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8 - 14 NOVEMBER 2012

Eviction heartache for 2,200 families IN just two months, 900 families will have been evicted from their homes in Malaga Province. Despite the efforts of associations and the public administration, between September 15 and November 15, 900 families will have been forced to leave their homes, mainly because they are unable to pay their mortgages.

Before the financial crisis hit, most evictions related to those people who failed to pay their rent. However, since the beginning of the year, more than 2,200 families will have been forced to leave their homes in the province, the worst rate in Andalucia. Experts are asking for a change in the law, because solutions given by

the government, including giving the house in question to the creditor in order to cancel the debt, are not thought to be working well. The preferred option is the introduction of a social rent, whereby threatened families can pay for their homes under less pressure, instead of leaving them empty.

We’ll tell you the colour to choose VELEZ-MALAGA Town Hall plans to tell local residents what colours they can paint their homes. The Urban Development and Infrastructure Department has chosen 21 buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries from which it will take samples to determine the colours of walls in the town centre over the years. This applies to homes within the Special Plan for the Protection and Interior Refurbishment of Velez-Malaga Historical Centre.


Tram cash VELEZ Mayor Francisco Delgado has asked the Andalucian Government to pay €1.5 million, estimated to be half the cost of the work on the second stage of the Tram.

First aid A FREE workshop at Nerja’s Cultural Centre will teach basic first aid techniques relating to fainting, choking and heart attacks. It runs on November 12-13 in the afternoon and 1516 in the morning.

Special unit SETTING up a special police unit for gender violence cases has been proposed to Velez-Malaga Town Hall by IU party councillor Eva Fernandez.

Art expo PAINTING THE TOWN: A view of Velez-Malaga. Then residents will be informed of which colours they can use so that the appearance of the area

flows well. The town hall has asked residents for their co-operation and has advised that those who

live within the historical area will be able to apply for grants to refurbish their properties.

PAINTINGS by patients on the Mental Health Unit are on show at the Axarquia Hospital in El Tomillar (Torre del Mar).

Pricey logo MORE than €37,000 has been paid for the new Velez-Malaga town logo, which has aroused criticism by the local PSOE party.


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Velez budget slashed for next year THE 2013 public budget in Velez will be reduced to €4 million (€12 million in the current year). Some €1.6 million will be invested in the Velez-Caleta de Velez road connection.


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Chilly reception

Tit for tat

CATALUÑA’S independence-seeking president Artur Mas was apparently disappointed by his recent visit to Moscow. He was courteously received but offered no high-level meetings. What did he expect? Mas’s independence credo is unlikely to win him new friends in Russia, which never did back Kosovan independence. And Moscow now has too many problems with some of its own autonomous regions to want to start messing with someone else’s.

SPAIN blocked Yves Mersch’s appointment to the European Central Bank (ECB), claiming this prevents a woman’s presence on the board until 2016. The sentiment is admirably gender-aware but Finance Minister Luis de Guindos gave the game away by commenting that Mersch is ‘unsuitable’. And so he is, to Spain at least, who no longer has anyone on the ECB board. There is more than one way of saying “So there!”

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PSOE party leader in Colmenar, Pedro Fernandez, is the new mayor as the PP party was replaced after a vote of no confidence.

MORE than 30 friends of Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre attended a wine tasting experience supplied by the Vinomar wine shop. Due to its success in raising more than €150, another one is planned for Tuesday December 11.

Water plant

Rates lifted

WORKS on the €23.2 million water treatment plant in Nerja will start in the first half of 2013 with a deadline of 30 months, the town hall has announced.

JOBLESS numbers in Velez-Malaga went up by 564 people in October to a total of 14,198, the town hall has reported.

Mayor change

2.0 promo MORE than 15,000 people talked on social networks about Rincon de la Victoria during the ‘1st Night of Good Intentions’, an action the town hall is going repeat next Friday, November 16.

Still pending PAYMENT of 25 per cent of the Sustainable Tourism Plan in Nerja, which the town hall sets at nearly €3 million, is still pending by the Andalucian Government.

Plant move FOOD company Coviran is expected to move its production plant in Velez to Caleta de Velez, including a logistics hub, according to the town hall.

Road alert THE A-7024 will be closed to traffic today (Thursday) until tomorrow evening, traffic authorities advise, due to works following landslides at the 20.850 kilometre point.

Rural help

TAKING TOLL: Who’s using the autopistas?

Toll road traffic falls drastically


RAFFIC levels on toll motorways in Spain have fallen to levels last seen 14 years ago. Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2007, levels have fallen 27 per cent to a daily average of 15,775 vehicles, according to the Ministry of Public Works. Six years ago, the daily average was 22,454, leading many of the companies which manage the toll motorways to the brink of bankruptcy. There are now 1,706 kilometres of toll motorways in Spain, which saw traffic levels fall in the first six months of this year by 8.7

Quote of the week

‘The president of Cataluña, Artur Mas, has become a danger for the citizens of Cataluña and for democracy itself. […] He is immersed in a reportedly totalitarian position.’

PP party Vice-secretary of Political Campaign Organisation, Carlos Floriano.

per cent compared to the same period in 2011, and this trend is expected to continue and even worsen, mainly due to the rise in VAT in September and the rise in the price of toll fees. The average number of heavy vehicles like buses and lorries has been even worse, reaching levels seen 19 years ago of around 2,234 per day on average and falling 9.7 per cent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year. The maximum average of 3,985 vehicles was reached in 2002.

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gay and lesbian marriages have been held in Spain officially since they were legalised in July 2005. The current government has now petitioned the High Court to revoke the law.

A €136,000 investment plan will be made in Torrox’s Colina del Sol and El Faro Centres for Agriculture Promotion, following an initiative by the Andalucian Government.

Fire action NERJA Town Hall has asked the Andalucian Government to clear vegetation from the surrounding mountains to prevent fires next summer.

Sailing on BERTH taxes in Caleta de Velez’s Port will be reduced between by 16 and 1.5 per cent, depending on the boat’s size and the berth location, the Public Works Council has announced.

and finally... APPLE’S iPad Mini, recently launched in the US market for an average retail price of $329 (€257), has a manufacturing cost of $188 (€147), according to market researcher iSuppli.




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Sewage plant project THE government has assigned the works for the Nerja sewage plant to the temporary union of companies CorsanCorviam-Isolux for €23.2m. The local Mayor, Jose Alberto Armijo, explained the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has assigned the project design, estimated at €153,000, to the company, which estimates it will take 30 months to complete. The sewage plant is one of the 47 projects which remain to be carried out in the province in order to obtain complete sewage

facilities as required by the EU by 2015. Once the contract is signed, the companies have three months to present the final project to the Ministry, and if approved, work can begin. The sewage plant would be located north of the N340, in the Fuente del Baden area and will be able to process 25,000m3 per day. There will also be a pumping station in Burriana and the Chillar River. The town has been waiting for this project to be carried out for many years.



Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Pigeon post THE post-war diaries of Guy Liddell, thendeputy director general of MI5, showed that in the aftermath of WWII he discussed the idea of ‘radio-controlled pigeons’ with Captain James Caiger, who ran the army’s pigeon loft after the war. TAKING ACTION: Water floods caused many struggles in the Malaga province.

€2.17m repair funds

MORE than €2.17 million will be invested by the Malaga Government to repair late September storm and flood damages. Money will be distributed, on the one hand, to help the 45 towns affected (€1.5 million) and, on the other hand, to road repairs (€675,000). Towns will be helped in different areas. More precisely, €900,000 will be distributed among 25 towns to optimise the water and sewer systems,

but they will mainly be focused on Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva del Trabuco, Casabermeja and Atajate, which were severely damaged. The remaining €600,000 for town aid will be used on rural roads that are commonly used for agricultural and farming purposes. Road repairs include 47 different regional roads. This area of action is also being supported by the State emergency measures taken days ago.

Illegal trio THREE Africans were caught trying to enter Britain illegally in a truck loaded with coffins. The Eritrean nationals were travelling in a van from Bulgaria, but they were discovered by sniffer dog Mitzy at the French border.

Record beat A BRITISH sommelier has smashed the world record for the number of wine glasses held in one hand. According to organisers of the event, he handled 51 glasses to surpass the previous record of 39.

Dancer app A NEW iPhone app offers workplace tips for exotic dancers to help them protect themselves against financial exploitation, abuse and a lack of safety. It was conceived after finding current regulations do not automatically address such issues.

Rave review ARTISTIC FLAIR: A selection of Margaret’s designs.

Local art on show LOCAL self-taught artist Margaret Riordan has two art exhibitions currently running until Spring 2013. One in café bar Sands & C near the lighthouse on Torrox Costa, open 12 noon every day apart from Thursdays, and another at Bar Choto Playa at Peñoncillo beach, Torrox Costa, every day expect Tuesdays.

THE new James Bond film, ‘Skyfall’, got a rave review in l’Osservatore Romano, which calls it one of the best of the 23 James Bond films made over the past 50 years. The Vatican newspaper ran not one but five articles about the film.




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Malaga in top three for high fuel prices By Nicole Hallett

LOOKING DAPPER: Some of the attendees.

RBL branch keeps giving THE Torre del Mar branch of the Royal British Legion raised 1,540 euros for the poppy appeal. Joined by members of the Los Romanos branch also, 135 attendees enjoyed canapés, a four-course meal and entertainment from local group The Flying Dolphins at Nerja Caves restaurant. The raffle prizes won by some lucky guests included a hot air balloon ride, Dutch hand-cut crystal items and a hand-painted scene of Spain by Patrick Malloy.

MALAGA has come second in the league table for the most expensive fuel in the country, for both 95octane petrol and diesel. Huelva joined them for 95-octane while Zaragoza was in the top three for diesel, according to a study of 8,500 petrol stations

made by the Real Automovil Club de Cataluña (RACC) during September. The difference between the highest and lowest prices was 26 cents which equates to €13 when filling the average car petrol tank, says RACC. Andalucia was the second most expensive region for 95-octane in

Lots of property THERE are almost 1,000 people in Malaga province who have more than 50 properties. As a result of the real estate bonanza of the previous decade, Malaga is the Andalucian province with the most properties on the census, with more than 1,094,183. More than one million of these properties are in towns and cities along the coast. It is also the Andalucian province with the highest number of major landowners, with 834 people who have more than 50 properties to their names in towns and cities, and a further 80 who own more than 50 rural properties.

September with an average price of €1.52 compared with the national figure of €1.506. For diesel, Andalucia was the fourth most expensive region with an average price of €1.451 compared to the national figure of €1.435. A filling station at Cortes de Pallas, a municipality south-west of Valencia which was charging €1.33 for 95-octane and €1.225 for diesel was found to have the cheapest prices of all. Meanwhile, Spain has the highest pre-tax fuel prices in Europe. Three companies – Repsol, Cepsa and BP – is reportedly causing a lack of competition, thereby keeping prices high and damaging the competitiveness of Spanish firms abroad.



Stories making headlines from Germany

VIP fined FORMER national football team captain Michael Ballack agreed to pay a €1,000 fine for doubling the speed limit in Trujillo (Extremadura, Spain), and fired his lawyer for pleading bankruptcy.

I’m a lady! A 30-YEAR-OLD man from Könnern sued another man calling himself ‘Lady Gina’ as he claimed on the internet he was a woman, which led to a mix-up at their first sexual encounter.

Bully trick TWO children aged 8 and 13 were threatened by a gang with a fake gun to hand over their Halloween sweets, Rostock police said.


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More protection THE 900 Spanish troops attached to the UN mission in Lebanon are to get safer vehicles. The Ministry of Defence is providing 47 new Lynx multi-purpose light armoured vehicles (LMVs). These will replace the more vulnerable BMR vehicles which afforded little protection in an attack on a Spanish convoy in 2007 when seven soldiers were killed.

Keeping current NERJA Foreigners’ Department has asked foreign residents to revise and update their official data. Anyone who hasn’t done this in the past two years will be taken off the local census if they fail to take action before December.

Fire fighting THE new €819,000 fire station in Colmenar, with two fire engines and a staff of 33, will provide cover for seven neighbouring towns including Almogia and Casabermeja, amongst others.


