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22 - 28 NOVEMBER 2012

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Airline peace talks RYANAIR and the provincial tourist board are to hold talks in a bid to heal a months-long rift. There has been a tense relationship since the airline

esessdscrapped its Almeria to Liverpool route in March, with Ryanair claiming that the cancellation cost the area 10,000 tourists and €9 million.

But now they will hold a videoconference to ‘analyse flights and opportunities for 2013.’ However, Ryanair has warned its negotiating position does not include reintroduction of its Almeria to Madrid route stopped at the end of September 30. The decision had a devastating impact on October’s tourist figures, which were down 14 per cent, about 9,000 passengers. Ryanair is said to be willing to discuss renewing routes operated this summer to Brussels, East Midlands, Stansted and Niederrhein in Germany. The dispute with the LANDSLIDE THREAT: Geologists are monitoring the situation. tourist board over the Liverpool route had a fairly innocuous beginning in a row over the board’s advertising spending in the UK. The board, in turn, HOMES and businesses have been being cordoned off. alleged that Ryanair was evacuated in Zurgena following a Architects and geologists have looking for public landslide. now been called in to monitor the subsidies and accused it It could be several weeks before situation, which many fear could of ‘threats and the occupants of two flats and two worsen as bad weather continues blackmail’. new businesses on the Avenida 19 to threaten many parts of Almeria . However, it said it de Octubre areas are allowed to Zurgena Mayor Cándido Trabalón would talk to the airline return. said it could be at least two because its goal was to The landslide followed heavy months before the properties are bring tourists to the rain, resulting in the whole district inhabited again. province.

Homes evacuated in landslide threat in Zurgena

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Old town plan ALMERIA city council has allocated €550,000 - with 70 per cent EU funding - for renewal of the old town to encourage businesses to locate to the area.

Trial begins A MAN has gone on trial for stabbing to death a suspected drug dealer during a row over prices. He is also alleged to have started a fire, unaware a woman was hiding in the home.

Bars vetoed TWO planned beach bars at El Ejido have been cancelled by the council, though seven already built will stay.

No drilling GREENPEACE has called for an end to oil and gas drilling in the Sea of Alboran between Adra in Almeria and Mijas in Malaga.


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Police pose A MAN who posed as a Guardia Civil officer to approach a woman, show her fake ID and demand to search her handbag, was arrested in Roquetas de Mar later at the scene of a car crash.

Doggone it! LOCAL POLICE in El Ejido are planning three-month courses for dogs and their masters with lessons on local bye-laws and how they can help train animals to respect them.

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Tributes to slain man FAMILY and friends of a 37-yearold man shot dead bid farewell by spontaneously applauding as his coffin was carried away. Flags in the Canjayar town hall flew at half mast and had black ribbons. The mayor said the situation was now calm and ordered a day of mourning. Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting,

which was witnessed by three people. It appears two suspects, one wielding an iron bar, approached the victim on the street. A fight followed during which the victim managed to wrestle the bar from one of his assailants. The other attacker went home, returned with a rifle, and

allegedly shot the victim twice, including once as he lay on the ground at a bus stop at Puerta del Sol. Police said there had been a history of tension between the men. The mayor, Francisco Alonso, described the victim as “a magnificent person, a worker with a great personality.”

Pitch perfect A NEW €200,000 artificial football pitch is to be laid at the Las Viñas stadium in Vera as maintenance of the old grass pitch cost €55,000 a year.

New hotel PLANS for a five-star hotel at the corner of Avenida Arquitecto Julián Laguna and Avenida de Almerimar have been passed by El Ejido Council.

TASTY TREAT: But ham with true Iberian origins from pigs fed on acorns (inset left) faces an unsure future.

Top quality Iberian ham may have had its bacon

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UALITY Iberian ham appears in need of saving its own bacon. The Spanish government has introduced new rules regarding the production and sale of ham with true Iberian origin. This has caused much controversy among traditional producers who fear that the survival of legs of ham and other products will become endangered by more lowerquality goods marketed as true Iberian pork. In the past three years, production of true Iberian ham from pigs fed on acorns and bred outdoors has fallen 26 per cent, while produce from stall-bred pigs fed on animal feed has increased 34 per cent. True Iberian ham should come from pigs bred outdoors, allowed to reach a certain

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Delta fix THE national Agriculture Ministry has allocated €2 million for the clean up of the Andarax River delta in Almeria, with plans to link the promenade with landscaped areas.

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A JUDGE has thrown out the case against two councillors accused of public disorder at a Roquetas de Mar shopping centre during last week’s General Strike.

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TWO men were caught allegedly siphoning diesel from trucks on a Huércal-Overa industrial estate during the night.

A SPANISH legion NCO died after suffering head wounds during an artillery group training drill at a military compound in Viator. Juan José Maldonado Méndez, 48, a father of three, had been in the army for 30 years.

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THE council at Huércal-Overa has written to the Andalucian government to demand repairs on the A-327, which was badly damaged by rain in September.

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‘It is true that these measures are harmful for the people. But they are meant to produce growth, richness and welfare. Otherwise we would not take them.’

Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy, on the first anniversary of heading the government.

age and given a special diet, including acorns. However, under current rules, the pig can be slaughtered before it is 10 months old, in many cases be a cross-breed with American pork, and often bred in pens. Consumer organisations say that traditional methods are being taken elsewhere, leading to fears that the top products, one of the main figures of Spanish gastronomy and famous throughout the world, will eventually disappear. The government planned to change the rules, but traditional producers do not want products from animals bred in stalls, even if pure Iberian pigs, to be marketed with the Iberian origin.

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fewer foreigners paid National Insurance (Seguridad Social) last month in Spain out of the 1,701,875 signed up, the Ministry of Employment has revealed.

THE mayor of HuércalOvera says the town still has no way to treat water after the floods of September 28 destroyed the local wastewater treatment plant. He said various reports have been carried out but none have been implemented.

Green light THE Provincial Council has given the green light for public works worth more than €1.2 million. The biggest single cost will be €240,000 in Balanegra.

Home help CATHOLIC Cáritas charity is running a campaign to help the homeless. The ‘Nobody Without A Home’ project aims to remind society that the homeless have human dignity.

and finally... A STUDY by 168 neurologists in Spain has revealed that 75 per cent out of 851 patients surveyed suffering from headaches did not receive proper health assistance, and additionally 45 per cent were not correctly diagnosed.


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Anger as court passes project ENVIRONMENTAL groups have criticised a Supreme Court ruling

allowing development on a picturesque beach. The Mediterranean

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CONFUSING signs cluttering the British countryside will be banned under new plans. The Government is to issue new guidance to local councils and highway officials. PICTURESQUE: The ruling is a stab in the heart for the area. Ecologist Group (GEM) described the ruling as a “stab in the heart” of

Braced for wheelchair costs PEOPLE needing wheelchairs are going to have to pay towards the costs from next spring. Due to health cuts four out of five Almeria patients will have to pay at least one tenth of the cost of wheelchairs, neck braces, walking frames, crutches, artificial limbs, prosthetic breasts, scoliosis braces and other orthopaedic products that had up until now been free.

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The patient’s contribution will range from 10 per cent for pensioners earning less than €18,000 to 60 per cent for those with an income above €100,000. The long-term unemployed and the disabled will be exempt as will those who receive a noncontributory pension. It is believed the measures will come into effect in the spring.

the Cabo de Gata, a natural park that is also a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Amigos del Parque and Ecologistas en Acción also criticised the decision, saying they “completely rejected” it. A protest was held on the beach at Cabo de Gata over the weekend and more are planned. The court ruled that the owners of 15 residences at La Fabriquilla could finally build 150 homes and a hotel in the area. They had bought 15 hectares of land in 1997, and at the time the land was considered ‘apt for development’ by the Supreme Court. The local council, Níjar, had designated the area for development in 1982, but the plan was halted

by the Junta de Andalucia. Since then residents, environmental groups and the authorities have been embroiled in court battles over the site. Another Supreme Court ruling, however, was welcomed by the environmentalists. The court ruled that the developers of the hotel at Algarrobico, considered an eyesore by many, should not be compensated when it is knocked down. The hotel, which was built in 2003, got permission from every layer of government despite being illegal and in contravention of coastal legislation. Last March, the Supreme Court ruled that it should be demolished.

Eviction freeze not enough A CONSUMER group has said the proposed moratorium on evictions does not go far enough. The Almeria branch of the Unión de Consumidores de Andalucía said the central government’s plan was “insufficiently planned and lacked the necessary social participation that the problem required.” More than 11,000 families in Almeria have been evicted from their homes since the crisis began five years ago, with the issue of repossessions becoming a national crisis following four suicides in recent weeks. The union said the legislation “fell short of solving the problem” and criticised the fact that mortgage laws were not changed or that EU directives on the issue were not adopted. It did, however, see as positive the creation of a Housing and Social Fund of rental apartments, which would be provided by banks. The union said it hoped this measure was not simply window dressing.

Lock change LOCKS have been changed at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, after a thief stole a set of keys from a sentry post. The Beefeaters, who famously guard the tower, did not chase as rules prevent them leaving their posts.

Old trick A SCHOOLBOY who used sophisticated prosthetics to disguise himself as a pensioner while carrying out a violent armed robbery has been jailed. Brandishing two handguns and dressed up as an old man, 16-year-old Miles Alura and his two teenage accomplices were caught following a raid on a Kent jewellers.

No access MORE THAN seven million adults in Britain have never used the internet according to the Office for National Statistics.

Top word THE TERM ‘omnishambles’ – coined by a political satire TV series – has been crowned by Oxford University as 2012’s word of the year. The term, defined as ‘a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations,’ topped a list of words that reflect the past 12 months in the UK.


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Cash help ALMERIA receives €236,289 from the Junta de Andalucia in grants for immigrants, which works out at €9 per migrant.

HISTORIC archives from Almeria are to be digitalised over the coming five months at a cost of nearly €30,000.

Flood festival A FESTIVAL will be held in Pulpí early next month to show solidarity with the victims of the recent floods. The town’s fiestas were postponed because of the rains.

Easy riders THE Almanzora valley was the destination for 110 bikers on Harley Davidsons. The bikers, from Murcia, stayed at Olula del Río and made visits to Las Menas de Serón, Bacares and the ham-drying facilities at Checa.

Lotto luck A LOTTERY salesman in Roquetas de Mar sold 10 ONCE coupons worth €35,000 each. The lotto man has only been in the job a year.

Market move THE street market in Almeria is being moved to make way for a children’s park. From the first weekend of December the market will be located next to the Maestro Padilla Auditorium.

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A MOROCCAN man was arrested after police in HuércalOvera stopped him in his car and found two large flat-screen TVs and tools used to break into buildings.

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CLINT EASTWOOD: Spaghetti Western star.

Junior doctors go on strike indefinitely JUNIOR doctors in Andalucia have gone on indefinite strike. Called to protest at a 35 per cent salary cut and longer working hours, the strike was supported by 90 per cent of the 4,500 junior doctors

in the province, claimed the Association of Andalucian Junior Doctors (Careir). But the Andalucian Health Service said only 50 per cent actually joined the strike. Because of cuts, many tutors specialising in the training of junior doctors have resigned. That means 100s of newly qualified medics have been left either with no training or sharing one tutor with dozens of others. TEMPTATION: People are urged to be healthy. And with many senior doctors having their hours cut by 25 per cent, those hours have been HUNDREDS marched through Almeria to highlight the transferred to juniors. damage wrought on families by alcohol abuse. “We have been The march, organised by the Association of Reformed performing health Alcoholics (ARA), followed a week in which the problem of treatments that we are not excessive drinking was again in the spotlight. authorised or trained for,” a Almeria mayor Luis Rogelio Rodríguez marched to show Careir spokesman said. his solidarity with the cause. As conditions and He urged people to practice sports and enjoy a healthy professional expectations diet so they wouldn’t fall to the temptation of drinking for junior doctors are In the build up to last weekend’s march to commemorate getting harder in Andalucia, World No Alcohol Day, the Andalucian Health Ministry they are afraid they will be revealed its agencies were treating 451 people for forced to look abroad for alcoholism in Almeria. work.

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FEW outsiders know that many of the legendary Spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood were shot in Almeria’s Tabernas Desert. And almost 50 years after they were shot, local businesses are hoping they can contribute a few dollars more to their tills. The latest to cash in is a campsite in Tabernas, which hopes to create Europe’s first Spaghetti Western themed campsite. There will be space for 300 caravans and plots can be bought for €45,000.


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Tourist trails FOUR tourist trails have been signposted in the municipality of Serón. The six-month project will make it easier for hikers, ramblers and cyclists to make their way about the four themed routes. The four trails are: El Viento (The Wind), El Ferrocarril (The Railway), El Valle (The Valley) and La Minería (The Mines).

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Monument to women A MONUMENT dedicated to the women who have been victims of domestic violence will be unveiled in Roquetas de Mar on Sunday, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

So far this year the Roquetas de Mar Council Women’s Centre has helped 1,699 women with legal advice and counselling. Last year 1,818 women were seen by the centre. The monument will be located at Paseo de los Baños.

Costa de Almería IT gets more than 160,000 visitors every year, but the stunning Moorish fortress overlooking Almeria will have just four staff . The Andalucian government has allocated just €240,000 to the historic Alcazaba, which dates back to the 10th century. There will be one cleaner and three guards, who will work in eight-hour shifts. The cleaner will have to look after the 43,000 square metre site, though two will do the job on Mondays, when it is closed. Admission to the fortress is free for EU citizens, while those from other countries have to pay 1.50 Euros.

ALCAZABA: The Moorish fortress overlooks Almeria.

New dam plan in pipeline A DAM is to be built near Pulpí in an effort to put an end to people’s fear of flooding. The town’s mayor announced the €3 million project in reaction to the

devastating effects of September’s rain. It will will control the waters of the Rambla Nogalte, a dry creek that suffers flash floods during heavy rain. After the floods, Pulpí Mayor Juan Pedro García said a real and lasting solution was needed. Mr García said: “This is a very important day for Pulpí, because with the announcement of the construction of this dam many locals can now sleep DIXIELAND CLASIJAZZ: Will be performing. peacefully.”

A week of music

THE 7th Music Week is being held in Roquetas de Mar as part of the festivities in honour of Santa Cecilia. Amongst those performing are Dixieland Clasijazz, Dosporcuatro Duo and teachers from the music school.

Payback time A COUNCILLOR for the left-wing IU party who spent two months in the US but still claimed she was working in Almeria has returned her salary for August to the

council. Vanesa Segura even wrote a weekly column in a paper criticising a local fair she could not have attended as she was in Florida at the time.

Vice ring smashed

POLICE have smashed a gang believed to have trafficked more than 8,000 Russian women to work as prostitutes in Spain. Brothels in Vícar and Roquetas de Mar were raided as part of the operation. Since 2005 the gang sent up to 20 women a week to work as sex slaves.


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ALMERIA’S almond industry is under threat unless production costs come down. A conference was told that American and Australian almonds are pricing the local product out of the market. In those countries, each hectare of almond trees produces up to €9,000, while in Almeria a hectare produces just €450.

ALMOND TREES: In blossom.

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Low-cost Alicante jet set LOW-COST airlines have accounted for more than half of the air traffic using Alicante’s El Altet airport so far this year. They transported 32.9 million passengers to the end of October, representing a 1.7 per cent rise over the same period last year. In contrast, traditional companies moved 23.1 million passengers from January to October, up 2.8 per cent. However, figures for October saw a general decline of 6.1 per cent. Passengers from the UK and Germany lead the entries in low-cost carriers, with 36.1 per cent and 19.7 per cent of passengers choosing this path; a decline of just 0.1 per cent for the UK and 0.6 per cent for Germany.

A lifeline for families THE latest Spanish Cabinet meeting has brought breathing space to those facing eviction. A package of new measures will now

halt proceedings for two years for ‘vulnerable’ families. “This is an urgent response to alleviate the worst effects of the economic crisis,” said Vice-President Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. The government also intends to provide more social housing with affordable rents for those without homes. The measures will apply to families where total annual income is less than €19,164 and mortgage payments now account for at least 50 per PROJECTS: To include replanting damaged areas. cent of net income. To be eligible, families must have dependants children, the elderly, THE Andalucian govern- ramps, replanting areas disabled or seriously ill ment is investing €9million damaged by wildfires, in their care. One in a plan to create forestry planting trees to prevent member has to be longjobs in 82 villages in the soil erosion – and term unemployed. province. ultimately flooding – and These people will be It is part of a wider underground drains. able to remain in their regional investment of It is hoped the project homes without charge for €200 million that will lead will lead to environmental two years, said Economy to 11,000 jobs. and rural regeneration as Minister Luis de Guindos, Projects include lining well as create jobs in areas adding that the move ditches, building speed hard hit by the crisis. came ‘as a great relief’.

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EL ALTET AIRPORT: easyJet and Ryanair both fly here. Italy was down 3.3 per cent in passengers with 9.9 per cent of the total low-cost airline arrivals, followed by France with 6.1 per cent; an 15 per cent increase on 2011.

The development of low cost airline tickets in other markets was mixed. The largest percentage increase was in Denmark, with 29 per cent more through October.


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AN expatriate family will participate in the Spanish television show ‘Me cambio de familia.’ Broadcast by Cuatro channel, it is a version of Britain’s ‘Wife Swap.’ Producers are looking for a specific profile: a British family with British manners, living in Spain and speaking fluent Spanish. Just like in its British version, the mother will be the one swapping to live with a Spanish family for nine days. They did not unveil the kind of family she will swap to, in order to add an element of surprise. Producers said they want people keeping a British lifestyle – food habits and timetables, strict children’s education, watch only British television, etc. – so they get to meet the real Spanish lifestyle. Shooting will take place shortly but it is unknown when it will be broadcast.

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FIFTY years since he became a global star, Omar Sharif is coming back to where it all began. The Hollywood legend will be in Almeria on December 4 to collect the Almería Tierra de Cine prize at the 11th International Shorts Festival. Sharif had never acted in English prior to his role in Lawrence of Arabia, which was largely shot in Almeria’s Tabernas Desert. The actor was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe. Organisers said the festival will pay homage to the Lawrence of Arabia movie.

A FIRST edition, untrimmed and unopened copy of Federico García Lorca’s book ‘Impresiones y Paisajes’ has been sold for £7,500 (€9,300) at Bonhams auction house in London. It was expected to fetch just £6,000, but its rarity meant that the final bidder paid 25 per cent more than it was predicted to sell for. The Spanish poet’s collection of lyrical prose pieces was published

in 1918, and documents a trip the 20year-old made through Castile, Leon and Galicia in 1916 and 1917. This first edition is extremely scarce; it is said so few copies were sold that the disillusioned writer gathered together all those he could lay his hands on and set them on fire. Certainly no copies are recorded as having sold at auction since 1975, and institutional copies traced seem to total just four, three in the USA and one in Madrid.

Longer promenade on way THE promenade at Almeria is to get a makeover and will be almost 1km longer after the work is carried out. But the biggest development will be the addition of a three metre wide cycle lane surrounded by landscaped areas. Another new feature will be 17,000 cubic metres of sand dumped in a bid to recover an eroded beach. Work will start before next month and is expected to cost €2.3million. The project has been in the pipeline for 10 years and there is still some way to go before it is finished, as the council is in dispute over the purchase of land.

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Switched off in Munich A MORNING power cut switched off most of Munich. Some areas regained power within 15 minutes, while others had to wait up to an hour, local press reported.

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PROTESTERS pelted Germany’s consul in Thessaloniki (Greece) with eggs and coffee leading to riot police intervention.

No relief A MAN in a wheelchair was refused use of the toilet in Düsseldorf city hall as he was told by the guard that “disabled persons pose a safety risk,” according to Bild.

Nazis rise EAST Germans empathising with extreme right-wing policies have grown from 10.5 to 15.8 per cent since 2010, a report by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation said.

Sick note EMPLOYEES in Germany can be asked to produce a doctor’s note from the first day they call in sick, a state labour court ruled.

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THE British Embassy is reminding expatriate pensioners they are still entitled to Spanish health care, but they are obliged to pay any charges that Spanish nationals have to. Under EU regulations the British government pays Spain an average annual cost to provide

health care for its pensioners. Care is given to its citizens who are resident in Spain and have registered for an S1 form. They should get the same health benefits as a Spanish pensioner, but they also have to pay the same prescription charges.

Fake attack THE Mayor of Rickenbach was fined €18,000 for fraud as he faked a Molotov cocktail attack on his own office.

Death wish A 38-year-old woman in Fresing, near Munich, survived a car crash suicide attempt right after she had suffocated three of her four children to death.


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Brit held for trying to murder prostitute A BRITISH man has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a Nigerian prostitute. The woman was reportedly ‘thrown out of a window’ in Barcelona. She fell onto a glass roof and became hooked up on a metal bar, which probably saved her life and left her with just minor injuries. Joseph Stephen, aged 41, who lives in the city is said to be ‘violent and dangerous’ and has a criminal record. Catalunya’s version of the Guardia Civil – Mossos d’Esquadra – were called out to a ‘fight’ at the man’s flat at around 6am. The accused and the victim had reportedly been arguing about their sexual practices when the man became aggressive and tossed her out of a window. He has been remanded in custody.

