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Tourism expects a cosmopolitan boost MORE Russian and Northern European tourists will holiday in Roquetas de Mar next summer. In addition, at least 5,000 British tourists are expected following agreements reached by the council with tour operators. Council officials networked at the recent World Travel Market in London, and the success of their endeavours is already being noted. So far the biggest coup is for the 5,000 Britons who will fly over with TUI. But close contacts were also made with leading Russian tour operator NT Incoming and

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Nine-year protest PARENTS have stepped up a nine-year campaign to have the Baccalaureate taught at El Alquián School near the airport with a 30-minute protest outside the premises.

Storage blaze FIRE destroyed a huge industrial warehouse on the N-340 at Vícar. None of the cars housed there was damaged.

Brutal attack TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: The castle and amphitheatre in Roquetas. Scandinavian firm Sehrs. Roquetas Tourism Councillor Ángel Mollinedo

said: “Through NT Incoming we will increase the number of Russian

‘Sham marriage gang’ exposed A GANG that allegedly organised sham marriages so the wives could claim domestic abuse state benefits has been caught. Three Moroccans have been arrested for organising the network while nine men and six women have been held for

taking part in the marriages. At least 14 sham unions are thought to have been set up by the gang. It is believed the gang recruited Moroccan women without residency papers and persuaded them to marry Moroccan men legally living in Spain.

visitors next year and with Sehrs we have also agreed to increase quite substantially the number arriving from the north of Europe.” He added: “Not only are we consolidating as a destination but we are increasing the number of tourists that come from these countries to Roquetas de Mar, which provides great expectations for next year.”

AN elderly British couple were brutally beaten at their Arboleas home by burglars when they refused to hand over their car keys.

Night tremor A NIGHT-TIME earthquake measuring two on the Richter Scale struck near Olula del Río and Fines. No damage or injuries were reported.


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Two held after A7 car chase TWO men were arrested by the Guardia Civil after a car chase on the A7 to Murcia. When their van was searched, officers found 12 stolen construction crane counterweights and discovered the vehicle had been started by crossing the wires.

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EVICTIONS have built the first bridge between the PP and the PSOE since the 2011 elections. A police union will support officers who call in sick rather than eject mortgage defaulters from their homes. Now it remains for the villains of the piece to play their part and it looks as though the banks might do so. Not from shame, but to protect their reputation. Such as it is.

SPAIN’S regions face the biggest spending cuts they have yet experienced. Soon it will be apparent whether regional pride expressed as nationalism is genuine or opportunist. Local and regional politics have traditionally been regarded as permission to mint money but the big-spending days are over. Can all that regional pride and passion survive the new ordeal of penury? Or will it turn out to be cupboard love?

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Cheese please MILK exported from Almeria is being made into Brie cheese in France, with sales worth €5.3m, a 47 per cent increase.

Testing times FLASHBACK: Christmas in full flow last year, but October has seen shops begin the 2012 festive build-up.

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UST 40 days are left until Christmas. Shop shelves and window displays have been increasingly festive in recent weeks, and with the number of shopping days remaining now down to a mere 33 - plus perhaps the bonus of some Sundays by some stores - the countdown is clearly under way. Whether the big celebration is on December 25, or January 6 for the Spanish who tend to identify more with Three Kings, family budgets are always squeezed at this time of year. But on the plus side with the dire economic woes ongoing, many stores fighting for their

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FREE internet courses are being organised in El Ejido and Adra as part of the regional government’s ‘digital commitment’ programme. For information, www.andal uciacompromisodigital.o rg or call 902 121 230.

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MORE than 300 Almeria students aged 20 and over are sitting their Baccalaureate exams this month, with the vast majority sitting humanities and social science papers.

MORE THAN 160 healthcare professions and NGO representatives attended the second Almeria conference on immigration and health held in Aguadulce. The main themes were bioethics and cultural diversity.

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A NEW €428,000 waste centre near Albox fire station will be the collection point for wood, furniture, small-scale construction material, oils, batter-ies, photographic waste, white goods and household items.

FOUR bosses at the Briseis toiletries factory in Benahadux have gone on trial accused of negligence, which led to an explosion that killed two workers five years ago. They face up to three years and three months in jail if found guilty.

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ALMERIA’S fifth Spanish traditional cooking festival - focusing on dishes from the northern provinces of Asturias, Avila, Navarre and Ourense - will end at the La Encina restaurant in the old town on December 2.

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I can’t believe that banks bailed out by the government won’t even answer the phone. This is why we ordered the withdrawal of €1.5 million of City Hall funds from Bankia.’

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Mayor Jose Manuel Bermudez

tills to ring continue to offer special discounts to attract extra business, with these set to remain in the festive build-up. “I will not have money to spend on many extras this Christmas with a tight family budget, and rising electricity and other costs following the VAT increases,” said local expatriate mother Lisa Stewart. “But by adding odd extras to the food cupboard over the next four or so weeks there will be some extra treats along with a few presents. Also I will save money this year by not sending as many cards, using the internet to greet friends back home in England,” added Lisa.

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Iberia airline staff members may be fired and pilots’ salaries could be cut by up to 47 per cent, according to plans submitted by the company to the trades unions.

MORE THAN 40 students from the Universidad de Almeria have volunteered to collect food for La Gran Recogida charity, which hopes to gather 100,000 kilos of sugar, rice, legumes, flour and oil.

Expo dates THE 7th Expomojonera fair in Mojonera at which local produce and products are exhibited will be held from December 14 - 16.

Meaty course A COURSE on how to make meat products has been launched in Abrucena, with 18 unemployed women taking part.

and finally... A CANCER study conducted by the Barcelona Biomedical Research Institute has proved successful in preventing the spread of colon cancer in cases where a tumour had been previously detected.


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Flood victims can halt rate payment FLOOD victims in Vera will be allowed to postpone rate payments to the council. However, the decision applies only to those whose affected residence is their primary home and that the property had to be evacuated. Other residents will receive no special council dispensation and must pay their rates (IBI) by November 20. One day later, they will rise by 5 per cent. The council has this year taken €250,000 in latepayment interests. It expects to rake in €3.6m in rates this year.

Pensioner fined €260 for protest against bank A PENSIONER whose home was repossessed and who locked herself

in a bank’s ATM lobby has been ordered by a judge to pay fines of

ASSISTANCE: The man was heated with thermal blankets.

Man, 93, rescued after fall on a hillside walk A 93-YEAR-OLD man has been rescued after falling down a hillside. The man was taken to hospital by the Civil Guard in Huercal de Almeria after tripping over a rock near the Andarax riverbank. He lost consciousness in the fall down the hillside. A resident walking by the hiking route near a bridge connecting Huercal de Almeria and Viator phoned the 062 emergency unit after seeing the man. Rescuers covered him in thermal blankets while taking him to hospital.

€261.50. Angeles Belmonte, 77, had her home in Nijar repossessed after she had acted as guarantor for her son who could not keep up his mortgage repayments. She was fined €20 last year for locking herself in a different branch in Nijar of the same bank. The fine for this latest episode consists of €60 for locking herself to the ATM and €201.50 in costs when the bank had to pay for a glazier to remove and refit the glass of the door so the Guardia Civil could gain access to remove her. The judge gave Belmonte one day to pay. On another occasion, Belmonte had to be removed after she locked herself to a banister in a branch on Paseo de Almeria. Since being evicted in September 2011, Belmonte has continued to live as a squatter at her old home. Her son Miguel Ángel, who is popularly known as the ‘trucker without a truck’ has also protested at the family’s situation by standing outside the courthouse in nappies.

Almeria signs €1.2m post deal for next 2 years ALMERIA Provincial Council plans to spend more than €1m on postage over the next two years. The council signed agreements with two postal companies, with Correos scheduled to look after all post for the capital and Unipost allocated the remainder of the province and all areas outside it. The two agreements are worth almost €1.2m. Additionally, the council awarded 23 contracts for public works worth €1.7m. These include €400,000 for a survey in Vicar and €167,000 for the deployment of electronic procedures in FilabresAlhamilla. Meanwhile, the governing committee has allocated more than €1m in funds for 13 public works. Among those benefiting will be Las Tres Villas, where there will be a water survey, and Alicún, for a water treatment plant. Maintenance and upgrades valued at €282,000 will be carried out on eight provincial roads. A number of urbanisations have also been allocated funding. In Tíjola at least €174,000 has been set aside while €252,000 will be spent in Alhabia. A further €73,000 has been earmarked for expansion of the RPC-Wimax server in Las Alpujarras.

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Skirt safety A GUST of wind in her skirts worked for Marilyn Monroe, but aides to Queen Elizabeth II take care to avoid any such incident for the monarch by sewing weights into her dresses.

Feline felon A CAT in Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, reported to police for fighting dogs and stealing neighbours’ food, has been slapped with the feline equivalent of an Asbo. He been placed on house arrest and will be given flower essences to keep him calm.

Cookie test BISCUITS have been scientifically proven to taste better when dunked in tea – according to TV chef Heston Blumenthal. The tea experiment features in the third episode of new Channel 4 series Heston’s Fantastical Food.

Alien ears BBC bosses told Professor Brian Cox that he could not attempt to listen to a newlydiscovered planet on the TV show Stargazing Live in case aliens breached the corporation’s editorial guidelines.

Red faced TWO robbers faced an embarrassing wait to be rescued after they leapt 20ft down an embankment in a bid to avoid arrest, only to find themselves stranded on a riverbank. The pair had to wait half an hour until West Midlands Fire Service rescued them.


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Counting the cost of strike by various businesses ALMERIA is today (Thursday) returning to normal as Spain counts the cost of yesterday’s nationwide General Strike call. The strike brought some parts of the country to a virtual standstill, with the major cities including Madrid and Barcelona particularly badly hit. Transport services and businesses felt the main affects of the strike action, with the work stoppage coming just eight months after the last General Strike in Spain on March 29. Yesterday’s action in Spain coincided with General Strikes in Portugal, Malta, Cyrus, Greece, and other European countries, and was called by unions to protest at austerity plans in the face of the present economic crisis. Spain´s Union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) said there was ‘no other option’ to the strike call, while the Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) stressed that people should not be ‘afraid to lose a day’s pay’ because the issues at stake nationally were more impotant. In many parts of Spain the two main unions were joined by smaller sector alliances, as well as by student and resident groups. Pickets were on duty throughout the day, stopping workers from entering some companies. Meanwhile pickets stopped shoppers from entering shopping malls, thereby ensuring that businesses and restaurants where staff had turned up for work did not have any customers.

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HAIRCUTS: Excess stock of unsold housing needs to be moved.

Bad bank fears for Almeria housing SPAIN’S newly formed ‘bad bank’ has predicted it will take a few more years for Almeria to clear its stock of 20,000 unsold properties. The bank, which is called Sareb (Society for the Management of Assets for the Restructuring of Banking), has been set up to offload so-called toxic assets at a loss (‘haircut’) so the State can recover some money for nationalised banks. The process is being used in Ireland and has been implemented in Sweden and Finland in the past. In an initial report, the bank has indicated that Almeria is one of the eight provinces that will be the last to

sell off their excess stock of unsold housing. The other seven are: Cádiz, Jaén, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Alicante, Toledo, and Castellón. The latter two and Almeria have most unsold housing. Overall, the bank’s findings painted a bleak picture for the housing market. It said there are more than 800,000 unsold properties in Spain. It predicted values would fall until 2014, would then stabilise for two years and only begin to increase in 2017, almost 10 years after the crisis began. For example, the bank predicts a decrease of 2.8 per cent next year for finished properties and 7.7 per cent

for unfinished properties. As a comparison, property prices across the board dropped by 6 per cent last month in Almeria capital, with only Murcia, Malaga and Granada performing worse. Sareb initially plans to sell 89,000 homes owned by nationalised banks. Last month, it announced haircuts of 54 per cent on new housing and 63 per cent of foreclosed assets. Those figures are national averages and don’t reflect regional variations. Ratings agency Fitch has described the haircuts as “reasonable but think there are still significant challenges for Sareb given the economic climate”.

€2m municipal car park proves a drain on town A €2m municipal car park in Mojacar has been described as one of the biggest ever wastes of money after it flooded following recent rains. The car park, which is beside the church in the centre of the town, has been beset by a catalogue of technical problems. Manuel Zamora, the leader of the local Socialist party, said that “large leaks have been reported in the underground level following the rains”. He added: “Never before has such a project wasted so

much of our money as the €2m this car park has cost. The car park of Mayor Rosa María Cano is a drain on our town.” Mr Zamora also lambasted the technical setbacks, saying: “The unforeseen type of rock, supposedly harder than usual, has added €133,000 from our pockets and now we have the problems with the leaks that have appeared and have put at risk 37 parking spots.” Furthermore, he said the car park should have

been finished in May but that the mayor had made no efforts to insist the developer pay €410,000 in penalties for delays as agreed in the contract.

A TEAM of officials from Alicante has visited Almeria to learn from the city’s highly successful Civil War shelters tourist attraction. The shelters were discovered by accident during building work for an underground car park 11 years ago on the Rambla del Obispo. They have been restored and have become the city’s number one tourist attraction since opened to the public in December of 2006, with more visitors than the Moorish Alcazaba. Now, Alicante hopes to copy the successful format despite the fact that its shelters are just ‘small bunkers’. Nonethe-less, the team of two councillors and a provincial deputy ‘took notes and asked for advice’ from their counterparts. They were guided around the almost 1km of shelters by Almeria Culture Councillor Ramón FernándezPacheco, who invited them to return to study them more closely.


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Investigation into violent burglary of Britons’ home INVESTIGATIONS are under way following the attack and burglary of an elderly British couple at their Arboleas home. The man needed surgical treatment following the attack and together with his wife was treated at the La Inmaculada Hospital in Huercal-Overa (Almeria). The attack took place on November 3 around 11pm when one or two attackers broke into the house and attacked the couple, who are aged 74 and 71. The man was beaten and kicked when he refused to hand over the keys to the car. They took several personal items and cash.

Repossessions office has busy first month

EASY, EASY: An officer holding the vulture, an endangered species.

Black vulture rescued A BLACK vulture that was unable to fly was rescued by Civil Guard officers in the Cabo de Gata natural park. The bird is now recovering at the

Seprona care centre. It was first spotted by a worker from the El Bobar water treatment plan, who called the authorities.

THE ANDALUCIAN government’s information office for families threatened by repossession dealt with 44 cases in its first month of operations. The Almeria office offers free help to homeowners, with specially trained civil servants on hand to provide counselling, mediation and protection services to families affected by the threat of repossession. Encarna Caparrós, the government delegate, said that the office was a necessary step in a province that had already suffered 11,000 repossessions. She said that the government had “decided since the beginning to stop this situation, putting at the disposal of citizens the best that we have top offer, which is our human resources”.

Motorway demand encouraged at Albox market MAYORS and business leaders visited the Albox street market to encourage consumers to demand that work on the Almanzora district motorway be finished They handed out a manifesto as well as stickers with the slogan ‘Autovía Ya’ (Motorway Now) to the shoppers. The Almanzora association of municipalities has been demanding a motorway for the district for a quarter of a century. But there have been conflicting signals over the motorway, with Andalucian Development and Housing Minister Elena Cortés saying it would not go ahead under a public-private partnership. Yet the government’s delegate Encarna Caparrós contradicted her and said the works “would go ahead, one way or the other”. Antonio Ramón Salas, president of the association of municipalities, said: “We have been demanding the motorway for more than 25 years and have never raised our voices. Now there’s no money but when there was, it wasn’t built either. Our region suffers from the lack of an artery that links it and communicates with Granada and the Levante. Our industry and commerce depend on it, medical transport, security and even the kids who live in small towns and need to get the bus to go to school.”

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Stories making headlines from Germany

Top awards WITH a total of 255 restaurants, Germany has surpassed its top number of restaurants awarded Michelin stars.

Coffee tax STARBUCKS coffee chain has not paid federal income taxes since it started operating in the country back in 2002, a report by Reuters said, which was denied by the company.

Lucky slip A BANANA skin slip stopped a 39-year-old man from Bochum when he was about to stab his wife, court sources told Bild newspaper.

A believer CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel spoke publicly about her faith for the first time: “I believe in God and religion is my constant companion,” she said in a video blog.

So corrupt FORMER treasurer of the Brandenburg Green Party Christian Goetjes admitted in court he stole more than €200,000 from the party’s accounts and spent it on prostitutes.

Teen horror A YOUTH aged 19 was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he stabbed an elderly woman to death in Bielefeld, wearing a Halloween horror mask.

Bunny escape A RABBIT jumped out of a compost bin in Görlitz when it was opened. “It would have died a miserable death,” an animal rights centre told Die Welt.


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Serbian agents descend on Almeria TOUR operators from Serbia have been on a ‘farm trip’ to Almeria to see what the province has to offer their clients. The trip was organised by the local tourist board, which showed them some of the best sights and attractions the province has to offer. Highlights included seeing Almeria city’s gastronomic and hotel offering, a trip to the Levante, the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and Níjar. Tourist chiefs are keen to promote the concept of Costa de Almeria abroad and were satisfied the representatives of the three tour operators, Odeon, Filip Travel and Eurojet, will have taken home with them a positive image of the province.

Better water access for Bajo Andarax RESIDENTS and businesses in the Bajo Andarax will have greater access to water following the

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modernisation of the area’s pipelines. The €220,000 investment began in September

and will impact the towns of Huércal de Almería, Viator, Pechina, Rioja, Benahadux, Gádor and Santa Fe de Mondújar. The project involved a survey of groundwater extraction to a depth of 300 metres, whereas previous wells went to 250 metres. Gabriel Amat, president of the provincial council, launched the new pipeline at Calderona I, saying it was an example “of the council’s commitment to solve the a good record was set. supply problem in the province”. He was referring to the Andalucian government, whose inaction over the issue motivated the local association of municipalities to seek its own solution. route by 100s of people wearing It found a service raincoats and umbrellas. The winner producing 50 litres of in the half-marathon was Jose Javier drinking water per minute Olea, Chief Police officer in the when what was required neighbouring town of Castell de was 100 litres per minute. Ferro, Granada.

Rainfall not a hurdle for athletic competitions AROUND 300 athletes from around Andalucia took part in the ‘1st Half Marathon’ and the ‘10.5 km Ciudad de Mojacar’ competitions. Despite a rainy day in the Almeria town, participants were cheered along the

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Consentino to maintain museum THE Fundación Museo Casa Ibáñez in Olula del Río has secured the backing of local business giant Cosentino. The company, famous for its Silestone quartz, has agreed to the maintenance of the museum for the next three years. Also party to the agreement was the Olula del Río council. The agreement allows the foundation to continue its programme of exhibitions and training and allowing it to expand its promotion of art and culture. Andrés García Ibáñez is a 41-year-old Almerian artist who has set up a foundation to showcase his contemporary realist art. Cosentino is a producer of stoneware famous for its kitchen and bathroom counters.


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Brothers jailed for forcing girl into prostitution

Tiny fish on verge of extinction A FEW 100 tiny fish on the verge of extinction were taken from Andalucian waters to be bred at a farm in a bid to boost their numbers. The 300 fartets and 40 freshwater blennies were taken from pools in Almeria and the Rio Verde river and will be bred at a farm in Cordoba. Their offspring will later be released back into rivers and wetlands throughout Andalucia. Fartets are less than two inches long when fully grown and need very pure water to survive. They are only found in Spain and north Africa and are officially in danger of extinction due to a loss of habitat. Freshwater blennies live on riverbeds of the Mediterranean and Africa. There are just four colonies known in Andalucia.

TWO brothers have been jailed for forcing a teenage girl from Romania to work as a prostitute in

Huercal-Overa. The elder of the two brothers has been sentenced to five and half years as the

ringleader, while the younger was given four years for acting as the money collector. Both have to pay her €6,000 compensation. The young girl was brought over in September 2010 with the promise of a holiday and her ‘poor and ignorant’ mother was tricked into signing a travel consent form. Once in Huércal-Overa, she was placed in a house with other women and beaten so she would work the streets of the town between two brothels. After three months, the girl was transferred to work in one SAFETY FIRST: All schools in Almeria will be visited during the course. of the brothels, where she was picked up following a National Police raid in June of last year. She worked 10-hour days at the brothel, Monday to Sunday, and had to pay the owner €50 per day plus €5 for SO far 41 secondary schools in the called ‘Plan Director’, which is not every client, while she received Almeria region have been visited only addressed to the children, but half of all the money spent by by Civil Guard officers for a lecture also to teachers and members of her clients on drinks plus €120 on safety. This is part of the so- the school board. per hour of service.

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Observatory has super telescope in its sights THE observatory at Calar Alto is to develop a giant telescope that will allow a greater understanding of the galaxies. The telescope will have a diameter of 6.5 metres. The first phase of the six-year project at the Spanish-German Astronomic Centre (CAHA) will be financed by the national Economics Ministry. Overall, the project is to cost €65m, with 80 per cent being financed by EU funds. As part of the HEXA project, the new super telescope will search for the ‘finger prints’ of stars, said David Barrado, the centre’s director. The centre, founded in 1979 has five telescopes.


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NAVARRA, despite being one of Spain’s most prosperous regions, is to close its delegations in Madrid and Brussels. The Madrid delegation, whose offices are the property of the Navarra government, will close early next year, bringing savings of an annual €90,000 in staff wages and upkeep. It opened in 2001 to promote Navarra’s business interests and tourism while liaising with the central government as well as other national and international institutions in Madrid. Despite closing its offices in Brussels, which cost an annual €72,000 to rent, Navarra will maintain its presence there by moving to Spain’s Permanent Representation to the European Union.

Pensioners having to look after their families AFTER a life rearing families and working to pay for them, pensioners should be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of retirement. But the crisis means almost half of pensioners in Almeria are finding themselves looking after their families again. There are 90,000 pensioners in the province, with an average income of €672 per month. But for every pensioner there are just 2.4 working people, a proportion that is considered unsustainable. Javier Menezo, of the State Employment Service, said: “If the rest of Spain had the same

RETIREMENT: Some pensioners are having to go back to looking after their families again.

proportion, it would go bankrupt.” He said that “welfare dependency” was very high in Almeria and that dole and pension payments brought in €114m to the provincial economy every month. That figure doesn’t include the

hidden work that pensioners contribute to the economy such as childcare. A growing number of pensioners in Almeria have had to take in children who have lost their jobs and their homes and many also find themselves living

with grandchildren. Their contribution is proving vital in a province that has almost 40 per cent unemployment and where there has been a 400 per cent increase in the number of homes where every family member is unemployed.

Illegal pipe used to tap water from reservoir IT’S a crime that could have gone unnoticed had it not been for the recent torrential rains that caused

the Sapo reservoir to overflow. But because of the volume of water that was dumped on the Sapo

Church that is part of our historic heritage A CATHOLIC church that began life as a mosque has been declared a part of Andalucia’s historic heritage by the regional government. The 16th century Church of the Annunciation in Abla was one of 14 monuments or buildings to receive the designation. Built between 1540 and 1559 on the site of a mosque by Francisco Lorenço, it was sacked during a Muslim rebellion a decade later. Renovations and extensions over the years have resulted in the church having a baroque appearance.

