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Help us plea from EMAUS

CHARGE-FREE: AP-7 viaduct over the River Algar.

Make the toll road free, say mayors CALLS have gone out to make the AP-7 toll road free. The fastest and most practical link with Alicante, Valencia and the airport, should be free to all motorists, two

La Marina mayors claim. Benissa’s mayor Juan Bautista Rosello is convinced the motorway should be free. “We want the tolls removed,” he said. “Forty years is more than enough.”

And Benidorm Mayor Augustin Navarro said it is essential for a tourist resort to be able to count on excellent road communications. “But I doubt that this is the moment to remove tolls as there is no budget for the road’s upkeep,” the mayor admitted. Aumar’s concession on the AP-7 toll road still has seven years to run. The road has paid for itself, both mayors claimed.

EMAUS in Calpe is seeking help to fund its nine local homes caring for children, babies, the disabled, elderly and domestic violence victims. With some staff unpaid for months, officials have made a special plea for support from the expatriate community as Christmas nears. EMAUS Christmas appeal - Page 33

Sweet move EU MOVES to introduce customs duty on tinned mandarin oranges imported from China have been praised by orange growers in Alicante and Valencia.

Protests soar A TOTAL of 4,500 protests and demonstrations have been held in the Valencian Region this year, 80 per cent more than in 2011.

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Cash shunned ONLY 134 people have applied to Denia Town Hall for grants to offset higher local taxes. The small amounts involved do not compensate for the paperwork involved, residents complained.

Sales rising BLOT ON LANDSCAPE: Remaining Las Terrazas block to come down.

Adios eyesore! WHAT remains of Las Terrazas Benidorm’s enduring sea-front blemish is to go. The dilapidated low-rise apartment blocks on the Levante beach at the foot of the Avenida de Europa were long due for redevelopment, and an added safety hazard. As in many 1960s’ constructions, sub-standard aluminous cement was used and the buildings were unsafe. After years of inaction by owners, the courts authorised the town hall to send in the bulldozers. The blocks duly came down in April 2011 barring one exception, with one part left untouched because it housed an Iberdrola

transformer which also supplied neighbouring properties. The transformer had to be moved, but where to? The Las Terrazas owners failed to reach an agreement amongst themselves or with Iberdrola and the last block remained intact. The owners have now agreed to cede 25 square metres of the site to Iberdrola, which has pledged to meet the cost of demolition. To date owners have repaid €164,000 of the €209,000 it cost the town hall to demolish the buildings. The outstanding €45,000 will be reclaimed through the courts, the town hall has said

THERE were 8,803 property transactions by foreign purchasers between July and October in the region, an 18 per cent increase on 2011. Alicante Province accounted for 2,501 of the total.

Studio sell-off THE Ciudad de la Luz filmmaking complex is to be sold immediately, the regional government has announced. Ten bidders have already come forward, claims Culture head, Lola Johnson.


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Family held in drugs swoop TWENTY-FIVE members of a family clan have been arrested for allegedly supplying drugs in North Alicante. Police have also impounded a pistol, €50,000 in cash and cocaine, hashish and marijuana.

False alarm BONES found by young people on San Juan’s Albufereta beach were from an animal, not a human, National Police confirmed.

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A sweeter sales hope... SALES of turron (Spanish nougat) look set to remain high this Christmas, despite the economic crisis. Almost 32-and-a-half tons of turron and marzipan were produced, eaten or exported in 2011. And manufacturers are confident that these levels will at least be equalled again this year. Made throughout Spain in two types – soft and hard – the most famous and authentic come from

Alicante Province. Jijona is the home of soft turron and only products actually made there may bear the Jijona label. The same goes for the brittle Alicante version. Newer variations have prompted scorn in traditionalists who pointed out that strawberries-and-cream turron is not what mother would have bought. “From what we are seeing, people are spending in much the same way as last year,” turron makers’

association, Produlce said. The simplest and most natural of confectionery – honey, sugar and almonds – turron exists in similar forms throughout the Middle East and was introduced to Spain by the Moors. Exports go chiefly to France, Portugal and Andorra, and in lesser quantities to Mexico and the US. Despite their own varieties, Arab countries are also now beginning to import Spanish turron.

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ELCHE’S ‘grua’ has towed away 40 per cent fewer cars since the summer, with municipal sources believing people are using their cars less owing to the crisis.

Golden prospect VALENCIAN firm Gold Converters is auctioning 12 gold and diamond mines in British Guyana, with bids starting at €40,000.

PRETTY AS A PICTURE: Colourful patios attract thousands to Cordoba every year.

Blooming delight! Cordoba patios get UNESCO boost

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HE patios of Cordoba are in the news... five months earlier than usual. Normally the focus turns on them in early May when local families celebrate the arrival of spring by opening their homes to exhibit their flowered-filled patios. But now UNESCO has included the annual Cordoba Patio Festival, which each year attracts thousands of international and national visitors, on its list of Intangible and Cultural Heritage of Humanity events. This follows a rejection last year. Cordoba’s Patio Festival loosely dates back to Roman times and was ongoing under Arab rule.

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Electrifying news ALICANTE University researchers are investigating bacteria that produce electricity during water treatment processes. Liverpool University is collaborating in the project, as well as teams from Madrid and Berne (Switzerland).

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A VALENCIA baker producing 50,000 baguettes a day selling at 20 cents each, claims he is providing 80 jobs and making a profit, despite criticism from competitors.

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BENIDORM police confiscated 21,520 fireworks containing 300 kilos of explosives during a routine shop inspection in Rincon de Loix.

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A HOMELESS man found dead in Alicante City’s port area died of hypothermia, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

COMPANIES with high overheads are not competitive, and if ‘no fault dismissal’ existed in Spain, employees would work harder, the president of Chinese Business-owners’ Association in Valencia has claimed.

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We don’t want the Spaniards to leave. It will be very dangerous for us when they have left. We may get killed by the Taliban. There are lots in here.’

Mohammad Bayan, an interpreter for Spanish troops in Afghanistan.

Then almost 80 years ago, a contest to encourage local residents to embellish the city was introduced, and since 1933 the event has been an increasingly popular attraction. Prizes are awarded to the best patios, with some containing more than 150 potted plants. There are now more than 10 intangible and cultural heritage items listed in Spain. These include Castell, a Catalan tradition in which teams compete to make human towers; the Elche Mystery Play, a drama dating from the Middle Ages enacted and celebrated annually in mid-August, and also flamenco.

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people were killed in 12 accidents over last week’s December 6-9 long holiday weekend, the Spanish traffic agency has revealed. Six other people were also seriously injured.

VALENCIAN Community residents called for jury duty are currently having to wait two years to receive their €67 per day fees and expenses.

Easy terms LOCAL taxes in Javea will be payable in instalments from next year, with a €20 minimum monthly payment for a minimum total of €240.

Work ethic COUNCILLORS’ pay should be cut, 98.7 per cent of Alicantinos told an unofficial poll. A further 97.4 per cent wanted personal advisers reduced by 75 per cent.

and finally... ONLY the ruling Bildu political party paid homage in San Sebastian to the victims of terrorism in the Basque Region called by the city hall. But all other political parties attended an alternative tribute held the following day.


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Fiery food

RECESSION BITES: Restaurants and bars shutting up shop.

Hard-hit bars call time BEFORE the crisis set in only Cyprus had more bars per EU inhabitant than Spain. But as austerity measures bite deep, the Spanish - and tourists - have less in their pockets and not only bars, but also cafés and restaurants are shutting up shop. The catering trade can no longer be depended on to make money or at worst break even, as both long-established and newer owners are finding to their cost. Approximately 74,000 bars, cafés and restaurants - almost 19 per cent of the total - have closed throughout Spain

since 2007. The Valencian Community was especially hard-hit, with 6,900 of its 35,800 establishments having to pull down the shutters. Despite the closures, residents in Alicante, Valencia and Castellon, can rely on having only a short walk to find their nearest beer or cup of coffee, according to a La Caixa survey. Overall, there is a bar, café or restaurant for every 173 inhabitants, the study found. Of these, Alicante Province has most with 12,711 establishments, followed by Valencia Province with 12,531 and Castellon with 3,648.

38 held on child porn charges THIRTY-EIGHT people three of them from Alicante Province - have been questioned regarding allegations of child pornography. Another three came from Castellon, with arrests made in 12 other Spanish provinces including Malaga, Cadiz and Sevilla. All had allegedly acquired DVDs showing the abuse of boys aged between 11 and 16. The DVDs were filmed in the Ukraine, Romania and Germany and then sold over the internet to buyers in 94 countries. The international network was based in Toronto (Canada) and had an annual turnover of $1.6

million (€1.2 million), police estimate. The three Alicante detainees, together with another in Madrid, are also charged with abusing and videoing 19 underage boys for their own DVDs. A fifth Malaga man is now under investigation for the same offence. The Alicante paedophiles had in some instances abused their victims by force. Other boys were bribed and obliged to sign a confidentiality agreement, police sources revealed. Amongst the detainees were a lay catechism instructor, a religion teacher, and an organiser of churchsponsored summer camps.

A BRISTOL restaurant has produced a burger so spicy it makes diners sign a disclaimer and wear protective gloves. The Atomic Fallout Pizza burger is covered in a sauce that’s made from two of the fieriest chillies in the world, the Scotch Bonnet and the Ghost Chilli.

Coldest gig AN ENGLISH musician has entered the Guinness Book of World Records by performing the coldest gig. Former Busted and Fightstar frontman, Charlie Simpson, played a 15 minute set to curious locals at the Siberian village of Oymyakon.

Digital Dandy PAUL McCARTNEY has appeared in the final print edition of Britain’s longestrunning children’s comic, The Dandy. It has now gone digitalonly, 75 years after it was first published.

Rhino charge A LONDONER has been jailed for 18 months following his attempt to steal a rhinoceros head from Castle Museum in Norwich. Patrick Kiely, aged 29, admitted trying to steal the stuffed specimen worth £500,000 (€615,000). Rhino horns are now worth more than gold.

Adult drama BBC ONE and BBC Drama have commissioned the adaptation of JK Rowling’s first adult novel The Casual Vacancy. The series is expected to be shown in 2014.


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Father accused of killing daughter’s boyfriend A SIXTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD was remanded in Requena (Valencia) accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend. The body of the victim, Vasile Pohaidac, was discovered by a friend who

alerted the Guardia Civil. Vasile is thought to have been shot at close range when he opened the door, police revealed. The accused man had allegedly disapproved of his

daughter’s relationship with Vasile and three weeks earlier had confronted him at 6am, telling him to keep away. Vasile, aged 36, who had lived in Requena for almost

10 years, was separated from his first wife and had a child of eight. Hardworking, good-humoured and polite he was well-liked in the neighbourhood, said his family. He had not

known 31-year-old Monica for long, but their relation was ‘normal and consensual’, his family added. Following the 6am confrontation, Vasile invited his girlfriend and her father to supper and the threats ceased. “We don’t know if the girlfriend or her family suspected that something might happen. If they did, they could at least have warned Vasile,” his sister lamented.

U3A Notice PEOPLE interested in joining the next U3A Marina Baixa general meeting should visit Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi on January 28. For more information, please telephone 965 861 226. UNTENDED: Unloved and neglected land.

Wasteland hazard prompts law NEGLECTED terracing and allotments are completely overgrown and turning into breeding grounds for insects, vermin and even wild boar. Now Mayor of TeuladaMoraira, Antoni Joan Bertomeu, hopes to curb the decline of neglected agricultural land and restore the traditional landscape. He said that untended wasteland and its uncontrolled vegetation bring further hazards each summer when

wildfire is a constant menace. A new town hall bylaw contemplates fining owners of neglected land between €650 and €3,000. They could also be held responsible if Teulada-Moraira growers and farmers find that their crops have been affected by a neighbour’s negligence. But the town hall is not only seeking to deter landowners from abandoning their property, it also hopes to make unwanted land available

to residents who are willing to tend it. The project would benefit the countryside and encourage renewed interest in agriculture, Bertomeo claimed.

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Priestly bonus VALENCIAN bishops want priests to donate their Christmas bonus to the charity Caritas. The measure was adopted in Castellon last year and by Alicante this summer.

Land value DEVELOPER and builder Enrique Ortiz, who owns vast tracts of Benidorm, put a value of €47 million on land valued at €73,000 by the town hall.

Drain gain AFTER 30 years of residents’ requests, Javea Council has pledged to install storm drains in Calle Niza.


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Satellite programme threat? Forget it, say TV doctors, we can prescribe a remedy REPORTS continue to put a question mark over free Englishlanguage satellite television channels in Spain. But the vast majority of television technicians, from the Costa Blanca in the north down to the Costa del Sol in the south, as well as in inland areas, say that if British channels are blocked to viewers in Spain, they will quickly be able to find ways around the move. “When the channels do go, which is pretty much a certainty, we will have a system in place that will have been tested to get your missing channels back,” said one television technician on the Costa del Sol, who requested not to be named. Over the last week, reports – including in some newspapers – have indicated that the BBC and ITV are planning to block channels seen by tens of thousands daily in Spain. The vast majority of viewers pay

TURN OFF: Channels blocked to viewers in Spain. no monthly satellite fee, using either cards which they operate illegally here in Spain, or through satellite boxes for which they pay no fixed monthly fee; thereafter viewing BBC, ITV, Sky News, and numerous other channels without cost. Confusion initially set in, especially after Channel 5 went off the airwaves a few days ago. Reports circulated that on

December 16, all BBC and ITV channels would be blocked, but it has been impossible to get any television station officials in the UK to confirm – or deny – such claims. However, online Sky advisor Santhosh told EWN: “We confirm that there is no issue with the Sky signal and no changes to the Sky satellite. There will be no issue with any channels.”

Marina case still on course ALTEA is fighting to preserve one of the town’s most valued but vulnerable features. The Cala del Soio, La Olla beach and the L’Illeta island have important fossil deposits and are of immense geological value. The town hall is currently waiting for the area to be declared a natural or municipal monument. When a small yacht marina was built for La Olla almost 15 years ago, a conservation order was slapped on semisubmerged volcanic rocks there. The port - opposed by most Altea residents - was never a success. It gave little protection to craft moored there, thanks to an orientation dictated by the conservation ruling. So the concessionary successfully applied to the regional government to remove the rocks and reposition the marina entrance. But hundreds of demonstrators succeeded in halting the project in February 2011 as machines prepared to tear out the rocks.

REPRIEVE: El Portet is safe for the moment. A court order halted the project and the case is now in the hands of the Tribunal Superior de Justicia. “We have won the first battle to immobilise the marina but we have not won

the case,” warned Urban Development councillor Carolina Punset. It could take months or years to resolve, she said, “although we are confident that construction will not go ahead.”

Many British expatriates – especially followers of some of the regular soap series including Coronation Street and EastEnders – initially reacted to the reports that programmes would be blocked with horror. “If I can’t watch Coronation Street then I might as well go home,” pensioner Flora Relf, of Los Boliches on the Costa del Sol, said. Her friend, Elizabeth Holmes of nearby Fuengirola said that television – especially during the winter – is the mainstay of her life. “If they block the channels I won’t be able to afford a monthly subscription, so life here will definitely not be so attractive,” she said. Another TV technician in Spain confirmed his company had received hundreds of calls from worried expatriates concerned over ‘the big satellite switch-off’, but commented: “There is no specific date when this might happen as the operators of the satellites give little or no warning when testing new frequencies.”

Death riddle in Sax IS something odd happening in the town of Sax? Some locals have noticed what they claim is a strange pattern to deaths in the inland town, chiefly famous for its Moorish castle. When a Sax resident dies, the local Spanish Press revealed, another follows within 24 or 48 hours. After an interval of several days or weeks the same thing occurs, with a death followed by a further demise within one day or two. The sequence does not follow a strict pattern, wrote Informaciones, and there are also isolated deaths. On other occasions there are not two, but three, deaths within the 48-hour period. Informaciones recently analysed deaths registered in Sax over the last three years, to determine whether this is a fluke or something more disturbing. It discovered that in 2010, 2011 and 2012, death occurred in clusters in a respective 57, 74 and 58 per cent of cases.

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Education in instalments FORTY-THREE per cent of students at Elche’s Miguel Hernandez University applied to pay their increased registration fees in instalments. This is 12 per cent more than last year.

Not welcome AS MTV’s Gandia Shore reality show completes its first season, production company Magnolia is considering a move to the Dominican Republic, following local opposition to the show.

Toy story REGIONAL consumers’ association AVECU warned that prices for toys differ wildly. A Lego set selling for €119.90 in one store can cost up to €162.95 in another, it said.

Food boost MERCADONA is to donate an annual 25,000 kilos of basic supplies to Alicante’s Food Bank.

Listening in TWELVE pupils at Benidorm’s El Murtal school won third prize for an online live radio station project in the national Bertelsmann Foundation awards.

Non-slip DURING the recent cold snap Alicante’s inland mountain roads were sprinkled with 32 tons of salt and 56,000 litres of brine residue from desalinisation plants.


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Hotel blow as subsidies cancelled AROUND 160 hotels in Alicante province must kiss goodbye to expected subsidies. Regional government grants for hotel modernisation and improvements were cut by 50 per cent to €2 million last February. Now they have been eliminated entirely. Hoteliers are owed €9 million in arrears going back to 2009, but chains and private owners were still counting on receiving sums of between €3,000 and €1 million,. The economic crisis has “significantly increased the public debt,” said a communique from the tourism

CASH WITHDRAWN: No grants for improvements.

department. This obliged the regional government to control spending with “urgent and drastic measures.”

And that made the hotel subsidies unviable, the statement continued. The cuts should theoretically

not affect the €50,000 the Hosbec hoteliers’ association agreed for 2013, although the 2012 quota is still unpaid.

“It would have been better not to announce the grants in the first place,” complained a hotel-owner who had looked forward to a 30 per cent subsidy towards installing energy and water-saving systems. Withdrawing the grants was announced shortly after regional president Alberto Fabra praised the region’s hotel industry. It generates 14 per cent of the Valencian Community’s Gross Domestic Product, he said, and 13 per cent of the region’s jobs. Hotels directly employ 25,000 people.

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Spend money on jobs, say residents PEDREGUER COUNCIL has set aside €300,000 for projects chosen as priorities by local residents. After a series of meetings with town hall officials the majority of residents decided they want to see part of the allocation spent on social welfare and creating jobs. As a result it has been decided that €85,000 will be allocated for both these areas. Further requests include refitting and equipping the culture centre and repairing the municipal swimming pool. Residents also asked for a bridge at Les Galgues industrial estate and improvements to the Camino de la Parra road. All of the requests and improvements will have to come out of a very slim budget of just €7 million, warned Mayor Sergi Ferrus.

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Operations are cancelled while beds lie empty MARINE BAJA Hospital is cancelling operations while 34 beds lie empty. The staff committee of the District Health Authority is ‘worried’ by the hospital’s current ‘collapse’, it said. It claims that the Valencia regional government’s health department has decided to close an entire ward at the hospital to ‘optimise resources’. Meanwhile, patients admitted for operations cannot go straight to a room because there are not enough to go round, staff

say. Once operated on they often have to remain for hours in a restricted area inaccessible to relatives. Operations are sometimes carried out at night to coincide with the freeing-up of a bed, according to committee president, Maria Luis Corcostegui. “Sometimes operations have to be postponed altogether. It is unacceptable for people who have prepared themselves psychologically for an operation to be told they must wait because there are no beds free

when there are,” Corcostegui argued. The floor occupied by the Lung, Rheumatology and Gastric wards closed in the summer for refurbishment but after it recently reopened, the third-floor Internal Medicine ward closed. “The regional department wants 34 beds to remain permanently unoccupied,” staff sources alleged, adding: “That way they can use existing personnel without having to take on more.”

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Stories making headlines from Germany

€5 strip search FOUR police officers in Munich are under investigation for allegedly forcing 27 students aged 13 and 14 to strip in the search for a missing €5 note.

Failed show LIVE German show Supertalent suffered a series of disasters as one singer choked on confetti during her performance and then a fire broke out on stage.

Tall light THE tallest lighthouse in Europe, standing at 100 metres, is planned for the Port of Hamburg.

Top carol AROUND 24 per cent of Germans named Stille Nacht (Silent Night) as their favourite Christmas carol, a survey showed.

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ROARING SUCCESS: The Lion King comes to Benidorm.

A treat for the children

THE Lion King will be roaring into Benidorm. The children’s show, based on the Disney movie of the same name, will be performed at the Benidorm Palace on December 23 at 6.30pm. With a cast of 15 and around 40 costume changes, voices will be heard live, promised actor Jose Luis Piqueras. The production was a huge success in

Torrevieja last month, and the cast was confident of another triumph in Benidorm, he said. The play is a Benidorm Town Hall initiative, explained Culture councillor Eva Mayor, but admitted that without private enterprise there would be no show at all. Work on the Culture Centre is halted and Benidorm lacks suitable auditoriums for an adequate cultural offer, Mayor said, urging the private sector to collaborate with the town NEW events managers of Jaguar Enthusiasts hall on cultural events. Club (JEC) Spain have been appointed: Ian Tickets - €12 for adults and Uschi McMenemy. The next meeting will and €8 for children - are be held on January 27 at Restaurant Los available at the Benidorm Almendros in Torrellano. Palace Box Office from More information: www.jec.org.uk. Monday to Saturday from 10am onwards.

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A GIANT three ton, 3.64 metres long, 1.75 metres wide fruitcake locally known as Stollen, was baked by a team of 20 bakers in Dresden.

Cow effort A RECORD average of 8,000 litres of milk were produced by German dairy cows during the 2011/2012 season, the DLQ animal control agency said.

No consent THE NPD neo-Nazi party has been ordered to pay €12,000 in compensation to 12 minors after they were used in an election campaign video without parental consent.


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Tomatina goes east THE Tomatina tomatofight which originated in Buñol (Valencia) has travelled to South Korea. Professor Hoan Jeong, head of the department of International Fiesta Studies at Paichai University, visited Buñol three years ago. He travelled with the mayor of Boreyang (Korea), home to a fiesta invented by the professor to promote the area’s tourist beaches. Instead of tomatoes, participants shed cares and inhibitions by throwing mud at each other during the 11-day event. Once in Buñol, Jeong and the mayor decided that it was Europe’s best fiesta.

A Korean version of the now-famed Buñol celebration - it allegedly began in 1945 after someone threw a tomato during an argument in a street parade - will be held next year in Boreyang. Meanwhile, mayor of Buñol, Ximo Masmano, could follow the example of the Mud Festival which charges participants the equivalent of €3 to join in. The Tomatina gets through 120,000 kilos of tomatoes and costs around €100,000 to put on, Masmano said. He is now weighing up whether people would be willing to pay up to €10 to take part.

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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Xmas goat SWEDEN– This year’s 13-metre tall straw Christmas goat in Gävle is being watched day and night by private security guards. Thirty three goats have been burnt and another seven vandalised, since 1966.

Son’s abuse NORWAY – An Indian couple living in Oslo were sentenced to 18 and 15 months in jail (father and mother, respectively) for physical abuse of their six-year-old son.

Party over DENMARK – Organisers of the 30year-old Copenhagen Carnival announced it will not be held next year, as public funding was cut from €67,000 to €27,000.

Fast job SWEDEN – Two managers in a McDonald’s restaurant in Stockholm were suspended from their jobs after allegedly selling work permits to illegal foreign workers.

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NORWAY – State secretary Roger Ingebrigtsens resigned after reportedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old member of the Labour Party.

Poker shot DENMARK – Danish poker champion Theo Jørgensen was robbed in his home in Copenhagen after being shot three times in one leg by three assailants.


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‘Don’t spoil the magic’ A MAYOR has vetoed collection points for toys in a town’s streets, saying they could spoil the magic of Christmas. Seeing so many toys in the street beforehand would shatter small children’s belief that their presents at Christmas and January 6 come from Santa Claus and the Three Kings, argued David Morent, Mayor of Piles on the Alicante-Valencia border. A street collection is unnecessary, he added, as the town hall was already collecting toys for disadvantaged children. The Young Socialists association (JS) wanted to ensure that children from the neediest families of Piles could look forward to a visit from Father Christmas or the Kings.

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Town hall urges banks to help re-home evicted families DENIA’S banks have been urged to create a reserve of repossessed homes to re-home evicted mortgage defaulters. The town’s Councillor for

Housing and Urban Development, Pepa Font, has suggested the repossessed homes be made available at reasonable rents.

She plans to meet local bank managers and put forward the proposal at the beginning of January. The town hall would mediate

LA NUCIA COMPETITION: The prize-winning painting and some of the artists.

between evicted families and the banks, the councillor explained. “Many people here are now living out this drama,” she declared recently. Since February, the town hall has dealt with 92 cases related to mortgage difficulties, Font said. In three cases the debt was written off by returning the property and in another the loan was refinanced. Another involving abusive mortgage conditions was reported to the Bank of Spain and the Ombudsman. Thirty families are now in negotiations with banks and 55 have Llevant in the applied for inclusion in Mediterranea Auditorium the regional governin La Nucia until January ment’s ‘exceptional social 18. Admission is free. interest’ programme.

Art that says ‘No to fear’ RUBEN LOPEZ LOZOYA’s painting La Espinaria has been awarded a prize in a La Nucía competition.

The theme for the competition was ‘No to Fear’ and focused on gender violence.