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Britain to decide on ETA extradition THE decision on the extradition of an alleged ETA terrorist arrested in London last August on a European

wanted by the Spanish National Court for a possible criminal collaboration with terrorists. He allegedly supplied two safe houses in Bilbao to the Vizcaya Commando of ETA in October 2000. Explosives, ammunition and documents on how to make bombs were found in the properties. There is no evidence that Uranga Artola knew about the two properties, said his defence lawyer Mark Summers. Uranga Artola has rejected being handed over to the Spanish justice system. He was in court last FLIGHT: The tourist took unwell while boarding. week and is being held in Belmarsh High Security prison. Spanish A SPANISH tourist died trying to board a plane in Rome. authorities have asked The deceased was late for his flight from Ciampino Airport to Bari in Southern for a delay, which will Italy, at around 7am. He jumped over security controls but Ryanair staff refused to give them time to let him on board as he did not have a boarding card. translate documents into The 25-year-old refused to go back down the steps, then grabbed the handrail English for their saying he felt dizzy and unwell, passing out seconds later. He died at the scene. evaluation.

CIVIL unions in Benahadux will cost €150 thanks to a new council bye-law, and calling off the wedding will set back the couple €75. The council has brought in

arrest warrant is to be made by a British judge on December 12. Kemen Uranga Artola, 43, is

Tragedy at Rome airport

Cashing in on weddings the charges to circumvent rules that prevent mayors or civil servants from charging

Suicide after man evicted A MAN evicted by his family committed suicide. The 52-year-old man had been forced to move back in with his mother in Cordoba after separating from his wife. His mother moved out to live with another of her sons due to their frequent arguments. The deceased’s brothers applied to the court and served an eviction order on him after he refused to leave. On Friday at 11.30am, minutes before he was due to be thrown out of the property, the Spanish man called the police and told them he planned to throw himself out of a second-floor window. Local and National police arrived too late; he had landed on top of a bus shelter and died instantly from head injuries.

for officiating at weddings. The wording is such the charge will apply for ‘adminis-

trative’ and ‘protocol’ costs as well as use of the town hall. However, the new rules will not apply to foreigners if they have lived in the municipality for more than a year.

La Alpujarra receives visitors from Chile THE rise and rise of Almeria as a tourism destination shows no sign of abating. Now a team of tourism chiefs from Chile has visited La Alpujarra to learn about its rural development and ecotourism initiatives. That follows visits from teams from Serbia and Alicante teams in recent weeks. The Chilean officials were from the remote desert region of Antofagasta, which has average rainfall of just one millimetre. Among the places they visited were the Bodega

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Learn the language SWEDEN - All new foreign citizens in Sweden should speak Swedish, a survey of 4,600 people by the National Statistics Agency found.

Killer’s plea NORWAY – Mass killer Anders Breivik, convicted of murdering 77 people last year, complained that his prison conditions violate his human rights, his lawyer said.

Xmas moan DENMARK – A housing complex in Kokkedal with a Moslem-majority board decided not to pay the Christmas tree costs, raising criticism by Konservative party members.

Child abuse SWEDEN – More than 150 children, most of them foreign-born, have been victims of human trafficking in Sweden, a report by the Stockholm County Administrative Board reported.

Salmon’s up NORWAY – Salmon exports to Britain were boosted by lower prices as volume rose 30.5 per cent in 2012’s third quarter, the Norwegian Seafood Council said.

Cold cases VISIT: Tourist chiefs hosted the Chilean officials. Ecológica Cortijo del Cura, where they had an organic breakfast, the Bodegas y Viñedos de Laujar and a local

organic produce company. They also stopped at the Laujar tourist villa at Andarax and the Balneario de Alhama.

DENMARK – Three murder investigations from the late 1980s may be reopened by the Copenhagen Police after reviewing evidence using new forensic technology.


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Unified plan

Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

A UNIFIED firefighting command will cover 42 municipalities from the Nacimiento, Andarax, la Alpujarra, Filabres-Alhamilla and Níjar regions in an attempt to improve efficiency.

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Green Xmas CHRISTMAS decorations in Vélez-Blanco have been made out of recycled plastic and cans by a local organisation.

Bids in MORE than 25 companies have tendered for work on the planned ‘City of Children’ in Almeria, which will be built on the site of the street market. The 20 month project is expected to cost €4.75 million. The massive park will have play areas and activities for children.

Boost for bowls

BOWLING GREEN: At last Mojacar has got the green light for the project.

BOWLING and boules enthusiasts are in for long-awaited treats following two decisions. Mojácar is to get a bowling green while improvements have already begun on a boules pitch in Viator. Rosa María Cano, the Mayor of Mojácar, said the bowling green had long been a

demand of the town’s sizeable British colony. The Provincial Council has given the project the green light, and plans will now be put out to tender. Costs for the 32 by 32 metre green at the Marina de la Torre are estimated to be €125,000. Council delegate Gabriel Amat said: “We continue to help municipalities in the province so they can carry out works of importance to citizens.” BRACELET DOUBLES: The record-breaking jewels. Meanwhile, the boules pitch at Viator is receiving a major makeover to prepare it for a championship.

Royal diamonds auction bracelet

FORMERLY in the personal collection of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, a truly unique bracelet has been sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva. The lot sold for 3.27m CHF (€2.72m), more than twice its estimated value. This ranks it as the second most expensive bracelet in Cartier history, according to the director of Sotheby’s Europe and Middle East jewellery department. Without revealing the identity or origin of the buyer, the executive of Sotheby’s said it was a “European private collector” who approved the deal by phone. The bracelet is so unique, “we know of no other significant Cartier jewel that employs the baby pink conch pearl in conjunction with black enamel and diamonds.” Bennett explained in his recently released book Celebrating Jewellery: Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. “The fruiting vine central motif is shared with other highly chromatic ‘tutti frutti’ bracelets designed in the company’s workshops at this date. Although the design is totally balanced and harmonious, the principal gems, all of different sizes and slightly different shades of colour are placed asymmetrically giving the jewel a sense of tension which is highly unusual.”

Learning rhyme BRITISH expatriate Sandra Mitchell has released her first book, Hedgerow Capers, aimed at five and six year olds. The stories are rhyming and easy for children to memorise, a learning aid being adopted by schools. Launched by Melrose Books, Sandra found the publishers in the Euro Weekly News. Although based in Almeria, Sandra has been in the UK on a book signing tour. The book is online at www.amazon.com, www.waterstones.com and www.melrosebooks.co.uk.

Fired for five prawns A HYPERMARKET employee in Jerez del la Frontera (Cadiz) was fired after she was reportedly caught on CCTV camera eating five prawns from her fish counter stand. Employees are only allowed to eat food in designated areas. Since the prawns

were from the fish counter and not paid for, it is being considered theft. The staff member had worked at the hypermarket for 14 years. After such longstanding service and loyalty, she was treated ‘shamefully’ by being sacked, said her lawyer.

SWEDEN - All new foreign citizens in Sweden should speak Swedish, a survey of 4,600 people by the National Statistics Agency found.

Killer’s plea NORWAY – Mass killer Anders Breivik, convicted of murdering 77 people last year, complained that his prison conditions violate his human rights, his lawyer said.

Xmas moan DENMARK – A housing complex in Kokkedal with a Moslem-majority board decided not to pay the Christmas tree costs, raising criticism by Konservative party members.

Child abuse SWEDEN – More than 150 children, most of them foreign-born, have been victims of human trafficking in Sweden, a report by the Stockholm County Administrative Board reported.

Salmon’s up NORWAY – Salmon exports to Britain were boosted by lower prices as volume rose 30.5 per cent in 2012’s third quarter, the Norwegian Seafood Council said.

Cold cases DENMARK – Three murder investigations from the late 1980s may be reopened by the Copenhagen Police after reviewing evidence using new forensic technology.


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Free meal ticket for strikers A GRANADA city restaurateur watched as two young picketers entered on November 14. It was the day of the national strike, but the owner of the well-known restaurant in the old quarter decided to open. His foreign clientele were oblivious to the strike and a day’s takings were too important to forego. But instead of making trouble, the picket members sat at a table on the terrace. They ordered Rioja and beer to drink, accompanied by fish, grilled vegetables, fried squid and endives with anchovies. Instead of paying the €42.50 bill, they left a note. “We believe there are motives for not using money today. We sympathise with your business, but we sympathise more with the national strike. Thanks for understanding.”

A minister and his clear conscience

NOT everyone welcomed the Constitutional Tribunal’s gay marriage go-ahead. “I signed against homosexual marriage and I would sign again,” said Interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz after the Tribunal’s ruling on November 6. Fernandez Diaz made his feelings clear during a routine Senate control session while ostensibly answering a Navarra senator’s question on terrorism. His conscience dictates that matrimony can only exist between a man and woman, he said. “Naturally I accept the Constitutional Tribunal ruling,” the minister emphasised. “But that does nothing to make me alter my beliefs or conscience.” At the time when the 2005 law was passed by the former socialist government, Fernandez Diaz – who was then an Opposition MP in the national

A ‘NO’: To giving the go-ahead to gay marriages.

parliament - signed an appeal on the grounds that it contravened Spain’s constitution.

He also backed a legislative initiative from family campaigners, Foro de la Familia. This procedure allows citizens to present a parliamentary motion on presenting 10,000 signatures in favour of the initiative, and the Foro collected more than 1,000,000. Fernandez Diaz’s views are not shared by the Justice minister, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon. Despite the minister’s ultraconservative stance on the former government’s abortion laws which he intends to repeal, he has always been in favour of allowing the gay marriage law to stand. Ruis-Gallardon was also one of the first Spanish mayors to preside a same-sex marriage ceremony at the time when he headed Madrid’s city council.

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Car recall for Toyota TOYOTA ESPAÑA has recalled 17,113 of Prius, Avensis and Corolla Sedan models. Defects have been located in a steering component in cars produced between August 2000 and December 2009. The part could wear out if the steering wheel is ‘frequently and forcefully’ turned fully to the left or right at low speeds. This could result in loss of steering ability, the manufacturer said, but stressed that “in no case” would control be lost. A further 3,572 second generation Prius models produced between August 2003 and April 2009 were also recalled. Problems have been detected in an electric water pump but although the hybrid powertrain could be affected, the petrol engine would continue to move the vehicle, a spokesman said.


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Cash payments over €2,500 made illegal AS of this week (Monday), it is illegal to make payments in cash exceeding €2,500. This is part of an EU-wide initiative to cut down on money laundering. It is already in force in France and Italy. This new anti-fraud law was published in October, but has only just come into force to allow people time to adjust to it. Businesses or self-employed persons found to carry out transactions of €2,500 or more will be fined 25 per cent of the amount involved in the transaction, plus IVA. If someone reports they have received or been ordered to pay this amount in cash, they will be exempt from any fine. These

reports can be made via the Agencia Tributaria’s website www.aeat.es. Private individuals are not affected by this new law. So it would not apply to parents giving their children a few thousand euros in cash. High amounts of cash - especially in denominations of €500 - are often associated with money laundering and other types of fraud. So far this year, the tax collection office has ‘legalised’ around €1.6 million via investigations into transactions involving large amounts of cash.

CRACKDOWN: EU wants to reduce money-laundering.

Critics slam Meme theme

FATAL CONSEQUENCES: Reports of bullying should be taken seriously.

Bullying leads to tragedy BULLYING at school is increasing. One of its most recent victims was 16-year-old Monica Jaramillo from Torralba de Calatrava (Ciudad Real). After hounding at her secondary school, Monica attempted suicide. Doctors at Ciudad Real General Hospital could not save her. “There are no words for such injustice and pointlessness,” said Monica’s parish priest at her funeral last week.

But there were words from her family. Schools should be more careful when bullying is reported, Monica’s parents claimed. She was shy and did not make friends easily, her aunt added. But no girl of 16 should be constantly harassed without the school lifting a finger to help, she said. Other girls often prevented Monica from entering the toilets and would fill empty seats on the school bus with their schoolbags so that she had to stand, her

parents told reporters. Monica informed teachers of her problems but no action was taken and her parents requested a change of school. The 16-year-old was not being subjected to continual bullying, the school decided. Monica felt otherwise and two days later tried to take her own life and died shortly afterwards in hospital. In accordance with her wishes her organs were donated for transplant.

PANRICO is withdrawing a series of picture cards from its popular Bollycao range. Included with the buns, they feature humorous or grotesque pictures whose captions were criticised by group, Foro de la Familia. The cards are ‘machista’ and ‘crude’, according to Foro. “Amongst other things, they present an unacceptable image of women which we thought no longer existed.” “Having listened to some of our consumers, although they are a very small minority, the company has decided to end the television campaign and will stop including the picture cards in their products...” Panrico said. .

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Food banks pillaged CADIZ homes for the elderly allegedly used food bank supplies for residents’ meals. These banks provide free provisions for the needy, a label not applicable to residents at the centres, who pay up to €1,800 a month to live there. The fraud emerged during a Guardia Civil investigation into

accusations that 11 homes used the health cards of 66 deceased residents to obtain medical supplies worth €9,000. Around 140,000 kilos of basic foodstuffs obtained from food banks were used in 10 of the 11 homes, police claim. Fifteen people now face charges for either or both offences.

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Stories making headlines from Russia

Court swap THE Supreme Court and other main state courts may be moved from Moscow to St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin said, pending a final decision. HOME IN THE SUN: Beach-front property in Las Negras, Nijar, Almeria.

Spain still popular for British buyers SPAIN is still one of the most popular places to buy a property abroad. This is despite ongoing financial problems. France tops the list of the HiFX Property Hotspots report, with 23 per cent of potential British buyers. This is 12 per cent down from March’s survey which found 35 per cent were interested in snapping up property in France. Spain came just behind France in the popularity stakes with 19 per cent of interested buyers wanting to live under the Spanish sun. This is a 3 per cent rise compared to the March findings. In third place was the USA with 7 per cent of buyers, followed by Italy, Cyprus, Portugal and Switzerland, each with 3 per cent.

Of those planning on buying a home abroad in the coming years, 28 per cent said they will spend between £50,000 £100,000. A further 16 per cent said they plan to spend between £100,000 and £150,000. Nearly half (43 per cent) said they would fund the purchase of the property through savings, while nearly a quarter said they would sell their UK home to make their dream of an overseas property a reality. Lifestyle and culture beat weather as the most appealing aspects for luring property buyers abroad. A better standard of living and the belief it is cheaper to own a property abroad compared to in the UK were other reasons for those who were questioned.

Magaluf image not good By Frank Anderson MAJOR British tour operators have warned Turespaña, the Spanish state tourist board, the image of Magaluf is harming efforts to market Mallorca. The popular resort is famed for its hedonistic nightlife, but in recent years has reached new levels of notoriety because of a spate of ‘balconing’ deaths and the nightly presence of African prostitutes who local businesses and the council claim are, in fact, muggers. The problem has become so widespread even its long-time nickname of ‘Shagaluf’ is now ‘Mugaluf’. Concerns about the degradation of the resort’s

Car tax THE national transportation tax, increasing an average 600 roubles (€15) for car owners in 2013, has been criticised by Civic Platform party leader Mikhail Prokhorov.

Air danger A PILOT was found guilty of breaking air safety rules when making an emergency landing in stormy weather at the Blagoveshchensk airport in the Amur region.

US poll FORTY-EIGHT per cent of 1,600 surveyed Russians would have voted for Barack Obama and 4 per cent for Mitt Romney, a state agency survey said.

Pirate bill BUSINESSES trading or distributing counterfeit goods may be fined up to 30,000 roubles (€742), if a new law is passed by the government.

Van attack ‘MUGALUF’: The problem is harming Mallorca. image are such that tour operators approached Tuespaña employees at the World Travel Market in London last week to complain about the problem. It is believed Manuel Butler Halter, the director general of Turespaña, planned to visit Magaluf to see first-hand the scale of the problem.

However, while the visit was welcomed by local business, some felt it should have come long ago. One local businessman told EWN: “Magaluf is closed now. There’s no point. It is six months too late.” But he added: “If he’s here, I’d be willing to meet him.”

A MAN driving an office supplies van in Moscow city centre was attacked in broad daylight by two unidentified men who smashed the car’s windows with a gun.

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Social worker in abuse case A MADRID social worker has been arrested for allegedly raping and photographing children. Police seized so much pornographic material from the home of Rafael Prado that it will take months to analyse, they believe. Employed by the city council’s Samur Social, an emergency service that assists the needy, the 41year-old was denounced by his own wife. Prado organised summer camps for children and is a swimming instructor at the Parque Movil sports ground. At the camps he allegedly filmed himself raping and abusing children as young as seven, sources revealed. Prado was denied bail and remanded in custody.

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Counting the cost of 14,684 blazes NEW measures for emergency action after massive fires may be adopted next year by the Spanish Government. A call will be made to all regional governments by the Forest Fires Coordination Board for new regulations. The decision was adopted after assessing 2012’s results, which yielded a total of 14,684 fires and minor outbreaks leading to 198,447 hectares of burnt surface, until the end of last October. Compared to previous years’ numbers, there were fewer fires (16,267 in 2011) but they were more destructive, since they surpassed the last decade’s burnt surface area average of 105,390

ASSESSMENT: There were fewer but more destructive fires this year. hectares. It should be noted that 25 per cent of the scorched surface this year was due to last summer’s two large fires in the Valencian Community. As a consequence of

fires, 10 people died and nearly 300,000 were evacuated from 87 blazes this year. Figures from the Home Office and the different safety authorities also found that there more

fires outside high-risk periods, since last winter and spring were remarkably dry and warm compared to previous years. October was, however, very quiet thanks to heavy rainfall.

Taking it easy at the wheel FIFTY-SIX per cent of Spanish drivers aged under 25 admitted to insulting other drivers while at the wheel. This is the second lowest rate in Europe, right after the Turkish (46 per cent). Swedes are the angriest drivers as 83 per cent of those surveyed admitted to offending other motorists, findings in a study by Goodyear. The report also found that Spain is the ‘most concerned’ country about drink-driving, with 81 per cent, with nearby Italy (73 per cent). Both countries lead the table in terms of worry at being hit by another car. Young drivers who live alone are more aggressive than those who live with their parents, since they are more prone to using insults.


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€2.5m car park awarded

PLANS to restore woodland and protected countryside in Parcent have received regional government approval.

NERJA COUNCIL has awarded a tender to build an underground car park in Burriana to a consortium which bid €2.5 million. The council received 28 bids. The 200-place car park should take 18 months to build.

Help for needy THE Caritas Food Bank in Denia has received 32,000 kilos of provisions for the needy from individuals and supermarkets.

News from our editions

Smelly denial SMELLS reaching Campello town centre are not from the Les Canyades refuse treatment plant, according to the local council.

Sweet dreams SEVENTEEN years after being set up, Alicante General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Unit has been officially designated a Sleep Centre.

Calendar prize SCHOOLCHILDREN in Calpe are competing for a €100 prize to design next year’s Green Calendar for the local branch of the United Nation’s Agenda 21.

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Hospital magic CHILDREN in hospital in Elche were entertained by magicians as part of an initiative to make their stay happier.

Fire probe CCTV footage is being reviewed as investigators probe a fire that damaged the interior and broke windows at the BBVA bank in Puente Nuevo, Orihuela.

Window treat GUARDAMAR has launched a Christmas window-dressing competition for retailers, with a €200 prize for best lighting, originality, innovation and product.

Bank facelift THE façade of Alicante’s Bank of Spain in La Rambla, which was opened in 1947, is to receive a €28,000 clean-up.

Share out AECC FUN DAY: The Pink Ladies are joined by Councillor for the Coast Pedro Mancebo (centre left).

Skies turn pink for AECC

HUNDREDS turned out in support of the AECC cancer charity fun day at Evolution bar in La Fuente Commercial Centre. With live entertainment, a fashion show by Tiger Feet, face painting and a pool competition there was fun for all the family. Councillor for the Coast Pedro Mancebo and his team arrived to show their support for the event which has raised 1,000s of euros for the charity’s early detection cancer screening programme. The main event took place at 4pm with the release of almost 1,000 pink helium filled balloons. The balloons were bought for €2 each and an address tag attached.

In the coming weeks it is hoped the tags will be returned to AECC by whoever finds them and the balloon that travels the furthest will win the owner €100. Maria Wilson, President of the AECC Torrevieja branch, thanked the owners of Evolution, John and Jack Williams, for their support, along with their mum Karen who is one of Maria’s Pink Ladies and an avid fundraiser. As Maria went on to thank all her Pink Ladies who helped throughout the day, EWN would also like to thank mechanic Adam from Autos Direct who helped get our reporter back on the road after the event.

Plan protest

Safety up

ENVIRONMENTAL group Ecologists in Action has voiced its objection to plans to build an electrical sub-station adjoining the Avenida de las Naciones roundabout in Playa de San Juan, Alicante.

CRIMINAL offences decreased by 11 per cent this year in Estepona, following 2010’s 10 per cent recorded drop, the town hall said.

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Christmas gift MORE than 8,000 temporary work contracts will be signed during Christmas in Malaga Province and 35,000 in Andalucia, a study by Randstad recruitment agency has reported.

