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27 SEPTEMBER - 3 OCTOBER 2012

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Fleeing mall thief is held A MAN was arrested at a shopping mall in Rincon de la Victoria by a Guardia Civil officer from Logroño in the North of Spain - as he was allegedly trying to escape after stealing money.

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LOWER LEVELS: Guadalhorce-Guadalteba reservoir is 68 per cent full.

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Praying for rain! Axarquia water stocks now 18pc lower

AXARQUIA local authorities will be praying for rain this winter. Despite some rainfall this week, reservoirs in Malaga Province which provide water for the Axarquia region are just 62.2 per cent full compared to almost 80 per cent this time last year. Now with signs of

increasingly autumnal weather, thoughts among the powers-thatbe are beginning to focus on reservoir levels, especially as figures just released show that Malaga Province had the fourth driest farming year (September 1 to August 31) for 70 years. As a result many wells - including in the Antequera district - are

running so low that health departments have ruled some water supplies unfit for human consumption, with water tankers now supplying local residents. Present reservoir water stocks in Malaga Province stand at 390hm3 (cubic hectometres), with the total held at the same time last year 497hm3.

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The province’s largest reservoir is GuadalhorceGuadalteba, which can hold 282hm3. It currently has stocks of just 193hm3. Total water stock capacity in the province is 627hm3. Reservoir levels are also lower in many regions of Spain, including Costa Blanca and Almeria.

THE first mortgage mediation office in the Axarquia has just been opened in Velez for families at risk of foreclosure. Sixty-three repossession orders are executed in the province every week.

Builder on trial THE trial of a building contractor who allegedly took upfront payments of €34,000 from 12 families for houses which were never built in VelezMalaga began yesterday (Wednesday).

Green seats BENCHES made of recycled materials are being installed in Nerja’s Huerto de las Monjas square.


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Axarquia ‘forgotten’ in investment plans AXARQUIA has been left out of investment and tourism plans, according to Velez’s mayor Francisco Delgado.

Last week, €32 million in funding for eight western municipalities in the Costa del Sol was announced by the tourism councillor of Andalucia.

In contrast, the €42.3 million originally planned for sustainable tourism in Axarquia up to 2013 has not quite materialised. “I am happy for the Western Costa del Sol, but I feel that the Government of Andalucia forgets about us,” said the mayor. “We are the poor brother in the province.” According to Delgado, only €4,283,347 has been invested in Axarquia out of the €43 million planned in the Initiative for Sustainable Tourism. “First the Socialist Party lied to us and now the coalition with Izquierda Unida has done it again,” he claimed. Axarquia also needs investment in order to LIVE GIG: Hip-hop/pop singer modernise its tourism Macaco to perform at the feria. offer, Delgado added.

Velez fair kicks off in style VELEZ-MALAGA’S feria started on Tuesday with an opening address by flamenco dancer Antonio Guerra.It will last until Sunday. Concerts are planned with hip-hop artist Macaco from Barcelona, and singer Antonio Cortes from Nerja who will give a charity concert on Saturday. The proceeds will go towards a new sculpture for religious group La Pollinica, Mayor Francisco Delgado said. A novelty at the feria will be a mixed bullfighting festival on Saturday, which will include fighting on horseback. On Friday, local artists will perform and a children’s show will take place on Sunday.

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Preventing flooding AS a measure to prevent flooding, Nerja Town Hall has requested that the regional government clean the river bed.

Tower plea THE watch tower at La Torrecilla Beach in Nerja needs to be restored, according to Beach Councillor Nieves Atencia, who says the town hall should seek funds from the regional government.

Figures fall MALAGA registered a 1.85 per cent drop in the number of foreigners registered for Social Security in August, according to official figures.

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The not so charitable debt of €70m

CHARITIES and non-government organisations (NGOs) are feeling the pinch to the tune of more than €70 million. And this is all the fault of some regional governments and at least 46 town halls that have failed so far to hand out payments, as promised, for various aid projects. While Andalucia owes a whopping €33 million in promised help, Cataluña has €13.5 million outstanding.

The CONGD, which co-ordinates donations, has now complained about the non-payment to the national ombudswoman, Soledad Becerril. Both autonomous governments recognise the delay, which they blame on lack of funds. Castilla-La Mancha and the Valencian Community owe a further €8.6 million and €6 million. The organisation is being ‘totally strangled’, according to the CONGD’s Pilar Molina. Payments are five

years late in some cases, putting 80 NGOs and more than 100 development plans at risk. Groups which have already advanced €33 million for projects do not know when the money will arrive. “We paid punctually until 2011,” protested Enrique Pablo Centella, director general of Andalucia’s overseas aid programme. “If the Junta has delayed payments, this is due to cash problems affecting all areas and not only development aid,” he said

Police motorbikes go green

ENTRANCE for 824 pupils to the Museum of Honey in Colmenar will be subsidised by Malaga’s Provincial Government.

Illegal homes THE regularisation of 10,000 illegal homes in Axarquia has been delayed by nine months due to technical and administrative hurdles, according to newspaper La Opinion.

Crop needs 007 CRAIG: Star of the new Bond movie, with Bardem (inset with Spanish wife Penelope Cruz) the main villain.

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AMES BOND will bounce back into action in cinemas throughout Spain next month... days after the UK nationwide release of his latest film. The new Skyfall film will be shown from October 31, just five days after its nationwide UK release in London. And starring alongside tuxedo-attired 007 Daniel Craig will be main villain Javier Bardem, the only Spanish actor to have won

an Oscar. His wife is Spain’s own Penelope Cruz. The latest Bond movie will mark 50 years since the first 007 film - Dr No - first hit cinema screens back in 1962. Since then five other actors plus Craig have played the Bond role, while various equally memorable actresses have appeared alongside as the nubile Bond girls in a total of 22 films.

Late TV soccer a foul error TELEVISING late-night football matches is a ‘grave error’ that affects productivity, a government minister has claimed. Starting important League matches at 11pm is ‘senseless’, Social Services and Equality Minister Juan Manuel Moreno told the Working Hours Rationalisation annual conference. “It disrupts fans’ normal habits and also means that children stay up longer than usual.” Moreno said there are several consequences to going late to bed, including increased stress and more work accidents. “Children get more tired next day, adults work less hard and productivity is affected,” he said.

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FIFTEEN Axarquia healthcare professionals have taken part in a training course after the area joined Andalucia’s transplant network, according to its organiser Sonia Ibañez.

A NEW English bilingual group is to be set up at secondary school Reyes Catolicos in Velez-Malaga to cope with demand.

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THE town hall in Rincon de la Victoria will use a fingerprint recognition system as of October to monitor workers, following Nerja’s example.

UP to 20,000 people visited Rincon de la Victoria for the Anchovy Day last weekend, according to the Local Police.

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TWO illegal phone antennae in Torre del Mar have been reported by residents after being hidden inside chimneys for five years.

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RINCON DE LA VICTORIA Local Police have purchased two new motorbikes which use less fuel to complement the fleet of six already in service.

NERJA’S Feria will open on October 10 with a speech by singer and tourism ambassador Antonio Cortes, according to reports.

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In the present circumstances, the worst thing is to divide forces, foster dissension, chase pipedreams, deepen wounds.’

King Juan Carlos, in a letter on his website after 1.5 million demonstrated in Barcelona to claim Catalonian independence.

Stolen copper wire recovered A MAN was arrested for allegedly stealing copper wiring from buildings in Rincon de la Victoria to sell them to scrapyards in Malaga. One hundred and ninety metres of cable were seized.

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people had to be evacuated from six towns in Valencia Province when a blaze raged in Chulilla municipality, bringing further summer wildfire grief to Spain.

A REQUEST to support the irrigation of 3,500 hectares of crops by the Guaro River has been submitted to Andalucia’s Parliament by Velez’s representative Antonia Ruiz.

Firm tribute TROPS was praised as an ‘exemplary company’ by Agriculture Minister Arias Cañete at the inauguration of its new plant in VelezMalaga on Friday.

Political row VELEZ’S mayor has reproached IU for wasting €600,000 on social events instead of fostering the economy, in response to its criticism of the mayor’s policies.

and finally... THE woman who badly damaged a 19th century fresco of Christ in a church near Zaragoza is now claiming royalties for her ‘restoration’ as the church has become a tourist attraction and is charging entrance fees. Ryanair has even set up a special route to visit the ‘masterpiece’. Lawyers say the woman will donate any payments to charity.


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Cleaning the River Chillar A CLEANING day at the River Chillar has been organised by Nerja Town Hall. For the second year, this spot in the area of Los Cahorros will be cleared of waste. The upper river bed is a popular hiking route in the summer and a lot of rubbish can accumulate alongside the river. Next Sunday, volunteers will meet at the parking area in Calle Mirto. Two groups will be organised to tackle different levels of difficulty. Another measure is the installation of a barrier at La Cantera zone, to be carried out by a local company, to prevent cars from parking in the restricted area.

‘Red tide’ brings the blues for fishermen SEAFOOD fishing is getting more and more difficult in Malaga. More than 20 days have passed since the recent suspension of activities due to the ‘red tide’, which is caused by toxic algal

blooms that pose a serious threat to marine life and are potentially harmful to humans. Meanwhile, fishermen have not yet received any EU help for last Christmas’s ‘red tide’. Brussels

released a total of €160,000, which reportedly has not reached them. Each fisherman should receive €100 for every day they cannot fish and ship owners €100 more per day of ‘red tide’, according to the guild patron in Caleta de Velez, Jose Luis Guerrero. Fuel and insurance price increases are also threatening the industry.

Statue defaced SING YOUR HEARTS OUT: Members of CoroXalia International Choir.

Choir returns after summer break

CORAXALIA International Choir, based in Venta Baja, has returned from its summer break. Professional tenor and music teacher Eusebio Pita is steering the choir to even greater achievements by using a selection of music designed to ‘inspire, challenge but most of all enjoy’. They are currently preparing for Christmas events. New members of all nationalities are always welcome to Thursday rehearsals. For more information contact Marisa or Sonia on 630 520 581, or see www.coraXalia.com.