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Restaurants and bars get extra time JAVEA Town Hall has given bars and restaurants a four-month breathing space before having to comply with new terrace rules. Many have enclosed terraces without permission and even installed flooring to provide extra outdoor space. Meanwhile, tables and chairs on the Paseo de la Marina Española and at the port area are making life increasingly difficult for pedestrians. A bylaw ordering owners to dismantle unauthorised terraces was due to come into effect on January 1. Following consultations with the Urban Development and Environment councillors, however, the town hall has decided to grant extra time to affected businesses. In a further concession to the economic crisis the levy charged for tables occupying pavements and other public spaces is to be frozen until at least 2014. The bylaw was created to eradicate what locals call the ‘corrals’ now outside many bars, restaurants and cafés. Establishments will eventually be banned from occupying more than half of pavement space and must leave a passageway of at least 1.80 metres, according to the new regulation. “Private use cannot be made of public spaces,” the town hall said.

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Five held in hunt for modern highwaymen THE Guardia Civil claim to have dismantled a gang of modern-day highwaymen. Five Romanians aged between 26 and 46 are now in custody after police raided a home in Alicante City. They are alleged to be part of a gang that operated along the Levante coast from Castellon to Murcia, singling out easy targets at service stations and motorway rest areas, mainly on the A7. Victims were not hard to find, and the gang regularly found easy pickings from families who had stopped to eat or rest or simply fill up with petrol, claimed the Guardia Civil. Foreign travellers were also favoured prey and possibly the hardest-hit after finding themselves

IN CUSTODY: Guardia Civil operation netted five suspects. without money or documentation. Sometimes victims would be distracted while others seized valuables including credit cards, identity documents, cameras, laptops and anything else thieves could lay their hands on.

Allegedly the gang members did not hesitate to use force, either to rob or to foil anyone brave enough to pursue them. The robberies took place over a long period of time, Guardia Civil sources said. The gang has been linked to other groups operating in the same fashion and further arrests are not ruled out.

PILOTA: Player Hector during the Benissa Trophy semi-final.

Entirely different ball game but with bare hands that have been reinforced with tape, as well as finger and palm protectors. Originally played

in the streets - and sometimes still to be seen here - it is now more likely to take place in an indoor court or Trinquet.

TEACHERS at TeuladaMoraira’s municipal music school will work more hours for the same pay. Their weekly 18-hour stints will rise to 25 hours and free periods are to be cut from seven-and-half to two-and-a-half hours. Until now fees covered just 16 per cent of the €330,000 that the Mestre Berenguer conservatoire costs the town hall. The teachers’ longer hours will increase this to 20 per cent, explained Finance Councillor, Chantal Giron.

It’s a dog’s life at shelter, says Spanish volunteer CONDITIONS for animals at the Alfaz del Pi shelter have allegedly deteriorated. Nearly 100 dogs formerly occupied 1,000 square metres of quarters and were allowed to roam in comparative freedom, said Maria Isabel Larrieta, a Spanish volunteer at the

home. They have now lost half that space, claimed Maria Isabel, and the covered section is occupied by three cars, a caravan and a motorcycle. The animals are crowded into cages where fights are frequent owing to lack of space and the stress now

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Epic jam AUTHORITIES passed the buck for the 70-km traffic jam on the Moscow to St Petersburg M-10 carriageway which trapped 9,000 drivers over a weekend.

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PILOTA is a game that still has many fans and followers in Alicante Province. Unlike the Basque version, it is not played with a bat

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suffered by the dogs, she maintained. Since last spring they have been exposed to temperatures which rose above 34 degrees in the summer, claimed the volunteer. They also had to endure heavy rainfall in October and November, she said.

She has now lodged official complaints with the town hall as well as the Guardia Civil’s Seprona nature protection unit, accusing the couple paid to run the shelter of imposing an ‘inefficient, opaque and inhuman’ regime on the animals.

THE Kamenny Ostrov island has been proposed by St Petersburg authorities as a nature reserve. But some ecologists see it as an excuse to create a VIPzone for millionaires.

Outside city NEW buildings in Moscow will be constructed in the suburbs not the city centre, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said after refusing 100s of contracts with developers.

Top jobs ENERGY company Gazprom is the most popular employer for Russians. Half those surveyed by VTsIOM agency said they would like to work for it.

Bridge plan THE €1.3 billion bridge plan to connect the city of Yakutsk with the left bank of the Lena River has entered the design stage, Sakha Republic President Yegor Borisov said.

No work AROUND 80 per cent of the 3.39 million disabled people of working age in Russia are currently unemployed, a study by the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry showed.

New iTunes APPLE has launched a Russian version of its iTunes online music store, offering a selection of Russian songs.


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CONGRATULATIONS: From left, winners Natasha Gill, Year three; Martyna Skorka and Gonzalo Escolar, Year five; and Jorge Bustos, Year three.

Art appreciation PRIMARY pupils in Years three to six of Xabia International College recently took part in an art competition to celebrate the work of four famous Spanish artists. The four Houses in the college are named after Pablo Picasso, co-founder of cubism; Salvador Dali, surrealist painter; Antoni Gaudi, architect and Francisco Goya, romantic painter. The children were invited to produce a picture in the style of their House’s artist. All the artwork produced is on display in the primary school. Meanwhile, mothers whose students attend the Xabia International College (XIC) have raised enough money to fund two laptops for years five and six.

CHORAL GRACES: The choir performs songs by many famous composers.

Classic concert TICKETS for the Coral Clasica Javiensa Christmas concert are now available. The show will take place on Sunday at 6pm in the Santa Cruz

Church in Pedreguer. The choir will also celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013, and plans for two concerts are in process. More information: 965 786 712.

AFGHAN HEROES charity received two donations from the charitable people of the Costa Blanca. Regional coordinator Jackie Lawson collected a cheque for €670 from The Miller Men raffle at Restaurante Los Rosales in Guardamar, and was also presented with €500 from the Quesada Golf Society. For more information on Afghan Heroes work, visit the website www.afghanheroes.org .uk.

Giving a helping hand to families in need MORE and more families are asking for help from The Red Cross. The Javea Bowls Club is hosting a Christmas dinner on Saturday at

The Inn on the Green and a raffle will be drawn by a representative from the Red Cross on Sunday, to raise money for families in need.

Prizes include hampers and brandy and champagne from Casa Vino. For more information please call: 626 681 720.

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Alicante energy first ALICANTE UNIVERSITY is at the forefront of a project to develop clean energy from waste water treatment. A team of Spanish and foreign researchers headed the research, co-ordinated by the Director of the Institute of Electrochemistry at the University of Alicante (UA), Juan Miguel Feliu. He led them to design a prototype for industrial use that generates energy during the water purification process with the help of a bacterium. Funded with €3 million from the European Union, the project is applicable primarily in companies engaged in water treatment. The water cleaning treatment will lead to

huge energy cost savings. The micro-organism used in the prototype has the ability to grow on an electrode, allowing electricity to be harnessed while eliminating polluting waste. In the first phase of the research, the scientists studied, at a very basic level, the physiology of this bacterium and its ability to “communicate electrically with different metals to optimise conditions for electricity generation,” said researcher Víctor José Climent. Although the project has ended, the researchers believe that they can further enhance the results of the prototype designed and therefore increase the electrical power.

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Buoys to help protect seabed A MARINE reserve is under threat from anchors damaging the seabed. The water surrounding Tabarca Island, just off the coast at Santa Pola, was protected in 1986. But despite coming under the protection of the regional government and the Ministry of Environment, the underwater paradise needs help against the destruction caused by boating enthusiasts. More than 6,000 ships annually drop and lift their anchors on the seabed causing the destruction of a posidonia meadow, which is crucial to the delicate eco-system. The posidonia plant grows on average just two or three inches a year, so when damaged it

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Spelling bee THE region’s official Academy of Language has had to revise the spelling in Valenciano of 1,400 place names incorrectly entered on Nokia smart-phone maps.

Flights up EL ALTET’S passenger traffic fell by 4.3 per cent last month compared with 2011. Despite the overall reduction, passengers on international flights increased by 5.4 per cent.

Baby death UNDER THREAT: Seabed off Tabarca Island. takes a long time to recover. Now the engineer of the Port Authority of Alicante, Ignacio Campos, is working on methods to prevent its further destruction. Campos has made a detailed proposal for the installation of ecological moorings for pleasure boats in Tabarca Island’s marine reserve. Floating buoys would be used to

tie up to, helping to stop the harmful effects of anchors, minimising pollution and improving safety for ships and their users. The system would operate from March to October when there can be up to 150 boats visiting the island each day. Similar systems are already in operation in the USA and France.

THE granddaughter of Teodoro Obiang, President of Equatorial Guinea, died in Valencia’s La Fe hospital last Sunday. Aged two weeks, she was suffering from a severe congenital heart condition.

Triple bonus LOCAL POLICE in Ondara took delivery of a hybrid Toyota Prius. The new vehicle will save on greenhouse gas emissions, petrol consumption and fuel costs, the town hall said.

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MASCARAT EVACUATION: Only make-believe.

Tunnel ‘crash’ an emergency success A THREE-CAR crash, a fire and ‘injured passengers’ were dealt with in a three-hour exercise involving 100 people. One of the tunnels on the A7 near Mascarat was temporarily closed for the simulation involving Calpe, Benissa and Altea Town Halls and provincial emergency services. The exercise was deemed a success in helping the emergency services plan for a major accident.

MOST of the 12 people detained last weekend in Benidorm on drinkdriving charges were women aged between 18 and 40. Three were arrested after colliding with other cars and lampposts.

Xmas spend VALENCIAN COMMUNITY residents will spend almost €600 over the holidays, compared to the €514 national average.


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Husband acquitted of rape after wife takes 3 weeks to report it The prosecutor was asking for eight years in prison for the man, 32, accused of sexually abusing his wife, with whom

he lived in an apartment with their daughter, 13, and nephew, 20. The provincial court has acquitted him

due to what was referred to as the ‘lack of interest’ shown by his wife, who failed to report ‘such a serious’ crime. She reportedly went to work following the attack in May 2010. The woman later said this was because she had so many things to do, including prepare for a trip to Ecuador. The couple had separated in the previous September but were still living together. On the day of the attack, they had a violent row, and the woman claimed to have MONEY LAUNDERING: €14m allegedly passed through Spanish company. been sexually abused but refused an examination in hospital. In March 2011, she appeared in court and requested to withdraw THE tax evasion network run by to more than €180,000 which was the complaint against her Chinese businessman Gao Ping paid into accounts in Andorra and husband, because she allegedly laundered €14 million not declared to the Spanish tax claimed to be fed up with through the company of Spanish office. constant calls from the Gao Ping was remanded to porn actor Nacho Vidal. police and courts, but The money was allegedly sent prison following his arrest in the ‘thought better of it’ when from the US to companies ‘Emperor’ operation, but has since she was told that if she belonging to the network in China. been released due to a legal did so, the restraining ‘Vidal Production’ allegedly technicality. He left Villena prison order against him would issued false invoices created by in Alicante in a Mercedes. be annulled. Another 11 people, arrested for Nacho Vidal’s sister’s partner, Her nephew, who was according to the anti-corruption their involvement in the network, in another room, claims prosecutor, based on notations in were also released but have to he did not hear any a book found in the possession of appear in court every day and screaming or crying at had their passports Gao Ping’s wife. Vidal allegedly have the time of the alleged obtained commission amounting confiscated. attack.

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Princess refuses to get divorce THE Infanta Cristina of Spain could be thinking of giving up the privileges of her title for love. According to Spanish magazine, Lecturas, Princess Cristina is convinced of the innocence of her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, with regards to the Noos corruption scandal, and is ready to put her marriage before Royal title. She has reportedly been advised to get a divorce in order to distance herself from the charges against her husband, but refuses to do so. However, the Royal Household has denied that she has been told to get a divorce or give up her privileges as Infanta. Lecturas claims that the Royal Family do not accept many of the things which Iñaki does, including having a royal escort. Renouncing her privileges would mean also renouncing those of her four children, whom she reportedly plans to send to boarding school in Switzerland to distance them from negative comments about their father.

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A MAN from Sevilla has been acquitted of raping his wife because she didn’t report the attack until 22 days later.

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Former drug trafficker attacked GUARDIA CIVIL in Pontevedra, Galicia, are investigating an attack in which intruders set fire to a drugtrafficker’s testicles. The intruders broke in to the home of the victim, aged 67, in the early hours of the morning when he was sleeping. He currently owns a winery, but in the 80s he was a wellknown smuggler and drug-trafficker who was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. The events are believed to have been a settling of scores related to his past involvement with drugs gangs, although it could also have been a violent burglary. The victim reports three intruders tied him up and beat him, then covered parts of his body with petrol and set fire to him. His arms and testicles were the worst affected areas. He was able to get to a window and call to his neighbours for help. They extended a ladder to him via which he escaped, and an ambulance was called. He has since been released from hospital.

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AIRPORT ARREST: The pair tried to smuggle cocaine through Heathrow.

Spanish brothers jailed by UK court TWO Spanish brothers who attempted to smuggle cocaine worth almost £300,000 through Heathrow Airport have been sent to prison. Roberto and Jesus Maria Moreno Ramirez, aged 44 and 40 and originally from La Rioja, were arrested by UK Border Force officers after flying in from the Dominican Republic, via Frankfurt. Checks were carried out on their luggage and when two suitcases were

emptied they were found to be unusually heavy. X-rays revealed both had false bottoms. Packages of cocaine, were found concealed within the hidden compartments. Just under three kilos of the drug were seized. The brothers pleaded guilty to importing a Class A drug and were sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison each by a judge at Isleworth Crown Court.

ALMOST half of the Spanish think that 2013 will be worse financially than 2012 has been. Although the government claims the contrary, 47.3 per cent of Spanish think next year will be worse, and 31.7 per cent think it will be the same, according to a survey carried out by the Sociological Research Centre. Almost 55 per cent of those questioned said the financial situation in Spain is ‘very bad’ and more than 80 per cent say their main worry is unemployment, followed by 42.7 per cent who are concerned about the country’s financial problems. They are also worried about politics (30.2 per cent), health (11.4 per cent), corruption (9.5 per cent), banks (8.4 per cent), education (6.7 per cent), evictions (6.3 per cent), cutbacks (5.5 per cent) and immigration (4.1 per cent). Almost one in four workers think they may lose their jobs in the coming year, although a higher proportion (27.2 per cent) do not believe such a thing could happen. More than 67 per cent of Spaniards are unsatisfied with democracy in Spain.


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Six years for man who performed ritual mutilation on baby daughter By Gabrielle Devon THE Supreme Court has confirmed a sixyear prison sentence for a Gambian man who carried out a ritual genital mutilation procedure on his daughter. The man, who had lived in Spain for 10 years, performed the mutilation when the girl was less than one year old, and was sentenced by Teruel Provincial Court. Her mother was sentenced to two years in prison after it was confirmed she was not aware that the procedure was illegal in Spain. The case was discovered during a routine check-up with the paediatrician. The father, said to be well-integrated in Spanish society, appealed the sentence in the Supreme Court on the grounds that it was a 3,000-year-old practice which, he

OUTLAWED TRADITION: Young girls at risk of 3,000-year-old practice. said, in his country, ‘seeks to help the child fit in’. However, Judge Joaquin Gimenez

said: “It is not culture, it is mutilation and discrimination of women.”

Schoolchildren narrowly escape ceiling collapse FOUR-YEAR-OLDS at a school in Valencia were forced to move to the library after their

classroom ceiling collapsed. The president of the Cervantes Primary School

reported that a part of the plaster from the ceiling fell on one of the desks, although at

the time the children were hanging up their coats and no-one was injured.

Female genital mutilation is a practice carried out mainly in African and Asian countries. Social Services in Spain attempt to contact families of girls whom they consider may be at risk of undergoing this procedure. They explain the dangers it involves, and attempt to dissuade them from returning to their country of origin for the ritual to be performed or from having it carried out by clandestine witch-doctors residing in Spain. Many of the families living in Spain apparently do not want to carry out the ritual, but upon returning to their countries of origin feel pressured into accepting it by their communities. Many believe that it is good for a woman’s health, maintaining cleanliness as there are no sexual secretions. Others believe that if a child touches its mother’s clitoris while being born, it will die. However, it is mainly used to prevent young girls from having sexual urges in order to maintain their virginity until marriage, something which assures they will be accepted by their future husbands.


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THE World Duty Free Group España SA company will take over the duty-free at Almeria Airport, along with shops at another 10 Spanish airports, bringing the total number of stores it will run up to 26.

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A MAN aged 54 died after being knocked down by a car on the A-7207 road in Torrox, near La Mula bar. The 22-year-old driver was slightly injured.

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Heritage site restored

MEXICO and Venezuela buy more than 35 per cent of the meat products exported from Almeria, mainly legs of ham and sausages. The biggest client for Almeria meat exports is Andorra.

Food help MORE than 60,000 people throughout Almeria Province receive food from charities. This means that throughout 2012, the number of people needing help has risen to 10 per cent of the population.

Parking blues THE maximum amount of time which drivers are permitted to remain in the blue-metered parking areas in Almeria City has been increased to three hours. This follows demands from people who work in the area.

Well prepared ALMERIA Province is prepared for icy weather, with seven snow tractors and 657 tonnes of salt ready to use. A further 47 vehicles are also available to help with any possible problems.

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Armed raid probe INVESTIGATIONS into an armed knife attack and theft of €200 in cash from a grocer’s shop in Alicante are continuing.

Pickpockets held THREE pickpockets have been arrested for stealing wallets and purses from shoppers in the Mercadona area of Urbanisation La Marina.

Fewer jobless ELCHE’S unemployment ranks fell by 0.19 per cent to 37,117 last month, according to the latest figures.

ICE RINK INITIATIVE: Get discounted entrance tickets by shopping locally.

Top Marks to Garrucha Town Hall and traders By Richard Shanley THE ice rink in Garrucha is open every day from 11am-11pm until January 7. Admission is €5 if you just turn up, but shop in any of the stores in Garrucha displaying the

‘skating sign’ and you get your tickets for only €3 by buying goods in the store. This clever initiative was launched by Garrucha Town Hall and business-owners asking people to shop local and stay local this Christmas.

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TWELVE women aged 18 to 40 years, with various disabilities, took part in a workshop making chocolates as part of the Disability Day celebrations.

TWO brothers from Antequera, aged 25 and 20, will drive their Renault 5 in a five-stage rally challenge to be held in Morocco from February 23 to March 3.

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Crop drop

PALMA’S Municipal Transport Company has joined a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared to look after an animal and not give animals as gifts on a whim.

THE Palacio del Agua, Orihuela, has re-opened after being closed when diesel supplies needed to heat the building and the adult and children’s swimming pools ran out.

OLIVE OIL production dropped by more than 40 per cent, compared to the previous crop year, to an overall 44 million kilograms, Asaja farmers association said.

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Meds alert THE inland town of Atajate has become the first one in the province with no pharmacies, “and it won’t be the last one,” the Pharmacy Association chairman said.

Useful towers THE two buildings in front of Malaga railway station’s entrance, which were restored after a €1.8 million investment, will be used for offices and shops.

Sea sports WINDSURF, kite-surf and similar sea and beach sports have been approved by Estepona Town Hall. Users will be required to produce a liability insurance certificate.

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Trial for stabbing A WOMAN is on trial in Mallorca for allegedly stabbing her former partner in the shoulder. The incident took place last year when the man visited her house and allegedly attempted to rape her.

Stolen statue THE cockerel which adorns the fountain located in the centre of the Plaça de l’Almoina in Pollença has been stolen for the fifth time.

Write-off THE owner of a brand new Ferrari 458 Spider which cost €300,000 took it out for a spin and crashed it on the road between Murterar and Alcudia. It was a total writeoff but the occupants were uninjured.

Young offenders GUARDIA CIVIL in Pollença arrested four women aged 19 for allegedly attacking a young woman and her brother outside a disco in Muro and stealing some of their belongings.

A SEVENTEENTH century monument in Velez, known as the ‘Camarin de los Desamparados’, has been restored. It was the spot those executed by Napoleonic squads would look at before being shot.

Poor show NO mayors from the different Axarquia towns attended the presentation of the newly-opened Mayor Information Office at Velez Town Hall.

Much closer THE first petrol station in Torrox’s old town will open “as soon as possible,” the town hall announced. Residents will save a six-kilometre trip to the nearest station in El Morche.

Property sale AN estimated €600,000 could be earned by Rincon de la Victoria Town Hall if the parking and shopping area at the La Cala del Moral health centre is sold, they said.

SMS alert A MOBILE phone message alert has been installed at the Axarquia Regional Hospital in Velez, providing automatic information on equipment breakdowns.


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Paradors facing worst year yet PARADOR hotels group is having its worst year ever. Occupancy levels for 2012 are predicted to be 52 per cent, and the company now has debts of more than €110 million. And against this backdrop, the company is facing more strikes on New Year’s Eve

and New Year’s Day in ongoing protests over company redundancy plans which could see 644 staff lose their jobs. There are plans to close seven Parador hotels and at other properties staff will have working hours and salaries reduced in cost-cutting moves. Throughout Spain, Parador hotels employ 4,400 people. In a recent stoppage, unions report that 80 per cent of staff backed the strike throughout Spain, with all staff striking in Ayamonte, Puerto Lumbreras, Albacete, ONLY 13.7 per cent of contracts in Spain are for Teruel, Manzanares and part-time jobs. Ferrol, and around 90 per While throughout the European Union (EU) an cent in Nerja, Toledo, average of almost 19 per cent of contracts are for Caceres and Zafra. part-time jobs, in Spain, this option is not popular, The person in charge of according to a Eurostat study. the section for ‘Paradores de Despite high unemployment and the Spanish Tourism’ of union Comisiones government praising part-time jobs as an option to Obreras (CCOO), Enrique allow people to spend more time with their families, Sanchez, has announced it just hasn’t taken off. that the redundancy plan But in other EU countries part-time work has been affects almost a third of the seen as a solution. staff. One of the main reasons against in Spain is the CCOO blames the drastic high cost to the employer, with taking on two people fall in the number of clients part-time rather than one full-time is a lot more and income on poor expensive. management. In Holland, 48 per cent of the population is The Paradors due to be employed in a part-time job, followed by Germany closed are two in Galicia, two and the UK at around 25 per cent. in Castilla-La Mancha, one in However, part-time employment in countries Andalucia, one in Murcia and including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria one in Aragon. is even lower than in Spain, with 4.7, 3.9 and 2.2 per There are also plans to cent respectively. close a further 27 Paradors for five months of the year.

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Fashionable Mango still growing SPAIN’S own Mango has now opened shops in Pakistan and Burma. Some 5,000 designs per year are created and distributed from the Barcelona headquarters of the Catalan fashion retailer. Though much smaller than Inditex’s Zara, Mango has 2,500 shops worldwide and employs more than 26,000 people.

Last year the company made €1.4 billion, up 35 per cent on the previous year, and this is expected to rise again. This is mainly thanks to the company’s strategy of lowering prices by 20 per cent and not increasing VAT in Spain this year, with its homeland remaining its best market with 18 per cent of its sales.

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I am a British resident in Spain and I have changed my British driving licence for a Spanish one. I have two questions: 1. I have renewed the part that permits me to drive a car but the category that covers small commercial vehicles expired at an earlier date and I failed to renew it. I now intend to buy a large motor-home. Can I still renew the expired part of my licence that covers this size of vehicle? It would be up to 7.5 You and the tons in the UK. 2. A friend is visiting Spain Law in Spain By David Searl in his transit van. The vehicle is UK registered, insured for any driver and is taxed in the UK. One of our friends is adamant that I cannot drive a UK-matriculated vehicle on a Spanish driving licence. This is not the first time that I have heard this. Is there any truth in it? R C (by email)

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Tasty deal gives Germans a crisp future A DEAL worth £397 million (€489 million) has seen favourite snacks like KP Nuts, McCoy’s crisps and Hula Hoops sold to a German firm. Intersnack has bought the brands from United Biscuits.

£££ THOMSON and First Choice owner TUI has posted a 32 per cent rise in earnings to £197 million (€242.5 million) after a surge in

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£££ TWO of the UK’s oldest nuclear power stations will have their

operating lives extended by seven years until 2023. French company Edf said Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B could safely be used.

£££ BRITISH AIRWAYS is looking to voluntary redundancies in a bid to shed 400 senior cabin crew. It has entered a 90-day consultation period with union Unite.

Ominous for Greece as funds held back until burden reduced IT is over a month since a so-called ‘troika’ agreed rules for clearing €44 billion from the second tranche of bail-out funds available to Athens. The funds were supposed to be available in mid-December, a date almost a month later than the original deadline. The original agreement cobbled together by the troika - the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) involved a buy-back scheme intended to reduce Greece’s debt burden by 10 per cent of GDP, apparently with the aim of restoring the country’s long-term financial viability. But now, following delays in its implementation, the IMF has said it will not disburse funds until a eurozone buy-back scheme to reduce the debt burden is firmly in place. Even more ominous for Greece is that both Holland and Finland have intimated that should this delay linger on, they too will pull out. A fresh scheme has now been suggested and proposed, that Greece’s Central Bank should buy back €10 billion worth of

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its outstanding bonds at today’s depressed market values, thus ‘retiring’ some €30 billion of the national debt. A bright idea to be sure, but many of the present bond-holders are reluctant to accept a further haircut on their stake following the 52.5 per cent loss already suffered earlier this year. They would prefer to hang on to their holdings in the hope of a better offer, even hanging on to collect the full face value upon maturity. The entire convoluted weave of proposals, plans, deadlines and agreements leading to an apparently uncertain financial future, does not attract favourable comment from bond fund managers. One gave his opinion that this Greek

COBBLED TOGETHER: Debt deal. Central Bank buy-back proposal “is just another milestone on Greece’s road to Hell, paved of course, with good intentions.” Bad as things are for Greece, the French also may be looking into the abyss. Figures just released show the Purchasing Managers Index for French manufacturing is now at 44.2, and with anything under 50 denoting contraction, the eurozone’s weakest, after Greece. “The figures are shocking,” said a sovereign debt strategist. “France has for some time been sailing dangerously close to the wind, but is now tipping into outright contraction following a year-and-a-half of nearzero growth.”

