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ISSUE NO. 1434

27 DECEMBER 2012 - 2 JANUARY 2013



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CHRISTMAS - and the rapidly approaching New Year - are bringing some added cheer to the estimated 30,000 people living rough on the streets of Spain. Some local shelters over the holiday period scheduled in special arrangements, providing in some cases hot meals, with frequent queues continuing to form throughout the month at the soup kitchens where often a little added seasonal cheer was on offer from the volunteer helpers. And this will be ongoing over the New Year and start to 2013.

But given the ongoing economic challenges facing the whole of Spain, 2013 will hardly be rung in with much enthusiasm as a joyous time of hope for those within the local community who have few if any - close friends, and no home or family to go to each night. In November, Global Aid Network España launched a campaign to collect warm clothes and blankets and other items, including sleeping-bags, and these have in recent days been distributed among the homeless in the major cities.

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Homeless in Spain have little to cheer!

Briton ‘JR’ Fraser has been homeless for the last two years following a career as a chef in the UK which he was forced to give up through sickness. After travelling widely he settled in Spain. He survives through occasional money from his mother, food hand-outs and odd coins from passers-by. But for ‘JR’, who chooses not to beg, his closest friend is Patch.

The reality of modern life in every community now all too often includes homeless - the vast majority expatriates and men - frequently forlornlooking, and forced to beg to eek out survival at street level. For them, the roof over their head is all too often an open sky, as they grab

sleep on park benches, in sheltered doorways, in rubbish containers, and others in cardboard boxes in alleyways. None offer much protection, especially during the colder winter months, though accompanying stray dogs that have fondly become their closest friends, often huddle nearby, providing a little extra warmth and company. Many of Spain’s homeless have serious mental health problems and infectious diseases. As a result their death rate is four times higher

than for the general population. It is estimated one homeless person dies every five days in Spain, 27 per cent of them from attacks, 14 per cent from burns from fires lit to keep them warm, and 8 per cent from hypothermia. Other frequent causes of death are poisoning, drowning, heatstroke, falls, road accidents and being crushed after sleeping in rubbish containers. Only a quarter of the homeless die from natural causes. The average age of the victims is 47 and one in 10 is a woman.



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A bronze for excellence TWO businesses in Callosa de Segura, Boutique Buber and La Vega Baja Servicios Telemáticos SLU have been recognised with a bronze badge for excellent trading from the Valencian Government.

Thank you OPENING LATE: Out of hours service is being set up.

Emergency chemist service finally set up

Vets calendar A NUMBER of veterinary students from Murcia have produced a 2013 calendar to help pay for their school trip

to the Greek Islands. A percentage of the proceeds from sales will go to an animal protection charity.

RESIDENTS of San Fulgencio and La Marina will soon not have to travel for an emergency chemist service. The Pharmaceutical Association of the Province of Alicante has brought together the pharmacies in San Fulgencio and Guardamar to provide a 24 hour emergency service at both locations. Previously, residents of San Fulgencio and La Marina had to travel to

Guardamar or Rojales for an out of hours chemist. The new arrangement, through Zona Farmacéutica 40, will start operating from Tuesday, January 1. San Fulgencio Town Hall has worked on the agreement to provide a local emergency service for residents. Mayor Carlos Ramírez said “it is an essential service that residents have been demanding for a long time.

The residents will on occasion have to go to Guardamar del Segura, but at least we will have one pharmacy in San Fulgencio when the timetable has been set.” Each of San Fulgencio and La Marina’s three pharmacies will have the full timetable of it’s opening hours and where the emergency service is located each day displayed on the door as well as at the medical centres in San Fulgencio and La Marina.

MEMBERS of Orihuela’s Provincial Association of Street Vendors have been handing out sweets and drinks to customers as a thank you for their loyalty in 2012.

Host chosen CREVILLENT has been chosen to host the XIII National Brotherhoods of the Holy Supper to be held in winter 2014. The event is expected to attract more than 200 people.

Kid’s comics A COMIC workshop for children has been set up in Santa Pola’s municipal library with the aim of helping them to enjoy reading.


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€200m budget for province ALICANTE Provincial Council will next year have a budget of €200 million and increased investment for social policies, support for municipalities and austerity and cost containment.

Murder case THE court case continues on Tuesday, January 8, of a Lithuanian man charged with murder and attempted murder following a fight in a Torrevieja park in 2009. He denies both charges.


Patient wait pays off THE RED CROSS has finally been paid for lifeguard and rescue services on Orihuela’s beaches in 2011. It has been waiting for the town hall to come up with the €154,000 owed ever since. It is just one of a string of organisations and groups which have finally been paid money owed by Orihuela Town Council. The Governing Board agreed to pay grants and subsidies to clear

arrears totalling almost €200,000 owed to associations, including those for the sick and disabled. Deputy Mayor, Antonia Moreno, said the funds have now been transferred to the associations including the local handicapped group Adis, which received €3,700 for transporting its users to the Albatera day centre and €2,760 for daily activities and management. The Associations of Relatives of Alzheimer’s Patients received

€5,000, Amigo Mío animal protection got €10,800. The business association ACMO and the Chamber of Commerce benefited by €8,800, the Association of the Permanent School Alumni was given €3,000. The Association of Moors and Christians is still owed €22,000. Adis and the Alzheimer’s Association are to receive identical amounts in the coming days to cover 2012.

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SAN PEDRO’S Pinatar Arena sports centre and sports club will open during the first week of January. Discounts of up to 50 per cent are available for the first 350 people to become members.

CAPITAL CELEBRATION: Puerta del Sol in Madrid, the focus of Spain’s national New Year celebrations.

Ringing in New Year with grapes and red underwear


N the UK the chimes of Big Ben in London ring in the New Year. At the same time millions of British expatriates dotted around the world, including in Spain, tune into UK television and radio - whatever the time difference - for a ‘back home’ touch to the celebrations. Here in Spain the main focus is on the capital Madrid where the chimes of the clock in Puerta del Sol annually see the New Year in, with the event broadcast on television. Nationally it is traditional to eat 12

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TWENTY-FIVE companies participated in San Pedro’s information day ‘Export or internationalisation: alternatives to traditional market’ expressing an interest in access to foreign markets.

MERCADONA, Mediamarkt and C&A, part of the Ronda Sur mall in Murcia are now charging vehicles to use the car park. The first two hours are free, then five cents per minute.

SEUR Foundation has given €14,620 to two children in the Alicante province with rare diseases as part of the Caps for a new life programme.

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LA CAIXA bank has donated €19,135 to charitable organisations in San Javier including: Caritas, Red Cross, Aidemar and Fundamif Afemar.

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TWO-THOUSAND athletes took part in Murcia’s annual Christmas Rotary Club Race through the city centre.

VINALOPÓ Hospital has signed an agreement with the eye clinic of Dr Soler to perform live surgery at the congress of ophthalmology FacoElche from January 31February 2, 2013 in Elche.

€19,135 donated

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Road race

Live surgery

THE Bar Association commemorates its 60 year history with a public exhibition at the Illustrious College of Lawyers of Elche. It is open Monday to Thursday from 9am-2pm.


What happened with airports and trains also happened to Health Care in Spain. Too many centres were open with no planning, not meeting the real needs.

Jose Maria Valderas, Spanish-born Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and co-ordinator at the Health Services and Policy Research group, University of Oxford.

grapes for good luck to welcome in the New Year, with each one swallowed to the chime of the midnight clock and washed down with a champagne toast. This is believed to have originated in Elche, Alicante, 103 years ago after an excessive grape harvest, and has remained since, although documentation also refers to the event dating back slightly earlier to 1897. Many Spanish men and women - and some longer-term expatriates - also don new red underwear on New Year’s Eve which they later burn for good luck.

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days is the average delay time for surgical treatment in Spanish public health centres, the Ministry of Health reported. Latest data corresponds to June 30.

A dry 2012 THE Valencian delegation of the State Agency of Meteorology (AEMET) said 2012 has been “dry and very warm” with an average rainfall 12 per cent below normal levels and temperatures 0.8 degrees higher than usual.

Good gifts CARITAS charity has delivered 1,000 kilos of food, €6,000 in cash and 500 toys donated by members of the Miguel Hérnandez university of Elche community.

and finally... SPANISH anchorwoman and actress Pilar Rubio has been fired from Telecinco television channel. When hired in 2010, she was presented as a star, but since then all programmes she was involved in had poor viewing rates or were cancelled.




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Rents rise as Russians arrive RENTAL prices rose in Torrevieja in November, while the average was down throughout the Valencian Community. Last month the price of renting a home in the city rose by 1.8 per cent, due largely to foreign demand. The number of Russian residents has

increased in Torrevieja who are now second behind British expatriates. Despite the local rise, the average rental price in the Valencia Region is below the rest of Spain by up to 24.9 per cent, which in November was â‚Ź7.32 per square metre per month.

Murcia has the cheapest rent, followed by Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura. The cost of renting in Alicante Province fell in November by 0.3 per cent with the average rent being â‚Ź5.43 per square metre per month.

Family and friends help raise cash in the memory of tragic baby boy

Kelley Aspbury, Jo Carpenter and Mandy Hutchinson support Tracy Burns-Ahmet (left) as they raise funds.

Campbell Burns’s death prompted the charity.


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MORE than ₏1,000 has been raised for charity by a group of friends. Their latest moneyraising venture was at Iceland, Torrevieja, where they packed shoppers’ bags in exchange for donations to the Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust. Previously they had held street collections, hosted barbeques and taken part in sponsored Zumba - the aerobic Latin-inspired fitness programme - events. The charity was set up earlier this year and is close to Tracy Burns-Ahmet’s heart, who has been spearheading the fundraising efforts on the Costa Blanca. The trust is in memory of her nephew, Campbell Robert John Burns, who was born in January 2012. At just eight weeks old he suffered a fit. He was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with Leigh’s Disease, a terminal, metabolic disorder. Campbell fought for a long time and inspired his family with his courage but sadly lost his battle in September 2012. He passed away in the arms of his parents. The family set up the Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust to help other families living and fighting metabolic

diseases. It aims to help relieve the financial pressure and the stress that repeated hospital trips bring. “My sister-in-law found that there was very little help or advice around for babies diagnosed with Leigh’s Disease, so it is about setting up a support network,â€? explained Tracy from Rojales. “He brought so much joy and happiness in his short life.â€? Tracy added: “The support I have had here from all my friends has been amazing. I thank every one of them and everyone that has made donations.â€? Tracy’s efforts have raised more than â‚Ź1,000 for the charity, and as the family approaches what would have been Campbell’s first birthday it continues its fundraising and support campaign in his memory.

The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust is a UK registered charity, No. 1148667. Donations can be made by contacting bekki@campbellstrust. or through The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust’s Just Giving page. If anyone would like to organise any local fundraising events they can contact Tracy by emailing tracyaahmet@gmail. com



Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Royal land A SLICE of Antarctica has been named Queen Elizabeth Land. The 169,000-square mile area is twice the size of the UK and is populated by penguins, seals and various bird species.

Famous face THE BECKHAMS’ middle son Romeo is the new face of Burberry. The 10-yearold son of football star David and ex-Spice Girl Victoria has filmed the campaign with Mario Testino, who also shot William and Kate’s official engagement pictures.

Night owls HALF of British workers are classed as night-owls, only seeing daylight on their lunch break during the winter months. As the sun rises at 8.02am and sets at 3.52pm, many only catch a glimpse of daylight between October and April.

Bank refund NATWEST and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are set to pay out £10 million (₏12.3 million) to 300,000 customers who forgot to take their money from a cash machine. Other banks automatically credit people’s accounts when leaving money behind, but RBS, until recently, diverted the money into its own reserve accounts.

Cereal slang A SCOTTISH slang term for male genitalia has been used on cereal boxes. Weetos packets feature a range of cartoon moustaches with a variety of labels, one of which is Big Baws.


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childbirth or breastfeeding. The conference showed people the benefits of chi-kung and tai-chi as a relaxation and exercise method and promoted general well-being through a charitable initiative.


€10 from participants which were given to the non-governmental organisation Doctors Without Borders. It works on a prevention programme to stop babies from catching HIV from infected women during pregnancy,

LOS ALCAZARES: Plans are afoot to remodel the town centre.

Modernisation for Los Alcazares PLANS to modernise Los Alcazares town centre to make it a more pedestrian friendly area are being examined. Mayor Anastasio Bastida said: “It will not be easy, as municipal coffers are not in the best situation, but we still try to ask for help and hope it will be possible before 2014.” Officials have come up with the idea of removing the large pots that hinder outdoor activities in the town


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Hospital hosts tai-chi and chi-kung activities to raise funds for charity VINALOPÓ Hospital in Elche has hosted its second day of tai-chi and chi-kung activities promoted by the Hun Yuan Foundation for Doctors Without Borders. The charity project raised funds through the donation of


hall square. They also want to strengthen the surface of the road to prevent water seeping into the underground car park. The remodelled square will possibly include a space designed to host public events, concerts and some of the festive events of the year. At the entrance of the Paseo de la Feria, it is planned to make the street wider with the taxi rank being relocated to an altnerative nearby

location. The Mayor said the council is considering a space under the Paseo de la Feria, which could be used for exhibitions and other cultural events. President of the Merchants’ Association of Los Alcazares Antonio Benedicto, agreed on the need to modernise the look of the centre, but said pedestrian spaces do not necessarily benefit local trade or attract shoppers.

Driver dies in head on smash in San Pedro A RESIDENT of San Javier, 36, died after a head on car smash in Calle Doctor Artero Guirao, San Pedro. The cars collided when the man who was killed was trying

to overtake another car. Two other vehicles were involved in the incident. However, the occupants of these cars only suffered minor injuries.



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Demolition is delayed


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Announcement comes as evicted residents are left waiting for new homes DESPITE the eviction of residents and the declaration that the building was in ruin and an ‘imminent danger’ it

seems that the Nuevo Alcolecha building in Alicante will not be demolished just yet. The apartment block, in

Calle José Luis Barceló, will continue to stand still for a while as the city council does not have the €300,000 needed for the complete demolition of the building. That will now be made ‘within a month or two’ when money becomes available. In the meantime and to prevent access to the building, the two entrances have been blocked off and sealed after the remaining residents were allowed back in to the building to remove the last of their belongs. Police will monitor the property constantly to ensure no one attempts to enter it. The demolition and the renovation of the area was scheduled from early 2011. The Nuevo Alcolecha blocks were built in the 1960’s using inferior materials and have since deteriorated rapidly. Neighbours have lived in an unsanitary and dangerous situation, with rats and cockroaches, cracks, landslides and soil subsidence with water seeping from floor and walls. In March 2009, after neighbourhood complaints, the Conservation

Department of the City of Alicante recommended the demolition saying that repairs were not feasible. Since then, the technical inspections did nothing but confirm the need for demolition until two months ago. After a second collapse, fire fighters and the architect of maintenance of buildings announced there was impending danger. Officials then took action and have since began implementing an eviction programme which was carried out just before Christmas. Despite the difficulty in the process and the high presence of police, social workers and onlookers, it went “without incident.” said the manager of the Board of Municipal Housing, Gaspar Mayor. Many have been relocated in permanent housing in Alicante’s neighbourhoods of San Blas, Carolinas, Altozano and Virgen del Remedio. However, others faced an uncomfortable stay in the Ciudad Jardín sports centre awaiting to be assigned a home but authorities assured they will be given financial support and guidance to find a new home.

Increased protection over festive period ELCHE City Council has increased its safety personnel in the city during the Christmas and New Year period. The number of Policia Local officers has been increased to 180, along with Civil Defence volunteers (30) and 20 additional emergency DYA paramedic service workers. All will be active until Monday January 7. The measures are in place to ensure the safety of the activities


Late post LETTERS posted by German soldiers occupying British island Jersey 71 years ago are finally being delivered.

More buyers PROPERTY firms Accentro, IVG and Engel & Volkers reported a rise in Spanish, Greek and Italian buyers in Berlin, which they linked to putting their money somewhere safe.

Out of prison MORE than 1,000 prison inmates across Germany who have proven good behaviour will get the traditional seasonal amnesty, to spend Christmas with their families.

Pony travels PASSENGERS on a Berlin S-Bahn train were surprised to be travelling alongside a pony named Seppi. The 16-year-old owner said she had taken it on a day-long excursion.

Tax fraud THE German owner of top-visited porn websites YouPorn, Pornhub, Fabian Thylmann, was held for alleged tax fraud after a Cologne court issued a warrant.

Higher fines CAR parking fines for exceeding the time limit could be doubled in Germany, according to Tranport Ministry plans, Saarbrücker says Zeitung newspaper.

Firms invest SAFER STREETS: police presence has been increased over the festive season in Elche. scheduled festivities.



AROUND 70 per cent of those surveyed by the Bertelsmann Foundation said the immigrant community in Germany encourages international firms to invest in the country.


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Free internet FREE Wi-fi has been installed in three areas of Elche city centre; in La Glorieta, La plaza de Francesc Cantó, in Carrús and the congress centre. The service will be extended to other areas in 2013.

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Murcia’s tourism sector employing more people THE number of people in the Murcia region paying Social Security membership in the hospitality and

tourism industry rose by 1 per cent during the first 11 months of the year. According to the Institute of

Floating odes CULTURAL association Orihuela 2m10 held a poetry workshop for 200 children who wrote verses and tied them to balloons before releasing them into the sky.

Fair trade A NEW Oxfam Fair Trade shop has opened in Calle Vicente Blasco Ibáñez in Elche. The store will raise funds as well as awareness of fair trade and the work of non-governmental organisations.

Youth Day EL REBOLLEDO celebrated Youth Day with activities organised by the city of Alicante including a visit by Santa.

Wine tasting THE Women’s Association held its second Wine Tasting event at Elche’s Dehesa Santa Maria restaurant with sommelier Antuña Matías Fernández.

FLOOD ACTION: Investment will hopefully improve drainage system.

€1.2m earmarked for improving drainage system ORREVIEJA’S storm drainage network is to be improved in an attempt to prevent flooding. Water company Agamed plans to invest around €3 million in Torrevieja’s infrastructure during 2013, with €1.2 million earmarked for the storm drains. On top of that, €987,973 is to be spent on the drinking water


network and €723,682 on sanitation. The investments are part of the municipal storm water plan which is being executed by the city council’s Depart-ment of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Development. One of the main problem areas during heavy rains is along the CV-905 and so part of the investment will include the installation of a large pipe to carry rainwater away from the road and Limonar II urbanisation. As part of Agamed’s plans, it will invest in its social aid fund and the company has agreed to donate €2,300 to the Social Welfare Department of Torrevieja to help buy food for the needy.

Tourism Studies (IET), that is the third highest increase in communities so far this year, after rises in the Balearic Islands of 2.9 per cent and the Canary Islands of 1.5 per cent. In November, 2012, the hospitality and travel sector provided employment for 30,460 workers in the region. In Spain as a whole, the data recorded Social Security payments in November down by 2 per cent. Even in the ongoing recession, tourism remains Spain’s most important industry both for employment and revenue, though many of the jobs are seasonal.

Books for schools A SPARE plastic table was all that was needed to launch a new charitable initiative in Orihuela. NERO is an organisation that has begun collecting used books for school libraries. Leaflets and posters were distributed throughout the town, to raise awareness of the campaign. Schoolchildren in Orihuela have very limited access to libraries. The former San Juan de Dios Hospital has been earmarked as a public library but has not yet been furnished, staffed or funded. The only public library is Ferdinand Loaces, which is only open in the mornings when children are at school. Follow the initiative on Twitter @NEROrihuela.



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Dallas saved by horse centre


DALLAS is the newest arrival at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales. He was born in 1988 and so named after the popular TV series of the time. He is no longer able to be ridden because of many years of being overworked. When the Rescue Centre was called to his aid he was malnourished as his owner had simply stopped feeding him, unable to afford to keep him. To put him to sleep humanely and dispose of the body would be a solution, however, it would cost his owner €450. Co-founder of the Rescue Centre Sue Weeding said: “We might not be Southfork but of course we had to take him in and give him all the love and care he needs; he will finish the winter of his life with us alongside the

Cutting council expenses IN a bid to reduce municipal expenditure, San Javier has removed mobile phones that were considered ‘unnecessary’. Councillor for New Technologies, Gloria Adan, said the town hall was previously paying some €3,000 a month for phone lines. After a detailed study of the rates and reducing the number of phones in operation, that monthly figure is now €808. Management costs for the municipal website have also been reduced, as the councillor explained: “It used to cost €1,100 a month for hosting and server maintenance, but now we do both in-house so that it only costs us €5 a month.” The website receives an average of 150 visits a day with users mainly asking for information on fiestas and on resolving administrative issues.

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other old horses in our care like Solvi, Captain and Hope, Arisco; to name but a few. When his time comes he will have known love, kindness, the companionship of other horses and hopefully a few years of happiness that he so rightly deserves here at the rescue centre.” Sue continued: “Thank all of you out there for supporting us, for visiting the rescue centre and our shops and for all your kind donations. We wish all of you a wonderful New Year.” The open days are continuing throughout winter every Sunday from 1-4pm, where you can meet all the residents and hear their stories on the horse tour.

For more information call Sue on 652 021 980 or email

Mayor abuse NORWAY - The now ex-mayor of Vågå, Rune Øygard, aged 53, resigned after being jailed for four years for repeatedly abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Sex sentence SWEDEN - A 37year-old woman was sentenced by a Gothenburg court to probation and psychiatric treatment for using human bones for sexual purposes NEW ARRIVAL: Dallas is settling in after being rescued.

Community charity closes year by helping those less fortunate HELP Vega Baja are looking forward to a bright 2013 helping the residents of the Costa Blanca and wish to thank everyone for their support in 2012. Their final charitable offering for the year was the purchase of 1,800 litres of milk for 60 needy families in Almoradi. They also put together boxes of fruit and vegetables, toiletries, dry goods and meat and fish vouchers for 35 San Miguel families; all donated and distributed by HELP volunteers. In 2012 the charity has

GIVING BACK: HELP’s last social event of 2012 as they look to helping more in 2013. contributed 50 per cent of the cost of school books to both Almoradi and San Miguel underprivileged children and made a

significant donation of equipment to Reach Out Torrevieja charity. President Ron Perrin said: “We feel our

members would approve of us putting help back into the local community and it is thanks to all members of HELP, that we are in a position to provide for the less fortunate, as well as maintaining our membership benefit schemes. We also raised through the raffle and donations at our recent Menu del Dia at Portico Mar, more than €500 for which we are extremely grateful for all the diners’ and sponsors’ generosity.” To contact HELP the emergency hotline number is 966 723 733.

Counting the cost of Christmas SHOPPERS in Murcia reduced their Christmas spending this year by an average 57.4 per cent compared to 2011. The findings are the conclusion of a study carried out of 460 people, 60 per cent of those living in the Murcia, the rest in surrounding municipalities by researchers from the Department of Administration

and Management (ADE) of San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM.) The study was carried out simultaneously in Germany. The UCAM findings showed that pensioners with partners and family spent the most on Christmas gifts; on average €550 per person, followed by housewives and men

with partner and children, who spent €500 on average per person. Students and the unemployed spent less, averaging €200 per person. Researchers will now compare the results between the two countries and analyse the differences between the buying habits of Spanish and Germans.

Sloppy job DENMARK Copenhagen police admitted that they improperly used Google’s online tranlation service when accusing a Kurdish resident of financing terrorism.

Angry mob SWEDEN - 27 youths were held in a series of riots in Gothenburg. They were protesting about a student who allegedly labelled local teens as ‘sluts’ and ‘whores’ in hundreds of internet pictures.