Public budget UP to €47 million is to be invested in 2013 by Malaga City Hall, out of which €6 million will be used in the AVE high-speed railway works, the Tabacalera building and the port promenade.

Blood-suckers A BLOOD donation campaign under the motto ‘Politicians suck our blood, we donate it’ was organised in Malaga City by police, Guardia Civil and fire brigade trades unions.

Opening ways A TOTAL of 635 official licences for opening a business were issued by Fuengirola Town Hall up to October 31, meaning a 25 per cent year-onyear increase.

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Dog hanging A PREGNANT pit bull has been found hanging from a well in Son Rapinya. An animal rights group has offered a €500 reward for help in the

LOCAL associations and NGOs in VélezMálaga will receive €57,000 in council grants. The town hall will allocate €15,000 to the nongovernmental organisations and the remainder to the collectives.

Need a lift

investigation, which is being carried out by the Guardia Civil.

THE mayor of Nerja has called on the regional government to install a lift at the town’s health centre, which suffers from chronic access problems as a result of unfinished building work.

Soldiers return

Save cave

THE last 10 Balearic soldiers in Afghanistan returned home to a hero’s welcome at Palma airport. They had taken part in a sevenmonth tour of duty along with 35 comrades, who returned home last month.

WORK to protect 30,000-year-old cave paintings at the Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria will be finished by the summer. A further €75,000 has been allocated to fight fungus in the cave, the mayor said.

Pensions U-turn UP TO 500 retired health workers who lost pension credits last month will not now lose out after the Balearic government reversed its decision. The pensioners had staged sit-ins at the Health Ministry in protest at their treatment.

Pharmacy cash THE Balearic government has promised to pay pharmacies all monies owed after they had threatened to charge patients the full, unsubsidised amount. Pharmacists claim they have not been paid since July.

Police claim OPPOSITION groups in Torrox want an investigation into what they claim are ‘illegal’ police contracts which have led to the existence of a ‘parallel force’ honed from Protección Civil which has the role of the Local Police.


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Stat of week 3.5 per cent inflation was registered in Spain last month, while the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in the third quarter showed a 0.3 per cent loss.

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Driving ambition by car makers SPAIN has a driving ambition to produce more vehicles. Despite sales nationally languishing, manufacturers want to produce more

vehicles than the current two million a year. The longer-term hope by the sector is to see sales rise to three million with improved buying facilities, better logistics, the elimination of number plate tax and lower energy costs. All these will help boost sales, says Anfac, the manufacturers’ association. Their plans foresee 2.5 to profit, sources said, million vehicles for export with adjustments that and 1.3 million for the home include cutting flights 15 market. Seven ministries per cent and disposing including Industry, Public of five long-haul and 20 Works, Economy and the short-haul aircraft. Treasury, will be involved if Iberia also wants to the scheme to increase introduce the wageproductivity and boost scale agreed with the business comes to fruition. low-cost airline Vueling “We have had a very for pilots on domestic positive reaction from the and European flights. government,” announced This would mean Anfac Vice-president Mario slashing current Armero. €64,000 pre-tax salaries Manufacturers also want to €27,000, although more official grants for the CCOO union claims prospective buyers pilots’ incomes are exchanging their present closer to €40,961 a year. car. Although energy Iberia’s plans are reforms have increased ‘barbarous’, according to manufacturers’ costs by 8 pilots’ union Sepla. per cent, they are working Instead they called for to lessen the impact, he an end to Iberia’s said. “Spain does not have merger with British to be a country of service Airways which they industries,” said Armero. claim is ‘emptying’ “This is the time to boost Iberia. our industries.”

MOTORING AHEAD: Manufacturers want to boost yearly output.

Sackings the last resort for Iberia SACKINGS are seen by the Spanish government as a ‘last resort’ for national airline Iberia. Between 2008 and last September, Iberia’s turnover fell from €2,272 million to €1,704 million. The company, which hopes to reduce staff by 4,500, has now explained its plans to Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor. Restructuring needs dialogue on all sides, Pastor said, following talks with Iberia management and the principal unions. “And that should include every factor that would make Spanish dismissals the last option,” she said. Iberia hopes to return

Zara shows the ZARA’S policy of constantly introducing new lines, and rapid restocking, has brought praise from across the Atlantic. Having sung Mercadona’s praises, the New York Times is now praising Zara which is part of the Inditex empire built up by Spaniard Amancio Ortega, the world’s third-richest man. Masoud Golsorkhi, editor of culture and fashion magazine Tank, was

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COULD you please advise the legal situation on barking dogs? In June we moved to a semi-rural area on Costa Blanca. The problem of excessive barking very near our property has since arisen. There are about 20 dogs causing the problem; particularly half a dozen dogs kept caged. When people pass by and the dogs begin to bark, it sets off all the dogs in the area. We approached the handler but his response was dismissive and he said we You and the could complain as much as we liked but nothing would be Law in Spain By David Searl done. We made a ‘denuncia’ to the town hall with nine signatures, which was sent to the police. They replied that they cannot identify the source, as all the dogs bark. One of our major concerns is the danger these dogs pose. We have had nine instances of loose, unattended dogs coming onto our property. We have grandchildren aged two and three who are due to visit, and are keen for a solution before they arrive. M.R.D. (Xabia)

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Dogs barking at night can be infuriating. Even worse is the danger posed by dogs running loose. Both of these activities can be punished by law. If you want to resolve the situation, you must go to the Juzgado de Guardia, the duty court, and make a formal charge against the owner of the dogs. This could include keeping dogs in unhealthy condtions, allowing dogs to run loose, not microchipped, and creating a nuisance at night. Perhaps some come under the ‘dangerous dogs’ regulations. The court is required to act upon your formal denuncia and should order police to investigate. Xabia surely has ordinances prohibiting these activities. You do not have to identify the owner specifically. The location of the dog pen should be sufficient. Use a Spanish lawyer to make sure your denuncia is in proper form. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. ask@lawtaxspain.com or call 952 667 090.

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A debit card for children aged 6 YOUNGSTERS as young as six, and up to 16, are to be targeted for a pre-paid Visa debit card being launched by new company Pktmny.

£££ THE tax take from the nation’s investment banking industry is set to fall to £50bn (€62.5bn) compared to £87bn (€108.5bn) before the financial crisis hit in 2007, according to the Centre

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£££ RETAIL sales fell in October as shoppers bought less food and

clothing, slowing a revival that the government hoped would kick-start the economy.

£££ ELECTRICAL retailer Dixon’s boss Sebastian James has warned that unless multinationals including Amazon and Google are made to pay their fair share of tax then UK retailers are at risk of collapse.

Is international finance merely an ever ongoing juggling act? LURKING behind the international coverage of the US Presidential election, Greece’s financial woes appeared to be relegated to the ‘second division’ of newsworthy items. Only a few months ago there were strong signs that the EU barons were preparing Greece’s exit from the Euro, the only real concern being how this might be achieved ‘gracefully’. Antonis Samaras’s cobbled-together government squabbled over the extent to which the Troika’s austerity demands might be met, whilst increasing and more violent civil unrest, an overall rate of 25.4 per cent unemployment, rising to 58 per cent for the youth of the country, rendered acceptance of all or any of these proposals difficult. Samaras’s pleas for an extension of time to allow the so-far unsuccessful measures to mature, were falling upon deaf ears with, as usual, Ms Merkel being the most intransigent. Times change, however, and now the Troika leaders appear to have decided to soften their approach, perhaps as a last-ditch attempt to keep

FAMILY THOUGHTS: Life for the Greeks used to be simple and without ongoing financial worries.

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the eurozone intact, with some interesting financial juggling being brought into play to counter the understandable reluctance of private bond buyers who, only a year or so ago, were forced to accept a 75 per cent loss on their holdings. Now, under the new plan, any loss on future bond sales will be in the hands of the European bail-out funds, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). If there should be what banking circles call a ‘haircut,’ it will be these institutions which suffer the loss, and as one respected financial

correspondent points out: “For the first time the German taxpayer will see real money which otherwise might have been used for pensions, healthcare and education, disappearing into the bottomless pit of Greek hand-outs.” Let us not fool ourselves. This latest tranche of Troika bail-out money - €31.5 billion might temporarily plug the hole in Greece’s public finances, but entities charged with monitoring the programme are already suggesting that a further loan of at least €20 billion, together with a massive write-down of still-outstanding debts, will be needed just to ‘keep the pot boiling’. But here we come across another interesting point. The ECB is barred from taking ‘write-downs’

so to get around the problem the proposal is for it to transfer its holdings of Greek bonds at cost price - to EU member states, which will then transfer any profit on maturity back to Greece. With this ‘smoke-andmirrors’ strategy, sleight of hand if you like, nobody takes a haircut even though, as explained in a recent article, it would mean the debt being partially forgiven, interest payments waived for a while if deemed necessary and maturities extended, pushing a proper resolution of the problem away into the future. Basically, a typical political manoeuvre. Surely the Greek people must be considering alternatives - anything with even the remotest chance of alleviating their misery. Many must be harking back to the days before their nation embraced the Euro. They hobbled along then, managing their own affairs; unemployment wasn’t the horrifying spectre it is now, and it would be less than surprising if they were thinking that returning to those times might provide a better life than the one they are enduring now.


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www.euroweeklynews.com Back in April, the Spanish government announced details of its draft new anti fraud plan. One of the proposed measures related to assets held outside Spain and would affect most expatriates living here. Confirmation that this is going ahead was finally received at the end of October. Law 7/2012 of 29th October 2012 was published in the Official State Gazette the following day. It amends existing tax and budget legislation and adapts financial legislation to strengthen action to prevent and combat fraud. Most measures came into effect immediately. It arms the Tax Authority with powerful weapons to fight tax fraud and the hidden economy - one of the main priorities of the government’s economic policy. State Secretary for the Treasury, Miguel Ferre, described this new anti fraud plan as “the most ambitious legislation in this field since the 1970s”. If you live in Spain, it is important to understand what the tax rules are, and ensure you correctly report your income and assets and only use approved tax planning arrangements. Professional advice from a firm like Blevins Franks which specialises in tax and wealth management for British expatriates in Spain is invaluable. Reporting obligation Under the legislation, residents of Spain now have a new obligation to

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Spain’s New Anti Tax Fraud Law New reporting requirements for overseas assets

by Bill Blevins, Financia l Correspondent, Blevins Franks

report all assets and rights held outside Spain, where they are: • Owners • Beneficiaries • Authorised signatories. A new reporting model will be created, on which all kinds of assets may have to be reported, including: • Bank accounts • All forms of securities • Capital • Life insurance • Real estate. Failure to comply with the obligation will have costly consequences when discovered by the tax authorities. A €5,000 penalty will be imposed for each omitted data - with a minimum penalty of €10,000.

An asset which has not been reported under this system and is discovered by the tax authorities will also be assumed to have been acquired with undeclared income. It will be treated as an ‘unjustified capital gain’ for the most recent tax year which is within the statute of limitations. Under Spanish law tax investigations can go back four years, so the income would be deemed to arise four years prior to the year the asset is discovered. It will be taxed at the marginal rates of income tax. This effectively eliminates the statute of limitations for undeclared assets, so the tax authorities can go back indefinitely to assess undeclared income and tax it at maximum rates, plus interest and penalties. It will be considered a “very serious offence” with a penalty of 150% of the tax due. Although this is new legislation, the obligation to report overseas income is not new. Anyone who meets the tax residence criteria in Spain is already liable for tax on their worldwide income and gains and is obliged by law to declare them accordingly. Except for the years when wealth tax was effectively abolished, they should also have declared their worldwide assets on their wealth tax returns where a liability arose.

So what is new and important about this legislation is the consequences for failing to report. The penalties are very severe and could be more than the value of the hidden asset/s. At the time of writing, the government has not supplied information on how the reporting is to be done. Further regulation will establish the terms. Limits to cash payments The new anti-fraud law introduces a limit to cash transactions where one party is a business owner or professional (credit institutions are excluded). Cash transactions now cannot exceed €2,500. This comes into effect 20 days after the law was published. Where one party is a non-resident, the limit is €15,000. Any breach will be considered a serious administrative offence. A penalty of 25% of the payment will be imposed. Both parties are jointly liable, so the authorities can bring action against either one. If one party voluntarily reports the transaction, they will be exonerated from paying the penalty. Measures to improve tax collection The legislation includes a series of

measures to strengthen the tax authority’s ability to collect revenue, particularly if the taxpayer attempts to escape their obligations by delaying payment, creating obstacles or concealing wealth. It toughens the penalties for resistance, obstruction, excuses or refusal to comply with tax inspectors. The penalties vary between €1,000 and €600,000. The times are changing for tax planning across Europe, perhaps even more so here in Spain. Professional advice is essential if you want to protect your wealth from unnecessary taxation and make sure your tax planning will stand up to scrutiny. A firm like Blevins Franks will guide you through your options for legitimate tax mitigation. 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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When a woman is the higher earner then men need to add up situation! I HAVE a friend who makes a lot the women in question, or of money. whether it has a serious She has a high-up position in a consequence on their big company, works very hard relationship. and picks up a very healthy pay The answer is unclear as each cheque at the end relationship will play of each month. to a different tune. Her husband, on But one thing is for the other hand, is sure; a little thought terrible with about the subject money. will help keep a He earns nothing relationship intact. A look near to her wage So back to my at finance and despite the friend. for females general perception She started that perhaps he getting a little put Jane Plunkett might feel emasout that the past few jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. culated being the holidays, bills and com lower earner out of general household the two, this is not necessities were the case. coming out of her earnings. In fact, he finds his situation Her other half was seemingly comfortable - sometimes a little taking for granted the fact that too comfortable - expecting her she would automatically pay. to pay for things just because, But then he redeemed himself. well, she can. Having been terrible with cash Women earning the same or for a long time, he surprised more than men is nothing new her with an amazing ring, which nowadays. she had admired while on a The big question is whether it holiday. The fact that he had bothers men, whether it bothers saved up for two years just to

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Catalan bank is set for takeover SABADELL BANK is preparing to acquire BMN’s branches in Cataluña and Aragon. BMN - Banco Mare Nostrum - is the result of an earlier merger between Cajamurcia, Caixa Penedes, Caja Granada and Sa Nostra, following the property boom collapse. Most branches to be disposed of belong to Caixa Penedes. The deal, if it goes through, will affect 462 bank branches, 2,000 employees and involve the transfer of 900,000 clients, said sources close to the operation. The planned merger is subject to certain conditions, announced Josep Oliu, President of Sabadell, which in June bought the

nationalised CAM bank for €1. These include transferring BMN’s toxic property and land assets to Spain’s ‘Bad Bank’, Sareb. Following stress tests by Oliver Wyman earlier this year, BNM was told it needed to sell assets in order to meet capital needs of €2,208 million. Sabadell will now take on €11,100 million in BMN’s customer loans and €8,800 million in customer deposits, but has not revealed how much it will pay. “The transaction will significantly increase Sabadell’s presence on its home ground and expand its retail business there, making it Cataluña’s fourth-largest bank,” said a Sabadell statement.

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At the top BELEN ROMANA, Treasury Director General between July 2003 and October 2005 has been appointed head of Spain’s ‘Bad Bank’ Sareb.

Profits plunge DEVELOPMENT and sustainable energy giant Acciona’s third quarter profits plunged 64 per cent.

Too expensive VODAFONE, whose half-year Spanish earnings fell 11 per cent, admitted that the €24,000 million it paid for Airtel during the 2000 ‘dot.com’ boom was more than the company was worth.

of communication open and talk about the finances. She might be OK about footing all the bills, but maybe she’s not. He might seem OK about his missus being the high earner, but maybe he’s not. The only way to know for sure is to speak up and let your feelings be known.

Spain cannot chase debts in Ecuador BANKS will not be allowed to chase up immigrant workers’ Spanish debts in Ecuador. Spain’s 480,000 Ecuadorians are more affected by unemployment and mortgage foreclosures than any other immigrant community. There were a daily 50 evictions last year and a fair percentage involved Ecuadorians, claimed immigrants’ support group Conadee. Nor was eviction their only problem. “Hundreds are saying that banks threatened to recover their mortgage debts in Ecuador,” said Ambassador Aminta Buenaño. The Ecuadorian government headed by Rafael Correo has vetoed any attempt to square a citizen’s

foreign debt by impounding assets in Ecuador. Ecuadorians in Spain are also wary of the Pichincha España bank which last year acquired immigrants’ loans and unpaid mortgages from Bankia and a Spanish investment fund. Pichincha España will not pursue immigrant workers’ debts in Ecuador, an official said.

Seniors flush juniors away BATHROOM cleaners are big business... even though when it comes to the loo, elderly people clean up more than the youngsters. Whilst 27 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds hate to touch the toilet bowl, an impressive 92 per cent of over 65s are made of sterner stuff and have no qualms about getting stuck in to the cleaning. Overall that could mean up to nine million people are driven round the bend by the chore, claims a survey in Britain by global market research company Mintel. And 34 per cent of British expatriates follow the Spanish lead of saying bleach is best for that sparkling rim. With an estimated 43 million toilets in Britain just over half households have the bog standard one loo, almost a third have two, and a tenth have three. But when it comes to cleaning the loo, Britain is a nation of extremes with one in five cleaning the lavatory once a day or more, whilst one in 20 whip out their brushes just two or three times a month. A decidedly unfragrant 1.5 million (3 per cent) admit to cleaning the loo once a month or less.

High-flying pizza PIZZA now features on Vueling’s in-flight menu. Home-delivery firm Telepizza has signed a contract with the low-cost Spanish airline to supply individual Four Cheese pizzas. Easy to store and to prepare, they are the ideal aircraft meal, said Vueling.


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Forget sweetie, just get me a gin Ana JeffersonSmith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain

COMMENT A taxing situation MARIANO RAJOY would like to lower income tax in 2014, but Economy Minister Luis de Guindos knows it is not going to happen. Spain’s priority is reducing the deficit, De Guindos insisted recently. And just how many people would a tax-cut affect? By 2014 more people than ever could be out of work. Having a job and paying tax even at the current rate would be their idea of heaven.

Ambitions SPAIN usually dislikes its politicians, bestowing affection after they die because they do little to earn it in life. The spat between Madrid’s mayor and the regional president - who belong to the same party does not directly affect the rest of the country. Nevertheless, it demonstrates that Spain’s politicians devote too much energy to defending their patch and not enough to doing what they are elected to do.

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OW winter is setting in, the temptation to hibernate for the next few months is stronger than ever. The allure is to hide, watching re-runs of Sex and the City in my fluffy slippers with a box of Ferrero Rocher in one hand and a hot chocolate in the other. Who am I trying to kid? I really mean a strong G&T. In each hand. WHEN the initial results of the survey were published, many men scorned the findings, but people in Spain were keen to agree that women are better behind the wheel. “Women tend to concentrate more and can do two things at once, so yes, I would agree,” said Kevin Mooney from Guardamar on the Costa Blanca, who admitted that in day-to-day life his wife does ‘most of the driving’. Jean Blackwell, who divides her time between Benalmadena, Costa del Sol and Essex, UK, pointed out: “Women are more patient on the roads, and the older woman is definitely better behind the wheel than the younger woman.” Boutique owner Sam Buxton from Quesada on the Costa Blanca also views women as better drivers. “Men can be quite hostile, while women take more care.” Mallorca expatriate Bianca Hadley, originally from Holland but now living in Santa Ponsa, agrees. “Yes! Women are more careful, though there are some dreadful women drivers as well. I’ve terrible speeding fines but I have never been in an accident.” British expatriate Madeline Evans from Lo Crispin on the Costa Blanca feels the issue is based more on age. The main driver in her household, she says: “Older women drivers are definitely better, though I have found some of the younger ones

STREET TALK

As I see it...

So with my last remaining single lady no longer on the scene, what’s to entice me to kick up my six-inch-high, €1,000+ Louboutins that I try so hard to walk in, and paint the town red? Obliged to attend another friend’s leaving drinks, the guest list was as follows: Mr and Mrs Been-TogetherForever, Mr and Miss In-The-

Annoying-Honeymoon-Phase, Mr and Miss On-And-Off-But-VeryMuch-On-Right-Now, Mr and Mrs We’re-So-Overly-In-Love-We’rePretty-Much-Married. Plus, of course, lonely young me! I have no problem hanging out with other couples. But when every other word is ‘babe’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘cutie’, I tend to seek another tipple.

Women are the best drivers Following a British study of 19,000 vehicles fitted with tell-tale black boxes, females were found to speed less, brake more cautiously and drive less after dark when most crashes occur. But what do others think of the findings? Laura-Jane Bruce reports.

FROM LEFT: Madeline Evans, Nick Clayton and Fernanda Fernandez.

tend to be the most aggressive and don’t like to be behind fellow women drivers.” Fernanda Fernández from the Mallorca capital of Palma also regards women as safer. “We cause fewer accidents because we are more prudent. Women have a sixth sense, that’s why we drive so well. Oh, and I park well, too.” Sheffield-born Nick Clayton agrees with the statistics, adding: “My wife is a very good driver but she drives like a man, and she’d admit that.” But Crispin Clarke, on holiday in Malaga with his partner Sheila,

disagreed with the findings and the views given by others. “I am a far better driver than Sheila, who often lacks confidence. I know parking is not everything, but my sister - and many other women - cannot even park a car straight, so how can you say they are better drivers?”