It seems the French car industry is the heaviest loser, usually employing 400,000 people but since the autumn shedding 40,000 jobs a month. Vehicle production has almost halved despite a scramble to expand abroad, but Renault and Peugeot have found themselves unable to compete with Volkswagen and even Seat. Of course, French bankers, always eager to look across the Channel for a culprit, have been quick to blame ‘Perfidious Albion’, telling anyone who will listen that Britain’s non-membership of the eurozone, (thus retaining its position as a world banking centre) is at the core of France’s economic woes. Ah, well, there’s no pleasing everybody.


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New Asset Reporting Law For Spanish Residents Are you resident in Spain? Do you own any assets outside Spain worth over €50,000? If so you will need to declare them next year under a new reporting requirement. Failure to do so would have very costly consequences. You also need to consider whether your assets are in the most tax-efficient vehicles or you could be paying more tax than you need to. The Spanish government introduced its new anti-fraud law, Ley 7/2012, on 29th October. Its aims are to: • Increase penalties on those who commit tax fraud • Increase tax collection • Set out new measures to collect tax debts • Eliminate the effective application of the statute of limitations regarding undeclared assets. The most important measure for most expatriates is the new obligation for Spanish taxpayers to report assets located outside Spain. More details were included in the Royal Decree on 15th November 2012. This is a new, additional requirement for Spanish taxpayers. You remain obliged, as always, to also fully declare your annual worldwide income for income tax purposes, and your taxable worldwide assets for wealth tax purposes.

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The authorities will be very strict with anyone who incorrectly declares their offshore assets, so speak to a specialist tax planning firm like Blevins Franks for clarification on what you need to do now, and for advice on the most effective ways to hold your assets going forward. Reporting procedure From now on, anyone who is tax resident in Spain must declare all the assets they own outside Spain. You need to make the declaration on a new official form, to be released shortly. Reporting must be done by the end of the first trimester each year, so your first deadline is 31st March 2013. Assets to be declared If you own any of the following assets outside Spain, valued at €50,000 or more, you need to declare them.

• Accounts held with financial institutions • All types of immovable property (real estate) and rights over such property • Shares and securities • Life insurance policies • Temporary or lifetime income generated from the lending of money, rights or other assets (including immovables) to foreign entities. You need to declare these assets if you are the owner, the beneficiary, or an authorised signatory. This includes assets held by a trust or fiduciary. If the value of your total assets in each class is less than €50,000, you are not obliged to report. Once you have reported the assets the first time, you do not need to report them again each year if the value of all your reportable assets increased by less than €20,000. Where their value has risen by €20,000 or more, you will need to report them again by the next annual deadline. Information to be reported The value to be reported for accounts with financial institutions, shares, securities, life insurance policies and other assets is that at 31st December. In the case of accounts with financial institutions, you also need to report the average balance over the last

three months of the year. This category includes all types of bank accounts and deposits, including credit accounts, in all currencies, regardless of whether you have the right to withdraw the funds or not. For immovable property, the value is the cost of acquisition. You also need to provide information on the type of property, its location, and date of acquisition. Consequences of not reporting If you fail to report any assets as required by the new law, the costs will be very high once discovered. The undeclared income arising from the asset will be deemed to arise in the last tax year which is not statute barred – four years in most cases. This effectively abolishes the statute of limitations. You would have to pay all of the following: • Income tax at the income tax scale rates where the top rate is over 50% (even if the income would normally be taxed under the savings income regime) • Late payment interest for the last four years • Penalties, which can be as high as 150% of the total tax due on the asset • A fine of €5,000 per each piece of unreported data, with a minimum of €10,000.

If the tax defrauded exceeds €120,000, it would be considered a criminal offence. When you submit your declaration form by 31st March, you need to be sure you have filled it in correctly and included all the overseas assets that you should have, with the right values. Any mistakes or omissions, even accidental, could prove very costly. For peace of mind, you should speak to a tax planning and wealth management firm like Blevins Franks who are Spanish tax experts. With its in-depth understanding of Spanish taxation and law, its local Partners will advise you on what you need to include in the form. At the same time they will guide you through the opportunities to legitimately lower your tax liabilities in Spain on your offshore assets. 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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The jobless who are just not learning MORE than 21 per cent of people in Spain between 15 and 29 neither work nor study. Spain is also one of the European

Union (EU) countries where more unemployed people not currently studying are not actively looking for work either.

The nation now has the highest number of people neither studying nor working in the whole EU zone. Seventy per cent have a

Open early for Xmas SPANISH retailer El Corte Ingles has decided to open at 9am over Christmas. The shops normally open at 10am, like most in Spain, and will continue to do so in Cataluña, the Basque Country and Andalucia, where laws do not permit them to open earlier. The Christmas campaign will last until January 5, but it is not known whether the stores will maintain the new opening hours beyond that period, especially while the sales are on.

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‘Virus’ steals €36 million RE-FUEL: Diesel prices are lower on a Monday.

It’s cheaper on Mondays THE National Energy Committee (CNE) in Spain has revealed that fuel prices are lower on Mondays. The CNE has seen that prices drop by at least 1 per cent on

Mondays, the day on which the EU is informed of fuel prices, and then rise again on Tuesday. This mainly affects grade A diesel. A report also shows that in October, 95 octane petrol

was more expensive in Spain before taxes were applied than the EU average, meaning margins are higher. But prices paid by Spanish drivers are lower than the EU

A TROJAN virus allowed €5.8 million to be stolen from more than 11,000 bank accounts in Spain. The Trojan, named Eurograbber, which can be transferred from a PC to a mobile phone, affected seven banks in Spain and many more throughout Europe, making the total amount stolen close to €36 million.

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Plain talking SOUTH AFRICA is moving in to the multimillion-euro call centre industry. Amazon, Aegis and British company Coracall have opened centres in the country because of the more ‘neutral’ accent of workers compared to India.

Girly digger BARBIE is picking up a shovel. The iconic doll’s first line of construction sets has become a best seller in the US.

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When pricey gifts mean Xmas cheer, watch the festive spend IN America the average set of parents is reported to spend approximately $270 (€209) on presents for each child. One in 10 parents said the plan was to spend A look more than $500 at finance (€387). for females Spending figures for British mums and dads are a Jane Plunkett little more jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. com reserved, with parents predicted to spend an average £104 EXPENSIVE: Watch your spending on gifts. (€129) on each of their children this Christmas, but Spanish parents are Christmas morning. 20 per cent of UK parents quoted as spending more In 2008, the general surveyed admitted to than €100 on presents for public across Europe and forking out more than £200 each child, while domestic America held back a little (€248) on each child. pets in many countries are on overspending during That would make a total also getting in on the the holiday season, as spend of almost £1.4 billion action, with about €10 advice was continually (€1.73 billion) on children’s being spent on a treat for being doled out to save presents across the UK. the dog or cat come and be sensible.

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GIANT insurance company AXA is set to follow MAPFRE and Mutua Madrilena in investing in Spain’s ‘bad bank’.

TV woes PUBLIC television station Telemadrid has set in motion plans to dismiss 925 workers, or 80 per cent of its staff. A rump workforce would fill air-time with bought-in programmes.

Big customer ANDALUCIA is Cataluña’s largest ‘export’ market after France. Next come Aragon and Valencia, in a report that shows the region’s reliance on Spain for trade.

Listen to staff to boost output and lift morale B OTH positive and negative employee morale has a significant effect on an organisation’s bottom line. Employees with high morale show up to work on time, work harder, show improved communication and creativity and are less likely to leave. The opposite is true when employees have low morale. The number of sick days goes up, more time is spent gossiping during work hours, only the basic job requirements are met, and there is an increased staff turnover rate. Listen to staff grievances and their suggestions and act to improve employee morale. As an organisation management holds the key. Employees are more motivated when they feel needed, appreciated and valued. There are countless ways to positively motivate employees. Below are 12 simple ways

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organisations can improve morale: 1. Give employees more control. When they feel more in charge they don’t get tied up with the small stuff and feel less helpless during times of uncertainty. Remember, control is earned through trust and should not be taken advantage of or abused. 2. Communication. When employees feel they are being kept in the loop they are more likely to trust that management has everyone’s best interests in mind. The sharing of ideas should be encouraged. 3. Express gratitude and reward staff. When

employees feel appreciated, they are more likely to help others and improve teamwork. Rewarding a job well done will foster the desire to continue producing positive results. 4. Flexitime. When employees are offered flexitime (telecommuting, summer hours, four-day work week), they are more productive even when financial rewards are not available. Flexitime offers a cost-effective approach to encouraging a proper life-work balance. 5. Celebrate special events. When employees have a social gathering to look forward to they are likelier to work harder and faster to ensure time lost is at a minimum. 6. Design a welcoming workspace. In addition to comfortable chairs and ergonomic desks, allow staff to bring in desk lamps, open

curtains and blinds. Provide free drinks and an enjoyable break room. 7. Clarify expectations. When employees clearly understand their role and the impact it has on the company they will feel more connected to the organisation’s performance and compelled to give 100 per cent. 8. Lead by example. When employees see management rolling up their sleeves to dive into a project they are more apt to follow in the same footsteps. Setting a good example is a language everyone understands and it gains maximum respect. 9. Provide a suggestion box. When employees can voice concerns in an anonymous fashion they are more likely to bring up issues that may be hard to mention in a face-to-face conversation. The suggestion box is also a unique forum for employees to express innovative ideas.

10. Volunteer as a group. When employees and organisations struggle during hard times, it’s inspiring to help others even less fortunate. Working as a group also allows staff who don’t normally have much interaction with each other to work side by side, further promoting teamwork and camaraderie. 11. Challenge employees. When employees feel pushed intellectually with new projects they will feel more enthused, competent and productive. Pairing a challenging project with the proper employee will help expand their particular skill set and the business will be rewarded. 12. Respect employees. When workers feel respected, not only as individuals but professionals, regardless of positions, they are likely to exhibit more professional mannerisms in the workplace.


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Oh Crispin! How I hunger for you

WHAT a week! My feet have hardly touched the ground. It’s simply unbelievable that it is only seven days since I bumped into Mr Gorgeous in Hipercor. A case of instant chemistry, just like how I imagine Denise Van Outen felt when paired with dance partner James Jordan on Strictly Come

As I see it... Ana Jefferson-Smith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain Dancing. But Crispin has definitely worn more masculine outfits than the jumpsuits and mesh T-shirts James has appeared in. And unfortunately I do not

COMMENT No time for politics

look like Denise. But you know where I’m coming from. Back to last week. It has truly been just like a fairy-tale. Before I had even reached my car after literally bumping

into Crispin at the supermarket, he had sent a message: ‘Can’t wait to see you again. x’ Only one kiss, but that’s a lot for a guy you’ve only known for five minutes. The following morning he sent me another text, saying: ‘Tonight. 9pm. Marbella old town. Wear something sexy. x’ He had a chilled bottle of

MADDOCKS’ VIEW ON LIFE A real touch of winter sweeps Southern Spain

WOUND-LICKING, backslapping and nostalgia were prominent during a homage to former president Felipe Gonzalez, 30 years after he won the 1982 elections. The PSOE needs to shift towards the centre, he declared, preferring not to remember that these are times for weathering the storm, not plotting a course in any direction. It is the country that the PSOE and every other party should be worrying about, not tweaking ideology.

No time for sabre-rattling A GENERAL was sacked as editor of the General Staff magazine Ejercito for criticising Artur Mas. The Catalan president’s separatism ‘diminishes Spain’s credibility’, wrote the general - who is in the reserve - in an unsigned editorial. This is an opinion that many share but using an official publication to air it confuses personal convictions and national politics. Spain had more than enough of that in the past.

Flush of popularity in the loo ALMOST one third of all Americans aged 18 to 24 use social networking sites in the bathroom, research has revealed. *** SEVERAL doctors reassured Aundrea Aragon from Arizona, USA, that the clear liquid running from her nose was simply caused by

JUST FANCY THAT... allergies. She was horrified to find out it was actually fluid leaking from her brain. *** CHINESE astronauts could grow fresh vegetables on Mars and

the moon after researchers successfully completed a preliminary test in Beijing, China. *** ROBOTS will replace some of the 80 dolphins currently used by the US

Navy to track down mines. Mammals are being used by the military at present as part of a programme dating back to the 1950s. *** A GIRL, 8, was bitten by a dolphin at Orlando’s Sea World. The theme park said they are ‘committed to guest safety’.

Champagne waiting for me at our table, tucked away in the corner of the restaurant; so secluded, so intimate, so perfect. On our second date, we strolled through Malaga, handin-hand, gazing at the sights, and he later sent me a huge bunch of flowers at work: Lily of the Valley, my favourite. Even when we took my dog Stella (McCartney) to the hairdressers it was romance all the way , with him opening doors for me, and carrying her to the car to ensure her newly-manicured toenails stayed smudge-free. I know it’s only been seven days and I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, but the butterflies in my tummy are in overdrive, and I am getting hotter by the day!. I struggle to eat around him because I’m so nervous. And I lie in bed at night wondering what tomorrow will bring. Each time my phone beeps, a feeling of desire shoots through me as I scramble to find it, and hang on every word Crispin utters in his deep and so masculine tones. What a turnaround from three weeks ago when I was happy being single, glad to be in control of the TV remote. Now I can’t concentrate on watching television without my mind wandering, dreaming of him. Next week he’s taking me on a surprise date, and I’ve been told to bring a bikini. Could he be whisking me away on a romantic holiday? I’ll let you know how it goes.


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5:15am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Heir Hunters 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm You've Been Scammed 12:30pm Cash in the Attic Amanda Dickson wants to organise a treat for her husband's 50th birthday. 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 4:35pm Dennis and Gnasher Animation. Dennis and his friends want to go to the Ratbucket gig, but they don't have tickets. 4:45pm The League of Super Evil 5:00pm Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 5:30pm Pet School Series which sees nine pet-crazy kids and 51 loveable animals brought together for two weeks. 6:00pm Newsround 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Young Apprentice 10:00pm Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis 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 Skiing Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:25am Panorama 1:55am Countryfile 2:55am Planet Earth Live 3:55am Antiques Roadshow 4:55am Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution 5:40am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 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 Lola and Phil brace themselves for their day in court as Lexi's fate hangs in the balance. 12:00am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! Animated series about family man Stan Smith, who works for the CIA. 1:30am Russell Howard's Good News 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am World's Craziest Fools 3:00am Some Girls 3:30am Him and Her 4:00am Don't Tell the Bride

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Channel 4

Channel 5

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 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 Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Sue Hill needs your help solving more crimes. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Sue Hill needs your help solving more crimes. 1:30pm Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel Louie Spence joins Gino and Mel in the kitchen today. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:10am Deal or No Deal 6:05am Countdown 6:50am Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 7:10am The Hoobs Talullah the tiger is sick and the Hoobs are determined to help. 7:35am The Hoobs Iver and Tula are determined to find a way to make Groove keep his promises. 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 Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 2:05pm The Bounty Hunter 3:40pm Countdown

5:45am Great Scientists 6:10am Wildlife SOS 6:35am Michaela's Wild Challenge 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am Igam Ogam 7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 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 9:40am Milkshake Monkey 9:45am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Build a New Life in the Country 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

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Raymond Blanc's Christmas Feast From his Oxfordshire kitchen, Raymond Blanc prepares his recipes for the biggest meal of the year. 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm The Hour Newsroom drama set in the 1950s. Bel, Freddie and Hector verge on breaking the biggest corruption expose ever - a house of cards stretching across London's most influential men but things get complicated when one of them becomes the centre of a tabloid sex scandal. 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 Kirsty Wark.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery Judges Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell are north of the border to check out three Scottish bakers. 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 Jai is unable to cover his panic when Rachel is rushed to hospital. 8:30pm Tonight Last year 5,419 people were killed or seriously injured in road accidents involving young drivers. 9:00pm Emmerdale As his son fights for survival, Jai's anguish turns to anger as he rounds on his family. 9:30pm Coronation Street Simon is left devastated by Peter's decision. Is romance finally on the cards for Stella? 10:00pm Pensioners Behind Bars 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm The River Wild

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Kirstie's Vintage Home 10:00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club 11:00pm The 15-Stone Babies

4:15pm Annie Claus is Coming to Town 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News 8:00pm Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 9:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 10:00pm Cowboy Builders 11:00pm Constantine

12:20am The Boss is Back 12:50am Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane 1:50am The Culture Show Mark Kermode looks back over the best of the year in film. 2:20am An Island Parish Series following the community on the tiny crown dependency of Sark in the Channel Islands. 2:50am BBC News 5:00am How it Works

1:35am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Tonight Last year 5,419 people were killed or seriously injured in road accidents involving young drivers. 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

BBC4 8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Top of the Pops: 1977 9:00pm David Attenborough's First Life 10:00pm When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies 11:00pm The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 12:00am Balmoral Documentary telling the story of Balmoral, the Royal Family's most private residence. 1:00am Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years In the 1980s, rallying was more popular than Formula 1. 2:00am Top of the Pops: 1977 2:30am David Attenborough's First Life 3:30am When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies

Tilda Swinton.

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12:05am 8 Out of 10 Cats 12:55am Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 1:50am The Aristocrats The Aristocrats explores modern day high society through historically prominent families. 2:45am How the Bismarck Sank HMS Hood 3:40am Time Team 4:35am Unreported World 5:00am Dispatches 5:30am Deal or No Deal

1:30am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am Nick's Quest 5:20am HouseBusters Janet Ellis invites three experts to 'heal' a house that is making its inhabitants unhappy. 5:40am Great Scientists Historian Allan Chapman profiles famous and influential scientists.

Satellite channels SKY1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am Hawaii Five-0 12:00pm Lie to Me 1:00pm Lie to Me 2:00pm Hawaii Five-0 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 Little Crackers 10:30pm Little Crackers 11:00pm Spy 11:30pm An Idiot Abroad 12:30am A League of Their Own

1:30am Cop Squad 2:30am Cop Squad 3:25am Road Wars 4:20am Road Wars 5:10am Stargate SG-1

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1:20pm Collateral Damage 3:15pm Spy Kids

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5:20am A Valentine's Date 7:00am The 5th Quarter 8:40am A Little Bit of Heaven 10:30am The Age of Innocence 12:50pm Mother and Child 3:05pm Shakespeare in Love

4:45pm Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 6:30pm Kingdom of Heaven 9:00pm X-Men: First Class 11:15pm Collateral Damage

5:10pm Sweet Home Alabama 7:05pm Black Swan 9:00pm A Little Bit of Heaven 11:00pm Shakespeare in Love

1:10am Rambo III 2:55am Machete 4:45am The Warrior's Way

6:30am Kung Fu Panda 2 Family Show Special 7:00am Head of State 8:40am Dark Knight Rises 9:10am How Do You Know 11:10am The Hangover Part II 12:55pm The Descendants Special 1:15pm Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2:55pm Shanghai Noon 4:55pm Shanghai Knights 6:55pm How Do You Know 9:00pm The Hangover Part II 10:45pm Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 12:20am Shanghai Noon 2:15am Shanghai Knights 4:10am Cyrus 5:45am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

1:10am The Adjustment Bureau 3:00am Boys Don't Cry 5:00am Stepping Out

SKY MOVIES ACTION 6:00am Transformers: Dark of the Moon Special 6:30am The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Special 7:00am Skyline 8:40am Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 11:05am X-Men: First Class

TCM 8:15am Gunsmoke 9:15am Gunsmoke 10:20am Branded 12:05pm Son of a Gunfighter 1:50pm The High Chaparra 2:55pm The High Chaparra 4:00pm Return of the Gunfighter 5:55pm Cattle King 7:35pm Taras Bulba 10:00pm The Specialist 12:05am Body Heat 2:10am Death Rides a Horse 4:05am Body Heat


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5:40am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Heir Hunters 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm You've Been Scammed 12:30pm Cash in the Attic David and Barbara Owen are looking to raise 1,000 pounds to create a special family reunion. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt Bargain Hunt comes from Newark, where two wives and their husbands do battle. 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 5:55pm Ooglies 6:00pm Newsround 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes of Christmas 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Outnumbered 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 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 12:30am Would I Lie to You? 1:00am EastEnders Omnibus 2:55am Weatherview 3:00am Fake or Fortune? 4:00am Question Time 5:00am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Merlin 8:45pm Doctor Who 9:30pm The Premier League's Most Amazing Moments 10:30pm Russell Howard's Good News 11:00pm Impractical Jokers 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Some Girls 12:30am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:55am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 1:15am American Dad! 1:40am American Dad! 2:00am Impractical Jokers 2:30am Russell Howard's Good News 3:00am Him and Her 3:30am Some Girls 4:00am Snog, Marry, Avoid?

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

5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 1:30pm Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel Loose lady Sherrie Hewson joins Mel and Gino today. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Nina Hossain with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Storage Hoarders Aggie Mackenzie tries to persuade Paul to part with his hoard of precious percussion.

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Flog It! Antiques series. 5:30pm Breakaway Hosted by Nick Hancock, Breakaway is a race to the finish line with up to 10,000 pounds to be won. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Nigella Express Forget the big day - the entire month of December is laden with fine food at Nigella's place. 8:30pm Coast The team's journey continues around the stunning shores of Devon and Cornwall. 9:00pm Mastermind John Humphrys invites four more contenders to answer questions in the black chair. 9:30pm An Island Parish Series following the community on the tiny crown dependency of Sark in the Channel Islands. 10:00pm Westminster Abbey 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Jeremy Paxman.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 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 Jude visits the hospital to perform an emergency christening for baby Archie. 8:30pm Coronation Street Peter is stung when Nick has the last word. Stella and Jason are caught in the act. 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:30pm Coronation Street Peter is forced to choose between Carla and Simon. Stella makes an announcement in the Rovers. 10:00pm A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards 2012 11:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world.

12:00am The Review Show 12:50am Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane 1:50am Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge 2:50am BBC News

12:10am Hard Target 1:50am The Store 3:55am Disclosure Big-budget thriller about sexual harassment and dirty dealings in the corporate world.

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 at Christmas 9:00pm Sounds of the Seventies Glamour with a seventies subversive quality in this selection from the BBC's back pages. 9:10pm John Barry: Licence to Thrill - Omnibus Documentary about John Barry, the most successful film score composer of the 20th century. 10:00pm James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Concert 11:30pm ... Sings James Bond 12:30am John Barry: Licence to Thrill - Omnibus Documentary about John Barry, the most successful film score composer of the 20th century. 1:25am ... Sings Musicals 2:25am James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Concert 3:55am ... Sings James Bond

5:30am Deal or No Deal 6:25am Countdown 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 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 1:35pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not 2:05pm Channel 4 Racing

Channel 5 6:35am Michaela's Wild Challenge 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am Igam Ogam 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 Build a New Life in the Country 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

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4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:30pm Unreported World 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Come Dine with Me 10:00pm Peter Kay Live at the Top of the Tower 11:20pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man 12:25am 4funnies: Uncle 12:55am Full English 1:30am The Ricky Gervais Show 2:00am British Comedy Awards 2012 3:45am My Name is Earl 4:05am Glory Daze 4:50am 90210 5:30am Deal or No Deal

8:55am - Everybody Loves Raymond

4:15pm The Good Witch's Gift Drama 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away Bianca heads on a downward self-destructive spiral. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Cowboy Builders 9:00pm North Pole Ice Airport 10:00pm The Mentalist 11:00pm Castle 11:55pm Law and Order: Criminal Intent

12:55am Inside Hollywood 1:00am Super Casino 4:50am Motorsport Mundial 5:20am HouseBusters 5:45am Great Scientists

Satellite channels SKY1 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 9:30am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am Hawaii Five-0 12:00pm Lie to Me 1:00pm Lie to Me 2:00pm Hawaii Five-0 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 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 Road Wars 1:00am Cop Squad 2:00am Cop Squad 3:00am Road Wars 3:55am Road Wars 4:45am Crash Test Dummies

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7:25am Blackball 9:15am Taxi 11:00am Road Trip 12:40pm The Big Year 2:20pm Johnny English Reborn 4:05pm Little Nicky 5:40pm Taxi 7:20pm The Big Year 9:00pm Johnny English Reborn 10:45pm Road Trip 12:20am Little Nicky 1:55am Blackball 3:35am Stan Helsing 5:10am The Fighting Temptations

Katherine Heigl.

