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CALM BEFORE STORM: Les Deveses Beach.

Storm-battered beaches alert DENIA’S beaches, eroded during the last storms, need urgent attention. Sand was swept away by heavy seas earlier this month at Les Deveses and Blay Beach. Els Molins fared no better, particularly at the Alberca river mouth. All have suffered erosion ‘for years’, claimed Denia’s Mayor Ana Kringe. The recurring problem and a call for solutions have been passed to the Alicante Province Coasts’ Authority.

The written request was accompanied by a technical report from the regional government’s Environment department. Les Deveses has lost between 10 and 20 centimetres of sand and has receded by around half-a-metre in the Santa Ana zone, the report revealed. Storm-battered Els Molins was also robbed of sand by the November storms and the Alberca is

now veering towards nearby urbanisations. Blay Beach has completely disappeared. The problem is an old one, but the routine remedy of replenishing beaches with sand is successful only in the short term, and until the next storm. An in-depth study of Denia’s coastline is essential before a definitive solution can be found, maintained the mayor.

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Fingers crossed EACH resident in the Valencian Community will spend an average €78.54 on the Christmas Lottery, the biggest draw of the year.

Honest town JAVEA’S 2012 crime rate of 23 offences for every thousand residents is lower than the province’s average of 25.3 per thousand citizens.

Clothes row A VALENCIA judge threw out an appeal by a police officer who sued the Interior Ministry. The policeman had wanted the ministry to pay for clothes worn whilst he was on plain-clothes duty.

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JAVEA REMEMBERS: A minute’s silence for victims.

Abuse victims remembered COSTA BLANCA towns and resorts joined in a campaign against domestic abuse. Last Sunday was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In the days immediately beforehand Javea invited passers-by in the Church Square to sign up to ‘a vaccination’ against gender violence. The initiative was a success, with 300 signatures.

The following day, November 23, Javea’s mayor, Jose Chulvi, led a minute’s silence outside the town hall, in memory of the 43 women killed in Spain by their partners this year. A change is needed in cultural values, based on equality and respect, he said. Other municipalities held anti-violence demonstrations at the weekend.


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Elderly leave room at the inn BENIDORM hotel occupancy fell during the first two weeks of November. Hoteliers blamed the late start to Imserso subsidised holidays for the elderly and a slight reduction in British visitors.

Pet control OWNERS of dogs belonging to dangerous breeds attended a free town hall course on controlling and training them in San Vicente del Raspeig.

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Chanting leads to death A MAN of 40 has been found guilty of murdering a 25-year-old football fan after the Spanish Cup Final. The victim had driven to Benidorm with a friend when his chanting of ‘long live Barca’ offended the older man. After an argument the attacker went home, grabbed a kitchen knife and returned to the scene at 4.45am, on April 21, 2011.

There he stabbed the young fan, from Pedreguer, Marina Alta, leaving him to bleed to death from a 20-centimetre wound. During the trial the accused, who has a police record, told the court that the two younger men attacked him first as he went to buy cigarettes. He knew nothing about football, he claimed, although he watched the match in a bar with his wife.

He had also drunk ‘a lot of beer’ he said but returned with the knife to protect his daughter who was due to go home. A jury rejected his story, finding him guilty of murder with the extenuating circumstances that he was drunk. He has yet to be sentenced but the public prosecutor has recommended a 17-year prison term.

Helping out FAMILIES with members suffering from Parkinson’s met in Denia to discuss starting a Marina Alta association. They hope to help and advise those affected by the disease.

Apple fair

REGIONAL government cuts saving an annual €112 million in staff wages will cost the central government €123 million in unemployment pay.

Tight squeeze HEALTH AND SAFETY closed down the Pla local police station in Alicante City. Officers being moved to cleaner premises complain that they will have to be shoe-horned in.

TOGETHERNESS: Andres Valencoso, the new face of Mango Men, and Kylie (inset), his actress, singer girlfriend.

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NDRES VALENCOSO has been chosen as eye candy by Mango, the Spanish clothing giant. Spanish male model Andre - whose girlfriend is singer and actress Kylie Minogue - had an earlier professional claim to fame when he appeared in the 2003 Louis Vuitton campaign with Jennifer Lopez. Ninona Vila, PR Director for Mango, said Andres’s success and professionalism defines the type of man to whom the firm wants to promote their

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JESUS POBRE has introduced a by-law regulating authorised street vending at the request of residents. Instead of blocking pavements, the weekly open-air market stalls will be set up on the road.

A 19TH CENTURY drinking fountain was uncovered by roadworks in Jijona. It will be repaired, remodelled and returned to its original use, the council said.

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VALL D’EBO held a fair to promote traditional pearshaped Perello apples. The inland Marina Alta is one of the few areas still growing the variety.

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There are indeed families who were in need of urgent help, but then they bought an LCD television or used the money [from public grants] for inappropriate things.’

PP party member of the Valencia Parliament Pilar Sol, during a meeting on social policies.

male clothing collection. Now at a turning point in his career, he appeared in his first film ‘Fin’ (End) which was released just days ago. Meanwhile, girlfriend Kylie is to star with Bond girl Gemma Arterton in the upcoming musical in which a mother and daughter fall in love with the same man while on holiday in Spain. Walking On Sunshine is currently in pre-production and said to feature a long list of hits from the 1980s in its soundtrack.

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more will be given to the €23 billion Spanish regions in 2013 as bailout.

The State Government had already allocated €18 billion, out of which 87 per cent went to Cataluña, Andalucia, Valencia, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha and the Canaries.

Trekker dies A HIKER was killed near Beniarres in inland Alicante after falling from a two-metre embankment. The Spaniard, aged 39, was transferred to hospital by helicopter but died soon afterwards.

Not native ENVIRONMENT inspectors have detected Scarlet Crabs for sale in pet shops in the region. They are regarded as invaders which could threaten the survival of native species if let loose.

and finally... THE Spanish National Weather Agency (Aemet) has begun to charge for some of the services and data provided through its website. The measure does not include the weekly weather forecast by town, so far.


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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Oh no, no, no MARTIN CLUNES has been dropped from a car insurance campaign after being disqualified from driving and notching up 12 points on his licence for speeding. The Men Behaving Badly star had featured in Churchill Insurance’s television adverts.

Special guest TRADITIONAL FIESTAS: Some are modest.

Fiesta funds dry up in Valencia THE Valencia Government has suspended its grants for the region’s principal fiestas. Backing of €170,000

to encourage cultural activities linked to traditional fiestas in the region’s three provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Castellon was promised in April. This was reduced to €147,862 in July and has now been cut off entirely. The size of the Valencian Community’s deficit obliges its government to take ‘drastic and urgent measures to contain and reduce it’, said Culture

Councillor Lola Johnson. Some commitments are no longer viable, she explained. Conditions for grants stipulate that there must be sufficient funds to cover them and the government does not have the cash, she said. Cutting off grants will directly affect the Valencia Fallas, Alicante’s Hogueras and Fallas as well as the February Gaietes in Castellon.

Benidorm grudge BENIDORM’S old grudge about a reality TV show has been rekindled. There was nothing real about the programme when Benidorm Bastards first aired in Belgium in 2010, the council protested. A hidden camera comedy programme first shown on the Flemish television channel 2BE, it featured senior citizens and amateur actors who roamed Benidorm’s streets and tricked the young. The creators of the show made fools of unsuspecting residents and visitors, and gave Benidorm a bad image, claimed the mayor, who threatened legal proceedings. He also demanded the removal of ‘Bastards’ from the title. The storm blew over but the recent news that Spain’s Antena 3 plans a Spanish version was received with caution. The format will be closer to the original American version Off Their Rockers, said television sources, with no reference to locality.

TROOPS at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan were taken by surprise when 007 star Daniel Craig dropped in on their base. The actor met 800 soldiers, airmen and sailors just before they watched the new Bond film, Skyfall.

Two honours ACTRESS Kate Winslet and Take That singer Gary Barlow have received honours from the Queen. The Oscarwinning actress was awarded a CBE for services to drama, and Barlow an OBE for his involvement in the Diamond Jubilee.

Dig deep IN a break with tradition, people will be charged to enter the gardens of Queen Elizabeth’s London residence where a trade fair and series of concerts will be held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her 1953 coronation. Tickets on sale from December 16.

Festive vest CELEBRITIES have backed a Christmas Jumper Day campaign for the charity Save the Children aimed at making ‘the world better with a sweater’. People are encouraged to wear festive tops on December 14 with a £1 (€1.25) donation to raise money for the charity.


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Help out and get a bargain COUPONS from Villajoyosa shopkeepers will help both shoppers and charities. Between now and December 22 everyone who buys a book of the coupons will also be helping Caritas, Manos Unidas, Anemona, Afibrovila and Ahedysia. The ‘talon solidario’ costing €10 is available directly from the charities’ headquarters or their volunteers, with all money raised destined for the groups concerned. Forty-four La Vila businesses offering a wide range of services from restaurants to ironmongers and opticians will be giving discounts of between 10 and 40 per cent. The initiative will also help to boost local trade as well as the charities, said Jaime Sanchez, President of business owners association AVEA.

Safe house for abused SAN JUAN COUNCIL has established a pioneering plan of action for domestic abuse cases. Public Safety and Equality Councillors Aratnxa Madonado and Carmen Navarro recently signed a protocol detailing procedures in domestic abuse cases. An important feature is a safe house for the women and their children. The only one of its kind in the province, it has round the clock police surveillance. “Fortunately it has not yet been necessary to use the house,” said San Juan’s mayor, Manuel Aracil. Nevertheless, the town hall is committed to combating violence.

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Gas pipeline sparks controversy THE Marina Alta gas pipeline has not been

unanimously welcomed by all local councils.

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RESCUED: Good outlook for Marina Alta strays.

Good news for dogs BENISSA and Teulada-Moraira will soon be sharing an animal protection shelter. Last week their respective mayors, Juan Bautista Rosello and Antoni Joan Bertomeu, met Wieteke Osterhaven, President of local animal protection society, Akira. Wieteke Osterhaven outlined the shelter’s basic requirements and the outlay required for construction. She also explained that the association would set

up a team of voluntary workers and hold fundraising events to help with running costs. Benissa Council has agreed to provide Akira with a plot of land for between 10 and 20 years. The mayor, together with Health Councillor Gloria Ivars, is now looking for a suitable site. Meanwhile, despite Teulada’s shaky finances, the council has agreed to donate €15,000.

British cemetery restoration bid EXPATRIATES hope to restore a British cemetery in Valencia to its former glory. The International Women’s Club of Valencia (IWC) has launched a campaign after Bonnie Hinzpeter, who came up with the idea, died of cancer earlier this year. As well as gardening and cleaning graves there are plans to restore the chapel to allow services to be held. The burial ground was established more than 150 years ago as the final resting place for non-Catholic foreigners. Owned by the British Embassy, the cemetery is in need of restoration following a spate of thefts and vandalism in recent years. The embassy confirmed it had so far

approved repairs to the site’s fence and gate, while a Garden of Remembrance is also being considered.

the grounds that excavations could affect Roman remains. This claim was recently proved correct. Now it is the turn of Javea Council to complain. The regional government has taken since July to reply to its objections, lamented a town hall communiqué, and has failed to respond to a suggested alternative route. “The gas pipeline does not interconnect with Javea’s existing utilities’

infrastructure and is incompatible with them,” the statement continued. “Furthermore, it runs straight through plots of land with no semblance of order.” Residents have been seriously inconvenienced during this first phase, the town hall claimed, and the construction company has been told that the area must be returned to the same state it was in before the work began.


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Lucky grapes for Food Bank

New Year facelift for Altea

A MONFORTE DEL CID firm is donating New Year’s Eve grapes to the Food Bank. Frutas la Ballena markets packs of 12 grapes ready to swallow at each chime of the clock to see in the New Year. The firm wants the public to participate by contacting Uvasdoce via social networking sites or by post with a New Year wish. For every message received a family pack of grapes will go to the Food Bank. The campaign runs until December 17.

ALTEA can look forward to a €13,631,620 shoreline revamp and two underground car parks. Regenerating the town’s seafront is a priority for the local council and the central government’s environment ministry, Mayor Miguel Ortiz stressed. Restoring and replenishing the beaches are to come first, while the car parks and remodelling the Paseo Maritimo promenade will be in the second phase. The central government’s 2012 budget includes a €3,804,990 allocation for this, and is to be followed by a

PASEO MARITIMO: Due for remodelling work. further €5,703,320 in 2013 and €4,123,310 in 2014.

The first, government financed phase, will focus on

the shoreline. This entails building sea dykes and substituting the beaches’ current gravel with the pebbles which are more characteristic of Altea’s beaches. Work should begin before June and it is planned to link the Plaza de Europa at the end of the Paseo to the mouth of the River Algar. Private investment will be sought for the underground car parks pencilled in for Calle San Pedro and below the present parking slots at the Charco. Once completed, the Paseo Maritimo will be given a final facelift.

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Power row ignites DOOMED: No palm is safe.

Red weevil attack plan AN ELCHE nursery is combating the red weevil menace with biological warfare. Week after week, Alicante towns lose palm trees to the deadly pest, said to have arrived from Egypt in shipments of infected palms in 1994. Since then thousands of palms throughout Spain have died. On taking hold there is little that can be done and Alicante is a principal victim, although weevils are present in Valencia, Castellon, Murcia and Andalucia. Isolated cases have been detected in Cataluña. Elche, whose palm forest is a Unesco Heritage site, is anxious to eradicate the weevils and the council’s Parks

and Gardens Department has decided to use radical means. The cold store at the Hort de la Molinera, Elche’s principal date palm nursery, holds 170 phials, each containing 250 million microscopic larvae called nematodes. One at a time the phials’ contents are dissolved in liquid and sprayed on threatened palms. The procedure is harmless to humans, said Parks and Gardens Councillor Manuel Rodriguez, but not red weevils. The larvae will hatch, grow and attack insects lurking inside the palms. This is just weapon in the armoury, Rodriguez said, and has not ruled out using chemical pesticides.

Food comes before festivity ONDARA COUNCIL is preparing to do without festive street illuminations this Christmas. The €3,000 budget set aside to cover the cost could buy food parcels for the town’s disadvantaged families, it has been pointed out. The councillors responsible for Social Services and Fiestas are now debating this possibility. The NGO Caritas is also being consulted, town hall sources revealed. The three bodies are studying how best to deliver supplies to the needy. “We see many families approaching Social Services for the most basic need of all: food,” said Mayor Ximo Ferrando. As well as essential non-perishables, the parcels would also include traditional Christmas treats like turron, sources revealed.

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A ROW has erupted after claims that Javea Town Hall faced an outstanding €450,000 power bill. Javea Mayor Jose Chulvi has strongly refuted the suggestion (Shock bill, Issue 1429). The item originated with a Press release from a PP spokesman, Jose Chulvi told Euro Weekly News. “It is totally false,” he added. Javea Council has had to make a huge effort to reduce spending to offset almost €8 million lost from IBI rates. Having overcome initial difficulties, the town hall is now paying its bills, Chulvi stressed. The original statement was self-interested and

REBUTTAL: Mayor Jose Chulvi answers critics. intended to damage Javea’s usual image of solvency, he claimed. The PP should instead worry about the regional government’s €1.8 million debt with Javea. It could also ask its education department to carry out the repairs urgently needed for

Court fines Ryanair A COURT in Valencia has sentenced Ryanair for perverting the course of justice. The airline has been sentenced to pay legal costs and a fine of €600. In September, the court sentenced the company to pay €930.21 after it prevented a Spanish child, aged six, who did not have ID, from embarking on a flight from Valencia to Sevilla, despite the fact that he was accompanied by his parents, who were carrying ID, as well as the ‘Libro de Familia’ which is proof of family ties. However, a month later, Ryanair asked for the case and sentence to be annulled as they claimed they had not been notified in Ireland, the only place they consider a valid headquarters. The company refused to accept communications sent to its base in Valencia and Ryanair staff refused to receive subpoenas. However, Spanish law allows communications to be sent to the place where a person or company carries out professional business on a regular basis. Therefore, the court has considered that the case and sentence were valid

and that the airline was wrong for illegally refusing to receive notifications in Valencia.

two local schools, the mayor suggested. Meanwhile, Javea Town Hall will continue its good work on the financial front, Chulvi pledged.

Youth held for sex abuse A YOUTH was arrested in Alicante for the alleged sexual abuse of children who were in the care of his mother. He allegedly uploaded pictures of the children to the internet, having connected to it using his neighbours’ Wi-Fi signal. He has been handed over to the Minors’ Prosecutor in Alicante and interned at an educational centre as a preventive measure.


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Jobless fixing fire damage ANDILLA and Cortes de Pallas unemployed are repairing damage caused by last summer’s forest fires. The areas lost 48,000 hectares of woodland and a helicopter pilot was killed during the fight to extinguish the blazes. Workers are now removing debris and burnt timber and renewing firebreaks. The first 200 strong group of registered unemployed – 10 of them women – began work at the start of the month. In February they will be replaced by another group who will work for a further three months. In all 500 people will have been engaged on the operation for which they are paid the going rate.

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Debt crisis company calls in creditors A LEADING construction company that has been embroiled in controversial development plans has taken the first steps to insolvency. Edificaciones Calpe, owned by Valencian developer Andres Ballester, has probably put up more buildings in Benidorm than any other single construction company. The company and three subsidiaries has held court approved meetings with creditors after it revealed debts of €324 million. Together the four companies own approximately five million square metres of land in Benidorm’s Sierra Helada, Finestrat, La Nucia and Altea whose future is now

HALTED: Algar development now unlikely. uncertain. One of the companies, Patrimonial Andybal, was created in 2006 to transform valuable vintage properties in Madrid into luxury homes. But the timing was wrong as the economic crisis hit and the property bust

that followed the boom has put it in the red. But it was not just the property market bubble bursting that caused the company’s financial

problems, sources say. Many arose through projects that were rejected on social and environmental grounds. Amongst these were the Puentes del Algar development which aimed to line the banks of the Algar river with 5,000 homes, hotels and golf courses. After a series of lawsuits and appeals from the constructor, the case is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. It is also embroiled in a legal battle stemming from two illegally built apartment blocks at Punta Llisera at the end of Benidorm’s Levante Beach.

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Stories making headlines from Germany

Fake tickets A 30-YEAR-OLD bus driver in Munich admitted in court he made at least €244,000 from selling forged monthly public transport passes.

Gun record REGISTRATION of the nearly six million legally-held guns in the country will be made online instead of on paper starting next year, the Home Office said.

Job forecast NEARLY 28 per cent of 2,300 surveyed German companies said they would likely be cutting jobs in the coming year, said the Cologne Institute for Economic Research.

Child missing A CHILD aged 11 disappeared after stealing his foster parent’s minivan. The vehicle was found by Hamburg police parked near a municipal cemetery, but he was missing.

WITHERED: Not a flower in sight.

Roundabout a blooming waste AT least €6,400 spent by Alfaz del Pi council on plants for the Albir roundabout was money wasted. The plants, which substituted a fountain, lasted less than six months, complained PP spokeswoman Maite Huerta. The expense had neither any impact nor benefit on citizens, she said. Turning the fountain into a huge flowerbed cost €6,400 but the plants had to be removed after they withered and died, Huerta claimed. The 1,300 petunias and 1,125 South African marigolds were inadequately tended and inefficiently watered, she said, accusing the town hall of ‘irresponsibility.’ Doubtless the mayor would fill up the flowerbed with more plants without thinking twice about spending citizens’ money, she said. Not all Alfasinos backed Huerta’s claims. The spell of bad weather earlier this month with torrential rain and hurricane-force winds played havoc with her own plants, local resident Annie Maples told the Euro Weekly News. Perhaps the Albir roundabout had suffered the same fate, she suggested.

Property rise BUILDING permit applications in Germany increased 6.2 per cent in the first nine months of 2012 to 178,100, the Federal Statistics Office said.

Road hazard MORE than 700 shots have been fired at car transporters on German roads since 2008, federal authorities said when announcing a €100,000 reward to find a carriageway shooter.

Porn teacher A TEACHER at the Richard-Müller school in Fulda was suspended and moved to a different school after students found he had starred in two online porn films.


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Line up to help out A MARATHON fivehour line dance raised €1,241 for charity. Dancers from up and down the Costa Blanca met at bar restaurant Bolero on Levante Beach in Calpe. The money raised has been donated to The Emaus Christmas Bag appeal which is sponsored by The Bed Centre. Organised by Barbara and Ernie Ives of the Rodeo Stompers Line Dancers, the event was attended by Montserrat Fitur, President of the Emaus orphanage and care home charity.

SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Health study SWEDEN – Children with one or both parents born outside Sweden have more chances of developing illnesses than those with Swedish parents, a study said.

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ORIENTAL FLAVOUR: Japanese troubadours bring colour to the streets.

Land of the Rising Sun shines over Valencia JAPAN WEEK is under way in Valencia. In its 37th year, this is

the first time the city has been chosen for this carnival and trade fair.

Troubadours typical of the Land of the Rising Sun, have been marching through the city centre in traditional make-up, brightly-coloured silk gowns and playing oriental musical instruments. There are sushitastings and special menus, stalls selling traditional arts, crafts, decorative items, souvenirs and other typical produce from the country. Art exhibitions of origami - a thousandyear-old and highly painstaking paper-folding art - martial arts demonstrations, Japanese music concerts at the Palau de la Música and displays of Japanese

calligraphy, and Asian rock are also part of the week. A trade stand from Japan Airlines and the Hispano-Japanese travel agency network has been set up to provide information about holidays in the country. The hope is that Valencia airport will be used as a destination for direct flights from Japan. This year sees the 400th anniversary of Spain and Japan beginning direct trading relations. The next two years will see a huge drive to promote Japanese food, business events and tourism between the country and Spain, particularly Valencia.

Choral group dates VIVACE CHOIR is to perform three concerts by English composer John Rutter. Tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday and Sunday, the choir will be performing at La Siesta Church Torrevieja, San Miguel Church, and Los Montesinos from 8pm. On a more festive note, Vivace will be joined by the Phoenix Band for a Christmas performance on December 13 in San Miguel Church at 8pm.

NORWAY – Eight unions reached agreements with SAS airline as the company announced salary and pension cuts and raised working hours for their staff.

Student dies DENMARK – A 21year-old law student was stabbed to death in a Copenhagen nightclub. Police have launched a murder investigation.

Too late SWEDEN – The appendix of a nine-yearold burst after he was made to wait more than 20 hours for surgery at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm.

Boss quits NORWAY - Police director Ingelin Killengren resigned as the government refused to invest in modern data and communication equipment for the force.

Fewer bangs DENMARK – Traffic accidents dropped 56 per cent in Denmark since 2000, saving 59 billion krones (€7.9 billion), a study by the Technical University said.

Child dead SWEDEN – A man aged 53 killed his 11year-old son and himself, police believe, as they were found dead in an apartment in Stockholm’s Ostermalm area.


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Santa needs help

Something smells as buck is passed

FATHER CHRISTMAS requires assistance at the Marriott Christmas Gift Fair on Saturday and Sunday. More information: lesleyclarkjavea@ gmail.com.