Danish wolf DENMARK - The National Nature Agency confirmed that a dead animal found in a Jutland national park was a wolf, the first in nearly two centuries to be spotted in Denmark.

Tunnel fire NORWAY Thousands of commuters were forced to use alternative transportation after a fire closed a main railway tunnel under Oslo.

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Pupils get a charity lesson with visit to horse centre STUDENTS from the European School of Alicante have visited the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales to learn about how a charity organisation works. Debbie Nicholson, co-ordinator of moral ethics from the school, said the students from Year Three, aged 13, have been looking at global charities including Save the Children and Oxfam and the issues surrounding getting the money raised to where it needs to be. “We wanted to see a working charity and see the whole process from how the money is raised to what it is spent on and the work they do,” said Debbie. The 40 pupils first visited the rescue centre’s charity shop in Guardamar and each donated an item. Here they could see how their donation will be sold to raise money. Upon arrival at the centre, they had a guided tour and learnt about the history of the charity, its new ‘foundation’ status and its hopes and challenges for the future. They were also able to ask questions of the equestrian vet.

STUDENT VISIT: Rescue centre welcomes pupils as part of their ethical and charitable studies. Sue Weeding, co-founder of Easy Horse Care, said she was delighted to welcome the group and honoured that they had been chosen as a model for their studies. “This is, hopefully, the first of many school visits. Part of our charter as a foundation is education

and it has always been so important to us to educate the future generations about animals and animal welfare.” She continued: “We wanted to show them that everyone can make a difference and we are all capable of doing something, anything is possible.”

The Rescue Centre is currently raising funds to buy a tractor and the school wants to help out. The teachers intend to run a competition to come up with the best fundraising idea to try and raise money for the cause.


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Getting ready for work

Cakes suspected of causing blast

YOUNG residents from Santa Pola are ready to enter the world of work after completing an employment workshop. The initiative has allowed 62 people aged under age 25 to learn a trade either in painting, carpentry, electrics, gardening or care of the elderly. The City of Santa Pola and Valencian Employment Service and Training (Servef) has provided the training workshops at a cost of €1.7 million to help unemployed young people. During the programme the students have had hands-on experience and have painted the central market and courtyard of the castle. They have also carried out electrical work on the Esteban Gonzalez museum boat and restored the furniture in the Castle fortress.

COOKING Christmas cakes flavoured with aniseed liqueur, could be to blame for an explosion in Callosa de Segura. The blast occurred in a bakery oven in Calle Nuestra Señora del Carmen and caused extensive damage to the property.

Two employees were unhurt but a 15year-old boy, who was in the shop at the time, suffered injuries from falling ceiling plaster and was transferred to the Vega Baja Hospital. A young baby in the premises above the bakery was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

SYMPHONIC: Fadalack’s Mick Oldfield experience.

Theatre festival for children

Symphonic rock with Fadalack

CHILDREN in Almoradí are being treated to a range of performances over the Christmas holidays as part of the Theatre Festival. Circus Christmas is being performed today (Thursday), The Lion King will be on stage tomorrow (Friday) and Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, December 29, at the town’s theatre. Entrance to see The Lion King is €5, all others are free.

FADALACK is a group of 20 professional musicians who are devoted to playing Mike Oldfield’s symphonic works from his first decade of production. Their aim is to respect both original and studio recording sounds and instruments, so they use oboe, flutes, trumpets, piano, synthesizers, guitars, a choir and a wide range of traditional orchestral and ethnic percussion instruments.

The group’s challenge is to fill the audience with the unique colour, ambience and finesse of 70s’ symphonic rock. Fadalack’s next concert is at Orihuela’s Teatro Circo on Saturday, December 29, at 9pm. Tickets cost €10-12 and are available through

National team honours draw REGIONAL selections for the Spanish Women’s rugby teams will take place on January 12 and 13 at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Torrevieja. Games begin at 10am on Saturday with the finals played on Sunday starting 11am.



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Spanish men open to talk about sex EIGHTY per cent of Spanish say they are not ashamed to talk about sexual problems. They say that if they had to, they would take the initiative themselves and talk about it directly, according to the ‘Sexual Health and the Doctor’ survey. The study has been carried out by ‘Lilly’ and backed by the Spanish Sexual Health Association and the Spanish Association for Andrology, Sexual and Reproductive Medicine amongst 1,514 men aged 35 to 74. Although 70 per cent believe doctors are used to patients asking about their sexual problems, the same percentage admits they do not understand the terminology used. One in eight claims they have never been asked by their doctor about the quality of their sex life in general, and if they have, in six per cent of cases it has only been to ask about the frequency and whether they have erectile dysfunction.


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242 weapons seized from fake antiques dealer A MAN who had 242 weapons hidden in his home in El Vendrell, Tarragona was arrested.

The detainee claimed to be an antiquarian and had been selling weapons at antiques fairs all over Spain

for more than a decade. He was arrested when he planned to travel to Bilbao. He didn’t have licences

Artistic photography to help the disabled A PHOTO Association in Navarra, Itxusi, has created a charity calendar to raise funds for the disabled, seriously affected by government cutbacks. In December, a protest march was organised by the Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities (ANFAS) which is how

PHOTO IDEA: An artistic calendar.

Itxusi members learned of the problems they are facing. The public administrations in Spain owe €300 million to organisations for the disabled, and 60,000 people in 2,000 centres for the handicapped are in danger. When the members of the photo association looked out of their window they saw the local fire station and came up with the idea with getting the firemen to pose for a calendar. All of them agreed on an artistic calendar where firemen are seen with disabled children. Local town halls were asked to help with the cost of printing the calendar, and 100 per cent of the money raised will go to ANFAS. There are 6,000 calendars which will be sold at €5 each. More information es/calendario-solidario-anfas

for any of the weapons, for which he charged up to €4,000. Police seized 23 pistols, 16 revolvers, six hand grenades from the Spanish Civil War and World War II, 20 rifles, five shotguns, 15 swords, 73 bayonets, 14 dress swords, seven sabres, 43 knives and 19 machetes, as well as €19,000 in cash, a Guardia Civil badge and ammunition. Two of the grenades were still loaded and because they were old and damaged they were extremely dangerous and could have exploded at any moment. When he travelled to fairs he put the weapons in hidden compartments in his vehicle, the rest of the time

16 revolvers amongst weapon stash. they were hidden above a false ceiling in his home, where he took no safety measures to prevent accidents or robbery. The police fear that some of the weapons may have been purchased by criminals. Many had been adapted for use. His current partner and ex-wife, who both helped him to purchase and sell the weapons, were also arrested. The detainees also sold militaria, insignias and other items.

Forgiving freemasons A DONATION of €332 has been made to the Torrevieja Hospital by the Thistle Club. The funds will be used in the Oncology department of the hospital. The club is the fundraising arm of Caledonia Lodge of Freemasons, primarily a dining club, open to masons and non, meeting once a month. More information: 966 712 326.


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Stories making headlines from Russia

Social aid CHARITY funds are being raised nationwide for the medical treatment of 17-year-old Moscow girl Rita Alkayeva, diagnosed with bone cancer.

HIGH-SPEED: Too expensive for many people.

AVE trains will be cheaper in 2013 THE Ministry of Public Works has announced that the price of AVE highspeed train tickets will be reduced in January. The Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor, said that high-speed train tickets are currently “very expensive” and the government will try to make them “more competitive”. “The AVE is quick and efficient” she said, “but there are many people who have never used it because it is still too expensive.” Pastor also defended the fact that millions of

euros have been invested to create AVE railway route, as it is the train sector which offers the best results, and promised that eventually, high-speed trains would be available from all Spain’s cities. The Ministry of Public works will pay more attention to the routes which it considers to be of public interest because it has observed that there are more than 175 stations which are used by only one passenger or fewer every day and even some only used by one person through the year.

Black snow

ECCE HOMO: Before and after Cecilia’s ‘restoration’.

Woman who ‘restored’ Ecce Homo is hired AN advertising agency has hired Cecilia Gimenez, who hit the international press this year for her ‘restoration’ of a painting of Christ, as their artistic director.

Cecilia, 85, has reportedly been hired by Milvueltas, who say that she was the author of the best marketing campaign of 2012. Her claim to fame was her unsuccessful attempt to restore the ‘Ecce Homo’ painting at her local church in Borja, Zaragoza. However, this caused Borja to become an important tourist destination and even US TV show Saturday Night Live heard of her attempt to restore

the painting. The company says Cecilia will discuss her daily activities on the Twitter account @EcceCecilia. She will continue to reside in Borja, where Milvueltas has opened an office. Cecilia will not be designing advertising campaigns, but the company hopes that her presence will go viral on social networks, as well as teaching the staff to work in a more relaxed manner.

Hospital fails to detect brain trauma THE Andalucian Health Service has been sentenced to pay €106,556 to the family of a Malaga man who sustained brain trauma which went undetected. The man was taken to the Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga on July 28, 2005, after slipping and falling when he was cleaning his car at a petrol station. He had hit his leg and head, and sustained brain trauma which was not detected by the hospital despite him

complaining of constant and intense headaches. A CAT scan was carried out 18 hours after the symptoms were first reported and when he lost mobility in the left side of his body. It confirmed a brain haemorrhage and shortly afterwards the man slipped into a coma. He died on August 12 the same year. An autopsy confirmed that he died from the damage caused by the blow to the head.

BLACK snow fell in Omsk twice in a week. Local prosecutors are running tests on nearby coal plants to check if they were to blame.

Metro death A MAN aged 28 was stabbed to death while travelling on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Moscow metro line. No suspects have been held.

French VIP ACTOR Gerard Depardieu said he is considering moving to Russia and renouncing being French in protest at France’s new tax on high earners. “Putin sent me a passport,” he said.

Police raid THE chairman of the Solidarity movement and the director of Transparency International in Voronezh had their homes raided by police, who accused them of ‘activism’.

TV funds RUSSIAN public television will get €110 million in subsidies over the next three years to finance production and marketing costs, Prime Minister Medvedev announced.

Air route BRITISH low-cost airline easyJet started selling tickets for a Moscow to Manchester route to start in March 2013. Base price for one-way trips starts at €55.


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FAMILY LINE-UP: Michel and Steven with family members. MALE DOMAIN: Michel with male members of the EWN team.

A grand party night A

S parties go, it was something very AS parties go, it was something very special. Hosted by Euro Weekly News Publishers Michel and Steven Euesden, it was held to mark the staff annual Christmas dinner, as well as to celebrate Michel’s 50th birthday, and her parents George and Irene Mole’s earlier Golden Wedding anniversary. And part of the underlying theme to the black-tie event at the Valparaiso Restaurant in Mijas - closed to the public for the night was the local community. The more than 160 people attending the party, which began with a Champagne and canapé reception, included diplomats, top corporate

PRIZE LINE-UP: Michel and Steven with EWN award winners.

EWN Awards 2012 • Exceptional Services Award – Clive Jacques • Most Promising – Gemma Quinn • Best Newcomer – Laura Bruce • Best Design Manager – Beatriz Barroso • Best Department Manager – Amalia Calle • Most Progressive Manager – Marcos Poyastro • Best Media Buyer – Esteban Molina

• Most Competent Accountant – Silvia Gutierrez • Most Loyal (1999-2012) – Jose Valentin • Colleague of the Year – Kim Hermansen • Extraordinary Employee – Fiona Rooney • Employee of the Year – Mary Garden • Best Salesperson – Benjamin Wickham • Platinum Award – Nicki Burgess

clients, family and close friends of Michel and Steven, as well as EWN staff from the various offices including Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Mallorca and Almeria, plus freelance columnists. English soul band The Real Thing topped the entertainment bill during and following the seven-course dinner. Other performers included tenor Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, 2004 X-Factor finalist Rowetta, Pablo the Saxophonist, Magician Al and Dan the Compere. There was also a grand firework display at midnight that lit up the Mijas skyline.

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Awards for leaders in community

FEMALE DOMAIN: Steven, with female members of the EWN team.

to remember

DURING an impressive presentation ceremony, several key community figures received EWN recognition for their untiring support and effort on behalf of the local expatriate population. The awards were: • Most Informative Association; British Consul and staff. • Best Foreigners Department; Mijas Town Hall. • Expatriate Agency of the Year; PLC Advertising and Marketing. • Best Fundraiser Recognition; Patti Senker. • Spain’s Expatriate Entertainer of the Year; Rowetta. All winners received an engraved plaque and flowers presented by Michel and Steven. British Consul Steve Jones said he and his team were delighted by the award. “They are dedicated professionals working hard at one of the world’s three busiest British consulates,” he said. The Best Foreigners Department Award was received by Mario Bravo and Anette Skou. “I am pleased that the hard work of all the Mijas staff is publicly recognised through this award,” said Mario, the department’s councillor. Philip Langley, Managing Director of PLC, after receiving, along with staff members, the Expatriate Agency of the Year Award for providing dedicated service to the Costa del Sol for more than 20 years, said: “We were amazed to win considering such strong competition. We work very hard to meet our clients’ objectives, so to be nominated and win this award is the cherry on the cake to our exceptional year.” Patti Senker, who has dedicated more than 20 years to fundraising for charities – many of which need help more now than ever before – said the award was “totally unexpected but gratefully received.” Hours after receiving Spain’s Expatriate Entertainer of the Year Award, Rowetta flew to the UK to support British alternative rock band The Happy Mondays. Presentations to key EWN staff were then made by Michel and Steven, who said their personal thanks went to “not just the award winners, but to all the totally dedicated and hard-working EWN family.” And they ended by adding: "And 2013 will be even more special.”


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Oxfam in Elche

Fatal road accidents

INTERMON Oxfam has opened a new shop in Elche at 35 Calle Vicente Blasco Ibañez. It will also host talks, forums and exhibitions, co-ordinator Vanesa MartinezSantos said.

Distillery honoured GIN EVER, produced by Licores Sinc in the inland town of Alcoy, won a gold medal at the International Wines and Spirits Competition held in Valladolid.

A TOTAL of 34 fatal accidents were recorded during 2012 on Malaga Province’s roads, the national traffic institute DGT has reported.

News from our editions

Food festival in Torrox

Fewer debts RETAIL goods valued at €56.7 million were repossessed for nonpayment in the Valencian Community last October. This was 30.3 per cent lower than during the same period in 2011.

Email shock THE regional RTVV television channel announced redundancies for workers in Alicante, Valencia and Castellon by email. A total of 101 employees will be laid off between now and next August.

Sweet charity JIJONA-BASED turron manufacturer, El Lobo, donated more than 200 kilos of turron for disadvantaged families. The 700 tablets of the Christmas sweetmeat will be distributed amongst 600 families in Madrid.


Mayor’s street A NEW Almeria city street has been named after former mayor Santiago Martinez Cabrejas for being the city’s first mayor in the democratic era.

Illegal pool FINES Mayor Rodrigo Sanchez and his brother face 27 months in jail. Almeria Court heard they had illegally erected a building and swimming pool at their Los Llanos estate in 2005.

Waste system A NEW vegetable waste management system allowing the efficient treatment of 65,000 annual tons of vegetable residue is being promoted in El Ejido.

BERBER TENTS: Visit them in either Fuengirola or Malaga city centre.

Letters to Three Kings

BERBER tents have been set up in Malaga and Fuengirola where children can take their letter to the Three Wise Men. The tents, which have been installed by Fuengirola Bioparc in Plaza de la Constitucion in Malaga city centre and the square of the same name in Fuengirola, are handmade in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. They will remain there until January 4 so

children can leave their letters to the Three Wise Men with the Royal Emissary from 11am to 3pm and from 5pm to 9pm every day, except on Monday, when they will only be there in the morning and Tuesday, when they will only be there in the afternoon. The children who visit the Royal Emissary will receive a yearly pass to the Bioparc Fuengirola.

Bonus rejected

Eviction pledge

Council loan

HUERCAL-OVERA Council Popular Party members will be giving up their Christmas salary bonus as a solidarity gesture with public sector workers, who also had theirs removed by the central government.

CASARES has approved measures to ban Local Police from intervening at family evictions when the home is their permanent and only home.

PALMA COUNCIL’S water company Emaya as well as its funeral business will give the council a loan totalling €3.6 million to cover unpaid wages and other items before 2013.

More grapes GRAPE production income in Almeria Province increased by 9 per cent this year, to almost €884,000, thanks to a 2.14 per cent increase in the yield compared to 2011.


Oh baby! Airport drugs found A PASSENGER was arrested at Malaga Airport after being found with four kilos of cocaine hidden in plastic baby food and cosmetic containers while transferring from a flight from South America to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

Woman,70, hurt A WOMAN pedestrian, aged 70, was seriously injured after being hit by a lorry on a pedestrian crossing in Churriana.

Free mayor THE Mayor of Ardales, Juan Calderon, who has retired from teaching, will save the council €24,000 a year by not taking his mayoral salary.

Different debt RONDA Town Hall has approved plans to seek a €3.2m loan to pay off another for the same amount.


Fuel theft NATIONAL POLICE in Manacor have arrested a man for stealing 8,000 litres of fuel, most of which has been recovered.

Cattle slaughter TWO dogs were taken to the Calvia kennels last week after they killed six sheep and a goat, with a further three sheep critically wounded, at the town’s Can Barraca farm.

Unusual hot house A TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced by Palma Provincial Courts to three years in prison for having a greenhouse dedicated to growing marihuana at his home, which Guardia Civil dismantled in July 2011.

Unwanted works GUARDIA CIVIL have arrested a 34-year-old Moroccan man in Ses Salines Colonia de Sant Jordi district for trying to stab two construction workers, who were at his neighbour’s house, because of the noise they were making., for

MORE than 35,000 people from all over Malaga Province visited Torrox for the 31st Fiesta de las Migas. Crumbled bread fried with sausage and other local recipes were served.

No Three Kings parade GIPMTM party spokesman Jesus Perez criticised Velez Town Hall for the absence of a Christmas campaign in Torre del Mar, as the Three Kings parade will not go through suburban areas.

Business data A TOTAL of 255 small and medium-sized companies have opened and 139 business licences were granted throughout 2012 in Velez-Malaga, the Urban Works Council said.

Civic toys for students STUDENTS in Torrox schools have received advice from members of the Equal Rights Council about buying toys which do not promote sexist or violent behaviour.

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Stat of week Electricity bills could increase 5 per cent from January 1 following a request by power companies to the Spanish government.






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Ringing up most moans Mobile operators head the complaints league MOBILE PHONE operators are the most complained about businesses in Spain. And complaints regarding charges for services which clients have not asked for are on the rise. Forty-seven per cent of mobile phone users claim their company has charged them for a service they have not

Internet links lagging behind THERE are fewer houses in Spain with internet access than the European average. Although internet connections have improved in the past six years, the official EU statistics service, Eurostat, reports that 68 per cent of Spanish homes have internet access, against a European average of 76 per cent. However, while in Holland, 94 per cent of homes are on the internet, in Greece and

Romania, the number is 54 per cent. When it comes to broadband connections, Spain is also below the EU average with 67 per cent compared to 72 for the EU as a whole. In Spain, 74 per cent of internet users mainly read the news, 61 per cent post on social networking sites and 58 per cent book trips and services. Forty-five per cent use online banking and only 12 per cent create blogs or websites.

requested at least once, and 32 per cent claim to have been charged for calls they haven’t made, according to consumer group Facua-Consumidores en Accion. More than 50 per cent of people who have complained to their mobile company have said their problem was not solved.

FUMING: Mobile phone companies get most complaints.


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usiness extra

Job keyword THE most searched-for keyword on Yahoo! search engine in 2012 was Infojobs, one of Spain’s major job search sites, established in 1998.

Work worry FORTY per cent of Spaniards admit that the problem which worries them most is lack of work, according to a survey by the Sociological Research Centre (CIS).

Real Christmas surprise GERMAN supermarket chain Lidl will have to pay €200,000 in Christmas dinners after a generous offer got out of hand. The company offered to hand out tomato soup, chicken vol-auvents with potatoes, ice cream cake and chocolates as a Christmas dinner at soup kitchens in Belgium. It launched the offer on its Twitter page, saying it would give out four servings for each ‘tweet’ mentioning the hashtag

#luxevooriedereen (luxury for all). Lidl had estimated 1,000 servings at €20 each, but the local press got hold of the offer and within 24 hours, 1,500 people had ‘tweeted.’ Lidl had to hand out 7,500 Christmas dinners. However, far from complaining, The company rounded the total up to 10,000 and said the campaign had been a success, although it added it was not sure whether it would repeat the promotion in 2013.

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When it is just too late to put new item on agenda Q. IN an earlier column you explained that the Horizontal Law gives property owners the right to request that items be placed on the official agenda of the forthcoming AGM of the Community of Property Owners. This I did by email and confirmed by letter the following day. The request was made more than four weeks before the meeting. My items did not appear on the agenda and I was told that the agenda had already been compiled and my items arrived too late. The agenda was published and distributed three weeks before the meeting so they had a week to fit my items You and the in. I can find no reference in the Horizontal Law to a time Law in Spain By David Searl limit. Perhaps you could comment. R P, Costa del Sol A. YES, Article 16 of the Law of Horizontal Property says that any owner may request that items be placed on the agenda for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). It states clearly that the president shall place such items on the agenda when requested. There is no time limit specified. The only time limit mentioned is that the AGM must be convoked at least six days in advance. So it seems that we have here a borderline case. Perhaps the agenda had been carefully prepared and sent to the printer just before your letter arrived and perhaps it already contained a number of complex items, so the president decided to leave yours out for this time. This is a defensible position. Or perhaps the president preferred not to bring up the points you mention at this time, so he rushed the agenda into final form in order not to include them. This would be an abuse of his powers. In either case you have the right to go to court to claim that you have been deprived of your right to place an item on the agenda. Your letter was in proper form and seemed to be well in time. However, the president can surely claim that it really was too late for changes. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. or call 952 667 090.


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Nissan steers towards bigger future NISSAN is investing £250 million in its Sunderland factory, directly creating 280 jobs. This year the Japanese company has built 500,000 cars at the plant.


BOARDROOMS at science and engineering companies have the lowest proportions of women, a study by the Royal Society of Edinburgh found. Some academic societies have as few female members as one for every 75 men.


ritish usiness riefs £££

TELECOMS regulator Ofcom has said that seven companies have qualified to bid for superfast 4G mobile broadband airwaves. BT, firm MLL Telecom and Hong Kong’s PCCW Limited can enter bids, as

well as EE, Vodafone, O2 owner Telefonica and Hutchison, which owns Three.

£££ THE new boss of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is to be paid £874,000 (€1 million) a year. A generous £250,000 (€307,000) housing allowance comes on top of £480,000 (€590,000) salary and £144,000 (€177,000) worth of pension contributions.

