ago, those seeking employment stood a 29.4 per cent likelihood of finding work, according to employment agency association AGETT. And indicators suggest this year’s third quarter up until the end of this month will be ‘at least’ as negative as the same period last year. Unemployment figures for recent months still do not fully reflect the outcome of the latest government spending cuts or increased taxes, AGETT warns in its latest report. Job-seekers face the greatest difficulties in Castilla-La Mancha with a 6.4 per cent probability of finding work, followed by Extremadura (6.5 per cent), the Canary Islands (6.9 per cent), Andalucia (7.7 per cent) and Cataluña (7.9 per cent). The best places to look for work at present are the Balearic islands, with a 17.9 per chance, Navarra (14.3 per

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Abandoned building AN abandoned building in Torrox belonging to the bishopric of Cordoba will become a leisure centre after demands from the town council, but no projects have been presented yet.

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WAITING FOR WORK: Jobless have less than 10 per cent chance of employment in Spain. cent), Cantabria (11.5 per cent), the Basque Region (10.4 per cent) and La Rioja (10.2 per cent). By the end of June this year 1.6 million jobless had been unsuccessfully seeking work for more than two years, and a further 900,000 had been looking for over a year, jointly representing 43.8 per cent of

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the people out of work in Spain. Andalucia has the worst long-term unemployment with 32.8 per cent, followed by Murcia (32.7 per cent) and the Valencian Community (32.3 per cent). Despite such odds, the percentage of Spanish seeking positions abroad remains relatively low.

FOURTEEN bids for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Nerja have been opened by the General Secretariat for the Environment.

Aid granted VELEZ has devoted €206,000 to Social Services and granted economic aid to 289 families this year.

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Vegas odds no worry to ONCE lottery

ONCE - which holds daily lotteries throughout Spain - is unworried that it might lose out through plans for the EuroVegas casino complex in Madrid. “It does not affect us one way or the other,” said ONCE chief, Angel Sanchez. “EuroVegas’ arrival in Spain is a further example of the increase in operators and how more of us have

to share out the cake.” ONCE, Spain's organisation for the blind, has in recent weeks launched a new Euro-jackpot lottery in eight European countries with €10 million to €90 million prizes. This is its first step outside Spain in a move to cut its dependence on the national market. Looking back, Sanchez said that for ONCE, the crisis began at the

beginning of the century when we had a share of more than 10 per cent of the market. Now it has dropped to 7.4 per cent. Since then ONCE has reinvented itself with new types of lotteries. “We went to petrol stations, ‘estancos’ (state tobacco shops) and street kiosks not previously clients of ours,” said Sanchez.

Chapel damage to be repaired

THE Civil Safety unit in Benamocarra has just started working after volunteers received formal training.

€400,000 spend UP to €400,000 will be spent renovating infrastructure at Torre del Mar’s fishermen’s neighbourhood of Las Melosas.

Works stopped UNAUTHORISED cleaning and painting works at the Inmaculada chapel in the church San Juan in Velez Malaga were stopped after protests by the Friends of Culture Society.

Tasty tapas A TAPAS route in the Soho area of Malaga has been organised by the city council until Sunday.

Shops for centre SEVERAL prominent sports, clothes and food chains have been invited to open shops in Velez’s town centre, announced the president of the Association of Entrepreneurs ACEV.

Torrox jobs ALL CLEAR: Driving in Spanish cities - including in Barcelona - is far less congested than in most main European cities.

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PAIN’s main cities - whatever the majority of expatriates appear to believe - are a dream for drivers compared to average large European

cities. But Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia clearly lead the way for heavy gridlock and pollution compared to other Spanish locations. In general, it takes 24 per cent longer for drivers to reach a destination in European cities because of road traffic than on normal roads.

But in Barcelona, the worst Spanish city for traffic congestion, it takes only 21 per cent longer, followed by Madrid (16 per cent) and Valencia (14 per cent). The most congested European city of 31 surveyed by a satellite navigator company was Warsaw where it takes 42 per cent longer to get anywhere. The Polish capital just gained the dubious honour of being Europe’s most congested city over the French riviera city of Marseille (41 per cent).

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Velez children return to school CHILDREN at a Primary School in Velez Malaga have returned to classes following a promise from the Junta to look into the alleged harassment of a teacher. The children at the Jose Luis Villar Palasi had been striking on Mondays because a teacher was allegedly being harassed by one of the parents, who had questioned her teaching methods. The Junta de Andalucia has promised to intervene and prevent the man from interfering with classes. Problems began four years ago, when he complained that religious symbols were being used at the school, such as Nativity scenes, which he didn’t want his daughter to see.

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THE first day of the school year for the Secondary Education has witnessed a significant increase in the number of students, said director of Maria Zambrano High School in Torre del Mar.

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SIX months and €375,000 will be devoted to repairing moisture damage in the chapel Virgen de los Remedios on the hill San Cristóbal in Velez Malaga.

CIVIL SERVANTS at Rincon de la Victoria Town Hall are meeting with trade unions to protest against extended working hours on Monday evenings.

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IF I have given one iota more pain, suffering or humiliation to families of victims of ETA’s armed actions, I present here my sincere apologies

Arnaldo Otegi, Basque politician and spokesman for the outlawed Basque separatist party Batasuna, currently in prison, in his book “The time of lights” to be released next Friday.

Thirty five students from Malaga and Velez who are taking part in healthcare assistance training courses will do an internship in centres around Axarquia until December.

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people demonstrated in Madrid against cut-backs and demanded a referendum for austerity policies, according to the government. Meanwhile trade unionists estimated the number at half a million.

TORROX will contact several companies operating in town over projects to foster the economy and create more jobs, said acting mayor Maria Tome.

Social tools WORKSHOPS on social network and new marketing tools are being organised for entrepreneurs by the Trade and Development Council of Torrox until the end of the month.

Adopted son FLAMENCO singer Antonio de Canillas will be named adoptive son of Malaga by the city council, after being honorary citizen of Canillas de Aceituno.

and finally... THE right bronze lion at the door of the Spanish Congress is lacking its male parts, says television’s History Channel. Possible explanations include the sculptor’s political inclinations or lack of sufficient material, since the two lions were forged with war cannons seized from Morocco. Plans are underway to forge new two kilo parts.


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British councillor of Competa dies

Protest march successful NERJA Town Hall have asked the Regional Government to pay their outstanding debt of €160,000 in unpaid grants to a local charity. Lack of funding could lead to Taller de la Amistad - which helps those with intellectual disabilities - being forced to close, putting 28 people out of work as well as affecting around 200 people throughout Axarquia. This comes after around 500 people marched from the charity’s headquarters in Urbanizacion Condal to the Balcon de Europa in Nerja.

TRAM LINE: The discontinuation of the tram service was called a total failure.

Call for return of Velez-Malaga tram THE discontinuation of Velez-Malaga’s tram service was called a ‘total failure’ by opposing Andalucia party, PA. Mayor Francisco Delgado stopped the tram service last June 4 until the Andalucia Regional Government agrees to support it. It was replaced with a transport system based solely on buses, which is never on time, according to the PA. The PA has asked the mayor to rethink his stance, bring back the tram and foster the transport service as stated in his election programme with the second phase of the tram. “The €45million investment – in the tram – has ended up with the trains locked away,” say the PA, which has lodged an appeal with the Superior Court of Justice for the tram service to be resumed. They are willing to withdraw this appeal if the mayor reconsiders. Meanwhile, official sources estimate that 41,629 fewer people have used the municipal transport system in the last three months. The summer period normally sees a higher demand due to the holidays and the arrival of tourists. August alone recorded 19,041 fewer users than last year. It is estimated the deficit for the municipal transport service this year will be more than €1million, just as in 2011. “The problem in Velez is that there is no culture of public transport. Only 8.4 per cent of the population use it,” said the mayor.

A BRITISH councillor has died age 69 after a long illness. Tom Ferber had been Competa’s tourism councillor since 2007 and was in charge of the expatriate’s office. He was a retired teacher from Lancashire. Tom, a graduate in Technology and Design teaching in a British school, first came to Malaga after taking Spanish lessons. From then on, he spent every summer in town until he retired nine years ago, bought a house in Competa and moved there. Ferber also created the volunteers’ service of the tourism office, which provides information in 14 languages. Several hiking routes were also designed by him and he is the author of recent information guides published on Competa.

Torrox driver found dead THE body of a British man was found by the road between Torrox and Competa. It seems the 65 year old man lost control of his car on a bend and was thrown out of the allterrain vehicle due to not wearing a seat belt.

Torrox has no School Board THE Socialist Party cabinet in Torrox has not yet established the Municipal School Board. Political Party IU stated the process has not been completed in one and a half years by the cabinet. The Education councillor and the mayor are thus preventing teachers, pupils and families from participating in local decisions



over education, IU claimed. Spokesperson Teodoro Ruiz thinks that the Education councillor ‘has no idea about this instrument’ which is a democratic tool of participation in the daily life and quality of education’. There are five primary schools, two high schools, two nursing schools and an adult education centre in the town.

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Everybody out? No, everybody in! ON October 1, approximately 3,000 union officials attached to public administration departments will return to their original jobs. Of those resuming their posts, 1,260 are employed by the central government and 1,600 by regional and local administrations. Equivalent to shop stewards, they are seconded full-time to the unions but over the years the number of these officials or ‘liberados’ has gradually increased. The government now hopes to save the €33,000 annual cost of each official and another €1.2 million on their expenses. There will be further savings of €7.2 million once temporary workers no longer have to be brought in to cover.