THE stench from Campello’s Les Canyades refuse treatment plant is allegedly not a health hazard. So claimed the regional government’s health department after Campello Town Hall asked it to investigate what is becoming a permanent problem. Earlier appeals to the environment department

and the National Institute of Toxicology brought similar reactions. A report commissioned by a support group of residents affected by the site warned of high concentrations of toxic substances north of the town. No ill effects have so far been noted in residents, insisted the health department, in response to

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JOHN PICKFORD has been elected as president of the Calpe U3A. Also, Mary Anderton was awarded a tribute for her work within the club. The group will be singing Christmas carols on Friday December 14 at 7.30pm at Casa de Cultura, Calpe. More information: www.u3acalpe.com or 965 837 944.

the independent investigation. The health department pointed out that the plant’s authorisation regarding emissions and pollution were the remit of the environment department. Environment has already disallowed the report on the grounds that it did not come from a company registered as one of the regional government’s collaborators. It added that its own inspections had not detected any punishable irregularities at the plant and rejected the council’s request for its temporary closure. Despite passing the buck the health department has now agreed to examine ailments suffered by residents near the plant.

SUNKEN TREASURE: Javea seabed haul.

Scouring the local seabed BOTTLES, cameras and batteries were part of the haul when divers cleared the seabed at Javea port. Twenty divers from the Pelicar scuba club split up into groups of five and spent two hours scouring the seabed. The mission was carried out in collaboration with Javea Town Hall and the Club Nautica, which later treated the divers to lunch last Sunday. November was deliberately chosen for the operation as there is less maritime traffic, making it safer for divers, explained Environment Councillor Doris Courcelles.


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BAZAAR: Some of the stalls at the fair.

Xmas cheer for Help JALON Valley Help’s Christmas Bazaar raised more than €3,000. Stalls sold cards, decorations, mulled wine and mince pies to raise funds for the charity. Entertainment was provided by Vall del Pop U3A Casual Choir and JJ Jones. The next fundraising event for the group, which provides short term care for the ill, disabled and infirm, will be held on December 14 in Jalon Square. More information: www.jalonvalleyhelp.com.

Spanish duo play host ALICANTE musicians, celloist Veronica Rubio Gomez and guitarist Juan Carlos Lopez Segura will perform in

a concert for the fight against cancer. ‘Duo Hispalis’ will play on Sunday December 9 at 4.30pm at the Casa Sjengarden Cultural in Alfaz del Pi. The programme includes works of Antonio Vivaldi, Gabriel Faure, Camille Saint-Saens, George Bizet, Enrique Granados en Manuel de Falla. More information: 966 860 522.

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Illegal casino

PEOPLE interested in joining a social group should join U3A Marina Baixa. The association is made up of various groups, including Spanish lessons, sugar craft, 10-pin bowling, Sunday strolls, dining out and new group 3C’s; chaps, chatter and coffee. Also, the annual AGM will take place on Monday January 28 at 9.30am at the Casa de Cultura, Alfaz del Pi.

More information: 965 861 226.

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A CASINO in Moscow’s Novy Arbat Avenue has been closed by local police, as gambling is legal only in certain designated areas outside the capital.

Army time Members of the U3A Rummikub group.

Annual fair still going strong

Cookie dwellings

XABIA International College held their 16th annual Christmas fair to an abundance of attendees. The children put on performances to entertain guests, and Santa even made an appearance. Head of College Hilary Fernandez added “This was a great day to showcase the many positive aspects of our true ‘community’ college, but none of it would have been possible without the tireless work of the college parent /teacher group (FOXIC) who will have raised funds for the benefit of the college.”

THE inauguration of a two metre tall gingerbread house will be revealed at Bistro Romantica in Javea Park. On Saturday, the two-floored house, completely furnished, will be debuted at 9.30am.

MILITARY service in Russia should be lengthened from one year to 18 months, a lawmaker in the State Duma’s Defence Committee said.

Gas explosion A GAS tanker exploded after a fire broke out in a car park in the city of Tver. No casualties were reported.

To declare AN American aged 63 faces five years in prison for allegedly evading custom duties when he attempted to pass €62,000 worth of jewellery through Domodedovo Airport.

Mystery shot

Montgo carol concert

A WEAPON designer at a Ministry of Defence company was found dead with a shot to his head in the city of Tula. No potential motives or suspects were reported.

MONTGO CHORALE will present their Christmas

Car struck

GINGERBREAD: The house will be on show.

Rock it this Christmas JAVEA Rock Academy leaves the rehearsal rooms to put on their annual Christmas concert. Children aged between nine and 17 will play at Club Penelope in Javea old town on Saturday December 15 at 7pm. More information: www.javearockacademy .com.

carol this year at the Loreto Church in Javea Port on Saturday December 15 at 9pm. The concert will be in aid of Caritas, a charity who help feed and clothe those who have fallen on hard times. More information: 965 770 973.

Festive show A ONE-OFF ‘Christmas Cracker’ show by Sounds Familiar will be performed at Cuidad Patricia in Benidorm on Friday December 14. More information: 965 855 100.

A 17-YEAR-OLD youth died after he was hit by a car driven by a district council deputy on the KaliningradPolessk carriageway. The deputy faces up to five years in jail.

World Cup ST PETERSBURG’S city hall has been urged by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to finish the construction of a new football stadium one year before the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


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London rare wine sale

Donor saves family

BONHAMS Fine and Rare Wine Sale on December 6 will feature some of Spain’s finest wines, from 1925 to 1982. The auction in London will incorporate rare Riojas comprising of Castillo Ygay 1925, Marques de Riscal 1946, 1950, 1964 and 1982, Viña Tondonia 1961, 1964 and 1970 as well as Vega Sicilia from 1953,

1964, 1966 . A case of Castillo Ygay Reserva Especial from 1925 is estimated to sell for £3,000 – £3,600 (€3,700 - €4,400). Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams Wine department said “Our December Fine and Rare Wine sale follows on the heels of a successful sale in Hong Kong.”

PARADISE: Located in Girona is presently the biggest.

Largest brothel to be in Vienna

VIENNA, in Austria, is to become home to Europe’s largest brothel. Until now, the largest brothel was the Paradise, located in La Jonquera, Girona, on the border with France. The FunMotel, due to open in 2014, will have room for 1,000 guests, 150 working girls and a 350-space car park which will even be big enough for buses. The Paradise, in La Jonquera, has 80 rooms and 160 women work there.

It will be surrounded by a three-metre wall in order to guarantee the privacy of clients, and as well as sexual services, will have restaurants, a gym and shops. The exact location of the €15 million project has not been revealed to avoid alarming local residents, but the man in charge of making it happen, Peter Laskaris, has said it will not annoy anyone, and they will have “affordable prices”.

Catalan separatists win regional elections WHILE Catalan separatists won regional elections, they failed to get a resounding mandate for a referendum on independence. Voters in the region gave a majority to parties seeking Catalan independence. But Catalan President Artur Mas – who called the early election and pushed for independence – lost seats. His centre-right CiU won 50 seats out of 135, which is down from 62 last time, but keeps it as the largest bloc. This will make it difficult for Mas to lead a united drive to hold a referendum in defiance of the constitution and the central government in Madrid.

Mas recognised he had lost ground and though CiU is still the largest group in the Catalan parliament, said he would need the support of another party to govern. "We’ve fallen well short of the majority we had. We’ve been ruling for two years under very tough circumstances," he said. Voters gave almost two-thirds of the 135seat local parliament to four different separatist parties who all want to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. The left-wing separatist ERC won 21 seats, the second biggest presence in the Catalan parliament. The Socialists took 20 seats. And Rajoy’s centre-right People’s Party won 19.

The idea is being supported by the local City Hall as it is seen as a measure towards getting prostitutes off the streets.

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AN anonymous donor saved a family from having to live on the street. The €8,500 payment came from a kind benefactor who had seen on TV that their house was about to be repossessed. As well as repossession by Novagalicia Bank, they also had to pay off their outstanding IBI property tax and expenses for the community of owners. This means that although they will have to hand over the keys to their property in Vigo (Galicia) in exchange for wiping out the mortgage debt entirely, they will be allowed to carry on living in their house for a very low rent. The owners took out a mortgage in 2004, but by April 2010 they could no longer pay the mortgage and put their house up for sale. But it did not sell, which left them in arrears. One of the couple’s three children is very ill and would not have survived on the street. Thanks to the €8,500 donation which allowed them to pay of their debt, they can now seek funding for their daughter to be treated by a special neurologist in Navarra.

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Reporter arrested A REPORTER for Spanish TV channel La Sexta claims to have been the victim of police violence in Sevilla. The camerawoman for La Sexta News, Ana Garcia, claims she spent a night in jail in Sevilla after getting involved in an altercation which occurred during a protest against evictions. She was filming when the police charged and several people were injured. She was amongst several arrested and was released the following day, allegedly after her camera and the scenes she had recorded had been confiscated. The media sector said police had reacted violently.

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People smuggling criminal network is dismantled in Spain and the UK SPANISH and UK law enforcement authorities successfully dismantled a major international criminal network involved in smuggling Iranian

migrants into the EU. During house searches a substantial amount of evidential material was seized.

The Guardia Civil’s investigation MARLO focused on an organised crime group involved in facilitating illegal immigration from Iran to the EU and North America. The criminal group was composed of mainly Iranian nationals living in Spain and other EU countries, who recruited Iranian nationals in their country of origin. The illegal immigrants were brought by car to Turkey and after that they continued to Greece or other countries within the Schengen area, taking advantage of the lack of border controls. The illegal migrants stayed in the transit countries until they were provided with false documents so they could continue to their final destinations, in most cases the UK or Canada. The Russians spend more. clients were paying the low, but Spain is organised crime group large encouraged by the amounts of money (around increasing numbers. €18,000) to be smuggled.

More Russian tourists THE number of Russian tourists visiting Spain has doubled over the past two years, making Spain their third favourite holiday destination. In October this year, 5.1 million foreign tourists visited Spain, 3.2 per cent fewer than the same month in 2011

Scarf causes death A 17-YEAR-OLD in Burgos died after her scarf became entangled in a go-kart she was driving. The girl, Sara, was taken to the city’s Hospital Universitario but died of asphyxia shortly after admission.

according to the Ministry of Industry and Tourism. However, the number of Russian tourists increased by 63 per cent compared to last year, and they also have greater spending power. Since January this year, 1.12 million Russian tourists have visited Spain, out of a total of 52 million foreign tourists. Compared to the 12.5 million from the UK, Spain’s main market, and the 8.4 million and 8.04 million German and French tourists who

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Danger to the fig industry SPAIN’S fig industry could collapse warn farmers after environment ministers refused to approve the use of a chemical which aids production. Hydrogen cinnamide is used to protect the crop from harsh weather. It is widely used in Portugal. Its use in Spain has been blocked, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment offering ‘evasive answers’ as an explanation. “What we need are politicians able to provide solutions to the problems we are facing,” said Alicante farmer’s union leader Eladio Aniorte. “There is no other substitute to hydrogen cinnamide and it is vital to get proper development of the fig tree.”

Heavens above GUARDIAN ANGELS are having a fund raising event on Saturday December 8 at El Cid, Benidoleig. More information: 656 483 645.

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PROOF: Can be granted on strength of old papers.

DESCENDANTS of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 will again be granted Spanish nationality. The right was introduced by Felipe Gonzalez’s government in 1988 and

Spanish travel dreams FORTY-NINE per cent of Spaniards dream of the chance to travel. More time in which to relax or spend with their families takes first place on their wish-list for 37 per cent and 25 per cent aspire to finding a job. A recent study by credit finance company Cofidis and GFK market consultants set out to evaluate the emotional state of the Spanish. Hopes, dreams, motivations and aims were measured and found positive for 59 per cent of those participating in the study. The Basques had most of their illusions intact, with a 72 per cent score. Not far behind came residents in Aragon with 66 per cent and Valencianos with 65 per cent. Lagging behind were Andalucia on 53

WISH LIST: 49 per cent want to travel. per cent, Castilla-La Mancha (52 per cent) and Extremadura (49 per cent). Men and women are made happy by noticeably different things, the survey found. Women dream of controlling their diet, redecorating the home, having something fashionable to wear, doing charity work and having more time to themselves. Men are more inspired

by the prospect of a new car, enjoying their jobs, managing to stop smoking, practising sport, falling in love or starting their own business. Marital status plays a varying role in realising hopes and dreams. Sixty per cent of single men and 59 per cent of married men felt positive in this respect, compared to 57 per cent of single women and 60 per cent of married.

implemented regularly but not massively until 2009. The measure then fell into disuse under the presidency of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. This has changed with the arrival of Mariano Rajoy. So far this year, 120 people of different nationalities have been granted Spanish nationality because they had proof their forebears were Sephardic Jews who lived in Spain until 1492. Several hundred more applicants are waiting for a decision from the ministry of Justice.

Spain’s Foreign ministry has now issued instructions to embassies and consulates where there is a Sephardic community to smooth the way for those wanting to apply for Spanish nationality. This can be granted on the strength of surnames, old documents, books or objects and community references to a family’s former Spanish existence. There is a strong Sephardic presence in western European as well as Turkey, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.


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Holidays mark the day Spain changed I

dictatorship. On that day in 1978, the nation’s Constitution was approved by more than 88 per cent of votes. The period following Franco’s death is known in Spain as the Transition (la Transicion). A weekly focus aimed People who were in their 20s and at keeping expatriate readers 30s at the time - many now retired informed on various aspects of remember it with nostalgia. They lived Life in Spain in new-found freedom. Everything seemed to be possible back then. By Raul Candela If you have the chance to FLASHBACK: Queues at Congress last year. But not this year. raul@euroweeklynews.com chat with your Spanish friends or acquaintances about it, ask them what they were doing on the day the Constitution was signed. I am sure they will tell you many good memories and stories that are worth a listen. If you still have no Spanish MANY expatriates in Spain do not HMRC and the new friends (what are you waiting sign on the municipal register. www.gov.uk websites for?) and you are interested British Consul in Alicante Paul can provide really useful in the topic, lots of Rodwell explains why you should information. Anyone documentaries and special sign up to the padron. living unregistered in television programmes will What is your experience of Spain could end up with be broadcast that day. the padron? Traditionally it was the worst of both When I arrived in Spain - at worlds: no access possible to take a free that time I did not work for the to Spanish ser- guided tour of Congress in consulate - I was surprised to vices, yet Madrid on Constitution Day. hear that I needed to register on probably not However, this year it won’t the municipal register or padron considered to be a be possible to do so. as an equivalent does not exist in UK resident. It The government says it is the UK. could end up due to works being carried When I realised there could be costing them a lot out on the building, but ADVICE: “Get registered as soon as you move to Spain,” says Paul Rodwell. something in it for me, I nipped more in the long many believe that they are down to my local padron office, school to accessing local services from their local Social Services. A run. afraid someone will use the did the usual queue, filled out the like free or reduced-cost Spanish lot of benefits can only be What benefits have you opportunity to stage a classes. The padron is the one accessed if you’ve been on the been reported as most protest. paperwork and was signed on. The British Consulate has document that will always be padron for a couple of years or valued by British nationals? On December 8 we been promoting registration asked for. Registering will make more. The consulate often comes A lot of British register with the celebrate Immaculate on the padron among sure that expatriates don’t miss across cases of extremely padron for a specific reason, such Conception Day. Why do we expatriates. Why? out on anything they might be vulnerable British nationals who as signing up with a doctor, and still celebrate a religious act need care but can’t access it then find out later the other as a national holiday, if The padron is key to being able entitled to. to access many local services. Also as people get older and because they never registered in benefits that registration holds, Spain is officially a secular From registering with a doctor develop care needs, they can get the first place. Often by the time which could be as simple as state? That I do not know. and getting your children into the help and support they need we hear of their situation it’s too getting a reduction on their bus My guess is that Spanish late. pass or being able to sign up to society is still deeply rooted The key is to plan ahead and free or reduced-price activities. in Catholic beliefs, and get registered as soon as you It also opens up their right to traditions die hard. move to Spain, which is the vote and play an active part in Anyway, for most of us Question: I have been living in Spain for several years message we give out during our the decisions that are made at Spaniards what really now and last signed on the padron in May 2010. Please events. the town hall. There are now a matters is that we have the could you tell me... is it necessary to sign on each year? Why do you think some number of British councillors at longest weekend of the year Answer: If you registered with your passport, you should sign expatriates fear they will local town halls, which is a great ahead. every two years. If you registered with the residence certificate, lose British rights (e.g. fiscal example of integration and the So, remember, from next then it is five years. residence, taxes) if they importance of the padron. Thursday to Sunday many And, remember, in those cases when you need to produce the register? How can expatriates get people will not be available padron (for example, registering your car’s number plate, You can’t choose where you informed? at their offices and some registering with a doctor), the certificate (nota de padron) is are resident; generally speaking, They can visit our website businesses and public valid for three months, but you do not have to do all the you are resident where you www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk. But buildings will be closed. registration again. Simply go to your town hall and ask them to spend most of your time. It can there is no better place to get But, of course, you will still renew your nota de padron. sometimes be complicated for information about the padron be able to get your free copy Send your questions to: raul@euroweeklynews.com people in terms of taxation and and its benefits than from the of the Euro Weekly News as usual! other issues, but that’s where the town hall itself.

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F you are working in Spain, you should know by now that a long weekend is coming. Next Thursday and Saturday (December 6 and 8) are national holidays, but what are we celebrating? Constitution Day (December 6) marks the day the Spanish population said yes to democracy and, symbolically, no to Franco’s

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Celebrating a starry golden era THE Marbella Club Hotel has over the years been a meeting place for royalty, the international jet set, aristocrats, business leaders, global celebrities and sports stars. And for the last 50 years The Grill has played a major role in hosting thousands of the world’s wealthiest and most discerning diners as they have visited and frequently holidayed in Spain’s most famous GOLDEN: The final night of resort. To mark The Grill’s own Golden Anniversary, the red carpet was once more rolled out to welcome a Who’s Who of Marbella society and social circuit to a Expanding over the decades from its night to remember the past, and to look early days as a restaurant without walls ahead to an exciting future. and just seven tables, it now provides Part of The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf the best of fine dining for almost 100 Resort and Spa set amid exuberant guests amid its famously romantic garden and beach-side settings on the atmosphere. To celebrate the last five decades with Golden Mile, The Grill has for 50 years been offering world-famous, classic each as part of Marbella’s own history, the team from The Grill looked back cuisine and a selection of fine wines.

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MARBELLA CLUB ANNIVERSARY through menus from the past and decided to turn the clock back for three special nights by offering four courses for €10, the price diners would have paid in 1962. Menus changed each night, and featured classics including Escoffier Consommé, Cheese and Sweetcorn Soufflé, Flame-Grilled Fillet Steak with Mexican potatoes and Marbella Club’s signature dessert Chocolate Mousse. “It was wonderful to be able to give something back to our loyal customers who have kept the restaurant busy over the last 50 years,” said Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, John Thomson. “It also allowed newcomers to try The Grill for the first time, ensuring a bright future for the next 50 years!” On the final night, West End Star Shona White and Musical Director Christopher Hamilton gave a gala concert in the glamorous Champagne Room, performing classics from the best Broadway and West End musicals, and adding a sprinkling of theatre magic into the proceedings.

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Founding Marbella Club General Manager Count Rudi von Schönburg (centre) with guests.

The King family and John Thomson (left).

Guests enjoying the anniversary event.

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Greenpeace shock

Crash simulation

GREENPEACE has described as ‘madness and a step backwards’ a Supreme Court decision to grant planning permission for 150 homes at La Fabriquilla in the Cabo de Gata. It said there was no need for more properties because of the economic crisis.

Mayor resigns

THREE vehicles were set on fire after crashing at the Nerja to Torrox road tunnel yesterday (Wednesday), as part of a simulation by the safety authorities. Traffic was diverted to N-340 during the morning.

News from our editions

THE mayor of Somotín has resigned after being barred from office for seven years and nine months. A judge ruled that Ramón Rueda had authorised that water be provided to the illegal home of his father-in-law. Rueda also quit his seat as a provincial deputy.

Endless road THE central government has admitted that it cannot put a date to the completion of construction work on the A7 motorway between Nerja and Adra. The situation is ‘very complex’ and a date is ‘not possible’, it said.

Printing money ROQUETAS DE MAR Council plans to print money in a novel way, by saving €80,000 on photocopying and printing costs next year. Council staff will have access to 22 new printing machines which use cheaper ink cartridges.

Omar star THE second star on Almeria’s Walk of Fame will bear the name of Omar Sharif, the Hollywood legend who made his name in Lawrence Of Arabia, which was shot in Almeria’s Tabernas desert 50 years ago.

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Song and dance THE Municipal Conservatory of Music and Dance in Catral has been inaugurated and officially opened by the mayor.

Million visits SHOPPING centre Zenia Boulevard on the Orihuela Costa recorded more than a million visitors in its first month of trading.

Local taxes frozen IN STORE: Jose Maria Tervel, Regional Director, Salvador Aleixandre, Store Manager, Juan Ignacio Lopez-Bas, Councillor for Commerce, at the grand opening.

Media Markt opens MORE than 2,000 people visited the new Media Markt store in the first few hours of its grand opening at Zenia Boulevard. The new store is the third Media Markt in the province and the business is now one of Europe’s leading electronics chain with 676 stores in more than 15 European countries and across China. Over 4,000 people applied for the 60 advertised job vacancies, which has

boosted recruitment in the local area. The opening of Media Markt before Christmas is another leg up for the new commercial centre which only opened in September, but more crowd pleasers are already being planned including a new bowling alley, more shops and Christmas promotions and festivities. Discussions are also under way about a temporary ice-rink being installed over the Christmas period.

Tapas route

Traffic fines

THE Tapas Route of Torrevieja has a record 78 eateries taking part, producing more than 300 tapas dishes. The event continues until Sunday.

AROUND €820,000 will be collected in 2013 by Estepona Town Hall in traffic fines, it estimates. This would make €300,000 more than this year.

Selfless baker

Better premises

THE Diego Ramirez family bakery business has won recognition in Torrevieja for its selfless work with local charities Mudopan and Food Solidarity.

GUARDIA CIVIL headquarters in Coin, Marbella, Velez and Ronda will be repaired following an overall €1 million investment by the Malaga provincial government.

Just the ticket TRADERS at farmers’ markets in Elche have donated 158 tickets to take part in a draw for Christmas food baskets for needy families.

COSTA DEL SOL

A-7 crash TWO people were injured after a collision on the A-7 carriageway near Torremolinos - involving three cars. Traffic congestion resulted after the accident.

Just in time A GIRL was rescued by the Local Police off a Fuengirola beach. She was found unconscious, floating in the water, and was taken to Marbella’s Costa del Sol Hospital.

Tragic ending A FIREMAN aged 42 died as he jumped out of a window at the Clinico Universitario Hospital in Malaga.

MALLORCA

Hotel prize MALLORCA hotel giant Meliá has been awarded a Tourism Merit Award for public-private partnership for the modernisation of mature destinations because of its efforts to regenerate Magaluf.

Growth industry INDUSTRIAL prices in the Balearics increased by 4.2 per cent in October, which was above the national average. So far this year, they have gone up by 3.4 per cent, the same as the rest of the country.

Legal queues MASSIVE queues formed outside courthouses throughout the island as residents sought to avoid the new charges for civil actions, in which plaintiffs have to pay up to €1,200 irrespective of the outcome of the case.

NO local taxes will be increased in Rincon de la Victoria for 2013 and the budget for Welfare will grow for a total €1.5 million, the town hall said.