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reservoir, an unauthorised pipe that was draining water from it has been uncovered. Investigators from the Andalucian Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Ministry believe the unauthorised pipe could be responsible for the rupture of a branch of the pumping system and therefore led to water overflowing from the reservoir. A technical survey found the branch water leak was the result of the displacement of the pipeline, caused by the undermining and the movement of the fulcrum near the valve. It was at this stage, the surveyors found a very primitive water drainage system reliant on an unauthorised plastic hose, which apparently was being used to divert water from the discharge pipe to a nearby pond. Pumping from the reservoir had to be halted for half a day to fix the problem. The ministry has instructed its legal services to study the possibility of filing a complaint against the persons responsible for the unauthorised pipe.


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Budget cuts at El Prado not a pretty picture CASTELLON airport has not received one passenger since opening in March 2011 but receives better funding than El Prado. The Madrid art museum, which houses one of the world’s best collections, has been allocated only €11.2 million for 2013 compared with €17 million for the Valencian Community airport. He was shocked when El Prado’s allocation was slashed by 30 per cent and he learnt it was 35 per cent less than the airport’s, admitted the director Miguel Zugaza. “We have reached a point where we have to question whether certain initiatives and projects like airports and auditoriums were timely or necessary,” said the director when asked to comment on the allocations. There should be more Administration support for the country’s heritage of art and history as both have an “enormous influence” on the Spanish economy, Zugaza maintained. “For this reason there should be no budget cuts in the area of culture or at least they should be considered more carefully,” he suggested.

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JUST A LITTLE MORE: Another snowfall would make it perfect.

Snow drifts in to set up ski season SNOW has fallen on the Sierra Nevada with two weeks to go before skiing season opens. Between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow fell in the Borreguiles and Veleta districts. That is enough to have let workers start preparing the pistes for the planned December 1 opening. Now local shops, businesses and hotels have

started getting ready for what they hope will be a busy season. Pedro Rodriguez, of the Kenia Nevada hotel said: “It is very good weather now. It is cold and we have had some snow, so we are in a good position for the opening. “We need just a little more snow and then it will be perfect.

“There is not enough snow to ski now, but by the end of the month it should be very good.” He added: “It is definitely better than last year. We are looking forward to a good season.” Workers have also been clearing 10 cm of snow from the Andalucia and Pradollano squares and hauling it to the slopes for use.

TOO many people were admitted to the Madrid Arena mini-festival which claimed four lives in a crowd-surge last month, police confirmed. Only 9,600 entrance tickets were issued, organisers Diviertt later claimed. Investigators now believe 19,600 were sold for the Halloween electrohouse concert featuring American DJ Steve Aoki, sources revealed. A further 3,000 people gatecrashed the event and many jumped turnstiles when the Aoki began his act, they said. Around 23,000 people were crammed into an installation authorised for 10,660. Most were on the ground floor although the public was supposed to be distributed uniformly throughout the Madrid Arena building’s three floors.


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Official cut back THE government is to reduce its fleet of official cars, it was confirmed last week. Describing the decision as ‘emblematic,’ Mariano Rajoy’s second-incharge, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria did not reveal how many cars would go. Highranking officials would be particularly affected, the vice-president hinted.

MPs must keep an eye on their free iPads THE Speaker of the national parliament in Madrid has put his foot down as too many MPs lose free iPads. Provided for the opening of the new parliament in November last year, the iPads replaced the free laptops MPs were then using. They are part of a €500,000 package that includes a smart phone, a home ADSL connection and travel cards for all MPs. Since then, 30 tablets have been lost, stolen or broken and the IT

section’s stand-by store is now depleted. A request for replacements was put in last week, but turned down by the Speaker, Jesus Posada. All MPs will instead receive letters reminding them that the need for austerity ‘in these times of crisis’ obliges them to be careful with the parliament’s resources. Tablets can be repaired once, but MPs will now be responsible for subsequent repairs. Lost or stolen iPads will automatically lose their

connection to ensure they are useless to anyone else. Spokeswoman for the PSOE opposition party, Soraya Rodriguez, was in favour of the measure. An iPad is a work tool and should be looked after. Santiago Cervera, an MP for the governing PP, also backed the move. But it was disappointing, he said, that the Parliamentary Budget Committee had spent all day discussing 3,000 amendments but the iPads issue attracted more attention.

Drivers choose old bangers over new FOUR second-hand cars were sold for every new vehicle last October. Ownership transfers were carried out for 170,757 used cars, a 29 per cent increase. The year’s total rose to 1,322,980 and if second hand sales continue at this rate they could reach 1.6 million by the end of December. In 2007, as the economic crisis began to make itself felt, sales were evenly split between new and used cars. The average age of a used car in Spain will reach 9.4 years by the end of the year although the number of cars over 10 years old is increasing, dealers said. Their sales grew by 39 per cent in October, but

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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Everyone off NORWAY - Around 330 workers were evacuated from a North Sea oil rig platform managed by state-owned company Statoil, as it had tilted four degrees due to a leak.

Fatal crash SWEDEN – A woman was found dead in the Ore Lake in Furudal, after her car crashed on a bridge over the lake and sank around 15 metres to the bottom.

New tunnel DENMARK – A new 27,000 million kroner (€3,620 million) port tunnel designed to reduce traffic congestion was approved in Copenhagen by the city council.

Chief goes SWEDEN – The director of the national Counter-Terrorism Cooperative Council resigned, saying the government ‘retains a structure from the Second World War’. SECOND HAND: More popular over last year. private transactions accounted for 57 per cent of the total, an increase of 28 per cent on last year.

Prices for new cars shrank by 4.9 per cent in October to an average €12,400.

… the poor get poorer SOCIAL benefits in Spain do not reach the people who really need them, it was claimed last week. They help to reduce poverty by only 51 per cent, according to Jaime Lanaspa, managing director of the bank’s social Foundation. After two years on benefits, 54.6 per cent remain poor, he revealed. Around 30 per cent of Spaniards escape poverty by their own means, compared to the EU average of 20 per cent. “In other words, when things get bad they have

ways of getting by,” said Lanaspa. Poverty has grown in Spain more than almost any other EU country and 2.4 million people now live below the poverty threshold of €3,700 a year, found the report. Families, which have acted as buffers during the crisis, are now stretched to the limit. The difference in Spain between the 10 per cent on high incomes and the 10 per cent on the lowest has increased by 16 per cent since 2007.

US ally NORWAY – Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Barack Obama on his US election victory, saying he was looking forward to co-operating for another four years.

Nordic share DENMARK – Defence Minister Nick Hækkerup signed an agreement with Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland whereby they will share war planes.


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Moving within Spain in search of a job SPANIARDS are beginning to migrate to different regions within the country in search of a job. This is a relatively new trend among Spanish people, which have traditionally been very close to their roots and refused to move out of their province, International Financial Analysts (AFI) expert Sara Baliña said. Obviously, there are

‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in this new national migration trend. Thus, figures by the National Statistics Institute say that – from January to September, 2012 - more than 8,300 people moved away from Castilla-La Mancha, while some

7,400 moved away from the Castilla y Leon region. Both are the top out-flow regions in Spain. In Andalucia, more than 5,800 had to pack their suitcase and try their chances elsewhere. Surprisingly, a traditionally incoming

region like Catalonia also lost some 3,500 fellow compatriots. On the positive side, most migrants (13,650) have chosen Madrid as the favourite place to find employment, followed by the Balearics (nearly 5,550).

Suzuki to close factory SUZUKI are closing their motor-cycle factory in Spain with the loss of at least 170 jobs. The factory in Gijon, Asturias, will close next March, with the decision by the Japanese-owned company being “irreversible” said Graciano Torre, head of the regional government’s department of Economy and Labour. Javier Fernandez and Suzuki representatives unsuccessfully met in an attempt to negotiate an alternative to closure, which Torre described as “disastrous.” Suzuki pinned the decision to cease production on economic losses which have risen to €30 million over the past four years. It now remained to negotiate the closure with the Gijon employees, he said. Around 200 work at the plant but 30 could still have jobs if Suzuki decide to maintain their sales side in Gijon.

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Left babies A BOX in which parents can leave their babies anonymously without any legal risk has opened in the maternity department of Kirishi’s hospital.

Manslaughter AT least six people died, at press time, after a man aged 30 opened fire on his work colleagues in a Moscow office which is part of pharmaceutical company Rigla.

US elections

UNIQUE: Of interest to stamp collectors.

Commemorative stamp for victory THE Spanish national football team will mark the UEFA 2012 Eurocup Tournament victory with a commemorative stamp. The circle-shaped stamp portrays the team exactly when they raised the cup to the 60,000 people who were seated at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium during the final atch. The post value is €1 and 280,000 copies will be released, state mail company Correos reported.

CiU set to rule again in Catalonia, polls say THE electoral campaign started in Catalonia for a new regional Government to see the light on November 25. First polls run by the national Sociological Research Centre (CIS) and its equivalent in Catalonia (CEO) yielded similar conclusions. CiU pro-autonomy right-wing party would win the elections again and socialist party PSC will notably decrease its number of congress representatives.

But while CIS polls say CiU will not make enough Congress seats to be a majority, between 69 and 71, would be enough. CiU party currently holds 62 Congress seats. It is not clear which will be the second political force. CEO estimates PP right-wing party will get 18 to 19 seats, while PSC would drop to the current 28 to 15. Participation during the elections is expected by poll sources to be notable.

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin congratulated US President Barack Obama on his reelection, while Prime Minister Medvedev said he was pleased Romney did not win.

Minister fired DEFENCE Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was fired in connection with a corruption scandal, President Putin announced. Moscow Governor Sergei Shoigu was appointed in his place.

Happy b’day RUSSIAN billionaire Vladislav Doronin was congratulated on his 50th birthday with a luxury party in India, organised by his girlfriend, the supermodel Naomi Campbell.

False alarm AN airport terminal in the Yamal-Nenets district was evacuated after a suspicious bag was found by the local police, although it contained nothing but canned food.


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Back to the ‘campo’, where the flavour is Get to know the Spanish way of life from Raul Candela, a Spaniard born and raised.

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RURAL PRIDE: It is not all sun, sea and siesta in Spain. Discover a different way of life in small towns.

FUNNY beverage advertisement on Spanish television proposes “bringing together countryside towns who need people, and people who need countryside towns.” The advert is very symptomatic of the new migration and cultural trends going on in Spain. Traditionally, living in the countryside - the ‘campo’ - was a synonym of being a country bumpkin (a ‘paleto’) with poor cultural skills, unsophisticated manners, weak patrimony and a bleak future. But especially since the present economic crisis first broke out, people

have started to build some sort of countryside rural pride. There is increasing nostalgia, especially among those born in towns who have then moved to cities, as well as among people raised in urban areas and who are now thinking outside the box. The fact is, for many, living in the city is not the life that appeared promised. Such a lifestyle can take a lot of time to go to work and back; petrol prices have significantly increased; and many find no time to educate the children, so hire a babysitter. This has led to some realising it may not be worth spending 12 hours a day away from home to hardly make it through the month because they have a mortgage to pay. Our grandparents sought life in the city because in Franco’s dictatorship, there were almost no public welfare services elsewhere. Life was miserable back then, but there have been huge improvements in the last 40 years, with good health, education and other services now widely available. Who would have thought that Spain would be able to boast availability of the internet to the middle-ofnowhere areas by this early in the Third Millennium? But with some salaries no longer balancing out with the extra expense of living in cities any more and with five million people unemployed, staff speak some English. some Spaniards are beginning to move back to certificate (or family book if born the countryside, where life is in Spain). If living with just one not only simpler, but parent, authorisation will also be also cheaper and healthier. Of course, owning a vehicle needed from the other parent. - If the parents are separated or is a must, but that is a small divorced, an agreement price to pay. My advice is that for people confirming custody of the child who have a Spanish friend must also be presented. With the correct documents to living in the countryside - or hand registration should be one who has relatives there completed within about 10 don’t miss the opportunity to minutes. Most expatriates will find spend a few days and try to that staff in the municipal register discover what the campo is offices - especially within areas really all about. Mix with the with a large foreign community - locals and you will get to meet ‘the real Spain’. usually speak English.

Signing on at the padron easier than many fear EXPATRIATES signing on the municipal register - despite many beliefs - do not face mounds of paperwork. It is now possible to be included in the municipal register - officially known as the padron - with only a passport or national ID card following changes earlier this year in the Spanish Immigration Law. Padrons are issued at the municipal register office (oficina del padrón), normally within local town halls. However, on occasions registration is at Tourist Offices and Foreign Resident Council departments. For this reason is it advisable to make phone or e-mail contact before setting off to register. Padron benefits - including sport and leisure activity discounts, bus passes and a number of other issues - can vary, according to locations. To register, the following

AYUNTAMIENTO DOS HERMANAS: Often registration department documents - originals plus a photocopy - are required: - Passport or national ID card (in force).

Q AND A: MY wife works and finds it difficult to go to the town hall to register. Can I sign her up on her behalf? Answer: You can register all relatives - including your children - as well as friends, but only with the full required documentation. It is not sufficient to merely present a signed authorisation on their behalf.

- The EU Certificate of Residence is not required by law, though some town halls may seek it for further confirmation. - Title deed (if a property owner), rental contract (if renting a home). - People living as guests (relatives or friends) in a property for more than three months should produce an authorisation signed by the owner or the tenant plus a copy of their ID card and the title deed. - People under the age of 18 should also produce their birth


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Mayors seek factory talks FAMOSA is moving its Ibi and Onil toy factories to Alicante City. The mayors of both towns have asked to meet management to discuss how the move will affect local employees.

A PRIVATE bank has opened a branch in Palma with the aim of attracting as many of the 8,000 Mallorca residents it estimates are worth more than €300,000. Banca Madrid said tourism and expats were motivating factors in the move.

Fake own goal

Waste enquiry TWO directors at Emaya, the Palma municipal waste collection firm, have been suspended over irregularities in the awarding of contracts.

A GERMAN man has been arrested in Teulada for selling fake football shirts on the internet. Police seized around 500 items which would have raised around €40,000 on the black market.

News from our editions

ONCE again

Gas scare EMPLOYEES were evacuated after workmen damaged a gas main near an Ondara shopping centre. They were allowed to return at midday. THERE WE GO: The peak at Puig Campana.

Health offer THE Hospital Clinica in Benidorm is providing ‘health tourism’ for Norwegians, Russians, Libyans and Algerians, with cardiac and cancer the principal treatments offered.

Mushroom find THE Guardia Civil rescued a 78year-old man in Vallada after he had become disorientated by heavy rain and mist while mushroom-picking in Moixent, Valencia.

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Museum hope RENOVATION work on La Alcudia Museum in Elche should be finished so it can reopen in spring, with window and electrical fitting installation now under way. The work began in August 2010.

Scots scale the peak

SCOTTISH volunteers were monitored by members of Finestrat’s Special Mountain Police Unit (GAMO). The folk from Fort William did some climbing practice at Puig though this is the lowest since the financial crisis began in 2007.

Bikes for disabled THE Rotary Club of Alicante has donated four bicycles adapted for wheelchair users to the Lucas Kosch Foundation, which is dedicated to children and youths with multiple disabilities.

€65,000 aid

Campana peak, aid by the officers. “Knowing the landscape is crucial to guarantee safety in case of emergency,” the local Safety Councillor said.

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Hikers rescued FOUR mountain hikers who got lost on a 1,900-metre-high peak in between the provinces of Granada and Malaga were rescued by the Guardia Civil and taken to Alhama in Granada.

Burnt at home

A €65,000 GRANT has been given to the APANEE charity which helps children with special needs by Torrevieja Town Hall.

A WOMAN aged 48 was injured after a fire broke out in her home in Antequera. She was stable, at Press time, but suffered 15 per cent burns.

€300m down

Looking ahead

Uni budget cut

MUNICIPALITIES in Alicante, Benidorm, Denia, Elche, Elda, Orihuela, San Vicente, Torrevieja and Xàbia have seen their incomes drop by more than €300 million in three years,

ABOUT 200 trees and shrubs were planted as part of a reforestation campaign in Aigües d'Elx by parents and children from Elche, Santa Pola and Alicante.

INVESTMENT on R&D grants will be cut by 20 per cent to €800,000 at Malaga University next year, due to government budget cuts.

Lunch sponsor BUSINESS lunches held every month at the Marbella Tourist Initiatives Centre (CIT) – gathering representatives from 450 member companies – will be sponsored by Unicaja Bank.

Bye sea centre THE Centre for Endangered Sea Species Care (CREMA) in Malaga may be closed by the Andalucian Government next year, due to budgetary cuts.

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Doctors protest ABOUT 100 doctors at Son Espases Hospital held a demonstration at the hospital to protest about the length of waiting lists for surgery and consultations.

TWELVE people who bought ONCE lottery tickets in Palma have scooped €35,000 each. The lottery, organised by a charity for the blind, has handed out winnings of more than €4 million since October 10.

AXARQUIA

Petrol theft THREE people were caught ‘red handed’ by the Local Police in Archidona, as they were siphoning petrol from construction vehicles parked at a quarry.

Up in flames GUARDIA Civil arrested a German man on suspicion of staging the theft of his car and then setting it on fire in an attempt to claim €15,000 insurance. The car was found burned out in Rincon de la Victoria.

Court move TORROX’S courts could be moved to premises in the Plaza de la Almedina. At the moment the court is based in the 19th century Palacio de la Hoya, which has numerous ‘architectural barriers’, according to the town’s mayor, Francisco Muñoz.

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THE Spanish Industrial Production General Index fell 11.7 per cent in September compared to the same period in 2011, the 13th consecutive month with negative numbers.

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Ringing up profits Latin America better for Telefonica than Europe TELEFONICA now earns more money in Latin America than Europe, where Spain continues to be the company’s weakest EU market. The multi-national Spanish company globally earned €3,455 million in the first three quarters of this year, reducing its debts by €5,500 million to ‘just’ €58,823 million.

Germany seeks Spanish workers By Linda Hall GERMANY needs workers, and is looking at Spain to provide them! The Hesse region in the heart of Germany has contacted Madrid Chamber of Commerce with job opportunities. There is nearly 50 per cent unemployment amongst Spain’s young but Hesse, with its six million population, has jobs available for 150,000 people. The region is looking for two different types of jobseekers. It needs young people combine to wanting vocational training with in experience work exchange for a salary of around €500 a month. Some programmes also offer training and include

board and lodging. Employers are also looking for students with technical qualifications, especially engineers and architects, as well as those with Spain’s equivalent of ‘A’ levels.. Additionally, companies want practising professionals ready to step into existing jobs, particularly architects and engineers. Spanish-trained engineers have a good reputation in Germany, hence the interest in engaging them, explained Bernd Haug, President of Hesse’s professional association of engineers. Many come from the construction industry, a sector where Germany wellrequires badly qualified workers, Haug added.

South America now brings in more money for Telefonica than its concerns on the other side of the Atlantic, generating 49 per cent of turnover, compared with 48 per cent in Europe. Telefonica had a total turnover of €46,519 million by the end of September - 0.3 per cent less than in 2011 of which Latin America accounted for €22,578 million.

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SPANISH energy company Repsol has discovered 105,000 cubic metres of natural gas in Algeria.

Law study WAYS to regulate mortgage contract clauses considered ‘abusive’ are being studied by government, Spain’s Deputy PM Soraya Saénz has said.

Energy loss SPANISH energy company Endesa reported €1,622 million in net benefits during the first nine months of the year, a year-toyear 16 per cent loss.

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I HAVE seen newspaper articles about obtaining access to the Spanish Social Security health service either by paying a modest monthly or yearly fee, or simply applying if from a country that has agreements with Spain. I am interested in this possibility because my ill health has forced me to retire early, so I am not yet of pensionable age. This means that I do not have a British pensioner’s access to Spanish healthcare, You and the and as I do not work in Spain, I do not pay Social Security Law in Spain By David Searl contributions. There are many exclusions and problems with pre-existing conditions which make a private medical insurance not suitable for me. We are here legally, with the Certificate of Registration for EU citizens resident in Spain. P C (Malaga)

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Taxman Osborne proves real-life nightmare THE taxman, it seems, is everyone’s worst fear, with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne the public figure who most often appears in British nightmares, a study has found.

£££ A FEAR of failure is holding back businesses as entrepreneurs play it safe, according to Barclays who in a survey of 1,000 small firms found they put off spending

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£££ LONDON financial firms have laid off more than 100,000 employees

since 2007, after four years of crisis. Now another 13,000 staff are set to go in 2013 as vacancies also drop in Europe and Asia, studies indicate.

£££ SALES at Morrisons slipped 2.1 per cent from July to September as they battled fragile consumer confidence and big discounting from rivals including LIDL and Aldi who saw business grow.

Random thoughts from bailout for Spain to the world of drugs SO much seems to be going on, without resolution, that the news generally is difficult to follow. Rajoy, after insisting since mid-summer that Spain does not, and will not, require an European Union (EU) bailout, now admits that one might be necessary but that he won’t know until the end of the year. Well, circumstances do change, and it is rather refreshing to find a politician who admits to uncertainty. Not so Artur Mas, the Catalan president, who, being quite sure he is correct, bangs on about regaining Cataluña’s independence. However, having searched the web for information, I can find no reference to Cataluña having ever been an independent state. Perhaps an historian reader will put me right. Carme Chacón, herself Catalan, who was

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narrowly beaten by Alfredo Rubalcaba for the leadership of PSOE earlier this year, has come out in the national Press with a quite different point of view, rejecting any possibility of Cataluña breaking away from Spain. They cannot both be right, but if asked, I’d put my money on Chacón.

Getting away from that, I see the EU is asking for an increase in its budget, with a figure of some €8 billion being mooted. Perhaps instead of expecting the already cash-strapped citizens to fork out even more, the bureaucrats should make cuts, and - horror of horrors - inflict some austerity measures upon themselves. For instance, does the EU really need two European Parliament buildings, one in Brussels and another in

A juicy orange deal for Don Simon ALMOST 250 Huelva citrus fruit growers have agreed to supply 30 to 50 million kilos of small or skin-damaged oranges a year for Don Simon fruit juice. The fruit would otherwise be

rejected for EU sale. The agreement will make Garcia Carrion group’s Villanueva de los Castillejos plant Europe’s leading manufacturer of squeezed orange juice

Strasbourg, between which the overpaid and underworked MEPs migrate every two months? Additionally, does the EU need Baroness Ashton, the second-highest-salaried woman in the world? She has, after all, failed to attend two-thirds of the commission’s meetings over the past year, and has, apparently, voiced her dislike of Brussels, the city not the institution. Finally, a thought concerning the trade in narcotics. The ‘Narcos’ running their multi-billion dollar international businesses are evil people to be sure, but why are their customers not more severely castigated? Without buyers the drug trade would wither on the vine, and when you think about it, these self-absorbed users of ‘recreational’ drugs frequently cocaine - share responsibility for the thousands of murders committed worldwide by the ‘narcos’ fighting their turf wars and ‘adjusting’ their accounts. The users are, in my view, accomplices, plainly and simply, to murder before, during and after, the fact, and should be prosecuted and punished as such.