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5:00am Stepping Out 7:00am The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 9:00am You May Not Kiss the Bride 10:45am Something Borrowed 12:45pm Water for Elephants 2:50pm Something Borrowed 4:50pm The Conspirator 7:00pm Life as We Know it 9:00pm Water for Elephants 11:00pm Coach Carter

1:20am Going the Distance 3:05am The Butcher's Wife

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:45am The Warrior's Way 6:30am Super 8 35mm Special 7:00am Anaconda 2: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 8:40am The Eagle 10:35am Braveheart 1:30pm Spider-Man 2 3:45pm Killer Elite

7:00pm - Life as We Know it

5:45pm Batman 7:50pm Batman Returns 10:00pm Spider-Man 2 12:15am Killer Elite 2:15am Your Highness 4:00am Rush Hour

TCM 12:00pm Return of the Gunfighter 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Gunfighters of Casa Grande 5:50pm The Story of Will Rogers 7:50pm Scrooge 10:00pm Phone Booth 11:35pm Cobra 1:20am Two Days in the Valley


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OR June Emsley news of a royal pregnancy is encouraging. “Now after months of her sister Pippa Middleton’s bum taking up the headlines, we can look forward to seven months of Kate’s bump instead,” said the expat from Alhaurin el Grande on the Costa del Sol. “Having said that, best wishes for a happy, healthy baby.” But Lesley McIntyre from Rojales on the Costa Blanca thinks it is pathetic the way the pregnancy has taken over the news, and nor is she concerned whether father-to-be William will make a better king than heir apparent Charles. “People have a lot more important things to worry about; there are children in my kids’ school who can’t afford their lunch,” she said. Friends Marlene Houghton and Christine Moores from the Costa del Sol were not surprised by the pregnancy news, but fear that when it comes to choosing a name Kate and William may be restricted. “We think they will choose a modern name, but still in keeping with royal tradition.” Costa Blanca bar-owner Jose Pico agreed, recommending

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Oh baby! From bums to right royal bump! All eyes are on the Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s future Queen and now a mother-to-be. The royal

ROYAL BUMP: Great Expectations for Kate.

announcement of a baby made headline news globally, but what do EWN readers think?

Jackie Coenam.

Christine and Marlene.

Mari Lloret.

Charles if the couple have a son. “I can’t suggest an alternative name, though,” he said, admitting that he didn’t even know the names of the daughters of Spain’s Prince Felipe. Marie Ruiz from Benijofar in Costa Blanca has been a fan of the royal family since Princess Diana and believes Prince Charles

should be the next ruler and not stand aside, as some suggest, to allow William to become monarch. “But I think the Queen should stay as long as possible. She is doing a good job.” But Jackie Coenam, originally from Belgium and a fan of the British monarchy, disagrees. “I think Charles should step aside

and let William be the next king,” he said. Mari Lloret, a bookshop and newsagent owner in Altea on the Costa Blanca,was unaware of the pregnancy. “Girl or boy is irrelevant as long as the baby is healthy,” she said. “Especially as first-born girls now have the same hereditary rights.”

THE BUM: Pippa and her famous rear.

EMAUS Christmas Appeal: Urgent, please help!

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UT it’s not ‘just for Christmas! In hard times everyone suffers, the vulnerable more than most. And EMAUS, with its nine homes in the area, caring for children, babies, the disabled, victims of domestic violence and the aged, has been hit hardest by Valencia’s cuts in support; so much so that EMAUS care staff are working for love alone, and some have been for months. The knock-on effect is a tragedy for their families and for the needy to whom they devote their lives. YOU can help, as individuals and as businesses. The British community is not one to see others less fortunate suffer; we are a fair and generous race, and we always look out for the underdog. That’s what makes us British. Now EWN wishes to help make us more aware of what can be done to help. As individuals you can help contribute as always throughout the year, as well as at Christmas. Email info@thebedcentre.com or call 965 836 814. And now to try and bring some longterm continuity to the desperately needed support, you, as a business or individual, can pledge sponsorship to any aspect of EMAUS’ outgoings. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution - no matter how small as

CAMPAIGNING: Tony Grande with EWN’s Sharon Winstanley and Colin Stuart. EVERY PENNY COUNTS - is providing whatever it may be and you can proudly wear/display EMAUS sponsor badges, etc. This in itself will help raise the profile of EMAUS in the public’s consciousness. For businesses, your contributions are even tax deductible, and who wouldn’t want to do business with someone who cares enough to sponsor such a worthy local cause.

Colin Stuart of Gold Centre, Altea, recently made a monetary donation to Tony Grande, representing EMAUS, to support EWN’s chosen charity. Your pledges and contributions are transparent and recorded; for businesses, for example, you would receive a factura for say the food you buy, the gas bottles you pay for, or the sports team

membership that you cover for the child who wants to play in the local town’s football side. These are examples of how diverse the needs are. You would know exactly where your money is spent, and feel rightly proud of your contribution. EMAUS is hoping that eventually local interest sponsor groups will develop for each of the nine homes affected, so each can take particular interest in their own particular cause. At this time of year, there is no greater gift than love. It’s what Christmas is about; that is, surely the message we all should feel, and nothing makes us feel better than when we give to those who need our help. It comes from within. Please help those who cannot help themselves. The smallest regular pledge will be so gratefully received. Keep in touch with what is needed by visiting ‘The Calpe Bed Centre’s’ Community Facebook page, spread the message, and help keep EMAUS going. Those they look after have nowhere else to go, and no one else to turn to. With the ex-pat community and EWN working hand in hand, we know we can save EMAUS, the 165 children, the babies, and all the other vulnerable residents in their care. Thank you.


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5:00am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm Baking Made Easy If you want to impress with baking, Lorraine Pascale has got it covered. 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 Dan Walker and guests debate the biggest talking points in football. 2:00pm Bargain Hunt Antiques challenge. Tim Wonnacott and the team visit Alexandra Palace in London. 2:30pm Gymnastics

4.00pm - midnight 5:00pm Final Score 6:25pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 6:35pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 6:45pm A Question of Sport 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final. 9:15pm Merlin Fantasy drama series. 10:00pm The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 10:15pm Casualty 11:05pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 11:25pm Match of the Day Gary Lineker introduces highlights from the Premier League, with fixtures including the clash between Newcastle United and Manchester City.

12:45am The Football League Show Manish Bhasin presents all the action from the Football League. 2:00am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:05am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Doctor Who Festive edition of the time-travelling drama. Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve? 9:05pm Top Gear 10:15pm Russell Howard's Good News 11:00pm Kill Bill: Vol. 1 12:45am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 1:25am American Dad! Animated adventures of a hapless CIA agent and his family. 1:50am American Dad! 2:10am Impractical Jokers 2:40am Him and Her 3:10am Russell Howard's Good News 3:55am Pramface 4:25am Pramface

ITV

Channel 4

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 Baby Jake 10:10am ZingZillas 10:25am Mr Bloom's Nursery 10:45am Something Special 11:05am Let's Play 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 Animal Park 2:00pm Coast 2:20pm Holiday Affair 3:45pm The War Lover

6:00am ITV Nightscreen 6:30am ITV Morning 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 Fleabag Monkeyface 8:20am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:25am Almost Naked Animals 8:40am Almost Naked Animals 8:50am Horrid Henry 9:05am Horrid Henry 9:15am Horrid Henry 9:30am Fort Boyard10:25am ITV News 10:30am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 11:20am The Jeremy Kyle Show US 12:15pm Murder, She Wrote 1:20pm ITV News and Weather 1:30pm Holiday Home Sweet Home 2:30pm Holiday Home Sweet Home 3:30pm Midsomer Murders

5:30pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country. 6:30pm Flog It! Paul Martin and the Flog It team are on the hunt for antiques, this time in the historic Derby. 7:30pm The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best at Christmas 8:30pm Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story Victoria Wood presents the true story behind Britain's timeless comedy. 9:20pm Dad's Army 10:20pm Clive Dunn: A Tribute 11:00pm Jools Holland: My Life in Music

5:25pm All Star Family Fortunes 6:15pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 6:30pm ITV News and Weather Andrea Byrne with the latest headlines from around the world. 6:45pm Back to the Future Part II Time travel adventure sequel. 8:45pm Take Me Out 10:00pm 10 Years of Girls Aloud 11:20pm ITV News and Weather Andrea Byrne with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Michael Buble: Home for Christmas

Julianne Moore.

BBC2

1:00am - Savage Grace. Drama

12:00am Later... with Jools Holland and Friends 1:00am Savage Grace Drama. 2:30am Priceless

BBC4 8:00pm Around the World in 60 Minutes A unique journey around the weird and wonderful planet that we call home. 9:00pm David Attenborough's First Life 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 12:00am Elvis in Las Vegas Documentary telling how Elvis Presley transformed Las Vegas and how Vegas helped to destroy him. 1:00am ... Sings James Bond 2:00am When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies 3:00am Top of the Pops: 1977 3:35am Elvis in Las Vegas Documentary telling how Elvis Presley transformed Las Vegas and how Vegas helped to destroy him.

12:50am Captivity 2:15am The Store 4:00am In Plain Sight 4:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

5:30am Deal or No Deal 6:25am Countdown 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am Mobil 1 The Grid 8:00am Teenage Superhumans 8:55am The Morning Line Turf tips and news from the Channel 4 Racing team. 9:55am Rockcorps 2012 10:10am T4 Movie Special 10:45am Will and Grace 11:15am Everybody Loves Raymond 11:45am Everybody Loves Raymond 12:15pm Frasier 12:40pm Frasier 1:10pm The Big Bang Theory 1:40pm The Big Bang Theory 2:10pm The Simpsons 2:45pm Channel 4 Racing

Channel 5 8:55am Little Princess 9:10am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:30am Angelina Ballerina 9:45am Rupert Bear 10:00am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:30am Roary the Racing Car 10:45am Jelly Jamm 11:00am Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35am ThunderCats 12:10pm Chinese Food in Minutes 12:20pm Highland Emergency 12:55pm The All New Gadget Show 1:55pm Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 2:55pm A Grandpa for Christmas

Robert Pattinson. Kristen Stewart.

CH4

10:00pm - Eclipse. 4:55pm The Simpsons 5:25pm Come Dine with Me 5:55pm Come Dine with Me The second host in Kerry is cheeky cocktail barman and self-confessed ladies' man Stephen Leane. 6:25pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:30pm 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 looks at how gadgets entertain us. 10:00pm Eclipse

12:30am Remember Me Robert Pattinson, taking a break from playing vampire heart-throbs, stars as the romantic lead alongside Emilie de Ravin in Allen Coulter's moody tale of love in New York one fateful September. Following a family tragedy, Tyler Hawkins slips into a life of heavy drinking and arguments with his wealthy father. 2:30am The Escapist 4:10am Hollyoaks Omnibus

4:35pm Meet the Santas Comedy sequel to 'Single Santa Seeks Mrs Claus'. 6:20pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 6:25pm Mrs. Miracle Drama. A widowed father of six-year-old twins struggles to cope with his family responsibilities. His life is then transformed by the arrival of a kindly housekeeper, who demonstrates miraculous skills around the house and dispenses sound advice on affairs of the heart. Based on the bestselling book by Debbie Macomber. 8:20pm An Old Fashioned Christmas Festive drama. Two women take a trip to Ireland. 10:00pm Greatest Christmas TV Moments A three-hour countdown of some of Christmas TV's greatest moments.

12:55am Inside Hollywood 1:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am Michaela's Wild Challenge Michaela Strachan and colleagues undertake a range of wildliferelated dares in exotic locations. 5:25am The Great Artists 5:50am Rough Guide to Beaches

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 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 WWE TLC Preview 1:30pm Premiere Special 2:00pm Modern Family 2:30pm Modern Family 3:00pm Modern Family 3:30pm Modern Family 4:00pm Modern Family 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm The Middle 6:30pm The Middle 7:00pm Little Crackers 7:30pm Little Crackers 8:00pm Hawaii Five-0 9:00pm Hawaii Five-0 10:00pm Hide and Seek 11:55pm Road Wars

12:55am Caribbean Cops 1:55am Caribbean Cops 2:55am Big Trouble in Thailand 3:55am Inside Gatwick 4:55am Futurama 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES DRAMA

SKY MOVIES COMEDY

4:55am The Lake Effect 6:30am Premiere Special 7:00am Listen to Your Heart 8:45am Deck the Halls 10:30am Albatross 12:05pm Romeo and Juliet 2:10pm What's Your Number?

5:10am The Fighting Temptations 7:15am The Cat in the Hat 8:45am Dunston Checks In 10:20am School of Rock 12:15pm Jack and Jill 1:55pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 3:55pm The Cat in the Hat

4:00pm Hardball 5:50pm Albatross 7:25pm Like Crazy 9:00pm Romeo and Juliet 11:00pm What's Your Number?

5:20pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 7:00pm School of Rock 9:00pm Jack and Jill 10:40pm The 40 Year Old Virgin

12:50am Burlesque 2:55am Just Go with it

12:40am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2:20am Swingers 4:00am Take Me Home Tonight 5:40am Dunston Checks In

5:45am Thunderbirds 7:25am Movie Special 7:45am Small Soldiers 9:40am Flight of the Phoenix 11:40am Sahara 1:50pm Immortals

SKY MOVIES ACTION

3:50pm Batman and Robin 6:00pm The Tourist 7:50pm Sahara 10:00pm Immortals 12:00am The Recruit 2:00am Broken Arrow 3:55am Ironclad

TCM 6:00am Dragonwyck 7:50am The High Chaparral 8:50am The High Chaparral 9:50am The Story of Will Rogers 11:55am Gunfighters of Casa Grande 1:45pm Scrooge 4:00pm Union Station 5:35pm The Thomas Crown Affair 7:30pm Trail of Robin Hood 8:45pm Twilight in The Sierras 10:00pm The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 12:15am The Newton Boys 2:25am The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 4:20am Los Amigos


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7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 8:40am 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. 1:25pm Countryfile Countryfile is deep in Gloucestershire exploring some woodland treasures. 2:20pm Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott and the teams hunt for bargains at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge. 3:05pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country.

4.00pm - midnight 4:05pm Call the Midwife 5:05pm Lifeline 5:15pm Songs of Praise 5:55pm Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes of Christmas Nigel Slater shares the flavours that for him make Christmas a truly delicious season. 6:25pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team. 6:40pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 6:50pm Countryfile Countryfile visits the Norfolk coast for a seasonal spectacle. 7:50pm Strictly Come Dancing 8:30pm Sports Personality of the Year 2012 11:05pm BBC News The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:20pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:30pm Match of the Day 2

ITV

Channel 4

7:00am Tikkabilla Fun and games for children, with songs, rhymes, guests, animals and things to make. 7:30am Balamory 7:50am Charlie and Lola Children's animation about a pair of siblings. 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 Animation. 9:10am Woolly and Tig 9:15am Mike the Knight 9:30am Timmy Time 9:40am Tweenies 10:00am Baby Jake 10:10am ZingZillas 10:25am Mr Bloom's Nursery 10:45am Something Special - Out and About 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm Nigella's Christmas Kitchen 1:00pm Follow the Fleet 2:50pm Shall We Dance?

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 Monk 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Canimals 8:05am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:15am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:30am Almost Naked Animals 8:40am Almost Naked Animals 8:50am Almost Naked Animals 9:00am Big Time Rush 9:30am Fort Boyard 10:25am ITV News 10:30am There's No Taste Like Home 11:30am Dinner Date 12:30pm Dickinson's Real Deal 1:30pm ITV News and Weather 1:35pm Carry on Don't Lose Your Head 3:20pm The X Factor Results Show

4:35pm Animal Park Ben Fogle and Kate Humble explore life behind the scenes at Longleat Estate and Safari Park. 5:05pm Coast Coast takes a journey around the British Isles and visits the shores of their European neighbours. 6:00pm Flog It! 7:00pm Cuba with Simon Reeve 8:00pm The Great Spanish Crash Investigative documentary series. 9:00pm Fawlty Towers 9:30pm Calendar Girls Comedy drama based on the true story of 12 ladies from Yorkshire baring all for charity. When one of the women's husbands dies from leukaemia, they decide that their prim and proper fundraising efforts need a bit of a shake-up. They find a more compelling way to raise money: starring in a nude calendar. Their modest hopes of selling a few hundred copies around the village are outstripped when it becomes a worldwide sensation. 11:15pm QI XL Quiz show.

5:20pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 5:40pm ITV News and Weather James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 5:50pm E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 8:00pm Happy Birthday E.T 9:00pm The Making of a Lady 10:45pm ITV News and Weather 11:00pm I Am Legend

Channel 5

4:10am Hollyoaks Omnibus 6:20am Countdown 7:05am Sali Mali Sali Mali, Jackdaw and Jacqui Soch get very confused when a cheeky parrot plays a trick on them. 7:10am The Hoobs Iver's keeping fit, sprinting around the Hoobmobile. 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Mobil 1 The Grid 8:30am Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 9:00am Will and Grace 9:25am Frasier 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 12:50pm The Big Bang Theory 1:20pm The Big Bang Theory 1:45pm The Simpsons 2:15pm The Simpsons 2:45pm Deal or No Deal 3:45pm Hocus Pocus

7:45am Olive the Ostrich 7:50am Abby's Flying Fairy School 8:00am Roobarb and Custard Too 8:10am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:25am Animal Antics 8:30am Make Way for Noddy 8:40am City of Friends 8:50am Little Princess 9:05am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:25am Angelina Ballerina 9:40am Rupert Bear 9:55am 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 12:10pm Chinese Food in Minutes 12:15pm Highland Emergency 12:45pm Mr. St. Nick 2:30pm Battle of the Bulbs

5:40pm Deck the Halls Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito star in John in Whitesell's festive comedy. 7:20pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:50pm The Political Slot 7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm Come Dine with Me 9:00pm River Cottage 10:00pm Homeland 11:00pm Peep Show Jeremy finally agrees to leave the flat and move in with Superhans. 11:35pm I Love You Phillip Morris

4:15pm All I Want for Christmas Sentimental drama. 6:00pm The Da Vinci Code The curator of the Louvre is murdered, leaving behind a chain of obscure clues to a worldchanging secret. Cryptologist Sophie and Harvard professor Robert embark on a race against time to uncover the precious truth before it falls into the wrong hands. 8:55pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 9:00pm Click Comedy about a workaholic father who finds that there are not enough hours in the day to balance his job and home life, until he discovers a remote control that can pause and rewind time. However, when it malfunctions, chaos ensues, and the man realises that he has lost control of his life. 11:00pm Zack and Miri Make a Porno Bawdy romcom. After discovering that a former classmate of theirs has become a successful adult film star, two lifelong platonic friends hit upon a novel way of paying off their mounting debts. With the help of friends, they write, film and star in their own amateur adult movie, but complications arise which almost ruin their friendship for good.

Will Smith.

BBC3 8:00pm Merlin Fantasy drama series. 8:50pm The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 11:00pm Him and Her 11:30pm Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 11:55pm Family Guy 12:15am American Dad! 12:40am American Dad! 1:00am Some Girls 1:30am Him and Her 2:00am Russell Howard's Good News 2:30am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 3:30am Snog, Marry, Avoid? 4:25am Some Girls Comedy series about the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. Saz is determined to lose her virginity and sets about finding the ideal boy and the ideal location with the help of her friends.

12:00am Never Mind the Buzzcocks Liza Tarbuck hosts this edition. 12:30am Surviving Christmas Yuletide family comedy. 1:55am Body Heat 3:45am BBC News 5:25am The Super League Show Tanya Arnold and guests reflect on the 2012 Stobart Super League season.

BBC4 8:00pm The Roasts of Christmas Past 9:00pm A Very English Winter: The Unthanks 10:00pm Chas and Dave: Last Orders 11:00pm Storyville 12:00am The Hunter

BBC4

12:00am The Hunter

Rafi Pitts.

12:50am Pensioners Behind Bars 1:40am The Store 3:25am Motorsport UK 4:15am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

ITV

12:30am The Graham Norton Show The award-winning host continues his unique chat show. 1:15am Three Fugitives Action comedy adventure. 2:50am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:55am Film 2012 3:25am Holby City The atmosphere is strained between Ric and Lilah because of their kiss. 4:25am Great British Food Revival 5:25am BBC News

11:00pm - I Am Legend

1:25am 8 Out of 10 Cats 1:55am American Football Live 5:45am Grudge Match Humorous tales of longstanding rivalry in the world of sport and competition. 5:55am Deal or No Deal

12:55am World's Craziest Police Pursuits 1:55am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am House Doctor Ann Maurice provides home improvement advice for properties that are proving difficult to sell. 5:25am House Doctor 5:50am Rough Guide to Cities

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 WWE Presents: Best of WCW 2:00pm Best of Oops TV 3:00pm Best of Oops TV 4:00pm The Middle 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm The Middle 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm The Middle 6:30pm The Simpsons 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Our Diamond Queen 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm An Idiot Abroad 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00am Road Wars 2:00am Road Wars

2:30am Caribbean Cops 3:25am Caribbean Cops 4:20am Lion Man 4:45am Lion Man 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:40am Dunston Checks In 7:10am Serious Moonlight 8:50am No Strings Attached 10:50am Ice Age 12:25pm American Pie 2:10pm Orange County 3:45pm Tower Heist 5:40pm Ice Age 7:15pm American Pie 9:00pm American Pie 2 10:45pm Tower Heist 12:35am No Strings Attached 2:25am Orange County 4:00am Dark Knight Rises 4:30am American Pie 2

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:00am An Affair to Remember

7:00am Lucky Christmas 8:40am The Magic of Belle Isle 10:40am Premiere Special 11:10am One Day 1:05pm The Decoy Bride 2:45pm Movie Special 3:05pm Captain Corelli's Mandolin 5:20pm Honey 2 7:20pm Rabbit Hole 9:00pm One Day 11:00pm The Decoy Bride 12:40am The Company Men 2:35am Stolen Lives 4:20am Losing Control

SKY MOVIES ACTION 6:00am Premiere Special 6:30am Small Soldiers 8:30am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special 9:00am Spy Kids 10:40am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 12:30pm Batman Forever 2:40pm Haywire 4:20pm First Blood

6:00pm Daylight 8:00pm Twister 10:00pm Haywire 11:40pm First Blood 1:20am I, Robot 3:20am Street Kings 2: Motor City 5:00am The Perfect Weapon

TCM 6:00am TCM Shorts 6:15am Twilight in The Sierras 7:30am Trail of Robin Hood 8:45am Union Station 10:15am The Thomas Crown Affair 12:10pm A Christmas Story 1:55pm Monte Walsh 4:00pm The Magnificent Seven 6:30pm The Charge at Feather River 8:20pm Comanche 10:00pm Hell on Wheels 10:55pm Hell on Wheels 11:50pm Absolute Power 2:10am Night Falls on Manhattan 4:00am Absolute Power


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Tight parking spaces really drive me mad WHY is it that car parks in Spain have such small parking spaces? While my wife drives a VW Golf, I drive a larger 4x4, and neither is easy to park in the spots in car parks. All too frequently I have to pull in the wing mirrors to park because space near posts in underground car parks is so tight. It is not a case of just odd car parks. From my own observations over seven years living here, it is the vast majority. Lidl has just opened a new supermarket in La Cala, and sure enough, on the first visit, I found marked parking areas for individual vehicles to be once more small. And this is not to be critical of Lidl, for the local Mercado car park is just as bad, as is the municipal car park outside SuperSol. No wonder so many vehicles have bumps at the back, front, and sides. Fed-up driver Name and address supplied

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Annoying bite I WAS very annoyed that Suzanne Manners did not report the dog bite (Issue 1431) to the police. It is clear that the dog’s owner was not bothered. How long before it bites a child and causes serious harm? A call to the police at this stage would perhaps convince the owner to have the animal trained. If you are not prepared to do the right thing when something wrong happens, then don’t complain. Andrew Coates, Fuengirola (Malaga)

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Flying the flag! A girl carrying a huge Spanish flag during this year’s Constitution Day celebrations.