Briton attacked A MAN aged 25 was sentenced to four years in jail and to pay €450 in compensation for attacking a British resident in Frigiliana, as he was trying to burgle his rural house.

Restore water plea THE inland towns of El Borge and Almachar have no drinking water supply since the recent storms. The town halls has asked the government for a €2.5 million grant to repair the infrastructure.

IBI payment instalments NERJA residents will receive a letter asking if they wish to pay the IBI property tax for 2013 either in two, three or 11 instalments. Applications must be sent before the end of the year to the Local Tax Office.


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50 per cent of exports from Catalonia to other parts of Spain would cease if it became an independent country, an Economic Studies Institute study has revealed.

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€23,000 wedding bliss

Spanish marriages give GDP and jobs a boost SPAIN’S Gross Domestic Product (GDP) benefits by 0.34 per cent thanks to people getting married. Weddings also provide direct employment for 87,897 people. The average cost of a Spanish wedding hovers around €23,000. This drops to €20,300 for a civil ceremony but rises to €25,000 for a church wedding with a nuptial mass and sermon. Much of the outlay for a

Revealed! The pay-day secrets THIRTY per cent of women and the under-25s earn less than €1,008 a month. And regardless of gender or age, the average earnings of all employees remain below a pre-tax €1,218, according to latest statistics from the official INE agency. For the first time INE divided last year’s 15,096,100 registered employees into three wage bands. The first bracketed 4,528,830 people - 30 per cent of the total - who earned less than €1,282 a month. The majority - six million - fell into the second, earning between €1,218 and €2,071. The third wage band consisted of 4.5 million employees earning more than €2,071 a month.

Just over 43 per cent of women earned less than €1,218 a month, and 30 per cent less than €1,008, compared to 18 and 10 per cent of males, the statistics revealed. The tendency of women to work part-time was the principal reason for the disparity, according to INE analysts. Whether they worked full or part-time, men occupied 35.5 per cent of the third and highest wage band, compared with 23.8 per cent of women. Best-payers in 2011 were the finance and insurance sectors where 72 per cent of workers earned salaries of more than €2,071. The lowest-paid were domestic employees, where 84 per cent came into the first wage band.

Spanish wedding goes on the reception, which works out at around €100 to €150 per guest, according to the IE Business School’s White Paper study on Weddings. The bride’s dress sets the couple back anywhere up to €1,800 and the honeymoon costs approximately €3,000. A total of €3,615.7 million is spent each year on weddings, the study revealed.

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Straight face

AN American plastic surgeon is offering Botox to eliminate facial expressions that give away a winning or losing hand in poker, labelling the $600-$800 injections of facial filler treatment ‘PokerTox’.

Sexy growth THE sex toy market in China is expected to grow by around 40 billion yuan (€5 billion) by 2014. Sex toys in China are sold in ‘adult health’ shops, hotel mini-bars, and by the checkout in convenience stores.

New chocoholics boost business EUROPEAN chocolate manufacturers take note! India - as one of the fastest growing economies in the world - is proving that its inhabitants have a very sweet tooth. And this has led the nation to become the fastest growing chocolate market in the world. The latest research by Mintel shows that chocolate

HAPPY OCCASIONS: Weddings add a healthy boost to the Spanish economy.

consumption in India almost doubled from 2008 and last year, with sales of chocolate increasing from $418 million (€326m) in 2008 to $857 million (€669m) in 2011. While domestic consumption in India is currently low if compared with other more mature markets, including Germany at eight kilos per head, or the UK and France at six kilos respectively, the potential is huge.

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CAN you provide a definition of ‘annuities’ in Spanish tax law? In my particular case, the Spanish Tax Agency agrees that payments from The Prudential are accepted as annuities but because the document uses the word ‘pension’ they say it is a taxable payment from a company and not from an insurer. Any help would be much appreciated K.G. (by email)

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THE basic definition of ‘annuity’ is a financial Law in Spain By David Searl product purchased with savings in exchange for the guarantee of a lifetime income at a fixed rate. In Spanish this is called ‘Renta Vitalicia’. In your case, if you have a contract with The Prudential declaring you have purchased an annuity for a set amount, this should be sufficient for the tax agency. You do not say what document contains the word ‘pension.’ If you had a pension plan operated by The Prudential, into which you made regular payments during your working life, this would not be an ‘annuity’.’If the word ‘pension’ appears only on your bank statements, this is because they do not differentiate between annuities and pensions. For the tax agency it is an important difference. Income from a ‘pension’ is taxed in the same way as any other working income, at normal income tax rates. This is because contributions to a pension plan have been free of tax previously, so are taxed now. This is at a tax rate of 24.75 per cent for an income up to €17,000, or 30 per cent up to €33,000. Income from an ‘annuity’ is taxed at less because it is supposed the money to buy it has already been taxed. If you start receiving payments aged 60-65, tax is 24 per cent of income. This percentage varies with age. 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.

WH Smith hits Russia with love trail RETAILER WH Smith plans to open its first stores in Russia next year as part of its broader global expansion plans. The company operates more than 1,100 stores, mostly in Britain.

£££ GERMAN retailer Aldi has posted a 200 per cent increase in UK profits, with national business profit levels after tax of £57.8 million (€72.25) in 2011, having made a loss of £56 million (€70m) the previous year.

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TV STAR Anna Ryder Richardson who sunk more than £1 million (€1.25m) into a wildlife park is now living in a cabin with her family within its sprawling

grounds. Husband Colin MacDougall meanwhile faces court sentencing after admitting breaking health and safety laws.

£££ THE world’s second biggest brewing company, SABMiller, has slammed soaring UK beer duty taxes that are reported to have added 47 pence (69 cents) to an average pint since it was introduced in 2008.

Big question mark remains over where Cataluña is really heading IT looks as though Artur Mas’ bid to be re-elected to Cataluña’s presidency might have peaked a little early, according to various polls. In fact, he might now find it difficult to achieve the overall majority he says he needs if he is to go for a referendum on Catalan independence. It could be that some of those who, though in favour of Cataluña separating from Spain, are now beginning to have second thoughts, wondering just what such a move might mean. Mas has been doing some presidential-style travelling to Russia where, although not meeting the top powerwielders, he used the occasion to demonstrate to those back home that he was already looking to expand Cataluña’s postseparation trade abroad. He has also twice visited Brussels where he had hoped to discuss with the European Commission what Cataluña’s position would be, should secession take place. Might it be, for instance, accepted into the European Union (EU) and the Eurozone? It seems however, that on both occasions the response from the commission’s advisers

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PICTURESQUE: But the future picture is not clear for Cataluña. was a resounding ’No’. Of course, being the politician he is, Mas, expecting this refusal, may have been looking even further should Cataluña secede from Spain. If it should successfully break away, but not become a member of the EU, the new nation would be forced to establish its own free-floating currency, liberating it from EU financial constraints and the European Central Bank (ECB), not to mention the often unreasonable demands of the commission. The new Catalan Government would have the use of a valuable fiscal tool lost to Spain and the other Eurozone

countries, the power to manage its own financial affairs and to adjust its currency’s value up or down to match the demands of international markets, both fiscal and trade-orientated. This may all sound rather far-fetched, but remember Mas is an astute politician not given to making rash errors of judgement. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. And don’t forget, as mentioned in my Scottish Independence article a while back, the Catalan footballers at present playing for the Spanish national team, together with those earning big money in La Liga, could find themselves ‘foreigners’, coming under

the ‘two-per-team’ rules of the European Football Association and banished from the Spanish squad forever. On a totally different topic, one British newspaper reported that a Labour politician, an exMinister for Europe, upon being found guilty of falsifying his expenses to the tune of £30,000 (€37,500), has been banned from the Commons for a year and sacked as a Labour Party member. He’s apologised, of course, and has repaid the money, but would this have been enough to save him from prosecution and prison if he had been an ordinary fraudster? I really do doubt it.


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www.euroweeklynews.com Domicile is a very important issue for British expatriates. You remain liable to UK inheritance tax on your worldwide assets for as long as you are domiciled or deemed domiciled in the UK. While changing your domicile is not impossible, it depends on your circumstances and intentions and needs to be a carefully considered and planned process. The basic rule is that a person is domiciled in the country in which they have their home permanently or indefinitely - the country you regard as your ‘homeland’, frequently described as the place where you intend to die. You can live in Spain for many years and remain domiciled in the UK. The major tax effect is that domiciles (or deemed domiciles) of the UK are fully liable for UK inheritance tax on their worldwide assets. The tax rate is 40%, above a threshold of £325,000 per individual. Transfers between couples are exempt, unless the receiving spouse/partner is a non-UK domicile. If you have set up a permanent home here in Spain and intend to live here until death, and ideally even to be buried here, there is a good chance that you can acquire a ‘domicile of choice’ here in Spain. In this case you would no longer be liable to UK inheritance tax on your non-UK assets, though note it takes at least three years to shed UK domicile for inheritance tax purposes.

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It is essential to take professional advice in this complex matter. A firm like Blevins Franks specialises in domicile determination, as well as on how UK and Spanish tax interact, and can guide you through the process. If you believe you have shaken off your UK domicile but HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) determine otherwise, your heirs will face an unexpected tax bill. In practice HMRC will not consider domicile until it becomes relevant for some tax purpose, so you cannot normally ask them for confirmation in advance. HMRC’s manual on Domicile: Enquiries into domicile status: Schedule of useful information and documents lists the types of information that may be requested during an enquiry. Some of them are obvious, others less so.

The list is not comprehensive so you may need to provide other items. Likewise you may not need everything on the list. The list includes the following: • Date and place and nationality at birth • Parents’ full names and marital status • Details of siblings • Details of marriages/civil partnerships, divorce and long-term cohabitation • Information on your children – names, dates of birth, nationalities, place of education, current locations and any other relevant background • Locations of members of the extended family, with descriptions of your relationship to them • List of residences from birth to date of enquiry • Details of transfers of property • Detailed summary of properties that have been available for your use (excluding short-term holiday lettings) • Summary of educational background • Information regarding any exercise of political rights in any territory, memberships of political parties and extent of your activities • Professional qualifications and memberships of professional bodies

• Summary of membership of clubs, societies, associations, organisations etc, and level of participation • Details of religious, cultural and social connections, including degree of participation and ability to speak, read and write the relevant languages • Location of personal papers and any items of financial, sentimental or other value • Details of any wills and the local law they are governed by • Summary of any deeds, declarations, etc, created, including those relating to dependants • Summary of your professional and personal advisers, their services and location • Summary of any other connections you have with various territories – when, what form, how long, and the reason for being there • Explanation of your intentions for the future. Have you made plans? What contingencies have been taken into account? What may cause you to change residence? What provision have you made for the future? What have you actually done that provides evidence for your answers to these questions? You will need to provide

documentary evidence, from items like birth certificates, to insurance policies, to wills and perhaps personal correspondence, photos, electronic records, etc, relating to your background, lifestyle and intentions. Remember you may not be dealing with this yourself. It may be your heirs and/or executor who have to prove to HMRC that your estate should not be liable to UK inheritance tax. You would therefore want to leave all your paperwork in order for them. I cannot stress enough the importance to taking professional advice here; do-it-yourself domicile determination is not an option if you want to avoid leaving your heirs any unexpected tax bills and headaches. Blevins Franks is highly experienced in this area and would review your situation and advise on the way forward. 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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Spanish politicians in mass move to boardrooms

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Feminine touch GOLDMAN SACHS has estimated that Japan’s GDP could jump 15 per cent if female participation (currently 60 per cent) in the workforce was to match that of men (80 per cent).

A sorry state INDUSTRY PLAYERS: Politicians (from left) Gonzales, Aznar, Solbes, Salgado and Acebes have all moved to the boardroom. TWO former Spanish presidents and 20 ex-ministers now work for leading national companies. Felipe Gonzalez - President of successive Socialist governments between 1982 and 1996 - plus Conservative Jose Maria Aznar who followed him until 2004, work for energy firms Gas Natural and Endesa respectively. Aznar is also on the board of Rupert Murdoch’s News

Corporation. Ministers under both these presidents as well as Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero have also benefited on leaving office. Despite their PSOE backgrounds, Pedro Solbes and Elena Salgado - both of whom were ministers of Economy and Finance - keep Aznar company on the Endesa board. Energy companies clearly

either prefer politicians or politicians prefer them, as so many now sit on their boards. These include former PP minister Angel Acebes (Iberdrola) while the partly stateowned REE boasts PSOE politicians Miguel Boyer and Maria Angeles Amador. HC Energia has both former PP Foreign Minister Ana Palacio and Socialist Luis Martinez Noval,

Minister of Labour in the early 90s. They and other former colleagues are often chosen by leading companies for the wrong reasons, declared Juan Santalo, of the FEDEA economic studies foundation. Apart from their personal contribution of knowledge and experience, they are also regarded as granting privileged access to the corridor of power, he said.

ONGOING economic woes in Greece means it is facing a humanitarian crisis and growing racism, the World Council of Churches and Conference of European Churches has said.

Tequila cheer MEXICAN tequila makers celebrated Australia’s decision to recognise the South American nation as the only place in the world that can use the drink’s name.

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Essential good service is sadly so often lacking in Andalucia DON’T get me wrong, I love living in Spain. I definitely don’t like to nit-pick about Spanish life and culture, but like everywhere in the world, there are certain things that A look could be improved. at finance After living in for females various places including America, Jane Plunkett Australia and the jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. PAYING UP: But poor service does United Arab com Emirates, the one splash out. thing all these places have in common is at the cashier’s desk the continuing to chat to her excellent service. two staff behind the pal. She only looked at me In Andalucia good counter chatted away. to say the price. Then she service does not seem such They didn’t acknowledge proceeded to continue her a high priority. my presence, even though conversation. This type of A common occurrence I was the only customer, thing happens a lot. In restaurants, too, around where I shop is and continued talking. being ignored by staff. When I put my item on clients can frequently find The other day I bought the counter one staff themselves almost gagging an item and while waiting member took it to scan, through thirst before the

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not encourage people to glass of water requested arrives at the table. And the whole concept of asking if everything is OK seems alien to most waiters. It is almost as if staff do not want to know if more gravy would be a bonus, or to sell another bottle of wine!

Good service should not only be a principal structure of all business, but also during an economic crisis it is vital. People are not as flush these days, and are already hesitant about spending, so if customers are additionally left to feel frustrated at poor service or ignored, then it is obvious they will think twice about returning. That said, of course there are many hardworking people in Andalucia. I know plenty who try extremely hard and enjoy successful businesses and repeat customers. But, as a whole, service could be massively improved, and maybe then there would be more cash in the coffers.

Fruit and veg sales just grow and grow EXPORTS of fruit and vegetables from Almeria Province grew 15.7 per cent to 48,200 tonnes, latest figures show Vegetables exports in September were worth €42.7 million, while fruit worth €4.4 million was sold. Although fresh fruit is a secondary market in the Almeria cultivation industry, the latest production

numbers totalled more than 8,000 tonnes. In the first nine months of the year, the fruit and vegetable farmers of Almeria exported nearly 1.5 million tonnes for a 12.5 per cent rise on last year to €1,300 million worth. Out of these overall export numbers, 1.1 million were vegetables and more than 300,000 tonnes were

SALES GROWTH: Tomatoes biggest crop in Almeria. fruit. Exports increased 13 and 3.6 per cent, respectively. Around 40 per cent of all

the fruit and vegetables exported from Spain are produced in Almeria, followed by Murcia (24.2

Car sales in Spain hit a crash barrier SPAIN made 8.5 per cent fewer cars in October. Over the course of 2012, so far production throughout the country’s motor industry has dropped 18 per cent to 1.7 million

vehicles, according to latest figures. In the first 10 moths of the year 1.3 million cars, 47,954 fourwheel drives and 325,574 vans and lorries were built in Spain. Heavy vehicle production was

down 42 per cent. The only ray of light was off-road cars where there was a 25 per cent rise in production, said a report by Anfac, the Spanish motor trade organisation.

per cent). Nine out of the best-selling products coming from Almeria are vegetables and fruits. Only concrete materials get into the top 10, ranking fifth. Tomatoes were the biggest crop in Almeria, accounting for 21.7 per cent of production in the first half of 2012, yielding €343 million. Next were peppers (16.8 per cent) and cucumbers (8.9).

Volunteers as bank pay-offs finalised MOST lay-offs by CAM bank owner, Sabadell, will be voluntary. There would be 1,750 redundancies, Sabadell warned last year on acquiring nationalised CAM for €1. Following negotiations with the unions, this was reduced to 1,250 and redundancy terms have now been agreed. A total of 963 people have so far agreed to take early retirement or redundancy. The latter will receive 35 days’ pay per year worked, between a €30,000 minimum and a maximum of €150,000. Employees on more than €30,000 a year will also get an ex-gratia payment of €10,000. Remaining CAM workers who reject the redundancy or early retirement packages will be relocated to branches elsewhere in the Sabadell network. Employees declining transfers will be paid off at rates agreed with the unions. The redundancies involve CAM employees although those from Alicante Province where the bank is based are less likely to be affected. The bank’s Risk and IT departments are based there, as well as the divisions handling the savings bank’s real estate and toxic assets divisions.


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COMMENT Hobson’s choice BRAZIL’S president Dilma Roussef told Mariano Rajoy that ‘exaggerated’ austerity is self-defeating. This blighted Latin America in the past, she said, and noone would contradict her. However, Brazil has enormous resources on which to base growth but, apart from tourism, Spain’s pre-2008 resources were bricks, mortar and speculation. Following the property implosion it must look elsewhere and until it finds a formula, austerity is forced upon it, not chosen.

Sell-off HOW much does a residence permit cost on the black market? How much must a non-EU national pay to benefit from the advantages of living in a country like Spain? If we didn’t know before, we do now: €160,000. And how is that sum arrived at? It is the minimum price for property in Spain that the government is offering prospective purchasers in exchange for a residence permit.

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

Having not dated in a while, I donned my most expensive frock, Versace, of course; my highest heels, not the Louboutins but ones of a similar calibre; I even shaved my legs. Well, you never know how the evening is going to go. Back to the date itself; I chose to meet him at the

She’s the one from last week; one half of Mr and Mrs Been-Together-Forever. And wanting for me what she has, she set me up with a friend of her husband.

I’m not overly thrilled that I’m the charity case, the one who is pitied, but she certainly knows what I look for in a man, and she chose well.

ON a pre-Christmas visit to the Costa del Sol from Coventry, Maurice Ward has not yet started shopping. “Each year I vow to organise myself and start early, but with every passing Christmas, nothing changes.” Belgian-born Jan de Groote, who lives in El Toro, Mallorca, hasn’t thought about Christmas either. “One of the things I like about living in Spain is that Christmas is not as commercialised as it is Belgium. The other day I was in Ikea and it was full of decorations. The contrast with other shops was incredible.” Also, Jaume Salom from the Balearics has purchased nothing. “My wife usually buys the presents a few days before the Three Kings in January. I will give her some money and tell her to look after the grandchildren.” Carol Dawson from the Costa Blanca also feels under prepared, but has bought her Christmas cards, which is a start. “We are celebrating Christmas early this year as my step-daughter Charlotte is coming over from the UK on December 15, so we really need to get a move on.” Joan Carty from Altea is halfway there, but is resigned to the usual last-minute rush. “That’s what happened last year and what happens most

Ready for Xmas is a big question

STREET TALK

EWSFLASH! I went on a date...with a real man. As blind dates go, it wasn’t half bad. But in reality, he wasn’t specifically my type. More Brad Pitt than George Clooney, but who am I to complain? My new Bestie has taken it upon herself to rule my love life, or lack thereof.

With 27 days remaining, are you ready for Christmas? Have all the presents been bought and neatly wrapped, or do you leave it to a last-minute panic buy? Laura-Jane Bruce and other EWN reporters went out and about to find out.

FROM LEFT: Carol Dawson, Jan de Groote and Maurice Ward.

years.” Friends Connor Menon and Ben del Grosso, aged 15, from La Marina on the Costa Blanca, have few preparations to do but Connor is already ahead of the game. “I have got Ben a Blackberry and I am going to the UK soon so will get my gifts then.” Cafeteria owner Esperanza Fuster from Altea isn’t too worried about Christmas this year. “Presents will be modest – just a little something – thanks to the crisis and now the children are grown-up.” Jerry Woodcock from Benalmadena shares this

restaurant rather than have him pick me up as with a traditional rendezvous. That way, I could arrive fashionably late, and not liking what I saw, could exit without him knowing and send him a text with my excuses. That may sound harsh, but when you’ve encountered as many disastrous blind dates as I have, you will understand. Thankfully, our date location - Marbella’s Puente Romano Hotel - instantly put him in good stead. For those who don’t know, the swish hotel has hosted Audrey Hepburn, and too many other global stars to list. Back to us. We were both a little apprehensive at first, but as the evening progressed, we relaxed into each other’s company. The conversation and Champagne flowed, the latter a must. I don’t dress up like this to drink bubbly water or a bottle of plonk all night. He even took me for a stroll along the beach, before bidding me goodnight and planting a kiss on my cheek. Such a gentleman. Sounds like a perfect date, doesn’t it? All the ingredients were there; looks, charm, money... stop judging me... But were there fireworks? Butterflies? Chemistry? Sadly, no. But there’s always next week. And another date. And another man.

alternative approach to Christmas shopping. “All our children and grandchildren have grown up, so they prefer to receive money from us rather than gifts. “I guess it’s a little sad as we used to love the pleasure of searching for presents for them, but as times change, we have to adapt.” And me? A quick dash around my local shopping TWO brown pelicans blown to Rhode centre after Island, USA, by the winds of Hurricane work on Sandy will be flown in a private plane Christmas Eve back to their natural habitat in Florida. will have to suffice.

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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 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Young Apprentice 10:00pm Goodnight Britain 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Question Time

12:35am This Week A political review of the week presented by Andrew Neil, with Michael Portillo and guests. 1:20am Holiday Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:25am Panorama 1:55am Countryfile 2:40am Planet Earth Live Gremlin is a nineweek-old baby toque macaque. 3:40am Antiques Roadshow 4:40am Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 5:25am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm Don’t Tell the Bride 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 a strange American family. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Russell Howard’s Good News 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am Some Girls 3:00am Dying for Clear Skin In 2011 24-year-old Jesse Jones went missing. 4:00am Inside the Body Beautiful

Channel 4

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 Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

5:50am Countdown 6:35am Make Do and Mend 7:00am BT and Channel 4 Present... 7:05am Sali Mali 7:10am The Hoobs Groove’s been looking for sticks on Hoobnet and ended up with a load of old bamboo. 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

4:00pm Real Rescues Nick Knowles and Louise Minchin present dramatic events from the day-to-day work of the emergency services. The RNLI is called out to rescue Poppy, a springer spaniel who has chased a bird and fallen 300 feet from the cliff top. 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 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 Great Continental Railway Journeys 11:00pm Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience Stand-up comedian Rhod Gilbert tries his hand at some proper jobs. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Gavin Esler.