The killer smog that made politicians clean up city air THERE’S been a lot of reporting lately in the British media concerning the Great Smog of December 1952 which, as a 22-year-old electrician, I experienced first-hand. Dense fogs had long been London’s particular badge of infamy, but the Jim ‘Great’ version Collins was literally, a POLLUTION: Exploiting resources too much is dangerous. killer. Figures vary, Costa Blanca depending upon the source, but all agree smog finally cleared, Unfortunately, this ancient deposits of that the directly taking down those new isn’t quite the case. The petroleum whilst at the attributable deaths were curtains, now with a dense particles of the same time uncovering numbered in thousands. dirty black stain along Great Smog have been huge areas of longIt lasted throughout the tops, to wash them. replaced by invisible, buried and frozen the weekend, bringing But they fell to pieces in but just as deadly, vegetation. traffic to a standstill as her hands, rotted away nitrogen dioxide, As it defrosts, it buses were stuck in their by the chemicals we’d all emitted by the countless decays and releases depots and the drivers been forced to breath. motor vehicles now massive quantities of of London’s black cabs London’s dense fogs clogging the capital’s methane, a greenhouse stayed at home. I’m not had for a century or thoroughfares. gas far worse than CO2. exaggerating when I tell more been a cause for It has been said that, Undersea exploration you that it was concern, but it took if one wishes to breathe is also taking place in impossible to see past thousands of deaths to truly clean air, it can be the Antarctic, destroying one’s knees. It was like force politicians’ hands, found in the frozen fish stocks and the wading through a dense, resulting, in 1956, with wastes of the Arctic and natural habitat of yellow-brown, foul- the passing of the Clean Antarctic, or in the penguins and other tasting vapour-bath that Air Act. depths of the dense birds, whilst Argentina stung one’s eyes and Recognising that the Amazon jungle. again beats its warthroat. killer smog was caused by Would that this were drums. My mother had only smoke from millions of true today, but in these We are not the that week hung new domestic coal fires being modern times, with owners of this planet, curtains in the living- trapped beneath a the Earth’s population merely its custodians. room, the sash window thermal inversion, soft increasing exponentially, We have no right to of which was stuck with coal was prohibited and, latest figures show this exploit its resources as a three-inch gap at the lo! this did the trick. Smog to be only a dream. we do. It’s dangerous top, and a memory that has never returned, and The Arctic permafrost and makes no sense. has remained in my to the eye, London’s air is is being destroyed by oil But who is going to stop mind is of her, when the pure and clean. companies searching for it?

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FINANCE, BUSINESS & LEGAL The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered his Autumn Statement (‘mini budget’) on 5th December. The draft Finance Bill for 2013 was then published on 11th December. Our article this week summarises some of the key tax and pension announcements which could affect British expatriates and those returning to live in the UK. Tax rates and allowances UK personal allowances are increasing to a higher level than expected (£9,440 instead of £9,205). However, the top of the basic rate band is being reduced to £32,010 from £34,370, which will offset the increase for higher rate taxpayers. The higher rate band threshold will only increase by 1% in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, instead of by inflation. Since inflation is expected to exceed 1% (the official target is 2%, though it is often higher), this means that more people will fall into the higher rate band and have higher tax bills. While the capital gains tax rates will remain at 18% for gains falling within the basic rate band and 28% for higher rate bands, the actual annual tax free exemption will only increase by 1% for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Therefore, more gains will fall into the higher rate band in future years. The inheritance tax threshold has been frozen at £325,000 since 2009. It is now scheduled to increase in 2015/16, but again only by 1% (rounded up to £329,000) instead of



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UK Pensions And Tax Changes. Will They Affect You? by Bill Blevins, Financia l Correspondent, Blevins Franks

by the rate of inflation as in the past. There is therefore little relief for your heirs. Statutory Residence Test The government confirmed that the new Statutory Residence Test, which will determine whether you are liable for income and capital gains tax in the UK or not, will come into effect on 6th April 2013. This is welcome news for expatriates as it provides more certainty, but you still need to take advice to ensure you have your tax position right. Annual Residential Property Tax The Finance Bill included draft legislation on this new tax. It affects residential properties valued at over £2 million and owned by non-natural persons (so, for example, properties owned through companies). The proposed annual charges start at £15,000, increasing to £140,000 for properties over £20 million.

Pensions If you have UK pension funds you will be affected by many of the changes announced in the Autumn Statement. From April 2014, the lifetime allowance will drop from £1.5 million to £1.25 million. Transitional protection - ‘Fixed Protection 2014’ - will be introduced for those already in excess of this amount or who believe they will be when they choose to take benefits, subject to certain conditions. Another consultation is proposed regarding a personalised protection to enable investors to continue to contribute as well as protect themselves to a certain degree. If you think you may be affected by this lower allowance speak to a wealth management firm like Blevins Franks which specialises in providing pension, investment and tax planning advice to British expatriates. The capped drawdown limit will increase from 100% to 120% of the value of an equivalent annuity. Draft legislation will be published in January 2013. This includes funds held in a

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). While this will bring some measure of relief to retirees in need of a higher income, you need to be aware that taking a higher income stream will increase pressure on the underlying investments and in turn increasing the risk of reducing the underlying funds along with future income levels. You should seek advice on your situation before increasing your income. The annual £50,000 allowance is set to drop to £40,000 from April 2014. This includes both personal and employer contributions. Careful planning is required so as not to incur charges. QROPS UK pension transfers made to a QROPS will be reportable indefinitely (as opposed to 10 years), although still not subject to unauthorised payment charges once the member is outside of the five-year non UK residency period. We will not know the effective date until next year, but it could be either 6th April 2013 or backdated to 11th December 2012.

QROPS providers will have to recertify to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) every five years that they still satisfy the QROPS regulations. Tax evasion and avoidance Mr Osborne promised to continue to crack down on tax evasion and unacceptable tax avoidance. Just before the Autumn Statement, HMRC issued a document called ‘Closing in on Tax Evasion’ outlining its approach to tackling tax fraud over the coming years. This is a common theme throughout Europe. We are unlikely to have seen the end of tax rises, and this applies to many European countries, not just to the UK. For peace of mind that you are protecting your wealth from tax as much as possible, wherever you live, speak to an established tax planning and wealth management firm like Blevins Franks which specialises in providing expert tax advice to British expatriates. 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 must take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website




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PRICE(P) C O M PA N Y Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 360.85 Admiral Group PLC 1184.50 Aggreko PLC 1716.00 AMEC PLC 1001.50 Anglo American PLC 1852.50 Antofagasta PLC 1337.50 ARM Holdings PLC 771.75 Associated Brit Foods 1552.00 AstraZeneca PLC 2923.75 Aviva PLC 382.00 Babcock Intnl Group 973.50 BAE Systems PLC 341.10 Barclays PLC 261.45 BG Group PLC 1003.00 BHP Billiton PLC 2129.25 BP PLC 425.12 British Am Tobacco PLC 3111.25 British Land Co PLC 566.75


Units per €

United States $......................................................1.32220 Japan Yen ¥ ...........................................................111.290 Switzerland Francs................................................1.20752 Denmark Kroner ....................................................7.46102 Norway Kroner.......................................................7.35710



British Sky Broad Gr... BT Group PLC Bunzl PLC Burberry Group PLC Capita PLC Capital Shopping Cntrs Carnival PLC Centrica PLC Compass Group PLC CRH PLC

774.00 240.10 1011.50 1225.00 770.50 361.60 2393.00 338.60 735.75 1237.50

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -6.00 -2.30 -3.00 -22.00 -8.39 -0.10 1.00 -1.48 -7.00 -11.00







MMM 3M Co 94.13 AA Alcoa Inc 8.70 AXP American Express Co 57.40 T AT&T Inc 34.17 BAC Bank of America Corp 11.52 BA Boeing Co 76.20 CAT Caterpillar Inc 89.50 CVX Chevron Corp 110.38 CSCO Cisco Systems Inc 20.24 DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and C... 45.33 XOM Exxon Mobil Corp 88.89 GE General Electric Co 21.05 HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co 14.43 HD Home Depot Inc 61.97 INTC Intel Corp 21.03 IBM International Business Machine... 194.77 JNJ Johnson & Johnson 70.75 JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co 44.53 MCD McDonald's Corp 90.04 MRK Merck & Co Inc 42.16 MSFT Microsoft Corp 27.68

+1.11 +0.06 +0.61 +0.26 +0.33 +0.69 -1.29 +0.47 -0.0297 +0.48 +0.4536 +0.04 +0.05 +0.20 -0.0707 -0.31 +0.12 +1.00 +0.33 -1.50 +0.37

+1.19% +0.69% +1.07% +0.77% +2.95% +0.91% -1.42% +0.43% -0.15% +1.07% +0.51% +0.19% +0.35% +0.32% -0.34% -0.16% +0.17% +2.30% +0.37% -3.44% +1.35%

3.3M 14.9M 5.6M 25.4M 184.5M 4.6M 6.9M 5.9M 29.9M 4.6M 15.8M 50.8M 17.4M 8.4M 34.0M 4.2M 11.8M 25.0M 4.3M 33.6M 52.6M



Most Advanced Roma Financial Corporation Eloqua, Inc. Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation ReachLocal, Inc. Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Gaiam, Inc. The Hackett Group, Inc. SORL Auto Parts, Inc. PC Mall, Inc.

-0.77 -0.95 -0.30 -1.76 -1.08 -0.03 0.04 -0.44 -0.94 -0.88


NET VOLUME 42.86 1,117.66 25.32 53.26 33.55 83.09 231.37 375.60 179.87 150.82


$ 15.15 5.89 / +63.61% $ 23.66 5.74 / +32.03% $ 2.52 0.5621 / +28.71% $ 12.74 1.55 / +13.85% $ 6.2204 0.7304 / +13.30% $ 3.03 0.30 / +10.99% $ 4.46 0.44 / +10.95% $ 2.51 0.23 / +10.09% $ 6.32 0.52 / +8.97%

Most Declined Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. Optical Cable Corporation Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. MISONIX, Inc. Bona Film Group Limited Arctic Cat Inc. Durata Therapeutics, Inc. American Railcar Industries, Inc. Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.

$ 3.06 $ 3.68 $ 9.14 $ 7.62 $ 4.28 $ 33.36 $ 8.46 $ 33.11 $ 58.6103

2.71 / -46.97% 0.70 / -15.98% 1.54 / -14.42% 1.22 / -13.80% 0.62 / -12.65% 4.82 / -12.62% 0.90 / -9.62% 2.89 / -8.03% 4.7897 / -7.55%

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE Croda International PLC 2368.50 -27.00 Diageo PLC 1809.50 -38.50 Eurasian Nat Resources ... 273.35 -7.10 EVRAZ PLC 259.70 -7.40 Experian PLC 990.50 -8.50 Fresnillo PLC 1847.50 -31.00 G4S PLC 258.80 -1.50 GKN PLC 228.20 -1.10 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1346.00 -6.50 Glencore Intnal PLC 348.02 -1.69 Hammerson PLC 494.55 -0.30 Hargreaves Lansdown PLC 687.75 -5.04 HSBC Holdings PLC 644.30 -6.00 IMI PLC 1088.00 -12.00 Imperial Tobacco Gr PLC 2376.00 -20.25 InterContinental Hotels 1701.50 -9.00 International Consldtd 184.85 -1.17 Intertek Group PLC 3130.00 -6.00 ITV PLC 106.35 -0.70 Johnson Matthey PLC 2374.00 -33.00 Kazakhmys PLC 757.00 -9.50 Kingfisher PLC 282.55 -0.50 Land Securities Gr PLC 822.00 -1.50 Legal & General Gr PLC 147.10 -0.80 Lloyds Banking Gr PLC 48.89 -0.39 Marks & Spencer Gr PLC 392.75 -3.66 Meggitt PLC 387.60 -6.00 Melrose Industries PLC 228.55 -2.90 National Grid PLC 703.00 1.00 Next PLC 3711.50 -19.00 Old Mutual PLC 177.75 -1.80 Pearson PLC 1195.00 -5.00 Pennon Group PLC 650.00 13.62 Petrofac Ltd 1652.50 -12.00 Polymetal Intnl PLC 1153.50 -6.00 Prudential PLC 886.25 -9.00 Randgold Resources Ltd 6017.50 54.22 Reckitt Benckiser Gr PLC 3897.00 -12.00 Reed Elsevier PLC 639.75 -4.00 Resolution Ltd 254.15 -2.70 REXAM PLC 438.65 -3.60 Rio Tinto PLC 3460.50 -34.00 Rolls-Royce Holdings 882.00 -1.00 Royal Bank of Scotland 314.40 -3.14 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2184.50 -15.00 RSA Insurance Grp PLC 126.60 -0.82 SABMiller PLC 2843.00 -2.50 Sage Group (The) PLC 293.20 -2.90 Sainsbury (J) PLC 351.45 -1.32 Schroders PLC 1696.50 -15.00 Serco Group PLC 539.50 -5.00 Severn Trent PLC 1587.50 17.90 Shire PLC 1914.00 -11.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 682.50 -1.38 Smiths Group PLC 1179.50 -1.00 SSE PLC 1449.50 -3.00 Standard Chartered PLC 1572.50 -11.00 Standard Life PLC 336.10 -2.02 Tate & Lyle PLC 770.50 -6.50 Tesco PLC 339.18 0.52 Tullow Oil PLC 1233.50 -12.75 Unilever PLC 2410.00 -11.00 United Utilities Grp PLC 686.25 12.00 Vedanta Resources PLC 1132.50 -22.00 Vodafone Grp PLC 155.38 -0.45 Weir Group PLC 1861.50 -1.00 Whitbread PLC 2481.50 -40.00 Wm Morrison Suprmrkts 264.65 0.00 Wolseley PLC 2891.50 -12.00 Wood Group (John) PLC 733.75 -13.00 WPP PLC 887.25 -4.50 Xstrata PLC 1037.50 -5.50

% C H G. -1.13 -2.08 -2.53 -2.77 -0.85 -1.65 -0.58 -0.48 -0.48 -0.48 -0.06 -0.73 -0.92 -1.09 -0.84 -0.53 -0.63 -0.19 -0.65 -1.37 -1.24 -0.18 -0.18 -0.54 -0.79 -0.92 -1.52 -1.25 0.14 -0.51 -1.00 -0.42 2.14 -0.72 -0.52 -1.01 0.91 -0.31 -0.62 -1.05 -0.81 -0.97 -0.11 -0.99 -0.68 -0.64 -0.09 -0.98 -0.37 -0.88 -0.92 1.14 -0.57 -0.20 -0.08 -0.21 -0.69 -0.60 -0.84 0.15 -1.02 -0.45 1.78 -1.90 -0.29 -0.05 -1.59 0.00 -0.41 -1.74 -0.50 -0.53

VOLUME 18.91 1,063.32 317.30 357.55 64.32 119.89 107.33 135.68 631.29 656.53 42.80 18.15 1,947.08 26.49 152.69 109.91 433.63 12.27 957.05 16.44 31.76 257.48 77.72 453.82 14,202.44 169.81 70.37 111.56 564.51 13.14 386.86 57.36 386.70 61.79 18.13 274.04 26.11 40.83 170.26 107.47 75.16 406.27 140.69 1,613.87 276.94 1,478.20 283.45 58.25 164.56 13.36 35.96 64.63 52.96 48.94 33.15 75.19 296.78 237.20 38.51 666.64 173.96 88.61 579.28 42.08 5,685.92 45.66 63.49 247.69 55.64 83.92 351.74 253.15


27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013


Costa Blanca South

‘Spain for us’ - Mercadona

FRUIT AND VEG: Mercadona spends €15 bn a year on Spanish produce.

Gun move US GUN retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the biggest in America, has suspended the sale of militarystyle semiautomatic rifles similar to the one used in the Newtown school massacre.


SPANISH supermarket chain Mercadona has come forward to dispel rumours that it was selling produce marked as Spanish but which had been sourced abroad. The group Boicotmercadona published an extensive report claiming that Mercadona imported oranges from Argentina all year, but claimed they were from Valencia. It also complained that

Instagram worries mount CONCERNS have been mounting on social networks since Facebook announced changes to the terms of the photosharing service known as Instagram. Facebook provided few details about the changes, but users of Instagram, which was introduced in 2010 and bought by Facebook last

year, are concerned that their photos could end up being used as advertisements. Kevin Systrom, cofounder of Instagram, wrote a blog post saying the company would change the new terms of service to make it clearer what would happen to users’ pictures. Instagram offers a free

online service, but Facebook wants to make a profit from it, and has said it will introduce the changes from January 16. They added that this would not affect any photographs previously uploaded. However, users are threatening to take their photos elsewhere, including to Yahoo’s Flickr.

Mercadona’s Hacendado brand olive oil is of poor quality and comes from Portugal, the same, it claimed, as their milk. Mercadona published a press release denying each of the accusations. The company says it only imports oranges from the end of July to November, and pointed out that it bought 110 million kilos of Spanish oranges in 2011. It also claimed that the milk is sourced from 1,400 national farms. Against accusations that it doesn’t spend enough money in Spain, Mercadona said that in 2011 it spent €15 billion on Spanish produce, making it the company which spent the most. The company, owned by Juan Roig, has become Spain’s most profitable retailer, beating El Corte Ingles this year.



Game of brews TV SHOW Game of Thrones, shown on Sky, has had a beer named after it. The Ommegang Brewery, New York, USA, has come up with the Belgian style brew as part of a series inspired by the Home Box Office channel.

Poles to join DESPITE the Euro crisis Poland could adopt the currency in January 2016, says Roman Kuznar. The governmental advisor stressed President Bronislaw Komorowski was a “strong supporter of Poland’s accession to the economic and monetary union.”


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902 024 365 or +34 91 484 81 81 (1) There is a potential risk arising from fluctuations in foreign exchange rates between the acquisition date and the subsequent sale or maturity date of the deposit or investment. * T.A.E. (Tasa Anual Equivalente) corresponds to Annual Interest Rate. Effective Interest Rate: 3.494%. From €6,000 to €200,000. Interest paid at maturity. Available until the 31st December 2012. For funds coming from other financial entities, credited to the account from 1st October 2012 onwards and that represent a balance increase from the aforementioned date. ** T.A.E. (Tasa Anual Equivalente) corresponds to Annual Interest Rate. Effective Interest Rate: 3.226%. From €6,000 to €200,000. Interest paid at maturity. Available until the 31st December 2012. For funds coming from other financial entities, credited to the account from 1st October 2012 onwards and that represent a balance increase from the aforementioned date. *** T.A.E. (Tasa Anual Equivalente) corresponds to Annual Interest Rate. Effective Interest Rate 2.9596% for the first three months, on balances up to a maximum of €500,000, with all amounts above said limit accruing no interest. From the fourth month remuneration will be based on tired rates depending on the balance you hold. As of today these rates are from 0% to 1.50% T.A.E. (1.4898% Effective Interest Rate). The applicable rates for each tier are available on Interest paid monthly. Lloyds Bank International, S.A.U., with registered offices at Serrano 90, 5ª planta, 28006, Madrid, Spain, Trade Registry of Madrid, T. 6799, Book 0, Folio. 108, Sec. 8, Page M-110714, 1st Entry, N.I.F. (Tax Identification Number) A-80481765.




27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013 Costa Blanca South

Cardboard cut-out groom shows ways in which money is wasted HAVE you ever wondered where your money goes? Well for some girls in the US, part of their savings have gone on helping to raise money for a woman to marry a cardboard cutout of Twilight movie star Robert Pattinson. The lucky bride-to-be of a cardboard Pattinson raised over $1,000 (€756) from the public. The money will be spent on the ceremony, dress, invitations, a cake and all the other frills needed for the wedding on January 23, 2013 in Las Vegas. Those who donated more than $35 (€26.50) to the bride and groom will even receive a custommade postcard from their honeymoon. Sounds crazy? That’s because it is. But it does highlight just how stupid

Loose change A look at finance for females Jane Plunkett jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. com

REAL THING: Would you pay towards cost of marrying cut-out figure? we can be with our money. On a slightly less insane basis, let’s talk about other unnecessary things we spend money on. My guilt lies with lip balm. I am addicted. From lip balms to lip-gloss, lipstick, lip shine, lip matt,

lip repair or lip rescue. I have bundles of these little containers or tubes lurking around the bottom of my handbags. I buy them, love them, use them a few times and then move onto the next on the market.

A senseless waste of money I know. So I have decided to reform my ways. Pick one and stick to it. Another crazy waste of cash is a gossip magazine.

They may only cost €1.50 and it takes all of two minutes to flick through them, but the consequences of reading these glossy pages can be fatal for our finances, not to mention our intellect. We see a snap of Sara Carbonero in new ankle boots or an expensive top, and even though we don’t earn her salary we suddenly need these items. Better for our wallets and for the sake of forests to leave these magazines on the shelf. So in the run up to New Year, over a glass of mulled wine or a stroll in the chilly sunshine, maybe it’s time to reflect on the stupidity of our spending and make a New Year’s Resolution to change our ways in 2013.

Crisis adds up to meat off the menu THE eating habits of the Spanish have changed due to the financial crisis. People are now buying cheaper products, which is affecting their diet, doctors say. Money is tighter than ever in many households with 25 per cent of the population unemployed, and many families buying only the necessary products to survive. More chicken is being bought, with sales rising 3 per cent a year, while many can’t afford beef or pork, which have seen sales drop as much as 15 per cent from 2008. More dairy products, fruit and vegetables are consumed, while sales of fish are dropping. The Spanish Consumer Union reveals that



Fees rise DRIVERS will have to pay 2.4 per cent more to use Spain’s toll roads from January 1. This will not apply to the Soller tunnel in Palma de Mallorca.

Roca closure SPANISH bathroom fittings manufacturer Roca has announced the closure of its factory in Alcala de Guadaira, in Sevilla, which will see 228 people lose their jobs.

Talks halted CYPRUS has halted talks for offshore natural gas drilling rights with a FrenchRussian consortium. Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou claimed progress had been unsatisfactory.

Share buy AMERICAN car giants General Motors, will spend $5.5 billion (€4.15 billion) to buy back 200 million shares from the US treasury.

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RAW DEAL: Meat consumption falling as Spain faces tough economic times. meats are one of the first products to be cut out of the diet in times of hardship. The total spend on food throughout Spain amounted to €67.5 million between October 2011 and September 2012.

Five years ago, an average family spent €4,300 per year on food. However figures now show that they are spending €100 less than in 2007 and mainly on own brand products, which account for 40 per cent of sales.

CATHOLIC charity Caritas has handed out €1 million in aid this year in the region of Aragon alone. This is 35 per cent more than was donated during last year.

Blackberry missing Whatsapp FREE messaging service Whatsapp has confirmed it will not be available on the new RIM Blackberry 10 phone. The Blackberry 10 is due to be launched in January 2013 and is aimed at regaining users who had, in recent years, opted for iPhones and other

Android phones. However, the fact that Whatsapp will be unavailable on the new phone may put many people off, and buyers will have to find an alternative way of sending messages, photos, videos and calls for free.

27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013




Costa Blanca South






Cristal and walnut whips for Xmas

SO, Christmas Day didn’t exactly turn out as planned, with Crispin turning down my request for a truly romantic time of festive togetherness. Turns out his mother and father were over for the holidays and so he spent it with them.


As I see it... Ana Jefferson-Smith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain Having not struck me as coming from a particularly close family, wanting to spend


Christmas with his parents did come as a bit of a shock. But wishing to enjoy their

company was actually a really sweet thought, even though I just wanted him for myself! Selfish, but that’s truly how I feel. I had earlier visions... in fact in truth lusting fantasies... of us enjoying a Champagne breakfast in bed, opening presents

TV satellite changes planned in 2013 set to hit some UK channels received free by thousands of British expats.

No miracleworker “THE Spanish did not vote for us for everything to continue as it was,” said Mariano Rajoy. “They wanted a profound change.” Spanish voters wanted a miracle and a reversal of the crisis but instead got austerity, rising unemployment, evictions and millions threatened by poverty. In fact, the story would be the same whoever was in government, but that is little consolation to voters or to Rajoy himself.

Taxpayers who don’t pay FINANCE MINISTER Cristobal Montoro is threatening to name and shame tax evaders, avoiders and late payers. “It’s a matter of making people pay,” he announced. The list will make no allowance for social prominence, he promised, although this is something of a joke. Hacienda regularly does just that, and the only taxpayers who pay up, grin and bear it are those on modest incomes who can least afford to.

