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ISSUE NO. 1432

13 - 19

DECEMBER

2012

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Iberia strike called off

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HOLIDAY REPRIEVE: But new strike dates may be set after Christmas. THE six-day strike planned by Iberia for the run-up to Christmas has been called off. Industrial action was planned

for tomorrow (Friday), and Monday to Friday (December 1721) but according to the spokesman for the airline sector

of the General Workers’ Union (UGT), Francisco Rodriguez, they have been called off ‘to avoid problems for people who are travelling’. The strike committee met this week to study the possibility of setting new dates for the strikes He thought out his plan after being after Christmas, but at moved by two high-profile eviction-related the time of going to suicides: a Granada man and a Barakaldo Press, exact details were woman who killed themselves moments unknown. The strikes before being evicted. are in protest at Iberia’s For the family chosen to live in Eulogio’s plans to dismiss 4,500 Vera home, he is asking for two conditions staff members and cut to be met. Firstly the family must stay for salaries by up to 35 per a minimum of two years and secondly the cent. family will be responsible for the electricity There are also plans to and water bills while he will pay the cancel 15 per cent of municipal taxes. routes and ground 25 planes, as well as making changes to maintenance and ground services. Iberia will no longer operate flights to Santo Domingo, La Habana, Athens, Cairo and Istanbul.

Pensioner offers home to evictees AN evicted family could be re-homed thanks to the generosity of a pensioner. Eulogio Carmona, aged 64, has decided to allow a familiy to live in his second home in Vera rent-free after being touched by the plight of Spain’s homeless. The Motril native, who now lives in Mataro (Barcelona), said: “I made my decision and put the offer on my Twitter account.” With his act of kindness Eulogio aims ‘to reach where the government cannot’.

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.

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

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

Parking joy THE maximum amount of time which drivers are permitted to remain in the blue zone areas in Almeria City has been increased to three hours.


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On patrol for mushrooms THE Guardia Civil is carrying out daily patrols to raise awareness amongst mushroom pickers of the importance of respecting the environment. Officers from the Guardia Civil Nature Protection Unit, SEPRONA, as well as the regional government and local town halls have complained that many of those practising an increasingly popular pastime damage the areas they visit. There have been courses and walks organised to teach enthusiasts how to recognise the more than 200 species of mushrooms found in Almeria Province. There are even clubs and associations popping up throughout the province. The mushroom-picking season is from the beginning of autumn until December. The law states it has to be done with a wicker basket and a sharp knife, and that no more than three kilos can be collected without a permit. So far this year three people have been fined for failing to respect the law in the Alpujarra, Bayarcal and Laujar. Fines range from €600 to €3,000. Controls have been set up in forest areas of Sierra de los Filabres, Las Estancias and Los Velez.

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Plants help raise funds A TOTAL of 160 poinsettia plants were sold at the Albox flea market. All the funds raised from the sale will go towards a refuge for victims of domestic violence.

Tree parade TREES are to be planted along the Almeria Rambla by the Environment Department of the town hall. However, no date has yet been set for the work to commence.

No cleaning CLEANERS at El Ejido’s Hospital de Poniente will go on strike on December 19, 20 and 21. POPULAR PASTIME: Mushroom picking.


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Staff join queue THE Junta de Andalucia has sacked 32 members of the Andalucian Employment Service staff in Almeria. A march to protest against the dismissals was held in the city centre.

Prison term A MAN, 32, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for killing the man who supplied him with drugs in Roquetas de Mar in February 2011. The public prosecutor had called for 29 years in prison.

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Internet entertainment THE whole world will be able to view Mojacar council meetings via the internet. Mayor Rosa Maria Cano has decided to have all meetings recorded and posted on the town hall website, even though she admitted “it is something I am not keen on as speaking on film makes me awkward and takes away some of my personal freedom.” She also warned that “any capture, download or use of the

posted videos by third parties will be reported.” The decision to have the meetings recorded came after the town hall made national news when local man Oscar Gagliardi, a member of the ‘Record your Council Meeting’ movement (Graba tu Pleno), was expelled from meetings four times for trying to record the sessions. The mayor defended the expulsions saying they were

justified because “it is unacceptable for a gentleman who is married to a councillor from a rival party to record and post the meetings on his biased personal website, where he insults and discredits councillors from the ruling party.” Gagliardi said: “Recording and posting the meetings on the internet is not enough. Freedom and rights must be respected and citizen involvement in local governance must be promoted”.

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THE central government does not admit to having made any arrests during protests which took place in Almeria in May and September of this year. In May, around 500 people cut off the N-340 road.

Fun quiz at Arriba TONY MATTHEWS, Euro Weekly News sports columnist, will be hosting a fun Christmas quiz at The Arriba bar/restaurant, Mojacar Playa, next Thursday, at 7pm. Food will be available.

Shop closed THE Paws Shop will be closed from December 25 and re-open on January 7.

Play day THE December Play Day at The Dog House Foundation will take place on Sunday, December 23.

Payment plan 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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OVER the last long weekend holiday, the 112 emergency number received almost 7,400 calls from Almeria alone. Most of them were related to health matters, followed by requests for information and reports of crimes.

HOTEL occupancy levels for the recent long weekend holiday in Almeria was less than 50 per cent for hotels in inland areas of Almeria and at the Cabo de Gata Nijar Natural Park, according to the Provincial Hoteliers’ Association.