Counting the cost of health care service THE government is not withdrawing health care from anyone, Health Minister Ana Mato declared in parliament last week. But the right to receive medical attention should not be confused ‘under any circumstances’ with the right to a health card, she said in a reply to socialist MP Guadalupe Martin. Under the new regulations effective since August 5 - only immigrants holding a Spanish residence card will have the right to use government-financed health services. Before the new regulatory changes, it was enough to be inscribed on the municipal rolls. This does not apply to EU and Swiss nationals, who are fully covered by European Health Care. The Council of State clarified that immigrants failing to meet the required conditions will still receive medical assistance in the following cases: urgencies, serious illnesses, giving birth and after birth. Minors under 18 - will still be treated in the same way as Spanish citizens. This year’s reforms have saved €221 million and put Spain on the same level as Europe, according to

NO TO ‘HEALTH TOURISM’: Health Minister Ana Mato (right) during a PP congress. Photo: Flickr, PPCYL - Partido Popular de Castilla y Leon. Mato, although Martin described them as “unsupportive, unfeeling, unjust and inefficient.” No other European country gives total health cover to every non-national on the town hall registry, the minister claimed. It is important to underline that non-resident immigrants will still receive the usual health care in the non PP-governed regions of Andalucia, Asturias, the Basque Country, the Canary Islands and Catalonia.

For those living in Valencia Region and not holding a health card, cost services will be invoiced to their insurance account (if they have one), to their country of origin (when a bilateral agreement applies) or directly to the patient. If they cannot afford the costs, they can apply to NGOs or to public aids from the Council of Social Welfare. In Comunidad Valenciana there are around 30,000 people trying to justify their legal residence for accessing public health care.

Love is all around! THE uninhibited sexual behaviour in public of young Spaniards often surprise foreigners who recall the straitlaced past. Spain has become permissive, sexologist Silva de Bejar told ABC newspaper recently. “Making love in public is questionable, but nowadays no-one dares to comment,” she said. Exhibitionism and “sexual provocation” are punished by Spain’s penal code only if involving minors or the disabled. “Sex in public is not punishable because exhibitionism is not intended,” Juan Jose Pindado, an expert in penal law told ABC. Municipal bye-laws control clothing and nudity but not sexual relations, apart from those intended to discourage prostitution. So is Spain’s sexual revolution here to stay? In 50 years full-on sex could be acceptable in public or there could be a return to chaster attitudes.


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Smoke signals from Aguirre US gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson wants Spain to relax anti-smoking laws for his EuroVegas casino and leisure complex in Madrid. This was made clear during negotiations with Madrid’s autonomous government and regional president Esperanza Aguirre has made no secret of her willingness to do so. Never happy with the legislation introduced by the former socialist government, she is in favour of allowing smoking in all of the region’s casinos. Groups set up to defend the anti-smoking law were quick to condemn Aguirre. The final decision rests with the central government and there are currently no plans to amend existing anti-smoking laws, confirmed Health Minister Ana Mato. The anti-smoking law affects the entire country and would be impossible to amend for one specific case; changes would have to be applied nationally, she explained. “The PP does not contemplate any changes in the smoking law,” said the party’s secretary general, Maria Dolores de Cospedal. EuroVegas will provide the region with direct and indirect employment and Aguirre is accused by critics of being prepared to give Adelson everything he wants. The small print of detailing conditions and privileges for Sheldon Adelson’s

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Illegal tiger hunting POLICE in the eastern region of Pirmorye opened eight cases of illegal hunting after seizing the skins of endangered Amur tigers found in a cabin.

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ESPERANZA AGUIRRE: Agrees with relaxing the anti-smoking laws for the EuroVegas casino and leisure complex. Madrid empire of six casinos and 12 hotels, has yet to revealed. Requests for concessions on employment, contracts and taxes are likely and the regional president is determined to find a way round the smoking laws. “If Singapore, which is so strict, allows smoking in its casinos, and the US too, I would not be surprised if it happened in Spain, too,” she said last week. “It would be logical.”

MOSCOW’S Bolshoi Theatre has featured a ballet version of Don Quixote, choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus.

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Stat of week TOTAL turnover of casinos in Spain last year was €324 million, a 16.4 per cent drop on 2010.

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Barcelona grabs fourth Paris is the top destination with UK outbound travellers BARCELONA is the fourth most popular outbound destination chosen by UK travellers. And its hotel prices remain competititve, with only three destinations among the top 10 cheaper than its €128.75 average room rates, according to a 2012 price index by British-based Hotels.com. Paris is the most favoured destination to head for, with visitors paying average room rates of €156.25, followed by New York (€213) and Rome €156.25).

2001 closures hit franchises EXACTLY 2,001 franchise businesses closed in Spain in the first six months of this year. As a result there was a loss of 16,776 jobs. Worst affected were retail outlets and the services sector, with beauty and travel particularly hardhit, revealed franchise consultants Tormo & Asociados. Food outlets from icecream parlours to pubs plus Italian restaurants fared better among franchises than others, according to the latest report. By the end of June this year there were 1,078 franchises in Spain, one fewer than at the end of 2011. If Tormo & Asociados’ calculations

prove correct, 1,100 franchise brands will be operating by the end of 2012, with a total of 64,800 premises. “Viewed within the general economic situation, franchises present a more positive environment than other sectors,” Eduardo Tormo was reported as saying. There was a current tendency towards ‘low cost’ products with reduced prices to tempt consumers, Tormo said, but quality would assume an important role in the future of franchises, he predicted. Calling for specific regulations to guarantee quality, he warned that ‘unreliable’ firms are entering the franchise scene.

The three destinations cheaper than Barcelona among the top 10 outbound destinations are fifth placed Berlin (€91), seventh in the table Las Vegas (€105) and tenth positioned Dublin also at €91. The average rate of rooms in Barcelona compared to one year earlier increased 2 per cent, whereas in Paris they rose 4 per cent and in New York 7 per cent. But in Rome hotel prices on average fell 10 per A FAVOURITE: Barcelona the only Spanish city among cent. the favoured Top 10 with UK outbound travellers

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Biting Apple APPLE has accused the Polish online grocery website A.pl. of copying one of their icons .

Fashion flair US OLYMPIC figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi has launched Tsu.ya fashion line featuring T-shirts, leggings, jackets and other wear.

Chinese may replace English as leading language in world CHINESE shops - or Chino bazaars - are now an accepted way of life for a vast number of people in Spain seeking anything and everything at bargain prices. Many Spanish-run shops are facing a hard time, unable to compete on prices, nor willing to work 12 hours a day and more, not to mention forgoing holidays. While English remains the king in the world of business speak, more people are now learning Chinese, with some projections that Mandarin Chinese could take over the Number One spot within the next decade, with 850 million already speaking it. Courses are popular worldwide, with one aimed at people aged 14 - 35 opening this month in Marbella and running until the end of November.


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Driving to clear understanding of laws over licences from UK

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IN YOUR article on changing from English to Spanish driving licences, you stated as long as drivers have an address in the UK from which to renew the licence, then driving in Spain on the British European Licence is permissable once the medical exam required by Spanish law had been taken. You stated if stopped by the Guardia production of the medical certificate with the licence proved compliance with the law. I went to the medical You and the centre and passed the test. Law in Spain I then asked them to verify By David Searl that I did not need to change my licence as I had an address in the UK where I could be traced and renew my licence when necessary. The staff at the medical centre were amazed at my suggestion (and the article). They contacted the Guardia Civil at Alicante who stated that as a resident in Spain I must change my driving licence to a Spanish one. Can you please verify as many residents probably take your articles as ‘gospel’. If you can quote a definite section of Spanish law that states motorists can drive in Spain lawfully using our UK permit with the Spanish medical, I will be quite happy. M.L. (Costa Blanca)

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We have two issues here. First, “as long as you have an address in England where you can renew your licence” is not what I said. Giving an English address is not only not necessary, it is illegal for people resident elsewhere, including Spain. I am sorry that my response did not make this clear. If you renew your British licence while residing in Spain, thus deceiving the UK authorities, you are in violation of European Union directives. Second, if you hold a valid UK or other EU licence and you take the medical exam, you can lawfully drive as a resident on Spanish roads. Tell your people at the Medical Centre and the Guardia Civil at Alicante to note Article 15.4 of the “Reglamento General de Conductores” which was enacted by “Real Decreto 818/2009 del 8 de Mayo”. 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.

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Oh baby! Just how safe is Chinese milk BRITISH online food stores have seen a massive surge in demand for baby milk from both expatriates in China and local women following concerns about the safety of local milk available.

£££ JOHN LEWIS has reported a 60 per cent leap in pre-tax profit of £144.5 million (€180.6m) for the first half of the year.

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£££ THE cost of a funeral has risen 6 per cent compared to a year ago, with the basic cost now £3,284 (€4,105).

£££ ALMOST six million households plan to cut back on heating this winter with nearly 40 per cent of familes worried about affording energy bills.