INTRUDERS broke two fingers off the statue of the Virgen del Carmen in Rincon de la Victoria when stealing the sceptre she was holding. It is believed the perpetrators committed the act of vandalism while the church was open before or after mass, as there was no sign of a break-in.

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Speeding motorcyclist A MOTORCYCLIST caught on camera doing a wheelie at 103mph in Selby, North Yorkshire, was banned for 12 months and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Standards up THE proportion of 11-year-olds in England reaching the standard expected of them in reading and maths has risen by 3 and 4 per cent respectively, official figures show.

Suicide risk MIDDLE-AGED men in the UK are committing suicide in record numbers because they feel they cannot live up to society’s expectations, a new report has warned.


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Connecting Costa Tropical A NEW bus route from Motril to Malaga Airport was introduced this summer. The service is to be maintained with stops in other towns. Tourists and residents in Almuñecar, Salobreña, Nerja, Torrox Costa, Caleta de Velez and Torre del Mar will benefit from the new route. Company Alsa announced it will continue to operate the route between Granada and Malaga Airport during the summer period. The aim is to bring Granada’s Costa Tropical closer to Malaga flights.

Armed robbers target Malaga supermarket By Joe Chivers AN armed robbery at a Dia Maxi supermarket in Malaga City is under investigation.

Two young men, their faces concealed by motorcycle helmets, walked into the supermarket on Camino de los Almendrales at 10pm on Saturday.

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They threatened staff with a pistol and a large knife, demanding the day’s takings. It is understood the robbers chose this time because there is a higher turnover of cash at weekends, and there would be more takings than on other days of the week. It is estimated that between €3,000 and €3,500 was stolen. The robbers fled on a moped. The robbery bears similarities to one in La Malagueta earlier this month, when four raiders gained access to a Calle Andres Segovia. supermarket through a warehouse door, and threatened employees with knives and a pistol. The robbers fled on Mayor Juan Ruiz. motorbikes towards the El The works should be Palo neighbourhood. finished in a few weeks, No arrests have been in time for the 450th made in connection with anniversary of the either case at the time of Spanish navy shipwreck going to print. in the bay.

Roadworks begin

RENOVATION work on Calle Andres Segovia in La Herradura (Almuñecar) started this week. In addition to replacing the pavement,

ramps will be built to improve access. “The pavement is 40 years old and successive asphalt layers have almost levelled it to the street,” said Deputy

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Catch me if you can AN unemployed 32year-old man faces charges of compromising air traffic and abuse of official titles after he allegedly disguised himself as a pilot and sat in the cockpit of a commercial flight from Germany to Italy on Air Dolomiti.

Railway first GERMAN trains will be made in Poland for the first time ever, the national railway company Deutsche Bahn has announced.

War bomb HUNDREDS of people were evacuated in the western town of Viersen before a Second World War bomb was blown up by experts.


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REDUCED: September room-rates have fallen in coastal hotels.

Cheaper hotels COASTAL hotel resorts in Spain are now cheaper, although the national average room-rate rose in September. This month, an overnight stay in a Spanish hotel may cost around €108, higher than July and August rates. But prices in coastal hotels, although still costly, have been notably reduced. These are some of the findings in September’s Trivago Hotel Price Index, a monthly analysis of hotel prices from the top internet browsed European and Spanish cities. Prices are for standard double rooms. Sevilla and Madrid are the most expensive interior cities, hiking prices from August to September by 56 and 35 per cent to an average rate of €103 and €104, respectively.

In the cities of Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, hotel prices have decreased by 8.5, 8 and 5 per cent. While the capitals of Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol offer average rates of €74 and €92, Palma ranks third in the most expensive cities in Spain after San Sebastian and Barcelona, with an average of €140. Murcia has one of the lowest average hotel prices at €60. The main European cities are following the same trend, with prices remarkably lifted, for example, Paris, Brussels and Berlin (+48 per cent) and Rome (+42 per cent). Flying to London, however, is now 11 per cent cheaper. Blame it on the Olympics!

SWEDEN – A child psychiatrist in Örebro (Central Sweden) was fired after he reportedly sent a traumatised girl to be cured by a medium.

Princess dies NORWAY – Princess Ragnhild of Norway, first child of Crown Prince Olav, has died at the age of 82 at her home in Rio de Janeiro.

Police raid DENMARK – More than 100 members of Hells Angels and Bandidos biker gangs were arrested by the police in the eastern isle of Zealand to prevent a violent conflict.


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THE TEAM: (From left) Amanda Best, Keith Spitalnick, Carlie Reid and Kelly Eason.

the leading international foreign exchange and money transfer services company, have opened their newest office at Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucia. More than 300 guests, both Spanish and international partners and clients, attended the opening on Friday. Real estate agents, lawyers, financial advisors, relocation companies as well as the Press and media were all well represented, joining leading figures from the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and the British Vice Consul from the British Consulate in Malaga, Rosslyn Crotty. The HiFX team in Spain were accompanied by founding partners Laurence Butcher and Shaun Taylor, who commented that the opening of the new office was an important part of the group’s commitment to the ex-pat community, which they are very proud to serve. Guests were treated to HiFX cocktails, created in the company’s brand colours by Yanx restaurant especially for the occasion to ensure the conversation flowed all evening as well as wines, beers and soft drinks.To tempt the taste buds there was a generous selection of sushi and other tasty appetizers including Crab and Caviar Bellinis, Beef Fillet Sticks and Raspberry and Mascarpone Tartlets with Belgian Chocolate! Renowned ‘Cortador de Jamón’ or ‘Iberian Ham Cutter’ Pedro M Polvillo showcased his truly artistic technique by cutting two whole legs of ham for the crowd by hand – a performance in itself – educating the audience on how to appreciate several different tastes and flavours from the same

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Stat of week Cement sales fell 34.25 per cent to 9.56 million tons between January and September. Consumption for 2012 is estimated at 14 million tons, the lowest since 1964.

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Wage deals for bosses lead way BOSSES’ pay packets continue to rise faster than workers’ salaries. But the days of fat-cat wage rises are clearly over, with an average 2.4 per cent increase for management this year. The average salary for employees meanwhile has risen 2.2 per cent this year, compared with 2.5 per cent in 2011. With the indicated rises - following a survey of 300 firms - likely to be lower

than this year’s estimated inflation, it demonstrates all employees have lost purchasing power, claimed Rafael Barrilero of investment consultants, Mercer. The good news, according to Barrilero, is that with inflation higher than salary increases, Spain is responding positively to international organisations’ calls for greater productivity. “Now no-one can give us lessons,” Barrilero said. In the European Union only Portugal, Greece, Ireland and Switzerland have registered lower salary increases than Spain’s. Spanish companies are also tying incentives to results, he said. If their A SPANISH architect has designed a museum in Kabul to forecasts are met, they showcase a collection of centuries-old Afghan treasures. can then provide higher America has committed $5 million to the project. performance bonuses without committing to higher wages, he said. AUGUST online sales in the UK recorded their Salary increases will worst monthly performance in nearly five years, continue to be modest tarnished by people watching the Olympics on next year with rises of television instead of shopping on the internet. around 2 per cent, Barrilero believes and, again, will not be pegged to inflation. MORE millionaires live in the Asia Pacific region than The number of North America for the first time, with 3.37 million high net companies applying a worth individuals in 2011, compared to 3.35m in the US. wage freeze would drop from the current 16 per cent of the total to 5 per cent, Barrilero said. A WASHINGTON DC restaurant is selling hamburgers He also predicted that named after President Obama, Vice President Biden, it will take until next year Republican challenger Romney and his running mate for the PP’s labour Paul Ryan. reforms to be reflected in national statistics.

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HOMELY SURROUNDS: But mortgage payment concerns ongoing.

AN ESTIMATED 120,000 families in Spain are expected to stop paying their mortgages over the next two years. Many banks that lent money to families now in difficulties have received – or will get – public money, pointed out the ANPB, an agency that advises on bank products. The government should oblige nationalised banks to help borrowers by refinancing their loans, the agency claimed. “Paradoxically, families with financial problems are also contributing with taxes towards the bank rescue,” said a spokesman. “On the other hand, all they get from the banks are demands for prompt payment.” It is ‘incomprehensible’ that rescued banks do not respond with more understanding and flexibility towards these families, the agency said.

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SUPERMARKET SURPRISE: A men-only aisle!

MEN generally dislike supermarket shopping the world over. But now a New York supermarket has created what is thought to be a global first with an aisle specially for men. Selling beer, razors, condoms and other male items, it remains to be seen if the US launch takes on elsewhere, including Spain.


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Was community legally set up without full vote or agenda?

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IN the book You and the Law in Spain, I believe you state that a unanimous vote is necessary when a community is set up in order to make it

legal. At our meeting the ‘self-elected’ president cast a number of proxy votes from other owners. In fact, only 13 votes were cast out of a total of 20 properties. No agenda was set, but the decision was taken to set the community charges based on the number of square metres of each You and the property. I have the largest plot Law in Spain and therefore pay the most By David Searl - over €900 - and I have been unsuccessful in trying to get this changed. I have two questions: 1. Has the community been set up legally? 2. Is it possible to opt out of the community and perhaps pay a 1/20th portion of the electricity bill for the street lighting? P A (Costa Blanca)

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Bristol hopes to cash in on currency BRISTOL has launched its own currency in an attempt to turn around the fortunes of city retailers by boosting the local economy.

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FINANCIAL workers saw bonuses fall to averages of £12,000 (€15,000) last year, a drop of about 11 per cent

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THE nation’s largest spy service unveiled an online security competition open to all Britons to identify future espionage recruits and raise awareness of cyber attacks.