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Empty beds

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man died and three were injured in a car crash in El Ejido. He was freed from the wreckage unconscious and taken to the Poniente Hospital where he died several hours later.

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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.

ROQUETAS DE MAR Town Hall will allow local residents to pay their bills for vehicle tax, rubbish collection, and property taxes by direct debit over a number of months instead of facing one large payment once a year.

Local plans GADOR Town Hall plans to spend €109,000 on improvements throughout the town in 2013, such as paving Calle La Peseta, carrying out work on the local gym and buying furniture for the family room at the morgue.

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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Bars need licence to party BARS wanting to hold festive season special events must apply for a licence. The regional government (Junta de Andalucia) has told the 102 town halls in Almeria Province to carry out extensive preliminary inspections at venues holding events during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Junta states that promoters of these events must obtain the appropriate permits from town halls in plenty of time and they must comply with all safety measures required by law. For premises with a ‘defined and regular business activity’ that want to hold an exceptional event (like a bar holding a New Year’s Eve event) a special-event permit is needed. Larger multi-purpose venues without a defined and regular activity would need a full licence if they want to hold a concert or a party.

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El Gordo fever in Almeria ALMERIA residents have so far spent more than €48 million on Christmas lottery tickets. The Spanish Christmas Lottery, held on December 22 and known as El Gordo, is a ray of hope for the province, which is one of the worst affected by the financial crisis.

Between 2008 and 2010 participation fell in Almeria by about 7 per cent, but sales have picked up to make it the third highest spending per head province in Andalucia. Biggest regional spenders are in Malaga, with €82 million spent, but

that is nowhere near the €500 million worth of tickets bought in Madrid. On average, €250 million is spent throughout the year on lotteries in Almeria, including the ONCE lottery, Euromillions, La Primitiva and Bono Loto.

Fears grow for rail cut FEARS have been raised that the Linares-Moreda rail service could be cut and Gergal station closed. A profitability analysis by the Ministry of Public Works revealed that Huesa, Larva and Moreda see on average less than one passenger a day. Gergal’s passenger count is between three and four. Now railway worker unions say the ministry is planning to replace the least profitable routes with a bus service. That, they claim, would increase the isolation of the Almeria region, with the AlmeriaMadrid journey taking longer. And if Gergal station closed surrounding towns would have no direct connection with Sevilla.

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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Fiery food 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

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.

Ballet treat THE Villa de HuercalOvera Theatre will host the Moscow Ballet Company on December 27. The group will be

WORLD-FAMOUS: Swan Lake. performing Swan Lake.

Rural theft spate A SPATE of burglaries has left residents worried and edgy in Abrucena. In just three weeks 100 rabbits, motorbikes, two pigs, diesel generators and numerous pieces of farm machinery have been stolen in more than a dozen separate incidents. A meeting is planned with residents, Guardia Civil and local police in order to come up with a security plan.

The show starts at 9pm and tickets are available at the theatre’s box office and on www.ticketmaster.es. Tickets for The Nutcracker performed by Moscow’s New Russian Ballet Company at the Maestro Padilla Hall, Almeria, have been sold out.

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 SIR PAUL McCARTNEY has appeared in the final print edition of Britain’s longest-running children’s comic, The Dandy. It has now gone digital-only, 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, 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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Healthy life EIGHT local associations in Antas have joined the ‘For a million steps’ programme which was organised by the regional government to promote walking and exercise as means for a healthy life.

Dance mad THE Almeria Dance City project, organised by the Yolanda Urios professional dance school, will begin on Saturday with dance classes lasting one hour and costing €20. They will include hip-hop, Bollywood and traditional Spanish dance.

Time bank ALMERIA City Hall has arranged a system whereby people can offer their services or knowledge free in order to help others. There are currently more than 120 people involved, see more on www.bancodeltiempo aytoalmeria.blogspot. com.es

Switched on DARRICAL residents have finally got mobile phone coverage after Vodafone finished installing a new transmitter mast.

Charity fayre ANSWER (Association of Non Spanish Western European Residents) is holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday from noon at the Casa de la Juventud in Velez Rubio. All proceeds will be donated to MACS and a local youth club.

Hotel demolition row rumbles on LEFT-WING party Izquierda Unida is demanding the demolition of the Algarrobico hotel be started ‘once and for all’. Last December the Ministry of the

Environment and the regional government (Junta de Andalucia) agreed to fund the work. The ministry was to pay for the demolition of the Azata del Sol hotel, in El

Lorry fraudster held A VELEZ BLANCO (Almeria) man, aged 29, has been arrested by Guardia Civil for allegedly falsely reporting the theft of four lorries, which were later found in Poland. Police believe the suspect had sold the lorries and then reported them stolen to avoid their repossession by a credit company. The man is accused of making false police reports, concealment of property and fraud.

Cue Almeria action AWARD-WINNING short movie Postales desde la Luna (Postcards from the Moon) was the big attraction at a recent film festival. Crowds packed the Maestro Padilla Hall for the Almeria International

Hollywood sights tour

FIFTY people joined in the first tour of movie sights around Almeria. It covers locations used in Hollywood movies like the Escuela de Artes (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), the Plaza de la Catedral (Patton) and the stairs leading to Calle la Reina (Lawrence of Arabia).

Short Film Festival, run over two days. The 19-minute-long film was the most acclaimed, possibly because it was shot in Almeria. Postales has already picked up six other festival awards.