Spain braces itself for strike action SPAIN is set for its second general strike in eight months next Wednesday. Public transport could be badly hit and the centres of major cities effectively closed by protestors. But it seems unlikely the nation will grind to a huge standstill with schools and government offices expected to remain open. The Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) has called for everyone affected by the present economic crisis and government cuts, including workers, consumers, students, pensioners and the jobless, to join in. The government has criticised the strike, saying it will not help solve unemployment. But with feelings high in some quarters over austerity measures and national unemployment at 25 per cent, both the UGT and Union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) are

THIS month, Velez-Malaga Town Council will vote on a law which plans to stop people going without their shirts in the street. It will also ban riding horses in the street except during local festivities. Not wearing a shirt in public will be punished with fines of between €50

BLAZING MAD: Trouble erupts in Barcelona in March. hoping for a massive turnout. Violence erupted in the centres of Madrid, Barcelona and other cities during the last general strike on March 29 and much of Spain - especially in the major cities - was brought to a standstill as buses, and trains were left in their depots. Some flights were also affected, with easyJet, Ryanair and Iberia all cancelling

No bare chests and €100, although going barechested will be allowed on the seafront promenade and beaches. Fines for riding or exhibiting horses or other load-bearing animals in the

services. While many shopkeepers tried to open, some malls were effectively closed by pickets stopping the public from entering. The UGT claimed a 77 per cent turnout nationally, with 97 per cent in industry and construction in March. Should support again approach these levels then widespread disruption is likely.

streets will amount to as much as €1,500. The law also applies to graffiti, posters, billboards, alcohol sales and consumption, camping in public areas and swimming in public fountains. The aim is to prevent vandalism and antisocial behaviour.


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Man held on stab charge A MAN has been remanded in Alhaurin de la Torre prison accused of the attempted murder of a goatherd nicknamed The Donkey. The 31-year-old accused, identified as MCC, allegedly stabbed the man 12 times after arguing with him for allowing goats and sheep to eat crops on his land in the Las Viñas area of Maro, near the N-340. After being stabbed in the neck, back, and abdomen, the victim made his way to the main road where he was picked up by a motorist, taken to a health centre, and then transferred to hospital in Velez-Malaga. He was released after being detained overnight.

Blaze clears building A FOUR-STOREY building in Torre del Mar had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in an electrical panel. Smoke affected a bakery on the ground floor and homes on the first. Two were treated for smoke inhalation.




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Politician says sorry POLITICIAN Oriel Pujol has said he is sorry for comparing the relationship between Cataluña’s Socialists and the national PSOE party to ‘sodomy’. “I don’t know if I was having a bad day when I made that declaration, but I apologise,” said the secretary general of the CDC (Cataluña Democratic Party). “And I’d like it very much if Señor Montilla or Señora Chacon were to apologise when they offended me,” he added, in reference to prominent Catalan Socialists.

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Nationwide gang arrested for forging Tous gold jewellery TWENTY-TWO people have been arrested throughout Spain for their alleged involvement in a

network which forged the ‘Tous’ jewellery brand. The gold items were made in

warehouses in Cordoba, while silver and steel items were imported from Asia.

Nazi ‘theft’ Prado probe THE Prado Museum in Madrid has been asked by a Jewish family for help in tracing a set of paintings it claims were stolen by a ‘Hitler collaborator’. The collection contains works by Goya, Rubens and Tintoreto. The heirs to the art, who have travelled to Madrid to meet Prado officials, claim it was stolen by Hans Hoffman, German Consul in Malaga until his death in 1998. Hoffman was a member of the Gestapo, according to a report in El Mundo.

HELPING OUT: The Prado Museum in Madrid.

All of the items were despatched to retailers through a company in Ourense and sold at prices similar to the authentic products. More than 31,400 items valued at over €2 million have been seized, as well as the moulds and machinery used to make the forgeries. The National Police investigation began following a complaint from the owners of the Tous regarding intellectual property rights. The arrests took place in Asturias, Barcelona, Tarragona, Bilbao, Ciudad Real, La Rioja, A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense, Pontevedra, Madrid, Malaga, Salamanca, Segovia, Valladolid, Valencia and Sevilla.

A slice of hospital history on show in Velez Malaga VELEZ-MALAGA Historical Archive is putting on public display documents dating from between 1680 and 1815.

The documents relate to the old San Juan de Dios Hospital, which was founded by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century.

It was called the Royal Hospital of San Marcos and in 1680 was handed over to the San Juan de Dios Hospital Order. Its purpose was to provide care for the poor and infirm in the area. The exhibition SEVENTY-SIX per cent of frail, elderly people suffer from some kind of includes 14 documents malnutrition, according to a health staff study in Malaga Province and and books which contain the Balearics. the names of patients, Carried out between 2003 and 2011 on 120 people, with 70 per cent most of them soldiers of those checked women, body mass index and arm and calf and poor local people. circumference were studied. In 1808, it was filled with French prisoners.

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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Upgrades for train stations Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Dare devil SWEDEN – A Swedish national aged 20 was sentenced to a one-year good behaviour bond in Australia for climbing Sydney’s Opera House during a party night out.

Military cuts DENMARK – 2,700 million krone (€360 million) are expected to be saved by the Defence Ministry as they cut around 128 staff positions to unify the army, navy and air force.

Flying back NORWAY – A Wideroe airline plane with 40 passengers was ordered to turn back to Trondheim when it was about to land in Mosjoen, so the crew would not have to work overtime.

Lunch denial SWEDEN – Around 200 refugee children on Öland Island are not being given free school lunch, as the local authorities think families are getting a state food grant.

Paid work NORWAY – Oslo has hundreds of youths looking for work from the bordering Swedish town of Soderhamn, as they are paid travel and accommodation by their town hall.

Little boost DENMARK – Nearly 98 per cent of mayors surveyed said managing kindergartens under a single regional unit has proved to be a positive move, the National Statistics Institute (EVA) said.

THE government will invest €2.3 million this year to improve train stations in Malaga Province. This includes installing systems which will provide better information for passengers.



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Reservoirs at 70pc WATER reserves in the province have now increased to 70 per cent, minimising the risk of drought. Despite the damage done by flash floods this autumn, the rain has refilled water reserves above and below ground. The very wet September and October have brought the total amount of water in the province’s reservoirs up to 434 cubic hectometres, 70 per cent of their total capacity.

Sleepy driver A DRIVER, 39, was arrested after falling asleep at a set of traffic lights in Malaga. Another driver alerted the police at around 4am that the car was stopped at the lights. The detainee was found to be drunk.


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Keys lost SPARE keys to 180 cells in Belgium’s Leuven prison went missing, raising fears one of the inmates may have laid hands on them. One was a pass-key to 180 cells and another to the doors separating the jail’s 20 sections.

Bag-a-snake CLERKS at a South African post office fled for safety when they emptied a mail bag and a white python came slithering out. The onemetre, non-venomous snake was one of four sent in an express parcel that arrived at the Sabie Post Office.

Boar attack A WILD boar sparked chaos in China when it rampaged through an office and tried to escape through a window.

Crime fighters lose some, win some BY the end of September, Spanish properties suffered 92,930 offences of breaking and entering. This is 24.5 per cent more than the same period last year, according to Interior Ministry figures. So far this year, overall crime fell 1.6 per cent to 1,707,882 crimes and misdemeanours, compared with 1,735,870 in 2011. New methods for evaluating and computing criminal offences were partly responsible for the sharp rise in breaking and entering, the ministry claimed last week. Robbery with violence also increased in the first nine months of 2011, the ministry said, rising by

RISING CRIME: Home raids are on the up. 10.8 per cent from 64,883 to 71,910. There was also an upsurge in violent crime, by 7.2 per cent to 87,477. Manslaughter and murders fell by 9.4 per cent, with a total of 271 cases between January and the end of

September, 28 fewer than last year. Crime fell in the regions of Aragon, Melilla, Andalucia, the Valencian Community and Extremadura but rose in Ceuta, Navarra, Cantabria, the Basque Region and La Rioja.

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Health service cuts on medicines CUTS in health spending mean that Privigen, medication previously used in preventing miscarriages, is no longer freely available. A Madrid woman whose first child was born after four miscarriages thanks to Privigen was refused the same treatment for a subsequent pregnancy, she claimed. The capital’s Gregorio Marañon Hospital offered the treatment between 2005 and the beginning of this year, a spokesman explained last week. The drug, which can cost up to €6,000 for each pregnancy, was not withdrawn on financial grounds, the hospital insisted. In the past it was given in trials to pregnant women at risk of miscarriage but is now restricted to cases of immunodeficiency, myeloma and bone marrow transplants.

INVADER: Raccoons could do untold damage to native wildlife.

Cute, but not a perfect pet

DOÑANA employees have captured 11 raccoons near the national park since September last year. They were probably acquired as pets, experts believe, and abandoned when they became too difficult to feed and handle. Cute-looking, they are aggressive, voracious and they smell bad. They also start breeding when they are a year old, explained biologist Franciso Jose Garcia. Raccoons were first detected in Madrid

and Guadalajara, with 160 sightings in the last 10 years, usually near inhabited zones. The problem has now moved to Doñana where the regional government is taking steps to prevent them from proliferating. They have no natural predators but are predators themselves, with a diet that includes eggs robbed from nests. They could do untold damage to Doñana’s wildlife and particularly its birds, Garcia warned.


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School rape claim A 15-YEAR-OLD was allegedly drugged and raped at the Huelva school where she boards. She felt ‘indisposed’ after drinking a glass of water offered by three boys at the school which is also a care centre, the girl’s mother claimed. Some time later she went to bed, where she was raped by all three. Doctors later found no external signs of violence, but prescribed standard medication for cases of this type. The girl was immediately moved by the education authorities to another centre and the alleged attack is currently under investigation by the authorities.

Swedes are on top, but Spain’s English improves

THE Swedes have come top of a league table for the best non-native English speakers. Education First’s English Proficiency Index for 2012 also shows that the Spanish speak better English than either the French or the Italians. The proficiency of more than 1.5 million adults from 54 countries and five continents was tested for grammar, vocabulary, reading and oral comprehension. Spain rolled home in 18th position with an average 55.89 out of a possible 100, overtaking France (54.28) and Italy (54.01). Both had obtained better marks than Spain in the previous Index based on data from 2007 and 2009. Spain has risen six places since then but managed only 14th place amongst the 18 European participants. The English spoken in Madrid is also the worst in Europe. Worldwide, women are generally better at English, but in Spain men obtained higher marks than women,

SWEDE TALK: But do they chant in English? with respective averages of 56.16 and 55.69. Spain, Portugal and Italy – all at the heart of the eurozone crisis and all at the bottom of the European rankings – are hampered by their relatively poor English.

Fashion on show for love POCAPECUNIA, a charity shop in aid of The Love A Child Foundation, will showcase its first fashion show on November 17 at 2.30pm at the Villa Flamenca Hotel in Nerja, where its quality used winter collection will be modelled Tickets are €10 and include a glass of cava on arrival and a light afternoon tea. They can be purchased at the shop in the Calle Bellavista 6.

CITY SIGHTS: Malaga City and the province will receive a major tourism push.

Tourism push for Malaga in London THE Costa del Sol is set to receive a strong representation at the World Travel Market event in London next week. The goal is to strengthen the UK market as a source of tourists to Andalucia. The Andalucia stand will dedicate twice as much space to Malaga than to the other provinces in the region. Other provinces will have two displays at the tourism fair each compared to the Costa’s four, announced Tourism Councillor Rafael Rodriquez.

Research suggests there is a strong link between skills in English and the amount of money a country earns through exports. Spain’s best English-speakers are found in the Basque Region, with an average mark of 57.90.


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No Catalan business A GALICIAN firm, infuriated by Cataluña’s calls for independence, has cancelled an order placed with a Catalan business. Confecciones Joti, based in Vilanova d’Escornalbou (Tarragona), makes work uniforms and the Galician client, whose name has not been revealed, placed an order worth €1,000 on September 19. On October 25, Confecciones Joti received a fax explaining the client had decided to suspend all purchases from Catalan firms “owing to its politicians’ disdain for Galicia.” Do not send the items because they will not be accepted, the fax continued. A fifth of Confecciones Joti’s orders come from Galicia, said owner Joan Oliveras, who hopes the boycott does not spread. “We are a family business,” he said. “I just want to work in peace.”




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Cemetery’s masonic history uncovered MASONIC symbols have been authenticated by a local expert at the Sayalonga Cemetery, the only octagon-shaped graveyard in Spain. Mayor Antonio Perez said the findings are conclusive and confirm what the whole town has long suspected. The cemetery dates back to 1840 and its designer is believed to be Pedro Gordillo, an architect also responsible

MYSTERY: The town of Sayalonga holds secrets. for Malaga Cathedral. “He was probably a mason too,” said investigator Valentin Fernandez. Triangles, pyramids,

columns, three-step stairs and suns are among the symbols attached to the Freemasons found at the cemetery.