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HOUSE prices outside London will not rise for at least another year as unemployment stays high and bank lending conditions remain restrictive, a poll has forecast.

BP closed a Norwegian oil and gas field six days after a potentially dangerous leak forced an emergency initial brief shutdown of the facility

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Costly throw A NEW ZEALAND man threw away a winning lottery ticket worth $22.5 million (€17.3m) after reading the wrong results and thinking it was useless.

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I cannot be sure without more information whether your community is legal or not. A fully legal community has a set of statutes that are the constitution. These are registered in a special section of the Property Registry, as the community itself owns property, including the streets, gardens, drains, lifts and other elements. These statutes also give each owner’s ‘cuota’, i.e. share of the expenses. A community is ruled by Horizontal Law and may also have its own particular statutes. Further, the cuotas of a community are almost always based on the size of the properties. Most new communities are set up and registered by the developer, so a unanimous vote is not the only way. Even if your community does not meet these requirements, a court will allow it to act as a legal body. They will regard the dubious voting procedures and failure to register only as ‘irregularities’ that should be remedied. This means that you cannot opt out. If you do so, the community can go to court to force you to participate. 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.

Swallow this SHOPPING SPREE: But many young now make a point of trying to save.

Squeeze sees young put extra in savings IN the ongoing hard times - perhaps somewhat surprisingly - 35 per cent of UK residents aged 18-24 have increased the amount they save. Although overall the economic downturn has seen 20 per cent British increase the amount they save, almost twice as many among the young group put something by for the future. Additionally since the recession hit globally, attitude to debt has drastically changed, with as many as 70 per cent of UK consumers saying they try not to borrow or use credit. Meanwhile, more than 40 per cent have actively taken steps to reduce their debts, rising to more than half in the 35-44 age bracket. In addition, three-quarters of all people in the UK say that they are keeping a closer eye on their finances, showing just how many of today’s consumers want to be as prudent and

financially savvy as possible. Latest research by Mintel, a consumer and research company with offices in London and throughout the world, also shows that most people in the UK see themselves as responsible users of credit, with 68 per cent claiming to use credit prudently. Deborah Osguthorpe, Head of UK Financial Services Research for Mintel, said: “This latest research highlights a significant shift in the nation’s attitude towards credit, and a shift in generational attitudes. “While previous years saw credit easy to come by with less stigma attached to borrowing, growing up in a legacy of economic crisis has forced a new generation to reassess and reevaluate their attitude towards debt.” Credit cards are the most common type of unsecured debt held with 43 per cent of Britons having one. Mortgage (29 per cent), Current Account Overdraft Facility (24 per GOLD BARS and coins valued at $7m cent), Store Card (11 per (€5.69m) were discovered at the home cent) and Unsecured of a man who neighbours believed died Personal Loan (11 per in poverty in Nevada, US. cent) make up the remaining top five.

A rich but deadly find

A CHINAMAN accused of swallowing a diamond worth $13,600 at a Sri Lankan jewellery show ingested a fake stone in a bluff to allow the real thief to escape.

Fatal tipple SLOVAKIA banned the import and sale of Czech spirits after 22 people died from drinking bootleg vodka and rum.

Porn recall A US movie studio is recalling pornographic DVDs with titles and packaging mimicking Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after the company sued for trademark infringe-ment.

Dylan museum A BOB DYLAN fan who bought the singer’s childhood US home in Minnesota on ebay for $82,000 (€65,600) will open it as a museum following renovations.

Tasty trial FAST-FOOD chain McDonald’s plans to add McNoodle Asian noodle boxes to its menu for a two to three month trial, but only in Austria.


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www.euroweeklynews.com COUNTRIES across Europe have been stepping up their fight against tax evasion in order to make sure they receive all monies due from their taxpayers, including on capital held abroad. While European efforts against hidden offshore assets go back well over 10 years, the international crackdown intensified after the financial crisis hit in 2008, with the G20 declaring war on tax havens and banking secrecy. Local tax authorities have been receiving increasing amounts of information on offshore bank accounts over recent years, and from a variety of sources including, controversially, stolen client data. Countries like the UK, Spain, France and Germany have been using the data to track down tax evaders and start to collect unpaid tax. In the UK, this summer HM Revenue & Customs had its most successful prosecution to date. A millionaire property developer from Berkshire, Michael Shanly, was found guilty of using an undisclosed Swiss bank account to evade tax, and was made to pay around £830,000 as a result. The back tax amounted to £430,000, but on top of this he had to pay £400,000 in penalties and costs. HMRC commented: “He thought [the bank account] was out of reach of HMRC and

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Wake Up Call For Tax Evaders hoped we would never find it. However, we discovered it, and he will pay a heavy penalty.” Choosing not to declare offshore assets is very high risk these days, and this case is a lesson of what can – and does – go wrong. In some cases it can also include a prison sentence. Even if you somehow get away with it, your heirs will be left to face the consequences when they inherit your money. Blevins Franks believes that tax planning is an important part of protecting your wealth, and only recommends compliant and approved tax mitigation strategies. We take both the UK and local rules of Spain into consideration when making our recommendations. The UK revenue pointed out that it had offered disclosure facilities in 2008 and 2010, where people with undeclared offshore assets could come forward and pay the tax due in return for leniency over penalties. Shanly did not take up either opportunity. HMRC confirmed that Shanly’s Swiss bank account was discovered when it received information about UK taxpayers with HSBC Geneva accounts in 2010.

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The data had been stolen by a former employee of HSBC Geneva and handed over to the French tax authorities, who in turn passed the names of UK taxpayers over to their British counterparts. This is part of the routine exchange of information we are seeing across Europe these days. It is believed that there were 6,000 British names on the list and last year HMRC wrote to 1,000 of them, offering them an opportunity to come forward and disclose their tax liabilities. HMRC had been waiting for a successful high profile tax evasion case to draw attention to the consequences of hiding money offshore. Shanly may not be as high profile as football manager Harry Rednapp, who was unsuccessfully tried earlier this year, but he is a successful businessman who

features on The Sunday Times’ Rich List. This is not just a one-off warning to other tax evaders; this is likely to just be the first on a list of court cases. An HMRC statement confirmed that its criminal investigators are continuing to review the information they have already received and that further prosecutions are likely. It receives information from various sources and works with partner agencies in the UK and abroad. David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said that the case “proves that the Government will track down and take action against those who try to get out of paying the tax they owe.” He added: “The message is clear: even if you try to hide money abroad, HMRC will find you.” This is a common message around Europe. France introduced new controls on tax evasion earlier this year. German and French tax authorities have launched raids into Swiss bank clients and employees as part of their crackdown. They have both benefited from stolen client data, as has Spain. It is believed that 3,000 Spanish taxpayers were on the HSBC Geneva list. Last year it was

reported that Spain had already collected €300m as a result, with some people choosing to come forward voluntarily. Spain has also now launched a ‘voluntary disclosure facility’ which is running until November. Taxpayers will only need to pay a one-off 10% levy on the value of all their undeclared assets. The government has promised to get tough on anyone who does not take this opportunity to regularise hidden offshore assets, and the UK case is an example of what the consequences can be. Tax planning has become something of a minefield over recent years. It is often still possible to successfully lower your tax liabilities on your savings, investments, wealth and estate, but you do need to take professional advice from an experienced international tax advisory firm like Blevins Franks. They keep on top of all the frequent changes in tax regulations to ensure your tax planning is both as effective as it can be and fully legitimate. 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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1089.00