Drug haul A 42-YEAR-OLD El Ejido man and a 33-year-old Pliego (Murcia) woman have been arrested by El Ejido Guardia Civil on drugs charges. Eighty packs of cannabis resin weighing a total of 2,539 kilos have been seized and both suspects have been remanded in custody.

Algarrobico, Carboneras, while the regional government would clear the debris and restore the area to its original state. But 12 months on nothing has been done, and no money has been made available in the 2012 budget for the work. Izquierda Unida is demanding that the Junta and the Government draw up a definitive payment plan.

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Morocco blamed for immigrants MOROCCO´S treatment of sub-saharan Africans is being blamed for an increase in illegal immigrants arriving in Spain. Spokesman for the Cadiz branch of the Pro Human Rights Association, Rafael Lara, says the poor conditions sub-saharan immigrants have to endure in Morocco are one of the reasons they try to get to Spain. Around 600 illegal immigrants have been rescued from boats and dinghies in the Strait of Gibraltar since September. While Morocco used to be just a stop over destination for the Europe-bound immigrants, the country has now become the final stop for many of them.

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Former Zurgena mayor and councillors cleared FORMER Zurgena mayor Candido Trabalon has been cleared of perverting the course of justice. Along with nine others Trabalon had been charged over allegedly wrongful planning

permission to build five houses on rural land at El Cucador. But the Almeria criminal court cleared the 10, including councillors and developers, after deciding the legal status of the land could not

be proven as non-buildable. The Regional Government had claimed that a lack of official land classification for El Cucador should automatically have given the site the status of non-constructible land.

Jail term confirmed

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME: Checking the state of the sea grass.

Seabed prairies

EXPERTS and volunteers donned diving gear to check the state of posidonia sea grass prairies. The monitoring tasks included a

workshop held at the La Posidonia bar in Aguadulce’s marina, followed by the transfer of the two diving teams to their respective monitoring

stations. They checked several criteria like the area covered by the prairie, the length of leaves and the presence of macrofauna.

THE Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by an Adra man sentenced to 24 months in prison and a €500 fine after being caught with five grams of cocaine. The sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on the basis that the amount of cocaine seized was too large to be for personal use. The man was arrested by Guardia Civil who had seen him acting suspiciously outside an Adra nightclub in 2008.


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River woes flow in Vera MAYOR Jose Carmelo Jorge Blanco has offered a neighbouring town the use of the Vera sewage works. Since heavy flooding swept away the Antas water treatment plant, sewage has been spilling into the river. At a meeting with the mayor and Councillor for Development Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, residents of the coastal region of Vera had raised concerns about the environmental and possible health problems this could cause. The citizens also called for work on the dry riverbed to avoid future problems with flooding. They stressed the urgency for dredging, cleaning and channelling the River Antas, which has reeds growing at the river mouth.

Squatters face eviction from marble quarries

SQUATTERS at Macael marble quarries face eviction after the town hall filed a lawsuit. The council claims it is worried for the safety of quarry workers as well as petty thefts allegedly committed by the settlers. Macael Mayor Raul Martinez explained that legal tile manufacturers have welcomed the lawsuit due to the unfair competition they have been suffering at the hands of the illegal settlers for many years. He also said that the quarries belong to the town hall, which was not receiving any money in return, and illegal workers were subjected to appalling working conditions. Mayor Martinez added that some of

MARBLE TOWN: Macael famous for quality of its stone. the settlements have already been dismantled and that quick legal action

is being taken against those still squatting at the quarries.

Plans for old train yard steam ahead PLANS to turn Almeria’s old train yard and freight depot into a public park are a step closer. The project has been

delayed because of political infighting between the PP-controlled city council and the PSOE-led regional government.

But now Pablo Venzal, Councillor for Urban Planning, has said a consensus has been reached. The proposed

park will measure 31,000 square metres and have two chiringuito style bars, a children’s play area and observation deck.

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Green light for car park GARRUCHA Town Hall will be able to finish work on a new underground car park beneath Plaza Pedro Gea, but it will take another three years. Grants from the provincial government mean that plans for the 204-space car park, split between two floors and equipped with cutting-edge technology including a parking guidance system, can be completed. The province’s second vice-president, Miguel Angel Castellon, stressed that completing these ‘everlasting’ works will be possible because the provincial government will pay 75 per cent of the €990,000 needed to finish the project. Originally the town hall was supposed to pay 45 per cent of the cost.


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Channel Canal Sur €20m bail-out THE Junta de Andalucia regional government will invest €20 million in regional TV channel Canal Sur to balance its accounts. The manager of Andalucian Radio and TV (RTVA), Pablo Carrasco, has predicted a deficit of €22 million, with expenses of more than €165 million. Most of that, €81.2 million, will be used to pay staff. RTVA predicts it will save money next year, and has begun to do so with changes to its programme schedule.

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Spanish blog polls in second place ONE of Euro Weekly News’ columnists is an award winning writer. British writer Vicki McLeod has won an award for her blog familymattersmallorca. com. Expatsblog.com honours expatriate bloggers from all over the world every year, and Vicki was placed second out of all the entries for Spain. There were 54 entries in the Spanish division. Her blog, which she has been compiling over the past four years, received a total of 218 votes, trailing only eight points behind the winner. Vicki, who has a seven-year-old daughter Gigi with husband

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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 AWARD WINNING: Vicki with her daughter Gigi, who is mentioned in her blogs. Oliver, blogs about living in Mallorca and what issues expatriates, particularly those of the younger generation with

a family, face. Spending many hours each week blogging, her silver rosette is placed proudly on her website. Anna Nicholas, who writes about her commute between Mallorca and London and who also writes for

The Telegraph, pipped Vicki to the top spot. Vicki’s column can be found every week in the Mallorca edition of Euro Weekly News as well as our website www.euroweeklynews. com

Rent free business TEN business premises in Vega de Aca are being offered rent free by Almeria´s Council for Employment and Economic development. Most of the premises measure between 142 and 143 square metres, with the largest being 176 square metres.