Most major property owners are in Malaga THERE are almost 1,000 people in Malaga Province who have more than 50 properties. As a result of the real estate bonanza of the previous decade, Malaga is the Andalucian province with the most properties on the census, with more than 1,094,183. More than one million of these properties are in towns and cities along the coast. It is also the Andalucian province with the highest number of major landowners,

Written driving tests obsolete WRITTEN driving tests will be a thing of the past by 2014, according to the General Traffic Department. From the end of this year, 22 traffic departments in Spain will introduce computer tests, and the

rest of the provinces will follow suit in 2013 or early 2014. They have already been introduced in Cadiz and Malaga, and will be brought to Badajoz, Huelva, Vitoria, Lleida, Sabadell

and Ourense before the end of the year. The test will be done using a tactile screen where the 30 questions can be answered and changed as many times as necessary during half-an-hour.

with 834 people who have more than 50 properties to their names in towns and cities, and a further 80 who own more than 50 rural properties.

Fiesta of the chanfaina THE speciality of Totalan is ‘chanfaina’, a meat stew which often features lamb and offal, and is eaten along with the local sweet wine. On November 25, it is celebrated in the form of a festival, which also includes a market with olives, pork products and wine. Totalan is between the Axarquia and the Montes de Malaga.



Stories making headlines from Russia

On fire A FIRE broke out at a Moscow restaurant, seating up to 400 customers. No one was injured but the cause remains unclear, police sources said.

Robot meds RIGLA company has opened a €200,000 pharmacy in Yekaterinburg where customers are served by robots through a conveyor belt.

City parade THOUSANDS of nationalists, some wearing swastika flags, walked along Moscow’s city centre during the annual Russian March, which took place during National Unity Day.

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Stat of week 51 per cent of Spanish companies have no payroll employees, while 2.7 per cent have more than 20 employees, the National Statistics Institute has revealed.






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Cheap tickets on track Cost of using AVE rail links set to fall in 2013 TICKET prices on Spain’s AVE high-speed rail links look set to substantially drop in 2013. Efforts are now being focused on making the AVE - one of the world’s most extensive high-speed networks more affordable. At present demand on some routes is still insufficient, due to the cost of tickets, said Ana Pastor, the nation’s Minister of Public Works. She was

Now banks fall foul of judges BANKS are falling foul of the courts. They have been accused of speculating on evictions and turning Spain’s courts into money-collectors. This, claim judges and prosecutors, runs the risks becoming courts of ‘swamped’ and nearing collapse owing to bankrelated cases. There has been such a huge rise in banks pursuing debtors through the courts that unless the courts receive aid to deal with them, they will be deferred, warned Maria Teresa Saez, the APM association’s judges’ spokeswoman. Eviction proceedings are deliberately delayed in hopes that properties will increase in value and not add to the banks’

debts, she claimed. And the courts anticipate an avalanche of cases take banks once advantage of Spain’s newly-created Bad Bank, BARES, and reactivate evictions before transferring the repossessed properties. also have Banks overloaded the courts with cases arising through their negligence in selling highrisk products, claimed spokesman for Judges for Joaquim Democracy, Bosch. All bank cases - not only mortgage defaults are extremely complicated, he said, and meanwhile citizens’ affairs are left on the back burner. Until priorities can be established, bank cases could be put off, Bosch warned.

addressing the US Chamber of Commerce on plans to bring private money in to the Renfe railway system. Following liberalisation of the rail market and privatisation of Renfe, Pastor said she believes there will be substantial falls in the price of tickets. The present system is currently burdened with debts of €20,000 and is ‘inefficient and unsustainable’, she said.

800,000 drop in homes MORE than 800,000 fewer new homes will be built this year compared to 2006. By the end of the year, 48,300 properties will have been built, a new low for Spain’s building industry, and a 38.3 per cent fall on last year’s 78,286 homes. Six years ago, in a record year, 865,561 properties were built, the Ministry of Public Works said. With the construction sector remaining in the doldrums, there was a further fall in building licences granted in August.

Sick set to feel extra charge pain MADRID residents will in future pay €1 for every health service prescription on top of the existing co-payment. The charge is rational, said Regional President Ignacio Gonzalez, who claimed that Madrileños have medicine valued at €45 million squirrelled away at home. The charge is intended to dissuade, not bring in money, he insisted, and noone will pay more than €72 a year.

AVE: One of most extensive high-speed networks.

There will also be a charge for ambulance use, ranging from a maximum of €6 a month for the lowest incomes to €60 for those earning more than €100,000 a year. Madrid ambulances used in emergencies will remain free as will those used by patients undergoing dialysis, chemotherapy or rehabilitation on a doctor’s orders.

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Spanish, not EU, rules are the ones to follow


I am a 54-year-old Briton married to a Spanish woman. After noting that my residency card had expired two years ago I went to Benidorm National Police office and was told that the law had changed. As I am not working, I must now provide proof of means to support myself. In my case, this would be evidence of the money I transfer from the UK from a rental property we own there. To obtain the new Certificate of Registration, I must also You and the show that I have a private health insurance policy. I was Law in Spain By David Searl about to provide this when I saw your article in Issue 1422. Am I correct in thinking that the Spanish authorities are not correct in their demands? Some clarification would be much appreciated. M D, Benidorm


As residents in Spain, foreigners must obey the Spanish rules. Therefore you must comply with the requirements of the Spanish National Police in order to obtain a new Certificate of Registration. If they require proof of income and a private medical insurance, you must provide them under the new regulations. Under European Union (EU) regulations, Spain is perfectly correct in requiring this proof of income and health insurance for EU citizens who wish to reside here. In your case, your former residence card expired two years ago so you will need to start from the beginning. The earlier column you cite from EWN was referring only to whether the Spanish Certificate of Registration for EU citizens in Spain expires or has to be renewed after five years. Though the EU has stated that the certificate does not expire, the Spanish authorities are now requiring that it be renewed after five years. 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. or call 952 667 090.


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Tasty Christmas pud business boost for Aldi A £7.99 (€10) CHRISTMAS pudding by discount supermarket Aldi was ranked second in a magazine survey, while Fortnum & Mason’s £24.95 (€31.18) finished 29th out of 32.


£££ NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council is considering plans for a £13 million (€16.25m) attraction called Discover Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.

ritish usiness riefs £££

LOW-COST airline Ryanair is to create 1,000 UK jobs next year by flying one million more passengers on new routes. The

Dublin-based carrier at present operates more than 1,500 daily flights to 28 countries.

£££ REGENERATED gifts including Furby, which was first released 14 years ago, will be most in demand among this year’s Christmas presents, according to the Toy Retailers Association Dream Toys for Christmas list.

Merkel’s EU balancing act keeps focus on Germany Not by design, perhaps, but by default A UNIFIED Europe? Well, it could happen perhaps. But if it does, then it will not be the one the founding fathers had in mind at their first treaty signing way back in the 1950s. The dream then was that all the nations, so recently at one another’s throats, would join together in brotherhood, a Utopian view that could only come about by the voluntary will of the people. I have previously highlighted that the steady ‘drip drip’ of pressure emanating from Berlin might result in Germany not just taking the lead in Europe, but becoming the continent’s de facto master. Ms Merkel, of course, has the well-being of her own country in mind, which is why she has

MAIN PRIORITY: The needs of Germans in Berlin and elsewhere must be kept in focus by Merkel (inset).

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always opposed any fiscal plan that might be construed as Germany’s citizens being expected always to be putting their hands in their pockets to

ease the lot of the ‘profligate’ peripheral states. One can understand her impatience; the EU is rudderless and lacking direction, and who could blame the Germanic ‘Iron Lady’ for thinking that someone - herself - has to take control, to impose the necessary discipline

Solvency check costs €31.4m SOLVENCY-TESTING 14 Spanish banks has cost the Bank of Spain €31,398,929.81. Four hundred auditors began the stress testing on May 21 and continued until September 30. The work involved 172,000 hours’ work, including 40,000 hours’ overtime, with the average

per hour cost working out at €182.55. The tests revealed that €59.3 billion is needed to restore the health of Spain’s banking sector. Bank of Spain Governor Luis Linde has said that the cost will be met by Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Fund (FGD).

and see it through. Without such a hand on the tiller, she might feel, the EU is destined for the rocks. But Ms Merkel is nothing if not an astute politician. She’s very aware of the fact that she must answer to her own party and people. Critical questions are already being asked, and will be put to the vote next year. Should she lose the chancellorship, she might feel that all her work has been for nought. European summits come and go with many proposals being talked to death but no firm decisions made. Much of the blame is pinned on Ms Merkel for her intransigence in opposing Eurobonds, but at the last summit she did almost agree to the setting up of a special fund to help smooth out regional shocks. However, this fund would be subject to a ‘balanced budget’ rule, which means the appointment of a eurozone currency director with the power to oversee national governments. How democratic might that be, given Germany’s tight control, is open to question.

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FINANCE, BUSINESS & LEGAL The UK is officially out of recession. It is still early days, but the economy is showing signs of progress. As this continues, it will lead to improved confidence among businesses, households and investors and help drive longer-term growth. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that the economy grew by 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) over the third quarter of the year, compared to the previous one. Over the second quarter it had shrunk by 0.4% and reached nine months of negative growth. In contrast, the 1% rise was the fastest growth figure recorded for five years. We need to exercise caution, since the growth was boosted by one-off factors. The extra bank holiday in June shaved 0.5% off growth over the second quarter, so there was a bounce back in the third. Olympic ticket sales then added an extra 0.2% to GDP. The positive growth figure was therefore expected, but 1% beat most expectations, which is encouraging news. Growth was driven by the UK’s dominant services sector, which expanded by 1.3% and contributed 25% of the total. Industrial output, including manufacturing, grew by 1.1%, its

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UK Economy Turns Corner? strongest rise since quarter two 2010. This contributed 0.2% to total growth. However, the construction sector shrank by 2.5%, wiping 0.2% off GDP. Separate data released on 29th October by the Bank of England showed that lending to UK consumers rose at its fastest pace in four and a half years in September. Consumer credit rose by £1.2 billion, the strongest rise since February 2008, while mortgage approvals hit a four-month high. These figures boost hopes that the economic recovery is sustainable. It is too early to say that the UK economy is out of the woods, but it is showing signs of progress and gathering momentum. This will hopefully pave the way for an ongoing recovery. Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Charlie Bean, cautioned against being over-optimistic, but believes there is “reason for optimism” for over the coming period. The headwinds the UK economy has been struggling against, like the Eurozone, banking system problems and high inflation, are abating somewhat, he said. Households’ real spending power has improved, and although there is still a long way to go

by Bill Blevins, Financia l Correspondent, Blevins Franks

for the Eurozone, there has been some progress. The director general at the British Chamber of Commerce, John Longworth, said the news will give many businesses the confidence to invest. However, the government needs to do more to ensure an economic recovery is sustainable, he added. The US US GDP rose 2% over the third quarter, while the unemployment rate fell below 8% for the first time since 2009. Further positive news is that the US housing market continues to show encouraging signs of improvement, which helped consumer sentiment hit a five-year high. The potential “fiscal cliff” however

remains a concern and potential barrier to further recovery. A series of tax reliefs and government spending programmes are scheduled to end in January and would reduce households’ disposable income. We need to see how the next US budget negotiations pan out (and before that how the presidential elections pans out). The current deal was crafted under great duress last summer. Whether in the US, or UK, or elsewhere, positive economic news should lead to higher levels of confidence. Higher levels of confidence are critical in terms of driving longer-term growth, since they can promote gains in consumer spending, which in turn can lead to better jobs growth and therefore creating a self-reinforcing cycle. Investors Positive economic data is good news for investors, but there are some key points to remember. We do not normally recommend that investors react to every bit of news, whether good or bad. You would normally be invested for the long-term with a suitably diversified portfolio, and leave day to day investment decisions to your professional fund and wealth managers.