-1.00

-0.09

69.08

Aggreko PLC

2342.50

-5.00

-0.21

117.85

AMEC PLC

1157.00

-15.28

-1.30

411.90

Anglo American PLC

1874.50

-63.00

-3.25

1,885.62

Antofagasta PLC

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1.25400 Units per €

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414.41

ARM Holdings PLC

574.00

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561.30

Ashmore Group PLC

347.00

1.76

0.51

558.13

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3.00

0.23

275.07

British American Tobacco 3217.00

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-0.20

British Land Co PLC

524.75

-1.50

British Sky Broadcasting

734.75

1.75

AstraZeneca PLC Aviva PLC

2962.50

20.00

0.68

797.41

327.65

-0.55

-0.17

3,513.62

Babcock International

921.50

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169.90

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

335.45

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3,913.19

Barclays PLC

219.75

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-1.79

10,621.66

BG Group PLC

1243.75

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1,977.65

BHP Billiton PLC

1930.50

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-1.33

442.50

1.50

0.34

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BT Group PLC

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906.69

1229.50

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351.78

Croda International PLC 2408.00

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58.14

1721.50

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-0.06

972.66

328.20

-16.10

-4.67

1,380.84 881.98

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261.55

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Experian PLC

1025.50

-6.00

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308.29

698.23

Fresnillo PLC

1770.00

-63.00

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351.81

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656.93

G4S PLC

266.20

-2.40

-0.89

694.69

0.24

1,274.46

GKN PLC

219.75

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-2.74

1,596.44

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

1447.50

10.08

0.70

2,101.51

231.85

-0.04

-0.02

5,126.65

Bunzl PLC

1099.50

-4.00

-0.36

133.89

Glencore International

352.38

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8,657.22

Burberry Group PLC

1031.50

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-0.41

653.03

Hammerson PLC

449.45

1.00

0.22

617.46

Capita PLC

774.25

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-0.39

631.23

Hargreaves Lansdown

633.50

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70.45

2,097.24

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270.40

HSBC Holdings PLC

582.95

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5,069.09

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Carnival PLC

2261.00

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64.83

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338.95

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379.49

IMI PLC

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370.06

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0.37

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157.45

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-0.44

917.76

2746.50

-28.00

-1.01

40.00

88.40

-1.60

-1.78

4,092.35

Intertek Group PLC ITV PLC Johnson Matthey PLC

2483.00

-47.00

-1.86

125.63

Kazakhmys PLC

711.00

-18.50

-2.54

893.34

Kingfisher PLC

1,798.46

269.90

-3.18

-1.16

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-3.00

-0.39

359.20

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134.20

-1.20

-0.89

1,378.62

Lloyds Banking Group PLC 39.92

-0.25

-0.62

49,732.40

Marks & Spencer Group

368.20

-3.44

-0.93

1,148.69

Meggitt PLC

396.75

-5.80

-1.44

495.77

Morrison Supermarkets

294.05

0.10

0.03

1,112.07 1,747.44

National Grid PLC

687.00

0.65

0.09

3419.00

-31.00

-0.90

133.50

172.80

-0.90

-0.52

1,469.31

1215.50

-2.00

-0.16

536.35

747.25

1.50

0.20

201.26

1617.50

-17.00

-1.04

243.81

Polymetal International 1082.50

1.00

0.09

191.27

816.00

-10.00

-1.21

765.09

Randgold Resources Ltd 7412.50

-110.00

-1.46

167.56

Reckitt Benckiser Group 3613.00

14.00

0.39

456.65

Reed Elsevier PLC

599.25

-8.00

-1.32

1,540.42

Resolution Ltd

221.80

-2.70

-1.20

643.32

REXAM PLC

437.15

0.70

0.16

750.34

Rio Tinto PLC

2979.00

-62.00

-2.04

2,142.14

Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC 850.00

-8.50

-0.99

1,421.43

Royal Bank of Scotland

270.50

-5.20

-1.89

3,638.98

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

2257.50

-3.00

-0.13

762.32

RSA Insurance Group PLC 118.90

-0.31

-0.26

3,375.70

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Pearson PLC Pennon Group PLC Petrofac Ltd Prudential PLC

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

2699.50

-1.75

-0.06

366.86

317.90

-6.80

-2.09

1,174.60 2,646.35

346.20

1.40

0.41

1552.00

-8.00

-0.51

84.24

Serco Group PLC

588.75

-5.00

-0.84

197.19

Severn Trent PLC

1737.00

5.00

0.29

123.44

Shire PLC

1828.00

14.00

0.77

374.86

Schroders PLC

Smith & Nephew PLC

691.00

5.00

0.73

422.00

Smiths Group PLC

1047.00

3.00

0.29

216.43

SSE PLC

1395.50

-1.00

-0.07

479.41

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-14.00

-0.94

1,455.21

Standard Life PLC

276.80

-1.80

-0.65

655.78

Tate & Lyle PLC

659.00

-1.00

-0.15

584.76

Tesco PLC

337.07

-2.85

-0.84

4,415.13

Tullow Oil PLC

1377.50

-2.00

-0.14

226.25

Unilever PLC

2282.50

-9.38

-0.41

554.09

723.25

1.42

0.20

1,047.57

Vedanta Resources PLC 1053.00

United Utilities Group

-33.00

-3.04

1,259.43

177.28

-1.15

-0.64

18,669.32

Weir Group PLC

1742.00

-28.12

-1.59

353.38

Whitbread PLC

2276.50

-5.00

-0.22

141.22

Wolseley PLC

Vodafone Group PLC

2680.00

-38.00

-1.40

551.16

WPP PLC

866.25

-3.91

-0.45

1,163.22

Xstrata PLC

990.80

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Horse lover looks to expand rescue centres across Spain Saving horses’ lives and educating youngsters to help eradicate animal mistreatment are top priorities for Sue Weeding. Gemma Quinn reports. You are co-founder of Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales. How did it start? Within three months of moving into our finca we had acquired two horses left after their owner had died. Then in October 2008 we were alerted to Luceiro who had lost an eye and was left in a semi-dark stable with just enough food pushed through the bars for nearly a year. We saved him from the butcher’s knife and the centre was created! How many horses have you rescued? Fifty-nine, but we have re-homed many more, plus numerous dogs,

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THREE men defied their captors in the besieged Spanish parliament during the 1981 attempted coup. They were Communist Santiago Carillo, Adolfo Suarez and Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, an army general committed to democracy. Following Carillo’s recent death, aged 97, King Juan Carlos said he was ‘fundamental’ to democracy. But so too was consensus amongst radically different factions. Today’s crisis-ridden politicians should take note.

Still speaking out ESPERANZA AGUIRRE, President of the Madrid region, has resigned for reasons valid to a woman of 60 operated on for cancer last year. She did, however, hint that she would continue to state her views publicly. Famed for her bluntness, Aguirre is no fan of Rajoy’s and her antipathy towards

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SOMEONE released 30 Chinese lanterns from the vicinity of Fuengirola’s castle. These were carried by the wind inland. They are powered by a naked flame and sometimes when they land they are still burning. In many parts of the world they are forbidden including Brazil, Austria, Australia and most of Germany. It beggars belief that after the worst forest fires in decades which caused tragedy, misery and hardship for so many people, not forgetting the extreme danger to all of the firefighters who do their utmost to protect us all, that someone could be so irresponsible. Surely these flaming lanterns should be prohibited before they start a fire. Tony Hadland, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Down to skills WHILE there is high unemployment in Spain and people these days have less of a chance of finding work ( Issue 1420), many employers are still finding it hard to fill positions. It all boils down to skill sets. The number one requirement is often languages. As such, it is vital that this is given priority in schools so that Spanish children are fluent in English and expats living in Spain are fluent in Spanish. A third language would also be beneficial. Likewise, these days it would seem best to make a return to apprenticeship style learning practices for those who cannot afford to go to university. J H, Calvia (Mallorca)

Looking good THE outlook for Javea’s promenade is looking brighter for good reason. The promenade itself comes under the control of the authorities in Valencia. Under a central government scheme, money has at last been allocated to brighten this key local feature; this despite many years of Javea pleading for this work to be undertaken. So it is Valencia which has agreed that this work can now be done, in an effort to maintain

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LIFE AFLOAT: A photo of a handsome male white-headed duck I took at the lake near Vera.

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Javea’s vital tourist industry. The local council has done a good job in this, as with so much else in the last year or so, to make sure the necessary work would be undertaken AFTER this summer’s peak tourist season. Yes, there is much else that still needs to be done but, with limited resources, the local council is reckoned to be doing a very good job. Tim Ladd, Javea (Alicante)

Chilly thought IN regards to the Winter Fuel Allowance and R G Waugh’s comments ( Issue 1420 ) that expats in Spain should receive it. If expats in Spain get this allowance, then people in Scotland should all get an all-year-round heating allowance as we need the heating on even in the summer. Jim Watson, Kilmarnock (Scotland)

Dubbing down IN response to Richard McBride’s comments on dubbing on TV (Issue 1419).

While less dubbing would increase English language ability, many Spanish have less education than the rest of the European Union. This is especially the case for the over 50s, some of whom have problems reading and writing. These people would not have enough time to read the subtitled text before the next lines pop up on the screen. Jack Warner, London/Almeria

Smoke signals IN regards to Spain relaxing antismoking laws for EuroVegas casino (Nicolas Romero, Letters, Issue 1420). It would only be unfair if it was the only casino where smoking is allowed. If the rule is changed to allow smoking in all casinos, this could only be beneficial for business. Look at Singapore where smoking is banned in most enclosed places, with the exception of in the two casinos which opened two years ago. However, I would suggest having a requirement attached to smoking being allowed in these establishments in Spain - a sectioned area with separate airconditioning. L Burke, Benidorm (Alicante)

Fuel for thought THERE appears to be a developing problem of contamination of fuel, both diesel and petrol.

Axarquía - Málaga East In my case within one kilometre of filling the tank with petrol, warning lights came on and the engine became ‘lumpy’ and started ‘missing’. Speaking to a local mechanic he said he had four cases of what appeared to be contaminated fuel in one week. And at the garage where my car has gone for repair the mechanic stated that fuel problems were common in the Albox area. Fuel contamination can cause serious damage including engine seizure and major expense. I suggest motorists only purchase fuel from reputable suppliers and garages that they know. It is almost impossible to prove a case against a particular garage unless the Guardia Civil check the tanks of the supplier. Arthur White, Velez Rubio (Almeria)

Golden rule TRUE believers shouldn’t kill ‘in the Name of God’. However, history repeats itself ad infinitum in its contradictions regarding human applications to religious tenets to the point where ‘blasphemy’ is now considered by some zealots to be more heinous than ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’. All religions and their respective ‘churches’ are organisations and structures made by human beings, with their intrinsic defects and failings. Personally, and I am agnostic, I prefer The Golden Rule, which almost never fails - unless you’re a masochist! - ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. This simple rule automatically eliminates ‘problems’ regarding customs, gender, race, nationalities, sexual preferences (Gay Rights), etc. It is not difficult to apply and practise. Richard McBride, Benidorm (Alicante)

Lifestyle hope IN response to Mr Mullin’s letter ‘Night Discord’ ( Issue 1419 ) I wonder how he would like to live above a bar open 20 hours a day, seven days a week. Any ‘discreet word’ is met with aggressiveness so when I ring the police after the bar flaunts the regulations, yet again, I do not think of myself as a ‘grass’ but as a homeowner trying to make my life a little more bearable. Raymond Langhorn, Vera (Almeria)

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human life. The reason for life is life itself and we will continue our awesome journey until the created once again evolves to become the creator. Spiritualists believe that to achieve this, we have to endure every human experience. This can take as many as 800 lives. So ya see, at some time or another, we’ll all be everybody else! When you look at our physical manifestation from this angle, there is only one lesson that is truly worth the learning. The lesson is how to love your neighbour. Hatred is a totally negative and utter waste of time – as is suicide. Time and love are our most precious gifts. When we are in our ethereal state, Spiritualists believe it is pure love that binds our souls together. We experience a much diluted form of this when we fall in love with each other during our physical existence. And you know how wonderful even that tiny dose can make you feel. Can you imagine how awesome love must be in its purest form? Sure beats unlimited virgins! It’s all a game, lighten up. Enjoy. Keep the Faith Love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com