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Spanish Succession Tax and Andalucia Besides considering your personal tax planning, for example if you are looking to lower taxation on your savings and investments, you may wish to consider the impact of Spanish succession tax on your heirs and how you can reduce this liability for them. Spanish succession tax (impuesto sobre sucesiones y donaciones) is charged on inheritances and gifts. This article mainly covers inheritances, so if you make a gift you should look into the specific rules for this. Succession tax becomes due in the following situations: 1) The asset/s being inherited is/are in Spain (Spanish property, local bank accounts etc). This applies whether or not the beneficiary lives in Spain. 2) If the person receiving an inheritance is resident in Spain, regardless of where the inheritance is coming from. Three key things to note are that each beneficiary pays tax on the amount they receive (it is not paid by the estate); there is no blanket exemption between spouses; there are both State and Regional rules, and where the Regional rules apply, the reliefs, rates and allowances can vary across the regions.

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State rules The progressive tax rates range from 7.65% for inheritances under €7,993 to 34% for inheritances over €797,555. The amount of tax payable is then subject to multipliers, depending on the relationship between the deceased and the inheritor and their net wealth. Spouses and descendants worth under €402,678 suffer no increase, but for everyone else the tax due is multiplied by between 1.05 and 2.4, making a top rate of almost 82%. There are personal allowances, but they are low. For spouses, children and other descendants the allowance is just €15,957. Siblings, cousins, nephews/ nieces, uncle/aunts and in-laws receive €7,993. No allowances are available to anyone else, not even to unmarried partners registered as a pareja de hecho

(unless eligible for a disability allowance). There is also a 95% deduction against the main home, provided the inheritor is a spouse or child (or someone over 65 who has lived with you for the last two years) and provided they do not sell the property for at least 10 years. The maximum deduction per inheritor is €122,606. Andalucia rules The Autonomous Communities can vary the State rules to lessen the impact. In Andalucia the rules are particularly beneficial, to the point where it can be completely eliminated. The personal allowances are the same as the State rules but unmarried couples registered as a pareja de hecho are treated the same as spouses. The main home relief is increased to 99.9% but still capped at €122,606 and must be retained for at least 10 years. The same conditions apply as under the State rules but with the additional provision that it must be the main home of both the deceased and the recipient at the time of death. It gets even better. Since June 2008 no tax is payable at all, provided the recipient is a spouse or direct line descendant and the taxable value of the inheritance received is no more than

€175,000 per beneficiary, and the wealth of the recipient is no more than €402,678. State or Regional rules? You can only benefit from the Andalucia rules if you are ‘habitually resident’ here, i.e. have been living in Andalucia for five years up until the chargeable event. If not, or your autonomous community cannot be determined, the State rules apply. So if you own assets such as property and bank accounts here in Andalucia, but remain tax resident elsewhere, your family will suffer the more pernicious State rules. The same applies if you have been living here but not submitting a tax return locally. Spain has been referred to the European Commission for discriminatory treatment of residents and non-residents living in the EU and the Commission has asked Spain to end this discrimination, but we still do now know what Spain will do about this. UK inheritance tax If you are a British expatriate you could easily be liable to UK inheritance tax as well as Spanish succession tax. Inheritance tax applies to the worldwide assets of British domiciles. There is no double tax treaty between

the two countries on inheritances, but if inheritance tax is paid in the UK, the amount is usually deductible against the Spanish liability. However, if the UK bill is higher than the Spanish one, the Spanish authorities will, of course, not refund the difference. It is important to understand the various Spanish succession tax rules and how they apply to your situation, as well as how they affect any UK inheritance tax liability. A wealth management firm like Blevins Franks will guide you through them and explain how you may be able to lower your succession and inheritance tax liabilities and potentially save your heirs a considerable amount of tax. You can often combine your estate planning with your personal tax planning. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual should take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com


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Save the planet and then save those expensive material items WHEN disaster strikes suddenly people are worried about the world around them and their own possessions. A perfect recent example is Hurricane Sandy and the amount of concern people are showing over the devastation left in its wake. Some people lost their homes, cars, belongings or livelihoods. Compassion poured out to affected individuals via news A look channels and social at finance media sites, as for females sympathisers tried to imagine what it must Jane Plunkett be like to lose jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. everything in the blink com of an eye: savings, property, everything that financially supports people. STAY GROUNDED: Flying off for parties It’s hard to fathom. has an invisible cost! Yet the irony of all this is that the amount of concern people show about Sandy is directly proportional to the amount of time they add to distances or lighting up their property like a climate change by flying around the world for Christmas tree. bachelor or hen parties, driving cars short Experts have proven that climate change is

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driving extreme weather, which will only lead to more intense storms like Hurricane Sandy, as well as droughts, frequent flooding and wildfires. According to Greenpeace, the world’s oceans are on the brink of destruction. Tuna companies are killing thousands of sea birds, sea turtles and sharks and putting global food sources at risk through destructive fishing practices. Still, less than 1 per cent of the world’s oceans are set aside and protected as marine reserves. In Brazil last week, an agri-business lobby pushed through dangerous legislation which has weakened local forest laws, opening up a section of rainforest the size of Minnesota to deforestation. All the carbon emitting activities that we partake in cost us money, and the result of polluting our environment to such an extent is that in return it may some day cost us our belongings or even our lives. If we really are concerned about losing the material goods we paid so much to attain, maybe it is time to start thinking about how we can live more sustainably in this world. If not just to save the fish, at least to save that fancy flat screen TV!

Toxic homes could be rented out PROPERTIES acquired by BARES - Spain’s ‘Bad Bank’ - from nationalised banks, could be rented out. The proposal has come from Jose Luis Centella, spokesman for leftwing Izquierda Plural, a threeparty alliance in the national parliament. There is nothing in the management model chosen for the bank that prevents this, conceded the government in a written reply. Economic reforms passed in February and August oblige a nationalised bank to transfer toxic assets consisting of loans for properties and land unlikely to be recouped. At least 5 per cent of these must be disposed of to a third entity unconnected to its group.

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THIRD quarter profits for Repsol subsidiary YPF, nationalised by the Argentinian Government last April, have halved compared with last year. Spanish-owned Repsol had invested too little in YPF, said President Cristina Fernandez, and made Argentina increasingly dependent on expensive fuel imports. But while Repsol has recovered from the loss with an adjusted net profit of €496 million, its former subsidiary earned €126 million - 51 per cent less - between June and September. This was the first quarter that the company was entirely in Argentinian hands.

MANY of Spain’s top politicians are to lose the use of their official cars with a 66 per cent cut from 307 to 103 vehicles. The Spanish Government’s planned austerity measure will affect both the state and regional governments with an expected €10.5 million saving from the public budget. This decision will leave general directors without an official car, while deputy officers will have to share their vehicle with other work colleagues.

Ship stops here... CRUISE LINERS are helping buck the recession in Malaga as more passengers visit the city. Dilip Kuner looks at the 2012 success story. With 700,000 passengers due to have landed at the new Malaga port by the end of the year, foreigners for the first time now outnumber Spanish tourists to the city. Cruise liner passengers are being credited with breathing new life into the city’s streets and businesses, boosting trade during the worst recession of a generation. Malaga is an increasingly popular port of call, with the city enjoying a 11.25 per cent rise in cruise ship passengers up to the end of August. In contrast the Balearic Islands saw passenger arrivals fall 25.2 per cent and Barcelona 14.3 per cent in the same period. While Barcelona remains mainland Spain’s busiest cruise port by far, Malaga is now second, with much of its success credited

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PORT OF CALL: Malaga is now the second busiest in Spain.

Malaga cruising up the Spanish port rankings to the new cruise passenger terminal opened earlier this year. As part of an extensive port redevelopment, a €21.3-million terminal capable of accommodating 200-metre-long ships and cruise liners - was built. A state-of-the-art, 900-squaremetre two-level pier at Quay Two has a mobile bridge to connect liners to the dock. Meanwhile,

Land ahoy CULTURAL and leisure attractions are Malaga City’s main draw, according to Councillor for Culture, Tourism and Sport Damian Caneda. The city now offers an increasing number of chic restaurants in the winding lanes of the old city, along with tapas bars frequented by tourists and locals alike, with Malagueños nicknamed ‘boquerones’ after the huge amounts of fried fish they consume. While some bars are cool and modern in design, others are more traditional tavernas. Art lovers can visit the Picasso or more recently opened Carmen Thyssen museums, and the Roman amphithetre is an increasingly popular tourist destination. The cathedral is ever-popular along with trips to the Gibralfaro, and there is also superb shopping with Calle Larios the top attraction.

Quay One offers passengers and city tourists alike shopping and leisure space along with restaurants and food outlets. Malaga’s tourist board representative, Antonio Montejo Romero, described the new cruise passenger terminal as an exciting addition to Malaga’s extensive offering for tourists during its opening.

Changing tides MALAGA has been a port for 3,000 years. Originally called Malaka and founded by the Phoenicians in 1,000BC, the city was once capital of the Islamic Kingdom of Granada. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries the port grew rapidly as an export base for cereals and goods, and in the 20th century was expanded, though following a decline in use in the second half parts were converted for residential use. Nowadays 10 wharfs are in use, including three for cruise liners and mega-yachts. In total as well as the arriving cruise liners, the port handles major imports including cement, cereals, grains, petrol and fertilisers. It also handles 39,000 vehicles a year and 450,000 containers.

“We now give a unique experience for arriving passengers in that they can be in the heart of the city in five minutes,” he said. Anxious for the city to cash in, since the opening Malaga City Hall has agreed to shops staying open on Sundays and bank holidays to provide cruise passengers the opportunity to shop and spend more during city visits. Meanwhile, the Malaga-Costa del Sol Cruise Tourism Forum has been set up to promote the city, and Malaga City Hall invested more than €61,000 in a campaign at the recent World Travel Market exhibition in London. Britain is one of Malaga’s main markets, with 36 per cent of arriving cruise liner passengers from the UK. October - traditionally one of the busiest for cruises - saw 45 liners dock, and November started well with 12 ships arriving between November 2-9. But it is not all plain sailing for the port, with reports indicating that Royal Caribbean and Costa Cruises are considering pulling out in 2013.

‘Pay up’ notaries are told CONSUMERS’ association OCU has called for Spain’s notaries and property registrars to return €400 million overcharged between 2007 and 2012. Last year OCU detected ‘excessive charges’ in 92 per cent of notaries and registrars’ fees for mortgage cancellations. The association lodged a formal complaint with the Public Prosecution Office, requesting an investigation into irregular conduct by both and reimbursement where overcharging occurred. Between December 2007 and May 2012, mortgages were cancelled on 1.6 million homes, according to national statistics’ office, INE. Notaries should have charged a fixed fee of €30.5 regardless of the value of the mortgage, OCU claims. Together with other expenses the total should in no case have exceeded around €70 but instead they charged an average of €260. Registrars were charging an average of €144 instead of OCU’S estimated €24. The Prosecution Department has finally concluded that OCU’s accusations are founded. The association now intends to write to Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon as well as the General Directorate of Notaries and Registrars, asking what steps they propose to take.

Solar wars THE heat is rising following a European Commission-launched probe into alleged illegal subsidies in the €21 billion import trade of solar panels from China.

Deadly dream THE Catholic Church has been angered by a Polish coffin-maker who produced a calendar featuring topless models next to his caskets in an effort to boost sales.

€6bn cuts GERMAN giant Siemens will cut €6 billion from its running costs by the end of 2014 as it fights to stay competitive during the global downturn.


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Birth years for Mojacar 1962-64 By Ric Polansky © THE entire world was entering a particularly interesting time. The generation of ‘baby boomers’ had grown up and sought new gadgets, fashions, music and ideas. The answers were not ‘blowing in the wind’ but, in actuality, a totally cosmic awakening took place worldwide. Curious and innovative people abandoned established lifestyles and drifted or purposefully drove directly to Mojacar. Enrique Arias’s adverts in upmarket newspapers throughout Europe contributed to entice interesting people popping in for a look to consider the free land and homes including psychologists from Holland and airline pilots from Cathay Pacific. Some stayed and created separate enclaves like ambassador’s hill or poet’s corner. The Beckets moved down from Fuengirola having lived in nearby Vera back in the 1950s. E.J. Whyte journeyed with the great Fritz on the back of their moped from Torremolinos. Norma Neff opened an antiques shop. Norma Amick drifted in from some movie set. Ben Rapaport got a small house in the village and could often be seen demonstrating his blue inked tattoo with the numbers of death chiselled into it - a reminder from Auschwitz. The Queen’s private secretary, Sir Michael Adeane, and other titled personages such a Sir Alec Spearman came and stayed, bringing with them other entitled friends. Sir Delaval and Lady Cotter became close friends. Michel and his dad, Philippe Maynard, bought and started the Rancho del Mar restaurant. Actress Katie Mulloch came as did Charlie Braun, the German skier, stuntman, and actor.

Actress Katie Mulloch.

Skier, stuntman and actor Charlie Braun.

Ric Polansky Looks back to when he first moved to Mojacar in 1969 and became one of the pioneer developers. He reads extensively and travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

Current resident Dominique with the artist painter Fritz - back then.

Movie star and TV personality Charles Baxter with current resident Bob Jones at a wedding. Tabs Parcel, the retired Air Vice Marshal, and other dignitaries, the Throwleys, made their way. Actress Kim Valentine appeared. Tito del Amo showed up in May of 1964 and bought a house the same day for 3,000 dollars on the Cuesta de la Fuente. The Napiers, in June of 1966, stayed in the Hotel Indalo for a couple of months then bought two apartments in the pueblo for the equivalent of €1,540.

Bill Napier needed a place to drink so he wrote home and enticed the barman at his local to abandon old Blighty for a job in Spain. Hence, the Bar Sartan was created! America’s version of Coco Chanel, white-haired Franny Barber, blew into town in a sleek, black convertible sports car that elderly women weren’t expected to be driving at that time. Another American TV soap star and movie actor, Charles

Baxter, dropped in and, although owning a house in the valley, rented the Castillo and lived in the village. The vivacious Maritza, an Hungarian beauty self-styled after ZaZa Gabor traded her Spanish artist boyfriend for a proper German prince, Alfredo. They enjoyed themselves, talking down to everyone from the heights of royalty. Erna was a dancer in her youthful 70s. If you so much as spoke to her she would drop to the ground showing you she could still do the splits. Texan oilman and poet, Duff Bigger, frequented the bars nightly and scribbled notes. German war ace, Eddy Schnieder, learned American English while a POW in Arkansas. He came to Spain following the war

and earned a fortune selling big American cars to

the wealthy in Madrid. Eddy bought some land near the beach and drew up detailed plans for his dream villa using the system of feet and inches. Misunderstood by the Spanish contractor, but not wishing to appear a fool, he used the measurements for metres. After a mere three months passed, the builder had run out of funds. When Eddy returned, he discovered his house was as big as a hotel! Hence was born the first hotel on the beach... the Hotel Tio Edi (later remodelled and called the Rey Alabez). This kaleidoscope of plumed names and personalities was more than the normal civicminded could take in, tolerate, or comprehend let alone some kids from America’s Midwest. Any trip up the hill to the village entailed a two to five-hour explanation to my wife upon my return of what I had encountered. Most of what she didn’t believe either.


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Spanish need a lesson on school books AS a former high school teacher in US public schools, American families do not pay one single dollar for student textbooks, unless the material is damaged due to borrower ‘negligence’. Students must ‘cover’ them adequately, but the taxpayer never has to pay for textbooks or other pupil school supplies. That is precisely why they’re called Public Schools: they are paid for via our federal (Washington DC) and state (Massachusetts) budgets. Quoting two recent Spanish Press complaints regarding textbook cost abuse: ‘Textbooks: €400 Heist’, El Mundo, and ‘Armed Robbery: €900 Euros: textbooks for 3 sons’, 20 Minutos, I have never understood why in crisis Spain it is obligatory to buy new textbooks annually in every school subject, with the exaggerated expense this entails for a struggling family of two or more school-aged children. The list of reusable textbooks for the following years and future student use is almost unending. Some privileged publishing companies and other fat cats are ‘making hay while the sun shines’ at the expense of many already downtrodden, down-and-out families in Spain. Richard M McBride, Benidorm, (Alicante)

Pricey Endesa WHAT does Endesa do with the money it extorts for an overpriced and unreliable service? On November 7 the electricity went off six or seven times in Mijas Pueblo. It’s getting to be a daily occurrence. We are now paying probably double the price that it was about five years ago. I’m certain the Endesa shareholders will be very happy with their dividends but what about the poor customers having an inadequate service? Each time the power fails we worry about what will be the next appliance ruined, not to mention the freezer food contents! I am a very disgruntled Endesa customer. Gerry N Hill, Mijas (Malaga)

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Snapped! By Celia Fernandez of Alora, Malaga

15 - 21 November 2012 Costa de Almería unaware of the linguistic discrimination against the Castilian language currently enforced by the Generalitat government in Cataluña. I therefore would encourage you to travel there and speak to the many Catalonians whose mother tongue is not Catalan. They will reveal what doesn’t appear in the Press or on the news. Also check with some parties in Cataluña who are trying to fight this. The totalitarian adjective would have been better applied to the current government in Cataluña, which ironically is applying the same linguistic cleansing that Franco applied there after the Civil War. Tony Partida, Alhaurin de la Torre (Malaga)

Clean-up praise NORMALLY a 4x4 is the ideal vehicle for residents and visitors alike using a dry river bed to reach properties in Los Lagares, an outlying rural district of Alora. But following the recent heavy rains, this photograph by Alora based expatriate Celia Fernandez clearly shows a dinghy would be more useful.

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Cry for help WHEN will the Spanish government start to do something to help the tourist trade? Bar and restaurant owners have to pay huge amounts in social security and town hall rates, but get very little in return. Spain needs more of the golfing tourists who kept many restaurants profitable in out of summer months to return. What does the government do? Raises IVA from 8 to 21 per cent. Are they mad? Be prepared for a lot more bar and restaurant closures this winter. We have already been bled dry. J Evans, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Religious joke HOW can the Catholic Church be so insular spending half-a-million euros restoring the Nuestra Senora de Encarnacion Church in Torrox! What have they done it for, the people’s souls? What about the stomachs, shelter or education of the people? Such money could provide so much for homeless families in need. If ever anything was going to convince me to be an atheist, this has to be it. Catholicism is a joke! Norma by email, Competa (Malaga)

ALL the staff of Orihuela Town Hall should be thanked for the great improvement in service since the coalition has taken over. It is now a pleasure to attend the offices and meet the staff who are helpful, pleasant and co-operative. Veronica and the staff of the basura office after listening to concerns about the standard of service have made a great difference to our El Ghalan area. We have noticed there are lots of other clean-up procedures in place over Orihuela Costa which are appreciated by the community. Mill and Syd Bull, Orihuela Costa (Murcia)

Kind neighbours I DISAGREE with Jennifer Rogers’ letter ‘So anti-social unless family’ (Issue 1427). We have wonderful Spanish neighbours. My motto is you reap what you sow. Maureen Turner, Rambla de Oria (Almeria)

So misleading

Honest staff

YOUR editorial Totalitarian mind (Issue 1420), about the Spanish Education Minister J Wert is misinformed and misleading. While the minister’s choice of words were rather poor, you have to understand what he meant. He wants to try to enforce the current laws about protecting the linguistic rights of the Spanish speaking Catalonians, almost half of the population there, specifically in education. I must assume that you are

AFTER losing my cash card, my last hope was ExPats where I had been shopping. I called them and not only had they found my card, but had also put notices all over the shop asking me to contact the manager. In this day and age when one loses items like cash cards, one can normally kiss them goodbye. It is very refreshing that places like ExPats exist, and my thanks go to staff for being so honest. R Smith By email

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Thoughts of selling a bar, football and yoghurt as ‘end of world’ date nears THE end of the world is nigh with December 21, 2012, earmarked as the last day of life by the Mayans. Dilip Kuner sought down-to-earth views from people in the street FORTY-THREE three days and counting. If doom-mongering believers in the ancient South American Mayans’ prediction that the world will end next month are to believed, time really is rapidly running out. So do people in the street believe the end is nigh? And if so, what are their final wishes and hopes.

Diane Hendren from Fuengirola does not believe it will happen, but would not be overly disappointed if it does! “The world will definitely not finish then, but if it should, it cannot come soon enough,” she said. “That’s what comes from being a bar owner in Spain.” And her unfulfilled ambitions? “I would like to sell the bar first,” she laughed.

Ex-submariner Brian Mathieson says he would like to win the lottery by December 21. “I might not have much time, but I would spend, spend, spend, and travel around the world for a month,” said the 49-yearold from Paisley, Scotland.

“And I’d buy St Mirren Football Club, just to say I owned it for a time.”

As far as Kirsty Johnstone is concerned, wolf has been cried once too often. “No way are the Mayans right. There have been lots of times when the world has been supposed to end, but we are still here,” she said. But if doomsday is set to happen, then she would like to see her family in the time remaining. “I have relatives in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Newcastle in the UK. I would want to say goodbye to them all.” And the 19-year-old from Fuengirola thinking of herself would also like to go skydiving.

For Charlotte Batt from Riviera del Sol, thoughts of the world ending next month saw her thinking of yoghurt.

“I have some in the fridge with a January sell-by date, so I hope the world will last that long,” said the 18-yearold. “I would love to travel the world before the end, particularly America and Australia,” she added on a more serious note.

even better” said the 20year-old from Glasgow. As for any unfulfilled ambitions, Jamie would like to buy a boat before the world ends. “You never know – it might be another flood – a boat would be handy then.”

Businessman and former journalist Kari Karjalainen has no overall regrets on life, and does not believe the world will end shortly. But he believes every day could be a person’s last anyway. “If you live life like it will go on forever, the danger is you will put things off and miss out,” said the 61-year-old Finnish expatriate who now lives in Calahonda. “Do not leave until tomorrow what you can do today.”

Twenty-one-year old Jay Moule from Kent,

But chef Jamie Dyson believes the Mayan prediction could be right. “But I am hoping they are wrong and that it does not happen until at least after Christmas, and in reality after the New Year which would be

in England, puts his faith not in ancient Mayans but in modern technology. “If it was really going to happen I am sure Apple would have come up with an App for the iPhone to predict it! “In fact wasn’t the end of the world supposed to happen earlier this year?” he asked. “I am sure when December 21 passes and we are still here someone will come up with another prediction.¨ But before any apocalypse, Jay would like to give London Mayor Boris Johnson

a wedgie. “A wedgie is pulling someone up hard by the waistband of their underpants, just to give everyone a laugh.” And for me? “I find it hard to believe the world will end in a little over a month. And so do scholars, with many claiming that the Mayans’ calendar ends on December 21, but that will not signify the death of the world. “It merely means a calendar cycle has finished and a new one is due to begin.”


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the accident happened. His wife was critically injured.

OTELS are used to disappearing towels and cutlery, often disappearing with an unpaid bill. Those of us resident in Spain will know the feeling. How often do we have visitors who, after a week or so of wining, dining; sharing the good life and the bed and roof, then disappear By Mike Walsh with a cheery wave. www.michaelwalsh.es Most even get To comment on any of the issues free airport pickraised in Mike’s column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com ups and watch /columnists/mike-walsh whilst you enter the contents of your wallet into the supermarket check-out lady’s lap. I had a 12-month cuckoo in my nest. Not many leave a box of VISITORS: Not many express their gratitude for your generosity. chocolates on the coffee table to express their gratitude at such largesse. It comes with the territory.