Sadly there is just no good eurozone news... THERE is no doubt about it: the eurozone’s affairs are truly chaotic. Despite successive EU Summits - 21 so far – the ‘contagion’ is now spreading almost as rapidly as the 14th Century Black Death. It is not as immediately Jim fatal of course, Collins but certainly leaving poverty Costa Blanca and misery in it’s ITALIAN JOB: Italy could see Berlusconi (inset) make a return to power next year. wake. It took several centuries before the infecting agent sparse, but plans include even further into what can outcome of those of the original plague was giving the ECB powers to only end in the demise of elections. discovered, but the cause ‘wind up’ banks; remove the eurozone, and indeed Understandably, Mariano of the eurozone’s malady is bank licences; and force the EU itself, in their Rajoy is not happy with already clear to most recapitalisation present forms. the prospect of signing global financial experts. programmes if considered The Draghi Plan under away Spain’s financial It is the Euro itself. necessary. which the ECB would buy independence, and But the Mandarins of the It’s almost beyond belief short-term Spanish and perhaps has come to European Union just that the EU, the EC and Italian bonds appears to recognise that any ECB cannot bring themselves to the ECB should be have satisfied the markets bond purchase of those recognise that simple fact. proposing such far- for the time being. maturing in one year or The European reaching ‘reforms’ when But this is unlikely to even three, will do nothing Commission (EC) is not a between them they have perform as announced. towards solving the democratically-elected already brought several Spain and Italy are nation’s long-term body, but that has never eurozone member states having serious second problems. discouraged it from taking close to financial and thoughts about the drastic Buyers of 10-year bonds more power unto itself. economic melt-down. terms to be imposed will still be demanding tooIts latest proposal was to All right, the eurozone should they apply for EU high interest rates (yields), extend the EU’s hold on crises have not been assistance. thus piling up more debt the Continent’s finances by entirely the fault of the However, the ECB’s that as things stand, can subordinating all 6,000 of three EU entities, but bond-buying plan cannot never be repaid. the eurozone’s banks to neither have they so far be launched until and It should be the European Central Bank come up with any unless these governments remembered also any (ECB). proposals other than to cave in and accept the EC’s bond sale is nothing more Details remain rather drive the ruinous spirals takeover of their than an IOU, a ‘promise to economies. pay’ which sooner or later It should be noted also will have to be redeemed. that Italy’s EU-appointed Equally, bail-outs are not A BRITISH funeral company in Poole is ‘technocrat’ government hand-outs: They are offering to add Quick Response (QR) codes to must face the electorate interest-bearing loans, and headstones which will link to online early in 2013, with – one only has to look (and memorials with photos, videos and family and believe it or not – the weep) at Greece’s sad friend’s contributions. return of Berlusconi example to see where that looming as the likeliest road leads.

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www.euroweeklynews.com IN July, the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, promised to do “whatever it takes” to save the Euro. On 6th September he took action, announcing a new programme which could see the central bank spending billions of Euros to support troubled Eurozone countries. It was seen as the biggest step so far to protect the single currency, and sent a strong message to markets that the Euro is here to stay. At its governing council meeting, the European Central Bank (ECB) agreed to launch a new, open-ended and potentially unlimited bond buying programme. Named Outright Monetary Transactions (OMTs), the Bank will be able to openly buy sovereign bonds in the secondary markets. This ECB intervention should reduce the cost of borrowing for countries like Spain, Italy and Portugal. Sig. Draghi explained that this would address the severe distortions in the government bond markets, which originate from investors’ “unfounded fears” about the survival of the single currency. “The Euro is irreversible,” he added. The decisive move was welcomed by most European leaders and the markets. It has been described by various analysts as a “game changer”. Speaking to the Financial Times, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-

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Super Mario’s “Bazooka” operation and Development (OECD) José Angel Gurría said: “This is your bazooka. This is the muscle and the fire power which is quite awesome because effectively, theoretically, it’s unlimited.” What is different this time? There are a number of new elements compared to previous interventions. Bond-buying will be restricted to short-term debt of up to three years. The ECB will forego its status as senior creditor, so the Bank will take equal ranking with other creditors in the event of default. The bond buying will be “sterilised” to counter inflationary risk. The ECB will take an equivalent amount in deposits from banks to avoid flooding the Eurozone with new cash. Collateral standards have been lowered, making it easier for banks to borrow capital. There are very strict terms attached to receiving this assistance. Strict terms The ECB will only help countries which agree to implement strict policy conditions. They will have to request official help from the appropriate EU stability mechanism – to apply for a direct bailout – and put strong plans in place to get their

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finances back on track. Portugal and Ireland are already receiving bailouts, but when it comes to Spain and Italy the ball is now in their court. Applying for a bailout would likely mean increasing austerity measures such as spending cuts and tax rises. Response Much of the response was positive. Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said that the ECB is “telling us the markets should not keep worrying about the risk of a Euro breakup and we will do things to enforce that reality.” Political leaders and central bankers have “fully signed up to some kind of medium-term United States of Europe”, he observed. Andrew Cox, G10 strategist at CitiFX in New York, said the details “add to the credibility of the safety net taking shape in the Eurozone and should support demand for

Eurozone assets”. There are, however, concerns that this programme could impose more austerity on countries which really need to grow their economies, and that the underlying causes still need to be addressed. The ECB is fully aware its action alone cannot fix the Eurozone. The bank made explicit political demands on Eurozone government leaders, saying that they “need to push ahead with great determination with fiscal consolidation, structural reforms to enhance competitiveness and European institution-building.” There needs to be more integration between countries, even if this means pooling sovereignty and surrendering national powers in fiscal and budgetary policy. Nonetheless, the ECB’s bond buying programme does buy the troubled countries more time to right their fiscal imbalances and increase economic competitiveness and productivity. There is still a way to go before the Euro crisis is behind us, but this is a positive step forward. Implications While British expatriates living in the Eurozone may be encouraged by the assertion that the Euro is here to stay, it is of limited value. The continuing macroeconomic background of financial pressures besetting

Eurozone governments have led to them recognising the need to raise tax revenues. This aspect is likely to continue and with capital and wealth taxes increasingly coming into focus, this puts property owning expatriates firmly in the firing line. To explore how this impacts you and what options are available, you need to sit down with a firm which understands what local tax implications the Euro crisis has for British expatriates, and also considers the long arm of the UK tax office. From an investment point of view, although markets reacted well to the news at the time, this does not mean the end of volatility in the short-term and it is important to have a welldiversified portfolio. Seek professional advice on the most advantageous way to position your portfolio for current and future market conditions. Speak to a firm like Blevins Franks which specialises in providing personalised tax and investment advice to expatriates living here in Spain, and can help you review and plan your wealth management in the current economic climate. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com.


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NET VOLUME 1,379.89

Admiral Group PLC

1097.50

-26.00

-2.32

208.81

Aggreko PLC

2400.50

19.00

0.80

140.81

AMEC PLC

1146.50

-9.00

-0.78

520.86

Anglo American PLC

2055.25

-29.35

-1.41

1,684.32

Antofagasta PLC

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582.07

ARM Holdings PLC

587.75

5.50

0.95

2,014.67

Ashmore Group PLC

336.10

8.40

2.56

1,313.05

Associated Brit Foods

1285.00

10.00

0.78

502.28

British American Tobacco 3151.75

-8.50

AstraZeneca PLC

British Land Co PLC

545.50

British Sky Broad

724.75

BT Group PLC

228.05

2886.75

-6.50

-0.22

654.90

Aviva PLC

359.05

-4.02

-1.11

6,527.84

Babcock Intl Group

921.75

0.50

0.05

189.39

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

344.95

-1.80

-0.52

5,919.08

Barclays PLC

227.30

-1.89

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18,828.41

BG Group PLC

1283.75

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-1.38

1,563.95

BHP Billiton PLC

2035.50

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-0.66

449.35

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BP PLC

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709.25

3.43

0.49

1,091.26

1257.00

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-1.64

738.52

Croda International PLC 2433.50

9.00

0.37

66.07

Diageo PLC

1681.75

-1.50

-0.09

1,549.92

364.60

1.23

0.34

1,952.58 887.93

CRH PLC

Eurasian Nat Resources

287.45

-6.00

-2.04

Experian PLC

1027.50

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-0.29

341.51

-0.27

1,056.50

Fresnillo PLC

1848.50

-21.75

-1.16

332.53

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1,012.12

G4S PLC

266.10

5.10

1.95

1,321.25

4.94

0.69

1,475.18

GKN PLC

237.40

0.24

0.10

1,507.45

-4.90

-2.10

11,417.11

1432.75

15.92

1.12

3,220.58

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

Bunzl PLC

1094.00

-12.00

-1.09

418.61

Glencore Int PLC

374.75

-4.30

-1.14

5,479.39

Burberry Group PLC

1080.50

-13.00

-1.19

1,245.47

Hammerson PLC

466.65

-0.20

-0.04

585.00

Capita PLC

752.75

16.50

2.24

849.86

Hargreaves Lansdown PLC 650.50

5.00

0.77

462.06

2,635.96

Capital Shopping Cntrs

347.00

-3.40

-0.97

299.06

HSBC Holdings PLC

585.10

0.52

0.09

10,478.56

9,320.41

Carnival PLC

2281.00

0.00

0.00

155.38

ICAP PLC

356.10

5.21

1.49

899.48

IMI PLC

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-0.78

502.10

9.00

0.39

912.35

InterContinental Hotels 1633.50

-8.00

-0.49

447.24

International Consldtd

157.05

-3.00

-1.87

2,763.91

2752.00

34.00

1.25

85.14

87.35

0.06

0.07

5,751.95

Intertek Group PLC ITV PLC Johnson Matthey PLC

2541.00

-32.00

-1.24

193.41

Kazakhmys PLC

769.50

-3.00

-0.39

1,193.13

Kingfisher PLC

276.35

-1.75

-0.63

2,541.81

Land Securities Group

797.50

2.50

0.31

406.87

Legal & General Group

137.30

-0.40

-0.29

4,617.54

Lloyds Banking Group

40.25

0.24

0.60

90,300.61

Marks & Spencer Group

372.55

-0.03

-0.01

1,185.82

Meggitt PLC

413.55

3.30

0.80

432.48

Morrison Supermarkets

293.95

0.10

0.03

1,964.19 2,699.55

National Grid PLC Next PLC Old Mutual PLC

Most Declined Dialogic, Inc. Targacept, Inc. Hampden Bancorp, Inc. Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Tower Semiconductor Ltd. Dyax Corp. United Community Financial Corp. Franklin Financial Corporation GenMark Diagnostics, Inc. Solta Medical, Inc Netflix, Inc.