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AFTER a two-month stay in our home country we picked up our car from one of the many airport car parks in Malaga. Before we left we had written down the kilometres on the trip meter. On our return we saw the meter had an extra 2,500 kilometres showing. We complained and were told they had charged the battery and it had probably changed the reading. Then we found things in our car that didn’t belong to us, and a parking ticket from Benamaldena Costa dated while we were away. The next day we made an official complaint to the police. People should be careful when using some of the airport car parks. Tineke van Melick Sayalonga (Malaga)

because it was warmer than the UK all year round. I chose to leave, so why now should I expect and demand the UK government to give me more than I am entitled to from my State Pension contributions? Yes, it is very hot in Spain in the summer, but surely that is the reason one came to the country. I might be poor, but that unfortunately is not a sufficient reason for the UK to continue to support me while I decide to live abroad. David Petrie, Alhaurin el Grande (Malaga)

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Tax dilemma

THE Winter Fuel Allowance was introduced as a freebie to pensioners living in England. It had nothing to do with how much any person had paid. As a pensioner I decided to leave the UK and come to Spain partly

HOW many people realise their next Spanish tax return will have to declare assets held abroad that total more than €50,000? Although this new legislation would appear virtually impossible to implement, people will still face a

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dilemma. That is whether or not to give the authorities full disclosure of overseas assets even when thinking they will not qualify for additional taxation. Failure to complete an accurate tax return constitutes a punishable offence in its own right. This is food for thought as the Spanish authorities have stated they intend to seek co-operation with EU governments to enforce the legislation. Ken Bethell, Puerto de Mazarron (Murcia)

No peace PLEASE advise Ms Jane Plunkett to research facts about Greenpeace before gratuitously extolling the merits of that particular outfit. If she should try to follow their home line to the controlling ‘powers that be’ she will soon learn that all is not lilywhite within that so-called charity. There are no ways to verify their accounts or who is the leader of the organisation. I agree there must be some members of Greenpeace that are totally committed to their idea of saving the planet, but these are in the main part the foot soldiers and not the hierarchy who hide their existence behind the Rainbow Banner. FJT (by email)

HELP VEGA BAJA’S Christmas Market was held at The Asturias restaurant on the N-332 in Punta Prima. We wish to thank all the volunteers and everyone who attended for their support which was crucial in raising €5,081. The proceeds of this event will go to the Reach Out project which helps the homeless and destitute. Pat Perrin (Alicante)

Challenging taboo CLEARLY there are some who can’t abide critical opinion of Spain. Accept us, warts and all or go (Letters Issue 1429). I made my reasons for being here clear as do Spaniards abroad. Some critics, who can’t even get my nationality right, were otherwise presumptuous. I am paid, not for being controversial, but for questioning, challenging orthodoxy and taboo. Michael Walsh (by email) EWN columnist

Big success THANKS to everybody who helped and donated to the Reach Out Christmas-themed family fun day at the Marina Bar, Torrevieja. The event was an outstanding success, raising €1,217. David and Lorraine Whitney, Torrevieja (Alicante)

Still booted The Javea Computer has not closed despite what some people believe. We are a thriving club and hope to continue to be well into the future. Mick Scarles, Javea (Alicante)

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BBC2

4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm Show Me What You're Made of 4:35pm Chucklevision 5:00pm Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic 5:30pm 12 Again 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm My Family 10:00pm Britain's Secret Terror Squad 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Have I Got a Bit More News for You

12:20am The Matador Comic crime caper. 1:50am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:55am Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature 2:55am Dara O Briain's Science Club 3:55am Great British Food Revival Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. 4:55am MasterChef: The Professionals 5:25am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm World's Craziest Fools 8:30pm Winter Wipeout 9:30pm Olympics 2012 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:25am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Olympics 2012 3:30am Some Girls 4:00am Impractical Jokers 4:30am Him and Her Comedy series revealing what sometimes goes on behind the bedroom doors of today's 20-somethings in the guise of Steve and Becky - young, unemployed and lazy. It's Steve and Becky's first anniversary and Steve has planned to ask her to marry him. But he reckoned without the arrival of Laura.

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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 - Out and About 11:05am Show Me Show Me 11:35am Mr Bloom's Nursery 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 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

4:15am ITV Nightscreen 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 Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel Anton du Beke helps out in the kitchen today as Gino serves up the ultimate Christmas turkey. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather Steve Scott with the latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

5:55am Deal or No Deal 6:50am Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard 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 The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 12:00pm Kirstie's Homemade Christmas 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Kirstie's Handmade Treasures 1:20pm Great Expectations 3:40pm Countdown

7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:50am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am Angelina Ballerina 10:30am Hana's Helpline 10:40am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55am Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25am Emergency Bikers 12:25pm Build a New Life in the Country 1:20pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:25pm Build a New Life in the Country 2:30pm Christmas Card

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Wanted Down Under Revisited 5:30pm Flog It! Antiques series. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Masterchef: The Professionals Michel's Classics 8:30pm University Challenge A series of matches featuring teams of distinguished people from 14 UK universities. 9:00pm Nigellissima Nigella Lawson loves Christmas and for her a party is the perfect way to celebrate. 10:00pm Inside Claridge's Documentary series following a year behind the scenes at five star luxury hotel Claridge's, following both the staff and their guests. It is a busy mid-summer at Claridge's, and 30 delegations from around the world are arriving for the Olympics, the red carpet is rolled out five times a day for heads of state and Noma, ranked the World's No 1 restaurant, is setting up as a pop-up in the Ballroom. 11:00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Jeremy Paxman.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal David and his dealers are at Alton Towers where Karen Dalmeny has a flutter on an insect brooch. 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery The baking competition reaches its final week with just six competitors left. 6:00pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather Geraint Vincent and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale The night before Chas's trial, Charity is concerned about Debbie's obsession. 8:30pm Coronation Street Tyrone is in for a shock on his birthday. Michelle and Rob have grand ambitions. 9:00pm Little England 9:30pm Coronation Street Will Kirsty find out the truth? Leanne has a crisis of conscience. 10:00pm The Poison Tree Conclusion of the two-part psychological thriller based on the novel by Erin Kelly. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know 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 The Simpsons 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks As Doug and Ste bid farewell to the village, Cheryl is left questioning Ste's intentions. 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Stephen Fry: Gadget Man Stephen has a look at how new technology can help keep us fit and healthy. 10:00pm Bad Santas Everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around, especially at Christmas. 11:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats The concluding part of the compilation show of the best bits from the current series. 11:45pm Full English

4:10pm Crazy for Christmas Festive drama. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Emergency Bikers 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm North Pole Ice Airport 9:00pm The All New Gadget Show 10:00pm Deep Blue Sea 11:30pm Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

12:20am Westminster Abbey A look behind the scenes of one of Britain's most iconic landmarks, following the lives of the people who work, worship and live in this unique community over the course of a year. The choir of Westminster Abbey prepares for a historic visit to Rome to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir in the Papal Mass in St Peter's Basilica. 1:20am BBC News 5:00am True Stories

1:40am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Pushing Daisies Quirky US drama about a man who can bring the dead back to life. 4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:15am Alan Carr: Chatty Man 1:20am The Good Wife 2:05am The Good Wife 2:45am St. Elsewhere 3:30am The Spy in Black 4:55am Supernanny US 5:35am Supernanny US

BBC4 8:00pm Ten Things You Didn't Know About Earthquakes 9:00pm Britain by Bike 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm The Golden Age of Steam Railways 11:00pm The Golden Age of the British Sports Car Timeshift sets its rear view mirror to look back at the golden age of the British sports car. 12:00am The Killing The third and last season of the Danish thriller sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case. 1:00am Britain by Bike 1:30am Only Connect 2:00am Ten Things You Didn't Know About Earthquakes 3:00am Punk Britannia 4:00am The Golden Age of Steam Railways

10:00pm Deep Blue Sea 12:15am When Killer Whales Attack Wildlife documentary about killer whales. 1:10am Cowboy Builders 2:10am Super Casino 4:55am House Doctor 5:20am HouseBusters 5:45am The Great Artists Art historian Tim Marlow looks at some of the western world's most famous artists.

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Best of Oops TV 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Spy 8:30am Spy 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am Hawaii Five-0 12:00pm Lie to Me 1:00pm Lie to Me 2:00pm Hawaii Five-0 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Arrow 10:00pm Little Crackers 10:30pm Little Crackers 11:00pm A League of Their Own 12:00am An Idiot Abroad 1:00am Fringe 2:00am Road Wars 2:55am Cop Squad 3:50am Road Wars

4:45am Crash Test Dummies 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 4:30am American Pie 2 6:30am Rio Special 7:00am Wayne's World 2 8:50am How Do You Know 11:05am What Women Want 1:25pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 3:30pm Bad Teacher 5:15pm Wayne's World 2 7:00pm Shanghai Knights 9:00pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 11:00pm Bad Teacher 12:40am What Women Want 2:50am The Pool Boys

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 6:00am Cupid, Inc 7:30am Deck the Halls 9:15am Sweet Home Alabama 11:10am Mean Girls 12:50pm Mean Girls 2 2:35pm Just Go with it

4:35pm Sweet Home Alabama 6:30pm The Help 9:00pm Mean Girls 10:40pm Just Go with it 12:40am Baby, It's You 2:30am Casino Jack 4:25am 33 Postcards

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:00am The Perfect Weapon 6:30am X-Men: First Class Special 7:00am Bunraku 9:10am Sanctum 11:05am Real Steel 1:15pm Rambo: First Blood Part II 3:00pm Braveheart 6:00pm Alexander 9:00pm Real Steel 11:10pm Rambo: First Blood Part II

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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 You've Been Scammed 12:30pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether unwanted items 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 Heston helps a bride-to-be who is desperate to read her late father's speech at her wedding. 3:15pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country.

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TCM 11:20am The Magnificent Seven 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Seven Men from Now 5:30pm Thunder Over the Plains 7:10pm A Christmas Story 9:00pm Roll on Texas Moon 10:00pm Navy Seals 12:10am My Cousin Vinny 2:20am Navy Seals 4:15am Marlowe


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PC holiday pudding is just taking the biscuit LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT attempting to damage the tree would be left in a small, charred smoking heap on the pavement. In the event of that scenario it would be the last act of vandalism against this particular symbol of the Christian faith ever. Dream on, Leapy! In the light of all this I also got to wondering what would happen should they decide to shoot a version of I’m a Celebrity in the UK? The mind boggles. ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Epping Forest’ not only doesn’t have quite the

TRADITIONAL: What happened to the ‘Christmas’ pud? same ring, it would also be a nightmare for the organisers and positively orgasmic for the ‘ealth ‘n’ safety brigade. Cockroaches would have to be cleansed. Rats would need de-clawing, snakes de-fanged. As for burials, suspended bridges, fireworks, ablutions in a bucket and negotiating

rapids whilst being bombarded by rubber balls... The committees for clamping down would be burning the (perfectly controlled) midnight oil for months! In the end it would, of course, be impossible to stage. Sad, ennit? I’m just waiting for them to ban the

army. After all you could get injured or even killed. Don’t laugh. If you can now face prosecution for killing the enemy, I would say just about anything is possible! Thanks for all the mail. Also your comments on the Euro Weekly News website (well worth a visit if you haven’t already). I do read them all, even if I don’t get the time to reply. I was surprised at the reaction to my IsraelPalestine piece and will definitely return to that subject at a later date. Meantime, try not to go skint in this year’s Yuletide run-up. Keep warm. Keep a spring in yer step. And, whatever ya do, Always keep the faith Love Leapy

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Gaza debate ISRAEL did withdraw from Gaza five years ago, leaving 1.4 million people in an area about six miles wide and 24 miles long (Issue 1429). During Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine they have bulldozed 22,000 Palestinian homes and occupied an area of Palestine almost five times the size of the 1967 agreed border. Gary Richardson Orihuela Costa (Alicante)

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ERE we go again. Just taking this opportunity to wish you a happy PC and ‘ealth and safety Christmas. Yesterday I espied a ‘Holiday’ pudding in a local supermarket. ‘Happy holiday’ cards are also well in evidence. Whatever happened to Christmas pud and cards? What I found laughable, if it wasn’t so serious, was a report pointed out to me by a colleague. It appears that the traditional Christmas tree erected in Britain’s northern town of Stanley had been ordered to be taken down by local authorities. The reason? Wait for it. Apparently it was deemed ‘dangerous to vandals’. Local loonie Health and Safety individuals had decide that the 220 volts required to power up the Christmas bulbs could be a threat to potential vandals! You couldn’t make it up, could you? Personally, I’d like to see the power pumped up so high that anyone

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Wrong again WHAT would you do if I were to build a wall around your home? As you and your children slowly starved to death you might even chuck a few bricks over the wall in desperation. Brian Hickey (Malaga)


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BBC2

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 You've Been Scammed 12:30pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether unwanted items 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 Show Me What You're Made of 4:30pm Bear Behaving Badly 4:55pm Shaun the Sheep 5:00pm Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic 5:30pm Rocket's Island 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Last Tango in Halifax 11:00pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:25pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:35pm Imagine... Matthew Bourne is Britain's most commercially successful choreographer. 12:35am The Unbearable Lightness of Being Romantic drama. Tomas, a womanising Czech doctor, meets the waif-like Tereza and falls in love. 3:20am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:25am Supersized Earth Documentary tracing the story of how humans have transformed our world in a generation. 4:25am Supersized Earth 5:25am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 9:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 10:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 11:00pm Russell Howard's Good News 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:25am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:45am American Dad! Animated series about family man Stan Smith, who works for the CIA. 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Don't Tell the Bride 2:30am Him and Her 3:00am Impractical Jokers 3:30am Pramface 4:00am Pramface 4:30am Russell Howard's Good News

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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 - Out and About 11:05am Show Me Show Me 11:30am Mr Bloom's Nursery 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 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 2:30pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

6:30am ITV Morning News 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 12:25pm ITV News 12:30pm This Morning 1:30pm Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

4:00pm Real Rescues 4:45pm Wanted Down Under Revisited 5:30pm Flog It! Antiques series. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Masterchef: The Professionals Michel's Classics 8:30pm University Challenge 9:00pm The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass 10:00pm Wartime Farm 11:00pm Rev Sitcom about a vicar running an inner-city church. Christmas; the busiest time of year for a vicar, and Adam is full of ideas for his first Advent in London. However, he soon discovers that Christmas at St Saviour's is quite different to his sleepy Suffolk parish. He is under pressure from the archdeacon to maximise seasonal profits, the diary is packed with unusual events, and he is up at the crack of dawn every morning to cook breakfast at the homeless shelter. 11:30pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Emily Maitlis.

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal David and the team are in Mansfield where Jo Brayshaw fall in love with a tea strainer. 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 Geraint Vincent and Natasha Kaplinsky with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale In court, Chas pales at the hostility from the Dingles as the trial begins. 8:30pm The Unforgettable... The story of the life and career of Larry Grayson, one of Britain's best-loved entertainers. 9:00pm Inside Guinness World Records 10:00pm Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down Part one of a two-part psychological thriller. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down Conclusion of a two-part psychological thriller.

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know 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 The Simpsons 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks Cheryl makes a revelation that leaves Doug in utter turmoil. 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Embarrassing Bodies 10:00pm Bad Santas Everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around, especially at Christmas. 11:00pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA Gordon Ramsay continues his travels across the United States in a bid to save failing restaurants from disaster. This week, he travels to Philadelphia to visit a Mexican restaurant called Zocalo. At one point, this restaurant played Cupid to a young couple who met, fell in love and married while working here together. Greg and Mary Russell loved the place so much that they pooled their resources and bought it.

4:10pm Mrs Santa Claus Seasonal musical about a neglected housewife who decides it is time the world knew of her existence as Mrs Santa Claus. A week before her husband needs his sleigh for his deliveries, she makes an emergency landing in New York City and winds up befriending a group of children working in a toy factory. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Emergency Bikers Action-packed documentary series following the work of emergency bike crews. 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 Crime drama series. 11:00pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series. 11:55pm CSI: NY New York-based spin-off of the crime drama series.

12:20am Inside Claridge's 1:20am BBC News 5:00am Bringing Books to Life A wonderful adventure into the worlds of some of the best children's books written for seven- to ten-yearolds. The real and animated worlds collide to reveal the wonder that is contained within the pages of each book and the larger-than-life imaginations of the celebrity presenters as they explore the stories that they hold dear.

12:35am Grimefighters Series following the work of Britain's clean-up crews. 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Pushing Daisies 4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:05am Homeland 1:10am Pokerstars.Co.UK and Monte-Carlo Casino Ept Grand Final 2:05am KOTV Boxing Weekly 2:35am Sailing This show explores the route to becoming a professional America's Cup athlete. 3:00am Beach Volleyball 3:55am Best of British 4:50am Freesports on 4 5:20am Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 5:45am Mobil 1 The Grid

12:55am Slaves in the Cellar Documentary. 1:55am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor The recently divorced Renshaws own a large house in Chester and are looking to sell. 5:20am HouseBusters 5:45am The Great Artists

BBC4 8:00pm 10 Things You Didn't Know About Avalanches 9:00pm Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies 10:00pm The Dark Ages: An Age of Light 11:00pm Rome: A History of the Eternal City 12:00am The Killing The third and last season of the Danish thriller sees Inspector Sarah Lund back for one last case. 1:00am Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies 2:00am 10 Things You Didn't Know About Avalanches 3:00am Punk Britannia Three-part series about the history of punk. 4:00am The Dark Ages: An Age of Light

5:35am Supernanny US 6:15am Deal or No Deal 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 The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory The guys slowly warm to Zack and find a way to bond with him when they enter a fancy dress contest. 12:00pm Kirstie's Homemade Christmas 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm Kirstie's Handmade Treasures 1:25pm Oliver Twist 3:40pm Countdown

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7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:50am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am Angelina Ballerina 10:30am Hana's Helpline 10:40am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55am Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25am Emergency Bikers 12:25pm Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 1:20pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:25pm Build a New Life in the Country 2:30pm Hitched for the Holidays

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Spy 8:30am Spy 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am Hawaii Five-0 12:00pm Lie to Me 1:00pm Lie to Me 2:00pm Hawaii Five-0 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Last Resort 10:00pm Little Crackers 10:30pm Little Crackers 11:00pm Hide and Seek 12:55am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 1:55am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 2:55am Road Wars 3:50am Road

Wars 4:45am Crash Test Dummies 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 4:20am How Do You Know 6:20am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 8:00am The Truth About Cats and Dogs 9:45am Pretty in Pink 11:30am Ramona and Beezus 1:15pm Bridesmaids 3:20pm The Top Ten Show 2012 3:35pm Hall Pass 5:25pm Eurotrip 7:00pm Shanghai Noon 9:00pm Bridesmaids 11:05pm Hall Pass 12:55am Eurotrip 2:30am Pretty in Pink 4:10am The Truth About Cats and Dogs

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 4:25am 33 Postcards 6:05am Deck

the Halls 7:50am Lucky Christmas 9:20am War Horse 11:50am Life as We Know it 1:50pm Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 3:30pm Alfie 5:20pm The Stepford Wives 7:00pm Jane Eyre 9:00pm War Horse 11:30pm Life as We Know it 1:30am The Tourist 3:25am Conviction 5:20am A Valentine's Date

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:40am Braddock: Missing in Action 3 6:30am Super 8 35mm Special 7:00am Colombiana 9:00am Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 11:30am Hanna 1:30pm Spider-Man 3:35pm Spider-Man 2 5:50pm Batman and Robin 8:00pm Colombiana 10:00pm Spider-Man

12:05am Spider-Man 2 2:20am Rush Hour 4:10am Circle of Pain 5:50am Volcano: Fire on the Mountain

TCM 6:00am Roll on Texas Moon 7:05am The High Chaparral 8:05am The High Chaparral 9:05am Seven Men from Now 10:35am A Christmas Story 12:20pm Thunder Over the Plains 1:55pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Day of the Evil Gun 5:50pm The Redhead and The Cowboy 7:25pm The King and I 10:00pm The Glimmer Man 11:45pm Behind Enemy Lines 1:25am Night Moves 3:00am The Glimmer Man 4:30am Behind Enemy Lines


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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 You've Been Scammed 12:30pm Cash in the Attic Series looking at whether unwanted items could be worth a small fortune. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt team head to Derby to uncover a variety of antique bargains. 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 Show Me What You're Made of 4:35pm What's New Scooby-Doo? Children's animated series about a group of teenage sleuths and their cowardly dog. 4:55pm Shaun the Sheep 5:00pm Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic 5:30pm Rocket's Island 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 Matt Baker and Alex Jones present the stories that matter from across the country. 9:00pm Snow Babies 10:00pm Last Tango in Halifax 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 11:45pm Film 2012

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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 - Out and About 11:05am Show Me Show Me 11:35am Mr Bloom's Nursery 11:55am I Can Cook on the Go 12:10pm Mister Maker Comes to Town 12:30pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm See Hear 2:30pm Lifeline2:40pm Coast 2:45pm To Buy or Not to Buy 3:15pm The Weakest Link

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 Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm Storage Hoarders

4:00pm Real Rescues Going behind the scenes at one of Britain's biggest ambulance control centres, Louise Minchin and Chris Hollins present dramatic events from the day-to-day work of the emergency services. In this episode, mountain rescuers fight bad weather to save a badlyinjured walker, and a stag struggles to survive being trapped in an electric fence. 4:45pm Wanted Down Under Revisited 5:30pm Flog It! Antiques series. Paul Martin and the team hold a valuation day in Hereford Cathedral. 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Celebrity Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Masterchef: The Professionals Michel's Classics 8:30pm University Challenge 9:00pm All About the Good Life 10:00pm The Christmas No.1 Story 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 Jeremy Paxman.

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 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Weight Loss Ward Second of two programmes. 10:00pm The Town 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Miami Vice

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5:45am Mobil 1 The Grid 6:15am Deal or No Deal 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond Ray and Debra plan to get more time to themselves by getting Marie and Frank to make new friends. 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 12:00pm Kirstie's Homemade Christmas 1:00pm Channel 4 News Includes news headlines and weather. 1:05pm The Robe 3:40pm Countdown

7:20am Fireman Sam 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Olive the Ostrich 7:55am Little Princess 8:10am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Noddy in Toyland 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Roary the Racing Car 9:50am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:15am Angelina Ballerina 10:30am Hana's Helpline 10:40am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:55am Mexican Food Made Simple 11:25am Emergency Bikers 12:25pm Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 1:20pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:25pm Build a New Life in the Country 2:30pm Battle of the Bulbs

4:30pm 1001 Things You Should Know 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm The Simpsons 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 Christmas 10:00pm Heston's Fantastical Food 11:00pm The Twins Who Share a Body 11:50pm 8 Out of 10 Cats

4:15pm The Santa Suit Festive comedy. 6:00pm 5 News at 5 National and international news. 6:30pm Emergency Bikers Action-packed documentary series following the work of emergency bike crews. Paramedic Steve Harris has his hands full in Birmingham as he races to a suspected case of meningitis, before speeding off to assist a homeless man who claims to have been beaten up. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 9:00pm Building the Panama Canal 10:00pm Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 11:00pm Blade II Half-human, half-vampire Wesley Snipes returns in this sequel to the blockbuster, this time teaming up with arch-enemy Thomas Kretschmann who needs his help. A mutated race of vampires, the Reapers, are killing both humans and vampires and must be stopped before they gain too much power.

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Wesley Snipes. 12:15am The League Cup Show 12:45am Texas Rangers Western adventure. Following the Civil War, bandits are terrorising much of Texas. 2:05am Weatherview 2:10am See Hear 2:40am Supersized Earth Documentary tracing the story of how humans have transformed our world in a generation. 3:40am Inside Claridge's 4:40am MasterChef: The Professionals 5:40am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Young Apprentice 9:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 10:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 2012 12:00am Family Guy Subversive animated comedy about the trials and tribulations of American family life. 12:25am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am Great Movie Mistakes 2012 3:30am Don't Tell the Bride In this Christmas special, Rosie can stamp her feet all she wants... because she has handed over control of her big day to her man with a festive plan. Rosie's fiance Nick has just three weeks and ÂŁ12,000 to give her the perfect Christmas present - a wintry wonderland wedding she will never forget. 4:25am Him and Her

12:20am Stuffed: The Great British Christmas Dinner 1:20am A Culture Show Special 2:20am BBC News 5:00am Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey Right now you're hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour.

BBC4 8:00pm 10 Things You Didn't Know About... 9:00pm Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies Two-part series which celebrates an unlikely story of outstanding British aviation achievement. 10:00pm Rome: A History of the Eternal City 11:00pm The Golden Age of Steam Railways 12:00am Old Jews Telling Jokes 12:30am Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies Two-part series which celebrates an unlikely story of outstanding British aviation achievement. 1:30am 10 Things You Didn't Know About... 2:30am Punk Britannia 3:30am Rome: A History of the Eternal City

1:55am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 3:20am Scarface Graphically violent drama remake telling the story of a Miami-based mob boss.