Austerity woes who will help now?

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Disappearing acts

A record you don’t want to break HE was one very unlucky guy to make it into the record books.

For the first time on record there was only one fatality on Spanish roads over a recent weekend. The average is 10 accidents resulting in death.

Traffic accidents occur for many reasons but a new factor is reduced traffic and speeds due to the economic crisis. There have been 1.2 million fewer drivers on the road in

2012; a 10 per cent drop in traffic fatalities. The unfortunate victim was Damià Badia Serentill, a teacher from Raimat in Lleida. He had been out collecting mushrooms when

When after World War Two the United Nations (UN) imposed a trade embargo on Francoist Spain in an attempt to starve it into submission, Juan Peron’s Argentine government came to Spain’s aid. Vital foods and medicines got through; for this reason, Eva Peron is still a revered icon for many in Spain. Austerity measures, it is said, are plunging Hispaniola back into the severe shortages and endemic poverty of the Franco period. The Ministry of Health and Social Services concede that 8 million people are now registered as being in need of state aid. Not good when this appalling figure is set against Spain’s small population. Spain is a country big enough to be a self-sufficient major exporter of foodstuffs. It could have taken over the Ukraine’s pre-Communist position as ‘bread basket of Europe.’ What went wrong? Who will now come to Spain’s aid?


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www.euroweeklynews.com AS family budgets become increasingly stretched, more than 60 per cent of mothers in the UK return to work because they cannot afford to stay at home. While many Spanish parents call on family living locally to look after the children while they are at work, many expatriates do not have this support, but still find dual incomes within the family unit much more a necessity in the present tough economic climate. In an exclusive survey into the lifestyle of mothers in the UK, Research company Mintel discovered that financial needs top the reason why mothers go back to work. Aside from economic reasons, keeping the mind active (28 per cent), being more independent (25 per cent) and not wanting to give up a career (21 per cent) were the other main reasons for returning to the workplace. Moreover, less than one in 20 mothers said their partner wanted to stay at home with the baby. One in five British mothers return to work when their baby is between seven and 12 months and almost one in six do so

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New mums find work a must in modern life when their baby is less than six months old. By contrast, just 8 per cent return once the child is five or older. But while lack of income forces many women to return to the workplace, this year more mothers have decided against returning to work after having a baby compared with 2011. In September, nearly a quarter of mothers reported they did not return to work after giving birth, up from 18 per cent in June 2011. They highlighted high childcare costs as a key reason for not returning to work.

Ina Mitskavets, Senior Consumer and Lifestyles Analyst at Mintel said: “Job security is highly prized in the current climate of uncertainty with many mothers returning to work within the 12 months that their job has to be legally held open for them. “Affordability of childcare, or lack of, is keeping lower-income mums and those with more children at home. “Lower salaries are frequently not covering childcare costs, which are rising more rapidly than the average salary.” However, 61 per cent of stay-

Group keeps giving MORE THAN €300 was raised by the Rose Singers through their recently performed concerts and raffles. The local Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal was thrilled to receive the plentiful funds. The next concert by the Rose Singers will be Carols for Christmas, a festive performance on December 13 at Camping Los Gallardos from 7.30pm. This will be in aid of ASADIS, a charity for disabled children in the area. Tickets are priced at €8, which also includes turkey sandwiches and mince pies.

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DISCOVERY: Found during works to the AVE line.

4th Century village found A NEOLITHIC village has been uncovered in Andalucia. Workmen found the fourth century site under the mud at Arroyo Saladillo while working on the AVE fast track railway line between Antequera and Bobadilla. Although the site was already known about, it turns out it is much bigger than expected. It could be the biggest of its kind in the Malaga Province at 1,400 metres in width. A decision has not yet been made as to what to do with the find; whether it will be preserved or not.

STAYING AT HOME: Raising a family is more important for some. at-home mothers surveyed said that raising a family was more important than a career outside the home, and 54 per cent said they loved being a homemaker. But, for four in 10 mothers, not working poses a difficult position socially, as they say ‘I find myself justifying to others why I don’t work’. Less than one in five said they felt less equal than their partner and around one in 10 believed not working was harming their career. Overall, 65 per cent of

mothers said parents should equally share responsibility for raising children. Proving life is not a bed of roses for Britain’s children, 47 per cent of mothers make their children help out with household chores and one in three admit to being strict. Around a third limit the amount of time children spend online and 34 per cent restrict the time their children watch TV. By contrast, 21 per cent of British parents say their children are free to do what they want most of the time.


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5:20am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC’s Breakfast team. 10:15am Neighbourhood Blues 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer Series about properties that have gone to auction. 12:00pm Watchdog Daily 12:45pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Escape to the Country

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm Deadly 60 4:35pm Lockie Leonard 5:00pm Prank Patrol Down Under 5:25pm Léon 5:30pm Junior MasterChef Series looking for the country’s best young cook. 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Young Apprentice 10:00pm Hunted 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Question Time

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7:00am Zigby 7:10am Finley the Fire Engine 7:20am Little Robots 7:30am 64 Zoo Lane 7:45am Chuggington 7:50am Rastamouse 8:00am School of Silence 8:30am Pet Squad 8:40am Eliot Kid 8:55am Newsround 9:00am What's New Scooby-Doo? 9:25am Mister Maker Comes to Town 9:45am I Can Cook with You 10:00am ZingZillas 10:15am Baby Jake 10:25am Dipdap 10:30am Wibbly Pig 10:40am The Koala Brothers 10:50am Big and Small 11:05am Big Barn Farm 11:20am Charlie and Lola 11:30am 3rd and Bird 11:40am Waybuloo 12:00pm In the Night Garden 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm Animal Park 2:00pm Restoration Roadshow 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

5:20am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Sue Hill needs your help solving more crimes. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Sue Hill needs your help solving more crimes. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

5:30am Deal or No Deal 6:25am Countdown 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Canada 12:00pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away The contrasting locations of Bournemouth and Sicily provide food for thought for Paul and Chris. 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not The superspending Earle family's weekly grocery bill comes in at a staggering £200. 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:35pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 3:40pm Countdown

5:45am Michaela's Wild Challenge 6:10am Wildlife SOS 6:35am Wildlife SOS 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am The Wotwots! 7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr. Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:30am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:15pm The Hotel Inspector 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Best House in the Street 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals Double Michelin starred Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace put on the pressure in their search for Britain’s next culinary superstar. The six best chefs from this week’s heats return for this week’s quarter final. This is where the battle really begins. First they must prove to Michel and Gregg they have what it takes with a dish of their own invention. 10:00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys Michael Portillo retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide. 11:00pm Hebburn 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines, with Kirsty Wark.

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal David and his team of David Ford, Ian Towning and Alison Chapman are in Watford today. 5:00pm Midsomer Murders Conclusion. 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale Desperate for answers, Debbie braces herself to visit Chas in prison. Kerry is on a mission to prove to Amy she can pull her weight. Gennie is fuming when she uncovers Nikhil's plan. Debbie's hard exterior finally cracks after visiting Chas. Kerry and Amy are annoyed to discover why Kerry did not get the factory job. Nikhil finds himself in big trouble with Gennie. 9:00pm Coronation Street Michelle is furious at Steve’s childish attempts to dupe Rob. 9:30pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The celebrity reality competition continues into day five. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks In the aftermath of the accident, Hollyoaks falls into disrepair. 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Kirstie’s Vintage Home 10:00pm Everyday 11:50pm 999: What’s Your Emergency?

4:15pm A Decent Proposal Thriller about a pregnant woman whose intrepid husband dies whilst on an assignment abroad. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Rolf’s Animal Clinic 9:00pm The Big Dig Two-part documentary series. 10:00pm Hatfields and McCoys Star-studded drama series about two feuding families in post civil-war America. 11:00pm Valkyrie

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12:35am This Week 1:25am EastEnders Omnibus 2:50am Holiday Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:55am Panorama A report from the weekly current affairs programme. 3:25am Countryfile 4:20am Antiques to the Rescue 5:20am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm The Premier League’s Most Amazing Moments 10:00pm Russell Howard’s Good News 10:30pm Impractical Jokers 11:00pm World’s Craziest Fools 11:30pm EastEnders Billy’s attempt to make Alexa drop the case against Lola backfires. 12:00am Family Guy When a bully harasses Chris, Peter goes to the bully’s house and ends up assaulting him. 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Russell Howard’s Good News 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am Some Girls 3:00am Unzipped 3:45am The Premier League’s Most Amazing Moments

12:20am Dara O Briain’s Science Club 1:20am The Culture Show Andrew Graham-Dixon goes stateside to meet Tom Wolfe. 1:50am BBC News 5:00am Young Legal Eagles

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day’s events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Top of the Pops: 1977 9:00pm Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity 10:00pm The Year the Town Hall Shrank 11:00pm The First Master Chef: Michel Roux on Escoffier 12:00am Heath v Wilson 1:30am Tales From the Wild Wood 2:00am Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity 3:00am Top of the Pops: 1977 3:35am The Year the Town Hall Shrank Series telling the story of how Stokeon-Trent struggles to cope with the impact of huge government funding cuts. It’s summer 2011 and having just made the biggest budget cuts in a generation, the council is staring down the barrel once again, expecting to slash another £20m.

12:05am The Jonathan Ross Show 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:50am Random Acts 12:55am Embarrassing Fat Bodies 1:55am Freaky Sleepers 2:50am Time Team Special 3:45am Unreported World 4:10am Dispatches 5:05am Deal or No Deal

1:25am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am HouseBusters 5:25am House Doctor 5:45am Michaela’s Wild Challenge Michaela Strachan undertakes a range of wildlife-related dares in exotic locations.

Satellite channels SKY1 7:30am Airline 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Glee 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Raising Hope 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Middle 9:30pm Modern Family 10:00pm Spy 10:30pm Trollied 11:00pm A League of Their Own 12:00am Road Wars 1:00am Road Wars 2:00am Road Wars 3:00am

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SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:30am Dragnet 7:20am The Fighting Temptations 9:30am The Top Ten Show 2012 9:50am It's Kind of a Funny Story 11:40am Friends with Benefits 1:35pm Justin Timberlake 2:00pm Little Fockers 3:45pm The Stepford Wives 5:30pm Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 7:10pm It’s Kind of a Funny Story 9:00pm Friends with Benefits 11:00pm Little Fockers 12:40am The Stepford Wives 2:20am The Pool Boys 4:00am You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 5:40am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:10am The Age of Innocence 7:35am Henry’s Crime 9:30am The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 11:30am Lucky Christmas 1:05pm Life as We Know it 3:05pm The Top Ten Show 2012 3:20pm The Chateau Meroux 5:00pm That Thing You Do! 6:55pm Burlesque 9:00pm Life as We Know it 11:00pm Something Borrowed 1:00am 8 Mile 2:55am The Whistleblower 4:55am The Top Ten Show 2012 5:10am Prom

SKY MOVIES ACTION 6:05am Angel Flight Down 7:40am The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 9:30am Jaws 2 11:30am Batman Forever 1:35pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon

4:10pm Broken Arrow 6:00pm Shanghai Noon 7:55pm Batman Forever 10:00pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon 12:35am Broken Arrow 2:30am Rush Hour 4:15am 22 Bullets

TCM 9:15am Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 10:30am The Capture 12:15pm Thunder Over the Plains 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 5:15pm The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 6:55pm The Hallelujah Trail 10:00pm Passenger 57 11:35pm My Cousin Vinny 1:55am The Yakuza 4:00am My Cousin Vinny


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9:45am I Can Cook with You 10:00am ZingZillas 10:15am Baby Jake 10:25am Dipdap 10:30am Wibbly Pig 10:40am The Koala Brothers 10:50am Big and Small 11:05am Big Barn Farm 11:20am Charlie and Lola 11:30am 3rd and Bird 11:40am Waybuloo 12:00pm In the Night Garden 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm Animal Park 2:00pm Restoration Roadshow 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link 4:00pm Real Rescues

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5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:30am ITV Morning News 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 1:30pm Loose Women Steps join Andrea McLean, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin, Jane McDonald to chat and perform live. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Nina Hossain with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

6:00am Countdown 6:45am Make Do and Mend DIY Jo faces a flat pack challenge, and Lucia tries her hand at charity shop chic. 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim Jim’s not pleased when he finds out that Andy's trying to sell a grill that he gave him. 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond Ally is constantly getting into bed with her parents, complaining of monsters in her room. 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Canada 12:00pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Channel 4 Racing It’s day one of Cheltenham’s much coveted Open Meeting.

4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm Deadly 60 Wildlife series. 4:35pm Lockie Leonard Live action comedy series following the adventures of 13-year-old Australian surf rat Lockie. 5:00pm Blue Peter 5:30pm Junior MasterChef 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Children in Need 2012

4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm Mastermind John Humphrys puts the questions to four more contenders. 9:30pm An Island Parish Series following the community on the tiny crown dependency of Sark in the Channel Islands. 10:00pm Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 11:00pm Children in Need 2012 11:40pm Newsnight

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Midsomer Murders 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather James Mates and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Cain decides it is time to give Cameron a warning. 8:30pm Coronation Street A jealous Eva and Steve head to Sheffield to confront Michelle and Rob. 9:00pm Island Hospital 9:30pm Coronation Street Eva sets her sights on Nick after Rob’s betrayal. Is this the end for Michelle and Steve? 10:00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Another update from the jungle as contestants endure their sixth day. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather James Mates and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Wanted Action-packed thriller.

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks One resident hears life-changing news, but can they live with the consequences? 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:30pm Unreported World 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Come Dine with Me In this brand new episode Come Dine with Me visits the island of Jersey for the very first time. 10:00pm Derren Brown BAFTA-winning Derren Brown concludes his specials for 2012 with his customary inventive, intelligent mix of thought-provoking, compelling entertainment, stunts and suggestion, combined with tried and tested psychological tricks and experiments. 11:00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man

11:00pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:25pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:35pm Children in Need 2012 2:30am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:35am BBC News

12:10am The Review Show 12:45am The National Lottery Friday Night Draws The National Lottery Friday Night Draws presented by OJ Borg. 12:55am Later... with Jools Holland 2:00am Backstage 3:25am Battle Beyond the Stars Sci-fi adventure based on the ‘Seven Samurai’ theme.

1:35am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Enter the Dragon Martial arts action thriller. 5:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:05am Friday Night Dinner The boys come home to find the house in a real state. 12:35am 8 Out of 10 Cats 1:25am Random Acts 1:30am Full English 2:00am The Ricky Gervais Show The Ricky Gervais Show continues its third season. 2:25am My Name is Earl 2:50am My Name is Earl 3:10am Bob’s Burgers 3:35am Bob’s Burgers 3:55am Charlie's Angels 4:40am 90210 5:20am Deal or No Deal

4.00pm - midnight

BBC3 8:00pm Merlin 8:45pm Doctor Who 9:30pm Impractical Jokers 10:00pm Unzipped 10:45pm Russell Howard’s Good News Extra 11:30pm Some Girls 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am Family Guy 1:10am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. 1:30am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:55am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 2:15am American Dad! 2:35am American Dad! 2:55am Impractical Jokers 3:25am Russell Howard’s Good News Extra 4:10am Unzipped

BBC2

10:30am - Wibbly Pig

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day’s events from a global perspective. 8:30pm The Solti Centenary Concert 10:25pm Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 11:55pm Sound it Out Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days. 12:55am The Genius of David Bowie 1:55am Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 Documentary chronicling our everchanging love affair with the British singles chart on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. 3:25am Sound it Out Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

Channel 5 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr. Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:15pm The Hotel Inspector 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Best House in the Street 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

CH5

9:35am Roary the Racing Car

4:10pm The Perfect Marriage 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm The All New Gadget Show Entertainment show devoted to gadgets. 9:00pm Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan Dominic Monaghan travels in search of weird creatures. 10:00pm The Mentalist 11:00pm Castle Quirky US crime drama series about a bestselling author who teams up with a young New York detective to solve murders, gaining inspiration for his books along the way. 11:55pm Law and Order: Criminal Intent

12:55am Inside Hollywood Get your daily fix of the latest film and TV news from the USA. Presented by Mark Morris. 1:05am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am Motorsport Mundial The latest motor racing action from around the world. 5:25am House Doctor 5:45am Michaela’s Wild Challenge

Satellite channels SKY1 5:20am Stargate SG-1 6:10am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Glee 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Raising Hope 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Modern Family 9:30pm Spy 10:00pm Trollied 10:30pm Trollied: Behind the Scenes 11:00pm A League of Their Own

12:00am Don’t Sit in the Front Row 12:30am Road Wars 1:00am Ross Kemp: The Invisible Wounded 2:00am Road Wars 3:00am Road Wars 3:55am Road Wars 4:45am Road Wars 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:40am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 7:20am Dunston Checks In 8:50am Swingers 10:30am Ramona and Beezus 12:20pm Eurotrip 2:00pm Johnny English Reborn 3:45pm Swinging with the Finkels 5:15pm Ramona and Beezus 7:00pm White Men Can’t Jump 9:00pm Johnny English Reborn 10:45pm Eurotrip 12:25am Swinging with the Finkels 2:00am Jimmy Hollywood 4:00am White Men Can’t Jump

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5:50pm Shanghai Knights 7:50pm Batman and Robin 10:00pm Green Lantern

5:10am Prom 7:00am Mask 9:05am Frankie and Johnny 11:05am Honey 2 1:00pm Black Swan 3:00pm The Help

12:00am Gone in 60 Seconds 2:00am The Chronicles of Riddick 4:00am Species

5:30pm The Art of Getting by 7:00pm Black Swan 9:00pm Water for Elephants 11:00pm The Help 1:30am Beautiful Wave 3:10am Conviction 5:00am Cherrybomb

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:15am 22 Bullets 6:15am The Chaperone 8:05am The Top Ten Show 2012 8:20am Batman and Robin 10:30am Green Lantern 12:30pm Braveheart 3:30pm Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

TCM 6:00am Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 7:15am Gunsmoke 8:15am The High Chaparral 9:15am The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 10:50am The Hallelujah Trail 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm The Spider Woman 5:10pm Sherlock Holmes in Washington 6:30pm Downhill Racer 8:30pm Wichita 10:00pm The Silence of the Lambs 12:15am Dead Calm 2:00am The Silence of the Lambs 4:10am Bad Company


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Phew! What’s that bad smell lingering around here? W

HAT a difference a few months make! Now you can hardly open a UK newspaper without reading about the latest example of corruption being laid bare or scandal uncovered somewhere or other. Take, for instance, the recent failure of a politically-motivated attempt to sue a Greek journalist for naming and shaming alleged Greek account holders in an offshore bank ‘safeguarded’ for two years from tax investigation. A Greek court acquitted Lagarde List magazine-editor Kostas Vaxevanis on all charges. This left Greek leaders at a loss to explain why Greece harbours so many super-rich tax evaders at a time of austerity, shortages and painful cuts for the rest of the country intermittently on strike and on the brink of running out of cash to pay its public servants and pensioners.

Breaking Views NORA JOHNSON Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in Nora’s column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/norajohnson

Meanwhile in Mexico, hundreds of police officers in Acapulco were fired after failing tests specially aimed at flushing out officials in a corruption scandal enveloping the country’s security services. Mexico, you’ll recall, is engaged in an ongoing battle against corruption with drugs gangs bribing low-paid police officers and state officials. And while we’re on the subject of scandal and corrupt practices, don’t let us forget Britain where even the former Europe Minister,

CORRUPTION: Scandals are being uncovered on a regular basis. Denis MacShane, was fiddling his expenses, where the richest escape tax by offshore deals and where it’s common for tradesmen to suggest VAT can be avoided by paying cash. In fact, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson have all admitted they’ve made cash-in-hand

payments in the past. Still in the UK, there’s additionally the ever-widening, unfolding story of the child abuse scandal at Welsh care homes in the ’70s and ’80s. While the focus is on the alleged involvement of a

former Conservative minister, it’s also claimed that MPs, police officers, lawyers and businessmen were implicated. Indeed, many are demanding an overarching public enquiry into child protection failings generally - by the BBC, NHS, police as well as care homes. Simply put, these past few months have fuelled those conspiracy theorists who question the fundamental integrity of the UK media, police, judiciary and politicians … I’m reminded of the time when Gandhi was asked by a Western journalist what he thought of Western civilization and he replied: “I think it would be a very good idea.” Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Soul Stealer’ & ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


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2:35am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm Baking Made Easy 1:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 1:10pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 1:15pm Football Focus 2:00pm Cycling Jonathan Edwards presents highlights of cycling’s Track World Cup from Glasgow. 3:00pm Rugby Union

4.00pm - midnight 5:30pm Final Score 6:10pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 6:20pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 6:30pm Children in Need 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Merlin 9:45pm The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 9:55pm Casualty 10:45pm Live at the Apollo The BAFTAnominated Live at the Apollo returns for an eighth series. 11:15pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 11:30pm Match of the Day

1:00am The Football League Show Manish Bhasin presents all the action from the Football League. 2:15am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:20am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Rugby Union 9:00pm Top Gear 10:00pm Russell Howard’s Good News Extra 10:45pm Bruce Almighty 12:20am Family Guy 12:45am Family Guy 1:05am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:30am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:50am Impractical Jokers 2:20am Unzipped 3:05am Some Girls 3:35am Russell Howard’s Good News 4:05am Unsafe Sex in the City

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Channel 5

7:00am Zigby 7:10am Finley the Fire Engine Animation following the adventures of the vehicles of Friendlyville. 7:20am Little Robots 7:30am 64 Zoo Lane 7:45am Rastamouse 8:00am Roar Rani Price and Johny Pitts present the show packed with wild animal action and creature fun. 8:30am Bear Behaving Badly Comedy series starring Barney Harwood and Nev the bear. 8:55am The Scooby-Doo Show 9:20am Dennis and Gnasher 9:30am Trapped: Ever After 10:00am Jedward's Big Adventure 10:30am Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 11:00am The Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:30am Deadly 60 Bites 11:35am Splatalot 12:00pm Prank Patrol 12:30pm Ooglies 12:45pm MOTD Kickabout 1:00pm That Darn Cat! 2:50pm Miracle

5:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News 7:00am Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 7:25am The Hive 7:35am The Hive 7:45am The Hive 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Canimals 8:05am The Avengers 8:25am Rated ‘A’ for Awesome 8:40am Rated ‘A’ for Awesome 8:50am Horrid Henry: The Movie 9:05am Horrid Henry 9:20am Horrid Henry 9:35am Shake it Up! 10:00am My Phone Genie 10:25am ITV News 10:30am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 11:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 12:20pm Dinner Date Australia 1:15pm ITV News and Weather 1:25pm All Star Family Fortunes 2:10pm Holiday Home Sweet Home 3:10pm Holiday Home Sweet Home

5:20am Deal or No Deal 6:15am Countdown 7:00am The Treacle People Times are hard for the Treacle People. 7:10am The Hoobs Tula's got the hoobyhics. 7:35am The Hoobs It's not a good day for Tula. 8:00am Freesports on 4 HIghlights from Freeze 2012. Freeze is the UK's biggest après ski party. 8:55am The Morning Line Turf tips and news from the Channel 4 Racing team. 9:55am BT and Channel 4 Present... 10:00am Example at Itunes Festival 2012 Special 10:30am Made in Chelsea 11:35am Suburgatory 12:05pm The Big Bang Theory 12:40pm The Big Bang Theory 1:10pm The Simpsons 1:40pm Deal or No Deal 2:45pm Channel 4 Racing

7:50am Abby’s Flying Fairy School 8:00am Roobarb and Custard Too 8:05am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:20am Animal Antics 8:25am Noddy in Toyland 8:40am City of Friends 8:55am Little Princess 9:10am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:45am Rupert Bear 10:00am Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15am Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25am Roary the Racing Car 10:40am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am ThunderCats 12:20pm Looney Tunes 12:25pm Highland Emergency 12:55pm Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 1:55pm The Train Robbers 3:45pm Brannigan

5:00pm Flog It! Members of the public are invited to try to make money out of their antiques by taking a risk at auction. 6:00pm Rugby Union Gabby Logan is joined by Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott for live coverage as Ireland XV take on Fiji at Thomond Park in Limerick. Remarkably, this will be only the fourth time Ireland have played the Fijians. The previous encounters have all been emphatically won by the Irish, including a 41-6 victory the last time they met in Dublin in 2009. This match for Ireland is sandwiched in between the Test with South Africa and the visit of Argentina. The Irish will be desperate to end 2012 on a high after a disappointing year in which the senior side managed just two wins coming into the autumn internationals. The Fijians arrive in Ireland following their match at Twickenham against England. Eddie Butler is joined in the commentary box by Phillip Matthews. 8:30pm Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 9:30pm Dad's Army Classic wartime sitcom. 10:00pm F1: Grand Prix Qualifying 11:15pm Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane

4:10pm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton’s retelling of Roald Dahl's classic children’s story. 6:15pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 6:30pm ITV News and Weather Lucy Meacock with the latest headlines from around the world. 6:45pm The Golden Rules of TV Comedian Robert Webb reveals more of TV’s best kept secrets. 7:15pm You’ve Been Framed! More surreal comedy from the mind of Harry Hill, inspired by viewers’ home videos. 7:45pm Take Me Out Paddy McGuinness presents another episode of the fun dating show. 9:00pm The X Factor 10:20pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The celebrities have survived a week in the Australian bush. 11:20pm ITV News and Weather Lucy Meacock with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Fast and Furious Fourth film in the wheel-squealing action series.