However, those waiting to invest should note that historically markets are forward looking and tend to move higher before the economy does. Waiting until the economy is clearly on an upward path could mean you miss out on market rises. There are still risks ahead. Whether you look at the UK, US, the Eurozone or further afield like China, uncertainty remains. At the same time, though, there may be opportunities for investors. Strategic asset allocation is as important as ever, if not more so. If you remain broadly invested, with a fully diversified portfolio, you will be in a position to partake in any upsides while having some protection if the risks prevail for a while longer. Importantly, your portfolio should be designed around your specific objectives, circumstances, time horizon and risk tolerance. Blevins Franks specialises in providing personalised wealth management advice to British expatriates living in Spain, and could help you review and plan your investments in the current economic climate. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website




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Smoking not just drag on health but also on work absenteeism PUFFING away outside an office block or place of work, smokers can perhaps be forgiven for thinking it’s only their lungs or those of passers-by they are threatening. But now a new study has spelled out that this unhealthy habit is also putting the economy deeper into crisis. Having analysed reports spanning more than half a A look century, researchers at finance have concluded that for females smokers are a drag on business and the Jane Plunkett economy, as they jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. take more time off com work than the average nonsmoking employee. The seemingly acceptable multiple WORK DRAG: Staff who smoke take breaks that smokers take during an more time off! average day have long been a bone of contention among the non-smoking workforce, who might only leave their But smokers do these things as well as desk to make a cup of tea or use the loo. take numerous fag breaks.

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The study, which looked at evidence from 1960 to 2011, uncovered that smoking was linked to higher rates of both short-term and long-term absences. Current smokers were found to be 33 per cent more likely to take time off work than non-smokers, missing an average of 2.7 additional days each year. The impact of these lost work-hours due to smoking-related absentism was added to by the regular smoking work breaks staff also take, and the cost of fires caused by discarded cigarettes. The study, which was conducted by the University of Nottingham, also estimated that smokers cost UK businesses £1.4 billion (€1,75m) last year alone. Obviously the main health message for smokers is to quit, but the fact that smoking doesn’t just affect the health of the nicotine addict but the health of the economy also, is an interesting sidepoint. And at a time when companies are having to let go many employees, it might just pay off to be that non-smoking hence non-absent - employee.

Heathrow: Down to earth deal FERROVIAL - the world’s largest transport infrastructures company - is selling 5.72 per cent of its Heathrow stake. The company owns Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports in the UK. But following an agreed €319.3 million sale to CIC International, the Spanish group’s Heathrow Airport holding will fall to 44.27 per cent. This is Ferrovial’s second Heathrow holding reduction this year, following 10.62 per cent sold for €607 million to Qatar Holding in August. The deal awaits approval from the EU’s competition supervisory body after which Ferrovial’s overall stake will drop to 33.65 per cent.

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Spain slips down gay tourist rankings

SPAIN has slipped down the leading gay tourist world rankings. It now finds itself in fifth spot, two places down on last year, according to a 2012 survey produced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel market. France tops the table, the UK has moved up to second spot, and Greece and Italy are also ahead of Spain. With gays spending an estimated $165 billion (€129bn) on worldwide tourism a year, the Pink Euro is

Tax cheats fall foul of tip-off rise MORE people are tipping off the Hacienda about tax cheats. Spain’s taxmen carried out almost 1,000 inspections following tipoffs between January and September. This is 50 per cent more than during the same period in 2011 and well above the annual average of 600 in preceding years. Growing resentment at street level towards tax cheats has led to the rise, says Junior Treasury Minister Miguel Ferre. Nearly all reported cases this year led to fines, said Hacienda sources. Those most likely to turn informant are usually conversant with the tax fraud without being directly involved, they revealed. Increased corporation tax also helped swell government coffers last month when the amount raised grew by 40 per cent.

viewed as increasingly important in Spain’s ongoing plans to keep the tourism industry’s coffers full. Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol has been among places nationally in recent times that has made a concerted effort to attract gay tourists. Darren Cooper of OutNow, a gay targeted marketing firm, said: “This is a lucrative market opportunity for those who take the trouble to get it right. “The rewards for those who do are substantial.”



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Profits slump, but Bad Bank ‘is not an option’ THE BBVA will not participate in BARES, Spain’s newly-created Bad Bank. It has no interest in the project at present, said Angel Cano, the BBVA’s chief executive, and requires more information before reaching a decision. The bank’s nine-month profits fell by 47.3 per cent to €1,656 million but it will pay a

dividend of €0.42 per share, Cano announced. “We have no reason to alter our stance on dividends, and expect to continue this way,” he said. Cano’s expectations for 2012 and 2013 remain unchanged. Bad loans throughout Spain’s property and business sectors are likely to rise again next year but will not be substantial, he predicted.

Luxury brands need to think as ‘fatigue’ sets in BURBERRY and other luxury brands have been catching a cold of late. With signs of ‘luxury fatigue’ now beginning to show in China, many fashion accessories and high-end clothing companies are now looking

back on earlier ‘Look East’ business decisions after economic woe first hit the European and US markets. Mass Affluent research specialist Unity Marketing in the US said the most recent luxury spending falls

Putin has an eye for good life RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin spends annually close to $3 billion (€2.34bn) just maintaining and staffing 20 luxurious residences and four yachts. In an online report, Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy-prime minister, estimated that maintenance of Putin’s residences and cars alone costs

JUST over a year after the death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, Dutch shipbuilders have finished the yacht - which looks like an Apple product - he spent years designing.

Vladimir Putin. £1.6 billion (€1.25bn) a year.

His report - entitled The Life of a Galley Slave after an epithet Putin used in 2008 to describe the hardships of his first two presidencies - is based largely on news reports, which have included claims that the Russian leader is at present having a luxury home built in the hills around Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

were not surprising, given the results of routine surveys of more than 1,200 luxury consumers every three months. But the company’s Marketing President Pam Danziger pointed out that “because so many luxury brands initially focused on easy growth in China, they turned a blind eye to weaknesses growing in the US and European luxury markets. “The luxury consumers who went into recession four years ago have undergone a transformation. Their values have changed, their priorities adjusted, and today the idea of spending thousands of dollars on a status symbol like a luxury watch, the latest ‘It Bag’ or a pair of redsoled shoes is losing relevancy. More affluents today are finding status in who they are, rather than what they own,” said Danziger. Luxury marketers need to wean themselves off costly marketing exercises targeting consumers who can barely afford their rent.

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Why do I need to join the ‘padrón’? Raul Candela talks to just one of the hundreds of town halls across the EWN’s six editions urging expats to sign up LIKE so many towns with a large expat community, Benalmadena, near Malaga on the Costa del Sol, needs as many foreigners as possible to sign on the ‘padrón’ (municipal register) to keep their public services running. In these tough economic times, towns are highly dependent on the budget that the state government allocates for schools, health and care centres, and emergency services. Basically, the more people on the padrón, the more money the town hall receives. It is in fact estimated that €150 is given for every resident. With a recorded overall population of 63,700, there are more than 17,300 foreigners living in Benalmadena. Out of these, about 35 per cent are British. The town hall says that some 7,000 foreigners need to renew their registration. That means €1,050,000 is at stake for Benalmadena. Joanna Drozdowska from the Foreigners Office, who deals with everything involving expats living in the town, and Isabel Vergara from the Padrón Office, are definite about the need for support.

• Question: When I renewed my padrón in February 2011, I was told it was valid for two years. I went to the ‘ayuntamiento’ (town hall) the other day to check and was given a certificate which the lady said was valid for three months. Does this mean we will have to go back to the town hall every three months or again next February when the two-year period is up? • Answer You register just once. You have to confirm your ‘padrón’ every two years if you are registered with your passport or every five years if you are registered with your ‘residencia’. The certificate or proof that you are registered (‘nota de padrón’) is valid for three months only, but it does not mean you have to ask for a new one every three months. You come to the town hall and ask for ‘nota de padrón’ only if you need one; for example, when registering your car number plate.

SIGNING UP: Expatriates visiting the town hall to register on the ‘padrón’. “Most of the foreigners, around 90 per cent, who have come here to renew their ‘padrón’ are British nationals. Then there are Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian and some German people too. But what they all ask for is the benefits,” said Joanna. “Here, those registered on the ‘padrón’ get 60 per cent discount on IBI (property tax) and an annual €160 discount on waste collection tax.”

However, in order to benefit from other discounts like the bus card or a schoolbook grant, she says: “You have to be registered for a period of time, depending on your town, so we always say the sooner you sign up to it the better.” It is true that not all towns give the same benefits for registering and so it is highly advisable for expats to contact their town hall or foreigners’ office to know exactly how they will benefit.

Protect our cave, pleads Rincon RINCON de la Victoria Town Hall has demanded that the Junta de Andalucia take urgent measures to protect the local Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave). The cave and the prehistoric paintings inside it are in danger from microscopic fungi and although the town hall will receive €72,000 from the provincial government to carry out emergency work, they need more help. The town hall has requested that the Junta de Andalucia

Department of Tourism and Commerce bring back grants for the Sustainable Tourism Initiative for the Axarquia area. The cave, which was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), needs work budgeted at €755,000, according to the local mayor, Francisco Salado. He has also said that it is ‘inadmissible’ for the regional government to fail to provide financing for one of the area’s main tourist attractions.

Signing up gives the right to foreigners to vote in the local and European elections. “British nationals usually compare the padrón with their electoral roll, which is similar,” said Isabel, “but it is important to reiterate that all foreigners, even if registered, need to apply for a form to state their intention to vote three months before the elections.” Signing up to the padrón is free and does not result in losing rights in the home country. The padrón is not a proof of residence, it is just a way for town halls in Spain to receive their allocation of funds according to population.

Madrid Arena: ‘Never again’ MADRID City Council will not hire venues for events like the Madrid Arena festival where three girls died last week. They were crushed to death in a stampede and a fourth died later of her injuries. “Never again. Not while I am mayor,” vowed Ana Botella. In contrast the regional government will allow macroevents at venues like the Palacio de los Deportes stadium or Las Ventas bullring, announced regional president Ignacio Gonzalez. But it would be ‘cautious’ when authorising huge New Year’s Eve parties.




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The EWN postbag has been swelled by readers writing in - by email and snailmail - to give their views on the article

Letters for Your Say should be emailed to yoursay@ euroweekly, posted to Euro Weekly News, C/Moscatel 10, P-62, Polígono Industrial, Arroyo de la Miel, 29630 Benalmadena, Málaga, Spain or faxed to 0034 952 440 887

‘Are expats still living their Spanish dream’ (Issue 1425) in which staff writers Mike Walsh and Linda Hall gave

different views on local life for expats. Here is a selection of some of those received.

Spanish friendly and welcoming HAVING lived and worked here for many years I feel I am qualified to answer Mike Walsh’s ridiculous and sometimes erroneous statements. I don’t know where Mr Walsh lives but saying the Spanish do not integrate with other Europeans is wrong. Perhaps because of his attitude they don’t associate with him. I have more Spanish friends than British, and they come to my house without invitation because they want to. Also I go to their houses, again without invitation, and I’m always welcomed. I am also invited to family parties, BBQs, weddings, first communions and other events, and every single person welcomes me to the flamenco dance classes where I am the only foreigner. Perhaps if Mr Walsh learned Spanish he may find he integrates more. As for the Spanish not doing tourism, the ones I work with have been to New York, Las Vegas, India, UK, Mexico, Sweden, Italy and various islands in the Med and Caribbean this year. With regard to learning languages, teaching young people in Andalucia falls sadly short. Most students know English grammar but have never been taught to speak the language and so feel self conscious. Perhaps we need to ask how many Brits in Spain have made any effort to learn the language. If they did maybe they could integrate. Where I eat and drink the prices, measures and portions are the same regardless of nationality, race, age. As for Spaniards only being interested in money I find that insulting. I find bags of tomatoes and other vegetables on my doorstep,and no-one asks for anything in return. I know of many mixed marriages, none of the spouses are known as ‘foreigner’. They are family and treated as such. So take off your dark glasses, buy yourself a dictionary, enrol in language classes and drink in your local bars. Beverley Warnes, by email

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ERHAPS I become more cynical as age advances.The myth that Spain is welcoming I no longer buy. For many there is a touching romantic hippy-like devotion to Spain. Me; I am here for the climate, lifestyle and low cost of living. I live with reality, not because all Spanish welcome me here. To their credit, the Spanish have a rich and unique culture; they contribute much to literature, many art forms, exceptional soldiery and they have a colourful history. On the downside, protectively tribal they don’t integrate with Europeans. They welcome tourists, but don’t themselves do tourism or learn languages. On home ground, they can be intolerant of nonSpaniards. The Spanish translation for intolerant is conquistador; you didn’t mess with them. The Spanish Foreign Legion preceded the French Foreign Legion. Their battle song is; ‘We are the Sweethearts of Death.’ I would rather fall into the hands of a Gurkha than a Spanish