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Britain’s Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 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 Due to Katie’s shock accident Declan and Megan start to rebuild their relationship. 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale A distraught Declan is wracked with guilt. 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 Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Kirstie’s Vintage Home This time Kirstie takes on one of life’s most important events: a wedding. 10:00pm The Aristocrats 11:00pm True Stories

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 5:00am Joey’s First Fight 5:15am Lilly the Magnificent Lilly desperately wants to prove herself as a magician in her class talent contest. 5:30am Making Media

12:05am Dirty Britain 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Tonight 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Textbased information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:25am The Curious Case of the Clark Brothers 1:25am Random Acts 1:30am Embarrassing Fat Bodies 2:25am BT and Channel 4 Present... 2:30am Geordies Overboard 3:25am Unreported World 3:50am Dispatches David Cameron backs increasing British aid to Rwanda to nearly £100m a year by 2015. 4:20am Time Team 5:15am Deal or No Deal

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Kenny Everett - Top of the Pops: 1977 9:00pm Horizon 10:00pm The Secret Life of Rubbish 11:00pm The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 12:00am Treasures of the Anglo Saxons Art historian Dr Nina Ramirez reveals the codes and messages hidden in Anglo-Saxon art. 1:00am The Toilet: An Unspoken History 2:00am Horizon 3:00am Kenny Everett - Top of the Pops: 1977 3:30am The Secret Life of Rubbish

CH4

Channel 5 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 Build a New Life in the Country 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm Shark

CH5 10:00am Tickety Toc

4:15pm Christmas Returns to Canaan Seasonal drama. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Dex is mortified by the awkwardness with April. John goes to speak to Marilyn about the attempted kiss. Bianca and Heath decide to get their own place, but for the moment will move into the Braxton home. Heath’s mother then arrives at the house. Sasha and Marilyn muse about the nature of relationships. 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 second qualifying round of the 2012 World's Strongest Man competition is in Tampere, Finland. 10:00pm Cowboy Builders 11:00pm Pineapple Express Comedy.

7:00pm The Simpsons 1:10am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am HouseBusters 5:20am House Doctor Home improvement series. 5:45am Divine Designs Paul Binski examines religious art in Britain.

Satellite channels SKY1 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Raising Hope

7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Middle 9:30pm Modern Family 10:00pm Flintoff: From Lord’s to the Ring 11:00pm An Idiot Abroad 12:00am An Idiot Abroad 1:00am Spy 1:30am A League of Their Own

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 9:30am Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 11:20am Bridesmaids 1:25pm Hall Pass 3:15pm Cowboys and Aliens 35mm Special 3:45pm Eurotrip

SMC

5:30am 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 Emma finds out how far a teenage daughter’s concern for her widowed father will go. 3:15pm Escape to the Country Series in which buyers are helped to find their dream homes.

ITV

Renée Zellweger.

BBC1

9:30am Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

5:25pm It’s Kind of a Funny Story 7:10pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 9:00pm Bridesmaids 11:10pm Hall Pass 1:00am Eurotrip 2:40am It’s Kind of a Funny Story 4:30am Women in Trouble

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 4:45am Lady Jane 7:10am You May Not Kiss the Bride 8:50am Take Me Home 10:30am Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 12:15pm The Fighter 2:15pm The Help 4:45pm Burlesque 6:45pm The Bodyguard 9:00pm War Horse 11:30pm The Help 2:00am The Fighter 4:00am Rabbit Hole 5:35am The Lamp

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:45am Thunderbirds 7:25am Real Steel 9:35am Déjà Vu 11:45am Haywire 1:30pm Crimson Tide 3:30pm K-19: The Widowmaker 5:50pm Rush Hour 7:50pm Real Steel 10:00pm Haywire 11:45pm Rambo III 1:30am Rush Hour 3:15am Species

TCM 12:30pm Wagons West 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm The Horse Soldiers 6:20pm The Big Trail 8:40pm Cattle Town 10:00pm Legally Blonde 11:50pm A Perfect Murder 1:50am Legally Blonde


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5:25am 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 It’s an all-female line-up; a youthful blue team pit their skills against a more mature red team. 2:00pm BBC News at One 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 Sadie J 5:00pm Blue Peter 5:30pm Vip People 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show Chris Evans and Alex Jones present the stories that matter from across the country. 8:30pm Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Outnumbered 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm John Bishop’s Big Year 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show 12:20am The National Lottery Friday Night Draws The National Lottery Friday night draws presented by Matt Johnson. 12:30am Live at the Apollo Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert introduces stand-up from the world-famous Hammersmith Apollo. 1:00am EastEnders Omnibus 2:55am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:00am Fake or Fortune? 4:00am Question Time 5:00am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Merlin Fantasy drama series. 8:45pm Doctor Who Science fiction drama. 9:35pm Great Movie Mistakes 10:00pm World’s Craziest Fools 10:30pm Russell Howard’s Good News 11:00pm Impractical Jokers 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Some Girls 12:30am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 12:55am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 1:15am American Dad! 1:40am American Dad! 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am Him and Her 3:00am Russell Howard’s Good News 3:30am Some Girls 4:00am Dying for Clear Skin In 2011 24-year-old Jesse Jones went missing.

ITV

Channel 4

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

5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak Daybreak deliver the stories that matter to viewers in the world of news and entertainment. 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 Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Nina Hossain with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. Flog It! comes from Cheshire’s Tatton Park. 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 Mastermind John Humphrys invites four more contenders to answer questions in the black chair. 9:30pm An Island Parish Bolt from the Blue. Series following the community on the tiny crown dependency of Sark in the Channel Islands. 11:00pm QI Comedy quiz show. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Gavin Esler.

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Britain’s Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 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 Cain and Moira find it difficult to keep playing hard to get. 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Island Hospital 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:30pm ITV News and Weather Mark Austin and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world.

ITV

BBC1

12:00am The Review Show Kirsty Wark and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week. 12:50am Later... with Jools Holland 1:55am The Counterfeiters Oscar-winning drama based on the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, an artist and expert forger who was arrested by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp. 3:30am 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 Sacred Music 9:30pm Sounds of the 70s Musical documentary series. Disco was all pervasive in the mid and early 70s. 10:00pm The Beach Boys: Doin’ it Again 10:55pm The Beach Boys: Live at Knebworth 12:05am Legends Dennis Wilson, the drummer in the Beach Boys, was the real Beach Boy. 1:05am Guitar Heroes at the BBC Series featuring legendary guitarists performing at the BBC studios. 2:05am The Beach Boys: Doin’ it Again 3:05am The Beach Boys: Live at Knebworth

5:15am Deal or No Deal 6:10am Countdown 6:55am The Treacle People 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 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 9:30am 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 Build a New Life in the Country 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm The Mentalist

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 8:30pm Unreported World 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Come Dine with Me 10:00pm Lee Evans 11:10pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man

4:15pm The Christmas Pageant Charlene Amoia, Candice Azzara, Kate Flannery, Gloria Gifford (I). Seasonal comedy. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours Summer burns her bridges with Susan when she hands in her resignation at the newspaper. 7:00pm Home and Away Heath’s mother Cheryl invades Bianca and Heath’s privacy when she comes to stay with them. 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. 11:00pm Castle Quirky US crime drama series about a bestselling author who teams up with a young New York detective to solve murders, gaining inspiration for his books along the way. When a museum curator’s death is linked to an archaeological expedition to the tomb of a legendary Mayan king, Castle believes that he could be the next victim of the mummy’s curse.

12:05am - Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mel Gibson.

12:05am Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1:50am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Deep Blue Sea 5:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

Channel 5

12:15am 4funnies: The Rubberbandits 12:40am 8 Out of 10 Cats 1:30am Random Acts 1:35am Full English Meet the Johnson family in Channel 4’s brand new animated satirical sitcom. 2:05am The Ricky Gervais Show 2:30am My Name is Earl 2:55am My Name is Earl 3:15am Bob’s Burgers 3:40am Bob’s Burgers 4:00am Glory Daze 4:45am 90210 5:25am Deal or No Deal

12:00am Law and Order: Criminal Intent 12:55am Inside Hollywood 1:00am Super Casino 4:55am Motorsport Mundial The latest motor racing action from around the world. 5:20am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:45am Divine Designs Art historian Dr Paul Binski examines some of Britain’s most fascinating works of religious art.

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Raising Hope 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Middle 9:00pm Modern Family 9:30pm Spy 10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm A League of Their Own 12:00am Flintoff: From Lords to the

Ring 1:00am Don’t Sit in the Front Row 1:30am Road Wars 2:25am Border Invasion USA 3:25am Border Invasion USA 4:20am Road Wars 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 4:30am Women in Trouble 6:15am A Nanny for Christmas 7:55am Blackball 9:40am White Men Can’t Jump 11:40am Harry Potter: The Magic Lives On 12:10pm Cyrus 1:50pm Tower Heist 3:40pm Friends with Benefits 5:40pm The Stepford Wives 7:20pm Cyrus 9:00pm Tower Heist 10:45pm Friends with Benefits 12:45am The Pool Boys 2:20am White Men Can’t Jump 4:20am The Stepford Wives

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:35am The Lamp 7:15am Mask 9:15am Like Dandelion Dust 11:00am Conviction 12:50pm A Little Bit of Heaven 2:40pm Shakespeare in Love 4:45pm The Age of Innocence 7:05pm Conviction 9:00pm A Little Bit of Heaven 11:00pm Shakespeare in Love 1:10am Albatross 2:45am Cherrybomb 4:20am The Descendants Special 4:35am The Age of Innocence

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:10am Small Soldiers 7:05am Hanna 9:00am The Eagle 11:00am Jaws 2 1:00pm Braveheart 4:00pm Shanghai Noon

6:00pm Shanghai Knights 8:00pm Hanna 10:00pm Braveheart 1:00am The Eagle 3:00am Species II 4:40am Machete

TCM 6:00am The Horse Soldiers 8:05am Gunsmoke 9:10am Gunsmoke 10:15am The Big Trail 12:30pm Cattle Town 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm The Charge at Feather River 5:50pm Son of a Gunfighter 7:30pm Union Station 9:00pm Riders of Destiny 10:00pm The Glimmer Man 11:45pm Executive Action 1:30am Training Day 3:40am Zorba the Greek


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HE present battle between banks and borrowers over evictions reminds me of a scene from an old movie about good news and bad news. The government says to the people: “There is good news and bad news.” The people say: “OK, tell us.” The government explains: “Well, we are increasing taxes and lowering your salaries and pensions. We are planning to privatise hospitals, schools and utility companies. We intend to hand over the autovias to private companies so they can become autopistas with tolls. We are going to charge you for going to court. We shall make it easier to sack employees and reduce redundancy payments. “We shall allow the banks to put all their bad assets in a ‘Banco Malo’ and offer foreigners residency permits if they STANDSTILL: Nothing is done about major real estate and construction companies who owe the banks billions. buy a property. We let the banks evict you from your home if you owe them €100,000. There is too much corruption and waste of public funds which goes unpunished.” The people reply: “So give us the good news.” The government somewhat perplexed says. “That was the good news.” To be fair the government, which has been dragging its heels for two years, has finally begun by the sub-prime crisis, to make a move to end the it does seem poor immoral and unjust eviction commercial judgement of families from their homes. on the part of the But it took the tragic lenders. The banks suicide of 53-year-old admit that unpaid loans Amaya Egana to finally affect only 3 per cent of www.pfieldman.blogspot.com convince politicians that the all mortgages and London-born journalist and laws need changing. An exmany of these relate to author, Peter spends his time councillor from Oviedo who garages or business between Paris and Madrid. His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ was unemployed with three premises, not the main available on Amazon or children, she jumped from residence. www.1066TheConquest.com her fourth-floor flat when In the current the bailiffs arrived. It has recession the govern- EMPTY: Motorways that are now toll roads. shocked and shamed the country but not, ment will be forced to assist families who it seems, the banks, who are still are on the street and find them avoid abuses by people who simply stop Although there is a danger it could lead expecting to recover their loans. alternative accommodation. So surely it is paying believing they can cheat the to abuse, it should lead to a more In contrast the government does a better solution to leave people in their system, to prevent the exploitation by equitable arrangement between nothing about the major real estate and homes. If banks continue to evict families mafia operators who buy up repossessed borrower and lender. construction companies who owe the and leave properties empty, they properties at auction at knock-down Banks have been guilty of overvaluing banks €40 billion, for whom it is business deteriorate. Selling them at auction for prices or the dramatic situation which property and lending too much in the full as usual. This emphasises the argument knock-down prices is frankly immoral has arisen in a deprived Madrid suburb knowledge that borrowers might not be about being too big to fall. when it still leaves the balance of the loan where unauthorised families are taking able to repay, demonstrating a total lack There is, though, a pocket of plus interest and charges which are over properties and squatting illegally. of responsibility. Borrowers too were resistance. Together with his lawyer, a loaded onto the borrower who cannot Nevertheless, a change of mentality is guilty of extending themselves. Moroccan immigrant, Mohamed Aziz from repay. permeating through the legal system; If banks considered each case on its Barcelona, whose lender was charging One of the worst abuses is the judges and the police are beginning to merits and only lent what people could massive interest rates for overdue common requirement for guarantors of stop either giving eviction notices or afford it would reduce the risks. But it payments, is bringing his case to the loans. These are often parents or family carrying out the decisions of the courts would also reduce the number of home European Court. He argues that the members who can find themselves while lawyers are prepared to assist sales and developers and banks would clauses in the small print which enable saddled with huge debts and find they cases of extreme hardship without fees. face lower profits and their or their the banks to hike up interest rates and risk losing their own homes as well as Spanish laws are among the worst for intermediaries’ lower fees. charges on unpaid mortgage payments to seeing their lives destroyed. the consumer in Europe. Guillem Soler, a France has a rule whereby monthly 20 per cent plus, are against the interests No civilised democratic society can magistrate in Barcelona, has criticised payments cannot exceed 30 per cent of of consumers. allow such hardship for its citizens. the current laws which he says are anti their salaries. This has considerably If judgement is given in his favour it will For both government and banks it constitutional since they do not give the reduced the risk of a property bubble. do more to redress the balance than the makes economic sense to leave families borrower any rights at all to contest a The financial sector has been slow to Spanish Government has done since the in their homes, lower the monthly judgement. react and should show more crisis began five years ago. repayments and/or extend the loan There are growing demands to responsibility and come up with their Lawyers argue that the proposed new period. If properties are repossessed the introduce the ‘dacion’ rule. This would own ideas to bring about a sensible rules for a moratorium only push the lenders can charge occupiers a fair rent mean repossessing the property would financial and moral solution to this crisis, problem further down the road. After until such time as the market improves. eliminate the loan and any further debts. which was caused by the banks in the seeing the devastation caused in the USA There will have to be some control to Naturally banks are against this proposal. first place.

Good news is bad for those being evicted

Peter Fieldman


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5:00am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC’s Breakfast team. 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live James Martin hosts the cooking show, and is joined by Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard and Chris Evans. Alfie Boe faces his food heaven or food hell and expert Olly Smith chooses the wine to match the studio dishes. There is a chance to enjoy some classic moments from Rick Stein, Great British Menu and Rachel Khoo'’s Little Paris Kitchen. 12:30pm Baking Made Easy 1:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 1:10pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 1:15pm Football Focus 2:00pm Snooker 3:00pm Rugby Union

4.00pm - midnight 5:30pm Final Score 6:10pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 6:20pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 6:30pm A Question of Sport 7:00pm Pointless 7:50pm Strictly Come Dancing Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly host another action-packed Strictly Come Dancing. 9:00pm Merlin Fantasy drama series. 9:45pm The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws The National Lottery Saturday night draws presented by John Partridge. 9:55pm Casualty 10:45pm Live at the Apollo Glaswegian comic Kevin Bridges introduces stand-up from the world-famous Hammersmith Apollo. 11:15pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 11:30pm Match of the Day 1:05am The Football League Show 1:45am Westworld 3:10am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:15am BBC News BBC One joins the BBC’s rolling news channel for a night of news, with bulletins on the hour and the headlines every 15 minutes.

BBC3 8:00pm Rugby Union 9:00pm Top Gear Motoring show. 10:00pm Russell Howard’s Good News 10:45pm Pretty Woman Romantic comedy reworking of the Pygmalion theme, set in modern-day America. 12:40am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 1:05am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 1:25am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:50am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 2:10am Impractical Jokers 2:40am Him and Her 3:05am Russell Howard’s Good News 3:50am Britain’s Biggest Beauty Queens

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7:30am Balamory 7:50am Charlie and Lola 8:05am Cloudbabies 8:15am Everything’s Rosie 8:25am Bob the Builder: Ready, Steady, Build! 8:35am Chuggington 8:45am Octonauts 9:00am Tilly and Friends 9:10am Woolly and Tig 9:15am Mike the Knight 9:30am Timmy Time 9:40am Tweenies 10:00am Baby Jake 10:10am Big Barn Farm 10:25am Mr Bloom's Nursery 10:45am Something Special 11:05am Zingzillas Zingbop 11:10am Get Squiggling 11:30am Get Well Soon 11:45am Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 12:00pm Justin’s House 12:25pm I Can Cook on the Go 12:40pm Mister Maker Comes to Town 1:00pm Coast 1:05pm Animal Park 2:05pm The Gay Divorce 3:45pm Houseguest

5:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:25am The Hive 7:35am The Hive 7:45am The Hive 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Canimals 8:05am The Avengers 8:25am Almost Naked Animals 8:40am Almost Naked Animals 8:50am Horrid Henry 9:05am Horrid Henry 9:15am Horrid Henry 9:30am Shake it Up! 10:00am My Phone Genie 10:25am ITV News 10:30am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 11:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 12:20pm Columbo 2:20pm ITV News and Weather 2:30pm Holiday Home Sweet Home 3:30pm Holiday Home Sweet Home

5:25am Deal or No Deal 6:20am Countdown 7:05am Sali Mali Jackdaw finds it a breeze to rescue Sali Mali's hat when it blows away. 7:10am The Hoobs Iver's fed up. 7:35am The Hoobs What's a Hoob to do when they're marooned like Robinson Crusoe on a desert island? 8:00am Beach Volleyball 8:55am The Morning Line Turf tips and news from the Channel 4 Racing team. 9:55am Frasier 10:25am Frasier 11:00am Made in Chelsea 12:05pm Suburgatory As their relationship gets more serious, George decides that he wants to introduce Eden to Tessa. 12:40pm The Big Bang Theory 1:15pm The Big Bang Theory 1:50pm The Big Bang Theory 2:20pm The Simpsons 2:55pm Channel 4 Racing

7:30am The Mr Men Show 7:45am Olive the Ostrich 7:50am Abby's Flying Fairy School 8:00am Roobarb and Custard Too 8:05am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:20am Animal Antics 8:25am Noddy in Toyland 8:35am City of Friends 8:50am Little Princess 9:05am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:45am Rupert Bear 10:00am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:25am Roary the Racing Car 10:40am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am ThunderCats 12:00pm The All New Gadget Show 12:55pm Cowboy Builders 1:55pm Superman

5:30pm Snooker: UK Championships 6:30pm Flog It! Antiques show which helps amateur auctioneers, collectors and bargain-hunters make a saving. 7:30pm Great British Food Revival Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. 8:30pm Dad’s Army 9:00pm Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild Episode to be Announced. 10:00pm QI XL Quiz show. Stephen Fry looks at people whose names start with J. 10:45pm Bad 25

4:30pm The Unforgettable... 5:00pm Jonathan and Charlotte 6:00pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 6:15pm ITV News and Weather Charlene White with the latest headlines from around the world. 6:30pm The Golden Rules of Tv 7:00pm You’ve Been Framed! 7:30pm Take Me Out 9:00pm The X Factor 10:30pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:30pm ITV News and Weather Charlene White with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:45pm FA Cup Highlights Matt Smith presents highlights of all the day’s FA Cup secondround ties.

4:55pm The Simpsons 5:20pm Come Dine with Me 5:55pm Come Dine with Me 6:25pm Come Dine with Me 6:55pm Come Dine with Me 7:25pm Come Dine with Me 7:55pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:25pm 4thought.tv 8:30pm Heston’s Fantastical Food 9:30pm Stephen Fry: Gadget Man Stephen Fry shares his passion for gadgets and new tech, from the everyday to the extraordinary. 10:00pm Star Trek

4:35pm The Christmas Gift Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly, Alexei Zubarev, Mimi Kennedy, Donovan Scott, Reginald Vel Johnson. Feelgood family drama. Three orphaned young boys stay with a kind childless couple in their perfect home over the Christmas period. When they overhear that the couple intends to adopt just one of them, the lads compete for attention and affection in order to win a place in the house. 6:20pm Our First Christmas A newlywed couple with children from previous marriages attempt to bring their families together at Christmas, but the kids are somewhat reluctant to embrace their new siblings. 8:10pm Catwoman Adventure spin-off from the Batman comic franchise. A shy graphic designer at a cosmetics company is murdered by her employer after stumbling on a corporate conspiracy. Resurrected by a psychic Egyptian cat, she is transformed into a leather-clad superhero complete with feline agility, and she sets out for revenge. 9:55pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 10:00pm International Boxing Boxing action from Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

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8:30pm Dad’s Army Classic wartime sitcom about a group of men - not able to take up active service due to their age - who set up their town’s Home Guard in the Second World War.

1:00am Snooker Coverage and reaction from the latest Snooker event taking place. 1:50am Snooker Coverage and reaction from the latest Snooker event taking place.

BBC4 8:00pm Metalworks! 9:00pm Horizon 10:00pm The Killing The third and last season of the Danish thriller sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case. 11:00pm The Killing The third and last season of the Danish thriller sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case. 12:00am More Old Jews Telling Jokes More old Jews tell their favourite jokes. 12:30am Kenny Everett - Top of the Pops: 1977 1:00am Motown at the BBC 2:00am Metalworks! 3:00am Horizon Last century, earthquakes killed over one million, and it is predicted that this century might see ten times as many deaths. Yet when an earthquake strikes, it always takes people by surprise.

12:45am Serenity Government weapons’ researchers have been manipulating the intelligence of some very bright teenagers, until one of them, River, escapes - complete with a head full of potentially damaging secrets. 2:45am The Store 4:00am In Plain Sight 4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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10:00pm Star Trek

12:25am The X Files: I Want to Believe 2:25am Steel Magnolias 4:25am Hollyoaks Omnibus

12:00am BAMMA 11: Alex Reid Returns Mixed martial arts action. 1:15am Super Casino 5:05am Michaela's Wild Challenge Michaela Strachan and colleagues undertake a range of wildlife-related dares in exotic locations. 5:25am The Great Artists 5:50am County Secrets Series that throws a spotlight on some of the UK's most scenic counties.