4:55pm Come Dine with Me 5:25pm Come Dine with Me 5:55pm Come Dine with Me Night three's host is shortorder cook Gerald Cox. 6:25pm Come Dine with Me 6:55pm Come Dine with Me 7:25pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm Heston's Fantastical Food 9:00pm Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 11:50pm The Crazies

5:55pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 6:00pm Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 8:40pm NCIS 9:35pm NCIS 10:25pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series. 11:25pm CSI: Miami Crime drama.

12:15am ... Sings The Rolling Stones TV tribute to the song writing skills of enduring 60s rockers The Rolling Stones. 1:15am The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus 2:20am Later... with Jools Holland 3:25am Night of the Living Dead Low-budget horror classic in which radiation from a space probe reanimates the dead, who become ravenous for the flesh of the living.

1:30am The Store 3:35am In Plain Sight Drama series about US Marshals involved with a witness protection programme. 4:55am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

1:50am Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 3:40am Hollyoaks Omnibus 5:45am Countdown

BBC4 8:00pm Metalworks! 9:00pm Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity 10:00pm The Killing 11:00pm The Killing 12:00am Chateau Chunder: When Australian Wine Changed the World 1:00am Metalworks! 2:00am Top of the Pops: 1977 2:30am Duets at the BBC 3:30am Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force - electricity. This series tells of dazzling leaps of imagination and extraordinary experiments - a story of maverick geniuses who used electricity to light our cities, to communicate across the seas and through the air, to create modern industry and to give us the digital revolution.

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6:00pm Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. 12:20am CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am House Doctor Home improvement series. 5:25am The Great Artists Art historian Tim Marlow looks at some of the western world’s most famous artists. 5:50am County Secrets Series that throws a spotlight on some of the UK’s most scenic counties.

Satellite channels SKY1

5:00am Best of Oops TV

5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Top Ten Show 7:10am Stargate Continuum 9:00am UK Border Force 10:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 11:00am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm Futurama 1:30pm Futurama 2:00pm Futurama 2:30pm Futurama 3:00pm Modern Family 3:30pm Modern Family

SKY MOVIES COMEDY

4:00pm Modern Family 4:30pm Modern Family 5:00pm Modern Family 5:30pm Stargate: The Ark of Truth 7:30pm A League of Their Own 8:00pm Hawaii Five-0 9:00pm Hawaii Five-0 10:00pm The One 11:40pm Road Wars 12:40am Night Cops 1:40am Inside Gatwick 2:40am Brit Cops: Frontline Crime 3:40am Road Wars 4:10am Road Wars

6:00am Dunston Checks In 7:35am The Cat in the Hat 9:05am Snow Dogs 10:50am Chalet Girl 12:35pm Team America: World Police 2:20pm The Hangover Part II 4:10pm The Cat in the Hat 5:40pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 7:20pm Chalet Girl 9:00pm Team America: World Police 10:45pm The Hangover Part II 12:35am Little Nicky 2:10am Eddie Murphy: Raw 3:45am Wild Cherry 5:15am Snow Dogs

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:00am Cherrybomb 6:30am Listen to Your Heart 8:15am Prom 10:05am Africa United 11:35am Captain Corelli’s Mandolin 1:45pm Jane Eyre 3:50pm Beastly 5:20pm Sweet Home Alabama 7:15pm Going the Distance 9:00pm Jane Eyre 11:00pm My Week with Marilyn 12:45am The Bodyguard 3:00am Purple Rain 5:05am The 5th Quarter

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:50am The Longest Day 8:50am Spy Kids 10:25am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 12:10pm Tron Legacy 2:20pm Haywire 4:00pm Killer Elite

6:00pm Twister 8:00pm Colombiana 10:00pm Haywire 11:45pm Killer Elite 1:45am Déjà Vu 4:00am Machete

TCM 6:00am Downhill Racer 7:50am Gunsmoke 8:55am Gunsmoke 9:55am The Spider Woman 11:10am Sherlock Holmes in Washington 12:30pm Wichita 2:05pm Escape from Fort Bravo 4:00pm Monte Walsh 5:55pm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 8:10pm Legally Blonde 10:00pm When Harry Met Sally 11:55pm Two Days in the Valley 1:55am Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 4:15am When Harry Met Sally


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An offer you can’t refuse

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T the risk of finding a severed horse’s head in my bed, I thought I should address the perilous subject of organised crime. Being an optimist (naive, if you prefer) I actually thought that the realms of the Mafia in the developed world - apart from Russia - had pretty much faded into obscurity with the likes of Al Capone and John Gotti. But as recent events show, it has once again raised its ugly head: The Mafia is alive and very well, indeed. Well, were it not for some 80 of their Chinese contingent being arrested in Madrid and Barcelona in October and, not forgetting, the recent resignation of Japanese Justice Minister, Keishu Tanaka, amid revelations that he was buddies with some top honchos in the Yakuza. These incidents are, of course, the mere tip of the cement-booted iceberg; the UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that organised crime accounts for $870 billion (682 billion euros) in the many sordid and heinous activities they engage in. With such power, the real question is; why are they not more visible? At a time, when politicians and the police seem unable or unwilling to act against everyday crime like robberies, assaults and general hooliganism, isn’t this the

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 www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/ ulrica-marshall

ULRICA MARSHALL ulrica @euroweeklynews.com

exact time that the Mafia could gain both political power and public favour? These major league criminals do not wish their hunting ground to be disturbed by the seething masses of low-life crime; these people have ‘respectable’ fronts, and you may even find that your kids share the same school… Presumably, they, too, want to keep ‘their’ streets safe, regardless of the drugs shipment they just ordered. After a spate of robberies in her street, one friend asked the police what they were doing about it; any extra patrolling, intensified search for the perpetrators or anything at all, really… The answer was no. So she got together with some neighbours to see if they could hire a private security company to patrol the area. This turned out to be impossible or

SECRET SOCIETY: Do you really know your neighbours? prohibitively expensive (even when divided by some 100 property owners).

This friend lives here in Spain, but the same problem is echoed in most European countries. I am in no way condoning the Mafia, but it strikes me it may be in their interest to control the lawlessness of today, in the same way that the Yakuza in Japan has kept petty crime at bay in the past. As a civilian, you could walk the streets of the capital quite safely, (assuming you were not caught in any rival Yakuza gang crossfire) returning to find your home intact. Simple human rights we should be able to take for granted. Of course, the preferred method of regaining control would be to follow the lead of former New York mayor, Rudy Guiliani, who succeeded in turning the city from one of the most treacherous in the States to one of the safest in the 90s. He achieved this with hard hitting policies like zero tolerance, even for minor offences; this comes at a price, but I think we could all live without new government buildings or road extensions in favour of some basic safety and security. Do you feel safe? Let me know your thoughts (anonymously if you wish) on ulrica@euroweeklynews.com and I will follow up with a summary of responses in the next few weeks.


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2:20am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC’s Breakfast team. 8:25am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am Sunday Morning Live Samira Ahmed hosts live interactive debates on the topical issues of the week. 12:00pm Sunday Politics Andrew Neil and Tim Donovan with the latest political news, interviews and debate. 1:25pm Countryfile 2:20pm Bargain Hunt 3:20pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home.

4.00pm - midnight 4:20pm Nature’s Miracle Babies 5:20pm Lifeline 5:30pm Points of View 5:45pm Songs of Praise 6:20pm Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 6:50pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team. 7:10pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 7:20pm Countryfile John Craven and Julia Bradbury head to rural Leicestershire. 8:20pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow 10:00pm The Secret of Crickley Hall Drama. When Eve Caleigh and her family arrive at Crickley Hall, they hope to escape the past. 11:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:15pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:25pm F1: Grand Prix 1:25am Hooper 3:00am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:05am Holby City Ric returns from holiday and is shocked to find Serena running the hospital in Hanssen's absence. 4:05am The Paradise Drama series. 5:05am Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman 5:35am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 8:30pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey 9:30pm Gavin and Stacey 10:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 11:00pm Him and Her 11:30pm Him and Her 12:00am American Dad! 12:25am American Dad! 12:45am Family Guy 1:10am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 1:30am Some Girls 2:00am Him and Her 2:30am Him and Her 2:55am Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera 3:55am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents

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Channel 5

7:00am Zigby 7:10am Finley the Fire Engine Animation following the adventures of the vehicles of Friendlyville. 7:20am Little Robots 7:30am 64 Zoo Lane 7:45am Rastamouse 8:00am Roar 8:30am Deadly Art 8:45am Copycats 9:15am The Scooby-Doo Show 9:40am Wingin’ It 10:00am 12 Again 10:30am Gastronuts 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm The Great British Bake Off Masterclass 1:30pm Rugby Union 2:30pm Cycling

4:55am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Engie Benjy 7:10am Jungle Junction 7:25am Jungle Junction 7:35am Signed Stories 7:50am Canimals 7:55am Canimals 8:05am Matt Hatter Chronicles 8:25am Almost Naked Animals 8:35am Almost Naked Animals 8:50am Almost Naked Animals 9:00am Phineas and Ferb 9:15am Phineas and Ferb 9:30am Big Time Rush 10:00am Good Luck Charlie 10:25am ITV News 10:30am There’s No Taste Like Home 11:25am Dinner Date 12:25pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 1:25pm Countrywise 1:40pm ITV News and Weather 1:55pm Carry on Henry 3:40pm The X Factor

5:45am Countdown 6:30am Make Do and Mend 6:55am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:00am The Treacle People PC Pendle needs wheels. 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs Tula wants to write a poem. Will she ever be able to find a word that rhymes with ‘hoobacious’? 8:00am Extreme Sailing Series 8:30am Sailing Russell Coutts gives an update on the latest construction crisis within his team, Oracle Team USA. 8:55am BT and Channel 4 Present... 9:00am Will and Grace 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:00pm The Big Bang Theory 1:25pm The Simpsons 1:55pm Channel 4 Racing

7:50am Abby’s Flying Fairy School 8:00am Roobarb and Custard Too 8:05am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:20am Animal Antics 8:25am Noddy in Toyland 8:40am City of Friends 8:55am Mio Mao 9:00am Little Princess 9:10am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:45am Rupert Bear 10:00am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15am Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30am Roary the Racing Car 10:40am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am Thunder Cats 12:10pm Looney Tunes 12:15pm Looney Tunes 12:20pm Meals in Moments 12:30pm Rolf’s Animal Clinic 1:35pm You’ve Got Mail 3:50pm Open Season

6:15pm Coast A look back at part of an episode of coast. Series exploring Britain's coastline. 6:30pm Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 7:30pm Fawlty Towers 8:00pm Operation Iceberg Chris Packham and Helen Czerski and a team of explorers and scientists investigate a massive tabular iceberg floating at sea 50 kilometres from the Canadian coast. Their aim is to discover the forces that gradually destroy an iceberg these stunning natural phenomenon. As they seek out these mysteries, the team confronts dangers including polar bears and a partial disintergration of the iceberg beneath their feet. 9:00pm Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm 10:00pm Dragons’ Den Series in which budding entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to multimillionaires. 11:00pm Harry and Paul Harry and Paul re-invent themselves as Ricky Gervais, and the 1930s movie original of The King's Speech is unearthed along with ‘Sherlock On The Buses’. 11:30pm Match of the Day 2

5:00pm The Home of Fabulous Cakes In an episode devoted to everything chocolaty, Fiona Cairns creates a veritable feast. 6:00pm The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 7:30pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 7:45pm ITV News and Weather Steve Scott with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Surprise Surprise Holly Willoughby hosts another bumper night of surprises. 9:00pm The X Factor Results Show Dermot O’Leary returns with the second of this weekend’s shows. 10:00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The celebrities have survived a week in the Australian bush. 11:30pm ITV News and Weather Steve Scott with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:45pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

4:10pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things For the second week of the food competition the chefs turn their attention to meat. 4:40pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things 5:10pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things 5:40pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things 6:10pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things It's the final day of meat week and it's time for beef to take centre stage. 6:40pm Home Alone 8:40pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm How Britain Worked 10:00pm Homeland 11:00pm Watchmen

5:35pm Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle Comedy action adventure. 7:40pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 7:45pm Stealth Action thriller in the Top Gun mould, complete with jet plane heroics. 10:00pm Unforgiven Uncompromising western.

12:20am Hebburn 12:50am Never Mind the Buzzcocks Ed Sheeran and Caroline Flack also join the team for some pop-quiz antics. 1:20am My Year Without Sex 2:50am BBC News

12:45am Rugby Highlights Martin Bayfield presents the pick of the action from the AngloWelsh tournament which encourages the promotion of young rugby talent. Featured games include Northampton Saints’ trip to Newport Gwent Dragons. 1:40am The Store 3:40am Motorsport UK 4:35am ITV Nightscreen Textbased information service.

2:05am American Football Live Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 5:45am Grudge Match Humorous tales of longstanding rivalry in the world of sport and competition. 5:55am Deal or No Deal

12:30am Hatfields and McCoys Star-studded drama series about two feuding families in post civil-war America. 1:30am How Do They Do It? 2:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am The F.B.I. Files 5:50am County Secrets Series that throws a spotlight on some of the UK's most scenic counties.

11:00pm Game of Thrones

3:40am How Do You Know

12:15am NCIS: Los Angeles 1:15am NCIS: Los Angeles 2:15am Brit Cops: Frontline Crime 3:10am Night Cops 4:05am Road Wars 5:00am Best of Oops TV

SKY MOVIES DRAMA

Thunderbirds 8:40am Sanctum 10:40am Kingdom of Heaven 1:05pm I, Robot 3:00pm Independence Day

BBC4 8:00pm Time Shift Documentary which tells the surprising story of how Britain entered a new age of steam railways after the Second World War and why it quickly came to an end. After the war, the largely destroyed railways of Europe were rebuilt to carry more modern diesel and electric trains. Britain, however, chose to build thousands of brand new steam locomotives. 9:00pm Michael Wood: The Story of India 10:00pm Storyville 11:15pm Undertow 12:50am Michael Wood: The Story of India 1:50am Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 3:20am Sound it Out Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

CH5

3:50pm Open Season

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 7:00am The Hour of Power 8:00am Lion Man 8:30am Lion Man 9:00am UK Border Force 10:00am The Glee Project 11:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm WWE Presents: You Think You Know Me... 2:00pm Best of Oops TV 3:00pm Road Wars 3:30pm WWE Survivor Series Preview 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm The Middle 6:30pm The Simpsons 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Raising Hope 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm Ross Kemp: The Invisible Wounded

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:15am Snow Dogs 7:00am Blackball 8:40am Death Becomes Her 10:25am Take Me Home Tonight 12:10pm Beavis and Butt-head Do America 1:40pm Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 3:30pm Bad Teacher 5:10pm Take Me Home Tonight 6:55pm How Do You Know 9:00pm Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 11:00pm Bad Teacher 12:40am Stan Helsing 2:15am Beavis and Butt-head Do America

5:05am The 5th Quarter 6:45am The Top Ten Show 2012 7:00am Cupid, Inc 8:25am Beautiful Wave 10:05am Stepping Out 12:00pm Morning Glory 1:55pm I.Q. 3:35pm A Little Bit of Heaven 5:25pm You May Not Kiss the Bride 7:10pm Morning Glory 9:00pm A Little Bit of Heaven 11:00pm Just Go with it 1:00am Boys Don’t Cry 3:00am The Art of Getting by 4:25am Cherrybomb 5:55am I.Q.

SKY MOVIES ACTION 6:00am The Amazing Spiderman: Premiere Special 6:30am X-Men: First Class Special 7:00am

5:25pm Real Steel 7:35pm Kingdom of Heaven 10:00pm Independence Day 12:25am I, Robot 2:30am Circle of Pain 4:15am Jaws 3

TCM 6:00am Invasion Quartet 7:40am With a Song in My Heart 9:55am Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 12:10pm Escape from Fort Bravo 2:05pm Monte Walsh 4:00pm Trooper Hook 5:35pm The Horse Soldiers 7:55pm Bridge to the Sun 10:00pm Posse 12:05am Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 1:50am The Boston Strangler


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money manipulators who provide the billions of dollars to place their own pet puppets in these positions of power? These people are the real schemers and shifters in this world we laughingly refer to as ‘ours’. Well, I’ve got news. It’s not ours. This planet is not a democracy. This is simply the illusion they create. It’s theirs. Each and every one of us who are outside their shadowy financial portals of power exists under their sufferance and is completely expendable. This small, faceless bunch of bandits are nothing more than gamblers dealing in inconceivable amounts of money and power stakes. The losers who backed Romney in this latest two-horse race saw untold billions wiped from their stock market ‘bookie shops’ when their man came second. Mind you, when your income is in the region of millions a minute, I doubt they’ll be crying in their beer for too long. Keep the faith Love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com

Positive back-fire A MAN who took his exgirlfriend’s pregnancy test for a joke discovered that he had testicular cancer after it was revealed as positive.

Croc alert A CROCODILE, on the loose for two years, has been recaptured by police in the Gaza Strip. It took an internet search, shark nets and two weeks of floating in a sewage pond before the reptile was rounded up.

Magic ink A ‘SORCERER’ tattooist has been arrested in Thailand after several brawls involving his disciples who believed his body art made them invincible.

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BBC1

BBC2

5:35am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC’s Breakfast team. 10:15am Neighbourhood Blues 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Watchdog Daily 12:45pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Escape to the Country

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm Deadly 60 4:35pm Lockie Leonard 5:00pm Prank Patrol Down Under 5:25pm Léon 5:30pm Junior MasterChef 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:35pm Four Born Every Second 12:35am Seraphim Falls 2:20am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:25am Question Time 3:25am The Choir The Semi-Final. 4:25am Wartime Farm 5:25am BBC News

8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 8:30pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 9:00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands 10:00pm I Want to Change My Body Young body-obsessed Brits turn the cameras on themselves. 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy about family life. 12:45am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:10am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:30am I Want to Change My Body Young body-obsessed Brits turn the cameras on themselves. 3:00am Russell Howard’s Good News 3:30am Impractical Jokers 4:00am Unsafe Sex in the City

Channel 4

Channel 5

7:00am Zigby 7:10am Finley the Fire Engine 7:20am Little Robots 7:30am 64 Zoo Lane 7:45am Chuggington 7:50am Rastamouse 8:00am School of Silence 8:30am Pet Squad 8:40am Eliot Kid 8:55am Newsround 9:00am What's New Scooby-Doo? 9:25am Mister Maker Comes to Town 9:45am I Can Cook with You 10:00am ZingZillas 10:15am Baby Jake 10:25am Dipdap 10:30am Wibbly Pig 10:40am The Koala Brothers 10:50am Big and Small 11:05am Big Barn Farm 11:20am Charlie and Lola 11:30am 3rd and Bird 11:40am Waybuloo 12:00pm In the Night Garden 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Royal Upstairs Downstairs 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

4:35am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

5:55am Deal or No Deal 6:50am BT and Channel 4 Present... 6:55am The Treacle People 7:05am Sali Mali Sali Mali and Jackdaw make masks and play a trick on Thomas Carradog. 7:10am The Hoobs Roma has been asked to look after a squigglytiddlypeep while its mum and dad are out. 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Canada 12:00pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:35pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 3:40pm Countdown

6:40am Thomas and Friends 6:50am Roary the Racing Car 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am The Wotwots! 7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm The Hotel Inspector 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Best House in the Street 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: NY

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain's next culinary superstar continues. 10:00pm The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader - fuelled by anger, incapable of forming normal human relationships and unwilling to debate political issues. Such was the depth of his hatred that he would become a war criminal arguably without precedent in history. Yet this strange character was once loved by millions. 11:00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks Comedy pop quiz. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Jeremy Paxman.

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal David Dickinson is in Bedworth with Brenda Haller, James Layte and Mike Melody. 5:00pm Midsomer Murders Conclusion. 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Jimmy fights his emotions and comes to a decision about the business. 8:30pm Coronation Street Eva’s jealousy spirals out of control. Kirsty grows suspicious of Tyrone. 9:00pm Little England 9:30pm Coronation Street Nick falls into Eva and Kylie’s trap. Fiz’s concerns grow for Tyrone. Rob tries to make amends. 10:00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The celebrities have survived a week in the Australian bush. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Mark Austin and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm The Agenda

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Stephen Fry: Gadget Man Stephen Fry, Britain’s favourite clever clogs, doesn’t live life like the rest of us. 10:00pm 999: What’s Your Emergency? 11:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 11:50pm Full English Meet the Johnson family in Channel 4’s brand new animated satirical sitcom.

4:15pm Angel in the Family 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 9:00pm The All New Gadget Show 10:00pm The Contract

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12:05am A few Good Men Military drama. A young and impetuous naval lieutenant and a more experienced officer are given the job of defending two marines accused of murder. As the two officers come to terms with one another, their investigation uncovers some sinister secrets and collusion at the highest level.