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legionnaire. The Spanish Civil War was unique in its senseless viciousness and atrocity; that was to fellow Spaniards. My father fought in it, my mother was a warm friend of La Pasionaria. The English are not to be sniffed at when it comes to war and plunder but are bronze medallists

compared to Poles and Spaniards. Of leading European powers between the 12th Century and 1925, England struggles into third place. Poland gets silver whilst Spain scoops the gold medal. Germany, including Prussia, is an also ran. Sunglasses are common in Spain, as are rose-tinted spectacles. How often I hear the refrain; ‘the Spanish are so welcoming.’ Well they would be if you enter the restaurant with a fistful of dollars. Try them in an environment where cash isn’t changing hands or is not their cash; there’s your true Spaniard, warts an’ all. Spanish bistro owners are known for two prices; local and ‘tourist.’ Most local government functionaries barely function and

do so with appalling bad grace. Corruption is rife; the postal service doesn’t deliver; their broadband is slow-band. They don’t do non-Spanish relationships and I don’t know a non-Spaniard who has dated a Spanish woman, let alone married one. I heard of one Brit who did so. They have kids and he’s gone native but still referred to as ‘the foreigner.’ Friends of mine came here as a young family in the 1970s. Had kids, school, yet have never been invited into a Spanish home. Many tell you the same thing. Many Spaniards owe their livelihoods to EU generosity, tourists and northern European retirees but are reluctant to show

appreciation. I’ll give them a tip; don’t criticise a farmer when your mouth’s full. I am not anti-Spanish... I am pro-reality. Being transparent is the best way to achieve mutual respect and harmony for both Spanish and non-Spanish. Mike Walsh, international columnist and broadcaster, ghost-writes for authors. His internationally acclaimed poetry appears in Russia, the U.S. and Europe.

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So anti-social unless family HAVING lived in Spain for 15 years and run a business here I agree with Mike Walsh rather than Linda Hall. The Spanish can be charming if they think you will spend money with them, but otherwise can be decidedly anti-social, unless of course you are ‘family’. The Spanish still receive EU money, while the British pay in £40 million (€50m) a day, as well as contributing significantly to the tourist industry. Despite this, foreigners will still be known as ‘guiris’ even when they speak the language fluently. We live in an all-Spanish community and have many Spanish friends, but instead of examining the depth of this friendship we prefer to reflect on the wonderful weather, beautiful scenery and bountiful supplies of fresh food. Spain is great, but don’t rely on the Spanish too much, you may be disappointed. Jennifer Rogers, Lorca

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ERE we go again: someone else is disenchanted because Spain will not, cannot, adjust to all the preconceptions. Anyone here for the climate, lifestyle and low cost of living should go to Tonga, Mr Walsh. Spain adds up to more than weather, habits or prices as the Prado, any mountain village, any archaeological site and any modern city centre wordlessly demonstrate. The Spanish are mystified by

YES Linda Hall, writer. patronising references to their ‘rich and unique culture.’ They know

Thoughts of the newbie that is the Costa del Sol coastline. We want to learn the language, understand the Spanish culture and not shy away from it. It’s early days yet. I have met nothing but a welcoming spirit from the Spaniards I’ve met. Apart from the national hobby of tailgating on motorways and a staunch refusal to use indicators, I

have rarely experienced the kind of attitude put forward by some expats with a great many more years under their belts. It was a big step for us, as it is for many people, but nothing I have seen so far has convinced me the decision was anything but the right one. Neal Butterworth, Editor, EWN

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Dig and find all the riches I CAN only think Mr Walsh was tonguein-cheek in taking his stance, if not then why not vote with his feet and find a country where everything is ‘hunky dory’. I cannot believe he is naive enough to believe that ‘grass is greener’ rubbish. Yes, Spain, like most other countries, has suffered greatly from the mismanagement, greed and corrupt actions of many in high office. But as Linda Hall argues quite successfully, if you dig below this layer you will still see a splendid country full of riches. Visit any restaurant on a Sunday lunchtime and you will see the Spanish family unit (three or four generations!) united around the table. Would that the UK still maintained this value! As for friendliness, we have several Spanish friends with whom we regularly socialise and do not understand his comments about them being prejudiced, insular or anti-expat Bill Mullaney, by email

Not yet reality MIKE WALSH got it absolutely spot on in his article. I spent years learning Spanish and dreamed of playing chess with the locals under the shade of a fig tree when I eventually retired. Ten years on and not one Spaniard has taken the time to talk to me in depth, let alone invite me into their house. They just seem indifferent to ‘los extranjeros’.

that rather than ‘contributing’ to global culture they are responsible for much of it. This isn’t Wikipedia, so I’ll spare you the names. The Spanish are more European than any Brit and don’t bang on about sovereignty. Their English is better than the Spanish spoken by the majority of Brits and pardon me for mentioning this, but in 1492 a certain Cristobal Colon – whatever his nationality - was bankrolled by Isabella and Ferdinand to do tourism on a very large scale. The Civil War was not unique because of its ‘senseless viciousness and atrocity.’ This applies to all wars, as the English would agree between 1642 - 1651. What was unique about the 1936-1939 war was the fact that the fascist defeat of socialism was welcomed by the West. They discovered too late that the bombings, frequently of women and children, by Franco’s fascist

helpers were a dress rehearsal for the Second World War. Mediterranean Spain is reliably sunny but the stronger the sun, the deeper the shadows and the Spanish can be opinionated, but are equally opinionated about each other. Profound distrust can still exist between autonomous regions which were once kingdoms and non-Spanish relationships are often less fraught than inter-Spanish relationships. Spanish bar owners have two different tariffs for locals and tourists, Mr Walsh? Just ask your Spanish friends how they feel when they venture into a British bar and instead of a free ‘tapa’ are grudgingly given the chance to buy a bag of crisps. The English were once termed a nation of shopkeepers and the Spanish became a nation of hotelkeepers. Most advantages were enjoyed by the accommodated, not the accommodators. What foreign tourists and investors give to Spain is no

donation: they get back more than they bestow. EU funds admittedly helped Spain in the Eighties when it was admitted to the club – that’s what the EU means. It’s more than the trading agreement that many Brits want it to be. Spain’s welcome to tourists and foreign residents is generally adequate and professional. Another huge misconception fails to appreciate that the Spanish buck the stereotype. They are reserved and can be dour and with the exception of relatives and their closest friends they keep their emotions close to their chests. Those travelling or settling here in search of pals would be better in the bra department at M & S. Having been seduced by a Spaniard almost 45 years ago* I’ll settle for that definition. And I’ll take Spain on its own terms, not mine. * Reader, I married him. Linda Hall has lived in Spain for 45 years and been writing about it for as long. Married, with a daughter, grandson and three cats.

I contrast this with Portugal and even France where the locals seem more friendly. In addition to what Mike wrote I find their attitude to discarding litter anywhere and everywhere and to the way they treat animals appalling. Best of luck to the gentleman who wants to learn Spanish and lose his innocence. To get to a level to maintain a conversation socially with Spaniards who are not noted for their patience and understanding takes an absolutely massive commitment, believe me. Roger Burton

Welcoming start DEAR ME! Mr Walsh did get out of the wrong side of the bed. Or did you just write the article as a devil’s advocate? I have only lived here two years but have been invited into Spanish homes. In fact a friend and I have started a Spanish/English conversation group whereby English and Spanish people meet in small groups on an ad hoc basis either in a café or each other’s homes. I live inland and find the local shopkeepers friendly and helpful, especially when I try to speak Spanish; they even correct my appalling pronunciation with a friendly smile. Helena McGinty by email

Just love it CONGRATULATIONS, Mike, on the article: I love it when you give ‘em it! Charlotte, Alhaurin el Grande

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Wedded bliss ANYONE who wants to attend the wedding of Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei could be one of 10 lucky fans winning invitations by posting on his Facebook page.He is getting hitched on November 9.

Pot luck DUTCH police arrested a woman in the port city of Rotterdam with 2,200 cannabis joints and 12 kilos of soft drugs. They went to the address looking for another man and noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from a locked bedroom.

Moose shock AN officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was injured after being charged by a bull moose while driving on patrol in central British Columbia.

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Regions argue over one millionth Russian tourist OLGA TAGANOVA became one in a million the moment she landed at Malaga Airport on October 31. She was the millionth Russian

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having welcomed 667,613 Russian tourists in the first nine months of this year. The decision was ‘incomprehensible’ Josep

No PP prizes for Bardem JAVIER BARDEM, Oscarwinner and husband of another Oscar-winner, Penelope Cruz, was dubbed a ‘great villain’ by PP politician Rafael Hernando. Earlier, Bardem had told an interviewer that Spain’s president Mariano Rajoy welcomed high unemployment figures. Labour conditions are ‘terrible’, the actor claimed, prompting a furious reply from Hernando.

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Maria Perramon, head of Cataluña’s tourist office for Russia and Eastern Europe, told the Spanish ambassador to Russia. Although only 66,125 Russian tourists visited Andalucia this year, the central government chose Malaga to celebrate the arrival of Olga Taganova, a doctor from the city of Vladimir. It is indisputable that one million Russian tourists visited Spain between January and October 31 but impossible to say exactly where the ‘tourist in a million’ touches down, admitted the Spanish embassy in Moscow. In Andalucia it is hoped that reaching the landmark number, together with direct flights between Malaga and Moscow, will encourage winter tourism. Spain is the third most important destination for Russian tourists, who each spend an average €1,500, half as much again as other nationalities.

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MAZING, isn’t it? The number of people queuing up to claim they knew so little about Jimmy Savile’s ‘activities’. First, Mark Thompson, former BBC Director-General. Despite being in the post for the past eight years, he nevertheless only ‘formed the impression’ last December that Newsnight was investigating allegations of sex abuse against the DJ. Next Sir Roger Jones, former BBC Governor and Head of Children in Need, who banned Savile from the telethon: “Children In Need knew the biggest thing to guard against was paedophiles – they were like flies around the honey pot.” But Sir Roger did nothing to ‘out’ him. Yet eight criminal allegations were formally recorded against Savile, two of rape and six of indecent assault, covering six decades. David Nicolson, Jim’ll Fix It director, claimed BBC bosses ignored his attempts to expose Savile after catching him having sex with a young girl in his dressing-room. Commonplace behaviour apparently. “Everybody was at it on Top of the Pops,” according to Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt.

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Complacency or coverup? Either way is wrong Breaking Views Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in Nora’s column, go to


Complacency or… cover-up? Either way, some ageing rock stars are reportedly nervous about the investigations. On a different note, I’d like to thank readers who regularly write in to my website, which gets hits from all over. This past week’s been a bit different, though. Immediately following my last piece about President Vladimir Putin, I was a bit surprised by a visit (but no comment) from Russia. Specifically Moscow. Did someone there visit the website after catching my piece on the web? Now, this wasn’t negative, but, nonetheless, I’m

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T ALL started with a nervous twitch, a preoccupation with surfing travel websites and general nostalgia for all things (how to put this delicately?) nonSpanish. I even considered buying a ticket anywhere, just to gain access to the holy sanctuary of the new Starbucks in Palma airport. When I mentioned this to expat friends, they confirmed my fears; I was deep in the throes of ‘island fever’, which despite the term, can strike expats anywhere. So, when my daughters showed even a remote interest in seeing Paris for their half-term break, I was more than happy to oblige. Ooh la la! What joy, what fun! Having left a balmy Spain behind, the cold air at Orly was like a slap in the face and the first reminder how blessed we are in Southern Europe. But, alas, we came prepared, dressed in more layers than a prize onion. On arrival, the educational tour began. “Why is it called the city of love?” my eldest quizzed, after we

Expat Strife Swedish-born Ulrica is a freelance journalist living in Mallorca with her family. Her debut novel $Expat Wives is available on Amazon and iBooks. To comment on any of the issues raised in Ulrica’s column, go to ulrica-marshall

OOH LA LA: The Eiffel Tower by night.


abandoned the four-hour queue to go up the Eiffel Tower and skipped Musée d’Orsay’s equally imposing human snake. “Ah, the culture and the history of ‘amour’,” I suggested. Securely on a boat on the Seine, we perused the beauty of the place from a dry and warmish comfort, but the ‘love’ remained elusive; Place de la Concorde (“But the lady said all those people had their heads chopped off in the guillotine?”) or Notre Dame (“But Quasimodo and Esmeralda died, didn’t they?”). There was also little love lost in the cafe, where the most unhappy waiter in the world begrudgingly served us coffees at

€6.50 a pop and the few free taxis zipping around paid scant attention to us. I found myself perusing the weather report in Mallorca, most envious of the 18 degrees back there compared to the single

digits on the Rive Gauche. “I could never live in Paris,” the children agreed, “it’s too cold…” For the record, I do love Paris the hustle and bustle, the muted hues - even in the grey of autumn, this city is like an artist’s

canvas. So, we ended up seeing most of it from the outside, but it was still worth it. I couldn’t quite convince them it was the city of love, nor squeeze in the shopping time I had hoped, but it was precisely what we needed: A quick break from the norm, to see something new, eat some fabulous food, which will take weeks of frugality to work off. No limits crepes and chocolate chauds for the ‘enfants’ and delicious Bordeaux for us. They say that to travel is not to spend money, it is to invest it, and as expats in a holiday haven, we sometimes have to remind ourselves of the world out there. As we landed in Palma, I realised I was fully cured of my fever - for now - relieved to shed a few layers of clothing until the cold weather sets in here, too. Content with my usual café solo and ensaimada at the local, where service comes with a smile and a chat, though I did bring the laptop to check out travel options for next year. We can always dream, even living in Utopia.