960.50

Imperial Tobacco Group 2309.00

$ 2.02 $ 4.37 $ 12.65 $ 28.76 $ 12.04 $ 8.5301 $ 2.428 $ 2.96 $ 16.23 $ 7.89 $ 3.15 $ 57.85

0.23 / -10.22% 0.48 / -9.90% 0.84 / -6.23% 1.65 / -5.43% 0.65 / -5.12% 0.4399 / -4.90% 0.122 / -4.78% 0.1461 / -4.70% 0.80 / -4.70% 0.38 / -4.59% 0.15 / -4.55% 2.67 / -4.41%

Pearson PLC Pennon Group PLC

679.75

-4.50

-0.66

3401.50

41.00

1.22

314.75

175.00

-1.50

-0.85

2,360.42

1183.50

-6.00

-0.50

416.16

733.00

2.26

0.31

245.36 387.07

Petrofac Ltd

1665.50

-2.00

-0.12

Polymetal Int PLC

1096.50

17.00

1.57

350.96

840.25

-14.00

-1.64

1,680.83

Randgold Resources Ltd 7482.50

60.00

0.81

110.31

Reckitt Benckiser Group 3579.50

8.00

0.22

701.48

Reed Elsevier PLC

-4.50

-0.74

1,795.26 2,621.35

Prudential PLC

600.75

Resolution Ltd

225.65

1.90

0.85

REXAM PLC

428.50

-3.80

-0.88

620.81

Rio Tinto PLC

3246.75

-34.25

-1.04

2,156.12

Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC 868.75

-15.50

-1.75

2,147.60

Royal Bank of Scotland

274.80

-4.25

-1.52

7,611.47

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

2314.50

-11.96

-0.51

934.96

RSA Insurance Group PLC 120.25

-1.21

-1.00

8,155.24

SABMiller PLC Sage Group (The) PLC Sainsbury (J) PLC

2717.00

0.50

0.02

755.20

315.15

-2.90

-0.91

3,574.29

340.90

0.00

0.00

2,070.95

1579.00

6.00

0.38

158.84

Serco Group PLC

592.25

6.00

1.02

226.38

Severn Trent PLC

1686.50

1.25

0.07

108.46

Shire PLC

1896.50

-6.00

-0.32

385.00

Schroders PLC

Smith & Nephew PLC

687.50

-2.50

-0.36

648.43

Smiths Group PLC

1052.00

-4.00

-0.38

145.09

SSE PLC

1381.50

-18.92

-1.35

723.67

Standard Chartered PLC 1513.75

7.50

0.50

2,991.09

Standard Life PLC

281.00

-2.00

-0.71

1,754.11

Tate & Lyle PLC

650.25

4.00

0.62

326.99 4,179.07

Tesco PLC

345.60

-0.30

-0.09

Tullow Oil PLC

1443.50

-12.00

-0.82

775.05

Unilever PLC

2268.50

23.92

1.07

1,005.22 1,286.36

United Utilities Group

687.75

5.00

0.73

Vedanta Resources PLC 1100.00

10.00

0.92

756.53

Vodafone Group PLC

173.95

-1.87

-1.06

33,802.03

Weir Group PLC

1801.50

-23.00

-1.26

444.54

Whitbread PLC

2289.50

-9.35

-0.41

178.31

Wolseley PLC

2811.00

0.00

0.00

257.47

855.00

-9.00

-1.04

1,454.92

1058.00

-2.50

-0.24

2,451.23

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EWN COMMENT Thesaurus matter MONEYMEN routinely condemn antispeculation measures. Unsurprisingly, Mariano Rajoy’s intention of capital gains tax during the first year of an investment rapidly earned criticism that it will ‘hinder investment’ from Spain’s Stock Exchange regulatory board. Rajoy’s short-selling ban and inclination towards a Tobin tax also received the thumbs down, proof that for some investment is always synonymous with PICTURE BY: MATTHI / speculation. SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Independent views HUNDREDS of thousands of Catalans took to Barcelona’s streets on Cataluña’s National Day. Regional president Artur Mas attributed this to backing for a fiscal pact with central government but it was

unmistakeably a proindependence rally. Cataluña, meanwhile, wants a no-strings bailout from Madrid. But those going cap in hand tend to receive more when they refrain from not also thumbing their noses.


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WITH regard to UK Minister of Works and Pensions, Ian Duncan Smith’s plan to introduce a temperature test for the Winter Fuel allowance, I have written to him expressing my views and disgust. I will not accept his reasons for excluding expat pensioners and will take it to the relevant Ombudsman and the European Court of Human Rights if necessary. He intends to challenge the ruling by the European Court of Justice that expats should be entitled to receive the fuel allowance. If he is not convinced that expats in Spain should get the heating allowance, I have suggested he consider a Summer Cooling Allowance to assist our increased power bills due to running air conditioning. Why should people who have contributed to the UK economy all their lives be denied this benefit while thousands of immigrants to Britain who have contributed nothing receive a wide variety of benefits? UK State Pension is already low. In other EU countries it is paid to allow pensioners lifestyles similar to before they retired, but UK pension keeps them just above starvation. R.G.Waugh, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Lesson to note SAYING that the ‘administration is doing everything possible to destroy the state education system’, as the group protesting outside an Alicante City school said (Costa Blanca North, Issue 1419) is a bit harsh. The administration is in a very difficult economic situation and is trying to see where it can make cuts. I think they are looking in the wrong areas; however I doubt they are intentionally going out to destroy the education or health system.

Rachel Garden, Benidorm (Alicante)

Not really ‘open’ FOUND it sort of funny when I read (Costa del Sol Issue 1419) that Mrs Esperanza Aguirre said ‘Madrid is more open, more cosmopolitan’, as a reason why Las Vegas Sands chose the capital over Barcelona. Madrid is cosmopolitan. But when Aguirre says ‘open’, she should have specified ‘open to whatever Las Vegas Sands desires.’ Most people in Spain are not aware of how harmful the tobacco ban is to slot halls, casinos, bars and

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20 - 26 September 2012 Axarquía - Málaga East understanding and the gift of everlasting life for those who believe. Mankind and its man-made religions and philosophies seek to offer many alternatives but there is only one who claims to be “The Light of the World”, only one who claims to be “The Way the Truth and the Life”, his name is Jesus Christ. Pastor David Hamilton, Turre (Almeria)

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restaurants. Millions have been lost, thousands of jobs lost but it is the law and must be respected. Now an American millionaire comes with promises of wealth, demanding smoking is allowed in his casinos, and he wins. How fair is that? Nicolás Romero, Torremolinos (Malaga)

An A1 service I AGREE with the report by Nick Snelling (Issue 1419) that there is a BIG misconception about healthcare here in Spain. I have lived here since 1968 and have been in hospital many times with various serious health problems including cancer four times. Throughout the healthcare I have received in the Hospital Marina Baixa and in other various hospitals was second to none. One thing I don’t agree with is that we should expect the Spanish doctors to speak English. Many do and if not there are interpreters, but why should we expect doctors to speak English in Spain? Judi Lorente, Benidorm (Alicante)

Grisly images IT was interesting to read how the grisly cigarette packet images are the least effective in getting people to stop smoking (Issue 1419). I have always said that those already hooked will either turn the packet over so they do not see it or put the cigarettes in a nice case. It is still worth it if images deter young people from taking up the habit, though the best way stop people smoking is to make it too expensive, as the article indicated Kandice H, Calvia (Mallorca)

Seeing the light I AM sure Rick Polanski is sincere about his recent experience to a Buddhist retreat (Almeria Issue 1418). However, as a local Christian pastor I feel the need to respond to his recommending of Buddhism for those who “feel short changed on what they have been offered as spiritual compensation”. All religions apart from Christianity focus on what man must do to achieve a level of spirituality and so called enlightenment. This ultimately is based on people striving to satisfy their own needs, which fails to provide the inner peace they look for. This was the same scenario Jesus faced with those who strived under the legalistic system of Judaism. In contrast Jesus offers a peace that passes all

RICHARD BRIDE has a point in his letter (Issue 1419) as to why many Spanish are not as fluent in English. He says that in Mexico movies and TV are sub-titled, not dubbed. He also referred to Danes, Finns and Dutch having a superior level of English. When I lived in Denmark they too had movies and TV programmes in the original version with sub-titles. This helped me when learning Danish and it is how many Danes improve their English. Jane Harder, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Faulty planning IN response to Brian Mullin’s letter (Issue 1419) regarding police putting a stop to musical activities following a complaint. I think that if someone is trying to get some sleep because of work the next day, they are entitled to make a complaint if it is after midnight. However, I agree that entertainment is essential for a town’s benefit and tourism. It all boils down to poor town planning. Residential areas and night spots should not be mixed. Jasmine Forrest, Estepona (Malaga)

Bad bar talk MY wife and I with our young daughter went to an Englishowned bar in Turre, but left after five minutes. This was because the language coming from three men – one possibly the owner – was quite atrocious. They were loud and there was at least one swear-word in every sentence and they had no consideration for other people whatsoever. There were two other couples who quickly departed as well. Dennis Grainger, Mojacar (Almeria)

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT views, their attitudes toward women, and their warped sense of justice, their barbarous punishments and their complete disregard for human life. They want us all to return to the dark ages; partaking lives of complete misery and hardship, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be great when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all dead! Well thanks, but no thanks. We need to withdraw all our troops. Stop monetary aid and close our embassies.

ATTITUDE TO WOMEN: They expect us all to admit they are in the right. Let â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em all get on with it. When theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve killed most of their own citizens and reduced all their countries to rubble, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll think about doing our deals with whatever rises from the ashes. In the meantime we have to re-negotiate the price of oil with the few Mid East countries that still are our allies. Liaise with the Americans and do a great deal more drilling in Alaska and the North Sea. Let em stick their oil and their problems where the sun donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shine.