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12:10am Coogan’s Bluff Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan, a tough Arizona cop, travels to New York to collect a wanted man. 1:45am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am UEFA Champions League Weekly 4:25am ITV Nightscreen 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:20am Dragons’ Den Series in which budding entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to multimillionaires. 1:20am BBC News 5:00am Make a Musical A bully and his victim find themselves lost in a fantasy world.

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Timothy Spall: All at Sea 9:00pm Nature’s Microworlds Series in which Steve Backshall looks at some of the world's most iconic ecosystems. 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Calf’s Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food 11:00pm Storyville 12:25am The Killing 1:25am Timothy Spall: All at Sea 1:55am Nature’s Microworlds Series in which Steve Backshall looks at some of the world's most iconic ecosystems. 2:25am Only Connect 2:55am Calf's Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food

12:20am Rory Peck Awards 2012 12:25am Alan Carr: Chatty Man 1:30am Secret State 2:25am Derren Brown 3:20am The Good Wife 4:00am Moonfleet 5:30am Supernanny US

12:05am A Few Good Men Military drama. 2:30am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am HouseBusters 5:20am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:45am Divine Designs

Satellite channels Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 10:30am Galaxy Quest 12:15pm Down to Earth 1:45pm Bridesmaids 3:50pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

SKY1

BBC3

ITV

7:00am Airline

SKY1 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Glee 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Raising Hope 6:30pm Futurama

7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm Road Wars 11:00pm Game of Thrones 12:15am Fringe 1:15am Road Wars 2:15am Miami SWAT 3:05am Road Wars 3:55am Road Wars 4:45am Road Wars 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:40am A Nanny for Christmas 7:10am Down to Earth 8:40am

5:40pm Galaxy Quest 7:25pm Cyrus 9:00pm Dragnet 11:00pm Bridesmaids 1:10am Swingers 2:55am Cyrus

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 9:30am Mean Girls 11:15am The Age of Innocence 1:35pm Just Married 3:15pm The Help 5:40pm Mean Girls 7:20pm Mean Girls 2 9:00pm The Help 11:30pm Just Married 1:10am Legends of the Fall 3:25am Henry’s Crime

SKY MOVIES ACTION 1:40pm Jaws 2 3:40pm Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 6:00pm Gone in 60 Seconds 8:00pm The Tourist 10:00pm The Delta Force 12:10am Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection 2:10am Missing in Action

TCM 10:05am Trooper Hook 11:45am The Horse Soldiers 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm Vera Cruz 5:55pm The Last Challenge 7:45pm Red River 10:00pm Blown Away 12:20am City Heat


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BBC1

BBC2

5:25am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Neighbourhood Blues 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer Series about properties that have gone to auction. 12:00pm Watchdog Daily 12:45pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Escape to the Country

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm Deadly 60 4:35pm Lockie Leonard 5:00pm Prank Patrol Down Under 5:25pm Léon 5:30pm Junior MasterChef The pressure is on for the final four cooks left in the competition. 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Last Tango in Halifax 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Imagine...

12:40am Hollywoodland 2:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:45am Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 3:45am Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs Series about the real history of Britain’s servants. 4:45am Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food Lorraine Pascale creates amazing food, completely from scratch, in super quick time. 5:15am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Total Wipeout 9:00pm Don’t Tell the Bride 10:00pm Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen 11:00pm Some Girls 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Some Girls 2:00am Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen 3:00am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 4:00am Russell Howard’s Good News 4:30am Some Girls Comedy series about the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. Viva invites her friends to help babysit, but then struggles to keep control of the situation.

ITV

Channel 4

Channel 5

7:10am Finley the Fire Engine 7:20am Little Robots 7:30am 64 Zoo Lane 7:45am Chuggington 7:50am Rastamouse 8:00am School of Silence 8:30am Pet Squad 8:40am Eliot Kid 8:55am Newsround 9:00am What’s New Scooby-Doo? 9:25am Mister Maker Comes to Town 9:45am I Can Cook with You 10:00am ZingZillas 10:15am Baby Jake 10:25am Dipdap 10:30am Wibbly Pig 10:40am The Koala Brothers 10:50am Big and Small 11:05am Big Barn Farm 11:20am Charlie and Lola 11:30am 3rd and Bird 11:40am Waybuloo 12:00pm In the Night Garden 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Royal Upstairs Downstairs 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Nina Hossain with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories Documentary-style police drama series.

5:30am Supernanny US 6:10am Deal or No Deal 7:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:10am The Hoobs Tula is outside in the cold painting a picture of some penguins. 7:35am The Hoobs Tula has knocked over Groove’s tray of hooboblubbers. 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Canada 12:00pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:35pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 3:40pm Countdown

6:10am Wildlife SOS 6:35am Wildlife SOS 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am The Wotwots! 7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr. Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm The Hotel Inspector 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two All the backstage gossip and behind-the-scenes action from the world of Strictly Come Dancing. 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip TV entertainers Neil Stuke and Penny Smith hit the road with £400 to invest in antiques. 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain’s next culinary superstar continues. 10:00pm Dara O Briain’s Science Club Experts and a lively audience join Dara O Briain to tackle the biggest ideas in science. 11:00pm Later Live... with Jools Holland 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Jeremy Paxman.

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Midsomer Murders A glassware factory in Midsomer Magna faces ruin after the death of its co-owner Alan King. 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm UEFA Champions League Live 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm UEFA Champions League

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me Second host in this brand new competition in the West Midlands is mortgage adviser Andrew Devey. 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 10:00pm Heston’s Fantastical Food 11:00pm Fresh Meat 11:50pm Rory Peck Awards 2012 Homs in Syria: a city under siege. 11:55pm Homeland

4:15pm Together Again for the First Time 5:55pm Looney Tunes Classic Warner Brothers animation. Tweety thwarts all of Sylvester’s ingenious plans to capture him. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours Paul manages to put Ajay off the scent when he goes looking for Priya. 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Highland Emergency Documentary series. RAF Rescue 137 responds to a massive car crash. 8:30pm Highland Emergency Documentary series. 9:00pm Rolf’s Animal Clinic Documentary series presented by Rolf Harris. 10:00pm Body of Proof US mystery series. 11:00pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series. 11:55pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series.

1:00am Pokerstars.co.uk European Poker Tour 2:00am BT and Channel 4 Present... 2:05am Sailing 2:35am KOTV Boxing Weekly 3:00am Beach Volleyball 3:55am Bullrun 4:20am Freesports on 4 5:20am Extreme Sailing Series 5:50am Volkswagen Racing Cup

12:55am CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1:40am Forensic Files Documentary series examining the application of modern technological advances in crime-fighting. 2:05am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am HouseBusters 5:20am House Doctor 5:45am Divine Designs

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8:30pm UEFA Champions League Live 12:20am Storyville 1:45am BBC News 5:00am L8r Youngers 2 Short dramas in the Baftawinning series about the journey from primary to secondary school. 5:40am Seeking Refuge

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury 9:30pm Britain on Film 10:00pm America on a Plate: The Story of the Diner 11:00pm Rick Stein Tastes the Blues 12:00am The Killing 1:00am Storyville 2:15am Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury 2:45am Britain on Film 3:15am Rick Stein Tastes the Blues

12:35am Take Me Out Paddy McGuinness presents another episode of the fun dating show. 1:45am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Loose Women 4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Glee 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Raising Hope 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Last Resort 10:00pm A League of Their Own 11:00pm The One 12:40am Miami SWAT 1:40am Road Wars 2:40am Road Wars 3:40am

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SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:15am The Age of Innocence

7:35am The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 9:35am The Lake Effect 11:15am Deck the Halls 1:05pm The Top Ten Show 2012 1:20pm An Affair to Remember 3:20pm New York, I Love You 5:10pm All I Want for Christmas 6:50pm Burlesque 9:00pm The Bodyguard 11:15pm Morning Glory 1:05am Against the Ropes 3:00am Cherrybomb 4:30am Stay Cool

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:35am Jaws 2 7:40am The Amazing Spiderman: Premiere Special 8:10am Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 10:10am Crimson Tide 12:15pm Déjà Vu 2:30pm Black Hawk Down 5:00pm Sucker Punch 7:00pm Shanghai Noon

9:00pm Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 11:00pm Black Hawk Down 1:30am Sucker Punch 3:25am American Ninja 2: The Confrontation 5:00am American Ninja 3: Bloodhunt

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T is a mystery to me why those most useless at communicating are those whose trade is communication. Many advances rival those of the Victorian age; only the postal service stays in the Penny Black era. The Victorians crossed the bridge from centuries-old horse dependency to air, motor, rail, mail, and telegram and telephone familiarity. Beat that, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates! Unable to keep up, we plebs find ourselves in the slipstream of emerging innovation. As a consequence many of us are clueless as to what new devices do and how we can best use them to benefit our lives. Coming from a sales background I can see a fortune to be made by explaining how gadgets work. This cannot be left to the geeks running the business. They may be iPod and Kindle tablet savvy but when it comes to communication they are knuckle-shuffling Neanderthals. What they’re doing is manufacturing pens for a largely illiterate market; doh!

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I was delighted with my first digital camera. It was as far removed from traditional photography as the laptop and Word are from typewriters. Now digital cameras have passed their sell-by date; that is progress for you. I could hardly wait to use my first digital and downloaded the instruction manual. Yes, it is not a booklet, you download them. Imagine my dismay when having printed the guidebook I found it to be the size of a

may as well have been written in Egyptian hieroglyphics; a waste of space and rain forest. To their credit I did see an enterprising couple making pin money by holding two-day courses showing new users how to get the best from their digitals. They would probably make a fortune by showing those yet to buy these cameras their advantages then taking orders for them. Geeks don’t think that way. You see, that is how sales work: I was a very successful USER FRIENDLY? You have to be joking! salesman and sales manager. This was telephone directory. Its because I had the nous to content was so geek that it explain the benefits of my

Mother ‘tried to gas her two children’

NO PAIN NO GAIN: Graham bares all.

Not so wax lyrical the face says it all €600 was raised for the Mojacar Poppy Appeal through a buffet, ‘naming the doll’ competition, and Graham from the Blue Lagoon restaurant agreeing to have his chest waxed.

A MOTHER is receiving psychiatric treatment after being arrested for trying to gas herself and her two children at their home. The 32-year-old woman of North African origin is alleged to have blocked up the home, cut the hose of a butane gas cylinder and left the valve open. A neighbour alerted police and their prompt action prevented a tragedy. The children, aged two and six, are being cared for by social services.

company’s products in a way that could be understood. Our philosophy was you’ll get what you want when you convince the customer he will get what he wants: ‘don’t sell the steak, sell the sizzle’. What happens when we visit a geek-gadget store? The behind-the-counter staff have their heads so far up their hard drives they can’t communicate except in a language we do not understand. User friendly; you have got to be joking. They speak geek and haven’t the patience of a fruit fly. If only an enterprising geekgadget entrepreneur with an engaging personality would set up short introduction courses. He could at the close take orders and trouser a fortune. Would someone please explain to me what an iPod, an app and e-book are in simple language, please? I might well buy one.


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5:15am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Neighbourhood Blues 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Watchdog Daily 12:45pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott presents the antiques contest from the Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair. 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Escape to the Country

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm Deadly 60 4:35pm Lockie Leonard Live action comedy series following the adventures of 13-year-old Australian surf rat Lockie. 5:00pm Prank Patrol Down Under Comedy prank series. 5:25pm Léon 5:30pm Junior MasterChef 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Supersized Earth 10:00pm Crimewatch 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 11:45pm Crimewatch Update 11:55pm Would I Lie to You? 12:25am Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman 12:55am Shank An action film for the youth generation, set in a decaying future London. 2:25am Weatherview 2:30am See Hear 3:00am Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain 4:00am Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 4:45am Cash Britain 5:15am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Young Apprentice 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey 9:30pm Gavin and Stacey 10:00pm I Hate My Body: Skinny Boys and Muscle Men 11:00pm Unzipped 11:45pm Family Guy 12:10am Family Guy Animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:30am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 12:55am American Dad! 1:15am I Hate My Body: Skinny Boys and Muscle Men 2:15am Unzipped 3:00am Impractical Jokers 3:30am Russell Howard’s Good News 4:00am Him and Her 4:30am Him and Her

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7:00am Zigby 7:10am Finley the Fire Engine 7:20am Little Robots 7:30am 64 Zoo Lane 7:45am Chuggington 7:50am Rastamouse 8:00am School of Silence 8:30am Pet Squad 8:40am Eliot Kid 8:55am Newsround 9:00am What's New Scooby-Doo? 9:25am Mister Maker Comes to Town 9:45am I Can Cook with You 10:00am ZingZillas 10:15am Baby Jake 10:25am Dipdap 10:30am Wibbly Pig 10:40am The Koala Brothers 10:50am Big and Small 11:05am Big Barn Farm 11:20am Charlie and Lola 11:30am 3rd and Bird 11:40am Waybuloo 12:00pm In the Night Garden 12:30pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm See Hear 2:30pm Lifeline 2:40pm Coast 2:45pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories Documentary-style police drama series.

5:50am Volkswagen Racing Cup 6:15am Deal or No Deal 7:10am The Hoobs Not only is ‘Brainbox Iver' full of bright ideas today, he’s boasting about them. 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim Jim is determined to sabotage his own surprise 50th birthday party. 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond Ray is shocked when Debra takes all their baby stuff to a garage sale. 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss Canada 12:00pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:35pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 3:40pm Countdown

6:10am Wildlife SOS 6:35am Wildlife SOS 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am The Wotwots! 7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm The Hotel Inspector 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain's next culinary superstar continues. 10:00pm The Hour 11:00pm The Culture Show 11:30pm Newsnight

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Midsomer Murders Conclusion. 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather Mark Austin and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Bernice creates waves, but holds her cards close to her chest. 8:30pm Coronation Street Fiz feels the full extent of Kirsty’s anger. Leanne makes a big decision. David drops a bombshell. 9:30pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The celebrities have survived a week in the Australian bush. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Exposure Update

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 10:00pm Grand Designs 11:00pm Secret State

4:10pm Snowman’s Pass Adventure drama. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Alf is concerned that Roo and Harvey are getting on too well, until a fresh row eases his fears. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Emergency Bikers Action-packed documentary series following the work of emergency bike crews. 9:00pm The Removal Men Observational documentary series following the Pickfords removal teams at work. 10:00pm The Transporter 11:55pm Attack Force Action thriller in which the leader of a strike team loses his men in a cold-blooded attack.

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12:20am Great Continental Railway Journeys Michael Portillo retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide. 1:20am BBC News 5:00am Love Hurts 5:30am Coping Adolescence can be an emotional assault course, yet teenage mental health is rarely discussed.

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day’s events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 9:00pm Britain’s Best Drives Actor Richard Wilson follows routes raved about in motoring guides of 50 years ago. 9:30pm Tales From the Wild Wood 10:00pm Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 11:00pm Getting On Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine, Joanna Scanlan, Ricky Grover, Sandro Kopp, Tilda Swinton. 11:30pm Frost on Satire 12:30am Metalworks! 1:30am Britain’s Best Drives Actor Richard Wilson follows routes raved about in motoring guides of 50 years ago. 2:00am Tales From the Wild Wood 2:30am Getting On 3:00am Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

12:35am The First Great Train Robbery 1:30am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Columbo The dishevelled detective is called in to investigate when a popular actor is found murdered. 5:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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12:05am Rory Peck Awards 2012 12:10am The Town That Caught Tourette’s 1:15am Abbey Road Studios: In Session with VW Beetle 1:45am Superstar DJs 2:10am Stooshe: Intro 2:25am Spotlight 2:40am Las Acacias 4:10am St. Elsewhere 4:55am Deal or No Deal 5:50am Countdown

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1:45am Ricky Hatton: The Comeback 2:35am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am HouseBusters 5:20am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice and Alistair Appleton. 5:45am Divine Designs

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Glee 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Raising Hope 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Glee Project 10:00pm Last Resort 11:00pm Fringe 12:00am Trollied 12:30am Road Wars 1:00am A League of Their Own

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5:25pm Spy Kids 7:00pm Shanghai Knights 9:00pm Real Steel 11:10pm Rush Hour

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HENRY VIII was a tyrant. Grossly overweight with bad breath and a foul smelling wound on his leg; at the age of 48, convinced he was still the handsome prince of his youth, he took a wife of barely 16 and then had her executed. During the last years of his reign, England lived in fear of his whims, for the whim of a king could mean death for his subjects. The sight of 16-year-old Catherine Howard being dragged screaming to the executioner’s block was not one of England’s finest moments. Nor was the execution of the two young courtiers (framed by Catherine’s ambitious uncle the Duke of Norfolk), who suffered the traitor’s fate of being hung, drawn and quartered. That Henry was mad is in no doubt, pain from his leg would have been excruciating and his life as a monarch feared and fawned over had engendered in him an ego the size of a football stadium and a belief he was God’s envoy on earth. England’s most powerful families sent him sycophantic men who used their young daughters, nieces, granddaughters as pawns in their games of power.

Surviving the whims of kings That Norfolk survived both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard after having been the architect of both their rise and subsequent fall must have caused their severed heads to spin wildly on Traitor’s Gate. The Tudor attitude towards women is well documented; they were ciphers used solely at the whim of the men who ‘owned’ them. The whims of men have steered us through the centuries. Ultimately, it is the people who indulge or not indulge the whims of great men, the people who allow tyrants to rule and leaders to commit genocide or to rise up

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’ column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/suzanne-manners.

in dissent. In a democracy the people vote, or protest and stand against a failing leader. In dictatorships, brave souls work from within to topple the throne. Importantly, we women who once whispered in the darkness now lead. Elizabeth I was a great

HENRY VIII: How women have moved on since his times. monarch; she may have been vain and suspicious but at least she didn’t allow her whims to guide her. So as I sit knitting (yes knitting) I reflect on how far we women have grown and developed. No longer at the mercy of tyrant

kings or ambitious uncles, free to dissent and to vote and to make our voices heard above the din of male power; no longer forced to bow to the judgement of men. All men and women deserve to be free from tyranny... I must go now, my son wants his lunch.


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Y one big desire this weekend is simple… to let my hair down and forget about the troubles from my drinkdrive episode! But there is now an even bigger problem to face up to. For last weekend was the final one in Marbella for one of my closest girlfriends. She left for pastures new on Monday. A fellow singleton, we have been like two olives in a Martini. Always after the same men, sharing clothes; you know the deal. Gal pals for four years; I will never forget the moment we met. In one of my favoured local Spanish watering holes, the bartender called out ‘free Jäger’. She and I were the only ones to bolt to the bar. I instantly knew we would get along. Anyone who sprints on the premise of free shots is a friend of mine.

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

The following week she celebrated her birthday. Invited to her party, we marked our new-found friendship, drinking and clinking glasses to the mischief we anticipated would come. Not covered on our first meeting, I asked what ripe old age she was turning. Only to find out it was in fact her 17th birthday. Oh, b…….! I’d just found a drinking buddy two years older than my little sister, and in reality, illegal trouble! However, even with a few years between us, we’ve

spent every weekend without fail in clubs – some the wrong side of nearseedy – flirting our way to free vodka and celebrating when one of us found a squeeze for the night!. I’ll always remember trying to sneak backstage at Peter Andre’s first concert on the coast. We tried to blag being members of the Press… I think the fact that we were, let’s say, a little more provocatively dressed than most reporters, is what gave us away. But my left-hand chica has now gone. How am I going to cope on the coast surrounded by couples? Hopefully, I won’t end up hanging out at bars alone. But if I am seen alone propping up a Puerto Banús bar, just quietly suggest I go home… because the chances are, I will have been there since lunch-time.

PIPER: David’s emotive performance.

Lest we forget PIPER David Weir played Lament for Donald of Laggan and To God be the Glory at the Living Water Church Remembrance service, led by Pastor David Hamilton. A two-minute silence and prayers were performed by the congregation in remembrance of the fallen.

€135,000 cost to taxpayer to destroy drugs in storage DESTROYING drugs costs an average €135,000 a year, courtesy of the Spanish taxpayer. When drugs are found, they are tested, catalogued and a sample taken as court evidence. Then they are shipped to the only two plants in Spain licensed to dispose of them. These are in the far north of the country, in Asturias and Galicia. They are transported with the protection of an Armed Forces convoy. It costs an average 50 cents per kilo of drug for their destruction. About 270 tonnes of various drugs were burnt under controlled conditions in the first quarter of 2012.

The most seized drugs are marijuana and cocaine followed by amphetamines, ecstasy and heroin. Because the process of destroying illegal drugs is slower than confiscating them, the problem of theft arises while they are stored in warehouses. Recently negligence charges were brought against 12 National Police officers after 400kg of hash were stolen from a Cadiz drug deposit. This was the third drug deposit robbery in a year. The other two were in Sevilla and Malaga. The officers face disciplinary action for failing to guard

and secure these warehouses, used to store substances confiscated from dealers and smugglers. It has also been revealed that when dealers’ and smugglers’ assets are seized during a raid, they are then auctioned off and the money paid to the government. About a third of all goods confiscated end up being auctioned. Last year alone, the Public Treasury made €7.2 million from these sales, of which nearly half were vehicles. Goods auctioned off last year included boats, jewellery, art and cutting-edge technology.


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T was truly a night to remember. And it will have a lasting effect on the lives of 17 families in Almeria badly hit by the recent floods. The event was a charity dinner-dance followed by an auction and raffle at the El Mar La Mar in Villaricos, which raised an amazing €12,000 for the flood victims. Prizes at the big fundraising event attended by around 100 people included a round of golf with English cricketer Ian Botham, a weekend for two at the fivestar Don Carlos Hotel in Marbella and a meal with James Hewitt at The Polo House restaurant, plus a flat screen television donated by Euro Weekly News (EWN). EWN Publishers Michel and Steven Euesden attended the function accompanied by key staff from the newspaper’s Costa del Sol headquarters, as well as representatives from the company’s local Almeria office in Mojacar. EWN was the only newspaper with representatives at the charity evening. Michel Euesden said she has always believed that charity begins at home, and "this evening has proved this once again without any doubt. "I have always been fond of Almeria but sadly in recent times it has been hit by a catastrophic chain of events. "Between political decisions - which I am not equipped to comment on raging fires and then the recent floods, this small corner of enchantment was turned by unimaginable nightmares into a zone disintegrating before the eyes of residents,” she said. “However, the local families are not quitters and


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HATS OFF: Michel and Steven who believe charity begins at home.

none more so than the dynamic Richard and Louise Shepherd of El Mar La Mar. “Involved in many charitable events over the years, they put their money where their mouth was, paying personally for all the food and wine. “This means that all - and I mean all - the money raised through

people buying tickets for tonight’s event will go straight to the Red Cross. “And the staff have even donated their tips. “The atmosphere tonight was incredible and credit must also go to Jessica and Richard Shanley, owners of the local Spectrum Radio station. “Their attendance reflected their

efforts in both the lead-up to, and the night itself,” added Michel. Richard Shanley was equally exuberant over the event. “I am thrilled with the funds raised. I can’t think of an event in the area that has raised so much, and I can’t thank everyone involved enough.”

Richard Shepherd, owner of El Mar La Mar, said: “The local community should be proud of what has been achieved. I will be happy sitting down to my Christmas dinner knowing that the families affected will be close to gaining normality in their lives again.”


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Take a hike for health MORNING CUPPA: Avoid staining those pearly whites.