Almeria Town Hall is offering them free of charge for three-years, after which an option to buy becomes available. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of potential jobs created, project viability and originality.

Van man sought A MOROCCAN man who was allegedly caught smuggling two countrymen in the back of his van faces five years jail, if he can be found. The public prosecutor says a Guardia Civil search of a van that had just arrived by ferry at Almeria Port in 2010 found two Moroccans who did not carry any form of identification. Now the van driver has been charged, but his current whereabouts are unknown. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

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.

Big cake 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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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.

SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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MONEY LAUNDERING: €14m allegedly passed through Spanish company.

Spanish connection THE tax evasion network run by Chinese businessman Gao Ping allegedly laundered €14 million through the company of Spanish porn actor Nacho Vidal. The money was allegedly sent from the US to companies belonging to the network in China. ‘Vidal Production’ allegedly issued false invoices created by Nacho Vidal’s sister’s partner, according to the anti-corruption prosecutor, based on notations in a book found in the possession of Gao Ping’s wife. Vidal allegedly obtained commission amounting

Britons held in porn swoop TWO British residents of Alicante are amongst the 28 people arrested throughout Spain for their involvement with a network which recorded child abuse. A further 10 have been charged in the international operation codenamed ‘Espada’ which focused on a network based in Canada selling videos of child abuse. Nineteen boys have been rescued in Madrid and Alicante, although most of the abused minors, aged between 11 and 16, who appeared in the videos were from the Ukraine, Romania and Germany. Four of the detainees, including the two Britons, are accused of abusing the children. One of them had spent a year in prison in the UK for child abuse. A third person is an elderly ‘sexual tourist’ also arrested in Alicante, and the fourth, in Madrid, manages a cycling club and is accused of abusing 14 children.

to more than €180,000 which was paid into accounts in Andorra and not declared to the Spanish tax office. Gao Ping was remanded to prison following his arrest in the ‘Emperor’ operation, but has since been released due to a legal technicality. He left Villena prison in Alicante in a Mercedes. Another 11 people, arrested for their involvement in the network, were also released but have to appear in court every day and have had their passports confiscated.

Local weather for next 7 days ALMERIA TODAY AND TOMORROW

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Child 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.

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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.

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

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Alicante TODAY: CLEAR Fri - 18 9 C Sat - 22 13 Cl Sun - 22 11 Cl

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TODAY: SUNNY, Fri - 18 10 C Sat - 18 13 Cl Sun - 20 11 Cl

MAX 10C, MIN 1C Mon - 11 -3 Cl Tues - 11 -3 C Wed - 9 3 C

MAX 15C, MIN 7C Mon - 16 9 Cl Tues - 15 8 Cl Wed - 13 8 Cl

TODAY: SHOWERS, MAX 17C, MIN 9C Fri - 17 12 C Mon - 17 9 S Sat - 19 12 Cl Tues - 17 8 Cl Sun -19 9 S Wed - 17 8 Cl

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Malaga MAX 18C, MIN 9C Mon - 16 10 Cl Tues - 16 9 Cl Wed - 14 8 C

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Barcelona TODAY: SHOWERS Fri - 16 8 C Sat - 18 12 Cl Sun - 19 10 Cl

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Almeria TODAY: CLEAR Fri - 18 12 C Sat - 21 13 Cl Sun - 19 12 S

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Sex affair 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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Husband acquitted of rape after wife takes 3 weeks to report it A MAN from Sevilla has been acquitted of raping

his wife because she didn’t report the attack

until 22 days later. 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 been sexually abused but refused an examination in hospital. In March 2011, she appeared in court and requested to withdraw the complaint against her husband, because she claimed to be fed up

Pessimistic outlook for Spain in 2013 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.

TOUGH TIMES: People are worried about 2013.

with constant calls from the police and courts, but ‘thought better of it’ when she was told that if she did so, the restraining order against him would be annulled. Her nephew, who was in another room, claims he did not hear any screaming or crying at the time of the alleged attack.

Former drug trafficker attacked GUARDIA CIVIL in Pontevedra, Galicia, are investigating an attack in which intruders set fire to a drug-trafficker’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.


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Charities joining forces with ABBA tribute TWO of Almeria’s leading charities, PAWS Animal Rescue and MACS Cancer Support, are joining forces to stage a fundraising event in January. It gives the lie to the belief held by some that in these tough economic times charities are scrapping among themselves for dwindling support from the public. The event came out of a meeting over coffee between Elaine Brown, founder of MACS, and two of PAWS main fundraisers Janet Franklin and Siobahn Tattan. The two organisations share more than a common location, a couple of PAWS volunteers gave Elaine support in getting MACS off the ground five years ago. Since then MACS has helped several PAWS supporters going through difficult times battling cancer. The outcome of the meeting will be a concert by ABBA ELITE, Spain’s leading ABBA tribute band, at Turre’s Hostal Rural on Saturday, January 26. Local personalities Tony Justice

SINGING: ABBA ELITE fundraising concert.