I SUPPOSE we have to suffer Leapy’s occasional rushes of blood to the head. Why can’t he come clean and say it’s the Muslims he’s talking about (Issue 1420)? Didn’t he cheer when a Muslim from Somalia won us two gold medals at the Olympics? And wasn’t he touched by Mo’s humble bow to the earth to thank God for his success? Please, Leapy, think before you generalise! Bill Campbell, email

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Y goodness, last week’s piece certainly did jangle a few nerve endings. Most of your reactions were extremely positive but some did, as usual, take a firm grip of the stick’s wrong end. EAPY EE I’m not antiMuslim, antiSAYS IT Christian, antiOTHERS THINK IT Jewish or indeed, anti any religion or belief. I’m a spiritualist. As a follower of the Tao I believe in ‘all that is’. I wasn’t pressured to enter into my beliefs by some cult, or holier than thou’s doctrine. Some 40 years ago, spiritualism became my path to enlightenment when I realised I had actually been practising the faith for many years. Believing in ‘all that is’ means to literally accept everything that ‘ALL THAT IS’: The belief and acceptance of everything that exists. exists. And I do. To my mind it is quite ridiculous Indeed, the Koran teaches its can convert, the more secure they to deny any aspect of our followers that it is their duty to feel. Desperate to have God on existence. What I do object to, convert the whole world to Islam - their side, they think that the however, is having someone else’s by whatever means available. This greater their numbers the more beliefs thrust upon me. I find totally unacceptable, as chances he will be on their side. Unfortunately, Islam, along with should any free-thinking person. What a load of total baloney. the likes of Jehovah’s Witnesses, The reason all these aggressive When the time of reckoning is nigh, Scientology and so forth, are religions and cults are so fanatical the creator of ‘all that is’ won’t, I’m constantly trying to force their about their crusades, is that they sure, be asking whether we were ideals and religious views on are, of course, basically insecure; Ephesians or followers of Jainism. others. therefore, the more people they There is no exalted purpose to

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AS ever Leapy, you’re spot on again about the PC way everyone has to pussyfoot around (Issue 1420). Let’s get our lads and lasses out of the Middle East NOW! We will achieve nothing; they are not ready to be westernised or be part of the world ‘brotherhood’! Alan Meyern, Murcia

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ARDLY a week goes by without some B & B owner suing TripAdvisor, the travel website, for ‘malicious’ and ‘fake’ reviews about his business. Now, with regard to TripAdvisor, I only go there for one thing – no, not that! – and generally find it. I’ve regularly contributed and, am happy to say, have rarely had to comment, but if I do, I make sure it’s valid and constructive. If I want to know about a hotel, I’ll read the comments and if there are the odd moaners, I’ve learnt to disregard them as they are the type of people, usually, who will moan about anything and nothing. (You can usually spot them, anyway, because their comments are about 1,000 words long and full of capital letters and exclamation marks.) As a result, I’ve rarely been disappointed. In fact, I questioned one hotelier about a particularly scathing moan – it was from a woman about the ‘dirty’ shades of paint on her bedroom wall. “Too grey, too gloomy, too funereal.” Which reminds me of a lovely hotel I once stayed in. Obliging staff, great location

Fifty shades of grey 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.

HOTEL ROOMS: The reviews on TripAdvisor are usually more accurate than the opinion of some TV celebrity. in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Noticed on TripAdvisor it had been slated for having a city view from the bedroom window. What the **** do you expect from a city-centre hotel? Rolling plains and herds of wildebeest? Or to adapt Basil Fawlty to deaf guest Mrs Richards, Australia’s coral reefs or Niagara Falls? Clearly, TripAdvisor isn’t infallible, but it’s usually more accurate than the opinion of some TV celebrity who’s been

given VIP treatment by the hotel/tour operator who paid for his trip. For instance, I recently read a review by a TV presenter - I won’t embarrass him by naming him - of a hotel I know really well where he claimed there were only twin beds – categorically no doubles. Totally inaccurate! Just a slip up but,

nonetheless, an example where wrong information was published. But if you’re being paid by a hotel group to review one hotel in its portfolio and you wouldn’t say no to reviewing another, are you going to include warts and all? No, me neither! You’ll conveniently gloss over that skyscraper hotel being constructed next

door and puff up the excellent, personal service you received as a ‘celebrity’.

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FRIEND was complimenting me on my last column (always a pleasure to hear) and she noted that just as she was ‘really getting into it’, it ended. When writing for magazines or newspapers one is restricted by word length. In many cases this is a good thing as it focuses the mind and prevents bottom-numbing boredom for the reader (something Tolstoy should have considered when writing War and Peace; that and employing a ruthless editor). So with my self-esteem in place and my head in the clouds I sauntered off to consider her comments, and was promptly waylaid by a tenuous thought related to last week’s piece about Darwin. For wasn’t my friend’s comment exactly what we believe about our span of life. Darwin writes of rational thought, one of the cruel by-products of which is the explicit knowledge that we all die, every one of us. Paradoxically one tends to think about death more often when younger, when statistically it is less likely to

Death does not become her Suzanne Manners Suzanne has a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and an MA in Writing from Lancaster University. She is currently teaching in Alicante and writing a book for teenagers (which doesn’t have a vampire as its central character).

happen. I remember the changing faces on my bedroom wall, from the prone, feminine form of the poet Thomas Chatterton to the grunge-eyed stare of Kurt Cobain. To the very young, death is glamorous. “It is better to burn out than fade away,” Cobain wrote in

KURT COBAIN: “Better to burn out than fade away.”

his suicide note. I agreed with that sentiment when I was a serious stick-up-ass art student, but now as a woman of a certain age I would much rather fade away, slowly, for centuries if possible (and with an equally slow to fade George Clooney).

From James Dean to Heath Ledger, the tragedy of a young death has elevated the perceived talent of many artists, actors, writers and poets. The name Chatterton and his death portrait by Henry Wallis are better known than the few, overly

romantic poems that he wrote. In contrast, Mozart, who also died young, is well known for his incredible talent and the heartbreaking genius of his music, which is exactly how it should be. Real genius doesn’t need an early death to define it.

As far as death goes I’m of the same mind as Woody Allen; I know it’ll happen eventually I just don’t want to be there when it does. My experience of a friend’s death at a young age put me off forever. Early death is tragic, dirty and unfair. Death is a bastard with many nasty tricks up his sleeve. His victims are not all pale-faced and tortured, faces beautifully lit, gentle tears rolling down smooth, creamy skin, listening to the distant sound of a mournful saxophone as they expire. Death is brutal and sad. Cobain blew his head off, Chatterton drank arsenic which turned his face blue, and Jim Morrison choked on his own vomit. Not very romantic, is it? The reality of young death should disavow us of its romanticism. Death sucks and if you’re a vampire, it really sucks. If someone asked me to press an immortality button I would, without a second thought. I know it won’t happen, so I put the knowledge of my inevitable death to the back of my mind and continue to sweat the small things instead. It’s easier.

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SOMETIMES wonder just who did win the Spanish Civil War. There are still strong feelings held by either side 75 years after the Republicans were routed by the nationalist armies of General Franco. If one was to read this week’s edition of El Pais, Spain’s flagship daily, one might conclude the Republicans had won; they certainly won the propaganda war. Being defied twice over is the recently deceased 97-year old former leader of the Spanish Communist Party, Santiago Carrillo. Airbrushed out of the eulogies is any mention of the terrible carnage and suffering endured by civilians and the Church by that Party’s terror tactics during that awful conflict.

The Church is not sanctified Being an agnostic isn’t the same as being an atheist; I simply do not know.

Images of Spain By Mike Walsh CONFLICT: The Republicans won the propaganda war.

www.michaelwalsh.es What I do know, from personal experience, is that the Church and those representing it can be anything but sanctified. I am currently ghost-writing a book titled ‘Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing’. It is

an insider’s rather bleak view of financial and moral corruption in Christian missionaries abroad. It follows two similar theme bios; one concerning the brotherhood in Ireland, the other in the South Sea Islands. So imagine my thoughts when I read that the brotherhood

of Granada’s Virgin de las Angustas has apologised after expelling a 15year old for having her skirt too short. They have now apologised. Might I suggest their memories are also too short; the Church would be better employed doing a little inward looking.

Does life mean life? HE recently celebrated his 45th birthday; however, Juan José Garfia Rodríguez is not in such a celebratory mood when contemplating his navel as he recalls his record so far. He has been convicted of three murders, five armed holdups, and has spent 26 years in prison. He kidnapped a lieutenantcolonel; played a part in 10 prison mutinies, made two failed escape attempts, and has been on hunger strike. I wonder just what you have to do to get life that means life behind bars in Spain.

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CANINE in Spain may belong to the same species as one in, say, Japan, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at them. While I don’t need to brief you on the savage barking of a Pastor Mallorquin or Alsatian in the land of sangria and sun, you may not know that Japanese Fido is fully-dressed in Burberry clothes, wears nail polish and gets pushed around the shiny streets of Tokyo in prams. A bit of a shock for any foreigner leaning in to admire the newborn, only to find it has fangs and a heavy drool. I didn’t realise quite how many dog owners there were here until passing through the admirable SOS Animal Fundraiser fair in Puerto Portals the other week. Every Tom, Dick and Harry - and the odd José was there parading mutts and pedigrees in equal measure, all loved and cared for, though it was one occasion to keep your eyes closely peeled on the usually spotless streets of the port. Back in the land of the rising sun, dog owners scrupulously pick up any offending deposit and even wash down pee, as required by law, with a bottle of Evian - albeit leaving the choice of water to the discretion of the

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JAPANESE STYLE: It is not uncommon for dogs to be pushed around the streets of Tokyo in prams.

owner. This - as we know too well - is in stark and smelly contrast to the gauntlet of squishy piles that line the Calles in Spain. Fido is probably not man’s best friend here. In the Balearics alone, there were 1,000 dog attacks on humans last year, which is not surprising since they are mainly chosen for their capacity to hunt or deter burglars. Not as surrogate babies as they are in Japan, or fluffy dinner companions as witnessed

in the brassieres of France, where finely turned-out poodles happily chomp away at a Steak Tartare next to Madame.