Keep your smile bright RED and white wine, tea and coffee can contribute to the yellowing of tooth enamel. If you just can’t give up your morning tea or latte, try to sip through a straw when possible to minimise contact with your tooth enamel.

WALKING for two-and-ahalf hours each week could increase your life span by seven years. A study, by experts from the US government’s medical research agency and Harvard University, found even half of that is beneficial, with 75 minutes of brisk walking a week enough to extend life by almost two years. The lives of more than 600,000 men and women aged 40 and over were analysed and it was found that people of a healthy weight who didn’t exercise could expect to die 3.1 years earlier than obese people who stayed active. But the biggest gains were seen in people of a healthy weight where weekly moderate exercise for two-and-a-half hours extended life by more than seven years.

WALKING TALL: Increase your life expectancy.

POORLY MUM-TO-BE: Taking time off work.

75 per cent of mums-to-be take extra time off work THREE-QUARTERS of pregnant women take sick leave from work, outside their normal maternity leave, citing tiredness and sleep problems as the main reasons, according to a new study Researchers from the Stavanger University Hospital in Norway gathered information through a questionnaire conducted at weeks 17

and 32 of pregnancy from 3,000 hospital patients. Just over 75 per cent of them received sick leave at some point, with more women requiring time off as their pregnancy progressed. However, the study also revealed that women who had flexible working hours took less time off.


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Make-up overload not a good way to get younger-looking skin WOMEN often try to cover everything up by applying too much concealer, foundation, blush, everything.

Foundation should be applied very sparingly, and only then will you be able to see if concealer is even necessary. Keep it

light, with pinkish tones for the lips, and rosy for the cheeks. Then, using black eyeliner, follow the eyelash line, top and

bottom. Also, if your brows have become a bit sparse, fill in with a pencil. A lighter touch is key to a fresh face.

Age signs could warn of heart problems THINNING on top or got fatty deposits around the eyes? Then you could be at a greater risk of a heart attack. People who have three to four ageing signs including a receding hairline, baldness, creased earlobes or fatty deposits around the eyelid, have a 57 per cent higher risk of a heart attack and a 39 per cent increased risk of heart disease, according to scientists. They say that xanthelasmata - deposits of cholesterol under the skin - is the strongest predictor for both heart attacks and heart disease. The results follow a study by Danish researchers of nearly 11,000 over the age of 40 in a 35-year period assessing their ageing signs and the number that went on to have heart disease and heart attacks.

RIGHT CHOICE: Fruit over pills.

Popping pills falls out of fashion as recession bites SPENDING on vitamins has dropped as more people are shunning the expensive health supplements to save money and going back to cheaper fruit and vegetables. According to market analysts Mintel, just 35 per cent of Britons still take vitamin supplements regularly, a fall from 41 per cent in 2008.

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TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) For all of the things that you want to do, there are three others that you wish to do. Maybe they are waiting for their own time to come. During the course of this week you will be thinking of what the future could hold, even though dealing with practical issues.

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.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) When it isnʼt possible to change something, often it is just as effective to rearrange it. That is the solution which comes to you this week. Instead of being frustrated at a delay, try changing the conditions or times.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Rarely has your mind been as sharp as it is at the moment. There have been some awkward and downright bad periods in the recent past, but this week everything falls into place. Why, you wonder, have you worried so much about things which could not be changed?

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) When we have long-standing friendships, these are often taken for granted and yet often we could make so much more of them.

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 Did you hear about the guy who lost his left arm and leg in a car crash? He’s all right now. What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches? A nervous wreck. What did the fish say when he hit a concrete wall? “Dam”. Have you got a funny joke? jokes@euroweeklynews.com Include full name and town you live in.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Consider what is the most important thing to you at the moment? Is it wealth or social position? Your work, or how it may be possible to afford that new conservatory are minor considerations compared with your greatest asset which is your health. This week, then, is all about boosting this valuable commodity and building its future.

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PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Pat yourself on the back for all of your efforts of recent weeks. Looking back just

TARGET: Average: 16 Good: 21

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION aged, dang, drag, dreg, edge, edgy, egad, gale, gean, gear, geed, geld, gene, glad, glee, glen, grad, gran, gray, grey, gyre, rage, rang, yang, agley, agree, angel, anger, angle, angry, eager, eagle, eager, edger, elegy, gayer, genre, glade, gland, glare, glary, glean, gnarl, grade, grand, greed, green, gyral, lager, large, ledge, ledgy, leger, raged, range, rangy, regal, agreed, anergy, angled, angler, argyle, danger, dangle, energy, enrage, gander, garden, geared, gender, genera, glared, gnarly, grande, grayed, greedy, greeny, greyed, ledger, legend, ranged, regale, regnal, angered, dangler, derange, eagerly, enlarge, enraged, general, gleaned, gleaner, gnarled, grandee, grandly, greenly, grenade, regaled, enlarged, LEGENDARY

Word ladder CAME

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) As the saying goes, ʻno one ever said it would be easyʼ. In the past few months you have found this to be true. Hard work is not alien to you, but there is a point where you want to shout ʻenoughʼ. It may be business or home life needs some rearranging, or that someone is moving job and the routine is severely disrupted. LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) As a home-loving Libran, you are torn between making changes to your surroundings and getting some cash in on the business side. Apparently, it is not possible to do both because energy levels fluctuate.

Very good: 31 Excellent: 38

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 L) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.

WITH

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

CAME CASE CASH WASH WISH WITH

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) When you are at home this week I would like you to consider how you

a few months, would you have thought so much progress could be made? Because of your efforts, home life is enhanced and you are more appreciated. Give yourself a break at the weekend and do something with a loved one that you have not done together for some time.

1. TINKY WINKY, DIPSY, LAA-LLA and PO, 2. IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA and IOWA,

view your surroundings. This is a good week to make changes and have discussions about future directions.

3. GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY (GWR), LONDON AND NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY

feelings about being at or near home this week, with thoughts of more progress possible elsewhere.

(LNER), LONDON, MIDLAND AND SCOTTISH RAILWAY (LMS) and SOUTHERN RAIL-

Expecting too much help from others has held you back in the recent past. It makes sense to be part of a team only when everyone is pulling their weight. Some things are best done alone for real progress.

Ines Sastre, Born on November 21, 1973, she is a Spanish actress and model. She has performed in more than 20 films, including ʻVidocqʼ and ʻThe Lost Cityʼ. She was the face of Lancômeʼs perfume Trésor.

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IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK:

(September 29) and CHRISTMAS (December 25), 5. FEMUR (thigh), PATELLA

family and distinctly damaged life, aided by his best friend Harry Biscuit and definitely not aided by his cruel and ironically named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent and his accomplices, the fearsome Hardthrasher siblings. Add in grim circumstances, mistaken

(kneecap), TIBIA (shinbone) and FIBULA (calf bone), 6. GRYFFINDOR, HUF-

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) The enthusiasm of your bright Capricorn mind is also capable of making you restless. There are mixed

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FLEPUFF, RAVENCLAW and SLYTHERIN, 7. SPIKE MILLIGAN, HARRY SECOMBE, PE-

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Is playing the waiting game really to your advantage? Your Sagittarian character naturally leads you to be optimistic, and why not? It wonʼt hurt to hurry someone along rather than having them go at their own pace.

Bleak Expectations began as a riotously funny Sony Award winning Radio 4 comedy but it was so amazing it has transformed itself into an equally splendid book. Featuring added jokes and lots of extra bits of story and additional dimensions to characters, it recounts the adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to repair his destroyed

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1. Name any three of the four Teletubbies. 2. Name any three of the four US states whose name begins with the letter I. 3. Name any three of the four railway companies that operated the rail networks in Britain between 1923 and the nationalisation of the rail system in 1947. 4. Name any three of the four English quarter days. 5. Name any three of the four bones found in the human leg (excluding the foot). 6. Name any three of the four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series of books. 7. Name any three of the four original members of The Goons. 8. Name any three of the four major Balearic Islands. 9. Name any three of the four March sisters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women. 10. Name any three of the American presidents whose faces are depicted on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

TER SELLERS and MICHAEL BENTINE, 8. MAJORCA (MALLORCA), MINORCA

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) There is so much in you that is determined and looking forward to a fresh start, but something that you are trying to get rid of, or give up, may be giving you more trouble than anticipated. Some things have to be done alone, or so you think, but others have gone through this before you so they are able to give support.

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identities, unlikely inheritances, nightmarish court cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, oversentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: Bleak Expectations is the novel Charles Dickens might have written after drinking far too much gin. This book is published by Constable and Robinson.

(MENORCA), IBIZA (EIVISSA) and FORMENTERA, 9. MARGARET (MEG),

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Centre. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cut-throat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. 1h26m Director: Jay Roach Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine La Nasa

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Crosswords CRYPTIC

ENGLISH - SPANISH

Across 1 Like a bird slightly injured (6) 5 Dairy food for a dirty fighter (6) 8 Spanish painter involved in yoga (4) 9 Ignominious hoax leads to fuel spill (8) 10 War paint in defeat across one quiet street (8) 11 Streak without South African tramp (4) 12 The beloved compilerʼs expression of dismay (4,2) 14 Portray part of old epic tale (6) 16 Cold weather from the first of September, instantly (4) 18 False encouragement before debts (8) 20 Fashionable police force at hospital department event (8) 21 Female with hole in her footwear (4) 22 Weigh a female donkey (6) 23 Syʼs red, can look stylish (6) Down 2 Adore lookers (but not doers), we hear (7) 3 Flies the deer back north in (5) 4 Detest scruffy kidʼs lie (7) 5 Capital of Belgium has a dearth of ebony (5) 6 Move otter record to canopy (7) 7 Draw out end, but crew regularly

Funagram 1. Unscramble the name of a bestselling American author: BINS ROLL BY 2. Unscramble the name of a popular type of (sweet) biscuit (two words): ECOLOGISTS HID ACE VET

Across 1 En alguna parte (9) 5 Fechas (días precisos) (5) 7 Letter (mail) (5) 9 Pulgar (5) 10 Anillos (5) 11 Carreteras (5) 12 Italia (5) 14 Navajas (9)

Down 1 Triste (persona) (3) 2 Lavabo (9) 3 Scorpion (9) 4 Hierba (5) 6 Truffle (5) 8 Income (from property) (5) 9 Late (after usual time) (5) 13 Sí (3)

Co d e B r e a ke r missing (5) 13 War returning? Conceal television series (7) 14 Wasnʼt sure about party, but confused journalist (7) 15 Slips company up on

25 See 23 Down 1 Flower part (5) 2 Diluting agent (7) 3 Dreamy happiness (5) 4 Tremble (6) 5 Pilotʼs compartment (7) 6 Last letter of Greek alphabet (5) 7 Money matters (7) 12 Roosts (7) 13 Menacing (7) 15 Flags (7) 16 Worldʼs largest desert (6) 18 Bohemian dance (5) 19 Overly sentimental (5) 20 Terminated (5)

Play on Words

AREA

CHAOFRGE

Answers: A grey area, In charge of

QUICK

Across 1/6 Postpone (3,3) 3 Fundamental (5) 6 See 1 8 Capital of Georgia (7) 9 Free from dirt (5) 10 Loans (5) 11 Make clear (7) 12 Forgive (6) 14 Balanced (6) 17 Duplicate (7) 19 Slightly burn (5) 21 Greeting (5) 22 Put to use (7) 23/25 Neptune, for example (3,3) 24 Frightening (5)

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 1 represents Q and 3 represents L, so fill in Q every time the figure 1 appears and L every time the figure 3 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.

Saturday (7) 17 No points on afternoon prayers (5) 18 A dialectic name for various ducks seems backward (5) 19 An edition for the children (5)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Socks, 4 Random, 9 Trained, 10 Slaps, 11 Less, 12 Purpose, 13 Rat, 14 Fine, 16 Easy, 18 Pad, 20 Extreme, 21 Bait, 24 Ranks, 25 Chicane, 26 Spends, 27 Sings. Down: 1 Settle, 2 Chaps, 3 Song, 5 Absorbed, 6 Dragons, 7 Master, 8 Adept, 13 Released, 15 Intense, 17 Beards, 18 Peach, 19 Others, 22 Again, 23 Digs. QUICK - Across: 1 Decent, 4 Tennis, 9 Stature, 10 Tutor, 11 After, 12 Realise, 13 Ale, 14 Rebel, 16 Eager, 18 Son, 19 Gnocchi, 21 Focus, 23 Evict, 24 Narrate, 25 Seethe, 26 Defeat. Down: 1 Despair, 2 Chant, 3 Neutral, 5 Extra, 6 Nothing, 7 Serve, 8 Depressions, 15 Bromine, 16 Enforce, 17 Respect, 19 Guess, 20 Catch, 22 Chase. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Ruta, 3 Obras, 6 Syrup, 8 Truth, 10 Rat, 11 Llave, 12 Ounce, 13 Nun, 14 Sound, 15 Steep, 16 Zorro, 17 Head. Down: 1 Results, 2 Tartamudo, 4 Buttons, 5 Aguanieve, 7 Prender, 9 Huesped.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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 (DANCED) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

ACTING CINDER COURSE DANCED (10) DEALER DESIRE INLAND

Quote Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me

Steve Jobs (1955-2011), American entrepreneur, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

INTENT ISLAND MISERY NORMAL RENDER SENDER SEVERE

SLAYER STEEDS STENCH TASTES TINDER

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Estate, 2 Bitten, 3 Either, 4 Render, 5 Hearts, 6 Suited, 7 Header, 8 Tumble, 9 Neatly, 10 Halted, 11 Dreams, 12 Rioted, 13 Barest, 14 Floats, 15 Metres, 16 Barley, 17 Awaits, 18 Aflame, 19 Seared

FUNAGRAM SOLUTION 1. BILL BRYSON 2. CHOCOLATE DIGESTIVES


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Paddy McGuinness joins Ant, Dec and Schofield for second ‘Text Santa’ ageing partners who have lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Retired actor Freddie (McKellen) and ex-barman Stuart (Jacobi) - joined by their feisty best friend Violet (Frances De La Tour) - now spend their days reading books, walking their dog and bickering. However, the trio’s life together is turned upside down when young man Ash becomes their new upstairs neighbour. Vicious has been co-created by awardwinning playwright Mark Ravenhill and will be directed by Red Dwarf's Ed Bye.

By Richard Shanley • PADDY MCGUINNESS has been added to the line-up of star presenters for this year’s ITV1 Text Santa fundraiser. The Take Me Out host will be joined by Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley for the live show on Friday, December 21, on ITV. Text Santa, which launched last year, raises money for specially chosen charities, which this year include Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz. The evening’s entertainment will show mini-episodes of ITV’s leading shows, including a festive Coronation Street with special guest cameos. Ant & Dec said: “We’re delighted to be returning to host Text Santa again. Last year we raised an amazing amount of money and awareness for six truly worthy causes. This year we want to make it even bigger and better and you can get involved too by simply ordering a fundraising pack and putting the fun into fundraising.” McGuinness commented: “I’m rocking around the Christmas tree at joining the

DISHING THE DIRT

By Richard Shanley Of Europa Digital

Text Santa team. What a great bunch of people to be working with to host this year’s appeal. Santa has been very kind to me this year and paired me up with Christine Bleakley! What a fantastic way to start the Christmas countdown!” Viewers will once again be able to donate via text using JustTextGiving by Vodafone, free on any network, allowing 100 per cent of the donation to go to the charities. ITV director Peter Fincham said: “We’re so thrilled to be working with such fantastic names again and that so many of ITV’s most-loved shows are also doing something special for Text Santa. We want to give viewers a real treat in return for their incredible generosity and support of these inspirational charities.” • Jonathan Ross is to host a new film series for ITV. The television and radio

STAR LINE-UP: Text Santa. presenter previously fronted the Film programme from 1999 until 2010, when he left the BBC. A new film-based show - produced by Ross through his production company Hot Sauce - will launch on ITV in April 2013. • Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi are to star in new ITV sitcom Vicious. The series - from Will & Grace writer Gary Janetti - will star the pair as

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Fruity boost THE familiar grapefruit is perfect for breakfast as a morning pick up. They are rich in vital vitamins that will help keep people energised all day, say NHS health officials. In a report on the eating five a day campaign, grapefruit were highlighted as being particularly high in vitamin C.

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Salt and shake style crisps given hot makeover DO you remember ‘salt and shake’; the crisps with a little blue sachet of salt inside? They were launched in the 1920’s and were an instant hit allowing consumers to add as much or as little salt as they wanted, but now they have been revised and had a modern day makeover. Crisp lovers can now buy a bag of crisps with an added condiment bag – of scorching jalapeno chilli pepper seasoning. The crisps, made exclusively for Tesco have been launched at more than 400 branches of the supermarket chain. Crisp buyer Lee Bannerman said, “Sweet chilli flavoured crisps have been around for more than 10 years but we believe that customers are now ready for something hotter... you can completely control just how hot you want to make them, depending on how much you use.”

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New era beginning at Badgers BADGERS restaurant and bar is beginning a new era after 25 years of having Keith, Gill and Lewis Bradley at the helm. With Keith and Gill retiring and son Lewis returning to the UK, new owners Rich and Belinda have taken the helm. “We are going to carry on with the tradition of the Badgers’ name with a few tweaks of our own,” said Richard. “With Badgers being such an established restaurant on the playa, many of the regular customers at Badgers were already friends of ours, as we have been visiting Mojacar for 15 years and been customers of Keith and Gill. A leaving do for Lewis and Holly and a 25 year anniversary celebration are planned. “With over 30 years experience of being a head chef in the UK, working for various 4 and 5 star hotels, Richard will be running the kitchen assisted by Jenna who has been at Badgers for 12 years. With us using local suppliers for fruit and veg, fish and meat and cooking fresh food we are able to adapt most of the menu for any dietary requirements customers have, we are also able to do the menu as takeaway,” said Richard. “Belinda is out the front serving the customers ably assisted by Kelly. Any queries on the menu or wine list were ably

AT THE HELM: New owners Rich and Belinda assisted by Jenna and Kelly. dealt with by these two charming ladies, who are both friendly and chatty without being intrusive or overbearing.” Badgers is open six days a week from 10.00am until late (closed Thursdays), serving breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinner with a daily Menu Del Dia from €11. Desserts are homemade which can include the white chocolate cheesecake with kirsch flavoured berries or the old favourite apple and berry crumble with custard. Customers can dine inside the restaurant or on the

enclosed heated terrace with views over the beach. Sky sports channels are shown and free wifi is available to all customers. Since starting at Badgers, Richard and Belinda have introduced weekly special nights. Monday is quiz night, where you can enjoy a dish of the day before playing the quiz at a special quiz price. There is also a prize for the winners. Tuesday is pie and curry night, with all the pies and curries homemade by Richard and Jenna in the kitchen. A favourite with

customers being the chicken, mushroom and leek pie or the steak and ale pie, which go down very well, fresh vegetables, fresh chips and homemade gravy. Wednesday is Wellington Wednesday where you can enjoy a Fillet of Beef Wellington, Salmon Wellington or Vegetarian Wellington, all freshly prepared with dauphinoise potatoes. Friday is the traditional fish and chip day, with large cod or haddock, fresh chips and mushy peas. On Saturday, Richard does a seafood mix platter for two, Thai prawns, whole fresh fish (can be filleted) and fresh mussels to name but a few for Seafood Saturday. This is followed on Sunday with a traditional Sunday roast, with a choice of one, two or three courses and a choice of three roast meats plus other options. Richard and Belinda are taking bookings for New Year’s Eve for their seven course dinner, with entertainment from Maurice Casanove. Badgers is open both Xmas day and Boxing Day. Badgers Golf Society is also based at the restaurant and plays both Wednesdays and Saturdays at all the local courses. Anyone interested can contact Richard at Badgers on 950 478 525 or just pop in to book themselves in.


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Juicy fruit is a superfood MANGOES are the latest superfood. Rich in vitamins C and A as well as having traces of vitamins E, B and K, the juicy fruit packs a nutritional punch well above its weight. They are high in cancer fighting antioxidants, low in carbohydrates and, like other yellow or orange fruit such as pumpkin and carrot, they are an excellent source of beta-carotene, according to the Better Health blog. They also contain Vitamin E and selenium which help protect against heart disease and cancer. On top of that you can get 40 per cent of your daily fibre intake from just one mango. Research has shown that dietary fibre has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart, may help prevent certain types of

Staying healthy WANT to keep healthy this winter, then try to eat fruit such as apples, grapes, oranges, tomatoes and berries every day. On top of that plenty of vegetables, olive oil, garlic and wholegrains should be eaten as well. These will all perk up the body’s immune system. And to stay healthy people should also eat chicken, eggs, flaxseed oil, milk, oats, raisins, red wine, rice, soya, tea and yoghurt two or three times a week.

Local is best BUY locally produced food. The fresher the better. Vegetables and fish can lose their nutritional value very quickly once harvested.

cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. The nutritional value of mango makes it good for weight gain, eye disorders, hair loss, heat stroke, prickly heat, diabetes, bacterial infections, sinusitis, piles, indigestion, constipation, morning sickness, diarrhoea, dysentery, and scurvy. Mango, being high in calories and carbohydrates, is good for those who are trying to gain weight. The phenolic compound found in mangoes has been found to have powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties. Being high in iron, mango is said to be very good for pregnant women as well as for people suffering from anaemia. Mango is believed to be effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin.

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Remember wholegrains MAKE sure you opt for wholegrain food if you want to boost your memory. One study showed that women who boosted their intake of folic acid, vitamins B12 and B6 showed an improvement in memory tests. Wheatbran, wheatgerm and wholewheat pastas are all high in those three nutrients. To give an extra boost to your memory eat pumpkin seeds. Just a handful a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. And to increase mental agility raise your intake of vitamin C. One of the best sources of this vital vitamin is blackcurrants. Why not sprinkle on some sage. It has long had a reputation for improving memory and although most studies focus on sage as an essential oil, it could be worth adding fresh sage to your diet, too.


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Foreign food now popular with Brits BRITS abroad are finally getting a little more adventurous with their food it seems and sampling more of the local cuisine. For many years British travellers had a reputation for turning their nose up

at foreign food with many even taking their favourite food away with them on holiday, but researchers have found we are now more likely to try new types of food when abroad. Those questioned also said that food markets were a ‘must visit’ on their trips with many stating that they have taken inspiration from celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and The Hairy Bikers to pick up ideas and ingredients to MOTHERS spend an average total of three take home. years of their adult lives working in the The poll of more than kitchen. 960 people by Viking Researchers found home-makers spend River Cruises found the nearly 18 whole days a year preparing majority, 97 per cent, food and cooking for their family and are likely to be more across the average woman’s adult lifetime adventurous with their of 63 years. food when on holiday That equates to 1,117 days of their than when they are back lives. home with the top five The survey was carried out by B&Q of foods eaten being snails; 1,000 mothers who also said they choose frogs legs; crocodile; to spend an extra 20 minutes a day in the kangaroo and even kitchen relaxing. snake.