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HAKESPEARE has possessed me and is exerting undue influence upon me (which means I get all the angst without the talent). So until he ups and leaves you will have to put up with the references, I’m afraid. I’m positively Elizabethan at the moment, all red hair and white face, glancing out to sea holding a wan hand up to my eyes and contemplating murder most foul. Not, I hasten to add, of king or captain, but of the canine variety. For the past two days and nights the dog next door has been howling like the Hound of the Baskervilles (don’t worry, Conan Doyle is only visiting). I feel like I have woken in a wolf-infested forest of the late 1500s and am half expecting the sound of huntsmen on horses or the odd Tudor monarch traipsing through the undergrowth looking for the Golden Hind or a tasty boar or two. I wonder what Henry V would have done had he moved in with me (probably have me executed as a witch), put on his armour and threaten the dog’s

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Let loose the dogs of war 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). To comment on any of the issues raised in Suzanne Manners’s column, go to

owner, stand on a mound and give a motivating speech or batter down the garage door and let the dog loose whilst crying havoc? I guess if the damned dog was called Spot I could plump for the obvious cry of ‘out damned Spot, out I say!’ and hope for the best. At present humour is the only thing that’s stopping me from pulling out my hair and casting a spell. I do however wonder at the selfishness of dog owners who

allow their pets to disturb the peace and quiet of a neighbourhood. People complain about cats but cats don’t bark all night or foul the pavements and unlike dogs they at least chase away rats and cockroaches. Anyway, let us not dwell on the negative but celebrate the positives. The temperature is moderate, the sun still shining and it’s time to dust off the boots and scarves and all those lovely jumpers that hide a world of naughty lumps and bumps caused by cakes and beer and doughnuts consumed in gay abandon on hot beaches. I love winterwear as much as I hate winter weather (hence the move to Spain) and am looking forward to treating myself to yet another pair of

boots from the market (cunningly designed to last exactly one winter before crumbling to dust in the wardrobe). The reason for this excess of goodwill towards myself is the joyous fact that at last I am changing career and will finally be employed to do something I love. My fifth decade looks to be on course to be a good one and while I will continue to feel sadness at the loss of my youth, I will stride forward into a new challenge like Henry V on the field of Agincourt surrounded by his exhausted but enthusiastic men (unfortunately I have neither exhausted nor enthusiastic men surrounding me).

Calendar girls bare all for local charities By Dilip Kuner PENSIONERS and mothers aged between 30 and 70 are among 16 women who have stripped for a saucy charity calendar. When the curtain rises in Fuengirola tomorrow (Friday) on a six-day amatuer production of the global hit film Calendar Girls, the women featured on the Salon Varietes Theatre’s 2013 calendar will be able to claim more than a peep of inside knowledge at what it is all about. For the not so blushing ladies have bared nearly all for the risqué photoshoot, and

seemingly without a regret or blush in sight. Forty-six-year-old Catrina Helsby - who plays Ruth in the amateur production and is the calendar’s Miss November pin-up - has no regrets. “I do a lot of productions here. When I heard they were doing Calendar Girls I was straight in for it.” And her 16-year-old daughter Dahlia was not opposed despite teenagers often being easily embarrassed by parents. “She had no qualms about the show or the calendar, and in

HOWLER: Noisy dogs induce murderous thoughts.

As far as barking dogs I’ll take Henry V’s advice and ‘Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage; then lend the eye a terrible aspect.’ Either that or I’ll howl at the dog until it stops or someone calls the police.

PINUPS: The ladies who have bared all for the saucy shots.

fact wanted to be in the calendar. “And my husband Dave doesn’t mind either, but he will probably be the first to say put your clothes back on.” Meanwhile fellow Miss June calendar girl Sandra Lilleywhite, aged 49, also found that her teenage son Greg, and 21-year-old daughter Lucy “thought it was great.

“But then they have been involved in the theatre themselves. They know their mum is up for anything.” Calendar photographer Mike Naylor admitted some of the women were a bit nervous and reluctant to take all their clothes off to start with. “But I needed them naked for the shots because even though all their naughty bits are

covered, I could not show any straps. But it went like magic.” Six of the 11 women featured on the calendar appear in the stage production, and five others work backstage or front of house at the theatre. The calendar is on sale for €5. Show tickets are available from the box office on 952 474 542.


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Licensed taxi drivers need to go on charm offensive THERE is friction between licensed cab drivers and pirates, especially those doing lucrative airport pick-ups. It cannot be a price-cutting issue as there isn’t that much difference between them. Licensed drivers have a reputation for lack of transparency in pricing and king of the road driving practices. Pirate drivers are more considerate and tend to speak By Mike Walsh their passengers’ language; they are a hard act to To comment on any of the issues raised in Mike’s column, go to follow. /columnists/mike-walsh As their public image is not good, it might pay if licensed drivers were to go on a charm offensive. Hats off to Seville is providing free transport to cab driver Rafael Segura; he health centres to cancer

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SO A Madrid lady driver, who pursued a handbag thief, mowed him down and killed him, is unlikely to face more than a charge of traffic misdemeanour. The police accept the assailant was ‘accidentally’ hit ‘due to the momentum of the car’. It sounds perfectly reasonable. I must remember this should I ever be involved in hapless misjudgement when driving. When stealing Spanish ladies’ handbags, avoid those with car keys.

LAST RUN: Tragedy on the road.

Road madness A BRITISH pensioner taking part in a popular run has died. Yes, I know he was experienced, but really, should a gentleman, said to be between the ages of 65 and 75, be taking part in 10km runs anywhere, never mind highways? From a very early age, I taught my sons the most important word in the English language is ‘anticipation.’ Always anticipate the possible consequences of your intentions.

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Nevada this winter. Starting from December 7, Hispania Airways will launch two flights a week from Gatwick to Granada, which is 32km away from the ski resort. Passengers will be allowed up to 20kg of luggage and can carry their ski equipment free of charge. Meanwhile, more than 61 per cent of foreign nationals visiting the Sierra Nevada are British.

THE Andalucian Tourism Board has launched a new ‘movie tourism’ campaign. Developed with the help of the Andalucia Film Commission, the route proposes destinations all along Andalucia which were actually used as shooting scenarios for Hollywood and Spanish films. Malaga city, for example, was portrayed by Antonio Banderas in his 2006 title ‘Summer Rain’, while Robert de Niro and Harvey Keitel visited Antequera for ‘The Bridge of San Luis Rey’ (2004). ANDALUCIA STARS: Carmen, the classic featuring Paz Vega, was shot in Ronda.


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Promising new pill may help Alzheimer’s A NEW pill said to halt the onset of Alzheimer’s disease could be on the market in four years. Currently known as LMTX, it is thought to be twice as good as anything already available and could greatly slow, and possibly even halt, the onset of the disease. The pill – developed by British scientists – has already been tested on patients, with ‘unprecedented’ results according to its inventor, Professor Claude Wischik, who said: “It flat lines the disease. If you get in early, you can pull people back from the brink.” Meanwhile, scientists are also looking at the link between the disease and Type 2 diabetes. The new theory has led to hope that treatments for diabetes may also help dementia sufferers.

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Comparing food prices online FOOD price comparison sites could finally become commonplace in Spain, with shoppers in Madrid now able to search for the cheapest groceries online. The distribution group E. Leclerc wants to expand in the Spanish market through acquisitions and partnerships with independent entrepreneurs but with a low price image, so have launched a website comparing six compe-

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Life in the fast lane for an expat singleton in Spain AUTUMN brings mixed feelings. The chaos and allure of the summer have passed, many fellow expatriates have moved on to sunnier climes until spring, and the social scene has subdued. Autumn and winter really test young expats with many of us originally relocating here for the hot weather, outdoor lifestyle and promise of new faces. But I aim to guide readers through these next few months as a singleton, with tales of what truly happens when the TOWIE wannabes leave and real life returns. And, no, that doesn’t include spending weekends alone sobbing into my bottle of Pinot Blush. Well, I sincerely hope not.

As I see it... Ana JeffersonSmith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain

Sadly the ‘new’ season didn’t exactly get off to a great personal start. While driving home at seven from a night out, I was pulled over by the police. My heart instantly sank into my slingbacks. Simply a routine stop, surely? There were six other behind me. I know I am not the only

one who on occasions has got behind the wheel while questioning if they should be driving. But the nightclubs are dotted so sporadically along the coast, the predicament has been do I risk driving or do I hand over the extortionate taxi rates? I have always chosen the former. So, pulled over, given that it was Halloween night, the Guardia Civil were a little taken aback when they were presented with a gory corpse bride stepping out of the car. Thankfully, I was among other fancy-dressed drivers, including one disguised as Jimmy Savile… After performing two breath tests and a nervous 20-minute wait, it was revealed.

I was over the limit, so had to say goodbye to €500 through the bank and hello to six points. More importantly, was I about to kiss goodbye to my new dream job...? Why did I have that last tequila? Damn that hot bartender… but I’ve had my eye on him for a while. What was I meant to do? Turn down a free shot from a hottie? I think not. I am not proud. But the real depth of my problem is that I never drove on a night out in the UK, so why is it so different here? For some reason, the temptation to drive locally is just too much. In future, hopefully, I will not be so stupid. And nor should you be.

Hiking hub hopes for Axarquia PLANS are afoot to turn the Axarquia into THE place for hiking, through the SGR 242, a brand new 80-kilometre walking route which connects Periana and Nerja. It was developed by local businesses as a way to boost tourism and attract foreign visitors to the area. “We are now ready to start marketing the product and hope to attract many foreign customers, as well as Spanish ones,” said Almudena Martin from Las Monjas guesthouse in Periana, who has helped design a guide for the route. SGRs (Senderos de Gran Recorrido) are recognised trails covering 50 kilometres or more.

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Order more goods from manufacturers. Raw product output takes a turn for the better. Less people on dole. Economy thrives and everybody wins. Frankly, I believe that whoever has the incentive and know-how to kick all this into action can have all the yachts and private planes they want. Compared to the prosperity they can bring to whole nations, their indulgences are a mere drop in the ocean. These entrepreneurs should be encouraged by every means possible. But not according to the left-wing brigade who would rather see them clad in sackcloth and ashes. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tax them to the hilt!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; they scream. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hit their yachts, planes and luxuries!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Everybody out!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Give â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em as much aggravation as possible.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Result? Businessman packs up, moves or loses business, sacks staff and the whole process I have described above goes into reverse. Result? Economic disaster. Not rocket science, is it? Simply common sense. Keep the faith Love Leapy

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S mentioned two weeks ago, we were asked to write a column about trees that grow wide naturally as they mature and trees that can be trained to grow wide at a relatively young age to give garden shade. Firstly, we would like to highlight that when visiting Spain for holidays in the 1970s, most Spanish villa gardens had a number of large, spreading mature trees that gave ample shade including shading half or more of the pool. Typically the mature trees were, from memory, Ficus Elastic rubber trees, Araucaria Heterophylla Norfolk Island pines, evergreen large-leafed and large flowered Magnolia Grande Flores, cherry trees trained on wires, Albizia silk trees, jacarandas, very old standard citrus trees, Pinus Nigra Maritime Corsican pine and sometimes Querus ilex holm oaks. Naturally such trees dropped leaves and spent flowers, but no one was too bothered as in those days an inexpensive gardener swept and hosed the garden early each morning. Nowadays too few


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trained on wires when young to create a green, flat umbrella with most,

if not all, the vertical growth cut off. Possibilities include figs, cherries, white and red fruited mulberries, apricot, olive and juniper. Relatively fast-growing trees that can be grown with three metres of bare trunk so the shaded area beneath the tree can be treated as an outdoor room. Possibilities include Pinus halepensis the Aleppo pine, almonds, cherry, false peppers, jacarandas and Albizias silk trees, oleanders, olives and acacias.