12:40am Rude Tube 1:40am Abbey Road Studios: In Session with VW Beetle 2:05am Mumford and Sons: Gentlemen of the Road 2:20am Mencap Little Noise Sessions 2:45am Spotlight 3:00am Made in Chelsea 3:55am Made in Chelsea There's trouble in paradise as Louise struggles with the idea of Spencer moving in with the boys. 4:50am Deal or No Deal 5:45am Countdown

1:20am True Horror 2:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor Home improvement series. 5:20am HouseBusters 5:45am The Great Artists

Satellite channels SKY1 5:10am Stargate SG-1 6:05am Stargate SG-1 7:00am Airline USA 7:30am Airline USA 8:00am Spy 8:30am Spy 9:00am Dog the Bounty Hunter 10:00am Hawaii Five-0 11:00am Hawaii Five-0 12:00pm Lie to Me 1:00pm Lie to Me 2:00pm Hawaii Five-0 3:00pm Hawaii Five-0 4:00pm Stargate SG-1 5:00pm Stargate SG-1 6:00pm Futurama 6:30pm Futurama 7:00pm Modern Family 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Glee Project 10:00pm Little Crackers 10:30pm Little Crackers 11:00pm Fringe 12:00am Last Resort 1:00am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 2:00am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 3:00am Road

Wars 3:55am Road Wars 4:45am Crash Test Dummies 5:10am Stargate SG-1

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:50am Ramona and Beezus 7:35am It's Kind of a Funny Story 9:20am Cyrus 10:55am Little Nicky 12:30pm Dunston Checks In 2:00pm Friends with Benefits 3:50pm Without a Paddle 5:30pm Little Nicky 7:10pm 50 First Dates 9:00pm Friends with Benefits 10:50pm Arthur 12:40am Without a Paddle 2:20am Cyrus 3:55am It's Kind of a Funny Story 5:40am Dunston Checks In

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:20am A Valentine's Date 7:00am

Our Family Wedding 8:50am The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 10:50am Going the Distance 12:40pm The Conspirator 2:45pm Anonymous 5:00pm Shakespeare in Love 7:10pm A Little Bit of Heaven 9:00pm Anonymous 11:15pm Shakespeare in Love 1:25am Just Married 3:05am Boys Don't Cry

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:50am Volcano: Fire on the Mountain 7:30am Spy Kids 9:05am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 10:55am Collateral Damage 12:55pm Killer Elite 2:55pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon 5:30pm Kingdom of Heaven 8:00pm Collateral Damage 10:00pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon

12:35am Killer Elite 2:35am Kingdom of Heaven 5:00am Skyline

TCM 6:00am The King and I 8:25am The High Chaparral 9:30am The High Chaparral 10:30am The Redhead and The Cowboy 12:05pm Day of the Evil Gun 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm River of No Return 5:40pm Young Billy Young 7:20pm Rocky Mountain 8:55pm West of the Divide 10:00pm Dirty Harry 11:55pm Hell on Wheels 12:50am Hell on Wheels 1:45am The Yakuza 3:35am Dirty Harry 5:15am The High Chaparral


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The pitfalls of looking for love online are just part of the fun A THIRD of us now find relationships online with nine million people in the UK using internet sites to find partners. This trend is increasing rapidly, with Britons Europe’s most prolific internet daters. When I first learned of a friend of mine going online, I was a bit shocked (and amused) because of the usual preconceptions about internet dating. That is the idea of people searching for partners based on certain criteria like age, weight, height, hobbies, and politics. Then finding out the truth. Men lie about their height, women about their weight and everyone adds pictures to their profiles that are well out-ofdate, even men substituting pictures of their sons! But, as my friend pointed out, sometimes life’s just too busy for the usual dating game. The

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

INTERNET DATING: Just like real life, really. important thing about the online version, she reckons, is not to take it too seriously. If she comes across someone a bit weird-sounding, she simply puts it down to an anecdote-making opportunity. Just as she does with the

inevitable scammers, invariably based in Nigeria. These are easy to identify as there are often major

inconsistencies within their profiles, and they all claim to have great jobs and live in big houses. The messages tend to be in stilted Pidgin English, and almost always begin “Hello My Dear” or “Hello Beautiful Lady.” Strangely, they all seem to be widowed with young children and have lost their parents early on in a tragic accident. They also want your email address immediately so they can still contact you when they’re kicked off the website and con you into parting with money in order to meet them. One who claimed to be from ‘Wombledon’ and saw ‘Andee Moray’ win the tennis

championship this summer raved about how ‘luvley Wombledon Common’ was, and that there was nothing as romantic as the setting sun reflected off London’s Centre Point. His children’s ages kept changing with each message. He also firmly believed my friend’s assertion she had a sister called Hyacinth Bucket and a brother named Victor Meldrew. Basically, internet dating is just another way to meet people in an increasingly fragmented society. But it’s also a case of beware of the smooth-talking rogues... just like real life, really. Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Soul Stealer’ & ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore.Profits to Cudeca


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Turkey Soup • Remove all the usable meat from turkey carcass. • Break up bones and put into large stock pot and cover with cold water. Add dripping and giblets (except liver), onion, chopped carrots, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, celery tops, and peppercorns. • Bring to the boil and reduce to a bare simmer. • Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. • Cook for four hours, uncovered, occasionally skimming off foam. • Remove bones and veggies and strain. • Add chopped carrots, onions, and celery in equal parts to stock, parsley, a couple cloves of garlic, sage, thyme, marjoram and/or a bouillion cube. • Simmer until veg cooked through. • Take turkey meat, shred and add to soup. You may also want to add some chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste.

Xmas Trivia Part of the family According to a 1995 survey, seven out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners. Festive feast Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of Vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.

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Christmas spending The weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest shopping weeks of the year. Many retailers make up to 70 per cent of their annual revenue in the month preceding Christmas. Turkey travel In Victorian England, turkeys were popular for Christmas dinners. Some

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son Special of the birds were raised in Norfolk and taken to market in London. To get them to London, the turkeys were supplied with boots made of sacking or leather. The turkeys were then walked to market. The boots protected their feet from the frozen mud on the road. Boots were not used for geese: instead, their feet were protected

with a covering of tar. Spoiled leftovers It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers. Diamonds are forever 31 per cent more diamonds are purchased at Christmas-time than

during any other holiday or occasion. Film facts The movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) features more than 52,000 Christmas lights, 8,200 Christmas ornaments, and nearly 2,000 candy canes.

Jokes What carol is sung in the desert? O camel ye faithful! Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy! What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic! What never eats at Christmas time? The turkey, it’s usually stuffed!

The sounds of Christmas WHEN the weather outside is frightful, there really is nothing better than curling up under the duvet and listening to some festive tunes. Here is the definitive Christmas playlist for this time of year. • White Christmas - Bing Crosby • Do They Know It’s Christmas Time - Band Aid • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole • Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley • Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade • Winter Wonderland Doris Day • Last Christmas - Wham! • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow - Dean Martin • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Various • Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie


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Fighting the flab WANT to fight off the pounds throughout Christmas? Drink cold water. Just 500ml of H2O (a little more than a pint) may spike

metabolism by 30 per cent for as long as an hour. Water triggers the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn stimulates your meta-

White stuff is right stuff TOO many hot showers and not enough body cream can make your skin resemble that of a desert creature. Arms and legs have fewer oil glands, so they tend to be drier and scalier than other parts, especially in the winter. The cure? Milk does a body good, inside and out. The natural

fats and lactic acid in milk can soften skin, lightly exfoliate, and abate irritation. Draw yourself a nourishing bath by adding two cups of skim milk to warm not hot - water. Soak for about 15 minutes, pat skin dry, and apply a milk-and-honey cream to boost the benefits.

bolism. On top of that, cold water may force your body to use energy to warm it. Also eat a proteinpacked breakfast. Digesting protein takes up to seven times more energy than digesting carbohydrates or fat. Try eating one or two hardboiled eggs each day. And skipping breakfast is the worst thing to do, so start your day off right. At some point during your day, go for a brisk 15-minute walk. A trip around the block can triple your metabolic rate, and gives you a welcome break from the chaos of the festive period. This boost continues after you stop moving because the body consumes more oxygen, a crucial player in metabolism, when it’s recovering from exertion.


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Sometimes, you find it hard to do things just for the pure enjoyment of it. Realise that not everything has to have a purpose or a profit. Look round this week and seek out something that will please your senses and bring a smile to your lips.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: This will be a super month for romance in all its guises. Physical relationships can be important to you and this month is all about getting a balance.

action on the Eastern Front, presumed dead, the war ended, he and his mother befriend a British soldier. This Welshman who worked in the British Army kitchens was able to ‘supply’ the necessary food to keep the family

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Contact with a less than ideal situation makes you realise just how lucky you are. It has been clear that the weeks are changeable and your situation at the moment far from settled. Pity those whose day-to-day life is completely predictable.

for older members of the family or vice versa.

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PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

This being a family oriented month, much of it may be spent getting together with relatives and going over old times. Perhaps you are compiling a photo album

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Alejandro Sanz, born December 18, 1968. He is a Spanish singer and musician. He has won a total of 15 Latin Grammy Awards. Known by his flamencoinfluenced pop ballads, he has released duet singles with Shakira, Alicia Keys and Destinyʼs Child.

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this week is that you are of considerable value to others. The mere thought of you not being around sends ripples through your social circle.

An exciting invitation may set tongues wagging and make a loved one jealous. You, meanwhile, are quite bemused by the whole thing. What comes out of

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) An urge to get moving must mean that the new year is round the corner. Certainly, you are questioning where you want to be in the months ahead. A house move or work placement may be on your mind.

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CANCER (June 22 - July 23)

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.

Be aware that not everyone is willing to work as hard as you. When approached by someone wanting you to trust them, be sure of their motives. Do what you feel is right but remain firmly in control, especially financially. It may not be the time to make a particular move, although others think that it is. There's no problem with discussing things and talking them through..

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Social demands are made, but try to shuffle them to the weekend. Be diplomatic or someone close could become irritated. Keep an eye on the small print because something fundamental may have changed in a long-standing arrangement. Suddenly, at the weekend, you are thrust into the limelight.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

What are/were the real first names of the following famous people? 1. Comedian Bob Hope 2. Cricketer Freddie Flintoff 3. Comedy actor Buster Keaton 4. Jazz pianist/band leader Count Basie 5. Former Beatle Paul McCartney 6. Rock singer Ozzie Osbourne 7. Golfer Tiger Woods 8. Composer/pianist/big-band leader Duke Ellington 9. Actress Jodie Foster 10. Singer Bing Crosby

see you wishing that you had been less visible.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) An interest in technology is not something new to you. What is great, though, is that the penny has suddenly dropped. This week sees you understanding more and wanting to know more.

Being asked to take on a new and demanding task this week may

REAL FIRST NAMES

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Be aware that leopards do not change their spots, they merely hide them. Those who demand your trust need a cool checking out and don't be afraid to say 'no' as and when necessary.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21)

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from going hungry, often via difficult and extraordinary means to ensure his own position was not damaged. Dieter tells all of this in a heartwrenching tale covering the destruction of Hamburg to peace-time on the Welsh coast.

TARGET: Average: 9 Good: 12

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What do you call a man who claps at Christmas? Santapplause! What is Santa’s favourite pizza? One that’s deep pan, crisp and even!

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What did the snowman order at Burger King? Ice-burgers with chilli sauce!

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Someone with a larger-than-life imagination makes you smile but that was not their intention. Try to be diplomatic and steer them in a different direction. Some feelings of loneliness will not be assuaged by working more. Perhaps it is time to consider taking on a pet or giving a current pet more attention.

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

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Just joking

Very good: 17 Excellent: 23

AWAY

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

SHIP SHOP SWOP SWAP SWAY AWAY

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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Beggar the French step on (7) 5 Trick us after the swamp (5) 8 Name first class country (5) 9 Camera I developed in the States (7) 10 Greek character directed 70s pop group (3) 11 Ireland rejected by English? Itʼs weird (5) 12 Work-shy, in fact an unbridled success (4) 13 A vetʼs engineered a match (5) 15 Tango danced in Friendly Islands (5) 17 A woman will supply the ammunition (5) 19 Hangs around foals (5) 21 Itʼs bad news to get stitched up (4) 22 Fruit begins another pleasant picnic, letʼs eat (5) 25 Feeding nunʼs secret animal (3) 26 Escape from can? (7) 27 I long, stupidly, for buzzwords (5) 28 Directed about the shipʼs attire (5) 29 Keep us confined in a bad spot (7) Down 1 Its diet is unusual but most neat (7) 2 A king receiving honour gives cautionary signal (5) 3 Little vampire revealed as original (8) 4 Notice in Eveʼs hedges (6)

ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across Down 1 Desván (5) 1 Celery (4) 4 Corto (longitud, 2 Robo (de dinero, distancia) (5) objetos) (5) 3 Gallos (9) 7 Hielo (3) 8 Dummy (for baby) (7) 4 Cacerolas (9) 9 To dare (9) 5 Un (3) 13 Company (firm) (7) 6 Train (railway) (4) 15 Todo (3) 10 Pala (para cavar) (5) 11 Cinturón (4) 16 Lágrimas (5) 17 Floor (5) 12 Something (4) 14 Guisante (3)

Co d e B r e a ke r 5 Even a bee has a right to an alcoholic drink (4) 6 Good puzzle for a cooking utensil (7) 7 Musty endless yarn (5) 14 Attacks USAʼs last organisation (8) 16 A fresh way to get into jail? (7)

Down 2 Sternum (10) 3 Free (8) 4 Footwear item (4) 5 Reality (4) 6 Naked (4) 9 Pilfer (5) 10 Colony (10) 12 Salaries (5) 13 Unwinding (8) 18 A long way off (4) 19 Wicked (4) 20 Information (4)

CRYPTIC - Across: 7 Fairer, 8 Atomic, 9 Here, 10 Cream tea, 11 Speeded, 13 Plain, 15 Cabby, 17 Hatchet, 20 Arrogant, 21 Saga, 23 Gemini, 24 Rental. .Down: 1 Base, 2 Breeze, 3 Cricket, 4 Paper, 5 Normal, 6 Live wire, 12 Prairies, 14 Rafters, 16 Biopic, 18 Casino, 19 Habit, 22 Gram. QUICK - Across: 1 Apes, 4 Saddles, 8 Penguin, 9 Small, 10 Trim, 11 Sturgeon, 13 Flammable, 17 Argument, 19 Over, 21 Tough, 22 Obvious, 23 Rattles, 24 Last. Down: 2 Pontiff, 3 Shut, 4 Sanctimonious, 5 Describe, 6 Leave, 7 Silent, 8 Pity, 12 Taj Mahal, 14 Envious, 15 Faster, 16 Arms, 18 Gaunt, 20 Evil. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Ancla, 4 Pulga, 7 Translate, 8 East, 10 Feet, 13 Sweetcorn, 15 Susto, 16 Rings. Down: 1 Addresses, 2 Cat, 3 Amar, 4 Piso, 5 Llave, 6 Aceitunas, 9 Seeds, 11 Otro, 12 Door, 14 Nun.

1.Unscramble the name of a famous English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author: NOT TED’S NEPHEW 2. Unscramble the name of a famous London landmark (two words): BORING OLD DEN

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Answers: Turn to stone , Honour among thieves

Funagram

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 25 represents B and 19 represents C, so fill in B every time the figure 25 appears and C every time the figure 19 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS

QUICK Across 1 Get rid of (7) 7 Deadly (5) 8 Hindrance (3-4) 9 Emphasise (6) 11 Take over (5) 13 Charge (4) 14 Tread roughly (7) 15 Drill a hole (4) 16 Even-toed ungulate (5) 17 Departs (6) 21 Cupboard (7) 22 Fundamental (5) 23 Mischievous (7)

18 Have a rest, being terribly idle now (3,4) 20 French city sees red (6) 21 Food for Salvation Army boy (5) 23 President and African leaderʼs animal (5) 24 Ruins the planet (4)

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walter ‘Walt’ Disney (1901-1966) co-founder of Walt Disney Productions; American film producer, director, animator and entrepreneur.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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

BARELY

KETTLE

ROARED

BECOME(10)

KILLED

STRIKE

BESTED

MASHED

TASTED

CHEERS

ORDERS

THRILL

CRUISE

PITTED

TREATS

FLOWER

REACTS

HELPED

REFORM

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Design, 2 Noises, 3 Sheets, 4 Scions, 5 Shouts, 6 Abases, 7 Thence, 8 Morose, 9 Finery, 10 Hurled, 11 Dreams, 12 Steeds, 13 Cloaks, 14 Hearts, 15 Insect, 16 Reeked, 17 Snakes, 18 Events, 19 Grains

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A good time the traditional Spanish way S

PAIN is bursting with Christmas spirit. There are still assortment of seafood, cheese and ham as a starter, meat 12 days left to the big day, but it all started earlier this for a main dish, lots of sweets and a bottle or two of Champagne - but also to visit every relative in town. month. Do not be surprised if a group of children knock on the The signs are there. By now towns have already lit up their festive decorations. TV viewers have been bombarded door and start singing carols, armed with tambourines and some sort of drum with a stick called a with classic Christmas ads for toys, perfume, ‘zambomba’. On Christmas Eve it is traditional sweets, clothes, and everything else. for children to go from home to home asking People are chatting in the streets and for a small prize, ‘el aguinaldo’. They are offices about the lottery and the usual joker usually given some spare change, sweets or will say ‘I’m going to buy you all an Iberian biscuits. But tell them to sing a couple of ham if I win El Gordo this year!’ A weekly focus aimed songs - ‘villancicos’ - if they want to earn it! El Gordo (The Fat One) is the nickname for at keeping expatriate readers On Christmas Day people usually spend the the main prize in the Christmas lottery, drawn informed on various aspects of day eating with family and friends. It is a every December 22. Life in Spain national holiday, so check the town’s Yes, this is all part of Christmas in Spain. programme of events because there will But a real Christmas means family. So it all By Raul Candela really begins with the Christmas Eve dinner, probably be something going on in the which Spaniards call ‘Nochebuena’. It is a streets. night to share with the family, not only to eat After New Year’s Eve’s booze-filled party the specialties mum or grandma cooks - usually an and New Year’s hangover day, comes the moment all Spanish children dream of. Three Kings Day, on January 6, is the when they get their presents. The night before, parades are held in towns and cities. The Three Kings are there to grant the children’s wishes. In my home town of Ibi (Alicante) - which is known as ‘Toy Town’ for its traditional toy industry - the servants of King Balthasar even use ladders to Foreign padron statistics in get through the windows and Mijas since August 2012: leave boxes of toys in every 3,074 residents newly child’s home. registered Isn’t it magical? 1,925 confirmations by those

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CHILD’S TIME: The Three Kings monument in Ibi, Alicante, is the only one of its kind in Europe.

Town hall padron drive helps fill official coffers

Q AND A

MUNICIPALITIES with a large foreign community are beginning to reap the rewards for their efforts to promote the padron (municipal register). One of the best examples is the Andalucian town of Mijas (Malaga). The town hall had reported that more than 14,000 foreign inhabitants were going to be removed from the residents list as they had not renewed their registration every five years as required. So the council launched a “The Euro ‘Don’t lose your rights’ Weekly News has always campaign in August, been really helpful for foreign mailing more than 3,000 residents in our town, especially people the following the British, but also the Germans. alert: ‘Those who are not They usually come here with the on the padron are not newspaper in their hands. They say: considered inhabitants ‘I read this in the EWN and thought it important of Mijas and as such, will information’.”Luisa Machen, not be able to receive any Mijas Foreign Residents of the benefits offered, Department social help, etc. This will also harm the town hall, as central government will give less campaign, in money, fewer policemen, less 2013 Mijas will get €4.7 million public transport and fewer more than last year in state doctors to the town.’ grants for a total of €19.2 Thanks to the success of the million, the council said.

already registered 730 removed from the register (they do not live there any more) 1,744 proposed to be removed Total population: 79,262 (2011); 82,124 (2012) = +3.6 per cent Total foreign population: 32,743 (2011; 43 per cent British); 35,817 (2012) = +9.3 per cent Registered population in the last 10 years: + 57.3 per cent HERE TO HELP: Foreign Residents Departments provide all the necessary information about the padron. “I think we can call it a success,” Marta Rey from the Mijas Foreign Residents Department told Euro Weekly News.

We are not residents in Spain but have a holiday home in the community and visit about four or five times each year. We have noticed the council is requesting people to register with the local town hall. Does this apply to

“We are satisfied with the results,” Marta said. A final push is needed for towns all over Spain. Residents should keep in mind that their town hall will get €150 for every registered person. Everybody counts!

Do not miss them: Christmas events in EWN areas. - Costa del Sol: ‘Verdiales’ folk festival, December 28 (noon). La Concepcion Park, Malaga. - Axarquia: Live Nativity scene, December 29 (6pm) and December 30 (noon), Almayate. - Almeria: Eating the traditional Christmas almond sweet pie in Huercal-Overa. - Costa Blanca North: ‘Els Enfarinats’, December 28, 10am, Ibi. - Costa Blanca South: Choir Concert, December 22, 9.30pm. Basilica de Santa Maria, Elche. - Mallorca: ‘El Canto de la Sibila’, December 24, 11pm. Santuario de Lluc, Palma.

non-residents? The padron does not imply you are a resident. It is a way the town hall knows how many people live in the area. So, yes, it is recommended even for nonresidents to register as it offers advantages to the community.

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In dark arts, ignorance is bliss T

HERE is much that governments and their agencies do that we shall never be privy to. It is ‘not in the public interest.’ Such secrecy and taboos obviously include the dark arts of government policy when rearranging the world to their liking. Governments can do without whistleblowers Mike Walsh pulling back the curtains of deceit. Secret service agencies vwww.michaelwalsh.es operate under clandInternational Journalism Europe Broadcaster Commentator International Radio estine cloaks. Most of us Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ Mobile 0034 662 067 490 would shudder if we To comment on any of the issues raised in were to learn what really Mike’s column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/ goes on in our name. mike-walsh Ignorance is bliss indeed. As long ago as the 1950s the Soviets were experimenting in thought ADVANCES IN SCIENCE: What discoveries await us in the years ahead? transference. No doubt their American counterparts were doing the same. interesting that a section of it, leading would mean that, on physical death, we We already know that matter cannot be members included, are less sceptical than each abandon our clapped out bodies just destroyed; nor can sound waves, so it is they once were about the possibility of our as we kiss goodbye to an old car. said. With advances in science is it possible souls outliving death. When the time comes, cuckoo-like we that the voices of Oliver Cromwell or Advances in these sciences are reaching take on a surrogate mortal coil; a younger Beethoven could be heard once again by some intriguing conclusions. version of course. The concept of recapturing sound waves of their voices still The prospect of our having a incarnation bridges just about every reverberating in rooms they used? consciousness that survives mortality is religious faith and culture. Medical science is playing catch-up. It is finding a receptive scientific audience. This Here is an intriguing thought. Your friend

hands you the latest innovation; it is a state of the art mobile phone. “Go ahead,” you’re invited. “Call your dad. See how he is doing and tell him I send my regards.” You look at your friend; you are incredulous. He knows as well as you do that your dad passed on back in 1974. Your disbelief is unsurprising but at the same time not a day passes without advances in science and communication that leaves you scratching your head. You timidly take the device from your friend’s hand and following his instructions wait for your call to be answered. You instinctively know this is some kind of sick joke but you’re going along with it anyway. The call tone stops and an unmistakable voice answers: “Hello, it’s (your father’s name): who is that?” Most intriguing of all, what are you going to say in response? Don’t smile indulgently, it could happen and much stranger things do so. Don’t be too quick to mock. Books have been written on those who once scoffed at unworldly predictions, including the phone now ringing on its table. If we can’t explain to a primitive tribesman how a live video or email is internationally transferred as quickly as conversational table talk, what other discoveries await us?


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Winter’s icy grip keeps us shivering under the blanket

FTEN the hardest thing about living in Spain (aside from the brainnumbing Kafkaesque bureaucracy) is the cold, damp winters. In the UK one expects to be cold for at least 90 per cent of the year and wet for the other 10. But when in sunny Spain, the land of Don Quixote, of windmills that shimmer in the heat, dust clouds swirling in the glare of a sun-baked bullring, the cold slaps you in the face like an irate housewife annoyed at the constant pile of dirty socks escaping from the laundry basket. The cold here is an affront, an unwelcome aged aunt who insists on sorting through your CDs and ironing your underwear, or a party guest too dense to realise that when the host ambles down the stairs in pyjamas it really is time to leave. The cold in Spain is felt in the very depths of your bones; it

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.

AFFRONT: The cold in Spain pokes its finger in your tea as it grins frostily in your face. seeps into your lungs and nestles happily, emitting occasional icy shrieks of malevolent delight. It settles in every corner of your poorly-constructed home and crawls up the walls leaving black mould prints in its path. It throws a blanket of damp on the surface of clothes, bedding and shoes. The cold sits beside you and pokes its finger in your tea, squeezes moisture through its

teeth as it grins frostily in your face. Try to banish it with radiator or fan heater, or, Heaven forbid, central heating and it will find its way into your bank account and suck it dry.

In Spain there is no cure for cold; one must endure and huddle around useless oil-filled radiators counting the euros as the meter spins uncontrollably. Hard-won wages are flung into the coffers of an electricity giant insatiable in its hunger and ruthless in its ability to siphon funds from shivering families. In Spain cold is king and we mortals can but lay beneath flimsy blankets like Napoleon’s army on the outskirts of St Petersburg and wait for spring. Fingerless gloved hands clutch steaming bowls of fishhead soup, thin and insubstantial, doing little to abate the growling emptiness of stomachs concave and... Too much? A little too Ivan Denisovich, perhaps? I admit to a tendency for exaggeration and a literary turn of phrase when the mood strikes, but in truth I am cold.

Electricity here is so expensive that I am afraid to keep my house warm. Visions of Dickensian London and pre-revolutionary Russia frequently fill my imaginings and I would feel outraged if I could feel anything at all under all these layers of clothing. At least I have a job. For many here in Spain the winter is an awful time in no small part due to the utility companies who have the power to take money from one’s bank account before even sending a bill. Still, even though cold, the sun shines, the sea is glorious and the mountains stunning. I wouldn’t swap my life here for any amount of centrally-heated domesticity; well, maybe a little storage heater or two. “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” (John Steinbeck) Fish soup, anyone?


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A guide to surviving Christmas T

WELVE days is how long Christmas lasts, one popular carol would lead us to believe. But I bet by now you have already written a bundle of cards, faced long queues at the Correos to send off gifts, and if you went to every Christmas market on offer it would be a full-time job. Not to mention fretting about family gatherings or the lack of them. The season brings out not our true selves, but a slightly more frazzled and neurotic version. Sadly, we’re not all able to whisk up a feast in the kitchen regardless of Nigella’s reassurances that we are Domestic Goddesses. Fear not, though, as I am here to help you with my top tips for surviving Christmas in one piece. 1. Still haven’t written those cards? Time to play the eco-card. In 2012 you resolved to save trees and reduce your carbon foot-

print. An email or Facebook greeting to this effect will do nicely. 2. Puzzled by presents? Make a donation to your favourite charity instead. If this would go down like a lead balloon with your nearest and dearest, at least claim you are now fully ‘Spanified’ and ‘do’ presents on Three Kings Day, giving you more time and a chance to buy at a discount. 3. Baffled by baking? There is no shame in resorting to store-bought offerings. Personalise by roughing them up a bit, adding a touch of icing sugar and cake decorations. Wrap them up in pretty packaging, add a bow and a tag and you also have a perfectly acceptable present. The same can be applied to re-packaged jams and even wine. Just add your own label to impress. 4. Hosting Christmas? Divide and conquer. Ask guests to bring a

contribution starter or dessert, or outsource to the friendly supermarket again. Even without Marks and Sparks the local ones here have a small offering of ready-made dishes that can be served up with some added herbs and garnish to make it your own. And if you really can’t bear making the main dish, a couple of rotisserie chicken takeaways would be fine if you claim they are special Bonsai turkeys, the latest trend, didn’t they know? 5. Family feuds threatening the harmony of Christmas Day? One friend recommends this cardinal rule: anaesthetise the day with one drink (standard glass of wine or cava, not quadruple G&T) per hour throughout the gathering.