Police hunt after driveway stolen US police have appealed for witnesses after a 300square-foot driveway was stolen from outside a house in Florida one morning, with the brick slabs dug up while the householder was at work. *** A JAPANESE waste disposal worker found $120,000 (€91,000) in unscathed notes in a stream of pulverised rubbish. There were also 2,300 fragments of destroyed banknotes. ***

JUST FANCY THAT... TWO US bank robbers have escaped from a Chicago prison after scaling a 200-foot wall with makeshift ropes and stuffing their beds with sheets to resemble bodies. *** A GOLDEN EAGLE swooped down on a small child it mistook for prey and carried him a few feet before releasing him only slightly injured.


A MISS USA contestant has been ordered to pay $5 million (€3.8 million) for defamation after falsely and maliciously claiming the event headed by billionaire Donald Trump’s pageant was rigged. *** A DANISH church now allows couples to marry dressed however they wish with any music of their choice.

*** BRAZIL football great Ronaldo has lost 38 pounds in three months as part of a television reality show, with the former striker facing gruelling exercises and dietary re-education on the Ideal Measurements show. *** FIVE Japanese highschool girls have been wrestled to the ground and had their left sock ripped off over the last three months by a mystery attacker.

together, struggling to cook a decent turkey lunch as we fumbled around the kitchen – tipsy of course after our morning tipple – watching Christmas films, kissing underneath mistletoe and falling asleep on the sofa in each other’s arms. My Christmas fantasy was, however, sadly all too premature. So how was Christmas Day for me? Well I spent the entire day in my pyjamas, watching the Queen’s Speech and later the Downton Abbey special. But the day was not without a highlight, consuming the bottle of Cristal I had bought for our boozy breakfast, as I devoured walnut whips. My thoughts have now turned to asking Crispin to spend New Year’s Eve with me, but what if he thinks I am getting too keen... especially after once being pushed aside for his parents? I actually found myself sitting there on Christmas night wondering if perhaps ‘spending the day with my family’ was even all a ruse. Is there really an ‘us’ or am I seeing Ana and Crispin as more than we really are? I need to take it one step at a time, and not push it even though things were so dreamy, especially after our romantic previous weekend twosome in the snowy Sierra Nevada. I don’t normally rush into things, but these last few weeks have been romantically perfect. Anyway, I really just need to be brave and ask him to share New Year’s Eve with me... to see in 2013, one of the biggest nights of the year. Let’s just hope he says yes... and we can even make our New Year resolutions together! How romantic...





27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013 Costa Blanca South


2:30am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 9:00am Match of the Day 10:30am The Thief Lord 12:00pm 101 Dalmatians 1:40pm BBC News at One The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 1:50pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:00pm My Family Seasonal fun as Christmas in the Harper household means something special to everyone. 2:50pm Shrek: Donkey's Carolling Christmas-Tacular 3:00pm Bolt Animated adventure.

4.00pm - midnight 4:25pm Monsters vs Aliens 5:50pm Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury Festive animated short featuring characters from How to Train Your Dragon. 6:15pm Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out 6:40pm Pointless 7:30pm BBC News at Six 7:45pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm Celebrity Mastermind 8:30pm Have I Got News for You A compilation of the popular news quiz, looking back at the big news of 2012. 9:00pm EastEnders 10:00pm Restless 11:30pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:45pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:55pm Coldplay

12:55am Point Break 2:55am Skiing Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:00am Snow Babies 4:00am Wartime Farm 5:00am See Hear 5:30am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 10:00pm Bad Education School-based sitcom. 10:30pm Bad Education 11:00pm Bad Education 11:30pm EastEnders 12:30am Family Guy 12:55am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 1:15am Family Guy 1:35am Family Guy 2:00am American Dad! Animated series about CIA agent Stan Smith. 2:20am American Dad! 2:40am The Revolution Will be Televised 3:10am The Revolution Will be Televised 3:40am Bad Education 4:10am Him and Her


7:00am Pingu 7:05am Timmy Time 7:20am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures Andy Day and Kip the cat go all around the world in search of weird and wonderful animals. 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club Comedy about two brothers at the same school - one as a pupil, the other as a new teacher. 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 10:00am The Bear Family and Me 11:00am Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 12:00pm Viva Knievel! 1:45pm Racing From Chepstow

4:05pm Secretariat Drama based on the true story of a throroughbred racehorse. A housewife is forced to take ownership of a stables when her father becomes too sick to run the business. With little knowledge of the racing world, she relies on a veteran horse trainer to help her make the stables a success. 5:55pm Nature's Weirdest Events 6:55pm The Cockleshell Heroes Wartime drama. A small group of Royal Marines carry out a covert canoe raid on the docks of Bordeaux during World War II in a mission to destroy the blockade-busting Nazi ships. 8:30pm Dad's Army Classic wartime sitcom. 9:00pm Racing Legends: Stirling Moss High-profile motoring enthusiasts retrace the steps of Great British racing legends. 10:00pm World's Most Dangerous Roads Angus Deayton and Mariella Frostrup drive up Madagascar's eastern coast during the tail end of the rainy season. 11:00pm Mock the Week

8:00pm The Man Who Discovered Egypt 9:00pm Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist 10:00pm Len Goodman's Dancing Feet: The British Ballroom Story 11:00pm Strictly Ballroom 12:30am Doris Day: Virgin Territory 1:30am Originals 2:30am Arena 3:30am Sounds of the 70s 4:00am Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist

Channel 4

5:15am ITV Nightscreen 7:00am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:25am The Hive 7:30am The Hive 7:40am The Hive 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:15am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:30am Almost Naked Animals 8:45am Almost Naked Animals 9:00am Horrid Henry 9:15am Horrid Henry 9:30am Fort Boyard 10:25am Dickinson's Real Deal 11:25am Columbo 12:55pm Dinner Date 1:50pm ITV News and Weather 2:10pm Free Willy 3: The Rescue 3:50pm Babe

7:00am Pingu

5:30pm Downton Abbey 7:30pm London Tonight 7:45pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale The police question Debbie when Cameron's van is reported stolen. 8:30pm All Star Family Fortunes 9:30pm Emmerdale 10:00pm Panto! Comedy drama set behind the scenes of a Lancashire pantomime production on its opening night. 11:30pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:45pm The Holiday

12:00am Dragons' Den Christmas is big business. 1:00am QI 1:30am Hebburn 2:00am Twenty Twelve 2:30am This Land Is Mine World War II drama. 4:10am BBC News


5:10pm - Rush Hour




2:20am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

Channel 5

5:55am 90210 6:35am Deal or No Deal 7:30am The Hoobs 7:55am The Hoobs 8:20am Wilde Stories 8:45am According to Jim 9:15am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:45am Frasier 10:15am Frasier 10:50am The Big Bang Theory 11:20am The Big Bang Theory 11:50am The Simpsons 12:20pm The Simpsons 12:50pm Astro Boy 2:35pm City of Ember

6:10am 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 9:30am Roary the Racing Car 9:40am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:10am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 10:25am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:45am The Family Recipe 10:55am Dallas 11:50am Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers and Tinsel 12:50pm Once Upon a Time 1:50pm Fiddler on the Roof

4:25pm Deal or No Deal's Big Christmas Dinner 5:25pm Celebrity Come Dine with Me Christmas Special 6:30pm The Simpsons 7:00pm Hollyoaks Darren and Nancy are struggling with parenthood, but could there be an under-lying issue? 7:30pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:55pm Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. 8:00pm Mary's Bottom Line 9:00pm The Hoarder Next Door A festive special of the hit documentary series. 10:00pm The Restoration Man 11:00pm Dorian Gray

5:20pm It's Christmas, Carol! 7:10pm World's Biggest Pets 8:05pm Eddie Stobart: Christmas Delivery 9:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 10:00pm Dirty Dancing

1:10am The Girl Who Played with Fire 3:25am The Good Wife 4:10am The Good Wife 4:50am Sunset Boulevard

12:05am You Don't Mess with the Zohan 2:05am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor 5:20am HouseBusters 5:45am The Great Artists

Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey CH5

10:00pm Dirty Dancing Coming-of-age drama about a sheltered 17-year-old girl who learns a lot about life from the hotel dance instructor during a family summer vacation in the Catskills in 1963.

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am Brainiac Test Tube Baby:Christmas.. 7:00am The Middle 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Got to Dance

1:00am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 2:00am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 2:55am Road Wars 3:50am Road Wars 4:45am Street Crime 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics


10:00pm A League of Their Own Christmas Special 11:00pm Spy 11:30pm Spy 12:30am Spy

Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker

5:15am Clue 7:00am Shanghai Noon 8:55am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 10:35am Shanghai Knights 12:30pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 2:30pm The 40 Year Old Virgin 4:30pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 6:10pm Shanghai Noon 8:05pm Shanghai Knights 10:00pm Crazy, Stupid, Love 12:00am The 40 Year Old Virgin 2:00am Bad Teacher 3:40am No Strings Attached 5:30am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:10am Prom 7:00am Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows Special 7:30am War Horse 10:00am Forrest Gump 12:30pm Moneyball 2:50pm The Decoy Bride 4:30pm City of Angels 6:30pm War Horse 9:00pm Forrest Gump 11:25pm Moneyball 1:45am Coach Carter 4:05am 33 Postcards 5:45am A Valentine's Date

SKY MOVIES ACTION 4:40am Batman 6:30am The Hobbit 7:00am Tomorrow, When the War Began 8:50am Killer Elite 10:50am Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 12:50pm Thor 2:50pm X-Men: First Class

5:10pm Rush Hour 7:00pm Daylight 9:00pm Thor 11:00pm X-Men: First Class 1:15am Killer Elite 3:15am Battle: Los Angeles 5:15am Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

TCM 6:00am Houseboat 8:05am Our Man Flint 10:10am The Longest Day 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm The Magnificent Seven 6:35pm The Vikings 8:45pm Bells of Coronado 10:00pm Moulin Rouge! 12:25am Before Sunset 2:00am Moulin Rouge! 4:05am Before Sunset 5:30am Michael Caine Off Set





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5:30am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:00am The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Romantic comedy sequel. 11:45am 102 Dalmatians After a spot of therapy Cruella De Vil is released from prison a changed woman. 1:20pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 1:35pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 1:45pm My Family Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker star in a festive edition of the hugely popular sitcom. 2:35pm Race to Witch Mountain Family fantasy adventure.

4.00pm - midnight 4:10pm Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Animated short. 4:30pm The Sorcerer's Apprentice Action comedy. 6:10pm Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers Oscar-winning animation from Nick Park. 6:40pm Pointless Celebrities test the depths of their general knowledge in this special edition of the quiz. 7:30pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:45pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm Celebrity Mastermind Celebrity edition of the quiz, hosted by John Humphrys. 8:30pm The One Show 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Restless 11:30pm BBC News 11:45pm BBC London News 11:55pm The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 12:00am Take That 1:20am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:25am Tamara Drewe Comedy drama based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. 3:05am James May's Toy Stories 4:05am Countryfile 5:05am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon 8:20pm Ratatouille 10:00pm Cuckoo 10:30pm Cuckoo 11:00pm Cuckoo Comedy series in which a daughter returns from her gap year with an American husband in tow. 11:30pm Kill Bill: Vol. 2 1:40am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 2:05am Family Guy 2:25am Pramface 2:55am Pramface 3:25am Cuckoo Six-part comedy series. 3:55am Cuckoo Comedy series in which a daughter returns from her gap year with an American husband in tow. 4:25am Cuckoo Comedy series in which a daughter returns from her gap year with an American husband in tow.


Channel 4

7:00am Pingu The adventures of Pingu, the clumsy young penguin who is often misunderstood. 7:05am Timmy Time 7:15am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 9:55am Deadly 60 Bites 10:05am The Bear Family and Me 11:05am Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 12:05pm The Lady Vanishes 1:40pm The 39 Steps 3:05pm Notorious

4:00am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show 7:00am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 3D animated series following the escapades of King Babar and his eight-year-old grandson Badou. 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 3D animated series following the escapades of King Babar and his eight-year-old grandson Badou. 7:25am The Hive 7:30am The Hive 7:40am The Hive 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:15am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:35am The Perfect Man 10:25am Tipping Point 11:25am May the Best House Win 12:20pm Dinner Date 1:25pm ITV News and Weather 1:45pm Doc Hollywood 3:45pm Babe 2: Pig in the City

4:50am Sunset Boulevard 6:45am 90210 7:25am Sali Mali Sali Mali and Jackdaw find a little lost lamb who won't stop crying. 7:30am The Treacle People 7:40am The Hoobs 8:05am Wilde Stories 8:35am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:00am Frasier 9:35am Frasier 10:05am The Big Bang Theory 10:35am The Big Bang Theory 11:05am The Simpsons 11:35am The Simpsons 12:05pm Planet 51 1:45pm Zulu

4:45pm Flog It! The Isle of Wight's nautical town of Cowes plays host to presenter Paul Martin and the Flog It! 5:30pm The Four Feathers 7:30pm Nature's Weirdest Events 8:30pm Blackadder the Third 9:00pm Racing Legends: Jackie Stewart 10:00pm World's Most Dangerous Roads 11:00pm QI Quiz show. A compilation of some of the best bits from the series, with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies. 11:30pm Andy Parsons Gruntled Live

5:30pm Peter Pan Classic children's tale of the boy who never grew up. 7:35pm London Tonight 7:45pm ITV News and Weather Alastair Stewart with the latest headlines from around the world. 8:00pm Emmerdale Declan fears that Katie's news could mean the end of their marriage. 8:30pm Coronation Street An emotional Kylie plans a fresh start away from David. Jenna's declaration disappoints Sophie. 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:30pm The Corrie Years

4:30pm Deal or No Deal's Big Christmas Dinner 5:30pm The Simpsons 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:25pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm Hollyoaks As Esther sticks up for Ruby, could their friendship finally be on the mend? 7:30pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:55pm Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. 8:00pm My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas 9:00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club 10:00pm The 50 Funniest Moments of 2012

12:30am Never Mind the Buzzcocks Bob Mortimer hosts this Christmassy edition. 1:00am Hebburn 1:30am Twenty Twelve Second series of the acclaimed comedy which follows the team delivering the 2012 Olympics. 2:00am Twenty Twelve Second series of the acclaimed comedy which follows the team delivering the 2012 Olympics. 2:30am Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Slapstick comedy. 3:40am BBC News

12:30am Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1:00am Hebburn 1:30am Twenty Twelve Second series of the acclaimed comedy which follows the team delivering the 2012 Olympics. 2:00am Twenty Twelve Second series of the acclaimed comedy which follows the team delivering the 2012 Olympics. 2:30am Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Slapstick comedy. 3:40am BBC News

BBC4 8:00pm Horizon 9:00pm Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist For centuries alchemists have tried to turn base metals into gold. 10:00pm The Richest Songs in the World 11:30pm Mr Blue Sky 12:30am ELO Live at Wembley 1978 1:30am The Richest Songs in the World 3:00am Mr Blue Sky 4:00am Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist For centuries alchemists have tried to turn base metals into gold.

10:00pm All New It'll be Alright on the Night 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather Alastair Stewart with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:15pm Gremlins



11:15pm Gremlins

1:15am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Dave 5:50am ITV Nightscreen

12:05am Friday Night Dinner It's Christmas Day. 12:40am 2012: Mashed 1:45am The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest 4:10am Niagara 5:35am 90210

Channel 5 9:40am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Tickety Toc 10:10am Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 10:25am Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:40am Chinese Food in Minutes 10:55am Dallas 11:55am Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers and Tinsel 12:55pm World's Biggest Pets 1:55pm Once Upon a Time 2:50pm Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan


4:40pm A Carol Christmas

Tori Spelling 4:40pm A Carol Christmas Spirited take on the classic Christmas novel by Charles Dickens. Carol Cartman is an egomaniacal TV talk show host who is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio. But she is given a chance for redemption when she is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. 6:20pm Santa, Junior. Fantasy comedy. 8:05pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Observational documentary series focusing on the iconic transport and distribution company. 9:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 10:00pm The Mentalist American crime drama. 11:00pm Castle 12:00am Castle 12:55am Inside Hollywood Get your daily fix of the latest film and TV news from the USA. Presented by Mark Morris. 1:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:50am Motorsport Mundial The latest motor racing action from around the world. 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am The Great Artists

Satellite channels SKY1 7:30am The Middle 8:00am The Middle 8:30am The Middle 9:00am The Middle 9:30am The Middle 10:00am The Middle 10:30am The Middle 11:00am The Middle 11:30am The Middle 12:00pm The Middle 12:30pm The Middle 1:00pm Modern Family 1:30pm Modern Family 2:00pm Modern Family 2:30pm Modern Family 3:00pm Modern Family 3:30pm Modern Family 4:00pm Modern Family 4:30pm Modern Family 5:00pm Modern Family 5:30pm Modern Family 6:00pm Modern Family 6:30pm Modern Family 7:00pm Futurama 7:30pm The Simpsons 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Spy 10:00pm Trollied

11:00pm A League of Their Own 12:00am A League of Their Own Christmas Special 1:00am Brit Cops - Zero Tolerance 2:00am Brit Cops Zero Tolerance 2:55am Road Wars

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 5:30am Win a Date with Tad Hamilton 7:10am Swinging with the Finkels 8:35am Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 10:10am Bridesmaids 12:15pm Horrible Bosses 1:55pm Analyze This 3:40pm Analyze That 5:20pm Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 6:55pm Bridesmaids 9:00pm Horrible Bosses 10:45pm Analyze This 12:35am Analyze That 2:15am Swinging with the Finkels 3:55am The Descendants Special

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:45am A Valentine's Date 7:15am Love and Other Impossible Pursuits 9:00am Honey 2 11:00am A Little Bit of Heaven 12:50pm Sweet Home Alabama 2:50pm Anonymous 5:05pm Honey 2 7:05pm A Little Bit of Heaven 9:00pm Sweet Home Alabama 11:00pm Anonymous 1:15am Losing Control 2:50am Casino Jack 4:45am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special

SKY MOVIES ACTION 5:15am Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 7:10am Priest 8:40am Spy Kids 10:10am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 11:55am Spider-Man 2:00pm Spider-Man 2

4:10pm Haywire 5:45pm Spider-Man 7:50pm Spider-Man 2 10:00pm Green Lantern 12:00am Haywire 1:40am Black Hawk Down 4:10am The One 5:45am The Hobbit

TCM 6:00am Bells of Coronado 7:15am The High Chaparral 8:10am The High Chaparral 9:10am The Vikings 11:20am The Magnificent Seven 1:50pm The High Chaparral 2:55pm The High Chaparral 4:00pm Fort Utah 5:35pm Murder Most Foul 7:20pm Murder She Said 9:00pm The Star Packer 10:00pm Ocean's Eleven 12:15am Dead Calm 2:05am The Sins of Rachel Cade 4:05am Ocean's Eleven

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Letters for Your Say should be emailed to yoursay@ euroweekly, posted to Euro Weekly News, C/Moscatel 10, P-62, Polígono Industrial, Arroyo de la Miel, 29630 Benalmadena, Málaga, Spain or faxed to 0034 952 440 887

Electricity bill adjustments are a total mystery WE have all probably suffered price adjustments from electricity suppliers, but has anyone been able to fathom how these adjustments have been calculated? I asked customer services at Iberdrola and sent them figures relating to what I thought the calculation should be. At various offices I was repeatedly referred to the reverse of my invoice. I can find no relation to the rates I paid and pay nor to any formula by which they calculate the price adjustments. With my simplistic but logical calculations I believe that at present levels I will have been charged almost three times what I think I should be. Do any of your readers know how the calculations were made and do any think that they are being overcharged? Richard Oats (by email)

Cycle menace I WELCOME the decision to grant restaurants and bars in Javea a four-month breathing space before having to comply with new terrace laws. But I disagree that tables and chairs on the Paseo de la Marina Espanola are making life difficult for pedestrians. To make it a more pleasant area for pedestrians, the town hall should take action against the cyclists who


Snapped! By John Weatherer of Alicante

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AT this time of year many of the sunrises and sunsets are particularly colourful. Reader John Weatherer of Cabo Roig sent this in, with the admission that when he took this sunset photograph, just one word sprang to mind... ‘inferno’.

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consistently ride at speed and ring their bells loudly in order to intimidate you and order pedestrians out of their way. Nancy Elliott, Pedreguer (Alicante)

Money matter FOLLOWING queries over where monies raised in Spain go to for the Poppy Appeal, I received the following confirmation from Chris Wyatt, Chairman, The Royal British Legion in Spain, District North. Dear Ian, All the monies raised in Spain are used here for our beneficiaries. At the end of each year, whatever surplus is left in our Welfare Fund is returned to the UK as it earns much higher interest there. This is the same for all Overseas Branches around the world, however, that money is always available for us should we need it. Obviously, it



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would not make sense to keep building up a huge surplus here. For instance, last year we raised over €134,000.00 and to date have given out around €80,000.00 so when this year’s collection is added in, the surplus from last year is returned to the UK. Although the majority of beneficiaries here are elderly, there have been a sprinkling of younger claimants. Please thank your members for all their hard work and efforts in collecting for the Poppy Appeal this year. I will be announcing the Poppy total in January but it already looks like another record-breaker. Chris Wyatt Thank you in anticipation. Ian C Wilson, President, Ex Servicemen’s Association of Mazarrón District (ESAMD).

Power alert A MAN who said he was from Eiffage Energia claimed he needed to update and replace the electricity meter outside with a digital meter. He said the ICP was no longer needed, removed it, and took it away. The man did not leave any receipt or information. Our Spanish advisors think we have been conned and will have to have the ICP replaced. We are in the process of switching to Iberswitch and they do not know anything either. Should I go to the police? Dorothy, Moraira (Alicante) Editor’s note: It is important to always seek proof of identification from visiting tradesmen and officials from companies.