If Iran truly appears to want to annihilate Israel we must deal with them accordingly and tell China and Russia to mind their own business (what they gonna do, nuke us?). If you want proof of how far we are down the road to appeasement, you only have to see the treatment of the author of this aforementioned film which apparently mocks Mohamed. With hands cuffed behind his back, large sunglasses, his head swathed in towels and

roughly bundled into the back of a police car, he appeared like a captured serial killer or highly dangerous rapist. Can you imagine the director of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Life of Brianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, or the author of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Producersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; being treated in this fashion!? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a joke. For heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake get a grip all you so called leaders. The pussy footing simply has to stop or heaven help us all. Keep the Faith, Love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com

Paralympic switch off WHAT is wrong with Leapy Lee? Was he forced to watch the Paralympics (Issue 1418)? Does his TV supply only one channel? Does his TV set have an on-off button? The paralympics were never set up to be entertainment. However, if people wish to watch and admire these athletes then they should. If not, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Simple! John Langston, Alfaz del Pi (Alicante)

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ELL, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Without doubt this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events in the Middle East have convinced me that enough is finally enough. Our brave troops have been murdered by the very people they are supposed to be fighting for. Diplomats have been killed, in what were considered to be the safe havens of their embassies and, as usual, a ludicrous reaction to a short piece of film has, I sincerely hope, finally convinced the West that our efforts in the Middle East are an utter waste of time. The majority of its countries will never share our values, sense of decency, or indeed give any support to civilized western societies. When will our leaders realise the Mid East doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want us as allies. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to join us in a unified quest for peace and development - it frightens them. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ready. They still live in the 14th century. What they truly want is for us all to become Easternised. They want us to all categorically admit they are in the right. Force us to adopt their religious

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T is no secret that institutions develop their own language in the interests of time and confidentiality. Recently, a US newspaper published some of the secret codes used in American restaurants. What about the UK’s? I hear you ask. Well, ‘HAF’ means ‘had a few’ while ‘PIA’ is code for ‘pain in the **** ’. Now, we all know that waiters and restaurant staff use various terms to describe their patrons, mostly derogatory but occasionally complimentary. But am I a PIA because I’d like my white wine chilled rather than at room temperature? Or because my friends and I would like our starters at the same time, if at all possible, so we can eat together? Or because I think a rare steak ought to contain at least some trace of redness inside? Similarly, am I a PIA for asking to sit at THAT table, not THIS one in a virtually empty restaurant, and insisting that an expensive bottle of wine be opened in front of me? I’m paying, after all, and that’s my choice as a customer. Well, if I have to be labelled a PIA for asking the waiter to indicate which desserts have nuts (to which a family

Secret codes: are you a PIA, GPO or NFT? member’s allergic) when it’s not clear on the menu and then having to send back a slice of brownie containing huge chunks of hazelnut, so be it. Who wouldn’t rather be a pain in the **** than end up in A&E with an adrenaline shot? Doctors too have their own codes. While a ‘GLM’ is a ‘good looking mum’ with ‘GLL’ (‘great looking legs’) and an ‘FLK’ is a ‘funny looking kid’, a ‘TBP’ is a ‘total bloody pain’ and a ‘GPO’ ‘good for parts only’. ‘House red’ means blood, ‘slashers’ general surgeons and the ‘Freud Squad’ psychiatrists. One doctor ending up in court had to explain ‘TTFO’ (‘Told To F*** off’).

Breaking Views NORA JOHNSON Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers.

Fortunately, he had the presence of mind to say: ‘To take fluids orally’. Call centres have a similar system for their technical helplines. A particularly obvious query may be categorised as an ‘RTFM on line 1’- code for ‘Read The F***ing Manual’. Which reminds me of a similar code

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Ché versus Darwin but they never met!

HARLES DARWIN in ‘Origin of Species’ wrote about instinct. Instinct is that which compels us to act in a certain predetermined largely unconscious way. It is instinctual to jump when someone (older brother) leaps out at you from a dark doorway, or to salivate when forced to stand beside a chocolate fountain under instruction not to dip your finger. It is also instinct to clutch your purse when travelling on the tube and to avert one’s eyes when forced into a situation that requires a certain blurring of the truth (I was often late home not because a large rat jumped onto the live rail but because a rat called Johnny kept buying me large Tequila slammers, but Dan didn’t need to know that hence the averted eyes). Instinct saves us from tedious moments of Suzanne has a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and an thought and MA in Writing from Lancaster University. She is currently endless internal teaching in Alicante and writing a book for teenagers (which doesn’t have a vampire as its central character). debates and choices (“Shall I INSTINCT: That which compels us to act in a certain predetermined way. jerk my head back to avoid the ball animals due to the or should I dive for cover and fact that rational thought entered food for large tooth, long clawed Darwin argued that instinct is make a complete fool of myself?”). the human race and knocked creatures, until he discovered the what makes a species survive (that The brain works hard enough as it instinct into the nether regions wheel and then thought flew out and the ability to build barbeques is without having to sweat all the sometime around the ice age. of the window to be replaced by from house bricks) and evolve. small stuff. Thought snuck up and gave us the enduring lust of man towards Without good instincts man would Human instinct is a little more pause, the consequence of which shiny metal machines that make have floundered and become complicated than that of other was for a long time man became loads of noise at traffic lights. extinct.

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So deep in the reptilian part of our brain lives a little creature that from time to time fiddles with the fight or flight instinct and keeps us from harm. Fear of the dark, of strangers, of hissing sounds in the undergrowth and of elasticated waistbands has kept many a woman safe and sane. Most grown women can immediately spot the creep or psycho (except my friend Maggie who would invite them in to her flat oblivious to the flickering tongue and sound of hissing) often simply due to a ‘feeling’ precipitated by a judder of disgust. Cats are alleged to possess excellent instincts, quick reflexes and an agility that completely confounds all natural laws. Except that is for my own cat, Ché, who possesses no instincts whatsoever. Last week Ché fell off my balcony and I haven’t been able to erase the image of his wide eyed, shocked face as he plummeted to what we both thought was his doom. Luckily he was unharmed if a little splayed, but unlike humans cats do not suffer from embarrassment and so he was able to shake off the shock and resume his day to day pleasures which mostly consist of attacking my son’s feet and eating crickets. Darwin wrote: “...all cats are fundamentally the same and remain so through time.” Well he never met Ché did he?

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Intriguing facts of sky-high life THE majority of people flying within Europe use budget airlines, with life at 35,000 feet very different to the world of global inter-continental travel. But airline facts and figures make intriguing reading. • All International Airline Pilots speak English. • Flights longer than eight hours require three pilots (one captain and two first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require four pilots (one captain and three first officers). They usually fly three to four hour shifts. • Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimise the risk of all pilots on board being ill. • On average, pilots fly between nine and 14 days a month, though some in Asia fly 24 - 26 days. • All airlines have an

The normal crew ratio is one flight attendant for every 50 passengers. The average pilot flies between nine and 14 days a month.

agreement to ‘let’ pilots from other airlines occupy empty seats. If no seats are available, the travelling pilot can also occupy a normally empty extra cockpit seat. • The main function of flight attendants are passenger safety and security. Passenger comfort is only secondary. • The first female flight attendants in 1930 had to weigh less than 115 pounds, be trained nurses and unmarried. • Flight attendants must not have any tattoos visible when wearing

uniform, ensuring positive representation of the airline. • The normal crew ratio is one flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats, the same ratio as toilets per passenger seats. • Passengers can lose approximately 1.5 litres of water in the body of a three-hour flight. • Internet/online check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999. • American Airlines saved $40,000 (€32,500) in 1987 by removing an

olive from each first class salad served. • Singapore Airlines spends about $700 million (€569m) on food every year and $16 million (€13m) on wine. Singapore Airlines is the second largest buyer of Dom Perignon champagne in the world. • KLM is the world’s oldest airline and was established in 1919. KLM stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij

(meaning Royal Dutch Airlines). • In one year, British Airways passengers consume: 40.5 tons of chicken, six tons of caviar, 22 tons of smoked salmon, 557,507 boxes of chocolates, 90,000 ninelitre cases of sparkling

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IVING by the Mediterranean, sooner or later most of us stumble upon the boat conundrum. To buy or not to buy? Our aspirations may range from a particularly sleek canoe or something more sumptuous to accommodate the family, Ferrari and ego, too. The problem is; what if the boat in the berth next door is bigger than yours? There is little more upsetting than shelving out enough euros to bail out a Spanish bank, only to find that your 40metre buoyant extravaganza looks diminutive next to Franz’ super yacht. Because when it comes to boats, I am reliably told, size does matter. And since money, despite popular belief, doesn’t grow on trees (albeit being made of pulp, so it kind of does) there is the bitter pill of upkeep, mooring, petrol and taxes to keep you afloat. Although taxes are taboo in this column, I shall make an exception since the controversial matriculation tax has left many charters high and dry - or more to the point - en route to other countries, where they are welcome with open arms. Seems counter-intuitive as a way of increasing revenue in the long run, but then I am not a politician.