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Any more and you may be sloshed and any less the effect will wear off. 6. Not formally invited? Or too far to travel? Join celebrations at your local restaurant. Or why not hop on a cruise. If all else fails, just throw yourself into the mayhem with the fervour of a celebrity on a Bushtucker trial. Scream in excitement at the socks from Aunt Ethel, cry and laugh your way through It’s a Wonderful Life. As with everything in life, it is all about your frame of mind. You just have to believe…

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Red wine ‘could prevent cancer’ DRINKING a large glass of red wine every day could help prevent bowel cancer. Researchers say that Resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes and which gives the wine its colour, has long been known to have cancerfighting properties, but scientists did not know how much was needed to be effective. Now they say less appears to be more. Tests on mice have shown that a dose equivalent to five milligrams in humans halved the growth of bowel tumours. This amount was far more effective than a one gram dose. Within two years the research team hopes to conduct a human trial on patients at

RED WINE: Less could be more. high risk of bowel cancer to test its benefits. Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK has warned that people should not drink wine in an attempt

to reap any benefits that Resveratrol can offer, saying that alcohol has been estimated to cause around 12,500 cases of cancer a year in the UK.


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The ultimate Xmas dinner AS Christmas approaches more and more people have noticed the rise in prices of Yuletide staples. But if you are feeling the pinch, dream about the ‘world’s most expensive Christmas dinner’ now on sale. With a price tag of €155,000, British chef Ben Spalding’s offering should feed four. It is a combination of some very exotic foods and more traditional Christmas classics. But a regular offering of turkey and sprouts it most certainly is not. On the menu there is Wagyu beef heart, 100year-old Champagne (at €46,000), caviar and truffles.

Not to mention Japanese watermelon at €3,220. The centrepiece of the dinner is rare breed turkey with Wagyu beef fillet and heart wrapped

in edible gold leaf, sprinkled with Akbari pistachios. So maybe a frozen supermarket bird doesn’t seem so expensive after all.

MEDIEVAL ORIGINS: Mince pies.

Festive feast

MINCE PIES date back to medieval times and possibly long before. They are descended from a huge pie containing chopped beef, suet, nuts, spices and fruit, of which whole dried plums were an important constituent. The pie was originally baked open but as time wore on a crust was added, on top of which a pastry effigy of the Infant Jesus was laid to represent him lying in his cradle. It is still believed that to eat a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 happy months in the year to follow.

New tastes for Heinz HEINZ has launched a range of new flavours to its baked bean range. The global food company has decided to abandon its five-bean update featuring kidney, pinto, cannellini and borlotti beans. Instead it has launched a Flavoured Beanz range. New tastes include Cheddar cheese, fiery chilli, barbeue and curry flavours. But of course it will still be selling its traditional beans in tomato sauce.


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Reception celebrations.

Loyalty wedding reward A COUPLE have saved up enough supermarket loyalty points to feed the guests at their wedding reception. Maggie and Mike Davies from Kidderminster (UK) met whilst working at Sainsbury’s and spent 18 months collecting 40,000 loyalty points which paid for all the food when they got married.

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TOMATOES: Now thought to be helpful in warding off depression.

TOMATOES – Eating tomatoes has long been linked to helping to protect against prostate cancer and heart attacks, but now it is thought they could ward off depression. Researchers analysed the mental health records and eating

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habits of 1,000 men and women aged 70 or over. They found that those eating tomatoes two to six times a week were 46 per cent less likely to suffer from depression than those eating them less than once a week.

Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives them their deep red colour. It is believed that it could be the lycopene that helps promote psychological wel-lbeing as well as physical health by reducing stress or damage to healthy brain cells.


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That’s just crackers HOLES in crackers are there for a reason, not just for decoration. Without these holes the

biscuits wouldn’t bake correctly. They allow steam to escape during cooking. This keeps the crackers flat, instead of rising like a normal biscuit. They also help to properly crisp the crackers. The holes’ positioning and number varies depending on the size and shape of the cracker. If the holes are too close together, the cracker will end up being dry and hard, if too far apart bubbles will form.

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Use your fingers but no elbows ETIQUETTE experts say it is now acceptable to eat with your fingers in a restaurant. A 10-point guide to modern dining manners has been released which is designed

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to help people navigate the potentially messy minefield of ‘finger food.’ Experts say it is now OK to use your hands as long as you do not lick your fingers afterwards. Top tips include cutting food into manageable pieces before picking it up, using a napkin to wipe messy hands and using a fork to pick up any food that spills on to the plate. Traditional rules such as sitting up straight, keeping elbows off the table, and waiting for food to cool instead of blowing on it, remain.

MIND YOUR MANNERS: Now acceptable to eat with your fingers.


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CUTTINGS: Make for strong, inexpensive plants for your garden. them as deep plant pots. If the top is cut to leave a hinge, rather than being totally cut off, one can use this as a cloche over your cutting which will protect it during the winter. Plant individual cuttings in the 1.5 litre bottles and up to six in the larger bottles. If possible over winter put the planted-up cuttings in a greenhouse or cold frame. One can cut off the base of plastic bottles and invert them over plant cuttings in a same diameter bottle. Fix with tape and you have a mini greenhouse with a constant moisture level. These can be kept at the back of a frostless greenhouse or on a shelf in a

conservatory, or in a cold frame protected with fleece. Wine bottles full of water are also useful for raising cuttings from oleanders and bignonias. If you have never raised plants from cuttings do read Chapter 6.12 in the book ‘Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance.’ This describes, as does also Chapter 4.9 of the book ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style,’ how to propagate various types of plants from stem, side, root, air, and leaf cuttings. Once you are hooked, propagating becomes an interesting and absorbing hobby for all ages from schoolchildren to those a bit older! Once you have proved that you have green fingers take every opportunity of planting up cuttings from your own garden and those of friends. The result will be inexpensive, strong plants. When we stroll round our garden the majority of

plants and mature trees started off as cuttings or seeds, and many of the seeds were collected from our own gardens or our travels around Spain. If you produce too many, the excess can be passed on to friends and neighbours still developing new gardens or sold at gardening club meetings. To improve your success, obtain a pot of hormone powder to dip the end of cuttings in before planting. Unfortunately, cuttings can be prone to rotting, especially during winter months, so spray the surface of the compost with a mild fungicide. By the way, a great advantage of plastic bottles

is that you can write the name of the plant being propagated on the outside of the bottle with a waterproof felt pen. Happy propagating next year! The aforementioned books plus Clodagh and Dick’s other books Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain, Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain and Living Well From Our Mediterranean Garden make excellent Christmas presents. They can be found in high street and internet bookshops and from www.gardenspain. com. ©Clodagh and Dick Handscombe December 2012.


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EWN writer adds touch of colour to local fair By Dick Handscombe EWN weekly gardening contributor LAST WEEK, I accepted an invitation from Barx Town Hall to man a

question and answer stand, and sell a few books, at the local Christmas fair. The event was designed to create unity in a crisisridden village and raise

MANNING THE STALL: Dick Handscombe in artisan Bolivian costume, surrounded by supporters. money to aid disabled residents at the local retirement home. To add an international flavour to the picturesque

Christmas market I wore, as seen in the photo with Spanish supporters, artisan Bolivian clothes purchased when on an executive overseas social responsibility assignment. It was an honour to man the only non-Spanish stall and give advice in Castellano to villagers with terrace gardens and summer campo gardens, and sell a few books to those who understood a little English, as well as the few expats who passed by and had only recently purchased local properties. One of my recent social responsibility contributions to village life was to help a local teacher pass her Cambridge B1 examinations to prepare for teaching the 30 per cent of the school

curriculum now planned by the Valencian Region Government. In September, with the aid of Dick’s free coaching, she passed. Another recent activity is to give technical advice for a possible project for a vegetable garden for an Alicante orphanage, which like the Barx residential home, has not been paid by the Valencian Government for many months. As the EWN has only been available in the village for a month, in the tobacconist’s shop, I took some papers to distribute, especially to those new to Spain. During the fair, the two village bakers sold their daily and Christmas artisan specialities; the surviving honey producer

TRADITIONAL: Village ladies making their ‘bunoles’.

sold honey and other hive products; village ladies sold traditional homemade jams and a stalwart group of ladies made traditional ‘bunoles’, which are like small ring doughnuts but with sweet squash in the mix. In addition, the residential home’s stall had a traditional Father Christmas for the children - who now have Christmas and Three Kings presents - plus products produced by residents of the home. It was a reminder of what is possible in a small village and valley that in 25 years has abandoned 90 per cent of its traditional artisan products and agricultural activities to provide accommodation to several hundred expatriates and Spanish weekenders.


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Best of British art at home in Madrid British art through the centuries is being showcased in Madrid. Peter Fieldman discusses the major exhibition…

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HIS is how the organisers of a major art exhibition in Madrid portray our artistic heritage. It is based on the view that art from the British Isles is a hidden treasure, which has for some reason been isolated and as such is not universally known or considered, or at least not in Spain. Following the major retrospective of Wyndham Lewis in 2010, the Fundacion Juan March, one www.pfieldman.blogspot.com of Madrid’s leading cultural London-born journalist and centres, has chosen British author, Peter spends his time between Paris and Madrid. art through the centuries for His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ its current exhibition and available on Amazon or www.1066TheConquest.com conference season. Spanning 500 years from the 16th to 21st century, the Treasure Island from Holbein to Hockney exhibition has more than 180 paintings on display as well as sculptures, gravures, books and photos.

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HOLBEIN: Portrait of Sir Thomas Wyatt circa 154 (courtesy of Fundacion March).

By naming the exhibition after Robert Louis Stevenson’s great adventure story, the organisers portray an unexplored WHISTLER: Night over Cremorne circa 1872 (courtesy of Fundacion March). island full of hidden art treasures. And even if many would not agree to their assessment of British art we should be grateful to the Fundacion March for having put together this fine exhibition. While it is true that the great museums of the world are full of works by the renowned Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish artists from their respective golden (c)peter fieldman ages, nobody can ignore the contribution which British art has made. Artists like Turner, Constable, Bacon and Hockney need GOING UNDERGROUND: Holbein to Hockney. Photo: Peter Fieldman. no introduction and to discover its scope chose to live and work in England. but there are In contrast to the current generation of and transition over the many foreign British artists, known more for the media centuries. artists like coverage surrounding their often Holbein and controversial art, the works on display Acclaimed Van Dyke who cover a wide range of styles and subjects made major It offers a true Treasure demonstrating the vitality which emerged contributions to Island of English without the influence of any particular landscapes, interiors, school. our artistic THOMAS RICHARDSON: Staircase portraits, abstract works The absence of a more rigid approach heritage. and sculptures, providing a or style has given British artists the The object of circa 1811 (courtesy of Fundacion unique opportunity to see freedom to interpret their ideas and the exhibition is to March). in one single space the coupled with the creativity of the foreign bring a greater knowledge and understanding of the work of many acclaimed and lesser-known artists who made England their home, has British art scene to Spanish art aficionados artists as well as the foreign artists who established a remarkable cosmopolitan

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mix, which typifies British art. The exhibition has been divided into seven sections, each corresponding to a different era encompassing works from both well-known and lesser-known artists. It begins with the Reformation in the 16th century, passes on to the Baroque period under the Stuart dynasty in the 17th century, then Society and Satire followed by Landscapes and Portraits in the 18th century.

Contemporary The 19th century is illustrated by Realism and Reaction during the PreRaphaelite period, while Modernity and Tradition depicts the early 20th century as the impressionist movement led to figurative art and finally Brave New World, which covers the range of contemporary art during the period up to 1980. Together with the exhibition’s guest curator, Richard Humphreys, the Fundacion has managed to secure works of many of the icons of British art from both public and private collections; from Holbein to Larkin; from Van Dyck to Lely; from Hogarth to Canaletto; from Constable to Turner; from Rossetti to Whistler; from Moore to Sickert; from Freud to Hockney and from Lowry to Riley. To their credit the organisers have also included works from many artists who are not widely known but who epitomise British art. Visitors cannot fail to notice the large sign at the entrance depicting the London Transport symbol with the names of Holbein and Hockney across the centre. Is this what they mean by the underground movement? The website is: www.march.es


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Merida – A Spanish city of perfectly preserved history

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VERY July and August, the Festivales de Teatro Clasico are held in Merida. Classical plays and sometimes opera are performed but what is so special about the productions is that they are held in the Teatro Romano, a theatre dating from Roman times. Merida is proud of its Roman heritage and has more monuments to this era than any other city in Spain. Because of this, its archaeological sites have been awarded World Heritage status. The city is located in the province of Badajoz. Curiously, Merida is the capital of Extremadura and yet not the capital of the province; this honour goes to the city of Badajoz. Merida has been the capital of this region since Roman times. In those days, it was known as Augusta Emerita and was the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, a

Robert Bovington Almeria Robert is an English writer of travel books. He has lived in Roquetas de Mar (Almeria) with wife Diane since 2003.

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sizeable region that included present-day Portugal. Modern Merida is built around the remains of the Roman City. The most important of these treasures are the Teatro Romano, the Puente Romano, the Templo de Diana, the Arco de Trajano, the Acueducto de

los Milagros, the amphitheatre and the remains of the forum. The Roman Theatre is one of the most important monuments in Merida. It was erected in the first century BC and possesses a forum with a seating capacity for 6,000 spectators. Next to the theatre is the amphitheatre, where many a gladiator fought in Roman times. These days, it is also a venue for the Classical Theatre Festival. The Puente Romano is a bridge over the River Guadiana, which is still used by pedestrians. It is big, especially for its time,

with 60 arches and a span of more than 800 metres. The Templo de Diana was one of the most majestic buildings in Roman MĂŠrida. These days, it is incomplete but the original Corinthian columns are still impressive. The Arco de Trajano is rather imposing. It is 15 metres high and was one of the gateways into the old city. The Acueducto de los Milagros is spectacular. It consists of three rows of arches and was built by the Romans to supply water to the city from the Proserpina reservoir.


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Baby making WHEN dwarf hamsters are pregnant, the sex of the babies can be determined and controlled. By managing the temperature in the room where the mother is kept, you can manipulate whether she will have more boys or girls. If kept in warmer temperatures, she will have more boys, but in cooler temperatures, more girls.

Feline compass LIKE birds, cats have a homing ability that uses its biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth’s magnetic field. A cat taken far from its home can return to it, but if a cat’s owners move far from its home, the cat can’t find them.

Blind spot DUE TO the placement of their eyes, rabbits cannot see what is right in front, and slightly below, their nose. Keep this in mind when reaching into a rabbit’s cage or hutch as it can be very frightening for them.

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A healthy cat is a happy cat A CAT has a variety of nutritional needs that differ from those of a dog or other small animals. Cats have a high need for protein compared to dogs. Animal based protein is a necessary component in a cat’s diet as it supplies essential amino acids, such as taurine. In addition to protein, your cat requires a proper balance of fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and water. Many nutritional experts feel that providing a variety of different diets/foods for your cat will help to provide optimal nutrition. Why do cats like to eat grass? Domestic cats may look for grass or other greens. Some vets believe it’s to supplement their diet in order to clean their systems of furrballs or food they should not have eaten. Cats may even eat plants out of curiosity.

Owners should make sure that any plants that may be accessible to their cats are non-poisonous. Dietary Supplements Multi vitamin supplements are available for those cat

owners who wish to add to their cat’s diet. With a balanced diet of high quality cat food, these additions may not be necessary. If you feel your cat has special nutritional needs, be sure to research

the benefits and possible harmful side effects of each supplement. A cat that is given a well balanced diet does not necessarily need the addition of nutritional supplements unless for specific medical needs. In these cases, the supplements should only be given with the guidance of a vet, and closely monitored. Some owners feel the need to give kittens nutritional supplements. Ask your vet for advice. Some owners suggest the addition of supplements to the daily diet of elderly cats. However, it’s best to ask your vet how to best care for older cats. Mineral oil is often suggested to prevent constipation, but it may do more harm than good. For your local radio frequency log onto www.talkradioeurope.com.

Ginger FANCY DRESS: Proud of his outfit.

In the Christmas spirit Here is my Boxer Ginger, dressed in his festive jumper and ready for December 25. I’ll have to treat him to a special Christmas lunch for making such an effort.

Ruth Jones, Benahavis Submit fun pet pictures to petoftheweek@euroweeklynews.com, in as high a resolution as possible. Please include name of the pet, your full name, where you live and if relevant a couple of lines to explain the circumstances of the photo. Due to space restrictions not all submissions will be used.


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PERFECT BASE: Maestrat Park for mobile homes. Advertising Feature

A home from mobile home MAESTRAT PARK, San Jordi is a brand new residential mobile home park situated in the heart of the Sierra de Erta on the Costa Azahar. It is an island of peace and friendly informality, offering visitors the best of all worlds. Located near the town of Sant Jordi, it is a perfect base to discover the richness of this area of Spain. Close to the larger seaside towns of Vinaros, Benicarlo and Peniscola with miles of beaches, port, shops and hospitals, Maestrat Park is a superb location to enjoy your life in the sun. The park covers approximately

50,000 square metres. The plots are a generous 200 square metres and have been developed to a high standard, and can accommodate larger, twinsized mobile homes if desired. Many of the plots have stunning, uninterrupted views over the countryside. The plots have plenty of room for decking and car parking. The park has all services including electricity, water and drainage, as well as a reception, private security, bar, social lounge, supermarket and swimming pool. More information on www.maestratpark.co.uk or 964 860 889

ESAMD raise €4,000 for 2012 Poppy Appeal The Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Mazarron District (ESAMD) are pleased to announce that over €4,000 has been collected in our area for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2012. This is €1,500 more than 2011 and our grateful thanks go to all the restaurants, shops, bars and their customers who supported this campaign. Thanks go to our members who stood outside Consum and other venues selling Poppies; also to those who spent hours counting and banking the proceeds. We are very grateful to have such an amenable bank

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Sara and this year’s ESAMD Poppy Appeal Organiser Mags Downes holding the cheque. manager at the Caja Murcia Bank on Camposol Sector A. More than €1,274 of the total was donated by Sara Lara’s bar in the Puerto de Mazarrón. Sara and her customers organised

sponsored events, raffles and also gave very generously of their time and money. ALL the Poppy money raised in Spain goes towards helping our beneficiaries here in Spain.


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BENITACHELL Christian Fellowship invites people to join their Christmas Carols and Readings service on Sunday at the Pensionista’s Club in Placa Nueva. More information: 966 494 036.

Auction AN auction for the Benigembla School project will take place tomorrow (Friday) at El Cid Restaurant at 1pm. Items up for auction include an electric organ and two sailing boats. Monies raised will be donated towards their target of €5,500 needed to rebuild the school’s dining room, of which only €2,500 more is required. More information: www.elcidauction.com

Life full of tricks for Mykal With sleight of hand tricks and loveable persona, magician Graeme When did you get into magic? I have loved magic from an early age. I started performing when about 18, after watching Paul Daniels every Saturday on TV. I got a buzz from the magic and from people’s reactions. What was the first trick you learned? Where someone chooses a card and I then borrow a pen and push it right through the card. Which is your favourite trick? When I get elastic bands to visibly melt through each other in mine and my assistant’s hands, and also through the thumb of an audience member. What do you love most about magic? Seeing the reactions

Mykal casts spells over audiences young and old. Gemma Quinn reports.

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• Name: Graeme Mykal • Age: 42 • Originally from: Kent, UK • Lives: Villamartin, Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca • Day job: Looking for more magic

• Most like to meet: Penn & Teller • Favourite things about Spain: Weather, summer season work • Worst: Winter • Favourite people: My girlfriend, son and my family

Festive fayre A CHARITY Christmas market will take place on Saturday in Simat de la Valldigna, raising money for animal charity Protection and Education Para los Animals (PEPA). From 10am, the traditional British market will provide entertainment in the form of Christmas carols, stalls and a special festive guest.

U3A GM of the people I entertain. I only perform tricks that at the end still make me go ‘YES!’ For me it’s all about entertainment. I never started in magic to be famous, but have met so

many different types of people and have been privileged to work in amazing venues and, of course, I now get to live and entertain in sunny Spain. What trick would you most like to do? A silent act to music on stage, all dressed up

and with my girlfriend as my assistant. It will happen so watch this space. Biggest achievement? Being in the film The Magicians with David Mitchell and Robert Webb. It was only a small part, but a great experience.

NEW members are welcome to join the first general meeting of 2013 for the U3A Moraira-Teulada group on Monday January 7 at Salon de Banquettes in Teulada from 9.30am. More information: www.u3amorairateulada.org.


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•AECC BOUTIQUE in San Isidro: 966 723 401. •AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP Benidorm – don’t suffer alone through another person drinking – 634 758 539. •DENIA RUGBY CLUB: 8pm on beach outside Oasis Hotel. •HELP INTERNATIONAL Benidorm meetings. www.helpbenidorm.com. •PIETER SWINNEN Painting Club in Calpe: 965 835 212.

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•ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY Sunday Services-Holy Communion. Eight locations. www.costablancaanglicanchaplaincy.org •BENITACHELL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Benitachell: 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 Merced Church, Calpe. Sundays 10.30am. 678 787 509

Church services 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.

•RBL Benidorm and district branch covers from Polop to Villajoyosa at different locations for social meetings, day trips, excursions or meals. 695 605 129

SATURDAY

TUESDAY

•XABIA RUGBY CLUB: Juniors meet at 7pm Seniors at 8pm. 688 640 092.

•COMPUTER CLUB in Alfaz del Pi. 965 889 187. •EL VERGER MARKET at The Polygon 9am-1.30pm.

•AUCTIONS FOR AECC (donations welcome): 965 319 929 / 688 238 879.

•ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION meets for lunch on the second Thursday of the month at various restaurants between Altea and Oliva and the Jalon Valley. 966 474 532. •THE Valleys International Bridge and Social Club meet 2pm at El Cid at Benidoleig. 966 408 296. •CREATIVE TEXTILES GROUP – crosstitch, embroidery, crochet, quilting, knitting – in Javea, 10am-1pm. 966 472 049 or artcentrejavea@yahoo.com. •PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH Carol Service with Spangles at 7pm.

FRIDAY •AUCTIONS FOR AECC. Items for donation wanted. 965 319 929 / 688 238 879. •UFO and World Mysteries Discussion Group in Javea meet first Friday of the month at The Social Club and Bar in Javea Old Town at 10am. 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. www.rotarycostablanca.wiki.dot.com. •TENNIS GROUP meets Tuesday and Friday mornings at Toscamar, Javea. 966 473 301. •JAVEA BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate Pairs. 965 795 458. •JALON VALLEY HELP Christmas carols in Jalon Square, 7.30pm.

•GUARDIAN ANGELS Dropin/Coffee and Chat at Help Centre, La Jara 10.30am12.30pm. 616 977 639. •AUCTION 1.30pm at the Jacaranda Restaurant Bar Moraira with auctioneer Mr Bob Gingell. First and third Saturday of each month. Phone to book your items 965 743 292.

Useful numbers C O N S U L AT E S 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

A L FA Z D E L P I Municipal Police 96 588 7100

SUNDAY •AECC BOUTIQUE in San Isidro: 966 723 401. •CHRISTMAS CAROLS from 3pm with Pastor Alan Robertson from the English Church. Hotel Marina, Benidorm. 699 006 505.

MONDAY •COSTA BLANCA SAMARITANS: www.costablancasamaritans.com.

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

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

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

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

•JALON VALLEY MUMS & TOTS CLUB at town hall 10.15am-12noon. 676 441 758.

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•JAVEA STAMPS & POSTCARD CLUB meets second and fourth Monday of month at L’Ancora Tennis Club at 10am. 965 795 499 / 608 765 245. •ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION in Pedreguer meets the second Monday of month. 966 430 215 or www.rafancb.org. •U3A Marina Baixa meets fourth Monday of month at 10.30am at Alfaz del Pi Casa de Cultura.

Guardia Civil 96 563 0418 Municipal Police 96 563 7099

JAVEA Guardia Civil 062 Municipal Police 092 Red Cross 96 579 1961

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•BERNIA BABIES international group meets 10.30am12noon at Sierra Bernia School, Alfaz del Pi: 966 875 149.

•JAVEA BRIDGE CLUB ‘No Fear’ pairs. 965 795 458.

•PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH. Sunday Service 11am; Thursday 5pm Bible study and prayer; home groups during week. 966 769 300 or 650 509 606. •SPIRITUALIST CHURCH Alfaz del Pi: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm. 966 878 469. •THE KINGS CHURCH Benissa English Sunday service, 11am: www.thekingschurch.net. •VALLEY FELLOWSHIP, Jalon – Pastor Barbara Chadwick. 966 481 108.

day of month in San Juan. 650 489 625 or www.alicantebusinessclub.org. •BENIDORM INTERNATIONAL SINGLES CLUB: 690 300 166. •DENIA INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate Pairs start 4pm. 965 785 387.