All the touchy-feely-kissy-ness does make me feel a little nauseous; I mean there’s a time and a place, and it’s preferably not in front of me. And when discussions arise on how fantastic Christmas will be spent together, that’s when I really do mentally freak out. I don’t sound bitter, do I? Clearly I need to simply keep in mind the perks of being footloose, single... and keen for real action! For starters, nightly - come to that matter, in fact, daily drinking is not an issue. I have the freedom to dine as I wish, with whom I wish. Additionally, I do not need to face questions about who, what, where and when I go out. I have the ability to be spontaneous and flirt with whoever I like! That last slice of pizza is mine. No ifs, ands or buts about it. And no non-singleton can say the remote belongs solely to them. But I can. Having popcorn and wine for dinner without having to worry about what a partner or spouse wants to eat is also a godsend. I can wear comfortable underwear, regardless of aesthetics. Those far-fetched dreams of running into and falling in love with my celebrity crushes are slightly more fathomable. And should the threat of loneliness start to creep in, there’s always my very own 50 shades Mr Grey, a short phonecall away. I think I already know what my priority is for this weekend...

Just fancy that THE corpse of an American night-shift worker who died on the front porch of his home remained in place for several days after a postman failed to report the incident, thinking the body was part of a Halloween display .


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5:15am 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 Series in which buyers are helped to find their dream homes.

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 Wildlife series. 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 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

12:35am This Week 1:20am Holiday Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:25am Panorama 1:55am Countryfile 2:55am Planet Earth Live 3:55am Antiques Roadshow Fiona Bruce and the team return with a new run for the antiques favourite. 4:55am Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 5:40am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera 10:00pm Russell Howard’s Good News 10:30pm Impractical Jokers 11:00pm World’s Craziest Fools 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 12:45am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Russell Howard’s Good News 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen 3:30am I Want to Change My Body Young body-obsessed Brits turn the cameras on themselves.

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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 The Daily Politics 2:00pm Royal Upstairs Downstairs 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

5:40am 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. Sue Hill asks for help to solve 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 Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. Sue Hill asks for help to solve more crimes. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories Documentary-style police drama series.

5:50am Countdown 6:35am Make Do and Mend 7:00am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:05am Sali Mali Sali Mali and Jackdaw watch videos of all their fun times together. 7:10am The Hoobs Mysterious marks have appeared in the grass outside the Hoobmobile. 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

6:10am 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 8:40am Thomas and Friends 8:50am 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 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain’s next culinary superstar continues. 10:00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys Michael Portillo retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide. 11:00pm Hebburn It is wedding day in Hebburn. Though Jack and Sarah are technically already married, Pauline and Dot are determined to treat it like their special day. Dot dresses the bridesmaids in her choice of buttercup yellow but Sarah has trouble when one of them, Denise, insists on reminding her of her history with the groom. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Emily Maitlis.

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 Mark Austin and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Katie and Declan’s escalating arguments end in disaster. 8:30pm Tonight Each year in the UK, almost a million people suffer heart failure. 9:00pm Emmerdale Declan desperately tries in vain to rescue Katie. 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 Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands Documentary series which takes a look at the popular getaway through the eyes of the people who holiday there, and the many who make their living through tourism on the island.

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 On day four of the competition in the West Midlands the host is massage therapist Lucy Hird. 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks Dodger is faced with a shocking revelation, and Lacey’s forbidden infatuation escalates. 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Kirstie’s Vintage Home 10:00pm The Aristocrats 11:00pm Living with My Stalker

4:15pm An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Family drama set in the 1880s. A recently widowed woman struggles to feed her three children. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Gina and John agree to spend some time apart. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Rolf’s Animal Clinic Documentary series presented by Rolf Harris. 9:00pm World’s Strongest Man 2012 The first qualifying round of the 2012 World’s Strongest Man competition is in Australia. 10:00pm Hatfields and McCoys Star-studded drama series about two feuding families in post civil-war America. 11:00pm Navy Seals

12:20am Dara O Briain’s Science Club 1:20am The Culture Show 1:50am An Island Parish Series following the community on the tiny crown dependency of Sark in the Channel Islands. 2:20am BBC News 4:55am How God Made the English 5:30am Strictly Soulmates

12:05am Grimefighters 12:35am The Late Debate Alastair Stewart discusses what has been going on in Westminster with a panel of London MPs. 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Tonight Each year in the UK, almost a million people suffer heart failure. 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:05am Rory Peck Awards 2012 12:10am 999: What’s Your Emergency? 1:15am Embarrassing Fat Bodies 2:10am Geordies Overboard 3:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 3:10am Unreported World 3:35am Dispatches 4:05am Time Team 5:00am Deal or No Deal 5:55am Countdown

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 Joy of Stats 11:00pm Calf's Head and Coffee: The Golden Age of English Food 12:00am America on a Plate: The Story of the Diner 1:00am Tales From the Wild Wood 1:30am Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity 2:30am Top of the Pops: 1977 3:00am The Joy of Stats Professor Hans Rosling presents a documentary about statistics, exploring their history, how they work mathematically and how they can be used in today's computer age to see the world as it really is.

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11:00pm Living with My Stalker 1:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am HouseBusters 5:20am House Doctor 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 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 Simpsons 9:30pm Modern Family 10:00pm Flintoff: From Lord's to the Ring 11:00pm Spy 11:30pm Trollied

12:00am Trollied: Behind the Scenes 12:30am A League of Their Own 1:30am Road Wars 2:30am Miami SWAT 3:30am Road Wars 3:55am Road Wars 4:45am Road Wars 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:40am Death Becomes Her 7:30am Down to Earth 9:05am Swinging with the Finkels 10:40am 30 Minutes or Less 12:10pm Arthur 2:10pm Swingers 3:50pm The Change-Up 5:50pm The Cat in the Hat 7:25pm 30 Minutes or Less 9:00pm Arthur 11:00pm The Change-Up 1:00am Swinging with the Finkels 2:30am Down to Earth 4:00am Swingers 5:40am The Cat in the Hat

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11:45am The Tourist 1:30pm Hanna 3:30pm Twister

6:00am Prom 7:45am War Horse Sky Movies Special 8:15am Going the Distance 10:00am Cherrybomb 11:30am Stay Cool 1:10pm One Day 3:00pm Honey 2

5:30pm Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 7:15pm The Tourist 9:00pm Hanna 11:00pm Twister

5:00pm Country Strong 7:00pm Sweet Home Alabama 9:00pm One Day 11:00pm What's Your Number?

12:55am Ironclad 3:00am Gone in 60 Seconds 5:00am Priest

12:50am Boys Don’t Cry 2:50am Racing with the Moon 4:45am 33 Postcards

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:45am Braddock: Missing in Action 3 6:30am The Amazing Spiderman: Premiere Special 7:00am The Longest Day 10:00am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

TCM 6:00am Taras Bulba 8:15am Gunsmoke 9:20am Gunsmoke 10:25am Crossfire Trail 12:15pm Comanche 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm Escort West 5:35pm River of No Return 7:20pm Cast a Giant Shadow 10:00pm Road to Perdition 12:15am Absolute Power 2:35am Road to Perdition 4:35am Chandler


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60-SECOND INTERVIEW Working for the stars in Spain

LOIS MCINTOSH travels the world as a hair and make-up artist and recently worked on location in Alicante, Spain on the Hollywood movie The Counselor starring Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Gemma Quinn reports. How did you get involved in hair and make-up for television? I wanted to be a jockey but didn’t want to get up at 5am so decided to go into entertainment, either as a sound engineer or in make-up. Then following a hairdressing and beauty therapy course I was later accepted for a television work course. What was your first television job? The Tales of Little Pig Robinson, filmed in Cornwall in 1991, based on the Beatrix Potter book, when I was a trainee. What was your most memorable job? I have done some great jobs including a lot of theatre work which I really enjoy, including Wind in the Willows at the Royal Opera House, which is a lovely show. Do you find it is competitive within the industry? I don’t know within the industry, but within my circle of friends, no. Someone will get a job and have to put a hair and make-up team

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Vital Statistics • Currently Living: Kent, UK • Age: 42 • Status: In a relationship • Hobbies: Horse breeding, racing and my dog. • Biggest achievement: Breeding a winner • Would like to meet: Sharon Osbourne • Most famous people you have met: Cameron Diaz and Kristen Stewart • Likes about Spain: The sun • Dislikes: Flies • Currently reading: 39 Steps

together so we often work together and help each other. Who have been the nicest celebrities you have met during your career? Hayley Atwell who appeared in Captain America and The Pillars of the Earth, and Kelly Reilly who played Dr Watson’s wife in Sherlock Holmes, and whose wedding I attended recently. How different is doing hair on a film or TV set to working in a salon? The hairstyle has got to last all day on set and follow the continuity through so that it looks the same each time. Where are you working next? After Spain I go home for a few days then fly to Morocco to work on fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

Writer speaks out on McCann spend A LOCAL author has criticised the parents of Madeleine McCann for using money meant to find the missing girl to fund libel cases. “To use the cash collected for finding Madeleine to silence intelligent criticism and research is criminal in itself,” said Brian Deller, from Malaga. His comments came after a book by American criminal profiler Patricia Brown was published. Deller, known for his books on motoring in Spain, said: “Needless to say, the McCanns, with their massive funds collected from a sympathetic public to finance the search for poor little Madeleine, have engaged top lawyers who specialise in libel actions to have the book banned. Amazon has had to withdraw it from their online website.” He added that money donated to find Madeleine should not be used to fund libel actions, saying the silencing of critics and book bans were the actions of totalitarian regimes.

Action on online bullying IT has been revealed that 30.1 per cent of Spanish adolescents aged 10 to 16 are victims of cyberbullying. An ever-growing form of victimization, Spanish journal Adolescent victims of cyberbullying: prevalence and characteristics studied a group of 1,431 Spanish adolescents. Writer Alexis Moore, founder of non-profit crime victim agency Survivors In Action, saw there were no resources for parents on this online discrimination phenomenon. She wrote the book A Parent’s Guide to Cyberstalking and Cyber-bullying: Protecting your children as simple as 1-2-3 to help empower, educate and inform parents, the proceeds of which go to charity.

STILL MISSING: Maddy disappeared in 2007.


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5:40am 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 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 The Hollins buy a new car - but just how much torque can Karen handle? 3:15pm Escape to the Country Series in which buyers are helped to find their dream homes.

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 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 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Outnumbered 10:30pm Me and Mrs. Jones 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show

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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 4:00pm Real Rescues

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7:50am - Rastamouse 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway 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 asks the questions as the hunt continues for the nation'’ Mastermind. 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 QI 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Kirsty Wark.

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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 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 James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories Documentary-style police drama series.

5:55am Countdown 6:40am Make Do and Mend 7:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim Jim doesn’t want to be Cheryl’s new best friend, so he tries to recruit a replacement. 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier Frasier agrees to appear on a seemingly innocent teen-oriented radio show. 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 The Mentalist

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 Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Declan fears he has made the situation worse is it too late for Katie? 8:30pm Coronation Street Fiz points the finger at Kirsty but will anyone believe her? 9:00pm Island Hospital 9:30pm Coronation Street Will Fiz be vindicated? David feels like he’s losing Kylie. Eva struggles to hold it together. 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 at Ten and Weather Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world.

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 The West Midlands competition closes with mental health nurse Lloyd Cast as the final host. 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks Barney arrives back in the village but someone has a proposition for him. 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:30pm Unreported World 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Come Dine with Me 10:00pm Sarah Millican: Chatterbox Live Chatterbox Live invites viewers to enter the wonderful world of Sarah Millican. 11:00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man

4:15pm Christmas in Canaan Drama set in a 1960s small American town. 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 Cowboy Builders 9:00pm Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan Dominic Monaghan travels in search of weird creatures. 10:00pm The Mentalist American crime drama. The CBI team investigate a homicide that could reignite a vicious gang war. 11:00pm Castle 11:55pm Law and Order: Criminal

12:05am 4funnies: Dr Brown 12:35am Random Acts 12:40am 8 Out of 10 Cats 1:25am Full English 1:55am The Ricky Gervais Show 2:20am My Name is Earl Finally out of the Witness Protection Programme, Joy joins a social networking website. 2:45am My Name is Earl 3:05am Bob’s Burgers 3:30am Bob’s Burgers 3:50am Glory Daze 4:35am 90210 5:15am Deal or No Deal

12:55am Inside Hollywood 1:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am Motorsport Mundial The latest motor racing action from around the world. 5:20am House Doctor 5:45am Divine Designs Paul Binski examines some of Britain’s most fascinating religious artworks and artefacts.

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4:15pm Christmas in Canaan

Billy Ray Cyrus

12:20am The National Lottery Friday Night Draws The National Lottery Friday night draws presented by Scott Mills. 12:30am Live at the Apollo The BAFTA-nominated Live at the Apollo returns for an eighth series. 1:00am EastEnders Omnibus 2:55am Weatherview 3:00am Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight 4:00am Question Time 5:00am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Merlin 8:45pm Doctor Who 9:30pm World’s Craziest Fools 10:00pm Unzipped 10:45pm Russell Howard’s Good News 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Some Girls 12:30am Family Guy 12:55am Family Guy 1:15am American Dad! 1:40am American Dad! 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am Him and Her 2:55am Him and Her 3:25am Russell Howard’s Good News 4:10am Unzipped

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12:00am The Review Show 12:50am Later... with Jools Holland 1:55am Jar City 3:25am BBC News

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day’s events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Choir of the Year 2012 Choirs from all over the UK battle it out for the coveted title of Choir of the Year 2012. 10:00pm The Joy of the Single 11:00pm Ultimate Number 1s at the BBC 12:00am Love Me Do: The Beatles ‘62 1:00am The Joy of the Single 2:00am Ultimate Number 1s at the BBC 3:00am Love Me Do: The Beatles ‘62

12:10am Accepted Teen comedy. 1:45am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am The Skeleton Key Horror thriller set in New Orleans. 5:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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Good-time girls a turn-off for decent people WITH deep regret it’s Adios Magaluf. After several years as a beach-front apartment owner I have sold up and am shipping out. I am sure I speak not just for my family but also friends and many holidaymakers, in all thousands of people, who won’t return to Magaluf due to the gauntlet of prostitutes we have to run to get to bars or back to our lodgings. They are like a pack of locusts who also mug the lonely and vulnerable. Sincere thanks to all the hardworking people of Magaluf. We had a great few years of enjoyment and happiness but sadly not any more. The pimp with his Hummer and the girls from Ghana should go to Hell for winter and not come back. Voice of the people, Magaluf (Mallorca)

Blood surprise I READ with interest your article Give Blood (Issue 1426) in Javea. I was an avid blood donor in the UK, managing to notch up 40 donations before coming to live in Javea in 2004. I arrived at the donor session at 9.30am and there were four Spanish people waiting with me. No-one from the transfusion service turned up until after 10am, and they didn’t attend to the first person until after 10.30am. When it was my turn I sat at the desk and said I was British. I was then told, in Spanish, that as I had lived in the UK between 1970 and 1996 I could not give blood. I am writing this so that other British people will not have the same thing happen to them. I just hope that if I ever need a transfusion there is some blood available for me. Wendy Ranger, Pinomar (Alicante)

Diesel shock THROUGHOUT my seven years in Spain, diesel prices have always been lower than petrol. So imagine my shock when I went to fill up my wife’s petrol car yesterday in the garage near the Iceland supermarket in Fuengirola, and the price of 95 octane was lower than diesel at the pumps. I am not sure of the reason and, interestingly, in the UK petrol pump

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Snapped! By JP, La Cala, Fuengirola (Malaga)

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JUST one day after the EWN appeared with the report ‘Danger on death bend’ (Issue 1428 CDS) a car overturned at the N340 black spot, though the three occupants escaped serious injury. Three days later there was another pile-up on the bend. Having lived nearby for more than 20 years, sadly crashes often appear almost a part of weekly life, especially in the summer, though as your article indicated, hopes remain that a solution to the danger spot can be found.

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prices are always lower than diesel prices. Perhaps things are about to change in Spain in 2013? N Speed, Los Boliches, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Wasted lives AT the time of writing this 395 British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan by terrorist action. The politicians tell us they died defending the UK from terrorist attacks which originate in that country. I must ask would nearly 400 UK citizens have died in Britain if we hadn’t gone into Afghanistan? I believe it is the actions of the security services, MI6 and Police Special Branch in catching terrorists and exposing home-grown plots to maim and murder that are the ones saving British lives.

To me our servicemen’s and women’s lives have been sacrificed to solve Afghanistan’s problems, not ours. Tom Hawksworth, Santopetar (Almeria)

Seeing the light BRITISH cycling champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has recently been injured in a UK road crash. It amazes me that more cyclists are not hurt in crashes in Spain. While returning home on an unlit country road, four cyclists headed towards me... and while they had lights, they were not fitted on their bicycles, but they were wearing helmets with lights on, rather like miners’ hats. To me they were adding to the danger, for as they moved their heads the lights went everywhere. When will cyclists realise the dangers, and act accordingly? M Horton, Nerja (Malaga)

Eat healthily VERY much enjoyed Ulrica’s article The ‘C’ Word (Issue 1422), not least because my daughter had breast cancer and I know that a dairy-free and animal-fat-free diet really does

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Costa de Almería help prevent and halt cancer. I would like to recommend a very informative book as prescribed reading for all women, The China Study by T Colin Campbell, ISBN 978-193210066-2. Several women I know who have had breast cancer have kept the cancer at bay by changing their diet. Caroline Elliot (by email)

Bad medicine CONCERNING your article ‘Madrid holding up prescription payments’ (Issue 1427) I would be extremely sceptical about statements coming from the Valencian Health Authority. This authority has brought many pharmacies to the point of bankruptcy by diverting designated health funds from Madrid to pay other debts. Pensioners’ reimbursement in three months? Laudable but laughable. Incidentally, the 10 per cent figure for pensioners’ prescriptions reduces to 5 per cent for those on low incomes. Ken Bethell Puerto de Mazarrón (Murcia)

Under the carpet WHAT can be done when some VIPs are being linked to a paedophile scandal? Well, what I would do is have a very senior meeting and decide to have some innocent bigwig accidentally, but very publicly named, on Newsnight for instance. It must be done so that the targeted man can take legal action for lots of compensation, and that there could be no defence in a libel action. There, that should do it. Take the sting away, make it much more difficult to have a proper enquiry and most of the scandal gets swept under the carpet. Unfortunately, one or two may get pulled down, but only the ones that we don’t like anyway. Conspiracy theory anyone? Keith the Apicultor, (Malaga)

Go home WHENEVER Mike Walsh writes about the Spanish he creates dissention. If he is not happy here he should return to where he came from and stop his criticism. I would ask him to prove he can speak in the language of the country he has made his home before criticising. He is becoming a controversial fellow. Herminio García Formentera del Segura,( Alicante)

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT For centuries lawyers and legal eagles have twisted, dissected, adapted, reinterpreted and amended vast numbers of laws, rules and regulations in Britain’s legal system. These people have now become an enormous consortium of nest-lining sharks, basically being paid a fortune to unravel and subsequently make even more complicated, the creations of their forerunning bloodsuckers, generally from taxpayers’ money. If I had my way I would appoint a committee of the best neutral legal minds,

have them begin to dismantle the whole sorry farce, and replace it with straightforward edicts of legal simplicity. Putting it all in an understandable language for all would be a start. Did Cherie Blair know what she was doing or what! Why doesn’t Palestine recognise Israel’s right to exist and have done with it? Peace would prevail, prosperity would return, Israel would withdraw from the Gaza Strip and both countries could look forward to a bright and happy future for their children and families. But they won’t, will they? Instead they continue allowing Hamas to throw missiles over into the adjoining ‘non country’ till it has no choice but to retaliate. Under the

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Gem snack SOUTH AFRICAN police caught a Lebanese man who swallowed 220 polished diamonds, worth an estimated €1.8 million in a bid to smuggle them from Johannesburg to Dubai.

Snake alert THAI customs officials seized 600 deadly cobras after stopping a vehicle. They were destined for use in traditional medicine and food.

FLAG WAVING: Palestine should recognise Israel. ensuing onslaught of an enormously powerful, ‘selfinflicted’ enemy they then start screaming how hard done by they all are. Fighting to remove an adversary that is NEVER going away is tantamount to giving a blessing to war without end. The absolute danger to

us all, of course, is Iran’s empathy for them, with its increasing nuclear capabilities. If Ahmadinejad puts a nuclear bomb into the middle of Tel Aviv, we can all kiss ourselves goodbye. Keep the faith Love Leapy Leapylee2002@gmail.com

Sniffer mice

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’M beginning to warm to Abu Qatada. Not because of what he stands for, but for his almost super-human tenacity after once again being freed to walk Britain’s streets. Yet again this hulk adorns the nation’s front pages, initially upon gaining freedom, and then with his first request after leaving jail for a bigger house! You gotta hand it to him, haven’t you? I now seriously hope to see him still around for some time to come, for the longer he manages to flaunt and manipulate the laws of Britain the more it shows what a mishmash of ridiculous regulations they all are. And this, if it leads to change, will be a definite positive.