David Petrie’s letter (Issue1432) about winter fuel payments to British pensioners drew a chilly response from our readers…

Justice ruling

Fair share

IF David Petrie rather admirably refuses to claim his winter fuel allowance (Issue 1432), then he is refuting the recent European Courts of Justice ruling that we are all entitled to claim what is and always has been rightfully ours as British pensioners. Furthermore, some pensioners in Spain already receive the allowance and some do not, which is ridiculous! Brian Johnston (by email)

THE winter fuel allowance is a payment to help pensioners with the ever-rising fuel costs and not taken from the pension contributions but from the chancellor’s tax collections. I have certainly paid in my fair share of taxes in my working life. If Mr Petrie feels that his finances are so adequate that he doesn’t need the payment, he can always give it to one of the organisations in the UK that collects such payments to redistribute to very

poor pensioners. If I was still living in the UK I would be claiming tax credits, which we don’t get here. John Dale, Torrevieja (Alicante)

Not guilty MY husband has claimed his allowance this year for the first time and I am very glad he did so. I will certainly be claiming mine next year. There are people in the UK that have never contributed a penny to the system and claim whatever is

going. I will not feel guilty about claiming the allowance. Maggie, Orihuela Costa (Alicante)

Send it back IF David Petrie is not happy receiving the fuel allowance, then reject it, send it back. I have a friend in France who is of a similar mind and some years ago, under the cover of a polite letter to the relevant department, they returned their allowance and they haven’t been bothered

since. Simple! Dave Pollard, Torrevieja (Alicante)

First payment I THOUGHT you might like to know that I have just received my first winter fuel payment from the UK. This letter is just to give other expatriates hope. Next stop is to try to and get back-payments from my entitlement age of 60. I am just about to order some logs! Phil Walker (by email)

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5:05am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 11:00am Saturday Kitchen 12:30pm Nigel Slater's New Year Suppers 1:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 1:10pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 1:15pm Football Focus 2:00pm F1 2012 - What a Year 3:00pm Olympics 2012


7:00am Pingu 7:05am Timmy Time 7:15am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 10:00am Deadly Art 10:15am Copycats 10:40am 12 Again 11:10am The Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:40am Sorry, I've Got No Head 12:10pm Diddy Movies 12:35pm Horrible Histories 1:05pm Shaun the Sheep 1:15pm Flight of the Navigator 2:40pm Flubber

Channel 4

5:50am ITV Nightscreen 7:00am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:25am The Hive 7:35am The Hive 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Canimals 8:05am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:15am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:25am Almost Naked Animals 8:40am Almost Naked Animals 8:50am Horrid Henry 9:05am Horrid Henry 9:30am Fort Boyard 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Dinner Date 11:30am Dickinson's Real Deal 12:30pm The Unforgettable... 1:00pm ITV News and Weather 1:10pm Holiday Home Sweet Home 2:10pm Holiday Home Sweet Home 3:10pm Carry on Screaming

4.00pm - midnight

1:00am The Football League Show 2:15am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:20am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Doctor Who 9:00pm A Christmas Carol Animation. The bitter and greedy Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 11:15pm Russell Howard's Good News Extra 12:00am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:10am American Dad! 1:30am American Dad! Animated series from the creator of Family Guy. 1:50am Russell Howard's Good News 2:20am The Revolution Will be Televised 2:50am The Revolution Will be Televised 3:20am Impractical Jokers 3:50am Impractical Jokers 4:20am Impractical Jokers

4:05pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country. 5:05pm Flog It! 6:05pm John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely 7:05pm Clive Dunn: A Tribute 7:45pm Dad's Army Feature-length version of the classic sitcom about the Home Guard unit of a small seaside town. 9:15pm Climbed Every Mountain - The Story Behind The Sound of Music 10:15pm The Duchess

5:00pm Midsomer Murders 7:00pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 7:15pm ITV News and Weather James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 7:30pm 30 Years of CITV 8:30pm I Love You've Been Framed 9:30pm Dale's Great Getaway 10:30pm Love Actually 11:30pm ITV News and Weather James Mates with the latest headlines from around the world. 11:45pm Love Actually

5:35am 90210 6:15am 90210 7:00am Sali Mali 7:05am The Treacle People 7:15am The 3 Worlds of Gulliver 8:55am The Morning Line Turf tips and news from the Channel 4 Racing team. 9:45am Space Chimps 11:35am Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties Visiting London, Garfield is mistaken for a posh puss. 1:20pm The Simpsons 1:55pm The Simpsons 2:30pm Channel 4 Racing It's time to see out the year in style, courtesy of Newbury, Doncaster and Leopardstown.

7:20am The Mr. Men Show 7:35am Olive the Ostrich 7:40am Abby's Flying Fairy School 7:50am Roobarb and Custard Too 7:55am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:10am Animal Antics 8:15am Make Way for Noddy 8:30am City of Friends 8:45am Little Princess 8:55am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:10am Angelina Ballerina 9:30am Rupert Bear 9:45am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:00am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:10am Roary the Racing Car 10:25am Jelly Jamm 10:40am Chinese Food in Minutes 11:00am Meerkat Manor 11:30am Dallas 12:25pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 1:25pm Once Upon a Time 2:25pm It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas

4:30pm Deal or No Deal's Big Christmas Dinner 5:25pm Celebrity Come Dine with Me 6:00pm Celebrity Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Celebrity Come Dine with Me 7:05pm Celebrity Come Dine with Me 7:35pm Channel 4 News 7:45pm 7:50pm Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 8:20pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

4:10pm Grounded 5:55pm Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Seasonal sequel to the family comedy Richie Rich. 7:30pm Snow White 9:10pm 5 News Weekend National and international news. 9:15pm World's Strongest Man 2012 10:15pm Stephen King's Bag of Bones Horror based on Stephen King's 1998 awardwinning novel.


Robin Williams 2:40pm - Flubber

12:00am QI XL 12:45am God Bless Ozzy Osbourne 2:20am Carry on England


Kristin Kreuk 7:30pm - Snow White

The eponymous heroine and her seven diminutive sidekicks are all present and correct but Caroline Thompson's creation presents a twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale as Snow White and her father John embark on a fantastic roller-coaster adventure through a magical kingdom.


4:00pm Olympics 2012 4:30pm Sport Relief 2012 5:30pm Final Score 6:25pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 6:35pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 6:45pm Celebrity Mastermind Celebrity edition of the quiz, hosted by John Humphrys. 7:15pm A Question of Sport 7:45pm Superstars 2012 7:15pm The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 10:10pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:00pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:30pm Match of the Day

Channel 5

1:20am Parenthood 3:25am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am In Plain Sight 4:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:10am Wuthering Heights 2:35am Chocolat 4:40am 90210 5:20am 90210

1:20am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am Michaela's Wild Challenge Michaela Strachan and colleagues undertake a range of wildlife-related dares in exotic locations. 5:25am The Great Artists 5:50am Rough Guide to Islands

Satellite channels

8:00pm Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 10:00pm Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender - Director's Cut 11:30pm Queen Live in Budapest 1:00am Queen: The Legendary 1975 Concert 1:50am Arena 2:50am Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Director's Cut 4:15am Sacred Music at Christmas


4:30pm - I, Robot

SKY1 6:00am Airline 7:00am Modern Family 10:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 11:00am Soccer A.M. 7:00pm A League of Their Own Christmas Special 8:00pm Hawaii Five-0 9:00pm Hawaii Five-0 10:00pm Final Destination 11:50pm Caribbean Cops 12:50am Road Wars 1:20am Big Trouble in Thailand 4:10am Inside Gatwick 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 6:00am Sky Movies Preview 7:00am Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 8:55am The Big Year 10:40am 30 Minutes or Less 12:05pm Johnny English Reborn 1:50pm The Hangover Part II 3:35pm Friends with Benefits

Footloose 11:10am Morning Glory 1:00pm One Day 2:55pm The Descendants Special 3:15pm How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 5:15pm Morning Glory 7:10pm One Day 9:00pm Footloose 11:00pm How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

5:30pm The Big Year 7:15pm Johnny English Reborn 9:00pm The Hangover Part II 10:45pm Friends with Benefits

1:00am The Company Men 2:50am Stolen Lives 4:30am The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Special 5:00am Stepping Out

12:35am Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2:25am 30 Minutes or Less 3:50am Swingers 5:30am Snow Dogs


SKY MOVIES DRAMA 5:15am Listen to Your Heart 7:00am Prom 8:50am Movie Special 9:10am

5:45am The Hobbit 6:15am Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 8:05am Flight of the Phoenix 10:05am The Tourist 11:55am Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2:30pm Safe House

4:30pm I, Robot 6:30pm Independence Day 9:00pm Transformers: Dark of the Moon 11:35pm Safe House 1:35am Collateral Damage 3:30am Braveheart

TCM 6:00am The Star Packer 7:05am The High Chaparral 9:05am The Haunting 11:20am Murder Most Foul 1:05pm Murder She Said 2:45pm The Mark of Zorro 4:30pm The Road to Hong Kong 6:15pm Our Man Flint 8:20pm Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol 10:00pm Dude, Where's My Car? 11:35pm Police Academy 1:25am The Wicked Lady 3:05am Dude, Where's My Car? 4:25am Police Academy

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Poll results are light at end of the tunnel L L UKIP is an intelligent, utterly lawful, competentlyled party, which is not afraid to voice its opinions on a whole spectrum of policies that worry the British people. It is in fact the voice of reason. Stricter border control and a freeze on all immigration. It’s not rocket science to see that this ‘all welcome’ policy is destroying the NHS and bankrupting our Social Services. It’s not the colour of skin, it’s the colour of money doing the damage.

Slithering surprise A BOX of deadly snakes has been found in a child’s wardrobe in Australia. Three-year old Kyle Cummins found eggs in his garden and left them in the warm confines of his cupboard.

Psy oh Psy?


OTHERS THINK IT Out of Europe We never needed Europe. We had a Commonwealth market remember that mouthwatering NZ lamb and Australian fruit we enjoyed so much? How jealous was the EU as it saw us gathering the harvest of our considerable endeavours. Our Commonwealth cousins were bewildered when we


betrayed them and moved all our purchasing power to the Europeans, many of whom were only interested in the late fruition of Adolf Hitler’s ambitions. We should put our caps in our hands, admit we made a mistake and beg forgiveness of all our war and peace allies. Although I know this sounds a bit like a party political broadcast, I can assure you it is not.

I only know something has to change, before our children are left holding a baby that is so controlled by a ‘big brother’ that sheer bewilderment will either put them in early graves or in lines of robots akin to the brain-dead citizens of North Korea. A very happy New Year to you all. Keep the faith Love Leapy

GANGNAM STYLE has been chosen as one of Collins Dictionary words of the year. It is the title of Korean singer Psy’s signature song.


WONDERFUL, wonderful UKIP! At last a party which echoes the thoughts and aspirations of the majority of the British public is finally getting some of the recognition it deserves. This week’s great party poll results were, to my mind, the first pinpoint of light at the end of an extremely long tunnel. A tunnel crammed with denials, dithering, downright subversives and politicians petrified to speak out in case they lose their positions of pontificating privilege. Prior to UKIP there was only the BNP. The problem with the BNP is that despite echoing the thoughts of many Brits, its past record was always against it. Although many of its policies are in complete accord with the majority of the British public, there has always been the - often to my mind unjustified - stigma of thuggery and racism in their political representations. Well, UKIP doesn’t wear this mantle of menace.


Sister act AN Argentine woman has married the convicted killer of her twin sister. Victor Cingolani is serving a 13year sentence for murdering girlfriend Johana Casas in 2010.





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2:20am BBC News BBC One joins the BBC's rolling news channel for a night of news, with bulletins on the hour and the headlines every 15 minutes. 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 9:05am Match of the Day Gary Lineker presents highlights of the day's eight Premier League games. 10:40am Eight Below 12:30pm Snow Babies1:30pm BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 1:40pm Countryfile 2:40pm Bedknobs and Broomsticks Classic Disney fantasy set in World War II England.

4.00pm - midnight 4:30pm Call the Midwife Festive instalment of the period drama. 5:50pm Songs of Praise 6:30pm Wild Weather in 2012: London 7:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team. 7:20pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 7:30pm Celebrity Mastermind Celebrity edition of the quiz, hosted by John Humphrys. 8:00pm Countryfile 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow 10:00pm Ripper Street Crime drama set in Victorian London. 11:00pm BBC News The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:15pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:25pm Match of the Day 2

12:25am Sport Relief 2012 1:25am Open Range Western. 3:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:45am Climbed Every Mountain - The Story Behind The Sound of Music 4:45am Holby City Can Ric really leave Holby City behind? With Imelda on his case, is it too late anyway? 5:45am BBC News


7:00am Pingu Animated adventures of a clumsy young penguin who feels he's misunderstood. 7:05am Timmy Time Stop-frame animation series about the adventures of a lamb at nursery school. 7:15am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family Preschool animation about the warmhearted Larges, an all-too-human elephant family. 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 10:00am Copycats 10:30am 12 Again 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm The Great British Bake Off Masterclass 1:30pm EastEnders Omnibus

Channel 4

4:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Engie Benjy The adventures of an engine doctor and his friends. 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:20am 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 There's No Taste Like Home 11:25am Dinner Date 12:25pm Dickinson's Real Deal 1:25pm All Star Family Fortunes 2:10pm ITV News and Weather 2:15pm Carry on Girls

4:00pm Tea with Mussolini 6:15pm Joanna Lumley: The Search for Noah's Ark 7:35pm London Tonight Regional news update for the capital and the South East, plus local weather. 7:45pm ITV News and Weather Nina Hossain with the latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 8:00pm Super Famous Animals 9:00pm Wild at Heart Last ever episode. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:15pm A Night with Beyonce


11:00pm Moon

4:30pm Space Dive 6:00pm Force 10 from Navarone 8:00pm James May's Toy Stories 9:00pm Dara O Briain's Science Club 10:00pm Neil Armstrong - First Man on the Moon 11:00pm Moon 12:30am Blade Runner 2:20am Dangerous Days: On the Edge of Blade Runner 4:05am BBC News

12:30am Rugby Highlights 1:25am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am River Monsters 4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

Channel 5

6:00am Deal or No Deal 6:55am The Hoobs 7:20am Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts 8:45am Doctor Dolittle 3 10:30am Sunday Brunch 12:40pm The Big Bang Theory 1:10pm The Simpsons 1:40pm Clash of the Titans 3:55pm Edward Scissorhands


8:45am Dr. Dolittle 3

7:45am Abby's Flying Fairy School 7:55am Roobarb and Custard Too 8:05am Bananas in Pyjamas 8:15am Animal Antics 8:20am Make Way for Noddy 8:35am City of Friends 8:45am Little Princess 9:00am The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 9:10am Angelina Ballerina 9:25am Rupert Bear 9:40am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:55am Toby's Travelling Circus 10:05am Roary the Racing Car 10:25am Jelly Jamm 10:40am Chinese Food in Minutes 10:50am Meerkat Manor 11:20am Dallas 12:15pm Eddie Stobart's Christmas Cracker 1:20pm Once Upon a Time 2:15pm Lost Holiday: The Jim and Suzanne Shemwell Story

4:05pm Ivanhoe 6:00pm Channel 4 News 6:05pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Includes sport and weather. 8:05pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and 6:25pm Trailers Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. 8:55pm 5 News Weekend 6:30pm The Art of the Snowman and the 9:00pm World's Strongest Snowdog Man 2012 6:35pm The Snowman and the Snowdog 10:00pm An A brand new, charming animated sequel to Audience with Ken Raymond Briggs's classic The Snowman. Dodd 7:05pm How the Snowman Came Back to Life The Snowman is one of the most watched and loved British animation films of all time. 8:00pm Come Dine with Me Derby is the location for this CH5 brand new 6:05pm episode. 9:00pm The Seven Brides for Hotel Seven Brothers 10:00pm Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012

Julie Newmar 12:05am The Last Leg of the Year 1:10am Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2:10am American Football Live 5:45am Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind 5:50am Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind There are more competitors in harness racing worldwide than in thoroughbred horse racing.

12:00am The Man Who Sued God 2:00am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:00am House Doctor Home improvement series with Californian interior designer Ann Maurice. 5:25am House Doctor 5:45am Rough Guide to Adventures Highlights of the travel series presented by Julia Bradbury and Toby Amies.

Sam Rockwell



8:00pm Mr Stink A magical, heart-warming story for Christmas, based on David Walliams's best-selling book. 9:00pm Pixar: 25 Magic Moments 10:00pm The Incredibles 11:50pm Russell Howard's Good News 12:20am Family Guy 1:05am American Dad! Animated series about CIA agent Stan Smith. 1:25am American Dad! 1:45am Some Girls 2:15am Some Girls 2:45am Some Girls 3:15am Live at the Electric 3:45am Him and Her 4:15am Him and Her

BBC4 8:00pm BBC Proms 10:00pm Hollywood's Lost Screen Goddess: Clara Bow 11:00pm Julie Andrews Hour with Sammy Davis Jr 11:55pm Victor/Victoria 2:00am BBC Proms 4:00am Concerto at the BBC Proms 4:30am Concerto at the BBC Proms

10:00pm Hollywood's Lost Screen Goddess: Clara Bow

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am The People's Rainforest 7:00am The Hour of Power 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am Modern Family 9:00am Modern Family 9:30am Modern Family 10:00am Modern Family 10:30am Modern Family 11:00am World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Glee 4:00pm Glee 5:00pm Glee 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm The Simpsons 7:00pm Got to Dance 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm A League of Their Own 10:00pm A League of Their Own 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am NCIS: Los Angeles 1:00am Road Wars 1:30am Big Trouble in Thailand 2:30am Big Trouble in

Thailand 3:20am A League of Their Own 4:15am A League of Their Own 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics



5:00am Stepping Out 7:00am You May Not Kiss the Bride 8:45am The Stepford Wives 10:25am Jane Eyre 12:30pm Shakespeare in Love 2:40pm The Descendants

5:30am Snow Dogs 7:10am The Change-Up 9:05am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 10:45am Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 12:25pm American Pie 2:05pm Tower Heist 3:50pm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 5:30pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 7:15pm A Thousand Words 9:00pm Tower Heist 10:50pm The Change-Up 12:45am American Pie 2:25am American Pie 2 4:15am The Muppets Sky Movies Special 4:45am The Fighting Temptations

4:40pm The Terminal 6:55pm Jane Eyre 9:00pm The Descendants 11:00pm Shakespeare in Love 1:10am Something 3:10am Conviction


SKY MOVIES ACTION 3:30am Braveheart 6:30am War Horse Sky Movies Special 7:00am Movie Special 7:20am Sahara 9:25am Colombiana 11:15am Captain America: The First Avenger 1:25pm Kingdom of Heaven 3:50pm Alexander

6:50pm Sahara 9:00pm Captain America: The First Avenger 11:10pm Colombiana 1:00am Kingdom of Heaven 3:30am Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

TCM 8:40am The Mark of Zorro 10:25am Our Man Flint 12:25pm Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol 2:05pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 4:00pm Sugarfoot 5:35pm Westbound 6:50pm Thunder Pass 8:25pm The Ride Back 10:00pm Hell on Wheels 10:55pm Hell on Wheels 11:50pm Training Day 2:10am Children of a Lesser God 4:10am Breakheart Pass





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5:45am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:00am Muppet Treasure Island 11:30am G-Force Animated action adventure. 12:50pm Kung Fu Panda Holiday Animated family film. Po is asked to host the annual winter holiday feast for the kung fu masters. 1:15pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 1:30pm BBC London News 1:40pm Total Wipeout 2:40pm Bedtime Stories Children's adventure.

4.00pm - midnight 4:10pm The Sound of Music 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:15pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 7:30pm Celebrity Mastermind 8:00pm Top Of The Pops New Year's Eve 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Fantasy adventure. 11:15pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:30pm The Graham Norton Show New Year's Eve. The awardwinning host continues his unique chat show.

12:40am New Year Live 1:15am John Bishop: The Sunshine Tour 2:25am Scary Movie 4 Spoof. 3:40am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 3:45am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Superstars 2012 9:30pm Olympics 2012 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Russell Howard's Good News 12:30am Russell Howard's Good News 1:00am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 1:25am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 1:45am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 2:05am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 2:25am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 2:50am American Dad! Animated comedy series about CIA agent Stan Smith. 3:10am American Dad! 3:30am American Dad! Animated series about CIA agent Stan Smith. 3:55am Him and Her 4:25am Him and Her


Channel 4

Channel 5

7:00am Pingu 7:05am Timmy Time Stop-frame animation about the adventures of a lamb at nursery school. 7:15am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family Preschool animation about the warm-hearted Larges, an all-too-human elephant family. 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures Andy Day and Kip the cat go all around the world in search of weird and wonderful animals. 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 10:00am Operation Iceberg 11:00am Operation Iceberg 12:00pm The Great British Bake Off 1:00pm The Great British Bake Off 2:00pm Escape to the Country 2:45pm Flog It! 3:50pm The Red Baron

4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:25am The Hive 7:30am The Hive 7:40am The Hive 7:50am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:05am Fleabag Monkeyface The Smugleys are strutting around in the latest fashion craze - pink cravats. 8:20am Almost Naked Animals High energy, fast paced animated comedy for 6-11 year olds. 8:35am From Time to Time 10:25am Dinner Date Dating series with a twist. 11:25am WarGames 1:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 1:40pm Midsomer Murders 3:35pm The Unforgettable...

6:00am Freesports on 4 6:25am The Enduroman Arch to Arc Triathlon 6:50am Extreme Sailing Series 7:20am The Treacle People 7:35am Happily Never After 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 12:00pm The Simpsons 12:30pm The Simpsons 1:00pm Son of the Mask 2:45pm Entrapment

6:50am Roary the Racing Car 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 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 10:35am Dallas 11:30am Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 12:35pm Eddie Stobart: Christmas Delivery 1:35pm Once Upon a Time 2:30pm The Man From the Alamo

5:30pm Great Continental Railway Journeys Michael Portillo retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide. 6:30pm University Challenge 7:00pm Climbed Every Mountain - The Story Behind The Sound of Music 8:00pm Catch Me If You Can 10:10pm Julie and Julia

4:35pm Just Henry Drama set in post-World War II Britain and based on the award-winning novel by Michelle Magorian. 6:35pm London Tonight 6:45pm ITV News and Weather Mary Nightingale with the latest headlines from around the world. 7:00pm Wild at Heart Filming with Animals 8:00pm Emmerdale Cain goes to extreme lengths to win Moira back. 8:30pm Coronation Street Tyrone struggles to get away as Fiz's life hangs in the balance. 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:30pm Coronation Street Tyrone struggles to absorb the news from the hospital. 10:00pm 2012: A Funny Old Year 11:00pm Bridget Jones's Diary

5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:25pm Hollyoaks Mitzeee and Maxine try to keep a manic Chez Chez under control. 7:00pm Hollyoaks As New Year strikes, friendships are lost in a cocktail of betrayal, deceit and judgement. 7:30pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:55pm 8:00pm Come Dine with Me 10:00pm Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular

4:10pm Cheyenne Autumn 7:00pm The All New Gadget Show Entertainment show. Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward are in London. 8:05pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Observational documentary series. 9:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 10:00pm Britain's Funniest Comedy Characters

12:45am ITV News and Weather Mary Nightingale with the latest headlines from around the world. 1:05am Fletch 2:40am Pushing Daisies Quirky US drama about a pie-maker who can bring the dead back to life. 3:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

12:05am 8 Out of 10 Cats 12:50am House Party



8:00pm The Bridges That Built 9:00pm ... Sings Disney Songs 10:00pm The Best of Kenny Everett's Television Shows 10:30pm Numb 11:30pm The Best of Kenny Everett's Television Shows 12:00am More Old Jews Telling Jokes More old Jews tell their favourite jokes. 12:30am More Old Jews Telling Jokes Yet another slice of senior citizen silliness. 1:00am The Art of Tommy Cooper 1:30am How the Brits Rocked America: Go West 2:30am How the Brits Rocked America: Go West 3:30am How the Brits Rocked America: Go West The final part of a series celebrating the success of British rock in America. 4:30am Sounds of the 70s Musical documentary series.

In this comedic dual biopic, Julia Child's story as a 1950s cookbook author is intertwined with blogger Julia Powell's 2002 attempt to cook all 524 recipes from Child's debut book in one year.

Meryl Streep

12:40am New Year Live

12:05am Jools' Annual Hootenanny 2:40am Best Bits @ Hackney 2012 3:40am Reading Festival 2012 - Highlights



10: 10pm Julie and Julia

12:55am NCIS Drama series following the US Navy's dedicated federal agency. 1:55am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am The Great Artists

Satellite channels SKY1 6:00am The People's Rainforest 7:00am Modern Family 7:30am Modern Family 8:00am Modern Family 8:30am Modern Family 9:00am Modern Family 9:30am Modern Family 10:00am Modern Family 10:30am Modern Family 11:00am Modern Family 11:30am Modern Family 12:00pm Modern Family 12:30pm Modern Family 1:00pm Glee 2:00pm Glee 3:00pm Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew 4:00pm Neverland 5:40pm The Hobbit 6:00pm Treasure Island 8:00pm The Simpsons 8:30pm The Simpsons 9:00pm The Simpsons 9:30pm The Simpsons 10:00pm When Robbie Met James 11:00pm Robbie Williams: Take the Crown 1:00am A Very JLS Christmas

2:30am All Star Don't Forget the Lyrics 3:20am Got to Dance 4:15am Don't Forget the Lyrics 5:10am All Star Don't Forget the Lyrics

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 4:45am The Fighting Temptations 7:00am Galaxy Quest 8:45am Due Date 10:25am Bad Teacher 12:05pm Bridesmaids 2:15pm The Cat in the Hat 3:40pm Hall Pass

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Special 7:15am That Thing You Do! 9:10am A Little Bit of Heaven 11:00am The Decoy Bride 12:35pm I Don't Know How She Does it 2:10pm What's Your Number? 4:00pm Like Crazy 5:35pm Sweet Home Alabama 7:25pm The Decoy Bride 9:00pm I Don't Know How She Does it 10:35pm What's Your Number?