Satellite channels SKY1 7:00am Lion Man 7:30am Lion Man 8:00am UK Border Force 9:00am UK Border Force 10:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 11:00am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm Diversity 2:00pm Little Crackers 2:15pm Little Crackers 2:30pm Little Crackers 2:45pm Little Crackers 3:00pm Little Crackers 3:15pm Little Crackers 3:30pm Futurama 4:00pm Futurama 4:30pm Futurama 5:00pm Futurama 5:30pm Modern Family 6:00pm Modern Family 6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Michael Buble Home for the Holidays 8:00pm Hawaii Five-0 9:00pm Hawaii Five-0 10:00pm Cop Squad 11:00pm From Hell 1:20am Road Wars 2:20am Inside Gatwick 3:15am Road Wars 4:05am

Caribbean Cops 5:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 6:00am Project: Alf 7:40am Swinging with the Finkels 9:10am Ramona and Beezus 10:55am Diary of a Wimpy Kid 12:40pm The Brady Bunch Movie 2:15pm Jack and Jill 3:55pm 50 First Dates 5:40pm Without a Paddle 7:25pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9:00pm Jack and Jill 10:40pm 50 First Dates 12:25am Without a Paddle 2:10am Swinging with the Finkels 3:40am Eddie Murphy: Raw

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 7:00am Stay Cool 8:40am Our

Family Wedding 10:30am Trouble with the Curve: Sky Movies Special 10:50am That Thing You Do! 12:50pm The Adjustment Bureau 2:40pm I Don't Know How She Does it 4:15pm The Avengers Special 4:45pm Honey 2 6:45pm The Terminal 9:00pm I Don’t Know How She Does it 10:35pm The Adjustment Bureau 12:25am Purple Rain 2:25am Casino Jack 4:15am 4 Wedding Planners

SKY MOVIES ACTION 7:00am The Warrior’s Way 8:50am Spy Kids 10:30am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 12:20pm Daylight 2:20pm X-Men: First Class 4:35pm First Blood

6:15pm Rambo: First Blood Part II 8:00pm Daylight 10:00pm X-Men: First Class 12:15am First Blood 1:55am Rambo: First Blood Part II 3:35am Skyline 5:15am X-Men: First Class Special 5:45am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

TCM 7:40am Gunsmoke 8:45am Gunsmoke 9:50am Riders of Destiny 10:50am Union Station 12:25pm Son of a Gunfighter 2:10pm The Charge at Feather River 4:00pm A Thunder of Drums 5:50pm The Fighting Lawman 7:10pm The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 10:00pm Collateral Damage 12:05am Super Troopers 2:00am Broadcast News 4:20am Super Troopers


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The rich diversity of scenic Spain S

PAIN has a rich scenic diversity and vast areas of the country remain wild, rugged and sparsely populated. Not only that, but large parts of the country are protected. Within Europe, Spain leads the way in the conservation of its heritage. There are many categories of protection including National Parks, Natural Parks and Biosphere Reserves. A Biosphere Reserve is an Almeria international Robert is an English writer of travel books. He has lived in Roquetas de conservation Mar (Almeria) with wife Diane since 2003. designation given http://bob.robertbovington.net/spain/home by UNESCO. To achieve this status it must not only be ecologically diverse but also must demonstrate a CABO DE GATA. balanced relationship between human beings and the mid-2005). Spain has a environment. proportionately higher number The World Network of of biosphere reserves compared Biosphere Reserves is the with other European countries collection of all 482 biosphere with 33. reserves in 102 countries (as of These include the spectacular

Robert Bovington

SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA.

Ordesa National Park in the Pyrenees, the lowland wilderness of the Doñana National Park in western Andalucía, the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema and the snow-

capped heights of the Picos de Europa in Cantabria. There are two biosphere reserves close to my heart and close to where I live - the Sierra Nevada and the Cabo de

Gata-Nijar. The Sierra Nevada contains the Iberian Peninsula’s highest mountains. They are the spectacular backdrop to the magnificent city of Granada and the Alhambra Palace and their southern slopes are sprinkled with the little white villages of the Alpujarras. Just a few miles from Almeria, is the pristine coastline of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park.


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3:15am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC’s Breakfast team. 8:30am 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 Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury explore Somerset’s countryside and coastline. 2:00pm Bargain Hunt Antiques challenge. 3:00pm Homes Under the Hammer

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Call the Midwife Drama about a newly-trained midwife in 1950s London. 5:45pm Songs of Praise 6:20pm Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day Cookery series. 6:50pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team. 7:10pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 7:20pm Countryfile 8:20pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow Aberystwyth Arts Centre welcomes Fiona Bruce and the team of experts. 10:00pm The Secret of Crickley Hall 11:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:15pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:25pm Match of the Day 2

12:15am The Graham Norton Show 1:00am The Sky at Night 1:20am The Two Mr. Kissels 2:45am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:50am Film 2012 3:20am Holby City 4:20am Operation Iceberg 5:20am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey 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. 12:15am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of a strange American family. 12:40am Family Guy 1:00am Some Girls 1:30am Him and Her 2:00am Gavin and Stacey 3:00am Dying for Clear Skin 4:00am Inside the Body Beautiful Documentary looking at the physiological and psychological changes that happen to young people as they strive to alter their appearance.

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7:00am Tikkabilla 7:30am Balamory 7:50am Charlie and Lola Animation following a boy’s efforts to get his stubborn little sister to try new things. 8:05am Cloudbabies 8:15am Everything’s Rosie Rosie lives in a playhouse with her colourful group of friends. 8:25am Bob the Builder: Ready, Steady, Build! 8:35am Chuggington 8:45am Octonauts 9:00am Tilly and Friends 9:10am Woolly and Tig 9:15am Mike the Knight 9:30am Timmy Time 9:40am Tweenies 10:00am Baby Jake 10:10am Big Barn Farm 10:25am Mr Bloom’s Nursery 10:45am Something Special 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm The Great British Bake Off 1:30pm Rugby Union 2:30pm Snooker: UK Championships

4:45am ITV Nightscreen 6:30am ITV Morning News 7:00am Engie Benjy 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:25am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:35am Signed Stories 7:45am Canimals 7:55am Canimals 8:00am Matt Hatter Chronicles 8:25am Almost Naked Animals 8:35am Almost Naked Animals 8:50am Almost Naked Animals 9:00am Big Time Rush 9:30am Good Luck Charlie 10:00am Good Luck Charlie 10:25am There's No Taste Like Home 11:20am Carry on Cruising 1:00pm ITV News and Weather 1:05pm FA Cup 2nd Round Live: MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon

4:25am Hollyoaks Omnibus 6:30am Countdown 7:15am The Hoobs 7:40am The Hoobs 8:05am Sailing 8:35am North Face Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc 9:05am Will and Grace 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:05pm The Big Bang Theory 1:35pm The Big Bang Theory 2:00pm The Simpsons 2:30pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things Hugh's three-ingredient competition continues, with this week focusing on fish. 3:05pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things 3:35pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things

8:00am Roobarb and Custard Too 8:10am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:20am Animal Antics 8:25am Noddy in Toyland 8:40am City of Friends 8:50am Little Princess 9:05am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:15am Mio Mao 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:40am Rupert Bear 9:55am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Castle Farm 10:15am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:30am Roary the Racing Car 10:45am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am ThunderCats 12:10pm Chinese Food in Minutes 12:25pm The Singing Friar 12:55pm Rolf's Animal Clinic 1:55pm Road to Christmas 3:40pm Jack Frost

6:30pm Flog It! Antiques show which helps amateur auctioneers, collectors and bargain-hunters make a saving. 7:30pm Fawlty Towers Prepare for a stay at the famous Torquay hotel run by disaster-prone Basil Fawlty and his overbearing wife, Sybil, in what most rightthinking people would agree is the world’s finest sitcom. Basil tries to conceal the body of a dead guest while worrying about the out-of-date kippers served that morning. Very fishy! 8:00pm Top Gear Motoring magazine programme that tests and reviews the latest models of cars on the market, as well as covering older ‘classic’ models and news in the motoring world. 9:00pm Return to Forgotten Britain 10:00pm Dragons’ Den Series in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to multimillionaires. 11:00pm Harry and Paul Two of the biggest comedy names in Britain, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are back with a whole new range of characters in a new series of their sketch show. 11:30pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks Irreverent pop quiz, with guest competitors from the worlds of music, TV and comedy.

4:00pm Farewell Jack 4:30pm The X Factor 6:00pm The Nation’s Favourite Number 1 Single 7:30pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 7:45pm ITV News and Weather James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The X Factor Results Show 10:00pm Steppin’ Out with Katherine Jenkins 11:15pm ITV News and Weather James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:30pm FA Cup Highlights

4:05pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things 4:35pm Hugh’s 3 Good Things 5:10pm Deal or No Deal 6:10pm Miracle on 34th Street 8:20pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:50pm 4thought.tv 8:55pm The Political Slot 9:00pm Alien Investigations 10:00pm Homeland 11:00pm Peep Show 11:30pm British Comedy Awards Nominations Show 2012

5:35pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 5:40pm Rush Hour 2 7:30pm Superman 2 Entertaining, special effects-filled sequel to Superman. 10:00pm Magnum Force The second action thriller in the Dirty Harry series sees the maverick cop investigating the slaying of some of the West Coast’s most powerful criminals. Dismissing the theory that the murders are the result of underworld squabbling, Callahan learns that each of the victims was killed by a slug from a.357 Magnum - the most powerful handgun in the world, and a weapon widely used within the San Francisco Police Dept.

12:00am I’ve Never Seen Star Wars 12:30am Snooker Coverage and reaction from the latest Snooker event taking place. 1:20am Snooker Coverage and reaction from the latest Snooker event taking place. 3:20am BBC News The latest national and international news stories, followed by Weather.

12:30am Rugby Highlights The pick of the highlights from the top flight of English rugby. 1:25am Grimefighters Series following the daily lives of Britain’s clean-up teams. 1:55am The Store 3:55am Motorsport UK 4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

BBC4 8:00pm A Child’s Christmases in Wales 9:00pm Love Me Do: The Beatles ‘62 On October 5th 1962 the Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do. 10:00pm Why Poverty? 11:00pm The Big Picture Paul Exben is a success story - a great job, a glamorous wife and two wonderful sons. 12:50am Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 On October 5th 1962 the Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do. 1:50am The Beach Boys: Doin’ it Again 2:45am The Beach Boys: Live at Knebworth On a cold and rainy summer night in June 1980, the Beach Boys played to a capacity crowd at a rock festival in England - a rocking, stomping show that got people up on their feet and brought a bit of California sunshine to the thousands of British fans who packed the show.

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10:00pm Steppin’ Out with Katherine Jenkins. Katherine Jenkins stars in a TV special with a difference.

Katherine Jenkins.

12:35am Rude Tube Animals take centre stage in this show as Rude Zoo explores the online jungle. 1:30am Fishing for Trouble 2:00am American Football Live 5:45am Grudge Match Humorous tales of longstanding rivalry in the world of sport and competition. 5:55am Countdown

12:30am Road House 2: Last Call 2:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:05am House Doctor 5:30am House Doctor 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 UK Border Force 9:00am UK Border Force 10:00am The Glee Project 11:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm André Rieu 3:35pm The Middle 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 6:00pm The Middle 6:30pm The Middle 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Raising Hope 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Road Wars 2:25am Road Wars 3:20am Road

Wars 4:15am Caribbean Cops 5:10am Lion Man 5:35am Lion Man

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:15am Ramona and Beezus 7:00am The Dilemma 9:00am The Cat in the Hat 10:35am Dunston Checks In 12:15pm Little Fockers 2:00pm Johnny English Reborn 3:45pm The Change-Up 5:45pm The Cat in the Hat 7:15pm Little Fockers 9:00pm Johnny English Reborn 10:45pm The Change-Up 12:40am The Dilemma 2:35am Swingers 4:15am Stan Helsing 5:50am Dunston Checks In

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:45am Prom 7:30am Lucky Christmas 9:00am An Affair to

Remember 11:00am War Horse 1:30pm Moneyball 3:45pm Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 5:35pm The Art of Getting by 7:00pm War Horse 9:30pm Moneyball 11:45pm Burlesque 1:45am Alfie 3:35am Just Go with it 5:35am Lucky Christmas

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:45am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 7:30am Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Special 8:00am Real Steel 10:10am Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 12:35pm Sahara 2:45pm Twister 4:45pm The Chronicles of Riddick 6:50pm Real Steel 9:00pm Sahara 11:10pm The Tourist

1:00am Rambo III 2:45am Déjà Vu 4:55am Justin Timberlake 5:15am Thunderbirds

TCM 6:00am Another Time, Another Place 7:40am The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 10:35am The Fighting Lawman 11:55am A Thunder of Drums 1:45pm Scrooge 4:00pm Gunsight Ridge 5:35pm The Hallelujah Trail 8:30pm Rider on a Dead Horse 10:00pm Hell on Wheels 10:55pm Hell on Wheels 11:50pm The Jacket 1:45am A Fistful of Dynamite 4:20am The Jacket


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5:20am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am 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

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm School for Stars 2 4:30pm Science Fiction 4:35pm Dennis and Gnasher Animation. Dennis lives in Beanotown with Mum, Dad, little sister Bea and his pet dog Gnasher. 4:45pm The League of Super Evil 5:00pm Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 5:30pm Pet School 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 Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm New Tricks 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Have I Got a Bit More News for You 12:20am Duplex Black comedy. 1:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:45am Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature 2:45am Operation Iceberg 3:45am Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 4:30am Great British Food Revival Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. 5:30am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 8:30pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 9:00pm Britain's Biggest Beauty Queens 10:00pm Junior Doctors 11:00pm Russell Howard’s Good News 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy Animated comedy series about the life of an American family. 12:25am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of family life. 12:45am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Junior Doctors 2:30am Inside the Body Beautiful 3:25am Russell Howard’s Good News 3:55am Britain’s Biggest Beauty Queens A programme exploring Britain's only plussize beauty pageant.

ITV

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Channel 5

7:00am Tikkabilla 7:30am Balamory 7:50am Charlie and Lola 8:05am Cloudbabies 8:15am Everything’s Rosie 8:25am Bob the Builder: Project Build It 8:35am Chuggington 8:45am Octonauts 9:00am Tilly and Friends 9:10am Woolly and Tig 9:15am Mike the Knight 9:30am Timmy Time 9:40am Tweenies 10:00am Numtums 10:05am Abadas 10:15am Alphablocks 10:20am The Rhyme Rocket 10:35am The Lingo Show 10:45am Something Special: We’re All Friends 11:05am Show Me Show Me 11:35am Let’s Play 11:55am I Can Cook on the Go 12:10pm Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Snooker: UK Championships

4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories A case of hit and run leaves a cyclist fighting for his life in intensive care.

5:55am Countdown 6:40am Make Do and Mend Simon Wright feeds some fussy kids for less than a fiver. 7:05am Sali Mali Sali Mali and Jackdaw are excited about Christmas. 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Come Dine with Me 11:30am Come Dine with Me 12:00pm Come Dine with Me 12:30pm Come Dine with Me 1:00pm Come Dine with Me 1:30pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:35pm The Comancheros Western starring John Wayne as Texas Ranger Jake Cutter. 3:40pm Countdown

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 9:10am Mio Mao 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:20am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:30am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Milkshake Monkey 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm The Removal Men 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Build a New Life in the Country 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm CSI: NY

7:00pm Eggheads General knowledge quiz in which teams from all over the UK battle to beat the formidable ‘Eggheads’, who have all been winners on other quiz shows. 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two All the latest news and gossip from behind the scenes of Strictly Come Dancing. 8:00pm Ricks Stein’s Christmas Odyssey 9:00pm University Challenge Cult student quiz show where two rival university teams battle it out to see who has the most superior intellects. 9:30pm MasterChef: The Professionals Ambitious young chefs put their skills to the test in an attempt to make it to the top of the culinary world. 10:00pm Inside Claridges 11:00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks Irreverent pop quiz, with guest competitors from the worlds of music, TV and comedy. 11:30pm Newsnight Comprehensive coverage of the day’s important national and international news stories.

4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Britain’s Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale Brett makes a move on Rhona while Paddy is away. 8:30pm The Royal Variety Performance 11:05pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:40pm The Agenda

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4’s brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks Sinead is faced with a monumental decision, while it's time for Mitzeee to face Mercedes again. 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:25pm 4thought.tv 8:30pm Turner Prize 2012 The Turner Prize returns to Channel 4, broadcasting live from Tate Britain in London. 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Stephen Fry: Gadget Man Stephen has a look at how gadgets can make work easier and, most importantly, more enjoyable. 10:00pm The Real Man’s Road Trip: Sean and Jon Go West 11:00pm The Fear

4:15pm Love’s Christmas Journey First instalment of a two-part festive drama. The saga of Love Comes Softly continues as recently widowed Ellie King visits her brother Aaron Davis and his children for Christmas. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours Susan pushes Priya to confide in her and Priya admits that she is having an affair. 7:00pm Home and Away Natalie and Brax take Casey to the hospital. The police arrive and arrest Casey for missing his court date. Gina confronts Marilyn about her kiss with John. Bianca leaves Heath to go stay at Irene’s. With Bianca gone, Heath breaks down and Brax comforts him. 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 Entertainment show. 10:00pm XIII: The Conspiracy Tense thriller charting the fall-out from the assassination of the USA’s first female president.

12:05am Full English 12:40am Alan Carr: Chatty Man 1:45am Secret State 2:40am The Good Wife 3:25am The Good Wife 4:10am Challenge to Lassie 5:25am Supernanny US

12:45am Shops, Robbers and Videotape 1:45am Highland Emergency Documentary series. A dramatic rescue is needed for an elderly walker in agonising pain. 2:10am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am Nick’s Quest 5:20am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:45am Divine Designs

ITV

12:10am State of Play Russell Crowe.

12:20am Snooker Coverage and reaction from the latest Snooker event taking place. 1:10am Dragons’ Den 2:10am Snooker Coverage and reaction from the latest Snooker event taking place. 4:10am BBC News The latest national and international news stories, followed by Weather. 5:00am Welcome to the World 5:30am Writing for Walford

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 Nature’s Microworlds 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Gorillas Revisited with Sir David Attenborough 11:00pm Attenborough and the Giant Egg 12:00am Mark Lawson Talks to... 12:30am The Killing 1:30am Nature’s Microworlds 2:00am Only Connect 2:30am Gorillas Revisited with Sir David Attenborough 3:30am Attenborough and the Giant Egg David Attenborough returns to the island of Madagascar on a very personal quest.

12:10am State of Play 2:20am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am UEFA Champions League Weekly 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Raising Hope 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 10:00pm Flintoff: From Lord’s to the Ring 11:00pm An Idiot Abroad 12:00am Fringe 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Road Wars 2:50am Road Wars 3:15am Road Wars 4:15am

Little Crackers 4:30am Little Crackers 4:45am Little Crackers 5:00am Futurama

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:50am Dunston Checks In 7:20am White Men Can’t Jump 9:20am Chalet Girl 11:00am The Truth About Cats and Dogs 12:40pm Snow Dogs 2:25pm Horrible Bosses 4:10pm Little Nicky 5:45pm Chalet Girl 7:25pm Cyrus 9:00pm Horrible Bosses 10:40pm Little Nicky 12:15am White Men Can’t Jump 2:10am The Truth About Cats and Dogs 3:50am Cyrus

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:35am Lucky Christmas 7:10am

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 9:10am Something Borrowed 11:10am Anonymous 1:25pm What’s Your Number? 3:15pm Mother and Child 5:30pm Something Borrowed 7:25pm Like Crazy 9:00pm Anonymous 11:15pm What's Your Number? 1:10am Stolen Lives 2:50am The Butcher’s Wife 4:45am The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Special 5:15am The 5th Quarter

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:15am Thunderbirds 7:00am Flight of the Phoenix 9:00am Batman and Robin 11:10am Spider-Man 3:25pm Independence Day 5:50pm Batman and Robin 7:55pm Spider-Man

12:10am Independence Day 2:40am Battle: Los Angeles 4:40am Priest

TCM 6:00am Gunsight Ridge 7:25am Scrooge 9:30am The Hallelujah Trail 12:25pm Rider on a Dead Horse 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm Vengeance Valley 5:30pm Valley of The Kings 7:05pm The Spider Woman 8:15pm A Christmas Story 10:00pm Showdown in Little Tokyo 11:30pm The Challenge 1:30am Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 3:45am The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing


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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 Scotland welcomes Bargain Hunt for another round of the antiques gameshow. 2:00pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Escape to the Country

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm School for Stars 2 4:35pm Dennis and Gnasher 4:45pm The League of Super Evil 5:00pm Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 5:30pm Pet School 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show Matt Baker and Alex Jones present the stories that matter from across the country. 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Last Tango in Halifax 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:35pm Imagine... 12:55am Transsiberian Thriller. 2:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:45am Vikings Neil Oliver reveals the truth behind the legend of the Vikings. 3:45am Pound Shop Wars 4:45am Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution Paul Martin travels to Newlyn in Cornwall, to celebrate its handmade tradition of metal working. 5:30am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm All New Celebrity Total Wipeout 9:00pm Junior Doctors 10:00pm Inside the Body Beautiful 11:00pm Some Girls 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of family life. 12:25am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:30am Some Girls 2:00am Inside the Body Beautiful 3:00am Him and Her 3:30am Impractical Jokers 4:00am Junior Doctors

ITV

Channel 4

Channel 5

6:00am In My Shoes 7:00am Tikkabilla 7:30am Balamory 7:50am Charlie and Lola 8:05am Cloudbabies 8:15am Everything’s Rosie 8:25am Bob the Builder: Project Build It 8:35am Chuggington 8:45am Octonauts 9:00am Tilly and Friends 9:10am Woolly and Tig 9:15am Mike the Knight 9:30am Timmy Time 9:40am Tweenies 10:00am Numtums 10:05am Abadas 10:15am Alphablocks 10:20am The Rhyme Rocket 10:35am The Lingo Show 10:45am Something Special: We're All Friends 11:05am Show Me Show Me 11:35am Let’s Play 11:55am I Can Cook on the Go 12:10pm Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30pm BBC World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Snooker: UK Championships

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

5:25am Supernanny US 6:10am Deal or No Deal 7:05am Sali Mali 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 10:25am Frasier 10:55am Come Dine with Me 11:25am Come Dine with Me 12:00pm Come Dine with Me 12:30pm Come Dine with Me 1:00pm Come Dine with Me 1:30pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:35pm Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 1:45pm The Enemy Below 3:40pm Countdown

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 9:10am Mio Mao 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:20am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:30am Roary the Racing Car 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Milkshake Monkey 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm The Removal Men 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Build a New Life in the Country 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm Shark

7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Rick Stein’s Spanish Christmas 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Dara O Briain’s Science Club 11:00pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme 11:30pm Newsnight

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 Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Chas is forced to reconsider her chances of walking free. 8:30pm UEFA Champions League Live 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm UEFA Champions League

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know Comedian Sandi Toksvig hosts Channel 4's brand new general knowledge quiz show. 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 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 4thought.tv asks ‘Are Jews still persecuted in Britain today?’ 9:00pm A Superscrimpers’ Merry Christmas 10:00pm Heston’s Fantastical Food Heston tries to rekindle our love for the traditional pub food. 11:00pm The Fear Peter Mullan stars as Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur Richie Beckett in Richard Cottan’s powerful new four-part drama that chronicles the disintegration of a criminal mind. In episode two, as the Becketts come under increasing pressure, Richie’s mind deteriorates and he seeks help from former adversary and now respectable plastic surgeon Dr Seb Whiting. Fearful of Richie’s reappearance in his life, Seb shares his concerns with Richie’s semi-estranged wife, Jo.

4:15pm Love’s Christmas Journey Concluding slice of a two-part festive drama. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours Andrew has an epileptic fit and Tash is forced to watch on. 7:00pm Home and Away Heath struggles to make sense of everything. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Highland Emergency 8:30pm Highland Emergency 9:00pm Murder Files Documentary series about murderers and their crimes. 10:00pm Body of Proof US mystery series. Crime-solving medical examiner Megan Hunt has difficulty establishing the cause of death after a popular high-school student is found dead outside a rave. Todd has a shock announcement for Megan, Kate and Lacey. 11:00pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series. 11:55pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series.