Though this is preferable to Korea, where Steak de Fido may well be on the menu. Still, life in Spain seems quite

tough for its inhabitants of the doggy kind. Fixing animals is not common, so unwanted offspring often find their way to shelters, where they meet a gassy end after 10 days, or to a hard life as one of the many strays that roam the countryside in search of survival. Working dogs don’t fare much better: Each year some 20,000 hunting dogs, known as Galgos, or greyhounds, are ‘disposed of’ after the season ends some in ways far too upsetting and shocking to be described here. This happens in the UK, too, but with more vigilance and power of animal welfare groups, the method is more humane. Why these poor dogs pass their sell-by date so abruptly is beyond me - best ask your ‘friendly’ neighbourhood ‘cazador’ to explain. I would still be happy to be reincarnated as a dog, but only if I could come back as my own wee fur-ball, Bruno. His life must surely rival that of the royal corgis. I may not dress him apart from his annual appearance as ‘Santa Paws’ - or let him join us at the dinner table, but when he chases birds around the garden at breakneck speed for hours on end, without any sign of boredom or success, he is truly a happy pooch - the way a dog’s life should be.

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T’S said that there is no such thing as indifference where Manchester United FC are concerned. People either worship them as a deity or have an almost pathological hatred for them. Much the same can be said of 52-year-old Michael O’Leary. The verbally flamboyant boss of what is described as the world’s most popular airline is notorious for his caustic brand of humour and his dislike for corporate heads. And, yes, he loathes Manchester United. Spanish airport authority AENA’s El Altet (Alicante) airport is said to be €30 million poorer for imposing an air-bridge condition not in the original agreement. O’Leary wouldn’t back down. Insistence that air-bridges would have increased turnaround and other costs, he stood to lose €2 million per year. The airline boss, second born of a family of six siblings, threatened to slash flights. AENA called his bluff: Fail. He estimated their stubbornness would reduce the number of holidaymakers by 1.5 million.

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In the first quarter of this year there was a drop of 200,000 passengers. The outcome for travellers is less choice of flights and higher air fares. Some heap the blame on O’Leary for standing his ground and insisting AENA stick to the rules. One can only wonder if such critics are the ones who, when they sign and then defy their bag allowance, complain when they are penalised. O’Leary is if nothing else innovative. Constantly delayed by Dublin’s slow-moving traffic he bought a taxi plate for his Mercedes and used public transport lanes. When brought to book he simply employed a driver who held a PSV licence. Now, fellow commuters see the

MICHAEL O’LEARY: He practises what he preaches. rather scruffy Michael, wearing old jeans and checked shirt, perusing his newspaper in the car’s rear seat. He accused the European Commission of being morons;

events suggest there may be some truth in that remark. He described British Airports Authority (BAA) as overcharging rapists. Again it seems he has a point.

Despite reducing aircraft emissions to satisfy the green lobby his off-the-cuff acidic remark was: “Sell your cars and walk.” Critics say his low airfares are an illusion. This is not true: When The Guardian recently did the sums, Ryanair’s average ticket costs were €41 compared with easyJet’s €62 and British Airways €268. We budget fliers are subsidised by those who are penalised for breaking the rules or purchasing onboard. The critics either have no business or marketing acumen or they have not done their sums, but why let the truth get in the way of a good tirade. For a vitriolic few, whatever O’Leary does, he is wrong. He practises what he preaches. He stays in budget hotels, uses only Ryanair, personally takes tickets at the gate, boards last and sits where no one else wishes to. Most of us, visiting families included, would be worse off without Ryanair. There’s a Geordie saying: ‘You canna do right for doing wrong.’ O’Leary knows the feeling.


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A daily drink can increase risk of cancer PREVIOUS studies have found that one glass of wine a day benefits the heart, but latest research says light drinking could increase the risk of breast, mouth and throat cancer. An international team from the University of Milan and other centres in the U.S, Canada, Iran, France and Sweden studied light

and non-drinkers and estimated from their findings that in just one year, light drinking potentially caused 24,000 deaths from oesophageal cancer, 5,000 from oral and 5,000 from breast cancer worldwide. However, critics say that researchers did not take in to account other lifestyle habits such as exercise and smoking or that a glass of wine can have a marked reduction in heart disease.

RISKY: Light drinking could increase risk of breast, mouth and throat cancer.

Middleaged at midfifties MIDDLE age doesn’t start until you reach mid fifties and old age doesn’t set in until you are 70, that’s according to a survey of Britons. The results suggest that as the population ages, attitudes change and many people feel younger for longer. The survey of 1,000 adults aged over 50 found seven out of 10 people in their early 50’s classed themselves as middle-aged with one in five saying they thought middle age did not start until after 60. Nineteen per cent said it was a state of mind, rather than something that begins as you reach a certain age.

Dried fruit and its medicinal benefits DRIED fruit is easy to experienced after to be effective. find, easy to eat on the exercising. Research Constipation: Prunes. go and is good for you recommends half a cup of Six prunes twice a day but many don’t realise dried cherries twice a day proved better at easing their full benefits and for them constipation than a how eating certain dried laxative in a recent study. fruit can help treat every Anaemia: Figs. Four day ailments such as: dried figs supply a Osteoporosis: quarter of the Raisins. They are a recommended daily rich source of boron, allowance of iron which a mineral known to helps prevent reduce bone loss. anaemia, making them Fatigue: Dates. A a diet essential for great alternative to vegetarians. Eat with sugary snacks, dates oranges to take full have a low glycaemic advantage as vitamin index (GI), releasing C helps improve the energy steadily. iron your body Gout: Dried absorbs. cherries. The High blood pressure: anthoycyanins Apricots. Dried in cherries apricots have may be more than three beneficial for times the a range of potassium inflammatorycontent of related bananas and conditions, lower salt including content which arthritis, gout is good for and muscle keeping down HEALTHY: Dried fruit is easy to eat on the go. soreness blood pressure.


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By Beth Underhill OUR hair starts to grow within a bulb (root) under the skin. Once the hair leaves the root it is actually dead but still has a natural protein called keratin running through it to give its strength. The protein called keratin is found in our nails and skin, this protein gives our nails their elasticity. Nails and hair also contain sulphur giving off that horrible smell when hair is accidentally singed.

A single hair has a thickness of 0.02 0.04mm, so that 20 - 50 hair strands next to each other make one millimetre. Healthy hair can withstand being stretched to about 70 per cent of its length. It is very strong and only rips after applying strength of up to 60kg. Try testing your hair’s elasticity by taking one strand of dry hair and wrapping each end of the hair around each forefinger and stretching, see how much elasticity your hair has. Everyone loses at least 40 to 100 strands per

Keeping fit through out life IT is never too late to get fit and researchers say even those in their 70’s can still start exercising safely. A daily walk gets more important the older you get and is a safe, cheap and effective form of exercise. A 20-30 minute walk benefits health. One study at the University of Georgia, USA, carried out a walking exercise programme and found that 41 per cent of participants reduced their risk of disability and increased their likelihood of maintaining independence. LONDON Fashion Week came to a close with the Mulberry show taking centre stage. The collection for spring/summer 2013 saw the designer go back to it’s roots providing a pretty collection of English countryside inspired clothes in delicate sorbet colours. Creative director

day whether it be in our bed, the shower, the comb or our clothing. So although we feel at times that our hair is falling out, in actual fact it’s a natural process allowing new hair to grow. The average scalp has 100,000 strands, or just fewer than 1,000 per square inch. Losing hair that is long seems more dramatic than losing short hair. The average life time of a hair is up to seven years of growth before it falls out The trait for baldness can be passed down through paternal or maternal genes. It has been said that some ladies develop temporary balding at the temple areas after giving birth to a baby boy. Hormone imbalance, crash dieting and stress can trigger temporary hair loss.

GET WALKING: A 20-30 minute walk benefits health.

Mulberry goes floral for 2013 spring season Emma Hill created flowing dresses in mint, peach and lemon but added an edgy feel to the

outerwear with leather jackets and military style coats. The brand, famed for it’s bags, didn’t

disappoint as it debuted its Willow collection, in keeping with the floral theme. The show was held in the ballroom of London’s Claridges which had been transformed into an English country garden and attracted the likes of Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Olympian Jessica Ennis.

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Victoria anchovy: A versatile little fish TEN cooks from different hotel schools took part in the inaugural Cooking Contest of the Victoria Anchovy last weekend. The event was held at the Calabahia Hotel in Rincon de la Victoria.

Besides anchovies in vinegar or fried anchovies, many other exquisite dishes can be prepared using this fish. Possibilities include a combination of vegetables called ‘marine and

DECEIVING: ‘Low in fat’ food labels.

earthly sin’. Local products such as Moclinejo’s muscat wine and garlic soup from Almachar were presented with delicious ravioli. A refreshing red pepper salad with baby anchovies was also part of the exhibition. “Anchovies are very versatile and can be offered as an appetizer, as a first or second course, in many different ways,” Chari Torres, from Benalmadena’s Hotel School, explained. But even the classical fried anchovy has its tricks. One of the keys is “virgin olive oil, strong and abundant. The shorter the frying, the better, to keep it juicy inside and crispy outside,” kitchen coordinator Adolfo Jaime highlighted. “To deep fry fish requires little flour and precise time in the fryer,” he added. “Victoria anchovies are extremely small and therefore not easy to use in haute cuisine,” Chef Dani Garcia pointed out. A jury of Michelinstarred Spanish chefs chose the best creations. calories while a ‘light’ one had 77, a The first prize went to barely noticeable difference of just 8 ‘Victoria moraga’ by Rafael calories. Castillon from Cordoba. The survey highlighted Tesco’s lowThe anchovy is presented fat yoghurt which has 130 calories per in a tasty fish broth with pot, compared to a standard Activia tomato juice, alongside an version at 123 calories. The Tesco iced drink spiced with option also contained more sugar. lemon verbena and lime. Labelling regulations define ‘low fat’ Besides free tastings and as having less than 3 per cent fat, and concerts, children’s the terms ‘reduced fat’ and 'light' mean activities were also products must contain 30 per cent less organised in Rincon de la fat than the original product. Victoria.