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TEAMS of highly trained mice could be used to sniff out explosives and drugs at airports. Israeli firm Tamar Group is using specially trained rodents equipped with biological sensors which detect changes in heart rate and breathing.


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4:05pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things It's pear time. 4:40pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things Hugh serves partridge, dried pear and spelt dinner. 5:10pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things The main ingredient is citrus fruit. Hugh cooks a simple lemon sole with lemon-flavoured mash. 5:40pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things The final day of fruit week sees a return to apples, but this time for puddings. 6:10pm Fred Claus 8:20pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:50pm 4thought.tv 8:55pm The Political Slot 9:00pm How Britain Worked 10:00pm Homeland 11:00pm Peep Show Channel 4's longestrunning, awardwinning sitcom returns.

5:25pm Mermaids 7:15pm Superman Oscar-winning fantasy based on the classic comic strip, portraying the early years of the Man of Steel. After his birth on the planet Krypton, Superman grows up on Earth. He becomes a journalist, but must juggle his job with his secret identity as a powerful superhero and his battles with arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. Luthor plans to lay waste to the west coast of America and Superman is the only one who can stop him. 9:55pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 10:00pm Dirty Harry

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2:10am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 8:35am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am Fern Britton Meets... 12:00pm Sunday Politics Andrew Neil and Tim Donovan with the latest political news, interviews and debate. 1:20pm Countryfile John Craven and Julia Bradbury head to rural Leicestershire. 2:15pm Bargain Hunt Some famous faces go bargain hunting in a special edition of the antiques challenge. 3:00pm Escape to the Country 3:30pm Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day Cookery series.

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BBC3 8:00pm F1: Grand Prix 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey Comedy series based around the relationships between Essex boy Gavin and his Welsh wife Stacey. 9:30pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 10:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 11:00pm Him and Her 11:30pm American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 11:55pm American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. After Snot professes his love for Hayley and gets shot down, Steve and Roger devise a plan to cheer him up. 12:15am Family Guy 12:40am Family Guy 1:00am Some Girls 1:30am Him and Her 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am I Want to Change My Body 4:00am Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera

12:00am The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling 1:05am Never Mind the Buzzcocks Richard Madeley joins team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus as the guest host. 1:35am Awaydays Drama set in Northern England in 1979. 3:15am BBC News

BBC4 8:00pm The Golden Age of Trams: A Streetcar Named Desire 9:00pm Michael Wood: The Story of India Documentary series about the history of India, presented by Michael Wood. 10:00pm Why Poverty? Documentary looking at 30 years of Bob Geldof and Bono's campaign against poverty. 11:00pm Even the Rain 12:35am Michael Wood: The Story of India Documentary series about the history of India, presented by Michael Wood. 1:35am The Joy of the Single 2:35am Ultimate Number 1s at the BBC 3:35am Love Me Do: The Beatles ‘62 On October 5th 1962 the Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do.

12:45am Rugby Highlights 1:40am The Store 3:45am Motorsport UK Racing from Silverstone with round 14 of the AirAsia Clip Cup and round 18 of the Porsche Carrera Cup. Commentary from Richard John Neil, Simon Hill, Toby Moody and Tim Harvey. 4:35am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:10am Down with Love Romantic comedy starring Ewan McGregor, Rene Zellweger and David Hyde Pierce. 2:00am American Football Live 5:45am Grudge Match Humorous tales of longstanding rivalry in the world of sport and competition. 5:55am Countdown

12:05am Hatfields and McCoys 1:15am War Hero in My Family Documentary. 2:15am Super Casino 5:00am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:25am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:50am County Secrets Series that throws a spotlight on some of the UK’s most scenic counties.

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 Futurama 1:30pm Futurama 2:00pm Futurama 2:30pm Futurama 3:00pm Best of Oops TV 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 When Robbie Met James 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm Robbie Williams Live: Take the Crown 12:00am When Robbie Met James

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9:35am Batman and Robin 11:40am Spider-Man 1:45pm Green Lantern 3:45pm Batman Forever

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 7:20am Swingers 9:00am High Anxiety 10:40am The Stepford Wives 12:20pm Ice Age 1:50pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 3:50pm Friends with Benefits 5:50pm Ice Age 7:20pm The Stepford Wives 9:00pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 11:00pm Friends with Benefits

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 9:05am City of Angels 11:05am Jane Eyre 1:10pm Shakespeare in Love 3:15pm That Thing You Do!

1:00am Eddie Murphy: Raw 2:40am Wild Cherry 4:10am High Anxiety 5:50am The Fighting Temptations

5:05pm City of Angels 7:00pm Something Borrowed 9:00pm Shakespeare in Love 11:05pm Jane Eyre

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5:20am Listen to Your Heart 7:05am

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YANAIR’S Michael O’Leary has hit the headlines yet again with claims he’s being blocked in attempts to operate flights where passengers stand during the journey at a cost of just £1 per ticket. He’s calling for standing room only cabins with the removal of the back 10 rows of seats. Arguing that seat belts would be useless anyway in a crash and should therefore be scrapped, he points out that they’re not required on the London Underground or on trains travelling at 120 mph. Why then on planes? Fuming at the authorities for denying him permission, he says: “The problem with aviation is that for 50 years it’s been populated by people who think it’s a wondrous sexual experience … when it’s really just a bus with wings.” What can’t be denied is that O’Leary’s a brilliant manipulator of the media. Rather than pay a fortune for advertising, he plants another silly story in the press and all the media pick it up (oops, guilty myself here!), giving him hours of free publicity. What next? Outside toilets? Strapping passengers to the wing? Getting passengers to stick

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their arms out of the windows and flapping to reduce costs? Parachuting passengers out of the plane when it’s directly over the airport they’d prefer to land at rather than the one Ryanair’s taking them to? Or are slot-machines the solution? Coin-operated slotmachines giving passengers access to oxygen masks, lifebelts, emergency exits and chutes. Could this be O’Leary’s true vision of the future? No wonder O’Leary’s loaded, he gets

WHY SEATBELTS?: Simply a bus with wings! all this coverage free. But love him or loathe him, he’s created numerous jobs, a fact which is, indisputably, good for the ailing economy. Additionally, many European cities would be in dire straits if not for the tourists being bussed in by his planes. And as O’Leary himself would

say: if you don’t like ’em, don’t use ’em. Basically, you can’t help but admire the resourcefulness of everyone’s favourite love-to-hate Chief Executive whose strategy seems exclusively based on a weird sort of ‘anti-marketing’. Any publicity’s good publicity in

Michael O’Leary’s opinion but sooner or later it’ll backfire. But hopefully not in mid-air … 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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4:50am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Heir Hunters 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 Series in which buyers are helped to find their dream homes.

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News 4:05pm Deadly 60 4:35pm Lockie Leonard 5:00pm Prank Patrol Down Under 5:25pm Léon 5:30pm Vip People 6:00pm Newsround 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 Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm New Tricks 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 Have I Got a Bit More News for You

SMC

12:20am The English Patient 2:55am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:00am Golden Oldies 4:00am You've Been Trumped 5:30am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 8:30pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 9:00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands 10:00pm Dying for Clear Skin In 2011 24-year-old Jesse Jones went missing. 11:00pm Russell Howard’s Good News 11:30pm EastEnders Derek races to Joey and Lauren's assistance after hearing about their accident from Alice. 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:30am Dying for Clear Skin In 2011 24-year-old Jesse Jones went missing. 2:30am Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen 3:30am Russell Howard’s Good News 4:00am I Hate My Body: Skinny Boys and Muscle Men

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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 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 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 Documentary-style police drama series.

5:55am Countdown 6:40am Make Do and Mend 7:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 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 12:00pm Secret Removers 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 4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show.

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 Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler 11:00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks Musical comedian Alex Horne joins team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus as the guest host. 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 Britain’s Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street Kirsty pushes Tyrone to breaking point. Jason makes Stella an offer she cannot refuse. 9:00pm Little England 9:30pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 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

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 Public spending is being slashed across the board. 9:30pm Stephen Fry: Gadget Man Stephen Fry shares his passion for gadgets and new tech, from the everyday to the extraordinary. 10:00pm The Curious Case of the Clark Brothers 11:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats The latest series of 8 Out of 10 Cats brings viewers more facts, polls, figures and laughs. 11:50pm Full English

12:20am Dragons’ Den 1:20am BBC News 5:00am Your Body Your Image 5:15am Dying for Clear Skin 5:25am Ask Lara 5:35am Ask Lara 5:50am Ask Lara

5:50am The Fighting Temptations With Cuba Gooding & Beyoncé Kmowles

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 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 The Toilet: An Unspoken History 11:00pm Why Poverty? Ruschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. 12:00am The Killing 1:00am The British Army of the Rhine 2:00am Nature’s Microworlds Series in which Steve Backshall looks at some of the world’s most iconic ecosystems. 2:30am Only Connect 3:00am Great British Railway Journeys 3:30am The Toilet: An Unspoken History

12:05am Inland Empire 3:20am Jackpot247 4:00am UEFA Champions League Weekly 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:20am Random Acts 12:25am Alan Carr: Chatty Man 1:30am Secret State 2:25am The Good Wife 3:05am The Good Wife 3:50am Broken Lance 5:25am Supernanny US Supernanny Jo Frost helps a San Antonio family bursting at the seams with kids and conflict.

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 9:30am 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

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10:00pm The Patriot

American Revolution drama in which a widowed farmer forms a regiment of Carolina patriots whose guerrilla tactics prove pivotal to the US war effort. 4:15pm Three Wise Women Seasonal drama. A woman set to get married on Christmas Eve must make a life-changing decision. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Natalie and Brax head for Dead Man’s Tree in the desert. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan Dominic Monaghan travels in search of weird creatures. 9:00pm The All New Gadget Show 10:00pm The Patriot

1:15am Revealed Documentary series. 2:05am 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 Paul Binski presents the series examining Britain’s religious art.

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 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 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Raising Hope 6:30pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm Flintoff: From Lord’s to the Ring 11:00pm An Idiot Abroad 12:00am An Idiot Abroad 1:00am Fringe 2:00am Road Wars 3:00am Border Invasion USA 3:55am Road Wars 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:50am The Fighting Temptations

8:00am Ramona and Beezus 9:45am Harry Potter and the Deathly 10:15am Little Fockers 12:00pm Arthur 2:00pm Taxi 3:45pm Take Me Home Tonight

New York, I Love You 5:00pm Shallow Hal 7:00pm Sweet Home Alabama 9:00pm Footloose 11:00pm Water for Elephants

5:30pm Ramona and Beezus 7:15pm Taxi 9:00pm Little Fockers 10:45pm Arthur

1:05am Easy A 2:45am Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Special

12:45am Take Me Home Tonight 2:30am Family Jewels 4:10am You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:25am Volcano: Fire on the Mountain 7:00am The Amazing Spiderman: Premiere Special 7:30am Spy Kids 9:10am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:55am Deck the Halls 7:45am Country Strong 9:45am Lucky Christmas 11:30am Losing Control 1:10pm Footloose 3:10pm

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Dreams 11:00am The Eagle 1:00pm Killer Elite 3:00pm Alexander 6:00pm Shanghai Noon 8:00pm The Eagle 10:00pm Killer Elite 12:00am Alexander 3:00am Déjà Vu 5:15am The Top Ten Show 2012

TCM 6:00am The Wizard of Oz 7:45am Seven Men from Now 9:10am The Return of Frank James 10:55am How the West Was Won 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm Around the World in 80 Days 7:15pm Desert Pursuit 8:35pm Return of the Frontiersman 10:00pm Super Troopers 11:55pm Stir of Echoes 1:50am Hush...Hush, Charlotte

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F you were an animal, what would you be? Quick and predatory like a leopard? Loyal and reliable like a dog? Or, like me, would you be a bear? Not a cuddly one of the teddy variety, but a fully-fledged grizzly is more like it. Partly because I love raw fish (sashimi, smoked or ‘gravad’), I can eat a month’s worth of food in one sitting and, if irritated, I have a tendency to roar. But mainly it’s because I go into hibernation this time of year. “Mum - get out of bed!” The kids call bright and early on a Sunday morning. “I can’t,” I groan. “Why?” they demand to know. “Back problems…” I mumble, trying to sleep mid-dialogue. “…can’t get it off the mattress,” I add in an attempt to close the discussion. Normally the kids win this tug-of-war, but left to my own devices, I would probably spend most of the day tucked away under the warm duvet, as the cold winds howl outside and the darkness falls earlier and earlier each evening. Is it just me or does the lure of a good movie, some mulled wine or hot chocolate in front of an open fire not appeal more than facing the elements ‘out there’? Hibernation in bears is more technically referred to as denning or

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

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winter lethargy, which perfectly sums up my lack of energy and impetus come winter-time, symptoms which in humans are referred to as Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD). Unlike the grizzly, the show must go on for us, so what can we bears do to survive this winter of our discontent? Experts recommend that we expose ourselves to as much natural sunlight as possible, especially during the hours of 6am and 8am. Pretty tough, since it’s pitch black for most of this time. For investigative purposes I set my alarm at 6am to verify this before nodding off again. So, if this is not possible, it may be worth investing in a dawn simulator or a box of light, which emits a light 10 times stronger than your average household lightbulb.

GRIZZLY: Hibernation is the best option for me at this time of year. What you eat also has a bearing on our hibernation instinct. Foods that

contain the amino acid tryptophan can help to increase levels of serotonin in the body, which can make you feel better. Foods rich in tryptophan are turkey, milk and egg whites. The experts also tell us to avoid alcohol and caffeine, but they always do, don’t they? Personally, I think a glass of Rioja Reserva cures many ills and life without my daily coffee is, frankly, inconceivable. Other than that, we are meant to exercise and keep a regular schedule (not sleeping in late on Sunday mornings, my kids will be delighted to hear). Of course, if the bear tendencies cannot be tamed with these home remedies, you might want to pop into your friendly doctors or speak to a counsellor. SAD is a recognised medical ailment and may need professional treatment if severe. If all this fails, then your only remaining option is to move to an even sunnier climate than we have here in Spain. The ideal is within 30 degrees of the equator, so get your map and protractor out and consider your options. I will have a look in the Atlas soon but perhaps a few more minutes in bed are needed first. Just one more press of the snooze button…


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5:30am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Heir Hunters 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 The Bargain Hunt teams fight for victory at the antique shops of Lewes in East Sussex. 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 Howard finds there is more than just love in the air at Fordbank Retirement Home. 3:15pm Escape to the Country Series in which buyers are helped to find their dream homes.

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News 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 Vip People 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 Film 2012 1:10am The Big Easy 2:50am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:55am Vikings Neil Oliver heads for Scandinavia to reveal the truth behind the legend of the Vikings. 3:55am Britain’s Hidden Hungry 4:50am Great British Food Revival 5:50am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Total Wipeout Game show. 9:00pm Free Speech: Body Beautiful Special 10:00pm Inside the Body Beautiful 11:00pm Some Girls 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Some Girls 2:00am Inside the Body Beautiful 3:00am Free Speech: Body Beautiful Special 3:55am Transsexual Teen, Beauty Queen

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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 The Daily Politics 2:00pm Royal Upstairs Downstairs 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

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 Antiques Road Trip Antiques experts travel across the UK as they compete to make the most money at auction. 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, taking a subject and examining it from lots of different and unexpected angles. In this episode, Dara and guests look at the final frontier - space. 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.

12:20am Storyville Against the backdrop of an escalation in brutal murders of people with albinism, quietly determined 15-year-old Veda still dreams of completing his education. 1:20am BBC News 5:00am Spark

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 The Dark Ages: An Age of Light The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. 11:00pm Why Poverty? 12:00am The Killing 1:00am The Golden Age of Trams: A Streetcar Named Desire 2:00am Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury 2:30am Britain on Film 3:00am Great British Railway Journeys 3:30am The Dark Ages: An Age of Light The Dark Ages have been misunderstood.

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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 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

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Channel 5 5:45am Divine Designs 6:10am 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 9:30am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm The Removal Men 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Half Built House 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: Miami

5:25am Supernanny US 6:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 6:10am Deal or No Deal 7:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss 12:00pm Secret Removers 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

4:10pm The National Tree Touching drama. A teenager is honoured when his spruce tree is chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas tree for America. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Romeo collapses in the middle of training, so Alf and Indi rush him to hospital. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Highland Emergency Documentary series. 8:25pm Highland Emergency Documentary series. A dramatic rescue is needed for an elderly walker in agonising pain. 9:00pm Rolf’s Animal Clinic Documentary series presented by Rolf Harris. 10:00pm Body of Proof US mystery series. When a champion equestrian is found dead in the woods, Megan’s daughter helps to provide a clue to the killer. 11:00pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series.

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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 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 10:00pm Heston’s Fantastical Food 11:00pm Fresh Meat 11:50pm Random Acts 11:55pm Homeland

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1:00am Pokerstars.Co.UK and Monte Carlos Casinos Ept Grand Final 2:00am BT and Channel 4 Present... 2:05am A Racing Portrait: For the Love In 2011, Sam Waley-Cohen became the first amateur jockey for 30 years to win the Gold Cup. 2:30am KOTV Boxing Weekly 3:00am Sailing 3:25am Beach Volleyball 4:20am Bullrun 4:45am Extreme Sailing Series 5:15am Best of British

12:00am CSI: NY 12:55am CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1:45am Forensic Files Documentary series examining the application of modern technological advances in police work. 2:10am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Busters 5:20am House Doctor 5:45am Divine Designs

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100 Montaditos Images heads to US of Spain T

HE Spanish answer to McDonalds, the 100 Montaditos chain of restaurants, is now taking its brand to the U.S. Its speciality is bite-sized baked rolls with a choice of fillings washed down with a caña at a reasonable €4. It reminds me of a shortcut I took through a building site as Liverpool city prepared for its

celebrated European Capital of Culture award. “What’s going to be built here?” The builder told me it was to be a Spanish restaurant. Looking about me I replied that they must be one caña short of a picnic. I later discovered one of the most delightful plazas imaginable. The La Tasca Restaurant was second only to central London’s

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La Tasca in popularity. I was never out of the place and often took Spanish visitors there. Many of my guests remarked:

Baby-kissing season over SPAIN’S union leaders say the Popular Party considers a strike by 9 million workers as merely a public order issue. They would wouldn’t they? We all know that once elected political candidates magically morph into an elite. The glad-handing and baby kissing is over; no more pressing the flesh and of course the world’s out of step with them. Back in 430 B.C. Pericles

remarked: “Just because you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” He might as easily have remarked: “Just because politicians take no notice of the people, doesn’t mean the people won’t take any notice of them.” A Metroscopia poll reveals 84 per cent of the electorate don’t trust the Spanish PM; 91 per cent distrust the opposition.

CHAIN: The Spanish answer to McDonalds. "Why can’t we have restaurants like this?” By the way; the chain was British inspired and owned.

Miles of red tape IF you think Spanish bureaucracy is bad do find sympathy for a Ukrainian friend intent on taking a week’s winter holiday in Spain. Although travel is covered at reasonable cost by Polish airline,

Wizzair.com official procedures and costs are formidable. Russia is not alone in wanting visa applications made easier. The Federation is the world’s biggest country sitting on resources whole continents can only dream about. Its burgeoning middle class has little access to Mediterranean warmth and lifestyle. For goodness sake let’s get them over here. Foot dragging is political but costing Europe dearly in lost investment. The mismanagement by the EU’s unelected top echelons is breathtaking.