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The boat conundrum: to buy or not to buy, but the problem is, what if the boat in the berth next door is bigger than yours? So, can you actually afford the lovely little Sunseeker that has caught your nautical eye? A ‘bargain’ second hand, 12-year old, 14-metre, will set you back some 170,000 euros, add a grand for the day skipper course, assuming you actually want to take it out of the port, and about 350,000 euros for a suitable mooring in, say Puerto Banus. Plus roughly 10 per cent annual upkeep costs and possible 12 per cent matriculation. You do the math, as my head is spinning. And I don’t need to tell you what the

costs are for Franz’ shiny new super yacht - if you need to ask, you can’t afford it. If you are still tempted,

consider first the comments of bonafide boat owners: “The happiest days in my life was when we bought it… and the day we

sold it.” Chances of selling are pretty slim, though. More likely, you will be tempted into trading up for a bigger better model to rival Franz, in order to rid yourself of your first purchase. This will no doubt be a pleasurable experience for you, but may upset the kids whose college fund is evaporating like ocean mist in the midday sun. The whole boat business is oft likened to “tearing up 50 euronotes in the shower”. And, “if it flies, floats or fornicates, then rent it,” as the adage goes. Still, there are many reasons why you should take the proverbial plunge: Tell the children that it’s a ski holiday (Spend the Kids’ Inheritance) you earned it, so you keep it. Secondly, it is a highly altruistic way of supporting the Spanish economy and the faltering yachting industry - it has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that you like to hang out on deck, knocking back the cava in a suitably swish port. And last but far from least, you are merely preparing for a watery apocalypse once the icebergs melt, by investing in your own Ark. Then who will be laughing? So, what’s it going to be - yacht or not? Feel free to write to me on ulrica@euroweeklynews.com with your boating experiences.


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Dogs ‘grubby bags of fur’ A TELEVISION pundit notoriously described dogs as ‘grubby bags of fur filled to the brim with germs.’ Oh, didn’t the fur fly after that remark. Such is the passion of dog-owners for their animals; sorry, pets, they lose all sense of reality. I advise friends that if they ever find themselves up before the beak, when given the opportunity to come clean, prepare along the following lines: ‘Your honour, the jury; I am truly repentant of my sin and deserving of my fate, which I accept. Less deserving is my beloved dog, Bruce. He was a woofie-waif I gave sanctuary to. If I am hanged then my poor dog’s fate is sealed.’ If dog owners are sat among those 12 men ‘wise and true’ I guarantee you will avoid the expected suspended sentence; be acquitted and possibly get a fiver from the public purse. Costa Blanca’s Torrevieja salt lagoons are a protected and natural ecological reserve of international standing. As soon as their gentle lapping wavelets reach its briny banks they come face to face with ecological disaster; the multiple droppings of

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man’s best friend. Some public pathways are so badly affected you need to hopscotch your way along to avoid fouling your feet. The problem is blatant; dog owners don’t even tug the creatures to the pathway’s edge. I often wonder at their reaction should I follow them home and deposit my calling card on their driveway. I think we can imagine the screaming hysteria. I am told that the worst offenders are Spanish, but dog deposits are loathsome whatever the nationality of their two-legged patron saint. Such is the sanctimonious selfrighteousness of many dog owners

MAN’S BEST FRIEND: But not if leaving public pathways fouled with droppings. they bring a blush to the cheeks of oxworshipping Hindus. I have no doubt that as a result of my criticism I will be subject to venom normally reserved for paedophiles; publish and be damned. Fine; all I ask is that no one describes me as a dog-hater. On the contrary, it is irresponsible pathway fouling owners for whom I reserve my contempt. Responsible dog owners are their victims too. Apart from the obvious unpleasantness, children die and many suffer illness; blindness as a consequence of dog fouling and flies attracted to their droppings.

Real dogs as averse to indulged dogs truly are man’s best friend. On my family’s farm lived and worked six beautiful collies. Without man’s help they roamed the glens and brought the sheep home. I went to a school situated a mile from where television’s ‘One Man and His Dog’ was filmed. My school mate’s farm dogs in escort fashion took the bull to the field. Wonderful creatures and their owners were proud of the rosettes that covered the barn walls. I often wonder if our local irresponsible dog owners are as proud of the ‘rosettes’ their lapdogs leave for us to see.

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Virus outbreak in USA THE mosquitoborne West Nile virus is causing concern in the USA as cases of the disease hit an all time high. So far this year, 2,636 cases have been reported to federal health officials, up from 1,993 reported just a week before – an increase of a third in seven days. 118 people have now died from the disease, compared with 87 reported one week according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention as it released its weekly data on the outbreak. About 40 per cent of cases in humans are in Texas.

Give your hair a treat with a home made hair mask By Beth Underhill A HAIR MASK is a common treatment in spas around the world, used not only on sun scorched hair but on colour treated hair and hair that is constantly being damaged due to heated appliances. Frizzy hair too can be a problem in the hot humid weather but why pay expensive prices for keeping your tresses looking good. Pamper yourself with some of the following homemade remedies. The process of making your own hair mask is fairly simple, although you’ll probably want to save the treatment for a time when you plan to spend the entire evening at home, no better reason for having a little ‘get together’ with the girlies. Some of the ingredients used in do-it-yourself hair

restructure your hair. Protein conditioning mask Use on all hair types. Put ½ of a banana, ¼ of cantaloupe, ¼ of avocado, one tablespoon of yogurt and one tablespoon of wheat germ oil in a blender. Massage the mixture into the scalp, cover and leave for at least 15 minutes.

INDULGE YOURSELF: Hair masks are used commonly in spa treatments around the world. masks contain olive oil which can have a distinctive smell and is hard to remove all excess traces. In some cases applying a mild shampoo to the hair before applying water will help to remove excess oil and any unwanted odours.

Regardless of what type of hair mask you choose to create, most masks are only intended to be used once or twice per month. They are intended to help repair your hair, not simply maintain your style. Using a hair mask too often may create additional problems, such as excess oiliness from overuse of a moisturising mask. Fast Track Mask For a dry scalp and hair, warm up some extra virgin olive oil over a pot of water, apply to your hair, massage into your scalp, wrap your

hair up and leave for 30 minutes. Crème de la crème Mix together in equal amounts almond oil, melted honey and crème fraiche, apply to your hair and leave for half an hour. Restructuring mask Mash ½ an avocado, ½ of a banana, add an egg yolk and one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Blend all ingredients and apply to prewashed hair. Massage into the scalp, cover and leave for up to an hour. Used once a week will help protect and

Egg-centric hair mask For very dry hair, mix together two whole eggs with four tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture mid lengths and ends and then to the root area, cover with a plastic wrap. Wait for 10 – 15 minutes and shampoo as usual. Banana banquet For damaged hair, combine a very ripe banana with a few drops of almond oil. Apply throughout the hair, cover and leave for approximately 15 minutes. Rinse with soda water and shampoo as normal. Curly Sue Mix a tablespoon of honey with one litre of clean water and rinse the hair after using your normal shampoo to keep frizziness under control.

Eye test to detect Alzheimer's NEW research suggests a simple eye test may be able to detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found a link and common elements between cataracts and Alzheimer’s after studying brain scans for 10 years after initial eye exam-inations. Professor Lindsay Farrer, from the research team at the University School of Medicine in Boston (USA) says the findings may give hope to being able to give a diagnosis of the early stages of Alzheimer’s and could lead to new treatments. The news comes during Alzheimer’s Month ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on Friday September 21.

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AN oral spray that claims to ‘kill 99.9 per cent of infectious airbourne germs’ has been created. The Halo Oral Antiseptic protects from any germs breathed in for six hours, its manufacturer claims. “Respiratory tract disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world, yet there has been limited progress in the prevention of respiratory virus infections,” said lead study author Dr Frank Esper from the University Hospitals Case Medical Centre in Cleveland, Ohio (US). “Halo is unique in that it offers protection from airbourne germs such as influenza and rhinovirus.”

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Health risk in too long daily working hours WORKING more than eight hours a day can lead to a greater chance of developing heart disease. A study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that working longer hours can lead to a combination of stress, raised blood pressure and unhealthy diets, causing serious health problems to workers. Research was carried out over the last 50 years and concluded that spending too long in the office resulted in a 40 to 80 per cent increase in developing heart disease compared to an eight hour work day. The latest findings support results from a

Don’t spend too many hours in the office. British survey last year that revealed that working more than 11 hours a day raised the risk of heart disease by 67 per cent.

of Britons do not know Where's HALF where their heart is. Two thousand people were your questioned by researchers who concluded that many are heart? clueless when it comes to their

Eat less red meat for healthy body and environment EATING less red meat would help reduce the risk of heart disease and bowl cancer. As food and drink amounts to a third of greenhouse gas emissions from British consumers, reducing red and processed meat consumption would also substantially lower the UK’s carbon footprint. Previously published evidence shows that the risks of coronary heart disease rises by 42 per cent, type 2 diabetes rises by 19 per cent and bowel cancer rises by 18 per cent, with every additional 50 grammes of red and processed meat that is eaten daily. It is therefore recommended that men

should eat around 53g a day whilst a woman’s daily diet should have just 30g. Researchers say this would reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and bowel cancer by between 3 and 12 per cent and also help the environment. Reduced consumption of red meat is beneficial.

Twenty two thousand people took part in the study from Britain, USA, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands.

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OR decades dieters and the health conscious among us have been calorie counting with it being common knowledge that the fewer calories we consume, the more weight we lose. However, several recent studies have questioned the conventional wisdom around foods suggesting that many food labels have inaccurate calorie contents and that certain foods affect the body in different ways. Calories work differently depending on the food and food texture plays an important role. For example, protein foods are estimated to use up to 20 times more energy to digest as fats, meaning you will ultimately be eating less calories. This isn’t taken into account on food packaging so while a cake and a flapjack may contain the same calories, the body uses more calories to break down the flapjack, so in effect less calories are eaten. This is also the reason behind why raw food is much less fattening. It takes more effort to eat and digest so more calories are burned up in

CALORIES: Protein and raw foods use up more energy to digest. the process. Bridget Benelam, a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, says, “There are a lot of variables when it comes to measuring accurate calorie

content... It’s the quality, not the quantity.” Weight Watchers has also recently overhauled its points system to take into account the type of foods we eat and not just the calorie content.