12:05am Homeland 1:10am Pokerstars.Co.UK and Monte-Carlo Casino Ept Grand Final 2:10am KOTV Boxing Weekly 2:35am Sailing A look behind the scenes at the America's Cup World Series. 3:05am Extreme Sailing Series 3:35am Beach Volleyball This edition catches up with the stars of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. 4:30am North Face Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc 4:55am Best of British 5:50am Freesports on 4

12:50am CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1:50am Highland Emergency 2:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am Nick's Quest 5:20am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:45am Divine Designs Paul Binski presents the series examining the history of religious art in Britain.

11:00pm The Sarah Millican Show

Sarah Millican. 12:20am Snooker 1:10am Inside Claridges 2:10am Snooker 4:10am BBC News The latest national and international news stories, followed by Weather. 5:00am Inside the Body Beautiful 5:30am Little Alien 5:45am Life Stories

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 The third and last season of the Danish thriller sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case. 1:00am Time Shift 2:00am Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury 2:30am Britain on Film 3:00am The Dark Ages: An Age of Light The Dark Ages have been misunderstood.

BBC2

BBC1

12:35am Take Me Out 1:35am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Loose Women 4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline 7:30am Airline 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 2:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Little Crackers 6:15pm Little Crackers 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Last Resort 10:00pm A League of Their Own 11:00pm From Hell 1:20am Road Wars 2:20am Road Wars 3:15am Road Wars 3:40am

Road Wars 4:10am Cop Squad 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:25am Snow Dogs 7:05am Take Me Home Tonight 8:55am The Fighting Temptations 11:10am Dark Knight Rises 11:40am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1:30pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 3:40pm The Hangover Part II 5:30pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 7:20pm National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 9:00pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 11:00pm The Hangover Part II 12:45am Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2:35am Beavis and Butthead Do America 4:00am The Top Ten Show 2012 4:15am Blackball 5:55am The Fighting Temptations

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 8:45am Life as We Know it 10:45am Trouble with the Curve: Sky Movies Special 11:00am Shakespeare in Love 1:10pm Just Go with it 3:10pm Captain Corelli’s Mandolin 5:25pm Albatross 7:00pm Life as We Know it 9:00pm Shakespeare in Love 11:10pm Just Go with it 1:10am Boys Don’t Cry 3:15am XMen: First Class Special 3:45am The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Special 4:15am Losing Control

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:40am Priest 6:10am Transformers: Dark of the Moon Special 6:40am The Top Ten Show 2012 7:00am Bunraku 9:15am Spy Kids 10:55am Spy Kids 2: The

Island of Lost Dreams 12:45pm Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2:45pm Paycheck 4:50pm Batman 7:00pm The Eagle 9:00pm Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 11:00pm The Recruit 1:00am Batman 3:10am Skyline

TCM 9:40am The Trail Beyond 10:45am Valley of The Kings 12:20pm Vengeance Valley 1:50pm Gunsmoke 2:55pm Gunsmoke 4:00pm Catlow 5:55pm Rawhide 7:30pm The Pride and the Passion 10:00pm Murder at 1600 12:00am Badlands 1:50am Murder at 1600 3:35am Badlands 5:10am Gunsmoke


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Free rides not being fair to expat pensioners

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I FIND it despicable how some people try to find loopholes in the law to get free rides while other people in the same country pay their way. I am a pensioner and my government (the Dutch) deducts €40 a month from my State pension and pays this to the Spanish government. I don’t think it very hard to figure out that if freeloading parasites get in the system the rates for the correctly paying foreigners will go up. G Rietveld, Cantonia, Almeria

Recycle more I CANNOT believe people are so lazy with their rubbish disposal. I see people pulling up in their cars and throwing glass, plastic and paper in the normal bins and then drive past the recycling skips! Is it so difficult if you are already in your car to drive to a spot where there are bins for recycling? We all live on this planet and should be responsible for helping towards its future. I am not a campaigner, but I do believe in doing my little bit to help recycle. So please, everyone, try to recycle, it is not that difficult. J L, Mojacar (Almeria)

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Costa Blanca North takes to re-invigorate the Spanish economy. Feeding the hungry is a short-term imperative, but creating employment by bringing forward labour-intensive restoration projects such as at the Torrox church, represents a meaningful stimulus to the local economy. Individuals can also join in the crusade of bringing this sun-kissed land back to prosperity. Start that home improvement project you have been agonising about for so long! Michael Gill, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Biker offer

I live in Huerta Nueva and I love the wildlife around this and the surrounding area. Thought you may wish to share some photos taken from Cabo de Gata, Maria and local areas with readers.

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Praiseworthy jobs NORMA from Competa probably felt a great sense of relief when she unburdened herself of that bottled-up anti-Catholic negativity (Religious joke Issue 1428). It could be called her cathartic moment. However, when she re-engages with the rational world, she may observe that the Catholic Church has a very sophisticated understanding of what it

A climate change article (Issue 1428) sent some temperatures soaring. Here are just two of the views received.

Pure propaganda WHEN will people like Jane Plunkett stop spouting propaganda that they are fed on climate change when it suits various governments to increase taxes? Her column was truly idiotic! Let me give you some facts you may have missed. First the changes in temperature have nothing to do with humans. Earth has been changing its own temperature for the last four million years or more. Second are you aware the BBC told all of its reporters 10 years ago not to report on any scientist that disagreed with climate change? Why would they do that? Because it was rubbish. However, people like Plunkett took it as fact. Don’t believe all you hear or read. So whilst Plunkett is entitled to be conned and even walk around talking

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Save the planet and then save those expensive material items

disaster strikes suddenly people are bout the world around them and their sessions. ct recent example is Hurricane Sandy mount of concern people are showing devastation left in its wake. p l l

I WAS saddened, though not entirely surprised, to note the comments of Brenda and Eddie Westwick about the Harley Davidson meeting in Guardarman (Issue 1428). I have met thousands of bikers of various nationalities in numerous countries. Most have displayed no element of elitism and many have become lifelong friends. But the world of the biker is no more immune to snobbery than any other part of society and you will encounter the occasional misguided view. Unfortunately, that’s life! If Brenda and Eddie wish to ride with like-minded folk or just talk bikes, there is a group of riders that meets every Thursday at the Sunset Cafe in Cabo Roig at 10.30am. Or they can contact me via: mollyandbaileybassett@hotmail.com Rob, Harley rider (Alicante)

driving extreme weather, which will only lead t more intense storms like Hurricane Sandy, a well as droughts, frequent flooding and wildfires. According to Greenpeace, the world’s ocean h

rubbish if she wishes, she should not put it in a newspaper where young minds can be brainwashed as she was. My nan used to say if you can’t say something truthful or useful, shut up, and this article was neither. Antony (By email) Jane Plunkett replies: It saddens me to think people don’t care about the planet. The same way we clean up our houses, we should look after the earth. It’s a fact that cars, aeroplanes, industry and much more ARE contributing to climate change. In my column I talked

about overfishing and mass deforestation and the horrific consequences of both. My information is from experts at Greenpeace. And it is solid research.

Say right thing THANK you so much for saying the right thing about the environment in your article. It really is all about cause and effect. Unfortunately, this is not on top of most people’s agenda right now, at least not on the political scene. We need to pay the price for the environmental damage in the end. And that is true for all of us. Mats Wikberg, Santa Ponsa (Mallorca)

WALKING my dog near Villa Rocos I noticed a car turn off the main road onto the footpath. When I got nearer a man was standing by a bush. Then he exposed himself. When I got home I dialled 121 and spoke to an operator who told me to dial a 62 number, but they told me to phone 121! This incident has unnerved me and I am afraid this could happen to someone else or to children.

J G, Garrucha, (Almeria)

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4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News 4:05pm School for Stars 2 4:30pm Science Fiction 4:35pm Dennis and Gnasher 4:45pm The League of Super Evil 5:00pm Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Animated adventures with Scooby and the gang. 5:30pm Pet School 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Supersized Earth 10:00pm War on Britain’s Roads 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 11:45pm Would I Lie to You? 12:15am Film 2012 12:45am The Daisy Chain Horror drama. 2:10am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:15am See Hear 2:45am Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain 3:45am Great British Food Revival 4:45am Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 5:30am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Young Apprentice 9:00pm Gavin and Stacey 10:00pm Die Hard with a Vengeance Third in the series of high-speed action thrillers about maverick New York cop John McClane. 12:05am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:25am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the everyday trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:30am Impractical Jokers 2:00am Russell Howard’s Good News 2:30am Gavin and Stacey Special festive edition of the hit sitcom. 3:35am Snog, Marry, Avoid? 4:00am Him and Her 4:30am 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 Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 1:30pm Loose Women Former Loose Woman Sarah Millican joins Carol Vorderman, Carol McGiffin and Jane McDonald today. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Crime Stories

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what their leader describes as the perfect bank robbery. As the drama unfolds, a tough policeman and the bank president’s 'fixer' pit themselves against the criminal mastermind leader.

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When care seems to be issue of race The main issues were schooling and, almost unbelievably, diet. The department insisted that instead of my friends enrolling the lad in a local, highly-respected private school, they wanted him driven more than an hour away to a public school, predominantly attended by Muslim children. The final nail came when they declared he must have an Halal diet and insisted the couple’s whole kitchen be ‘cleansed’ to accommodate it.

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT The last they heard this young lad was still in the children’s home. The care home case I experienced was when my dear Mum, then 90, was in a home in the South of England. It soon became clear she was not happy. Although racism was not

Monkey murder A 22-YEAR-OLD man is due in court in Idaho, USA over the death of a patas monkey at a local zoo. Michael J Watkins faces at least two charges for allegedly abducting the monkey and beating it so severely that it later died.

Truth pays LUCRATIVE BUSINESS: Care homes. even in her vocabulary, the fact that there were no Caucasian people working there made her feel confused and out of place. One day I turned up unexpectedly and found the residents were unkempt, the place was mucky and reeked of urine and curry! I decided to move her. Over the next couple of weeks every

home I visited was run by people of ethnic origin. It was a lucrative racket. Often the large ‘family’ occupy the biggest part of the house and outnumber the actual residents, who are simply regarded as a means to an end, and often treated accordingly. Keep the Faith Love Leapy Leapylee2002@gmail.com

A TAXI DRIVER in Singapore has been praised for his honesty after handing in one million Singapore dollars (€638,000) found in the back of his cab. Sia Ka Tian, aged 70, had just dropped off a couple from Thailand who were holidaying in the city when he discovered the cash. They paid him a reward.

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OCIAL SERVICES’ decision to bar a white couple from fostering a black baby in the UK didn’t surprise me. These departments are awash with staff, who are themselves of ethnic origin, and often emerge as the worst racists of all. I wonder what sort of outcry there would have been, had they denied a white child from a black family on similar grounds. A large majority of care homes also fall into the same ethnic category. Before you accuse me of talking tripe, I’ll cite you a couple of personal experiences. The first concerns two, married friends of mine who had already adopted and fostered a number of children. They applied to adopt an eight-year-old boy of Mid-East origin. To cut a long and frustrating story short, they had to finally give up on the idea. They simply could not comply with all the rules and stipulations the authorities confronted them with.

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ORD MCALPINE’S action in identifying for litigation 1,000 original tweets and 9,000 retweets wrongly linking him with the North Wales care home child abuse scandal, is the start of a process which will inevitably go a long way to moderate and regulate social networking sites like Twitter. Basically, Twitter is just another form of communication, but like all forms of communication sending emails, writing letters, chatting on the phone or in the supermarket checkout queue the problems start from those doing the communicating. Some are daft, some touchy, some downright nasty. And their messages can range from the highly perceptive to the totally boring. Twitter incorporates all that. Probably three-quarters of all tweets come under the three ‘B’s heading (bragging, boring or banal). The remainder may constitute biting wit, earnest discussion or just keeping in contact with people. In a world where, nowadays, many work from home, Twitter provides a way of reproducing the workplace banter that’s been lost over the years. And in an age when more and more people live

A peer’s legal battle to end ‘trial by Twitter’ Breaking Views NORA JOHNSON Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in Nora’s column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/ nora-johnson

alone, being able to interact via Twitter with likeminded individuals while all watching the same football match or TV reality show is in a way, I suppose, akin to recreating a sort of family life. It’s regrettable many live such isolated lives, but Twitter, Facebook and other social media undeniably do help make it a bit more bearable. Now, there’s nothing wrong with using any form of communication like Twitter. There is everything wrong, though, in

COMMUNICATION: We are all responsible for what we say or write. using it to libel, intimidate or bully. Twitter-users should give it some thought before they tweet or retweet. If the message is libellous and their tweet (or retweet) repeats the libel, then it’s still libel. We are all responsible for what we say or write. That includes the Twitterati. They can’t simply libel someone with impunity. Tweeting

is an act of publishing. Passing on chitchat or gossip over the garden fence is one thing, making unsubstantiated innuendos to thousands of followers is another. It’s time for Twits to grow up and take responsibility. They could always try phoning their workmates, or meeting them in the pub for a chat. More fun, less chance of being prosecuted.

They could even speak to somebody - you know - face-toface, perhaps even make *real* friends ….

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MAGINE if life was like a TV show (hopefully not EastEnders) and at the end of an hour the credits would roll and you could pause and relax before the next showing. As the main character, all the action would revolve around you and any peripheral characters would come and go with barely a second thought. Scripts would be agreed beforehand and spoilers would alert you to any nastiness or unpleasant interludes, such as relationship break-ups or queuing at the post office. You could nip to the kitchen at that point and make a cup of tea, or fast forward to a more agreeable period of time. Repeat showings would guarantee longevity and enable you to enjoy events in your life time and time again a bit like a wedding video only with more audience participation. Of course the downside would be repeating the bad times ad infinitum and living with actors. As the show’s star you would have final say over costume,

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.

location and script. Of course that does kind of sum life up, except for the spoilers and script control. At times it feels as though I’m stuck in my own filmic loop constantly making the same mistakes and walking the same

A TV LIFE: At the end of one show, you could pause and relax. long, unending path (like a French film). No matter how many times I fall into the same pattern of behaviour I still cannot see the twist in the tale. Like ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’, or ‘Spartacus’, I still hope

the ending will be different, but no, Jesus gets crucified, Spartacus ends his days as a bloody stop sign on the Appian Way and I always underestimate a peripheral character’s ability to ruin my day.

The audience is hiding behind its hands screaming: “Don’t go down the cellar!” But do I listen? No. There is a reason why that new person in my life reminds me of someone else, it is a subconscious warning they are very likely to cause the same mayhem as that someone long ago excised from my life. But, like real TV shows, there are only so many character types to choose from. How great would it be to timetable in commercial breaks? I could advertise Prada or Dior; sell my life to the highest bidder. Midway through a difficult scene life would stop and turn black and white and be populated with beautiful, chisel-jawed men wearing nothing but white boxers and a ‘come hither’ smile. And my own TV show? I like to think it’s sassy and sharp like ‘Ally McBeal’ but suspect it’s more like ‘Lost’, the same confusion and frustration but without Sawyer. Anyway, as Woody Allen said: “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”


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Banish your Breast-feeding wobbly on rise tummy WE all have body hangups and with Christmas just around the corner it is time to think about those quick-fix solutions. If your stomach looks fat and/or bloated most of the time and even when you lose weight everywhere else it remains rounded, it could be that you are stressed. When stressed, cortisol is released from the adrenal glands and this causes the body to lay down fat around the stomach, explaining why even slim women can have excess abdominal fat if they regularly feel stressed.

The good news is you don’t have to pound the treadmill for hours to get rid of your belly. Stomach fat can also be caused by imbalanced gut bacteria so avoid eating sugar and grains such as bread and pasta. Try cutting out citrus fruits also as they can sometimes cause bloating. Foods that can restore cortisol balance and help flatten your stomach, include lean protein, like chicken and fish, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, beetroot, olives and avocados.

MORE new mothers are breastfeeding their babies. Some 81 per cent now start their babies on breast milk compared with just 66 per cent in the mid-90s. Figures show that older mothers are also more likely to breast-feed as well as those living in the least deprived areas, and women working in professional or managerial jobs. While 87 per cent of mothers over 30 breast-feed just 58 per cent of teenage mums and 90 per cent of women in managerial or professional roles start breastfeeding compared with 74 per cent in routine or manual occupations. However, despite the rise, only one in 100 are obeying guidelines that they should exclusively breast-feed for the first six months with many also using formula milk and introducing food. PREFERRED: Most mothers now breast-feed.


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Put best foot forward TO halt the mid-life spread, all one needs to do is walk 6,000 steps a day. It normally takes one-and-a-half steps to cover one metre, therefore, 15 steps would cover 10 metres and 1,500 steps one kiliometre, so 6,000 steps could be achieved by walking around four kilometres. Not only will this help weight loss and that dreaded spare tyre, but that number of steps can lower the risk of conditions associated with menopause, including diabetes and metabolic syndrome. More than 290 women aged between 45 and 72 in Passo Fundo, Brazil, recorded their daily steps and were given health checks by researchers. Those that recorded 6,000 steps per day on their pedometers were considered active and those that took fewer inactive.

HEALTHY WALK: 6,000 steps a day.

Germ heaven THE average kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. The news may shock some cleanliness freaks, but the sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home and experts have even linked the germs

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ET me think now. How many shopping days left until Christmas? How many days left until the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar? Umm, looks like I really don’t have to go shopping! Well, the entire Mayan story has been a hoax perpetrated amongst people who just don’t read or, better said, research. If the Maya could have predicted the future, why couldn’t they have forecast their own demise and ruin some 2,000 years ago? Not a good betting record. Of all the enigmatic civilisations to be studied the Maya are the most recent and almost daily new findings are altering what was once understood (carved in stone stele) as was their way of announcing events. Besides inventing the ‘zero’ and therefore formulating mathematical progressions of infinite understanding, probably the most interesting pillar of their belief system was the absolute reliance upon events recurring cyclically. A progression of cycles Those born on a certain day were destined to become carpenters and others on a different day inherited their future vocations and living style. Life was an inescapable progression of cycles affirmed by the heavens and lived out on the lands. The Mayan historical myths coincided with their dates established approximately 3,113BC with the present spin ending its age cycle on December 21 of 2012. To even suggest an ‘end date’ is preposterous, to say the least. But, the ‘end date’ did serve to shed importance on closing one chapter and moving on to the next. Change could occur - just not too quickly. Modern historical analysis of these gifted and perplexing people has attributed to them more powers and aptitudes than they ever aspired to

Mayan temple, Talum.

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Mayan calendar. Chichen Itza Pyramid.

Typical Mayan dirty joke: I hope you don’t get it! attain. Yet, this fallacy is easily generated by the discoveries and understandings that they did achieve. For instance, they obtained an extraordinary perception of the stars and with their advanced mathematics could calculate not only rotations of the other planets around the sun, but also detected the ‘wobble’ in the Earth’s own rotation, which had confused modernday scientists for generations. Time travellers to distant galaxies The Mayan world was ruled by greatly adorned feathered kings and important priestly scribes holding the entire jungle civilisation together. Wonderful stone monuments littered the

Mayan temple, Classical period. landscapes of Guatemala and lowland Mexico with each new discovery supposedly shedding more light on their unique esoteric wisdom. Yet, now that enough time has passed so that some of the strange hieroglyphs have been interpreted, it is being realised that these people were indeed time travellers into the distant galaxies without the use of any technological apparatus to assist them. One of their greatest accomplishments being the human visual and cognitive understanding of the universe. Once every 26,000 years Of the hundreds of scholars presuming to make a name for themselves is one rogue savant and spiritualist by the name of John Major Jenkins, who has drawn deeply from historical documentation and his many years’ living experiences with the Maya. On that very special date of December 21, 2012, the equinox of our Earth’s wobble comes directly into alignment with the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. An incident that occurs over some 26,000 years but happens on that day. It’s an astrological thing and over the course of the Earth’s existence has occurred a few times but without historical reference it’s just simpler to

state it’s an ‘end date’ rather than the beginning of something altogether ‘new’. Now, this date and galactic alignment situation was known to the Vedic scholars of India, the Sumerians, Egyptians, the Greeks and a handful of others, all alluding to something special happening more in the line of a spiritual awakening. Wonderful scholars and eminent minds have theorised concerning this date for years. “These writers pioneered the resurrection of the Primordial Tradition (Perennial philosophy). This school of thought reflects that the current cycle of history has run its course and is ending amid a proliferation of inverted spiritual values and rampant materialism.” (Jenkins) A simpler existence In short, our soul is yearning for something more, easier, less complicated than our current lifestyles. We need a new beginning; a different emphasis. What better way than to close one chapter and start another? Now, get out there and get that shopping done, and this time with special care and understanding. It is not just a package you’re giving but a unique gift that is part of you.


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avoid changing. Even having discussions about change can set your nerves jangling.

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ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

This month, there is much to be celebrated. So much has happened in the latter part of the year. Certainly,

the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara, as well as to scenic, offbeat locations in Southern Italy, the Mediterranean, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, all in search of the best value bottles the world has to offer.

seems to be a sticking point. Starting by taking away the things you really do not want is essential. Be practical and logical. This is not a time for sentiment or muddled thinking.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

The importance of making the right choices is clear to you. Where to begin

Although you have the feeling that younger members of the family are not interested in your point of view, this is far off the mark. They, in their inexperience, may not know how best to approach you in this regard.

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) The prospect of travel sets you thinking. Have you been spending too much time considering others? Should you take steps now to get time alone then these plans cannot be changed. This will save any discussions as to how or when.

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.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) With the best will in the world it is only possible to spend money once. We are all guilty of trying to get over this truth, but it never works. Have patience when looking to improve your possessions.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

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Going over old ground is counterproductive. There is nothing to be gained from repeating methods that did not work in the past. If it is not possible to find a fresh approach then seek the opinions of others. You do not need experience of a situation to be able to come up with a useful idea.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Getting together with others to entertain is sure to be successful after the 26th. Before that there may be some irritations, particularly with people who refuse to be positive and make decisions. Those moving house or going on a journey need a lot of patience, and forward planning is essential.

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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Peer so aroused to state of quiet restfulness (6) 4 Misquote for headgear (5) 8 Actor David as the leader of Argonauts (5) 9 Admire Isolde, I find (7) 10 New campaign, not one for staying outdoors (7) 11 A pair in a Tokyo kebab shop (4) 12 May cooked sweet potato (3) 14 Firearms being returned, we are feeling very cosy and secure (4) 15 ʻMorning Britainʼ, cry from pulpit (4) 18 Go after sheltered fool (3) 21 Blow pipe you hear very loud (4) 23 Light metal ignited him outside the university (7) 25 Beat writer first with an old club (7) 26 Rocking stone along for a change (5) 27 Minor modification to raw edge in hard wood (5) 28 Sailors at American birthplace of Saint Paul (6) Down 1 Throw away badly written Crete journal (6) 2 Man of letters who calls regularly (7) 3 Sea god in accommodation in California (3,5) 4 Strode in during introduction (4) 5 Go round capital (5) 6 View allowed through this? (6)

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Across 1 By way of (3) 3 Confess (5) 6 Peaked hat (3) 8 Innate (7) 9 Mournful song (5) 10 Blockade (5) 11 Going on foot (7) 12 Half-asleep (6) 14 Brief trip (6) 17 City in southern Spain (7) 19 Reddish brown (5) 21 Slow speech pattern (5) 22 Get rid of (7) 23 Timid (3) 24 Avoid (5)

ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Ghosts (9) 8 Fall (accident) (5) 9 Pork (5) 10 Mares (4) 11 Eight (4) 15 Sand (5) 17 Después de (tras un hecho concreto) (5) 18 Forward (in position) (9)

Co d e B r e a ke r 7 Miserly cocktail of my gin (5) 13 A man at the cash register with a Spanish scarf (8) 16 Joins brides with groomsʼ capital (7) 17 Backbone by Tory leader - itʼs played on (6)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS 25 Failure (3) Down 1 Planet (5) 2 Style of design popular in the 1920s and 1930s (3,4) 3 Concur (5) 4 African country (6) 5 Young child (7) 6 Welsh breed of dog (5) 7 Promised (7) 12 Deciphers (7) 13 Ruined (7) 15 Practical (7) 16 Risk (6) 18 Prepared (5) 19 Range (5) 20 Small bug (5)

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 18 represents M and 20 represents Q, so fill in M every time the figure 18 appears and Q every time the figure 20 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.