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and Lady Ellen will host the event. Tickets, costing €10 and limited to Hostal Rural’s capacity of 400, have only recently gone on sale but are already selling fast. It is being staged under the slogan ‘Working together to make a difference’ and seven local businesses are sponsoring the event: Euro Weekly News, Spectrum FM, Costa Coches, Coles of Andalucia, Lifestyle Enclosures, Greg & Co. & Post

pooling resources to create a really great event, both charities can gain substantial rewards. We come across MACS fundraisers all the time, and we’re often attending each others’ events, so it just seemed like common sense not to get in each others’ way. “There will be a raffle and an auction, and with both fundraising teams contributing we’re hoping for really good results,” she added. The team is looking for more

auction and raffle prizes to go with the one-week holiday in a seven bedroom villa that has already been donated for auction by Wayne Stafford. The concert is a one-off event because both charities want see how well it works before deciding if similar ventures could be undertaken. Tickets available at the MACS Shop in Turre, The PAWS shop on Mojácar Playa, and several other outlets.

Black. Elaine Brown of MACS addressed the ‘rivalry’ question directly: “MACS have never wished to be seen as rivals to any genuine charity, and as an animal lover (with three dogs!) PAWS has always been one dear to my heart. Our greatest consolation is that we do see at first hand how MACS is helping to make a difference just as PAWS does.” And PAWS’ Janet Franklin added: “We are hoping that by


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THE Ciudad de la Luz film studio in Alicante is for sale. Councillor for Tourism, Culture and Sport Lola Johnson announced that the department will ‘immediately begin the process of selling’ it. The complex has come under fire in recent years and Johnson admitted that the status of the Ciudad de la Luz was ‘complicated’. The European Commission in Brussels opened an in-depth investigation in 2008 following several complaints to determine whether the Valencian government’s funding of the studio broke European rules on state aid. They said the €265 million given for the construction should be repaid. Johnson said that about 20 companies have shown a ‘strong interest’ in the purchase of the premises.

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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

STANDING BY HER MAN: Infanta Cristina of Spain. reportedly plans to send to boarding school in Switzerland to distance them from negative comments about their father.

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

Spanish brothers jailed in UK 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.

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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.

SALES of turron (Spanish nougat) look set to remain high this Christmas, despite the economic crisis. Almost 32-and-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.


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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 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.” Female genital mutilation is a practice carried out mainly in African and Asian

OUTLAWED TRADITION: Young girls at risk of 3,000-year-old practice. 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. Many women allow the procedure as they believe it will pleasure their partners and guarantee a successful marriage. The origin of female genital mutilation is unknown and although it is carried out in many Muslim countries, it is not related to Islam or any other known religion. There are several types of genital mutilation, but all involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

Satellite TV under threat? Forget it, say TV doctors

REPORTS continue to put a question mark over free English-language 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 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

TURN OFF: Channels blocked to viewers in Spain. 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.” 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. Another TV technician in Spain confirmed he 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.”


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

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.

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

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

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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.

Not so cool 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.

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Money worries MORE THAN 100 arrests linked to gender violence have been made by Local Police in Alicante so far this year, with money worries the most common base for arguments.

Sweet move ORANGE growers in Alicante and Valencia have applauded EU moves to introduce customs duty on tinned mandarin oranges imported from China.

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

New cheer WINE from the Alcoy area, ravaged by disease in the 19th century, has found new markets

UNDER THREAT: Seabed off Tabarca Island.

Buoys to protect seabed A MARINE reserve is under threat from anchors damaging the seabed. But despite coming under the protection of the regional government and the Ministry of Environment, the under-water paradise needs help against the destruction caused by boating enthusiasts. Now the engineer of the Port Authority of Alicante, Ignacio Campos, is working on methods to prevent its further destruction. with exports now made to Europe, the US, China, South Korea and Japan.

Crime pays BOATS and luxury cars confiscated during drug busts have been ceded to the police by Alicante courts.

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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.

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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.to prevent its further destruction.

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.

Crop drop 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.

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.

Not just a gift 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.

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 write-off 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.

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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Stat of week SALARIES in Spain dropped between 3 and 4 per cent in 2010 and 2011, the International Work Organisation has revealed.

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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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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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low education level. The EU proposes that by law member states should guarantee that under 25s should receive an offer of work or an internship during the four months after they complete their studies or register as being unemployed. If neither option is possible, the EU wants to make sure that member states will give them further education.

‘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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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

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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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Madrid in the 1960s, when there was nothing to lose Part II M

ADRID of the early 60s was like one big club house for the American’s that had gravitated there drawn by the lure of Hemingway’s short stories that promised cheap living, blood pounding adventures and an entirely different way of life far different than the drab conformist Monastic era of button down collar, suit and tie America. A future in the US promised as much excitement as an ear of corn could have expected growing up. Now, this collection of eccentrics that had leaped from the stratified routine of back home now all found themselves lonesome and roaming the back streets of Spain’s capital searching for an epiphany. All of Papa’s (Hemingway’s) haunts were visited like revered museums. I imagine that almost everyone carried a book of his short stories in their back pocket and were likewise electrically alerted for any happening or circumstance that might enliven their life and yield a touch of meaning to their gaited sleepwalk. One thing is for certain, none of them were ever going home again. Each and every expatriate was unique in their own way yet similar in their search. Before too long they all discovered one particular personage that was older and drew them in—Luis Stumer. A man that I never met but continue to hear those legendary stories about him right down to this day. The fact that he is given special mention also in the important time commemorating the 50th anniversary of that prestigious Club Taurine de London also alludes to the fact that he was an exceptional personage. Mr Stumer was an archaeologist, anthropologist and very learned man that hit the sauce heavily and shared his happy hour with all. From rumours and quips concerning his life he appears to have been a Virginia Wolfe type critic to all and a Papa Hemingway larger than life raconteur. It was probably the Stumer’s that Paul J. Polansky first heard about the contest that James Hearst of the San Francisco Examiner fame was

Mojacar beach 1969

The people of Mojacar back in the late 60s

Ric Polansky

Paul Polansky in the second of the only two photos ever taken of him “back then”.

Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 and became one of the pioneer developers. He read extensively and travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

offering. Apparently Hearst had would be a perfect place to made lots of money in Spain and investigate. Hence the fact finding had also noticed the large mission to Mojacar and back to American contingency in Madrid Madrid only to discover in his so he offered a large cash absence the offer had been prize to anyone that withdrawn by Hearst as Hemingway could come up with the tax man was described Madrid investment ideas putting on the as the “Capital of on how to spend squeeze. That didn’t the World” his money and stop him tho, he met make more. Paul, with the great man while bouncing from himself and proposed his bar to bar listened to the timely find only to have the other foreigners that too had tables turned. “Well, if it’s that come to “the Capital of the World” good, you should do it yourself”. as Hemingway described Madrid. More was not needed to be said. He had further heard quaint tales He left the next day back for about a far off place in a forgotten Mojacar. And, the rest became province, Mojacar, and deduced it history and houses.

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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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

Leapylee2002@gmail.com

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)

END COLUMN

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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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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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

Life in Spain

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.

Send your questions to: raul@euroweeklynews.com


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4.00pm - midnight 4:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 4:05pm 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.

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 - 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

TCM

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.

ITV

CH5

BBC1

10:00pm Navy Seals

12:50am Rambo Paycheck

III

2:35am

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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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

ITV

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 - 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

ITV

BBC1

7:00am - Daybreak

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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BBC1

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 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

ITV

Channel 4

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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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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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.

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

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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…

A ROARING SUCCESS: One of the stalls at the fair.

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Candlelit service THERE will be a traditional candlelit carol service followed by mulled wine and mince pies at Turre Evangelical Church at 7pm tomorrow (Friday). The church is located right at the end of the main road, Avenida de Turre past the gym and the vets. For more information phone 950 617549. Christmas Day service 11.30am-12.30pm.

the ballroom of the Vera Hotel, visitors had the opportunity to purchase jewellery, cakes, pottery, clothing and seasonal goods. The funds will be donated to the St Agustin Children’s refuge in Vera, who have been receiving much-needed monies from the Lion’s club all year.


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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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‘Last Tango in Halifax’ set to return for another series on BBC One T HE BBC has confirmed that Last Tango in Halifax will return for a second series. The romantic comedy - which airs on BBC One - stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as two senior citizens who find love. Last Tango in Halifax premiered with an audience of 6.16m last month, winning its timeslot, and ratings have remained strong with an average of 6m per episode, making the show the fifth most successful new drama series to launch on BBC One in 2012. Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street) and Nicola Walker (Spooks) also star in the series, which continues on Tuesdays at 9pm. It was also confirmed this week that BBC One have chosen not to recommission comedy Me & Mrs Jones, starring Sarah Alexander and Neil Morrissey. The channel has also dropped Melissa George spy thriller Hunted but has ordered a second run of period drama The Paradise. The Queen’s speech will be broadcast in 3D for the first time in history, according to a report. Sky has filmed the monarch with 3D cameras and has made the footage available to the BBC and ITV to air

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on Christmas Day, The Sun understands. The broadcaster has filmed Her Majesty’s annual address for the last few years, and has been exploring the possibility of introducing 3D technology to the event for some time. Queen Elizabeth II, who already has a presence on Twitter and YouTube, is expected to base this year’s speech on the success of the Olympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee. Last year, Prince William and Kate Middleton banned the use of 3D cameras at their wedding. The Queen made her first Christmas address over the radio in 1952, and her live television debut five years later. The X Factor went out on a high last Sunday night, but still recorded its lowest finale rating since 2005. James Arthur’s triumph in Sunday’s climax peaked with

POPULAR: Last Tango in Halifax cast. 12.5m - a 44% share - when the result was announced. Meanwhile, an average of 10.94m (39.1%) watched ITV1’s twohour broadcast between 8.40pm and 10.40pm (CET), adding 133,000 on +1.. The figure represents 15% drop on Little Mix's victory last year, and over 30% down on the show’s peak year of 2010 when Matt Cardle won. However, the finale rated better than expected when considering that this year’s series launched with an average of 8.1m. The Xtra Factor followed the main show on ITV2 with 1.61m (7.6%) and 116k an hour later on +1. Strictly Come Dancing’s

results programme, which aired at the earlier time of 8pm (CET), rallied to 9.95m (37.7%) on BBC One and was the night’s second most-watched broadcast, while Antiques Roadshow (5.82m/20.9%) held up remarkably well against the first hour of X Factor. Elsewhere on the channel, Countryfile pulled in 6.66m (28.6%) earlier on at 7pm, and documentary Rome’s Lost Empire interested 3.93m (14.3%) from 940pm. After X Factor finished, viewers deserted ITV as Rod Stewart’s Christmas posted an audience of just 3.5m (16.3%) in the network’s lucrative slot as well as 130k on timeshift. If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on 678 332 815 or email on richard@europa-digital.com I look forward to your comments and questions. Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8fm), or listen online at costaalmeria.spectrumfm.net for the latest news and views from the world of satellite television.