5:30pm Galaxy Quest 7:15pm Due Date 9:00pm Bridesmaids 11:10pm Bad Teacher

12:25am Like Crazy 2:00am Just Go with it 4:00am Take Me Home 5:40am 'Til There Was You

12:50am Project X 2:25am Hall Pass 4:15am Project X 5:50am The Cat in the Hat



6:00am The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Special 6:30am X-Men: First Class Special 7:00am The Warrior's Way 8:45am Real Steel 10:55am Batman Begins 1:20pm Immortals

5:00am The 5th Quarter 6:45am

3:20pm Daylight 5:20pm Real Steel 7:30pm Batman Begins 10:00pm Immortals 12:00am Broken Arrow 1:55am Species 3:45am Species II 5:30am Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Special

TCM 6:00am Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 8:00am 3 Godfathers 10:00am The Horse Soldiers 12:10pm The Longest Day 3:55pm Rio Lobo 6:00pm The Searchers 8:15pm Big Jim Mclain 10:00pm On Deadly Ground 11:55pm The Glimmer Man 1:40am Disclosure 3:50am On Deadly Ground 5:30am Off Set 5:50am Off Set

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Pantomimes falling victim to politically correct obsession LOOKING back over the past few years, you really couldn’t credit the number of examples of extreme political correctness in Britain. Like the teachers at one Scottish school who banned children from cheering their team on sports day in case those who came last felt humiliated. Or the Birmingham primary school, where parents weren’t allowed to attend sports day at all, to spare their children from embarrassment if they lost. And what about the Christmas concert when children were ordered to change the traditional lyrics of the Christmas song about the little donkey said to have carried the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem because they were deemed “too religious.” Instead of “Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way”, the

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youngsters were instructed to sing “carry Lucy” for fear of offending non-Christians. And the good old British pantomime – the traditional panto season is now in full swing in the UK - hasn’t been spared either. Old favourites like Robinson Crusoe and Sinbad are being cast aside for fear their representation of cannibals and natives is racist Likewise the age-old tradition of the Principal Boy performed by a girl is

TOO RELIGIOUS?: Traditional nativity scene. disappearing for fear her relationship with the female lead is construed as a lesbian one. Shows that have survived tend to be updated with loaded messages. Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, for instance, deal with gay rights,

waste recycling and school bullying. Pantos such as Hansel and Gretel and Babes in the Wood, which traditionally included scenes of child abduction, have had to be massively tinkered with to avoid brickbats in this post-Savile era.

Tommy Cannon, one half of the Cannon and Ball comedy duo and a popular panto performer, says: “You’re getting to the stage where you’re frightened to do anything as a joke. We used to do Babes in the Wood a lot and we’d play the robbers who kidnap the children and whisk them away in a pram. “But people actually believed something was happening to the kids on stage and we’d get complaints. People forget this is panto and that sort of censorship is so wrong. These pantos are disappearing and they aren’t coming back.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. And, you may have noticed, I didn’t! Nora Johnson’s thrillers Soul Stealer & The De Clerambault Code (www.nora-johnson. com) from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89;£0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.





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3:45am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:00am Hotel for Dogs 11:35am 3 Men and a Little Lady 1:15pm The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message 1:20pm BBC News The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 1:35pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 1:45pm Frozen Planet 2:45pm Mary Poppins


7:00am Pingu 7:05am Timmy Time 7:15am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 9:55am Deadly Art 10:15am The Great British Bake Off Cookery series in which some of the country's best amateur bakers test their skills. 11:15am The Great British Bake Off Cookery series in which some of the country's best amateur bakers test their skills. 12:15pm New Year's Day Concert 2013 1:45pm Dances with Wolves

5:00pm The Princess and the Frog Animated adventure presenting an alternative telling of the classic story. 6:35pm BBC News 6:50pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 7:00pm Celebrity Mastermind 7:30pm Up 9:00pm EastEnders It is Lexi's christening, and the Mitchells congregate to celebrate her special day. 10:00pm Miranda Sitcom starring and written by Miranda Hart. 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys Comedy series about a meddling market stall holder. 11:00pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:15pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:25pm Match of the Day

12:45am The Graham Norton Show New Year's Eve. The award-winning host continues his unique chat show. 1:50am Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 1:55am BBC News



4.00pm - midnight 2:45pm Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews 4:35pm Great Continental Railway Journeys 5:30pm Final Score 6:25pm The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message 6:30pm Goodbye to Canterbury 7:30pm University Challenge 8:00pm Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight 9:00pm Nature's Weirdest Events Documentary series exploring bizarre and extraordinary natural events on the planet. 10:00pm Queen Victoria's Children 11:00pm Charlie Brooker's 2012 Wipe Out

12:00am QI Quiz show. A compilation of some of the best bits from the series, with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies. 12:30am I'm in a Boy Band 1:30am Hebburn 2:00am Twenty Twelve Second series of the acclaimed comedy which follows the team delivering the 2012 Olympics. 2:30am Count the Hours


8:00pm Top of the Pops Christmas Special 9:00pm Top Of The Pops New Year's Eve 10:00pm Alice in Wonderland 11:40pm EastEnders 12:40am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy Animated comedy series about family life. 1:25am American Dad! 1:50am American Dad! 2:10am Pramface 2:40am Pramface 3:10am Impractical Jokers 3:40am Impractical Jokers 4:10am Impractical Jokers

8:00pm New Year's Day Concert 2013 10:00pm Days of Glory 11:00pm The Wooden Horse Dramatisation of one of the most ingenious escape bids of World War II. 12:40am The Treasures of Ancient Rome 1:40am Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau 2:40am New Year's Day Concert 2013

Keanu Reeves TCM

12:20am - The Matrix

Channel 4

Channel 5

3:25am ITV Nightscreen 7:00am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:10am Babar and the Adventures of Badou 7:25am The Hive 7:30am The Hive 7:40am The Hive 7:50am Canimals 8:00am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:15am Fleabag Monkeyface 8:30am Almost Naked Animals 8:45am Almost Naked Animals 9:00am Horrid Henry 9:15am Horrid Henry 9:30am Victorious 10:00am Share a Story 10:25am Dragonheart 12:15pm Dancing on Ice Goes Gold 2:10pm ITV News and Weather 2:25pm Pride and Prejudice

12:50am House Party 7:00am The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter 8:20am Everybody Loves Raymond Ray feels guilty when he meets a girl he dated 25 years before. 8:50am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Frasier 9:55am Frasier 10:25am The Big Bang Theory Howard finally tells his mother that he's engaged to Bernadette. 10:55am The Big Bang Theory 11:30am Oliver Twis 2:00pm Channel 4 Racing

5:45am The Great Artists 6:10am Michaela's Wild Challenge 6:35am Nick's Quest 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 9:10am Peppa Pig 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:20am Roary the Racing Car 9:35am Bananas in Pyjamas 9:55am Tickety Toc 10:10am Thomas and Friends 11:30am Dallas 12:25pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 2:30pm Ben-Hur

4:45pm Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother Alan Titchmarsh presents a truly intimate portrait of the Queen by those closest to her. 5:50pm Les Miserables Movie Special 6:45pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 7:00pm River Monsters 7:30pm Emmerdale Katie is left hurt when Megan reveals Declan's true feelings. 8:00pm Royal Babies 9:00pm Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Celebrity contestants attempt to win that magical million in this New Year special. 10:00pm Gary Barlow and Friends 11:15pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 11:30pm King Kong

4:30pm Deal or No Deal 5:30pm The Wizard of Oz 7:25pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 7:30pm Deal or No Deal 8:30pm Frankie Howerd 10:00pm Robin Hood

6:40pm The Dam Busters 9:00pm World's Strongest Man 2012 10:00pm 50 Shocking Facts About Diet and Exercise

Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen ITV


2:25pm - Pride and Prejudice

2:40am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Pushing Daisies 4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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We all want some figgy pudding

AM sitting on top of the duvet, cat purring contentedly beside me, looking out of the window at a smattering of stars twinkling in the clear night sky and I’m thinking of goose. Not geese, just a single plump roasted goose. And small orphan boys doffing their caps at rich gents on a snowy street in London. I am coming over all Dickensian again, which is never good for the soul, all that angst and poverty and “Gor blimey guv give us a farthing, won’t yer.” Why is it that Christmas in this guise is so familiar to us? I certainly wasn’t born during the reign of Queen Victoria and yet images from the 1800s seem as real to me as those from my own childhood in the 70s. I’ve never eaten goose or figgy pudding and yet I will feel intense nostalgia at their mention. Obviously countless films and television programmes are to blame but so too is the wonderfully evocative writing of Charles Dickens, who was not only one of Britain’s finest authors but also utterly bonkers.


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

NOSTALGIA: Thinking of goose for Christmas. His favourite character was the revolting Daniel Quilp from ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ and Dickens would revel in a dribbling, mean eyed portrayal, happily scaring maiden aunts and scandalising society. Or the wonderfully scary morality tale ‘A Christmas Carol’, conjuring up miserly men and haunted spirits clanking chains and howling in the darkness. Scrooge is such a miserable

human being yet Dickens’ gift was the ability to write of redemption through charity, something he was passionate about. Of my own childhood memories the most vivid are of waking at dawn to find a pillowcase stuffed with toys at the end of my bed. My brothers, sister and I would

creep downstairs to sit under the Christmas tree and play, more often than not with the box the toys came in. After an agonising wait for my parents to emerge bleary eyed from bed, we would have breakfast then open our main presents. Christmas dinner was always a lively fun filled, belly

busting affair and then we would settle on the settee taking turns to rummage inside a tin of Quality Street to watch The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special and Top of The Pops. We were lucky, even though we were not a wealthy family, my mother always made Christmas magical for us. My one regret is that my own son has not experienced the joy of sibling friendship, but I try, and this year I will cook the full monty, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and stuffing, followed by flaming Christmas pudding. In keeping with family tradition I will get riotously drunk, argue with my wife (!) storm out into the snowstorm and never be seen again. Anyway, by the time you read this Christmas will be gone and the New Year will beckon with its promise of good things to come. Left over figgy pudding anyone?





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1:55am BBC News 7:00am Breakfast The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team. 10:15am Wanted Down Under 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Saints and Scroungers 12:45pm Cowboy Trap Clive Holland has help and advice for homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders. 1:15pm Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott and the two teams hunt for antiques in the pretty Lincolnshire town of Horncastle. 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Two Ronnies Sketchbook 3:45pm Escape to the Country Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country.


7:00am Pingu 7:05am Timmy Time 7:15am Rastamouse 7:30am The Large Family 7:40am Andy's Wild Adventures 8:00am Naomi's Nightmares of Nature 8:30am Four O'Clock Club 9:00am M.I. High 9:30am Hero Squad 10:00am Underdog 11:15am Coast 11:45am The Great British Bake Off 12:45pm The Great British Bake Off Amateur bakers have their skills tested to the limit. 1:45pm Great British Food Revival 2:15pm The Weakest Link Sporting Heroes Special. 3:15pm Inside Claridge's

4.00pm - midnight 4:45pm Perfection Nick Knowles hosts the general knowledge quiz show. 5:30pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm Celebrity Mastermind 8:30pm Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Africa 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 A Question of Sport Sue Barker hosts the light-hearted sports quiz, with team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

12:05am Match of the Day 1:10am Disturbia 2:45am Weatherview 2:50am Rome's Lost Empire 4:10am Inside Claridge's 5:10am BBC News

BBC3 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm Top Gear 10:00pm The Prestige 12:05am Family Guy 12:30am Family Guy 12:50am American Dad! 1:15am American Dad! 1:35am Russell Howard's Good News 2:00am Some Girls 2:30am Some Girls 3:00am Some Girls 3:30am Don't Tell the Bride 4:30am Him and Her


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4:15pm The Cheyenne Social Club 6:00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm University Challenge 8:00pm Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight 9:00pm Nature's Weirdest Events 10:00pm Queen Victoria's Children 11:00pm Mock the Week

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4:45am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show Jeremy looks back over the most memorable moments of his popular talk show from 2012. 11:30am This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 1:30pm Loose Women Join the loose ladies for more fiery nonstop lunchtime chat and fun. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Dinner Date

4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Tipping Point Ben Shephard hosts a new series of the quiz show in which four players take on an extraordinary machine in the hope of winning its 10,000-pound jackpot. 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 8:00pm Emmerdale Katie wonders if she should leave Declan. Zak and Lisa are worried by Belle's behaviour. 8:30pm Coronation Street Tommy makes a sacrifice to protect Tyrone. 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm 2012: A Funny Old Year Jason Manford is joined by an all-star cast of stand up comics to discuss the events of past the year. Subjects range from the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and the constant rain, to Gangnam Style and the Mobot.

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6:00am Deal or No Deal 6:55am Sali Mali 7:00am The Treacle People 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:05am Will and Grace 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:55am Frasier 10:30am Frasier Frasier is in a moral and ethical quandary. 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 11:25am The Big Bang Theory Amy gets caught in the middle of a battle of wills between Sheldon and Penny. 11:55am The Simpsons 12:25pm The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad 2:10pm Doctor Dolittle

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Jennifer Garner 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 9:00pm Gok's Style Secrets 10:00pm One Born Every Minute 11:00pm Secrets of a Good Marriage with Sharon Horgan

12:05am The 50 Funniest Moments of 2012 2:05am Rosemary's Baby 4:25am Destination Moon

6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Emergency Bikers 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Observational documentary series following the famous haulage company. 9:00pm World's Craziest Police Pursuits 10:00pm Elektra Martial arts action drama.

12:00am Wind Chill Chilling horror. 1:45am Forensic Files Documentary series examining the application of modern technological advances in police work. 2:15am Super Casino Live interactive gaming featuring roulette, blackjack and autowheel. 4:55am House Doctor 5:20am Divine Designs 5:45am The Great Artists

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Road Wars 4:45am Crash Test Dummies 5:10am Don't Forget the Lyrics

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Is blood thicker than water? T

HIS is the time of the year when, despite the goodwill hype there is much family division and many derisory remarks made about in-laws, rebellious teenagers and family tantrums. There is a Nordic saying: “Guests are like fish; after three days they stink.” After the Mike Walsh Christmas festivities the nerves and marriages of many will be at breaking point, so are International Journalism Europe Broadcaster Commentator International Radio our bank balances and Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ Mobile 0034 662 067 490 we welcome normality. To comment on any of the issues raised in We embrace routine Mike’s column, go to with a fondness far mike-walsh more genuine than was the welcome given earlier to visitors now departed, but not HAPPY NEW YEAR: Spend the time with those you choose. necessarily sadly departed. From our own experience, and those you can pick yourself up, dust yourself would be your family members? of friends and acquaintances, we need off and get on with life. You are stuck Would any of them be family? Or no reminding that the best friends are with family for that is what they remain. would they instead be friends mutually the ones we choose, not the family we They are the shadows that dog your life; chosen and agreed upon. Why? are blessed or burdened with. not even death removes them. Because there is a chemistry, a bond Yes, we go through the ritual of saying When navel gazing, a thought that between you that is often absent in blood’s thicker than water. I wonder if would keep most of us occupied would families. these are just empty words without any be, given the choice of 10 people to Given tickets to a show, a holiday or wisdom behind them. If friendships end share an island or ship with, how many weekend away with whom would you

wish to spend the windfall with? Most of course would be obliged to spend it with the spouse. This is conformity and thank God for it; imagine the social anarchy if it were otherwise. But picture instead you are footloose and fancy free; would you telephone a friend to go with you? Or would you excitedly call a son, daughter, brother, sister or other relative. I know who I would call, but I keep that to myself; I suggest you make your decision and keep it to yourself. There is enough misfortune about and this is after all the season of goodwill. It amuses me to think that after doors close behind cheery departing visitors how many of us will mutter ‘thank God for that.’ It cheers me because I have that t-shirt too. Of course it works both ways so another navel gazing self indulgence would be to consider this: How many will mutter those same words when you depart? I am reminded of the truism: “Some people bring happiness wherever they go. Other people bring happiness whenever they go.” As the bard would say; it’s all part of life’s rich tapestry. Happy New Year everyone!

What to do if you were a winner in the Spanish Christmas lottery


ERE you a winner in the better to continue with the monthly Spanish Christmas Lottery, El payment and instead invest in Gordo? property. If so, in the unlikely case that you In 2013, property prices are don’t know what to do with the prize expected to fall again, so it is an ideal money, here are a few ideas. moment. The most important thing Others may decide to buy is to manage or invest the shares or put money into Important money carefully. investment funds, but it is very important to After the initial to manage take advice from celebration, your first or invest professionals. plan may be to pay off Or, you could open pending debts. your money your own business, but One of the things most carefully. again, this is a decision people pay off, or at least that needs a lot of mulling partially, is their mortgage. over at a time when businesses However, if the conditions of your mortgage mean you have to pay are having to close. Many people would like to be able to a large fine for doing so, it may be

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Invest your lottery winnings or spend? give up work altogether, but how much would you need to win to make this possible? This year’s main prize was €400,000 for anyone just holding a 10th of the ticket, with an average interest of 4 per cent, which would obtain €16,000. An average family might have a debt of around €150,000, so almost 40 per cent would be used to pay off debts. If they also spend an average

of €30,000 per year, and the average life expectancy in Spain is 81, this amounts to €915,000, taking into account that the ‘average family’s’ two children may not leave home until 20. So, to be able to live a comfortable but modest lifestyle, our average family would need to have won more than €1 million, and that is not taking inflation into account.

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Health care confusion as cover lost CANCELLATION of health cards to Residents department in the Alicante foreigners is growing around Spain since Provincial Government told EWN they new regulations came into force. are not entitled to provide information on Last week the Euro new health regulations to Weekly News reported foreign residents. 14,000 cases in She said the Valencia Torrevieja, Alicante. On Health Department (Conselltop of that, 52,229 cards eria de Salud) is in charge of have been cancelled in that. Unfortunately for A weekly focus aimed the Canary Islands, and expatriates who do not at keeping expatriate readers 4,810 in Cantabria. speak Spanish, information informed on various aspects of The health authorities in English is not provided. Life in Spain say if you are a taxpayer EU citizens who have lost resident, there is no their right to a regional By Raul Candela reason to worry, everyhealth card will still be thing stays the same. covered, according to EU Most of those losing laws. Residents who are cover are non-EU residents for whom receiving a state pension (or long-term being listed on the municipal register incapacity benefit) from their EU home (padron) is no longer enough. country need to apply for an S1 form. However, there is some confusion For British expatriates, this is done at surrounding it, not only for users but also the UK’s International Pension Centre. Once they have received it, they need in the administration. For example, Esther Ponzola from the Foreign to show it at a Spanish Social Security

office, along with the Certificate of Residence and the ‘padron’ certificate. They should be given a document that proves their right to a Health Card, which they need to take to their local health centre to register. Temporary residents, or holidaymakers, can use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It is free of charge and can be applied for online at the NHS website (for British nationals). Although terms of cover may vary depending on the region, some treatments are not covered by the EHIC. The E112, E121, E106 and E109 forms give access to more complete medical assistance, depending on the case. Who can receive a Health Card? According to the Royal Decree 1192/2012, of August 3, 2012, the following EU citizens have the status of an insured person and beneficiary, and COVERED: A pregnant woman in the have the right to apply for a Health Card: Hospital of Torrevieja, Alicante. a) Enrolled in the Social Security: employed or self-employed people paying contributions; Social Security system pensioners; others receiving any other SS benefit (unemployment benefit and allowance); persons WATCH out tomorrow, Friday, a mocking way: who have exhausted their December 28, as it is Spain’s ‘Inocente, inoc- unemployment benefit or Why in December? equivalent to April Fools’ Day. ente!’ (Innocent allowance or other similar Pranks, practical jokes and one, innocent benefits and are unemployed INNOCENTS’ DAY takes place in hoaxes will be carried out one!). and are not able to establish December rather than the Northern between friends, workmates, Another unoffic- their status as insured persons European style April Fool because its schoolmates and relatives. ial tradition is the in any other way. origins are different. ‘Innocents’ Day’ or ‘Holy media hoax. In b) If not enrolled, nationals of The first references to April Fools’ Innocents’ Day’ – as it is called newspapers and the European Union who are Day are found in literary documents here – is held nationwide television news registered with the Central such as The Canterbury Tales, says Wikipedia. within the Christmas programmes there Register of Foreign Nationals Innocents’ Day, however, has its festivities. So, just like during is often a hidden (Certificado de Residencia). roots in a not-so-funny Christian the night of December 24 prank in the shape Only if their annual income is episode, the Massacre of the Innocents. (‘Nochebuena’), children in of a funny, not more than €100,000 and do In this biblical story, King Herod ordered Spain traditionally knock on sarcastic or not have compulsory health care all young male children in Bethlehem to the door, singing Christmas improbable fake coverage by some other means. be executed, so as to prevent Jesus carols and asking for sweets, news item. c) Minors under the care of the Christ from being born. This happened, cookies or a small ‘fee’. For example, authorities will always have the the Catholic Church decided, on But, unlike Christmas Eve, back when David status of insured persons. December 28. Initially a way of honouring the ‘holy they will be carrying bangers, Beckham played d) Beneficiaries: The spouse of innocent’ martyrs, it eventually became eggs, flour and similar for Real Madrid, an insured person, or cohabiting corrupted into a funnier tradition in ‘weapons.’ Unfortunate magazines repor- partner in a registered partnerSpanish-speaking countries. householders who do not give ted he was ship; a divorced or legally anything may end up with participating on a separated spouse who is a their front door being dancing talent- dependant of an insured person; bombarded. show for Spanish television. children, sisters and brothers of A soft and very traditional INNOCENT!: Watch your back or you may find ‘something’ planted. Last year a newspaper said the an insured person or their prank consists of sticking a Spanish Royal Family was spouse (or dependent exwhite man-like paper cut-out longer the victim does not laughs. When he/she finally afraid of being evicted from spouse), even if they are legally on a person’s back. The notice it, the louder the realises, do not forget to say in the Royal Palace. separated.

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December Fools’ Day


AS I understand it, to sign on the municipal register, or ‘padron,’ you need a Certificate of Residence. To have it you must spend more than 182 days a year in Spain. If you spend longer in Spain you are a tax resident and must declare your worldwide income to the Spanish

tax authorities. How can you be on the padron and not be a tax resident? The Certificate of Residence is not actually needed to sign on to the ‘padron’, and the ‘padron’ does not indicate legal residence. In general, town halls advise the ‘padron’ is for

habitual residents, or those owning a property in Spain who regularly visit. But there is no deadline. The December 31 date alluded to is to ensure bigger grants for 2013. Even if that date is missed, individuals will benefit from town hall services as soon as they register.