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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 Wildlife series. 4:35pm Sadie J 5:00pm Prank Patrol Down Under Comedy prank series. 5:30pm Vip People 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 Supersized Earth 10:00pm Goodnight Britain 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 11:45pm Match of the Day

1:15am The Ghost and the Darkness 2:55am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:00am See Hear Magazine show for the deaf community. 3:30am Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain 4:30am Great British Food Revival Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. 5:30am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Young Apprentice 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey Comedy series based around the relationships between Essex boy Gavin and his Welsh wife Stacey. 9:30pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 10:00pm Britain’s Biggest Beauty Queens A programme exploring Britain’s only plussize beauty pageant. 11:00pm Pretty Woman Romantic comedy reworking of the Pygmalion theme, set in modern-day America. 12:55am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of a strange American family. 1:20am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of a strange American family. 1:40am Britain’s Biggest Beauty Queens 2:40am Impractical Jokers 3:10am Russell Howard’s Good News 3:40am Him and Her 4:10am Some Girls

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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 Presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

5:15am Best of British 6:10am Deal or No Deal 7:05am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs Tula’s in a flap. 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier The Cranes head to Boston, and meet up with the old Cheers gang for Cliff's retirement party. 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Undercover Boss 12:00pm Secret Removers 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 1:35pm Come Dine with Me In north Lancashire, four complete strangers lock horns in a bid to host the perfect dinner party. 2:35pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 3:40pm Countdown

5:45am Divine Designs 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 12:10pm The Removal Men 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Half Built House 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 Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals The competition to crown Britain’s next culinary superstar continues. 10:00pm The Hour Drama. It is Christmas at Lime Grove and a time for much soul-searching. 11:00pm The Culture Show Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to New York to meet novelist Lee Child as his popular Jack Reacher thrillers start their Hollywood incarnation. Singer-songwriter Beck is about to release a new album with a twist. He is bringing out a songbook of vintage-styled sheet-music that he wants others to perform and interpret. Michael Smith finds out if this is a new trend, or a comment on our disposable download culture. 11:30pm Newsnight

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Britain’s Best Bakery Competitive baking series pitting local independent bakers in a head to head challenge. 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart and Julie Etchingham with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Things are looking critical for Katie. 8:30pm Coronation Street Will Fiz and Tommy catch Tyrone in time? Lewis plays the martyr. 9:30pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm The 40 Year Old Virgin

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 Wedding singer and confident cook Richard Wood has steak on the menu, with a side dish of risk. 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks With Sienna’s help, Dodger tries to set matters right, while things heat up in Barney’s love life. 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

4:15pm The Town Christmas Forgot 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours In preparation for the wedding, a priest talks to Lucas and Vanessa. 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 The first qualifying round of the 2012 World’s Strongest Man competition is in Australia. 9:00pm The Removal Men Observational documentary series following the Pickfords removal teams at work. 10:00pm Eraser

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 Ask Lara 5:15am Ask Lara 5:25am Simon Armitage, Writing Poems 5:55am Bringing Books to Life

1:45am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Noir comedy directed by Shane Black, the screenwriter behind Lethal Weapon. 5:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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 9:30pm Britain by Bike 10:00pm Immortal? A Horizon Guide to Ageing Is there any way to slow or even prevent the ravages of time? 11:00pm More Old Jews Telling Jokes More old Jews tell their favourite jokes. 11:30pm Why Poverty? Do we know what poverty is? 12:30am Metalworks! Art historian and curator Tobias Capwell celebrates the great age of armour. 1:30am Britain’s Best Drives 2:00am Britain by Bike 2:30am More Old Jews Telling Jokes 3:00am Immortal? A Horizon Guide to Ageing

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Nicholas Lyndhurst set to join cast of popular ‘New Tricks’ By Richard Shanley ICHOLAS LYNDHURST is to join the cast of popular BBC drama New Tricks. The Only Fools and Horses star will debut in the crime dramas 10th series, according to the Radio Times. Original stars Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong are both set to exit the programme, following the departure earlier this year of James Bolam (Jack Halford). “I am thrilled to have been asked to join New Tricks,” Lyndhurst said in a statement. “I have always admired the clever mixture of charm, wit and intelligence the show brings to its audience, and feel very flattered to be part of the BBC’s top drama series.” Exec producer Richard Burrell added: “I think the audience are going to have great fun watching him as a new member of the anarchic UCOS team, ensuring that solving cases for the Met is never dull. We can’t wait to start working with him.” In addition to his famous role as Rodney Trotter on

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Only Fools and Horses, 51-year-old Lyndhurst has starred in BBC Two sitcom Butterflies and time-travel comedy Goodnight Sweetheart. His most recent TV role was in Only Fools prequel Rock & Chips, in which he played Rodney’s father Freddie ‘The Frog’ Robdal. The Outnumbered Christmas special will feature guest appearances from Mark Heap and Sanjeev Bhaskar, it has been announced. Heap (Friday Night Dinner, Spy) and Bhaskar (The Kumars at No 42) will join the Brockman family for a 40-minute special, revolving around the colourful family’s Christmas party celebrations. Things, as usual, don’t run smoothly for the family as gran turns up unannounced, Jake has fallen in with

the wrong crowd, Karen is busy chatting with online friends and Ben is hosting games of blind football and swingball with the guests. The show, written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, features Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Tyger DrewHoney, Ramona Marquez and Daniel Roche. A fifth series of Outnumbered will follow the Christmas special in 2013. The show’s producers have denied comments from the cast and rumours in the press that the fifth outing will be the sitcom’s last, claiming that ‘no decision’ has been made on its future. Pamela Anderson is to compete on the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice, it has been reported. The former Baywatch actress is currently training for the show in California with professional skater Matt Evers, according to reports. Anderson was first linked to the ITV competition last month, when she was said to be in ‘advanced talks’ to join the programme. The 45-year-old was

the first celebrity to be eliminated from the current All-Stars season of Dancing with the Stars and has previously appeared on four international versions of Big Brother. Labour peer Oona King, X Factor winner Shayne Ward and ex-England football manager Glenn Hoddle are among the names rumoured to appear on the next series of the skating contest. Dancing on Ice, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, is due to return in January 2013 on ITV1.

If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on 678 332 815 or email on richard@europa-digital.com I look forward to your comments and questions. Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8fm), or listen online at costaalmeria.spectrumfm.net for the latest news and views from the world of satellite television.


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Crooks brighter than MPs I

N terms of inmates, the distinction between Her Majesty’s prisons and Her Majesty’s House of Commons is becoming increasingly blurred. The main differences appear to be that a member of the House Mike Walsh can rob and claim parliamentary privilege to vwww.michaelwalsh.es stay out of jail; if prison International Journalism Europe Broadcaster inmates are caught with Commentator International Radio Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ their fingers in the till Mobile 0034 662 067 490 To comment on any of the issues raised in they get extra time. Mike’s column, go to In my experience your www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/mikewalsh average career criminal is quicker witted than the sleepy residents of the two reptile houses situated in Westminster. Britain’s BLURRY: The distinction between inmates prisons have been described as universities for criminals. Some of my friends have done time. toured classrooms where crooks learnt They tell me that when new batches of new skills in the futile hope they would convicts arrive there is a ‘a glad you’re discard old skills. home’ camaraderie between regular My friends included policemen. Many residents. It is much along the lines of expressed grudging admiration for the the back-slapping when sailors find quick wittedness of their clients. I was they’re signed on to the same ship as told of a hot pursuit through a dockland former shipmates. area in which a squad car tried to keep Whilst working with prison officers at up with a stolen SAAB. Manchester’s Strangeways Prison, I Picture the moment. The police squad

in prison or in the Commons. car rounds the bend to find the pursued saloon stalled. The bonnet is glowing, its doors open and a couple of grinning brats sitting on the nearby bridge parapet. Pointing in the direction of a maze of streets they call out: “They ran that way, mister.” I was told that the youngsters were known to the police. One was 15 years of age and his accomplice 13. The

bobbies knew, of course, these were the two car stealing culprits but chances of a conviction were slim. Happy to retrieve the stolen vehicle one cop returned to the squad car whilst his colleague got in the SAAB to drive it to the police station. Embarrassingly, he couldn’t figure out how to get it in gear. The younger of the two boys showed him how. On another occasion the control buttons of lifts in a high rise block of flats were constantly vandalised. An alternative design was manufactured to withstand kicks and bricks. The pillars of the community smugly gathered to admire their solution. Such was their confidence of the new panel being vandal proof they invited nearby youths to do their damndest. They presumed they would kick hell out of the button panel. A youngster approached, took a tube of super glue from his pocket and squirted its contents into the panel. I rest my case my lord. If this kind of quick thinking and initiative could ever be redirected I think the country would be in far better shape. Maybe crooks should be conscripted. They would surely be a match for the ‘mujahideen’.


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The Elixir of Life:

ALCOHOL?

I AM saddened to see the leading role alcohol plays in today’s society influencing everything we do, from what we think and say to the way we behave; and, how negatively it is affecting our health, the family unit, relationships and the economy. I am not really a drinker and therefore my views are somewhat stern. And no, I am not completely against it, I am against the weight it has over life, so much so that I call it “The Elixir of Life”: a substance once believed to prolong life indefinitely, a panacea or a quick magical cure, as the dictionary defines it. On TV in any Western country you see alcohol being used in dramas, comedies, series, soap operas as the solution to any problem, comfort in time of pain or distress, to relax, to have fun, to have sex, to justify yourself, to pass the time, to make mistakes, to be with friends, even family, to celebrate, as a habit, to feel

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better, to pick-you-up, because you ‘deserve’ it, the list goes on and on…. Alcohol is consumed from an early age, in fact, have you ever noticed how very young children who are around their parents at a party, for instance, sometimes walk around with a glass in their hand as adults do when ‘socialising’, imitating grown-ups. I have students that are 11 or 12 and many have already tried alcohol and when they go to parties are succeeding in getting

drunk! How can this be? Why life/fun, at this tender age, cannot be conceived without the stuff is heartbreaking to me. It’s no wonder, because socialising at home, on the TV, in restaurants and bars is mostly done around alcohol. What else are they to learn if everything has to do with this elixir? Teenagers and young adults getting blind drunk, some in combination with drugs, wasting not only their or their parents’ money (or dole) but taxpayers’ money and resources such as guards, police, medical attention, cleaners, etc. to what purpose, I ask? A major hangover, to get arrested, to get raped or pregnant, to make a fool of yourself...... What happened to the times when a cup of tea was what you needed? When there was no money and you had to make do, but now ‘going out’ is so much more: it has to do with what you

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DRINKING: Seems to influence everything we do. wear (or don’t wear) the shoes (the killer heels), the make-up, the boobs, the hairstyle, the brand and to be seen in the right place. In Spain the problem with the ‘botellones’ (youngsters from the age of 12 to 21 or more drinking in the street, plaza or beach) is

fast growing, not only for the police and parents, but also for neighbourhoods and society in general. I wonder what else there is out there to offer a generation that is drowning in the rift of this elixir with no aim in life but to have a ‘good time’.


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Is this a bargain I see before me? LIKE many a free thinking, free spirited woman I love a good bargain. The words 50 per cent off send shivers up my spine, and a red sticker stuck on a price tag can send me spinning in infantile delight. Like a cat following a pin prick of light I will pursue a red tag with the fervour of a witch finder dropped on the hillside of Pendle during the 1600s. I am an intelligent woman who fully understands the futility and damage of a consumerist attitude to life, but I find it virtually impossible not to feel an almost forbidden delight when passing through the glass fronted entrance to a shopping centre. As a young girl my idea of a good day out involved visiting my Nan and accompanying her to East Ham market for her weekly shop.

Suzanne Manners Suzanne has a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and an MA in Writing from Lancaster University. She is currently teaching in Alicante and writing a book for teenagers (which doesn’t have a vampire as its central character). To comment on any of the issues raised in Suzanne Manners’s column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/suzanne-manners.

I would stare open mouthed at all the bright bits of plastic hanging from the hardware stall and choke with excitement when she stopped beside the toy stall and purchased a small doll or book for me. I loved the feel of a brand new object nestling inside a crisp brown bag no matter its value, as long as it was new and shiny. I also have a thing for gadgets (not like that!) and have been known to groan with pleasure when unwrapping a new mobile phone or computer.

A friend recently purchased a new Kindle Fire and I must say I drooled when he lifted the shiny black box to reveal a perfect shiny black tablet nestled in white card like treasure salvaged from the ocean. In terms of gadgets I live vicariously due to lack of funds, which is just as well as my house would be full of electronic gear that would be out of date before I’d even signed the delivery form. So this Saturday was spent wandering, with a good friend who shares my delight in bargains and shopping centres, through the covered halls of Plaza Mar in Alicante. We flittered like magpies through gift shops and clothing stores trying on boots and cooing over crockery. My friend has a high powered job in IT and I am about to

SALES: A blissful time for intelligent women. become a fully fledged Art Teacher, but still we leave our brains behind at the entrance and skip (yes there was indeed some skipping) like girls through the hallowed halls. I bought some Christmas gifts (bargains) and she bought light fittings. Sated and happy we returned to our respective homes to gloat and preen over our purchases. Not only that but we discovered a €1 sandwich shop, gravy on the cake as they say. The joy of sharing this with a like-minded person was

immense as I have often had to hide this shameful secret beneath a veneer of cynicism. On visiting art galleries or museums I fidget and twitch with impatience until I can stumble excitedly into the gift shop and in intellectual safety purchase shiny art books or various useless knick knacks that gather dust on my shelves. At least it’s cheaper than a psychiatrist. Or as Tommy Cooper once said: “I went window shopping today. I bought four windows.”


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www.euroweeklynews.com By Ric Polansky BRITISH couple who had their home demolished on the orders of the Junta de Andalucia are still waiting for compensation after winning a court case. Len and Helen Prior, both aged 68, hit the headlines in Spain and Britain when their €680,000 villa was razed to the ground. It had been built illegally, though they had made every effort to ensure it was legal, with building permits in order and lawyers and architects hired to ensure the licences were correct. Since the demolition nearly four years ago the Priors have been fighting for compensation. The courts have blamed the municipality of Vera in Almeria for giving permission to build when they should not have, and said compensation must be paid. But although the town hall has been named as responsible, no figure for compensation has been reached. So the Priors wait patiently for another Spanish court to calculate the sum due. Potentially thousands of homes in the Almeria region could be demolished, with the responsibility falling on local town

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Spanish dream turns to nightmare wait for compensation STRAIN: Helen Prior is still waiting for compensation. MIGRAINES: Stress is affecting Len Prior’s health. halls which allowed development on land not zoned for building in the 1990s and the early days of the 2000s. But with the present economic crisis leaving town halls strapped for cash, getting compensation for homeowners, even those like the Priors who acted in good faith, is proving extremely difficult. Why their house was targeted out of the thousands built, many without any paperwork at all, has

never been explained. “It was as if our names were drawn from a hat,” said Helen. Since their eviction the Priors have been spending most of the time living in the garage of their

former home, although they have been provided with an apartment to sleep in by Vera Town Hall. But they prefer to mostly stay in their garage to look after their dogs and garden.

Helen said: “We are so tired of fighting this. I almost forget why we came to Spain in the first place; for the sun, and the lovely people. “Then to have it all taken away by this incident and dragging on forever. We are not getting any younger. “It would be nice to have the nightmare over so we could go on living again,” she added. The stress of the last four years has started to affect the Priors’ health with Len suffering migraines, some lasting four to five days. And Helen continues to battle against mental strain and tiredness. It is a far cry from the day they moved to Spain and had the three-bedroom villa built on a 10,000-square-metre landscaped plot in 2002. Their dreams of a sunny retirement were shattered. Over the last two or so decades thousands of homes were built in a construction boom that brought wealth to many parts of rural Spain. Town halls anxious not to miss out on the bonanza often gave building permissions on land not included in the official development plans.


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Domestic violence, a concern for society T HIS Sunday, November 25, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In most Spanish towns and cities, conferences and workshops will be held. Everyone, including expatriates, should become involved in measures to rid Spain of one of its most shameful problems. So far this year, 55 women have been murdered in Spain due to gender violence, 45 of them by a partner or ex-partner. In the first half of 2012, a total of 62,967 cases of gender violence were reported to the authorities, figures from the Home Office show. According to them, 36 per

cent of cases were reported by foreign women, although 40 per cent of them refused to go ahead with prosecutions. It is very difficult to estimate the magnitude of the problem as less than 10 per cent of physical domestic attacks are reported. The number of reported cases is even lower if we consider psychological abuse. But why is domestic violence so common in Spain? Obviously, this is a hard question to answer but experts have identified alcohol and drug abuse as well as economical and social causes. This is also believed to be the SUPPORT: A gender violence information group in Sant Joan, Alicante. case in areas like Scandinavia*. In my opinion, Spaniards believe the problem goes deeper, citing the culture of the dominant, misogynistic male (the ‘macho’ or ‘machismo’). Having its source in the Franco era and the extreme Catholic repression that generations suffered, a role for each gender was established in the minds of many men and women. The man was the bread-winner and THERE are just six weeks left the woman dealt with home and before the end of the year, the family. This was respected by deadline for residents to sign both sides, and somehow it on the municipal register, worked. Then freedom came in officially known as the ‘padron’. the shape of women’s rights, the Town halls are doubling their efforts to contact foreign pill, divorce laws, the right to residents by post, phone and abortion, etc. Spain is still in the home visits. middle of a progressive change Expatriates are being advised of values. that the quality of public We may think violence is only services (health, education, attributed to a certain profile: safety, etc) is dependent on the men in their 50s or those older budget the state government and poorly educated for whom allocates for each town, democracy came too late. which is directly Of course, improvements Local and related to the have been made in education amount of people and a new generation has national benefits registered on the grown up believing in the values become accessible to padron. of gender equality. Sadly, COMMON GOOD: Expatriates in Nerja sign up to ensure the provision foreign nationals if With 32 per cent however, statistics reveal that of good quality public services. they sign on the of a population of about 30 per cent of domestic padron 23,100 being foreign registered, late October and the mailing. These are local benefits, but violence cases were committed residents, the town of more than 3,000 We have been contacted lots of some of padron’s national by people under 30. Nerja in Andalucia is an are British, far above times to confirm if they need to advantages include enrolling in There is clearly still much left example of the crucial role the 630 Germans and 500 renew their registration. In public education centres and to do. We should all do our bit to expatriates can play in the Swedes. most cases, they do. voting rights in local and EU build a better society. provision of local welfare. Out “Yes, foreign residents are Otherwise, they will be elections. Being registered also Campaigns organised by the of the nearly 7,400 foreigners reacting to the call we made in excluded, losing their benefits,” speeds up administrative different Councils for Equality Jacky Gomez from the Foreign processes: getting an NIE, (Delegacion de Igualdad) in Department at Nerja Town Hall driving licence, registering a every municipality have proved car number plate, applying for successful in raising awareness told EWN. Since the majority of subsidies, contracting water of a formerly hidden problem. Question: Do I lose fiscal residence in my home country expatriates in Nerja are people and energy suppliers, etc. There is an association in almost if I register? aged 60 to 75, they are given “But it is not just about the every Spanish town where help Answer: The padron registration has nothing to do with the ‘65 Card’ when they individual benefits,” Jacky is guaranteed So if you want to your fiscal residence, meaning that a citizen can be an register, providing special Gomez said. learn more, check your town inhabitant of a Spanish town and remain a tax resident discounts on bus passes, “I am amazed by foreign hall’s agenda for November 25. abroad. swimming pools, parking residents. They are very *Domestic Violence against Send your questions to: raul@euroweeklynews.com permits, and when buying conscious their town will lose Women Report, European glasses. so much if they don’t sign up.” Commission September 2010.

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For a thousand years pilgrims have been treading the Camino de Santiago. Jack Gaioni followed the same path

It is estimated that 100,000 tons of rock was needed for the substrate to raise the surface above winter flood levels. Every ton of material had to be transported in from elsewhere. It is said that Emperor Augustus himself travelled this road with a retinue of servants and troops. The small Meseta pueblo of Astorga became a major city due to its prominent position at the junction of several major Roman roads. The Via Plata towards Sevilla and the Via Aquitana towards Bordeaux intersect in Astorga. This convergence of routes gave rise to more than 20 pilgrim hostels, some of which are active today. Rome’s legacy in Spain was huge. For a tightly packed display of Roman road systems, bridges, aqueducts, temples and amphitheatres, the area around Astorga is in no short supply. Rich historical examples such as these abound on the Meseta section making it anything but soulless. Contrary to the aforementioned guidebooks and noticeable ABOVE LEFT: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. ABOVE TOP: Monument to especially when pilgrims. ABOVE: One of the shells marking the way. travelling on foot, is that the Meseta is not flat. buildings remain, giving today’s finest examples of pure The pueblos, although few and pilgrim an ongoing, real-time Romanesque architecture in far between, are set low in the history lesson. For example, Spain. long valleys bisected by oak and Castrojerez (50 kilometres from During Roman times the poplar-lined river (these trees Burgos) was a major stopping Meseta was a major breadbasket were absolutely ablaze in red, point on the medieval Camino for the empire, with wheat yellow and orange colours during with no less than eight pilgrim grown on the better ground and our late-autumn trek!). The hostels. A few of the original barley and oats on the higher, rivers, valleys, open wheatfields, remain but the pueblo’s active poorer soil. The Romans spared the big skies and distant horizons past is still evident by the many no effort in an elaborate road of the Meseta, along with views ruins of castles and monasteries. infrastructure to bring these of the snow-capped Cantabrian A ninth century castle crops to the empire. These roads peaks to the north, can hardly be overlooks the town and the and bridges are still intact today called ‘featureless’. Meseta countryside. Similarly, even after 2,000 years of use. Granted, the Meseta section of the pueblo Formista (two days’ The area near Hermanillos de the Camino can seem lonely and walk away) is another example la Calzadilla has been classified solitary. At times the distances of a once-thriving pilgrim town as the most perfect stretch of between pueblos can make for beginning to show signs of a Roman road in Spain. What is long days. But given the rich rebirth. The recently restored remarkable about this section is history that awaits those willing to Iglesia de San Martin that it goes through an area of investigate and the stark beauty (consecrated in the early 11th bog-land devoid of any stone for of the landscape, the effort is well century) is considered one of the road construction. worth it. Buen Camino!