Low fat doesn’t always mean fewer calories MANY people choose low-fat foods thinking they are a healthier option. But a survey by Which? magazine found that many foods having ‘low in fat’ labels actually contain the same calories as their standard counterparts and some even have more sugar. A ‘snapshot sample’ of 12 low-fat, reduced and light products found there was little benefit in choosing them over normal products. For example, a standard McVitie’s chocolate digestive biscuit contains 85

Quality not quantity CHOCOLATE LOVERS beware! A tin of Quality Street now has fewer chocolates but will be sold at the same price. The tins have shrunk from 1kg to 820g, just before the Christmas period when sales of the sweets are at their highest. Other Christmas favourites Cadbury’s Roses were reduced from 975g to 850g by manufacturer Kraft last year, while tins of Heroes were cut from 950g to 800g. A spokesman for Nestle said, “The recommended retail price of our standard tin has reduced proportionally greater than the reduction of the weight...The price shopkeepers sell Quality Street at is at their sole discretion.”

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Making changes in your surroundings takes priority this week. You want to be ready for a busy party time ahead and that means making a special effort. You do so love making your friends comfortable and giving them pleasure. As money is not likely to be so tight at the moment you have the chance. Your love life is going to give you pause for thought both in a good and not-so-good way.

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Do not be concerned when others criticise your lifestyle relating to friends. As a charismatic Scorpio, you fully realise how important people are to you. Although you want to please everyone, it simply is not possible. Follow your own path because this is best for all concerned.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

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Some disruptions from Jupiterʼs influence mean that this is not likely to be a smooth week. However, there are some niggling drawbacks that you do not even notice until they are already past. That is no bad thing because time often solves these matters. Be aware that someone is waiting for a decision on the romantic front.

that you need others is the start of real progress. Only foolish people insist that they are self-sufficient. Sooner or later, they realise differently.

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Changes are to be made as soon as possible. There are people in your life who give you nothing but trouble. Being kind to them seems to do no good at all. Why not be kind to yourself for a change? Arrange not to be available to them all the time and they will soon find some other outlet.

Finances may be the last thing on your mind at the moment but deal with matters now and get them out of the way. There are other directions that your thoughts are taking.

Why has that special plan not been started? Could it be that you are waiting until next year? Best strike while the iron is hot and not delay a moment longer. While others are having a good time this week, you can steal a lead.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Joint efforts and team projects go hand in hand this week. Your social life will improve dramatically if you make a special effort at the weekend. Realising and then admitting

Just joking Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? A: Only one, but the light bulb has to WANT to change.

yourself, emotionally, remember that you will only receive back what you are willing to give.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) A pet love is given a helping hand from someone close. You may have criticised this person in the past but now they are showing you their best side. To keep this going, be sure to show your appreciation.

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Steaming ahead this week, it will surprise you just how much you get done. A relationship that seemed to be going nowhere perks up and the chance to show just how versatile you are in that direction sees you shine. Generally, your confidence is good so donʼt be surprised if someone starts singing your praises.

Please, please be organised. Not to be so would mean problems on the financial side for months to come. Money is good and this, combined with a romantic interest, means that you will be sorely tempted to overspend. When it comes to giving of

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Being firmly in control this week shows results. Although you prefer to accommodate others,

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VIRGO (August 24 September 23) This is a great week for parties and socialising. Libra is shining on you and the light is shooting right through your love life. Other relationships benefit, too, and it is a good time to ask favours. When it comes to showing your affections, avoid being super-cool. This will only give the impression that you do not care, which is far from the truth.

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Across 1 Academy offer leaves one foaming (5) 4 Tied up on the heath with Ed (6) 9 Dynamo meant go mad (7) 10 Born in the catsʼ burial places (5) 11 Crazy blow-back (4) 12 Itʼs exciting, for example, holding a tongue (7) 13 Bristle, top bit taken off grass (3) 14 Shakespearean flower? (4) 16 Consequently returned in the name of progress (4) 18 Doctor about a lunatic (3) 20 Make a card game using a broken pencil and love (7) 21 Funny ditch (2-2) 24 Take a lot of time to muse (5) 25 Appetite for cooked Scot ham (7) 26 Prepared events for Spielberg (6) 27 It can be used to caulk a tree, with hesitation (5) Down 1 Border in one Italian resort (6) 2 Bend a sound bite (5) 3 Left after outstanding contest (4) 5 Original toad duet is old hat (8) 6 At first Rachael asked my mother if nice Graham is driving home (7) 7 Wise man is after work measure (6) 8 Females started walk out, meanwhile everybody

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The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Garbanzos (9) 8 Aeroplane (5) 9 Azulejos (5) 10 Prueba (4) 11 Rodilla (4) 15 Queen (5) 17 Caterpillar (5) 18 Medusa (9)

Down 2 Pelos (5) 3 Dinner (4) 4 Duck (bird) (4) 5 Todo (3) 6 Quarry (mine) (7) 7 To wait (hold on) (7) 12 Nombre (lingüística) (5) 13 Clavo (de carpintero) (4) 14 Tejado (4) 16 Hielo (3)

Co d e B r e a ke r negotiated (5) 13 Tale about one cadet (8) 15 Jumble given at time (7) 17 Leading by lots of games in a tennis match dismays (6) 18 St Jamesʼs yacht club found in a state (5) 19 Understand in depth (6) 22 A shortage causing a cry of dismay (5) 23 Game for a Venetian traveller (4)

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INCE May 6, 2000, by law (‘La Ley de Ordenación de la Edificación’), any new build property must have an insurance-backed, 10year building guarantee (similar to the NHBC scheme in the UK). In Spain, this scheme is called the Seguro Decenal and is often referred to as ‘the builder’s guarantee’ or just the Decenal. Unfortunately, the Decenal is by no means as comprehensive as its UK equivalent (although the NHBC has been criticised for some of its ‘get out’ clauses!). Indeed, you must be especially wary of relying on the Spanish Decenal to resolve all your new building problems. Frankly, the very term ‘builder’s guarantee’ is misleading, as the Decenal essentially only covers issues related to structural stability and resistance. This leaves many other potential issues unprotected, such as leaking roofs or damp. Nonetheless, the Decenal is important and does provide some protection for those buying new builds, albeit court action is sometimes necessary to get insurers

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to accept liability. Certainly, if a property has been built since May 2000 and does not have a Decenal then the chances are that it was not, by definition, legally constructed, and you should be extremely wary of buying it. An exception to this

rule is if the owner of a new build property is (or was) an ‘auto promoto’ (self-builder). This is when a person builds his own house to live in rather than for onward sale. Auto promotors can avoid the obligatory Decenal insurance; however, they are restricted from selling their house for 10 years. In theory, Decenal insurers are legally obliged to pay out to the owner of a new build if there is a proven structural stability issue that needs correction. This is irrespective of whether the fault is due to the builder or architect and whether the problem is because of negligence, faulty materials or

processes. However, typically, Decenal insurers are extremely tardy about honouring their obligations. Indeed, usually they refuse to accept a claim unless negligence is proven in court. This is because they know full well that if, for example, an architect is proved negligent, then any remedial costs will be covered by the architect’s own professional indemnity insurance. So, although Decenal insurers are legally obliged to act, they rarely act until forced to. This is despite the fact that they can potentially recover their costs from the builder or architect responsible for the defective or negligent work. Certainly, the failure of Decenal insurers to act promptly is a shock for

many new build owners in Spain who have cause to make a claim. Unfortunately, most owners find the ‘builder’s guarantee’ is not a quick rescue package. Furthermore, the Decenal does not cover many of the more common building faults and therefore provides a disappointingly low level of protection. In truth, there is little similarity between the UK NHBC scheme and the Spanish Decenal. The really big difference is that the UK NHBC is backed up by a very good building control system. By comparison, the Decenal system has proven to be unsatisfactory and a slow and ineffective back-up for an extremely poor system of building control. Indeed, the building

control system in Spain is riddled with inexperienced and sometimes corrupt officials and professionals, which can lead to many claims for structural problems on new builds. There are grounds for suggesting that, as a consequence, Decenal insurers are wary of honouring claims. Be that as it may, always make sure that your new build property comes with a Decenal and insist upon seeing the policy. Meanwhile, if you have structural problems then appreciate that you may have a ‘battle’ on your hands to get these resolved quickly and that you may well need the services of a first-class building surveyor and an aggressive lawyer who specialises in building disputes and litigation.