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Predictions for the New Year PHEW! We’re nearly there. 2013 is just days away and since we have survived the gastronomic onslaught of Christmas as well as the Mayans’ forecast of apocalyptic doom last Friday (December 21), there appears to be a good chance that we will actually make it. So what can we expect from next year? Will it be a lucky 13th year of the second millennium and slither smoothly in line with the Chinese zodiac of the Snake? It so happens that a friend recently showed me how to ‘read’ coffee residue and I have become fiendishly good at predicting the future; so armed with a packet of Segafredo’s finest and a rather large cup, I am delighted to share the lay of the land in 2013: Royal baby joy fills the world, with great-grandma pictured knitting baby socks for the newborn through a paparazzi zoom lens. In a bid to save the bedraggled euro, the EU decide to rename

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RESOLUTION: Hop on the treadmill.

the currency ‘neuro’ and to welcome newcomer Croatia in July. All countries agree to assume their fiscal and monetary policies, since, frankly, the current

ones didn’t really work anyway. Policemen look even younger and launch their first miracle antiaging cream called ‘The Force’. Fashion models turn invisible after

losing even more weight. Budget airlines introduce the new standing ticket and charge for oxygen masks. Russian Oligarchs jointly solve the world’s economic woes by donating loose change from their pockets. Closer to home, like me, you will fully realise your New Year’s resolutions: 1. In 2013 I shall drink less, maybe even taking a whole month off the sauce. Starting after that New Year’s party, oh, and after King’s Day, of course… Then there is Uncle John’s birthday party… Oh, well. 2. My body will be a temple; I shall eat more vegetables and fruit than a herd of rabbits. None of these nasty E additives, hydrogenated fats or genetically modified nonsense for me. I may not live longer, but it will certainly feel like it. 3. I shall enrich my life with a new exciting hobby, just need to work out which one… That dancing lark looks like a breeze on TV, or maybe this is the year to perfect my back-hand or golf stroke.

4. I will dust off that gym membership and trainers and pound the treadmill, which will help me squeeze into those clothes I bought a size too small with good intentions… 5. Next year, for sure, I will be bantering with the locals in perfect castellano or catalan. Failing that, I will resort to a bit of Spanglish. It’s all about getting the ball over the net when it comes to communication. 6. I will get to grips with all those horrid bills, tax declarations and other evil paperwork and not let it build up like the leaning tower of Pisa on my desk, or hidden in a drawer in the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ principle. So that’s it. Next year in a nutshell for you. Just one more forecast; in 2013, news reports of an Unidentified Flying Object are later confirmed to be the world’s first flying pig. I am all out of coffee residue now and must rush off to open a bottle of wine. It is still 2012 after all and in the spirit of ‘no time like the present’… I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Cheers!

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Bankers on his mind Images T of Spain

HE wonderful thing about democracy is it’s being self perpetuating. Citing the failures of the opposition you campaign to be elected. Upon success you blame your lack of progress due to your being obliged to clear up the mess caused by the outgoing government. It gets better; you then campaign to resolve the problems you created and so it goes on. Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy says: “All those Spaniards who don’t have jobs and are going through rough times are always

By Mike Walsh To comment on any of the issues raised in Mike’s column, go to /columnists/mike-walsh

on my mind.” He might easily have added that uppermost on his mind are the demands of the

More truth in Bambi ANOTHER universal hero shot down in flames; why? Composer Philip Glass is to turn Peter Jungk's portrayal of Walt Disney into an opera. The greatest of the 20th Century’s movie legends will be ‘exposed’ as a misogynist, a racist, an adulterer, megalomaniac and, to cap it all, a fascist. I would far prefer to watch again Bambi. There’s probably a great deal more truth in that delightful fable than this leftist fantasy being hurled from the theatre’s stage into sadomasochistic faces.

banksters now pulling the strings of government’s puppets. Mariano can survive the disappointment of the people; he will never survive if he disappoints the banks. Do have a wonderful New Year, Mr Prime Minister; you will be better fed than most of us.

Healthy role model IT is hardly news that Spain’s provinces face a healthcare funding crisis. When looking into the abyss the government of Valencia acted on its gut-instinct. It put out the welcome mat for Adeslas, a major private health insurance company. The thinking behind it was that private concerns are far better at running things than are governments. I can believe that. A brand new hospital was built at Alzira in La Ribera at a cost of €61 million. Although a private concern it is managed as a publicprivate investment partnership (PPIP). The public role is that of

PUPPETS: Bankers are pulling politicians’ strings. overseer and its commitment to pay a fixed sum each year for secondary healthcare for each local inhabitant. Apparently it has

been so successful that it now offers free of charge primary care too; the idea is being adopted throughout Europe.

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It's a better week for travel with less likelihood of delays. Should you be feeling a little lethargic and sorry about recent events, just count your blessings. Consider raising some money and having fun by indulging in a garage or car boot sale.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Spirituality seeps right through the week. As you are feeling particularly sensuous, invite someone special to dinner or on a trip. Visit garden centres and plan ahead. The colours and perfumes will be particularly pleasing.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

Satisfaction with your love life is paramount this week, and the opinion of others seems important to you. Perhaps you are looking for an excuse to

Expat writer Michael Walsh’s poetry is unique; people actually like, understand and draw inspiration from it; a sentiment that crosses continents and social status. Diamonds Last Forever is the third in a trilogy of his poetry and is typical of his work. The collection includes verse that will appeal to all ages and social groups. In fact, it is two collections in one; the second is

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK Possibly you did not imagine how active the New Year would be. You are already needing to pull in the reins. Be careful what you wish for because this year it could come true.

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colleague brings insights into how others live and it is quite an eye-opener. Friendships are particularly important this week.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

A conversation with a

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.

There is something in you that


Joan Manuel Serrat, born December 27, 1943. He is a Spanish singer and songwriter, considered by society and musicians as one of the most influential figures in popular Spanish and Catalonian music, with a discography of more than 30 albums. He is currently on tour with another popular singer, Joaquin Sabina.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Being very much in demand for your talents this week means less time to spend socially, so it's important to make time for loved ones at the weekend. Someone seeking your advice may simply be seeking your approval for an action they are going to take anyway. .

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) There may be some opposition to your ideas as Pluto turns this week. Perhaps your natural charm just doesn't seem to be working. As you have helped others in the past, make it clear that you expect a bit of co-operation.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Although you have perhaps been looking to money-making ideas to progress finances, think also of alternatives. Perhaps there are areas of your lifestyle where money could be saved. Items that are not used could be sold for a profit and rid you of clutter.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Having suffered a bit of a setback last week, you may be feeling less confident. Revving up your social life will certainly help to bring spirits up again. Be with people who liven or inspire you in some way.

AND THE WINNER IS THE winning number of this year’s El Gordo lottery was drawn at 10.07am and the majority of winning ‘decimos’ (tenths) had been sold in Alcala de Henares, Madrid, although there were winners throughout Spain.

Identify the original ‘sources’ of the following famous/infamous ‘political’ quotations. The year that they were first used has been given in brackets as a clue.

1. ‘A week is a long time in politics’ (1964) 2. ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ (1998) 3. ‘I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed’ (1963) 4. ‘I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a King of England too’ (1588) 5. ‘Indeed, let us be frank about it. Most of our people have never had it so good’ (1957) 6. ‘Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’ (1942) 7. ‘Read my lips: no new taxes’ (1998) 8. ‘There can be no whitewash at the White House’ (1973) 9. ‘To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning!’ (1980) 10. ‘Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is Ich bin ein Berliner!’ (1963)

needs a creative outlet. Perhaps you would like to write a book: memoirs, for instance, take up a craft or paint.

This is a week when progress is fast and plans run ahead. Try new ideas and seek information to hone your knowledge. An organisation that is new to you offers insight and social involvement. An offer that thrusts you into the limelight might be avoided at first but would be to your advantage.


Just joking

beautifully illustrated. Expect intense romantic feelings, along with verse that lovers of nature will find enchanting. Don’t be surprised to find his personal favourites, ‘The Cattle in the Lea’ and ‘Where Skylarks Sing’ sharing company with ‘Homage to the

make a change. It is possible that a change is not required so much as a different approach. It is not essential to put all your eggs in one basket.


A man asks his friend for a cigarette. His friend says ‘I thought you made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking?’ The man says ‘I’m in the process of quitting. Right now I’m in the middle of phase one.’ ‘What's phase one?’ asked his friend. ‘I've quit buying,’ he replied.



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Female Tummy.’ Another favourite was his thought provoking; ‘I Gave my Son Away Today’ and perhaps drawing on his own experiences, ‘I Saw a Tall Ship Sailing By.’ Those who love Spain will like ‘It Was Christmas Day in the Casa.’ Available on Amazon Kindle £2.59.

TARGET: Average: 10 Good: 13


ante, anti, cant, cent, cite, emit, etna (gas burner), item, mate, meat, meet, mete, mint, mite, neat, tame, team, teem, teen, time, tine, actin, ament, antic, eaten, emmet, enact, enate, matin, meant, tinea, cement, emetic, enatic, entice, inmate,mantic, centime, matinee, MINCEMEAT

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

Word ladder COAL

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Thoughts come to you, perhaps in dreams, that are creative and energy boosting. Someone who recently moved out of your sphere is sadly missed but is in some ways still a part of you. A person at work who has been causing you concern needs investigation.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) A strong and exciting romantic feeling flows through the week, which is fitting as Valentine's Day comes round again next month. Someone returning from a trip makes you smile and boosts your spirit. People who have been a little bossy finally

Very good: 19 Excellent: 23


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


It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. 2h45 Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Look, draw different job (8) 7 Loud stringed instrument or wind instrument (5) 8 Latin sago mixture induces yearning for things past (9) 9 Pig or plant (3) 10 Rosemary, perhaps enthralled by Christopher Biggins (4) 11 Moderate Conservative nonsense thatʼs bad in the House (3,3) 13 Cocktail you might need before a screwdriver (6) 14 Just a bit of fun about a new Scottish town (6) 17 In which women are secluded, hard up, distressed (6) 18 Insect that used to be quiet (4) 20 Sign seen in middle of the road (3) 22 Spaceman: a prelude to Saturn, strangely (9) 23 Quick, itʼs cold (5) 24 Cutlery item a pet soon destroyed (8) Down 1 Young girl hid in Halesowen churchyard (5) 2 Mrs Rout damaged platform (7) 3 Conduct heavy metal (4) 4 Fishes in corners (6) 5 Search for some cheque stubs (5) 6 Group of people in employment at computer? (7)

ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 13 Plum (7) 1 Libro (4) 14 Ganso (ave) (5) 3 Ciego (5) 15 Soup (thick) (4) 8 Inglaterra (7) Down 9 Té (3) 10 Regla (para trazar 1 Remolacha (8) líneas) (5) 2 Proud (person) (9) 11 Joke (practical joke, 4 Mariquita (8) hoax) (5) 5 Nitrogen (9) 12 Gold (metal, comm- 6 Factories (8) odity, currency) (3) 7 Pumpkin (8)

Co d e B r e a ke r 7 Striking distance from tee to green? (7) 12 Listeners hidden in the hay only to get rumours (7) 13 Good to everyone, little creature being brave (7) 15 A singing style, a laugh, an

Down 1 Forbidden (5) 2 Annoy (3) 3 Cleaning up (7) 4 Dreary (6) 5 Courageous (5) 6 Incorporate (9) 7 Spire (7) 11 Easily nauseated (9) 13 Seedless raisin (7) 15 Jumper (7) 16 Put in (6) 18 Temperate (5) 19 Exhausted (5) 22 Anthropoid (3)

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Statistics, 8 Earlier, 9 Again, 10 Pens, 11 Beds, 12 Sir, 14 Clever, 15 Mended, 18 Arc, 20 Team, 21 Dime, 23 Learn, 24 Trumpet, 25 Celebrated. Down: 1 Strange, 2 Asia, 3 Israel, 4 Transfer, 5 Class, 6 Respectable, 7 Ingredients, 13 Sentence, 16 Dripped, 17 Batter, 19 Crane, 22 Hurt. QUICK - Across: 1 Stairs, 5 Eggnog, 8 Hall, 9 Eyeliner, 10 Rheostat, 11 Tray, 12 Broken, 14 Thrill, 16 Barn, 18 Fidelity, 20 Toboggan, 21 View, 22 Weekly, 23 Stress. Down: 2 Teacher, 3 Igloo, 4 Sweeten, 5 Event, 6 Glitter, 7 Opera, 13 Kinfolk, 14 Tidings, 15 Letters, 17 Adore, 18 Foggy, 19 Lover. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Desfilas, 5 Joy, 7 Pastor, 8 Rojo, 9 Bed, 10 Navidad, 11 Elf, 12 Angels. Down: 1 Diciembre, 2 Ivy, 3 Seasoning, 4 Snowball, 6 Oro, 7 Posada, 8 Red.

1.Unscramble the name of a famous London landmark (two words): DEPLORES LATE ACNE 2. Unscramble the name of a 1961 Walt Disney film (three words): TENTH ART PAPER

Play on Words ALLWORLD


Answers: It’s a small world after all, Frilly underwear


Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 8 represents J and 12 represents V, so fill in J every time the figure 8 appears and V every time the figure 12 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.


QUICK Across 1 Distorted (7) 5 Euphoria (5) 8 Cooked in an oven (5) 9 Surprise suddenly (7) 10 Stubborn (9) 12 Opening (3) 13 Dark mark (6) 14 Get away (6) 17 Grassy field (3) 18 Foolish (9) 20 Affable (7) 21 Deal (5) 23 Loathe (5) 24 Anguish (7)

Indian (7) 16 Keep chess piece (6) 17 Puppy without you, we hear, but with love, will give you a flower (5) 19 Climbing aid with special point (5) 21 Oneʼs ill for considerable periods (4)


‘All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.’ Steven Spielberg (1946 - ) American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur.


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




















LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Reward, 2 Sherry, 3 Uncork, 4 Church, 5 Donkey, 6 Orient, 7 Amuses, 8 Prince, 9 Barmen, 10 Skiers, 11 Spices, 12 Season, 13 Misers, 14 Adorns, 15 Actors, 16 Alarms, 17 Banter, 18 Chairs, 19 Creche


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HEALTHIER: Diners prefer to know how many miles they have to walk rather than carolie intake.

Walk to burn off calories RESTAURANTS that state how far you will have to walk to burn off the calories consumed in the meal could help in the battle of the bulge. Researchers from the University of North

Carolina in the US found diners are more likely to choose a healthier fast food snack if the menu states how many miles they have to walk to get rid of it than if it just has details on calorie intake.

They recruited 800 volunteers and split them into four groups testing their meal choices giving no nutritional information at all, details of calorie content, the number of minutes walking needed

to burn those calories off or number of miles needed to walk to achieve the same outcome. Eighty two per cent said they preferred physical activity-based menu labels.

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STAY HYDRATED: Water can keep winter illnesses at bay.


A splash of good health DRINKING a healthy amount of water is vital to your health. Not only is it a natural cure for headaches, it can also curb appetite. People continually confuse thirst with hunger, so end up eating extra calories

when an ice-cold glass of water is what’s really needed. Other benefits of keeping hydrated are the affect it has on skin. Water has many attributes and can help to replenish skin tissues, moisturise

Blue cheese could be good for the heart OVER-INDULGED this Christmas? Try not to feel too bad, particularly if it’s cheese that has taken your fancy, as some cheeses could be good for your heart. Scientists have found that Roquefort has anti-inflammatory properties which could help protect against heart disease. As it ripens, a process occurs that is good for a healthy gut, helps slow arthritis and can slow the signs of aging, according to a Cambridge-based biotech company. It says Roquefort’s properties could be extracted and used in pharmaceutical and anti-aging products. The study suggested that

Blue cheese protects against heart disease. consumption by the French of Roquefort, Camembert and other moulded fermented cheeses could be one of the reasons the nation has the lowest rate of cardiovascular mortality in the developed world.

skin and increase skin elasticity. It can also reduce the risk of cancer, put you in a good mood and you are less likely to get sick. Just what you need in order to battle those January blues.


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Counting the calories at Christmas without denial THE average woman gains five pounds over

Christmas. But rather than denying yourself all

those festive treats, there are some ways to cut the calories and ensure you can still fit in your jeans come January. Here are five tips: 1. If at a party try and ensure you eat before you go so you don’t arrive at the buffet table hungry and fill up with high-fat foods. 2. Christmas lunch is, in theory, very healthy, with lean protein from the turkey and vegetables. It’s the additional extras you need to be careful with. Mini sausages add 60 calories, more if wrapped in bacon, Yorkshire puddings add around 100 calories and stuffing 231 calories. 3. Grazing is often the biggest downfall; a mince pie alone can contain 240

calories. But you can save calories with a few clever swaps. A couple of handfuls of Twiglets contain 192 calories, compared to a handful of Pringles that contain 279. Say no to cream on your pudding and you’ll save hundreds of calories. 4. When it comes to leftovers, leave the roast potatoes alone and pick at the turkey as it is full of lean protein and fills you up more quickly than carbs. 5. With New Year upon us it is easy to rack up the calories consuming alcoholic beverages. Drinking a glass of tap water between every alcoholic drink helps reduce your hangover

Top tips for keeping weight gain at bay. and weight gain. Steer clear of creamy liquors, such as Baileys which has 180 calories and eight

grammes of fat per glass, and stick to champagne; 111 calories and zero fat per glass.

Spice it up to satisfy ADDING spices or chillies to food for a boost of heat can also help you feel satisfied. Dishes that are loaded with flavour will stimulate taste buds and be

more satisfying so you won’t eat as much, and when a burst of sweetness is needed, suck on a red-hot fireball candy for a longlasting flavour with just a few calories. HAVING ready-to-eat snacks and meals-inminutes staples on hand sets you up for a successful start to a lighter year. You’ll be less likely to hit the drive-through or call in a pizza order if you can make a healthy meal in five or 10 minutes. Stock your pantry with • 94 per cent fat-free microwave popcorn • Frozen vegetables • Bags of pre-washed greens • Canned diced tomatoes • Canned beans • Whole-grain wraps or pitas • Pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts • Pre-cooked brown rice Within minutes, you’ll be able to toss together a healthy medley.

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OOKING back on the year’s gardening it has been a challenge in a number of ways. Perhaps, after the disastrous frost of 2005 when many gardens and garden centres lost many plants, it was the most challenging since starting to experience Spanish gardening in the 1970’s and having our own property since the 1980’s. Climatic challenges The three climatic challenges have been the very long dry spell from winter to autumn, the sharp but not long night frosts of February/March and the heavy autumn rains experienced not only in Spain but in other European Mediterranean countries. These have highlighted the common sense of ensuring that your main plantings are both drought and frost resistant, something we went out of our way to assess and indicate in the plant lists/descriptions included in both ‘Your Garden in Spain’ and ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style.’ Also make sure all

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steps are taken to reduce the amount of water required to sustain an

SAGE ADVICE: Spectacular display after Autumn rains. attractive and productive garden, and that rainfall is collected and efficiently distributed. Since such issues are often insufficiently recog-

Coaching plants to dig deep The long dry conditions have been ideal for coaching plants to put down deep roots into the soil. Often in Spain that is down through layers of rocky soil, to search for and extract residual moisture and natural nutrients, rather than being trained to expect and be spoilt by daily shallow watering and sometimes daily or weekly feeds from drip irrigation systems. Many areas of our established garden were not watered all summer and others only when

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PLANTINGS: Make sure they are well taken care of so you can enjoy the end product. plants showed signs of stress. But to do the latter you need to walk the garden every third day, which is not possible if you depart for cooler climes during the hot months or all your gardening is done by a paid gardener. We could have watered even less than we did if it was not for conserving an area of autumn flowering sages which this year have been exceptional after the autumn rains. They have been enjoyed whenever we wander around the garden or look out from the kitchen window as illustrated in the photo taken on Christmas day. Let nature take its course THE year has been marked by the need to do what gardening is essential and let the rest follow nature. In the second half of one’s 70s, you realise it is time to accept the garden as it is, not plan major changes or replanting. Adapt the garden to accept and integrate the free and unexpected plants created by the unplanned germination of bird dropped and wind-blown seeds. Interestingly most can be incorporated into the garden and not looked upon as weeds. A splendid variety of plums came that way, as did a clump of acanthus and two metre high blue flowered echiums.

As emphasised several times in our writings, good mulching is essential reducing the time spent watering and weeding. A good mulch should be five to 10 centimetres thick whether home-made compost, stone chippings or bark

In the garden let nature take its course. chippings. A light covering of bark over woven plastic sheeting will do little as it is washed into heaps by rain leaving patches of bare plastic which look unsightly as well as being ineffective. There are more than 29 forms of effective mulching described in ‘Making Waterless Gardening a Practical Reality Worldwide.’ The Zeniscaping experience As well as concentrating on maximising Xeriscaping practices in our garden, I have undergone a long six month series of visits to the Zen Dental Clinic in Denia to rebuild my teeth via what I termed Zeniscaping. It was either that to look respectable for talks, or end up in the olive

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grove like a village yokel with many gaps and a couple of artificial gold crowns. I mention this experience as it was not unlike designing a new garden but planting deep rooted artificial teeth rather than deep rooted plants. The painstaking preparation for new teeth was not unlike the need to prepare soils if you want new plants to be a success. And the choice of teeth, like plants, is vital to create pleasing individual and integrated effects. If you take short cuts in both cases, the plantings may need remedial care or replacement within a few years. Thanks Caroline for the new look for the New Year. Happy New Year and Los Reyes. We will discuss possible New Year gardening resolutions next week and the one after, the winter cutback.

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Families are forever THEY say we all have a book inside us and for Lena Brand from San Luis, this is certainly the case as

What is it about? The story is based around the lives of two children who are left in the care of the workhouse by their mother who can no longer cope after the death of her husband. It follows them as they fight their separate battles through WW1. What inspired you to write the book? I was inspired to write this story while researching my family history. With such a mixed background - Huguenot silk weavers, Jewish and Roman Gypsy - I thought there must be a way to bring these factions together so I set to work on my trusty laptop and this is the result.

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Your book, ‘Families are Forever’ has just been published and is available on Amazon, Kindle and from book stores.

she has just had her first novel published. Gemma Quinn went along to meet the first time author...

• Name: Lena Brand • Age: 64 • Originally from: born in Hertfordshire, UK • Lives: San Luis • Job: retired • Hobbies: reading, sewing, socialising • Favourite book: Wind in the Willows • Most famous person you have met: Ronnie Wood • Ambitions: to do more travelling • Favourite food: Sunday roast

LENA BRAND: New author. Is it closely linked to your family history? I used the internet for some

research but much of the tale is completely made up, though my cousin is in it with his permission and he is still doing more family research. It took me four years to write as it was just a hobby and I kept picking it up and putting it down again, but after I showed

it to some friends they suggested I should try and get it published. Do you plan on writing more novels? I am doing some children’s stories based on the antics of my grandson who lives in Australia.

FEELING FESTIVE: The shop’s volunteers at their Christmas lunch.

Charity lunch success CALPE’S charity shop raised more than €1,500 at its Christmas lunch in Por Que No restaurant. All of the funds raised went to the Calpe Food Bank and the EMAUS children’s home in Calpe.

Lloyds Bank International, Los Alcázares sponsor the La Manga Club Annual Owners Golf Tournament


HE Owners Golf Tournament at La Manga Club is one of the highlights of their golfing calendar and Lloyds Bank International in Los Alcázares sponsored it for the second year running. The tournament was held over a week with some fantastic golf played and enjoyed despite some very mixed weather conditions! Lloyds Bank were there to provide golfing goodies

The Overall Ladies’ Champion was Sue Letby. to all of the players and to offer their support. The finale of the event was a

grand dinner and awards ceremony held at the Principe Felipe Hotel.

From Lloyds Bank International Paul Lister, Regional Sales Director, Mariví Garcia, Manager, and Joanne Newman, Financial Services Advisor both of the Los Alcázares office were on hand to present the prizes to the winners. The Overall Ladies’ Champion was Sue Letby, Overall Men’s Champion John Rodenhurst, and Andrew and Linda Fullerton-Batten were the Pairs’ Champions.

The tournament saw some fantastic golf played.