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HE CAMINO de Santiago is one of Spain’s great gifts to the world. This ancient footpath has, for more than a thousand years, been a source of immeasurable significance for those who have sought physical and spiritual transformation. Stretching 750 kilometres across Northern Spain, this longdistance pathway has achieved worldwide recognition as one of the most popular pilgrimage treks in the world. Today’s pilgrims are not only spiritual soul-seekers but also cultural and historical hounds, food and wine enthusiasts, those seeking a great physical challenge as well as lovers of natural landscapes and fresh air. The Camino takes about four to six weeks to complete on foot (two weeks by mountain bike) and is replete with medieval villages, ancient cathedrals and castles. The route can be divided into roughly three sections: first from the French border at Roncesvalles to Burgos, the Camino descends through the beech forests and green pastures of the Pyrenees foothills. Then it goes through Spain’s wine growing region of La Rioja and Navarra. The final 250-kilometre section, from Leon to Compestela, takes one through the lush green forests of Galicia. This article directs your attention to the middle section, an area known as the Meseta. It has long been described as Spain’s flat, treeless, interior table-land. Some guidebooks have even gone so far as to describe it as ‘a soulless, featureless landscape’. My wife and I recently trekked the

Jack Gaioni Consider This US citizen Jack is spending the first years of his retirement in Almeria. His articles have been published in Spain and the US.

Meseta and our experiences and impressions were quite to the contrary. During the past few decades, the Camino has experienced a remarkable renewal. The number of walkers has increased fivefold, but what is even more remarkable is that the modern numbers are believed to be less than half the estimated pilgrims that walked this route in the medieval period of the 13th-15th centuries. To house that many people, monasteries, churches and hostels were established to give hospitality to the pilgrims. Today more than 300 albergue hostels, many of which have been serving walkers for centuries, house weary pilgrims. Many of these medieval


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Knock ten years off your looks Turn back the clock WELL applied make-up can help you look up to a decade younger. The research, carried out for a beauty retailer, involved showing people photos of well-known women, first bare-faced and then with make-up. On average, the celebrities looked between five and nine years younger with make-up. Asked about their own look, the survey showed that the older you are, the more reliant you are on make-up to turn back

the clock. Only 60 per cent of those aged 30 to 39 thought they looked younger with make-up, compared with 100 per cent of those aged 60 to 69. MAKE-UP: If well applied can make you look much younger.

PAINFUL: Sitting on your wallet can twist your spine.

Clothes can hurt and cause injury CLOTHING is injuring millions of Brits each year. One in two adults said they suffer aches, pains or injuries from items such as handbags, bras, belts and hats. The British Osteopathic Association (BOA) published the data which said poor

fitting bras are a source of back pain for many women along with heavy bags causing discomfort in the neck, back and shoulders. Men were likely to suffer from back pain after keeping their wallet in their back pocket. The pelvis sits on the wallet and, over time,

the spine twists. Overly tight hats can cause vascular compression and sunglasses can cause neck extension, headaches and neck pain. The BOA also warned women that ballet pumps are almost as dangerous as high heels, while flip flops can result


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Worrying may be good for you NEUROTIC people are often told they will worry themselves into an early grave, but scientists suggest such a character trait could be good for your health. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Centre made the discovery while conduc-

ting research into how personality traits may influence underlying biology and predict harmful conditions. Neuroticism is usually marked by being moody, nervous, and a worrier, and has been linked to hostility, depression, and excessive drinking

and smoking. Researchers therefore assumed that neurotics would display the highest levels of a biomarker for inflammation and chronic disease, but they were surprised to find they displayed the lowest levels.

The biomarker Interleukin 6, an important immune protein, provides an accurate assessment of conditions linked to inflammation such as heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, and some cancers.

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ZUMBA: Dance yourself into shape for xmas.

Let’s dance for charity get ready! Meditation is key to PRACTICE DAILY: Mind over matter.

THERE will be an evening of dance and Zumba on December 1, from 7pm, at The Artesan Centre, Mojacar. The night starts with a dance display by the Julie Bruce academy, followed by a one and a half hour Zumba extravaganza with our three local instructors Julie, Alison and Jackie. This is the perfect way to dance yourself into shape ready for Christmas and help two worthy charities at the same time. All proceeds are going to the AECC Cancer charity, with a raffle for the flood victims also taking place. Everyone is welcome to either participate or just watch… It promises to be a great night of salsa, merengue, samba, bollywood flamenco… and more! Tickets available from the instructors, or call 637 465 487 and are just €5. You can also come along on the night.

a good healthy life if practised regularly MEDITATING daily can help reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. Researchers found that transcendental meditation, which involves making a sound repeatedly, could cut heart attack rates by half. The new study found that people with heart

disease who practised the relaxation technique for 20 minutes twice a day were 48 per cent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die, compared with those who attended a health education class for more than five years. Meditation was also shown to lower their blood pressure.

FORGET Botox, CO2 is the new antiwrinkle remedy. As well as smoothing out wrinkles, it is claimed that carboxytherapy can help get rid of dark under-eye circles and fade scars. The treatment involves an injection of naturally occurring carbon dioxide gas into your skin. This persuades the body it is lacking in oxygen, which prompts a release of the gas into the blood, improving circulation in the area. And that boosts collagen in skin cells, making the skin plumper and wrinkles less defined. One doctor has been trying it out on clients, but there have yet to be studies into potential side effects.


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Time Out A year after his brother Tom’s death, Jack is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom’s best friend Iris offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Once there, however, he runs into Iris’ sister Hannah who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom’s unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris’ sudden presence at the cabin the next morning. A twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion. 1h31m Director : Lynn Shelton Starring: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass, Mike Birbiglia

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Avoid like the plague people who would dampen your spirit. It may not be deliberate but, if you are near repressed or depressed people, it may rub off. Find positive, active people to be near. If you have not started a form of exercise, then now is as good a time as any. Make it group activity if you want more social contacts.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)

Drugs, sex, blackmail and murder BOOKS Scott Learmont was recruited by British Intelligence while a postgraduate student of Mandarin Chinese and Classical Arabic, ‘two of the world’s most impenetrable languages.’ In the course of his career he has saved the life of the chief executive of Hong Kong, foiled an assassination attempt on a British Prime Minister and dined with an American President.

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: The fact that you are so at home working in a group is indicative of your cooperative nature. Capitalise on this by applying your people skills to your work. In a busy world, relaxation counts.

Now Learmont has returned to his native Scotland, bought himself a house by the sea and hung up a shingle as a private eye. The novel opens with a northbound train. In the First Class compartment are an elderly Chinese man, Cliff Kwan and his nephew Ringo. They have

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Romance will find you this week if only you are in the right frame of mind. You may be inclined to refuse festive social gatherings that hold no prospects for you, but don't close the door on anything. The right kind of companions are sometimes found in the strangest places.

problems sorted out now even if you think they are ʻnothingʼ. When you are feeling good it is easy to take that for granted. .

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Your mind is positively buzzing with ideas. There has been so much

progress in your personal life during the past year that it is hard to believe. However, you are capable of being very dynamic and singleminded.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) There are moments of boundless

travelled to Britain because one of Cliff’s nieces, a student at a local university, has gone missing. Cliff seeks out Learmont and asks him to find his niece. Although a ‘half-hearted’ detective at best, Learmont agrees. In the course of the ensuing investigation, Learmont uncovers drug racketeering, sexual manipulation, blackmail and finally murder.

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energy which really urge you to ʻget up and goʼ. Make use of this at work, where most progress is to be made this week. Be you a politician, pensioner or anyone in between, the opportunities are there to be had. Slow progress on the love front should not see you fretting.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Bring more zip to your life by putting the spotlight on your health. Getting out and about lifts the spirits, while perking up the diet with new foods brightens the system. As energy levels come up this week, be aware of what is happening around you.

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)

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

The chance to travel seems exciting but can be made even more so by including a few people who are on your wavelength. So busy have you been on the more mundane aspects of life that the ʻbig pictureʼ may have faded into the background.

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CANCER (June 22 - July 23) An authority figure may also be seen as a possible romantic attachment. Your talents and charm serve you well when approaching this person. Opportunities need approaching with eyes wide open, however, because they could be timeconsuming and disruptive.

FAMOUS SCIENTISTS 1. Which English mathematician (1912–1954) developed the concept of a theoretical computing machine, a key step in the development of the first computer and carried out important code-breaking work in the Second World War? 2. Which German-born American theoretical physicist (1879–1955), was the founder of the special and general theories of relativity? 3. Which Scottish bacteriologist (1881–1955) discovered the effect of penicillin on bacteria in 1928? 4. Which Italian physicist (1745–1827) is best known for the voltaic pile or electrochemical battery, the first device to produce a continuous electric current? 5. Which Scottish-born American scientist (1847–1922) invented a method for transmitting speech electrically and gave the first public demonstration of the telephone in 1876? 6. Which Swedish chemist and engineer (1833–1896) invented dynamite, gelignite, and other high explosives, making a large fortune which enabled him to endow the prizes that bear his name? 7. Which Swedish astronomer (1701-1744) devised the centigrade thermometer? 8. Which French scientist (1743–1794), is regarded as the father of modern chemistry? He caused a revolution in chemistry by his description of combustion as the combination of substances with air, or more specifically the gas oxygen? 9. Which Greek philosopher and scientist (384–322 bc), a pupil of Plato and tutor to Alexander the Great, founded a school (the Lyceum) outside Athens? He is one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Western thought and his work was central to Islamic and Christian medieval philosophy? 10. Which Greek mathematician and inventor, of Syracuse (c.287–212 bc) is famous for his discovery of the principle named after him? Among his mathematical discoveries are the ratio of the radius of a circle to its circumference, and formulas for the surface area and volume of a sphere and of a cylinder.

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION alar, alec (idiot), carl (miser), clad, dahl, dale, deal, dhal, earl, hale, halt, heal, held, lace, lade, lard, late, lath, lead, lech, rale, real, tael, tala, talc, tale, teal, alate, alder, alert, altar, alter, areal, chela, clear, cleat, dealt, decal, delta, haled, haler, laced, lacer, larch, latch, lated, later, lathe, leach, letch, ratel, acetal, alated, althea (plant), cartel, chalet, claret, cradle, daleth, halted, halter, herald, lather, rectal, talked, caldera, latched, tracheal, CATHEDRAL

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.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

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

Just joking What’s a man’s idea of a balanced diet? A beer in each hand. I haven’t spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don’t like to interrupt her. How do you make a blonde’s eyes sparkle? Shine a light into her ear. How do you know it’s raining cats and dogs? When you step in a poodle. Have you got a funny joke? jokes@euroweeklynews.com Include full name and town you live in.

Does someone in the family need your attention? Don't begrudge time spent with them, even if you are busy. Consider what you would want others to do if you were in the same position. After all, you love a challenge so see this as a bit of a juggling act.

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) With your enthusiasm socially at a peak, now is the time to get involved with anything that takes your fancy. A project involving music or painting will give you the chance to make new friends.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) This week will see more progress on a health issue. Maybe you have recently given up something or taken to the gym. Recent weeks may have conspired to upset your best efforts. It is never too late to make a fresh start, though, especially right now.

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Across 7 Right, for example, Iʼm the key to the government (6) 8 I enter the rearranged salon to find the girl (6) 9 Global institutionʼs taken over this island (4) 10 Conclusive argument from a wrestler? (8) 11 Fate badly needs it (7) 13 Hotel next to the river is home (5) 15 Sap died an unknown character (5) 17 English paella is cooked with beer (4,3) 20 Take unawares and dismiss (5,3) 21 Ethereal but confusing year (4) 22 Diggers are children, itʼs said (6) 23 Fungus spoilt a cigar (6) Down 1 Watch out for second-rate merchandise (6) 2 New Zealander seen in a khaki windcheater (4) 3 Iced gin mixture before take-off helps the plane fly better in winter! (2-5) 4 Silent diplomacy includes Italy (5) 5 Reveal the princessʼs near (8) 6 Ron and Les mix, being people

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Across 1 Inexpensive (5) 4 Utilises (4) 9 Organise (7) 10 Expel (5) 11 Regret (3) 12 African country (5) 14 Outdoor sitting area (5) 15 Pivotal (5) 16 Go wrong (4) 18 Simple (4) 20 Egg-shaped fruits (5) 22 Japanese port (5) 23 Turnip-like vegetable (5) 25 Fasten (3) 26 Japanese dish (5)

Improve your Spanish - clues in Spanish, answers in English or vice versa. Across 1 Tail (of bird, horse, fish, plane) (4) 3 Melocotón (5) 6 Wolves (5) 8 Heron (5) 10 Aceite (3) 11 Otra vez (5) 12 Friend (f) (5) 13 Rum (3) 14 Brillo (de tela, pelo, zapatos, superficie) (5)

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS 27 Trap (7) 29 Get rid of (4) 30 Sediment (5) Down 1 Place of Christian worship (6) 2 Ahead of schedule (5) 3 Cooking vessel (3) 5 Wide-awake (9) 6 Detectives (7) 7 Fairground ride (6,5) 8 Crouch (5) 13 Garrulous (9) 17 Collects (7) 19 Brag (5) 21 Postpones (6) 24 Avoid (5) 28 Unhappy (3)

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LOYAL TIES

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 9 represents K and 15 represents Z, so fill in K every time the figure 9 appears and Z every time the figure 15 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.

18 English poet not quite frolicking (6) 19 English composer possibly lost by the hospital (5) 21 Sad to say, a young girl never finishes (4)

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Winged, 5 Butter, 8 Goya, 9 Shameful, 10 Lipstick, 11 Trek, 12 Dear me, 14 Depict, 16 Snow, 18 Spurious, 20 Incident, 21 Shoe, 22 Assess, 23 Dressy. Down: 2 Idolise, 3 Gnats, 4 Dislike, 5 Black, 6 Treetop, 7 Educe, 13 Rawhide, 14 Doubted, 15 Coupons, 17 Nones, 18 Smees, 19 Issue. QUICK - Across: 1/6 Put off, 3 Basic, 8 Tbilisi, 9 Clean, 10 Lends, 11 Explain, 12 Pardon, 14 Stable, 17 Replica, 19 Singe, 21 Hello, 22 Applied, 23/25 Sea god, 24 Scary. Down: 1 Petal, 2 Thinner, 3 Bliss, 4 Shiver, 5 Cockpit, 6 Omega, 7 Finance, 12 Perches, 13 Ominous, 15 Bunting, 16 Sahara, 18 Polka, 19 Soppy, 20 Ended. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Somewhere, 5 Dates, 7 Carta, 9 Thumb, 10 Rings, 11 Roads, 12 Italy, 14 Penknives. Down: 1 Sad, 2 Washbasin, 3 Escorpion, 4 Grass, 6 Trufa, 8 Renta, 9 Tarde, 13 Yes.

1. Unscramble the name of a popular BBC television drama series, first broadcast in 2003 (two words):WRIST, NECK 2. Unscramble the name of an English rugby union club currently playing in the Aviva Premiership: HOLD IN IRONS

15 Owner (5) 16 Roncar (cuando se duerme) (5) 17 Mouth (4) Down 1 Cuellos (de abrigos, camisas) (7) 2 Bibliotecario (9) 4 Inglaterra (7) 5 Butcher (9) 7 To smile (7) 9 Poppy (7)

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Era of peace and love disrupted by pig war THE 60s was an epoch of peace, love, and happiness. If there ever was such a thing as a book of social etiquette for those years 99 per cent of the foreigners living in Mojacar would have been listed. It was a town full of visiting aristocrats facing a local populace that trusted only their old burros. What made the place gel was the harmonization between both groups day and night. It was the 60s, so not too many notes were taken about who was with whom nor for how long, but come evening, they all drank together in one of the many bars that were starting to burst upon the scene. Local Spaniards had never witnessed people that so craved alcohol. Stumbling about through the streets with glasses or bottles in their hands, ricocheting off the walls as they moved to the next venue. The English took great pride in being ‘pissed’ as they called it. In Americanese, being ‘pissed’ meant that you were mad at someone. Although I could recognise the awkward ambling condition, it took me about three years to figure out the difference

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.

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in the words. Another language lesson and not in Spanish. I guess guys from Iowa can be that way. Now, the famous war started early one not so special morning. Mornings were pretty much all the same comprised of bright sun illuminating the entire world like a spotlight turned on. You couldn’t hide from it nor sleep any more. Well, somebody’s wife started scratching. The itching was reputed to be bites and everyone that lived up in the village got a flea in their ear concerning the epidemic. The local custom was to keep a pig or three in the corral and shovel scraps to the beasts. They became fat and sassy but so did their cohabiters. The resulting

The national pastime for the women was to carry water up the hill to the village...

Tabs parcel and Fanny Barber, the local village residents, enjoying another afternoon ‘tea’. pork was a delicacy. But if the truth be known, most likely the bites were from the ‘no see ums’ and ‘flying teeth’ that thrive at night.

Nevertheless, the pigs took it on the snout. Some of the more delicate ladies objected to the very idea of being neighbours with the grunts. Yet, if you know anything about these cloven-hoofed beasts, they in turn cannot abide the odour of cheap perfume. (Years later, when the wild boar started digging up the golf course in Cortijo Grande, the putting greens were encircled with waving pennants doused heavily with

cheap cologne wafting throughout the valley, warding off the intrusion of the roaming, rutting, wild pigs.) The score was evened up! Well, the whole affair became a proper Mexican standoff. The noblemen brought up the issue casually and with great decorum with the mayor and Don Jacinto gave it long thought and considerable consideration. A decision was announced. During Franco’s time democratic votes didn’t exist, but that was the remedy for solving the ‘pig dilemma’. Without pursuing the truth of the matter in too much constructive detail it is best stated that the pigs won and honour and dignity were restored to the village. And plenty of boisterous foreigners would have to sing the ‘Happy Trails’ song.


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New club in Albox THE Albox Travel Club has been created to provide day trips and short breaks for the people of Almeria. Chairman David Rham, said “We have created the club to fill a niche and all

GOOD LOCATION: On the Paseo.

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Playa. There is parking available right outside the restaurant. AZEEFA offers the finest Indian cuisine in this spectacular setting with the choice of 10 starter courses and 10 main dishes for €11 per person or €8 for a child’s portion. There is a choice of Lamb, Chicken, Beef or Prawn with a

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Underdone lamb’s liver now off menu RAYMOND BLANC’s London restaurant has been stopped from serving a liver dish which left two diners with food poisoning. Blanc Brasserie in London’s Covent Garden no longer offers pink lamb’s liver after complaints of food poisoning. Guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends lamb’s liver be cooked at 70 degrees centigrade for at least two minutes before serving.

Brasserie Bar Co, of which Raymond Blanc is the director, have now taken the dish off the menu

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Watch it they are unhealthy WATCHING your weight? Then don’t watch cookery programmes. According to scientists, while popular cooking shows inspire us to have a go in the kitchen, they also make us more likely to eat unhealthy snacks. American psychologists studied 80 adults to find out what impact television viewing has on our eating habits. Half were told to watch a cookery show, while the

others watched a nature programme. Three bowls of snacks containing chocolates, crisps and raw carrots were then placed in front of the participants for them to choose. The results showed those watching the cookery programme got through larger amounts of chocolate than those watching the nature show, who were more likely to eat the carrots.


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ATIO gardens have been popular in Spain and other Mediterranean countries for two millennia. For many people living in the historic centres of towns and villages, patio gardens are the only outdoor living space they have. Although many people think patios are something only found in Andalucia, they exist nationwide. Traditional patios are roofless inner living spaces in the centre of traditional style Spanish houses. However, although not everyone will have the real thing, the design ideas that follow can be used to

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noche. Climbers over wires and beams are also used including roses, grape vines, bignonias and passion flowers. However, if your patio becomes an oven in July and August a motorised awning may be essential to provide shade. Details of these trees and others for patios will be found in ‘Your Garden in Spain’. • Colourful and perfumed walls can be created using a combination of trailing plants like petunias and geraniums in window boxes

STYLISH: Choose comfortable furniture to match the patio design. and climbers such as jasmine, passion flower, honeysuckle, clematis, plumbago, roses and bougainvillaeas in containers or planted directly in the ground. In many cases plants are supplemented by displays of plates, plaques, murals and memorabilia • Cool evergreen plants should be planted in shady corners not reached even by the high midday sun. Plants often used are ferns, aspidistras, spider plants, pothos, mother-in-laws tongue, bread plants, spathiphyllum, succulents, bamboos and bonsais • Collections of flowering plants can be put in containers. Bulbs like clivias, cyclamens, amaryllis, freesias, irises, lilies, talbagias and

agapanthas. Others such as kalanchoa, begonias, fuchsias, pansies, busy lizzies, azaleas, hydrangeas and water lilies can go in a pond • Containers for growing herbs, fruit and vegetables can be used as long as there is sufficient light. See the mini growing chapters of ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and the three dedicated chapters in ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ • Light music of your choice for relaxing • The sound of water, for instance fountains in the centre of ponds, against walls, in corners, or stand alone • Small birds, fish and terrapins can add interest • Comfortable and stylish furniture chosen to match the style of the overall patio design. Iron, wood, wicker, bamboo, plastic are all possible. Perhaps swing seats and sky chairs. Screens and large plants can be used to create private corners • Interesting artefacts such as a collection of ceramic pots or agricultural implements can be used • Subtle lighting, perhaps a mix of spots, wall lights and standard lamps designed for external use as rain will certainly fall into the patio well at times • Stone slabs, terracotta tiles, glazed tiles and stone chippings can look attractive. This week’s article is an extract from our book ‘Your Garden in Spain - From planning to planting and maintenance.’