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INSTON CHURCHILL once described the April 1937 German bombing of the Basque city of Guernica as an exercise in ‘experimental horror’. Typical of Churchill is a description that is concise, unadorned and succinct. The intent of this article is to argue just how precise and accurate Churchill’s descriptive truly is. By looking at the historical record, a recent novel (Guernica: The Novel) and Picasso’s epic painting (also called Guernica), this tragic event was nothing if not an exercise in ‘experimental horror’. Consider… Many military historians (Churchill included) have long perceived that the tragic bombing of Guernica was ‘experimental’ in that it was a proxy trial run for future military strategies. The German Luftwaffe’s low-flying formations were precursors to what became known as ‘carpet bombing’. This Blitzkrieg tactic was to become all too common in the World War that subsequently followed the Spanish Civil War. The bombs themselves were a mixture of blast, splinter and fire bombs which represented a departure from the smaller concussion bombs previously used on nonstrategic targets. Guernica, in April of 1937, was a small market town with no apparent strategic import and no military defences. The ‘scorched earth’ policy was a measured psychological ploy to test the Basque reaction that witnessed first-hand the devastation to its civilian population. Herman Goering was later to admit at the Nuremberg war crimes trial that Guernica was a ‘testing ground’ for aerial bombardment tactics. The experience, claimed Goering, was to help prepare a manual for German bomber pilots. Furthermore, the impact of the Guernica bombing demonstrated to the Allied forces of the Second World War that the German Luftwaffe was committed to terror bombing. The carpet bombing of the civilian population of Guernica had a profound effect in shaping the Allied analysis of German aerial combat techniques. Typically, straight line accounts of war and military operations often come across as dispassionate and clinical. To capture the essence of what Churchill calls Guernica’s ‘horror’ we might look at the arts, namely a novel and a painting to best capture

STATEMENT OF DEFIANCE: Mural of the painting ‘Guernica’ by Picasso made in tiles and full size in Guernica.

Bombing of Guernica: The ‘experiment’ and the ‘horror’ Churchill’s descriptive. Historical fiction often employs a setting that is real which captures the ethos, manners and social conditions. This genre often presents actual events from the point of view of fictional people living within that time period. Such is the case with the 2008 best-selling novel ‘Guernica’ by Dave Bolling. Using artistic licence to be sure, Bolling revisits the aforementioned time and place and introduces us to the type of people who very well could have lived in Guernica on that fateful day. The author takes us back several decades to familiarise us with certain endearing Basque family members, culture and traditions. The political and military tensions are felt only as a distant force that barely penetrates the love, humour and day-to-day lives of the admirable characters we are involved with. The ‘horror’ which befalls them becomes that much more personal. The story is fiction but the events are real and the human devastation is palpable. The mere mention of Guernica will always have a

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special resonance because of the famous mural created by Pablo Picasso. He began working on it in Paris just days after hearing that the German Luftwaffe had terrorbombed the Basque village. Guernica had for centuries been a stronghold of Basque culture and democratic traditions. The painting (actually a four metre by eight metre mural) uses muted colours and slashing strokes to create a single coherent statement of defiance over the ‘horror’ created by the bombing. Largely an abstraction, Picasso’s work captures the pain, fire, oblivion and destruction unfolding in a way which suggests that Spain may never recover from the magnitude of this event. The painting has since come to

symbolise military atrocities and is renowned as perhaps the world’s most famous antiwar piece of art. After its completion, Picasso’s Guernica went on a worldwide tour to raise awareness of the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent refugee problem. Picasso refused to allow the painting to be exhibited in Franco’s Spain until the Spanish people enjoyed a republic with ‘liberties and democratic institutions’. While living in Nazi-occupied Paris during the Second World War, Picasso was allegedly asked by a muralviewing Gestapo officer: “Did you do that?” Picasso responded: “No, you did.” It wasn’t until 1981 that the painting was moved to Madrid.

Readers of historical fiction and patrons of artistic painting face the challenge of separating the fiction and symbolism from fact. To be sure, there are many faces of the Spanish Civil War. The bombing of Guernica, whether it be interpreted by a straight-line historical account, by historical fiction or with a paintbrush, remains the iconic antecedent of modern military assaults against a civilian population. Churchill’s observation that the event was ‘experimental horror’ carries both the dimensions of a knowledge of history and a poet’s economy of words. Seldom have so few words so accurately conveyed a more powerful event.

Memo to reader: Today the small market town of Guernica, in the autonomous region of the Basque Country (Pais Vasco), is largely rebuilt but carries with it a worldwide legacy as a symbol of peace. The Guernica Peace Museum exhibits what Guernica has represented throughout its history of the Basques (democracy, local legal systems, freedom) and what it stands for worldwide - human rights, peace and determination. - Dave Boling’s best selling ‘Guernica: A Novel’ was published in 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, Berlin, London. It is available at www.amazon.com. - Picasso’s mural ‘Guernica’ is currently on display at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.


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Renault launches shared electronic mobility service in Saint-Quentinen-Yvelines AFTER a trial phase, Twizy Way by Renault is now opening up its car-sharing solution to the general public. In partnership with the urban community of Saint-Quentin-enYvelines, Twizy Way by Renault is a private service with public interest, which costs the taxpayer nothing, as operating maintenance, vehicle charging, assistance, etc - and parking are taken care of by Renault. The service is open to anyone who has held a class B driving licence for over two

years. After payment of a €15 registration fee - a one-off payment - the user will receive a magnetic card giving access to some 50 Twizy electric vehicles, distributed all over the urban community of Saint-Quentin-enYvelines. One of the concept’s main benefits is the fact that users don’t have to worry about charging the vehicle or about parking. Users enjoy complete freedom as they can leave the vehicle in any car park within the service zone.

ECO-SHARING: Renault’s Twizy electric urban cars will be shared by a community.

SPORTIER: RCZ Sports Coupé shows a new concept design.

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EUGEOT is increasing the appeal and exclusivity of its RCZ Sports Coupé. Its new style promotes power and fluidity, strength and refinement, and affirms its distinctive singularity in the Peugeot range, say manufacturers. Its ‘richness of expression’ is increased by an extended range of colour and material combinations, both to

Peugeot RCZ with a new design style exterior and interior, which will allow each customer to construct ‘their own’ RCZ. This increase in emotional power will continue next year with the introduction of a powerful 1.6-litre THP 260bhp version with enhanced performance,

TWIZY WAY: Users don’t have to worry about charging the vehicle or parking.

previewed by the ‘RCZ R Concept’ unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Adapted for competition from 2010 with a 200bhp HDi FAP diesel engine, it has twice won the D1T category (1700 to 2000cc diesel) at the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

In this very specific market segment of sports coupés, the ‘enthusiasts’ of attractive cars with a distinctive style identity are also aware of innovation. The rejuvenation of the RCZ can be seen first of all through its style. A completely new front face fully emphasizes the power of its rear wings and the curves of its ‘doublebubble’ roof. This new synergy between the front and rear gives the bodywork an entirely new expression. The central air intake is enlivened by two satin chrome bars. The new grille is accentuated by a lower air intake which is extended on each side by a unique light signature. The new RCZ will go on sale during the first quarter of 2013.


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SO BALANCED: Arsenal and Manchester City showed their credentials for top league positions.

Wins for United, Vos and Vettel By Tony Matthews

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.

Manchester City-Villa, WBA-Liverpool on Tuesday and ArsenalCoventry, Carlisle-Spurs and Manchester UnitedNewcastle yesterday. Last weekend Chelsea beat Stoke 1-0 with Ashley Cole’s first goal for two years to stay top of the PL. However, Oscar should have had an ‘Oscar’ for diving and Ivanovic given a nine for his belly-flop! Manchester United

defeated 10-man Liverpool 2-1… rivals City were held 1-1 by Arsenal, Everton had 30 attempts at goal in winning 3-0 at Swansea… Newcastle edged out Norwich (just)… WBA, 1-0 victors over Reading, made it three successive home wins without conceding a goal; the last time they did this was in 190… Southampton climbed off the bottom by whipping a poor Aston Villa team 41… Spurs came from behind to beat QPR 2-1… and Fulham won at Wigan. And, oh, in the Championship, Craig Davies hit four goals in 19 second-half minutes as Barnsley won 5-0 at Birmingham. • FORMULA ONE Last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel, with

CHARGING BULL: Sebastian Vettel drove brilliantly in Formula One’s night race. For more local sports for this area visit www.euroweeklynews.com /sports or scan this QR code with your smartphone

Jenson Button second and Fernando Alonso third. Lewis Hamilton was leading when his McLaren suffered gearbox failure. He’s now 52 points adrift of championship leader Alonso with only 150 to ‘drive for’. And for the record, there’ll be two Grand Prix in the USA next year, one in New Jersey. • CRICKET – In the 20/20 WC, New Zealander Brendon McCullum set a new record by smashing a 58-ball 123 (seven sixes and 11 fours) in his side’s 59-run victory over Bangladesh. At the time of writing England, the holders, had beaten Afghanistan but lost by 90 runs to India. England’s women are also going for 20/20 glory… and for the record, Kevin Pietersen wants to tour New Zealand in February. We’ll see! • RUGBY – Harlequins still head the Aviva PL after thumping Leicester 22-7… and Warrington Wolves (chasing the double) and Leeds Rhinos are through to SL Cup semi-finals. • BOXING - Excricketer, now fighter, Andrew Flintoff, trained by Barry McGuigan, will have his first heavyweight bout in Manchester on

November 30… Ricky Hatton (now 33) has returned to the ring three years after his last fight with Manny Pacquiao… And Amir Khan and his long-time coach/trainer Freddie Roach have separated. • HORSE RACING Camelot failed to emulate Nijinsky’s treble-winning feat of 1970 when finishing second in the St Leger. • MOTOR SPORT – The British Touring Car

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• FOOTBALL – Recent action in the Champions and Europa League saw group victories for Manchester United and Arsenal, draws for Chelsea and Celtic and a defeat here in Spain for Manchester City (v Real Madrid) in the former, while a relatively youthful Liverpool side came back from 3-2 down to beat Young Boys of Berne, and Spurs and Newcastle contested 0-0 draws in the latter. This week some intriguing third round Capital One League Cupties have taken place, including Chelsea-Wolves, Leeds-Everton,

championships continued at Rockingham last week where Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden were all chasing vital points. • TENNIS – Laura Robson (one set all and 30 up in the decider) was in tears after losing to SuWei Hsieh in her first WTA final in China. Jo Durie, in 1990, was the last GB female winner of a major championship. And Any Roddick has retired.

Cycling legend • CYCLING – Dutch lass Marianne Vos became only the second woman to win an Olympic/World double in the same year with victory in last Saturday’s road race.

VOS IS FOR VICTORY: Holland’s Marianne Vos is already a cycling legend.


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