19 French Apostle has a stroke of luck (5) 20 Compensation for a thousand goals (6) 22 Make-up brief work out (5) 24 Single out the digging tool (4)

CRYPTIC - Across: 7 Regime, 8 Alison, 9 Bali, 10 Clincher, 11 Destine, 13 House, 15 Latex, 17 Pale ale, 20 Catch out, 21 Aery, 22 Miners, 23 Agaric. .Down: 1 Beware, 2 Kiwi, 3 De-icing, 4 Tacit, 5 Disclose, 6 Loners, 12 Trencher, 14 Partial, 16 Arabic, 18 Larkin, 19 Holst, 21 Alas. QUICK - Across: 1 Cheap, 4 Uses, 9 Arrange, 10 Eject, 11 Rue, 12 Egypt, 14 Patio, 15 Axial, 16 Fail, 18 Easy, 20 Kiwis, 22 Osaka, 23 Swede, 25 Tie, 26 Sushi, 27 Ensnare, 29 Shed, 30 Dregs. Down: 1 Chapel, 2 Early, 3 Pan, 5 Sleepless, 6 Sleuths, 7 Ferris wheel, 8 Stoop, 13 Talkative, 17 Amasses, 19 Boast, 21 Defers, 24 Evade, 28 Sad. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Cola, 3 Peach, 6 Lobos, 8 Garza, 10 Oil, 11 Again, 12 Amiga, 13 Ron, 14 Shine, 15 Dueño, 16 Snore, 17 Boca. Down: 1 Collars, 2 Librarian, 4 England, 5 Carnicero, 7 Sonreir, 9 Amapola.

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Down 2 Friend (f) (5) 3 Equipo (4) 4 Enfermo (4) 5 Aire (3) 6 To put to bed (7) 7 Colores (7) 12 To quote (5) 13 Tin can (4) 14 Último (final) (4) 16 Ojo (3)

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

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CANNING local media I am impressed by the choice of tempting short break holidays on offer. Up for grabs are three days in Valencia for €95 and just €15 more for similar in Madrid. I hope we won’t hear criticisms of tour companies that offer such good value for money. In the UK 29 per cent of homes have only one person resident; a total Mike Walsh of 7.6 million. Why would it be different on the vwww.michaelwalsh.es Costas? I wonder if International Journalism Europe Broadcaster Commentator International Radio convention excludes Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ many thousands of Mobile 0034 662 067 490 To comment on any of the issues raised in singles from taking Mike’s column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/ advantage of these mike-walsh offers. Being single but not unsociable I am envious of those who, with their armcandy, occasionally take advantage of such breaks, nights out and restaurant tête-àtête. Try it on your own. company of skirt but Of course there are many singles whose had no wish to change my single status. I status is not necessarily by choice; signed up to a holiday for a singles online widowed, divorced, plain, ugly or plain service. When setting out my profile I told ugly; maybe known to be cantankerous on no lies. What you see is what you get. I occasion. They still deserve and need even used a recent photograph of myself. company. Why can’t they be loved, too? There are cheats (we know who you are) Several years ago I missed occasional who are economical with the truth by using

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photographs taken before they put on 15 kilos or 15 years earlier. I recall one lady who, when questioned, admitted she used her daughter’s photograph; otherwise she found it difficult to get a date. With morals like that she might have made up for it in other ways;

her date wasn’t interested in finding out. The holidays for singles are a wonderful idea and gave us singles the best of both worlds. When writing out my profile I made it clear that I wanted a shared holiday, not a shared life. The dilemma was the delicate subject of sleeping arrangements. No problem for me; after a day’s touring all I want to do is sleep. But if you book single rooms the costs soar. Anyway, the loneliness of separate rooms after a day’s togetherness seemed to go against the spirit of the venture. I couldn’t see a problem sharing a room though not necessarily the bed. Leaving hanky-panky aside it is nice to have company, someone to natter with at lights out. We are all adults; if we can’t be trusted to stay in our own beds we can’t be trusted to share a coach seat. All I could do was run it up the flag pole and see if anyone saluted. I did and was surprised at the number of ladies who found the suggestion accommodating. One at a time, I presume. Maybe these tour operators should try a little matchmaking; it could pay dividends. It’s not a dating site we need; it is a ‘Travel Date’ solution.


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WONDER if Spain would be a far happier place without some of its daily newspapers? I am sure it would. Burying one’s head in the sand is probably not the answer, either. Browsing national frontpage news stories can be pretty depressing stuff. I recall a globetrotting adventurer remarking on what a relief it was to reach his home town. He found his newspaper’s main story was over a local bicycle thief. Yes,

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ignorance is bliss. Thank goodness for our lighter looks at local life; the better sides of human nature and a minimum of doom-saying.

The price of residency COME to think about it the only note of optimism is Spain’s property market. Its unpopular government is considering granting residency to encourage more Chinese and Russian property buyers. It is an indication of what our residency status is valued at. Maybe there will be less moaning as we jump through hoops to get ours.

I am peeved at the proposal’s exclusion of those buyers wishing to purchase property valued less than €160,000. This will draw interest away from the cheaper end of the market. When in the real estate trade I recall a client returning empty-handed. He had taken a viewing trip expecting the hard-sell but had learnt his lesson. Although he had £80,000 in his pocket there wasn’t a single resale available. Oh, those were the days, my friends.

The good news, cash is king ACTUALLY there is some good news and for the Costas too. Homes are being sold at demolition prices. Brigitte Castaño is exuberant: “We’re starting to sell again.” Brigitte is a representative of real estate agent Remax at its Alicante office. The lady who knows is on a high when passionately enthusing about incoming buyers. These are mainly made up of Russians, Scandinavians,

French, and her personal favourite the Belgians. The latter are the ones from a country that doesn’t have a working government. Makes you wonder if we need one. Good news for some; even the banks are being cold-shouldered: stuff your mortgages; your threats and your evictions. Cash is king. It is said that 90 per cent of buyers on the Costa del Sol are non-Spanish.

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AVE you noticed how many Tom Selleck doppelgängers there seem to be of late - in the last few weeks to be precise? If you look carefully, even some British Airways, Qantas and Virgin airplanes have a Charles Bronson look about them at the moment. No need to scour the pages of Vogue para Hombre for details of a new trend, or resort to a stick-on until you can sprout one of your own. It is, of course, ‘Movember’ - a portmanteau word from moustache and November - the month so-called ‘Mo Bros’ have to complete their hirsute task. The term was coined in Australia in 2004 to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer as well as other health issues for men. It has since snowballed into a global phenomenon raising $174 million to spread the word of preventing unnecessary deaths by early detection of cancer through annual check-ups and adopting a healthy lifestyle. It is a well-known fact that women are far quicker off the mark in consulting a MOUSTACHES: Not so popular in the 21st century.

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doctor than men - especially when the nether regions are concerned - so any effort to encourage them is laudable. It does make me wonder, though, why this once treasured piece of pogonotrophy is so rare once our brothers, husbands and fathers have bee-lined it to the barbers or the bathroom sink come midnight on December 1? Back in the 70s, every bloke worth his testosterone donned a fine specimen of Fu Manchu (long, downward pointing ends) or Walrus (bushy, covering the lip) or other fine artistry. It was also a trademark for the Village People and once regarded as a gay calling sign. But today it is hard to think of many people in the public eye who cultivate a ‘tache’ - beards more so, three-day stubble or goatees quite frequently, but the upper lip seems to be a relatively hair-free zone in the 21st century.

This is a sad fate to befall a style that can be traced back to 300 BC, with the portrait of an otherwise shaved Iranian horseman. But with ardent followers like Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, it is perhaps no surprise that it has largely fallen out of favour over time. Less so, perhaps, here in Spain where men seem to favour ‘more is more’ when it comes to hair in general. In the Western world - in contrast with some Arab cultures where it is associated with power - women shun prospective partners with a moustache. According to a survey by an online dating website, Match.com, only 8 per cent of the fairer sex go for this prickly look. Until the tide of facial hair fashion turns again, all those with a secret yearning for some upper lip decoration, Movember is the perfect and noble excuse to channel your inner Salvador Dali (whose moustache was so distinguished it has its own category, the Dali). And if you are sold on the retro charms of the moustache, why not head for the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where the National Beard and Moustache Championships have just taken place with 340 whiskered competitors fighting it out across 18 categories and a total of 54 medals.


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groves. It’s a superb way to experience Spain’s gorgeous countryside, with a stop for coffee. The trip is only €50 for four people! Yes for four people – not per person! And the coffee is included in the price. We would like to give you a perfect holiday weekend or relaxing day out. Our friendly team take pride in ensuring that you enjoy yourselves. And note! Fishy Friday at Restaurante Tenere, with fresh traditional beerbattered cod with chips and peas, bread and butter for only €6.50. For reservations or any questions you may have, call Restaurante Tenere: 966 435 473, El Corral del Pollo Loco, 966 426 155, or for the carriage tour, 608 497 256.


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Nutritional recession THE amount of fruit and vegetables we eat has dropped over the last two years. Consumers are shunning their ‘five a day’ in favour of cheaper, fatty foods that appear more filling. A hike in the price of food in the UK, up 32 per cent over five years, has resulted in low-income families having to stretch their budgets and buying more frozen and processed foods at the expense of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.

Robot restaurant SAN FRANCISCO (USA) is all set to welcome the world’s first fast-food chain where all the cooking is done by robots. Momentum Machines says its burger making machine can cook around 350 burgers per hour. It can slice tomatoes, add sauces and toppings and even put the burger in a bag for take away. The company claims that their method is more efficient than having employees in the kitchen as well as more hygienic.

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Appeal for the needy SINCE the crisis in Spain in 2011 economists estimate that 22 per cent of Spanish households are living below the poverty line, causing a dramatic rise in the numbers of people seeking help from charities like the Red Cross. The Red Cross have outlined the need to help about 70 families in Javea alone. They are supplying these families with food, help with bills, with purchasing schoolbooks, and toys for the children for the festive season. Camu.lot Lodge held various fundraising events to help. Ian Hutchinson, Ray Pease, David BradleyWright, Tony Court and John Bellinger-Smith presented a cheque for €800 to help families in

Javea. The lodge also responded to The Red Cross Appeal for Presents for the Children in the local community at Christmas and presented a further cheque for €250. The money was handed over to the Cruz Roja Javea branch to Jose Luis Domenech, President of Jávea Red Cross, who was delighted and appreciative of their efforts. He stated this money is desperately needed and is being earmarked to buy new presents for the children for Christmas. He said that people are very generous in donating used toys but the Red Cross feel it is important that the holiday is made special with a gift of new toys for the children.


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Perfecting Christmas dinner BRITONS take on average 12 years to perfect cooking the Christmas dinner. Supermarket chain Asda carried out the research which said despite 58 per cent of Brits attempting to cook their first festive meal when they are 24, it is only when they reach 36 that they feel they have finally mastered it. Research also found that one in 10 will never attempt to cook a Christmas dinner. For more than half of home cooks (51 per cent), the trickiest part is

PRACTICE: 12 years to perfect Christmas dinner. the timing, and after hours slaving away in the

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Asparagus may aid diabetics SCIENTISTS have found regular intake of the asparagus vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of insulin, the hormone that helps it to absorb glucose. To see if asparagus could help, scientists at the University of Karachi in Pakistan injected rats with chemicals to induce a diabetic state, with low levels of insulin and high blood sugar content. They then treated half with an extract from the asparagus plant and the other half with an established anti-diabetic drug, called glibenclamide. The rats were fed the asparagus extract in small or large doses every day for 28 days. Blood tests were then

BENEFIT: Asparagus found to boost insulin production. carried out to measure changes in their diabetes. The results, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed low levels of the asparagus suppressed blood sugar levels but did not improve insulin output. Only high doses of the extract had a significant effect on insulin production by the pancreas, the organ which

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Men whipping up a storm in the kitchen THE way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach but it seems more men than ever are getting in the kitchen and cooking themselves. More than half of the men surveyed by Hotpoint described themselves as ‘adventurous’ cooks, even claiming to be better than their partner. Women are not just being treated to a meal

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for special occasions, the study found that men are regularly whipping up on average four meals a week, with a repertoire of 11 meals they can prepare from scratch. The poll of 2,000 men also found that a large percentage of men would prefer a new kitchen appliance for Christmas than a new gadget.

Helping others HELP INTERNATIONAL will hold a Christmas Fayre on Thursday December 13 from 11am until 2pm at the Centro Social José Lorca Llinares, Calle Goya, Benidorm. All proceeds from the tombola, cake stall, raffle and other stands will be used to help expatriates and the Spanish community. ADVENTUROUS: Men like to experiment with food.


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of being stunted, especially if branches are dying back, the wisest thing is often to dig it out and replace it with a new tree correctly planted, preferably in a different place. Harvest sensibly – Once you are getting good crops of oranges don’t harvest them before they are ripe. Use your tree to store them until fully ripe. Oranges hanging at various places on the tree will be fully ripe at various times. So first harvest from the outside of the lowest branches on the south facing side that have been ripened by both direct sunlight and reflected heat from the surface of the earth. The last to be fully ripe will probably be those growing within the leaves on the north side of the tree. If you want to eat sweet juicy oranges you will be able to do this over several months. How do you know if they are fully ripe? There is only one fool proof way. Try one! If you take such steps you will maximise your enjoyment of fresh oranges, orange juice and marmalades made with gluts. By the way ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ covers some 70 fruits and fruit trees can be grown in tubs on apartment terraces. (C) Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspai n.com November 2012.


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What British look for A STUDY found out that British property investors look for a more diversified offer in Spain after the summer.

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Sleeping birdy has sweet dreams BIRDS actually dream when they sleep. According to research conducted by the University of Chicago, USA, they dream about their songs, have dream rehearsals, and sing the same songs better the next day.

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Why mouth cancer? Since cats groom themselves quite diligently, cats in smoking households can lick up carcinogens that have been deposited on their fur. Daily grooming over a long period of time can expose the delicate skin in the mouth to hazardous amounts of carcinogens. The University of Massachusetts in Amherst also found that cats exposed to ETS have a slightly higher risk of developing malignant lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. Since

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surface area on which carcinogens may be deposited before reaching the lungs. As the human and animal bond becomes stronger we share more of our lives, our leisure time and our living space with our companion animals, and they become exposed to the same environmental hazards that we do. Many of our habits, including smoking, can affect our pets as they would affect any other member of our household. Designating a smoking area outside or in a separate room of the house may be a way to minimise ETS exposure for pets and other nonsmoking family members. For your local radio frequency log onto www.talkradioeurope.com.

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•AECC BOUTIQUE in San Isidro: Call 966 723 401. •AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP Benidorm – don’t suffer alone through another person drinking – Call 634 758 539. •DENIA RUGBY CLUB: Seniors meet at 8pm on beach outside Oasis Hotel. •HELP INTERNATIONAL Benidorm meetings. www.helpbenidorm.com. •PIETER SWINNEN Painting Club in Calpe: Call 965 835 212. •RBL Benidorm and district branch covers from Polop to Villajoyosa at different locations for social meetings, day trips, excursions or meals. Membership: 695 605 129. Secretary: 966 860 735. •XABIA RUGBY CLUB: Juniors meet at 7pm Seniors at 8pm. Call 688 640 092. •ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION meets for lunch on second Thursday of month at various restaurants between Altea and Oliva and the Jalon Valley. Call 966 474 532. •THE Valleys International Bridge and Social Club – friendly and relaxed – meet Thursday 2pm at El Cid at Benidoleig. Call 966 408 296. •CREATIVE TEXTILES GROUP – crosstitch, embroidery, crochet, quilting, knitting – in Javea, 10am-1pm. Call 966 472 049 or artcentrejavea@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY •AUCTIONS FOR AECC. Items for donation wanted. Call 965 319 929 or 688 238 879. •UFO and World Mysteries Discussion Group in Javea meet the first Friday of the month at The Social Club and Bar in Javea Old Town at 10am. Call Maria Buckingham on 966 459 976. •ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP Costa Blanca North weekly lunch meeting at Los Leones restaurant 1.15pm. Call 965 795 421 the Wednesday before. Guests welcome. www. rotarycostablanca.wiki.dot.com.

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•ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY Sunday Services-Holy Communion. Eight locations. www.costablancaanglicanchaplaincy.org •BENITACHELL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Benitachell: Meet Sundays 11am at the Pensionista’s Club, Placa Nueva. 966 494 036 or 966 470 303. •CALPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH Perlamar, Sundays 11am. 965 835 502 or www.calpechristianfellowship.org. •CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY CHURCH. Sundays 10.30am at the Europa Building, Avda del Pino. •ERMITA CHURCH, Javea – Warden Colin D Welch – 965 771 792. •HOLY EUCHARIST at Nuestra Senora de la

Useful numbers CONSULATES British 96 521 6022 Emergency consular assistance 902 109 356

ALICANTE Airport 96 691 9000 Guardia Civil 96 592 1100 Municipal Police 96 510 7200 Red Cross 96 525 2525

Church services Merced Church, Calpe. Sundays 10.30am. Call 678 787 509 or bill.ingram@angliac3.demon.co.uk. •JAVEA EVANGELICAL CHURCH. Pastor Clive Read 669 386 702. •JAVEA INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH, Pastor John Hansford, Sundays 10.30am at Calle Favara 8, Javea Pueblo (near Plaza de la Constitucion Espanola, where the Thursday open market is held) 965 794 624. www.javeabaptist .com. •MOSIAC COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday 12pm Multicultural Service; Wednesday 8pm Intercessory Prayer; Last Thursday of month 1.30pm community lunch. 678 066 222.

•THE KINGS CHURCH Benissa English Sunday service, 11am: www.thekingschurch.net. •VALLEY FELLOWSHIP, Jalon – Pastor Barbara Chadwick 966 481 108. •NEW HOPE OLIVA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sundays 6pm. Calle Constitution 6. 607 470 221 •GARDENING CIRCLE: First Wednesday of month in Moraira. Call 966 498 681. •PERKY PENSIONERS Jalon, 2.30pm until 4.30pm. 652 584 272.

First Sunday of each month from 4pm until 6pm.

•RBL JAVEA: Second and fourth Tuesday of month. Call 965 790 123. •SPIRITUAL FRIENDS (Moraira) meet at Los Leones Restaurant, Sol Park at 2.30pm to discuss all things holistic, spiritual etc. www.spiritualfriends.com.

659 624 643 www.jalonvalleyhelp.com TEA TIME: Open to anyone.

ALFAZ DEL PI Municipal Police 96 588 7100

ALTEA Guardia Civil 96 584 0525 Municipal Police 96 584 5511

BENIDORM Guardia Civil 96 585 0330 Municipal Police 96 680 7766 Red Cross 96 680 8934 Bus Station 96 683 0014

•AUCTION 1.30pm at the Jacaranda Restaurant–Bar Moraira with our Auctioneer Mr Bob Gingell. First and third Saturday of each month. Phone to book your items in 965 743 292. To find Jacaranda RestaurantBar, from Moraira turn right at the new roundabout just before Mas y Mas 600m up the hill.

BENISSA Guardia Civil 96 573 0722 Municipal Police 96 573 0733

CALPE Guardia Civil 96 583 0080 Municipal Police 96 583 0812 Red Cross 96 583 1616

DENIA Guardia Civil 96 578 0036 Municipal Police 96 578 0190 Red Cross 96 578 1358

EL CAMPELLO Guardia Civil 96 563 0418 Municipal Police 96 563 7099

SUNDAY •AECC BOUTIQUE in San Isidro: Call 966 723 401. •ADVENT CAROL SERVICE Ermita San Josep, La Fustera at 6pm.

MONDAY

•TENNIS GROUP meets Tuesday and Friday mornings at Toscamar, Javea. Call 966 473 301.

Guardia Civil 062 Municipal Police 092 Red Cross 96 579 1961

•JAVEA BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate Pairs. 965 795 458.

MORAIRA

•DENIA INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate Pairs Start 4pm. Call 965 785 387.

•EL VERGER MARKET at The Polygon from 9am to 1.30pm.

•SPIRITUALIST CHURCH Alfaz del Pi: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm. Call 966 878 469.

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JAVEA

•COMPUTER CLUB in Alfaz del Pi. Call 965 889 187.

•PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH. Sunday Service 11am; Thursday 5pm Bible study and prayer; home groups during week. Call 966 769 300 or 650 509 606.

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•COSTA BLANCA SAMARITANS: Visit the website: www.costablancasamaritans.com.

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•NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Oliva on C/Constitution 6, near the town hall, Sundays 11.30am. Contact Don Day on 607 470 221.

Red Cross 96 574 0950 British Embassy: www.uk.inspain.fco.gov.uk Age Concern Spain: www.acespana.org Airport Information: www.aena.es Local News: www.euroweeklynews.com •GUARDIAN ANGELS Dropin/Coffee and Chat at Help Centre, La Jara from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Call 616 977 639.

•JALON VALLEY MUMS & TOTS CLUB at town hall 10.15am until 12noon. Call 676 441 758. •JAVEA STAMPS & POSTCARD CLUB meets second and fourth Monday of month at L’Ancora Tennis Club at 10am. All welcome. 965 795 499 or 608 765 245.

•ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION in Pedreguer meets the second Monday of month. Call 966 430 215 or visit www.rafa-ncb.org. •U3A Marina Baixa meets fourth Monday of month at 10.30am at Alfaz del Pi Casa de Cultura. •JAVEA BRIDGE CLUB ‘No Fear’ pairs. 965 795 458.

TUESDAY •AUCTIONS FOR AECC (donations welcome): Call 965 319 929 / 688 238 879. •BERNIA BABIES international group meets 10.30am until 12noon at Sierra Bernia School, Alfaz del Pi: Call the school office 966 875 149. •BSAC Marina Alta SCUBA Diving Club. Call 966 470 163. www.bsacmarinaalta.co.uk. •CANCER CARE CENTRE Javea park. Call 965 796 846. •DENIA Rugby Club seniors training 8pm on beach outside the Oasis Hotel. •MALE VOICE CHOIR (no experience required) Teulada. Call 965 744 577. •MONTGO RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION JAVEA meets for a coffee morning on the first Tuesday of the month, come and meet the neighbours, all welcome. For more details of events, news and

information of interest visit www.montgoresidents.com. •RAF Costa Blanca. Third Tuesday of month. Call 965 724 256 or email nwhancox@hotmail.com. •ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP Denia meets first and third Tuesday of month at 1.30pm. Call 965 748 909 by the Sunday prior to meeting. •WORDS OF LIGHT: Call 662 688 865. •XABIA RUGBY CLUB (juniors and seniors): Call 688 640 092. •JAVEA BRIDGE CLUB competitive Duplicate. 965 795 458. •JAVEA ASSOCIATION OF MODEL MAKERS meet second Tuesday of month. Contact gaw@wworkshop.net.