Costa Camera Club THE Sala Mercado in Nerja is hosting an exhibition by the association Costa Camera Club. Members are expatriates, mainly of British nationality, from Nerja and surrounding towns. The exhibits include pictures by 12 photographers and can be visited every day from 11am to 1pm and from 7pm to 9pm. The councillors for Culture and Residents were present at the opening. Costa Camera Club was founded in Nerja in 2005. This is their fourth exhibition, including professional and amateur photographers. The exhibition will close on Saturday.

The rind of a guava contains a high level of vitamin C.

Goodness of guava GUAVA is our top food choice this week. It is high in fibre, vitamins A and C and folic acid and

also has a higher concentration of lycopene - an antioxidant that fights prostate cancer -

Protest at waste of good food A MOTION has been tabled at Velez town council asking for a report on food destruction by big chains. Thousands of staple foods are thrown away before expiring every day, according to the spokesperson of political party IU. “It is politically, socially and ethically unacceptable that thousands of kilogrammes of staple food are destroyed in a society where thousands of families lack food”, declared spokesperson Salvador Marin.

than any other plant food. The rind contains more vitamin C than the flesh of an entire orange.

Chess Open in Velez THE XV Chess Open will be held in Velez Malaga this Sunday, 4.30pm at the El Ingenio shopping mall instead of Jose Luis Villar Palas school as originally planned. Prizes for the winners amount to €300.


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EADERS of our columns will know that we take a holistic approach to the development of our garden and delight in the growing and eating our own artisan produce. However, we are not only interested in eating gastronomically, but also healthily. Over the years we have made a note of what a wide range of health experts say about the impact on our aging of what we eat and drink. Glancing through our summary it’s very obvious the only way one is going to eat the best anti-aging foods on a regular basis is by growing your own since one of the provisos is that the fruit and vegetables should be eaten fresh and when at their best. Fresh described as within a day of harvest to ensure that the beneficial anti-aging agents are at their maximum in what you eat and at their best being when most flavoursome and digestible especially in the case of fruit and fruit vegetables. There is no comparison between going out into the garden and eating a fully ripe juicy peach, apricot or pear directly off the tree compared to a fruit picked long before ripe in order that it can withstand the battering of being crated, pre-packed, transported and displayed for several days and still not be ripe.

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Unfortunately sometimes such fruit never ripens fully in the fruit bowl. Likewise young peas and broad beans eaten within an hour are very different from those left on the plant until they are of maximum size to increase the harvests and income of the grower. Our books ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ describe how to grow over 70 tropical, sub-tropical and temperate fruits and over a 100 vegetables. Last year we published the supplement to our other books titled ‘Living Well from Our Mediterranean Garden’. In it we highlight the foods from the garden we consider to be healthiest. Garlic is easy to grow and could well be the healthiest vegetable to eat by including it chopped up in salads, mashed with ripe tomatoes on unsweetened bread, steamed or baked

as a vegetable or included in cooked dishes. You can plant up garlic between October and December and harvest it for use in salads and omelettes. Dark green leaf vegetables such as broccoli, acelga, spinach, red lettuces and rocket are also said to be especially good for us. Unfortunately one cannot grow brazil nuts on the costas – as far as we know – but almonds and walnuts contain essential oils plus, of course, olives which can be cold pressed to produce your own virgin

olive oil if you have sufficient trees and kilos of olives. Other easy to grow healthy vegetables include carrots, fennel, parsley, basil, beetroot and onions . And when weeding the garden, dandelion and wild chicory leaves are excellent vegetables in their own right . The books mentioned above as well as ‘Your Garden in Spain’ are full of useful tips.

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Complete the missing person/item from these ‘quartets’: 1. ALICE’S IN WONDERLAND’S ‘MAD TEA-PARTY’: Alice, the Hatter, Dormouse and ? 2. ASSASSINATED US PRESIDENTS: Abraham Lincoln, James A Garfield, John F Kennedy and ? 3. CROQUET COLOURS: Blue, Red, Yellow and ? 4. GHOSTS VISITING ‘EBENEZER SCROOGE’: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and ? 5. GOLF MASTERS: Masters Tournament, The Open Championship, US Open Championship and ?

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) As you are in the limelight, it comes as no surprise that admiration comes your way. What may surprise you, however, is the direction it comes from. Who would have thought that such a situation would arise?

Just joking A police officer stops a man and asks him for his licence. Officer: It says that you need to be wearing glasses. Man: Well, I do have contacts. Officer: I couldn’t care less who you know! You’re still getting a ticket!

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)

There is a wonderful enthusiasm about you at the moment. Seeing the reaction of others to you, it occurs that you should have taken this attitude before. Therefore, make a resolution to put more energy into everything that you do.

Being totally inspired this week, you could be tempted to let enthusiasm run away with you. It is a lovely feeling, like being a child again. Be sure to have fun, but do keep as much money in your pocket as possible.

You are so sharp that there is a danger you will cut yourself! Seriously, though, try not to appear pompous over a certain matter. You may be right and you may be clever, but smarty pants are rarely popular. Some of that sharpness gets things going for you in the love department, though.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

CANCER (June 22 - July 23)

There will be a certain amount of discussion regarding holiday plans. You know what you want but how do you persuade others? It's quite easy really. All you have to do is to get someone else to suggest a certain place. You then agree and it looks like their idea.

With everyone busy round you, the chance may be taken to show what you are capable of. Instead of watching someone make a pig's ear of a work project, offer to help. It's important, though, to let them think any bright ideas were theirs. Giving praise now will mean it coming back to you ten-fold. Be aware that a close friend is in a delicate frame of mind.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Something new which you started in recent weeks becomes more than a passing interest. Although it may be surprising to you, it is owing to a predictable situation. In opening your mind, you also seem to have opened your heart. Many people do that at this time of the year and so you are not alone.

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A business partnership takes on a romantic tinge this week. It is possible that the other party sees this as more significant than you. To avoid problems later it would be best to let them do all the running. Unless, of course, you are determined to run yourself. With a lot of excitement in the air it is possible for you to show just what fun you can be. Enjoy!

HOW TO PLAY Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

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Someone you mistrust offers to add to your celebrations. Why not call a truce? We both know that little long term will come out of it, but who cares? Sometimes, it is better to share one good moment with someone than none at all.

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Born September 23, 1943. He is a Spanish singer and songwriter. He has sold over 300m records worldwide in 14 languages and released 80 albums. He has eight children from two marriages. His father was kidnapped by ETA terrorists in 1981 but found two weeks later.

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A last-minute invitation turns out to be just the ticket in more ways than one. An invitation to join a holiday may be proffered. This is unusual, certainly, but keep an open mind. Your company is clearly well appreciated so why not make that a point of pride? Let's face it, who is best equipped to blow your trumpet?

When looking at where you have come from, it is gratifying to know progress continues. The rest of the year convinces you the path you took was right.

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Some legal matters need your attention. That's not really what you want at this time of the year. A decision has to be made and it needs a fine balance. Asking others may just confuse matters, so only seek expert advice. At the end of the day, you will know what is both best and acceptable. An attempt to bring romance into your life may be more successful than you think.

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)

How many English words of four letters or more can you make from the nine letters in our Nonagram puzzle? Each letter may be used only once (unless the letter appears twice). Each word MUST CONTAIN THE CENTRE LETTER (in this case C) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.


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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Sirius closely pursues the sailor (3,4) 4 Cover rearranged duet number (5) 7 A rugby player is taken by surprise (5) 9 Roman house with fashionable anti-hero (7) 10 Has USSR ordered the cavalrymen? (7) 11 Could start true, new period of peace (5) 12 Toxophilite, one from Ambridge, perhaps (6) 14 Rich international in European holiday area (6) 18 Unforgettable singer and the old king (5) 20 Gotta be new style holdall (4-3) 22 In tents experience? (7) 23 Extract information from the journalist with a broken cue (5) 24 Sort Kelvin out with a bird (5) 25 Refunds are best when resolved (7) Down 1 Old Greek capital? (7) 2 Brags about catches (5) 3 Change is concealed by always returning (6) 4 Felt Penny broke earthenware (5) 5 Half-a-dozen beside a channel bridge (7) 6 It is said that these

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ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. 1 Exit (place, act) (6) 4 Boiler suit (4) 8 Tree (5) 9 Nutria (5) 10 Remo (3) 11 Perdedor (5) 12 Tuberculosis (5) 15 Gold (metal, commodity, currency) (3) 16 Herramientas (5) 18 In the same way (5) 19 Nothing (4) 20 Apio (6)

Down 1 Pequeño (5) 2 Wolves (5) 3 Painful (injury, memory) (8) 5 Afuera (3) 6 To hear (3) 7 Tortuga (de tierra) (8) 13 Salsa (5) 14 Salado (5) 16 Lata (de comida) (3) 17 Viejo (de mucha edad) (3)

Co d e B r e a ke r marquees are on edge (5) 8 It's reported that this rascal is often seen in church (5) 13 Unusual bloom in county in Ceylon (7) 15 Fibrous substance found at the end of a whistle (5) 16 Pointed looks that can hurt? (7) 17 Actor grates awfully (6) 18 Prepares to shoot birds (5) 19 The Kinks hidden lizard (5) 21 Forthright but not too sharp (5) 26 Deep chasm (5) Down 1 Alike (7) 2 Connections (5) 3 Snare (4) 5 In the know (8) 6 Supply (7) 7 Big (5) 8 Stop (5) 13 Dainty (8) 15 Venetian boat (7) 17 In the direction of (7) 18 Solid (5) 19 Grasp (5) 21 Ball game (5) 22 Information (4)

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Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter words into the 19 cells. The letters at the edges of interlocking cells MUST BE THE SAME. The letters in the words must be written CLOCKWISE. The word in cell 10 (MENDER) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

Down: 1 Rocio, 2 Chain, 3 Beetroot, 5 Nun, 6 Age, 7 Tormenta, 13 Arena, 14 Siete, 16 Fur, 17 Ant.