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Shivering under the blanket? O

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

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AFFRONT: The cold in Spain pokes its finger in your tea as it grins frostily in your face. very depths of your bones; it 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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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.

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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.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)

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.

SU DOKU

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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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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!

LOTTERY

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

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Career and home are in disharmony but a bit of compromise soon sorts things out. You don't like playing the 'bad guy', but honesty is also important to you. Speaking your mind can be liberating although, initially, you may see it as a nuisance and embarrassing.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

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.

Word ladder

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)

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

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couples specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her sceptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. 1h39 Director: David Frankel Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Ben Rappaport

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A tale from the heart

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1. LESLIE Townes Hope, 2. ANDREW Flintoff, 3. JOSEPH Frank Keaton, 4. WILLIAM Basie, 5. JAMES Paul McCartney, 6. JOHN Michael Osbourne, 7. ELDRICK Tont Woods, 8. EDWARD Kennedy Ellington, 9. ALICIA Christian Foster, 10. HARRY Lillis Crosby

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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)

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)

CRYPTIC - Across: 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)

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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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,

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.

16 Arms, 18 Gaunt, 20 Evil.

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

Play on Words ENOTS ENOTS

ROBBERS

Answers: Turn to stone , Honour among thieves

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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.

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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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The sunniest spot in town During the afternoon to enjoy a meal or just while away the hours with friends and a few drinks NEXT time you venture into Mojacar’s Parque Comercial, a visit to Pipa’s Café Bar & Deli could make your day. Situated on the second floor of the Parque overlooking the mountains, Pipa’s occupies a fantastic position with a sun-drenched terrace till sundown, perfect for your lunch or evening meal al fresco. Open from 8.30am till late with multilingual staff and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, it really is a joy to visit. Under the ownership and management of Anita, they offer a full breakfast menu, both Spanish and English, lunch including daily specials, light snacks and a menu in the evening. Anita’s fantastic authentic curries made from raw spices and meat are back for the winter. We do not use pastes or premixed in any of our

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curries available in lamb, chicken or beef, plus the usual accompaniments. Believe me, it is not to be missed if you are a curry lover. Friday is fish and chips specials day with four fish options starting with battered cod, chips and mushy peas at €5. If all that is not enough, Pipa’s takeaway deli is full of all your favorites, both savoury and sweet including UK cheeses, Cornish pasties, Anita’s famous meat pies in three varieties, scotch eggs, quiches, sausage rolls, specialised tarts and slices that change regularly and a full range of desserts and cakes. Many of Pipa’s homemade meals are also available in takeaway form for you to enjoy at home. Go on, spoil yourself, pay Pipa’s a visit and you won’t be disappointed


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T Restaurant El Mar La Mar, Villaricos, they care. Their excellent food is prepared using the highest-quality ingredients. Owner-chef Richard Shepherd only uses fully certified sustainable produce. He downright refuses to work with inferior food such as Panga (Vietnamese river cobbler). “There’s such a great selection of local produce here. Why buy fish from Vietnam?” El Mar La Mar swears by their policy of working with and supporting local suppliers. Richard Shepherd and his team simply do not cut corners when it comes to quality and customer service. Ever. Quite the opposite. They go just that little bit further to make sure you are happy and well-fed, while still managing to keep prices affordable. Richard knows that being hands-on and honest in all aspects, is key to business success. He’s proud of his team, and feels they are probably the best El Mar La Mar has ever had. Two previous team members have recently returned, too. They all work really hard together, to maintain the restaurant’s superior standards, creating a pleasant environment,

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ALFRESCO: El Mar La Mar staff (minus Richard, Jose & Carmen).

Richard Shepherd at his Villaricos restaurant.

clearly apparent to diners. No stranger to fine dining, Richard ran food operations at the BBC, the Opera House, and other top London institutions. He has worked alongside industry icons Gary Rhodes, at the Green House Restaurant, and Albert Roux at the Henley festival. He doesn’t pretend to offer Haute Cuisine at his friendly, tasteful sea-view

creamed leeks, prawn and scallop linguine… just a few options on the lunch and à la carte menus. Homemade desserts include vanilla panna cotta with summer berries, Mojito-poached peaches with lime sorbet, and favourites like chocolate brownie and chocolate mousse. Their new children’s menu is inexpensive, simple and good, with no age

restaurant in Villaricos. We all know times are hard. El Mar La Mar strives to serve the very best, lovingly-prepared meals on a sensible budget. There really is no other seafront restaurant in the area offering such an honestly good set menu for 12€. Goat’s cheese and almond salad with beetroot dressing, sea bass on lobster

restrictions. Customers say this is the very best place to eat in the Costa de Almeria, all things considered. “The Mar, in El Mar La Mar, is clearly an abbreviation for Marvellous. This is the only word that reflects the wonderful food, excellent service and value for money delivered by Richard, Louisa and the team. “Once again we have been made to feel like family to them,” commented one customer just a few days ago, on the TripAdvisor international website. Another diner said the restaurant is “still one of the best” and that it catered really well for their “awkward vegetarian.” The only advice customers give is to book ahead whenever possible, especially on Sundays. Richard says a huge thank you to Louisa, Jonny, Leanne, Christina, José, Carmen and Natasha and, of course, to you, his valued customers, without whom “none of us would have jobs.”