If you are not too keen on large trees, significant areas of shade can be created by growing vigorous climbing plants over gazebos. There are 25 possible climbing plants described and illustrated in Section 4.6 of our book ‘Your Garden in Spain’. The typical height/length and width of growth of each is indicated. Just glancing through our book ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ reminds you that grape, kiwi, kiwino and passion fruit vines can also be trained over gazebos for shade and easy harvesting. Swept-up leaves and dead flowers can be used to create a useful mulch material to use under shrubs and trees to suppress weeds and help retain moisture in the soil. Interestingly, the issue of shade came up several times at the launch on the Costa Blanca of Dick’s new booklet ‘Making Waterless Gardens a Practical Reality Worldwide’. ©Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain. com November 2012

CHILTERN Seeds have given Dick a large box of mixed vegetable seeds for readers interested in growing vegetables in the garden, on the apartment terrace or on a local allotment. He will slip some in the envelope for anyone buying books through

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1h56m Director: Sarah Polley Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman

BOOKS Judith Atkinson’s new book explains the miracles of third age and how to harness your Female Power. This is one woman’s purpose to explore feminine power and bringing balance and equity to the planet. Judith Atkinson is an ex-teacher and business woman who has lived in Spain for over 10 years. As retirement beckoned she believed

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Get both business and personal plans sorted out in the coming week. Thereafter, changes to your routine may be necessary, which is disruptive. The best-laid plans can need adjustment, so donʼt beat yourself up over that.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Someone close has ideas about how things should be at home this Christmas. Although you wish to show an interest, and should, they may be more ʻhands onʼ than you.

women in mid-life had an enormous amount to offer. Judith’s research shows that the planet is at a pivotal stage in its evolution and that the time is now for women to redress the balance of power and move the planet forward for future generations. Her goal is to help to empower women around the world

Y our S tars

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Making a new start is not always the exciting thing that people imagine. When there are still old matters to be resolved, it takes the edge off the pleasure. It may be worth cooling off a new relationship until your social life is more settled.

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Although you may be looking for someone or something special in the months ahead, perhaps you are asking too much. When the time is right it will happen.

Do whatever your talents allow to help because this will not be forgotten.

you have been thinking of as a chore turns out to be a great ball of fun.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

The pleasure you will get from helping in the home this week should not be underestimated. What

Your relationships to others linked to the home environment are going well. Aim to build on that this week because the

regardless of their age, religion or politics to accept their feminine power and spirituality and achieve their purpose in life. She will achieve this by interviewing and videoing other ordinary women who are now living extraordinary lives. The book is published by ( /JuJgZC) and Create Space ( Also available on Kindle.

Eduardo Punset, Born November 9, 1936 he is a Spanish lawyer, economist, and scientific populariser. He was an economic writer for the BBC and is the author of several books on economic analysis and social thought.


chance to make a real change to your surroundings opens up. Comfort is top of your agenda and the continuing sales give scope. Restlessness can be channelled into an energetic response when others seek help. Taking on a small charitable task makes you smile and brings satisfaction.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Your mind is as sharp as a razor this week, so woe betide anyone who tries to trick you. Itʼs a great time to use your talents fully, particularly in regard to a business venture. It is possible that your strengths are a little unrecognised so donʼt be afraid to try something entirely new.


TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

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

This week is mainly concerned with financial matters, and it is easy to both save and make extra money. Keep your energy levels high by making the most of chances to exercise and get out in the fresh air.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)



The repayment of a favour should see you with extra money in your pocket. Holding on to it is your best bet. .

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) A social gathering turns up an old friend who makes an offer. Although you may feel unworthy, please be reminded of the times in the past when you have given them support. It will be through others that real progress will be made.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

Fill all the empty squares using the numbers 1 to 9, so that the sum of each horizontal block equals the ‘clue’ on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once. Solution on website.

Just joking How many Marxists does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, the seeds of revolution and change are within the light bulb itself. What town in England makes terrible sandwiches? Oldham! What would you call theft in Peking? A Chinese takeaway! Have you got a funny joke? Include full name and town you live in.

Keep energy levels high by being at the hub of any social activities. Accept all invitations, however dull you feel they may turn out and allow yourself to be surprised. Continue with any check-ups on your health, eating sensibly if you overindulged during the holiday.

10-star quiz EARLY 20TH CENTURY

1. In 1907, which celebrated nurse was the first woman to receive the Order of Merit? 2. Which Middle Eastern republic was known as Persia until 1935? 3. What name was given to the 1912 hoax in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human? 4. Built between 1931 and 1936, by what name was the Hoover Dam originally known? 5. First introduced in 1914, what did the acronym DORA stand for? 6. Which London Underground tube station was known as Gillespie Road between 1906 and 1932? 7. Which British composer founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1932 and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946? 8. Meaning ‘cordial understanding’, which French expression was used to refer to a series of agreements signed on April 8, 1904 between the UK and the French Third Republic? 9. Named after the prison near Rochester in Kent, where the system was first introduced in 1908, what was a place of detention for offenders aged between 15 and 21, known as until 1983? 10. Of which country in south-eastern Europe was King Zog I the ruler between 1925 and 1939?


When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen). When Margot learns Daniel lives across the street, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint.

Exploring one’s feminine power

TARGET: Average: 31 Good: 40


adit, anti, baht, bait, bath, bint, dint, hint, tanh, than, thaw, thin, twin, wait, want, what, whit, with, habit, twain, width, bandit, BANDWIDTH

Word ladder BUYS

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) As you have decided to rearrange both your business and home life, it is a busy time, indeed. You enjoy a challenge so it will not worry you that other people have different ideas.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Concentrating on hearth and home gives you great satisfaction. As a born home-maker, you relish the idea of making something beautiful. This week it may be possible to show more of your skills when someone seeks your advice. This time it is on more of a personal note and you could end up helping with appearances.

Very good: 58 Excellent: 71

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


Move from the start word (BUYS) to the end word (TIME) in the same number of steps as there are rungs on the Word Ladder. You must only change one letter at a time.


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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Wallops feet covering (5) 4 Casual Roman upset about his daughter (6) 9 Prepared for different trade-in (7) 10 Hand-cuffs (5) 11 Taking off from British Islesʼ Stanstead Airport (4) 12 The object is to add nothing to a cooked supper (7) 13 Abstract art shop (3) 14 The charge is all right (4) 16 Simple pastime as youngster? Not altogether (4) 18 Fill out a notebook (3) 20 Exeter motorway crash is far away (7) 21 Temptation found in Cuba, Italy and France (4) 24 Ran Kansas classes (5) 25 Church in China developing the bends (7) 26 Second part finishes, but still hands over the money (6) 27 Warbles in The Rising Sun (5) Down 1 Put down roots in North Yorkshire (6) 2 A fellowʼs legs may be protected by these (5) 3 Poison gases produce air (4) 5 Gripped exotic-bred boas (8) 6 Monsters created from dead organs (7) 7 Get the hang of being a teacher

Funagram 1. Unscramble the name of a famous nursery rhyme character: OIL LONG DECK 2. Unscramble the name of a current Scottish Premier League football team: USSR TYCOON

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Route (4) 3 Works (5) 6 Jarabe (líquido) (5) 8 Verdad (5) 10 Rata (3) 11 Key (door) (5) 12 Onza (peso) (5) 13 Monja (3) 14 Sonido (5) 15 Empinado (cuesta) (5) 16 Fox (5) 17 Cabeza (de persona) (4)

Down 1 Resultados (de elecciones, exámenes, competiciones) (7) 2 Stuttering (9) 4 Botones (7) 5 Sleet (9) 7 To catch (fire) (7) 9 Guest (hotel) (7)

Co d e B r e a ke r (6) 8 Translate taped expert (5) 13 Are Leeds constituents allowed to go free (8) 15 Very serious in grammatical form (7) 17 Should end in bearʼs whiskers

26 Overcome (6) Down 1 Lose hope (7) 2 Gregorian intonation (5) 3 Impartial (7) 5 Surplus (5) 6 Nought (7) 7 Wait on (5) 8 Indentations (11) 15 Chemical element (7) 16 Impose (7) 17 Admire (7) 19 Estimate (5) 20 Capture (5) 22 Pursue (5)



Answers: Fair play, Go back on


Across 1 Respectable (6) 4 Racket game (6) 9 Height (7) 10 Private instructor (5) 11 Later on (5) 12 Understand (7) 13 Beer (3) 14 Revolutionary (5) 16 Keen (5) 18 Male child (3) 19 Italian dumpling (7) 21 Concentration (5) 23 Force out (5) 24 Recount (7) 25 Be in a rage (6)


(6) 18 Juicy fruit, penny apiece (5) 19 The rest from the Isley Brothers (6) 22 Once more a drink has the answer (5) 23 Appreciates lodgings (4)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Opiate, 5 Grouse, 8 Bond, 9 Bracelet, 10 Relegate, 11 Awed, 12 Berate, 14 Herbal, 16 Item, 18 Marginal, 20 Magnesia, 21 Chin, 22 Falcon, 23 Dorset. Down: 2 Protege, 3 Addle, 4 Embrace, 5 Grape, 6 Openair, 7 Suede, 13 Almanac, 14 Harvard, 15 Avarice, 17 Tiara, 18 Mason, 19 Incur. QUICK - Across: 1 Pat, 3 Bossa nova, 8 Raids, 9 Leading, 10 Ire, 11 Ahead, 12 Collide, 13 Sparse, 15 Ushers, 19 Promise, 21 Admit, 23 Mar, 24 Unaware, 25 Traps, 26 Prototype, 27 Sty. Down: 1 Perhaps, 2 Twice, 3 Besides, 4 Select, 5 Avail, 6 Orifice, 7 Argue, 14 Avocado, 16 Startle, 17 Satisfy, 18 Remedy, 19 Plump, 20 Imago, 22 Moans. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Stamps, 4 Vaso, 8 Plans, 9 Ritmo, 10 Two, 11 Suave, 12 Meals, 15 Lip, 16 Spade, 18 Espia, 19 Nail, 20 Tapete. Down: 1 Sapos, 2 Araña, 3 Pasteles, 5 Ant, 6 Oro, 7 Trompeta, 13 Apple, 14 Shape, 16 Son, 17 Ahi.





























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


Quote Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

Bruce Lee (1940-1973) Asian American actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher and director.


Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 13 represents M and 5 represents Z, so fill in M every time the figure 13 appears and Z every time the figure 5 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.



LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Handle, 2 States, 3 Adhere, 4 Sheets, 5 Health, 6 Labour, 7 Helped, 8 Leered, 9 Needed, 10 Parted, 11 Reader, 12 Tweeds, 13 Belted, 14 Dwells, 15 Elders, 16 Bagged, 17 Metres, 18 Padded, 19 Speedy



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Secret of a good house purchase I AM often astonished by the way that people buy property, given that it is one of the most important purchases that they will ever make. Few people seem to know the secret to buying property and operate with a carelessness that often causes huge problems. “A secret to buying property?” I here you ask, amazed: “A single secret? The man is a fool…” Well, you know, there is a secret and an absolute one.

Nick Snelling

Web master and author of 5 books including: ‘How to Buy Spanish Property and Move to Spain – Safely’ and ‘The Laptop Entrepreneur’ To comment on any of the issues raised in Nick Snelling’s column, go to cksnelling

Only ever buy a property that is easily resaleable. It is that simple! At least, the ‘secret’ is

that ‘simple’ - although finding a property that is easily resaleable is far from easy. It can be a real challenge and never more so than in a country you do not know well and that takes years to ‘read’ properly. Of course, making a decision to buy a property because it is easily resaleable is nothing if not counter-intuitive. Indeed, the very last thing on your mind, when buying your dream home, is the thought of selling it.