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www.euroweeklynews.com I HAVE had a garden since the age of five, which means for 70 years I should have been eating mostly homegrown ecological food for every meal, every day of the year. But like many, poor school food, poor cooking by a busy mother, snacks on the run during a busy business life diverted me at times from maximising eating the free health foods from the garden. And helping my father in his bakery, when around 10 years old, crystallised violet flowers for decorating cakes was in hindsight not the

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When I retired in 1994 following two cancer operations, I followed the surgeon’s advice of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet rather than experiencing a debilitating programme of By Clodagh and Dick radio and Handscombe Spain’s best known gardening chemotherapy. authors who have lived and Fortunately, gardened in Spain for 25 years. our holiday www.gardeninginspain.com home was in a then selfsufficient valley that ate and exported fresh INFUSIONS: Can help you produce daily and the older folks still gathered plant and when wild herbs and flowers harvesting nasturtium for culinary and leaves to add zest to medicinal purposes. salads, we added a few For decades we had flowers for decoration eaten globe artichokes, and their subtle taste. the flower bud of the Likewise rose petals were added to salads and elderflowers were used to make a home made wine. Then we started to make Kombucha and added elder, rosemary and thyme flowers to add interesting and beneficial tastes. When we walked the local mountains we chewed the flowering

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relax. tips of rosemary stems for the energy-giving oil, and romanesque and cauliflowers were often eaten as vegetables. Then within five years of living full-time in Spain the village and valley lost its selfsufficiency as families moved off the land to work in the construction industry in the mad Spanish bank destroying boom. So we started to grow all we could ourselves to be self-sufficient. In 2002 we visited Cuba for a month. Not to visit

tourist resorts but to wander around the countryside to study the communal allotments outside every town, village, school and factory. One day we visited the research department of the Havana Botanic Garden and were invited to lunch by the director. Asked what we would like to eat, we said give a garden speciality. This turned out to be a brightly coloured hibiscus salad and we learned that the flowers were a relaxant, cooled one down and helped to control blood pressure. Returning home we researched what other beneficial flowers we had in our garden and what others we should grow. The list soon grew. The following are from ‘Living well from our Mediterranean garden’. • Chive flowers while still fresh to add interest to salads. • Begonia flowers for a healthy liver. • Broccoli flowers for folic acid and vitamin content. • Borage flowers to add to cider or cold herb infusions. • Courgette flowers for stuffing to steam or bake. • Day lilies are good for your hair and nails. • Marigold petals are a good addition to salads. •Passion flower infusions for relaxing. • Rocket flowers and leaves add a spiciness to salads. • Sunflower seeds can be dried as a snack. ©Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain. com November 2012


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Be on your guard against diabetes WITH an estimated 385 million people suffering from diabetes, watching your diet is the key to controlling the condition. The long-term condition is caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. Yesterday (November 14) was Diabetes Day and the aim is to raise awareness of this chronic condition. The main symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes can include passing urine more often than usual, especially at night, increased thirst, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, genital itching or regular episodes of thrush, slow healing of cuts and wounds, and blurred vision. Normally the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin. When food is digested and enters the bloodstream, insulin helps move any glucose out of the blood and into body cells where it is broken down to produce energy.

In diabetics the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly. In Type One diabetes the body produces no insulin. It is often referred to as insulindependent diabetes and often starts before the age of 40. It is far less common than Type Two diabetes which occurs when the body produces too little insulin or when the cells in the body do not react properly to insulin. Sufferers of Type One need to take insulin injections for life. They must also make sure that their blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular blood tests. Type Two diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced by the body for it to function properly, or when the body’s

MONITORING: A check must be kept on blood glucose levels. cells do not react to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Around 90 per cent of all adults in the UK with diabetes have Type Two. It can remain undetected for many years and the diagnosis is often made from associated complications or through a urine test. If you have Type Two you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet and monitoring your blood glucose level. However, you may eventually need to take insulin medication, usually in the form of tablets. Local Cambridge 800 dietary consultant Sarah Hawes is backing yesterday’s World Diabetes Day, saying that the condition is often associated with obesity, and with an estimated one in five European adults being classified as obese, diabetes is on the rise.

It is not a curable condition and needs to be managed effectively through the appropriate medications, diet and weight control, she added. The key for all diabetics is to lose inches around the waist. Waist size more than half that of your height is a real risk factor. By making a few simple changes in your life such as watching your weight, eating a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise, you can improve your overall health and well-being and of course delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.

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STUNNING: Fabulous villa with views to match. by a tarmac road and forms part of a small urbanisation with street lighting of approximately nine houses. Access is via attractive iron gates into the front driveway with a double garage. The covered porch and entrance hall welcome you in to the large living room with fireplace and double

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An external staircase leads you up to a large sun terrace and ‘The Tower’ which holds bedroom number four, currently being used as a study. This then leads onto a further sun terrace to enjoy the views even more. As well as the above the property has all legal paperwork, mains electricity and water, solar hot water heating, phone and internet, hot and cold aircon, alarm system, double glazing, fly screens, pull down window shutters, window and door security grills, central heating preintallation and log burning fire, etc. Price: A very reasonable €199,500 Please come and view it and you will see what a bargain this really is. For more information or to arrange a viewing please call Andy Voss on 0034 678 002 006 or visit their office in Huercal-Overa. They are just 1km off the A7 motorway at exit 553, 100 metres from the LIDL supermarket.

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Saying hello to a new dog IF you have cats that are not used to dogs, you should think carefully before doing this. If you must, then make sure it is a puppy as young as possible. Chasing breeds like greyhounds or hounds, or terrier breeds, are more likely to go for small furry running things like cats than gundog breeds like Labs or spaniels. Never ever expect cats to live with a dog that hates cats or, worse still, has been trained to chase them. It is cruel. What is a joke to some humans is death or severe injury to the cat. In this case, either cat or dog must be rehomed. Cats that are chased will probably leave home eventually, if they are lucky enough to survive the attack. The best way to proceed is to start with the cat, and only when the cat is established in the family, add the dog. Both should be young, before six months of age in cats and before one year in dogs (though a dog this age should only be introduced if it has a known record of not being hostile to cats). They need to be young so that

BE CAUTIOUS: Cats and dogs. they can learn each other’s body language. The cat must be able to go towards and retreat from the dog without being chased or needing to run. Borrow a dog crate, where you can put the puppy with his bedding and bowls. When he comes out for walks, make sure he is on a lead.

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Let the cats first see him when he is safely in the crate. Do not let the cats get scared in the first place. For them it is life or death. One snap of a big dog, and they’re dead. Speak to your vet. If you can’t get a crate, keep the puppy on a lead every single moment. Tie him to furniture, when you are not holding the other end. While he is tied, or in the crate, make a fuss of the cats so that he realises they are valued family members. Take this process carefully over several days. The aim is NEVER to let a chase occur in the first place. If things are going okay, let him out of the crate but with a houseline (made out of old rope) trailing from his collar, so that you can grab it if necessary. You can also mix their scents, by placing pieces of an old towel in the dog’s bed and in the cats’ beds, then swapping them round. Remember, at this point the cat’s welfare must take priority. Consult ‘Introducing our cat to other cats and dogs’ on www.fabcats.org or send an s.a.e. and small donation for it to Feline Advisory Bureau, Taeselbury, High St, Tisbury, SP3 6LD, UK For your local radio frequency log on to www.talkradioeurope.com.

Colour myth dispelled IT’S a myth dogs are colour blind. They are not. The colours they see may not be quite as vivid as we see, but they do see colours. They can tell the difference between blue, yellow and grey. They may not see red and green, or see them differently than we do.

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America votes for European socialism! By Ric Polansky IN a not so surprising election victory, America has turned its back on an ‘independent thinking’, strictly business approach to running what has grown into a multifaceted government of gargantuan size and opted for reliance upon a ‘Big Brother’ arrangement. The choice between the two major parties couldn’t have been more distinct. In a US economy barely keeping afloat, radical changes should have had to be made to keep the ship of state afloat. Most likely, the choice was just too simple. Nevertheless, the voting populace gave the nod to sitting down and reaching for the weekly remuneration cheques, stamps and welfare cards posted to them. The populace has spoken and by no means with a majority voice. It is somewhat like a family of seven deciding to go on holiday. The patriarch and sons choose Pakistan as their ideal destination while the three remaining women are in fear of their lives but are forced to pay allegiance to the overwhelming majority (of one) that then condemns them to make the trip. Worse yet, the contradicting closeness of the individual votes has created a disturbing and frightening polarity dividing the country, possibly irreparably. Maybe the Conservative Republican party will disappear forever. They are the ones that wanted to curb spending. The Democrats (Labour) of the next election could most likely be divided into differing groups depending upon what promises and gifts they are to bestow on the voter.

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NEWLY RE-ELECTED: President Barack Obama. The European ‘Big Brother’ system with the large helping hand has been stroking the consciousness of the American masses for some time. Its well established system of gifted reimbursements has kept Mediterranean EU countries full to the brim with refuse collectors, gardeners, and street sweepers all living well from their government remunerations. Since the Second World War, Europe has created a situation wherein those who know how to use the system can live for free while the less knowledgeable, or more proud, work and are heavily taxed for their efforts. Europe is possessed by friendly governments not too necessarily bothered by those extorting it or internal spending corruption. In both insider and outsider trading deals, few if any regulations are in control and no accounting done to arrive at possible checks and balances. Benefits are the awards for those clever enough to forcibly insist on their continued rainfalls of manna from the heavens.

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Those workers not receiving the benefits will either soon learn how to do so or opt out for another country with just rewards and less taxes - a legalised ‘con within a con’ government recognised and approved. But as Europe is learning this, it creates a self-inflicted brain drain. What is left behind are the political wolves pledging to guard the sheep! The staunch personal individualism so preferred by America’s founding fathers, like Thomas Jefferson, has become rationalised away to the point of simplistic pragmatic ‘comfort for the masses’ at any expense. The opening line of newly-elected President Obama’s speech will in fact be the opposite of his words ‘better times are just ahead’. In any case, America got just what its pandering masses pleaded for, four more years of continued mediocrity flowered with colourful oratory and a united feeling of going down the bunghole together, embracing and waving those flags deliriously.


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MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Directa on 902 123 153 for motor insurance with a human voice in English from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now! (95302) PEUGEOT 107 Auto, manual, “2 tronic” reg 26.03.2008, black, 998cc, petrol (gasoline), 7,200 kilometres, ITV until 20.03.2014, 5,500 euros. Tel 950 398 021 (203726) WANTED cars, vans, caravans, 4x4’s, British, Spanish 600 781 873 ibuyanycar@hotmail.com (201819) OPAL Astra, ITV 2013, Good condition, two bar, serviced, 1,500€ ono. 950 369 020 (204557)

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New Maserati Quattroporte, Italian design at its best THE new Maserati Quattroporte is a highperformance sports luxury sedan that reinterprets the design features of classic Maseratis in a contemporary design language. Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines, Italian elegance. More generous in size when compared to the previous model, the new Quattroporte has a design that is at once graceful and sinuous, fashioned to bring out the sporty nature of the car. Some of the elements characterising the previous model have been purposely maintained: the front grille, the three side

POWERFUL: A high performance sports luxury sedan. vents, the triangular C pillar. At the same time new style and functional features were introduced: the strong belt line that runs through the entire side of the car giving the new Quattroporte a look and feel that is at once muscular and elegant with frameless doors and three side windows.

Inside, the design of the Quattroporte aims at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the functionality of the inboard instrumentation. Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers. The Maserati proprietary

engines of the all-new Maserati Quattroporte have all been designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers in the heart of Italy’s motor valley. Passion is indeed the middle name of a whole new generation of Maserati engines that will equip the Maserati Quattroporte and other models to follow. “Maserati stands today at the edge of an unparalleled strategic and industrial growth that will see our presence in the world rise to 50,000 units a year by 2015. This growth is a challenge for which Maserati has carefully prepared and that we all welcome with anticipation,” Harald Wester, Maserati CEO said.


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Toyota celebrates start of Auris TOYOTA’S record of manufacturing in the UK reached another landmark with the official start of production of the all-new Auris at its Burnaston factory. Toyota’s continued investment in its UK operations, which will also see new

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Auris Touring Sports estate car built at the plant from next year. The decision to build the new Auris hatchback and Touring Sports estate car at TMUK has been supported by Toyota’s investment of around £185 million

(€230 million), about £85 million (€105 million) of which was allocated to the supply chain. This takes Toyota’s UK investment total to more than £2.1 billion (or €2.6 billion) since it launched its operations in 1992.

The project is also boosting employment and already 800 temporary workers have been recruited by TMUK. Notably all of these have been offered Toyota production apprenticeships.

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Hats off! IT has to be admired, the fact that people pick up and go, without blinking an eyelid. Decide they want to come down to the sun and start afresh. What makes us do it is a combination of things and yet individual to each one of us. Admirable, because it takes a lot of audacity to go to a foreign place to live where you haven’t been before or speak the language; except maybe in your dreams or when you get sucked in by one of those - very popular - TV programmes. These show you the ideal, derelict, used-to-be-house now ruin, in the middle of nowhere with breathtaking vistas over spectacular mountains and deep blue sea, that idealise a lifestyle of setting up your own B&B or yoga retreat, growing your own, far from your regular two-up and two-down terrace/semi and takeaways. More so because it is actually true that not only Brits but other Europeans choose to live in these remote and isolated areas. Places where they can’t be ‘overlooked’ and most probably involve driving through a dry river bed (‘rambla’), or praying all the way up what was once a cattle track, now a long and narrow dirt road up a side of a

South of the Border KERRY SASTRIAS Kerry Sastrias is a director at www.espanglish.net language school in Vera, Almeria. Read more on: elbloginglesespanol.blogspot.com.es

mountain and where the nearest neighbour is miles away. Not to mention water mains, electricity or much else for that matter. How on earth they even manage to get building materials to reconstruct these dilapidated abodes is in itself nothing short of a miracle! God forbid if it rains, because even though there isn’t much of it round this area (in this case – thank goodness), when it rains it pours and you could be left isolated for a while if the rambla or the mountain road was washed out. I can’t even begin to imagine what I would do in case of an emergency (medical, fire, etc) or simpler still, if I ran out of petrol or needed a pint of milk for my cuppa! No, not for me, thank you very much! I am too much of a big city rat trying to manage being a town cat at the moment.

STARTING AFRESH: It takes courage to move to another country. I can also appreciate the fact that many of these people are successful in their endeavour to building a life for themselves here. Making friends, joining existing or establishing clubs and associations, starting a business to serve their fellows, helping each other with whatever is needed in their community,

well even creating suburbs of their own countries. Have you noticed that there are even towns around here where the Spaniards look out of place? In all, though much can be said about foreigners (such as me) I feel that this is certainly something to be commended: staying true to where they come from.

Travel smart... leave bags at home EXPATRIATES living in Spain planning a Christmas trip home are being urged to take hand luggage only in an effort to save baggage costs. Whilst many low cost airlines already charge extra for hold baggage, some insurance companies are now offering discounts for passengers travelling light. With extra charges a minefield for the unwary, travellers are advised to look closely at the small print. British

Airways charge nothing for hold luggage - one 23kg bag is included in the price of the ticket – but Flybe adds £30.99 (€39) for the same bag each way.

This adds up to £248 (€310) on a return trip for a family of four, each with check-in baggage. On Ryanair return costs would be between £100160 (€125-€200) for four 20kg bags . Of the low cost carriers easyJet checked-in baggage in general works out the cheapest though prices vary depending on the flight. If a 10 per cent discount on travel insurance offered by some companies is factored in, if no hold luggage is taken, the potential cost benefits rise. One travel agent said with such costs, it would make more sense to buy Christmas presents in the UK rather than run up extra costs hauling gifts bought in Spain back home. But unwary

travellers still need to be wary even if opting to travel light. For different airlines have different definitions of what hand luggage is, with easyJet allowing one piece of luggage with no weight limit measuring 56cm by 45cm by 25cm to be taken on board. Ryanair meanwhile allows one bag weighing up to 10kg measuring 55cm by 40cm by 20cm. While easyJet and Ryanair allow just one piece of hand luggage including handbags and laptops – Flybe allows one bag (50cm by 35cm by 23cm) as well as a laptop or handbag. Monarch allows a 56cm by 45cm by 25cm bag but limits the weight to five kilos. Stuart Bensusan, spokesman for insurance company Essentialtravel.co.uk said:

“The average claim cost for hand luggage is lower than for a hold bag, so we can offer a lower priced policy.” He added that the company had introduced

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Sun on their backs BADGERS Golf Society finally made it onto the course after the stormy weather for a day of sun at Macenas for their Saturday competition. John Conely walked away with the first prize after shooting 46 stableford points. Second was Richard Jones with 41 points and third was Mick Weston. Badgers are due to play again at Macenas on Saturday and Wednesday. Guests are welcome to join the society on both days and can book at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or phone 950 478 525.

COMPETITIVE BOWLING: Cabrera bowls drawn rink competition.

Jack high at Cabrera for Lenny Dean competition PLAYED over three days the Lenny Dean Drawn Rink competition at Cabrera Bowls saw some very competitive bowling. An appreciative audience witnessed some very good bowling

and the winning team of Derek Hawkins, Lyn Band, Trevor Young and David Schofield were worthy winners of their match against Keith Sephton, Tony Bird, Rod Band and Arthur Lees.

Lyn Band has had a winning year so far, beginning with the Summer Umbrella Competition, then being in the winning team in the Turre Open and also a member of the winning team in the Lenny Dean Rinks.

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The winning team with their trophy.

INDALO bowling club’s drawn rinks competition drew a decent entry of 56 with the teams being drawn to produce rinks teams of equal standard. The final was played in extremely windy conditions

which made life difficult for good bowling. Ferah Mehmet’s team handled the conditions much better and ran out clear winners by a score of 26 -10 after only 14 ends.

Winning team was Ferah Mehmet, Gerard Donck, Dorothy Simkin and Keith Harvey. Runners up were Dave Sewell, Dave Ebdon, Janey Leggate and Maureen Savage.

Boxers GS members clocked up 7,000 km in the Andalucian seniors’ tour.

Boxing clever by golf seniors BOXERS Golf Society stalwarts clocked up 7,000 km crisscrossing Andalucia to play in the region’s seniors’ tour. Now Tony Redston, Steven Gilmore and Mark Newell have been rewarded with a day at the finals at Nueco Sancti Pectri.

Steve Gilmore clinched the division two order of merit title with one win and three third place finishes in the tour events. Mark and Tony failed to qualify for the grand final, but both were invited to play in a separate competition at the Cadiz course which Tony won.

THE rain held off for 30 members and guests of the 19th hole Golf Society when they played Macenas in Mojacar. With threatening weather, the players kept a wary eye out for the impending rain, but it never arrived. The course was in pretty good condition especially the tees and greens, but after the recent bad weather pick and place was played on the fairways. Brian (Dee) Lowden returned to better form scoring 34 points to take first in Division One. Nick Pogson shrugged off the yips to score a creditable 32 points playing off 18 to secure second. Pete Dow failed to maintain his recent good form and ball security, losing his first ball on the short par three first hole and finished eighth in Division Two. Christine Dow managed to coax the same ball all the way round to finish mid pack. Rocket Ron Curtis really upped his game scoring 35 points playing off 27 to win Division Two. Zeta Denyer had another good round after a difficult start, after scoring just eight points on the first nine she found her rhythm scoring 22 points on the back nine to take second place. A really good turnout was rewarded with a good day’s golf, some light hearted banter, all culminating with drinks and sandwiches at La Vida Cucador. The 19th hole Golf Society is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area. Home course, played fortnightly, is Aguilon. More information: 610 340 653 or email gs19thhole@hotmail.co.u k.


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Defoe and Hernandez hat-trick heroes and Jess is Number One FOOTBALL Congratulations to Celtic who last week pulled off their greatest win for 45 years by beating Barcelona in the Champions League. Chelsea and Manchester United also won but Arsenal drew. In the Europa League, Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick helped Tottenham beat Maribor 3-1, Newcastle drew in Bruges but Liverpool lost to Anzil in Russia. Spurs need four points from their last two games to qualify for the knockout stage; Newcastle and Liverpool are both virtually through. Hot-shot Defoe is now Spurs’ second highest scorer in European competition with 15 goals, behind Martin Chivers on 22. There was another hat-trick hero on Saturday – Javier Hernandez for Premiership leaders Manchester United who came back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2. There was a cracking 3-3 draw at The Emirates between Arsenal and Fulham. Gunners’ midfielder Mikel Arteta gave away a first-half

HOT-SHOT: Jermain Defoe nets three for Spurs in Europe.

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

penalty and then saw his 95th minute spot-kick saved by Mark Schwarzer. Fulham have never won on Arsenal territory in 108 years. Chelsea were held by Liverpool, Manchester City edged past Spurs, West Ham won at Newcastle, WBA likewise at Wigan and David Moyes celebrated his 400th PL game in charge

DID YOU KNOW? IN 2011-12, a total of 752 non-British professional footballers were engaged by Premiership/ Championship/League clubs. Almost 200 were based in London, with a record 40 at Arsenal, 38 at Chelsea, 32 at Fulham and 23 at Spurs. Manchester City had 37, Liverpool 31 and Manchester United 26. This season could see the number of ‘foreigners’ top 850! of Everton who pipped Sunderland 2-1. Unfortunately, Southampton can’t keep a

clean-sheet and QPR (beaten by Charlie Adam’s first goal for Stoke) and Reading can’t win. That’s why they’re all in the bottom three! Elsewhere, Crystal Palace lead the Championship; Tranmere and Gillingham are five points clear in League One and Two respectively, and Hibs are top the SPL, with Celtic second. This weekend it’s the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs, Norwich welcome leaders Manchester United, neighbours City (second) take on Aston Villa, Everton (fourth) go to Reading, WBA (fifth) play Chelsea (third) and strugglers QPR and Southampton meet at Loftus Road. England manager Roy Hodgson named three ‘new’ players in his squad for last night’s friendly in Sweden, including Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson who played for Finland at youth team level. This was the 24th international against the Swedes. Other friendlies played this week featured Luxembourg-Scotland, Panama-Spain, Republic of Ireland-Greece, ItalyFrance and HollandGermany. Northern Ireland met Azerbaijan in a WC qualifier. And the FA are still investigating referee Mark Clattenberg about remarks made to Chelsea players. Round-Up • Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic contested the APT World Tour final at the 02 Arena.

• Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott hit centuries in England’s last warm-up friendly ahead of the first Test against India which starts today. • Jessica Ennis is British Sports Woman of the Year for 2012, and deservedly so! • In the Autumn Rugby internationals, England (ranked fourth in the world) beat Fiji 5412, Five Nations champions Wales lost 26-12 to Argentina, Ireland succumbed 1612 to South Africa, New Zealand thrashed Scotland 51-22 and France thumped Australia 33-6. Meanwhile, the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup (in England) takes place

early next month. • England again whipped France 48-4 to win the Autumn Rugby League tournament. • GB’s Nathan Cleverly beat USA’s Shawn Hawk to retain his WBO lightheavyweight title in Los Angeles. • Spain’s Dani Pedrosa won the final MotoGP of the season in Valencia. • By finishing third in the Singapore Open, Rory McIlroy secured top spot in the European money list for 2012. • And I understand Lewis Hamilton has ‘regretted’ moving to Mercedes!

RIVALS: Federer and Djokovic contest the APT World Tour final.


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