WEDNESDAY •41 CLUB, Javea meets the first Wednesday of the month. www.costablanca41club.org •ALICANTE BUSINESS CLUB meets the third Wednesday of month in San Juan. Call 650 489 625 or visit www.alicantebusinessclub.org. •BENIDORM INTERNATIONAL SINGLES CLUB: Call 690 300 166. •DENIA INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate Pairs Start 4pm. Call 965 785 387.

•QUIZ NIGHT and buffet last Wednesday of month at Restaurant Paraiso in Parcent to raise funds for Emaus children’s home in Altea. Email davidreeley@hotmail.com. •FREE informal group that shares the understanding the three principles for innate well being every first and third Wednesday 7pm until 8.30pm in Alfaz del Pi. Call Mark 616 762 131 or email sheela@sheelamasand.com. •SKITTLES fun matches at Restaurant/Bar GranSol Calpe at 7.30pm. Call 600 837 054. www.kingpins-vpweb.co.uk.

OTHERS •CALPE ROTARY FELLOWSHIP La Fustera. www.calpe-rotary.org.uk •LA NUCIA SPARTANS American Football team welcomes new players for their sub 16, over 16s and female teams. www.lanuciaspartans.com. •MASK FOR MABS children’s menu at El Paraiso Restaurant in Parcent. 1€ donated to charity. •MORAIRA CHARITY SHOP on Avenida del Portet Road, opens Monday to Saturday 10am until 1pm and Tuesday and Thursday 4pm until 7pm. Call 666 625 856. •STAMP CLUB Javea: 965 795 499. •WALKING GROUP Castalla. 965 630 009 / 607 434 732.


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Business for Sale CALPE Card Shop. Fully Stocked. Freehold. Regular Clients. Call for details 649 665 620 (99656)

Business Opp WE buy all Omega/Rolex watches. Gold Centre Altea 697 193 941 (97479)

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AT MICHAEL’S Now 23 different quality dining sets. See photos: www.michaels-javea.com (101009)

COMPUTER SERVICES: Internet, ADSL. Repairs, maintenance, new or second hand. All your computer needs call David 629 672 538 or 965 584 071 (99695)

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MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA - ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! www.michaels-javea.com Tel 965 791 328 (101009) BAR/CAFÉ. Small excellent bar, 10 mins to Benidorm Beach, staff managed, large turnover, genuine reason for sale. Good discount for early sale. Value 125,000 euros and figures to verify. Tel 722 374 448 (202256)

SIX bar stools with back-rests in black metal. Calpe 636 678 352 (202284)

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OASIS Garden Pool Maintenance, Calpe to Javea. Call Martin 669 261 868 (97473)

Painter/Decorator W. D GILMOUR. Painter & Decorator. Established 35 years in Moraira. Estimates FREE. Call William on 609 691 776 or 966 197 170. (97457)

TREE SPECIALIST, cut and removal of palm/pine trees. Size not a problem. Also dangerous & difficult work. Garden cleaning and gravelling. Free estimates. 627 103 412 (99747)

SIKKENS Elastomeric silicone coatings. This waterproofs/protects walls. Wooden Door Spraying. www.villapainting.es 678 179 346 (97340)

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www.decorlux.es painting, decorating, renovation. Est. Costa Blanca 1995. Estimates free. Tel 649 181 526 (97279)

Gold Wanted ALEXANDERS Antique Jewellers pay top London prices. Est 2003, Open Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. Javea port seafront. 965 792 595 (101156)

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GOLD CENTRE ALTEA N332 - Albir. See the main ad on page 17. (97479) RETIRED jeweller will buy unwanted/broken gold jewellery, coins and silver items. Cash paid. 627 019 403 (99504)

PAWS PET TRANSPORT SPAIN UK SPAIN every month. We treat all pets as if they belonged to us. Maybe the best rates in Spain. Please call JOE on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 for a chat or email pawspettransport@hotmail.com. Quote ewn1 (97486)

Handyman PURELY MAINTENANCE For all your maintenance needs - big or small, contact Carl on 965 878 866 or 669 218 928 email pure lymaintenance@hotmail.com (101108)

MEMOBILE, the cheapest internet is born, 550mb. 5€ incl IVA. 902 947 625 (202282)

MINIATURE Yorkshire Terrier Puppies, from a friendly home, for sale. 699 790 080 (99734)

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LOCKSMITH/ELECTRICIAN/ CARPENTER for emergency safe opening, Altea based. Call Michael Rice 686 513 510 or Sean Gannon 667 507 630 (101007)

CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST, Philip Mann, clinics in Benissa, Moraira, Javea, Calpe and Albir. 686 912 307 (99635) TANTRA WITH THE PROFESSIONALS, MASSAGES, ONE DAY SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS, TRAINING AVAILABLE. SINGLES AND COUPLES. ALEGRALUZ DOT COM. MARIA 618 478 067 (97906)

Metal Works MOBILE WELDING SERVICE, gates, rejas, railings etc. Made to measure or repaired. Free quotes. NO JOB TOO SMALL. Calpe. Dave: 616 173 699 / 965 834 869

DEEP TISSUE Sculpting Massage Therapy. Denia to Altea area. Jose Manuel. CMT by McKinnon Inst. USA. Home service. 644 244 885 (99714)

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PET-COURIERS.COM – If you love your pet try us first – we are the best. Door to door service throughout Europe. Specialised vehicles – bespoke service. Full legal service including documentation if required. For further information call or email us: Tel: (0034) 651 033 670 or (0034) 637 066 227. Email: info@pet-couriers.com or www.pet-couriers.com (95495) NEED YOUR PETS TAKEN CARE OF? Not kennels, just a friendly home. Large fenced area. 699 790 080 Altea (99699)

GOLD WANTED. English jeweller will buy broken, unwanted jewellery and coins. 664 890 990 (99704)

HOMECARE COSTA BLANCA. From 1hr cleaning to 24hr nursing care. 619 216 270 / 965 878 028. jainemossaic@gmail.com www.homecarecostablanca.com (99548)

Pets

SOS INSURANCE. Best prices available. Call us first for all your insurance needs. Including funeral plans. Tel: 966 787 123 / 622 275 561 (202254)

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MOTOR INSURANCE. For the most competitive quotes in English call Linea Directa on 902 123 153, you could save as much as 30% and you can transfer your existing no claims bonus. Call Linea Directa on 902 123 153 for motor insurance with a human voice in English from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and save money now! (95302) FORD FOCUS 2004 TDCI 1.8, 5 door, silver, one previous owner, 3,500€. 696 016 718 (99669)

IT’S Christmas at Cathy’s Cards. Individual and packs of cards. Decorations, diaries, calendars etc. 649 665 620 (99655)

GOING HOME ? Want to swap my UK Reg, RHD, 07 plated, VW Crafter Sprinter (LWB, high top, diesel, tax, MOT) for Spanish car. 646 600 898 (94920)

Mobile Homes

PORSCHE 928 S4, automatic, LHD, Spanish reg, fully loaded www.hispavan.com Leo 687 845 730 (204708)

WE BUY, Sell, Remove all types of Mobile Homes. We pay CASH and cover all of Spain. More details call Suzi Caley 616 250 727 / 951 063 059 or email suzicaley@gmail.com TWIN Unit Mobile Home. Brand new kitchen and bathroom. 2 double bedrooms. Absolute bargain £20,000. Unsited but can be sited on 5 star Benidorm Park. 666 032 691 (202285)

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GENTLEMEN. A happy love life with the amazing blue pill. Guaranteed. Amazing (from 2€). Delivery North Costa Blanca. Call Keith 687 357 529 (99657) SEX CINEMA ‘El Sofa’. (Straight, Gay and Bi rooms), Calle de la Parra 5, Benidorm www.SexCinema Benidorm.com (97998)

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GENERIC Viagra, Cialis, Jellies. Trial packs. Same or next day delivery. www.costablues.com 680 878 735 Colin (99688)

GENERAL plumbing, water filter systems, water softener, air conditioning, gas/electric water boilers. Call your local plumber Alfaz del Pi/Altea/La Nucia - Todo Agua 965 889 923 / 628 313 212

JAVEA, Moraira, Christina, Eastern European lady massage and more. Older gentlemen welcome, also weekends. Tel: 667 817 407 or 661 034 261 (99619) BEAUTIFUL, Sexy, High Class German Lady, 27, Discreet Luxury Apartment Benidorm 697 648 395

RENAULT Kangoo 2001. Denia area. 1,100€ ono. 618 012 731 (202281)

ALBIR; BENIDORM, Young beautiful lady, speaks English, offers massage & escort services. 626 096 866

MOTORHOMES for sale and wanted. www.hispavan.com. Tel Leo 687 845 730 (204708)

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BENIDORM Open-minded couple. Spanish lady and Greek man. We can make your sexual fantasies come true. 627 328 205 (202277)

AUDI A6, all road, 4x4, luxury motoring, Spanish reg, LHD, auto, diesel, £5,600, bargain, www.his pavan.com Leo 687 845 730 (204708)

Motor Homes

PROTECTAPET. Spain’s leading pet insurance. 965 756 371. info@protectapet.eu (95962)

SWINGERSBENIDORM.COM. Regular parties in purpose-built club.

BENIDORM C/Kennedy. Two young, gorgeous, English speaking, Latino and Italian, brunette girls will fulfil all your fantasies. All erotic services. Home visits or in their apartment. 678 985 867

Pool Services TH.POOLS.sc. Maintenance, servicing and repairs. New pumps and filters, sand changes and regrouts. Pool equipment and oneoff lessons available. Moraira Benidorm. CALL TRISTAN 627 008 158 (95844)

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www.euroweeklynews.com www.instantpools.eu YES YOU CAN HAVE A POOL - We manufacture & install Wooden AboveGround Pools. Pools from 8ft 32ft. Remember, with above ground pools there is “No Planning Permission Required”. Phone or email for a FREE BROCHURE NOW. Email: info@instantpools.eu - Tel: 965 050 064 - Mobile: 634 322 672 (101207)

BETWEEN Benidorm and La Nucia. One bedroom apartment with garden. €300/month. Call 650 215 760 (99749)

Professional Services

SELL your property with Schaich Estate Agents. See our main ad on front page. (99636)

NEW Ecological Villas under construction of 140m2 with sea views in Costa Benissa, show home available to view, prices from €349,000 fully inclusive of all taxes! Tel 695 831 044 (204952)

Property Maintenance

WASHING MACHINE and all domestic repairs, Calpe / Campello BLUESKY REPAIRS 966 875 283/626 430 671 (99672)

Property for Rent APARTAMENTOS PLAYA ALBIR SL. Quality rental accommodation with reception, 2 beds, 2 bath. Washing machine, air con, sea views and swimming pool. Available for short or long term let. apartamentos@playaalbir.es / Tel/fax 966 866 206 (100774) M100 - BENITACHELL, top floor apartment of a 2 storey block, 2 bedrooms, quiet location, stunning panoramic views. 420€ pcm - 965 745 969 (89468) M141 - Second floor, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment in the sought after Port Xabia complex, Javea, walking distance to beach and all amenities 600 € per month plus bills. 965 745 969 (89468) CHEAP winter lets from £30, yes only £30 per week near Gandia. Rentals also available in Albir and near Mojacar. Email: oasis parks@yahoo.co.uk or 696 090 776 (101031) 3 BED, 3 bath spacious semi-detached house with garage, situated in the popular area of La Zenia, walking distance to shops, beaches and the new La Zenia Boulevard. Furnished. Long term. €550 monthly + electric & water. Perfect family home. Tel: 966 733 079 / 619 098 543 (97868)

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MADE IN SPAIN - Property & garden maintenance - Property management. 652 090 017 / 965 878 028 www.madeinspain.co madein_s@yahoo.co.uk (99546)

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INTERNATIONAL and European Removals. Expert removals worldwide. www.uni versalremovals.com. Tel: 951 247 834 (200810) EUROPEAN removals and transport with scheduled UK routes. UK Company, fully legal, taking loads from 5kg to 24,000kg. Lowest prices and the best service. 952 816 582 or www.focus-transport .com (96826) MAN & VAN Costa Blanca North Removals / delivery, house & garden clearance. Competitive rates. UK fixed prices. Call Graham 965 730 382 / 644 114 876 (101069) SPAIN2UK2SPAIN man and van. Trips between UK/Spain twice a month. Excellent rates. en quiries@spain2uk2spain.com. Also local removals and deliveries. Christine 965 571 837 / 638 261 341

Property Management COMPLETE HOME SERVICES Villa changeovers, laundry, pool cleaning, gardening, and general maintenance, everything you need. North Costa Blanca. denisebridger12 @gmail.com Denise 667 298 576

VAN SPAIN-UK-SPAIN leaving every 2 weeks. Great rates. Contact Joe on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 or email civic1235@msn. com. Quote EWN1 (97486)

NOT happy with the rentals this summer? We are looking for quality villas in Denia and Javea area. You can keep renting the villa yourself and we do not have any problem working with another agency. www.cbcasas.com 666 327 729 (Walter) (101019) PROPERTY wanted: Cash Buyer looking for Villa in Denia area, Quick Completion possible. Send details and price to houseinnorth costablanca@gmail.com (203094)

VAN Leaving UK to Spain 9th December. Returning Spain to UK 16th December. Space available. 0044 (0) 755298 5343 or 679 042 805 email keithmarion9@yahoo.co.uk

Roller Shutters CORDS, slats, winding mechanisms, motors. Calpe + 40 kms. Tony Bowers 659 464 992 www.toldosalchemy.com (99623)

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sponsored by EXCLUSIVE: Megane Estate GT 220 comes with a numbered GT 220 plate.

SPORTY: Featuring 220 horsepower for everyday sports performance.

A sporty family car THE NEW Megane Estate GT 220 is a Renault Sport limited edition car for customers who want to combine the benefits of an estate car with sporty performance. Sales of the Renault Megane Estate GT 220, from €30,500, are to start

in France ahead of its launch in 11 other markets, from Europe to Japan. It is powered by the 2.0T Renault Sport 220 petrol engine incorporating Stop&Start for an unprecedented performance package. The new model shares the same dynamics as GT, including a chassis and suspension developed by Renault Sport. The design shows a customised, sporty look featuring GT 220 badging, a numbered

plate and 18 inch gloss black wheels. It also features a number of gloss black details, ranging from the door mirrors and diffuser to the front air scoops and roof bars. The engine is based on the same highperformance turbocharged two litre unit as that which sits under the bonnet of the Megane RS. Depending on the market, this powerplant will join the model’s existing petrol engines and is made more

powerful to satisfy customers looking for sporty performance. In spite of its sporty credentials, it returns fuel consumption of just 7.3 litres/100km in everyday use, equivalent to 169g of CO2/km, which represents a highly favourable balance between CO2 emissions and power. “Megane Estate GT 220 is concrete evidence that a car can be practical yet still pack genuine performance,” Product Manager Jean-Maxime Boulanger said.

Ford let parents take control with MyKey THE new Ford Fiesta will be the first car in Europe to feature Ford’s MyKey technology. It enables parents to place restrictions on younger drivers to promote safety. The new Fiesta will cost from €12,100 when it goes on sale later this year. MyKey technology enables owners to programme a key – usually for younger drivers – that restricts the top speed of the Fiesta, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and disables the audio system altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. It can also prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control and Active City Stop, which can help mitigate or prevent low speed collisions. “All parents know that if teenagers are experts at one thing it’s finding ways of getting into trouble,” MyKey European

SAFETY: MyKey is a first for Ford. system architect, Peter Patzelt said. “MyKey allows Fiesta owners to set sensible restrictions for young drivers, and delivers peace-of-mind for parents.” Ford Fiesta’s safety and driver assistance package also includes SYNC Emergency Assistance and Ford’s Intelligent Protection System with seven airbags.


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Derby games ahead as Vettel makes it three F1 wins in row SUPER STARS: Sebastian Vettel and Lionel Messi both at top of their game.

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worst! And last week in Scotland it was ‘Super Cally are fantastic, Celtic are atrocious’ after Inverness had won 1-0 at Parkhead! • Everton keeper Tim Howard has set a record 197 consecutive PL appearances. • It’s the old brigade of managers in the Premiership following the appointment of Harry Redknapp, aged 65, by QPR. He’s the London club’s 20th manager since 1985, their 34th in 60 years, and joins Sir Alex Ferguson (70), Arsene Wenger (63) and Martin O’Neill (60) as senior campaigners. • Still on managers… Chelsea has Rafael Benitez (52) as caretakerboss until the end of the season. He’s the club’s 12th foreigner in 16 years and the ninth in nine. The last Brit to manage the Blues was Glenn Hoddle. And former Manchester United chief Dave Sexton has died, aged 82. • Meanwhile, Celtic and Chelsea remain in the Champions League (just) but Manchester City are out, for the second season running. Through to the knockout stage are four Spanish clubs, Barcelona, Malaga, Real Madrid and Valencia, three from Germany, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke plus Arsenal (for the 13th season in a row),

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AFTER the recent furore of European, Premiership and League football, managerial sackings and gossip, hopefully things will get back to normality this weekend. There are derbies at Fulham (v Spurs), West Ham (v Chelsea) and WBA (v Stoke). And there are intriguing tussles at Manchester City (v Everton), Reading (v Manchester United) and lowly QPR (v Aston Villa). Crystal Palace play Brighton in the Championship and there are 16 second round FA Cup-ties, including MK Dons (formerly Wimbledon) v AFC Wimbledon while nonLeaguers Alfreton, Chelmsford and Hereford will be aiming to progress and draw one of the big boys in round three. In the Scottish Cup underdogs Arbroath visit Celtic. Don’t forget that Lionel Messi will be hoping to score again as he closes in on Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year. The Barcelona star netted twice in a 4-0 win over Levante last Sunday and now needs just four in six games to beat Muller’s feat of 1972. On Saturday, England meet the All Blacks and Wales take on Australia at Rugby; the USA/PGA World Challenge takes place in California and Freddie Flintoff enters the boxing ring for the first time when he fights American Richard Dawson in Manchester. Tyson Fury is also in action on Saturday. SOCCER SHORTS • It’s now Manchester United first, Manchester City second and WBA third in the PL. The Baggies have made their best start to a season since 1953; QPR their

Manchester United, AC Milan, PSG and Porto. • Newcastle has qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League but Spurs and Liverpool require results in their final games to join them. • Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Bolton earlier this year, will compete in BBC’s TV Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. ROUND-UP • Sebastian Vettel is the 2012 F1 World champion despite not winning the final race of the season in Brazil (that honour went to Jensen Button). • Jockey Frankie Dettori has been suspended by the French Horse Racing Authority pending a disciplinary hearing into his failed drugs test.

• By winning the Dubai Open, Rory McIlroy has now banked £5m in prize money in 2012. • Boxer Ricky Hatton has retired again after being knocked out in his comeback fight.

• Australian Michael Clarke has set a benchmark in Test Cricket that surpasses even Bradman, Lara and Tendulkar, by scoring four double centuries in a calendar year: 210 and 329 v India, 224 and 259 v South Africa. • In last week’s rugby internationals, England, Wales and Scotland lost to South Africa, New Zealand and Tonga respectively but Ireland comfortably beat Argentina.


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Good week for Calpe CALPE took 10 league points when they beat Finca Guila Swallows by 91 shots to 43. Ted Campbell, Eileen Whitmore and Martin Tucker won 26 to 10, Stan Walmsley, Betty Walmsley and Paul Brown won 18 to 12, Alan Edwards, Alison Edwards and Enid Duxbury won 22 to 15 and Kate Sayers, Alan Steed and Tony Sayers won 25 to six. In the Friendship Cup match Benitachell came with a strong squad, determined to retain the trophy But, carrying on from the League match, Calpe won three rinks to one and took a 20 shot lead (77 – 57) to the BBC for the return leg. Alan Edwards, Alison Edwards, Enid Duxbury and Barry Rowe won 18 to 11, Paul Brown, Sheila Garnham, Ray Collum and Liz Griffiths won 26 to 12,Ted Campbell, Eileen Whitmore, Martin Tucker and Glenda Rowe won 16 to 15 and Kate Sayers, Geraldine Stevens, Alan Steed and Tony Sayers lost 17 to 19.

La Vila out of ideas as Canning takes control La Vila RC 8-36 UE Santboiana SANTBOIANA scored a try after just two minutes through Tauli as they took early control of the match. Sorribes responded with three points through a penalty, but it was the day of the opposing full back, Canning, who controlled the game, putting pressure on a Vila side that showed a lack of ideas in both defence and attack. Villalba was brought on for the home team after an injury to centre Lucas Poggi, but a second try for Santboiana came through back row Ruben Sanz, and they closed the half with a try before the break from Baker in the centre. The script in the second half continued very much in the same vein as the first, as two tries, first from Baro, then by Josep Puigbert guaranteed the away team an offensive bonus point. The introduction of Martinez,

SPIN PASS: La Vila’s Chivers sets up play. Davies, Jimenez and Aristemuno provided some stability in the Vilera’s ranks, but the damage had already been done. Juan Aristemuno managed to score the only try for La Vila in a counter-attacking move, but Santaboiana finished the scoring with a penalty in the last minute.

It was an emotional meeting for the La Vila players who faced their former teammates Lyons and Phipps, two players now settled into the Catalan team. Next weekend the team from Marina Baixa travel to the Basque Country to face Hernani CRE, as the team attempt to regain their confidence

LINE OUT: Davies takes the catch for La Vila. and winning mentality. Next La Vila home game will be December 9 against the Madrid Swans, with several anti-crisis promotions on offer the club hope there will be a big crowd to help encourage the team to return to winning ways.

Put your shirt on El Cid

LLOYDS Bank, Direkt Optic and Europa Network have all combined to sponsor El SMART SHIRTS: El Cid bowls club. Cid Bowls club and provide every single member with a new shirt. brought together in a modern design, The Club colours of green and gold, which gives the club a smart, unified along with company logos, are appearance when participating in

Shorts unpacked NEXT game for the Fairwayz Golf Society will be at Altorreal next Thursday at 10.15 am.

In their last match 28 society members played Vistabella. The weather was superb and shorts

were unpacked from winter storage. Several players took part in the competition, organised by Johnny Pedersen. Winner in the gold category was Alex Duchard (32) with Roger Inwards second (31). In the silver Colin Pepperday was top (30) and second Phil Bowditch (28). More information: Tony on 966 785 781 or Steve on 966 637 449.

competitions. If you would like to join El Cid or find out more about the club then go to www.elcidbowlsclub.com.

High kicking karate biggest award FOR the sixth year running Washinkai karate have been given an award for being the biggest karate club in Alicante province. The Javea club was invited to the 11th Gala of the Valencian Karate Federation where Geovanny Sanchez and Sarah Lakin were presented with the prize. The Gala was another momentous event in the recognition of the Javea based Club, as it is held to celebrate the efforts of the top clubs and best sportsmen and instructors throughout the region of Valencia, Castellon and Alicante. Call Sarah Lakin 679 05 59 90 or www.washinkai.org.

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