Zenia winter sales WHILE in the rest of the Valencia region winter sales are starting on January 7, at the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre in Orihuela Costa they will be earlier, on January 2. However, some shops - including Geox, Cortefiel, Decathlon and C&A - are already offering up to 50 per cent discounts, Zenia managers reported. Clothing stores Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear will, however, start on January 7. EARLY SALES: It is bargain time at Zenia Boulevard.

Joanne Newman and Marivi Garcia.

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Keep the noise down IT IS natural for a pet parrot to screech, but to minimise the noise, make sure it is continually entertained and stimulated. Perhaps buy another parrot as company. Also, bird toys are essential; entertaining and colourful games that allow your pets to forage, shred, chew, and preen keep their minds occupied for hours. And they demand time commitment from their owners, so set aside a few minutes a day to play with your pet.

Motion sickness IT MAY come as a surprise, but goldfish can get sea sick. Even though they cannot survive a couple of minutes out of water, their ears are located in their heads like humans, so they get motion sickness when the water is rough. That’s why they’re best raised in a goldfish aquarium or pond rather than in moving water like a river. A lone goldfish needs at least a 10 gallon aquarium to move around in and stay healthy. The rule of thumb when adding more goldfish is that each fish should have at least six to eight gallons of water as space.

Fat felines OBESE cats are becoming increasingly common. In the wild, they eat mainly meat from a kill, but pet cats eat high carbohydrate foods including biscuits, cookies and bread. Even most formulated cat foods are high in fats. Complications from feline obesity are one of the leading causes of death or disability. Visit your vet to rule out other causes before putting the animal on a diet.

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A favourite place for your cat to hide A

CAT will hide for all sorts of reasons, whether it’s the sudden appearance of the cat carrier (indicating an upcoming car trip), or the frightening noise of the vacuum cleaner. Some cats do not feel sociable if you have company visiting (human or animal). Unless you are in a hurry to make that veterinarian appointment or to catch a flight, leave your cat alone for a little while. She will probably come out later when she’s feeling more sociable. However, seek out your cat if she misses the next meal or will not come out of her hiding place for a longer period of time. It could be an indication of illness. The best way to find a hiding cat is to ask yourself this question: “If I were a cat, where would I hide?"

NOW THEN: Where shall I hide?

“Start with these favourite spots: - Under the skirt flap of an upholstered chair - In the fireplace - Behind books - Behind the bathtub - Behind the ironing

board - In a drawer - In a laundry basket - Under the bed - In a torn mattress lining - Behind the drapes - Behind an open door - On top of the kitchen cupboards - In the folds of a lumpy comforter The amazing thing about a cat's hiding place is

often how small it will be. It's amazing how even the largest of felines can squeeze into the tiniest of spaces when they feel there's "danger" about. So, be creative when searching out a cat's hiding space, they certainly were!

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Hair of the dog For her post-Christmas trim, Cici my Pomeranian had a bit too much cut off. She now resembles that of a lion rather than a pooch.

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FOR Harper Packwood, an expatriate resident of the Costa del Sol for less than a year, ‘things will be very different’ if the plug is pulled on Harper. free UK satellite viewing. “Life on the coast is just like back in Scarborough because I have my family here, and my English programmes, so being without it will certainly affect me,” she said. And Maxime Clarke, of Fuengirola, is horrified by the reports. “In the winter months life for my husband Jack and I revolves around the series and soaps, and on a limited pension, we cannot afford to spend hundreds every month.” And what do they watch? “Strictly Come Dancing, the X-Factor, Downton Abbey, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Last Tango in Halifax, and Breakfast Show on ITV. Just imagine life without all

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STREET TALK While the hot topic of discussion in recent weeks has been the reported loss of free British satellite television

to viewers in Spain in 2013, on the street there appears to be a mixed reaction. Laura-Jane Bruce reports.

TV satellite threat turn off for many these... it would be terrible!” she said. Angie Sutcliffe remembers when British television reception was lost for a time in the summer of 2008 in La Marina on the Costa Blanca. “Everyone was devastated by having no TV. I ended up watching a lot of DVDs. “If we lost it again I would try to pick up the shows wanted from the internet,” Angie said.

But Rex Cameron, also from La Marina, is not overly bothered. “I’m more of a sports fan so would watch the matches in my local bar. “However, it would be a Rex. different matter for my wife. She would probably want to

move back to the UK if she couldn’t watch her soaps, so I would have to get a new system installed. I’d pay anything up to €2,000 to get it installed.” Denise and Harold Roberts from Benalmadena near Malaga are not so concerned, for they only watch the occasional soap. “With all of the societies we are involved in and the craft classes we attend, we

won’t really notice if English channels become obsolete,” said the couple who moved from Newcastle seven years ago. But Alicia Bruce has never bothered getting Sky, the BBC or ITV in Spain. “I grew up in Spain and despite what everyone says about Spanish television, I like it,” said Alicia, who Alicia. divides her time between Valencia and Hampshire with her husband and son.” And Mauricia Urbanos, a Spanish tourist from Cuenca, was puzzled when asked if she thought UK residents would miss British television here in Spain. “If they like it that much, they should stay at home,” she said. “For myself, I only watch the news and documentaries,” Mauricia added. Maddocks’ view on life – Page 29

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Prices still on decline IN THE third quarter of 2012, the average price of a property in Spain fell by 15.2 per cent. According to the latest Housing Price Index published by the National Statistics Institute, this is the 18th consecutive quarter in which prices have fallen. Prices began to fall in the second quarter of 2008 (-0.3 per cent) and have continued their downward trend since then.

Property cheaper IN the biggest decline since 2007, previously owned homes became 16.4 per cent cheaper year-on-year, while new build properties dropped by 13.6 per cent. And the Spanish property market is not likely to recover in the near future. There are currently approximately one million newly built homes for sale, in addition to over 200,000 repossessed properties. Even if sales volumes return to 2003/2004 levels of 250,000/300,000 units a year, it will take many years to absorb the stock of properties.

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yellow) are for the personal details of the drivers and their vehicles. 2. In Section 12 (Circumstances) the numbered column on the left describes the manoeuvres of Car A and the one on the right those of Car B. If you are unsure which box to mark, leave it blank. Make a drawing of the accident in Section 13 indicating the manoeuvre of each car. 3. If anybody has been injured or if you think they might have been injured, complete Section 24. 4. If there is more than one car involved in the accident, also complete Section 23, on the reverse side of the form, and include it in the sketch. 5. Sign the form and keep a copy.

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Singer faces lawsuit over single SINGER Alicia Keys is reportedly facing a lawsuit after allegedly stealing parts of her latest single Girl On Fire. According to songwriter Earl Shuman, the track has certain similarities to his 1962 co-written song Lonely Boy, which was recorded and released in 1972 by Eddie Holdman as Hey There Lonely Girl. Branded an “unaccredited sample”, Schuman has filed a complaint of copyright infringement against Alicia, who sings: “Nobody knows that she’s a lonely girl, and it’s a lovely world, but she’s gonna let it

Hot Gossip burn baby, burn baby,” which Shuman has claimed to be reminiscent of his hit. Blogger Roger Friedman was the first person to spot the similarities and point them out to Shuman stating: “Alicia only uses two seconds of the

original song, but still, it helped to make her record.” If the court proves that Alicia has used samples without permission, she could face losing royalties from both the single and the album it appears on. Speaking to UK newspaper The Sun about the recording process of her latest album, Alicia said: “Before I made this record, in some ways I felt like a lion locked in a cage... I felt like it was time to stop making excuses for any part of my life that I wanted to change. Once I made that choice I became a Girl On Fire, the lion broke free!”


Ke$ha sorry for inappropriate SINGER Ke$ha has apologised for the inappropriate lyrics she uses for her new single Die Young after the Sandy Hook massacre in the US. The single has been pulled from radio stations in the US following the tragedy, and Ke$ha took to her Twitter page to say that she understands the motives for doing so. She posted: “I understand. I had my very own issue with ‘die young’ for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.” Ke$ha had previously

MUSIC NEWS explained the meaning of the track as a “celebratory song” and “having to live as though it’s your last day and having a great time”. However, Rich Minor, programme director of Connecticut station WDAQ, which is based just 11 miles away from the location of the shooting said: “We’ve been playing it before Friday but not since. Even though it’s a fun pop/dance record about seizing the moment, all people are going to hear right now is those two words in the title.”

Rihanna, 1D, Adele make Forbes “30 Under 30” SUPERSTARS Rihanna, Adele and boy band One Direction have all been listed on Forbes magazine’s latest list of the ‘brightest stars’ in music under the age of 30. Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga also appeared on the annual list. Brit sensation Adele topped the list after the success of her record breaking album 21, which has sold more than 23 million copies worldwide. Rihanna’s success, sell-out tours and endorsements were all taken into account making her number 23 on the list,

while One Direction’s success with their debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ placed them at number 19. According to MTV, Forbes stated: “In sum they represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation. Individually, they are engaging, surprising and incredibly hardworking.” The full list is as follows: • Adele • Avicii • Justin Bieber • Benny Blanco • Drake • Daniel Ek • Lady GaGa • Skylar Grey • Calvin Harris • Matt Jones • Ke$ha • WizKhalifa • Adam Kluger • Kendrick Lamar

Vibe’s top tip GIRLS ALOUD – Beautiful Cause You Love Me: is the second single to be released from Girls Aloud’s studio album Ten. Lyrically the track has been compared to Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper and The Sugababes’ hit Ugly, and has musically also been compared to the Spice Girls’ tune Too Much. The girls performed the song for the first time at Children In Need in November, and premiered on YouTube earlier this month. The single is a classy ballad, with the girls’ soft voices oozing: “You don’t love me ‘cause I’m beautiful; I’m beautiful ‘cause you love me.” The track is currently available for digital download, and is released on December 23.

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Aguilera to be named “People’s Voice 2013” SINGER Christina Aguilera will be honoured with the “People’s Voice 2013” award in recognition to her outstanding achievements in the music industry at the People’s Choice Awards 2013, which takes place on January 9th.

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27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013


Costa Blanca South



•ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY of St Peter and St Paul in Torrevieja. Services in six locations. •BAKER FOUNDATION for Spiritual Awareness, Playa Flamenca: Sunday Service 11am; Clairvoyance Tuesdays 7.15pm; Healing Thursdays 10.30am-12pm. 966 760 665. •CHRISTIAN CHURCH (inter-denominational) English language. Alpha Centre, Los Nietos Viejos (Mar Menor) Sundays 10am: 968 133 724 or •HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sundays 11am. Avenida de Antonio Quesada. Pastor Dave 622 919 604.

Costa Blanca South’s best guide to local non-profit clubs, charities and societies Email Fax 952 440 887 Post Euro Weekly News, Calle Moscatel 10, P-62, Poligono Industrial Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Benalmadena, Malaga.

Churches •INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Torrevieja: Sunday service and children’s church 11am; Ladies Thursdays 11am. 966 799 273 / 660 127 276. •ORIHUELA CHURCH SERVICES: 966 733 093. •PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, Calle Canalejas 3, Pilar de la Horadada: Sundays 11am; Thursdays 5pm Bible study and Prayer; weekday home groups. PilarChristian.CommunityChurch or 966 769 300. •PINOSO VINEYARD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Calle Veintiocho de Marzo, Sunday 11am. or 667 049 647.

•ROMAN CATHOLIC MASSES in Orihuela Costa. Don Joaquin Carlos. Fridays 5.30pm-6.30pm. •ST NICOLAS ECUMENICAL CHURCH, Calle Sobrija 2248, D20, Urb. Camposol. Sundays 10.30am; first Songs of Praise, second Holy Communion, third Morning Prayer, forth Holy Communion and fifth service by church members. 968 138 952. •TORREVIEJA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68: Services Sunday 10.30am with Communion and children’s Sunday School plus Wednesday 6pm. 966 788 771. •JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (Mormons) meet Sundays 10am Torreaguas building, Torrevieja. 667 533 597.

Useful numbers CONSULATES British

96 521 6022

Emergency consular assistance 902 109 356


THURSDAY •FRIENDS UNLIMITED Quesada: 966 719 862 or •LADIES Card making and crafting group, Torrevieja, 2pm-5pm. 966 789 977.


96 691 9000

Guardia Civil

96 592 1100

Municipal Police

96 510 7200

Red Cross

96 525 2525


•MABS Cancer Support Group meetings:


•SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Torrevieja, a f t e r n o o n s a t Re s t a u ra n t e L o s Ro s a l e s , Guardamar. 966 783 508.

Guardia Civil

96 817 2000

ORIHUELA 96 530 0139

Red Cross

96 530 5151



Municipal Police


•CANTABILE SINGERS rehearse at La Siesta Church, 2.15pm-4.15pm. 966 796 866. •CHESS CLUB Daya Vieja. 660 825 390. •TORREVIEJA STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets 2.45pm-5pm in The Annex Municipal Buildings on Calle Paganini.


96 577 0118

BEADS REQUIRED: Help support the local community. GOmaD need jewellery, beads and wooden curtains for future women’s craft shops. Tuesdays from 11am-1pm, Camposol A, Lower Car Park, Mazarron. 634 357 137.

Town Hall

96 541 1100

Guardia Civil

96 541 1290

Local Police

96 541 1103

Red Cross

96 541 6936

TORREVIEJA Guardia Civil

96 571 0113

966 774 127.

Municipal Police

96 571 0154

• MABS BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10am-1pm (weather permitting). The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with booklovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books.

•SEWING CRAFT CLASSES Torrevieja. 966 708 199.

•COSTA BLANCA MOUNTAIN WALKERS: different difficulty walks.

Red Cross

96 571 1818


•CRIME WATCH SPAIN: Torrevieja: 966 786 266. Catral: 965 992 838. Montesinos: 685 444 335.

Guardia Civil

96 589 1143

Municipal Police

96 589 0050

•DROP-OFF POINT for non-perishable food items to help the needy at Benijofar Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 8.30am-3.30pm.

Red Cross

96 589 1400


•COMPUTER CLUB Torrevieja. 966 700 041 or

• PATIENCE LODGE No 2177(GC) RAOB meets 10.30am-12.30pm at Algorfa Hotel near La Finca golf in Los Montesinos. 966 188 105.

• M A B S A R T W O R K S H O P C a f é G o l f, S a n Javier 10am-12. €2 donation. 968 192 768.

MONDAY •SAMARITANS Drop-in Café. 902 883 535. •SEWN SOs Sewing



•3A MARINA BAIXA general meetings fourth Monday of month, 10.30am at Alfaz del Pi Culture Centre.

TUESDAY •FREE KNITTING CLUB Mazarron. 619 493 183. •SEEKERS LADIES CLUB Torrevieja meets every other Tuesday, 2pm at Bar Sacko’s, El Limonar. 966 784 033.

•A1 DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB: 966 722 897. •BADMINTON at Pilar de la Horadada 10am1pm. 966 786 774.

•STRICTLY SOCIAL friendship club Punta Prima. 966 730 569. •VELVETONES CHOIR rehearses at Windsor Bar, San Luis, Torrevieja, 10am-1pm. 966 785 313. •VELVETONES LADIES HARMONY CHORUS rehearses at El Paraiso Restaurant, Torrevieja, 10am-12.30pm. 965 327 446. •ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch, meet at 5pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar 3, Torrevieja. 966 722 895 or 966 921 996.


•FAST emergency number 968 970 626. •LA BAMBA’S Ballroom/Latin/Sequence Dancing, Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar. Monday Sequence class 7.30pm. Social Dance 8.30pm. Friday Social Dance 7.30pm-10.30pm Wednesday New Beginners 2pm. Intermediate Class 3.30pm-5pm. 616 478 157. •PEPA Charity Shop Gandia. 650 304 746 or •PRACTISE SPANISH FOR FREE: Saturday 10am-12pm. Sunday 11am at Athenea bar, Pilar de la Horadada. 966 762 308 or •SAMARITANS emotional support helpline 8pm-12am. 902 883 535. •TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL. 966 798 036 or •NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH. or 620 417 777.

•AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP Torrevieja - don’t suffer alone through another person drinking. 692 799 318.


•CAMPOVERDE THEATRE GROUP. Mondays and Thursdays, 2pm at Rendevous, La Zenia.

• COFFEE MORNING St Nicolas’ Church, Urb Camposol, Mazarron. January 7 from 11am.




National Police



648 169 045

CB. South

625 912 078

The Samaritans

902 883 535

British Embassy : Age Concern Spain: Airport Information: Local News:

Everyone welcome. • M A B S M U R C I A Volunteers meeting, Las Claras, Los Alcázares, January 9, 11am. More information: 693 362 823. • SPANGLES ‘Noche A Capella’ show. January 11 at 9pm. Town Hall Theatre, Los Alcazares. 968 432 525 or 868 186 020..


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EVERY serious football supporter knows that Lionel Messi beat Gerd Muller’s 40 year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year. The Barcelona superstar has now netted 90+ at first-class level (for club and country) in 2012. And I don’t think this record will ever be surpassed! Alan Shearer, with 49 goals for Blackburn Rovers/England in 1984 is England’s top marksman, followed by Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Michael Owen.

Top 10 players who have scored most first-class goals in a calendar year since 1945: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

90+ 85 72 70 69 68 65 61 59 58

Lionel Messi Gerd Muller Pele Zico Cristiano Ronaldo Zlatan Ibrahimovic Roger Milla Mario Kempes Romario Marco van Basten

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.

goals came in intermediate fixtures.

Horse racing: After 125 years of horse racing, the Folkestone course in Kent has staged its last meeting.

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Sutil’s hope...

The final meeting

Likewise one report states that Zico scored 89 times in 1979, and once again, it’s thought that quite a few of his strikes were in friendly matches. And the writer of Pele’s autobiography indicates that the Brazilian scored a staggering 127 goals in 1959, half of which may have come at a noncompetition level. On December 18 Messi agreed a new contract with Barcelona which will keep him at the Nou

THE quarter-finals of the Champions League has paired Manchester United with Real Madrid, meaning a return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo. Arsenal will play Bayern Munich and Celtic take on Juventus. The five other fixtures are PortoMalaga, Barcelona-AC Milan, Valencia-PSG, Shakhtar DonestkBorussia Dortmund and Galatasaray-Schalke. The two game ties

IN ACTION: Sutil says ‘I have paid for my error’.

Formula One: Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil, who was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and fined €200,000 (which was donated to charity) after a nightclub brawl, still wants to feature in Formula One. The German said: “I did something wrong which I have now paid for. I hope I can continue driving in Grand Prix.”

Barcelona/Argentina Bayern Munich/Germany Santos/Brazil Flamengo/Brazil Real Madrid/Portugal Inter Milan/Sweden Leopard de Douala/Cameroon Rosario/Valencia/Argentina Flemengo/Brazil Ajax/Holland

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Camp until 2018. It is believed he will earn over £60 million in the next five years, that’s £250,000 a week, £1 million a month and £12.5 million a year. GOAL KING: Messi has now netted 90+ times this season.

Champions/Europa League draws for the quarter finals

David Acosta Allely /

NOTE - FIFA has received statistical information appertaining to the scoring records of Godfrey Chitalu and the Brazilian duo of Zico and Pele. One source says that Chitalu scored 107 goals in 1972 when playing for Kabwe Warriors and Zambia, but it’s believed that several of his

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will be played on February 12/20 and March 5/12. The four English teams in the Europa League - Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Spurs - have drawn Sparta Prague, Zenit SP, Metalist Kharkiv and Lyon respectively. These twolegged ties will be played on February 14/21. League Cup: The semi-finals of the FLC are Bradford

RETURN: Cristiano Ronaldo due back for Old Trafford clash at his former club.

City v Aston Villa and Chelsea v Swansea. The two-legged clashes will be staged on January 8/9 and 22/23. Top man: Manchester City’s Yara Toure has been voted African ‘Player of the Year’. Racism: The FA will soon announce plans, punishment and sanctions relating to any fans or players involved in racism, at games or otherwise. RIP: George Showell, who took over from Billy Wright at Wolves and gained an FA Cup winners’ medal in 1960, has died at the age of 78.

Did you know? Aston Villa have had more players capped by England than any other club: 72.


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27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013 Costa Blanca South

La Vila suffer that losing feeling LA VILA travelled to Cajasol Ciencias in Seville and suffered a disappointing 25-6 defeat. Despite both teams playing good rugby, the first half was a low scoring affair with the only points coming from the boots of Sorribes and Mazo respectively, the first half ending at an even 3-3. In the second half, Paco González led Cajasol strongly, and the team demonstrated they had come to play and entertain by touching down three times through Lea, Ruani and Arturo. La Vila currently sit one place away from the bottom of the table with 10 points, with the next team - Cajasol Ciencias - in 10th place with 21 points. Vigo are bottom of the table with a point less than Vila.

Costa lose out in close encounter Orihuela Costa FC 1 2 Rafal CF

ACTION MAN: Neil Chivers takes charge at a ruck.

ORIHUELA COSTA entertained Rafal looking to improve on their previous disappointing second half performance. It was Costa who started well despite losing Georgie Mint within 10 minutes to injury. Jack Mcginnell was impressive on the left along with Glen Lawton and Charlie Frost closing down and winning important challenges. That gave Costa a platform to keep possession. Gummi Gudmundsson

Slick greens in perfect condition ALMOST 30 members and guests of The Members Golf Society teed off at the Lo Romero Golf course.

National honours draw close

As temperatures rose and with no wind, conditions were perfect for good scoring, except for greens being too perfect, they

were so fast and tricky that many members could be heard counting how many ‘putts’ they had taken instead of the points scored. However two players did manage to play to their handicap, Theo Boelhouwer in the gold category and Shelia Dean in the silver. Results: gold category first was Theo Boelhouwer with 36 points. Second Paul Cobain on count back from Richie Wale, both with 31 points. In the silver category Shelia Dean (36) was first, second RUGBY GIRLS: La Vila’s ladies team score a try. Photo Neil Richards. Sandra Twentyman (34) and third Tom Jones (32). REGIONAL selections for 13, 2013 at the Nelson entrance fee, so rugby TMGS is playing the Spanish Women’s Mandela Stadium in fans can go along to tomorrow (Friday) rugby teams will take Torrevieja. support the girls for free. Villamartin. Everyone place on January 12 and There will be no Games begin at 10am is welcome. Saturday morning and will go on until 2pm, And on January 2 with the finals played the society is holding a on Sunday between Two Ball Texas 11am and 2pm. Scramble at La Vila Rugby Club is Campoamor Golf hoping at least four of Course costing €25, its ladies will be taking buggy not included. part in the games, and More information wish them all the best visit or of luck. phone 966 719 604.

along with strike partner Luke Deegan caused Rafal defence real problems with their pace and ability. Rafal, when in possession, tried to knock the ball out to Costa’s left as much as possible and on 21 minutes capitalised when Costa gave away a cheap free kick outside the box. Rafal drilled the ball across the defending Costa players and a clearance bounced to the feet of a Rafal player to hit the target against the run of play to go one up. Costa fought back well and the new central defence partnership of Kristjan Gudmundsson and Patrick Bass looked calm and confident when called upon. Costa were unlucky not to go into the break level when Lawton struck the crossbar from a free kick on 40 minutes. Second half and Costa got off to a terrible start when they got caught out in possession and were made to pay with a cool finish from a Rafal striker who accepted the gift. Mcginnell once again was in the thick of it and was clearly brought down inside the box by the visiting goal keeper. The ball fell to Gudmundsson who, along with the rest of his team mates, froze awaiting the referee’s whistle which never came. The referee then decided to award the keeper a free kick. The players kept plugging away and on 77 minutes Gummi Gudmundsson struck a fine goal back for Costa to make it an intense final few minutes. Unbelievably Costa struck the post twice but were too slow to react to the rebound and allowed Rafal to clear their lines. Visit www.orihuela or contact club secretary George on 679 774 488.

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