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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 cancer-fighting 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 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

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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.

estimated to cause around 12,500 cases of cancer a year in the UK.

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N January and February there will be plenty of opportunity to take cuttings for propagating new plants to extend your plantings and fill in gaps. Unfortunately, most plant pots kept from purchased plants and those available for sale in garden centres are shallow and do not allow deep roots to be developed. This is a great pity as probably a new plant with 20-centimetre-deep roots will be twice as easy to establish in the garden than one with only 12centimetre-long roots. The simple solution is to retain all 1.5 litre and 5 and 7 litre water and soft drink plastic bottles and use 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

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CUTTINGS: Make for strong, inexpensive plants for your garden. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/170hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184lb-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

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.

(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 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 understrength teams, lost their final group matches while

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. 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 long-winded competition. • Three LC quarter-finals took place earlier this week - Bradford City-Arsenal, Norwich-Aston Villa and Swansea-Middlesbrough. 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? • 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! 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. • Oxford beat Cambridge 26-19 in the annual varsity rugby match. • And the ‘new’ European Olympic Games will take place in Azerbaijan in 2015.


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Big day for Cortijo Grande IT was a big day for Cortijo Grande Golf members when they played for the Almazara Trophy. The winner of the Almazara Restaurant sponsored event was Ursula Lade with 38 points. Second was David Hardy (37) and third Greg Ward (35). First division winner with 34 points was Juan Ramo Rubio, second Mike Picken(32) and third John Wardley (31). Second division winner was Juan Pedro Fernandez (31), second Bonifacio Gonzalez (30) and third Pedro Rodriguez (29). Third division was won by Robina Dore (35) second was Pat Hill (33) and third Barbara Wardley (32). In an earlier competition a rare eagle was scored on the fifteenth by Gunner Astheimer. This is not an every day event and not many golfers achieve this. Winner on this special day for Gunner was Carol Hardy with 31 points, second was Greg Ward (31) and third Barbara Wardley (29). All are welcome at the Cortijo Grande Golf course for the competitions.

Away day trip competition followed by dinner event THE 19th Hole Golf Society held their annual away day team competition at La Envia. Some steady play from Mark Danson’s team of Nigel Greenwood, Tony Slinn and Sid Walker saw them scrape home as winners with 60 points. John Haydon’s depleted team of Pete Dow and Zeta Denyer came a close second place with 59 points. Brian Lowden with 31 points won the individual Stableford, closely followed by Mark Danson on 29 points. Charlie Brookman took third spot with 25 points. The society held a Presentation Dinner and Dance at La Vida Restaurant, Cucador, with 79 attending. The two main annual awards were the Order of Merit and the

WINNING TEAM: Mark Danson’s team of Nigel Greenwood, Tony Slinn and Sid Walker. Most Improved Player. Brian Lowden took first place on The Order of Merit with 394 points closely followed by Roger Kaye with 386 points.

Most improved player of the year -going from a handicap of 20 to 14- was Terry Caddick. The 19th Hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at

Linda is FAB bowls winner The FAB (Federacion Andaluza De Bolos) Ladies Singles Championship was held at Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club, Turre. In the final Linda Lester beat Barbara Davies to become the FAB Ladies Singles Champion for 2012. Nine ladies from three local clubs in the area had entered the competition. In cool but sunny weather the first semi-final found Barbara Davies playing Doreen Hall, both of Indalo Bowling Club. This turned out to be rather one sided, with Barbara Davies winning comfortably. The second semi-final was between Linda Lester of Indalo Bowling Club and Sue Mannall of Almeria Bowling Club.

various courses in the area, with home course, played fortnightly, being Aguilon. More information: 610 340 653, gs19thhole@hotmail.co.uk

‘Grip it and rip it’

FINAL LADIES: Linda and Barbara.

CAPTAIN Derek Leonard's enticing title of the Roda 'Grip it and rip it' challenge lured a good company of Boxers members to take on the always challenging Murcia course. Cloud cover for much of the day made the brisk winds sharper and, with recent fine hollowtyning and subsequent dressing of many of the greens, this helped to make for a lowscoring day. Winner of the first division was Tony Harwin with 36 points. Second was Martin Fisk (34) and Steve Gilmore third (33). Top of the second division was Adrian Ball (36) followed by Henry Becket (35) and Roy Lewis (32) In the third division winner was John Kinch (27) and second Martin Allen (26). Boxers next meeting will be at Alboran on Monday for a Turkey Trot.

Better scores for Badgers at Macenas BADGERS Macenas

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visited their

weekly competition. With a bit of a nip in

the air expectations of good golf were not high. But with temperatures rising the golf got better. Top score of the day went to Roger Whitehead with 42 pts. Second was Lynn Sefton (38) and Paul Adams was third with 37. Nearest the pins went

to Dave Wright, Barbara Goff and two to Richard Jones On Saturday Badgers were at Macenas. Top player of the day was Dave Wright, taking the honours on countback with 34pts from Rod Goff. Badgers Golf are holding a Boxing Day competition at Macenas

Golf, with visitors welcome to join. To enter, please contact Richard at Badgers on 950478525. Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wednesday and Saturday competitions and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950478525


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