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website hardly do it justice. This property is ideal for someone wanting to live at the coast and have an easy to maintain house and garden and want the benefits of having a pool, but not all the responsibilty of looking after one. The quality furniture is also for sale if required, so you could have a ready to move in holiday home or you could rent it out. To the front of the house is a small garden with a gated driveway and there is plenty of on road parking. The streets are all tarmac and have street lighting. From the driveway there is access to the sun terrace that covers the whole house and has sea views. The villa is in the middle of two attached villas, but as they are staggered you have more privacy. The villa has been recently decorated and consists of a hallway, fully fitted kitchen, utility room, large living room / dining room with log burning stove, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The living room leads on to a lovely

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Americans follow the Roman’s lead by Ric Polansky AMERICAN’S, as overtly ostentatious as they appear to the foreign public, have never actually been a festive folk. No lavish bonfire nights nor frequently celebrated saint’s days either. However, they have one holiday in common that is as important to their national characteristics as God, Mother and apple pie, that is Thanksgiving Day. By Presidential decree it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. And, as a true Yank, whether you live in the chilly north of Alaska or the sunny southern climes off Key West, Florida, you can be presumed to be with your family and eating turkey. The house might be split religiously, one sister a Mormon, another a Catholic, an older brother an atheist and someone else not sure. But come ‘T day’ they’ll all drive lengthy distances just to sit down together and share what blessings and

bounty have come their way during the year. Even if this reasoning seems somewhat fabricated, all ends up well because of the enormous stocks of food that each guest is plied with to guarantee his appreciation of the host’s scrumptious generosity and to ensure the guests’ later physical discomfort. Of course you eat too much, it’s Thanksgiving, and that’s just what you do that particular day. Historically the world has known plenty of famed banquets and receptions. Biblically we understand that King Solomon of Israel and Judah kept an army of 12,000 mounted men scouring the countryside for food to lavish his table. But the home grown passions were dim indeed when you contemplate the conversation around his dining table. It must have been stilted and a bit austere when you consider he always

entertained 700 wives and 300 concubines. Whom tonight Josephine? The legendary Roman Emperor Marcus Gavius Apicius (20 AD) was not only a rich merchant, gourmand, and author of a well known cookbook, but a generous host. It was Apicius who was credited with the concoction now known as pate de foie gras. Legend has it he held a banquet that cost some 100 million sesterces (€12 million) which left him a poor man. Legend also has it, having spent all his money charming his companions, he couldn’t achieve any greater notoriety so he then poisoned himself. Party pooper. The former Roman general, Lucius Licinius Lucullus (60 BC) was renowned for his celebrations. An average meal could cost as much as 200,000 sesterces (€16,000). One day, as Plutarch tells the story, he announced to his servants he would be dining alone. He was served up a simple 10,000 sesterce snack


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(€8,000). Lucullus flew into a rage. The servants protested: “but Sir, you are dining alone!” To which he replied: “This is exactly when they should take special consideration, after all, tonight Lucullus is host to Lucullus.” And from that day forthwith a Lucullan banquet was of extraordinarily consequence. The English too have had their fetes. The Earl of Leicester once gave a garden party in 1575 for Queen Elizabeth lasting 17 days. But the grand daddy of them all was by an American, by the diminutive of “Diamond Jim” who actually was larger than life.

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He once threw a party in 1905 for his favourite racehorse, Gold Heels. For his 50 guests the bill was more than $40,000 for food. Diamond Jim started the feast with three dozen oysters, then a half a dozen crabs, two bowls of soup, seven lobsters, two ducks, two huge portions of terrapin, a sirloin steak, assorted vegetables, a platter of pastries and a two pound box of chocolates, all washed down with gallons upon gallons of orange juice as Diamond Jim was a teetotaller.

If you are lucky enough to receive an invite to an American’s Thanksgiving consider yourself one of the honoured family. Historians have written of that most memorable First Thanksgiving, celebrated most likely in October of 1613 between the Indians and the Pilgrim forefathers of the Americans, and the outstanding food featured now the world over wasn’t Turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes nor pumpkin pie, but a dessert brought and served by the Indians, popcorn.


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Appealing to senses A DOG’s sense of smell is a marvel. They have 125 to 220 million smellsensitive receptors. Dogs can distinguish odours at concentrations about 100 million times lower than a human can. By contrast, dogs have fewer taste buds than humans. People have about 9,000 taste buds as opposed to 1,700 in a hound’s mouth. They really can’t taste a lot of the food given to them. Smell attracts them, not taste. Maybe one of the reasons why dogs love delving into the trash so much; it smells so

interesting no matter what it tastes like.

It’s a fishy business GOLDFISH lose their colour if kept in dim light. Similar to humans, they need sunlight to keep their pigment. Contrary to popular belief, they are fairly intelligent animals and will recognise the person who feeds them; research shows that goldfish have a memoryspan of at least three months and can distinguish between different shapes, colours and sounds. They will show recognition by swimming rapidly back and forth when a person is near the tank. Goldfish enjoy company and benefit from the exercise, so having two fish is better than one. The oldest goldfish on record is Freda who died in Sussex, England aged 41!

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Spraying in the house OFTEN you’ll blame yourself or something you must have done for putting kitty off-track. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Urine marking, or what’s typically called ‘spraying,’ is an expression of territorial dominance found in both cats and dogs. It’s associated with the rubbing of body oils from the chin and tail on favourite objects (and favourite people). Spraying, however, typically occurs when a cat feels like placing an advertisement that sex is available. It increases during mating season and particularly during ‘courtship.’ It’s the feline way to send the message “Hey, this is my boudoir keep out!” However, getting your cat neutered will almost always solve this. But it can also happen when a cat feels threatened by an intruder. An indoor cat may see a new neighbourhood cat spraying on or near the house. Indoor kitty

Jane from Estepona writes: “My 8-year-old cat has started spraying in the house. He was neutered at the proper age, and is an indoor cat. He started spraying about two years ago, at first infrequently, but now it’s pretty bad. He is also in good health.”

Answer Inappropriate elimination is the number one behaviour problem reported to vets by cat owners, with both males and females found to be equally at fault. While it can be caused by a urinary tract infection or illnesses such as colitis, often there’s no medical cause, which seems to be the case with your cat.

will initiate defensive activity involving spraying and possibly other behaviour such as running to the door, hissing or growling at the window, and obsessively watching the rival. It can also occur when a new cat is introduced into the house.

Basically, anything that disturbs the cat’s routine and arouses the cat or is perceived as a threat can elicit spraying. It’s important to evaluate what could possibly be causing your cat’s stress which is, in turn, causing the spraying. Try to determine if any outdoor cats are tormenting your cat. If so, either try and drive the outdoor cat away or block the view of your indoor cat. Think back - is there any household behaviour which may have changed in the past year or two, since the spraying activity began?

Any new addition (even a human) to the household can cause stress to your cat. Finally, if spraying seems to be occurring in the same locations, try breaking kitty away from these areas. Commercial cat repellents, mothballs in cloth bags, orange peels, and rubbing alcohol will all tend to keep kitty away. You can also try setting the cat’s food dish near the spot, as cats don’t like to soil near their feeding area. You can also try upsidedown mousetraps or aluminum foil spread on the floor. Unfortunately, the spraying may just relocate to another part of the house in this instance. Unfortunately, there’s no single cause for spraying and, consequently, no magic cure-all. Careful observation and trial-anderror are the only sure fire solutions. Good luck! David For your local radio frequency log onto www.talkradioeurope.com.

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GOING SPANISH: Guizhou region in China.

A bit of Andalucia comes to China AN Andalucian city is to be created in China. A team of architects from Andalucia, Baum and Sodimor, in collaboration with West Line from Giuyang, won a competition to create a new city for 400,000 inhabitants in the Dushan municipality in the Guizhou region, Diario Sevilla newspaper reported.

The city will cover 630 hectares and boast five universities and all the facilities the public may need including schools, hospitals, a road network, sewage system and water supplies, commercial areas, stadiums, parks and residential areas. There will be micro climate zones with an urban system to give

ventilation like natural winds. The buildings will have thermal and sun panels, intelligent illumination systems and a sustainable cycle of water with catchment areas of rainfall. Currently, Dushan is a city which developed along the highway and was not precisely planned, said architect Javier Caro.

Festive choir THE Voices of Almanzora present Christmas Joy at Museo Pedro Gilabert, Arboleas from December 3 until 5 at 8pm. €8 tickets can be purchased from: One Stop Pool

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Who’s responsible for this? By Tony Matthews THIS photograph, taken by Turre councillor Martin Morales Fuentes, speaks for itself. And now, hopefully, progress is in motion, via the town hall, to get illegal fly-tipping sorted out and those responsible brought to book. The picture clearly shows loads upon loads of trash, which has been dumped anywhere and everywhere by inconsiderate people who

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Please keep the place where you live clean. simply must be described as litter louts. Please let your town hall know if you see incidents like this. A car numberplate will suffice.

We need to stop this from happening…. It’s a disgrace and all I can say is that a lot of places, not only in Turre, are becoming real eyesores.


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coupe introduced in summer 2011, and with more than 1,300 already delivered to customers, the House of the Raging Bull is now offering the convertible version of the Aventador. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds and has a maximum speed of 350 km/h. The new Lamborghini is immediately recognisable by the unique profile of its upper area, which extends along newly designed

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The new Mercedes-AMG MERCEDES-AMG has presented the high-end super sports car version of

the gull-wing model, the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series.

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Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG boasts a fascinating mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction. The gull-wing racing car developed in accordance with FIA GT3 rules is now a serious contender with the sports car elite. A highlight among the optional equipment is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system. “We have drawn inspiration from the worldwide success of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sports racing car,” Chairman of Mercedes-AMG Ola Källenius said. Mark launch will be June 2013, no prices given yet.


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SPECTACULAR: Chicago skyline.

Global traveller Terence Kennedy is touring America with his Dutch wife, Elise. The couple lived in Spain in the early 80s, but now reside in a South-African game reserve. Here is the second and final feature on their present trip

Surprise mouse and plenty of breakfast-time Thence to the infamous Wall Drug Store in Wyoming for one of its famous five-cent coffees, passing it through endlessly empty horizons interrupted by tiny, desolate settlements including our favourite Lost Springs: Population Four. Cheyenne saw us in the noisiest truck stop on our trip, but they provided the best cheap and safe overnighters when compared to the good money asked for a bare RV Park or a crummy motel. But in Cheyenne our sleep was punctuated by the level-crossing wailing of endless trains, with 105 wagons our counted record, hauled by five locomotives. By Rocky Mountains National Park I was in trouble. High as a kite literally, suffering massive altitude sickness at 3,700 metres. America’s highest paved road, and I had to sit frustrated and wheezing while Elise clambered lonely as a cloud among the sparse vegetation high above the treeline. Thence to the oddly-named Parachute and along a marvel of modern engineering, the Glenwood Gap Freeway, ending up at the Colorado National Monument and its stark canyoned landscape, and its neighbouring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Not places where you would want to

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EADING up the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Chicago we were sermonised almost to distraction by Biblebelt radio. Virtually every second station is pumping out godspeak. In Kentucky we declined an invitation to visit Colonel Sanders’ birthplace, given that we decline to visit his emporia as a matter of course everywhere else. We did pass the Jack Daniels Distillery in Tennessee, where you can look but not drink, for by a supreme dash of irony it’s in a ‘dry’ county. That’s about as wacky as me now a pensioner - buying wine in Walmart in Fort Stockton, West Texas, and the cash register reminding the cashier to check that the customer was over 40! Only in America. In Merrivale Indiana we hit what has to be the worst motel ever encountered, so dingy that even the Gideon Bible was grimy. It was a pleasure to be back camping on the road after that, and an even greater pleasure to enjoy Chicago as notoriously non-city folks. After a truly splendid day out in and around Chicago, including along its waterways which are flanked by equally amazing architecture, we headed to the 96th top floor of the Sears Tower for a drink and then to a cosy outdoor Italian restaurant. Then back on the road again towards South Dakota with some great rock stations on the radio. Big country, too: according to our satnav, 605 miles to the next turn on the most ridiculously long and straight road we recall for many a trundle. Along the Iron Mountain road we stumbled on a horse camp where we slept among ‘real’ cowboys and whinnying horses as red-tailed deer frolicked on the plain opposite. A truly magical experience.

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PIT STOP: Wall Drug Store in Wyoming for a five-cent coffee. get lost. Bit of a setback there with our fancy and super-comfortable Dodge Grand Caravan vehicle in all its electronic glory. That night in a pine forest we heard scuttling and shuffling over the car bodywork the whole night. The next morning we lifted the hood and discovered a treasure trove of stored pine nuts and nest-building vegetation. Is that where the car’s problems first began? Ultimately the loss of cruise control, several misbehaving dashboard sensor lights and even the failure of the automatic door-closing mechanism. All that damage from one tiny mouse? By the tiny settlement of

Vaughn in New Mexico we had stumbled across our first diner, then to the famous Carlsbad Caverns to watch up to two million bats exit the cave mouth at dusk. The next day we walked a whole four miles underground, through the most astonishing cave scenery. This being America you could even eat a meal 750 feet underground, but we declined. The Guadalupe Mountains saw us plunged back into the incredible southern heat - even in late September - but still gamely trudging one of the trails through the canyons. On down to the Rio Grande under the watchful eye of the US Border Patrol - so watchful that as

STARK LANDSCAPE: Colorado National Monument.

we got near the ‘artists town’ of Marfa a massive airship was hovering above us, obviously ‘surveilling’ the countryside for miles around. Later we would be pulled over by Border Patrol officials who checked against our passports to see whether we could recall our own names, birthdates, birthplaces and approximate dates of entry into the US. Fortunately we could, and so were waved on. Along the roller-coaster, undulating desert road beside the Rio Grande and into the Big Bend National Park, a Martian landscape dotted with packs of javelinas (US equivalent of warthogs, more or less). And finally we reached the very last day of our road trip and went out on a high, managing to find a perfect place to camp free for the night before ending up in the very Hispanic city of San Angelo in a cosy Super 8 Motel. Here Elise had to call for help in the breakfast room as the freshlyprepared five-gallon container of waffle mix started pouring out of the dispenser as the spout came away in her hand! Lots of cursing and cleaning in Spanish and not five minutes later it happened to the very next punter. Ah, the adventures of being on the road in America!


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TWENTY hardy souls of the 19th Hole Golf Society set sail from Cucador, in fair weather, to pay their fortnightly visit to the Aguilon course. With the order of play organised, the first group trudged to the first tee. Here they were met with perfectly mowed tees, a manicured first fairway and a gale force wind so keen it could fillet a mackerel. Within 10 minutes the intrepid band returned to the clubhouse and the course was declared unplayable due to balls being blown off the putting green. Battle abandoned until another day. The 19th Hole GS plays weekly at various courses in the area. More information: 610 340 653, or email gs19thhole@ hotmail.co.uk.

Braving rain BAD weather kept the field down for Tuesday’s Valle de Este GS competition. Winners were John Clements, Ray McHale and Sue Hull. Last Friday’s competition at the Vera club was topped by Phil Dunne (37 points). Second was Bill Churchill (37) and third Ray McHale (35).

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OLDEST CLUB: Recreativo de Huelva was founded in 1889.

Huelva at root of Spanish football

By Tony Matthews WHICH is the oldest football club in Spain? No, it’s not Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla or even Athletic Bilbao. It is Recreativo de Huelva, formed on December 23, 1889, by Dr Mackay and his band of British workers, employed by the Rio Tinto company.

Although the Gimnàstic de Tarragona sports club was started in 1886, it did not form a football team until 1914. The first official football match played in Spain was in Sevilla on March 8, 1890, at the Tablada hippodrome, with Recreativo de Huelva the visitors. The home side was made up of workers from the nearby Sevilla water works plus a few imported labourers. And, with the exception of just two Spaniards lining up in the Huelva team, the other 20 players on the pitch were British. This is the reason why the team is called Sevilla FC (football club) and not Sevilla CF (club de fútbol the correct Spanish way). For the record, a crowd of 1,500 saw the Sevilla team win 2-0. In the Basque Country during the early 1890s, British shipyard workers and miners formed the Bilbao Football Club, while

CELEBRATING: Recreativo de Huelva players after a recent goal. Basque students returning from Britain founded the Athletic Club. This early British influence was reflected in the use of English names such as Recreation Club, Athletic Club and Football Club. Barcelona and Real Madrid have been the most successful of all Spanish clubs in La Liga

and in European and continental competitions. Between them they have won a total of 34 titles, with Real the most successful in Europe, having won the top prize (the European Cup/ Champions League) a record nine times. In La Liga’s 80-year history (apart from the three seasons in the late 1930s when the com-

petition was suspended due to the Spanish Civil War) Barça and Real have won 53 titles between them, 32 by Real. And over the course of time, Spanish clubs have been victorious in seven European Cup-winner’s Cup finals, in six Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup finals, in five European Super Cup showdowns and in three World Club wins.


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Chelsea and City line up for super Sunday shoot-out A

FTER their recent domestic and midweek Champions League exploits, Manchester City and Chelsea - lying first and third in the Premiership respectively - play each other at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Twenty-four hours earlier, Manchester United take on QPR, West Ham meet Spurs in another London derby, WBA, having their best top-flight start for 30 years, visit Sunderland and Newcastle make the longest PL trip to Southampton. And don’t forget that Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle have important Europa League matches tonight. By finishing second to a brilliant Lewis Hamilton in the USA Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel now leads Fernando Alonso by 13 points, meaning it will be an intriguing final race of 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday. FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Arsenal won the 250th North London derby, repeating last season’s 5-2 victory over Spurs who had ex-Gunner

CHASING THE TOP SPOT: Third-placed Chelsea take on Premiership leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

SPORTS SCENE By Tony Matthews

WORLD NUMBER ONE: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win ATP World title at London’s O2 arena.

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.

Manny Adebayor sentoff. Manchester United surprisingly lost at Norwich, Chelsea succumbed to WBA, Reading beat Everton to climb out of the bottom three and reigning champions Manchester City, who walloped lowly Aston Villa 5-0, have now scored in 39 successive home games. Southampton defeated QPR whose manager Mark Hughes is now under severe pressure, Swansea won at Newcastle for the first time since 1980 (2-1), Sunderland recorded a

victory (at last) and Luis Suarez netted twice in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Wigan, who lost Ben Watson with a broken leg. Crystal Palace, unbeaten in 14, Tranmere, Gillingham and Celtic, top the Championship, Leagues One and Two and the SPL respectively, while Wycombe sit 92nd and last in the FL. Steven Gerrard became the sixth England player to win 100 caps, in a 4-2 defeat by Sweden for whom Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a

quite brilliant goal. The Swede also became the first player to net four goals against England as boss Roy Hodgson handed debuts to six players. Northern Ireland’s 2014 World Cup hopes are in tatters after drawing 1-1 with Azerbaijan. The FA Cup second round will feature MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon. Remember the Dons (once called Wimbledon) moved to Milton Keynes in 2004, and a new club (AFC Wimbledon) was formed to replace them. Lionel Messi, with a brace in Barcelona’s last win (3-1 v Zaragoza), is poised to break Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old world record of 85 goals in a calendar year, set in 1972. ‘Leo’ needs just eight more in eight games. He’ll do that!

Oh, Manchester United FC is £359.7 million in debt. GENERAL ROUND-UP • A record 18,000 crowd at London’s O2 Arena saw Novak Djokovic win the end-ofseason APT World Tour final. The Serb was on court for almost a day during the tournament, covered 110 miles and won £1 million. He’s spent 168 hours (one week) playing competitive tennis in 2012. • The Czech Republic beat Spain 3-2 to win a thrilling 100th Davis Cup final. Also in tennis Ivan Lendl wants to coach Andy Murray ‘long term.’ • West Indian Chris Gayle has become the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test Match (bowled by Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi). And despite Alastair Cook’s superb 176 and Matt Prior’s 91,

England (191 and 406) lost to India (521-8 declared and 77-1) by nine wickets in the first Test. • Frankie Dettori is being investigated by the French Horse Racing Authority after failing a dope test at Longchamp in September. • In recent Rugby Union matches, England, Wales and Scotland lost to Australia, Samoa and South Africa respectively, while Ireland’s ‘A’ team crushed Fiji 55-0. • Team GB Olympian Laura Trott won two gold medals at the Cycling World Cup in Glasgow. • Sir Chris Hoy might ride at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. • Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (48) has become the oldest European Tour winner ever by taking the Hong Kong Open. • Carl Froch retained his IBF Supermiddleweight title by beating American Yusaf Mack in Nottingham. • Boxing’s Ricky Hatton comes out of retirement on Saturday when he fights Vyacheslav Senchenko. • Next week ‘Freddie’ Flintoff puts on the gloves for the first time. • England has bid to stage the World Paralympic Games in 2017. • Polish driver Robert Kubica could return to F1 in 2014. • The World AntiDoping Agency plans to double the length of bans handed out to athletes found guilty of serious doping offences from two to four years.


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