Planning at all-time low FRESH figures from the Ministry of Public Works in Spain show that planning approvals for the construction of new homes have fallen to the lowest level on record. They declined to just 2,647 in August, which is just a fraction of the volumes recorded during the boom years up to 2006. The tally also represents a sharp fall compared to August last year, when planning approvals fell by 39 per cent, whilst year to date they were down 41 per cent, and by 94 per cent compared to the same period in 2006.

Construction completions will almost certainly continue to fall as they generally lag behind planning approvals by approximately two years. While the drop in house building levels is disastrous news for developers working in the sector, it is good news for the wider Spanish property market, which desperately needs buyers to absorb the chronic oversupply of existing homes in the country, particularly in coastal regions, which have contributed significantly to the property market crash in recent years.

KEY FACTOR: Only ever buy a property that is easily resaleable. However, that is the way any investor would look at a property because he knows that resaleability is everything. It is what defines the price, the stability of that price and any prospects of growth. Vitally, it also defines whether the investor can liquidate his investment quickly and easily and, at the very least, get his money back. Your retort might be that you are not buying your property as an investor but because you want a lovely holiday home or permanent residence that suits your requirements. However, the truth is that you will almost certainly end up selling it, despite any honestly held belief that it is a property for ‘life’.

This is even more likely when you buy abroad, where many factors can militate against remaining away from your home country forever. Not least, ill-health and old age can be powerful forces to drive you back ‘home’, as can be the death of your partner or the appearance of grandchildren. With a holiday home, the need to liquidate some money often comes into play, with it being one of the first targets for releasing capital. So, one way or another at some time or other - you will sell and, when you do, it will be of vital importance that you can do so quickly and easily, with the least possible stress. I would emphasise the ‘least possible stress’

because few things are more stressful than selling property. The trouble is that the ‘stress’ is often due to your beloved property not being (and never was going to be) easily resaleable! By comparison, sellers who know their property is easily resaleable and who, over the years, have frequent approaches from potential buyers wanting to buy their home, are justifiably relaxed. For them, selling just becomes a matter of how much they can sell for, given market conditions at the time. Are there guidelines regarding resaleable property in Spain? There are - and that is something I will tackle over the coming weeks.

RELIEF: Mortgage rate drops.

Mortgage prices fall by almost half MORTGAGES are now 40 per cent cheaper than four years ago when the Euribor reached the highest level in its history (above 5 per cent), with an average mortgage now costing €3,420 less, according to data published by the Spanish Mortgage Association (AHE). In October 2008, the monthly payment for an average mortgage of €120,000 over a 25-year term was €719 – €8,520 a year – while in October, with the new Euribor rate, the monthly payment was €433 – €5,196 per year – a saving of €286 per month, or 40 per cent less.





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Two shining moments in Spanish automotive history…. By Jack Gaioni IN ANY conversation about automobiles and the reputations of the countries that produce them, invariably stereotypes will abound. For example, a discussion of exceptional automotive engineering will most likely include mention of Germany’s BMW or Mercedes Benz. How about luxury? Certainly Britain’s Rolls Royce or America’s Cadillac are obvious candidates. Speed? Try Italy’s Ferrari or Maserati. For efficiency and durability? Certainly some of the Japanese brands should be included in that conversation. To be sure, exceptions on many levels can and do occur. Also, the automotive industry is changing so rapidly that those stereotypes that existed in the past may no longer apply today. It might come as a surprise to many people to know that Spain is the sixth largest producer of autos worldwide and has one of the largest markets in all of Europe. This begs the question; “where is Spain” in these discussions? Consider…

CLASSY: The Exeo is one of Seat’s high-end models. (Source: flickr, David Villarreal.)

PARTY ON: The Fiesta is built in Ford’s production plant in Valencia. (Source: flickr, ben.chaney.archive.)

In the first half of the 20th century, Spain’s economy was unquestionably underdeveloped compared to other Western European countries. Spain had a substandard infrastructure, a severely limited market and a lack of technological know-how. Most problematical, however, was a lack of large investment capital needed for mass production. The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) squelched any hopes

Today, SEAT’s pioneering model of rebadging and full range of production seems to be the automobile industry rule rather than the exception. SEAT is marketed in more than 70 countries with nearly three quarters of its annual production exported outside Spain. They have made major inroads into Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa but perhaps most notably in China, all countries considered successful emerging markets. SEAT seems poised for more continued success. American auto giant and Ford Chairman Henry Ford II had a deep affinity for Spain. He visited often, respected Spanish culture and frequently met with top dignitaries from government and business. While still under Franco’s iron-fisted rule, Ford met with future King Juan Carlos and immediately recognised the young man’s diplomatic and business prowess. Ford was convinced of Spain’s future potential as a country on the cusp of rapid modernisation. As early as 1972 work began behind the scenes in Spain and the U.S. to create a practical fuelefficient ‘small car for the world’’. In 1973 the fuel crisis rocked the world adding to Ford’s production urgency. By 1974 construction of Ford’s massive Valencia manufacturing complex began and the Ford Fiesta, so named because of Henry’s new connection with Spain, began. In a few short

POP CULTURE: The mythical Seat 600 is not just a car, but a sign of an era for Spanish families.

of the foreign investments needed to reverse this trend. In the 1940s, however, a decision by the Franco government was made to establish a new national car brand using ‘Spanish only’ mass production. By 1950, under the denomination ‘Sociedad Espanola de Automoviles de Turismo’, or the SEAT auto company was formed. Franco leaned heavily on his traditional allies, Italy (Fiat) and Germany (Volkswagen) for investment and oversight. By 1954 the use of Spanish only made components in SEAT production was at 93 per cent from 0 per cent in only four years-- a remarkable achievement. By 1957 the company launched the historic SEAT 600 which proved to be the car that literally motorised Spain. It was the first car for many poorer Spaniards and became the symbol of post-civil war Spanish economic miracle. SEAT’s marketing prowess continues today as they are among the first manufacturer to successfully feature their vehicles and components through a process known as ‘rebadging’. For example, SEAT’s Ibiza is essentially the same as Volkswagen’s Polo, while the SEAT EXEO is marketed as the Audi A4. This has allowed SEAT to produce the full spectrum of product lines from some of the world’s most efficient, to prize winning style designs to even motorsport and Formula-One cars.

years, the Ford Fiesta was the best selling car in Britain and Germany and had made deep inroads into the U.S. markets. By 1982, the Fiesta had been the best selling car in its class for six years running. Many technological improvements (e.g. anti-lock breaks, air bags etc.) were in fact, innovations born of Fiesta’s cutting edge prowess. Last year the Ford Fiesta celebrated its 35th anniversary in Spain with a total of 15 million vehicles sold worldwide. Ford’s entry into Spain’s auto industry and SEAT’s remarkable business model were in the right place at the right time. Between 1940 and the late 1970s is a period categorised by some as The Spanish Economic Miracle. Spain’s growth rate was the second highest in the world (behind Japan) and became the world’s ninth largest economy. Undeniably, Spain’s entry into the industrialised community was propelled in large part by its auto industry efforts. As the SEAT and Ford experience has shown, centralised co-operative efforts, sound international management, localised research and production facilities, and the ability to produce a full spectrum of designs, are concepts not unknown to Spain. Spanish cars may never be confused with a German Mercedes or an Italian Lamborghini but her business models are laudable.

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Fiat 500L now available in the Spanish market FIAT has launched the 500L - the L stands for ‘Large’ - in Spain. It is their new addition to the 500 range, which, following the Abarth and Cabrio versions, furthers the brand’s strategy, with the aim of extending its offer by introducing models in a position to satisfy different types of customers. With the ‘L’, the 500 expands and grows together with customers, to accommodate new experiences and needs once more. Featuring MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road and the restrained dimensions and efficiency of a B segment car, the new Fiat model defies the conventional distinctions between the various segments, combining the typical characteristics of different categories in order to create a distinctive alternative to the traditional B and C segments.

‘L’ FOR LARGE: Those who enjoy comfort will appreciate the passenger space. With the 500L, the Fiat brand demonstrates its creative spirit once more. It features a five-seater single-volume structure which is 414 cm long, 178 cm wide and 166 cm high. It is a further development of the concept of ‘cab forward’ introduced by Fiat with the 600 Multipla, a precursor to the concept of the compact people carrier.

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Subaru to launch new Forester FUJI Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced the all-new Subaru Forester will make its world premiere on November 13 in Japan. Following the premiere, the all-new Forester will then be introduced worldwide. FHI has also announced a special website for the product to raise customer interest before the unveiling.

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United go top, Kimi comes first as Judd takes number one spot WE were back to Champions League action this week with AC Milan-Malaga, Manchester City-Ajax, Real MadridDortmund and SchalkeBy Tony Matthews Arsenal in action on A former football player and the Tuesday and world’s most prolific author of Bragafootball books (more than 100 Manchester published), Tony is also the sports United, Celticreporter for Spectrum Radio and Barcelona and lives in the Cabrera mountains. ChelseaShakhtar battling it out last night. This evening, in the Europa League, it’s Anzhi-Liverpool, Bruges- ABU DHABI WINNER: Kimi Newcastle and SpursMaribor. classic 4th round League And this Sunday, the Cup-tie. Twenty-four big games in England are hours earlier Reading Chelsea-Liverpool and and Arsenal were Manchester City-Spurs involved in a terrific (both live on Sky). encounter which the Last weekend, Gunners won 7-5 after Manchester United beat extra-time. Theo Walcott Arsenal 2-1 to top the PL hit a hat-trick for the for the first time this winners who were 4-0 season… Chelsea drew at down after 37 minutes Swansea, Manchester before embarking on the City were held at West greatest comeback in the Ham and Wigan won at history of the 50+ year Tottenham… Steven competition. Elsewhere, Gerrard made his 600th Middlesbrough won at appearance for Liverpool Sunderland, Swansea v Newcastle)... and the knocked out holders biggest shocks in the FA Liverpool at Anfield, Cup 1st round saw wins Norwich beat Spurs, for Chelmsford v outsiders Bradford Colchester, Harrogate at City eliminated Torquay, Hereford v Wigan, Leeds KO’d Shrewsbury and Southampton and Macclesfield at Swindon. Aston Villa ousted SOCCER EXTRA Swindon. • A week ago, Chelsea • The CLC quarteravenged their Premier- final draw is Bradfordship home defeat by Arsenal, Leeds-Chelsea, Manchester United by Norwich-Villa (repeat of beating the Reds 5-4 in a the 1975 final) and


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PARIS CHAMP: David Ferrer.

Grand Prix was won by Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, who started from the pit lane. Lewis Hamilton’s engine packed up when leading and Romain Grosjean was involved in his eighth first lap bump. Vettel leads Alonso by 10 points with two races left, in

Austin, Texas on November 18 and Säo Paulo, Brazil a week later. • England’s Judd Trump is the world’s number one snooker player after beating Peter Ebdon 9-1 in the Chengdu International tournament in China. • In the Paris Masters Tennis final, Spain’s David Ferrer beat Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, a qualifier who knocked out Andy Murray. Meanwhile, the APT World Tour finals have started in London. • In cricket, the first India-England Test starts next Thursday and Surrey have signed South African batsman Graeme Smith. He’s captained the Proteas a record 94 times. • This weekend sees the start of the 2012-13 Rugby Union international season when England play Fiji, Scotland take on New Zealand, Wales meet Argentina, Ireland oppose South Africa and France welcome Australia. • Unbeaten Ulster walloped Edinburgh 4520 in the Pro12 competition and

DID YOU KNOW? Before their recent 5-3 LC defeat at Chelsea, Manchester United had conceded five goals domestically only four times in the previous 20 years - losing 6-1 to Manchester City (2011), 6-3 at Southampton (1996) and 5-0 at Newcastle and Chelsea (1996 and 1999). Harlequins, Saracens and Leicester lie 1-2-3 in the Aviva PL. • The RUFC will invest £26m at grassroots level to capitalise on predicted interest ahead of the 2015 World Cup in England. • England beat France 44-6 in Rugby League’s Autumn International tournament. The two countries meet again in Saturday’s final. • Racehorse Kauto Star, described by trainer Paul Nicholls as being ‘absolutely brilliant, the greatest jumper ever’ has been retired.

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