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 13 represents K and 14 represents B, so fill in K every time the figure 13 appears and B every time the figure 14 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Asides Barely Cheers Enters Holder Letter Lodged MENDER(10) Meteor Metres Muster Oceans Owners Reform Render Resent Shreds Spears Steady

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Importance of new builds and Occupation Licences I

F you are buying a new build property in Spain it is essential that you check that your intended property has been granted a Licencia de Primera Ocupación (sometimes referred to as a Certificado de Habitacion or ‘Cedula’) before you pay fully for your new property. A Licencia de Primera Ocupación is an extremely important document and is granted by the local town hall planning department on completion of a new build and declares the legality of the property. Also, it acts (in theory) as confirmation that the property meets all necessary local and national planning regulations. If your property, when completed, does not have a Licencia de Primera Ocupación then alarm bells should ring, as there may be something fundamentally wrong with your property and it may not have been built legally! Certainly you should know that the seller of a new property is under a duty to obtain a Licencia

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NEW PROPERTY: It is essential that you are granted a Licencia de Primera Ocupacion before full payment is made. de Primera Ocupación and failure to supply it constitutes a breach of contract on the part of the seller. Indeed: • You are not obliged to sign the Escritura until the Licencia de Primera Ocupación is presented, and • Your seller cannot

cancel your contract to purchase on the grounds that you refuse to sign the Escritura without a Licencia de Primera Ocupación. However, if your property does not have a Licencia de Primera Ocupación upon completion of the building works, you can cancel the contract and claim a refund of your purchase money with interest and related damages, irrespective of whether or not you have signed an Escritura. Obviously, it is best not to occupy (let alone fully pay for) your new property until everything is finalised and you have a Licencia de Primera Ocupación. However,

some people knowingly take the risk of buying a property on the basis that ‘everything will turn out all right in the end’. This is very unwise. One sign that your property may not have a Licencia de Primera Ocupación is when it is not connected to mains utilities (water, electrics and telephone). This is known sometimes as being on ‘builder’s electrics and water’ – which is an accurate phrase! Indeed, your property’s services may be connected directly to your builder rather than the services suppliers. This is usually obvious, but can be proven by the fact that

you will not receive, or be able to obtain, any formal services bills. So, if your new property lacks a mains supply of electricity and water and a landline telephone, take this as a potential sign of illegality. At best, it may indicate there are delays with regard to legalisation or final completion of your project. Being ‘on builder’s electrics and water’ used to be laughed off and was tolerated by many buyers of new builds, who were frequently told this was ‘quite normal’ and would be ‘sorted out soon’. However, some found out later, to their great

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Nick Snelling is the author of five books including ‘How to Buy Spanish property and Move to Spain – Safely!’ and runs the information site Culture Spain.

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AND ROVER revealed the all-new Range Rover – the fourth generation of its SUV – at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park, London. In front of a packed house, it was unveiled and its capabilities demonstrated by driving through a water pool that was almost a metre deep and climbing a rocky causeway before coming to a stop in front of White Lodge, a formal royal residence and home to the Royal Ballet School. The launch culminated in a surprise seven-song performance by long-term Range Rover driver and Dire Straits founder, Mark Knopfler. The all-new Range Rover has been developed from the ground up to provide the ‘ultimate’ luxury SUV. It is the world’s first SUV to have a lightweight all-aluminium body and is 20 per cent lighter than the outgoing model with a weight saving of 420kg. The lighter body structure has driven a 22 per cent reduction in fuel

ULTIMATE LUXURY: The world’s first SUV to have a lightweight all-aluminium body and is 20 per cent lighter than the outgoing model. consumption and CO2 emissions, achieving figures of 37.7mpg and 196g/km respectively. Land Rover also used the event to announce plans for a hybrid Range

Ford begins producing new CMAX fuel efficiency models THE first Ford C-MAX and seven-seat Ford Grand C-MAX models powered by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost began rolling off the production line at Ford’s plant in Valencia. Both the 100 PS and 125 PS versions of the 1.0-litre engineequipped C-MAX and Grand C-MAX achieve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost has been a hit with critics and customers alike, so we’re very excited to offer the same combination of fuel efficiency and

engine power in the C-MAX and the larger Grand C-MAX,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “It’s an industry exclusive to power a seven-seat vehicle with an engine this small and we think it will be a revelation for drivers who want fuel economy without sacrificing driving fun.” Ford has sold more than 200,000 C-MAX and Grand C-MAX cars in Europe since the latest versions were introduced in 2010.

Rover – the world’s first fully capable SUV. The high-efficiency diesel hybrid model, which is planned for production late in 2013, will see step changes in Range Rover’s environmental credentials

and will target CO2 emissions of less than 169g/km. John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said during the evening: “The Range Rover is a British icon and the all-new model revealed this evening has set the benchmark for luxury in SUVs. It is quieter, smoother and lighter than any vehicle in its class.” Edwards continued: “Like the Royal Ballet School, Land Rover is quintessentially British and has been setting world standards in performance and capability for many years. We wanted to launch the all-new Range Rover in the UK and White Lodge was the perfect venue.” The all-new Range Rover is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and will be exported to over 170 global markets. Over £370million has been invested in the Solihull manufacturing plant to create an aerospace inspired, aluminium body shop – the largest of its kind in the world.

ECOBOOST HIT: Also named the 2012 ‘International Engine of the Year’. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – the 2012 ‘International Engine of the Year’ – combines turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to deliver the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency of a smaller engine. The C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 5.1 l/100 km (55.4 mpg) and 117 g/km CO2 across both power outputs, while the Grand C-MAX achieves 5.2 l/100 km (54.3 mpg) and 119 g/km.


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Gunners hit six, Lorenzo wins in San Marino as Bears lose at Lords • FOOTBALL - Three days of European action ends tonight (Thursday) with Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham all participating in the Europa League. Earlier this week there were cracking Champions League encounters featuring Real Madrid v Manchester City, Chelsea v Juventus, Montpellier v Arsenal, Manchester United v Galatasaray and Barcelona v Spartak Moscow. In the Premiership last weekend, Paul Scholes scored on his 700th appearance for Manchester United who whipped Wigan 4-0. This was Sir Alex Ferguson’s 500th League game in charge of the Reds. Arsenal, aided by two own-goals, thrashed bottom club and pointless Southampton 6-1… Manchester City have still to win a PL game at Stoke (after a 1-1 draw)… Anton Ferdinand (QPR) refused to

BIG 500: The Man. United game against Wigan was Sir Alex Ferguson’s 500th in charge of the Reds.

CYCLING: Mark Cavendish won two out of the eight stages in the Tour of Britain.

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shake the hands of Chelsea’s John Terry and Ashley Cole… AVB’s Spurs won at last (3-1 at Reading)… and it’s 100 years since Liverpool failed to win any of their opening four League games of a season, following a 1-1 draw at Sunderland. North of the border, Celtic - now fifth in the SPL - lost 2-1 to bottom club St Johnstone. Looking ahead to this Sunday, we have Liverpool v Manchester United, Manchester City v Arsenal and the London derby between Spurs and QPR. England lie in third place in the FIFA world rankings, behind Spain and Germany. Portugal are fourth, Uruguay fifth, Italy sixth

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A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.

and Brazil a lowly 12th. • ROUND-UP Jorge Lorenzo won last weekend’s San Marino MotorGP; home favourite Valentino Rossi was second with Alvaro Bautista third. Devon cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke triumphed in the 1,340 km Tour of Britain - the first Brit to do so in 19 years. Mark Cavendish won two of the eight stages. Double Olympic champion Mo Farah

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Striker Steven Fletcher became the most expensive Scottish-born footballer ever when he joined Sunderland from Wolves for £14 million last month.

crowned a terrific year by winning the two-mile race at the annual City Games in Newcastle. Harlequins maintained their 100 per cent record by beating Sale 37-14 to retain top spot in Rugby’s Aviva Premiership. Sadly, Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence was one of three men killed when four people slipped into a slurry tank on a farm in Hillsborough, County Down. Warwickshire, who won cricket’s county championship for the first time since 2004, failed to complete the double, losing to Hampshire in the 40-overs final at Lords. Both teams scored 244 runs but Hants lost two fewer wickets, five against seven, and took the trophy on the last ball. Ex-England cricketer

BOXING RETURN: Ricky Hatton will return to boxing later this year. Andrew Flintoff is taking up boxing. Based in the Barry McGuigan camp, ‘Freddie’ will fight as a heavyweight, having his first bout in Manchester on November 30. Ricky Hatton (now 33) will return to boxing later this year. His last fight was in 2009 when he lost to Manny Pacquiao. Amir Khan and his longtime coach/trainer Freddie Roach have separated. Six-time world champion Steve Davis and Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh are under investigation by the snooker’s world governing body after Davis won 4-0

in a Players’ Tour championship match in Gloucester. Racehorse Camelot finished second in last Saturday’s St Leger race meeting and therefore failed to emulate Nijinsky’s 1970 feat of winning the treble. This weekend’s F1 Grand Prix takes place in Singapore. Last year it was Vettel first, Button second and Webber third. And the British touring car champion-ship continues at Rockingham with Matt Neal going for glory again.

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Axarquia 20 - 26 September 2012 Issue 1420  

News in English from the Costa del Sol. Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axarquia - Malaga East and Mallorca.

Axarquia 20 - 26 September 2012 Issue 1420  

News in English from the Costa del Sol. Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axarquia - Malaga East and Mallorca.