•BSAC Marina Alta SCUBA Diving Club. 966 470 163 or www.bsacmarinaalta.co.uk.

•GARDENING CIRCLE: first Wednesday of month in Moraira. 966 498 681.

•CANCER CARE CENTRE Javea park. 965 796 846.

•PERKY PENSIONERS Jalon, 2.30pm-4.30pm. 652 584 272.

•DENIA RUGBY CLUB SENIORS 8pm on beach outside the Oasis Hotel

•RBL JAVEA: Second and fourth Tuesday of month. 965 790 123.

•MALE VOICE CHOIR (no experience required) Teulada. 965 744 577.

•SPIRITUAL FRIENDS (Moraira) meet at Los Leones Restaurant, Sol Park at 2.30pm. www.spiritualfriends.com.

•MONTGO RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION JAVEA meets for coffee morning on first Tuesday of the month. www.montgoresidents.com. •RAF Costa Blanca. Third Tuesday of month. 965 724 256 or 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: 662 688 865. •XABIA RUGBY CLUB (juniors and seniors): 688 640 092.

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

•JAVEA BRIDGE CLUB competitive Duplicate. 965 795 458.

OTHERS

•JAVEA ASSOCIATION OF MODEL MAKERS meet second Tuesday of month. gaw@wworkshop.net.

•CALPE ROTARY FELLOWSHIP La Fustera. www.calperotary.org.uk

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

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

WEDNESDAY •41 CLUB, Javea meets the first Wednesday of the month. www.costablanca41club.org •ALICANTE BUSINESS CLUB meets the third Wednes-

•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-Saturday 10am1pm and Tuesday and Thursday 4pm-7pm. 666 625 856. •STAMP CLUB Javea: 965 795 499. •WALKING GROUP Castalla. 965 630 009 / 607 434 732. •COSTA BLANCA MOUNTAIN WALKERS – Saturdays and Wednesdays – different difficulty walks. www.cbmwalkers.org •GANDIA AREA ACTIVITIES: Thursday social club dinners and golf, Friday and Monday petanca. 962 852 828. Saturday walking group. 962 808 601. •NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: www.nhwinspain.com or 620 417 777. •U3A VALL DEL POP. www.u3avalldelpop.com. •ARENAL School of Bridge and Social Club play duplicates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2.15pm at the Arenal Clubhouse in Javea. Tuesdays are for beginners. 965 770 509.

COMING UP •BORJA PALACE Traditional lessons and carol service December 20 at 6.30pm. 962 853 199. •ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES Benidorm 9.45am La Almudena Church, Calpe 10.30am La Merced Church, Campello 12pm Los Salesianos, Gandia 12pm Borja Centre, Javea Christmas Eve 11.30pm Christmas Day 9.45am Ermita del Popul, La Fustera 12pm Ermita de San Josep. www.costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org. •ASOFIBEN Gala dinner December 26 in Benidorm Town Hall from 6pm. Entertainment from a magician and a ballet. More information: 691 812 565.


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QUALIFIED experienced teacher offers Russian-English classes in Benidorm. Please call Olga 672 885 167 (203198)

ELECTRICIAN WITH 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE on the Costa Blanca. Electrical upgrades, downgrades, meter boxes moved to boundaries. Rewiring with all paperwork issued. Installation of ICP switch and box for Iberdrola requirements. Tel: Mark 608 669 165 or 965 831 082 (202311)

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Airport Transfers AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport Taxis/Minibuses/Coaches www.CostaBlancaTransfers.com (94916)

Cavitiy Wall Insulation

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

SOLITAIRE diamond rings needed. Gold Centre Altea 697 193 941 (97479) ALL silver items bought for cash. Gold Centre Altea 697 193 941 (97479)

Computers

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Entertainment

Antiques

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

A1 SPECIALIST CLEANING. Carpets, upholstery, 15 years experience 965 058 177 / 697 511 071 marc@barnaclebills.co.uk www.britishbusinesspagesin spain.es (100314)

Business Opp. 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)

Buy & Sell I BUY RECORDS 50’s to the 90’s. Best prices for good records. Tel: 622 750 117 / 962 851 809 (99746)

POOL TABLES, Snooker Tables, Table Tennis Tables, Darts Tel: 666 933 726 www.spainpool. com (203168)

THE OLD SKOOL DISCO. Professional mobile DJ for every occasion. Tel John 606 900 118 (97358)

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

Firewood FIREWOOD Best quality and best prices, 1 year stored. Carlos 607 470 223 (99540)

AT MICHAEL´S Now 13 bed settees to choose from! 600 photos on: www.michaels-javea. com (101009)

PALCOMPUTER in Albir, PC, Notebook and Mac. NEW: iPhone repair. www.palcomput er.es, info@palcomputer.es 966 865 078 / 673 913 339 (97438)

AT MICHAEL’S High quality pre-owned furniture and New beds. Deliveries free. www.michaels-javea.com (101009)

COMPUTER & INTERNET REPAIR. Expert advice. Professional Web Design. Check for details – www.callmike.eu / Mike 600 887 515 (99660)

MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA - ENSURES YOUR S A T I S F A C T I O N ! www.michaels-javea.com Tel 96-579 1328 (101009) TONY buys all used water pumps, generators, garden machinery. Must be in good condition. Cash paid on inspection. Tel 602 647 169. Email totalpowereu@yahoo.co.uk (202307)

Caravans

Charities SOCIETY for the protection of Animals in Need (S.P.A.I.N). We buy, sell and exchange anything at CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos. House clearances, furniture, collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collect / deliver 965 756 215 / 665 653 998 (95962)

Chimney Sweep CHIMNEY Sweep. Clean, efficient service. 660 844 623 (97474)

COSTA BLANCA Firewood. See our main ad in Homes and Gardens (99707)

Free TV

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

BBC, ITV and all Freesat channels on a small dish, no monthly fees. Full range of HD receivers, Sky and non Sky. Rental Systems available. Sky cards, no UK address, no problem. Dish re-alignment, fault finding and repairs. Call 962 800 807 - 667 427 271 (204499)

Damp

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“RISING DAMP” can cure Rising Damp, Leaking Flat Roof or Terrace. WE can make your Underbuild Dry. Villa Re-painting Due! We can protect your villa and stop PENETRATING DAMP with a Protective coating. You can also pay in Sterling. Phone/email us for a free survey now. Tel 965 050 065 Mobile 634 322 672 www.dryzoneespana.com (202251)

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

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ALEXANDERS Antique Jewellers pay top London prices. Est 2003, Open MonSat 10am-2pm. Javea port seafront. 965 792 595 (202294)

SIKKENS Elastomeric silicone coatings. This waterproofs/protects walls. Wooden Door Spraying. www.villapainting.es 678 179 346 (97340) www.decorlux.es painting, decorating, renovation. Est. Costa Blanca 1995. Estimates free. Tel 649 181 526 (97279)

GOLD CENTRE ALTEA N332 Albir. See the main ad on page 11. (97479)

Pest Control CHEAP, all insects and rodents. 648 057 091 (202321)

RETIRED jeweller will buy unwanted/broken gold jewellery, coins and silver items. Cash paid. 627 019 403 (99504)

Pets

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

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

Health & Beauty

Metal Works

CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST, Philip Mann, clinics in Benissa, Moraira, Javea, Calpe and Albir. 686 912 307 (99635)

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 (97481)

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

Insurance

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

Mobile Homes

WANTED Cars, vans, caravans, 4 X 4’s British Spanish 600 781 873 ibuyanycar@ hotmail.com (200261) 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) 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)

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 (202327)

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

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

PORSCHE 928 S4, automatic, LHD, Spanish reg, fully loaded www.hispavan.com Leo 687 845 730 (202051) AUDI A6, all road, 4x4, luxury motoring, Spanish reg, LHD, auto, diesel, £5,600, bargain, www.hispavan.com Leo 687 845 730 (202051)

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 suzica ley@gmail.com (100120)

MOTORHOMES for sale and wanted. www.hispavan.com. Tel Leo 687 845 730 (202051)

Mobile Phone Repairs

Painter/Decorator

ALL types of mobile phone repairs. Contact 609 838 890 (202369)

W. D GILMOUR. Painter & Decorator. Established 35 years in Moraira. Estimates FREE. Call William on 609 691 776 or 966 197 170. (202296)

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TH.POOLS.sc. Maintenance, servicing and repairs. New pumps and filters, sand changes and regrouts. Pool equipment and one-off lessons available. Moraira - Benidorm. CALL TRISTAN 627 008 158 (95844) 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 (202251)

Professional Services

Locksmith

PURELY MAINTENANCE For all your maintenance needs - big or small, contact Carl on 965 878 866 or 669 218 928 email p u r e l y m a i n t e n a n c e @hot mail.com (101108)

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Motorhomes

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) 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 pawspettrans port@hotmail.com. Quote ewn1 MINIATURE Yorkshire Terrier Puppies, from a friendly home, for sale. 699 790 080 (202325)

Pet Insurance PROTECTAPET. Spain’s leading pet insurance. 965 756 371. w w w. i n f o @ p r o t e c t a p e t . e u (95962)

Plumbing www.100percentplumbing.com Call for a free quotation 965 835 939 (87006) www.dragonreforms.com Tel. 966 807 098. Free quotes given (101023) PLUMBING & ELECTRICS, Kitchens & Bathrooms. Tel: 634 401 805 www.plumbing-electrics .com (97341) 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 (101020)

TV, ENTERTAINMENT EQUIPMENT, satellite, amplifiers, mixers, keyboards, etc. BLUESKY REPAIRS 966 875 283/626 430 671 (99672) 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. apartments@playaalbirsl .e.tele fonica.net / Tel/fax 966 866 206 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)


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Removal/Storage

Property for Sale SELL your property with Schaich Estate Agents. See our main ad on front page. (99636) CALPE, La Calalga, 75 metres to the beach and local amenities. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, swimming pool, only €265,000. Tel: 629 991 543 (99211) OLIVA, 500 metres from beach, 2000m2 plot with 98m2 prefab house, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, good quality kitchen, large living/dining area, pool and mobile home included in the price €75,000. 658 368 653 (201910) 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) ALFAS - Family house 4 beds, 2 baths. Central heating, open fire, fully furnished. Double garage. 300mtrs supermarket, pharmacy and bus stops. €280,000. Details www.villasan rafael.eu. To view 966 814 520 (202300)

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

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 (99556)

Property Wanted PROPERTY wanted: Cash Buyer looking for Villa in Denia area, Quick Completion possible. Send details and price to house innorthcostablanca@gmail.com (203094) 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.cb casas.com 666 327 729 (Walter) (101019)

Sewing

Skip Hire

MADE TO MEASURE loose covers. Choose from a wide range of materials in your own home. Javea area 686 453 827 (201876)

CONTENEDORES MATA - SKIP HIRE 3-5-10M3. Tel 965 790 172 / 679 440 046 (99501)

ENGLISH Speaking? Opportunities part / full time Tel: 660 641 913 patroyspain@gmail.com (204208)

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

BENIDORM & SURROUNDING AREAS, 2 men removals, house clearances. Also regular trips to UK. 655 239 797 (99737) 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.fo cus-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. enquiries@spain2uk2spain.com. Also local removals and deliveries. Christine 965 571 837 / 638 261 341 (202275)

TELEMARKETERS - Closers Qualifiers. English, Dutch, German, French, Scandinavian. Info: 602 588 219 (203103) TELEMARKETERS required in Busot near Alicante. Basic wage plus residual commissions please email CV to info@sleepwellmarketing.com (202282) WE started our business in the last recession, 13 year later we are still expanding , if you have enthusiasm , drive and ambition we can show you how to earn 2000€ a month in your spare time. Email application only CV to info@quoteme.es (202282)

Situations Vacant

Tax Affairs

JAVEA SKIP HIRE 626 670 038, Moraira, Benissa, Calpe, Denia from S & W TOOL HIRE & FERRETERIA MORAIRA (99645)

BEAUTIFUL Wigs for Ladies experiencing hair loss. Home visits 639 054 557 (99722)

Soft Furnishings

XXX Relaxation

LOOSE COVERS, CURTAINS ETC. Made to Measure. Choose from a wide range of beautiful fabrics in your own home. Tel: 965 771 397 or 686 453 827 (97456)

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Solar Power SOLAR BEST DEAL IN SPAIN www.gosolarinspain.com (204791)

Structural Surveys MARK PADDON BSc Hons. Building surveying. MCIOB, CAAT. From 245€ + IVA. Insured and legally registered in Spain. Tel: 653 733 066 / 962 807 247 www.costablancasur veyors.com (101061)

Telecoms FED UP PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR MOBILE PHONE CALLS? THEN CONTACT TELITEC TODAY. CALLS TO SPAIN 7C PER MINUTE INCLUDING MOBILES. CALLS TO UK 5.3C PER MINUTE. NO MONTHLY FEES, NO CONTRACT. WWW.TELITEC.COM TEL: 902 889 070 (0)

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SSSYSTEMS for all your British TV 606 139 591 / 628 029 088 / 965 878 028 Stuart _sssys tems@yahoo.co.uk / seabright satellites.com (99545)

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) GENERIC Viagra, Cialis, Jellies. Trial packs. Same or next day delivery. www.costablues.com 680 878 735 Colin (202295)

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INTERNATIONAL and European Removals. Expert removals worldwide. www. universalremovals.com. Tel: 951 247 834 (200810)

Wig Specialists WIGS-R-US EL CISNE MARKET BENIDORM. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 till 2pm. 690 378 844 (202261)

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FURNITURE VAN FOR HIRE with driver. Careful local moves, Costa Blanca & UK. Hourly rate or fixed price. Call 676 644 014 (202312) 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)

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JAVEA, Moraira, Christina, Eastern European lady massage and more. Older gentlemen welcome, also weekends. Tel: 667 817 407 or 661 034 261 (99619)

Roller Shutters CORDS, slats, winding mechanisms, motors. Calpe + 40 kms. Tony Bowers 659 464 992 w w w . t o l d o s a l c h e m y. c o m (99623)

BEAUTIFUL, Sexy, High Class German Lady, 27, Discreet Luxury Apartment Benidorm 697 648 395

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Scrap Vehicles SCRAP VEHICLES wanted for cash. Call 646 726 377 (101035)

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ALBIR; BENIDORM, Young beautiful lady, speaks English, offers massage & escort services. 626 096 866 BENIDORM KELLY IS BACK. STUNNING curvaceous English massage/escort 24hr. My home or your place. I can be with you within an hour Benidorm/Javea 686 575 707 (202328)

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New Jaguar spotted in LA THE new Jaguar XFR-S was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jaguar has called it “the fastest, most powerful and agile sports saloon Jaguar has ever built.” The second model in the R-S range, the XFR-S joins its XKR-S sibling in the exclusive 300Kph club and is a vivid expression of the company’s longstanding sports saloon lineage. Prices will start at €75,600. The XFR-S incorporates engineering features from both the XKR-S and the all-new FType two-seater

sports car to create a driver-focused, agile and responsive experience. The XFR-S has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s specialist ETO division, its bespoke powertrain, chassis and body enhancements enabling it to push the performance boundaries. Sport performance is provided by the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol

engine which now boasts 550PS and 680Nm. The increases have been achieved through revisions to the engine management system and optimisation of the flow of air both into and out of the engine, the company said. Airflow allows the engine to operate at peak efficiency and lets the car cleave the air cleanly and safely. The resulting body changes have created a distinctively assertive

appearance, beginning with the deeper front bumper with its larger lower air intakes, vertical vanes and carbon fibre front splitter. “Sporting character is evident in all Jaguar saloons. In the XFR-S that character has been amplified, the result being a truly engaging car with a combination of technical innovation, assertive design and staggering performance,” Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director said.

A MONSTER: Zero to 100Kmh in 4.6 seconds.

Green concept from BMW THE world premiere of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe at the Los Angeles Show saw the company’s vision for sustainable high-end motoring with zero local emissions. The clean-cut and open design showcased by the BMW i3 Concept Coupe represents a new form of urban mobility that makes sustainability awareness an intrinsic part of the premium profile. No prices were disclosed. The carbon-fibre body’s visual impact is largely shaped by the gracefully flowing coupe roof line and the fresh interpretation of the BMW i “stream flow” design that can be seen in the side window styling, and gives an instant impression of lightness, transparency

and streamlined aerodynamic qualities. On the inside, the sense of spaciousness typical of the BMW i brand is combined with an exclusive lounge-style ambience in the two individual rear seats. Like the BMW i3 Concept, the Coupe is also propelled by an electric motor developed by the BMW Group, which develops a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft), and channels its instantaneous power delivery to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission.


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FTER action in the Champions and Europa Leagues, FA Cup and League Cup, it’s back to the bread and butter of domestic football this weekend. The Premiership fixtures are Chelsea (third) v Southampton (a rehearsal for next month’s third round FA Cup-tie), Liverpool v Aston Villa, Manchester United (top) v Sunderland, Newcastle v Manchester City (second), Norwich v Wigan, winless QPR v Fulham. On Sunday Spurs v Swansea, Stoke v Everton and WBA v West Ham. Monday sees Reading take on Arsenal. Championship leaders Cardiff play Peterborough (bottom), Crystal Palace (second) visit Birmingham, Middlesbrough (third) meet Wolves and Hull (fourth) take on Huddersfield. In FL1, Tranmere (top) oppose Sheffield United and Doncaster (second) entertain Coventry; FL2, pace-setters Gillingham face Fleetwood and SPL leaders Celtic welcome St Mirren. And don’t forget that on Sunday we will know who has

BANNED: Frankie Dettori out for six months.

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

been voted the BBC ‘Sports Personality of the Year.’ I’m going for Bradley Wiggins, but don’t rule out Mo Farah, even Jessica Ennis. This will be a great programme to watch, if you like sport! FOOTBALL ROUNDUP • After the CL group matches, it left Arsenal, Celtic and Manchester United IN but Chelsea and Manchester City OUT. • Also in the last 16 are AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasary, Juventus, Malaga, PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donestk, Schalke and Valencia. • Despite

battering Nordsjaelland 6-1, Chelsea became the first holders of the trophy to be knocked out at the group stage after Juventus beat Shahktar Doneskt to finish second above the Blues. And those seven goals at Stamford Bridge eight days ago, came in just 27 minutes, a record I believe, for ‘rapid scoring’ in the European Cup/CL since the competition started in 1955. • Celtic who defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1 courtesy of Kris Commons’ penalty went through following Benfica’s draw in Barcelona. Both Manchester United and Arsenal, fielding under-strength teams, lost their final group matches while Manchester City finished bottom of Group D and so missed out on the consolation of a Europa League place, leaving Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Spurs as England’s representatives in this longwinded competition. • Three LC quarterfinals took place earlier this week - Bradford City-Arsenal, NorwichAston Villa and SwanseaMiddlesbrough. Chelsea, involved in the World Club Cup in Japan, will play Leeds on 19 December. • West Ham, the ‘preferred bidders’ to take over the Olympic Stadium, hope to play there in August 2015. Why then, I wonder?

History maker Messi ON Sunday at 9.27pm in Sevilla, Lionel Messi broke the record set in 1972 by German striker Gerd Muller for most goals scored in a calendar year. At that precise time the Argentinian netted his, and Barcelona’s second, of a 2-1 win over Real Betis to take his tally in 2012 to an incredible 86 in only 66 games. Well played, little man! You’re a pure genius.

• Two American clubs want David Beckham to become an owner. Surely there’s something better left in football for Beckham? Come to Spain, you might squeeze into the Vera team! • United, with a dramatic 92nd minute goal by Robin van Persie, won the 165th Manchester derby 3-2 (they are six points clear of City now); Father Christmas (dressed as a referee) arrived early at the Emirates and gave Arsenal two penalty presents (v WBA); Sunderland are in the bottom three after losing to Chelsea; Everton netted twice in a minute late on to beat Spurs and Norwich pipped Swansea 4-3 in a thriller. • Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi has been fined

£60,000 and banned for three matches after threatening referee Mark Clattenburg after the PL game with Manchester United on October. 28 SPORT IN GENERAL • Alastair Cook scored a record-breaking 23rd century and became the youngest-ever batsman to reach 7,000 Test runs as England beat India by seven wickets to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. The last Test is now under way in Nagpur. • Frankie Dettori has been banned for six months by the French Horse Racing Authority for drug abuse. • Golfer Rory McIlroy has been voted the 2012 PGA Player of the Year. • Mark Selby won the UK snooker championship.

DID YOU KNOW? England’s top century makers in Test cricket are Alastair Cook 23, Geoff Boycott 22, Colin Cowdrey 22, Walter Hammond 22 and Kevin Pietersen 22. Sachin Tendulkar holds the world record with 51. • Oxford beat Cambridge 26-19 in the annual varsity rugby match. • And the ‘new’ European Olympic Games will take place in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku in 2015.


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Javelins pegged back CALPE turned round a seeming losing position to run out winners against the El Cid Javelins. In the end they won 8965 to take eight league points. Kate Sayers,Tony Sayers and Alan Steed won 24 – 12. Alan Edwards, Enid Duxbury and Alison Edwards lost 19 – 2, Stan Walmsley, Paul Brown and Betty Walmsley won 27 – 13 and Ted Campbell, Glenda Rowe and Barry Rowe won 19 – 16 The only team never in trouble were the dependable Kate´s triple. They only dropped one shot in the first six ends to get the upper hand and in spite of a four shot reversal on the next were never threatened. Alan’s team started off very well with six shots on the first two ends, but then dropped two fives and trailed 11 – 22 after 14 ends. They picked up eight shots over the final few ends but those fives were too costly. Stan’s team trailed 7 – 13 after 12 ends and deservedly so, but then what a transformation. Javelin´s skip David Shaw must have thought thirteen was very unlucky indeed. They never scored again whilst Calpe went on to score twenty shots over the last six ends.

ANOTHER cold day on the golf course, the already weak sun was soon obscured by cloud, and extra layers became necessary as Warblers GS played El Plantio. The top score in division one was 22, by Tony Dickinson off 18.3, a very creditable score given the conditions. In second place was David Knight with a score of 25 and third was Chris Hoare scoring 27. Division two top score was 21 by John Daniel's off 21.7, in second place was Margaret Hoarse, beating hubby again, with a score of 22. On Wednesday, December 19, the final game of the year for the Warblers is the Turkey Trot at Oliva Nova, the first tee will be 10.40; remember your Christmas hat. Guests are welcome subject to having a current handicap certificate, you can book in on line at www.orbawarblers.com or phone 634 351 950.

EXTRA LAYERS: Warblers GS members braved the chilly weather.

Warblers cold day out at El Plantio WASHINKAI KARATE held a course hosted by Maestro Sensei Chris Thompson, eighth Dan, and Sensei Ray Sweeney, fourth Dan, in the Palau D’esports in Javea port. Black belt gradings were being performed under the watchful eye of Chris Thompson. Javier Figueira Bedoya gained his first Dan. Tara McInerney, Mike Lewis and David Reed all became second Dan and Geovanny Sanchez Salazar gained third Dan, considered a ‘maestro’ of karate. Chris Thompson, founder of Washinkai Karate in England, commented ‘The black belt gradings were very strong and realistic’. Over the course of the two days, the students learnt new kata (sequence of moves or techniques in a pattern designed to

Winning times for Javea

BELTING UP: Karate students moved up a level.

Move on up in fighting art defend against multiple attackers) and pair work and had the opportunity to practice their own techniques for gradings. Finally, there were gradings for many of the students done by Sensei Ray Sweeney, chief instructor for Washinkai Karate, Spain. These were Dzhamilya Guseynova white/green/white junior belt, Scott Waddington white/black junior belt.

Jesus and David Borras gained their yellow belts. Alejandro Ayme Alvarado, Emma Braun and Elena Korovnikova gained their green belts. Taylor Devine and Janine Broadhead gained their purple belts. Oscar Morton, Leo Konigstedt and Lucas Muniz gained their second brown belts. Club Deportivo Washinkai is based in Javea and runs classes at

Javea Sports centre, Xabia International College, Laude Lady Elizabeth School, Rainbow School and Benitachell Maria Magdalena school. All instructors and students are licensed and insured by the Spanish Karate Federation. For more info please call Sarah Lakin 679055990 or Geovanny Sanchez 646 748 383.

JAVEA QUARTZ travelled to Finca Guila to take on Swallows, on a beautiful sunny morning determined to put last week’s poor result behind them. Linda Armstrong, Stan Staines and Clive Pearl led the way with a strong second half to win 21-14. Sue Kent with Pat and John Pittaway entered the penultimate end 13-17 down but a five and then one on the last end saw them home 19-17, to see Quartz take home four points in the Northern League. Javea Onyx made the short trip to Benitachell to take on the Lions. David Gardiner with Chris and Dennis Reeves led the way with an impressive 25-16 win.

Weekly match in Alicante IT was cold but dry when El Plantio Golf Society played their weekly match at the Alicante course. The presentation started with the nearest the pins for Dave Swann on the

second and Gordon Abba on the fourth. Winning team was Keith Smith, Gordon Wayne and Martin Rickman. Visitors are welcome, contact Ian Henderson, call: 966 716 616.

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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.

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